{boxed berry wreaths}

I saw something similar to this on a friend's wall, and knew I had to try it. I have a particular affection for berry wreaths, but it has to be the right kind. I couldn't find any that I liked around here, so I found someone to make them for me, and had them sent to my home. They were actually quite reasonable, and less than I would have spent at a local craft store. They turned out exactly right!My husband made the box frame for me, then I painted, sanded, distressed, and stained it. I was really pleased with the way it turned out.If you don't have access to the tools to make a box frame yourself, look for old or new frames that you love. A square frame with one wreath, a rectangle with … ...read more

{an apple for the teacher}

How fun is this? Who doesn't love a good caramel apple?Taking an apple to the teacher is certainly a tradition, but dipping it in caramel takes it to the next level. I used this recipe from Food Network, and instead of a popsicle stick, I used a stick from my yard. I love the charm that it adds. Wrap in cellophane, and tie on ribbons. Voila! My kids loved taking them to their teachers. Happy First Day of School!! … ...read more

{seasonal wood blocks}

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LOVE this! These 7 wood blocks spell at least 16 different words (and you might be able to find more)that cover every season and almost every holiday. When I saw this idea, the biggest decision I had to make was what color to paint them! I did change it up a little bit--instead of pre-made blocks, I bought 4x4 posts at Home Depot and cut them into 4 inch squares. It was immensely less expensive to do it this way, and I like the larger size. Here are all the words they can spell: Harvest Welcome Friends Faith Family Spooky Winter Freedom Blessed Snow Home Hope Monster Mother Dream Easter ITEMS YOU NEED: -4x4 post, cut into 4 inch squares. A large hardware store should be … ...read more

{flower headbands}

I loved these when I saw them! My girls wear flowers in their hair often, but I haven't used headbands because they are so hard and pinchy (is that a word?). This is a brilliant idea, and totally adorable. So easy to make, and for $10, I made 8 pieces. I found the cutest harvest bunch of flowers at Walmart, and it had cream, red, orange, and yellow flowers in it for $5. When I saw that it had two of each, I was even happier!You can find the tutorial here. … ...read more

{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