DIY Eucalyptus Wreath

Last month one of my girlfriends saved me a gorgeous floral piece from a wedding she planned. It was a strand of eucalyptus branches wired together into one long vine. I was so excited! It’s seriously like nine feet long! I knew that I had enough for a project or two so I started with a door wreath for Spring/Summer. I recently made a Christmas wreath (you can find the tutorial here) so I knew I could find a great deal at Hobby Lobby on the two things I needed. I picked up my floral wire and a wreath base on a mommy crafting day with Sophie!

When we got home I laid the base down and held one end of the eucalyptus vine against it while winding it around the metal to see how much I needed to cut off. I gave myself an extra inch of overlap as well. Then I just snipped through.

Next, I cut about seven inches of the floral wire off. I threaded it between one of the gaps in the wire, over and around the vine, and then back through the wire base. Then I tied it off twice. After that I wrapped the remaining wire around the base for extra security.

I did that about seven times until the entire vine was secure! That was literally it!! I may add something to it later, but for now I love how simple it looks (and is to make)!

For those of you who do not have a pre-made vine (which I’ve seen at some crafting store if you’re okay with fake leaves) then it’ll take a little longer. If you’re starting with just branches you have to individually wire each branch to the base. It will still be gorgeous, just time consuming. (You would just lay all the branches in one direction, using the fullest part of each branch to cover the stem of the last).

I am so excited about this win! Thanks Brittany for surprising me with the eucalyptus! I’m obsessed.

Supplies List:

  • Eucalyptus
  • Floral Wire $3.99
  • Metal Wreath Base $4.99
  • Scissors (already owned)

* I had my eucalyptus already, but if you’re not recycling a floral piece like me you can buy eucalyptus at Whole Foods or most floral shops. You can also buy realistic looking plastic eucalyptus at Joann’s and Hobby Lobby!

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Late Fall Rosebush Transplant: a DIY Attempt 

Recently Michael’s long time best friend & his wife bought a super cute house. Along one side of the house were six huge and gorgeous  rosebushes.  Luckily for me, they hated them! I seriously have zero clue why. They are pink, which is not my absolute favorite, but the height and amount of blooms on these bushes is amazing. So I told them if they didn’t want them I would come dig them out ((read: Michael will dig them out and  will attempt to help)). So when they text us asking us if we were serious we jumped on it!

I know nothing about transplanting rosebushes so I pulled up google and spent a solid hour trying to understand what I needed. From what I gathered, this is really not the ideal time to move the bushes.  You generally would want to move these in late winter/early spring when the chance of a frost is over.  However, one of the people I talked to told me he wouldn’t be worried about it as long as I trimmed the bush back pretty aggressively (the idea is that the plant won’t be trying to sustain every leaf or bloom, instead it’s energy can be focused on the roots and trunk of the plant. Another resource told me that I could cover the bushes for the first little while during cold nights to buy the root system more time. The goal is to not totally shock the plant.

I also read that roses don’t like “wet feet” so there needs to be good drainage. Our soil leans more towards clay, so we bought something to help water drain.  It wasn’t very expensive at all (I’ll list everything we bought and the price at the end of this post).  Roses also need sun exposure, to be planted where other things are not too close to prevent the roots from being choked, and a more acidic and organically composed soil.  Everything I read said the same thing.

So now that I was feeling a little more prepared we headed down to Lowes.  We bought all of our supplies and then headed home.  First we had to clear out a spot for the six bushes.  I had a few ideas, but ultimately decided they should line the deck. Currently there was a thick bed of ivy. I honestly had no idea how much there was until I started trying to pull it out.  I ended up having to use the hoe to rip out as much as I could and loosen the soil. Then Michael and I used our hands to pull everything else out. After that I raked the new bed so it would be somewhat flat.

Next, Michael was a great sport and dug our holes.  At first we were just using a spade, however, then we remembered the post digger took we bought for our mailbox project! It worked like a champ. This took an entire afternoon and it was getting dark so we had to call it a night.  I could barely contain my excitement.  It looked so good!

