The Wait is Over!

I know you have all been impatiently waiting for a new blog post, so here I am. It’s been quite some time since my last post and I wish I had a good excuse for my little hiatus, but sadly, I do not. Instead I have about 592 little excuses that have piled up between then and now (some of which include Christmas & Mardi Gras). I do however have a peek at what I have been up to…

Before Christmas I found this worn, perfectly distressed board in our garage. We don’t currently have house numbers on our house so I saw a great opportunity to remedy that problem and start decorating for Christmas in the process! I drilled 2 holes in the top to put a hanging wire through and bought inexpensive numbers from Home Depot and nailed them to the board. I topped it off with a beautiful striped bow and beaded rope to dress up the hanging wire.

House Numbers Shabby Chic Sign

This turned out better than I imagined, I’m in love with the results!

I’ve also been keeping busy with a couple Etsy orders and handmade Christmas gifts. These blankets are honestly one of the best gifts. My blanket journey began when I made one with the New Orleans Saints for the Military man for Christmas two years ago. He would live under it if I let him. I also made several chevron letters as gifts and a larger set for an Etsy order.

Custom Marine Blanket Fleece Throw

Military blankets turn out to be some of my favorites, I think I may be a little biased 😉 Check out our Etsy site to get one or to take a look at some other options!

Chevron Letter - Welcome Sign

My cousin Emily loved her handmade Christmas gift! (These are also listed on Etsy, just click on the picture!)

Chevron PLAY!

One of my larger Etsy orders. The customer absolutely loved how they turned out. I even got to brush up on my wood burning skills! These will look adorable in a playroom, what do you think?

I’ve also started several larger projects recently (which I hinted at here) and found some great new recipes that I’m excited to share! I promise I will be posting new projects and ideas with much more regularity, join me for the adventure! Talk to you soon!

xo

Tori

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DIY Chevron Letter

This past weekend, I had a bridal shower to go to and needed a cute, functional, yet inexpensive gift for the bride and groom to-be. I’ve seen tons of letter wreath/swag ideas all over Pinterest, so I went to the craft store to check out my options. I came home with a large, white wooden ‘C’ (which was about $5) and a couple floral pieces. I already had lots of paint at home but if you don’t have it on hand you will want to pick some up, as well as a small foam brush (you can really use any paintbrush, but I’ve found that a foam brush works well.) And then of course, me being me, I forgot to take a picture of my materials pre-crafting, but you will get the idea from the rest of the pictures.

I started by drawing lines and equal distance apart to create the chevron pattern. Make sure you use a pencil with a good eraser for this step. I originally tried to freehand the design and it was WAY more difficult than I had planned. So I drew perpendicular lines with a ruler on the C about 2 or so inches wide and 1 inch tall. Then draw diagonal lines from one corner of each box to the opposite corner. This entire process was trial and error, initially I created a grid that was 1×1 and it was too small so I erased the middle lines which ended working out perfectly.

C Lines 1

Then I taped off the lines with masking tape because that’s what I had handy. The space to cover with tape was just wider than my tape so I had to do a double layer of tape on each edge. Make sure the edges are pressed down firmly so that the paint does not bleed under it. (If you’re me, this may happen anyway but it’s not difficult to fix.)

C Taped

Since the C was already white, the next step is to paint the space that’s left between the tape. I used a baby blue color which is the same color we painted our walls (yes, this was leftover paint for out DIY Painting Adventure!). I did one coat of paint with a foam brush and then left the tape on too long. Make sure you peel the tape off shortly after you paint so it does not peel off with the tape! Mine peeled off in 1 or 2 spots but I was able to correct it with a little extra paint.

C Painting

C After Paint2

I let the paint dry overnight (a couple nights actually since it was a busy week for us). I then used a clear coat of spray paint to seal it so it was more resistant to our lovely Louisiana heat and dampness. I hung it on a hanger outside and went to town with Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover in gloss clear. Then, I let it dry overnight again. You do not have to let it dry this long, but we had a lot going on so it worked for me!

C Clearcoat Paint Can

C Clearcoat

Now it’s time to decorate! I had purchased a pale burgundy, burlap flower and some small white lacey flowers that I found in the wedding aisle. These cost me a total of about $4 (I also used a 20% off your total purchase coupon, every little bit helps!). I arranged the flowers several times before I finally hot glued it onto the C. I may have went a little overboard with the amount of glue I used, but hey..it won’t be coming off anytime soon! I then hot glued a burlap strip (I got this little pack of burlap at Michael’s for $1) to each side of the back top, I secured it again with a small white thumb tack. Didn’t it turn out amazing? It was even better than I was expecting! It turns out the bride and groom to-be absolutely loved it, and were even more excited when they found out that I had made it. Now I just need to make one for our door!

C Burlap

C Final Product Close

A little bit of handmade love and effort can go a long way!

Love the way this turned out, but not interested in making your own? Check out the contact page and contact me to place an order!

xo
Tori