Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Valentine's Day Free Printable for the Kitchen

Hey Friends!  Welcome back, and thanks for joining me today.

As Valentine's Day approaches, I decided to send a little love YOUR way with a FREE printable!  It's my way of saying thank you for your love and support over the years (even if this is the first time you've visited my blog!).

I just love this saying, and so I created this sweet little frameable print to add a little cheer for Valentine's Day to the kitchen area.



To use, simply click on the image below, and when the new window opens up, you can print it from there. Printing on cardstock paper is recommended for best results.



It will print an image that is sized to fit 8-1/2 X 11-inch paper, which is easily trimmed for an 8x10" frame or you can do what I did >> >>To hang this printable, I simply used the same technique that I used for the Laundry Room printable:

- Cut 2 paint stir sticks to 8-3/4 inches each
- Stain or paint the sticks your choice of color. I used Dark Walnut
- On the back, use hot glue to attach the sticks to the top & bottom of the printable

If you like quick, simple and easy DIY art like I do, then this printable is for you!  It's not much, but just my way of saying Happy Valentine's Day!
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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Better Together - Free Printable

Hey Friends!  I'm really excited to share with you a new sign I made for our master bedroom!  Since moving, we didn't unpack a lot of our regular decor, and this DIY sign has been on my to-do list for a few months.  It was pretty simple to make and didn't require me to cut out vinyl.


See how I specifically chose the leaf graphic to match our bedding?  We bought this comforter set back in 2010, but it's still one of my favorites. 

Here's what you'll need to make one for yourself, or maybe for a wedding or anniversary gift!

- wood plaque (I got this one at Michael's)  or make a DIY wood plaque!
-my Free Printable, just click on the image above.
-Graphite paper (like this at Michael's)
-embossing stylus tool (like this or this
-black, two tipped Sharpie pen (like this on Amazon)

1. Print out my printable to the size you need for your wood plaque.
2. Place graphite paper on top of your plaque, and then put the printable on top of that. Center.
3. Trace the printable, using an embossing stylus (or even a ballpoint pen).
4. Remove the graphite paper to reveal the traced design. 
4. Use both tips of the Sharpie to go over the entire tracing. Using black paint is an option, but using the Sharpie is much easier.



TIPS: 
**If you make your own plaque, make sure the seams are tight, and sand it smooth if necessary.
**To enlarge the image, I used www.BlockPosters.com 
**My plaque came painted white. You could paint a DIY plaque white and use a black Sharpie, or paint it black and use a white fine-tipped paint pen (like this).
**Make sure you don't shift your paper around. I usually tape it down.
**Avoid putting pressure on the graphite paper, because it will end up smeared on your plaque.
**Graphite paper can be expensive, so you can DIY your own by rubbing pencil lead heavily over the back of your image.



Didn't I tell you that it was easy?  It only took me about an hour to complete this project, and Ed hung it above our bed.  I love how it turned out, and that it cost me less than $10 total to have something pretty in our master bedroom.

Remember if you decide to do this project, let me see your creation on my Facebook page!




Friday, January 5, 2018

2018 - My Word of the Year

Wouldn't you know that, as I'm wondering if I should choose another "word of the year", my daughter texted me the perfect word!  Renew!  Since our move from Texas to Colorado in October, I've had the feeling that 2018 will be a time of renewal for us.
Let me tell you about why the word "Renew" seems to speak directly to my heart.


re·new
rəˈn(y)o͞o
verb: resume (an activity) after an interruption.

  1. re·new·al
    rəˈn(y)o͞oəl
    noun: an instance of resuming an activity or state after an interruption.


During the last 3 years in Texas, it felt as if Ed & I were in a holding pattern, waiting until we could move on! Ed was working to gain extra experience in his career field, and now those years have helped him to secure a much better job here in Colorado. 


"Resuming an activity after an interruption."

Most of my regular readers will know that Ed & I are Christians and dedicated to the Lord.  However, sometimes even Christians get into a "dry spell", and it can be difficult to find the right place to worship, and feel like we fit in.  While we were living in Texas, we started watching a church that streams it's services online. We had visited this church several times when our youngest daughter lived here in Colorado.  We enjoyed watching the services every week, and now we are attending there in person! It's our desire to renew our church involvement and get to know like-minded folks, and make new friends.
 

Settling In

Ed and I enjoy getting to know our new city & state. We love finding new places to explore and have new adventures together.  One of the first things we did was buy a big book about the best places to see in Colorado! We've already visited Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, and plan on returning there to see more of the park.



