Wood Slice Centerpiece

Wood Slice Centerpiece

 

Fallen Tree

Last week this happened.

Yep.

One minute you have a storm with torrential rain and high winds and thunder and lightening.

And the next minute you have sunshine and hay and green grass and blue skies….

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Five Creative Chalkboard Project Ideas

Five Creative Chalkboard Project Ideas

 

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I vaguely remember a world before chalkboard paint.

It’s kind of hazy, but I’m pretty sure it co-incided with phones that had rotary dials and clock radios with numbers that flipped.

I can’t pin point an exact date when I discovered it, but I think it all started with this 40-pane window that we rescued from the trash and drove down the back roads to our house.

When I saw it in the trash, it called my name and told me it was a calendar in disguise.

I speak trash, so I understood perfectly.

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The challenge was I didn’t know how to get from point A (the trash) to point B (a giant chalkboard calendar for my family room wall).

Enter chalkboard paint.

And now we’re best friends.

Forever.

In case you need a little friendship and some inspiration today, I’m a chalkboard matchmaker.

And here’s a few of my favorite chalkboard projects to get your relationship started.

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Giant Over-sized Chalkboard

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Chalkboard Bicycle Wheel Calendar

Word-Search

Chalkboard Word Find

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Chalkboard Word Find Pumpkins

(I LOVE THESE)

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Reverse Lettered Chalkboard Sign

PS  Hope you enjoyed meeting my BFF.

You can see all the rest of my chalkboard projects…..here.

PPS  Thanks to Homes.com for the inspiration behind this post.  You can see the original post (with a lot more explanation on the projects)….here.

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My $10.97 Farmhouse Table Make-over

My $10.97 Farmhouse Table Make-over

 
DIY Farmhouse Table Project

Here’s my new farmhouse table for the back porch that I before and aftered for only $10.97.

Not including tax.

Don’t spread this around, but I would marry it if I could.  Or at least take it to Vegas to watch the Elvis impersonators.

It’s that cute.

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Industrial Farmhouse Organizer DIY

Industrial Farmhouse Organizer DIY

 
DIY Industrial Farmhouse Organizer Project

Have I told you lately how amazing you are?

Seriously.

When they were handing out readers….

…..they knew I needed good ones.

For example, when I first posted pictures of this front entry there was a deer head hanging on this wall

Here’s a picture of the wall circa two weeks ago.Continue reading


The Blue Lipstick Make-Over

The Blue Lipstick Make-Over

 
Painted Furniture Project

Yesterday when the sun was shining and the birds were chirping and I woke up my house without stepping in dog poop…..

….I woke up my table, too.

I walked into the front room, picked up an X-Box controller off of it and turned to fluff the pillows.

And I turned back again and stared at it.

It was pretty and simple and classic and minding its own business and a couple of fruit chew wrappers.

But what if I added a little red lipstick?

Or maybe blue. :)
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DIY Distressed Grocery Sign

DIY Distressed Grocery Sign

 
DIY Painted and Distressed Grocery Sign

This past weekend I spoke at the Becoming Conference and I brought two of the mini-thistles with me.

I used to call them the twins.

At the conference they worked with me during the DIY class and helped me in the decorating session and ate ice cream with the crickets at dusk and participated in Zumba at midnight and got their nails painted five different colors and tried on earrings in the hallway and took 501 selfies at the photo booth and soon the conference attendees started calling them the mini-thistles….

….and it stuck.Continue reading


Simple Vase With Jute Twine Letters

Simple Vase With Jute Twine Letters

 

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I have this theory.

It’s called the don’t-really-point-out-what-you-need-to-work-on-in-your-house-point-out-the-chandelier-instead theory.

You know.

When you invite someone over to your house and they ask for a tour and you walk them through the rooms and they are oohing and ahhing over your curtains and your pillows and the random piece of Paris art on the wall….

….and you point out the piece of crown molding you forgot to add.

And the tour comes to a screeching halt and everyone stops and stares at the gap in the crown molding that no one would ever have noticed until  you point it out.

Why?

Why do I do that?

Self….just point out the chandelier instead.
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How To Combine Two Smaller Rugs to Make One Larger One

How To Combine Two Smaller Rugs to Make One Larger One

 
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Remember this room?

Remember the before and the blue and white and that amazing fabric on the chairs and the perfect chandelier and the antique side table with the lamps and how I spent 24 of the 48 hours I had to decorate it searching high and low for the perfect rug and realizing that I sound just like my mother.

Finding the perfect rug for a room is a full time job.

For me, knowing what I want is the easy part.

Most of the time when I look at a space I can see the rug in the room in my mind.

It’s right there.

Right in front of me.

I just can’t ever seem to find it.Continue reading