Moving into our new home

Moving into our new home

Hey y’all!
It’s Friday! Woot woot the weekend is finally here. What are your plans for the weekend? I know that I want to get some sewing done and finish up unpacking. I am also working on my Spring tablescape and indoor herb garden.
I mentioned in my last blog post that we moved into a larger Townhouse earlier this month. So far things are going good and its starting to finally feel like home now. I am currently in the decorating process part right now which is very exciting to me.
We still have some boxes to sort out that are in the rec- room/ basement. We plan on using the rec -room/ basement as our office space and causal lounge aera. I  think it will be a great space for the girls to come over and hang out.
Another room that I’m excited about is my craft room! I finally have a room where all my sewing, knitting, embroidery,  and all my other many craft supplies will live.
I can’t wait to share all of my new spaces with you all. I will definitely bring you all along with me on this new journey. I hope you all have a great weekend!
Thanks for stopping by!
Xo,
Marion

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The beginnings of my indoor herb garden!

Monday March Madness

 

GOOD MORNING Friends!

I have not been a good blogger and I am wounding when I can become consistent and stick to a simple schedule. Anywho…..how have y’all been? I have been sooooo busy (no this is not an excuse or a reason why I have not been blogging) these last two months. We celebrated New Year Eve in Florida with friends,  packed up our old townhouse and move into a new larger townhouse, Cam had surgery, and many more activities have been going on in my life. I have also been having a hard time coming up with materials to blog about that are only “craft” centered. I am interested in expending my blog to a “life style” blog to allow myself more flexible. This way I can blog more about my adventures with Cam, cooking experiences, decorating my new home, and much more. I really want to make blogging my full time career, so I really need to come up with ways to stay focus and make time to blog more often.

Thanks for stopping by!

xo,

Marion

 

@marionlovenotes
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DIY Christmas Card Wreath

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My Christmas Card Wreath

 

Good morning y’all!

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and the Christmas cards that you have receive from family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers are piling up quickly. At least this is what happens to me every year. In the years past I stacked my Christmas cards on the coffee table or taped them to the door, however this year I wanted to do something different. I decided to make a Christmas card wreath to display my cards in a creative way. I’ve seen these wreaths on Pinterest and Youtube.

I tried to take a picture of each step so you can see how I made my Christmas card wreath. This is also a great project that you can do with the kids at home.  You can make this wreath in whatever color your want and you can make your wreath smaller or bigger then mine.

The supplies that you will need are:

-hot glue sticks

-hot glue gun

-clothes pins

-wire wreath form

-green paint

-paint brushes

-old cup for water

*You can find all of these supplies and at stores like; The Dollar Store, Walmart, Target, Jo-Ann’s, and Michael’s Art & Crafts Store. You can also use green spray paint, however I used blue, yellow, white paint colors to get different shades of green.

1.) The first thing that I did was lay out my clothes pins around the wire wreath to make sure I had enough. I also went ahead and mixed my paint colors to make the different shades of green that I wanted.  

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2.) Next I painted the clothes pins the different shades of green that I mixed. I only painted the top and sides sense the back is not going to be shown. I let the clothes pins dry completely over night.
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3.) Then I hot glued the clothes pins to the wire wreath form. Make sure as you are gluing your clothes pins on the wire wreath form, that you are gluing the opening part of the clothes pins on the outside.  

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4.) After I glued all the clothes pins on the wire form I flipped the wreath over and added hot glue to the back for added security.

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After you are finish gluing the clothes pins on the wreath form you are all done!

 

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I decided to hang my wreath on the inside of my front door using a joy angel wreath hook that I found at Wal-Mart.

I hope you enjoyed my DIY Christmas wreath tutorial! Tag me on social media @marionlovenotes if you try this tutorial out. I would love to see your creations!

xo,

Marion

Kid Friendly Winter Crafty Activities |3 Christmas Craft Decor Ideas

Good Morning Y’all!

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Can you believe that Christmas is this Friday? Oh my goodness I’m no where near ready! I still have gifts to warp, travel bags to  pack, and so much more!

