How To…. Create a Farmhouse Centerpiece Box

So I’ve been searching for a rustic centerpiece box for years now and couldn’t find the right one. They were too perfect or too rustic (as in, my children’s hands would bleed if they got too close!) and I had pretty much given up.

Then, randomly, I was in Hudson, WI and stumbled across an antique shop there that had the most incredibly unique gifts. They had amazing jewelry, furniture, trinkets, books and….. a CENTERPIECE BOX! I instantly fell in love… it was rustic and grainy without having splintering wood, and it was the perfect size! I immediately snatched it up and ran to Michael’s.

Here’s the thing: I am a plant person: I have an indoor herb garden (for a later post!) and half a dozen plants throughout my house; however, most plants that need zero light aren’t that pretty… and when you have a super rustic centerpiece box you want to make what is inside of it feminine and pretty (i.e. FLOWERS!). Having that “rustic glam” look is easy…. just make sure and mix the masculine with the feminine.

Centerpiece 1

 

Here’s a close up of the box after I decorated it. Of course, I can’t find the “before” picture and I’m not about to go back in there and reorganize it (I AM a mom of 3….) so here ya go.

I always keep stacks of Mason Jars on hand because I love the rustic feel they can give to anything! So, on my Michael’s trip, I grabbed plenty of filler (Moss Filler for the base of the box) and a lot of green florals. I also grabbed another jar of stone (filler) to anchor the plants. I put it all together in a way that balances out the colors and textures and I staggered the mason jars to give it some dimension…

Centerpiece 2

 

It should be symmetrical but not matching exactly. Don’t go too crazy with color because you want it to be simple and cohesive.

Voila! You’ve updated your farmhouse dining room table to rustic glam!

 

Centerpiece 3Dining Room

 

I had to post the last pic because Zelda photobombed…. THAT FACE!!!!!

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Postpartum Style- Mom-On-The-Go

Thank God we had the baby. While there are so many crazy things happening with my body right now, at least I don’t need my husband to push me out of bed in the middle of the night 18,000 times to go pee. At least I don’t waddle anymore. At least I don’t have 25 lbs sitting on my front (which makes back-aches and running into things like ALL THE TIME completely inevitable).

Another reason I’m so happy to have the baby (please note that I am intentionally excluding gushing over how much I love my son) is that I am SO excited to wear normal, cute fall clothes again! I can’t fit into my regular jeans and I refuse to wear maternity clothes anymore, so I’m stuck in leggings and a couple of pairs of novelty pants (like the Free People plaid ones below).

Below, see my postpartum style that is also my “mom-on-the-go” style. Everything is washable (or I can at least put on the Hand Wash cycle of my machine) so I don’t have to worry about ruining my clothes with the wonderful things that go along with being a mom of 2 under 2 (spit up, poop, puke, pee, oh I could go on).

Outfit #1: Walk around the neighborhood, dinner with the kids, shopping!

I paired the Free People plaid pants (that I was so obsessed with that I purchased while 9 months pregnant) with a graphic tee and sneakers. I put a lace tank under it because the outfit was feeling a little edgy/masculine and I decided on a blazer instead of a leather jacket to make it more sophisticated. Of course, I don’t have any regular blazers… only ones with zippers and leather on them but still! I wore this out to dinner with the family and felt totally rocker-chic!

FP Pants

Outfit #2: Walk around neighborhood, Park, Grocery Store, Coffee with a Friend

I paired a Free People sweater from last year with a long, striped tank top. I can’t wear my jeans yet so I’m stuck with leggings and, since I refuse to wear leggings without covering my butt, I threw on a long tank top. The sweater is pretty flowy so I wanted to put something that shows I’m not as wide as the sweater is. I finished the look with a headband that my toddler kept taking out… fun times.

I wore my Aquatalia riding boots with this outfit. These boots are an investment but I swear, when you have young kids, with the amount of shit you chase them through (sometimes it’s literally shit- goose or otherwise), it’s worth it to invest in a great pair of black and another pair of brown riding boots.

FP sweater

Outfit # 3: Yet another Free People sweater (do you sense a trend?) with the Free People lace slip underneath. I am OBSESSED with this lace slip! Slips with lace at the bottom are SO trendy right now and it’s absolutely do-able as a mom! It makes any outfit look romantic and dressed up but it feels like a basic tank. I already bought a second one in gray and can’t wait to wear it!

Because there isn’t too much going on in my outfit I added a really big scarf that I took off about 100 times because I get the postpartum sweats (which is SUPER glamorous).

FP sweater2

One thing that is REALLY exciting for moms-on-the-go right now is that layering is still so trendy. Layering can SAVE us! I know we all know the feeling of going into Target in several layers because it’s 40 degrees out. Then your kid escapes the cart and you’re running after him or her. All of a sudden, you’re pouring sweat just trying to keep them in the stupid cart. Instead of wearing a tank with a Lululemon zip up and yoga pants, we can wear multiple layers that we can shed during our Target trips! It also makes it easier when a friend calls for an impromptu drink of cup of coffee…. It’s hard enough getting my kids ready. When I have to get myself ready on top of that, it’s all over.