The Game is True American

As promised, today I’m sharing the rules that Jesse created for the drinking game True American. If you’ve never heard of True American, it’s a game created on the show New Girl. It’s kind of complex and can only be described as a drinking game, with a Candy Land like structure, a lot of confusing rules, and the floor is lava. You can find out more about it in this BuzzFeed articletrue-american-misomeru

Since we were having a ‘Murica party, nothing seemed more American than a game called True American, plus who doesn’t love to climb on other people’s furniture? But the game from New Girl takes a while to play and the rules aren’t super clear, so Jesse decided to rework the rules and the game so that we could play multiple times and keep people interested. And thus True American of 1776 was born!

To play you’re going to need red solo cups, a goblet or chalice of sorts (we used a PLASTIC wine glass), a picture of King George, duct tape and plenty of space to set up your “game board.” We used our garage to play and set up a table in the center of the room. In the middle of the table is where King George and the “chalice” go, they will be surrounded by red solo cups (the Red Coats). In the first two games we actually had the cups set up in a uniform manner, but stopped caring later in the night. You will need at least 6 cups per player, ie. 5 players equals 30 cups. Still with me?

Around the table is where you want to set up your “game board.” We used an assortment of chairs (we have a set of “party chairs” that are old and crappy that we used), cardboard boxes, door mats and pieces of plywood for “spaces” people stand on to stay out of the lava. The “spaces” were setup in a circular pattern around the table. Hopefully this really bad diagram helps: True American Game Board

To start the game all players stand around the table and chant “Paul Revere, Paul Revere, The British are Coming, The British are Coming” chugs their drink and start playing Flip Cup. The first person to flip their cup gets to go first, second person goes second, etc. The game starts as soon as the player going first gets to a spot on the board, so go fast!

You progress to different spaces on the board in one of three ways:

1. The Count. The player yells “one, two, three” and all the players proceed to hold up a number between one and five with their fingers on their forehead. They player holding a number no one else has wins, and moves the number of stops that they held up on their forehead.

2.  Complete a quote. The player will speak any quote or song lyric. Any other player that is able to complete the quote before the player finishes wins and can move 2 spaces with the person speaking the quote. If no one is able to finish the quote the player moves one space.

3. Something in Common. The player will yell two places, things or people. The first player that can name what the two items have in common wins and moves 3 places with the player whose turn it was. For example: Thomas Jefferson & George Washington = Presidents. New-Girl-strip-True-American-1-featured

Every time a person makes it to the table, they must defeat a Red Coat by chugging the contents of the cup. I recommend filling the cups only 1/4 of the way if you’re playing with beer, trust me. After your cup is empty you will duct tape it to your other cups. The goal is to get 6 cups duct taped together to form a “Scepter of Liberty.” Once you’ve formed your Scepter you will drink the contents of the chalice, scream something about America being awesome, and smash King George with the Scepter. Usually, people will also smash most of the remaining “Red Coats” as well, so if you play I recommend using a garage, basement or outside where you don’t care if beer goes everywhere.

Since we were playing this game in the middle of a party, we also made a bonus rule that any spectators could yell “Give Me Liberty” and every one yells “Or Give Me Death” in return and gets to move to the table and defeat a red coat, aka chug. The spectator also has to chug whatever drink is in their hand.

To cut down on too much confusion and to keep the pace kind of quick, we also had a referee for the game, usually Jesse. This person keeps track of who’s turn it is and who gets to move how many spaces. This helped a lot because tipsy people standing on chairs aren’t the fastest thinkers. ;)

I hope this makes sense to everyone, but if it doesn’t here’s a PDF for you to print off. I recommend printing off a couple so your guests can understand the game before playing too. True American RulesWe had a blast playing this game, and I hope you will do! Please let me know if you end up playing! I want to hear all about it!

Murica Party and July 4th Recap

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had an amazing 4th of July weekend! We had one adventure after another, starting with our big ‘Murica party on Thursday night. I got off early on Thursday afternoon to head home and work on setting up the rest of our decorations. It was so much fun to go all out on the decor and provide a great party for our friends.

