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What happened to April?

April has flown by!  Sorry I have not posted in awhile!  I do have some pretty exciting updates for you.

Yesterday I attended a creative women's brunch.  It was for creatives like bloggers, artists, shop owners, photographers and many other female entrepreneurs. 

Dream Catchers Brunch

The venue was right up my alley.  Exposed brick and old chippy walls!  It was held at The Nest in Birmingham.  The perfect spot for a gathering like this.  The wood table tops with the white metal chairs made my heart skip a beat.

Dream Catchers Brunch

The brunch was hosted by Natalie from 11th Thread and the name of the group is Dream Catchers South.  So cool that dream catchers are so popular in décor right now too!  She put this whole thing together to help and inspire creative women to chase their dreams!

She did a beautiful job on the table settings!  The greenery just popped against the natural wood and white with a little sparkle from the mercury glass candle holders.

Table Setting

We each received our own mason jar of delicious Piper and Leaf tea that we got to take home with us.  I love mason jars and they fit right in with the décor.  Even better we got to sample from a local company.

Dream Catchers Brunch

There were so many incredible sponsors and creative women all pursuing their own small business goals (I'll have a list at the bottom of this post for you to check them out)!  They filled our goody bags with awesome samples and coupons.  We also had a great speaker named Bill Todd, President of o2 Ideas.  He really taught us a lot about marketing and stepping out with our ideas.  Which leads me to a few updates for Hostessjo.com!

Dream Catchers Brunch

I've been wanting an updated design for the blog and I think its time to move over to Wordpress.  I keep hearing great things about it and I think it will be great for both you and I.  So, I'm in the process of doing that.  Hopefully everything will be good to go in May.  I've also started my photography classes and really enjoying them.  Reese's room redo is complete so please check back for that! 

Also, my husband and I have purchased a lot and will be building a spec home this summer!  I'm so excited to pick out paint, flooring, lighting etc.!  I'll be blogging about all of our choices along the way and answering any questions you may have.

I'd love to hear from you about what you'd like to see more of on our new blog!  More diy?  Home décor?  Crafts?  Styling?  Please send me an email or leave me a comment here!

xoxo,

Jo

Check out these cool small businesses and sponsors from our brunch: 

Naughty but Nice Kettlecorn,

Wholesome Soda Co.,

Dixie Fresh,

See Jane Write

Harp of Birmingham,

Piper Vine,

Baby Cakes Birmingham,

House Peace,

Down in the Ham,

Nikki Blakes 

Elizabeth Jaimes Boutique and Salon

If I left anyone off, please leave me a message and I'll be happy to add you!


Reese's Room Redo

If you are following me on Instagram, you know I mentioned updating my six year old's room.  When she changed to a big girl bed I was pregnant with our second and felt rushed to get it done.  I ordered a cute quilt and that was about it! 

Reese's Room Before

Fast forward four years and my girl has grown into a self proclaimed "outdoors girl".  We cannot keep her inside!  She loves animals-especially bunnies- flowers, dirt, and drawing.  She will still occasionally put on a princess dress.  So I wanted to give her a room that reflects her interests. 

Enter the cutest woodland bedding I've seen!  When my girls were younger the only woodland décor was all boy.  Now they have so many pretty options for girls too.

New Bedding

It is even prettier in person.  The colors are a little softer than pictured.  And bunnies!

Speaking of bunnies...

Bunny Head

She just had to have this stuffed bunny head above her bed.  It is pretty cute.

I also ordered a strand of felt flowers to hang underneath the bunny...

Flower Garland

I'm hoping the colors go well with the bedding!

When I saw this "Go Play Outside" print I knew we had to have it.  It is perfect for my girl.

Play Outside Print

There are a few other details I'm still working on.  And trying not to rush!

Ok, I can't give away everything!  Stay tuned for the reveal soon!

 

XOXO,

Jo

 


Spring Home Tour

I've got good news!  I got a new camera!  Now I just need to learn how to use it.  Soon I will be bringing you lots of pretty eye candy!  For now, I'm sharing the rest of our home decorated for Spring.

I added touches of green throughout which is my favorite.  Greenery can also last all the way through summer.  Most of mine is faux.  I cannot seem to keep an indoor plant alive!  What is it about bringing plants inside that make them so easy to kill?  

