Make Something Monday: farmhouse wooden shutters

can you write an essay in one day Our kitchen was a little lacking in character, and I was a little lost as to what to do with it.

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http://digitalasia.co.th/?p=help-writing-an-essay-about-yourself We eventually plan to relocate our kitchen, so we didn’t want to anything too extensive…or expensive.

http://kalpatatva.com/?p=purchase-college-admissions-essay I found this super cute picture on Pinterest of a similar sink and window to the one I have. This appeared on the blog Vintage News Junkie:

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http://sceni.com.br/?p=do-my-paper I thought everything about this picture was perfect!

homework help blogspot I began by measuring my window opening. I then cut some 1X4’s to size.

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cv I then cut cross pieces and attached them with wood screws. I also filled in obvious cracks with wood filler, sanded, and painted them. I ended up using two coats of paint.

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paper writing service online I then added the hardware: hammered iron hinges and handles. I did not make mine exactly like the original picture, because I wanted to make them my own.

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We ended up having the flip the hinges around to hang them, and we still need to take down that light fixture.

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We still have a little touching up to do, but all in all, I am loving how these turned out. Our blank slate kitchen is starting to get a little personality.

How have you added character in your home?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Make Something Monday: make a faux pumpkin look real

I like decorating with natural elements, but sometimes those natural elements can rot and make a mess. Plus, when your toddler likes to throw things, you probably shouldn’t have real pumpkins where she can reach them. 


I found this pumpkin at Walmart for a little over $5 and I liked the shape of it. I wasn’t too into the color, though. 

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, then you know I don’t let color put me off. http://rockexim.com/buy-research-papers-online-cheap/ I can fix that.

Out came the Waverly chalk paint and my trusty brushes.


I think it turned out quite well, don’t you??


Don’t let color put you off. Grab that spray paint, chalk paint, or milk paint and make it what you want. 

Now I have a super cute pumpkin that won’t rot or make a mess. 

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Make Something Monday: Fall Crafts and Printables Roundup

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love football, pumpkins, big sweaters and boots. All year I look forward to this season. Our leaves aren’t doing much yet but our temperatures are starting to cool off and we can finally sit outside without sweating buckets.

This week, I’d like to share a number of fall prints, fall decorating ideas and fall crafts. All of these are super cute and cheap to make. 


Free fall printable from Ann of Green Gables

Simple fall wreath

And then after you finish your decorating, you can make this easy fall chicken noodle soup. 


Easy chicken noodle soup

Happy fall, y’all!! I am so excited that it’s finally here. 

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Tips and Tricks: How NOT to take DIY family pictures

Sometimes, I do things against my better judgment. I knew I wanted some current pics of both my children together. I wanted them so badly I disregarded every good rule I knew for photographing children. I am sharing this post with its appallingly bad photography not only to serve as a cautionary tale, but also to make you laugh. They are pretty funny! Besides, one downfall of the blogosphere is that bloggers often show you their perfections and we forget about the imperfections. Behold, the imperfection:

  1. Mistake number one: taking pictures at the wrong time of day.

What do these three pictures have in common? Well, I’ll give you a hint. It may or may not involve the sun being in someone’s eyes. To avoid this, take pictures around the time of sunset. This time of day does truly provide the best light for taking photos.

I took this one a few hours later, when the sun was beginning to set. This is way better, isn’t it?

Mistake number two: keep the toddler happy

If your little one is tired, hungry, or not distracted enough, he or she just might cry. or throw a tantrum. or just get up and walk out of your shot altogether.

But, if you try again post nap and post meal, you might get this:

I know it’s far from perfect, but I think it’s still a pretty cute picture.

Mistake number 3: Mind your background!

Awww, what a cute shot! Wait, what’s that in the background? An UMBRELLA?

Before you start shooting, take a few test shots to see that nothing weird is in the background.

Which leads me to my next point…

Mistake number 4: Put your dog up before you start taking pictures…or this might happen.

Mistake number 5: Getting discouraged if you don’t have many good shots.

I took about a hundred pictures that day, but only ended up with a few I truly liked.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little laugh at my expense. I also hope my “what NOT to do” tricks will help you.

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Make Something Monday: a Fixer Upper style printable

Lately I’ve really been into these farmhouse style “handlettered” signs. Now that these signs have been made more popular by Fixer Upper, they’re popping up everywhere. 

On a recent trip to Tennessee, I spotted these in an antique store.


I decided to make something similar but truthfully, I’m pretty horrible at hand lettering. But I am good at downloading fonts and creating printable art on my computer. Stick to what you’re good at, you know?


I can’t wait to show you where I put this. In fact, I’ll show you that really soon. Until then, here’s the printable for your downloading pleasure. Just right click, save to your device and print.

