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DIY Thanksgiving Wood Ring Trivet Mat

DIY Thanksgiving Wood Ring Trivet Mat

Is it too early to talk about (let alone think about) Thanksgiving? I can’t decide, but the holiday is right there looming just one month away on the calendar, so I’m taking it as a sign that you guys have started making plans for the big event. The good news is that today’s quick craft project can really be used any time of year—Thanksgiving and beyond—so I promise you’ll feel extra productive while putting it together this month. Scroll on for the step-by-step tutorial to make your own DIY Wood Ring Trivet Mat!

DIY Thanksgiving Wood Ring Trivet Mat

DIY Thanksgiving Wood Ring Trivet Mat

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Not only is this project super easy to make—it’s also super cheap. The 1-inch wooden rings I used cost just $6, and the yarn was on sale for a few bucks. Since I used only a handful of feet from the spool of yarn for my DIY trivet mat, that figure could even be knocked down to a few pennies to be totally accurate. Other than those two main supplies, you need to grab a pair of scissors, some clear tacky glue, and maybe your phone to crank up the tunes or a podcast while you work.

DIY Thanksgiving Wood Ring Trivet Mat

DIY Thanksgiving Wood Ring Trivet Mat

Step One

Open your bag of wooden rings, and lay them out on the table so you can play around with different designs. My ultimate plan for this trivet mat is to use it under my favorite rectangular casserole dish come Thanksgiving, so I decided to follow suit with the same shape for my mat. You, of course, can run with any kind of shape you want, though—a square, a semi-circle, anything!

DIY Thanksgiving Wood Ring Trivet Mat

Step Two

Once you have your shape laid out, start connecting the rings to each other using small lengths of cut yarn. I would suggest cutting your yarn pieces a little longer than you actually need them to be, just to save you some headache while tying knots between the rings. The longer your yarn, the easier it will be to grip and tie a knot. I went with a triple knot on each, by the way, and my yarn pieces were each roughly five inches long.

DIY Thanksgiving Wood Ring Trivet Mat

DIY Thanksgiving Wood Ring Trivet Mat

Step Three

Even though I used triple knots between each ring, I still felt like my mat could stand to have a little more strength, so I dabbed a bit of tacky glue over each knot. I was careful not to get the glue on the rings, though, because I wanted the rings to twist under the yarn knots for easy folding and storing. Just dab the glue right on top of the knot to keep it from unraveling. Since it dries clear, you’ll never see it.

DIY Thanksgiving Wood Ring Trivet Mat

A Quick Note

You might have noticed that side-by-side image a couple photos up. I included that so you can see the difference between the knotted underside and the top of the mat. It’s much cleaner and less chaotic when you flip it right side up, which I was relieved to see. If you want an even more minimalist look, choose a colored yarn that matches the wood tone of your rings.

DIY Thanksgiving Wood Ring Trivet Mat

After the glue dots have dried, you’re ready to flip the finished DIY Wood Ring Trivet Mat over and use it under anything hot you might serve this season. I personally love using it under my kettle now that I’m craving afternoon cups of coffee and tea (it’s so cold here already in Virginia). Tell me what you think of our little heatproof trivet mat in the comments below, or, better yet, tell me what you’d like to serve on top of it this Thanksgiving!

DIY Thanksgiving Wood Ring Trivet Mat

P.S. Click back here to take our fall dining room tour for even MORE Thanksgiving-themed inspiration!
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5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

I don’t know about you, but my fall decorations came out practically at the stroke of midnight that first calendar day of autumn. I had been dreaming of setting out ceramic pumpkins and fall-time colors since August, so it didn’t take long for me to call our seasonal decorating done. That said, I know not everyone feels quite so…shall we say…enthusiastic about fall decorating, and you might even be feeling a little stumped on where to start. Scroll on for five of the biggest pieces of advice I can offer now that our own home is feeling festive for fall.

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

1. When in doubt, add pumpkins

It’s no secret that pumpkins are a universal symbol of the season, so maybe try starting there. Real pumpkins are wonderfully nostalgic, but I always feel so guilty about throwing them away at the end of fall, which means that we inevitably end up with a sad collection of rotten gourds come December. I’ve learned my lesson over the years and tend to stick with nothing but faux pumpkins (think: ceramic, plastic, and even stuffed). Dot two or three around your own space in between your everyday décor and that’s practically all you need to get the point across.

