Boo to you!!!

 

For the past couple of years we have been lucky enough to have great friends who have shared in the fabulous fall/Halloween tradition of Booing our family. We were then able to return the favor by Booing other neighbors and friends. Have you heard of this super fun tradition? Are you wondering what I am talking about?

We were first introduced to the Boo tradition 2 years ago when we came home to find a plastic pumpkin shaped bowl filled with all kinds of fun goodies on our porch with a simple note that said, “You’ve been Booed! Hang this sign on your door and pass the Boo blessing on to 2 other families! And try to keep your identity a secret!”

My kids were THRILLED to say the least and we jumped right on the Boo bandwagon! We got Booed again last year and were then able to pass it on again. This year, my kids and I didn’t want to wait for someone to Boo us before we started, so once October began, we gathered all of our supplies and chose 2 new families who we knew hadn’t been Booed yet (at least not by us) and got to planning our Boo surprise!!

And there really are about 100 different ways you can choose to Boo! Make homemade cookies, wrap up some candy bars, make a Boo basket, wrap up the family’s favorite soda or chips or popcorn or choose the family’s favorite fruit- whatever you want really!  Just gather something fun for the families you are going to Boo, attach a cute note (I’ve linked up some super cute ones for you below) or make your own and plan your super secret drop off time! Then let the Booing begin!!

Here are our two buckets that we Booed with this year!

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I found almost everything for our buckets from the Dollar store too! So you don’t have to spend a TON of money to make it fun or to fill a bucket! Each bucket includes, 2 bags of Halloween candy, glow in the dark bracelets, a puzzle (each family has 2 kids) and two different wall decorations (one Fall themed and one Halloween themed so they can display them at different times or places!).  And the last thing you add to your bucket is your sign!

I chose to use 2 different signs because I liked them both SO MUCH! And they were both FREE PRINTABLES (WOOHOO!!) from two different sites!

The first one is this ghostly Printable from Organized Christmas (Organized Home).  And they have LOTS to choose from on the site, not just the ghost BOO!

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And my next favorite was this adorable BOO Printable from Mom’s Crafty Space.

 

 

One of the friends that we Booed did find out pretty quick it was us, which was bound to happen since she is a loyal Plum Adorable blog reader and she was SO EXCITED to be Booed! Her girls were THRILLED! They got their Boo sign up right away so we ran over after soccer practice and got a picture of the Boo sign on their door! Now we hope to see them spreading throughout the neighborhood!

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So the only question is, Who are you going to BOO!!!!??????

~JESS

Floral Pens

 

After sharing my new fall pen holder with you yesterday, I had a couple of people ask me, “so how exactly do you make those floral pens?”  And OH MY GOSH… it is SUPER DUPER EASY!!!

So I whipped up a quick tutorial for you! And the best part, they look super cute on your desk at work and they really do stop people from walking away with your pens!!! I even made a bunch to have at home and I keep them by my phone with a cute notepad for jotting quick notes and I change them out with the seasons. Here is a photo of my pens at home!

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To make these super cute, fall floral pens, you’ll need the following:

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Fake flowers

Your favorite pens (Paper mate honestly seem to be one of the easiest and are usually pretty cheap!)

Scissors or wire cutters (I used an old pair of scissors that are so messed up from years of crafting abuse that wire cutting won’t hurt them!)

Green floral tape (I found mine at Wal-Mart for $2 or less, I have heard you can find it at the dollar store too!)

*Okay, I am going to give a big disclaimer here for 2 reasons! 1. I am fairly lame at the whole tutorial thing, so please don’t expect anything grand! AND 2. There are seriously about 10 (or more) different ways you can actually make these flower pens! This just happens to be the way that I have adopted from way back in the day when I was shown at MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers). So if you Google it, you will find many other ways to do it and a way that you might find easier (or more likely better) than mine! 

Your first step will be to measure your flower to your pen and cut it off your bunch. Here is the rough height that I like mine to be. (And this is totally subjective, you can make it as long or short as you want!)

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Next, step is to start wrapping your floral tape around the pen. The tape is sticky and self adhesive but pulling on it slightly as you wind helps it to stick. I wrap it around the pen a couple of times before I place the bottom stem of my flower on the pen, like so.

