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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A much-improved linen closet


Our linen closet used to be organized. Like everyone else around here, summer has slowed him down and made him a little lazy. Wait, you don’t refer to your linen closet as a person? Well, why not? 😜

In all seriousness, our linen closet was pretty bad. Stuff everywhere and we had to search for what we needed. Take a look:


You may be thinking, “That’s not so bad!”

What about now?

This linen closet was full of junk and wasted space all at the same time. I didn’t even know that was possible.

I saw this awesome picture in Real Simple.

I thought, “I can do that. I NEED to do that.”

First, I took everything out of the closet. It’s a linen closet, but it’s in our bathroom, so it houses some other things too. We don’t have anywhere else to put our luggage, so it lives here. 

I grabbed a few metal baskets from Dollar General, a DIY basket from another room, and repurposed the brown bins I already had. I also grabbed an empty hamper from another room.


I stashed those extra pillows in that empty hamper. It takes up less space than the laundry basket and it looks less cluttered.


I stashed the towels in the built in shelves on the right, and I stashed our heavier comforter here as well.


Brown fabric drawers hold wash cloths, paper products and first aid supplies.


Metal baskets house sheets, toiletries and hand towels.


I rolled our quilt to save space. Snapping bins corral nail care supplies ($9 at Dollar General).


Let’s see that before and after:

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After:


I hope you have a wonderful Thursday!

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Tips and Tricks Tuesday: tricks for a more organized closet


I am intrigued by bloggers who create capsule wardrobes but I’ve never been able to create one myself.  I have, however, managed to pare down my wardrobe and simplify it a bit.

Today I’d like to share a few tips on how you can have fewer clothing items to choose from, but still have more to wear.

Basically, I have three separate occasions by which my clothes are categorized: Workout and exercise clothes, dress clothes/church clothes, and casual clothes. I also keep one or two formal dresses.


I have been bad about buying things because I liked them, not necessarily because I had anything to wear with them. Then, I’d end up with a closet full of clothes I liked, but nothing to wear with them.

1. Only buy an item of clothing if you can make three outfits with that piece. 

If you cannot think of three different things that you already have that will go with that piece, then don’t buy it. It is hard at first, but you will get used to it.

2. Clean out your closet twice a year

I always clean mine out twice a year, usually when I switch out seasonal clothes. If something is torn, worn or stained, pitch it. If something is too tight or too big, donate or consign it. I keep a consignment bin where I throw things that my family outgrows. When the bin is full, we donate it. If you haven’t worn something in a year, then donate it.

3. Know what your colors are

Know your favorite colors, favorite styles and what colors you feel most confident in. It’s ok to go out on a limb just a bit, but if you’re unsure about wearing it, you probably won’t.

4. Be ruthless

Remove any and everything that doesn’t fit or you no longer wear. Don’t keep it if there’s a chance you won’t wear it.

I was able to pare my spring/summer wardrobe significantly: I reduced my wardrobe to six dresses, four pairs of shorts, two dress pants, four skirts, six short sleeve shirts, four dress shirts, and two pairs of jeans.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my closet simplifying tips!

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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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