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

2. Embrace autumnal colors

Another easy way to decorate for fall without having to buy a bunch of new themed accents is to work within a traditional “autumn” color palette. If you squint your eyes while looking at these photos of our fall dining room, you’ll pick up on orange, evergreen, rich gold, a bit of blue, and lots of natural wood tones. Now open your eyes wide and refocus. When you actually take a good long look at things, you’ll see that we had to add just two or three physical hits of orange to the mix amongst our year-round décor to make it look fall-like. It just goes to show that you don’t need to go overboard when incorporating fall colors within your décor.

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

3. Color-coordinated wine display

This is probably taking things too far, but I’m the first to admit that I’m a bit OCD when it comes to color-coordinating our house, and this third tip proves it. We’re wine drinkers in our family, and keep extra bottles at-the-ready on a vintage wine bottle rack that John bought me for Christmas last year. I know it might sound silly to some, but I tend to judge a wine by its bottle, and go so far as to purchase bottles that I know will look good amongst our everyday décor. The same, of course, goes for fall. During this season, I like to stock up on wine bottles that feature jewel-toned, metallic wrappings and labels so that they fit right in with our fall decorations. Don’t worry—they all taste just as good as they look. I’m not that silly! (wink, wink)

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

4. Use live branches

With the exception of three new faux pumpkins that I added to our collection last month, everything else you see here we already owned. I didn’t have to buy anything else, and that includes the set of branches you see on the console. They were cut right from our back yard, so they didn’t cost a thing, plus I love how they add some sculptural interest and height to the room. Try playing around with branches cut from your own property this season, or visit a local park and see if you can find some natural options already lying on the ground ready for the taking.

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

5. Add something unexpected

Because I used mostly items that we already owned, I started to feel like the room wasn’t fresh enough. It didn’t feel all that different to me, even with the addition of festive pumpkins, jewel-toned wine bottles, fall colors, and big branches. So, at the last minute, I decided to hang a new gallery wall. It was a quick and easy way for me to make use of art we already had in the basement that I hadn’t seen hung in a while, and it gave me a bigger opportunity to showcase those autumn colors I love so much. I chose an abstract print, a vintage landscape painting, a line drawing, and a printed portrait of my favorite composer done by my favorite artist. The collection makes me smile every time I walk into the room, and was the perfect unexpected finishing touch I was craving.

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

Have you started decorating for fall yet? Are you like me and already have a fully fleshed out fall house now that it’s mid-October? I’d love to hear if you have tips of your own to share, or if you think I could be doing something more to celebrate the season through décor. I’m always hoping that these types of how-to-decorate posts turn into more of a conversation than me just telling our own side of the story, so please tell all below!

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

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DIY Bat Branch Halloween Centerpiece Décor

DIY Bat Branch Halloween Centerpiece Décor

I don’t know about you, but temporary holiday décor is my absolute favorite. Like I’ve said time and time again here on the blog (sorry to keep repeating myself!) I kind of despise any type of holiday decorating that requires me to put away most of our year-round “everyday” accents. It feels like I’m undoing all the hard work I put into decorating our home, so I try my best to come up with small high impact tweaks I can make throughout our house that makes it look festive without forcing us to keep a ton of decorations in storage.

That mentality, of course, had a pretty direct impact on the DIY I’m sharing today. The DIY Bat Branch Halloween Centerpiece that I put together for Hunker was made using nothing but a standalone piece of driftwood, some paper bats, and a bit of tape. We keep the branch out year-round anyway, so all I had to do to give it Halloween edge was cut out a handful of bats and temporarily stick them to the branch for the month of October. It’s the perfect holiday project if you’re also hesitant to buy a bunch of holiday décor or if you don’t have much time on your hands. This project can be done in less than 30 minutes!

DIY Bat Branch Halloween Centerpiece Décor

DIY Bat Branch Halloween Centerpiece Décor

To find out how to make the Halloween centerpiece for yourself, make sure to click through to Hunker. I even included a printable bat silhouette template so all you have to do is print it, cut out the stencil, trace, and cut the final shapes out. A few other Halloween-themed goodies (think: ceramic pumpkins, dark linen napkins, novelty plates) are the finishing touches to make your table ready for a spooky soirée. Get the DIY details and printable template here, and then let me know in the comments below how you find balance between holiday decorating and your everyday décor.