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Next, you add your flower to the pen and start wrapping the tape around the stem and the pen. And just keep wrapping, until you are almost to the top of your pen!

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To finish off your flower, tear off the end of your floral tape and smooth out onto pen. The tape is sticky and self adhesive. I have found that sometimes, it doesn’t always stay closed at the end (this is 50/50 –some do and some don’t) so if yours isn’t staying closed, add a drop of glue to the end piece or a glue dot to seal it off.

Then you can make a WHOLE BUNCH of them to fill your vase that you are going to make from yesterday’s post and it will look something like this!!

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Hopefully, that all made sense and you are all on your way to making some SUPER CUTE pens right about now!!!

~JESS

Fall Inspired Décor

 

Over the past couple of weeks,  I have been helping two of the lovely ladies at our church office re-do our office space and get it decorated for fall!  We have been doing some painting, deep cleaning, moving furniture, tossing out old furniture, and lots of FUN stuff! And I when I say “WE” I really mean mostly THEY with a dash of me! And I really do mean FUN, I honestly really enjoy the cleaning and purging and painting and decorating process!! I especially LOVE the end result.

And yes Heather, by now, you TOTALLY know this post is coming from Jess! We recently had an email discussion where she told me she could always tell it was me posting (rather than Jenny) by the number of exclamation points and the number of times I capitalize words!!!!!

So back to our office décor, I mainly focused on making our reception area look “pretty”. The gals really wanted it to look more like fall and told me that my spring inspired pencil holder was the first thing that had to go!  I originally shared how to make this one here.

SO I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to do!! I decided to make a fall version of this vase!

I originally shared the instructions for making this vase/pen holder here. But I have since then refined/ changed how I do this process. And the new way is just as easy BUT it makes the glitter actually stick and STAY on the cup!!! When I first decided to make the above vase in blue, I was using Jenny’s method for making Christmas ornaments as seen here. THEN, after making my glitter shoe re-do for Kaylee, I found the same method works AWESOME for making these vases/pen holders!!!  (Sorry for all the link references, but I wanted to explain the changes and let you see the differences for yourself and how you can do the different projects! )

So here are the supplies I needed:

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 I found the vase at the dollar store! (SCORE!!) I had the Mod Podge on hand and the Glitter I got for 50% off with a Jo-Ann’s coupon so it was about $2 so this project only cost me a little over $3.

 

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In a plastic cup, mix together Mod Podge and glitter. I didn’t measure anything, just did a very generous amount of glitter to a good 1/4 cup or so of Podge. If in doubt, add more glitter I say!!

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Then begin painting! I used a foam brush and painted away! Just make sure you can’t see through the vase when you hold it up to the light.  You will see white from the glue, it won’t look as though it is completely covered in glitter but believe me, it is!

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Here is what mine looked like as it was drying. I let it sit overnight to dry!

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This is what it looked like in the morning. I just added a ribbon!

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And here it is on the reception counter, doing it’s job holding our Fall floral pens!  And since the glitter actually stays put, you could use it as a small vase! I haven’t tested what water does to the glue and glitter base but you can slide a clear plastic cup right inside this size vase for added protection if you wanted to use real flowers!

I’ll be sharing a different part of our Fall décor on the blog with you so stay tuned!

~JESS

Decorating for Spring

 

It has snowed TWICE this week! SO I feel a little weird putting up all my Spring decorations…But I am going to choose to be optimistic and put them up anyway and PRAY that spring really is right around the corner! PLEASE….PRETTY PLEASE!

I found a really cute candle holder centerpiece idea on Pinterest not too long ago, and put it in my St.Patty’s Day Folder to add to my March Mantle décor and I was really proud of myself because I actually did get it up in time for St. Patty’s Day! On the 16th!! Talk about cutting it close. But I liked the candle holders so much and I felt that they were actually quite perfect for a good transition into my Spring decorations so I still get to share them with you today! And I REALLY like how they turned out! Thank you so much Two Twenty One for the awesome idea, I NEVER would have come up with this on my own and it was so EASY and so AFFORDABLE!! (My FAVORITE!!!).

Here is my inspiration from Two Twenty One!

