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diy antler hose rack

July 10, 2014

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i’m so happy to begin gardening again. jumping around the country over the last few years made it difficult to grow much, but now that we’re settled it’s time to start homesteading again. i’ll be sharing more of the outside of our home over the next week or so, but today i just want to share a simple and beautiful diy project with you. my new antler hose rack! isn’t she darling?

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diy antler hose rack materials

after i got the idea, i started scouring the web for a suitable (and affordable) pair of faux antlers. when i stumbled across this pair, i thought they were perfect! i knew i wanted to paint them white, so the coloring didn’t matter. here’s what you need!

materials:

pair of faux antlers

high gloss white spray paint suitable for outdoor use

white drinking water hose*

brass twist nozzle*

*of course, you can use your existing hose and nozzle, but since i’ll be watering my vegetable garden with this water, i wanted to get a hose that was suitable to drink from. i’ve also fallen in love with this brass twist nozzle! with a simple twist, it ranges from a fine mist to a powerful spray with all the perfect streams in-between. i use it for everything!

diy antler hose hook by going home to roost

once you’ve gathered your supplies, just apply 2-3 coats of white spray paint to the antlers and let them dry. use a pair of long screws to attach them near your hose spigot. wrap your hose and hang it on the antlers, then smile!

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christmas 'chalkboard' packaging!

well, just like i predicted last year, we had so much black kraft paper left over that i’ve decided to once again have fun with a little christmas ‘chalkboard’ packaging! i usually like to switch things up each christmas, and though the packaging is generally the same as last year, i’ve been super excited to incorporate these instagram inspired gift tags into the designs.

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to make your own chalkboard packaging, the first thing you’ll need is some black craft paper. i got mine right here and it works great, but just like i warned you last year- it’s a HUGE roll! (

next you’ll need a white paint marker that will show up well on black paper. after some trial and error and visiting my local scrapbooking store, this is what i came home with:

1. tim holtz distress marker in ‘picket fence’. this one looks very ‘chalky’. it goes on clear, but quickly dries in white.

2. sakura pen-touch white. this one is easy to work with and shows up really well.

3. crayola white colored pencil. not the greatest option, but it does show up if it’s all you have.

4. painters opaque paint marker. this is another good option. the point is a bit finer so it’s great for more detailed work.

i used the sakura pen-touch last year, but since i couldn’t find it this year (haha) i used the painters opaque paint marker. i enjoyed using it and i think the end result turned out to look really nice!

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this year, i also tried to come up with some more fun doodle ideas. if you like, you can click on the image above to download this as a printable pdf (without the black) to print and use as a reference. sometimes coming up with ideas to doodle can be the hardest part!

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christmas chalkboard packaging!

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i know many of you have done a version of this yourselves from last year. what advice do you have to share? pen types? doodle ideas? best tape to use on black? let’s chat about your projects in the comments area- i’ll meet you there!

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before and after: painted dresser (6)

one of my dear friends gave this vintage chest of drawers to us several years ago, and i’ve had plans for it ever since. for now, it lives in bear’s nursery and is the perfect place for all of his little things (however i can’t lie, i kind of want to use it in our own room!).

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here’s how the dresser looked before…

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and here’s the after! since it was going in the nursery, i decided to use an all natural plant based paint called vega by unearthed. the result was a soft, milky, antique white that i’m simply in love with. side note: i love this paint! you simply mix it using a kitchen mixer and apply it like normal paint. it goes on smoothly and beautifully, with no odor whatsoever. i highly recommend!

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Aug 2 // home

August 2, 2013

Posted by in home decor

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home. and my favorite tree, the guinea chestnut.

the august break this month, i’m excited to be participating in the august break, where i’ll be sharing photos with you from my personal life each day and taking a break from writing “regular” content for going home to roost. meanwhile, i’ll be preparing our hearts and our home for baby roost’s arrival and taking some very special time to spend with my love before we welcome our first son into the world. find out more about the august break and how to join here.

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a few favorite things

March 5, 2013

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here are just a few things i’ve been eying lately that i wanted to share with you. i’ve been loving bold neutrals and as always, white accents to accompany them!

