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DIY Tassel Wood Bead Garland

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We love easy DIY projects that we can add to our home decor and this tassel wood bead garland is one of them. It seriously took us less than 10 minutes and you only need a few supplies.

Supplies Needed

  • Wood Beads
  • Jute Rope or Macrame Cord
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue + Glue Gun (optional to secure rope/cord)
  • Wood Charm Pendant (optional to add to garland)
  • Wood Beads

There are many different sizes, shapes and colors to choose from, but if you’re going for the basic natural wood look … Below are a couple of links.

Amazon – Round Wood Beads

Amazon – Hexagon Wood Beads

Hobby Lobby – Mixed Wood Beads

  • Jute Rope or Macrame Cord

Amazon – Jute Rope

Amazon – Macrame Cord

Note: Depending on the type of bead you purchase, you should double check the jute rope / macrame cord size to make sure it will go through the hole of the bead.

Helpful Tutorial Videos and Links

We used the following resources to help us create this fun and easy craft project. We hope you find the following to be helpful, as it was for us.

Source: Factory Direct Craft Blog
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Upcycle Vases With DIY Ceramic Textured Chalk Paint

Over the weekend, we cleaned out our garage and found several vases that were old and not so pretty. So, we decided to work on a fun little project and upcycled those vases. We have been seeing the paint and baking powder method all over Instagram and Pinterest, so we decided to give it a try.

We were inspired by Collective Gen and her creation of “Trash to Terracotta.” She shares three different methods:

  • Terracotta Upcycle
  • White Washing
  • Ceramic Effect in Any Color

She provides full tutorials and you can see it by visiting her site.

Below, you will see our before and after using the DIY ceramic chalk paint method. Also, we are sharing a video by Collective Gen on how she upcycles her vases using this technique.

What You Will Need

  • Paint Brush (textured finish) or Foam Brush (smooth finish)
  • 1 Cup of Water Based Paint in Any Color
  • 1 Tbsp. Baking Powder
  • Stick to Mix
  • Plastic Container
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Source: Collective Gen

This is a great way to upcycle those unwanted vases, so you can finally use them in your home decor.

Delicious Recipes to Try This Fall 2020

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Apple Iced Tea Recipe – 9 Oz. Black Tea Brewed + Chilled / 3 Oz. Martinelli’s 100% Pure Apple Juice / Ice — In a glass, stir to blend. Garnish with apple slices, lemon slices and mint spring.

We love the fall and holiday season because we look forward to all the festivities with friends and family, decorations, and of course the food prepared for Thanksgiving. We are always looking up new recipes to try and decided to share a couple with you that are worth trying. Click on the links below and see which one is your favorite 🙂

Source: Gimme Some Oven
Source: Country Living
Source: The Cookie Rookie
Source: The Whole Cook
Source: A Southern Soul
Source: Foodtasia
Source: Bon Appetit
Source: Cooking Classy
Source: One Little Project

We hope you will be inspired to try one of these recipes at home and possibly make it a fall favorite. Enjoy!

7 DIY Macrame Projects for Your Home

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Have you fallen in love with all the macrame projects on Pinterest? We sure have. It has been a new and fun project for us during this quarantine. So, what is macrame? Macrame is a form of textile made by knotting threads or cords in a geometrical pattern. It is also known as “the art of tying knots in patterns.”

We have researched easy DIY macrame projects you can start on and add to your home decor.

01 | Macrame Coasters

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These boho-inspired DIY macrame coasters give the perfect boho vibe to your home decor. It is also the perfect gift for friends or family. Each coaster took about 10 – 15 minutes. It is quite simple and easy. For step-by-step instructions, we are sharing the following link we used to help us create these beautiful coasters.

02 | Macrame Plant Hangers

Source: Macrame for Beginners

Macrame plant hangers have been pretty popular. We came across Marloes website – Macrame for Beginners. She shares several easy DIY macrame plant hanger ideas for your home. Which one fits your style? Check out the link below.

03 | Geometric Macrame Wall Hanging Decor

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There are so many different macrame wall hanging designs to choose from. One that caught our eye was the geometric design. We used three different color cords, two gold rings (6″ and 10″, but you’re more than welcome to choose your own size), and added macrame wooden beads. We found this tutorial on Pinterest to help get you started.

04 | Mini Macrame Wall Hanging Decor

Source: Bumi Art
Source: Made in May

05 | Macrame Ornament

Source: Lots of Knots Canada – Chantel Conlon

06 | Macrame Feather

Source: Shmuck Blog
Source: Cotton + Tree

We love how these macrame feathers give character to a simple glass jar. We are sharing some DIY macrame feather tutorials for you, so you can dress up some home decor pieces at home.

Decor Hint

DIY Macrame Bead Feather Leaf

The Flaneur Co

Jo & Judy

07 | Macrame Candle Cover

Where to Buy Materials

If you are not looking to order materials in bulk, we suggest looking into DIY Macrame kits. Etsy has a great collection and you can also find at your local hobby store.

Helpful Books and Websites

Below are a couple of websites that will help you begin your macrame project and provide some inspo.

Macrame for Beginners

Modern Macrame

The Spruce Crafts

The Design Twins

DIY Craftsy

The Wonder Forest

Decor Hint

We hope this post helps and inspires you to begin your macrame project. It is a great and fun craft you can add to your home decor or gift to friends and family.

