Layland Apt 2.0

We moved into our apartment right before Christmas last year and as you can imagine with all the holiday rush we were lucky just to get somewhat settled in. Now, (8 months later) I’ve finally gotten around to sprucing up the place and getting everything a little more coordinated and let’s face it – grown up.

I’ll add a few more updates as I add some final touches here and there but for the most part we’re officially living the coordinated life.

Welcome to our home!

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This welcome wreath still makes me smile every time I come home! It was easy to make and turned out exactly how I wanted it to. I’m so proud 🙂

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The gallery wall in our living room never quite sat right with me so I did a little Pinterest research and designed this new layout. I love it so much better! With this new setup our old pillows didn’t work anymore so I bought four new ones and recovered two of them with fabric I had. This is a great tutorial on recovering pillows.

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As for our bedroom I made the headboard using this tutorial as inspiration. It’s easy to do but it takes some time. The coolest thing out of this whole experience is that I learned how to cover buttons! I bought the grey & white pillows from Target but I made the bow pillow featured on this blog. I got the duvet cover and shams from Target crazy on sale – thank you coupon codes!

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Last but not least – that amazing lamp? I scored it at Goodwill for $9 in perfect condition. It doesn’t get much better than that!

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With all the organizing and re-doing I moved my dresser and updated the paper in my “I Love You Because…” frame so it matched our room! The ceramic figurine was actually our wedding cake topper. I picked it thinking ahead, knowing I would want something we could display in our home after we got married!

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I had this dry erase calendar hanging in our bathroom that I finally admitted – we never use. I was literally headed to throw it away when I had this genius idea to see if it would work as a photo collage frame! I arranged the pictures and used mod podge to set them in place and there you have it.

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This is the only thing I’ve managed to do in the bathroom so far. I’ve got a coordinating sink in the works so that’ll come soon!

That’s life with Mr.Layland & Me!

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We moved the week before Christmas but because of the holidays and family being in town we weren’t home much. I’m finally getting around to all the final touches and this project is one of my favorites.

I saw something like this on Pinterest and absolutely loved it. I wanted a creative way to display our wedding pictures and thought the block letters added just the right touch!

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I got the block letters at Hobby Lobby and spray painted them black. We actually used them as decorations at our wedding reception so it’s fun to have it as a permanent part of our home.

There’s honestly not much to tell with this little project, just that there are a few more holes in the wall than there are pictures 🙂 One recommendation from Young House Love that makes hanging pictures a lot easier is to tape paper to the wall to mimic the arrangement you want. That way you can move the “pictures” around and play with it until you find the right set up. When your papers are in the right place you put the nail through the paper, tear it off, and hang the picture!

Genius idea. Sadly, I was a little too excited this morning and a little too lazy to actually do that. Maybe next time I’ll be more exact but for now it works for me!

That’s life with Mr. Layland & Me!

Pin Cushion Jar

A few months ago I bought a sewing kit that came with all the essentials and had a second section for storing fabric and other odds and ends. My issue with this kit is that it’s not big enough and my thread gets mixed in with everything else.

This pincushion gives me more room in my sewing kit and it puts all my thread in one easy-to-search container! I’ve been using it for a few days and I love it – and it’s cute 🙂

All you need is a jar with a 2-part screw on lid, a smidgen of stuffing, enough fabric to cover the lid, glass paint and nail polish remover. I wanted to have a black lid so I used spray paint too.

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In order to get this stained glass look you don’t need and oven or several hours to wait on mod podge and food coloring to dry. I used glass paint and nail polish remover. The nail polish remover thins it out so you can use as much or as little as you want. It all depends on how transparent you want the jar to be.

I wanted a stained glass look but the first time I didn’t use enough nail polish remover so it was really dark. The second try I used about a teaspoon of paint and 1/8 C of nail polish remover. I had to play around with it to figure out exactly how I wanted it to look.

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The second time around it was thin enough but left these dots. Ugh. The good thing about this process is that you can re-do it before it dries by rinsing it out with water. In the end I decided to try it one more time.

Third time’s a charm, right?

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There we go! That’s what I was going for. Thin, even coat of paint just to give the jar a little something – a little pizazz!

Making the poof was a little more complicated that I anticipated. Create a little pocket through the lid with the fabric square and fill it with stuffing. Put the sealing disc into place and cut off the excess fabric. Secure down the little fringe leftover with super glue, hot glue, or tape. Voila! You’re set to collect thread and bobbins!

Do you think it’s possible to have too many organizing containers?

That’s life with Mr. Layland & Me!

Ring Holder

I love baking and making homemade pizza but both can be pretty messy. After I got engaged to Mr. Layland I quickly learned that the window sill above the sink is not the best place to keep my ring while I work my magic in the kitchen.

This DIY Ring Holder can be transferred from the kitchen to the bathroom or you can make one for both. It’s up to you!

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I like having mine in the bathroom sometimes too because I don’t like the idea of soap and face wash chemicals on my ring. I’m a little obsessed with cleaning my ring so I also use this holder to dry it a cleaning. It comes in really handy.

It’s really simple to make & you can make it according to your style so it’s exactly what you want! I got this small frame at Hobby Lobby for less than $5. I had the white lace and pin on hand. It took me about 10 minutes to put this together.

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Most frames come with a fake picture or a paper inside. Lay the lace (or patterned paper) over the insert and cut it to fit. Put the lace and insert back in the frame.

This won’t work if the frame has a glass cover. This one came with a plastic cover which was perfect. Use the pin to poke a hole in the upper middle section where you will eventually secure the pin. Remember your ring needs room to hang!

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Using wire cutters (or not your Mother’s best scissors) cut about 1/2 inch off the pin. Poke the pin into the hole and make sure it’s really secured in there. You might have to play with the angle a little bit to make sure your ring will stay on.

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There you have it! A super cute and safe place to keep your ring while you bake or wash your hands or take a shower! Sometimes Mr.Layland will put his ring on it too – but only when mine is already hanging there. It’s really precious ❤

That’s life with Mr. Layland & Me!

I Love You Because

You know when you’re in that thing called love?

But you’re also really busy with that thing called life? How do you share your love with that special someone when both of you are so busy and just fitting in a date is difficult?

For the past few months Mr. Layland has had almost the opposite work schedule from me so our time together is mostly on the weekends.

This romantic DIY project has helped us to stay close even when we don’t see each other as much as we would like.

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UPDATE: I recently switched out the paper to coordinate with our new bedroom. I got the paper at JoAnn’s and absolutely love the little hearts!

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The first time I saw this in action it said, “I love you because…you did the dishes!” My cousin Travis and his wife Lexi are one of the cutest and happiest couples I know and it was their I Love You Because frame that I saw first.

I loved that idea so much that I made one for Mr. Layland last Christmas! Sometimes the things Mr. Layland writes on our frame are so sweet it completely makes my day.

What you need:

1 Matted frame (8×10 or bigger)

1 Sheet of scrapbook paper

1 Set of alphabet stickers

1 Dry Erase Marker

Take the mat out of the frame and use the outside edges to trace a rectangle on the back of the scrapbook paper. Cut the paper along the lines. Insert the mat and paper back into the frame. Spell out “I Love You Because…” along the top and you’re set to start writing cute little notes!

You can also add your anniversary date at the bottom. The 143 in mine means “I love you”.

This frame is one of my favorite things we have. It’s not only cute & people think it’s really sweet when they come over but it makes it easy to compliment each other! It’s allowed both of us to express our feelings and helped us to know that the little things we do don’t go unnoticed.

It takes thirty seconds to write a message and you never know, those words can change your loved ones’ day!

That’s life with Mr. Layland & Me!