Hey friend! How are you today? I hope this week finds you well! Halloween is quickly approaching, so we decorated our small front porch for creepy giggles! The kids are just eating this creepy stuff right up… It must be a kid thing 😉 But I must admit, it’s been fun!
Hey you, welcome! I’m so happy you’re here hanging out with me this morning! It’s beginning for feel more like Fall here in Ohio… The temps are crisp in the mornings and evenings and it’s got me so excited for them to stick around!
Today I’m excited to share with you my early Fall mantel. It isn’t anything over-the-top. It’s very simple and clean, and I love it! I have had a major obsession with silver dollar eucalyptus lately. It is just so beautiful and whimsy, I can’t get enough of it! It pairs perfectly with white and blue pumpkins, which I’m also obsessed with this time of year. I’m a firm believer that using books as “fillers” in design, is one of the best things ever! I love incorporating books, as often as possible. It just makes the space look and feel cozy, instantly.
You know, I love making book page banners too, so this one is a glitter F A L L banner; super simple. Check out my banner from last Fall here! I will have these adorable glitter Fall banners for sale at the Zassy’s Fall Barn Sale October 1-3, and also for purchase in my Etsy shop, soon!
Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my early Fall mantel design! I hope you’re leaving here a little more inspired to think outside the Fall design box! 😉 Have a wonderful week and come back soon!!
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Hello friend! It’s great to have you here today! It was a beautiful weekend that consisted of lots of laughs, dreamy weather and a little farm market that had pumpkins!! As you can imagine, I was ecstatic about that! I have been busy preparing for the barn show I will be a part of the first of October ( I will share more about that later!). That has put me even more in the mood for Fall, because I’m making so many lovely Fall decor items! With that said, I finally finished the Windsor bench and I was eager to decorate it for Fall 🙂
A few months back while shopping at a local Antique Mall, I came across a really lovely, old black Windsor chair. I mean this thing was beautiful! I quickly looked at the price tag, only to be shocked it was $495! Say whaaat? Crazy stuff right there! I left, somewhat, broken hearted…
Hey you! It’s such a pleasure to have you here today! I’m going to be discussing little ways to take your Summer mantel and transition it to Fall! I know, Fall doesn’t officially begin until September 23rd this year, but who can wait that long to decorate?
Hey you! Happy Friday 🙂 Is it just me, or did this week fly by? My oldest started school Monday, and I’m still finding that hard to believe. Fall is coming, and I couldn’t be more excited!! What about you? I know, I know.. I’m not going to start overwhelming you with Fall stuff just yet 😉
As you know, my color palette around the house is mostly neutral, but occasionally I love to add little pops of blue; navy to be exact! So, this week I’m sharing some beautiful blue inspiration with you all! I don’t have a doubt, that you will be loving these ideas!
So now the big question is… What are you going to paint navy? My goodness, I am in love with each of these fabulous DIY’s! Which is your favorite?
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I’m kind of on a mission this year to completely de-clutter my home! I am SO tired of having stuff everywhere! One thing I do love about our home, is that I have a space to call my home office! Since I’ve been working on creating my own office space, I’m also focused on keeping clutter to a minimum! Today I’m sharing with you how I hide some of that clutter!
The truth is, sometimes it takes me months to finally write a post on projects we’ve accomplished around the house. You may remember awhile back, me sharing some photos on Instagram of a table my husband and I were making. We actually created it to be a work desk for my office! To this day, it is one of my favorite pieces we’ve ever made!!
This DIY work desk is the perfect piece for my office and allows me to have the adequate amount of working space I need for things like my sewing machine, printer and silhouette! And lucky you, I’m sharing how we made it today 😉
We headed to Lowe’s and purchased a clear kiln-dried aspen panel that measured 24″w X 72″l for the top, 3 spruce pine furring strips that measure 1″ X 8ft., and 2 spruce pine furring strips that measured 2.5″ X 8ft.. Previous to starting our project we purchased oak wood table legs from Amazon here, but you can purchase similar from Lowe’s here. Once home, we began to assemble the table! Choose a side for the top and bottom of the aspen panel. Make sure you have a sturdy work station. In our case, we used to saw horses to rest the panel on. Please excuse our messy garage!! Next, take a strip of the 1″ furring strips, measure it to length of the panel and cut, continue for each side. Using your nail gun, nail each piece into place. The top side of the table will be flat, but the bottom will have a bit of a lip. Get your table legs and position them to your desired location on the bottom of the panel. Using an angel, drill and screw into place. Grab your 2.5″ furring strip and measure between each leg, cut to size and screw into place. Using some extra 1″ furring strips, create some stability for the table by using short screws and screwing equally the length of the panel. Flip your piece over and relish in it’s beauty!!
