Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Inspiration Exchange No. 10 and Weekly Recap

Hello friends!

Can you believe my Ella turns TWO tomorrow!? Didn't we just bring her home from the hospital yesterday? I have a feeling I will still be saying that when she turns 20. What a privilege it is to be her mommy.

I am excited to see what you all have to share this week!

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

The Inspiration Exchange No. 9 Features

Thank you for being so supportive of me taking some time off to rest and recuperate as this record-high heat wave is kicking my hind parts! I have a few projects in the works now that I am excited to share with you soon.

Oh how I loved looking through the links this week! I can't believe how talented everyone is!

I think you will be blown away by this week's features!

Mini Cannoli Cheesecake from Will Cook for Smiles
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The Things We Do for Love by Maison de Pax {this story cracks me up! It is SO something I would do!}

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DIY Metal Tub Coffee Table by Liz Marie Blog
DIY wire spool & metal tub coffee table - lizmarieblog.com

Embroidered Monogram Pillow by My Sophia Ryan
I used to make and sell stitchery patterns when I was in college, so I have a soft spot for anything hand embroidered!
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Classic Chicken Salad Wraps by Love Grows Wild
LoveGrowsWild.com | The perfect classic chicken salad recipe! A great go-to meal for Summer! #recipe #salad #chicken

DIY Rustic Wedding Chair Signs by Upcycled Treasures

and my pick for the week:
Oh my yum.....

Chocolate Cream Cheese Pie from Design Dining and Diapers

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend! 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Inspiration Exchange No. 9 and Weekly Recap

Hello Friends!! 

I decided to take a little time off to just hang out with my family, try to survive this horrible heat wave, and take naps... every day! It has been lovely. The baby and I are feeling very refreshed! 

I am so excited to see what you have to share this week! As for me... I pulled out some old projects that I thought you might like to see if you missed them the first time around.

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You can find Clean and Scentsible here:

Monday, July 15, 2013

Fresh Produce Sign for My Garden~ Tutorial and Template

I am excited to share a little sign with you that I made for my garden. I shared this tutorial over at Jennifer Rizzo's blog a couple of weeks ago, and didn't want the summer to get away before sharing it here as well. Of course I have the template here for anyone who would like to make it as well! 

I have been on a crazy mission to make my scary backyard into a pretty place for our family to just relax and enjoy each other {see here}. Little by little, I am getting there! 

I wanted to make a cute vintage looking sign to hang out in my garden to add character. 

irst, I grabbed some of the 6" pickets from the fence we just tore down and cut them to size. It is important to use old or new fence boards, or barn wood, to get the worn, aged look because it has a very rough grain that will show when distressed. I cut 3 of the pickets to 38". I also cut two boards at 15" to help hold the other ones together. 

This is what the back looked like once I screwed it all together: 

And here is what the front looked like:

Then I lightly brushed my paint recipe {here} onto the board, not being too careful and keeping a lot of the grooves unpainted. 

Then I used my palm sander to roughen up the entire board. Looking old already!

I painted the design onto my board using a pattern I made and an overhead projector. If you don't have an overhead projector, you can use my tutorial for the way I would do it before I had one {here}. I just used plain old craft paints that I had on hand, and very small brushes. 

{Here is the pattern if you would like to make one too. Just click on the image below, right click, copy and paste into your own document}
Once I painted everything onto my board, I sealed it with a matte clear spray finish. This step is important because if you skip it and try to distress your letters, the pigment in the colored paint will stain the creamy white areas around it. 

Once the clear coat is dry, I went back and with sandpaper and lightly distressed each letter in my sign by hand. Then I sprayed it with one more clear coat to protect it from the elements. 

I stuck it out here on my newly refinished cabinet next to my garden until I decide where I want to hang it. I am thinking that I will probably hang it on the fence that you can see in the background here. 

I like all of the texture of the distressing. 

 Painting is one of my favorite things to do, and making these signs just puts a smile on my face. And, it is such a great alternative to the really costly, hard to find, authentic antique signs. 

If you make one, I hope you will send me a picture! I would love to see it.

I hope you have a wonderful week!