Tour through Blogland – Home. Made. Interest.

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 We’re so excited because today we are participating in a Tour Through Blogland! Erin from The Blue Eyed Dove gave us a peek at her home and the projects she is working on last week and was sweet enough to invite us to give our own tour this week. Erin loves crafting, decorating, party planning, shopping (a girl after our own hearts!) and has a fun blog where she shows off her creativity. Make sure you hop over to her blog and check out all of the things she’s been working on!

Today we’re giving all of you a peek at our houses and answering a few questions about our blog and our blogging process. Then at the end we’ll introduce you to a couple of our favorite bloggers and they will share their homes/projects with you next Monday! :)

We’ll start with my (Kat’s) house…

It’s taken me a few years and multiple decorating attempts to really find my style but I think I’m finally there. I’m a mid-century modern kinda girl! I recently replaced my couch with a mid-century modern sectional that I love and I’ve added drum shade ceiling fixtures. My color scheme is slowly transitioning over to shades of gray with teal accents.

Mid Century Modern Sectional {www.homemadeinterest.com}

 My latest big project is new built-in bookcases for my living room that I made using Billy Bookcases from Ikea. My dad was nice enough to spend a couple of weekends working on it with  me and I loved doing it. It has totally transformed the room!

Ikea Hack Billy-to-Built-Ins {www.homemadeinterest.com}

You might be able tell from some of my knick knacks I’m also slightly peacock obsessed…it’s nice to have more room for all of the cute decor I come across.

Ikea Hack Billy-to-Built-Ins {www.homemadeinterest.com}

Melinda: My decorating style is rustic and focal point of my house is the large flagstone fireplace in the living room. I fell in love with my house because of it. A couple of years ago I made it my mission to find the perfect mantel for it. It took a lot of searching and a long drive out to a small salvage yard in the middle of no where but in the end I found it!

Mantel Before & After {www.homemadeinterest.com}

I now have a beautiful, 100+ year old, barnwood beam as my mantel and I love it! My other rustic decor has kind of grown up around it and all that shelf space gives me lots of room to display my crafty projects.

Barnwood mantel {www.homemadeinterest.com}

On to the questions….

What are we working on?

We always have so many projects floating around in our heads! With two houses the list of things to do is never-ending.

Kat: Right now I have a list a mile long of D.I.Y stuff I want to get done around the house. I have big plans for a table/shelf behind my sofa, which is a sectional that will give me a place to put lamps and push the sofa away from the wall a little. I also have an Ikea Rast hack (side table makeover) that I’ve been dreaming up. I think I have it planned out now so I’m hoping to get it started soon.

Instagram Photo Frame {www.homemadeinterest.com}

Instagram Photo Frame Kat made Melinda for Christmas

Melinda: I have just about conquered the blank walls in my living room and now I’m ready to try reupholstering a chair for my guest room. This will be my first time reupholstering anything so wish me luck! You’ll probably be seeing a few posts on headboards in the next few months since both Kat and I have beds we’d like to make headboards for.

Gallery Wall {www.homemadeinterest.com}

Melinda’s gallery wall with several of our projects #Family Art and Scrabble Tiles

How does our work differ from those in our genre?

Hmm, I know we’re all supposed to be unique but I don’t think we differ all that much from others in our genre. We’re fun-loving ladies who like to create things. I think the fact that we are two besties working together makes us a little different, and the fact that we both come from different perspectives. Melinda is a mom, and loves all things rustic and I’m an aunt who’s a fan of midcentury modern. Of course, in the end we both just love beautiful rooms and creative projects no matter what style they are.

Important Dates Art {www.homemadeinterest.com}

What a Difference a Day Makes art Kat made Melinda for her birthday…do you see a theme here?

Why do we write/create what we do?

We started working on home décor, D.I.Y. and craft projects together and separately long before we began writing our blog. We love to create things, plan parties and just see what kind of stuff we can come up with and whether or not we can actually do it. I’d say Pinterest is what really motivated us to start working on more projects. We’d see so many cool ideas and we got tired of just re-pinning them and never actually making any of them. So, we started having a weekly craft night, and then we decided we wanted people to see what we were doing. Eventually we got around to starting our blog, just a short 4 months ago, and here we are :) .

Upcycled cans {www.homemadeinterest.com}

We upcylced almond cans into succulent planters

How does your writing creative process work?

