Pallet Signs; How I Create My Artwork

One of the most popular questions I get asked is “How do you create your artwork on your signs?” Well today I am going to share with you just that. My way isn’t exactly a beginner way of doing things, but I like my signs to have a hand done quality that I believe gives them more of a personal touch. I have really enjoyed making these signs. It combines my love for graphic design and home decor!

I first create my artwork on the computer. My favorite piece of technology I use is a Wacom tablet. It allows me to create flowing type and helps me illustrate art a little faster. I do all of my illustrating in Adobe Illustrator. This is a custom sign that I did for a wedding. She wanted something that incorporated the fall leaves from her invite, some love birds in a tree and a flowing script font for their last name. Here is the digital artwork I created to show her before I began painting.

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Next I usually take a pallet apart and use the boards to give a rustic worn look. I connect my boards with mending or bracing brackets. I usually get my brackets at Wal Mart or Home Depot. Basically any hardware store would probably have them.

For this specific sign I ended up purchasing the wood at Home Depot (BTW they will cut it there for you too!) It is difficult to find actual pallets that have wood nice enough to stain. I bought pine boards that I distressed with a hammer and other heavy tools. This part was way too fun!

After my boards are all put together, I transferred my artwork by chalking it out on the board. This gave me the freedom to mess up a little and still be able to erase it. If you saw my handwriting, you would understand why this step is necessary. My handwriting is somewhere along the level of a 2nd grader. Maybe even younger. HA!

The artwork that ends up on the board isn’t an exact replicate of the digital version, but I like the line quality it gives drawing it out by hand.

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Finally, I paint over my chalked out lines with paint.

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Here is the final piece! This sign is probably one of my favorites. Okay, my absolute favorite!! The warm, rich background along with the delicate type is a beautiful combination. I can’t wait for the couple to see it.

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I am leaving a little gallery of some of the signs I have done. I have several more that I didn’t get photographed. I am trying to do a better job of photographing them to share. Thank you to all of my supporters! If your interested in your own custom sign, please feel to contact me in the comments below or at lindsay.moxie.design.studio@gmail.com.

FEATURE FRIDAY|Bedroom Revamp! FINALLY!| With Holly

Screen Shot 2013-10-31 at 9.27.51 PMIt is Feature Friday again! Today I asked Holly to come back and share her master bedroom update. I love Holly’s creativeness, and she always has simple inexpensive ideas on how to add some style to a room. Wait until you see what she did to her floor!

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Hey Moxie readers! Anyone out there have a room in their home where if you can’t find a place to put something it gets thrown in this room? You know, the one whose door gets shut when company comes over. The one who shall not be named. The one you avoid at all cost. That is what my poor bedroom turned into:( FOR ALMOST 4 YEARS!!!! How depressing, right? This last fall I was finally able to get the ball rolling!

It all started with the moving of our home, yes, we actually picked up our home and moved it. We added an attached garage with a bonus room up above which connected to my sons room upstairs. We took out one of his windows and put a door there so you could get out to the bonus room, which we weren’t exactly sure what we wanted to do with. Fast forward a year and a half, we decide to switch rooms with our son so that with the arrival of our 3rd child they could share a room and they were going to need the room that was a little larger. Then a light bulb went off and I say “let’s extend our room out to the bonus room part way and the other part can be storage”. Did I mention our home is an old two story with tiny bedrooms upstairs and no closets. In the back of my head I am thinking Yay, we can finally have a closet. Fast forward four years, no extended bedroom or closet and the room is now a dumping ground of stuff and folded piles of laundry everywhere with a narrow path to the bed. After years of pleading I finally gave him a few ultimatums, one being no hunting this year until the room is done and the other he may not be happy with me discussing with you;) I know it may not be right but it HAD to be done and to my surprise in a few short weeks we got it done. Yay! Here are a few photos of the process .

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This is just after starting, he widened the doorway (I wanted it a little wider, but something about blah! blah! blah! load bearing wall blah! blah! blah!) and painting trim.

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Finishing up some drywall.

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Some friends came to visit:)

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Putting in the carpet.

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Carpet.

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The old part of the room with horrible blue carpet.

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Good bye blue carpet!

