Sunday, December 30, 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

"A" is for Applique Pillow

Sew: personalized applique pillow

One last post for Christmas Eve:
Easy to sew personalized applique pillow with flanged edge.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

"P" is for Plaid Stockings

Sew: personalized plaid stockings

Just in time for Christmas!  
A friend asked for a set of Christmas stockings now that they have a new little guy James.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

How to Add a Butcher Block Top to a Locker Nightstand

butcher block wood top on metal nightstand

How to add a butcher block wood top to a metal locker nightstand.

before and after nightstand makeover

A friend of mine recently updated her oldest son's bedroom:

Sunday, December 9, 2012

DIY Napkin Ring Placecards

diy wood napking ring placecards

A napkin ring makeover two ways to make placecards.

1. Chalkboard napkin rings for the kids table:

diy wood napkin rings chalkboard placecards

2. Jingle bell placecard holders for the adults:

diy wood napkin ring placecards

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

"S" is for Santa sign

Paint: Santa STOP here sign

An old broken table top quickly becomes a Christmas decoration with a little paint:

Friday, November 30, 2012

"G" is for Giveaway: Ramsign enamel sign

Here's your chance to win a beautiful, old fashioned, hand stenciled sign done with thick and glossy enamel in five different color options from Ramsign.

The perfect addition to your home, an enameled house number adds just a touch of charm and vintage appeal almost everyone is certain to love.

And what better time to win - your sign could be just the gift you were looking for for that special family!

Or course Ramsign also makes the most beautiful name plates, a stylish addition to your entrance that will last generations to come: 

All photos above courtesy

This giveaway is for a house number, so just for kicks I edited my front door to include a Ramsign house number.

How about the Highlander design with clearly visible black text on a white background:

Or for some fun with color, the Metropolitan design with classic blue enamel and white lettering:

I'm in love with them both.  Now it's your turn.

To enter the giveaway:

** Updated 12/3/12: This giveaway is now closed. **

 Please follow these rules for your chance to win a Ramsign house number sign with 1-5 digits in any of their 5 design styles:

(** Name signs and address plaques are not part of the giveaway.)

1. Leave a comment below detailing which Ramsign design you'd choose.
Please be sure to include your email address in your comment.

Once there you'll see lots more product photos you're going to love!

** Updated 12/3/12: This giveaway is now closed. **
This giveaway is open to everyone worldwide.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012

Dresser Makeover with Enamel Paint

How to makeover a dresser using oil based enamel paint.

dresser makeover with enamel paint

This dresser set went from nursery white to grown up black:

nursery dresser beforedresser makeover after

A friend asked if I would paint the dressers from her nursery set since her kids had now outgrown the crib.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

"G" is for Giveaway: The Handbuilt Home

Updated 11/16/12: This giveaway is now closed.

It's no secret I love Ana White and I'm so excited to offer TWO of my lucky readers a free copy of Ana's new book The Handbuilt Home.

Ana started from scratch teaching herself the skills necessary to build furniture and she's sharing all her tips, tricks and 34 new builds in this book.

If you have a saw, drill and that DIY initiative you too can build any of the pieces from Ana's book.  And believe me you're going to want to build every single piece.

Here's The Farmhouse Headboard from the bed plans on page 136:

I actually made the headboard for Ana to use on set while she was visiting New York City for a TV segment, see it there in the background:

image from Ana White

It's super fast, easy and portable.  Here's Ana carrying one of the legs earlier that morning to get the headboard to the TV studio:

image from Ana White

You can imagine I was over the moon when I finally got to meet Ana in person, here we are the night before the TV shoot:

Another great plan from the book are the kids Adirondack chairs on page 179:

I had made these last Spring and they were also part of the TV spot.
See the host below sitting in the kids size chair!

They're so great I even made a set for my own kids:

You definitely want to win this book so you can make each and every wonderful plan.

That's why I'm giving away TWO copies.  

And if you don't happen to win you can always purchase Ana's book here.

To enter the giveaway simply leave a comment below and be sure to include your email address.
(Must be a US or Canada resident.)

TWO winners will be chosen on Friday, Nov. 16th, 2012.
Good luck.
Updated 11/16/12: This giveaway is now closed.