10 Fun Christmas DIY Activities

Hi Friends!!

I survived finals week! I can’t believe I’m officially a senior now and I graduate a year from now… That’s a somewhat terrifying thought.

Now that classes are done, I can really focus on enjoying the holiday season. I wanted to put together a post of 10 fun Christmas DIY activities to help you do the same. So let’s get started!

  1. DIY Snowy Mason Jars — How beautiful are these?! The holly berries and sprigs of garland pull the whole thing together so well. Just add a tea light and you’re all set!
  2. DIY Christmas Sled Ornaments — These are so adorable! I definitely will be making these in the near future. You can use them as ornaments or just little decorative accents around the home. So simple and cute.
  3. Vintage Car with Tree Snow Globes — I am OBSESSED with this!!! I just love the whole red car with the tree on top Christmas theme. These would make such wonderful gifts; or you can make them for yourself. 😊
  4. DIY Tree Mason Jar Snow Globe —  More snow globes!! I actually made these for my friends and I last year and they loved them!! However, I will suggest not to put water in it. A few months later, the dye from the tree began to come off and made the water gross and dirty looking. So if you make them just leave the water out 😊
  5. DIY Mason Jar Lid Ornaments — If you have any random mason jar lids lying around this is the perfect use for them! I love the flannel, but you could use any design you wanted!
  6. DIY Wood Slice Ornaments — I also have some of these, but I did not make them myself. Maybe I will make some of my own next year! They’re super simple and tie in with the farmhouse style with the wood.How to make DIY chalkboard wood slice christmas ornaments. Super easy and a great handmade gift idea!
  7. Saran Wrap Ball Game — My roommate’s mom made one of these and sent it to us during finals week last year and we all loved it!! It’s so much fun and everybody gets prizes. This game is fun for all ages! It’s guaranteed to be a hit at your next holiday party. saran-wrap-ball-game
  8. Christmas Pretzel Buttons — These are one of my all-time favorite holiday treats. The saltiness from the pretzel and sweet from the Hershey kiss and MnM is the perfect combination. These are also simple enough that children can help make them!fullsizeoutput_22af
  9. Melted Snowman Oreo Balls — I’m also a sucker for Oreo balls. How cute are these snowman ones?! These are perfect for any children’s holiday party.
  10. Peppermint Crunch Ice Cream Pie — I love anything peppermint flavored during the holidays. My family made this last year and I think I ate 3/4 of it. It’s just so good—and not to mention easy!

That concludes my fun Christmas DIY activities! I hope you enjoyed this round up and will even participate in some this holiday season.

Take time to slow down and reflect on the reason for the season while enjoying time with friends and family.

Merry Christmas,

Alyssa

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The junior class of our Athletic Training Program at our Christmas Party this past Sunday. We’re one big dysfunctional family. I’m the tree by the way 😂

 

Lodge Christmas Decor

Happy Sunday!

Its officially finals week and I couldn’t be more ready to be done. I just want to be home and experience the holiday season with my family. The 3 week break from school is an added bonus 🙂 It snowed this past weekend too, so that’s helping me get through studying, knowing that break is right around the corner.

Do you know someone that is obsessed with Christmas decor? If not, well now you do because that person is me. There is just something about Christmas decor that makes my heart so happy.

As soon as I got back to school from Thanksgiving break, I put on some Christmas music and went to town transforming our lodge into a Christmas wonderland. I hope you enjoy it as much as all of my suite mates and I do!

The first thing you see is this beautiful wreath on our door that I purchased from Gathered Mercantile in The Amsden (read about the grand opening of The Amsden here.)

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As you step in, you can see the key organizer I made is all decked out!

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One of the side tables:

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This mini tree wrapped in burlap is from Queen Bee Gifts
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Some extra things I had: a candy cane, ornaments and pinecones
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This beautiful mini lantern is also from Queen Bee Gifts
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The mini bottle brush trees are from the Target dollar spot

The other side table:

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A light up reindeer barn and a mini glass christmas tree figurine
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My roommate’s grandma made this adorable little “snow globe”
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Since my roommate is in the army and she’s a nursing major, we had to put out the U.S. Army Field Hospital!
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Some more bottle brush trees and cinnamon scented pinecones from the Dollar Store

Now on to the coffee table!

