Friday, December 19, 2014

~DIY scrap wood Christmas tree~

I apologize for not posting this yesterday for thrifty Thursday but my computer was down.

For this scrap tree you will need the following:

Felted wool balls {optional, you can use pom poms}
1x2 wood cut at varying lengths
paint color of your choice
a piece of scrap wood cut into a square for base, approx. 5"x5"
hot glue gun
liquid nails or wood glue

Etsy has a good selection of these wool balls.
Cut 1x2 wood into varying lengths. 
You will also need a base. Mine was a 1x6 I cut into a square.
You will also need a small scrap 1x2 for the tree trunk.

After you cut them, sand any rough edges and paint all the pieces.
Once dry, sand the edges if you like a little aged look.
Then attach your tree trunk to your base. 
I used a combination of liquid nails and an air nailer with small nails.
Then you just start working your way up the tree with your branches, adding them in a random fashion.

The top piece of wood can be standing vertical to create the illusion of a star.

Using hot glue, add the felted wood balls.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

~make a custom picture frame~

If you follow the steps found here you can make this adorable picture frame.
The best part about these frames is that you can use any paper to match your decor, you can even use fabric, or like in the link above, wallpaper.

To add the text simply run your scrapbook paper through your printer!
Make sure it is trimmed to a 8 1/2 x 11 and print a sample piece first.
If it prints wrong, you can adjust the text without ruining your final paper.

I cut apart our last years Christmas card from Minted to fit in the opening.

And here is this years card, again done by Minted.

Happy happy holidays friends!
It's actually my 40th birthday today, so I am off for a little fun with the family.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

~some fun before and afters of our master bedroom~

This was our master bedroom.
Yep, and this was even phase two.....
Sorry for the blurry photo, but I want to tell you what stayed and what went.

 Most everything in this room is from a thrift store. The bed, one nightstand {above} and cabinet that sits under the tv across from the bed were all bought matching at a big box store when we were in our 20's and didn't know better. 
After a re-do I had my photographer friend come take pictures with her wide angle lens.

It distorted the color though. I need to change up my photos on the house tour.
The real color is below.
It's graphite by Ben Moore.
I kept the bed because they were expensive and painted it.
Brought in bigger nightstands from Goodwill, painted to match the bed.
It is funny when you live with things for a while, the more you realize the necessities. For us in this small house, storage is key.
Painting the wood trim around the windows was huge. 
I am constantly changing bedding, but it usually remains white or cream.
I also removed the shades from the chandelier which I like a lot better.
The chandelier is from Restoration Hardware kids.

If you want to read about the diff. phases of this room, you can click, here and here.
Our Christmas tour is here if you'd like to take that.

Monday, December 15, 2014

~simple and fresh holiday decor~

Well we are home safe from a quick weekend trip to Vegas.
How much fun!
But, back to reality. I have presents to wrap, gifts to purchase still, and a house to clean.

Before I left for vacation I saw this on one of my favorite blog s
Cote De Texas and had to share with you.
I love the simple touches.


Friday, December 12, 2014

~classic wood prints~

I am always fascinated when I find a new cool product. 
This one is so good, I wanted to share it with you.
I've shared it on my instagram, but here is some more info. and bigger pictures. 

Classic Wood Prints is a company that will take any photo and print it on wood.
I have had 3 done and am hooked. I am keeping one of them and gifting the rest, but will be ordering more. I find the ones with the lighter background
{as in the one on the left}
show the wood grain better, which in my opinion makes the whole thing look neater.

Go check them out and show them some love.
I just think this might be the coolest thing since sliced bread.

In other news, I am off to Vegas to celebrate my 40th birthday!
Follow me along on instragram if you dare :)


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