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removing staples, which somehow turned into my job and after I removed about a fourth of them and then asked him for help he decided to just hammer them in:/ that would have been good information 500 staples ago! I planned on painting the floor and didn’t want a bunch of hammer dents all over but it actually didn’t damage the floor as bad as I thought it would so that’s what we did. I like doing things as nice as I can but also as easy as I can.

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I painted it a light grey and wanted to get a stencil to put over it and for some reason we couldn’t get to town that day but I couldn’t wait so I decided to make my own. I wanted a simple design and figured I probably won’t find anything I like at the store anyway. I found an old tote lid and made my own.

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This is the design I came up with.

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The stencil is not white but a really light grey.

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Found some new dressers on craigslist, love! love! love!

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Still doing some decorating, just trying to grab a couple things each time I go into town.

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View from the old room down to the new room. Hard to tell but there is a step that goes down to the new part. I was also thinking about putting some barn style sliding doors here.

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Don’t mind my husbands clothes, after almost 10 years of marriage he’s still not sure how to get them in the dresser:) This spot goes back into the closet.

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Again, don’t mind the totes. Also, I am trying to figure out a way to get the gun cabinet moved somewhere else.

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The closet, no place to hang clothes yet, but I am just so excited to have a bedroom that I am not complaining to much!

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View from the new part to the old part.

Their are a few more things I need to do, a little more decorating, new light fixtures and I want to paint the doors a dark walnut color. Thanks for checking out my new bedroom, hope you enjoyed it as much as I do!!!

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Thanks, Holly for sharing your revamp. It turned out really lovely! I can’t get over the floor, LOVE! If you need some more stenciling floor ideas, Holly shared them back in a post here. Have a good weekend, Moxies!

FEATURE FRIDAY | Built-Ins Transformation | With Lacey

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Yay it is Friday! And it is another Feature Friday! Today I asked my sister to come back and show you her built-ins transformation. When I saw what she did the last time I visited her, I told her SHE HAD TO SHARE IT. I am allowed to be bossy since she is my sister, right? Are you ready to hear all about it?

Hi all it is me again. Since my last post about my roller shade I have been on what I call a home designing roll! It has inspired me to start and actually complete some different projects around my home. Today Lindsay has asked me to share with you how I transformed my built-ins. I have never been a huge fan of built-ins and not because they can’t be beautiful. They are gorgeous when they are done and styled well. I have always just found them extremely intimidating. I don’t know how many times I have moved items on, off and around on these shelves. Only to still not be satisfied with how they looked.

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My built-ins are painted and the holes along the back have always bothered me. At one point I thought about painting a trim piece to cover up the holes. Then I tossed around adding wallpaper to add some color. But every time I looked for wallpaper I got overwhelmed with all my choices.

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And then I saw this idea on one of Centsational Girl’s best of the blogosphere posts.

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I loved this idea! The wood shims would cover the holes plus add some much needed texture to, as I noted in my last post, my beige home. I skimmed through the how to and saw the words “hand saw” and freaked out a little. I am not handy. I have never used a saw in my life. My husband and I didn’t even own a hand saw. And I kept seeing visions of a recent meltdown (lots of tears guys) on my front steps after a window caulking experience went bad (caulk everywhere. It was on my hands, my clothes, all over the step and window and it was still spewing out of the gun.). I didn’t know if I was ready to attempt a project that required me to use a saw and be handy. I want to keep all 10 of my fingers. But after talking to Lindsay and gushing over the phone about how great it would look. I decided to be brave and buy a hand saw.

The Supplies

Supplies you will need:

Wood shims

Glue (I used hot glue. I don’t have the patience to wait for glue to dry! But you can use whatever type of glue is your favorite.)

Hand saw (I didn’t know what I was doing in the hand saw department and I must admit there was more of a selection than I thought there would be. I just bought the cheapest one they had!)

Scissors (On the skinny side of the shim you can use scissors to snip vs. the hand saw. Saves a little time, I am always a fan of that!)

Pencil/Marker

Cardboard (This is optional. I glued my shims to cardboard instead of directly to the back of the shelf. Someday I am going to want to take those shims down and the cardboard will make that super easy to do.)

Now that you have all your supplies it is time to get started!