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Gotta have the letter board in theme too!
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Another mini “snow globe” my roommate’s grandma made
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This cute mini present is from Queen Bee Gifts
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A better view of the whole vignette

TV stand area:

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Garland surrounding the tv with a stocking. I tried to make it look like a mantel with the stockings hanging below the tv.
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I absolutely LOVE this let it snow sign with the birch wood stand!! I got it from a craft bazaar at my school several weeks ago.
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A Precious Moments Christmas house
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I’m obsessed with this Christmas pick from The Found Cottage in Hudsonville, MI! It’s perfectly flocked and has a glittery frostiness to it as well. If I had some birch wood logs in this metal bucket too, it would be the perfect touch!

Window area:

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I added another garland here as well as some ornaments hanging from golden ribbon
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I made the wreath by taking an old metal coat hanger, shaping it into a circle and sliding ornaments on it and adding a bow! You can find the tutorial here.

The tree:

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I love our little tree! It’s a 4 ft, fiber optic tree. I brought the tree skirt from home.
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We already have so many presents under the tree! Those two little Christmas birds were a white elephant gift.
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Another mini tree wrapped in burlap from Queen Bee Gifts on a wooden stool
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I’m obsessed with this super cozy cable knit sweater pillow from the Magnolia Collection at Target!
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Another pillow from the Magnolia Collection. The wreath design is beautiful.
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Our lamp was begging to be decorated too, so I wrapped an extra garland around it.
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My roommate brought a GIANT stocking, so we hung it on the wall between two of the bedrooms
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I connected two strands of colored lights and hung them around the whole living room/kitchen area.
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You can’t decorate for Christmas without colored lights!

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Well, believe it or not, that’s everything! It took several hours to deck the whole place out, but I loved every single minute of it. We have had many people over since and they have all commented about how cozy it feels.

It makes me sad to think I will have to take it all down soon. We don’t get very long to have Christmas decorations up at school, but I’m glad we got to enjoy it for three weeks.

Good luck to anyone who may be taking finals soon. I hope everybody has a wonderful holiday season full of rest, good company, and memories to last a lifetime!

Merry Christmas,

Alyssa

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The Amsden Grand Opening

Hey y’all!

Saturday, November 25th was Small Business Saturday, a day in which community members are encouraged to shop local and support small businesses.

This day was also the grand opening of a new shop called The Amsden in downtown Versailles, KY where Emily Riddle and her husband, Alex, are co-owners. They completely renovated the historic building, built in 1890, and restored the character of its original design.

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Emily Riddle and her husband, Alex
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The original Amsden building

Emily is the mind behind Miss Molly Vintage, a vintage boutique in Lexington. She has her own blog as well. I follow her on Instagram too so I have been obsessing about this opening for months now!

Below are some photos of the beautiful detail of the renovation:

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How amazing is this tile?!?! I can’t handle it!
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I loooove the exposed original brick and lath ceiling
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The string lights are a wonderful touch
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Love the combination of the tile and marble countertops!
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Beautiful original stained glass windows

The Amsden is a unique space that includes a coffee shop and retail area, called Gathered Mercantile, where vendors can rent spaces to sell their own items. Upstairs is more retail space as well as a bourbon bar coming soon!

Some of the vendors of Gathered Mercantile include: Shop Twenty Something, Kindred Spirits and Co., Designs by Ali Rose, Blush Box and Co., Kayla Weber Art, Lexington Design Co., and many more! Items for sale range from home decor items, Christmas decor, clothing items, jewelry, design prints, and my personal favorite, a fresh flower bar!

Before opening The Amsden, the Miss Molly Vintage shop was located at Feather Your Nest in Lexington, a retail space comprised of multiple vendors. Emily said, “As soon as I started planning the retail portion of the Amsden, I knew a collection of local vendors, makers, and artists would be the core of the space.  I’ve always loved featuring and promoting other local brands through Miss Molly Vintage and have wholesaled many of the vendors who will be featured at Gathered Mercantile.  Giving each vendor more of an opportunity to have a permanent space that they can really make their own is an important element of our store.”

