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December 9, 2014

DIY Pallet Sign

So I made this pallet sign last year,
and let’s just say I had a little dance party when I pulled it out of storage!
I just love how it came out, and get so excited getting to hang it up again every year
for Christmas!

A few things first, this project took about 3 hours total (mainly because of the drying time between coats).
It can easily be done over a weekend. I love the rustic look plus the fact this its sooooo cheap!!
Okay excuse me, inexpensive for my classy followers. You can seriously
pick up old pallets in the dumpsters behind any big store! No I’m not condoning stealing (go ask the manager), most
of the time they just throw pallets away!

Supplies Needed:
-pallet
-paint
-paintbrush
-hanging hardware
Thats it!

So Step One, you’re going to want to line your pallet slats up evenly. I had to
disassemble the pallet first then realign them in a square. And when I say “I”
had to disassemble, I mean my sweet handsome husband David. O you don’t
have a David?! Don’t worry their super easy to disassemble, just use a hammer and
remove the corner nails, then line up the wood pieces where you want them.

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This is the part of the tutorial where I unfortunately thought that I could use a kitchen KNIFE,
yes a knife to trim down my two back pieces.. UM I’m just going to act
like I didn’t do that?! Let’s just say that I decided the back pieces didn’t need trimming that bad..

Okay so STEP TWO, take two back pieces and using NAILS, nail them to all of your front pieces.
This will be the back of the sign, and be what holds all your pallet pieces together.
Pictured below is wood glue, um ya that didn’t hold!

 

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Moving on.. forget the wood glue and just go straight for the nails! It works much better.
So you will basically end up with One LONG piece nailed to the left side and One nailed to the Right side.
Again, this holds the whole sign together. You will later use these pieces to nail in your hanging hardware.

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Still with me? STEP THREE paint your background color.
I chose red, but I actually really love the rustic wood just plain.
So you could just paint directly on the pallet sign, without a background color.
DIY Pallet Sign #pallet #DIY #PALLET_PROJECT

This is the part that requires some patience, you have to let your background coat dry.
So ya know, do laundry, feed the kids, or just binge out on netflix for a bit! Whatever floats your boat.
After your background coat is dry, you can start drawing your design.
This would be STEP FOUR. I decided to free hand my sign.
But you could easily use stencils to create your words.

 

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Wasn’t that fun?! I LOVED seeing the words come together!
Drawing the letters took me about an hour, mostly because
there’s no command+z, so every time I made a mistake, I had to
break out the red again. UGH this is why I love being a graphic designer,
not a painter.. anyway! back to the tutorial.

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I also added some snowflakes to create more detail. And then the last step.
STEP SIX {optional} Add a light stain on the corners to create a distressed look.
I just dabbed some on, using a sponge brush then quickly wiped it off.
I love the way it turned out!

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And then Final step. STEP SEVEN {not pictured} adding your hardware.
Okay I got too excited and forgot to take a picture, but you’ll forgive me right?!
You can buy a picture hanging hardware pack, from any craft store.
I just added two hooks (one on the left and one on the right).
And thats it! Super easy right?!

I really hope you make one this holiday season, you could honestly,
do any design you want! Not just for Christmas.

DIY Pallet Sign #christmas #pallet #DIY

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Check out these other adorable pallet signs!
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HomeTalk Pallet Sign      Etsy Pallet Sign{Peace}   Etsy Pallet Sign{Jesus}

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In DIY Projects, Mom Life on
August 18, 2014

Annabelle’s Baby Nursery


We finally finished the Nursery! WHEW that took a while! Slowly but surely we put the final touches
on Annabelle’s room. I absolutely LOVE how everything turned out, and the Coral, Grey Chevron and Gold
accents work perfectly together.

I looked FOREVER to find the perfect glider, I originally wanted more of  the recliner look.
But with the $500 price tag and 12 weeks for shipping my logical husband finally convinced
me this $185 from Target would be just as perfect! And I have to say I LOVE it! I’m so glad we didn’t spend a crazy
amount on the glider, it will prob end up with baby poo and drool on it anyway HA! And best part is, it’s
super comfy! I love just rocking in it, imagining holding our little girl.

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Part of the reason I love the nursery so much, is all the crafts and handmade items!
My sister refinished and painted the changing table dresser, I painted all the picture frames, and
all of the hairbands were made from guests at my Baby Shower!

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Hairbands everyday for little Annabelle! HA! I LOVE all the hair accessories and they look great on display, my
sister custom made this headband holder. It’s so special to know that all my lady friends crafted the hairbands at my shower.
Annabelle is going to be so cute, rockin them!