Make sure everything is even and there are no screws popping through. Using filler, begin to fill your nail holes. Once dry, use a sanding block and sand until smooth. I used a dark walnut stain I already had and stained the entire piece. Once that was dry, I made a mixture of white paint and water for whitewashing. I love using the whitewashing technique because it gives it a worn, rustic look! Work in small areas when whitewashing. Simply brush it on, allow it to sit for a few seconds and wipe it off with a clean white towel. Continue this for the entire piece. The longer you allow the whitewash to sit, the more the piece will absorb the color.
I am just tickled with how the finished product turned out! It’s truly a beautiful piece to see in person and it looks so expensive!!
So what do you think? Thank you for stopping by! Be sure to stop by next week, I’m sharing how I made the french-inspired drop cloth skirt!
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We’ve got our school supply lists in hand, shopping trip planned and back to school on the brain! So, I got to thinking, why not make a cute little back to school vignette? Who doesn’t love a good vignette? Super simple elements create an adorable presentation!
Hey you! Thanks so much for stopping by today! Can you believe that school starts in the next few weeks? Good gracious, where has Summer gone? I hope you all have had a wonderful, memorable Summer! It has a been a busy Summer for us around here, but it’s been great!
I’m glad to have you here today! Do you do a little gift for your kids teachers on the first day? If so, I’m sharing a printable I’ve made for you to add to any gift you create and also, the teacher gifts the kids and I put together!
Hi friends! It just blows me away how time is flying by… Do you feel the same way? It’s hard for me to believe that we’ve lived in our house for over 3 years now, and my youngest babe is going to pre-school this year! My goodness, it’s all happening so quick!
That’s just it, life doesn’t stop, it only seems to go faster as you grow older. Creating a life that you love is what has inspired me for the project I’m sharing with you all today!
You may recall me sharing a printable I created for Just Us Four blog earlier this month. You can find that post and free print here! I just love this saying, “she lived a life she loved”… At this time in my life, I am so happy right where I am! It hasn’t always been this way though, just like everyone else, our little family has had its trials and tribulations. Yet, here I am standing tall and loving every minute of every day! I hope you are at the stage in your life too! If you aren’t, don’t worry, just continue to pray for what it is you want and be faithful! Feel free to leave me a comment and I will pray for you too.
For this project you are going to need the following items:
1 sheet of hardwood sanded plywood 1/4 cat
1 piece of spruce pine furring strip 1in X 3in X 8ft.
1 piece of spruce pine furring strip 1in X 1.5in X8ft.
short screws, drill
nails and nail gun
paint & paint pen
The great thing about this project is, it isn’t intimidating and something you can easily create! Yay! I shopped at Lowe’s for my supplies. I had them cut the sheet of plywood into 8 sections right there in the store! If you already know your measurements, I really recommend this because it saves you the hassle! Once you’re home, measure the length of the 1″x 3″pine to 25″x25″ and cut using a table saw. We didn’t angle the corners, but that is an option if you’re going for a more intricate look. Connect your wood frame using nails and your nail gun. Two in each corner, for a total of 16 altogether should do the trick. Using the smaller strip of pine, cut 4 pieces into about 20″ strips. Secure these to the edge of each piece of the frame using your short screws and drill. This will create a backing for the plywood to rest on.
Since your plywood is already cut and ready to go, simply paint it your desired color. In my case, I painted it white using a folk art chalk paint and gave it a good two coats. Once it was dry, I printed out the words and traced it onto the plywood. To fill the letters in, I used a black paint pen. I have kind of had a love/hate relationships with paint pens. I’ve used them in the past and they just splatter everywhere, completely ruining my work. So, I was super skeptical to use it for this project, but I took my time and I really like this specific pen I used. It is made by craft smart and works like a charm!
Once you’re done hand painting your quote, allow plenty of drying time. You don’t want to mess up your beautiful piece of art!! Since the frame is made to fit the plywood perfectly, simply slide it into place and voila, it’s a masterpiece 😉 At least I think so!
I’m so happy with how simple and sweet this sign is! It has found its home in my office, where I catch myself staring at it and smiling, often! I have this beauty for sale in my Etsy shop too, if you’re interested in purchasing one!
Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful week!!
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