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How to Make a Chalkboard

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in art, crafts | 6 comments

How to Make a Chalkboard

Do you ever get in a hurry…and do ridiculous things while trying to hurry?

And in the quest to get things done quickly…you actually spend more time doing what you are trying to get done?

Like instead of making 2 trips to get your groceries to your house from the car, you try to carry it all in one and you end up dropping half of what you were trying to carry?

Or when you are trying to make a chalkboard real quick and you end up grabbing the High Heat black paint {instead of the chalkboard paint} and you paint on all 3 coats and then you try to write on it and you can’t figure out why it’s not erasing?

Ok…so I’m guessing that I’m probably the only one who has ever done that…but it happened to me today. UGH.

But luckily the sun was shining and the paint was drying fast and the chalkboard is finished!

And if I had known how easy it was to make…I would have made one years ago!

How to Make a Chalkboard:

DIY Chalkboard

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How to Frame a Poster

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in art, crafts | 3 comments

How to Frame a Poster

This is so ridiculously easy…that I almost didn’t share it.

I mean, I’m almost embarrassed to share it.

But it just turned out so exactly like what I was hoping.

And sometimes I need ridiculously easy.

Because in just 2 weeks, I am hosting a Fall Home Tour with 20 of the most AMAZING bloggers in the world!

And needless to say my house looks like the Hobby Lobby fall aisle exploded in my foyer and dining room and kitchen…

…yeah, it’s that bad.

And I figured if you are anything like me {minus the Hobby Lobby explosion}

you could use some ridiculously easy in your life about now!

So here is how to frame a poster:

How to Frame a Poster

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Frugal Fall Art

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in crafts, fall | 5 comments

Frugal Fall Art

I’m sure this has never happened to you.

You get all excited that it’s time to decorate for the fall…

…and you start getting the boxes of beautiful fall decorations from years past out of the attic.

Only to realize that the giant wicker acorn that you thought was just perfect when you bought it…now looks ridiculous…and you wonder what you were ever thinking to have bought the tin can mummies!?

And then you pull out a wheat wreath that you still love and your faith is restored.

But that is followed by a berry wreath that most of the berries have fallen off of and you don’t even like the color of the berries any more.

So after you sort through your collection you realize that you have enough to decorate your downstairs powder room…that measure 6×9…

…and maybe something to hang on the front door.

That’s when the fun begins and your frugal, creative self kicks in! :)

Here is one way to make some frugal fall art:

Fall Banner

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How to Make a Banner

Posted by on Sep 7, 2014 in crafts | 7 comments

How to Make a Banner

Forty-six 7th graders just left my house.


We filled them with pizza and cookies and washed it all down with cokes….

…and then all 46 of them crammed into our family room for a game of charades.

Boys vs. Girls.

And for the next hour they acted like dinosaurs and Spiderman and pretended to cook and mop

…as their team yelled answers at the top of their lungs.

So if you catch any misspelled words or these directions don’t make much sense…

…blame it on the charades. Or the yelling. Or the claustrophobia.

But this banner is so easy to make that I actually think I could’ve made it right in the midst of that chaos I just lived through.

And I guess we all know who won…

How to Make a Banner:

How to Make a Banner

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How to Make Pumpkins from Toilet Paper Rolls

Posted by on Aug 24, 2014 in crafts, fall | 6 comments

How to Make Pumpkins from Toilet Paper Rolls

My Daisy turns 15 today. :)

This means that she’ll be driving my car soon.

Driving. My. Car.

With people in it. Including me and her father and her 2 younger sisters.

Driving us to school. Driving us to the grocery store. Driving us to church.

Lila Mae asked, “Do we get a special car while Daisy learns? One with an extra steering wheel on your side, Mom?”

This isn’t a bad idea. I think I’d like an extra steering wheel and brake.

Could someone invent that real quick…like before she passes this driver’s test?

Or do you think they’d let me rent one of those driver’s ed cars?

In the mean time, I’ll just distract myself by making these adorable pumpkins.

How to Make Pumpkins from Toilet Paper Rolls

How to Make a Pumpkin

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How to Make a Fall Wreath

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in crafts, fall, front door, wreaths | 16 comments

How to Make a Fall Wreath

Fall is right around the corner.

I know it is because my calendar told me so.

Too bad that someone forgot to tell the weather.

Cross Country was cancelled for my oldest today because the heat index is at 109!


That isn’t even close to fall…

But I will just keep pretending and setting out pumpkins and decorating wreaths and displaying gourds in cute little DIY cloches and totally ignoring the fact that you melt as soon as you walk outside the door.

I’m good at pretending…as long as I have an air conditioner!

So for those of you who are ready to get ready for the fall that is sure to come.

Here is how to make a fall wreath.

Fall Wreath Tutorial

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