I started by decorating the staircase using red, white and blue streamers and a giant American flag I got for $3 on Amazon. America party decorationsI bought a bunch of the mini American flags in the Dollar Spot at Target and used them around the living room. Quick, simple, ‘murican. Sofa table Patriotic vignette America party decorations - Living RoomI used some extra fabric from my fabric stash and painted a little patriotic banner to hang under the mantle. I also used some extra mesh and a paper fan from the Dollar Store along with my teal frame, a bottle and pail I had one hand to decorate the mantle. Also, I painted and beefed up the mantle with some crown moulding, I’ll share more about this later this week. Patriotic Mantle 4th of July MantleThe dining room was decorated with a few paper fans and more of the leftover mesh. I like to keep the table simple so there’s room for the food. Just imagine this table full of food, because it was. Dining room July 4th decorationsI used a foam block and a few wooden letters hot glued to bamboo skewers for the centerpiece. Again festive, but simple. Patriotic July 4th centerpieceAlso, aren’t these napkins awesome?! I picked them up for less than $4 at Pier 1 Imports. 1776 was kind of a theme for the party, we even played a 1776 version of True American. I’ll be sharing a full printable with those True American rules and regulations on Wednesday! Party Like it's 1776I also tried my hand at making an American flag cake like the ones from Pinterest, and it was a success! I didn’t get to take a real picture of the cake since we cut it open in the middle of the party, but I got a fuzzy cell phone picture!American flag cakeThe decorations I was probably the most proud of though was the garage. I hung red, white and blue streamers from end to end along with a few festive paper globes and lanterns, plus another large flag and a few festive tablecloths.  Not pictured is the ice luge that we bought, it had shooting stars on the side, perfect for the theme. Also don’t you just love Jesse’s outfit? Yep, it was a costume party.America party decorations - garageThis party had to be one of my favorites that we’ve ever thrown. I don’t know if it was the costumes or the games or just the fact over 30 people showed up, but it was just epic. You’re all invited next time!Murica coupleAfter the party on Thursday we spent most of the day on our butts in front of the tv on Friday for a well needed break. I did have to get up and do a bunch of cleaning, but that waited until after 3 pm haha. Jesse did do a little grilling that evening and I made a homemade mac and cheese, but that was as productive as it got. July 4th grillingOn Saturday we slept in, again, and I spent the day cleaning and starting to get ready for Haven. I knew I was going to want to go shopping, but decided instead to work with what I had. I think I may have enough clothes to get me through 4 days. ;)  Haven packingOn Sunday, we spent most of the day out on our friend’s boat (which I didn’t get any pictures of, we were too busy swimming and tubing) and then ended the day with a cookout with another set of friends and a game of Battle of the Sexes.

Whew. I’m tired just thinking about all of the craziness of the weekend. It was an amazing time and now I’m ready to finish getting my house together and head to Haven! How was your 4th? I hope you had a blast too!

Patriotic Popsicle Sticks

There is nothing like having guests coming over to really light a fire under my butt to get things done around the house! Every day has been full of DIY and crafts for the past 4 days. And I kind of love it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m tired, but I’m so motivated it’s kind of awesome. This weekend I worked on table settings and a few crafts. One of my favorite crafts were these Patriotic Popsicle Stick Flags. Patriotic popsicle stick flagsI started by painting a bunch of craft sticks red, white and blue, then laying them out into the pattern I wanted to use for my flags. Since I was cutting the blue sticks into halves, I laid it out so there would be 1.5 sticks per flag. Popsicle stick patriotic craftTo assemble the flags I cut unpainted sticks in half and hot glued them to the backs of the flags. Popsicle stick flags - backsideAfter the flags were assembled I cut the blue sticks in half and hot glued three halves to the upper left corner. Patriotic flags from popsicle sticksInstead of painting on stars or buying star stickers I thought it would be fun to use a small paint brush and make little firework type stars on the blue. Popsicle stick patriotic flag garlandAfter everything was dry I glued the flags to a red ribbon four inches apart and tied some pieces of mesh, leftover from my mesh wreath, between each flag. Patriotic party craftsThe flags are hanging on the back of our cabinets, which is above where the food will be served for our party Thursday. As you can see in the above picture I made a few tissue paper pom poms and hung them in the dining room too. I’ll share all the party decorations and details on Friday! Red white and blue flag garlandI love these little flags and the fun pop of USA pride they bring to the dining room! I’m seriously so excited for our party and cannot wait to show you guys EVERYTHING. Well mostly everything ;)

Have you been doing any 4th of July crafting? What are your plans for the 4th? Can’t wait to show you more projects tomorrow! 

