DIY Fall Fabric Flower Wreath

Well, if a new wreath doesn’t say, “It’s fall,” I don’t know what will! One of my favorite easy crafts to do is a quick wreath for our doors. I think a wreath goes a long way to make the home a happy place, and it’s just so darn easy! For you crafty girls, it’s a fun way to relax. And for you non-crafty girls, it’s an easy project to make you look craftier than you are 😉

All you need:

– Grapevine wreath
– hot glue gun & glue sticks 
– fabric scissors
– felt (scraps would work here)
– fabric swatches – at least 8 inches wide and 21 inches long
Oh, and a nice treat makes it pretty fun, too ;).
Lay out your fabric and decide how you’d like to start making your flowers. Unfold the fabric, cut a small slit about 2-3″ from the edge, and rip fabric to the end. You want your fabric to be long, so cut along the short edge and rip length-wise. You will do this for each flower.

Tie a knot at the end of the fabric, then begin twisting and rolling the fabric around the knot to form the fabric flower.

This is where the felt comes in. Cut small circles out of the felt, to serve as backing for your flower. The felt circles will help your flower hold its shape, as well as attach to the wreath easier.

After rolling your flower, use the hot-glue gun to attach a felt circle to the backside of the flower. Then get to work! I got into a nice rhythm of cutting circles, rolling a flower, gluing it to a circle, and repeating. Continue until you’ve made all the flowers you desire! I did four of each color.

Arrange your fabric flowers as you see fit onto your wreath, then glue, hang, and enjoy!

Have any questions? Leave a comment and I’ll help you out!


October Goals

Okay, I know I say this every single month… but HOW is it October already?! It’s going to be Christmas before you know it. And that honestly makes me really excited, so I’m okay with it.

I do have to say, though, that for some reason, I’m really feeling October. I think this month is going to be a great month for enjoying routines and growing a lot. The first two weeks will be pretty crazy – we’ve got a friend coming into town for a quick trip, and then we are visiting my family & attending my 5 year high school reunion. This will be my first trip since we moved, so I’m excited to go back to my hometown! Jacob gets to travel periodically for work, so that stinker has been several places already ;). I’m going a little stir crazy.

So, here’s what I’d like to focus on this month:

+ make 2 new recipes.

I loved intentionally making this happen last month, because I’ve actually enjoyed cooking lately. This month I’d like to try making this (I’m a sucker for all things soup in the fall) and this (I’m also a sucker for slow Saturday mornings when good food is involved). And part of this goal is definitely trying to grow as a cook, both in skill and in passion.

+ call 3 friends who are far away.

I also loved this goal from last month, so this is definitely happening again. It’s so hard for me to remember to catch up with people I love who are out of my tunnel vision. I want to make this a priority – it’s so life giving and it reminds those ladies that I love ’em!

+ get into Scripture daily, before reading anything else.

In the name of busyness, opening my Bible often falls to the bottom of my to-do list. This month, as I’m working on maximizing my moments, I’m also working on prioritizing well.

+ go out of my way to love Jacob well.

He’s my person, so there’s no extra explanation necessary. 😉

And here’s how I did last month:

+ finish the Harry Potter series.

Well, I got through book 5 and decided to take a breather. I wanted to review a different book for Operation Read Your Shelves, so I’ll pick this back up next week :).

+ go on at least 2 date nights with Jacob.

Check! 🙂

+ reevaluate my commitments and ask God where I really need to be

I can say I did pretty dang good in this category. I’ve shifted my responsibilities around and, while I’m definitely busy, I feel good about where I’m spending my time.

+ call 3 friends who live far away

I also did this pretty well this month! Not only did I complete it, but I’m so glad I did this! I’m not very good at keeping up with long-distance friendships, and I really want to grow in it. These conversations are always so encouraging and rewarding.

+ make 2 new recipes

I knocked this one out of the park! I made these, this, this, this and some delicious new smoothies.

+ finish half marathon training well

I finished well, but due to some unforeseen circumstances, I won’t be running the race on Sunday. I am, though, extremely proud of how far I’ve come! Never in my life have I dreamt I could run 9 miles and still be smiling after ;).

What are you working on this month? How can we encourage each other?!


Let’s Maxi-mize Every Moment

Top : Loft (similar)  |  Maxi : Gap (similar)  |  Boots : Target (similar)  |  Bag : Fossil (old)  |  Earrings : Kohl’s (old)

All of a sudden, I realized yesterday it really is fall. As I drove through town, I saw fresh pops of bright colors in the trees, leaves scattered across the ground and a nice, cool breeze that kept the treetops swaying. I couldn’t help but feel excited for apple picking (and eating!), baking treats, bringing out my winter hats and cozying up to some hot chocolate. I think I’m ready for it.

