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the one with the pallet gallery art

A few weeks ago I shared our new round coffee table! We needed one that was more safe for Jack, but I love the design of the old one. Plus we had made it ourselves. So I decided to make it into some art for the dining room!

Here’s what you’ll need:
pallet
80 grit sandpaper
120 grit sandpaper
paint in your color choice
wax/polyurethane protectant of your choice
2 paint brushes
french cleat set
stainless steel wire
plies to cut wire with
stapler and staples
binder clips/clothes pins
screwdriver for french cleats
measuring tape
pictures – mine are from parabo

  1. Sand your pallet until completely smooth. We used 80 and then 120.
  2. Then paint it your desired color! I’d recommend priming it first, but you don’t have to.
  3. Once you are done painting, I’d also protect it with some sort of wax or polyurethane.
  4. Take your french cleat and screw one side into the back of the pallet on each of the vertical posts. Be sure to check them twice and screw once to be sure you have them placed correctly.
  5. Next measure the distance between the two cleats and screw the other ends into the wall. Again be sure to check the measurement twice and check the decoration of our cleats.
  6. Then hang it on the wall!
  7. Now the fun part! Take your wire and staple one end to the top plank. I twisted it over and placed a few more staples over top for extra security. Then unravel the wire all the way across to the other side of the top plank, cut it off once it’s a good size, and staple it securely.
  8. Repeat step 4 for as many rows as you need/want.
  9. Set your pictures out along the rows and decide how you want them placed. Some pictures have colors or filters that don’t look well next to each other. You also want to be sure people, places, landscapes, etc are not repeating. Or maybe you want them to repeat!
  10. Once you know have you pictures placed secure them with your hooks.

I’ve wanted a family gallery wall for awhile now, and this is the perfect solution until we have more space! I do have a flat back to my pallet since it used to be our coffee table instead of the openness they usually have. If you wanted that look instead, just measure the space between the two vertical pieces and have the hardware store cut a piece of plywood to fit. Screw it into the middle horizontal pieces and paint it the same color! If I were making this from scratch, I wouldn’t worry with that tho.

the one with a whalecome sign

Today I have another easy, but still super cute craft for your front door. Front door decor is very important to me. This year taking down the Christmas wreath made me a little sadder than usual. So I knew I needed to make something new to decorate the front door with to get me excited!

Living in Florida, there’s lots of beach decor in all the stores. I’ve recently seen whalecome on plenty of decor recently. Being a lover of puns, I instantly fell in love. So I decided to make my own whalecome sign!

wooden whale – I found mine here, but I did see smaller ones in the Target craft section.

acrylic paint

paint brush

sand paper

metallic permanent marker

2ft of thin rope

pencil with eraser

stapler

If your whale is not painted then you’ll want to start by sanding it smooth and painting it.

Once it’s fully dry, take your pencil and slowly trace out your wording. This way there won’t be any mistakes when you go in with the permanent marker.

Trace over your pencil markings with the permanent marker slowly and carefully.

Fold your rope in half. Then staple the loop on the left side of the whale belly. As long as you do it near the top there’s no need to measure.

Tie a small knot at the end of the unstapled side of the rope then staple it on the right side of the whale belly. Again do it near the top.

Hang up your whale and enjoy!

 

the one with an updated diy coffee table

For 3 years now, my husband and I have had a wonderful coffee table. We LOVE our coffee table, and we made it ourselves. But it has lots of sharp edges. Sharp edges and babies don’t mix. So we decided to keep with a coffee table we love, and made. The original diy coffee table had hair pin legs, and we wanted to keep those. I pinned a few hair pin tables that we liked, and we combined those tutorials to come up with our own! You can find those here.

 

Stuff you’ll need:

Pine wood round

Hairpin steel legs

Denatured alcohol

Steel wool

Spray paint clear coat enamel

Wood stain of choice

polyurethane

paint brush

80 and 120 grit sand paper

3/4 inch machine screws

Power screwdriver/drill

Measuring tape

Pencil

Instructions:

1. If you got raw steel legs, then you’ll need to clean them. Just wipe them down with some steel wool and denatured alcohol. Then clean and dry like you usually would.

