Saturday, April 19, 2014

25 Adorable & Whimsical Spring Projects

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We have some fabulous features to show off to you today!  25 to be exact!  These features are from our Thinking Spring challenge.  We were so amazed at how talented you all are and had such a hard time narrowing it down.  Here are some of our favorites....

Friday, April 18, 2014

Decorating With Repurposed Pieces

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This may sound weird, but something that might be very obvious to you just occurred to me the other day:

I have a LOT of other people's old crap treasures in my house.
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I'm not sure when or where I decided that I liked reusing or repurposing junk, but it's a full-blown fascination/addiction of mine.

I have an inclination that it's always been a part of who I am.  
I distinctly remember pulling an antique fan out of my neighbor's trash when I was maaaaybe 11 or 12 years old. {I still have it today! Ha!}

It's a skill(?) that has really come in handy as I've been decorating our house, though!

Remember when I found these awful prints at Goodwill and made them into fabric art?
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That was so much fun!

Or what about turning free old windows into a chalkboard, a bathroom towel rack, and a calendar?

Three of the most satisfying projects I've ever done!  Still love and use these windows all the time!

More recently, I started using this old window grate as a photo display.
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My first {and only} pallet project involved using repurposing pallet wood to make this plate wall art!
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I really didn't set out to go on a trip down "Old Trash Memory Lane" with you today, it just sort of happened.  
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I really just wanted to show you how I hung a clock on an old door and am calling it decor!

What do you think about using repurposed treasures?

Have a great weekend and a happy Easter!!! :)

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Photography Wednesday: Creating Auto Awesome GIFs With G+

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I'm a little obsessed with Google +'s new "Auto Awesome" effects for photography.

My favorite Auto Awesome effect is the Motion GIF effect.
Basically you take 5+ successive photos of something moving  and Auto Awesome will automatically string them together to create this super-cool Motion GIF.
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Last week I used the Motion GIFto show you how I put together my Spring Dining Room Vignette:
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I set my tripod up and took a picture of each step in the process...
How cool is that?!?!?

Now, it took me a little bit of digging to figure out how to do this, and I'm going to do my best to explain how to use this effect.

1)  You will need a Google + profile/account.  If you use gmail, then you already have one.
2)  Turn Auto Backup on.  This page from Google can explain it much better than I can, but you can set Auto Backup to automatically back up your photos that you download from your camera, or put on your desktop, or take with your phone depending on how you set it up.  {I did NOT want it to back up every photo on my camera or phone, so I set it to only backup the photos I put on my computer's desktop.}
3)  Take your 5+ successive photos with your camera and download them onto your computer's desktop.  {Auto Backup will automatically back them up onto your Google + Photos.}
4)  Go to your Google + Photos {I type "Picasa Web Albums" into a Google Search, and it takes me to my Google + Photos page.}
5)  Click "More" and "Auto Awesome".  Google +  Photos will have already detected that you took 5+ photos in succession and will have already put together your "Motion" GIF.  {Sometimes it takes awhile before the slideshow actually shows up.   Refresh the page every couple of minutes.}

To get your effect onto your Blogger blog, you need to put your Motion GIF slideshow into a folder.  When you click the "Insert Image" button, click "From Your Picasa Web Album", and it should be in the folder you chose or created.

Like I said, it took some persistence to figure this one out.
{Tech-y stuff never comes easy to me...}

Auto Awesome has some other cool effects too!
The "snow" effect adds snow to any photo that has snow in it!  Ha!

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To read more about the Auto Awesome effects, click here.

Thank you to Carly, over at C. Style, for pointing me in the right direction on how to make these cool little GIFS!

Have a great day!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring Wreath

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Hi, friends!
Happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend!
I had a very lovely girls weekend with some loooooong-time friends.
There's something so comforting about spending time with people who've known you since you were little and share happy, sad and funny hilarious memories with.
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I have a confession to make:  
I kept my interior Christmas wreathes up in the windows of my house until March.  I loved the way they looked and they added some character to our dining room, so I didn't want to take them down.