Guys everything in here is so beautiful!! Here are some photos from their opening:

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Christmas decor
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How adorable is this fireplace?!
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Fresh flower bar. I LOVE this idea!!
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Beautiful jewelry from Designs by Ali Rose
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Love this little flocked Christmas tree with these signs from The Junq Drawer
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More signs from the Junq Drawer
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Items from Bluegrass Market
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I absolutely love this vintage sled and will definitely have one in my own house one day!
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The horse heads with scarves was a cute touch. I love the marquis board as well!
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Coffee shop area
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How beautiful is this vintage sink for these fresh blooms?!
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Here’s a better view of the simplistic coffee menu

One of the things I love about small businesses is how personal they are in that the owner is right in the middle of everything. With larger businesses, owners are more likely to be behind the scenes. I got to meet Emily at the check out and she is the absolute sweetest!! I’m not kidding when I first saw her I kinda freaked out inside because I’ve followed her for a while it was almost like meeting a celebrity haha.

I literally wanted to buy everything in the shop, but I obviously don’t have enough money for that with my college student budget, so I bought this adorable pine wreath!

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The grand opening went better than they could have ever imagined, going through over a month’s worth of supplies the first day!!

I have a dream about opening up my own shop one day so I wanted to ask Emily some questions about how she got her start. Her answers are below:

  1. How did the idea of opening your own store go from dream to reality?

“I have always had the dream/idea of owning my own business since I was a little girl.  The problem was narrowing down my many ideas and passions.  I was patient and wanted to wait until the perfect time and opportunity.  I think it worked out for the best because I was able to develop a good following through social media and really get people excited about the businesses.  The Amsden building had been for sale since we moved to Versailles but after the price was cut in half, we made an offer before we even knew what to do with it!  After walking through a few more times, I developed a vision for the space and felt like it was the right fit for my first storefront.”

  1. How did you get your start blogging and how did you become more “noticed”?

“I started blogging in 2014 after deciding to leave my part-time job and focus on Miss Molly Vintage full-time.  At the time, Miss Molly Vintage was just my booth space in Feather Your Nest, but I knew I wanted to expand the shop to online and add a blog and decorating services.  I really didn’t feel like I got “noticed” until I started posting about our home renovation last year and people really latched on to that.”

  1. What advice would you give to someone who has the dream opening up their own store one day?

“Be ready to work!  I enjoy all aspects of the retail business but some are definitely more fun than others.  I’m learning to delegate more, especially with tasks that I don’t enjoy as much or am not as good at.  Mostly, if you are passionate about something and believe in your vision, you are bound to succeed.”

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Emily after the grand opening

You can view The Amsden’s website and Emily’s blog at: https://www.theamsden.com and http://www.gatheredky.com

Get out and visit The Amsden at 151 S Main St in Versailles!

Don’t forget to support your local small businesses!

xoxo,
Alyssa

Best of Farmhouse Christmas Decor

Seasons Greetings!!

Did y’all have a wonderful Thanksgiving? I know I did! Just being home for a few days, spending time with family, catching up on some rest, and not having to worry about school work was much needed. Now that Thanksgiving has passed, the Christmas season is in full swing! I wanted to post a compilation of all my favorite Christmas decor items to give you some inspiration for your holiday season.

Grab a cup of coffee (or hot chocolate) and let’s get started!

Stockings:

 

  1. Burlap Christmas Stocking

  2. Holiday Stocking Plaid Cuff – Green – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia

  3. Cable Knit Stocking – Wondershop™

  4. Plaid Pom Holiday Stocking – White/Red – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia

  5. White Cable-Knit Sweater Stocking
  6. Pompom Holiday Stocking – Red – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia

  7. Buffalo Plaid Flannel Black & White Lumberjack Check 21 inch Christmas Stocking Handmade
  8. Plaid Holiday Stocking – Green – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia

  9. Plaid Holiday Stocking – White/Black – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia

  10. Cotton Stocking

Wreaths/Garlands:

 

  1. Snowberry Wreath
  2. Rustic Christmas Antler Wreath
  3. St. Nicholas Square® Pre-Lit Artificial Snowy Pine Wreath

  4. Artificial Sage/Pine Garland (6ft) – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia

  5. Nearly Natural Artificial Snowy Pine Cone Wreath

  6. 6ft Unlit Red Poinsettia and Ornaments Artificial Pine Christmas Garland – Wondershop™

  7. Monogram Holiday Wreath
  8. 30″ Unlit Red Berry Gold Ornaments Pinecones Artificial Mixed Pine Christmas Wreath – Wondershop™