Bloggy Business Cards

In just two short weeks I will be hopping on a plane and flying to Atlanta for Haven! I’ve wanted to go since the first Haven back in 2012 and am so excited to be making it happen this year! Even more exciting is that I get to meet (and room with) Jess from Little House. Big Heart! Jess was one of my first blog friends when I started this journey almost 3 years ago. After years of commenting on each others’ blogs and emailing we started talking on G-chat on a fairly regular basis and now we’re texters. A bloggy friendship is special because you have someone to talk blog/house stuff with that geeks out as much as you. Seriously so excited to have her as a roomie!

In addition to my Haven excitement, I’ve also been working on some things to make the blog better and easier to navigate for other bloggers that I might meet that want to go through past projects or check out my home tour. I moved my menu bar to the top of the page and my projects now have a nifty drop-down menu! I’ve been updating the different categories to include all of my project posts and am almost done. I also plan on updating our home tour this weekend, since I’ll be cleaning for our party anyway. Gotta take advantage of rare moments when the house is spotless!

Another thing that I needed for Haven was business cards! I got mine back in May, but realized I’d never blogged about them! They are pretty awesome. Attempts at Domestication business cardsThey were designed for me by a friend in exchange for lunch. Seriously. He’s awesome. He’s not really doing much design right now or I’d share is name. business cards frontThe front of the card has my logo, of course, and blog email address. Since I a circle in my logo and for most of my icons my friend thought that the circles in various colors would be a fun background that would still reflect my brand. business cards backFor the back we used a photo from my session with Marvelous Things Photography (who is an amazing photographer and you should check her out!) and layered my social media information over the picture. In my head shots I’m wearing a pink t-shirt (it’s my favorite shirt) so pink has become a bit of an accent color for the blog. My friend wanted to bring that pink out in the shirt and in my blog title. Also I know that my last name isn’t super top secret information, I used it here when I first started blogging and it’s been in pictures on several posts, but I still wanted to cover it up.

I’m seriously so excited for Haven and to meet a bunch of fabulous bloggers, and Jess! Plus I can’t wait to hand out these cards, because they are pretty freaking awesome!

Garage Storage Shelves

Keeping our garage clean organized is a never-ending battle around here. Every time either one of us works on a project we just clear an area to work in and push everything else to the side. It’s a terrible system. The only time we really clean the garage is when we have a party because I like to keep the majority of the mess, and all of the beer pong, out of the house. With our July 4th party coming up in less than two weeks it was time to clean the garage, yet again. It took most of the weekend, hence why I skipped the Weekend Recap yesterday. Who wants to read about garages twice?

The biggest eyesore in the garage this time around were the storage boxes filled with seasonal decorations and our childhood toys and books. The shelves in our shed were already full and the hole to get into the attic is too small to fit most of these boxes through, so they had to stay in the garage. Bleh. Organizing the garageI seriously don’t know how we ever get anything done in here. Messy garage of 2014Anyway, to solve the storage box dilemma we decided to build some shelves to store the boxes and other garage necessities that clutter the floors. I really wanted something that would fit in the corner next to the garage door with at least 3 shelves, plus space underneath for stuff like gas and weed killer. Garage storage shelvesWe measured our space and decided the best dimensions would be 34″ wide (to allow the garage door to open and close) and 5′ long. We then measured our storage boxes to figure out how tall each shelf would need to be. We decided around 20″ would be best, which made the total height of the shelves about 6 ft tall. I have to use a step stool, but Jesse can reach the top no problem. Armed with our total measurements, off to Home Depot we went for our supplies. We needed:

  • 2 4×8 plywood sheets
  • 10 8 ft. 2x4s
  • 1 box 3″ deck screws
  • 1 box 1 1/4 screws (for attaching the plywood)

Shelf suppliesAfter we got home Jesse got to work making all of the cuts while I worked on another project and went to the grocery store. And guys, he made a cut list! We usually have a problem with our building posts not being very detailed because: we discuss a project, make a plan, high five, buy the supplies, Jesse starts building (usually while I’m asleep or not home), I step in to try to watch or help, Jesse gets annoyed, I get annoyed, I move on to another project, Jesse finishes building, I paint/stain/seal, I take pictures, I start writing post and ask Jesse how he built it, Jesse says “I don’t know,” I get annoyed again, post goes live with me explaining things the best I can, people ask a bunch of questions and for things like cut lists. The nerve. This time he made a cut list and helped with the picture taking, so I call that a win!

