Using a Silhouette Cameo I cut out my design in vinyl. After weeding the area I wanted to be etched I applied clear transfer vinyl.
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Here is a FREE PDF of a few helpful measurement equivalents & conversions. I needed a cheat sheet for the kitchen and tossed this together for my recipe binder. Hope it comes in handy! *Click photo for dropbox download*
Friday, July 10, 2015
Another work in progress is my daughter’s room. Just put up her Gold Metallic ceiling dots. Still working on pillows for the bed, a nightstand/lamps and window treatments.
Yes, she insisted on the stuffed animals being in the photos. The name over her bed was cut locally out of wood, roughly 7 foot long. I painted it cream then modge podged glitter on the edges. Wall color is Sherwin Williams Amazing Gray in eggshell with Pearly White Trim/Doors in satin. Ceiling is flat Pearly white sherwin williams.
Using a Silhouette Cameo Cutter I cut out 2” circles from Gold Metallic Paper. I began with a pattern but ultimately it wound up being random. Hard to photograph chandelier but it is beautiful in person, matches the Target ruffle bedspread perfectly.
Here is a FREE PDF Recipe Card. You can type directly onto the PDF! Click here to Download from Dropbox. The card is 5.5x8.5” I’m using the same setup as my previous Recipe Card post you can read here: Recipe Binder
Print at actual size or 100% if using the Martha Stewart inserts. If you wish to shrink the file try reducing the page size percentage in your print settings until you reach the desired size.
UPDATE: Added Drapes. Wasn’t sure about this but since the drapes were just sitting in my attic collecting dust I decided it was worth a shot. Bought 2 – $1 metal curtain rods and tada! What a difference they made!
Here is our Master Bedroom. It’s still very much “under construction” but had to share! I wanted a neutral base with pops of color. The butterfly print was the inspiration for all the colors.
My favorite part of the room is the barnwood headboard which was made from wood brought down from Georgia by our cousin. I’m still trying to decide what to place over the bed. A JuJu hat would be the ideal decoration in my mind but at over $300 or $150 DIY it’s still a bit more than I want to spend. Currently looking into alternatives and any suggestions are welcome!
The bed is a platform Stratton from Pottery Barn. Lights are from Lowes or Home Depot. Was quite a challenge getting them installed so close to the windows. Our electrician thought I was nuts…. but they work much better than table lamps IMHO. I didn’t want a ceiling fan but in the South it is pretty much a requirement. We installed the floating nightstands using corbels and 1x12 board. Will have a tutorial up asap. Bedding is Lush. Yellow back pillows I made from polka dot upholstery fabric. Safavieh Bench from Amazon. Mirror is from Target but easier to find at Ballard Design. I used the large basket under the nightstands to store our cords and hide the outlets.
Future Plans: Something over the bed. Nightstand décor, rug (once the puppy is house broken). Tossing the idea around for adding a valance over the windows. Electric Fireplace on wall facing bed. Update ceiling fan to one more decorative.
Thursday, July 02, 2015
First lay all your frames together and get a rough layout.
Place all your frames on a white plastic tablecloth (usually $1 or so) you could also use craft paper or anything that is large enough. Measure and get the frames even. Sharpie around the frame edges. Position the table cloth on the wall (I used thumb tacks, but some may prefer tape). Step back check it visually and with your ruler/level. Once it is where you want it begin placing your hanging screws.
This is the second house I have used these frames in. First house I tried to hang one frame then measure off of it to hang the next. Wound up with dozens of holes in the wrong places. This method I had zero errors! Now to update all the photos…..
We recently added garage storage using 1x6’s, 1x2’s and pegboard. It has quickly become my favorite organization upgrade in the entire house. No more digging in totes and drawers for tools. Not the prettiest thing but saves me so much time when working on projects.
We didn’t follow any plans. I saw a similar idea on pinterest and we tried to go by it. The 1x6 boards all have 1x2 underneath for bracing. We also placed 1x2 along all the edges of the pegboard underneath it (if there isn’t a gap between the wall and pegboard you can’t place your pegs in the holes)
A bit of caulk and paint finished it on up.
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Below are 4 links to download FREE PSD (photoshop) files for making your own return address stamps. I love updating my stamp every couple of years. If you purchase the self-inking stamp then all you’ll need to do is replace the plastic on the bottom if you decide to change your design. The replacement plastics are usually under $5. Self-inking stamps can be found almost anywhere online or locally. You can also use wood block stamps, I just prefer to convenience of a self inking.
The PSD files are for a 1.5” round stamp. Dropbox download. If you don’t have the fonts used it should tell you the font name when you first click on the text. Google the name and they should come up as free download, or change them up to your favorite fonts.
Monday, May 11, 2015
A peak into a few of my kitchen cabinets & drawers. The way I organize my kitchen is pretty simple, there are only 2 rules:
- The quickest way to access an item for cooking
- The quickest way to unload and put away all the items from the dishwasher
I have 4 main drawers in the kitchen. I spliced together different dividing trays that have worked best over the years. Besides my large tupperware drawer this is the only drawer style storage there is.
- Drawer 1: Mittens, eating utensils and small measuring spoons (1 cup and below)
- Drawer 2: Sharp Objects, Knives, graters, corn cob holders, scissors etc.
- Drawer 3: Cooking utensils and odd/ends. You’ll notice this drawer has no dividers. Reason being I like to toss all the items straight in from the dishwasher. They are all large enough that I don’t need to divide them.
- Drawer 4: Baking….. Blender, cookie cutters, spatulas, whisks, etc.
These truly are all the drawers I felt we needed when I designed the kitchen. Our first house had a drawer for everything. I found that compacting it down just functions better for us.
Tuesday, May 05, 2015
It’s been two years since we lost our sweet Oskar after a car wreck. Dealing with the wreck itself and the loss of our precious Oskar was hard on the kids. They finally decided that they were ready to have another pet this summer. We’ve been getting “Copper’s” room ready. We have a room under our stairs that is inside the laundry room. I moved everything out of it into the garage so he would have a place to call his own. The wall decal is from Gecko on Amazon: Modern Dog House Decal
Warning: This post has around 75 photos, may take a while to load. Here are a few photos of our house during and after construction along with several tips to make things go smoothly.
We are still in the process of moving in and getting settled but glad to finally be “home”. We contracted our house out ourselves. Meaning there was no builder to handle anything for us. It is a lot of work but worth it for the savings $$$ if you have the time and patience.
My husband had to pick the house location in a heavily wooded piece of land. Once we had the area cleared it contained several major challenges. The entire piece was on a deep slope. So we had to move dirt around to level off an area. Preferably you want to build on land that is flat and requires very little tweaking. But once we cleared off that area and paid the crew it wasn’t feasible to find another location. Luckily, we had a great team and Mr. David was able to smooth out the slope to a manageable pitch and create paths for excess water to flow away from the house.
Hay is your best friend during construction! Use it all around the house from the very beginning, especially if you’re building during rain season.
Framing & Sheetrock
I used tape to mark all my outlets, media and electrical components. Pink for outlets, green media and orange for misc/lights. With a custom home you have to be hands on and every detail preplanned. Think about where you want to charge your phones, tv locations, lighting (functional and accent) and you can never have enough outlets….ever.
I also made sure to place extra studs were my tub edges are so that the heavy frameless shower doors would have a solid piece to bolt to. You’ll see several shelves between studs, those were eventually made into built in shelves for the shower (no more flimsy metal rack hanging from the shower heads!). I also placed a board to mount a grab bar too later so it would have a solid piece to mount to.