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i first got inspired to order some miniature bottle brush trees after seeing this pretty project from jeni baker over at in color order. with full intentions of bleaching them, then dying them pink and green. however, i had to stop half way through the process!

you see, my theme for christmas this year is white, white, white. actually, it’s the theme for the whole house! i love how sweet, simple and clean it looks. after i finished bleaching these little trees white, i fell in love with them and the winter wonderland they created. just look:

DIY white christmas trees

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i think they’re so pretty and just darling as a center piece. here’s how i did it:

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first, you’ll have to get your hands on some mini bottle brush trees. your local craft store should carry them but if not, you can find them here or here.

diy bottle brush trees

second, all you have to do is let them soak in a bath of warm water and a little bleach (i used 3 capfulls in my sink). the color begins to fade almost instantly. i let mine soak for a few hours until they were completely white, then i simply rinsed them and set them upright on a paper towel to dry overnight.

if you’re only making white trees, then you’re done!

diy dyed bottle brush trees

HOWEVER, if you’d like to dye your trees into a dreamy color combo like these beauties from jeni baker, then you’re half way there! my mom ended up making some pink ones of her own, and the process is really simple. all you need is some rit dye! here’s the how to:

to dye your bottle brush trees:

step one: bleach your trees, following the instructions above.

step two: combine your desired amount of rit dye and warm water in a glass bowl (follow package instructions), and let your tree soak. just keep an eye on the color and remove the tree when you’re happy with it. leaving it in longer will make the color darker or richer.

step three: remove the tree from the dye and rinse with cold water. set on a paper towel to dry.

step four: if you want to add a little bit of extra sparkle (like jeni did), add some glitter using a glitter pen, or glue and loose glitter.

have fun!

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*update! we’ve been at it again! be sure to check out this year’s chalkboard packaging ‘take 2′ with new tips, doodle ideas and instagram inspired gift tags!

christmas chalkboard packaging from #goinghometoroost

as i mentioned earlier, one of my favorite things to do each year is choose a gift wrapping theme. one year it was recycled newspaper, the next was huge glittered initials for each package. last year i used kraft paper and made pretty bows, and this year i’m making ‘chalkboard’ packages! with a little black kraft paper and a few white paint markers, i think they’ve turned out to be really cute. here’s how i did it:

christmas chalkboard packaging from #goinghometoroost

the first thing you’ll need is some black craft paper. i got mine right here and though i’m super happy with it, you should be warned: it’s a HUGE roll! i was so surprised when it came in the mail, i guess i didn’t take care to check out the dimensions! so anyways, we might be doing this next year, too. ;)

christmas chalkboard packaging from #goinghometoroost

next you’ll need a white paint marker that will show up well on black paper. after some trial and error and visiting my local scrapbooking store, this is what i came home with:

1. tim holtz distress marker in ‘picket fence’. this one looks very ‘chalky’. it goes on clear, but quickly dries in white.

2. sakura pen-touch white. this is the one i used for almost all of the packages. it’s easy to work with and still hasn’t run dry, so one is probably plenty!

3. crayola white colored pencil. not the greatest option, but it does show up if it’s all you have.

4. painters opaque paint marker. this is another good option. the point is a bit finer than what i wanted, but would work great for detail work!

christmas chalkboard packaging from #goinghometoroost

the next thing you’ll need is some good ideas! i took some time to sit down and jot down a few ideas before i got started so that i would have something to reference. really anything goes! just in case you would like to use some of the same motifs, i’ve made this a download for you to reference. just click on the image above and print!

christmas chalkboard packaging from #goinghometoroost

christmas chalkboard packaging from #goinghometoroost

christmas chalkboard packaging from #goinghometoroost

so there you have it. my ‘chalkboard’ packages that have been so fun to make! they are simple, affordable and really cute all bundled together.

what are your packaging plans this year?

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the new general store

October 17, 2012

Posted by in simple living

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the new general store is an online shop featuring home furnishings, pantry provisions and garden supplies galore! all boast a beautiful natural and ‘clean’ look that makes you feel fresh and summery. you’ll find white sponges, rosemary olive oils, teak serving boards, linen aprons, wooden garden tools, blackberry jam and mint tea. ahhh.

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