My Easter Decor, a Turquoise Chalkboard Frame & Why I’m So Blue

I really tried to wait before showing you the pictures of my Easter decor. I really did. I had all intentions of showing you one sneak peek DIY project at a time. But the tutorial on how to age flower pots will have to wait… …and so will the instructions on the bunny boxwood wreath. You see, I have the patience of a toddler in a grocery store (sans the temper tantrums). Unlike a toddler,

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Wisteria Catalog Inspired Chalkboard Place Cards

So, I was all gung-ho about starting my Organization Revolution project in the kitchen this week. I got to the very end where I needed to print my labels and my plan came to a screeching halt. As luck would have it, my printer stopped working. Organization-for-under-my-kitchen-sink…mission accomplished. Blog post with pretty pictures…mission failed. Instead, I’m moving on to plan B and sharing a tutorial I did as a guest for Traci at Beneath My

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{Things to Remember}: Chalkboard Clipboard Teacher’s Gift

For Parker and Mason’s teachers, I wanted to give them something handmade that they could use all year. The writing is done with a white marker, so it resembles the look of chalk but stays put when the chalkboard is wiped off. The supplies I used were a clipboard, painter’s tape, flat black spray paint, Recollections broad tip opaque marker in Snow White from Micheal’s, #320 fine grit sandpaper, and a piece of chalk. I

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{Almost} Free Christmas Art for Our Gallery Wall

My project this weekend was to Christmas-ize the gallery wall in our family room. It is usually a forgotten zone at Christmas time, but after getting a few ideas from Young House Love’s new book, I decided to use their idea #143 to “find free art”. {The gallery wall also uses their ideas #117, #130, #142 and #144, but I won’t give too much info out. You’ll just have to get a copy of their

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Verdigris Magnetic Chalkboard and Instagram Gallery {Tutorial}

*Fair warning. There will be lots of pictures, but this is two tutorials packed into one bite-sized post.* I lead a sheltered life, so it was just recently that I jumped on the thrift store bandwagon. I just have to be careful which days I go because of one frequent shopper that I’ve nicknamed The Shopping Cart Lady. Note to self: Shopping carts in the Goodwill are not for items that the employees are getting

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Faux Aged Steel Ikea Cabinet Inspired By Restoration Hardware

    Restoration Hardware…oh, how I adore thee. You are so rugged, yet refined. You showed up on my door step again the other day. As I gazed into the pages of your catalog and admired your industrial awesomeness, I was once again reminded that you’re so out of my league. I am but a poor girl from the wrong side of the tracks. I couldn’t help but be saddened by the fact that you

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{Room Reveal} Our Two Youngest Boys’ Shared Bedroom

      I could really kick myself for not taking pictures of our home when I first moved in here after my husband and I got married in 1999. Mr. Simplicity bought this house a month before we met on a blind date. The bedroom that I am showing you used to be Brad’s room mate’s room. It was painted dark navy and then sponge painted with gold craft paint.       It’s

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{small Home/ BIG Ideas Series}: Solution #1 Label your baskets and bins with chalkboard tags

When you live in a home that is considered small according to US standards, you have to get creative with your storage and organization. One way to do that is to use baskets and bins wherever possible. And of course, you’ll need to label these baskets or you’ll drive yourself crazy trying to figure out where in the world you put something. Today, I’ll show you how to make simple chalkboard tags that were inspired

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