We’re planners. We make lists, we make schedules, we sit around the table brainstorming. We get together at least once a week and if we aren’t working on a project we are planning out our next three. Currently we have several blog post categories that we want to cover each month. Based on those we will sit around the table after Melinda has put her kids to bed and we’ll look through Pinterest and see what’s trending, we’ll talk over favorite foods and recipes we’d love to try, and we’ll see what social events are coming up that we might be able to make something for. For example, in October our friend’s son is getting married so you’re going to be seeing lots of rustic wedding projects on the blog!

Home. Made. Interest. Photo Studio

Our glamorous photo studio…don’t be jealous!

Once we have our ideas and everything is tentatively scheduled we pick a weekend or two to get a bunch of projects done all at one time. We work on stuff during the week too, but a monthly project blitz takes some of the pressure off and also gives us a chance to take photos for the blog in good lighting. It’s hard when you only have time to work on projects after the sun goes down.

We’re new, but we are loving the blog and seeing what our fellow bloggers are working on really helps get the creative juices flowing. We’re inspired daily by all of the unique, creative projects out there!

Speaking of which, let us introduce you to a couple of very talented ladies…

Kelly from Typically SImple

Hi there! I’m Kelly from the Chicago suburbs. I am teacher turned stay at home mom to my little guy who just turned one. My husband encouraged me to start a blog about two years ago to share some of the products I was making for my Etsy shop. When my little guy was about 6 months old, I needed a creative outlet as the winter was getting quite long. So I decided to start blogging again, this time more consistently and about everything from crafts and recipes to kids’ activities and life’s adventures!

Little Red Brick House

Hi! I’m Sarah, the voice behind Little Red Brick House. My blog was born from my insatiable need for creativity, which I channel through my various DIY/craft projects. There’s no feeling quite like making something with your own hands. My hope is to encourage and inspire others to unleash their creativity by tackling home decor projects on their own.

Make sure to stop by their blogs next Monday for their tours. We can’t wait to see what they have to share!

katmelsignature

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Hello Sunshine String Art

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Hello Sunshine String Art {www.homemadeinterest.com}

I know, I know, it’s already the end of July, people are shifting their minds to back-to-school, but I’m desperately clinging to summer :). I’ve been seeing so many awesome string art projects everywhere the last couple of months and I had this vision in my mind of warm, yellow twine on a dark wood background. I had already purchased a “Hello” wood cut-out back when I made my Hello Summer! Painted Summer Blocks and I thought it would go perfectly with a big yellow sunshine, “Hellooo Sunshine!”.

Hello Sunshine String Art {www.homemadeinterest.com}

I started the project off with a trip to Home Depot where I bought a 1×4″ poplar board and had them cut it into 16″ pieces. I stained the boards with an “Ash” stain to give them a nice dark color. I used Silhouette Studio to create a sunshine design and I used a sharpie to plot out where I was going to put the nails. Since I was just gluing the boards together I didn’t want to glue them until after I was finished putting the nails in so I laid the boards out and taped my sunshine outline in place and began hammering. Once I got going I didn’t exactly follow my pre-planned dots I  just kind of eyeballed the spacing. When I had all of the nails in I glued the boards together and added a little extra stability by putting 3 paint sticks on the back and gluing the boards to them.

Hello Sunshine String Art {www.homemadeinterest.com}

Now the fun part, wrapping the string! I started with the circle and just tied the string to one nail and started wrapping it in different patterns around the circle. then I went around each of the sun’s “rays” .

Hello Sunshine String Art {www.homemadeinterest.com}

I  love how it turned out and I have so many more ideas …string art may be my new obsession :)

kat

 

 

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Blackberry Lemonade Popsicles

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Blackberry-Lemonade Popsicle

My kids have been on a popsicle kick lately and the store bought brands are convenient but full of things I can’t even pronounce.  I was at HomeGoods the other day and happened to see a popsicle kit for only $6.  I figured, what the heck, I’ll give it a try.  My youngest, Harper, has been really enjoying blackberries so I figured I would go with that.

I decided to add lemonade since, well it’s summer and doesn’t blackberry lemonade sound delicious? Turns out blackberry lemonade popsicles are even better!

Blackberry-Lemonade Popsicle

You will need:
1 c Fresh Blackberries
4 Tbsp Water
2 Tbsp Amber Agave Nectar
1½ c Organic Lemonade

I pureed the blackberries with 4 tablespoons of water with my handy Handmixer.  The blackberries weren’t sweet enough on their own so I added 3 tablespoons of Amber Agave Nectar which is a bit healthier than regular white sugar.  I mixed the blackberry mixture with 2 cups of organic lemonade and poured it into the popsicle form.  Now the hard part, making room in your freezer for the popsicles to sit flat!  I waited 4-6 hours and they were done.  My kids loved them, it was easy to make, and it is healthier and less expensive than buying store brands.