  9. Pine & Berry Wreath (20″) – Threshold™

  10. White Christmas Wreath
  11. 22″ Red Berry Artificial Wreath

  12. 6ft Unlit Burlap Poinsettia and Ornaments Artificial Pine Christmas Garland – Wondershop™

Throw Pillows:

 

  1. Jingle Christmas Pillow Cover
  2. Black and White Buffalo Check Pillow Cover
  3. O Come All Ye Faithful Set of 2 Pillow Covers
  4. Jolly Foil And Sequin Pillow

  5. Plaid Gold Foil Reindeer Pillow
  6. Winter Snowflake Embroidery Pillows Covers

  7. Tree & Truck-Rustic Christmas Pillow Cover
  8. Christmas Tree Farm Pillow Cover
  9. Merry and Bright Grain Sack Style Pillow Cover
  10. Nordic Christmas Tree Pillow—DIY
  11. Red and White Buffalo Check Pillow Cover

  12. Dashing Through the Snow Throw Pillow
  13. Knit Tassel Throw Pillow (18″) – Cream – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia

  14. Embroidered Wreath Throw Pillow (14″) – Cream – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia

  15. Plaid Throw Pillow (18″) – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia

The majority of these are covers, meaning the pillow is not included. You can buy inserts here: http://rstyle.me/n/cuanckb6hgf

Decor:

 

  1. Cozy Knit Ivory Tree Skirt

  2. Mini Silent Night Scroll

I hope that supplied you with a sufficient amount of inspiration! I absolutely can’t wait to start decorating the lodge when I get back. I’ll probably do a post about how I decorated, so be on the lookout for that!

Feel free to share this post with anyone who needs some Christmas decor inspiration in their life 🙂

Very Merrily,

Alyssa

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Magnolia Hearth and Hand Collection

Hello happy readers!

Today I’m going to be sharing about the new Magnolia Hearth and Hand line at Target. When I heard that two of my absolute favorite things, Magnolia and Target, were collaborating I almost went into heart failure. The collection debuted on Sunday, November 5th at Target stores around the country as well as online.

Unfortunately I was not able to go to the opening because of an athletic training conference, but I did get to check out some of the beautiful pieces online! I’m not even kidding when I say I was watching Joanna’s Instagram stories of the collection and was literally crying because of how beautiful everything was. I need help.

The collection consists of kitchenware, linens, home decor, throw pillows, and even some Christmas decor! The majority of the items all have a black, gold and green color scheme going on—perfect for Joanna’s neutral style and also for Christmas! These items will make perfect Christmas gifts for the Magnolia lover in your family. The best part of all is that it’s so affordable! I had to have so much self control not to literally buy everything. My bank account made that decision a little easier for me, but I’m just going to pretend it was me. You better believe when my next paycheck rolls around, Joanna Gaines is getting my business.

Alright I’m going to quit yapping and just let you see some of the amazing items in the collection for yourself. Click on the pictures for the link!
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And that’s not even half of it! I encourage y’all to go to the stores yourself or hop online and look at the great selection they have.

Happy shopping 🙂

xoxo

Alyssa

Vintage Market Days: Bushel and a Peck!

Hey friends! Long time no see!! It’s been a while since I’ve last posted. Life as a full-time college student can get a little crazy, especially with midterms, group projects happening and finals right around the corner!

I’m sure y’all have been waiting to read another post so let’s get started!

This past weekend was the second Vintage Market Days of Lexington event. They had another event this spring, you can read about here! When I found out they were having another event in the fall, I was beyond excited! This kind of stuff is my jam so I am always looking for another shop or event where I can stock up on my vintage goodies.

The theme for the fall show was “Bushel and a Peck.” How cute is that name?! It just seems so sweet and southern to me and really captures the essence of the event. It was hosted at the Kentucky Horse Park in the covered arena on October 20-22 (Friday-Sunday). That weekend was actually my fall break from school, so it worked out perfectly! I had to stay at school all Friday for an athletic training obligation, so I attended the event on Saturday. Eric and Mimi Griffith are the owners and were so kind to send me some tickets to the Saturday show for free. Thank you so much!!!

I didn’t have any ideas in mind of what I was looking for, but I knew I would find something I loved. I love it when an item jumps out at you that you absolutely love and didn’t know you needed, but now you must have!

Sabrina, Betsy and I arrived around 2pm on Saturday. There was hardly any line to get in, which was great. We just handed over our tickets, were given wristbands, and we were on our merry way!