The Ultimate Guide to Dried Pampas Grass

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Pampas grass is taking over Pinterest and Instagram. It actually has been for awhile now, but we can say it is still in full bloom and definitely a trending home decor piece. We love its natural, soft and light neutral features. Also, they are low maintenance … no water needed since they are dried. You can use them in your home or for your next event. If you have not tried purchasing dried pampas grass yet, but very interested in doing so … we created this ultimate guide to help you get the perfect pampas.

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A Little History.

Pampas grass (Cortaderia Selloana) is a perennial plant originally from South America. It belongs to the grass family Poaceae and one species of the family is Selloana, which refers to Pampas grass. Selloana is roughly divided into 25 varieties. They are in season between September – February. For more fun facts and history on Pampas, visit the link below.

Home Decor Inspo.

There are so many ways to be creative when arranging your pampas together. You can keep it simple and fill a vase with natural pampas grass or combine dried palm leaves, dried flowers and bunny tails. You may also look into faux pampas. If you are in need for some pampas decor inspo, we shared a couple of photos and links below.

Where to Shop + Find.

You may contact your local florist to see what they have available. We found shopping online was best and recommend checking out the following websites and also checking out Etsy:

If you feel like going out to nature and finding your own pampas, you may find them along the coast and in habitats including coastal scrub, Monterey pine, grasslands, wetlands, and along waterways. Below is a link to help give you step-by-step instructions on how to dry your own pampas grass for decorating.

Care Tips + Maintenance.

The only downside to pampas grass is that it sheds, but don’t let that stop you. Here are some tips on how to maintain your pampas and keep them in perfect condition.

SHAKE … your pampas grass gently outside to remove accumulated dust and allowing excess plume shedding to occur.

SPRAY … your pampas grass lightly with hairspray. This will keep the fluff secured and help avoid shedding. You may want to do this every 6-12 months.

DO NOT ADD WATER. Whether you bought from your local florist, an online shop or went out to cut them yourself, it is important to keep them dry. There is no need to water them since they are meant to be dried the moment you cut or receive them.

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We hope this helps give you a little more info on dried pampas grass and inspires you to include in your home decor.

Our Favorite 2020 Pineapple Decor

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We have been obsessed with pineapple decor for awhile now. We love it for its simplicity, various style and designs, and the meaning behind it. Pineapple decor is a common theme for beach and coastal homes, but can still be a part of many interior home design styles. It is a symbol of welcome, warmth and hospitality. We are all about having positive vibes in our home and giving a warm welcome to our guests when they come over. So, if you are like us and have the love for pineapple decor … Below, we are sharing some ideas for you!

Pineapple Wall Art

Pineapple Candle

Pineapple Essential Oil Diffuser

3 Simple Homemade Lemonade Recipes

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Summer is about to end and the kids are going back to distant learning in two weeks. We asked what they wanted to do and they wanted to make some lemonade. So, we picked a basketful of lemons from our lemon tree and started squeezing some lemons.

We came up with three simple lemonade recipes you can make at home. First thing, is to make the simple syrup for the lemonade – water and sugar/honey (we like to add honey in ours).

HOW TO MAKE “SIMPLE SYRUP”

  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Sugar or 1/2 Cup Sugar and 1/2 Cup Honey

In a small saucepan, combine water and sugar (or sugar and honey). Bring to a simmer and stir until sugar dissolves completely. Remove from heat and put aside.

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Squeezing Lemons …

Squeeze your lemons in a bowl or 4-cup Pyrex measuring cup. Put a strainer over your pitcher and pour juice to separate seeds and pulp. You will need about 8 medium lemons or 6 large lemons to make 1 cup of lemon juice.

ONE | CLASSIC LEMONADE RECIPE

  • 1 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice (strained)
  • Add “Simple Syrup” Recipe From Above (1 Cup)
  • 4 Cups of Water

TWO | PINEAPPLE LEMONADE RECIPE

  • 1 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice (strained)
  • 1 Can (8.4 Oz.) Dole 100% Pineapple Juice
  • Half of “Simple Syrup” Recipe From Above (1/2 Cup)
  • 4 Cups of Water

THREE | RASPBERRY LEMONADE RECIPE

  • 1 3/4 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice (strained)
  • 8 Oz. Raspberries
  • “Simple Syrup” Recipe From Above (1 Cup)
  • 4 Cups of Water

– Combine the raspberries and 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice in a blender. Puree until smooth.

– Pour the raspberry mixture through a strainer over a pitcher. Use a spoon to press against the strainer, so that the juice can force itself through.

– Add the remaining lemon juice, simple syrup and water.

Stir and refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving. Pour over ice and garnish with lemon wedges or mint. Depending on your taste, you may dilute with more or less water. We hope you enjoy these refreshing homemade lemonade recipes!

Oven Baked Lobster Tails

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Every now and then, we like to prepare a nice fancy meal at home. A little more often now during this pandemic. The other day, we decided to go to Costco and bought a pack of lobster tails (the pack comes with four). We used the following recipe below and highly recommend it, but we did use 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper and 1/2 teaspoon of paprika instead of 1 teaspoon each. The recipe is super easy, simple and delicious.

So, if you’re planning a date night at home or just a nice simple dinner with the family … We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did.

Hello + Welcome

SHARING OUR ADVENTURE

We are so excited to launch Madxson + Co.  Within the past year, we have been gathering our ideas to plan future projects that we would love to share with readers and viewers like you.  Our hope is to help and inspire others by sharing our experiences in home design / decor, food and travel.

So, please stay tuned as we continue working on getting Madxson + Co. running 🙂