 

And here is all you need to make it happen!

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I found the candlesticks at Value Village ($1.99 each, the hurricane vases were $2.77 at Wal-Mart, our local Dollar Store was out of large vases- totally weird!, and the candles were $2 at Wal-Mart, had the E6000 on hand and the Split Peas were $.88.)

The hardest part of the process was removing all the stickers from the bottoms of the vases (those bad boys DID NOT want to come off! Had to whip out the miracle worker- Goo GONE!)

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Next Step was to adhere the candle sticks to the vases with the E6000, Easy Peasy! And then just let it dry! (Seriously, the waiting was hard for me too, I am not the most patient person!)

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Once I waited (FOREVER) at least a few hours for the glue to dry, I added my candles, my peas, and a ribbon and it completed my lovely St. Patty’s Day mantle! FOR A WHOLE DAY!!

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Today I got to work on my Spring Decorations! And thanks to Jenny and her ADORABLE printables, I had the perfect addition to my Spring Mantle and new hurricane vases!!

 

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Have you decorated for Spring yet? It’s coming! I just know it! It has to right…. RIGHT?!

~JESS

Spring is in the air {free 5×7 and 8×10 printables For your spring decor}

Click on any of the four images below to download and print.

For best results print on quality 8.5 x 11 inch quality paper.

Watermark will not be on print when downloaded.

For personal use only.

8×10

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 Click here for the 5×7

8×10

springyellow

Click here for the 5×7

 8×10

springgreen

Click here for the 5×7

8×10

springpurple

Click here for the 5×7

~Jenny

St. Patrick’s Day Fun! 15 ideas to do with your kids.

It’s pretty clear that we like to have fun with every holiday and St. Patrick’s Day is no exception. So, whether you are having a party or just looking for ideas to do with your kids, we have some fun ideas for you to celebrate St. Patty’s Day.

Last year I made my girls these shirts. Click here to see this year’s shirts as well as a download for this template. Or click here to see our burlap stenciled pillows to see how to make the shirts below.  

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For breakfast I made them rainbow waffles and green milk.

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Then I sent them on a treasure hunt using these cute Shamrocks from The Crafting Chicks. {free printable}

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At the end of their treasure hunt they found these simple ‘pots of gold’. I found the glittered baskets at the dollar section at Target. The tags were also from the The Crafting Chicks.

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I like to change things up a bit and keep the kids on their toes, so this year I thought it would be fun to make them this simple breakfast. This is from Thoughtfully Simple. Free printable as well.

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And because my kids love any sort of treasure hunt, I found these cute printables for a treasure hunt from Oopsey Daisy.

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And because this just makes me laugh, I may have to add this to the hunt. This is from Differentiated Kindergarten.

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Here are two ideas to put in your pot of gold at the end of your treasure hunt. The M&M’s idea is from It Is What It Is and the rainbow Twizzlers idea is from Our Best Bites.

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Here are some other fun ideas.

Rainbow pancakes found at I am Baker.

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Rainbow cupcakes also found at Our Best Bites.

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Make green popcorn using Kool-Aid. What? So cool!

This recipe was found on Tasty Kitchen.

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This would be fun for a party! I found this on Pinterest and there was no link back to a website. Looks easy enough to make!

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If you are celebrating, don’t forget to check out our free St. Patricks Day Printables. Click on the images below to take you to the post to download the free printables.

Print on burlap.

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Print on paper (8×10 and 5×7 printables).

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Enjoy~

Jenny & Jess

Scrabble Tile Pendant tutorial {Free Initial Printable}

 

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I originally started making these for Valentine’s Day, but things got so busy that week that I never got around to posting this. So, I decided to create something fun to wear on St. Patrick’s Day.

These are very simple to make. And you can print these initials I designed and use whatever one you’d like.

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What you need:

~Free ‘Initials’ printable (below)

~Glossy Accents/Diamond Glaze (found at craft stores)

~Glitter Glue (optional)

~Scrabble Tiles (can buy in bulk at craft stores)

~E-6000 Glue or Superglue

~Glue Tape Runner or Tacky Glue

~Mod Podge

~Silver Bail (found in the jewelry section at craft stores)

How to make:

1. Download and print the free printable initials below. Cut out the initials you would like to use.

2. Take a scrabble tile and line it up with the initial. You will need to cut it a bit to match it completely to the scrabble tile as they are all slightly different sizes.