Step 1: Cut your cardboard to fit the area in back of the shelf. I used old cardboard boxes we had leftover from when we moved. And this does not have to be perfect. In fact you can piece smaller pieces together. Once you start gluing the wood shims on they provide great support and stiffen the cardboard against the back of the shelf.

Step 1: Cut and place your cardboard against the back of your shelf.

Step 2: Break open those shims! And start gluing!

Step 2: Lots and lots of gluing.  I lost this beaut of glue gun during this project. She might have looked a little rough but she was with me for over 10 years. RIP blue glue gun. :)

Step 2: Lots and lots of gluing. There was so much gluing that I actually broke my glue gun half way through this project! Little blue might have looked a little rough but she was with me for over 10 years. RIP little blue glue gun.

I started at the top. I wanted any half (lengthwise) shims to be on the bottom of the shelf where they wouldn’t be as visible. I also used the whole shim. I had a lot of area to cover in my built-ins so using the whole shim worked best for me.

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Step 2: Glue the shim to the cardboard. I tried to take a picture of myself gluing the shims to the cardboard. Not as easy as I thought it would be. But I think my baby girl captured this step beautifully.

I did run into a little issue gluing the first row. The shelf bracket was in my way and I couldn’t butt my shim up nice and close to the top of the shelf. I got out my brand new hand saw and made a little notch. It was really that easy. I made a little mark on the shim where I wanted the notch and chunked out the wood with the saw. I was thinking I am pretty smart and handy at this point. And I had just started, yeah me!

Step 3: Break out that hand saw! And cut off the end of one shim to complete your row.

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Before I started this project I was thinking I am going to need saw horses, a clamp of some sort, etc. But just the hand saw and a piece of cardboard to protect your table is all you need.  And for me it worked better to saw in one direction vs. a back and forth motion. Again not handy. So not sure if this was because of the cheap saw I bought or if it is common knowledge that you don’t actually saw in a back and forth motion.

Note: If you are on the flat end of the shim a pair of scissors works great to snip the shim to the right size.

Step 4: Keep working your way down the shelf. Use the excess you sawed off to start your next row or save for another row. I really had little waste when I was done.

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As I moved down the shelf I tried to make the transition from big end of the shim to flat end of the shim not as noticeable. I matched big end to big end or flat end to flat end as I worked across the row.

Note: The shim wood is not high quality wood. Lots of warped shims and holes and knots, etc. I personally liked the look of the non-perfect shims and used them to add a little character. But the warped ones was another story. It sometimes turned into a puzzle trying to find the right shims that would fit together. But I also found that if I did cut the shim at the warp it made it fit better and a usable shim. And a little gap between the shims is really unnoticeable unless you are a few inches from the back of the shelf.

 Step 5: I only had two of my shelves line up perfectly and not need a partial shim to complete the last row. But I was lucky to have a husband that has a table saw at work. He took a few shims to work and cut them at varying heights. Because I used all of my shims and didn’t throw out the warped ones my last row was not the same height all the way across. We measured in a couple different places on each shelf and found 4 common heights. My husband then cut several shims in each height and I used what fit best. A little puzzle!

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You might notice that the last row has a little red hue to it. It is Cedar! I originally bought 10 packages of shims but needed 11. I sent my husband to the Home Depot to get the last package. It never occurred to me that there would be different wood types in shims. My tip, check your packages and make sure the color matches up. Or end up with a half cedar shelf like mine. The cedar did smell wonderful. And I’d love to see what all cedar would look like!

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That’s it! I love how it turned out! And if you are intimidated by tools like me I had nothing to worry about with the hand saw. It wasn’t hard at all! And I still have all 10 of my fingers! I feel so handy right now that I might even give window caulking another try.

Thank you so much for letting me share my project with you! I will leave you with a few more after shots. I will warn you I am not a super styler. I am still moving things around! Looking at my inspiration picture makes me a little embarrassed to even be sharing how I styled my shelves. I envy all you awesome stylers out there. If I put all that stuff on my shelf it would look like a bunch of junk on a shelf instead of absolutely effortless and gorgeous. I am a master at styling the kids’ toys, books and puzzles though. Just saying.