8×10 size:


11×14 size


Have a wonderful week! Happy Monday!

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Make Something Monday: Chevron Letter


I am a blogger by night, but a teacher all other hours. While my daughter has already gone back to school, my students do not arrive until the week of the 27th. 

I am busily setting up my classroom and getting it ready for a new crop of eighth graders. I wanted something cute to hang above my bulletin board. The previous occupant had a really cute Wreath hanging there. I liked that idea, but wanted to do something different.  

Since I have already spent a lot of money on my classroom, I decided to repurpose something I already had. I dug through my craft cabinet and found a letter I once used as a door hanger.


I found some scrapbook paper that matched my room and I laid the letter on it, face down.


This is so much easier if you trace and cut out your letter before gluing it to the paper. 

After tracing and cutting out the letter, I then used Modge Podge to affix the paper to the letter.


Then, I used a foam brush to spread a thin layer of Modge Podge over the paper. I also attached a ribbon to the back with a staple gun. 


This was super easy and fun! My daughter saw it and now she wants to make one. You can use anything you have to cover the letter: craft paint, chalk paint, scrapbook paper, adhesive drawer liner…you name it! 

And best of all, I used only materials I already had, so this cost me nothing!

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Make Something Monday: Free summer printables

If you know me, you know I really love a good printable. You also know I love a good FREE printable. I got a little bored recently and created a few Printables with summer appropriate quotes on them. 

I thought I’d share a few of those with you. To download, righ click and save to your device. For best results, print no larger than 8×10. 


How about this one? 


And if you’re into photographic art, you may like this one.


As you can see, I was overdressed in this photo. 

And if none of these Printables tickle your fancy, here’s a collection of summer quotes from Country Living (these are NOT mine).

Country Living: Best Quotes About Summer

Have an awesome week! More summer goodies are coming soon. 

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Make Something Monday: French memo board


My daughter is growing up. She used to have this cute vanity in her room.


Now that she’s going to first grade, there’s a lot more homework involved, and she needs a quiet space to complete that. Last year we used our dining table or office and there were just too many distractions.

A Craigslist search led us to this lovely desk.


I wanted Emorie to be able to have someplace to display her creative works and some pictures if she chooses, but I didn’t want it to make her room look messy.

The solution? A French memo board. I wanted it to match her room and I wanted it to look nice, but be cheap. 

I bought a piece of foam poster board, some ribbon, buttons and fabric.


I then ironed the fabric.


I sprayed the board with spray adhesive and stretched the fabric over it.


Then, I flipped it over and secured the edges to the back of the board.


I ran ribbon strips diagonally across the board at an equal distance apart.


And secured both ends of the ribbon to the back.


I then repeated this step but with ribbons running the opposite direction. I pushed a thumb tack into the intersected ribbons.


I also glued a button to the top of the tacks.

I plan on adding a frame but I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.


What do you think?
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Make Something Monday: DIY notebooks and photo albums


I had some cardboard left over from online orders, and it was way too much to waste.


But what could I do with it? What could I make?

 I had an idea: why not get out some scrapbook paper and make some small notebooks and photo albums?

I cut the cardboard to the desired sizes and folded it over to make a flap.


Then I used Locktite spray adhesive to affix scrapbook paper to what would be the front cover.


Then, you cover the folded over edges on the inside with contrasting paper like this:


Then, cut your notebook paper to the desired size and punch holes where you want them to go.


Punch holes in the cardboard flap and back cover with scissors. Make sure your notebook paper holes line up with these holes!

Get some binding posts (Lowes Hardware sells them for $.88) and poke them through the holes. Put your notebook paper on the posts and secure the fold over the paper. Screw the screw head into the post. 


And when you’re finished, you’ll have a recycled notebook that is refillable!

I made two of this size to function as  photo books:


And one flip top notebook


A journal sized notebook, another flip top notebook and a matchbook style notebook:


This is a super fun activity to do with kids. I can’t wait to show you the scrapbook we’re making together. 

Have a wonderful week!

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Make Something Monday: DIY tray

Our bathroom counter needed a little something. We have some bottles and containers that we use each day but just having them piled up or sitting around didn’t look nice. I wanted to find away to make them blend in, but still be accessible. 

I had seen an idea on Pinterest I wanted to try. I assembled the following supplies:

I grabbed my trusty chalk paint and things got a little greener. 

Two coats later, I had a green picture frame. I popped this scrapbook paper in it and replaced the glass.

Then, I attached the drawer pulls. 

Now all of our jars don’t look like we’ve just left them sitting out. 

What “Pin-spired” projects have you done lately?

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