I thought I would write a few blog posts for this up coming holiday season, of activities that you can do with your preschool through elementary age child(ren) rather you are a parent, babysitter, or grandparent stuck with the kids for the next two to three weeks. I found a bunch of holiday theme creative budget friendly activities that will keep your little ones busy.

Considering it’s the Christmas season why not encourage them to help create some holiday décor for your home (or use them as gifts).

1.) Kid Friendly Christmas Trees

*This is an awesome idea if you have a little one(s) who are itching to redecorate your picture perfect color coordinated Christmas tree every second of the day. Check out these links to these amazing blog posts to create your own kid friendly Christmas tree.

Felt Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree in a Bottle

Photo Christmas Tree

Cardboard Christmas Tree

2.) Kid Friendly Christmas Wreaths

*Why spend the money buying Christmas wreaths, when you can have your kids help you create beautiful wreaths that will hold a life time of precious memories.

Edible Candy Wreath

Wrapping Paper Wreath

Christmas Card Wreath

Christmas Ornament Wreath

Santa Tulle Wreath

3.) Kid Friendly Christmas Ornaments

*There are so many different types of Christmas ornaments that you can create with your kids and so many different ways you can use them. These super cute ornaments can be come napkin ring holders, placemats, budget friendly gift ideas, and so much more. Check out some of my favorite Christmas ornaments that your kids can make.

Paper Plate Christmas Ornament

Glitter Star Ornament

Mini Snow Globes

Fingerprint Ornament

Cinnamon Stick Christmas Ornaments

I hope you love these Christmas craft décor ideas as much as I do. I’m sure these super easy and fun activates will keep your little one busy for the next few days. For more craft/ activity ideas check out my kid friendly Pinterest boards provided below;

Kid Fall & Winter Break Activities

Kid Craft & Food Ideas

 

Thanks for stopping by!

xo,

Marion

 

 

Simple Meal Planning Tips

Happy Monday Evening Y’all!

I am so excited to be able to post my first blog post here on my new blog marionlovenotes.com (I’m no longer marionlovenotes.BlogSpot.com anymore)!

How was your weekend? What did you do? Let me know in the comments below. I had such busy but fun packed weekend that I shared bits and pieces with y’all on Instagram. I helped planned a surprise bachelorette party for one of my co-workers, that we hosted this past Saturday. I made a super yummy grapefruit sangria that I ended up adding a grapefruit flavor vodka to. I also whipped up a garden pasta  that  everyone seem to love.

Earlier today I uploaded a vlog about meal planning that I previous recorded on Periscope (follow me @marionlovenotes to catch my next scope). I also wanted to share it here with my blog followers who may find meal planning to be stressful and not useful to them. At first I didn’t think meal planning was something that I thought I would be interested in. However I found that I save a lot of time trying to figure out what I am going to eat as well as money going out to eat. In this vlog I explain how simple meal planning can be and how I meal plan for my family. I do have other meal planning/ organization related vlogs on my Youtube Channel.

If you have any questions about how I meal plan feel free to leave them below. Or if you have any tips on how you meal plan, please feel free to share them in the comment section. I would love to know what works for you and your family.

xo,

Marion

Reorganizing my Sewing/Craft/Office/Guest Room

Happy Monday Y’all!

This past weekend I’ve been working on reorganizing my multipurpose room that is in my home. I would like to use this room as an office, sewing and crafting area, and also a guest room when needed. Unfortunately I don’t have three separate rooms iny home to host those individual needs. So I decided to find a budget-friendly way to organize this one room to house all my needs.

As you can see from the pictures, my room is looking kind of crazy right now. If you have watch my previous vlogs you know that the bed has been move to the other wall. I wanted to move the bed there to allow for walking and crafting space in the room. 

I would love to have a beautiful to cherry colored wood desk with lots of storage, however thats not in my budget right now. I’m going to use my old kitchen table  (the table is wooden card table from target years ago) as my desk.

I know its a mess and there are random items all over the place, however I thought y’all would enjoy seeing the before. If you have any tips, suggestions, or questions feel free to leave them in the comment section below.🙂
xo,
Marion