Make it Mondays: a farmhouse style chalkboard 


You may have seen this “chalkboard” hanging in my dining room.


It’s actually not a chalkboard at all. It’s a framed piece of black foam core board that I stenciled before I knew what I was doing. 

I decided to make it a legit chalkboard and use a hand lettering technique I’ve recently learned. 

First, I whipped out some chalkboard paint and applied to coats to the board. I wanted it to be a legit chalkboard so I could change it up if need be.


After using two coats of paint, I let it dry and then “seasoned” it. If you want to be able to erase, you must do this. Just rub the chalk all over the board twice, completely covering it.

Then, erase it once. Leave the dust and DO NOT CLEAN it.


Print out what you want it to say and then trace the letters with a pencil. When you trace it, you should see your word, very faintly, in the dust.  


I used a Bistro chalk marker to trace and fill in the words. This is awesome because if you mess up, you can erase with a wet paper towel. You’ll have to reseason the board though. 


I love how it turned out.


Don’t you think that’s way better?

And, best of all, I can erase it and change it up if I want to.

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Make it Monday: DIY personalized wall art and how you can make it!!


I saw something similar to this in a catalog earlier this week and immediately thought about how easy it’d be to make.

All you need is word processor and to download some fonts that you like.


My finished product looks like this, though I’m thinking of ordering it on a canvas.



I used Bookman Old Style for the big B and the “Boone,” but used Brush Script Demo for the “established,” and Bradley Hand for the year. Dafont.com  and Freefonts.com are a great place to get free fonts if none of these appeal to you. 

This printable is super easy and lots of fun to make. 


Now, where to hang it?

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24 days of Christmas: Knock-off Pottery Barn Advent Calendar 

I really love this advent calendar at Pottery Barn Kids.

It’s no longer available, but when it was available, it cost almost $300.

I dug through my scrap wood stash and found part of an old shelf board.  Then I grabbed some wood glue, craft paint and clothes pins.

I also found some sweet stick on letters. 

I put the letters where I wanted them.

Then, I painted the board.

I then  peeled off the letters and glued my mini clothespins to the bottom.

I then added more letters just above the clothespins.

Then I painted the letters at the top.

I added hanging hardware to the back.

I bought this advent mitten garland last year from Sassy Steals and cut apart the garland.  I thought it’d be perfect for my calendar.

Here is the finished product.  I love how it turned out!!

I plan on adding a little something more, so stay tuned!

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Switching seasons: tips for organizing your closet 

My closet was well-organized,  thanks to an organizing binge I had earlier this year.

And while it has been fall here for at least two months, our weather here in NC is terribly fickle.

We have had so many warm days this fall that we opted not to change our closets to fall and winter clothing…until this week. We’ve had such cold, rainy weather the past few days and we knew it was time to get out those sweaters!!

I removed my winter clothes from my totes, threw away the worn out  clothing and donated what didn’t fit anymore.  I put my spring clothes in the totes to be packed away till warm weather returns.

I put our sweaters and long sleeve tees on the middle shelf in our closet.

The bins on the top shelf which held winter clothes now hold short sleeve tees and sweater shells.

My closet now looks like this:

You’ll notice I left a few warm weather outfits…since our weather is fickle here.
What seasonal organizing projects have you completed recently?

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The power of a quick change 

Sometimes the smallest changes have a big impact. We’re on a mission to “un-builder grade” our home. In addition to having builder grade fixtures in our house, we also have an abundance of cheap curtain rods. You know the ones.

Yes, those. And they’re in almost every room.

We’re changing those cheapies out one room at a time and changing then to prettier curtain rods with a little more character. This can be expensive, so that’s why we’re doing them a few at a time. We’ve managed to change them out in our daughters’ rooms.

This weekend, we changed out the one in our hall bath.

Here is the before:

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And the after:

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See how much impact a small change can have? I think this makes the room look more finished.

What small changes have you tried recently?