The addition of this simple fern wreath adds life to our mudroom...

Spring Mudroom

I love styling trays.  Its like a hobby to me.  This is a tray I styled with items I already had.  You could place a tray anywhere.  Dining room, coffee table, kitchen, etc.

Spring Tray Styling

Yep, that succulent is already a goner. 

I played around with some new décor on my sideboard and I love how the natural wood tray looks against the white background.

Spring Sideboard

I scored the metal three tiered tray for $15 from Hobby Lobby!

Spring Three Tiered Tray

You'll also notice the moss bird and nest from the other tray.  Shop your house!  Moving things around can totally change the look.  I just had to have those moss eggs.  They are from Hobby Lobby too.

Here is our Resurrection Garden on our entry table.  Click the link to find the how to!

Resurrection Garden

Moving on into the dining room and kitchen I used Easter decorations.  Do you remember our Easter mantle?

Easter Dining Centerpiece

I decorated our dining table with items from Target Dollar Spot!  The pallet trough is so easy to change for the seasons or occasion. 

Easter Centerpiece

In the kitchen I decorated our chicken wire stand with moss, pastel eggs and moss bunnies..

Easter Kitchen Decor

I love how the eggs bring out the yellow and aqua accent colors in the kitchen.

Easter Kitchen Decor

Spring Kitchen Decor

Hope you enjoyed our little Spring Tour!  Try adding seasonal touches throughout your house.  It doesn't take much to bring a lot of joy!

For more spring décor ideas check out my In Bloom Pinterest board.  For more pictures of our home join me on Instagram

 

Happy Spring!

Jo

 

 

 


DIY Moss Wreath

I love moss!  You love moss!  Everyone loves moss! 

Moss Wreath Tutorial

I've been using moss in my spring and summer décor for years.  I'm noticing now that a lot of people are enjoying the bright green stuff in their homes.  It adds a ton of fresh color and texture to centerpieces, vases, bowls, fillers, just about anything.  Last year I made a super simple moss wreath for our mantle.  I apologize that there aren't more pictures but I wasn't blogging then.  Its so easy you won't need them!

Moss Wreath Tutorial

As you can see my little helpers are always close by! 

All you need is a

Styrofoam wreath form,

hot glue gun,

glue sticks and

a few bags of Reindeer Moss.  Reindeer moss is my favorite because it is super green and bright.  You can find all of this at Michael's or Hobby Lobby.  I've also seen others who use a grapevine wreath and it looks great too. 

Warm up your glue gun and start gluing!  I put the glue directly on the Styrofoam.  I've also read you can use a spray adhesive which may be easier. 

Grab your favorite ribbon and place it where you like.  I'm not sure how this would hold up outside.  For sure would need to be in a covered area as some of the moss will shed. 

Moss Wreath Tutorial

There you go!  A super simple wreath for the warmer months!

I'm still thinking about what kind of wreath I want to make this year.  Is there anything you'd like to see?

 

XOXO,

Jo

 

 


Our Easter Mantle

With Easter being later this year I felt like I had more time to decorate for the holiday.  Plus my girls love helping!  As much as I love neutrals, Spring is a time to bring in color.  I start missing color this time of year so it helps to have cheerful décor around the house.  Don't be afraid to incorporate a little color in your surroundings!

I like adding little touches all over the house but the mantle is what we see most often.  Its really fun to decorate.  A few items stay year round and a couple I've moved from other places in the house.  IMG_8978
You don't have to spend a fortune to decorate for the holidays.  Look around your house, you may have something that looks totally different when you place it somewhere else.

Easter Mantle Decor

The happy place sign used to be in our mudroom, but I liked how it brought in more color for the mantle.  The bunnies were my grandmother's so they have a special place in my heart.  I ordered the chocolate bunny banner this year from Etsy.  I just loved that it was chocolate bunnies!

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My mom surprised me with the carrot wreath! I love that it has a rustic feel to go with our fireplace. 

Easter Mantle Decor

 

I didn't totally put away my antlers.  I changed from the wintry stag pillow to a colored antler pillow!

Easter Mantle Decor

 

This sign is so true!  Being at home truly is our happy place.