The next day, Sunday, we headed over to dig out the roses after church. I started by trimming the branches down heavily. This was recommended to me by my step mom and the nursery worker at Lowes. They both said that the roots will have access to more energy if the plant isn’t trying to keep every leaf alive. Plus, it made it way easier to transport!  Next, we dug around the base of the plant. The trick is to dig deep enough from the side that you can go underthe roots. I was so impressed with ourselves! We were able to save huge portions of the root systems. I feel very confident about their chance of survival.

((I am so proud of this before and after!! Also, without the pink roses the brick looks like a totally different color! I think that is so crazy.))

After that we loaded them onto the roof of the jeep and tied them down. Luckily we only had a ten minute drive! When we got home we set about to plant them. I put a handful of the Perlite Miracle grow and a handful of the flower food (specifically for roses) into each hole and worked it into the soil. (Since I was doing two products I did less than the recommended amount to avoid harming the plants). Then I held the bushes upright as Michael filled the hole with a mixture of the original soil and our Evergreen soil conditioner. After they were all planted we watered them heavily. I know that they don’t like “wet feet” normally, but I thought they needed a good dose to get them started!

I am so excited. I think they look amazing. It will be so fun watching them grow over the next few years. I hope it doesn’t take them too incredibly long to grow back to their former glory! I will keep you updated- and if you have any advice I would loveto hear it!! Have a great day.

Lowes Shopping List:

Total Costs: $131.54

* We only ended up using two bags of the Evergreen, but with all the spring projects I have planned it will be used!

DIY IKEA Kids Table Makeover

If you go on Pinterest and type in “kids table” you will see a dozen or so IKEA Hacks – where people buy IKEA’s $19.99 Latt Children’s Table and update the plain white and wooden set! There are some really cute ideas out there which inspired me to try it myself. It was fairly simple to do, and because I had so much of what I needed at home, fairly inexpensive. Here is what you will need to do this craft! (The items that I bought I listed the price of, but the rest I already had!)

Supplies List:

  • IKEA LATT Children’s Table $19.99
  • Paper Source – Birch Floral Paper $5.95
  • 0.08 Sheet of Plexiglass $10.97
  • White High Gloss Paint
  • Design Masters Gold Spray Paint
  • Painters Tape
  • Measuring Tape
  • Scissors
  • Sand Paper
  • Paint Brush
  • Brown Paler/Some Form of Drop Cloth

The first thing I did was spray paint the legs. I knew I wanted 3 inches of gold before the table was painted white. However, looking back I wish I had painted the table white and spray painted second. I think it would have given me cleaner lines. (On one of the table legs paint dripped down through the painters tape. It’s not the end of the world, but still not my favorite thing). Also, if you don’t follow my blog you should know that I use this spray paint for everything!! I am beyond obsessed with it. I used it for the first time in a dresser restoration project for the nursery, then for a nursery accent piece, and by now I’ve used it for a dozen other projects! I am so thrilled with how well it applies and endures. It’s an A+ product for sure.

Anyways, after I spray painted the legs I painted everything else white. It will be so much easier for you if you paint this before assembling it!! When it came to the table and chair legs I simply measured three inches from the base up and then used painters tape to section it off.

After everything is dry you can assemble it! It shouldn’t take you too long, it’s a fairly simple “instal.” The next part I had a surprising amount of difficulty. I had bought a gorgeous price of wrapping paper from Paper Source to be my tabletop. I had assumed I could just trace the table insert from IKEA. However, the notch that the table fits into when assembled was so tight I couldn’t even get my paper to slide in. What I ended up going was after the table was entirely assembled I pressed the paper into the four sides of the paper (so the extras were folded). Then I used a pen knife to trace out the paper. This worked well, but it took me way too long to come to that conclusion!

