{burlap dry-erase weekly calendar}

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After I saw the dry erase calendar from Friday's post, I knew I had to make one of my own. (Click HERE for the full tutorial.) Even though I loved the large size, what I needed was a smaller version for a space I've been trying to fill for a long time. Despite the fact that I have a calendar inside my cupboard, it seems like everyone is always asking what's going on during the week we're in. So, my answer to both problems was to make a weekly calendar--perfect for quick reference for the current week. I had a frame that was just calling my name for this project--one that I've had since we were first married. I loved the frame, but not the color or the decorative picture inside. I redid … [Continue reading...]

{2×6 spring decor}


Spring is coming!We've had such beautiful weather the past couple of days, and after a long and cold winter, we are {so} happy that the end is in sight. We've been outdoors as much as possible, with trips to the park, nature center, and in our own backyard.I don't have much by the way of spring decor, and wanted a little something to celebrate. So, I headed down to the workshop, went through all the scraps of wood, chose a 2x6 board about 8 inches in length, and got to work!This is such a fast and easy project, plus it's super inexpensive. It would make a fun gift, and would also be perfect for a craft day. I chose "spring" for my text, but you can use this technique to spell out anything … [Continue reading...]

{personalized pillowcases}


I was SO happy when I learned that Silhouette had a new fabric interfacing product, and now had the capability to cut fabric. I was even happier when they sent me some to try, and this weekend I started a project I've had on my list for awhile.I love white sheets, and it's all I use on the beds in our house. I just love their crisp, clean look, and I can bleach them (a lot). On the other hand, they all look exactly alike! I felt like it would be fun to add a little something to my girls' pillowcases so that they had a pillow that was personalized just for them.Personalized PillowcasesITEMS YOU NEED:pillowcasefabricSilhouette fabric interfacing--clean cut OR heat 'n bondribbonspool of heat … [Continue reading...]

{a place for everything…with somewhat simple}


Check out this super fun calendaring idea from Stephanie, at Somewhat Simple!.....These are so fun, I am sure you have seen them- but here is my take on it!MATERIALS: All you need is a glass frame, a sharpie marker, a ruler and vinyl stickers if you have them. (If you dont have them, just write the labels yourself with the marker, or email me- I will get you some!)Here is the frame I chose:(My sister actually got it years ago at IKEA in the as-is section for $1.99- I don't know what it was supposed to be for, but it sure fits perfect for this calendar of mine!)DIRECTIONS: First, I painted the frame red and then distressed it by sanding the edges.Then I flipped the frame over to the backside, … [Continue reading...]

{bundle of books}

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As soon as I saw the bundle of antique books held together by string in the Ballard Designs catalog, I was in love. But to pay over $50 for them? No way. Yesterday I grabbed a few secondhand books from the shelf, ripped the covers off of them, distressed the edges with Distress Ink, and tied them together with string. I {love} the way it looks on the nightstand next to the guest bed--the perfect place! This seriously took less than 5 minutes, and was totally free, since I already had everything. It is the easiest project ever! If I could change one thing, it would be the color of the books. I want them to be a little more naturally yellowed with age, so I think I'll head to Goodwill … [Continue reading...]

{brown paper packages made babble’s top 50 craft blogs!}


Guess what!Brown Paper Packages has made Babble's first ever listing of...I can't tell you how excited I am to be a part of it, especially considering the company of other fabulous bloggers (and ones that I love and have long admired) that I'm keeping.I want {you} all to know how much I appreciate the fact that I was nominated in the first place (thank you to whoever you are!), and for reading, following, and passing the word along.This totally made my day, and I wanted to say {THANK YOU}!..... … [Continue reading...]