Remember when I promised a giveaway? And then it took me months to get around to actually doing it? Well. Today is your lucky day. But first, we rewind. The porch. The Halloween porch, to be specific.  Porch Stencil_HouseofGold

Did you see this one smallish detail? Ball Jar Porch_HouseofGoldThe mason jars. They get used for quite a bit around our house. Drinking beverages, organizing miscellaneous things in the garage, and decorations, to name a few. But today, I’m going to show you the easiest craft project ever in the history of ever.

Amass your jars into one spot, along with some moss (purchased at Michaels), and Battery Operated LED Tealight Candles. (Purchased on Amazon; affiliate link.) Canning Jar Decoration_HouseofGoldStuff moss into jars.Moss Jar_HouseofGoldPlace light atop the moss. Ball Jar Lights_HouseofGoldDONE!

And now, you can win a whole slew of these bad boys for your very own self!

To be specific, you will receive:

  • 2 cases of canning jars
  • 1 case of drinking jars
  • A mason jar infuser
  • And a sip and straw lid! Woot.

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Skeery Porch Decorations

I have never in my whole life lived in a neighborhood that gets a TON of kids for Halloween. Never. You have these grand hopes of seeing all these cute kids in costumes and buy 17 bags of candy, only to have three people stop by, and one is your neighbor asking if you had any kids come by yet. Entonces, you get sads and eat the rest of the bag of candy your dang self. EXCEPT FOR LAST YEAR. Similar to previous years, I bought my two [small] bags of candy, J and I had some friends over, we made some food and took our fire pit to the front yard to wait for the two kids to show up.  Lo and Behold, the kids arrived. En masse. I TOTALLY RAN OUT OF CANDY. Like, started handing out packets of Cream of Wheat. (I am only slightly ashamed of that. Mostly proud of my ingenuity and resourcefulness.)

Apparently, our neighborhood does it up BIGTIME. We literally had three trailers of people being pulled around the ‘hood. As in… tractors pulling trailers with hay bales and entire streets of people getting off to collect sugar. I was completely dumfounded. And amazed. THIS YEAR! I will do better this year! So I ran out to the Dollar Store (after eating some delicious Nachos, which is imperative to this story… okay, it’s not at all important), and bought two black plastic tablecloths, some weird fake crows, a skeleton garland, and two squeaky rats. I think you know where this is headed. So here’s where we started… (10 points to the person that can spot the Lennon face in the picture.):Fall Porch_HouseofGoldBUT TWIIIIST. Remember how awesome and girly and pretty that Halloween Lace Parlor Stencil was for the Hallway Closet from Royal Design Studio? Well. It can be creepy, too. I laid those two black plastic tablecloths out on the driveway, got some white primer, and stenciled away. Tablecloth Stencil_HouseofGoldStencil_HouseofGold

I didn’t want this to be perfect by any means, which is why I chose to do it on the driveway. I wanted it to look a little messy, a little grungy, and a little… awesome. Stencil Detail Porch_HouseofGold

Perfect.      Then I hung those bad boys up (kind of like drapes), layered some cheesecloth on top (from Home Depot, no less), and put out the rest of the accessories for a perfectly creeper Halloween porch. You like? Halloween Overall_HouseofGoldPorch Stencil_HouseofGoldAnd you remember those mason jars that I [briefly] spoke about a long time ago? I’m going to show you on Wednesday the easiest craft ever. And then you CAN WIN A SET OF YOUR VERY OWN! (Imagine me saying that like Oprah does for her Favorite Things episode.)

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Giving an Old Lamp a New Lease on Life.

J and I both brought things to the marriage, in terms of furniture and accessories. Most of my things included furniture pieces that Papaw (that means Grandfather, for those that don’t speak Southern) built, and J’s included an array of eclectic lamps. Most of these lamps are pretty fun, although “antique” in nature. Which equals yay, in our house.

If you take nothing else from this blog, I hope you can see how approachable these projects are! Really. Imagine me there next to you, clapping and dancing while you complete these projects on your own, mmkay? Clapping YaySo, the entryway lamp. Remember when we talked about changing out the Fluorescent bulb with a CREE LED, and it was awesome and life-changing? Yes. Well, still is. Except for when occasionally, the lamp would just kind of… turn off. As in, we’d be sitting across the room, and the light would suddenly flicker and/or shut off for no good reason. Or we’d walk past it and it would turn off. Basically, the lamp was haunted. ORRRRR the wiring and connections were super-old and needed to be replaced, in order to be safe. SAFETY FIRST!

