{DIY framed corkboard}

May
11
9

When I made these coat hooks for my mudroom, I knew I needed something to go above them to fill that empty space. I thought it would be nice to have a place where I could leave messages to my kids on their way out the door, or a note for my husband to see on his way in or out.I thought a cork board would be perfect, but I didn't want to spend a lot of money, so I came up with an answer...a DIY cork board made from an old frame, including the glass! I {LOVE} it!  I spent less than $8, and it's exactly what I wanted! DIY Framed CorkboardITEMS YOU NEED: frame with glass intact (or piece of cardboard cut to fit frame)roll of cork, or cork squaresE-6000 liquid adhesiveDIRECTIONS: … [Continue reading...]



{fabulous find}

May
10
39

Heavy trash day is my favorite day of the month.  Look what I found on my way to church yesterday...I {LOVE} it.  Seriously love it.  As soon as I saw this chair on the side of the road, I knew it had to be mine. Now I'm just trying to decide whether or not to paint it. That old weathered wood is fabulous, but I also have this vision of a distressed red--a pop of color for my front porch.What do you think? … [Continue reading...]



{cinnamon roll pancake sauce}

May
06
18

Because I am your friend, I'm going to share with you the most divine way to dress up your pancakes possible. It's called Cinnamon Roll Pancake Sauce, and your life is never going to be the same. I would pass this recipe on to your family, and request it for your Mother's Day breakfast--it will make your day!It takes less than 5 minutes to make, uses ingredients that are most likely already in your pantry, tastes incredible. If you're craving cinnamon rolls, but don't want to make them, just try this instead! Cinnamon Roll Pancake Sauce Melt ¼ c. butterAdd:¾ c. brown sugar2 T. half and half or milk1 T. ground cinnamon (I cut this in half)1/8 tsp. salt1/8 tsp. ground clovesMicrowave until … [Continue reading...]



{4×4 block pencil holder} teacher appreciation gift

May
05
21
Teacher Gift | simplykierste.com

You all know how much I love a 4x4 post! I cut one into blocks, and created this really fun, really simple idea that's just perfect for teacher appreciation gift. ITEMS YOU NEED: * 4x4 post, cut into perfectly square blocks (measure first) *spray paint * scrapbook paper * mod podge * cardstock * ribbon * #2 pencils * distress ink DIRECTIONS: 1. Cut your post into however many blocks you need. MEASURE first. Even though it's called a 4x4 post, the sides aren't exactly 4 inches--they are usually about a half an inch smaller. Home Depot will always cut these for you, and other stores might also offer this service. 2. Spray paint your blocks. Let dry … [Continue reading...]



{new look!}

May
05
8

A huge thanks to the immensely talented Kim, over at seven thirty three blog design! She did such a fabulous job, and I'm so excited for my new look!Ir you're looking for past projects, ideas, and recipes, don't worry! They are now located up in the menu bar, and they are still listed out by project title, so they are easy to browse and locate. If you have trouble finding something, please let me know......I have even more to share with you!paper coterie is having an open house, and I have their exclusive invitation + $40 gift credit to share with all my fabulous readers!! Click HERE for your invite, and the gift code! That's right...through May 6th you can be inspired by Dr. Brene Brown, … [Continue reading...]



{photography with lei} candid shots

May
04
8

Did you know that there is a whole photography art form out there known as lifestyle photography? It's fascinating. Lifestyle photography is all about capturing the moment. Like in photojournalism, it's not posed. It's not planned. And to us moms, it's priceless to catch our kids and families in this natural element, doing the things they do, in the way only they do them. These are the pictures we will go back to years and years down the road. They are simple, but they are so real.Often, though, as soon as we go get the camera, our kids stop "performing" the cute little tasks we desperately want to remember. And we're yelling from the closet as we frantically feel around for the … [Continue reading...]