Friday, September 27, 2013

Pallet- Style Halloween Signs

I walked past our wood bin a month ago and couldn't pass up these little gems! Some Chunks of an old weathered pallet!

 I decided to incorporate them into some Halloween Decor!!!

visit my Etsy Shop HERE for some more Halloween Decor 

I love the 3-Dimensional look they add to the boards...
I made a Happy Halloween...

and a 31...

The great thing about pallets,  they are pretty easy to find.  I like to look for ones that are a little more weathered and beat up.  You could also add some stain to pallet boards to darken them too if you like. 

We had an old pallet in the wood pile that Ryan cut up.  I pulled out the boards out of the pile and  took a hammer and beat the small boards until they came off the ends of the pallet boards. I love the look and character that the pallet nail holes give the look of the sign!

I cut an 8 in wide pine board from Lowes at 18 3/4 in. long for the "Halloween" sign.  I cut another 8 in. wide board 9 3/4 in. long for the "31" board.  I painted them white.  When they were dry, I sanded them lightly and ran some stain over them to give them character.  

I  cut the pallet wood chunks to various sizes.  I cut some stencils with my Silhouette Cameo on contact paper at 2 in. high for the "Happy" and "Halloween" at 11 in. long in English font.

Used Liquid Nails to glue the pallet boards to the pine board and project complete!!

With Much Love & Gratitude,

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Vintage Typewriter Keys... Halloween Sign

I've been working on some Halloween Signs! I made a Halloween Sign patterned after the Pottery Barn Style of Vintage Typewriter Keys.  

Visit my Etsy Shop HERE for more Halloween Decor..

I love how simple it is!  It goes anywhere and looks so cute with whatever you place next to.  It was fun to make and I thought I would share it with you!!

I think it looks pretty cute with our  little Witchy Owl...

I bought an 8 in. wide pine board at Lowe's.  I cut it in length to 28 in. long.  I painted it  a cream/white.  After the paint was dry I placed 6 circle stencils measuring 4 in. diameter that I cut on my Silhouette Cameo.  I painted the circles black... (if you do not have a silhouette you can trace around the outside of larger cup and paint the inside of the circle freehand)

  Once they were dry I placed the letter stencils cut in a courier font in the middle of black circles... If you do not have a silhouette, you can print off the letters on your printer and cut them out and trace and paint them in by hand...

I painted them with cream/ white paint...

Once the letters were dry, I made the vintage typewriter circles.  I took a cup that was slightly smaller than the diameter of the black circle.  I dipped it in various places on the rim.  I did not put paint on  the entire rim of the cup.  

I placed the paint around the black circle to give it character...

I sanded the outer edges of the board and ran  a little bit of stain over the area to give it some character.

Project complete! I think this sign is one of my favorites!

If you would like to see  Halloween signs I just finished using an old pallet, you can see them here or by clicking on the photo below...

With Much Love & Gratitude,

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Kids Bath Beadboard & Hooks...

A simple Beadboard added to a wall, with a shelf and hooks, can really change the whole look and use of a Kid's bathroom!  

When we first built our home, we had the typical "towel bar".  Ugghhhh!  It was not functional to me at all!  So we decided to rip off the towel bar and add some bead board...  

I measured how tall and wide I wanted the beadboard.  Roughly 50 inches from the floor,  you can make yours however tall you want it.  Just make sure your towels are not taller or longer than it.  I cut the beadboard, and glued and nailed it to the wall.   

Next I built a shelf.  *Note!  Add your hooks After you paint the wall and shelf!!!!!!! (I do not have a picture of the shelf unpainted with out the hooks sorry)

 For a tutorial on how to build this shelf you can see that here on the tutorial of how I built a Board and Batton wall... or click on this photo below...

Once the shelf was built, I filled in the nail holes, sanded and painted everything, then I spaced out where I wanted the hooks to go and added them!  Now we have a much more functional towel area!  I have loved these hooks and they have helped to keep the chaos down in the kid's bath!!

Pretty simple weekend project that can make a huge difference!

I have had readers ask where I purchased my shower curtain.  I found it at Target.  Enjoy!

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Small Hook Board

 In the spirit of getting back to school and organized. I made a small hook board that can be placed really anywhere it might be needed.  For added charm, I included some label holders to keep everything organized. 

 I made this board for my feature I do as a contributor to Simply Kierste.  If you haven't checked out her blog, you really should.  She has such great ideas!!!

the above numbers are fun, I also thought it might be fun to keep other items labeled and tidy, such as hats, scarves, keys etc.

1. I bought a 7 1/4 in. pine board  from lowes. I cut it 12 in. in length.  2. I painted it white,  placed and screwed in the hooks that I also purchased at Lowes. 3. Attached the label holders that I purchased from hobby lobby and the board is complete.  It can be hung where ever it might be needed.  

If you  decide to make a hook board, I Hope you enjoy yours.  I placed ours in our closet to hang up our Bath towels.  Thus I labeled it for Ryan and I, Awwwww.

With Much Love & Gratitude,

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Zucchini Cake....


I just made this again today!  Yumm!!  I wanted to share with you a super yummy zucchini cake recipe.  When I made this for the Dessert Table photo shoot, it literally disappeared!  My family devoured it!

This recipe is so easy to make!

   Aunt Cheryl's Zucchini Cake: Ingredients:
2 1/2 C. Flour
2 C. Sugar
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 C. Vegetable oil
4 eggs
2C. Shredded Zucchini
1/2 C. Chopped Walnuts (optional)

In a Mixing Bowl combine:
Flour, Sugar, Cinnamon,Salt, Baking Powder & Soda

In a Separate Bowl combine:
Oil & Eggs.  Add this mixture to the dry ingredients mix well.

Add zucchini, stir throughly, fold in nuts.

Pour in a 9 x 13 greased pan

Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 min.

1 pkg. Cream cheese
1/4 C. Butter or margarine softened
1 Tbl. Milk
1 tsp. Vanilla
2 C. Powdered Sugar  (I ended up using more powdered sugar in my frosting)

This recipe was a part of our Fall Food Dessert Table.  So Yummy and fun to do!!

If you would like the recipe to the caramel apples you can  see that recipe here

or the recipe for these doughnuts you can see that here

With Much Love & Gratitude,

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

DIY Wooden Cake Stands...

When I did Madi's Birthday Party, I made some wooden Cake Stands.

I purchased the round discs for the top and the very bottom at Michaels in their wood section.

 the top disc is 8 inches in diameter and the bottom small disc is     3 inches in diameter.

I found the wood Candlestick for my cake stands from this website: 

I purchased a 3 ball stacked and a 2 ball stacked wooden candlestick

I painted all of the parts first and then
I used Liquid Nails or you could use a strong wood glue to glue them together.


If you would like to see more images of these cake stands along with more shots of Madi's birthday party, you can see that here or by clicking on the photo below.

 Here is another shot of how the Cake Stands look close up... These were the Invites we made to Madi's Birthday Party.  Each guest received their own cake as an invite.  They were so much fun to do!

If you would like to see how to make and decorate this Ombre Rosette cake, you can see that here or by clicking on the photo below.

With Much Love & Gratitude,

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