DiY whimsical gift wrapping

…a gift I’d like to receive…

1.  it all starts with some fun colors of paint and some rolled kraft paper…

2.  polka dots are pretty easy with a circle sponge…so I usually for time sake use them!

3.  dot, dot, and a few more dots.

4.  one of my favorite things to do…glue poms to twine to wrap around packages…

5.  looks something like this…so cute right?

6.  chalk pens &  chalk board paint…perfect to garnish a ordinary clothes pen…

7.  a little mixture of wrapping goodies…

…wrapped with whimsy…

this cutie has a chevron gift envelope/tag tied under the twine…

simple enough…grab a sharpie and write a fun message to the receiver…

an over all look at fun way to wrap with whimsy!

happy friday readers. hope you all have a great weekend with family and friends. its to rain all weekend here in Atlanta….but i am glad to have the days off!! scl

lets get tassled up together

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so i am pretty much in love with tassles…if you remember my DIY project a few weeks back…

i thought i would show you a few of my favorite tassle pics from pinterest.  you can find links to all of these photos on my pinterest account: shannon crider langley/ everything is better with a tassle.

the whimsy of it all inspires me…so much to tassle, so little time.

Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 5.51.50 PMhow much do these tassles add charm to a solid tee?

Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 5.53.40 PMholy tassles and bunting.

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sit here and rest…bohemian style.

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i am so not an ordinary set of curtains…i belong in a circus!

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ummm…is this not grand? spectacular? beyond words? i need this…now.

happy hump day readers…let hurry up to the weekend. scl

something about that wood

wood 1raw, rough, recycled, renewed…

**i have pictures of my own use of wood toward the middle of the post- keep reading**

many americans look back at the “recession” in america as one of the worst times in our life time ( i think our grandparents and great grandparents might disagree) . im speaking of the 2008/09 recession that we are still rising above …and while it was horrible to watch people lose their job ( i experienced it in my own family) – homes being foreclosed on and families displaced…and all of the other things we have all experienced then & since. for some reason, i consider that time not a huge curse, but rather a tiny blessing in disguise! i guess it is like: the glass is half full approach… hear me out…

in my opinion …it was perhaps one of the best things that could have happened in america…because for once…our fast moving ship had to slow and realize we were way off course!  we (well some of us…) stopped…wanting bigger and better – and we started looking back at what made the things we had great. we had to decide what was most important in our lives- and many of us realized it was not stuff!  many of us had to simply…get back to the basics.

for our home life in terms of our interiors- we stopped rushing out to buy new. its like some of us realized it is not really a bigger thrill purchasing something new off the showroom floor…as perhaps it is  to take what we have and give it new life- allowing our  pieces to tell their story one more time.  for instance: painting a table instead of throwing it out and buying a new one. or maybe spray painting a light fixture and adding a new shade.  and finally embracing those antiques that your grandparents passed down to you!  even the colors that we now see in home interior magazines are more natural than they have ever been. we see alot of white, grey and brown…reminding us of nature. being outside- where life is slower moving. they are warm color tones reminding us to relax and take things in stride.

AnD then there is wood…in its raw state! it is now being seen as warmth, variety, texture…and a statement! just as it is- whether it was pulled from a lake or off the side of a barn! the best thing of all- wood is available to us in abundance at little or no cost!  it is like we stopped the rat race and began noticing the beauty around us! our homes are loving us for it. pinterest thrives because people are chasing after making old, new again.

a little testimonial:  just after we bought our house we experienced a tornado that downed hundreds of trees.  it was amazing to see neighbors harvesting the wood scrapes with ideas in mind! people took loads of it for natural heat for their fire places, others took pine and cherry for furniture pieces. we pulled birch pieces aside for a walkway and for a simple decoration of limbs propped up in a metal bucket for Christmas decor.

when we were remodeling our home- so many of the studs and joists had become rotten over time- instead of just throwing them out…i wanted to find a way to use some of them. afterall, our lake house was built by hand in the 1930’s…it would have been a shame to just throw things out- all of those things that had been put in place by someone’s hand!!  so here is a few of the ways that we keep history alive…and saved a little cash in the process!