DIY Bat Branch Halloween Centerpiece Décor

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DGD Pottery Pre-Launch Preview

DGD Pottery Pre-Launch Preview

Well, folks…Tomorrow’s the big, big day! It still feels a little unreal to be able to say that my pottery shop is opening for business tomorrow, but I couldn’t be more excited (and nervous, and anxious!) about the reality of the occasion. When 2018 kicked off more than nine months ago, I knew I wanted to shake things up. I wanted to try something new and step outside my comfort zone. Turns out pottery was exactly the creative game-changer I had subconsciously been searching for, and I haven’t slowed down since taking that first class in January.

DGD Pottery Pre-Launch Preview

DGD Pottery Pre-Launch Preview

DGD Pottery Pre-Launch Preview

DGD Pottery Pre-Launch Preview

DGD Pottery Pre-Launch Preview

I know I’m teetering dangerously between trite and downright cheesy, but I just wanted to take a moment today to thank you all for your constant support and encouragement. All of your kind comments, messages, emails, and Likes on social media have helped enormously, especially on those days when nothing seems to be going right at my potter’s wheel. And now, to be able to offer some of those pieces to you guys for your own homes? Well, I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate what I consider to be one of my most collaborative endeavors yet!

DGD Pottery Pre-Launch Preview

DGD Pottery Pre-Launch Preview

DGD Pottery Pre-Launch Preview

DGD Pottery Pre-Launch Preview

The fact that DGD Pottery is opening on October 9 is no coincidence either. I chose to open my shop on this date because it marks our third year living here in Waynesboro, Virginia. I always tend to think of this anniversary as a really special one, but even more so this year. There just didn’t seem to be a better date for my shop opening because, without Waynesboro, I probably never would have picked up pottery.

Make Waynesboro Clay Studio has made every single success, trial, and error possible, and I’m under no illusions that I could have done this without them. The members, teachers, classmates, and owners at Make Waynesboro are “my people,” and, for a while there after we moved in from out of town, I had my doubts that I’d ever find a group that I could relate to.

So, yeah…That spontaneous decision to take up pottery last winter? It was more than just a fun way to learn a new skill. It broke me (at least partially) out of my shell, allowed me to gain a little more confidence in myself, and introduced me to people I could truly connect with. For a shy introvert like me, I don’t think I can tell how big of a deal all of that is.

DGD Pottery Pre-Launch Preview

DGD Pottery Pre-Launch Preview

DGD Pottery Pre-Launch Preview

DGD Pottery Pre-Launch Preview

Anyway, I just wanted to come on here today to share a few of my thoughts and feelings behind my shop opening, if only so that I could come back to it later on—maybe years from now—to reflect on how much pottery has changed my life. Again, thank you for following along with me on this journey and for your patience as I learn to balance the blog and my time at the studio. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing snippets of my process picking things up as I go along, and I really hope that my random musings have inspired even just one of you to consider taking a class and learning something new this year. There’s practically no better feeling!

DGD Pottery Pre-Launch Preview

DGD Pottery Pre-Launch Preview

DGD Pottery Pre-Launch Preview

Stay tuned right here tomorrow morning at 9:00am EST for the official DGD Pottery shop link, and feel free to click ‘Play’ on that video above and glance back through the photos in today’s post for a pre-launch preview. Every single item featured here is going to be available in the shop tomorrow as part of my debut collection of 18 handmade items for sale, and I can’t wait to see whose homes they end up in. See you on the other side tomorrow!

DGD Pottery Pre-Launch Preview

DGD Pottery Pre-Launch Preview

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Creepy Classy Black & White Halloween Party

*This post was sponsored by Oriental Trading

Creepy Classy Black & White Halloween Party

I hope that your start to October was a great one yesterday! Ours was pretty toasty at 81 degrees for a high, but it just made our anticipation of those cool, crisp days to come even sweeter. At any rate, Halloween is only a handful of weeks away now that we’re into the new month, which means that your party planning needs to start…well…now.

Back in September, I had a chance to play around with a few boxes of monochromatic Halloween décor care of Oriental Trading, and today I’m sharing pictures of the spooky (yet still sophisticated!) soirée I was able to throw together using my favorites from the collection. Keep scrolling to see a few snippets of the full party, as well as a quick rundown of the process I go through when planning these types of coordinated holiday gatherings.

