My Favorite DIY Chalk Paint (So Far)

31st May 2015

I love easy DIYs and I love saving money so this creation was inevitable for me. DIY Chalk Paint.

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I found this lovely frame at my favorite thrift store, Value Village. It was pretty beaten up but I adored the shape of it and the best part.. It was .60 cents! I knew I could transform it into something lovely, the only question was how.

After thinking about it for a while I had narrowed my DIY options down to a floral decoupage or a pretty country-esque paint job. I needed something that wouldn’t take much time or additional dollars. And that’s how my favorite DIY chalk paint came to be.

I did some research on what recipes I could use and was SO elated when I found this. The author claims this was her least favorite but I absolutely loved it! I did however change up the recipe just a smidge! I do intend on trying the other recipes and reviewing them, but for now my bank account calls for the cheapie recipe.

What You’ll Need:

DIY Chalk Paint on Sweet Southern Simplicity Blog

Baking Soda + Latex Paint
(both of which I have on hand at all times which made this a VERY inexpensive DIY for me)

My favorite DIY Chalk Paint Recipe:

2 and 1/4 Parts Latex Paint (you can get small samples like the one pictured above for less than $4 at Home Depot)
3/4 Parts Baking Soda

Mix quickly thoroughly and continue to keep mixed.

Paint a few coats on your desired wood surface, wait for it to dry then sand to make smooth and distressed.

**Note** I am aware that a store bought chalk paint may be easier to work with or may end up looking better but the point of this project was not to spend $42 on ONE quart of paint.

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What do you think? Will you try your own DIY Chalk Paint?

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“Be stubborn about your goals, and flexible with your methods.”

The Chop

26th May 2015

I’m the queen of doing things impulsively. I don’t feel comfortable making decisions so I just go for it, most of the time. Last week was a prime example of that.. I (finally) cut my hair!

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here’s a before photo of my hair .. craziness!)

And let me tell you, I felt free at last. My hair has been to my waist for years. I loved my long hair but I never realized how much of a prisoner I was to it. An hour every time I wanted to dry it, another hour if I wanted to curl it. I am a huge fan of simplicity, obviously, and that hair was anything but simplistic.

I couldn’t part with it for years, though. I felt like it made me unique, made me who I am. I received multiple compliments on it every time I went out, it made me special. I realized that is so petty and emotionally unhealthy. If I am going to be unique or special, I want it to be for something that matters, something that is more than meets the eye.

So here it is, ladies and gentlemen, my new long bob. I couldn’t be happier with it. I can have my hair curled and ready to go in less than 20 minutes and that is a fantastic treat for me!

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A huge thanks to Elizabeth Sloan Beauty in Newnan, GA for the new ‘do! Not only is she the biggest sweetheart and super talented, her salon is SO gorgeous, too! Check out her Facebook Page for more information.

Now to research ways to wear my new short hairdo!
What do you think?

P.S. Yes, I donated all that hair.
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A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life. ~Coco Chanel

My New Favorite App: Yerdle

18th May 2015

If you’ve been around me recently then you definitely know all about my new favorite app, Yerdle! It’s fantastic and I am seriously obsessed already.

Yerdle is basically a platform where you can trade your unwanted items for items you may need. It works like this: “Yerdle is based on the pay it forward principle; User A uploads information on an object they possess and wish to give to someone else. User B can then get the object in exchange for credits which are paid to User A, who can then use these credits to get something else from User C.”

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I have recently gotten rid of some jewelry and accessories I haven’t worn in years. I earned enough credits to get over 200 silk flowers (which I use constantly), a dress, a kimono, and a book with 14 southwestern cross stitch patterns. Those items may not be your cup of tea but I am ecstatic. This app is helping me get rid of things and getting things I want/need for free (unless you choose to have it shipped to you, in which case you pay a very reasonable shipping fee).

Yerdle App Review on Sweet Southern Simplicity Blog

I am so excited to be able to get rid of things and know they are going to someone that really wants/needs them. The packages photographed above are from a closet purge I did a few days ago. Almost every single piece was snagged by Yerdle users within 24 hours!

