{art clip boards}

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Years ago I saw these in a Pottery Barn catalog, and loved them. Unfortunately, I did not love the price. A friend and I got together and made a set, and I used them forever. Over the years, I have wanted to re-do them, and make a few changes. I finally got the opportunity when we decided to finish our basement, and build a large family room (still in progress, I might add). These will hang on one of the larger walls, along with some other "stuff" (still deciding on that too), and once it's done I will add pics of the finished project. For now, here are the boards...one for each of my children. I have to add, that you don't have to use these to hold your children's artwork. They can also … ...read more

{chalkboard plate…menu style}

The very first question my son asks when he wakes up, and then again when he comes in the door from school (and every 30 minutes during the summer), is "What's for dinner?". After seeing this adorable plate on my friend Linsey's blog, I knew I had found the answer.It's the perfect thing for my kitchen, and Ryan can see it as soon as he comes in the door! ITEMS YOU'LL NEED:-a really cute plate. -chalkboard spray paint-painters' tapeDIRECTIONS:-Tape off the edges of your plate with painters' tape.-Following directions on can, spray first coat.-I waited 20 minutes, then sprayed another coat.-Let cure for 24 hours, remove tape. … ...read more

{photo blocks}

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I love this project--the sky is the limit! I bought a piece of lumber---2x6x10---at Home Depot. I had them cut it into 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 pieces, as many as it would do (the width if the lumber is about 1/2 inch less than what it indicates, so even though my lumber was 6 inches wide, technically it was 5 1/2 inches wide). I routered them at home, with an angled bit. Then I sanded, painted, re-sanded for the distressed look, and stained (my favorite is Minwax's Dark Walnut). After the stain was set, I mod podged my picture on. I first put a little bit on the back of the picture, then set it in place. I gently used my foam brush to add small amounts of mod podge on the picture and beveled edges. … ...read more

{playroom ABC’s}

I found these fabulous ABC tiles on the clearance shelves at the Pottery Barn outlet, and I loved them as soon as I saw them. I knew I wanted to implement them somehow in the playroom, and I love how it turned out. This is SO simple--and instead of nails you could use clothespins.ITEMS YOU NEED:3/4 inch MDF, cut into the length and width you need (remember...your hardware store should do this for you!)spray paint2 inch nailsair nail gunDIRECTIONS:Spray paint your cut wood--sand and distress as desired. I would use either a Ralph Lauren glaze, or a dark stain (I love Minwax Provincial). Pound in your nails, or hot glue on the clothespins.Using the air gun, nail the boards where you want … ...read more

{child-sized table & chairs}

I have been eyeing small table & chair sets forever, but just couldn't bring myself to pay the money for them. So, used an old end table that I had, after I discovered it was the perfect square size, and height for my little girls. LOVE it! Using my 40% off coupons, I bought bare wood chairs at Michael's, then spray painted them red, using Rustoleum's Colonial Red (from Home Depot). My girls love these...perfect for books, puzzles, and tea parties! … ...read more

{framed magnet board & white board}

I LOVE these. We did this in our original playroom upstairs, but used magnet spray paint instead of the sheet metal. When we moved our playroom downstairs after finishing the basement, (see THIS post), we discovered that sheet metal definitely works better--much stronger, and more workable in a playroom. Here's how we did it:ITEMS YOU NEED:3/4 inch MDF, cut into the lengths and widths you need (a large hardware store will do this for you)spray paintsheet metal (**Check out your are for sheet metal companies. They will be able to cut your sheet metal to the exact size you need it, rather than having to use 2 pieces from the local hardware store. This eliminates a rough seam, and having … ...read more

{ribbon topiary}

What a great project! So many combinations of ribbon to use, and perfect if you have lots of ribbon and scraps around your house. Items needed:-scissors-metal bucket, or other base of your choice-spray paint, if desired-green floral foam-thick wooden dowel (I used the second thickest dowel from Walmart--I believe it was 7/8 of an inch)-styrofoam ball, size of your choice, depending on how big you want your topiary to be (I used a 6 inch ball)-metal straight pins-ribbon! I used 7 different types of ribbon, and about 20 total yards. Mine is rather large, and you could easily make yours smaller if you wanted to, which would require less ribbon. I found several spools for .97, or on … ...read more

{journals}

These journals are really so versatile--they can be used for family, personal, baby, travel, wedding, and more. They make great gifts--easy to make, and relatively inexpensive. Scrapbook paper, mod podge, ribbon, cardstock (I prefer Bazzill), and eyelets are all you need to complete this project. Be creative!! … ...read more

{recipe binder}

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I have used a recipe binder for years, and love it. A few years ago I typed up every favorite recipe I had that wasn't in a cookbook I used often, and created this binder. I have added to it constantly since them, and because I print off so many recipes that I find online, it's so easy to just slide them in the binder. These also make a SUPER fun graduation or wedding gift. You can personalize it with recipes, and really make it their own. I do them every year for the girls from my youth group for their graduation gift, and they love them. I like using plastic dividers with pockets that come with the printable tabs, so I can slide recipes in there that I want to try--then if … ...read more

{playroom magnet board}

We decided to build a magnet board in the playroom. Since we moved into our house with stainless appliances, we no longer had a convenient place for alphabet letters, magnetic farm animals, and the like. There was a perfect spot right near the door, which due to the loft ceilings, would have been difficult to utilize any other way. Magnetic paint, wood trim, and a little spray paint do wonders, don't they! … ...read more