Creepy Classy Black & White Halloween Party

Creepy Classy Black & White Halloween Party

As with most parties that I put together, the longest and hardest part was definitely the planning. I tend to start with a color palette in mind—this time, black, white, red, and wood tones—and then I usually go online to search out any accents and accessories I want to use. For this event, I clicked and dragged product photos right from the OTC website to the desktop on my computer, and then I pulled all of those icons into a folder on my hard drive so I could preview how everything looked together.

I pulled absolutely anything and everything that caught my eye online, and ended up with way more than I needed. That was intentional, though, because, after that, I could just drag out and trash the digital items I didn’t think I really needed until I was left with a reasonable collection of pieces to make up what I’m calling our Creepy Classy Black & White Halloween Party.

After that I submitted my order and, when everything arrived in boxes, I carefully unpacked each item and set the gathering up just as I had envisioned when I was pulling inspiration online. By pre-planning in advance and considering where everything might actually go, I was able to order fewer items and it took much less time to set up once it had all arrived.

Creepy Classy Black & White Halloween Party

Creepy Classy Black & White Halloween Party

Creepy Classy Black & White Halloween Party

Is it helpful to learn a little bit more about my party-planning process? Many of you might already do something similar, or have your own tried-and-true hostessing routines, but I thought it might be interesting for me to share my perspective on how to bring a festive fête together with minimal stress and on a tight budget, too.

Hop over to the Fun365 website by Oriental Trading to see and shop the full party, and don’t miss my step-by-step tutorial for a DIY Spooky Silhouetted Halloween Gallery Wall while you’re at it!

Creepy Classy Black & White Halloween Party

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DIY Countdown To Halloween Candy Calendar

*This post is sponsored by Oriental Trading

DIY Countdown To Halloween Candy Calendar

How is September almost over already?! Halloween is a little over a month away, and I just don’t know where the time has gone. Didn’t it feel like we were wrapping up another whirlwind Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year’s season only a few weeks ago?

Well, that time is nearly upon us once again and, despite the disbelieving start to this blog post, today’s the day that I officially quit saying how surprised I am that we’re already in the midst of the holidays. I’ve said it (multiple times, probably), so it’s out of the way. Now’s the time to get PUMPED for another round of overindulging in the name of this extra special time of year, and I’m kicking things off with a brand new craft project for Oriental Trading: my DIY Countdown To Halloween Candy Calendar.

DIY Countdown To Halloween Candy Calendar

This numbered box project is a cinch to recreate thanks to the free printable and shopping list I made available here. But that’s not the best part, though…See those 30+ boxes? Every last one is filled with candy so you can placate that sweet tooth of yours every day leading up to Halloween at the end of the month.

You can choose to make the countdown more of a scavenger hunt by mixing up the numbers, or put them in order from 1-31 if you’d rather simplify things (great for kids, too, so my OTC editors/mamas tell me!). Let me know how you’d arrange your own DIY Halloween Candy Box Countdown in the comments below, and then hop through to Oriental Trading for the full tutorial and clickable shopping list.

DIY Countdown To Halloween Candy Calendar

*For more Halloween fun, click these links for inspiration and tutorials: DIY Halloween Pumpkins With Painted Dashes, DIY Cartoon Eyeball Halloween Wreath.
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How To Make A Foraged Flower Arrangement

How To Make A Foraged Flower Arrangement

Fall will always and forever be my very favorite season (two months to go!), but that said I happily look forward to the flowery mid-year months, too. Spring and summer are always full of colorful blooms here in Virginia, especially at our neighborhood coffee shop, the Farmhaus on Main.

So, when its owner, my pal Bethany Mallory, offered to take me on a walking tour of the ‘Haus gardens and teach me how to make a foraged flower arrangement, I was quick to respond with an emphatic “yes!” Scroll on for Bethany’s flower-picking tips, and see the arrangement come to life through my camera, one stem at a time.

How To Make A Foraged Flower Arrangement

How To Make A Foraged Flower Arrangement

How To Make A Foraged Flower Arrangement

How To Make A Foraged Flower Arrangement

Choose Blooms Wisely

Cut stems in odd numbers by flower type so that the finished arrangement feels organic and not so contrived. In other words, cut 1 stem or 3 stems of each flower rather than 2 or 4. We’re not sure of the visual science here, but trust us—your arrangement will look more authentically “foraged” this way.

How To Make A Foraged Flower Arrangement

How To Make A Foraged Flower Arrangement

How To Make A Foraged Flower Arrangement

Walk & Arrange

Carry the bundle around with you while cutting individual stems, that way you can place the flowers together right away and get a preview of what the finished arrangement will look like. Stop cutting when the bundle looks full and has enough good variety in terms of height and color.