  • Start by cutting 4 of the 2x4s down to 6 ft. long. These will be the legs for the shelves.
  • Cut 6 of the 2x4s to 57 inches. These are the braces that run along the front of the shelves.
  • Cut the rest of those 2x4s down to 31 inches. These are the braces that run along sides of the shelves.
  • Cut the plywood into 2 57″ by 34″ for the bottom shelves.
  • Use the left over plywood to make 2 30″ by 34″ pieces. These will make the top shelf, and save you money instead of buying a third full sheet of plywood.

Everybody still awake? It’s time for the fun part, assembly! Start by marking where you want to attach the front braces. We attached the first one 20″ from the bottom, then 20″ from that and the last one at the top (another 20″ up). Make sure you take the measurements from the top of the 2×4 braces!Constructing garage storage shelves

 

You’ll want to lay the 2×4 flat when attaching it to the legs. This allows you to attached the side braces behind the front braces and gives you a more polished look. Garage storage shelf bracesAfter the frame is assembled it’s time to start attaching your shelves! Garage storage shelves frameAt this point, we could have painted the shelves or stained them, but it’s just going in the garage, no need to be fancy. Adding plywood shelvesAfter everything is attached, it’s time to load ‘er up! It felt so good to get all that crap off the floor and bring some order to the garage chaos. Garage organizationAlong with the storage boxes I loaded the shelves with bags of potting soil, firewood, a bin of scrap wood and a bin of cardboard boxes for shipping things. You can also see that I added another shelf with paint stuff on it. This shelf was bent in a bunch of places and covered in spider webs in the shed, but I decided to bring it in and take a rubber mallet to the bent spots and wipe it down to use it for my painting stuff. I used to keep my painting supplies in one of three closets in the house, which was annoying. Now I’ve got most of the stuff I need (a lot of the paint is still inside) in one convenient location. Paint storageWe still have to finish cleaning the other side of the garage, Jesse wants to do it so I’m not moving his stuff around. But we’re almost back to having an actual work space again! 

I hope you all had a great weekend! Is your garage as messy as ours? Please make me feel better and tell me yes! ;)

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Friday Favorites – America Edition

I can’t tell you how ready for the weekend I am! After being so busy last weekend I am ready for some R&R! I’ve been wanting to hit up a few yard sales around town, but I don’t think that’s going to happen tomorrow. That’s okay though, after I get some sleep I will be ready to be productive! One of the reasons I’m so ready to be productive is because we are having a Fourth of July party! And if you know anything about Jesse and I, you know we kind of like to go all out for parties. The last big party we had was my sister’s graduation party last year, and I’m ready for another. I’ve got my party budget and I’ve been scouring Pinterest for decoration ideas and inspiration!

I love these patriotic Mason Jars from H2O Bungalow! They would be perfect for utensils and straws, or as vases around the house. Patriotic-Mason-Jar-DIY-Decorations-H2OBungalow

Rebecca from The Crafted Sparrow had an amazing idea to make a banner using Popsicle sticks! She used small sticks, but if I used large ones I could make a bigger version to hang in the dining room or garage. Patriotic-Popsicle-Stick-Garland-8

Like most bloggers out there, I have an obsession with Washi tape, so I really love this Washi tape flag from While He Was Napping. A quick easy craft to add some patriotic fun to a mantel or table setting! Patriotic USA Washi Tape Wooden Flag

And of course you can’t go wrong with some free patriotic printables, like this banner from I Should Be Mopping the Floor. It would be awesome at the front of the bar or hanging from my mantel. patriotic banner

I also plan on buying some streamers and balloons from the Dollar Store and making some red, white and blue tissue paper pom poms to hang around the house. And you can’t have a party without fun straws, plates and napkins. Pier 1 has some awesome “Party Like It’s 1776″ napkins that I cannot resist picking up! Party like it's 1776 napkins

You can follow my Pinterest board for the party here. I also have a Patriotic playlist that I’m building on Spotify, feel free to borrow it, it’s called Murica

What are you working on or looking forward to this weekend? I have a few small house projects I’d like to work on before the party too, so we’ll see how many I can get done! Happy Friday!