Lastly, I used plexiglass to “seal” the paper in. I bought a sheet at Lowes because I had read that they will cut it for free for you – and they do! They couldn’t notch out the corners (because of the construction of the table it’s not a perfect right angle rectangle) but they did trim it down to the right size! When I got home I just used a fine grit sandpaper to round off the corner edges and that worked perfectly! It’s supposed to be cut at 23 3/8″ by 17 3/8″ according to several blogs I read. For me, the plexiglass came out a tiny bit too big, but a little sanding made it perfect. I think that could have been from the man who cut it though! Apparently it was his first time.

I am so glad that I decided to go this route. Originally I was going to modge podge the table, but this is way better. The plexiglass will be super easy to clean off. Also, I can remove it whenever I like. This means I can replace the paper if it ever gets damaged- I also can change the paper out based on the season, holiday, or my mood! That’s actually why I chose a white base for my table. At first I was going to paint it a light blue, but then I realized I was just feeling it today. Who knows how I will feel next month! Instead I got the paper with blue. The white will match almost anything else I bring home in the future. Another thing I loved, but didn’t do was to cushion the seats. I was intending to, but then realized that a fabric would limit what I could do with the table top.

Once that plexiglass is laid down you’re all set! I am so obsessed with this table. Next weekend I am going to add paper and plexiglass to the chairs as well. They have the same build as the table, so you would literally follow those instructions, just on a smaller scale. Once I try it I will add my measurements to this post!

If you decide to try this make sure you tag me- @wifetalk. I would love to see what creative ideas you come up with. It’s so fun to support each other!

* the most helpful blog I read was Milk & Mascara! She had an easy to understand guide.

Local Business Spotlight: Zoë & Hadlee

I have been writing this blog for the past year and it  has been so much fun. I started it because I just wanted to improve my writing skills and as a creative outlet, but I’ve really grown to love doing this! Lately I have been thinking about what direction I wanted to take with it in this upcoming year. (Spoiler: there is a lot I want to do!) One thing I would love to do is to promote a local business every month! A sort of highlight of an individual and their shop.

You could definitely say I have a soft spot for local businesses. My first ever “real” job, I mean like more than pulling the neighbor’s weeds and babysitting, was at a local business, Sparkling Tiara. Then I moved on to Billy Goat Coffee Cafe, a locally owned and operated coffee shop. If you know me or have been following for some time, you know that was a little over a five year affair! Overlapping that time I also worked for a few other assorted local businesses. I think the fact that (besides six hours a week for two months when my second job was at Justice) I have worked exclusively at local businesses gives me a unique perspective. I have seen the hardships and challenges, I have felt the family ties of small shops, and I have experienced the behind the scenes of these businesses. I know how much each purchase is valued.

I want to help foster support for these hardworking individuals. I am a proud small business supporter and I want to help others to embrace it as well! So stick with me as I feel out the details, but for now I am so excited to introduce my new, monthly segment- my Local Business Spotlight. Today I am starting with a new find, a precious store called Zoë & Hadlee. A sweet acquaintance, Ali, is the owner and creator of this locally run shop. I asked her a few questions about her store and the realities of running a small business. Here is what she had to say.

For someone who has never experienced your shop before, how would you describe your product? “In our family when you buy someone a gift we call it a happy. I wanted to create a line of gifts of some of our favorite “Happies” in hopes that others would be blessed by it as much as we are. We offer home decor and customized products such as Shirts and coffee mugs. We love to take old vintage items and fix them up. For example, old pictures frames that we paint and distress to give them a new look.”

What makes your products/services stick out from other providers in your area? “We try to make many of our items unique so that that each time you shop with us you find something custom or new.”

What was your inspiration to start your own business? Why did you specifically choose to do what you do? “Zoë & Hadlee are the names of my two beautiful girls who were my inspiration for the business. They are so fun and full of life- and I wanted that to reflect in our business. It all started really as just a hobby, but grew to more pretty quickly. I had been praying for a while to have something that I could do on the side and things just kind of fell into place.”

