Monday, September 30, 2013

"F" is for Family Room Makeover

 Paint: family room makeover
(and a new wreath)

We moved in almost four months ago and finally have the family room in order.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

"M" is for Maine Heritage Timber

Maine Heritage Timber
recovering a forgotten forest

Every so often I'll hear about a company that's so simple to the core you just want to wrap your arms around and hold on to forever.

This is one of them and if I lived anywhere near Millinocket, Maine I'd be building all my furniture pieces from Maine Heritage Timber boards.

Monday, September 23, 2013

"D" is for Dr. Seuss Bookmarks

Craft: Dr. Seuss quote bookmarks

A party favor for our recent book party, these bookmarks would make great anytime gifts for the book lover.

I'm sharing my free downloadable PDF file below so you can print your own Dr. Seuss bookmarks. 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

"R" is for Rolling Storage Seat

Build: rolling storage seat

Make these rolling storage seats with cushioned lids for any room in your home.

Not only do they provide additional stool type seating but tons of hidden storage under the lid:

Get the plans and make some for yourself now!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

"S" is for Simple Toy Box with Lid

Build: simple toy box with lid

I teamed up with Ana White to build this perfectly simple yet functional toy box with a lid.

Ana drew up the plans and I built this toy box complete with a torsion hinged lid so
no little fingers get pinched!

Monday, September 16, 2013

"B" is for Book Themed Birthday Party

A book themed birthday party:

We have a Grandpa who loves books and loves to read so I decided for this big birthday to make it book themed.

I used navy and white gingham fabric as a table runner and kept with the navy, white and brown kraft paper color scheme throughout.

The birthday banner was made from old paperback book pages made into rosettes
(see the full tutorial here):

Friday, September 13, 2013

"W" is for Wood Favor Tags

Paint: wood favor tags

Handpainted wood favor tags for a bridal party.
They could be ornaments, gift tags, a nice way to personalize your bag, or just hang in your home:

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

"C" is for Covering Books (Old School)

Craft: covering books

How to cover your books old school with brown kraft paper.


Monday, September 9, 2013

"R" is for Rugby Stripe Pouch

Sew: rugby stripe personalized zipper pouch

Just in time for back to school!  Handpaint any name with acrylic paints onto fun solid cotton fabrics and then make a drop cloth zipper pencil pouch:

Friday, September 6, 2013

"P" is for Projects in Progress

Build, paint and sew.
A round up of projects, some completed, some in progress, because I'm Instagram deficient!

New teacher plaques for a new school year (see the full tutorial here).
Some changes and additions at school, thankfully my kids FINALLY go back on Monday!:

Hello new Master Bedroom side tables:

A very nice friend gave me this pair of dressers.
Yes they need work, the side trim is missing, a few chips in the veneer, BUT they are so perfect for our new bedroom.


And even better they are probably from the 1850's guessing by this tag someone smartly placed inside the drawer:

A set of burp cloths for new baby Ruby (full tutorial here):

Mail delivery - package from Maine Heritage Timber:
Who doesn't love a personal cutting board for cheese (and wine)?

Progress in the family room - the windows have been painted semi gloss white:

We still have a ton of red paneling to paint and I'm giving myself a one week deadline.

In the furniture shop - a new build - modern toy box with top, plans coming soon:
(A DIY version of this Land of Nod toy box.)

And another paint makeover, this baby crib went from white to Benjamin Moore polo blue:

And that's just a little bit of what I've been up to lately.
Sorry Instagram lovers, I can't keep up with all the social media outlets!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

"B" is for Backyard Sign

Paint: handpainted backyard sign

A fun, kid-friendly camp rules sign for our backyard patio area.

This sign doesn't require any fancy vinyl cutting machine, simply your computer, printer, pen, paint and a steady hand.  I'll show you how down below.