Chalkboard Coasters

chalkboard numbered coasters

Want a quick and easy project that also makes a great gift?  Chalkboard coasters. I got these wood sliced coasters at World Market awhile back (but you could easily find yourself a log and saw it up)  and grabbed some of my DecoArt chalkboard paint. I just squeezed some of the paint onto the coaster and painted it up to the bark border.  I let it dry for a couple hours. After it was dry, I rubbed some chalk across it to … [Read more...]

Heart String Art

love heart string art

I didn't even mean to call it 'heart string art' but there it is.  That's what it is.  Ha! I was challenged by Valspar and Porch.com to use the Pantone color of the year Marsala in a Valentine's Day project along with one other mystery item, which turned out to be a chevron stencil.  As it happens, I also was planning a project in which I would make a heart to go along with my rustic 'love letters' that I repurposed from my sisters wedding … [Read more...]

LOVE Marquee Letters

love marquee

This post originally appeared on SNAP! Conference blog. I'm not gonna lie, 2014 was one of my most challenging years.  We built a new house, my husband got a new, incredibly busy position at work, his mother passed away as well as my grandpa.  But summing it up like that doesn't really touch how stressful all these things were for me.  It was crazy! It was also a great year for me career wise.  It was one of the first times when I just kept … [Read more...]

Chalky Finish Paint Organizer

Paint organization

As you might know, I'm a big fan of the DecoArt Chalky Finish paints.  I have a bunch of them now and they were getting disorganized.  Since we finally got my craft pegboard up, I have changed things around a little bit.  And I wanted to make a space for a Chalky Finish paint organizer. So first I had to make the Chalky Finish organizer.  I wanted to do it out of materials I could easily purchase so if anyone else wanted to make them they … [Read more...]

Ho Ho Ho Christmas Marquee Sign

holiday marquee sign

I love marquee signs--don't you? They are so fun and cheerful.  And so is Christmas, so why not combine the two?  Marquee signs are not as hard as they might seem.  And for an extra Christmasey effect, I candy-cane striped the board.  And now- here's how to make your own Christmas marquee sign. Supplies: 1 1x12x6 2 1x2x6 6 large craft store chipboard letters (3 H's, 3 O's) Round Christmas lights Drill Nail gun, strong craft … [Read more...]

Rustic Stocking Holders & Giveaway

rustic stocking holder

You know me and rustic--we were made for each other.  I think I could have survived during early pioneer days.  I have all those homemaker skills down pretty well.  I really was channeling early settlers when I made these rustic stocking holders. They were pretty easy and I really love how they turned out.  It totally seems like something they would have made and had in their house.  Although maybe they just pounded some nails into the … [Read more...]

25 Beautiful DIY Ornaments

DIY Ornaments

It's officially the Christmas season! Have you put up your tree yet? I really wanted to buy a real tree this year but with us moving in a couple weeks, it just wasn't in the cards. But I did put up 'half' of my fake tree. That means I put the top half of the tree on the stand and elevated it on a table, haha! I love doing it this way though because you get the height with half the effort. And believe me, this being the old school non-lit … [Read more...]

Easy Gift Tags & Black Friday Silhouette Deals

700x700 portraitandclub

I recently got a new goodie in the mail--a Silhouette Portrait.  I've been trying to stop being intimidated by my Silhouette, not because it's hard to use, but because it seems like every time I used it I had to do a million things before using it (update the software, find the power cord, find the right power cord, clear off a large space on my messy craft desk, etc.) But since I am trying to use it more often, these things are getting less … [Read more...]