Happy Valentines Day + Two Years of the Penny

Happy Valentines Day, friends!! Today is also the two year anniversary of launching my blog, The Penny Drawer!! Time flies when you are having fun :) I want to thank my friends, family and readers for continuing to support me and my blog and providing honest and positive feedback, it is so appreciated!!

I have said it before, I am not the most consistent blogger and rather than set goals I may not be able to maintain, this year I am striving to drop the guilt and the comparison I sometimes feel as a blogger. In an ideal world I would love to have a few scheduled blog posts each week/month in addition to posting regularly on Instagram. I do admit that I often find myself comparing my projects and my photos to others and although I do find lots of inspiration from the people I follow, I am learning not to make myself feel bad, guilty or upset if I am not at the same level or consistency. I work full time at a community mental health agency in additional to a casual position with a crisis service. My job can be difficult and challenging and I started my blog as a creative outlet from my “real job”. But working 6 sometimes 7 days a week, I don’t always have the time I would like to spend on DIY projects and home decor. With that being said, I go through phases where I am working on multiple projects at once and then don’t do anything for a period of time. It's called balance and something I preach on a daily basis to the individuals I am supporting so it only makes sense that I practice it in my personal life as well. I also find winter especially challenging to take good home photos given the lack of natural light. I can only imagine how challenging it will be to maintain a blog and social media presence once we have a family, but I am so excited for that chapter to start and to share it with you!!

Anyways, I don’t want to make excuses I just want to provide some insight and also take some of the weight I feel off of my shoulders :) I really love having the opportunity to share my projects and decor with you!! I am really proud of what I did accomplish in the last year; helping plan and decorate my sister’s wedding, stencilling my bathroom and kitchen floor, multiple wood projects including floating shelves, picture ledges, painting numerous pieces of furniture and my biggest project was our laundry room makeover. Not too shabby! 

I didn't really decorate for Valentines Day this year as I have been enjoying my neutral winter pallet and red isn't my favourite. Blush on the other hand probably needs to make more of an appearance in our home. Maybe someday.... :) Here is a super cute fabric sign I scored at the Dollartree. I think the quote is a good reminder, today and always;

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As mentioned in last month’s post, 2018 is wedding year so I am putting home projects on hold to a certain extent in order to focus on wedding planning and decor.I do have a few home projects on my TO DO that I hope to accomplish prior to being in the deep of wedding planning. I am so excited to share some of my planning and progress with you soon!! 

Happy Love Day, everyone!!  

-Jess xx

Spring Decor + Easter Weekend Plans

HELLOOOOO LONG WEEKEND!! I am so excited for Easter this weekend and that it is finally feeling like Spring and therefore we are one step closer to summer! Although I always express my love for fall, I really do love all the seasons and look forward to the change that comes with each one!  The days are a little longer, the sun is shining (hopefully) and we can open up the windows, finally! Lately I have been working on spring cleaning and de-cluttering and also got our yard cleaned up and the patio furniture out to enjoy over the long weekend. Fingers crossed for sunshine and warm weather!!

I love incorporating colour back into my home décor come Spring! My winter pallet is pretty neutral so I always love pulling out some pastels that have been hidden away for a few months.

  DIY twine + carrot  from my craft workshop

DIY twine + carrot from my craft workshop

I like to pick up some grocery store tulips before Easter ($5, yes please) as well as a new spring candle. I also love the faux forsythia from the dollar store which can be styled in a vase or easily added to a wreath.

My favourite Easter décor is using faux eggs, like these twine ones I made for my craft night. I also found these pastel and gold leaf plastic ones also from the dollar store.

This weekend will be spent with friends at the annual broomball tournament in Port Stanley as well as a family celebration on Sunday which of course involves lots of food! As always with holidays and long weekends, it will be spent eating and drinking too much and enjoying the company of our favourite people! Here are a few festive food and drink ideas for the weekend- recipes can be found on my Pinterest board;

 Lavender pear vodka lemonade

Lavender pear vodka lemonade

 I am very hopeful it will be nice enough out to enjoy our backyard. Come on, sunshine !!

Happy Easter, friends!! Enjoy your long weekend :)

Jess xx

DIY Twine Easter Eggs + Carrot

Back in December, I hosted a couple of Christmas wreath workshops at my local library. My friend Erin, the librarian kindly asked me to return to do an Easter craft. I turned to Pinterest for inspiration and found tons of idea, ultimately choosing rustic twine Easter eggs paired with a carrot. When I host these craft nights at the library, we try to keep cost in mind for people to attend. I was able to get all of my supplies from the dollar store therefore the cost was only $5 per person.

To make the eggs, I picked up a package of foam eggs in two different sizes from the dollar store. Initially, I started by covering the egg in mod podge using a small artist's paint brush and started wrapping my twine from the middle. I found that the mod podge made a mess and the twine was not adhering properly. I got my glue gun out and started from the end which worked much better you just have to be careful not to constantly burn the tips of your fingers. I wrapped the twine tightly adding a dot of glue every so often and also trying to make sure there wasn'twhite showing through.  I made 3 eggs, 2 larger and 1 medium. For the craft night at the library, I wasn't able to find enough of the foam eggs for the entire group so I used large plastic eggs that open at the middle, which also worked just fine!

For my carrot, I used a few stems of faux greenery from the dollar store. I taped the greenery pieces together for my steam and then used newspaper to create my carrot form. I wrapped the paper around and crumpled it until it started to resemble a carrot, then I wrapped it in twine. I loved the look of it in the natural twine colour but because I was using it as an example for the library craft, I decided to paint it orange.

I also grabbed a little wire basket from the dollar store and green craft grass. I displayed my eggs and carrot atop the grass and added a bow using leftover ribbon from last year's Spring wreath.

This is a really easy and inexpensive craft and perfect for Easter + Spring!! The ladies that came to the craft night loved it and were excited to go out and get their own baskets to display their new Easter décor. You don' have to style it in a basket, this would be great as an addition to your tablescape or as shelf decor. I made a second set of eggs as well as another carrot at the craft night that I plan to style differently or possibly give as a hostess gift at Easter next weekend :)

Jess xx