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DIY String Light Posts

DIY String Light Posts For Weddings Or Parties

Shortly after getting engaged, Jeremy and I agreed that we wanted to get married here on the farm. We changed our mind 751+ times about the location, before deciding early in the spring that we would actually have it on the farm. I’m slowly learning to always go with my gut, because I change my mind way too much. I didn’t want to tent the reception area, and that was ultimately a mistake because of very unpredictable May weather in Kentucky (that’s just a friendly word of advice). I didn’t want to have spotlights in the yard, but I knew we would need some type of lighting since we were having an evening reception. We had an abundance of LED string lights that we purchased on clearance after Christmas, and we thought they would look lovely out in the yard. These DIY String Lamp Posts were the easiest solution to our lighting problem. The string lights added a festive touch of ambiance to our Derby Day reception. Honestly out of all the DIY projects I worked on for the wedding, these DIY String Light Posts were the simplest to make.

DIY String Light Posts

Photo Credit: Ginger Snaps Photography

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Monogram pillow sham tutorial

Monogram Pillow Sham Tutorial: Buy Versus DIY?

The last two years have been hard on me; I got engaged, and I couldn’t (well maybe didn’t) want to monogram anything. I’ve heard it’s bad luck to wear or use your married monogram before your wedding, and it kind of looks silly too. Jeremy and I got married in May, and of course, I wanted to monogram everything once we were actually hitched. What is it with southern women and our love of monograms? I actually designed a monogram for the t-shirts that the PTA sells as a fundraiser for the school, and those shirts sold out during our Open House. I had admired some monogrammed bedding, but nearly everything I found was $350+ in a King size. While we were at Haven Conference, I helped with a Cricut class. One of the projects that they made in the class was a monogrammed shadow box, and that was my inspiration for this Monogram Pillow Sham. I originally thought I would use layered HTV vinyl, but I challenged myself to create an iron-on fabric appliqué and hand stitch around the edge. I’m so pleased with how my monogram pillow sham turned out, and it wasn’t nearly as difficult as I imagined. I hope you enjoy my Monogram Pillow Sham Tutorial, and you’ll check back to see the rest of my bedding ensemble project.

Monogram pillow sham tutorial

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downy fabric conditioner

The 18 year Old Dress And How I Maintained It With Downy Fabric Conditioner

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks on behalf of P&G

A few days ago, I walked into my closet, and I thought I would scream. It was crammed pack with stuff, and in complete disarray. I own 5 pairs of cowboy boots, and I generally wear one pair a handful of times per year. Why are the other 4 taking up space in my closet? I had so many pieces that were ill-fitting; many still had tags on them, and most of which was purchased on a whim when I found them on sale. I purged my closet, and nearly cut my clothing, shoes, and accessories down by half. I don’t like chaos and disorder, and my closet was making my anxiety symptoms worse. I spent three hours sorting items and trying pieces on. Some of my favorite items in my closet I’ve had longer than 5 years.

downy fabric conditioner

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DIY Flower arrangements

DIY Flower Arrangements: Wedding Wednesday

This DIY Flower Arrangements post is sponsored by Fifty Flowers, however all opinions and ideas are entirely my own. 

I knew several months ago that I wanted to do my own flower arrangements for our wedding, and I didn’t go into it blindly. I knew it would be a lot of work, but I was trying to make our wedding as personal as possible. I absolutely love flowers and gardening, and I take great pride in my flower garden. Our wedding was in early May, and I knew that very few of my own flowers would be blooming. I searched online to find a wholesale flower company that sold directly to consumers with two criteria in mind, price and variety. I knew that I wanted to use garden roses, hydrangeas, and peonies. Garden roses can be difficult to find, and thankfully Fifty Flowers has a wide variety of garden roses. Today I’m sharing how I made one of my short DIY flower arrangements with a few tips for selecting and prepping your flowers. I’ve also included a Fifty Flowers discount code exclusive to A Southern Mother readers at the bottom of this post.

 DIY Flower arrangements

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Rubbermaid® FastTrack®

Closet Organization Tips: Installing Rubbermaid® FastTrack®

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FreeYourClutter #CollectiveBias

When Jeremy finished building our house two years ago, we began to install several Rubbermaid® closet systems. I purchased enough for a closet at a time, until we had them installed in most of our house. I put off doing the laundry room closet, and I’m almost ashamed to show you how cluttered it was. It became a catch-all for things that I decided we didn’t have room for elsewhere. The Rubbermaid® FastTrack® and Rubbermaid® HomeFree Series™ Closet Kits are easy to install, and you can quickly add-on to an existing Rubbermaid® system. Today I’m sharing some closet organization tips and tips for installing Rubbermaid® FastTrack® pantry kit with optional accessories.

Rubbermaid® FastTrack®

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How To Make Summer Days Last Longer

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Enbrighten Café Lights by Jasco for Acorn Influence, however all opinions are entirely my own. 

I love the late spring, summer, and early fall months in Kentucky. The days are longer and warmer, and we spend most of our time outside. I really hate to see each day end. I found an easy solution that helps give us more time outside each day. We installed these Enbrighten Café Lights by Jasco, and they’re the perfect solution to help us enjoy our time outside by making our summer days last a little longer.

Enbrighten Café Lights by Jasco

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Macy's Heart of Haiti

Gifts That Give Back: Macy’s Heart of Haiti Collection

I received merchandise in exchange for this post, however all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

I’m a true believer that when it comes to purchasing gifts, it’s the thought that you put into it that really counts. When Jeremy and I were still engaged, he told me stories about growing up on a tobacco farm. My family had stopped growing tobacco a generation before I was born, so I didn’t remember the struggles they faced. Jeremy spent most of his free hours helping his family work the tobacco field, and getting it ready for sale. I think it contributed to his strong work ethic, and his inability to ever just sit still and chill. Our farm is now home to cattle, a garden, chickens, and honey bees, and the days of growing tobacco are long gone. We were married on Saturday here on the farm, and I had shopped for a few wedding presents for my Groom for the last couple months. His grandfather always carried a silver dollar in his pocket, and to this day Jeremy does the same. Buying a mint condition silver dollar from the year we were married was a no-brainer, but I wanted something a little more. I was searching for something to remind Jeremy of his childhood, and that he could have as a keepsake. Tobacco related trinkets are hard to find. I actually found a gorgeous handmade Oval Tobacco Leaf Tray from the Heart of Haiti Collection at Macy’s. I knew immediately it was the perfect gift for Jeremy. Just like tobacco had been the livelihood for Jeremy’s family for a few generations, it was also the livelihood for the artisan that made it in Haiti.

Heart of Haiti

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