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Art on the cheap: greeting card

My husband’s sweet grandmother gave us this cute card for our anniversary. She knows how much I love Mason jars and the quote was sweet, too.

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I sometimes keep cute cards with the intent of framing them and using them for art. I usually don’t follow through with that, but this time I did.

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I may decide to put it in a bigger frame and mat this guy, but for now, I love how it looks on my entry table. What do you think??

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Small changes for spring

First of all, I apologize for not posting yesterday. It’s been an extremely busy weekend, and this is also a REALLLYYY busy time of year at school, so things might be a bit quiet the next two weeks. I am posting today instead.

I love our bedding in our room.  We use a duvet with a mustard yellow medallion-patterned cover on it and a white pick-stitched quilt. We love it, but this time of year, it tends to get a bit too heavy.

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I usually change things up by adding a white duvet cover and a lighter weight duvet. I still use the pick stitched quilt. This year,m I wanted to do something different.

I love quilts. I found this one at my mom’s house. She got it from my uncle. It’s old and worn, and soft, just like a quilt should be.Plus, it adds a little color and farmhouse to my room and I love that.

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Sometimes, all it takes is a small update to refresh your space.

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Botanical prints gallery wall

About a year ago, I found this great toile scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby that I thought would look nice in frames in my bathroom.

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And they did look nice, for about a year. I got tired of them and wanted to do something else.

I found these botanical prints on The Painted Hive for free.
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I promptly printed them and popped them into frames.
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I think this looks so much better, don’t you?

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Organization: a new command center

The whole purpose of a command center is to help you manage and organize your home.

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When we first made our command center, it did a great job of organizing and managing our home. Over time, though, it was a different story. Oh, it was still nice, attractive, and useful, we just didn’t use it. We talked about it and we realized why we weren’t using it: the command center was located in our office, and we don’t walk by it unless it’s intentional.

We began looking around our home for a more traveled area in which we’ll pass by the command center several times a day. We don’t currently have a mudroom, but it is on our long term list of things to do. We didn’t want to put it in our living room and there isn’t a good place in the kitchen.

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One side of our pantry (the side that isn’t pictured above) doubles as a coat closet. We also park our shoes in here when we come in the door. I also have to go in there in the mornings to collect my purse and the diaper bag. It’s kind of like our “mini-mud room.” Therefore, the pantry seemed like the most logical choice.

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I started by moving the hanging rack down a bit to accommodate the command center. I also removed any unnecessary bags from the hooks- for instance, Emorie’s swim bag was still in here. The child is not currently in swimming, as it is February. Out it went!

I simplified the command center quite a bit, by reducing its size and making it function better for us. I sometimes felt the large command center we had before seemed overwhelming. The cleaning checklist was moved to the laundry room, since that’s where the cleaning supplies are stored. Just made better sense to me.

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Sorry about the boob light reflection in the glass 🙁

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All in all, I really like how this turned out! And it’s getting way more use as well 🙂 Send me pictures of your command centers. I’d love to see them!

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Treasure hunt Tuesdays: a feed sack with some history!

We have a fairly new antique mall in our town. I haven’t been there in several months, but the last time I went there, I scored a really neat find, and for only $3.

But first, a little background: our town used to have a feed mill downtown, which opened sometime in the early 1900’s. The mill produced livestock feed and pet foods, but burned to the ground in the late 80’s. I went in search of some historical info on the mills, but came up empty. My husband, who has lived here his whole life, says he remembers the mill fire.

We were excited to find an old feed bag at the antique store for only $3. We quickly bought it. My cousin gave me a Michael’s gift card for Christmas, which I used to buy a reclaimed wood frame for the bag. It was a standard size poster frame, so I didn’t have to pay for a custom frame.

Apologies for the highly reflective glass. No matter what angle I tried, I just couldn’t avoid the reflection.

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We hung the framed bag in our dining room. I love how it looks, but I especially love the history that is tied to it.

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