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TV Stand Makeover [Finally]

Well, it’s been MONTHS since I first began working on a new tv stand for our living room and I’m so happy to say that it is finally finished!! I’d like to say that I was diligently working on this since March, but I haven’t. I took a lot of time off between 2 coats of primer, 3 coats of paint and 4 coats of poly, plus filling in holes and  attaching new hardware, especially in May when I had the blues. But the point is, it’s done and we love it! Refinished tv standThe back story on this tv stand goes back to when we bought our new couch and gave the living room a makeover in late February/early March. The new couch was way bigger than our original couch and it dwarfed the old tv stand. Not to mention with where the couch was situated it could be difficult to watch the tv. We spent a few hours rearranging the room, but nothing really worked. This picture sucks shows how we moved the smaller tv stand and the tv as far to the right as they would go. It worked but definitely wasn’t a long term fix especially since you couldn’t see over the arm of the sofa when laying down. #firstworldproblems TV placement

We decided to invest in a new tv stand that was taller, had storage options and would take up the entire wall across from the couch. Easier said than done! It’s next to impossible to find a tv stand 72″ long and at least 26″ tall on a budget! I searched Craigslist for months and even made a trip to IKEA, but nothing really had the look, or dimensions, I was going for. Then finally, I found it! A tv stand with all the right dimensions, fun lines and at a great price. We drove 45 minutes on a Saturday morning to pick it up, which was worth it for the $50 price tag. TV Stand - BeforeIt had some visible scratches and wear, but nothing that was a deal breaker. I definitely didn’t realize how much work it would be though! After we got it home and I started taking things apart I realized that the piece was actually in rough shape. All of the backing and the bottom liners had water damage and were just disgusting, so I did a little demo and dismantled the whole thing. TV Stand disassembledThe previous owners also used a ton of nails and staples and screws to attach the cardboard backing, so I had to take a Dremel to some of the nail heads and staples to cut them off. We also bought plywood to act as the new backing so it would be more durable in the future. Dremel on tv stand

Then it was time for priming, painting and more painting. After this picture was taken I decided it would be easier to flip the whole piece over and prime, paint and seal the bottom before working on the top. TV Stand - bottomAfter everything was painted I realized that I didn’t want to reuse the same hardware because I didn’t think it went well with the new bright white color. I went to Hobby Lobby and picked up some fun red knobs, and was so excited. But the drawers used to have pulls not knobs, so I had to fill the holes, with wood filler, all over my new paint job. Face palm. Using wood filler to fill handle holesFilling the drawer holes meant the drawers needed another two coats of paint since I had to sand down the wood filler. And since I had to repaint anyway I also decided to caulk several gaps and gauges that became more visible with white paint. Seriously guys, do all of this stuff BEFORE painting. It will save you hours and tears.TV stand - progressAfter all the painting was finally done I spent 3 weeks sealing the whole thing. I used 3 coats of poly, sanding between the first two coats. Then it sat in the garage for a week to fully cure. My worst nightmare was it not being fully cured and sticking to the bottom of the tv. Then this weekend I attached all of the new hardware and reassembled it. Then plopped my butt on the couch to watch tv. TV Area - Living RoomThe new tv stand definitely fits the scale of the room, and the couch better than the previous piece, plus now everyone can see the tv no matter where they are sitting or laying. We still have to push the tv to the right, but it doesn’t look as weird on this large piece as it did on the small stand.TV Stand refinishI’m on the hunt for a large vase or something of that sort to incorporate on the left side of the stand, just to keep it visually balanced with the tv. And so there’s something pretty to look at as soon as you step in from the foyer. Practical TV StandThe new hardware is definitely one of my favorite things about this piece now! I really love the subtle pop of red from the knobs and the antique key-hole look of these pulls. Plus the drawers provide great storage for our DVDs, video game controllers, extra wires, remotes and other living room knick-knacks. Refinished tv standThis being finished brings us one step closer to being done with the living room! Our to-do list is looking more like this now:

