Farmhouse Fridays: Typographic signs

 I don’t know about you but I love farmhouse signs…especially true vintage or antique signs. Like most people I lack the money to buy real antique signs so I have to make do with store bought reproductions or DIY them. 

Here are a few of my current favorites from various retailers:

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Hobby Lobby 

Magnolia Market

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I hope you’ve enjoyed the round up! Have a great Friday.

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Tips and tricks Tuesday: Hanging a gallery walk


Hanging a gallery wall is something we enjoy after we’re finished, but stress about while we are doing it.

You stress about hanging everything straight, about spacing everything equally, and about tearing up your walls 

Here are a few tips and tricks to help make your gallery wall hanging experience much less stressful.

1. Lay everything out on the floor so you can see how it will look before hanging it.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done this and changed my mind about half of the things I had planned to hang. You can also do this to check out your spacing.

2. Use a level to space your pictures.

Everyone knows you should use a level to make sure your pictures and objects are hanging straight, but did you know you can use it to space pictures as well? The pictures in the gallery above are exactly “one level width” apart. Our small level is about one inch, so we just lay it flat and use it as a spacer. 

3. Command Strips are way better than nails

Unless it’s really heavy, everything in our house is hanging by 3M Command Strips. They don’t damage your wall, so if you make a mistake, just pull the tab, and they’ll pop right off. Plus, you can put them on the back of whatever you’re hanging, press it to the wall, and you’re done. It’s so much faster than driving a nail.

4. If you must use nails, use a stud finder

There’s nothing worse than damaging your wall because you hung something that was too heavy and you didn’t hang it on a stud. 

Stud finders are cheap and are a tool everyone should have. We have one with a laser level and we’ve used it so many times that the batteries are often dead. 

5. Group similar looking things to create a cohesive look, but it does not have to be a perfect match.

In fact, it’s more visually pleasing if it doesn’t match. Varying frames and objects will add interest to your gallery because it keeps the eye moving. Here, the frames match but the art coordinates. 

I hope you’ve enjoyed these DIY Tips and Tricks. Stay tuned for more wall decor tips next week!

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A farmhouse gallery wall…revealed


Last week, we published this post to ask your advice about our living room gallery wall.

You guys even helped make our decision by participating in my poll.

And after mulling it over for a bit, we chose to do this:


I love that cute little B on the top right, but I feel like it doesn’t really go with the rest of the gallery. I will probably change it out, but for now, isn’t this wall a hundred times better?

Have a wonderful week.

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Rustic Christmas Décor 

I guess you have figured out now that I love rustic Décor.  You won’t be surprised that I love rustic  Christmas Décor.

Here are some of my favorite rustic Christmas decorations.

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I did something similar last year with a crate, pine cones and lights.  I really like the mason jars though.

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I love this.  It’d be a nice alternative to a wreath.

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I could see these being used on a tree or as package decorations.  Aren’t these cute?

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Pine cone crafts always seem to turn out so well.

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Painted signs are my jam! These are fabulous.

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This would be so easy and so cheap to make!!

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I hope you have enjoyed my rustic Christmas round up.  Have a wonderful day and join us tomorrow for a Christmas planning binder.

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Deck the Walls: How to Find Low Cost Art that Looks Great 

I don’t like to hang a lot of things on my walls,  but I do love a nice gallery wall.  I also love finding art that matches the room’s Décor,  but also stands out. Since art can be costly and I don’t have a lot of money, here are a few of my favorite ways to find cheap art that looks great. 

1. Make it yourself 

I’m not artistic in the least.  I cannot draw or paint.  What I can do is make my own subway art on Ms Word. Type it out, change the colors and fonts, print it, and frame. 

2. ETSY and Pinterest are your friends

This gallery wall is in my daughter’s nursery.  We purchased two of the prints from ETSY, while the other two were found on Pinterest.  All were printed by us, here at home. Sources listed here

3. Botanical prints: widely available on the Internet 

I love, love, love botanical prints.  If it weren’t for trying to have a little variety in the house, I’d have them in every room.  They are widely available on the Internet, and ate usually free.  I get most of mine from The Graphics Fairy. There are a lot of them on Pinterest as well. 

4. Catch the sales 
We also shop sales at Hobby Lobby and Kirklands. I’ve been known to window shop, find things I like, and wait until they come on sale.  It takes some patience but it’s kind of fun. 

5. Use photographs to create an interesting gallery 

Sites like Shutterfly have frequent specials and offer cheap photo printing. Walmart photo and Walgreens offer cost effective photo printing as well. I personally love pictures and we have them all over our house.  

What are your favorite places to find cheap art?

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DIY Poem Art

I’ve always loved quotes and poems. I’m an English teacher, so I try to cultivate a love for those same things in my students.

Earlier this year I was watching a movie and absent-mindedly doodling. I ended up writing one of my favorite poems completely in a circle. 

Here’s “You Mustn’t Quit,” which is an anonymous poem popularly credited to Edgar A. Guest. I just wish I had written it on unlined paper 🙁

Of course, you wouldn’t have to use “You Mustn’t Quit.” And you wouldn’t even have to write in a circle. Any shape will do. In fact, you don’t even have to use a poem. Quotes or Bible verses will do, too.

I’m thinking of having students choose a poem and do this next year, but I can’t wait to do more of these for my own use.

I hope y’all have a great weekend!!
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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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A “Fixer Upper” inspired bakery sign

I don’t know about you guys, but since I’ve been off on maternity leave, I have fallen in love with HGTV’s Fixer Upper. Joanna Gaines is super talented and I love everything she does.  She also happens to be a conservative Christian who dresses modestly, and as the mother of two little girls, that’s certainly something I appreciate.

It’s not surprising that I also follow her blog and regularly check out Magnolia Market’s website to browse treasures she has for sell in her shop. I’ve been crushing on this sign, which I also saw in a few episodes of the show:

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The sign, which appears to be metal, is $88 from Magnolia Market. I decided I could make my own version from a piece of poplar shelving I had left over from my daughters’ closet projects here and here. I promptly painted it Valspar Country White and printed off letters in a font I liked. You may have to play with the font a bit. I printed letters off twice before I was satisfied with the size and spacing.

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Next, I traced the letters with a pencil.

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I then broke out a small can of black paint and a tiny black brush that I got from Wal-Mart. The brushes are in the craft section and are “Folk Art” brand. They were about $3 for a multipack with four different sizes. I painted in the letters, but I bet you could also color them in with a permanent marker.

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As you can see, it isn’t perfect. The paint bled in some areas and my tracing/painting hand wasn’t as steady as I’d hoped. I’m trying to remind myself that a true antique sign wouldn’t look perfect 🙂 I added some hanging hooks to the back.

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I love how this looks hanging in our dining room. I may attempt to make some more signs 🙂

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I really like how this turned out. What “Fixer Upper” inspired projects have you done?

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Shopping finds

This weekend, my oldest daughter and I went on a bit of a shopping spree. I had heard that Dollar Tree and Dollar General had some neat baskets and art work, but when I went to see for myself, I didn’t find them. I did find these cute “mercury glass” votive candle holders.

I used one in my living room on an end table.

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The other went to our guest bath. I paired it with another find from this weekend, a boxwood ball from Hobby Lobby.

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We had lots of success at Hobby Lobby. I found this beautiful sign that I plan to hang on the porch.

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And this beautiful sign with one of my favorite verses on it. It was only $5!

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I also found this burlap table runner, too.

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I also found these cool chalkboards that look like antique pie pans.

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There are a few more things I purchased, but I’ll show those off soon. Have a great Monday!!

 

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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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