2. Next sand the table really well. The sides especially will be tough. Use 80 then 120.

3. Then it’s time to stain! I used minwax’s dark walnut with one heavy coat. I like it dark. Once it was completely covered I wiped it off with an old rag using similar motions in the same direction. I let it dry completely before switching to the next side.

4. Once it’s stained and completely dry, sand it down with 120 again and apply your clear coat. I use minwax’s polycrylic  just because I always have and it’s what I have on hand.

5. When your clear coat has fully cured, measure out a square on the bottom of the table top for leg placement. I went 5 inches in on all sides for the corners of the legs. Be sure to measure from all angles and measure lots of times – more than twice 🙂

6. Then mark your leg holes and screw the legs in. Go slow and carefully since you only get one chance!

7. Decorate and enjoy!

In a few weeks, I’ll show you what we did with the top of the old coffee table! Yup, we loved it too much to give it up! Of course I’m aware of the booger thing in the basket – this is real life, folks!

the one with diy mobile for the nursery

Every day I lay Jack down in his crib to take 2 naps. He hates it. He’s just not good at soothing himself to sleep. So I decided to add a mobile to see if it would keep him occupied. I didn’t need much. We already have a nightlight, white noise, music, diffuser, etc. Basically we just needed something for him to look at. Once I found this on amazon I decided to go ahead and make the rest!

It was REALLY simple, but a little time consuming. First, I had to decide what to put on there. I wanted something not heavy that would be easy to hang on string. So paper! The theme in his room is Peter Pan ‘ish’ with lots of animals, blues, and green. That led me to arrows. After a quick etsy search, these were on their way to me.

Each string is 12″ long and has 5 arrows on it. Once they were cut and tied on, I simply glued two arrows back to back to attach them to the string. All done!

I wish the actual movile was not so large. It’s just this giant white robot arm on the crib now, but the rest of it is adorable. Best part, it’s helping the little man soothe himself down for his naps!

the one with tv stand ideas from ikea

With baby Jack at home, it feels like every day I find something new we need to babyproof!  The most important is our tv stand. We have a great tv stand that I love currently, but the sound system sits on separate stands that are not sturdy. So once little man starts crawling they will be a major problem. The husband and I are taking care of the problem within the next month so I’m looking for all the ideas now.Our tv stand now is from ikea and it’s perfect! It was just a little longer to fit the speakers it would be perfect. It’s good quality, inexpensive, and easy to clean. Sure it could be better quality if we spent more money, but with a little man around and hopefully more kids down the line inexpensive and easy to clean wins out.

I’ve made the decision to use the besta for our new tv stand from ikea as well. It’s almost the same as our current, and it’s longer. I just need to decide which style to use it in. That’s the great thing and also the worst part of ikea. There are so many different doors and shelves and knobs and so many other things for each base. I love the individuality that you can chose for each piece. But it also gets a little overwhelming. So I’ve found a few things on pinterest to give me ideas, and I wanted to  get our opinions!

I like the simplicity of this one. The butcher block top also gives it a little personality, a little structure, and some ‘rusticness’ to it. This one is simple and sleek so the rest of the pieces in the living room stand out.

Again this one is sleek and simple, but the personality comes in with the feet and the handles. It would be cheaper and easier than getting a butcher block top most likely, but no rustic qualities.

I guess all of my choices are simple and sleek, huh?! The personality with this one comes in the cabinet doors, tho.

Which is your favorite?

the one with christmas decor from oriental trading

This is probably the first year ever that when I look around my house at all the christmas decor . . . I’m completely happy. Just completely and utterly happy. Years past, I would think well if I had more . . . or that I needed to move something. I was constantly moving things around to make it perfect. But not this year. And that is thanks to oriental trading .


In our small house, all we have to decorate is the tree, ‘mantel’, dining room table, a small buffet table, and the front door. I’ve loved our tree for a few years now ever since I got the thick burlap garland. Specifically that it’s a thick garland is why I like it. This year I added some gingham black and white fabric as a skirt to make it a bit more modern. Plus it makes the ‘holly jolly’ match! My favorite addition to the mantel is of course our new stockings! We had to get new ones because of our new family member! (stockings, holders, and holly jolly are from Target – trees are all old – ornaments and burlap garland are old from etsy).


