Friday, January 27, 2017

DIY Mini Clipboard Valentines

I'm always on the prowl to make simple and easy valentines for my kids classmates and this year I decided on these mini clipboards.  They are a super simple DIY project that requires very little supplies and can be used later for a cute photo or other notepad paper.

diy mini clipboard valentines

Let's just say I'm definitely not the wittiest person so I came up with 'let's clip together' in reference to the binder clip.  But honestly I like to think of it as a play off of 'let's get together, yeah, yeah, yeah' -Hayley Mills was a favorite of mine growing up.

diy mini clipboard valentines

Back to the project.  This DIY mini clipboard valentine is perfect all by itself but you could add candy or a cute little paper pad or a fun photo.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

DIY Cut Out Pennants

Let's make cut out pennants with any word or letters you desire.  If you love using a jig saw and scroll saw then this project will be right up your alley.

diy cut out pennants

*This post is not sponsored by any of the company names you may see, I made those pennants as gifts.

I recently shared a peek of this project over on Instagram, be sure to follow me there for up to date ongoings and project snippets.  

And I would be remiss without sharing my inspiration for this project idea.  I was flipping through Country Living magazine and saw this wood pennant featured:

Pink Linen Designs on Etsy


Kait at Pink Linen Designs sells these wood pennants on her Etsy site here.  She has all sorts of words featured: names, states, sayings and I believe she will do custom pennants as well.  She uses a CNC machine to make her pennants however I don't have access to a CNC machine so I opted to make something similar using my scroll and jig saws.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

How to Reupholster a Wing Chair

They say the third time is the charm and I think that just might be the case with these wing chairs.  Today I will show you how to reupholster a wing chair and get professional looking results.

how to reupholster a wing chair

I've attempted reupholstering these wing chairs twice before and it wasn't until this third go around that I finally took the time to do it right.  (And now I'm kicking myself for not doing it right the first time!)  I believe time, energy and desire were on my side this time plus fabric selection matters and I picked a more appropriate fabric for this makeover.

how to reupholster a wing chair

Now I have two beautiful wing chairs that have been in my husband's family for a very long time and hopefully for many more years to come.

wing chair reupholstery

Monday, January 16, 2017

DIY Wood Quilt

Do you have scrap wood and scrap fabric coming out your eyeballs because you just can't bear to throw it out?  Guilty party here so I'm always looking for ways to combine wood and fabric and today I'm showing you how to make this diy wood quilt.

diy wood quilt using scrap fabric

I went with a simple diagonal pattern changing up the fabric for each row, the pattern possibilities are endless because we're working with squares.  Search online for 'quilt patterns using squares' and you'll find a bazillion combinations.

diy wood quilt

I made this wall decor wood quilt for my mother-in-law for her birthday and she happens to like purple and lilac colors so I pulled all different shades from my scrap fabric stash for this project.  

Using the fabrics I had on hand I altered the lights and darks as well as large patterns versus smaller scale patterns to keep the final piece interesting.

scrap wood and fabric wall quilt

All of the wood squares are attached to a plywood backing and then framed out in natural pine to complete the piece.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

DIY Mudroom Bins

Since everyone is getting organized it's the perfect time to post these DIY mudroom bins I just finished for a friend.  Her mudroom space is over the top gorgeous I must say and now with the monogrammed mudroom bins in their new homes it's completely beautiful!

diy monogrammed mudroom bins

I think as long as I have friends with mudrooms I'll be building mudroom bins.  Baskets work too but sometimes it can be difficult to find just the right size.  Building your own bins insures a custom fit and there is something special about having the individual monogram for each cubby.

diy monogrammed mudroom bins

These bins are rather large but they are meant for off season storage and rarely used items that can be put up and out of the way.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

DIY Mini State Pennants

Scroll saw wood cutting seems to be quite the trend these days so when I was planning my husband's 40th surprise birthday party I decided to make these mini state pennants as favors. 

diy mini state pennants

To be honest the party was in early December and I'm actually only just now sending out these favors  as part of a thank you card package because I was too sick to finish them in time for the party.

diy mini state pennants

You may recall I posted a sneak peek over on Instagram a few weeks back:

diy state pennants instagram

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

I Did It: Better Homes & Gardens Special Issue

It's not everyday my projects make it into a magazine so I just have to share the news!
Better Homes and Gardens has a new special issue called I Did It! full of real life projects from DIYers and my master bathroom renovation is featured!!!!!


All photos used with permission from Better Homes and Gardens® magazine. © 2016 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.  http://www.bhg.com/


Flip to page 68 and you'll find a four page spread featuring my master bathroom renovation:


It's hard to imagine that beautiful wall mounted sink was once sitting curbside headed for the trash.  I documented the day I found the sink on Instagram:


I saved it (and it's sister) on a whim and had my then 8 year-old son help me load them into our minivan.  This sink weighs a ton and the original plumbing trap was still attached full of the worst smelling gunk you ever did see!  I drove home thinking I would love to use these sinks someday when the time is right.


That time came last spring when we finally renovated the master bathroom.  Dreams do come true and I'm so honored to be in the premier issue of I Did It! magazine.  A special thank you to everyone who contributed to this space and made this article possible.

Be sure to pick up your copy of I Did It! magazine January 2017 issue, it's filled with projects you can do and lots of my DIY blog friends too!