  • Curtains for the windows so they aren’t naked anymore. I’d prefer something with a red pattern that I can buy, but I’m open to making them if I have to.
  • Finish the sofa table we started this weekend. It needs to be about 5 inches shorter (length wise) and to be stained. We are actually mounting a shelf behind the couch instead. Coming soon!
  • Finish sewing the pillows for the couch. It’s been a work in progress for weeks and I just need to get them done.
  • Hang art over the couch to fill in the space and make things more homey.
  • Find a new, longer, tv stand. Now that we moved some things around the living room is seriously lacking storage for DVDs and game system accessories, so I’d like a bigger tv stand. If you’re local, I’m looking for something 72″ wide and no more than 26″ tall. Now I have to redo the one I bought!
  • Get a chair, or two, a side table and a plant to fill the corner of the room opposite the couch. Still hunting for the right chairs, at the right price!
  • Paint our mantel white, maybe add some molding to it, and secure it to the brick so it is more sturdy. I’d also really like to add a large mirror to the mantel to give the room the allusion of being deeper, something it lost with the large sectional being added to the room. Coming soon! (I hope!)
  • Replace the carpet. It needs it. I’d settle for a rug or two in the meantime though!

We are relieved to finally have the tv stand out of the garage and in the living room and to have this project finished in general! I’m hoping to have at least 2 more of those to-do list items finished before July! It’s good to be back in the swing of things!

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Weekend Recap – Cheesecake, Wedding & DIY

How is it Monday already?! I feel so exhausted after this weekend, especially since we also went out almost every day during the week too. Summer is such a special time because we always spend a lot of time with our friends and we aren’t very idle. Maybe that’s why we tend to hibernate when it’s colder outside? Either way, our weekends are never dull when the weather is nice!

We started the weekend off with a good friend’s birthday over burgers on Thursday night. I love nothing more than a big, juicy hamburger during the summer. Burger Bach

On Friday I took the day off early to finish cleaning our house and preparing for friends of mine from college to spend the weekend with us. They were in town shooting a wedding for another set of our college friends. We had dinner with them at The Cheesecake Factory, where I ate entirely too much food. Cheesecake Factory

Jesse woke up Saturday morning to make pancakes for our friends (we treat our guests right!) before they left for the wedding around 10:30. After they headed out, Jesse left to play Ultimate Frisbee with friends so I had some down-time with my cup of coffee and Netflix. Busy weeks really make alone time necessary! Coffee and alone time

The wedding was on the bride’s family farm near Charlottesville, about 1.5 hrs. away. Despite the long drive it was a beautiful wedding! Street Wedding selfie

We had plenty of friends there to keep us company too, so we had a lot of fun! Street Wedding

It was around 11pm before we got back home and we all got up around 7am the next day. Jesse and I made breakfast and after we ate our friends headed out to spend Father’s Day with their kids. Jesse and I took a nap, then ran errands and I finally finished putting together our new tv stand. Can’t wait to share more about that whole ordeal on Wednesday! Tv Stand Sneak

Now I’m going to pour another cup of coffee and try to stay awake for the rest of the day! I hope everyone had a great weekend! Did you do anything fun? Any weddings? We still have 2 more weddings to go to before the summer is over.