Yerdle App Review on Sweet Southern Simplicity Blog

Here I am (with my handsome date) in a blouse I got from a Yerdle user. I got so many compliments about it and the best part is I only paid $4 for it to be shipped to me. Thanks Yerdle!

If you are nervous about the responsibility of shipping stuff to people, don’t be! Yerdle makes it so easy! All you have to do is print the shipping label, attach it to your box or envelope, and drop off your package at a UPS store. So simple and getting rid of things you no longer use is so freeing!

Oh, and I almost forgot the best part! You can try Yerdle and get 10 Yerdle Dollars free just for signing up through this link

What do you think? Will you try Yerdle?

XO- Sarah

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“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”

-William Morris

DIY Mid Century Inspired Organization

8th May 2015

Hi lovelies! I have a maddeningly simple and easy DIY for you today. BONUS: it’s super affordable!

Jason and I are still renovating our space and once we are finished I will have a a desk with faux built ins around it. I couldn’t be more excited! I planned on buying small baskets for the shelves to organize some of my small craft items. This DIY saved me from doing that, which made my wallet very happy.

DIY Mid Century Inspired Organization

Last week at work Chef brought us some local strawberries for a yummy summer cocktail we recently started serving. I am a strawberry fanatic, so I was really excited about The Farmhouse Garden Old Fashion debuting on the drink menu. Bourbon, strawberries, mint .. yum! My excitement for the bourbon was nothing compared to my excitement for the baskets the strawberries came in though. Cute little green plastic baskets.

I loved the design of the baskets. It reminded me of a stair railing I saw in a gorgeous mid century home. I knew exactly what to do to make these babies chic! Make them gold, of course!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

1. Plastic berry baskets
2. Gold Metallic Spray Paint (I love Krylon’s but any kind will do, I’m sure)

DIY Mid Century Inspired Organization

WHAT TO DO

1. Wash and dry plastic berry baskets thoroughly.
2. Create space to spray paint. ALWAYS spray paint outside and with a face mask. I usually lay an old sheet down to ensure that I don’t get paint anywhere it isn’t welcomed.
3. Lay each basket out and spray paint the insides. Repeat for each side on the outside.
4. Leave your baskets out to dry. I usually wait at least an hour, just to be sure!

This is one of my favorite projects because:
– It’s upcycling
– I spent NOTHING on it
– It’s SO pretty!

DIY Mid Century Inspired Organization

 

This project was free for me because I had the gold spray paint on hand and the baskets for free from work. You can get the metallic spray paint for less than $5 (at least here in GA) with a Joann’s coupon! So this project is super affordable. Plus, think of all the other things you can spray paint gold!

What will you do with your berry baskets this summer? I think these would be really cute in white, too!

XO – Sarah

Catching Flies

14th April 2015

As I have mentioned before, my sweet guy and I are currently renovating our humble abode. We are getting hardwood floors and I am finally getting a real desk. I have been waiting for this moment for years and years. I am so excited!

My desk hasn’t been put together just yet, we have a lot to do before that happens. That hasn’t stopped me from crafting up fun stuff for it when it’s complete. Pencil holders, catch all dishes, and printables! I had to stick to my roots with my latest creation. And of course, I had to share the love!

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Download your sweet southern printable FREE here!
(Printable looks best when printed on cardstock)

Do you ever say something and your mother comes out? Happens to me allll the time. I don’t mind, my momma is a smart, strong woman. And a true southern lady, at that. She could provide me with a good old southern “proverb” for any occasion.

My favorites are the ones with a good lesson. I remember one of the first times my momma said “you catch more flies with honey” to me. I was very young and I thought about it for a while. When I finally understood what she meant, I was impressed with myself and inspired. I have since used the phrase constantly and have tried my best to put it into practice in my everyday life. Mama is right, you do catch more flies with honey. But dang if it isn’t hard to be sweet in all situations!

Here’s to trying our best, ladies! Enjoy the printable 🙂

XO – Sarah

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“The South: Where love, family, and tradition are the sugar in our tea.”

