Friday, January 30, 2015

"U" is for Upstairs Hallway Makeover


Today I'm sharing the upstairs hallway and back stairs makeover.  I've been slowly making my way through our home room by room and after living here for 1 1/2 years I'm finally giving some attention to some of those in-between spaces.


Most recently I tackled the back stairs leading to the upstairs hallway because, as you can tell from the before pictures above, they needed a little love.  Worn, grungy and dark, these stairs are the preferred route up to the kids bedrooms and weren't very enticing (we have a front stairs too but it's out of the way).


Some fresh paint, some stripped paint and a new railing and it's magical once again.  (Funny what a $5 new return vent cover can do for appearances.)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

"P" is for Pincushion with Wood Base

diy quilted pincushion with wood base


This is one project I've been thinking about for a long time and finally put myself to the task while feeling quite under the weather this week to do much of anything else.

Raid your fabric scraps to make the cutest pincushion and then I'll show you how to attach it to a solid 4x4 wood base for stability and weight.  Anytime you can combine fabric and wood in a project is a win / win in my book!


The finished size on the squares is 3/4" but the whole pincushion measures about 4" square and just over 2" tall.


I posted these in my etsy shop here but I show you how to make your own down below.

Friday, January 23, 2015

"H" is for Heart Wall Art

diy fabric collage heart wall art


Another Valentine's Day themed project today and one that's easy for kids to do too!


I cut out a heart shape from 3/4" plywood but you could easily purchase one of those heart shaped frames that are precut at Michaels (and I think only $1) and do this same project.


Cut plywood edges are my favorite because it shows the layers of the pressed wood sandwich.  And use all your cute fabric scraps for this one, my squares are 1" but any size will work.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

"L" is for Leather Heart Necklace

diy leather heart necklace


Another candy free diy valentines idea for you today and one that requires no sewing (or wood cutting ;)).  I'm over at Pretty Handy Girl with Brittany sharing these leather heart necklaces.

Super fast and easy especially for you hot glue gun lovers - the tutorial is here.

And if you're looking for more candy free diy valentines below is a quick round up:

Another candy free valentine or awesome birthday party favor if you've got scrap wood are these personalized backpack fobs:


I'm linking up to:

Sand and Sisal

The 36th Avenue
Creative Collection @ Lolly Jane
Nifty Thrity Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
Inspiration Exchange @ City Farmhouse
SAS @ Funky Junk
That DIY Party @ The DIY Showoff
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Pretty Things Thursday @ Scissors & Spatulas
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
SAS @ Just a Girl
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

"C" is for Chore Chart

diy chore chart


Also known as the Order of Indoor Duties for Children.  Isn't it great!?  I made this wall art for the upstairs hallway where all the kids bedrooms are located.


My wall art is a replica of the historical document above written in 1846 which lists the rules for daily life and the schedule which was followed by the homeschooled Alcott girls.  The document is hung on display in the parents bedroom at Orchard House in Concord, MA and you can purchase a print in the gift shop.  If you're a Little Women fan and in the area you should definitely stop by!  

Friday, January 16, 2015

"W" is for Wood Banner with Leather Lettering

wood banner with leather lettering


I've had a bug about using leather scraps lately and finally figured out a way to incorporate them into wall art.


Leather, wood and rope are a few of my favorite things and I put them altogether to make these wood wall banners.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

"B" is for Backpack Fob Valentines

diy backpack fob valentines


The quest is over this year for candy free valentines.  Each year I try to come up with something different (and candy free) for my kids to hand out on Valentine's Day.  This year it will be personalized backpack fobs.


What better way to combine my love for scrap wood and paint than make a cute and functional valentine gift for my kids' classmates? 

Friday, January 9, 2015

"K" is for Kids Bathroom Makeover

kids bathroom makeover


My kid's bathroom finally got a well deserved makeover and we are loving every inch of it!  Come see for yourself how I kept myself busy during the holiday break - it was totally worth it.


You can see from the before picture I wanted to get rid of the wallpaper, paint the trim and moulding, bulk up the mirror and replace the sconces.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

"C" is for Candy Free DIY Valentines

4 candy free diy valentines
Valentine's Day is fast approaching and every year I try to come up with handmade valentines for my kids classmates that don't involve candy.  I know for certain there will be tons of candy given out so I aim to make a valentine that's candy free.

Here are 4 candy free DIY valentine ideas:

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

"W" is for Wood Block Chandelier

diy wood block chandelier


A crazy, fun and colorful centerpiece for any occasion!  I made this wood block centerpiece from scrap 2x2 wood pieces and clear monofilament.  Although this little gem happens to be from my kids Christmas table I figured it's a versatile piece that could definitely be used for other events too.


I painted the blocks different bold colors I had on hand.  Of course you could change up the colors, use different stains or even go natural.


This is an easy, inexpensive way to add color, height and a visual centerpiece to any table setting.  And bonus it doesn't block anyone's view of people across the table!


Monday, December 29, 2014

"B" is for Best Builds of 2014

best diy builds of 2014


We've reached the end of 2014 and I'm looking back and rounding up the best builds of 2014.

Monday, December 22, 2014

"C" is for Christmas Table

diy kids christmas table


It's Day 11 of the 12 Days of Christmas Tablescapes hosted by my buildy friend Jen Woodhouse at House of Wood and I'm so honored to take part in sharing my kids Christmas table.


You definitely want to check out all of the previous Christmas Tablescapes because each one is so different and completely unique.  

These bloggers are the real deal, building, painting and diying their way to personalized tables that are true reflections of themselves:


Friday, December 19, 2014

"B" is for Baby Gym

Build: diy baby gym


Ana White and I are finishing up the Handmade Holiday series with a gift to build for the littlest ones.  You still have plenty of time to construct this diy baby gym so no excuses.



Ana has the plans for this modern and sleek baby gym and I did the build in less than one hour.  One 3/4" handy panel (2' x 4') and 4 screws are all the supplies you need to make this gift:

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

"P" is for Paper Bag Ornaments

diy paper bag ornament


Save all those shopping bags and pretty paper gift bags to make these easy paper bag ornaments.

I'm over at Pretty Handy Girl today sharing the tutorial for these super simple ornaments.


Scrap plywood, mod podge and printed retail shopping bags is all it takes to make these paper bag ornaments.  See all the details here.