When you first entered, there was a very cute display where you could take pictures. Here is the one of us!

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The arena was filled with vendors from all over the country! We walked around and looked at all the wonderful booths. There were some really great items! The beautifully detailed chair below caught my eye and when I looked at the price tag, I was floored. It was only $25!!! That my friend, is a steal. I seriously debated on getting it for a while, but ultimately decided against it, because 1. I’m a college student and have no need for it at the moment (that’s what my friends said, I could find a need for it lol) and 2. I think it would be really fun to find an unfinished chair and paint and distress myself. So sadly, I left the amazing chair behind. I hope someone else bought it because it really was a beautiful chair for a great price!

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We continued on our quest for vintage treasures. I found these AWESOME corbels for 2 for $25! (If you have no idea what corbels are, like every other person I’ve talked to about them, they are usually wooden, sometimes metal, triangular shaped pieces that you put in a doorway. True corbels are use for support but some are simply for decorative purposes. Anybody who watches Fixer Upper knows what I’m talking about.) Anyway, I immediately picked them up because usually vintage corbels can go for $40 or more each. The booth had a mix of blue and white ones and of course I picked white. The owner was even so kind to tie them together with twine to make it easier to carry. What an awesome buy!

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There were several other things that I wanted to buy, but ultimately ended up not getting. There were a variety of adorable pillow covers that I loved! One was fall themed and the other was Christmas themed. I almost bought the Christmas one, but noticed that the printing was a little messed up, so unfortunately, I didn’t buy it. The fall one was a little more than I was willing to spend. I have seen very similar ones to these on Etsy before, so I thought I would just buy them from there eventually. Here are some examples:

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Sabrina and Betsy both bought some delicious fudge from a vendor. I just got some free samples 🙂 That was their reward for me dragging them to events like this, haha. Thanks guys, you rock. Betsy also bought some really cute, small, knit pumpkins for her mom. Sabrina also got a gift for her mom for Christmas, which I won’t share in case you’re reading this Kim 😉

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The knit pumpkins Betsy bought

Overall, it was a spectacular event! We all had a wonderful time and were pleased with the items we bought. Here are some pictures of other items vendors were selling:

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As you can see, there were plenty of great items for sale! There were fall items as well as Christmas ones, food, clothing, decorations, greenery, signs, and true antique pieces. There was something for everybody! The Vintage Market has become one of my favorite events and I look forward to their next show (they haven’t released a date yet, but when they do, I will include it here!)

Thanks for dropping by today; be on the lookout for another post soon!

Much love,

Alyssa

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Fall Decor & a DIY Pumpkin Makeover

Happy Fall y’all!

Friday officially marked the first day of fall—even if the weather didn’t seem to get the memo (it’s been 90 degrees the past few days.) Fall is my absolute favorite season. The leaves changing colors, blanket scarves, my birthday is during fall, I love fall activities such as going to orchards and baking fall goodies, and oh mini pumpkins!!! I love them to the point where its a little unhealthy.

Today I’m going to be sharing with y’all a little DIY I did on some Dollar Tree pumpkins as well as how I styled the lodge for fall. So without further ado, let’s get started!

I picked up some plastic mini pumpkins and gourds from the Dollar Tree with the idea of painting them in mind. I wanted to paint them a pastel green and a light grey. I know a lot of people might be thinking, why?? Pumpkins are orange! Well this is true, but there actually are some pumpkins that are white and light green. With the farmhouse look, orange pumpkins would stick out like a sore thumb. This is why I went for the more neutral colors.

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This is what they looked like before
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The chalk paint I used

The paint I used is from Michael’s. It’s called Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in the shades Vintage and Yesteryear. It took several coats to completely cover the whole thing. The good thing about chalk paint is that it dries really quickly!

 

 

 

 

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I didn’t like how the plastic stem made it look so fake, so I took it off and found some sticks outside and broke them to the length I wanted and hot glued it on! I think it makes it look much better!!!

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After they were all painted, I removed the plastic stems

Here is the final product:

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After I hot glued sticks on for the stems (much more real looking!)

I also got this large pastel orange pumpkin from TJ Maxx for $17.99. They also had a pastel green one that I loved, but I just couldn’t buy two and I already had the green color on my mini ones.