3. Glue the paper onto the tile with a glue runner or tacky glue. Press it down hard so that it sticks on well.

4. If you’d like to add some glitter at this point, dab some glitter glue to embellish the shamrock or hearts.

5. Once the glitter is dry then you could Mod Podge over the paper to seal it. (I actually skipped this step.)

6. When everything is completely dry then take your glossy accents (or Diamond Glaze) and follow the directions on the bottle by putting a layer on the tile. It should not run over the edges even thought it seems like it might.

7. Once it’s dried completely add the silver bail to the back. Put it on a chain for your kiddos to wear on St. Patty’s Day or whenever they’d like!

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Click here or on the picture below to download and print.

This is sized to be printed on 8.5 x11 inch paper.

For best results we recommend using a quality matte paper and printing it on an ink jet printer.

Scrabble Tile Initals

~Jenny

 

Hey guys! This is Jess! When I saw Jenny’s adorable Scrabble Tile Necklaces, I got really excited because I have done these before in the past and REALLY LOVE this craft! It is super easy and really cute. When I made my first one, it was at MOPS and the necklace I made was for my daughter Kaylee, she was 4 at the time. She STILL has it and treasures it (She is only 5 now, it’s not like YEARS have passed in between but for a 4 year old to hold onto something, especially my daughter who loses EVERYTHING, it is surprising that this necklace is still being worn and in its original form!). So I thought I would share it with you. And the great thing is, you can not only use Jenny’s stinkin’ ADORABLE initials that she provided but you can also use photos (granted they would have to be small, like the little proof print sheets you get at Costco or Shutterfly when you order your prints) or just use scrapbook paper and cut out a design you like! This is Kaylee’s Necklace below, I did the same steps as Jenny, just used a scrap of scrapbook paper for the butterfly and cut it to size.

 

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Pumpkin roll

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My friend Nichole asked me to design a print for her. In exchange she made me this delicious pumpkin roll. I think it’s obvious from last fall how much I love pumpkin recipes. And who says we can’t eat pumpkin in February? Not me!
 
She even took pictures so we could share it! Seems easy enough to me. Although I appreciate having one delivered and ready to eat.
Thank you Nichole. Love my friends!

Full recipe is below.

Bake Cake and cool for 15 minutes.

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Place cake on clean towel and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cool 10 minutes longer. From 10-inch side, roll cake up in towel. Set aside.

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While cake is cooling in towel, prepare filling.

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Unroll cake. Evenly spread filling over cake.
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Roll up cake (without the towel).
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Wrap in plastic wrap. Cover and chill at least 1 hour.

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Slice before serving. Keep leftover slices refrigerated.
The best part is that it freezes well.

So delicious…

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Pumpkin Roll
Ingredients:
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2/3 cup Pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup All-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • .
  • Filling:
  • 8 ounces Cream cheese — softened
  • 4 tablespoons Butter — or margarine
  • 1 cup Powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
Preparation:

In large bowl, combine eggs and sugar, beating with an electric mixer until thick and light yellow in color. Add pumpkin and lemon juice, mixing until blended.

In separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, spices and salt. Add to egg mixture, mixing well. Spread batter into greased and waxed-paper lined 10-by-15-inch jelly-roll pan.

Bake at 350 ° for 15 minutes. Remove from oven. Cool for 15 minutes. Place cake on clean tea towel sprinkled liberally with powdered sugar. Cool 10 minutes longer. From 10- inch side, roll cake up in towel. Set aside.

While cake is cooling in towel, prepare filling. Beat together cream cheese and butter; stir in powdered sugar and vanilla and blend until smooth.
Unroll cake. Evenly spread filling over cake. Roll up cake (without the towel). Wrap in plastic wrap. Cover and chill at least 1 hour. Slice before serving. Keep leftover slices refrigerated. This pumpkin roll freezes well.

~Jenny

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

Happy Valentine’s Day friends! Or as my friend Christina’s son, Aaron, said, “Happy Single’s Awareness Day!” That totally made me laugh when I saw that today! 

