Wind and Fall Block Letters

It’s windy!!!  I mean W-I-N-D-Y!!!  As I was pulling up the internet to begin this post a strong wind gust came up that sounded like it was going to blow the glass right out of the window in my office.  Anyone with windows made in the last 10 maybe even 20 years probably won’t understand this, but our windows are old so while very vintage and cool looking (maybe just to me) they are not super quiet or shall we say energy efficient.  When it’s windy they rattle all night and then sound like they are going to fly out of the wall.  It’s perfect for getting a great night sleep (I say as I yawn and take another sip of my coffee).

Speaking of the weather (how’d you like that segway?). . .

I am behind on getting decorated for fall.  Very behind!  The problem for me this year was the weather.  It just did not feel like fall.  In fact, until this wind storm some of my trees still had green leaves!  It’s hard to be getting in a cozy fall mood when it still feels summery outside.  Not that I am complaining because I have definitely been enjoying the warm weather and getting a lot of pre-winter outdoor projects completed.

In between working outside in the nice warm weather, I did get some fall projects completed just in time to take them down and start decorating for Christmas.  I’m super excited to begin the Christmas festivities, but I will try and slow down and enjoy the fall and Thanksgiving Holiday for now.

Today I am going to share with you my wood fall block project.

Wood Fall Block Letters

Here is a brief description of how to make this project.  I will be doing a similar project with more of a Christmas theme next week, but in the meantime comment or email with any questions.

Wood Fall Block Letters

First, you will need (4) pieces of a 1×6 cut into 5.5″ pieces (so they are square).  Cut more or less pieces if you decide to do a different word other than fall.  I would measure the width of your 1×6 as it will depend on the type of board you get, but most will be about 5.5″.  Next, sand your pieces as needed.  Stain to the color that you would like.  I stained mine with Minwax Special Walnut stain.  Print out the letters that you would like in the font style you like or use stencils.  I use Power Point and make a box the size of my squares and insert the letters into the box so I know how large I can make them.  For this project however, I used stencils that I had from another project.  Either trace using your stencils or set a piece of carbon paper (found at Office Depot) under your printout and trace the letters onto the wood.  Once you have the letters traced onto your wood then you can paint the letters with acrylic paint or a paint pen.  Once the letters are dry cover with a poly top coat.  I used Rustoleum water based polyurethane.  Staple with a staple gun a looped piece of twine to hang your wood letter blocks.

Wood Fall Block Letters

They are a perfect rustic fall addition to my decor.

Wood Fall Block Letters

Thanks for stopping by!  Remember be creative, be inspired, and be authentic.

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Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.  ~Coco Chanel

Cafe Curtain Tutorial

Hey there!  Today I’m going to share with you my plans for putting together a quick cafe curtain.  I made this cafe curtain for my kitchen window because I wanted something that provided some privacy, but still let light in and was easy to open and close.

Cafe Curtain Tutorial

I found this fabric at Jo-Ann Fabric and to my delight it was the exact height I needed with finished edges already on the top and bottom (Yay for two less hems).  It was in the section of fabric with the linens, canvas, and burlap.  I love how it looks like old french linens.

Cafe Curtain Tutorial

Here’s what you need:

  • Fabric of your choice
  • Curtain rod in the measurement you need for your window
  • Cafe Rod Clip Set (I think I found mine at Wal-Mart or Target)
  • Sewing Supplies
  • Tools for hanging curtain rod

Cafe Curtain Tutorial

First, I measured my window for the height I would need, and then the width of the window.  I did 1.5x the width of my window in fabric.  For example, if your window is 36″ wide, you will want your curtain to be 54″ wide.  Measure and cut out your fabric allowing a little extra for hemming (I do 1/4″).  Hem each side of your curtain (and if you are lucky like me then you will only have to hem two sides).  Then lay your curtain out like I have it above and space your cafe curtain clips evenly along the top of your curtain.

Cafe Curtain Tutorial

Cafe Curtain Tutorial

Next, measure and install your curtain rod.  Then hang your curtain!  Easy Peasy!

Cafe Curtain Tutorial

Cafe Curtain Tutorial

Cafe Curtain Tutorial

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Making New Wood Look Like Aged Barnwood + Free Printable

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I have so much to share with you today.  Most importantly, I am going to share with you my technique for making new wood look like beautiful aged barn wood.  In order to do this, I will show you how to make a really simple, but oh so rustic and chic clothes pin picture frame.  And last, I will share a free printable that I created to put in my new picture frame.

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

Let’s get started. . .

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

First, the wood and paint supplies you will need are:

  • (1) 6 ft. 1×6 fence post slat cut into (3) 18″ pieces.  These cost between $1.50 and $3.00, so this is seriously an inexpensive but super cute project!  I also like to use the fence slats because this is rough cut wood which adds the same feel that you would get from old barn wood.
  • Minwax classic gray stain.
  • Deep brown glaze (I made mine by mixing a deep chocolate brown acrylic paint with a glazing medium).
  • White or Off White Acrylic Paint.
  • Polyurethane top coat (I used Rustoleum Water Based Polyurethane)
  • Mini clothes pins.  I found them at our local big box store.
  • Wood glue

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

Cut your fence slat into (3) 18″ pieces.