Out of the South

14th April 2015

This southern gal got her butt on a plane and headed north.

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Last week I visited the great city of Pittsburgh, PA to see my Aunt. I also came to feel out what universities I may apply to for a summer internship next year while I work toward my M. Ed. Let me tell you, Carnegie Mellon has my heart. It has such a gorgeous campus, I love all the old world architecture. I have a lot to think about between now and then, but CMU is definitely high on my list of schools.

My aunt was such a gracious host to me the whole trip. She is such a fabulous woman and my trip was nothing less than fabulous the entire time. We shopped and explored the Strip District, hosted a great casual dinner, and visited my family in multiple cemeteries around Pittsburgh. I even got to have dinner at the beautiful Oakmont Country Club where the 2016 US Open will be played.

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Pictured Above: My aunt, my great aunt, and myself before game night on Friday.

One thing my aunt and I have always had in common is our passion for shopping. So we did a lot of that on my trip. I was so delighted to see all of the amazing small businesses nestled amongst the Strip District. One place that immediately caught my eye was Roxanne’s Dried Flowers. They had lush green wreaths and plants lining the sidewalk, I was hooked. It was everything I love and more. Gorgeous succulents, moss wreaths, ribbon, rugs, books, wrapping paper and much more and it was all so beautiful. You can visit their website to get a taste of what it’s like, but I highly suggest visiting if you get the chance!

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My most treasured ribbon at the moment. I can’t wait to make headbands with this vintage find!

Another favorite store on the Strip was Loom. It got me very inspired to start sewing again with all the unique fabric and buttons. I know where I’m going first if I ever win the lottery.. I got some really unique fat quarters and I can’t wait to find a good project to use them on. I’ll keep ya’ll posted on that 😉

I love visiting the areas where my grandmother and my family on her side grew up. It’s such a treat to get to see the house she lived in and the school she attended. We also visited my great grandparents and another great aunt’s grave at Allegheny Cemetery. I know it’s odd but I always love visiting cemeteries. We got lucky during our visit and were joined by a family of eight deer. Pictured below is one that was extra curious about us.

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I had a lot of time to catch up on reading and really brainstorm while I was away. With that said, there are some great posts to come! I also got some downtime to work on a few printables, which will be free to download in my next post. I’m so excited!

Much Love Until Then,
-Sarah

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“The best thing in life to hold onto is each other.”
-Audrey Hepburn

My First Booth

6th April 2015

Little Lake Vintage had its first booth this weekend! The Farmhouse Pasture sale was a blast! I am so grateful for the experience and completely humbled by how many people bought my handmade pieces. I was really not expecting that!  As an added bonus I met so many amazing people, got to spend time with some people I really love, and got new plants and earrings! I don’t know if you can tell, but this may have been one of my favorite weekends to date!

Little Lake Vintage Booth

Little Lake Vintage Booth

Little Lake Vintage Booth

One of the best parts of the weekend for me was getting to see other people’s work. There was so much talent all around, it was truly inspiring.

PollyOpal Studios

That right there is my newest cherry tomato plant from PollyOpal Studios. I am so excited for this! Cherry tomatoes were my first love. I used to take a bite of every single one my mother grew, right off the vine, when I was a child. I’m really hoping my beau takes good care of it while I’m in Pittsburgh next week!

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Pictured above are the earrings I will likely wear everyday for the rest of my life! Seriously crushing on Flower Child Weddings and the PeaceLoveShoppe.

Little Lake Vintage Booth

This may have been the first booth for LLV but it most certainly will not be the last. I am looking forward to many more! I will be adding new items to my handmade selection for the next one.

What kind of things would you like to see? Let me know in the comments below!

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“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”
– William Shakespeare

Fun with Wrennwood Design at the Zoo!

26th March 2015

Yesterday was an amazing day. I got to go to the zoo AND taste lots of yummy drinks at the bartender’s meeting at work (more on that later). Basically yesterday was one of those days that made me really think about how fortunate I am and how much I appreciate the opportunities I’ve been afforded.