Jenny and I still have a few more “love” inspired crafts to share with you but we are going to spread those out over the rest of the month since in reality you should be expressing your love to your loved ones on more than just one day a year!  I thought I would share with you how we are celebrating Valentine’s Day in our house today.

I should probably first tell you that my hubby and I are not real big on making Valentine’s Day a huge deal to each other. We rarely EVER do gifts or actually go out on Valentine’s Day itself. But we do make sure to write something out to each other or send notes or texts to each other during the day. My hubby is great at being romantic, especially when he is NOT being told he HAS to. In the past we usually just go out to dinner on a different night of that week and get some yummy chocolates to share!  BUT since we are both off sweets right now, there won’t be any chocolates involved (I KNOW, how can it be Valentines without CHOCOLATE? Well, how can I get through ANY DAY without chocolate!).

I do like to shower the kiddos with some fun V-day love though! This year, I picked up a couple bright colored mailboxes from the $1 bin at Target, added some cute stickers and then a few special treats and surprised them with them this morning! They thought it was so awesome! (And I don’t think I spent more than $5 per each kid!)

Here are their mailboxes (which they are already using to send notes back and forth!)

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Cole was super excited for his Valentine Party in class today and Kaylee and I headed off to MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) where she had her own special Valentines to hand out! My Mops group had to bring food this morning so I decided to make these adorable Cupid’s Arrow Red Velvet Cupcakes! They were super easy and fun to make!!

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I made a few of the larger sized ones with arrows and then made mini cupcakes with the rest and just frosted them the same. There are over 60 moms in our group so I needed many cupcakes!

 

I am thinking that I will pick up a heart shaped pizza from Papa Murphy’s for dinner tonight since we usually are juggling martial arts and dinner on Tuesday nights! I am excited to have dinner with my hubby later in the week and I am crossing my fingers that I can drag him get him to take me to see The Vow after dinner!!

What are your plans for the day of LOVE?

~JESS

Valentine Wreath LOVE

 

Valentines Day is only 4 days away! How did that sneak up on me so fast?! Yikes!

A couple of days ago I shared with you 2 different Valentine wreath ideas and today I have another for you! I was going to make 3 wreaths total but one is still a work in progress and with Valentine’s day so close, I think I might be shelving it until NEXT Valentine’s Day!

Darn you Pinterest!!! So many good ideas….so little time!!

Today’s wreath is  a total Pinterest inspiration (seriously, do I even get ideas from anywhere else anymore!). I found this wreath on Pinterest as a Christmas idea and I did end up making one very similar for Christmas. Then I decided I wanted to make one in Valentine colors too! Here is the original wreath from Pinterest:

Aren’t you just SHOCKED that it is made out of rosettes??!! Remember, I warned you! Rosettes and wreaths are sort of a “thing” for me right now! And honestly she has a really good tutorial for rosette making on this page! I tried to do a tutorial but it SO did not work (should have realized I don’t have 3 arms- needed someone to help me with the picture taking as I am rolling!) If you are still confused as to how to make the rosettes, YouTube it, there are a bunch of different tutorials out there!

And my wreath was seriously quite cheap to make! I found a super great secret- Wal-Mart (don’t tell my husband I am promoting Wal-Mart- he might break out in hives! But my step-mom Judy will LOVE me for promoting Wal-Mart!) carries these wreaths for only $3.50 (that is really cheap for this size of wreath!) AND they have the fabric swatches that I use to make my rosettes for only $.97. I paid twice that at another craft store that shall remain nameless (but it rhymes with Show Anns!)  So I bought the wreath for $3.50, 2 fabric swatches (red and white) and the berries I had leftover from Christmas. SO this wreath cost me right about $6 total to make. LOVE it!! (My hubby REALLY loves to hear that!)

So that was my inspiration and here is my actual Valentine wreath! ( I could not get a shot in any better lighting to SAVE MY LIFE! Remember- still haven’t moved that camera off the auto setting!)

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This wreath sits right inside our front door. This sign usually hangs there:

 

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I love changing things out for different seasons, it gives me something new to look at!

~JESS

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