Succulent Place Setting Card Holders

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I was wandering around Marshalls the other day and found the cutest set of 9 faux succulent photo clips and just couldn’t pass them up. It was one of those items that I knew if I left behind I would regret. I found the same ones available online HERE although check your Marshalls, TJMaxx and Home Goods because they were only $14.99 when I got them. (affiliate link)

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As some of you know, I am a huge succulent lover and also just a huge greenery lover in general. I thought these would make adorable place setting card holders.

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One of my sweet Instagram friends @mimivcalligraphy saw my IG story and offered to make a set of place setting cards for each member of my family which was amazing because my handwriting isn’t worth displaying.

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So here is just an example of what I was thinking, I just set the table for my husband and I but can’t wait to have the family over to do a full table setting with these! I could see them being great for displaying photos or cute printables when styling shelves or areas of the house. I also thought they would be great for birthday parties to use with a centerpiece sharing photos of the birthday boy/girl. There are just so many ways to use these and I definitely feel like they were a good purchase!

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Here are all the sources:

  • Table Runner HERE
  • DIY Shiplap Charger Plate tutorial HERE
  • Plates HERE
  • Green Dessert plates – thrifted
  • Succulent Card Holders HERE
  • Handwritten Place Setting Cards HERE
  • Tool Box – Estate Sale find
  • Greenery – IKEA

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To the Woman Whose Heart Desires to be a Mom on Mother’s Day

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I’ve shared our journey through infertility and the recent loss of our two babies HERE and I’m very fortunate to have several friends who have either been through the tough journey or are going through it right now to stand alongside me. It can be such a lonely journey and still often feels that way.

Mother’s Day can be a really tough day for most women who so badly yearn to be a mom. It’s a day that celebrates what your heart most desires which can be very painful. Of course we all celebrate our own amazing mothers but it doesn’t take away the pain and desire of wanting to be a mother yourself.

The truth is even after going through this journey, I still don’t know what to say to women struggling to start a family other than I am sorry. But I wanted to share with you a Facebook message that someone sent me after we lost our two babies and I found so much comfort in and I hope you will to.

YOUR best is coming. You will not be given some consolation prize in the end for enduring this hardship. The very best thing for your family is still ahead. Whether that’s adoption, with help from doctors or natural or a mix, the timing and situation is the very very best thing FOR YOU. You aren’t being punished or deprived, your best is coming.

I feel a love for you because I know what your heart is going through and know what God requires of those He allows to experience something like this. Knowing that your best is coming, or knowing that there is a plan that we just can’t see now doesn’t mean it’s easy or make you feel better when you are in the trenches of it. But someday it will be over, your heart will heal, and what you are experiencing now will be a faint memory. Hang in there and know you are not alone. My thoughts and prayers are with you!

This message was from a stranger and I couldn’t even explain how much I appreciated those words. So today, if your heart is breaking, I hope those words give you some hope for your future. I love the Casting Crowns “Just Be Held” song where it says “your worlds not falling apart it’s falling into place” and I am claiming that for each one of you today.

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Nursery Wall Quote and Tips to Hang it

Nursery Wall Quote and Tips to Hang it

Ever since I decided on the white iron crib I shared HERE, I knew I wanted a shiplap accent wall and something really unique and special above the crib. So the wheels started turning… I knew I wanted to use the bible verse 1 Samuel 1:27 in the nursery somewhere. It is a great reminder of the years of tears shed and thousands upon thousands of prayers sent for that child by me and SO MANY family, friends and strangers!

I’ve seen Joanna Gaines and other bloggers using metal or wooden words on their shiplap walls and knew after seeing it that is exactly what I wanted. Now lucky for me, one of my best blogger friends sells wooden word cutouts and agreed to make a custom cutouts for me in the font I sent her! Seriously Brooke, YOU ARE THE BEST!!!! So not only does this verse have special meaning, it was custom made by a dear friend…it doesn’t get much better than that!

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So here is how it turned out! I spray painted them black and used command strips to hang them. I’ll share a few tips I found to hanging them below. I am seriously so in love!!! This whole room has been a labor of love and has brought me so much joy to design, create and anticipate our sweet child that we haven’t met yet.

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So here is some awesome news…not only did Brooke make me these custom cutouts but now she’s listed them on her etsy shop so you can get some too! And even better she is offering you all 20% off!

So you can order these HERE>>

Use Code: Hamby20 to get 20% OFF through Sunday May 14th at Midnight! 

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Here are some Tips for Hanging these: 

These are not pretty pictures but I wanted to share some tips I found for hanging these and getting them spaced correctly. This font was a little tough because the letters didn’t line up on top or bottom which made them tough to get level but this trick helped!

Step One: Use painters tape and mark and measure the space. I marked our window ledges, the crib edges (I wanted to make sure the words didn’t go outside the crib area), and the center. I did this for both lines of the quote

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Step Two: Once I got the spacing and words in place (I made sure they were equally spaced from both sides and the words were the same distance apart), I traced outside the words onto the tape to use as a guide.

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Step Three: I started with the bottom line of the quote and put my tape up there lining up the the window ledges. Because mine was in between windows, the ledges provided a raised area so the tape didn’t actually touch the wall.

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Step Four: I applied two to three command strips per word depending on the length of the word

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Step Five: Using the tape guide, I slid the words up under the tape and used my traced lines as a guide to get the word in place.

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Step Six: Repeat these steps for the second line of the quote.

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So that’s all! I hope you love my nursery wall quote as much as we do!

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