How To Make A Foraged Flower Arrangement

How To Make A Foraged Flower Arrangement

Longevity Is Key

Get familiar with flower varieties before cutting to ensure your arrangement will last more than a day or two. For example, blooms like Day Lilies only last a few hours when cut, so it’s best to leave them on the bush where they will happily bloom for weeks at a time.

How To Make A Foraged Flower Arrangement

How To Make A Foraged Flower Arrangement

All About Composition

Place your stems one at a time in the vase, turning the vessel as you go so that the arrangement is pretty from all angles, front and back. Once your flowers are all in place, fill in with trailing greenery. These leafy branches help break up the color a bit and puts even more emphasis on the statement flowers, acting almost like a picture frame to the arrangement as a whole.

How To Make A Foraged Flower Arrangement

How To Make A Foraged Flower Arrangement

Big thanks to Bethany from the Farmhaus for letting us forage around in their café garden, and for her help teaching us how to make the most of summer blooms. While I’m not sure I’ll ever have a proper flower garden at our own house, I’m now feeling much more confident about pulling something pretty together using flower bundles from the market. Leave your own foraged flower arranging tips in the comments below if you have them!

How To Make A Foraged Flower Arrangement

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DIY Botanical Gift Bags with Printables

*This post was sponsored by Oriental Trading

DIY Botanical Gift Bags with Printables | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading #ad

If you’ve missed the ultra colorful projects that you used to find here on Dream Green DIY a couple of years ago, then today’s post is just for you! I’m working with my Oriental Trading editors to bring a few of those brighter hues back into my work for them, and the first in the updated series is my DIY Botanical Gift Bags project.

To let you in on a little more of the behind-the-scenes marketing side of things, it turns out that the Oriental Trading customer is more excited about color then they are minimalism. I get it! “Neutral” definitely isn’t for everyone! So, I’m excited to stretch my muscles a bit and dive back into those shades of pink, yellow, and purple that have been absent here on DGD in honor of the OTC gang.

Click here to see the full DIY tutorial and grab the free printable botanical artwork that you can cut and color for practically any solid surface you’d like to embellish—be it a gift bag, file folder, notebook, or card. Let me know how you’d use the flower art in the comments below.

DIY Botanical Gift Bags with Printables | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading #ad

*To see the full collection of my work for Oriental Trading—from colorful to minimal—click here!
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Our Stay At The Watergate Hotel

Our Stay At The Watergate Hotel

I know, I know…You’re probably sick and tired of hearing about the trip I took with my sister to D.C. earlier this year, but I just couldn’t quit without giving you more of the personal story behind our adventure.

As you may remember, I worked with a brand on the two earlier posts that introduced and explained our motivation for heading to the capital (catch up on those here first, and then here). For legal reasons per the brand I wasn’t able to talk as openly as I would have liked about the trip. I would have had to get written permission from the composer we saw, the restaurant we ate at, etc. to make mentions of them throughout the posts, and it just would have been too time-consuming. Now that the campaign has wrapped up, though, the brand said I’m free to spill all the beans—and that’s exactly what I plan to do today!

Our Stay At The Watergate Hotel

Our Stay At The Watergate Hotel

Our Stay At The Watergate Hotel

Our Stay At The Watergate Hotel

If you’ve been following along with this story since the beginning, you already know that we stayed at the Watergate Hotel. This was my first time staying at the hotel, and I can tell you right now that it won’t be my last. (By the way, today’s post isn’t sponsored in any way, so no one is paying me to say any of this!).

Our dad is actually the one who suggested that we stay at this particular hotel, mainly because he knew it would put us right next to the Kennedy Center, which we planned to walk to that night for the Philip Glass concert.

Our Stay At The Watergate Hotel

Our Stay At The Watergate Hotel

Our Stay At The Watergate Hotel

Our Stay At The Watergate HotelMy sister and I almost immediately hit a bunch of bad construction traffic once we got into the city, and ultimately got rerouted dozens of blocks from the hotel. We’re not city girls by nature, so we got a little turned around. We made the most of it, though, because GPS ended up taking us straight down the stretch of embassy offices, and it was so cool to see all of the different architecture and landscaping unique to each country.