I will definitely be making them weekly and trying out different recipes.  Check out our Popsicle Pinterest Board full of recipe ideas.

Blackberry-Lemonade Popsicle

Any suggestions for my next batch?

melinda

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#Family Wall Art – My new found love for Hashtags

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#Family Wall Art- Scrabble Edition {www.homemadeinterest.com}

Hashtags are my new found love!  Before becoming a blogger, and not really knowing how helpful they were, I would get annoyed with the endless use of #this and #that.  Now, bring on the #everything and #everywhere.  I have been seeing a lot of projects with ampersand and thought to myself that hashtag will eventually take over the world (which it has), so why not embrace it by making my own #Family wall art sign.

#Family Wall Art Burlap Sign

#Family Wall Art- Easy burlap stenciled sign is a perfect addition to any wall gallery. {www.homemadeinterest.com} #burlap #hashtag #wallgallery #family

We went to Home Depot and bought a piece of 2ft x 2ft foam insulation. We started by cutting the board to size. I used a knife since the blade on a box cutter wasn’t long enough.  Then I measured out a piece of burlap large enough to be able to wrap the board on all sides.  We used hot glue (is there anything this glue can’t but used for??) to attach the burlap to the foam board.  Note to self: if the glue is too HOT, it will MELT the board! Apply the glue to the burlap rather than the board and let the glue cool a few seconds before pressing it onto the board.

#Family Wall Art - tucking burlap

#Family Wall Art- Easy burlap stenciled sign is a perfect addition to any wall gallery. {www.homemadeinterest.com} #burlap #hashtag #wallgallery #family

The picture is self explanatory. Just wrap and glue corner like you would when wrapping a gift.

#Family Wall Art - Stencil

#Family Wall Art- Easy burlap stenciled sign is a perfect addition to any wall gallery. {www.homemadeinterest.com} #burlap #hashtag #wallgallery #family

Now on to the stencil. We cut the word #FAMILY out of contact paper using our Silhouette. For those of you with Silhouettes the cut settings used were: Speed 8, Thickness: 3 Blade: 1. We stuck the contact paper stencil on the burlap and we were ready to paint! Kat, who has way more patience for lightly dabbing on paint than I do, used a sponge to apply black paint. Put the paint on in thin layers rather than one thick coat and you will have less issues with the paint bleeding under the contact paper.

When the last coat of paint was done and it had dried for a few minutes we pulled the stencil off. #Art!

#Family Wall Art

#Family Wall Art- Easy burlap stenciled sign is a perfect addition to any wall gallery. {www.homemadeinterest.com} #burlap #hashtag #wallgallery #family

Since foam is so light it was really easy to hang on the wall. We used the sticky part of the command hook (minus the hook) and just stuck it up there. If you’re worried about command hooks not being strong enough to hold, don’t be! They are magical.  My #Family sign has be up for several weeks and hasn’t fallen.

#Family Wall Art

#Family Wall Art- Easy burlap stenciled sign is a perfect addition to any wall gallery. {www.homemadeinterest.com} #burlap #hashtag #wallgallery #family

It is the perfect addition to my gallery wall! Forget the & let’s all start rocking the #!

melinda

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Beach {Love} Printable

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Hi guys, today I’m sharing a beach printable for all of you who love the hot sand, cool ocean and salty air, over at Typically Simple . Make sure to stop by, check it out, and say “Hi!”. While you’re there take a look at all of the great posts by Kelly and her other creative contributors :).

  Beach {Love} Printable {www.homemadeinterest.com}

Happy Friday!
kat

Family Wall Art: Scrabble Edition

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Family Wall Art: Scrabble Edition {www.homemadeinterest.com}

We’re so excited to be participating in our first Silhouette Challenge, hosted by the Silhouette Challenge Facebook Group! Make sure you check out all of the other great projects from this month’s challenge at the end of this post!!

You might have noticed here, here and here, that Melinda and I have been on a crusade against our bare walls. Currently, Melinda is working on a gallery wall in her living room and our latest edition to the wall is a piece of family wall art Scrabble-style. It was so simple to do and we both love the end result.