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Thanks Lacey for sharing! They are so beautiful and really added some character to your house. And how fantastic that you can remove them! My husband might actually go for the idea if it is removable. Now I just have to figure out where I want to do this in my house. Enjoy your weekend, Moxies!

A Simple Curtain Anyone Can Learn To Sew

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This cute curtain is what sparked my interest in sewing. About six years ago my friend Beth (you know her from the last Feature Friday) taught me how to sew this curtain for above my kitchen window. I fell in love with the ribbon ties and loved its classic look. When Beth told me it was easy, I was a little skeptical. To my surprise, it was incredibly easy to sew and I have loved to sew ever since! Want to give it a try? It is easy, I promise!

Before we get started, let me warn you that I don’t claim to be a professional seamstress. I sew to create unique decor for my home. I am sure once upon a time my mom taught me all the fancy lingo for sewing. But as most teenagers, I thought I had better things to do then to learn about sewing. The good news for you is that it should be a simple tutorial that is easy to understand for the beginner.

Let’s get started! Here is what you need in the picture below. And of course a sewing machine!

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Knowing how much fabric to buy for the curtain.
Measure the area of the width you want your fabric to cover over your window. If you have an adjustable cheap white rod like mine, your will need to add an additional 4 inches to each side to cover where it wraps, which makes a total of 8 inches. My rod measures 36 inches and then I add in 3/4 inch seam allowance to each side making it a total of 1 1/2inches. My total width I will need is 45 1/2 inches (36 + 4×2 + 3/4×2= 45 1/2 inches). I would be generous with your width measurement. It is better for it to be too wide then too short.

For your curtain length, measure from the top of your rod to where you want your curtain to fall. If you want it to cover the whole window when the ribbons are untied, then measure a few inches past your window sill. If you are like me and know that you are going to always have them up, measure about 3/4 of the way down your window. My length was 27 inches. Add in a 2 1/4 inch seam allowance at your top and a 3/4 inch seam allowance at the bottom. My total length is 30 inches (27 + 2 1/4 + 3/4 = 30).

Most home decor fabric is 54″ wide (It will tell you on the side of the bolt). Since my window width is 45 1/2, I know my width will fit across the fabric. My length is 30 inches. Since there are 36 inches in a yard, I know that I can get one curtain made out of one yard. I ordered 2 yards since I have two windows.

Cut out your fabric
Cut your material out to the measurements you took earlier. Make sure you double check your measurements. This curtain is fairly forgiving if you mess up a little, but you can’t be too short on your width. I use a rotary wheel and a square to do my cutting. A good tip for cutting is to line your square up with the salvage edge (edge that hasn’t been cut) because you know that it is straight. If it isn’t perfectly straight, don’t fret. It should be okay as long as it isn’t way off.

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Ironing and pressing
One of the most important steps of sewing curtains is ironing and pressing down your raw edges. It actually takes longer then the sewing itself!

Start with the two sides of your curtain first. Fold in your raw edge 1/4 of an inch. If you have a frayed edge like mine don’t count the frayed part in your 1/4 inch. Press it down.

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Fold over again and measure 1/2 inch this makes a double hem. I like the double hem because it leaves a clean and professional looking edge. Press it down and pin it in place. If you press it down well you shouldn’t need too many pins. The more pins you put in the more you will have to take out as you sew.

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Sewing your ironed seams
Bring it over to your sewing machine and get your sew on!

Get your sew on

Take your fabric and line the edge of the fabric with the line that is marked 10 or 3/8 inch. Sew forward a few stitches then back stitch a few. Always do this when starting out each seam. When you are sewing, try to keep the edge of the fabric on this line the whole time to make a straight seam. The main purpose is to catch the 1/4 inch that your pressed down first.

Keeping it straight is the biggest challenge when you are a beginner. When I was first learning to sew, I put a piece of masking tape on the sewing machine to mark where I needed to line up my fabric. I found it easier.

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You should have your two sides sewn up. Now take what will be your bottom of your curtain and repeat the ironing step and pin it in place. Then sew it up just like you did before.

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Take what will be the top of your curtain and iron and press a 1/4 inch like you did before. This time you will be folding it over to be 2 inches. Press it down and pin. This is where you will insert your rod, so make sure your rod fits.