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Last Saturday, Fairmount was having a cute little market, so my friend Andi and I went. One booth was selling white mini pumpkins for $1 and I almost keeled over right there. I told Andi to give me a limit or I would literally buy like 20. She told me three. I stuck to it even though I wanted to buy more. I was in such a good mood for the rest of the day. I LOVE MINI PUMPKINS!!!

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Yesterday, a few of my friends and I went to Jacob’s Family Orchard in New Castle, IN. I love going to orchards during the fall. They make me so happy! There was a beautiful sunflower field that we took photos in. They had free samples of apple cider donuts as well as apple cider slushes. We picked out some pumpkins as well. I got two more white mini pumpkins for only 75 cents! (I don’t have a problem.) Everything was very fall-esque except for the weather. It was 90 degrees and we were SWEATING. So the apple cider slushes definitely helped cool us down. I’m so excited to go to more orchards this fall season!

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Now I will show y’all how I decorated my collection of pumpkins around the lodge:

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I love the pumpkins stacked on one another in the glass dome. So cute!!

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The sunflower bucket I talked about in this post!
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On the tv stand

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That’s it! The lodge is so much happier with all the pumpkins around. Fall is just getting started and I can’t wait to see what the rest of it holds!

Thanks for stopping by,

XOXO,

Alyssa

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North Lodge 103 Reveal

Hey y’all! Happy Thursday!

I know many of you have been dying to see the lodge since I moved in and I’m so excited to finally show you!

Let the tour begin!

This is the front door to our lodge featuring the wreath I made this summer!

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Just as you step into the lodge is the mail/key organizer I made. It’s still holding up strong!

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Let’s move on to the bedroom. Ray Bay (her real name is Rachel, that’s just what we call her) and I share this room, but I’ll just show you my side.

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I raised my bed to the highest setting so I could have plenty of storage space underneath. I also hung up flower lights and clothes pinned pictures of my friends to them.

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I brought my mini fridge in case there wasn’t enough room in the big fridge in the kitchen (right now it’s pretty full!)

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On top of the mini fridge is this print which I absolutely LOVE!! It has lots of different words that make up Kentucky. I bought it from Decorator Warehouse in Downtown Lexington for $10. I love prints like this and am interested in doing something like this myself. If anybody knows how please let me know! The frame is from Hobby Lobby (I got it for 50% off!)

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My desk area

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Dresser area

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Now let’s move on to the kitchen!

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Our kitchen table and coffee mug holder

Fresh flowers make the kitchen table so much happier (and in an Ale8 bottle to remind me of home) Also featuring the awesome picket fence napkin holder I got at Traderbaker’s when we went to Falling Rock!

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Our stove area featuring my letter board. I probably won’t keep it here all the time to make more counter space. It will float around the lodge from time to time.

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Sink/fridge area

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I LOVE these awesome plant printables from Magnolia!

Here’s the link to get your own! https://magnoliamarket.com/plant-illustration-printable/

 

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Some tassels I hung up made from tissue paper (super easy!)

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Next up is the bathroom!

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The door to the bathroom
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Sink/vanity area

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Shower area featuring the Get Naked sign I mentioned in this post!

Now for the main event! The living room! This is the room I was most excited to decorate and I’m really happy with how it turned out.

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Blanket ladder with some cotton stems and a wooden stool with a book and succulent on it

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The coffee table vignette
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The wooden crate bookshelf I put together this summer
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The end table I completely remodeled this summer! The topiary is from Target.

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The drop cloth curtains I put up
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Some more tassle garlands made out of tissue paper

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Well that’s all folks! I’m so glad that we get to live in a lodge this year. Having a living room and kitchen just make the whole experience better. It makes me excited to have my own place one day!

I hope y’all enjoyed this little tour. If you have any questions about anything, feel free to ask! And again, if anyone knows how to design your own prints like the Kentucky one above, please let me know!

Much love,

Alyssa

Farmhouse Style Basics

Hello Friends!

If you have followed akentuckygirlsthoughts for some time now, you know that I am in love with the Farmhouse/vintage style. However, you may not know exactly what this style entails, so today I am going to explain the basics of farmhouse style. Buckle your seatbelts because we’re about to start!

