Progress Report | living room

So we've been in this apartment for about three years now. It's not the biggest space, but it's cozy and we've managed to make it feel like home. We've redecorated and updated a few things over the years, so I wanted to share a peek. There's still a few things we'd like to add, but it's basically a dream come true to me.

One of our newest pieces is this rug. We had the same rug since we moved in, and we got this rug, from Rug Safari Corporation, and it is so perfect for brightening up our space! It is so so soft and Gretchen is definitely a fan.

This space is perfect for cuddling up to watch Neflix, for early morning homework, for reading next to a long dog, for painting on Saturday mornings, and for living life with my sweet little family.

D E T A I L S | rug c/o Rug Safari Corporation, leather couch/Article, grey couch/Urban Outfitters, lamp + pot + candles/Target, blanket + canvas c/o Tiny Prints, blankets/West Elm, blanket ladder via PS diy, mirror + tv stand + coffee table/Pottery Barn, coasters via PS diy, candles + Kinfolk + catalogs/Anthropologie, prints/Pie N' the Sky + Rifle Paper + Beau Champing, Curtains/IKEA, pillows + chair + tray/Home Goods, candle/Madewell

W E A V E :: 01

I've recently become smitten with weaving! I'd been wanting to try it out for awhile, and I finally saw a tutorial and went for it! I couldn't get my hands on a loom without having to wait a week or two to arrive, so I decided to make one! I loved the process and it's surprisingly easier than I had thought. It does take time and effort, but the results are beautiful. 

This weaving is hanging above our bed. I'll be making more and sharing them here. You'll also have the opportunity to purchase some of them. If that's something that interests you! 

Hope you're week is off to a great start friends!

xo. mel

N E W S P A C E :: workspace

This space functions as so many different areas that it was tough to find a place for everything. After a few shifts and trying out different storage situations, I believe I have finally found a place for all of my things. This space is now comfortable and conducive for work and craft!
I hope y'all are having a wonderful week and I'll be back later to share a new diy!
xo. mel

M A K E :: Wall Hanging II

Well I had so much fun making the copper wall hangings that I had to make one more variation! This time I opted for a different shape and color, but I love the result. This project is budget friendly and can be completed by anyone with even the slightest crafting ability. Like, it's real easy y'all.

S U P P L I E S :: hoops (local craft store), yarn, wire, scissors, beads

1) Begin by cutting your yarn into 24 inch strands. 

2) Using this technique, attach each of your strands to the hoop.

3) As you continue to add them move them towards the center, so they're nice and compact. They should cover the entire bottom half..

4) Attach your beads to the smaller hoop by using your wire, or any other jewelry finding. I used jump rings to allow them to dangle a bit.

5) Attach the rings together using the remaining gold wire. Wrap the wire around both hoops until it feels secure, and then cut off. Ensure that no wire is poking out, by sliding the excess in between the wire you wrapped.

It's a really simple piece, but I think that's why I love it so much! You can have fun mixing colors or styles of yarn and beads too! As always, if you decide to try this out, leave us a link with a photo - I love seeing what you all come up with! 

Happy Weekend! Mel

*for additional MAKE projects, visit this archive

M A K E :: copper wall hanging

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The incredible thing about having a home is that you have this little spot in the world that's yours, a place that God has provided and allowed you to make your own. I love being able to express my creativity in creating art for our home. I look forward to our future children looking at these pieces and cherishing them as treasures as they grow old -- something I can pass on to them that will someday make their own house a home. I have seen so many beautiful weavings on the internet lately, so I wanted to create something with a similar feel. Our walls have been pretty bare since moving into our apartment, and these lovely wall hangings have added just the right touch to our home!
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S U P P L I E S :: skein of yarn, copper couplings, two wooden dowels, scissors

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1. Gather your supplies. Begin by cutting your yarn into 18-inch strands (this can be adjusted based on the length you'd like the finished product to be).

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2. Once your strands are cut, fold them in half and place the ends through the loop as pictured. Do this all the way across the wooden dowel.

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3. Take three strands of yarn and braid them together. Halfway through the braid, tie a knot and place a copper coupling. Tie a knot on the other side of the coupling and continue braiding. Tie each end to either end of the dowel.

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4. Place a notebook or piece of cardboard atop the ends of your wall hanging. Use this as a guide to trim the excess yarn and create an even line.

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Variation : Use the same technique to wrap the strands of yarn, but cut the strands to be twice as long, collect ten of them together, and then attach.

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Variation (cont.) : pull the strands through the copper coupling and arrange as desired.

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5. Use string or yarn to create the top hanger by tying a loop around each end and placing the dowel inside the loops. You can also make other decorative hangings by trying out other tying and hanging combinations. Display and enjoy!