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I purchased cheap plain wood frames from Hobby Lobby and painted them. I loved that I was able to customize the frames
to match the color theme. And our Maternity Pictures look so perfect in them! To see more from our
Maternity session CLICK HERE.

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Here’s the before and after of the dresser my sister redid! Furniture makeovers are not my thing, I do better
with small projects. So I was absolutely blown away with the transformation of the dresser! I knew I didn’t
want a typical changing table, that Annabelle would grow out of. I wanted a piece of furniture she could use in her
big girl room too! My sis bought this wood dresser off Craigslist, replaced the knobs and painted it Coral.
I’m obsessed! It’s my favorite piece in the whole nursery! Didn’t she do an amazing job?!

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Okay let’s talk Baby Bedding. Originally I registered for a custom bedding set on Etsy that was Coral & Mint. BUT
I just couldn’t justify spending $350! So I searched high and low for a less expensive set, but alas I couldn’t find anything
that I liked. So I pieced it together, and LOVE the final result. I really wanted a Coral Ruffle Crib skirt, so I bought
a plain WHITE one from Target, and dyed it using RIT dye. Well let me clarify my sister dyed it and I watched and cheered her on! HA
I’ve gotten pretty good at that being prego! I was nervous the dye color wouldn’t match but it came out perfect! Next I bought the
Grey Chevron Crib Sheet from Buy Buy Baby. The Crib Bumper was from Amazon and I just tied on some coral ribbon to the
outside of the crib.

I handmade the Crib Mobile, to check out my Step by Step Tutorial CLICK HERE. It was a lot of work but only cost me $5.00 in materials!
And I know Annabelle will just love staring up at the colorful pom poms, gosh darn it! The “Follow that Dream” print &
flag garland were both given to us as gifts from my Baby Shower.

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I bought this beautiful white Oval frame from Hobby Lobby then added some Coral ribbon.
The cursive “a” was in black also from Hobby Lobby but I wanted it to have a little more pizazz! So I painted
it gold then modge podged glitter on top of it! Super easy and I love the feminine touch it gives the room.

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Anybody see Little Foot?! Yes that’s a dinosaur next to Annabelle’s crib. It’s actually David’s from when he was
a little tike! I LOVE that Annabelle will have a toy passed down from her dad!

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Who doesn’t love itty bitty sweaters and moccasins?! My sister (can you tell Annabelle is her first niece?!)
won these Freshly Picked moccasins on an instagram contest!
They’re so cute, they might just have to be for display only! HA sorry Annabelle.

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At my Baby Shower we had all the guests bring a book instead of a card. So now we have a start to her
library and they are all signed on the inside from our friends and family! I can’t wait to read these to our little girl!

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I hope that our nursery can show that you can still have the room you want for a price that works with any budget!
I had to make some compromises and do some thrifty projects by hand, BUT it makes the room that much more special.

Coral Curtain: Bed Bath & Beyond $20.00
Grey & White Glider: Eddie Bauer through Target $185.00
Grey & White Toy Chest: Marshalls $30.00
BEDDING:
WHITE Ruffle Crib Skirt: Target $25.00
(I dyed the crib skirt coral)
Chevron Crib Bumper: Amazon.com $30.00
Chevron Crib Sheet: Buy Buy Baby $10.00

Now all we need is our sweet Baby! Due date has come and gone, so hoping she will be here soon 🙂

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In DIY Projects, Mom Life on
August 14, 2014

Baby Shower

My amazing sister threw me the best Baby Shower, last month! I could not have been more overwhelmed
with love and happiness for our little Annabelle. Every detail was perfect! You might recognize the painted door
from our Gender Reveal Party. She hand painted it JUST to match the shower, she’s so great!

As if planning the shower, making every decoration and just being an awesome Aunt wasn’t enough. My sister also refinished
this adorable dresser for Annabelle’s nursery too! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! The coral matches her room perfectly!
She repainted 6 of the handles gold and then purchased three new ones from Hobby Lobby.
It was so perfect as a welcome table for the shower, holding David & I’s baby pictures!
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All of the food was so yummy! We had a great variety of healthy snacks and some not so healthy cake & ice-cream! Yum-O!

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One of my favorite parts of the shower, was the Headband Craft Station! Guests got to grab a glue gun,
a headband and pick a flower and put it together! It was a great conversation starter, and the best
part is Annabelle now has a TON of adorable handmade headbands from her favorite ladies! So Special.

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  Don’t they look adorable in her room? My sister also crafted these two custom headband holders.