I was really ashamed of myself after I quit my full time job.  I felt like I wasn’t able to do what “normal” adults are supposed to do. How would I ever make money, retire, live the American dream if I couldn’t even handle the traditional full time job? I am finally realizing that I don’t have to live the American dream, I can live my own dream! I am fortunate enough to work with a wonderful lady that does just that, Amberly of Wrennwood Design.

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Amberly has been an inspiration to me since I first started interning for her in 2012. She is a floral genius and true wedding pro. One look at the photos below and you’ll see why! Amberly has also helped tremendously with my small business, Little Lake Vintage. Her advice, insight, and creativity have been integral to my business! Basically, she’s a godsend.

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After working hard on the gorgeous arrangements, Amberly and I took a cruise around the zoo to see the animals with her sweet baby girl. Do I have the coolest job or what?!

Wrennwood Design on Sweet Southern Simplicity

Wrennwood Design on Sweet Southern Simplicity

The pandas were my favorites, they look like they would give good hugs and they eat all day. Life goals right there people, life goals.

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If you would like more information on the other amazing vendors involved in this shoot please visit Wrennwood Design on Facebook.

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If you have a passion for events, flowers, and design and live in the Atlanta/West GA area you could be a part of Team WED like me!
Wrennwood Design Interns

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“Surround yourself with people who make you hungry for life, touch your heart, and nourish your soul.”

Exciting Stuff at Little Lake Vintage

25th March 2015

I have been working nonstop on my teeny tiny business, Little Lake Vintage. I haven’t even made a significant profit from it (yet) but I never ever grow tired of it. I have been dreaming of running a vintage shop for the past 10 or so years and I am finally just freakin’ doing it and it brings me so much joy.

Yesterday I decided LLV deserved a makeover and I rebranded everything. I am head over heels for my new logo, I can’t wait to see it printed on my new cards!

Little Lake Vintage Logo on Sweet Southern Simplicity

What do you think?! I’ve been told it captures my essence well 🙂

Floral Letters / Monogram by Little Lake Vintage on Sweet Southern Simplicity

In other LLV news, I am currently taking orders for custom faux floral letters (like the ones above). I can do any letter, any size up to 3 ft in just about any color. If you are interested in ordering one for your home, wedding, or photoshoot please shoot me an email at littlelakevintage@gmail.com. The pricing is based on letter size and flower choice (if you have a preference), to give you an idea letters under 10″ are around $15 a piece and letters in the 2-3ft range are $35.

And just in case you didn’t know, Little Lake Vintage, the booth, will be at the Farmhouse Pasture Sale in Newnan, GA on April 3-4. If you are near the area you should definitely stop by, I will have a free gift for anyone that gives me instagram love! Details on that one are happening next week 🙂

Other than that life has been plenty busy with working my normal job(s), renovating with Jason, watching a lot of The Office reruns, and crafts. Life is so good.

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If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.
– Roald Dahl

Lately

19th March 2015

I haven’t posted in a while, I’ve been crazy, crazy busy! It’s a good busy, though. This is what I’ve been up to according to my Instagram 🙂

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My vintage shop, Little Lake Vintage, will be at The Farmhouse Pasture Sale in Newnan, GA on Aril 3rd and 4th. I’ve been working on handmade wall art that will be available for purchase there.

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My guy and I have been painting up a storm. We are lightening up our basement with Glidden’s Ethereal Blue, it’s the perfect combination of blue and gray and I can’t wait to see what it will look like with our new hardwood floors!

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It’s FINALLY warming up here in Georgia, and I couldn’t be more excited! Hello skirts, shorts, and dresses -I’ve missed you!

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I have also been painting a lot and making some extra cute magnets for my booth at the Farmhouse Pasture Sale. I just love magnets, I can’t wait to share more with you soon!

And finally… I have been celebrating because I GOT INTO GRAD SCHOOL! I also got my first choice of graduate assistantships, working in the Admissions Office! I am so looking forward to August and I am so thankful I was selected for the program.

I am really loving this time in my life and I am so grateful for everything going on. It’s insanity sometimes, but it’s incredible.

What are you grateful for lately? Let me know in the comments below.
xo – Sarah