Easter Mantle Decor

 

Any décor with sentimental value is so special..

Easter Mantle Decor

 

I love the colored bows on the bunnies!

Easter Mantle Decor

 

I hope you enjoyed our Easter Mantle!  Do you decorate your home for Easter or Spring? 

Check back soon to see our kitchen and dining room!

XOXO,

Jo

 


An Easter Garden

To celebrate Ash Wednesday the girls stayed home from school and after Mass we created our own Easter Garden!  I've seen several versions of these on Pinterest and always wanted to make one.  They are also called Resurrection Gardens.  It's a great hands on way to tell your children about Jesus' resurrection. 

First you will need a clay saucer and small pot.

Supplies for Easter Garden

Turn your small pot on its side.  This will be your tomb.

Next you will need some potting soil.  Fill your saucer with soil and mound it up around your tomb.  Sorry for the messy pictures!  3 and 6 year olds and dirt!

Supplies for Easter Garden

In the meantime, my 6 year old was finding us twigs and rocks. 

We tried gluing the twigs to make the Crosses but they didn't stick so we ended up using twine.  A hot glue gun would probably work too.

Easter Garden Prep

 

We used moss to cover our garden.  I've seen people plant grass too.  We are instant gratification types.

Easter Garden

Glue your moss all over to cover the soil.  Then add your large rock to the side of your tomb.  We added little pebbles to make a path too.

Resurrection Garden

I decided the moss looked a little sloppy so I gave it a haircut. 

Tada!

Easter Garden

We stuck our crosses through the moss along the backside.

Resurrection Garden

I decided to display it on our entry table so everyone can see it coming and going. 

Easter Garden

I just love the fresh green it adds and of course the meaning!

Easter Garden

Resurrection Garden

 

Blogging again has really got my creative juices flowing.  I hope I'm inspiring you to try a few new things also!  I've got a lot more coming for Spring!

 

XOXO,

Jo


Mudroom Makeover

It may seem crazy to be "making over" a new house!  We moved in such a hurry there were still things we wanted to do.  Also, after you've lived in it for awhile you start to figure out what works and what doesn't.  Luckily I have a handy husband!  He did ask me the other day if we were "done"-hahahaha!  That was pretty funny.

So I knew I wanted an old church pew in our mudroom.  My brother in law found one on Craig's List for $35!  It was too long so my husband cut it down.  Only problem was it had a leg in the middle.  To remove it would have compromised the bench.  So we decided to keep it.  Now we have a three legged pew!  It makes a perfect cubby for our shoe basket.  It was a dark brown so we sanded it and white washed it.  Not bad for a first attempt!

Here is our mudroom before...

Mudroom Before

It was fine but we were outgrowing the little hooks and I wanted something larger and more sturdy to hold everything.

After searching for ideas I decided to go with board and batten like our entry way and dining room.

 

Here is handy hubby in action measuring and planning.

Mudroom Makeover

After it was drawn out on the wall he nailed 1x6 horizontally and on the outside edges and 1x4 vertically to the wall. 

Board and Batten

Next he filled in the holes and edges then sanded.  Next came the painting.  We used Sherwin Williams Alabaster.  It's my most favorite white.  It's not too stark but not too creamy. 

Mudroom Makeover

Hooks installed and it was ready to go!

Mudroom Bench

 

Here is a shot showing our dining room walls.  I think it all flows well, do you?

Board and Batten

 

Our three legged beauty...The girls shoe basket fits perfectly in the little cubby below.

Mudroom Bench

Mudroom Bench

 

I moved the bulletin board to the other side of the wall.  Now I can reach it much easier.

Rustic Barn Door

Barn door made by handy hubby and his dad while we were building the house.  I love how rustic it is and it adds warmth to all the white. 

Through opening is the laundry room where I spend most of my time ;)

Rustic Barn Door

 

I'm still deciding if I need a shelf at the top of the board and batten.  What do you think?  Definitely want to hang something if we don't do a shelf. 

I hope you liked our little project!  I love having all the space and hooks to hang book bags, jackets, etc.  It really brings the room together. 

On to our next project!