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My dog Rusty of course had to be right in the middle of the present opening! He’s going to be Annabelle’s BFF!
Look at the itty bitty clothes!! OMG you guys, baby clothes are soooo cute!!

 

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I was so happy to be surrounded by my amazing friends and family! I even had my Aunt surprise me all the way from North Carolina!!
Annabelle is already so loved! The day went by so fast but was so full of laughs and “OO’s & Ahh’s” over the little tiny
baby clothes! I can’t thank everyone enough!

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Thank you so much to my amazing friends and family for showing Annabelle so much love!
It means the world! The shower was more than I had ever expected!

 

 

In DIY Projects on
June 15, 2014

DIY Baby Mobile

So I haven’t done a DIY tutorial in I don’t like over a year?!
But don’t worry kids, I’m back!

With only 2 more months till Baby Annabelle gets here .. EEEEK!
My nesting is finally starting to kick in, so #projectnusery is in full swing!

We have nothing else for the room yet, HA but she will at least
have cute pom poms to stare at!

For months I have been trying to figure out a “theme” for her nursery. I wasn’t crazy
about the typical baby decor, so of course I decided to make my own. I want her room
to feel like a chic bedroom, not a baby room.

Coral + Gold + Grey = Chic Baby Room
We will also have pops of cream and mint.

Supplies Needed:
-Embroidery Hoop
-Fabric for flowers
-Twine, yarn or ribbon to wrap mobile
-thread
-hot glue gun
-scissors

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Total Project Cost: only $5.00! for fabric & embroidery hoop.
I had all the other supplies.

Step One (optional):
I chose for my mobile to have two layers of the embroidery hoop.
However you could just do ONE hoop and it would still be cute!

You will want your mobile layers to hang straight. Now I had a heck of time getting these badboys
to line up, UNTIL I figured out marking the 4 cross hairs and then glueing the twine to those points.
Then mark the same 4 points on the smaller hoop and glue the other end of the twine.

Make sure your 4 strands of twine or ribbon are the exact same length. This will ensure the two layers
hang straight.

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I wanted one hoop to hang higher than the other, so I made the twine a little long, but you could shorten if you want.

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Step TWO:
Wrap your embroidery hoop with twine.
This part is pretty easy, however it takes FOREVER! Be patient my dear, grab some
coffee and think about what an amazing mom your guna be with your handmade
mobile. Thats the only thing that counts right?! 😉

Once you’ve covered your entire hoop with twine, cut the twine and hot glue to the hoop.

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A little behind the scenes, crafting is just a little messy 😉
I covered both my hoops in twine, took about an hour and a half.

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Step THREE:
Create your pom pom flowers.
Don’t freak out, theres a lot of steps for these little cuties, but trust me they don’t take too long.
I chose to have a couple different fabrics for my mobile, but
you could always do just one color.
1. Cut circles out of your fabric. They don’y have to be perfect circles.
For my size mobile each pom pom required about 14 circles of fabric.
2.Place a small dab of hot glue in the middle of your circle, then fold in half,
and then fold once more creating a triangle. These will become your “petals”.
Attach 4 “petals” to a fabric circle then three more on top.
You will end up with TWO halves of fabric pom poms.

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3.Glue your string to one half, (you will use this string to attach to the hoop)
and then hot glue the other half together.
Repeat as many times as needed for pom poms.

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I created 8 pom poms for my mobile. You can create more or less and choose
any fabric that matches your nursery.

Okay so now give your self a big highfive! Your almost there!

Step FOUR:
Attach your pom poms to your embroidery hoop.
Now you could do this before you wrap your hoop in twine or after. It’s up to you.
I chose to attach my pom poms BEFORE covering my hoops in twine.

 Just simply tie your thread (with your pom pom on the other end) to your hoop.
You can have each pom pom have a different length of thread so they will hang higher & lower on the mobile.
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Make sure not to tie the strings too tight, in case you want to move your pom poms up or over.
Now hold up your mobile and make sure you are happy with the placement.

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Yay I’m happy with my pom pom placement.
It’s the little things people, or maybe my lack of sleep but this gets me excited!
Once you have them all the desired length, I secured my tied on thread with just a little dab of hot glue.
To make sure the pom poms won’t fall off.
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FINAL STEP:
Hanging your baby mobile.
Now you could hang yours with ribbon or twine or clear string.
I chose to hang mine with twine. So I tied three long strands of twine to my top embroidery hoop.

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And there ya have it! isn’t it beautiful?! I am just so excited to finally have a start on Annabelle’s room!

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Happy Crafting!
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