What was our number one, greatest challenge to getting started? “The greatest challenge for me was just getting started and getting all the equipment I needed. But God is so good and He provided it all. When people got wind of what I wanted to do all the sudden I had people giving me the tools and materials I needed to get started or selling what they had for little to nothing. Before I knew it I had all the equipment needed to get my feet off the ground.”

What gave you the courage to take the leap and start this shop? “The encouragement and support of my family and my faith is truly what gave me the courage to get started. ”

Why is it important for people to support local business? “When you support a local business you are supporting a dream. It is so important to support each other and help other small businesses! ”

What do you think is a misconception people have when it comes to shopping local vs. shopping corporate?  “I think people tend to go more corporate just because of convenience, but in my opinion you tend to find better quality and experiences when you shop small business.”

If you could accomplish one major goal in 2018, what would it be? “My goal would be to have business steady enough that I could stay home more and have Zoë & Hadlee as my main business instead of my secondary business. ”

What is your top piece of advice for someone with a dream of owning a local business? “My top piece of advice would be not to give up. Building a business has its up and downs, but if you love it and you work hard at it you will see the fruit of your labors. Just have the faith!”

Here are a few samples of the precious items that you can purchase from Zoë & Hadlee! I hope you enjoy. The coffee mugs are my favorite- and a great holiday gift. 

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DIY Mailbox Upgrade

One thing that I didn’t love about the house we bought was the mailbox. It was a light blue mailbox with painted flowers that was poorly and crookedly mounted on a white plastic base. There was almost no support, except a pipe they had shoved into the ground and placed the plastic post over. I know plenty of people who would love that painted mailbox, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea. To each his (or in this case, her) own right? I like a more classic look. So the weekend we bought the house I immediately grabbed a new mailbox! First of all, I was unprepared to see how many options there were. The shape, size, and color of the mailbox itself created dozens of choices. Then there is the type and color of the stand. Plus, you can’t forget the house numbers- stickers, brushed metal, modern black, and more. After having a hunger induced mini breakdown I finally chose what I wanted to go with. Michael helped me pick out everything we would need to complete the project. Here is what we chose from Lowes (though I was at Home Depot the same day and they had basically the exact same thing for the exact same prices).

Shopping List: 


This is how we went about installing it all! First, we tore out the old one.  That wasn’t hard to do at all – like I said before, the previous owners had “installed it” by stabbing an old pipe into the ground and then sticking the cheap mailbox stand over it. For such a gorgeous house, I don’t understand such a tacky mailbox.

Second, we used our handy new post digger to dig our hole.  You’re going to want it to be as deep as 1/3 the total length of your post.  When we dug down it measured 26 inches, which was a tiny bit over 1/3, but better for me because the mailbox is the length I want for my height.  At first I was confused, maybe even skeptical about why we needed to buy a post digger when we already have a shovel.  However, I’ll have to admit that it made the job so easy and quick! I’m glad we didn’t skip that.


Next, ((but really on a different day because we have a baby so apparently that means projects take triple the amount of time expected)) I painted the mailbox post. I had bought a high quality paint made for outdoor use and it worked great.  The only thing I would change is we bought a cherry wood post.  I wouldn’t do that! I do not understand the science of it at all, but where the wood was naturally darker, it’s almost like the color seeped up over the white paint.  I can’t explain it! All I know is it took a second coat of white paint.  I wish we had gotten just the plain post- it was even a few dollars cheaper.  Anyways, one good thing is this dried fairly quickly.


After that, we brought the post out and stuck it into the hole.  I used a level to make sure it was completely straight! This is important.  Then we started the concrete mixture.  The instructions called for us to fill the hole 1/3 of the way up with water.  Then we dumped the entire bag of Sakrete into the hole.  You don’t have to mix or anything! We just added a little water to the top and triple checked the level as it hardened.  After about thirty minutes it had set! I was so impressed.  I would definitely recommend this product.