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Pining your ribbon in place
Pick out ribbon that coordinates with your fabric. The width of the ribbon doesn’t matter too much. I have done wider ribbon and it looks good too.

Place your curtain down on a flat surface and place the ribbon about where you think it would look good from the edge. Then just make sure each side is even by measuring in the same from the edge. Mine is about 11 inches in from the edge.

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Pin your ribbon down at the top and wrap it so ribbon is draping down the front and the back of the curtain. Let it hang about six inches or so past the curtain bottom. Pin it again one more time along the seam so it holds in place before you sew it.

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Sew your last seam! I line the presser foot up with the edge on the left. Keep the left of the presser foot aligned with the left edge of the seam to keep it straight. Again if you feel more comfortable putting a piece of tape down as a guide to keep it straight, then do it!

Stop right before you get to the ribbon and make sure everything is straight and that it isn’t bunched up in the back. Then sew over the top of the ribbon.

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Everything should be all sewn at this point. Put your curtain on your rod and tie up your ribbons. I usually tie up my ribbon before I hang it up on the rod. The final step is to cut your ribbon at angles to the length that looks good to you.

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And you are done! A beautiful curtain that you can make in a few hours. It really is easy! My only warning is that once you learn how to do it, you will be constantly wanting to switch it out with new fabric. This is my third curtain that I have made like this. Happy Sewing, Moxies!

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Gettin’ Crafty for Christmas

Christmas is almost here and it is crunch time to get everything done. Anyone else feeling a little behind? I feel like I have been letting my little blog down by not having any posts lately.  It is seriously just hard to keep up with it all sometimes.

I didn’t want to leave you all hanging without anything before Christmas. So, I thought I would share a couple Christmas crafts that I have been working on. Want to see them?

If you follow me on Facebook you may have seen how excited I was when the hubs brought some cut tree slivers home. No, I didn’t make a table or stools. You guys have good ideas! My idea isn’t nearly as creative, but I liked how it turned out. I have printable templates that I will leave at the bottom of this post if you want to try it out yourself. Just buy some transfer paper at your local craft store!

I used chalkboard paint for the first idea. You can use it as a center piece tray with fruit or cookies for your holiday party. Or use it as a giant coaster on your sofa table. I am thinking this could make a great gift for your man to use in his man cave. What man wouldn’t want a GIANT coaster for Christmas?

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I also created one with just white paint. I love the earthy charm it added to my Christmas decorations.

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I also crafted some adorable snowflake pillows. They are a decoration you can leave up all winter long. Think creative with your fabric! My gold snowflake is from an old gold pillow cover and my wool fabric on the other pillow is from an old skirt. I was inspired after my friend Emily’s Feature Friday post to get thrifty.

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Well, Moxies I need to get back to Christmas baking and wrapping presents! I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas! Don’t forget printable templates are below. Just click on the image to download.

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Feature Friday | With Lacey

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Today I am bringing you the very first Feature Friday! On the first Friday of every month I am going to feature a project from a guest. It was almost a year ago that I wrote my first blog post. I was a little nervous about it because I have never been a super writer.  But, I found I loved being able to share my projects with someone. It gave me a sense of accomplishment and it gave me more motivation to tackle some of those project ideas that are always spooling through my mind.  Because I have enjoyed blogging so much, I want to give others the opportunity to share their creative ideas. If you want to be a guest simply email me at moxiedesignstudioia.wordpress.com with your idea. I would love to hear it and share it with everyone!

My first guest blogger is my sister, Lacey. She is very crafty and quite creatively talented. I can’t wait for you to meet her and hear about her project!

Hi all! I am super excited (and honored) to be guest posting today. I am actually in love with the idea of it. I get to share a completed project with someone other than my husband and kids. And not that my husband and kids aren’t great. They are. But I am looking for “Wow Lacey. That roller shade is amazing. It is not only super functional but stylish too. And I love how you tied the yellow in from the kitchen. Breathtaking. You could be an interior designer.” And instead I get “Did you put up a shade?” I think this is a great way to show off some of our amazing projects we do around our homes. Great idea Lindsay!