Family Wall Art: Scrabble Edition {www.homemadeinterest.com}

We started with 3×3 plywood cut outs from Woodworks Ltd. They were only 1/8” thick and we wanted something more substantial so we glued 3 cut outs together to give them more depth. The natural color of the wood pieces was a little too light so we watered down (I mean REALLY watered down) some brown paint and painted a thin coat on each tile. The color turned out perfectly.

Using our Silhouette we created a letter/number combination for each name, using the number that would be assigned to that letter tile in Scrabble. Here’s a link with all of the tile point values. Once the letters were ready to go we cut them out of black vinyl and used transfer paper to place them on the wood tiles.

Family Wall Art: Scrabble Edition {www.homemadeinterest.com}

We used hot glue to attach the tiles to one another and we had no issues with them breaking apart but, if you have any concerns, you can also put a thin piece of wood like a paint stir stick or a popsicle stick, behind the tiles and glue the tiles to that. It will give the tiles a little more stability.

Family Wall Art: Scrabble Edition {www.homemadeinterest.com}

To hang it on the wall we just used a few of the command hook stickers (no hook just the sticky part). So easy, sooo cute! Goodbye big blank wall! :)

katmelsignature

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

A Gift for the Bride-to-Be Silhouette Challenge: My Favorite Things My Favorite Things Keepsake Box Printable Tattoos for Crafters & DIYers Super Hero Backpacks Geometric Two Tone Shirt Refashion Instagram Paper Album Reasons I Love Daddy Ctrl Alt Del Pillows Outside Decor: DIY Pallet Board Sign Yo-Ho It's a Pirate Party How To Use Silhouette Sketch Pens Combining My Favorite Things, Baking and Crafting - July Silhouette Challenge Pride & Prejudice Subway Style Art Favorite Silhouette Challenge Just umm, Let it Go Temporary My Little Pony Tattoos Mike Holmes Baby Onesie Monogram It: A Memo Board Makeover Super Room Redo The Best Summer Ever Freebie and Tutorial Summertime Toes Crafty Girls Hair Accessories Holder Watercolor Wall Art Ice Cream Cone T-Shirt Sun Fun Shirt Family Wall Art: Scrabble Edition Serving Tray Upcycle Making Custom Rhinestone Designs Etched Glass Coasters Church Nursery Wall Quote

1. Just a Girl and Her Blog // 2. The Frill of Life // 3. A Time For Seasons // 4. The Thinking Closet // 5. Ginger Snap Crafts // 6. Grey Luster Girl // 7. Simply Kelly Designs // 8. Home At Eight // 9. Please Excuse My Craftermath… // 10. My Paper Craze // 11. Mama Sonshine // 12. Practically Functional // 13. Adventures in All Things Food // 14. Two Purple Couches // 15. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 16. Sowdering About // 17. Cutesy Crafts // 18. My Mom Made That // 19. Pitter and Glink // 20. Pineapples And Pinecones // 21. Dream a Little Bigger // 22. McCall Manor // 23. TitiCrafty // 24. unOriginal Mom // 25. Persia Lou // 26. Lil Mrs Tori // 27. Home. Made. Interest. // 28. Sandpaper and Glue // 29. Silhouette School // 30. Creative Ramblings // 31. My Favorite Finds

Silhouette Challenge Facebook Group

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10 EASY Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

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10 summer easy slow cooker recipes

Summer is halfway over and I am definitely feeling it — in my pockets!  Our AC hasn’t stopped and using the oven every night to cook dinner isn’t helping.  To help on our energy bill and save time, I found 10 EASY Slow Cooker Recipes for any busy family.  I always get excited to try new recipes in my slow cooker, then I start reading the recipe and it has endless steps before it actually even sees the inside of the slow cooker.  I don’t have time for all those extra steps during the summer months with all the kids activities. So, I made sure to round-up only summer slow cooker recipes that went straight into the pot with no pre-cooking required!

Peach salsa adds the perfect summer sweetness to these Peach BBQ Pork sliders.

 

Meat, sauce and cheese, the perfect combination, yum! Crock Pot Italian Swiss Steak is fork tender no matter what cut of beef you use.

 

Cajun Shrimp and rice is packed with flavor and is LOW FAT :)

 

These Cheesy Beef Tacos require no extra steps. You put your ground beef right into the slow cooker…no need to cook first!!

 

You only need 4 ingredients to make this delicious Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork. Quick and simple!

 

Tikka Marasal is one of my favorites, especially this recipe, no pre-marinating, pre-searing, pre-anything.  Just dump it in and turn it on.

