DIY Wood Framed Farmhouse Sign | simplykierste.com

DIY Framed Wood Farmhouse Sign

From the moment the kitchen at Old Salt Farm started taking shape, I knew exactly what I wanted to go over the windows–a Farmhouse Sign. I even knew exactly how I wanted it to look– a wooden frame for contrast against the white walls, and a classic plain font.  In the weeks before we moved…

Valentine Treat Jar with free printable | simplykierste.com

Peek-a-boo Valentine Treat Jar

Any excuse I can get to combine three things that I love–milk bottles, chocolate, and baker’s twine–I take full advantage of it. These Valentine treat jars do just that, and they’re the most darling way to tell someone “you’re sweet”. They’re super easy to make, and the peek-a-boo heart is absolutely adorable!

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An adorable valentine tree, perfect Valentine's Day decor! | simplykierste.com

A Valentine Tree {simple Valentine’s Day decor}

I’m going to have to have the most gigantic garage sale this summer when we move into our new house.  I can’t tell you how many things I’ve bought or made to replace that very same or similar item that’s in storage.  We even have two trampolines!  (The kids have big plans for them both…we’ll see.)  It holds true for holiday decor, too, but with one major difference–I don’t believe in having too much!

I recently came across the most fabulous red and white striped pitcher, and being enormously obsessed with both red and stripes, I felt as if it was fate.  The best part? It was only $10!  It was a good day.  I had packed it away for next Christmas, but then I realized how perfect it would be for Valentine’s Day.  With a little card stock, twine, and a few branches, an adorable Valentine Tree was born!

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For your "mistle"toes nail polish gift idea & free printable | simplykierste.com

For your mistletoes…a Christmas gift idea & printable

My girls were looking for something to fun to give to their friends for Christmas, and I immediately knew just what to do! Bottles of nail polish make the perfect Christmas gift idea–add a cute For Your “Mistletoes” tag, and you’re set to go! I love these Christmas-y nail polish shades, but any color is adorable!…

Easy Wood Christmas Sign | simplykierste.com

Easy wood Christmas sign

You might be surprised to hear this, but one of the hardest parts of being in this little apartment and not having any of our things is not the cramped quarters (which I’ve actually come to appreciate in many ways), but rather not being able to build and create and make stuff!!  With no tools here, and no home to decorate, my list is getting longer and longer by the day. It’s what I love to do, so when I get any small opportunity to make something, no matter how simple, I’m a happy happy girl!

I decided I needed a little something to go above the chalkboard window in the family room to add a pop of color and a little bit of Christmas to the whole space, especially after my cute husband took on the big, bad, storage unit and tried to find our ornaments and decor, but couldn’t.  I created a simple but adorable wood Christmas sign that’s perfect above a doorway, window, or shelf, and I absolutely love it!

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4x4 Post Striped & Polka Dot Candlesticks | simplykierste.com

4×4 Post Striped & Polka Dot Candlesticks

You probably all know by now how much I love polka dots and stripes. I’ve used them in lots of my projects, with two of my favorites being Peppermint Striped Candlesticks and Striped & Polka Dot Pumpkins. I love them so much that I simply couldn’t resist making a set in brown & white for Thanksgiving table centerpieces.  They’re easy, adorable, and really inexpensive–three of my favorite things!

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Mason Jar Ghost Lantern | simplykierste.com

Mason jar ghost lantern

You guys, this is the third mason jar project I’ve done in the last few weeks! There are just so many fun things you can do with them, especially at the holidays, and I’m excited about sharing this totally adorable mason jar ghost lantern that’s perfect for lighting up your Halloween decor!

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Farmhouse Style Fall Wood Signs | simplykierste.com

Farmhouse Style Wood Fall Signs + Free Silhouette Cut Files

With all of our things still in storage, I really needed wanted to make a few fall decorations.  Okay, so I would have made them anyway. :) Anything pumpkins, apples, or fall calls my name, so I decided to start there, and made these adorable farmstyle wood fall signs using pieces of scrap wood. I absolutely love how they turned out, and best of all, they’re super easy to make!

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Apple Mason Jar Teacher Gift | simplykierste.com

Apple mason jar teacher gift

Today is our first day of school!  I feel like the summer went way too fast, and we just didn’t have enough time to do all the things we wanted to do. And…my twin boys are starting kindergarten, and I’m crying my eyes out. For reals. Their time at home goes so quickly–I’m never ready for it to be over.   I’m excited for them and their new adventures, but I have to admit, it’s hard for me.  So bittersweet.

Between my tears (I’m kind of joking), I’m going to share our teacher gifts that have been safely delivered to the school this morning. Our fun tradition teacher gift for the first of the year is to give an apple–in some form.  Some years it’s been a caramel apple, and other years it’s been apple soap. This year I decided on these darling apple mason jars full of pencils–perfect for a teacher’s desk!

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How to convert png and jpg files into Silhouette cut files | simplykierste.com

How to easily convert a PNG or JPG file into a Silhouette cut file

There are many things I love about the Silhouette Studio Design Edition software (affiliate link), but one of my favorites is the ability it gives you to take your own files–PNG, JPG, GIF–and convert them into Silhouette cut files, so you can use them in a multitude of different projects!  It really is very simple to do, and since I was just working on a project this week using this method, I thought I would share it with you!

How to convert png and jpg files into Silhouette cut files | simplykierste.com

You’re going to utilize the trace function, and if you’ve never used it before, it could very well become your new best friend after this tutorial.  Really. It opens up SO many possibilities!!

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