Our Stay At The Watergate Hotel

Our Stay At The Watergate Hotel

We eventually found our way to the Watergate and got settled into our quaint-but-cool hotel room. Again, because of legal reasons, I wasn’t able to give a full tour of our room in the first two blog posts about the trip, so today you’ll see lots more of the space, including the massive bathroom, views of the water, and a look at our scrumptious bed-side breakfast.

Our Stay At The Watergate Hotel

Our Stay At The Watergate Hotel

My sister jumped right into the shower almost as soon as we had set our bags down, but that gave me just enough time to snap a photo and video tour of the hotel room. After that, we both lazed around in official Watergate bathrobes, decompressing from the semi-stressful drive.

Our Stay At The Watergate Hotel

Our Stay At The Watergate Hotel

Our Stay At The Watergate Hotel

At about 5:30 or so, we went down to the hotel restaurant for a quick dinner. I’m not sure if it was leftover nerves from the drive or just a bit of anxious excitement for the concert we were going to see later that night, but neither one of us had a big appetite. A glass of wine each and some appetizers set us up nicely, though, and it was fun to people watch. Remember that it was pretty much the tail-end of winter during our stay, so the place was packed with people looking to escape the cold.

Our Stay At The Watergate Hotel

Our Stay At The Watergate Hotel

Next, my sister and I hit the sidewalks bound for the Kennedy Center. The concert hall was even closer than we expected it to be (thanks, Dad!) so we didn’t have to spend too long out in the elements that chilly night. Even still, we high-tailed it and breathed a huge sigh of relief once we were inside the glowing lobby at the Kennedy Center.

I don’t have many photos to share from inside the concert because I wasn’t sure what their policy was on photography, but you can hop back here to Part 2 to see a couple of quick shots. You’ll also learn a lot more about the concert and how it felt to be part of the audience at such an amazing event. We saw Philip Glass, and he was just incredible—one of our favorite composers, for sure!

Our Stay At The Watergate Hotel

Our Stay At The Watergate Hotel

A couple of hours later, the concert was behind us along with another frigid walk back through the cold to our hotel room. I’m not sure if it was memories of the music or just the super comfy bed in our room, but my sister and I both slept like babies that night.

The next morning we got a note from hotel staff that said we should expect traffic that day because of a marathon going on nearby in the city, so we decided to take our time and treat ourselves to breakfast in bed, something I had never done. Turns out it’s just as decadent as you’d think to be served a gourmet breakfast right in your hotel room, and we stayed in our bathrobes most of the morning, chowing down on poached eggs and waffles, and filling up on espresso coffee.

Our Stay At The Watergate Hotel

Anyway, that’s about all I have left to say about our trip to D.C. to see Philip Glass. It was such a dream come true to finally hear him play in person, and I really did think that the Watergate was such a fabulous hotel. I can’t wait to visit again and to see more shows at the Kennedy Center. Have you been before?

Click ‘Play’ below on the extended cut of the video I put together of our trip, which shows a lot more of the hotel room and (of course) that delicious breakfast. Cheers!

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DIY Paper Leaf String Light Garland

*This post is sponsored by Oriental Trading

DIY Paper Leaf String Light Garland | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading #ad

I have a feeling that today’s crafty reveal is just the beginning of a new obsession with paper greenery and flowers. I used to think that paper plants needed to look as realistic as possible and pass for the real deal, so I never even attempted it. Although I know that I could never get to this kind of level, I’m absolutely infatuated with the work (really, it’s art!) of paper plant makers like Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell and Tiffanie Turner. Lately, though, I’ve shifted my perspective on this DIY because paper greenery can be just as simple and sweet as the casual crafts I actually can do.

Long story short long, that’s exactly how my DIY Paper Leaf String Light Garland project for Oriental Trading came to be. This couldn’t-be-simpler craft takes just an hour or so to put together (grab all of the craft supplies in one fell swoop here first), and lasts forever, so no more scrambling for fresh flowers or cut branches come party time.

DIY Paper Leaf String Light Garland | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading #ad

John and I are actually hosting his family for the Fourth of July holiday next week, and I think it’s the perfect occasion to pull out my dainty green garland. I might love the look of those hand-cut green leaves, but my favorite part might just be the battery-operated string lights. Did I mention that this one couldn’t be simpler?! See for yourself by perusing the step-by-step tutorial on OTC’s Fun365 website here.

DIY Paper Leaf String Light Garland | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading #ad

*For a full list of all the quick crafts I’ve produced for Oriental Trading, click here!
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