XOXO,

Jo

 

 

 


A Peek at Our Playroom

The most exciting thing happened yesterday!  Target featured my playroom Instagram photo on their AwesomeShop Feed!  I think I am still in shock! 

It's a cool way to shop right from pictures they find on Instagram and Pinterest.  Check it out!

Target AwesomeShop

 

So, I thought I'd show you a couple of pictures of my playroom transformation.  It started out as a guest/office/playroom.  As you can imagine, it was a little cramped.  Last year we finished out our basement and moved the office and guest room downstairs.  Pictures of that to come later!

Here is the room before.  The toys were on the other side of the room.  Sorry not a good photo.

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Tada!  Here it is now...

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Much better!  We get a lot more use out of the space this way.  I repurposed my girls' old crib mattress as a comfy spot to lay on in their teepee.  The rug was also a nursery piece.  The trunk is a great way to hide toys and double as a table.  I purchased the futon from Wayfair and it folds out for kids to sleep on.

Below you'll see the table and chairs that are on the other side of the room.  These are the ones I purchased from Target that they featured.  They are super cute and so easy to clean. 

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Kids Table Set

I'd show you the rest but I'm sure you've seen a mess of toys before! 

If you're on Instagram please give me a follow.  I post a lot of pictures of my home there!

Oh, and if you want to make your own vase of heart arrows be sure to check out my previous post!

XOXO,

Jo

 

 


Cupid's Arrows

We finally crafted our own Cupid's Arrows!  I took inspiration from all of the great examples on my previous post.  Ours is a combination of the feather arrows and the traditional red and pink Valentine's colors.  I know one thing-feathers are messy! 

These would also be great décor for couples showers, baby showers, engagement parties, etc.

 

Here are the supplies you'll need: 

Cupids Arrow

All of these can be purchased at Hobby Lobby.  I also bought two glass vases on sale there to hold our arrows.

 Start by hot gluing your feathers and/or heart to the top of your skewer on each side.

Cupids Arrows

The felt hearts had sticky backing which made it super easy.  Just stick two back to back on the end of your skewer. 

I just love these red burlap hearts!

Cupids Arrow

Then tie on a ribbon or twine..

Cupids Arrow

I had two pairs of helping hands for this craft too!

Cupids Arrows

My six year old actually came up with the idea to layer the felt hearts!  I thought they turned out better than the feathers.  She is my crafty girl.

Cupids Arrows

Cupids Arrows

 

I have them on our mantle for now but they don't show up well.  They would probably pop on an entry table or coffee table where you can see them up close.

Valentine's Day Mantle

My little cardinal goes well with the red accents!

Valentines Decor

A pretty easy little Valentine craft to brighten up your home for winter!  I hope you'll try making your own Cupid's Arrows.

 

XOXO,

Jo

 

 


Happy New Year

It's 2017!  I hope everyone's holidays were everything you wanted them to be.  They always go by so fast!  After taking down our Christmas decorations the house always seems so bare.  I kind of like it though, a fresh slate just like the new year. 

I transitioned some of our décor to winter.  When I think of winter I think of white, gray, all neutrals.  Also, I think of a little sparkle.  Mercury glass, candles and maybe a twinkle light or two. 

Winter Mantle Decor

Winter Mantle Decor

I am really into cotton and antlers this year!

Winter Mantle Decor

I used the same cotton stems and antler stems that were on our dining room tree.  

Winter Home Decor

 

This pewter antler bowl is one of my favorites.  The silver adds some shimmer against all of the neutrals.

Rustic Winter Centerpiece

Here it is again as a last minute New Year's Eve centerpiece.  Dressed up with mercury glass candle holders and silver colored beads.

Winter Centerpiece

Winter Centerpiece

 

A quick change of the table runner and you have a neutral dining table.  I used the same strand of lights from Christmas just removed the red pinecones. 

Rustic Winter Centerpiece

And of course antlers...

Rustic Winter Centerpiece

 

Pinecones also make excellent winter décor.  They are everywhere and inexpensive.  Just place a few in a clear vase and you have an easy centerpiece.

Also candles, candles, and more candles.  They add cozy warmth on a dreary winter day.

 

With a few changes and rearranging you can use some of your Christmas décor to decorate for winter!  Stay warm, everyone!