Patriotic Deco Mesh Wreath

I cannot tell you how good it feels to be back in the craft/DIY saddle! Putting the things that were getting me down last month off to the side and focusing on things that make me happy has already been a game changer for my attitude. I still have to do those non-fun things, but for this week they were put on hold for a project or two. One of my favorite craft activities is making wreaths for the front door, so I decided that would be my first project to get me back in the groove. Since July is right around the corner, and we’re planning a big Fourth of July bash, I went patriotic with an awesome red, white and blue deco mesh wreath. 4th of July Deco Mesh WreathMost of the deco mesh wreaths I’ve seen come in a kit or are made using a wire wreath form, but those options were a little on the pricier side for me. (I just saw that wire wreath forms are only $7 on Amazon!) I decided to just buy a standard foam wreath form at Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts, which was only $5 thanks to a 50% off coupon. I also picked up the patriotic mesh for 40% off thanks to a sale they were having. Overall, this project came in around $15 total. Deco Mesh Wreath - Foam FormThis wreath is super easy to make. Basically, you just bunch up the mesh so it looks nice and bubbly and then you pin it to the foam wreath form. I alternated the direction that I bunched, toward the outside first and then toward the inside, to give it an even look. You can bunch as tight or as loose as you want, I spaced my pins out by about 3″. The snag that I hit with this project is that I tried to use sewing pins to attach the mesh, like I did with my burlap bubble wreath, to the form. I’d make it halfway around the form and then the mesh would come undone and I’d have to start over. This was an easy fix with some floral pins from Wal-Mart though! Floral pins for making wreathsSince these pins have 2 prongs they held the mesh in place much better than the sewing pins, which let the mesh slip over the balls on the ends. It was only $2 for a pack of 100, so I have plenty of pins left over for future projects. I also love that pins are removable so I can recycle wreath forms whenever I get tired of a certain wreath style. Patriotic Deco Mesh WreathFor the sake of recycling I decided not to paint the form. Instead I pinned shiny blue ribbon with white glitter stars around the inside and outside of the form. You can’t really see it, so I probably could have left it white, but the ribbon is fun if you happen to catch a glance between the mesh. Or if you’re coming to my house to study and critique the wreath up close. ;) Patriotic Mesh WreathAfter I was done with the mesh and the ribbon I felt like things looked unfinished, so I painted a few wooden stars and glued them together. I hot glued the stars to one of the floral pins and just stabbed it through. I chose a spot that was a little flatter and had less mesh so the pin could go all the way in. 4th of July Mesh WreathI love how big and festive the wreath is! It will definitely set the patriotic mood for our party as our guests arrive. What I love even more is how much mesh I had left over. It came in a giant roll so I should have enough for a table runner and a few vignettes around the house!

Are you doing any decorating for the Fourth? I usually dont, so it’s fun to mix things up a bit this summer. What is your favorite type of craft or project to work on?

If you want to see some of my other wreaths, just click on any of these links:
- Simple Spring Wreath
- Valentine’s Day Ribbon Wreath
- “BOO” Wreath for Halloween
- Felt Wreath for Summer
- Burlap Wreath with Felt Flowers
- Burlap Bubble Wreath

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A Night Out at Chuy’s

I know I told you guys I’d have a craft post for you today, but I’m a liar and your going to have to wait until tomorrow. I made an error with my project and it kind of fell apart, but I figured out a solution and will fix it today so I can post it tomorrow. I’m so anxious to get back to crafting and posting about crafts and DIYs again! In the meantime, how about some pictures of delicious food? Jesse and I had the opportunity to attend a soft opening for a new Tex-Mex restaurant in our area called Chuy’sChuy's Richmond, VA

Chuy’s started in Austin, Texas in 1982 and is not only known for their delicious food, but also the super fun atmosphere. The restaurants are full of metal palm trees, bright colors and shrines to Elvis, some of the dishes even pay homage to the King. It’s seriously impossible to not be happy in this place. Chuy's decor

It also helps that the food is AMAZING! We started off on Monday with a tour of all of their sauces. They have like 10 different sauces ranging from mild to spicy. My personal favorite is the Creamy Jalapeno sauce. That stuff is delicious! Our waitress (Anna) was so awesome and she gave us a container of the sauce to take home because we loved it so much. Chuy's sauces

I also love their Boom-Boom sauce. It’s slightly spicy and has some cheese in it and it is bangin’! In fact the meal I ordered is their Chicka-Chicka Boom-Boom which is a chicken burrito smothered in Boom-Boom sauce. Chuy's Chicka-Chicka Boom-Boom

The staff there was amazing and were constantly refilling our sauces, chips and drinks. I had several glasses of their sangria, which is a mix of wine and tequila!, and our friends’ beers were never empty. It was a great time! To top off the night we had their Tres Leches cake for dessert. It’s made with three different milks, served over creme fresh and topped with caramel and strawberries. If you’ve never been to Chuy’s before I HIGHLY recommend trying to save room for dessert and giving the Tres Leches a try. Chuy's Tres Leches

Richmond now has two Chuy’s locations, one near Short Pump on West Broad and the new one on the Southside on Hull St. There are also locations in Georgia, North Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky and of course Texas.

I know people usually aren’t fans of chain Mexican restaurants, trust me I’m one of them, but Chuy’s is so unique, from the food to the atmosphere, that it’s a must try! Have you ever been to a Chuy’s? 

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