This fall, I’m trying to grow in being present in the here and now. I’m asking God to open up my eyes to see where I’m really needed and to be all in while I’m there. Whether that’s cooking and eating dinner with my husband, leading a Bible study for students, meeting with gals one on one, running to discipline my body, trying to quiet my mind when it’s time for bed, or talking on the phone without half-listening. As a woman who loves to-do lists and efficiency, sometimes the most simple tasks, like the ones listed above, are the most difficult. How do you slow down when your life is trudging forward on autopilot?

Today I’m linking up with Maegen and Jana for The Creative Closet. Head on over to their blogs to check out their “Maxi Moment” looks, as well as the other lovely ladies who join in on the fun!


7 things we didn’t expect after marriage

+ That I could possibly fall in love more. I thought I was in love when we were dating, and then again when we got married. It’s amazing how much a heart can grow when you spend every day together.

 + That your wedding is a beautiful, fabulous day and your honeymoon is literally paradise … but then you come back and live totally normal, everyday lives together. There is so much more to marriage than your wedding and your honeymoon. The every day life lived after is the best part.

 + Sometimes my heart literally overflows with joy when I watch him genuinely laugh.

 + How did I not know the name of his childhood friend or how he loved the lunch lady in elementary school? I thought I knew everything about this man and yet, everyday I learn more.

 + That you literally have a partner in everything from your wedding day on out: money spending and saving, dreaming, moving across the country, making new friends, trying new restaurants, seeing movies, roadtripping, etc. It’s so comforting knowing that I have a go-to person and he will always be my person.

+ That some nights would look like lying in bed, watching YouTube videos, and cracking up with laughter. It’s so fun.

 + That I would ever need someone so much that I get frazzled when I have to make my own coffee in the morning or have to lay a pillow next to me all night when he’s gone so I don’t feel alone.

Now that we’ve officially sapped you out, go say hi to Samantha, who co-wrote this post with me!

My favorite part about marriage is that I’m still learning more about Jacob almost every day… they may be small things, but there’s something to be said about knowing someone better than just about anyone else in the world. I’m excited for a lifetime of that. What’s something you have learned or noticed after marriage that you didn’t expect?!


Magnolia Must Reads | 27

Happy Saturday! I say this so much, but I absolutely adore Saturday mornings. I got up at 8 today, cleaned the kitchen, made the muffins I mention below and got to marinating chicken for our get-together tonight! I’m sipping coffee (in my PJ’s!) and kind of already Christmas shopping via Etsy. I love the weekends.

Be sure to check out some of my favorite Etsy finds this morning under the gift suggestion list below – but leave a comment telling me which of the links is your favorite!

Also! Check out the Instagram Loop Giveaway info below on my shop’s Instagram (@MagnoliaStreetShop) – I’m giving away one of the gorgeous customized-to-you handmade banners above!

Happy weekending! 😉

Life & the world around us

+ Let the redeemed say so, even if it’s not a perfect story. 
+ So you think you’re “too busy?” Read this.

What I want to make this week:
+ These delicious flourless chocolate chip oatmeal muffins.

Christmas is coming.. be warned: gift ideas.
+ For him: Shaving accessories by Mercer + James.
+ For the travelers: How to plan a vacation for 2 for under $1,000.
+ For the friend who is far from home: A home state print.
+ For the kitchen queen: “Whip it” apron.
+ For her: Bicycle tee.
+ For the tech lover: iEverything cord organizer.

Instagram Loop Giveaway Alert!
 + Go check out @MagnoliaStreetShop today at 2pm to see the awesome 16 shop loop giveaway – 16 winners! 
What you may have missed….

Believe in yourself, have some guts & make it happen.

Isn’t she beautiful? My run last night, while a complete mental battle, was filled with beautiful scenes. I couldn’t help but notice all the fall flowers on porches, wildflowers along the road and this stunning sunflower.

Last night was my first run in quite some time that was quiet. I almost always have a running buddy, and for the few times lately I haven’t, I’ve brought music to accompany me. But this run was just me and my loud mind, for all five miles. It was intimidating, but also freeing.

Due to some unforeseen circumstances, I’ll be running my race solo a week from Sunday. Tonight’s run really let that scary truth sink in. Because I haven’t been running solo often, I learned my pacing is horrible, which of course made me nervous about pacing 13 miles by myself! Well, surrounded by a crowd of people running faster than me, anyway ;).

But with each pounding footstep, I told myself to keep going. Even though it was scary, even though it was hard, and even though I’m still unsure about my race… I kept going.

Last night I learned a huge lesson in being brave and doing hard things, which seems to be the theme of my life lately. What makes it the most difficult, though, is that it’s almost completely a mental game. Friends, I know this is cliche, but you can do whatever you set your mind to do – you really can. Believe in yourself, have some guts and make it happen.

There are a lot of exciting things brewing in my life right now, both blog related dreams and other crazy dreams of mine, I can hardly focus on one thing at a time. But none of them would be happening if I didn’t allow myself to think big and then believe those dreams could become a reality. Friends, life is short. Do things you love to do, be around people who inspire you and chase your dreams, y’all. Even if it’s scary at first.

Take one step at a time.