What really brings it all together and makes me so perfectly happy with our christmas decor this year, is the bottle brush tree centerpiece I made from items at oriental trading! I’ve craved bottle brush trees for two whole years now, and I finally broke down to get some this year! To make mine I used two of the pine boxes with cardboard (cut from the boxes they came in) to make a stand and white tissue paper (from the boxes they came in) to create the ‘snow’. Easiest centerpiece ever . . .


This weekend I’m having a cookie exchange party, and this will be the perfect table for the cookies to be around! Like a little christmas woodland town full of trees and cookies! What could be better this time of year! Oriental trading also has the perfect cookie boxes for my guests! I chose the paint cans and to be festive I hot glued some cardboard stars on the side! Be sure to check out instagram this weekend for all those details!

*I received some items from Oriental Trading in exchange for this post, but all opinion are my own

the one with a diy initial ornament

Every year I make a new ornament for our tree! The goal is to have it commemorate the big event of the year. I call it the ornament event! Of course, when something big happens I do say out loud ‘is this our ornament event!?’ But this year I knew pretty early on what our ornament event would be. I knew on January 27th – the day I found out I was preggo with baby Jack! So this year I decided to make a diy initial ornament! It’s the first holiday craft for my baby boy, and it was super quick, inexpensive, and easy! Just the way I like it!

ornament

What you need:

initial

scrapbook paper

washi tape

mod podge

sponge brush

stapler

string

paint marker

flowers/decor to accent

hot glue and gun

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How to:

  1. First, trace your initial onto your scrapbook paper. Then cut it out.
  2. Second, use your sponge brush and cover the back and front of paper with mod podge as well as the top of the initial. Then place it perfectly on top.
  3. Once the mod podge is dry, cut  a piece of washi tape to fit where you’d like. Then place it carefully.
  4. Next up, write a phrase, date, or little diddy on the washi tape!
  5. Then hot glue your accents in place!
  6. Finally, cut a piece of string to use as a hook and staple it to the back of the initial.

 

the one with Jack’s nursery

Jack’s nursery is finally done! I’m always ahead of the game. But not with little man’s room. I had to wait for his blanket to be made! However, it was completely worth it. It is my favorite blanket ever, and my favorite room ever. At first I was a little overwhelmed with what to do in here. Then I rode the peter pan ride at Disney World after 12 weeks of pregnancy. So I decided for that to be the base. However, I didn’t want the whole thing to be peter pan. Since we’re moving early next year I didn’t want to spend a lot of money. Finally, I decided to just go with what I felt and not have a major theme. Without further adieu, here’s Jack’s nursery . . .

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The room is actually pretty close to my inspiration board! I’m really happy with the small peter pan references. Especially since I never wanted it to go overboard. I went back and forth for a long time on what color crib to get. Most of the wooden furniture in our house is white. There are some stained pieces, but they are mostly accents. I decided to go with the stained for Jacks nursery because he’s a boy. I wanted the room to be a little different than the rest of the house and be obviously for a little boy. The darker crib gives it that old school manly study feel.

I included some not great pictures of his closet. Since his room is shared with our guest bed (tiny house) I really had to use that space wisely. So it includes my craft supplies, the vacuum, and his diaper changing station. Now that he’s getting bigger we’re cloth diapering, and I plan on doing a post about our system including how I store our stash later. Since that dress is all things diapers it also includes his bibs, burp clothes, and extra blankets. So more on that later! Finally, The other dresser is for his clothes that do not need hung up and his accessories like shoes and hats. I can’t wait for him to fit in his shoe collection!