 

A Summer time classic– Low Country Boil is made in a slow cooker. Yes, I know, who knew this was possible?!

 

This dish is tangy and refreshing, perfect to come home to after a long hot day.

 

This Creamy Pasta is my kids favorite and reheats easily.

 

These Hawaiian Ribs are sticky and sweet, and fall right off the bone.

 

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Slow cooker’s are not only for the colder months.  Beat that summer heat and keep the house cool.  All of these summer slow cooker recipes are super easy and require no additional prep work, just gather your ingredients and dump them in the pot!

melinda

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Chalkboard Kitchen Printable – My Battle Against Blank Walls

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Kitchen Printable {www.homemadeinterest.com}

I’m going to let you in on a little secret, I’m terrible at making decisions. Decorating in my house takes forever because I think every decision to death before I make it. Sometimes this isn’t a bad thing, it has kept me from making a lot of mistakes, but it has also left me with a lot of blank walls in my house. I can never figure out exactly how I want to hang things, or what things to hang, so I wind up doing nothing. I’ve had an idea for a gallery wall in my kitchen for over a year now and I haven’t done anything about it, until today :).

Kitchen Printable - Virginia Woolfe Quote {www.homemadeinterest.com}

I found a quote by Virginia Woolf, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” This quote spoke to me and I knew I wanted it in my kitchen. Since I’m always seeing chalkboard printables I decided to try creating one myself. Aren’t chalkboard fonts the best? I’m slightly addicted to them, I’m not going to tell you how many I have downloaded!

It isn’t hung on my wall yet, seriously people if it takes me this long to come up with the artwork can you imagine how long it will take me to pick out a frame! When I have a few more pieces for the gallery wall I’ll make sure you are the first ones to know ;). In the meantime enjoy this printable in your own kitchen.

Kitchen Printable {www.homemadeinterest.com}

kat

 

 

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All Aboard the Choo Choo Train Birthday Party

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Train Birthday Party {www.homemadeinterest.com}

Last year my son Sawyer was obsessed with trains so, when he turned 3, we had a train birthday party.   I Googled  train birthday parties in my local area and was lucky enough to find a nearby park that had a miniature train that everyone could ride on. It was perfect.

Train Birthday Party {www.homemadeinterest.com}
Once the location was decided my Pinterest search for everything and anything train began. Kat and I used our eCraft (a paper cutting machine like a Cricuit or Silhouette) to make a train banner using scrapbook paper.  We kept it simple and fun, layering lots of different scrapbook paper colors and patterns together. We used 4 shapes each in a different pattern and/or color to create the train; a large train shape, a big circle for the number to go on, a small circle for the back wheel, and the number 3. We glued them all together, punched holes in the top and and strung them together with a piece of twine.

Train Birthday Party {www.homemadeinterest.com}
For table center pieces we used aluminum cans with the labels peeled off. At A.C. Moore I found wooden sticks with circle, square and train  shapes. The circles and squares made the perfect railroad signs with the help of a little paint and I covered the trains in scrapbook paper.  I also found some larger wooden train shapes and letters to spell out “Sawyer” at A.C. Moore. These pieces were thicker and had wheels. We covered them in scrapbook paper also and set them up like a train running down the length of the tables.

For the food table we wanted to add some height so we used cardboard boxes from our many deliveries from Amazon, wrapped them with different wrapping papers and added embellishments. We created two of these, each with three-tiers, one for each end of the food table.

Since we were having the party outdoors at the park we kept the food basic; hot dogs, bbq, pasta salad, fruit, chips and cookies. I added some train-themed touches by cutting the watermelon and cookies into train shapes using a cookie cutter and serving the chips in brown paper bags that we had printed a picture of a train on. That was our only fail for the day. Since it had rained that morning it was damp out and that made the chips taste stale and the grease soaked from the potato chips soaked through the bags which wasn’t a pleasant sight. The bags were adorable and I would definitely use them again i would just make sure whatever I put in them in non-greasy.

Train Birthday Party {www.homemadeinterest.com}

For the party favors I bundled a train engineer hat, bandana and train whistle together with a piece of twine. Before we headed over to ride the train every child grabbed one. They were so cute with their hats and bandanas and we got some great group pictures.

Train Birthday Party {www.homemadeinterest.com}

Despite worries about the weather on the day of the party we thought that the park was a very good venue for a large group of young children. The wide open space and playground area gave them an opportunity to burn off energy which makes every parent happy, and the miniature train was a hit. All-in-all a successful party!

melinda

 

 

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