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

I used my Kreg jig to add pocket holes for connecting my wood pieces together.  Add two pocket holes to each of your outer pieces of wood (4 pocket holes total).

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

This is what my wood looked like after I drilled my pocket holes.  Before I screwed the wood together, I “sanded” my wood by just brushing it off really well with a steel wire brush.  You can actually sand the wood if you would like, but I personally like to leave a lot of the roughness of rough cut wood since we are going for an old barn wood look.  Since old barns were made from rough cut wood that wasn’t sanded this is how I try to replicate that feel. I also stained and painted my boards before I screwed them together.  Next. . .

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

My first step for creating an aged look to the wood is to stain the wood with Minwax classic gray stain.  I stained it and let it dry for a couple hours before moving to the next step.

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

Wow!  That is a really pretty paint brush!  As you can see I like to re-use and re-use and re-use my paint brushes, and apparently I’m not great at cleaning them.  You can use an old paintbrush for this next step because you will be lightly dry brushing the dark brown glaze over your wood.  Dip the end of your brush in the glaze and then wipe off the excess on the sides of your can and dab any additional excess on a paper towel.  Very lightly brush over the top of your wood and then begin to brush harder as the brush gets dryer.  You can add more glaze in areas of the wood that would naturally age darker like along the knots or darker grained areas.

If you really want to add some additional aged character to the wood then before you stain you could beat up the wood a little by banging it with a hammer, chain, or even putting some nail holes in it.  Then add some extra glaze to these areas to really bring out the aging.  Just an extra thought since I did not do this step on this project.

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

After your glaze has dried (it doesn’t take very long to dry), then dry brush very lightly over the top with a white or off white acrylic paint (found at hobby or crafting stores).

Once this coat has dried (I gave mine 24 hours) then paint your polyurethane coat over the top.  I like Rustoleum Water Based Polyurethane in satin.  Let your poly coat dry, and then screw the 3 pieces together.

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

Place the mini clothes pins in place and secure them with wood glue.  I set a book on top of my clothes pins while the wood glue dried.  Another afterthought. . . it would have looked nice if I had stained my clothes pins with the gray stain.  Next time!

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

And it’s ready to hang!  I used an eyelet hook to hang mine on my entry wall.  Here is the free Hope Printable I created using some adorable graphics from The Graphics Fairy.

Stay tuned because in the next couple weeks I will be sharing my transformation of the corner table in the pictures below.  It is in need of a re-do!

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

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5 Simple Steps to Refresh the Front Porch

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Front Porch Refresh

My front porch has been a project that I have wanted to tackle for quite a while.  It was easy to ignore through the winter, and I knew that part of the transformation I wanted to do was paint my doors a new color.  Trying to decide which color to paint was a huge can of worms that I couldn’t quite get a handle on.  Red was at the top of the list because it went well with the fresh exterior house color, and it is very flexible through the seasons.  However, there were so many other colors that I LOVED too, and I just couldn’t make a decision.  Sooooo, I completely ignored my front porch. . . no decorations, no cushions, just walked by and didn’t pay attention to it at all.

Front Porch Refres

This is what I looked at for months, and this was actually after I had started to plant the flowers in spring and hung that sad wreath on the door.  Pretty blah huh!  The doors had a fresh and clean coat of white paint from the whole house paint project, but because of the location of the doors (kind of in a corner) the white didn’t make the doors stand out at all.  There was no WOW, and it was not very welcoming either.  On top of that my old chair cushions were in desperate need of retirement, but my indecisiveness was plaguing me on those as well.

Finally summer came, and I couldn’t ignore the front porch anymore!

Front Porch RefreshThe things I did for my front porch transformation were all very simple projects with big results.  This is the list of projects I completed for the makeover:

1.  Paint the front doors.  I FINALLY decided on Sherwin Williams Salute Exterior paint with a brown glaze over the top.  I really wanted a bright color that made the entry stand out and scream “This is the Entry,” since it isn’t very obvious because of the layout of the house.  I also wanted a color that would allow me to easily transition through the seasons and holidays.

Front Porch Refresh2.  Add color and texture with wreaths.  I made these canvas and burlap wreaths for the front doors.  You can check out the tutorial here.

Front Porch Makeover3.  New chair cushions!  I decided to make new cushions for my chairs.  I wanted something inexpensive so I wouldn’t feel bad leaving them out all year and something that would again be very easy to transition through seasons.  Check out the tutorial for making these here.