I previously shared this post on the Deeply Rooted blog, which you can view here. If you haven't already checked out Deeply Rooted, I strongly suggest you do! I loved their first issue and I can't wait to get my hands on Issue Two, which just became available! Yay!

xo. melisa

N E W S P A C E :: bedside + Kleenex Style

Since (mostly) finishing our living room decor, I've decided to devote my attention to our bedroom. My hope is to create a space that is peaceful, beautiful and calming. After a long day at work, it's nice to have a place for relaxation; our bedroom is sort of our retreat after all. My hope is to share the space piece by piece as we work on it. Here are a few of my bedside essentials:

flowers :: I love having fresh flowers by my bedside! Not only do they bring a pleasant smell to the space, but they seem to brighten it up. I picked these up at the market the other day and I'm just smitten with that purple color. They've got me in spring fever, that's for sure!

candles :: for the last two years or so, I've become completely obsessed with candles. Elisha has actually put a cap on my candle purchases until I use the ones we have, ha! I just love them - their smells, the pretty jars they come in, and how peaceful they can turn any room. Any time I've had an extra long day, I love to come home, light the candles and just sit and breathe them in. They're just so therapeutic, so naturally I need at least one at my bedside. My current favorite scents are Volcano and Crane Flower from Anthropologie.

books + magazines :: I love to read, so it's nice to have some good reading material by the bed. Sometimes I like to read to help me fall asleep at night and it's helping me reach one of my goals! I'm currently reading Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling and Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Melton. What are you reading? 

Kleenex :: When I moved to Texas 6 years ago, I developed allergies. They're something I've had to deal with each season, so having Kleenex by my bedside is an absolute essential. I recently purchased a few boxes from the new Kleenex Style Studio Line, and I love the fun designs. It's great having cute boxes that fit your style and don't take away from your decor, but actually add to it. They recently launched this new line; I love the one with the sweet owls!

perfume :: I usually shower at night and I love spraying on my perfume before I go to sleep. It's something my Mom always did and I never thought it was strange until my sister pointed it out. I just love going to bed feeling clean and smelling pretty, so sue me!

lipbalm :: I think everyone has lip balm on their nightstand. It's a must.

blankets :: I'm a blanket junkie. There, I said it. I have way way too many, but I'm not even sorry. I love blankets, I love being warm, and they're the best! Of course, I have two by my side... ya know... just in case. 

So, does your bedside look like mine? What are some of your staples?

xo. melisa

*this post is sponsored by Kleenex. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that make Pie N' the Sky possible.

M A K E :: metallic bottles

S U P P L I E S //
empty bottles
gold + silver spray paint

E A S Y  A S  1, 2 , 3 //
this is seriously the easiest project ever. gather your bottles. if they have labels, you'll need to fill your sink with warm water and let them soak for about 15mins. this makes peeling them off SO much easier. some labels I was able to take off without any soaking, but it depends on the adhesive. peel your labels off and make sure not to leave any residue. once dry, take outside and spray paint. I did two coats to make sure they were nice and shiny. project done.

We originally made these for our wedding, but decided to decorate with them around the house! I'm so glad we did because they add just the right texture and shine to each room. You can see how I used them in our livingroom and bedroom. If you decide to use tho project, leave a link to your post!

xo. melisa

N E W S P A C E :: living

I'm happy to finally share a little peek into our living space! It's not completely finished, so I'll share a whole tour once we finish the details. The Christmas tree has since been put up, but our walls still need some photos. And I completely forgot to photograph our entertainment center, which is maybe one of my favorite pieces in the living space. I'll share it in the tour. Have you recently shared a post with your home? I'd love to see it - share a link in the comments below!

details :: loveseat/, couch/dillards, rug/ikea, shelf/handmade, bottles/diy from wedding, coffee table + entertainment center + lamp + mirror/pottery barn, side table/vintage, record table + pillows/target, candles/anthro, art prints/ Ginably

xo. melisa

N E W S P A C E :: bedroom nook

Since Elisha was gone this weekend and I had a four day weekend due to Icemageddon, I had a significant amount of free time on my hands. I decided I would revamp our little bedroom space with a little Christmas decor. I love how simple and clean it is - the lights make it so cozy now! I'll share a full bedroom tour once we have more progress, but I will be sharing a peek at our living space tomorrow! Hope y'all are staying warm and safe!

xo. melisa

** I've had a few requests to share crochet patterns, since sharing my beanie post with y'all. I'm currently working on the post and will be sharing soon!


I snapped these the first week we were in our apartment. We didn't have any furniture so we ate on a the cardboard box that the desk came in. Resourceful. We've been trying to get it all ready for when Elisha can move in and it'll be our home. It's been fun and a lot of work, but it's coming together beautifully and I can't wait to share! 

I'll do a full home tour after the wedding! 

xo. melisa