Entryway Lights_HouseofGoldSo here’s how to rewire a lamp. It’s super easy. First, head to Home Depot and pick up your rewiring supplies. It basically includes a socket and a cord (you can buy the cords with a plug already attached in the lighting section, or you can go to the electrical section and build it all from scratch, like we did with the pole lights). Rewire Supplies_HouseofGoldOnce you’ve got your junk amassed, start disassembling the light. You *might* need pliers to help get the nuts loose, but everything pretty much unscrews from everything else. Ignore the band-aid finger. I had a run-in with an x-acto blade from a different project. Disassemble Lamp_HouseofGoldSee how bad/ crusty/ rickety the wire looks? You don’t want this. This is bad. This is what causes fires. But for real.

Old Socket_HouseofGoldSo. Once the old socket and wire have been removed, you can shove the new wire back up inside where the old one came out.  Wire Lamp_HouseofGold It should come out of the hole at the top of the lamp, where you would push it through the base of the socket. From there, you take one side of the wire, wrap it around one of the screws in the socket and tighten the screw (the screws are in the top half of the socket assembly). *Wrap the wire around the screw in the same direction that the screw will tighten. This will help secure it in place.* Do the same for the other screw/ wire. Reassemble Lamp_HouseofGoldThen the top of the socket will snap onto the base, and you can further tighten all of the nuts (throughout the lamp) back into place.

Replace your shade and ta-daaa! That’s really all there is to it!

Rewired Lamp_HouseofGoldOh, but want to see something cool? This lamp was hand crafted in 1970 by a husband/ wife team named James and something Carter. They engraved the bottom… HOW COOL IS THAT?

Lamp Engrave_HouseofGold#memories.

Hall closet progress-

So the big decision on the closet? I went with a stencil. I’ve actually never stenciled a wall (that I can remember), and I’m always up for trying out new decor ideas… So stencil it is! The kind folks over at Royal Design Studio sent me the Parlor Lace Halloween Stencil, which is one of their “Holiday Collection” stencils. (Remember when they sent the Wallternatives Forest Friends Wallprints Fabric Decals for the Nursery Closet? Yep, same people. They do stencils, too.) But let’s start at the beginning, shall we?

After I removed the old rod and shelf, I had to spackle and fill the holes that reminded me of things past.  Remember when I messed up on buying trim paint and we bought way too much of the wrong color? Boooo. We’ve been using all that paint on closet interiors, which has actually proven to be semi-useful. So kind of yay? The whole closet got a nice coat of the oops-trim-paint color before the stenciling could begin.

And then I got the stencil in the mail. It was WAY bigger than I expected, which was brilliant. The back of the closet only took 9 moves-of-the-stencil to cover the entire surface, which was awesome. (Aka, less drying time and less in-between time.)       Stencil in Package_HouseofGold I started stenciling the night that I received it in the mail, and just did one section at a time, allowing the stencil (and the wall) to dry overnight. Also, it prevented the claw from happening. You know, the painter’s hand claw? Right.First Stencil_HouseofGoldSo the edges are the only part where things got a little tricky. Obviously, the stencil won’t go all the way up to the wall, so I got as close as I could get, and then decided to paint a border around all the edges.Closet Stencil Progress_HouseofGoldAlso while I was at Haven, I picked up some of this Frog Tape for textured surfaces. I’ve never had any luck in using painter’s tape in getting a clean, crisp line. So I had very very low expectations with this stuff. Basically, you put the tape up, smash it down, and then use the (included) liquidy-glue stuff to help seal the edge. Let that dry for about 15 minutes, and then paint away. While it did better than just standard tape, it still isn’t exactly perfect. But better is still better.

Frog Tape_HouseofGoldCorner Stripe_HouseofGoldLet’s get back to the stenciled wall, though. OMG. SO PRETTY. I actually don’t want to put any shelves in there anymore. Just keep it as a little pretty room with stenciled walls. Obviously, the stencil is not perfect and you’ll get some smudgy-ness, as you can see in the closeup. Stencil Close Up_HouseofGoldBut from far away, it’s brilliant! Stencil Complete_HouseofGoldStencil Detail_HouseofGold

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