Front Porch Refresh4.  Add some splashes of color with these cute toss pillows.  These adorable toss pillows are made out of bandannas.  So cute, so easy, and so inexpensive.  Here’s the tutorial.

Front Porch Refresh5.  Flowers, Furniture, and Decor.  Planting flowers is always a great way to add curb appeal to your home, as well as adding a few accessories.

Front Porch RefreshTa-dah!!!  I’m so excited to have a fresh, bright, and welcoming front porch.

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Shabby Chic Ruffled Stockings

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As I was planning my mantle for this Christmas season, I knew I wanted to create some rustic shabby chic stockings to go with the other decorations I was planning.  So I started rummaging through my fabric and came up with a design for these.

Collage

The body of the stocking is made from a canvas paint cloth, and the ruffles are scrap fabric that I had leftover from other projects.

 

Complete 1You will need:

  • Canvas paint cloth or burlap (or any other fabric that you would like to use) – The stocking measures 19″ X 11″ and you will need to cut it out twice for one stocking.
  • Fabric of your choice for the ruffle – I started with a strip of fabric about 4-5″ in height and about 58″ in length.
  • String, ribbon, or fabric for the hanging loop
  • Sewing machine
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins

Complete 2You can print out the pattern I created (StockingPattern), or if you have a stocking that you like the size and shape of you can trace that.  Sorry for the very rough pattern, this is my original hand drawn pattern.  I will work on getting it updated, but I wanted to give you something today.

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Double the fabric and pin your pattern or trace your stocking and cut out the fabric so you have two pieces of the same stocking shape.

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Hem the top of each piece of your stocking.  I prefer to do this before I sew the two pieces of the stocking together, but you could do it after the next step as well.  Be sure if you hem them before you sew them together that your hems go the opposite direction.  I found it was easiest to lay them together and have the hems coming out towards me on each side.

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Pin and sew your two sides of your stocking together with the right/pretty sides facing in and wrong sides facing out.  If you hemmed before this step you want your hems facing out.  If you waited to hem after this step, then you can hem the top now.

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Flip your stocking right side out.  I find it easiest to run my finger or a closed pen along the seam to get it pushed out.

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Now cut out your ruffle fabric to be about 4-5″ in height and about 58″ in length.  I just cut as straight as possible down the side of my fabric.  If you fabric isn’t quite long enough you can cut out two pieces and sew them together.

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Hem each side of your ruffle fabric (all four sides).  I left the ends of my ruffle fabric rough on one of my stockings, but I felt like the ones that I hemmed looked better.  I did not sew the two ends of the ruffle fabric together to make a circle because I wanted to have some flexibility with the length if it was a little long.

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Next is ruffling.  There are several ways to ruffle fabric.  You can use a ruffler foot on your sewing machine, you can set your sewing machine on a long step length and then pull the thread on each end of your fabric to ruffle, you can hand ruffle with a needle and thread, or you can hand ruffle with your sewing machine.  I like the last option the best.  As I sew I bunch/fold the fabric just before it goes under my sewing machine foot.  This worked perfect for this project because I wanted to have some fabric ruffled above the top of my stocking and I wanted to have a ruffle skirt below the top of my stocking.  I decided how much I wanted to have on each side (about an inch on top and the rest on the bottom) and then placed the fabric at that point as it went under my sewing machine foot.  Then I just used my hands to bunch from both sides just as it was going under the foot.  It is a little slow going, but this is my preferred way of ruffling.

Before I did these stockings, I measured the length around the top of my stockings which was 18″.  I laid out my sewing tape to 18″ so I had a visual of how long I needed it to be and I adjusted my ruffle as I went (ruffle more if it was looking too long, ruffle less if it was looking too short).  It doesn’t have to be perfect, but too long is way better than too short. If it comes out a little long you can overlap the ruffle or ruffle a little more as you are attaching it to the stocking.  In fact, I felt it looked better to have 1/2″ to 1″ of overlap.  I have been ruffling like this for years, so I am not saying this is the easiest way, but it is the easiest way for me.  No changing of the sewing machine foot, no cursing when your thread breaks if you are trying to pull the ruffle, and no stabbing myself  with a needle when I hand sew (one of the many reasons I don’t like to hand sew).

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This is what you will end up with once ruffled.

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Then pin your ruffle to the top of your stocking and carefully sew along your already sewn ruffle line.  As I was pinning I lined my sewn ruffle line up just below my hemline on the top of the stocking.

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Last, sew your ribbon, twine, or fabric to the top edge of your stocking at the desired length you would like it.  Be careful because with all that ruffle it is easy to get it folded over when sewing this piece on.

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Another option with these stockings would be to paint/write names or holiday words on them to further personalize them.  I decided to leave them simple, but there are always options to spruce them up some more in the future.

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I love how these stockings turned out, and I can’t wait to see all your stocking creations!

Please let me know if you have any questions.

I would love if you would pin and share this with your friends!

Thanks so much.

~Andrea~