Monday, August 14, 2017

Faux Succulent Nesting Box

Natural + neutral.

Supply List:

Container - I used a small wood crate
Floral styrofoam to fit & fill container
A mix of 2 mosses - I chose a mix of a bleached/light & a natural color
Faux Succulents - I found these at Michael's
Assorted Faux Eggs

Simply fill your container with a styrofoam, the soft green or brown works best & is easily hidden under the bed of moss.  Mound the styrofoam-filled container with a thick bed of dried moss.  Place your succulents in the moss, working from the center, out.  I made a grouping of three.  Create small pockets (or nests) in the moss & fill with eggs.  You can use small drops of hot glue to keep the eggs in place.  I then added a light moss afterwards for a little extra contrast & texture.


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Our Farmhouse Dining Room; Before & After

After over a year of renovating our 1880's farmhouse, the inside is almost finished! We have several small projects left in each room, but the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter each day!  I'm starting in the dining room because as far as renovations go, this room is complete.  As far as decorating goes, I don't know if I'm ever truly finished with a room.

Nick has a great eye for opening up a floor plan.  I couldn't see beyond the walls, but the day we walked in, key-in-hand, he quickly showed me with a sledge hammer.  It filled this place with new light & new life!  I'm so excited to show the remainder of the main level, as you'll be able see this old house transform from an awkward layout of few small rooms to one large, functional & open living space.  

Before the walls came down, the posts & beams went up, the skylights were taken out & replaced with a chandelier, the old windows were replaced, the floors were leveled, the new flooring was installed, & the ceiling was replaced.

Voila!! Here it is; open, bright, & inviting!

I'll be back soon with more renovation posts! & a few decorating posts in between.

Follow along on Instagram: @hayseedhomemakin


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Bluebell Mercantile & Co.

Welcome to The Bluebell Mercantile & Co.!

A dream come true.

My love, Nick, & I just opened our little country store just north of Marine on St. Croix, Mn.  I'm selling a collection of my favorite brands, along with some of my hand-picked antiques - you can find all kinds of country collectables, gifts, housewares, kitchenwares, etc.  We're rurally located on MN 95 (a popular, scenic drive along the St. Croix River Valley) just 14 miles north of downtown Stillwater, MN, a great starting point for a beautiful drive up the river! It's worth every mile, especially during the fall season for the unbelievable fall color along the river valley.

Once you drive by historic downtown Marine on St. Croix, heading north, you'll pass through the forest & prairies of William O'Brien State Park.  From the prairie you'll see your destination up on the right.  Our little white schoolhouse (with a light blue metal roof) & bell tower is a sweet sight to see, coming from both directions!

We hope you'll visit us soon.  

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Also, the website (our online store is coming soon)

Here's a little peek at what we've got going on inside:


Rose bowls & other home decor classics..




Nick built this beautiful checkout counter.. He's amazing.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Insta-post | New Beginnings

@hayseedhomemakin "Aged to perfection. #farmhouse #renovation"

We've got a couple of big things in the works here at Hayseed Homemakin'.  First things first: I'm coming back with a farm fresh start!