Renewing Dreams of Buying our Forever Home

During our 26 years of Ed's Air Force career, we didn't always want to go to where we were assigned, but we always made the best of things and we made a happy home life wherever we went.  Now we are FINALLY in Colorado, and hopefully there will only be one more move in our future, when we buy our forever home here. For the first time, Ed and I want to settle in, settle down, and plant roots.



"Brushed Up Furniture & More" & "Journeys With Juju" 


Last year, I embarked on a new business venture: "Brushed Up Furniture & More" where I purchase (or find free) furniture that needs refreshing and give it a makeover to help it shine again.  I am excited to renew my hobby business here in Colorado, bringing worn out furniture pieces back to life!

I am also looking forward to renewing my blogging efforts and sharing more about my journey with you. My goal is to continue to share ideas & projects, and to give you a glimpse into the next steps on our journey!

So, travel along with me and my forever sidekick, Ed as we renew our search for a forever home, make new DIYs, paint furniture,  and explore our new home state in 2018!  Don't forget that you can find me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!



Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Christmas House Tour & DIYs ~ 2017

Hi Friends!  Now that the house is set up and we have settled in, I thought I'd give you a little view of what our Christmas decor looks like this year.

We decided to keep things fairly simple this year.  With all the packing and unpacking we've done these past few months, we didn't feel like unpacking and repacking every single piece of Christmas decor!  Even though I've purged out a BUNCH of Christmas decor, we still have a LOT, and funny thing....I still keep adding to it every year!


I'm so thankful for a mantle on the fireplace. I would have missed not decorating a mantle this year.  We decided that the Nativity scene fit perfectly right under the Magnolia Cathedral Window with my DIY wreath on it, and off to the side I have some angels of various kinds. (Including the 2 beautiful ladies in the photos - both of our Mom's have gone from this world and into Heaven, where they are rejoicing and praising God along with the heavenly host!)

Here's a link for the Free Printable "O Holy Night" banner.


In front of the fireplace I displayed my German sled with some fresh cut branches from the tree in the backyard. On top of that the burlap bow from last year's Christmas tree joins an adorable log cabin birdhouse.  I made the Christmas Trees sign a couple of years ago, and I'm still in love with it.




This lantern was on clearance a couple of years ago at Target, and this year I decided to try a "Little Red Truck" display. Isn't it cute?


The ledge on the side of the fireplace holds our two Thomas Kinkade prints paired with a church and 2 log cabin "smokers" (we got them all when we lived in Germany).  When you burn incense inside of them, the smoke comes out the chimneys!


In the kitchen and dining area, I took frames and covered them with Dollar Tree gift bags! Simple, easy and inexpensive DIY for the season that's easily put back to normal later on.



For a simple table centerpiece, I flipped over a wooden tray, and made this little Christmas Tree Lot snow scene featuring Ed's little Red and Green trucks.  We like to display the trucks year round, and now they get to take center stage!  This is probably my favorite thing for this year.


Continuing the Little Red Truck theme, this little display sits atop the video cabinet in the living room:


Our 7 year old granddaughter visited us last week because she had Fall Break from school. She loves how I set up the Christmas Village in the china cabinet! Papa lifted her up to see the top shelf of buildings.


Here is the final version of the tree!  I had originally put a matching burlap ribbon bow on the top, but I changed my mind after I made this Burlap & Twine star, using supplies from the Dollar Tree and Walmart. Cost: just $5


The Burlap and Twine Star Christmas tree topper was an easy project and I'm adding a photo tutorial to my YouTube channel, so please look for that here.


Easy DIY twig stars use jute twine in keeping with the theme!


Another cute and easy DIY project was this Jingle Bell Garland. It's SO simple, you won't need a tutorial! Just get thin twine, large and small jingle bells, and hot glue. I strung the large bells on, and hot glued the smaller bells in between the large bells. That was it! You can use it on your tree, or as a garland on your fireplace. Cost was just $4 because I had the twine and hot glue on hand.
(I also made a garland using mini pinecones for my daughter's tree. Just twine, hot glue and mini pinecones!)


This is the project below that started it all for me this year:  I found this plant stake at Walmart, but it was just brass color all over. I grabbed my paint stash and gave it more life!


So, that's most of my decor for this year!  We kept things simple and stress-free, and now we are ready for the Holiday Season!


Wishing you many blessings during the coming Holy Season: Time with family & friends; time to relax and rest; and time for celebrating the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!

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