Then Michael attached the board to the mailbox base, allowing room for all of the ridges of he mailbox.  (Lay the board on top of the post where the mailbox will sit and screw directly down!) Then following the pre-drilled holes, he attached the mailbox to the screwed in wood panel. It finally looked like a real mailbox!!

Lastly, we attached the numbers.  I chose the ones we did because I found them to be sleek and attractive.  They were surprisingly harder to attach than expected. That said, I officially have a nice mailbox! I am so thrilled.  Thank you to my handsome husband who helped ((read: did most of)) this project.  I love you- and our new mailbox!

I hope y’all enjoyed this little DIY tutorial. Let me know if there is anything I should clear up! And stay tuned for more projects! We’re updating bathrooms, the kitchen, hallways, the yard, and more!

More Family Photos (From Our First Time Homeowners Photoshoot)!

Last week I blogged about our First Home Photoshoot with SwakPhotography. I am so obsessed with her photos and I only shared a handful of the DOZENS of golden images she gave us… So it’s not surprising that I am posting a follow up with more images!! In particular, of my sweet sweet baby girl & our little family in her new nursery. My only regret is not pulling the cats in!
Nolie was so funny during our session. Carrie arrived for our shoot around three, seconds after little Miss woke up from her nap… so her facial expressions range from wildly surprised to extremely confused then on to giggling then bored. She also looked SO concerned in a few outdoor photos when several loud trucks went by. She was so distracted! Even though I had envisioned her just laughing non stop for our entire shoot (yeah I know, totally realistic expectations of a five and a half month old), I am actually so much happier that we caught so many of her adorable expressions. She is such a curious and intelligent baby. I love watching her explore the world and try to understand everything around her. It’s really humbling in a way. Her genuine astonishment makes me appreciate everything so much more.
Anyways, I hope y’all enjoy these precious images. Also, Carrie is so much fun to work with and one of my favorite photographers! I love her style- it’s unique and elegant. Definitely check out her Instagram to see what I’m talking about !(: Also stay tuned, one of my other favorite photographers (Soph) has offered to do a little lifestyle shoot of the fam bam! It’s going to be so sentimental to look back on after we have done some of the more serious house renovations we have planned!
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Clothing Details:

Me- Shirt: Banana Republic // Jeans: Lucky // Boots: Lucky // Cardigan: The Limited // Ring: Tiffany & Co

Michael- Shirt: J.Crew // Jeans: Lucky // Shoes: Sperry // Watch: Fossil // Belt: Fossil

Nolie- Shirt: Janie & Jack // Jeans: Old Navy // Shoes: Baby Gap // Bow: Janie & Jack

Rug: Target

Hair by Aly Thayer 

A couple weeks ago I was feeling adventurous. So when Michael had a weekday off he took the baby for a few hours and I headed over to my girlfriend, Aly’s hair salon. I wanted to try something new – which if you know me is big because I have had the same haircut since I was eleven.
Aly cut off about four inches, balayage my hair, and to top it off- I got bangs. Let me just tell you, I LOVE it!! Aly is so talented. She was super honest about the limits of my hair as far as color went. Her priority was setting realistic expectations and keeping my hair healthy. She told me sometimes she gets clients in who want drastic color changes and she isn’t afraid to say no. In my opinion, that is so important! I have a relative who’s hairdresser just wanted to get paid. She didn’t look out for the hair’s best interest (okay that felt weird typing, but it’s real) and this relative’s hair started falling out!! They literally fried it after years of excessive dye jobs.
The salon, Salon West, was also precious. It had a totally Nashville feel. There was hardwood and exposed beams, which is such a trendy look right now. The “dry bar” was super hip and industrial looking. Overall it made me feel cool, but still totally welcomed. If you need your hair done, do yourself a favor and contact Aly! Check out her Instagram to see some of her latest hair wins (and cute belly bump pictures)! Or you can click here to drop by her website. She has a killer portfolio and some helpful hair tips on her blog! Let her know I sent you over too. I want her to know I’m bragging on her, she deserves it!