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It has been over 2 years since we moved into our home. And in the fall when it starts to get dark earlier I become very aware that I do not have a window covering on the door off the kitchen. I didn’t want to do a blind. The cords scare me with my kids running around. And I really wanted to add some color to my otherwise beige home. I was cruising Pinterest one evening and came across this great idea to glue fabric to a cheap roller shade. This project seemed perfect for me. I like simple.

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I finally ordered some fabric and had the Home Depot cut a roller shade to cover the window. And then I spent an hour one Sunday afternoon gluing the fabric to the shade. Only to find out by adding the fabric I doubled the thickness and weight of the shade and it would not roll up more than a third of the way before it got stuck. I really liked the look of the shade down and started to tell myself “who needs sunlight?!” when I came up with the idea to remove the vinyl shade, get out my sewing machine, and use only the hardware to make a fabric roller shade. I then searched and found a great tutorial on Design Sponge. The project start to finish (including having the hubs hang the hardware on the door) took around 2 hours. And I love the finished project! It looks great and works too! The only people who might be disappointed are our neighbors who will no longer get to watch us eat at night.

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One tip that I did not think about but lucked into was my choice of fabric. The geometric pattern made it really easy to keep things square and straight. So if you are on the fence trying to choose between fabrics and one is geometric you can save yourself a little bit of time measuring and cutting if you go with the geometric print.

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The glass on this door is my nemesis. It always has fingerprints on it. This is my buddy looking pretty cute in tears after I told him not to touch the glass. I had just cleaned it to take a before picture and mid-popsicle he got down from the table and touched my clean glass. I couldn’t even keep it clean long enough to snap a picture!

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My new strategy. Pull the shade when the fingerprints get super bad.

Thanks Lacey for sharing your project! How many of you have tried a Pinterest project that ended up not working out the way it should have? So frustrating, right! I am glad you found a solution, Lacey. It looks very functional, but stylish too. Oh and very breathtaking!

By the way, did anyone notice feet in the first photo? I was editing these late and didn’t notice my nephews feet in the corner until this morning. I was laughing so hard!! I just had to leave it with hopes others would also get a good laugh.

Have a good weekend, Moxies!

I Now Have Pumpkins In My House

For my last Fab Friday I mentioned my lack of decorating for fall. Well, it is official. I now have pumpkins in my house! For those of you that don’t know me, this is shocking news.

I had fun experimenting with paint, creating an ombre pumpkin and a chevron one too. I also did a little wrappn’ with string and twine.  Check them out!

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Are you a seasonal decorator? What seasons do you decorate or DON’T decorate for? Let’s hear it!

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Pallet Signs; How and Where to Hang Them

If you have been following us on Facebook, you may have noticed that I love to create pallet signs. There are a lot of tutorials out in the blogoshpere and pinterest about how to make a pallet sign, but not often do they show ideas on where to hang them and more importantly how to hang them. They can get kind of heavy!

There are several creative ways to use a pallet sign in your home. This is one of my favorites at House Tweaking. The headboard says exactly what I was thinking!

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The Caldwell Project styled this living room perfectly and showed exactly how to create a  gorgeous space. The Chillax sign is why I decided to use the word Chillax for my space.

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If you are worried about drilling some holes in your wall to hold up a pallet sign, you could consider leaning it against the wall on a shelf. Love this by the Proverbs 31 Girl

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Funky Junk Interiors shows layering the pallet sign with a mirror over it. The layering creates some dimension in the space and also keeps the holes out of the walls.

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Yet another beautiful pallet sign by Blooming Homesteads shown hanging in a hallway or entryway.

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Now that I am sure all of you have thought of the perfect place to put a pallet sign, let’s talk about how to hang these heavy things up!  There are two ways you could hang up your sign. One, you could find the studs in your wall and drill in screws stud width apart. Or two, you could put drywall anchors in and put screws into those wherever you want. Either way works to hold your sign up. And both require a similar measuring technique.

Step 1: Pick out sturdy hardware to hold up your sign. This is what I picked up at Wal Mart in the bracket section near the tools. You also have the option of buying them with drywall anchors. The package is marked Heavy Duty Hanging Kit. I am confident these should do the trick. Thank you clearly marked label!!

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Step 2:  If you are wanting to go without drywall anchors then you will need to find the studs in your wall. I used a stud finder. And if you have a husband like mine, be prepared for smart comments about finding the stud. He thinks he is funny when he beeps himself!! Okay, I usually laugh too. I also realized this is the perfect opportunity to stroke his ego and ask for help!