Links for everything is below! If something is not listed, I or someone who loves Jack made it! But I listed most of hose as well just in case! Let me know if I missed something!

striped basket

rocker – thrift shop

  plaid pillow,

navy pillow – pillow cover I made with clearance fabric at Joann’s

 white and gold pillow

white sheets

hexagon blanket – gramma made it 🙂

 rug

 lion

 crocodile

tall dresser

 dehumidifier

 nightlight

bowling pin – thrift shop

 piggy bank

 orange frame

wreath – made it

lost boys print (in old frame from Target)

 book ledge

 curtains

wooden frames – made,

lion print

 be brave print – made

scrabble canvas – made

arrow canvas – made

silver frames

peter pan prints

anchor

chalkboard – made

 basset hound art – picture of Barney the basset hound printed on shutterfly canvas

black dots canvas – made with fabric from Joann’s

black frame (target),

beach baby print (made)

the one with an embroidery hoop wreath

Around our house we make new decor for the front door on all major holidays and for all major seasons. Since birthdays are considered holidays I even make them for those. However, the husband says that’s overboard. But he couldn’t stop me from making some new decor for a NEW birthday!  and guess what, We love it most of all! We love it so much that we put it inside. Now, let’s talk about how to make your own.

embroidery wreath

Materials: 

Roll of cork/sheet foam board
14″ embroidery hoop
10″ embroidery hoop
1/2 yard fabric of choice
Mod podge
Glue gun
Faux flowers
Floral shears
White pen or pencil
Scissors

embroidery wreath pin

Instructions for your embroidery hoop wreath:

  1. First, Lay out hoops on top of cork or your foam board and trace around the outside edges of the hoops with white pen/pencil.
  2. Then, Cut ring out of cork.
  3. Repeat same steps with fabric.
  4. Once that’s done, Use mod podge to adhere fabric to cork ring.
  5. Then, Hot glue hoops to the edges of fabric/cork ring.
  6. Finally, Hot glue flowers onto the bottom right section of your wreath

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Tips: Once the hoops are glued to the cork ring, you will probably have to trim around the edges of your cork/fabric in order to make it fit right. It was kind of just trial and error for me!

Are you as obsessed with front door decor as I am? Since the door is the first thing everyone sees I think it’s super important to have a good first impression. Maybe if we all join together we can convince the haters front door decor is worth it!

the one with diy 3D arrow art

For our new nursery, I wanted to use a lot of what we already had for the decor. We’ll be moving when he’s 5 months old or younger (please pray for us, ha!), so I didn’t want to spend a lot of money. But I know who I am as a person. That person has a nursery ready for her son when she’s 8 months pregnant. We’re about 2 weeks away from being 8 months pregnant, and the nursery is almost done (right on schedule). The end result is my favorite room I’ve ever decorated, and I will probably use everything in his room at the new house. My current favorite piece is the 3D arrow art I made about a month ago, and I had to share it with all of you.

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 Here’s what you’ll need :: 

a canvas – any size, but a rectangle shape will probably be better

fabric or paint of your choice to cover canvas

arrows – I got mine here

acrylic paints of your choice – and paint brushes

water and paper towels

exacto knife

burlap string/twine/ribbon of your choice

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The how to :: 

  1. Get arrows prepped – Paint your arrows in any random design you like. I wanted mine to be like brother and sister – related, but different. So I kept the same idea and color scheme, but used a different design on each. You will be including your string in the design so remember to think of where you’d like it incorporated.
  2. Get canvas prepped – While the paint dries, it’s time to get the canvas ready. Mine was an old canvas with an old design that needed covered. I chose to cover it with fabric since it would completely cover the design and do it easily. All I did was wrap the canvas like a gift with the fabric – very tightly, and staple it on the back.
  3. Attach arrows to canvas – Place your arrows where you want them on the canvas, once they’re dry. Choose 2 to 3 places on each arrow to add string and mark each spot with a small x. Make a small cut with your exacto knife on each x. Loop your string through each hole numerous times and tie together in the back to hold the arrows to the canvas.

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That’s it! Now just hang your canvas! I like the idea of arrows for a baby boy (or girl, really) because it makes me think of going your own way, staying true to yourself. That’s definitely something I want to teach my boy. Peter Pan is also a small theme in the nursery and he carried a bow and arrow (among other things). What about you? Anyone else working on nursery crafts?