Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A DIY Farmhouse Apron

Let's travel back in time for a moment - back to the age of April 2016.

It was the time when the Country Living Fair came to Nashville.

Okay, going back a few months may not be too exciting, but it was an awesome time for me where I was gifted with a new friendship, some blogging encouragement, and a connection.

Let me tell you the story.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Chalkboard Painted Clipboards

DIY Art Display Creating Chalkboard Painted Clipboards with twine from Noting Grace

Do you all love to shop online? I spend so much time looking at cute Farmhouse wares on different sites but when it comes time to bite the bullet and hit the purchase button I squirm a little.

First, because I'm cheap and I'm constantly comparing a piece of decor to a meal for my ever growing boys and their ever growing appetites!

And second, I hesitate because I'm always thinking of a ways to reproduce what I see online in a way that fits within my budget.

For instance, just look at these incredible clipboards from Antique Farmhouse. (I just love that shop!)

I saw them and immediately took a screen shot on my phone so I wouldn't forget them. A couple of days passed and I hemmed and hawed about purchasing them. After a week or so, I finally decided, yes! I was going to do it and actually push that little button, but ACK! The deal was gone!

I was heartbroken.

Then I stumbled on an amazing find at my craft store! A set of 3 Clipboards for $9! I knew immediately what I was going to do.

Now this is when Bad Blogger comes in.  In my utter excitement, I failed to take any shots of the DIY process, but lemme tell ya, it's easy peasy!

Here's how it went down:

1. I taped off the metal clips

2. I searched in my garage for black spray paint and SCORE, I not only had black spray paint, but had black chalkboard spray paint! Total Bonus!

3. Drilled holes for the twine - I didn't measure, just eyeballed it.

4. Added the twine with knots on the back of the clipboards.

BOOM! Instant Decor for less than a Hamilton!

And here is how they look in our family room!

I love how they pop against my Painted Shutters and Handpainted Window.

When I was at the Country Living Fair in Nashville, I scored these adorable hymn cards.

I loved how the booth styled them in their tablescape with the gorgeous glass bottles, feathers and hymn cards!

The 'placemats' were vintage Player Piano Rolls! Isn't that the cutest? I would have swiped them up, but I knew my boys would destroy them in one day, so I am waiting to add those to our home until they grow out of their puppy phase!

So back to the hymn cards. I loved these little cardboard song cards and they spoke to my singer's heart. I had to get some.

I knew they would look beautiful in my DIY painted twine-y clipboards!

DIY Art Display Creating Chalkboard Painted Clipboards with twine from Noting Grace

And they do!

DIY Art Display Creating Chalkboard Painted Clipboards with twine from Noting Grace

This little corner of our family room is now a sweet spot, filled with lots of yumminess that I adore!

My handpainted rocks look so lovely next to those music cards from long ago!

The next time a deal passes you by, try searching for an alternative way to create the look you want in the budget you have!

Be sure to give me a follow below and tag me on social media if you try to DIY these yourself. I'd love to hear your comments and see what you create!

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Friday, June 3, 2016

A Father's Day Gift Idea and a Giveaway!

Can you believe it's already June?

It is so amazing to me that we're already halfway through the year.
Then I started to hyperventilate a little when I realized that June means Father's Day!

Usually, I'm prepared with a few good ideas, but I was stumped on what to get my husband this year. Just when I thought I had completely messed up, in swoops Jord Wood Watches to offer me (and you!) an amazing gift idea that is sure to be a winner!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Written On Stone - How to Create Memory Rocks

Do y'all collect stuff?

People collect a whole lot of things from teacups to tchotchkes, seashells to spoons.

I collect rocks.

Is that weird?

I just love nature. It grounds me. It reminds me of who I am, where I came from.

Even one of my favorite songs talks about a tumbling rough rock becoming smooth through the torrents of life's challenges. Too many times have I been that rough rock in much need of refining, just like this perfect little round ball I found once!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

May the 4th Be With You - & a Pallet Bed Tutorial

It's the 4th of May and it's a Star Wars fan's dream day.

A whole day where we can release our inner geek and greet other like minded fans with "May the 4th be with you!"

Is your house full of Star Wars fans like ours? I have to confess that I didn't not grow up a Star Wars fan. It wasn't until I met my gorgeous husband that he introduced me to the the trilogy.

Now this is a funny story.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Our 'Almost Farmhouse' - 2 years in the making

I can't believe that we just passed our 2 year anniversary of moving back here to Tennessee. And I can't believe that my to do list for this house is still as long as it is. And I wish we could be sharing cup of coffee right now. I'd tell you all the juicy bits of our gypsy musician lifestyle from over the years and show you all the things I still dream of doing with this house.

And that's when it hits me that I'm home.

I'm still dreaming of what this house can become.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

DIY Blanket Ladder

Do you have any scrap wood laying around and a few hours to kill? 

Is it a huge saftey hazard in your garage that you are constantly herding your children away from?

Are you afraid of what creepy crawly, spidery things might try to make a home in that pile of scrap wood?

We were able to make this adorable Blanket Ladder using that leftover wood for free ~ and we were able to make our garage a safer place for little ones and a momma much happier.

Here's how we did it.

Monday, April 11, 2016

The Country Living Fair is Coming Back to Tennessee! Enter to win 2 Tickets!

How would you like to win tickets to the Country Living Fair in Nashville/Lebanon?

Well, I have 2 tickets to giveaway.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Spray Paint Your Fixtures for an Easy and Affordable Update

When we moved into our fixer upper 2 years ago, some of the needed work was completely overwhelming and I saw visions of my empty wallet with moths flying out. Other projects I knew I could tackle with some elbow grease and a can of spray paint. 

Monday, March 14, 2016

An Easy DIY Spring Pie Plate


Ah, Spring is coming and I love adding elements of the new season to my decor. Today I'm sharing how I made a Spring inspired pie plate for my Kitchen island.  It was so cheap, that it literally cost me pennies!

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