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Step 3: Once you have located your studs, eh hem….in your wall, mark where they are with chalk. Mine are 16 inches apart, which I think is pretty standard. I like to use chalk because it can easily be wiped off when you are finished.

For the width placement of your screws (look at diagram below)
Find the center of where you want your pallet sign to hang. Mine is the center of my love seat, so I measured the length of my love seat and divided it in half. My center chalk mark ends up being centered between two studs, which means I don’t need drywall anchors. Next I drew two vertical lines (with a level ) off of my marks I made earlier that marked the studs.

If the center chalk mark of where I wanted my sign was not centered between two studs, I would have used drywall anchors. Then I would have measured 8 inches to the left and to the right of my center mark. Then I would have drawn vertical lines at those points instead of where the studs were.

For the height placement of your screws (look at diagram below)
This might be easiest with help from your stud muffin, especially if your pallet sign is large. I did hang up mine without help from mine, but it definitely would have been easier with help. Hold your sign up and mark on the wall with chalk about where you would want the bottom of the sign to fall.

Then measure your pallet sign from the bottom to about where you want your hardware. Go ahead and mark that with a pen on your sign, you will use that mark later. Take that measurement (mine was 18 inches) and measure from your mark on the wall that was marking your bottom of the sign and measure up 18 inches or whatever your measurement came to. Draw a line horizontally holding a level. Where your vertical lines and your horizontal line intersect is where you will put your screws or drywall anchors if you need them.

That got lengthy! Still with me?

Step 3

Step 4: Do a similar measuring technique on the pallet. Find the center of your pallet. Then measure 8 inches to the left and 8 inches to the right. Draw vertical lines with a level at these points. Finally, draw a horizontal line with a level from the mark you made back in Step 3 that was 18 inches up from the bottom. Where these lines intersect drill your screws into your hardware to keep them in place. One Note: make sure your screws are short enough so they don’t go through your pallet.

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Alright, time to hang it up and your done! And if somehow you mismeasured, push the couch slightly to the left or right and your STUD will never know. That never happens though, right?

For those of you that may have noticed, the revamp to my living room is making progress. Stay tuned for a big reveal after I finish up a few projects, including that little table off to the right. Have a good weekend, Moxies!

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Lindsay

Creating Ombre Fabric with Rit Dye

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Ombre is everywhere! I love it on pillows, curtains, vases, rugs, dressers and even on walls. It is a fad that I can’t get enough of.  I decided to try out creating my own ombre décor using Rit dye.  Are you as excited as I am?  It literally takes minutes and the result is fantastic.

Before we get started, make sure your fabric doesn’t have any moisture protector on it. It will not absorb the dye well. I bought a twill from Joanns that I didn’t realize had moisture protector on it and the dye didn’t absorb well. I also bought a twill at hobby lobby that worked just fine. You will know when you put it under water and the water just beads up instead of absorbing into the fabric.

Do you have your rubber gloves ready? How about a bucket and fabric?  Let’s dye some fabric!!

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The Dipping Method
Make sure you are set up in an area that is okay if you are dripping dye and getting messy. I started inside at my sink with drop cloths down. I ended up outside.

Step 1: Cut your fabric into to the size you want. I did pillows so I cut mine into 17 and half by 17 and a half squares and 10 and a half by 13 and a half rectangles.

Step 2: Mix up the Rit dye according to your box or bottle. I tried both and I liked the bottle best. I got a few blotches of darker color when I used the box.  I am sure the box works fine if you take the time to really get it mixed.  Patience is not my friend during nap time! I also chose to add the salt for a brighter color.

Step 3: First wet your fabric with warm water. Then dip your fabric into the dye to the furthest point you want there to be color.  Pull the fabric out quickly. It doesn’t take long for the dye to soak in. To get the lightest color in the gradient you need to be quick. Then dip it again, just below the lightest part then gradually take out the fabric. Hold the fabric in at the bottom portion of the fabric for approximately five to ten minutes so the bottom is nice and dark.

Step 4: Let it dry. I set up a clothes drying rack in my garage and let it dry over night.