…a fun little shelf- which was once a flooring joist…


…railings- the top railing is recycle wall studs…


…an old recycled post!…


…our sink base is old floor joists and the wall paneling is some of the original wood flooring from the 30’s…


 now…here are some other photos of wood to hopefully inspire you to use what you see!

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i hope you will be inpsired to use something in its natural state. embracing something not so perfect is what life is all about…we are not perfect- why should out surroundings be? its the beauty in the imperfection that makes life truly beautiful. scl

DiY driftwood!

so, i started my previous post with this photo…and my comment about harvesting driftwood. when i set out with my father in law to wade through (what i am sure was snake infested bank of the lake water) to “harvest” (harvest…as if i was doing something truly spectacular) driftwood-

i really had this (PlaSteREd ALL over PinTerEST) idea in mind:

awh… the beloved driftwood christmas tree…

But once we were wading in the water- i started finding these amazing tiny pieces of driftwood…so i started thinking jewelry. so just to see if my idea was totally insane- i did a pinterest search and guess what…my idea was not insane or original. (imagine that- how many times has that happened to you – thanks pinterest!) boo.  but since the ideas and images were playing loudly in my head- i decided to proceed.

…here are a few of the pieces i/ we found…


pretty great huh? the depth of texture in these pieces is truly amazing!

so with these pieces in mind…i took a trip to michaels craft supply- and i picked up some of the following: about $40.00 worth of:
*leather cording
*necklace chain
*clasps and circle things (my wording for “i have no idea what they are really called- but they connect things)
*jewelry pins
*a few beads and charms

and then i got to work…



this is just a few of my creations. what do you think? sort of fun, huh? or am i lying to myself?

AND NOW … the grand finale of this entire story:

DRUM ROLL, Please!


… this happened…

i walked in to a boutique in downtown Athens yesterday…and i reCeivED a compliment on my necklace!! what, no way! (i was wearing the middle necklace in the photo above) so i took off my necklace, handed it to the cute college girl behind the counter…said enjoy…and walked out! Later, much to my surprise- my necklace showed up on that cute college girl on instagram!!!  (photo above is proof!)

needless to say, i came home and got busy making more!!

driftwood is bountiful and free!  its unique- full of shape and texture. it is light weight and easy to penetrate- making it super easy manipulate!  it looks strong and delicate all at the same time.  something ordinary- that once noticed becomes extraordinary!!

i do hope this post inspires you to take a closer look at the things around you. things that may look like natures trash- can actually be the perfect statement of: all things pretty! scl

Country Living

…harvesting driftwood from nickajack lake…

…joe and little bit heading out to visit with bonnie and clyde…

…vintage jeep rides…

…literally- one spot, three states…just a tiny hike in on my in-laws property…

…and an instagram post…

so this is how we spent our July 4th weekend… on the farm. what you don’t see in the pictures is the other fun we had: cliff jumping, tubing on the lake, campfire singing and smore-making, lounging by the pool, eating until we could’nt move! and… seeing the largest Gray Bat population emerging from their “bat cave” at dusk…over 30,000 bats!!!

there is absolutely nothing like family and the opportunity to sit around and make life time memories…add a farm to that mix…and it cant be any more amazing.

i hope you all had a wonderful fourth! now lets get to work, our daily grind. scl

this and that

Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 7.07.53 PM…this table cloth…

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…deserves to have this glassware …

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…paired with this serving ware…

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with those surrounding it, eating off this dinner ware…

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holding this flatware…

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with this beautiful linen in their lap…

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while seated on a bit of luxury…

and all of this is courtesy of

i love mixing and matching textures. i love bold and lots of color with a white base. when i decorate…i find no use for rules. i layer and i laYEr and i layer all that i love. after all, if our home is where our heart is…shouldnt it make us swoon with joy when we are in it. design rules dont live in a home…you do. and if you are surrounded by what YOU love…then the space you are in is perfectly designed!

we are winding down this week…i bet we are ALL looking forward to family and friend time on Friday!! Lets come together one more time tomorrow and then call it a week, whatcha think?  scl