Then March arrived, and I knew they had to go.
I replaced them with two simple, springy wreaths that were so easy to make!
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I basically used some floral wire and attached some springy sprigs to a twig wreath.  I weaved some flowers in, stood back and high-fived myself for making an easy wreath.  Then I made another one.

It's so hard to photograph something with a window behind it, but you can see my two springy wreaths hanging in my dining room windows!  I simply looped the spring wreaths through the burlap bows that held my holiday wreathes!  Easy switch!
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How have you been spring-ifying your house?

Have a great day! :)

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Decorating for Spring on the CHEAP + A Spring Giveaway

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If you need to know one thing about how I decorate, it's this:
I LOVE to decorate as inexpensively as possible {without sacrificing style points.}

I'm not opposed to splurging every now and then, but when you decorate {and redecorate} your house as much as I do, you can't be splurging all that much.

Plus, Mr. Hoff insists on saving money for retirement and Miss L's college, and yadda, yadda, yadda.
{Saving money is so annoying!}

I'm kidding.
{Sort of.}

But seriously folks, let's talk about how we can scratch our decorating itch without breaking the bank.

Here is the breakdown of approximately how much I spent on my spring dining room display:
-  Old window frame: $0  {I found a stack on the side of the road last spring!}
-  Mirror: $11 {I found it at Goodwill last year and painted it}
-  White dishes and blue ball jars: $0  {I have had all of these things for years, so I don't count it as spending money....You are entitled to disagree.}
-  Blue cloche: $5 {Painted Goodwill find}
-  Bridies and bird nests: $10ish at Hobby Lobby  {Birdies were 40% off}
-  Chalkboard: $6 {It is an old cabinet door from a free wash basin that I painted and added a $6 birdie knob to}
-  Floral Twigs: $14 {half off at Hobby Lobby}
So $46.00 total on this entire display...not to shabby!

Aaaaand now for the BEST giveaway EVER!
Use the Rafflecopter below to win a $150 TARGET gift card!!!
{Starts at 8:00 AM on 4.10.2014}
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Would you like to parooze some more inexpensive spring decor ideas?
Check out the awesome ideas below!

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Have a great day!

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Spring Parade of Homes: My Spring Home Tour

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Good morning!
If you are stopping by House by Hoff for the first time from the Spring Parade of Homes, welcome!
Hope to see you a lot more around here! :)
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My Spring Mantel has been such a source of springy cheer around here!
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I'm a bit crazy about chalkboards.  
They're so cheap to make, you can make them out of anything and I love to switch them up for the seasons!  See my Chalkboard Window tutorial here.
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It's like an erasable piece of art that you don't have to commit to!
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Another spring chalkboard!  Ha!
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I love our home's tall ceilings.  
We have big windows that let in lots of natural light!
Decorating large walls is a bit of a challenge though!  
I like to repurpose old windows, doors and mirrors to fill up my home's huge, empty walls!
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My throw pillows never look like this.  Ever.  I wish they'd stay this perfect.
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One of my favorite spaces in the house is my daughter's chalkboard table play space.  
I love to add vintage touches anywhere I can. I found these little paint-by-numbers at a garage sale!
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I just love big, old and chippy windows!
I removed the glass panes from this old window frame.  
I'm kind of surprised that I didn't lose an eye in the process, but some of the panes were cracked and needed to go.
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See more about my birdie displays here.
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See my tutorial for my old cabinet door to chalkboard here.
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I had so much fun layering some of my favorite pieces to create this spring vignette for the dining room!
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Another room, another old window! Ha!
This is our master bedroom.
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I collect vintage glass and love layering it.  Such a clean and simple look!
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Happy spring decorating!  
I hope you were inspired! :)

Be sure to check out all of the Spring Home Tours this week!