A Sign and An Update On My Trunk

I love farmhouse signs but I am not good at handwriting on a large scale nor do I have a nifty machine to make my own graphics (though I would love to)!

A few months ago, my sister and I found an old ice chest on the side of the road (the kind that’s made from repurposed wood) but it was broken and missing pieces. So, I took it apart and salvaged the wood so I can make something with it.

Here’s my first project from my stash of wood. I used this technique to transfer the words onto it and then sanded it down till it looked old and worn.

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It’s not really big but it sits pretty above my shutters and plates in the dining room.

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And since I’d already admitted my fetish for numbers, let me share a picture of my updated trunk too. πŸ˜‰

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This is the technique I used for it. I messed up a little bit on the edge of the number but I kind of like it like that!

So, there you have it. That’s what I’ve been up to. I hope you guys are enjoying your Sunday. This morning, we finally got some fallish type of weather here and it felt amazing outside!! I hope it’s nice wherever you are, too!! ((:

-Mari

Color My World! ;)

Spring and Fall are my favorite but each year it seems they take longer to manifest. I am so ready for cooler weather and hot cocoa but since this is Texas, it still feels pretty much like summer around here. As much as I love to see the greenery, I’m ready for some fall colors and so I added some color to my pretty white porch!

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It all started with this burlap wreath and that chevron ribbon. From then on, I was inspired!! I am currently fully embracing a stenciling and number fetish. So, prepare yourselves to see numbers and words on lots of the stuff I post for a while!! >.<

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Pillows are the best accessories but they can be pretty pricey. So, I made that pretty pillow and I must say I am kind of proud of how pretty my number two turned out! I couldn’t find a stencil that big so I had to free hand it. Not bad, huh? πŸ˜‰

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I also have a fetish for incorporating old things in my dΓ©cor (as you have probably already guessed)! I found that old metal round thing and decided my bird nest would look perfect in it! And what do you know? I love it when I’m right!! πŸ˜€

I have tons of other ongoing projects because-brace yourselves-I’m already thinking Christmas dΓ©cor! what can I say? I am not big on Halloween decorations! Can’t blame a girl for having priorities! πŸ˜‰

Have a wonderful Sunday, you guys!!

-Mari

Baby Fever

I apologize for publishing twice in one day but since I don’t know when I will get a chance to post again and I am dying to share these with you guys, I will go ahead and publish this post as well.

A few months ago, I got hooked on making baby things! These are some of my absolute favorites! The first two photos are not clear enough but those two onesies were just dreamy.

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I attached a tutu to this one and it looked so pretty and poofy!

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I loved this one just as much, though. I couldn’t pick just one favorite, that’s why I posted all three of them.

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I’ve been giving it a lot of thought to looking into doing baby photography as a hobby. Some of my friends are still having babies and newborns just melt my heart! What better excuse to steal them away from their mammas for a little while than to photograph them? Hmmm, I shall look into that!! πŸ˜‰

Thanks for coming by!!

I Did it Again!

I’ve been feeling anxious and when anxiety gets the best of me, I clean house! When I say I clean house I mean I really clean house. I spent the three day holiday weekend clearing out dresser drawers, getting rid of old paperwork that I no longer needed, and cleaning out our closets.

I ended up with a good amount of things that I couldn’t bring myself to throw away because they were in pretty good shape but since I’m not a fan of having garage sales, my son and I drove down the street to a Salvation Army thrift store and donated it all there.

Walking into an uncluttered home is the best feeling in the world! It really does make me feel accomplished and I feel a lot less anxious (I think I’ve even been sleeping better since purging all of that stuff, too)! πŸ˜‰

Anyway, so getting down to business. My favorite spot in this house is my desk area. For a while I’d been experimenting with different things on the walls but I have finally set it up in a way that makes me feel like I am really home when I sit here! I purged this area too and I’ve surrounded myself with only things that remind me of the goodness of life!

I will shamelessly admit that I am addicted to old junk more than ever!! Here’s my new little corner! All clean and crisp!

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I picked up the window from a curb, the chalkboard was a frame I picked up from a thrift shop and transformed it with the help of spray paint and chalkboard paint. The Canvas was a gift and since I didn’t know what else to do with it-because my creative juices have been running short lately-I opted for a quick-no-fuss project by hand writing one of my favorite quotes on it.

The camera was also a gift from a nice lady that works at a thrift shop that I frequent and the milk glass pieces are also thrift shop finds (my absolute favorite, btw).

Best of all, I’ve got all of my favorite things in one place and some of my favorite faces in the entire world smiling back at me! What more can I ask for? πŸ˜‰

I’ve got other pending projects and as soon as I gather enough motivation energy to do them, I will post about them. Is it too crazy to admit that I’m getting kind of excited for holiday decorating already?!! >.<

Thanks for stopping by, you guys!!