I’ve come up with several characteristics of farmhouse style. Those four things are:

  1. Neutral colors
  2. Repurposed items
  3. Wood and metal
  4. Floral/greenery

Let’s start with Neutral colors. The most popular farmhouse style color hands down is white. However, other colors are commonly used as well such as beiges, greys and muted greens. Here is a great example of a neutral farmhouse color palette:

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As you can see, the whites don’t have to be stark white. Most of them have more of a cream look. When it comes to furniture or decor items, the majority of the time, they’re going to have white chippy paint. The whole point of farmhouse style is that everything doesn’t look perfect. So if you’re coffee table that has white painted legs gets some paint chipped off, don’t fret, over time it will get more and more chips and it will just look aged. I will say that the aged look is not for everyone. Some may say that it just looks dirty or cheap, but I have come to love the imperfections.

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The chips in this hutch give it so much character

Next on our list is repurposed items. This is a huge part of farmhouse style. The saying “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” rings true here. Farmhouse style uses items that people normally would not think of using for decor. Old books that are falling apart, a splintered wooden crate, a rusted bucket, or a window with the paint chipping off are all classic items used in the farmhouse style. Even giving furniture that isn’t exactly what you’re looking for a new coat of paint, makes it a brand new piece. Giving new life to vintage items is the bread and butter of farmhouse style. The best place to find vintage items are at garage sales, auctions, older family members and vintage markets. Older items tell a story, which gives your home character. Here are some examples of repurposed items:

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An old Canada Dry crate being used as a platform for pumpkins for fall
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An old scale with the paint chipping off, but it’s still so beautiful!
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Old bucket being used as a planter
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An old window with the paint chipping off being used as decor. I love it in this space!
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A ladder being used as a laundry hanger (functional and decorative!)

The third characteristic of farmhouse style is wood and metal. We’ve already seen a little of this in the pictures above, but these are the two most popular mediums in farmhouse style. Both are timeless and easy to find vintage items made of them. Galvanized metal is more popular than shinier metal because it looks more vintage. One way to incorporate wood into your home is by having wood floors. Here are some examples of metal and wooden items in the farmhouse home:

 

 

Last but not least is floral/greenery. Whether they are real or faux, every home looks so much happier with flowers! If you find the right kind, florals can be used in the home all year round! Here are some examples of floral/greenery in the farmhouse home:

 

 

Now you know the farmhouse style basics! Even if you don’t decide to totally transform to farmhouse style, even implementing some of these characteristics will make any home look fantastic! I hope y’all liked this overview of farmhouse style!

Have a fantastic Thursday,

xoxo,

Alyssa

Letter Board Love

Hey Friends!

Before technology ruled the world, times were much simpler. Written word was used just about everywhere. One way was by a letter board. Restaurants and churches used these for menu boards, attendance numbers, as well as a multitude of other things.

I have been wanting a letter board for quite some time now, but the ones I had found online were so expensive! (Over $25 plus shipping—no thanks.) So you can imagine my excitement when I found out that Hobby Lobby was having a sale on their letter boards for 50% off!! (Thanks to a local Lexington blogger I follow on Instagram!) That’s right! I practically ran to my car and raced all the way down Nicholasville Road.

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When I got there, I picked up the last one in the size and color I was wanting. I took it as a sign that it was meant to be. And it was only $14!! PTL

Obviously when you go to Hobby Lobby you can’t just get what you came to buy. It’s like Target, you get sucked in. I could literally spend years in Hobby Lobby and never get bored. And guess what? Like half of the store was half off!! Not really, but metal and wood decor items were (and what else do you really need, amirite?) I got two other items for 50% off as well and walked out of the store grinning from ear to ear. That is until I saw a Christmas tree. A CHRISTMAS TREE. DECORATED FOR FALL. IN JULY. WHAT. You can’t mix those two things!! It was an outrage let me tell you.

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Back to my letter board. There are endless possibilities when it comes to decorating your letter board. You can change it up as often as you’d like and you can display it in a variety of places. I just really enjoy the simplicity of it all and the fact that it doesn’t require me to have good handwriting. This requires zero talent to decorate. You just put the tabs into the grooves on the board and VOILA!

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This is what the letters look like when you first open it. Gently break off the letter and place it on your board!
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The tab on the back of the letters

Here are some examples of different ways you can style your letter board:

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You can display your letter board on a hutch
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Or hang it on your door
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Style it on a bookshelf
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Display it anywhere around the house!

I hope you enjoyed this post! I know I did! I can’t wait to play around with my board again!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Alyssa