April 21, 2013

Gracie's Big Girl Room {Update}

Happy Sunday!!
I have been very busy trying to pull together a living room, dining room and office/mud room for the last several months and some how I always make a u-turn back to my daughters bedroom.... And rightfully so! She has been in desperate need of a night stand and window treatments and now she finally has both!
The window treatment is by far my favorite! I picked the fabric and had the shade made by Windows by Melissa on Etsy. She did an excellent job!!! Thank you Melissa!!
The nightstand I snagged up from Joss & Main. It was from the collection that was collaborated by Melanie from my favorite blog My Sweet Savannah!!
I think all the room really needs now is a cozy throw rug and maybe Gracie will start sleeping in her big girl room through the night!

.... Not Too Shabby!!!!

April 16, 2013

Wall Art for the Kitchen {Scrabble Board DIY}

Everyday I go on Pinterest and find new DIY projects I'm just dying to do. A while back I came across this DIY scrabble board and printed it out and put it on my very long "Must Do" list....  I had an old and quite expensive cork board from Ballard Designs that hung in the kitchen and I wanted to have something fun & unique to hang in the kitchen/living room wall and a scrabble board seemed liked the most perfect idea, especially with my little one starting kindergarten.... It looked so easy and fun especially since I already had a perfectly good cork board to use.... Well. lets just say this was a 5 day project and one of the harder DIY's I have found so far on Pinterest. Thank the lord I had the cork board already or I may not have even pursued this, but hence I did and I'm LOVING the end result!
Again.... NOT an easy project. The steps are fairly simple, but its just getting it all together and letting things dry that takes up the most time. I didn't take pictures during the whole process because it was a "process" and my hands were either full of glue or trying to pry a part tiny magnets!
Here is exactly what I used and the order that I did this.
1. Cork board or frame with card board backing.
2. Sheet metal cut to size (I cut mine myself with electrical spears).
3. Liquid Nail Glue (I got mine at my local Home Depot).
4. An old dictionary or book.
5. Mod Podge
6. 200 or more scrabble pieces (I found mine here).
7. 200 or more good quality magnets (I found mine here).
8. Clear coat spray paint (I found mine here).
9. A whole lot of patience!
STEP 1. Glue your sheet metal to your board with the liquid nail. Make sure you use enough glue and press very hard and let dry completely (at least 24 hours)
STEP 2. While the board with sheet metal dries rip out all your pages that you will Mod Podge to the sheet metal and glue all your magnets to the scrabble pieces. I used a tacky glue but I would highly recommend Gorilla Glue! WARRNING: Once magnets are applied to the scrabble pieces LET THEM DRY!!! FOR AT LEAST 24 HOURS!!
STEP 3. Once your sheet metal board is ready, start to Mod Podge the dictionary or book pages to the sheet metal as desired. I did three coats!
STEP 4. Once you have covered the sheet metal entirely spray book pages with a clear coat spray paint. This step is very important in order for paper to hold up to the magnets! I did three coats and let each dry for at least 24 hours in between coats.
And there you have it!! A very special piece in our home for sure!
Thank you to The Twice Remembered Cottage for this idea!!
Have a great week!

April 2, 2013

Charles Emerson Designs giveaway {from My Sweet Savannah}

What a great way to wake up! Just found out about this great giveaway from Charles Emerson Designs via My Sweet Savannah. Not only is this stuff gorgeous, but you can get 20% right now!! For the all the details go here!! And be sure to browse My Sweet Savannah!! This blog was the very first blog I discovered over four years ago and I've been hooked ever since! Melaine is awesome and her blog is full of excellent decor ideas, DIY projects and so much more!! Don't forget to enter to win a $50 gift card to Charles Emerson Designs!  My favorite design... The "Lena" earrings... shown below...
Happy Tuesday!!
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