The Perfect Gift for that Girl Who's Hard to Buy For

December 20, 2018

 Looking for a creative Christmas gift to give? Can't find a gift for that person who has everything? Gwynnie Bee may be your answer. Give two months as a gift and only pay for the second month.

Here are a handful of the dresses I've worn these past few months. I always have something new to wear going out to a party or just going out to lunch.

DIY Wood Porch Planters

November 1, 2018

I made these Ana White planters with some leftover scrap wood from a project that I'll post about next week. But these planters were SOOO fast and easy. No kreg jig required. Just glue and brad nails. With no distractions you can easily bang these out in a day. Really makes the porch POP! Ana White says if you use picket fence panels you can make this for under $20! Get the plans here. I altered the tops of mine from her plan but it required little effort.

Plus don't you love the hello mat on top of the buffalo check mat? My new favorite front porch detail.

Honeycomb Ombre Hexagon Accent Wall

September 25, 2018

Last fall I worked on a honeycomb ombre hexagon accent wall with a friend and never got around to posting the pics. We used this tutorial from Thistlewood Farms to do it! Definitely took a little math and planning but anyone can pull it off with a little patience

Get Free Frocks for at LEAST One Month!

September 17, 2018

WANT FREE CLOTHES FOR AT LEAST ONE MONTH? I haven't spent a lick on clothes this entire summer and yet I always had a cute new outfit to wear when going out or meeting friends for lunch or coffee.
For the summer I decided to give Gwynnie Bee a try. And I have to say I LOVE it. You can try it for FREE too! If you use my link below you can get one free month PLUS $10 off the next month if you decide to continue the service.

Window Alcove to Daybed Makeover

September 10, 2018

Since we moved into our new house I've been promising the girls that I would add daybeds to their matching alcove windows. It's a perfect space for beds. It's only 22 shorter than a twin bed and only 2 inches wider. But others projects came up and it just never happened. Everytime I'd look at the space I'd lament the possibilities. Every so often one of them would say "Weren't you going to make beds here? What ever happened to that?" I'd sigh and say "Yeah. I know. I WANT to." Then this summer we weren't sure if relatives were going to spend the night and I decided once and for all that I was going to make those beds. (The room has matching alcoves so the "before" photo is the right version. The "after" is the left but they're basically the same space.)

Ikea Hack Tarva Drawers and Desk

July 18, 2018

Henri and Eloise's room is pretty small. Really it's only meant for one person but both of them have to make it work. It's been hard to fit necessary things in like a desk for homework and dresser drawers along with twin sized beds, especially considering I need two of everything. Finally finished this IKEA hack yesterday. I hacked them to match the farmhouse beds I made earlier.

It's basically just the Tarva dresser with some extra moulding embellishments on the front face and new pulls. The desk portion is two pieces of wood laid flat and connected between the two dressers with L brackets screwed into the studs in the wall. I also white-washed it like I did with the headboards. It works for the room because it's not too deep but deep enough for a desk. I plan on buying two orange stools for the set up the next time I pop over to Ikea.

Modern Calligraphy Brush Lettering (Free alphabet worksheets)

February 23, 2018

This past month I have fallen deeply for modern calligraphy.
There's so much to cover and I'm feeling overwhelmed just thinking about it. But I thought this blog would be a great place to start with just an intro post. If any of you have been contemplating giving it go I want to urge you to try. It's a lot easier than you may think. First let me give you my personal recommendations for beginners. First get yourself a Rhodia notepad at Michaels.

Scrapwood Christmas Deer Art

December 21, 2017

This season I took down a few non-Christmasy decorations like the sea grass art next to our bookcase and replaced it with this easy peasy scrapwood deer art. I managed to bang it out before I got Henri on the school bus for afternoon kindergarten.
Here's the multi-page printable template I used for the deer if you'd like to make one of your own. To transfer to the boards I just taped the template together, rubbed chalk on the back, taped to boards and outlined template with pencil so that the chalk on the back transferred to the boards. Then I filled it in with white paint.

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