Pretty easy and sweet looking, right?

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Dipped Fabric Strips

Step 1: Cut your fabric into strips. I am making curtains so my strips are 7 inches by 45 inches. My gradient goes across 5 strips.

Step 2: Mix up the Rit dye according to your box or bottle.

Step 3: First wet your fabric strips with warm water. Then put the first strip in and pull it out immediately. As I mentioned earlier, it doesn’t take long to create your lightest color. Then put all your strips in the bucket. Pull the second strip out after ten to thirty seconds. Pull the third strip out after five minutes.  Pull the fourth strip out after fifteen minutes.  Finally, pull the fifth strip out after thrity minutes.

Step 4: Let it dry.  Again, I set up a clothes drying rack in my garage and let it dry over night.

Check out the final effect!

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For the curtains I created, I sewed each strip together leaving frayed edges.  I did it on pillows back in my post fabric flower obsession. I love the simple texture it creates.

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There are a lot of options you could create using your own ombre dyed fabric. Curtains, pillows, chair covers, ottoman poofs, t-shirts basically any fabric you can think of that would dip into a bucket of dye. I would love to see what you come up with! Show us on facebook or link up to this post. Have a good weekend, Moxies!

Lindsay

Reupholstering Chairs; Intimidating For Good Reason

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Does anyone remember these chairs? The last time I blogged about them was back in February. I was trying to get myself motivated to start working on them.  I believe I called them intimidating and apparently for good reason. Everything about these chairs was as hard as it looks. At times I was ready to boot them to the curb.

When I started this project, my plan was to share my step by step process. Somewhere in between stapling fabric for the third time, resewing pieces and pulling out my hair, I got a little lost in my step by step process. What I will do is share some things that worked and didn’t work along the way.

The absolute most important part of this process was to take apart the chair carefully and study each piece and how it was put together. I tried to keep every piece in tact as much as possible and I took several pictures along the way. I then used the pieces I took apart as my pattern. Even with all of the carefulness, I found myself referencing my pictures and thankfully a second chair that was still put together.

Did anyone else think memory foam looked easy to cut? Yeah, me too! Cutting memory foam was something I expected to take a few min. Unfortunately it DID NOT! I bought an electric knife to cut it like I watched on several YouTube videos. My YouTube video would have included me throwing a mini tantrum, in which I chucked the foam across the room. It felt kind of good and I now understand why my boys do it. At least foam isn’t breakable!

I learned how to sew piping back in my post bring on the piping. And I am not lying, sewing the actual piping is probably one of the easier parts if you have a piping foot. However, I quickly learned that sewing double piping is a whole other beast. I felt beast was the proper term to use as I was definitely starting to feel like one. By this point in the project I was grunting and pulling out hair! HA! I am thinking it isn’t meant for a first timer. I am hoping to get the hang of it after a few more attempts. Well I can hope anyway!!

Of course in any project there is always the unexpected element that goes wrong. I have used a staple gun probably over one hundred times. I went to staple on my fabric on the back piece and I learned this chair is made of a HARD wood! The staples didn’t want to go in all the way. I ended up purchasing a staple gun at Joanns with tension control in the upholstery section. It seemed to do the trick.

Thank goodness there are sometimes things that unexpectdly go right! Fabric covered buttons are so fun and easy. I bought mine at Joann’s Fabric. When buying fabric covered buttons, get the plastic buttons not the metal. The metal buttons kept popping apart and they didn’t hold together as well as the plastic buttons.

Now if only the tufting went as well as the fabric buttons. I think my mom got concerned for my well being at this point and offered to help. I am not kidding when I said I was turning into a beast! She ended up sewing a button on the back of the tufts to help them be deeper tufts. Moms are fantastic, aren’t they??

This project has proved to be one of the most difficult I have ever attempted. And I am so happy that it is finished and officially off my to do list. So are you ready to finally see the finished project? Drum roll please……

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Barrel Chair with pillow

These chairs are currently available in Dysart at Custom Creations by Sheri. I met Sheri at the Backroads Vintage Market. She is a professional upholsterer that does immaculate upholstery work. Maybe the next time I run into a pair of chairs like these I will just call Sheri instead of pulling my hair out!

Lindsay