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DIY Subway Art – Des Moines

DIY Subway Art – Des Moines

This DIY subway art project featuring our home city – Des Moines – is one I’ve been pondering for several months. It’s easy to find ready made subway art for major cities, but for a smaller city, you’re pretty much on your own or ordering from Etsy. I was pretty close to ordering one, but

I Love Daddy Shadow Photo

I Love Daddy Shadow Photo

This I Love Daddy Shadow photo makes a great gift idea for Father’s Day or a birthday. Also makes a perfect quick and easy photo gift for mom’s, grandparents and other loved ones.   Last week I showed you the Father’s Day photo gift I made my husband last year, plus some additional photo gift

May Wrap Up

May Wrap Up

I fully intended to get this post up on the last day of May, but the fact that I’m a few days late is pretty much how everything is going lately.  May has seemed especially busy. My job is a bit crazy right now, Carter has been finishing up soccer, lots of graduations and family

Father’s Day Photo Gift

Father’s Day Photo Gift

Take photos of your child holding wooden letters from the craft store spelling out dad for an easy and inexpensive Father’s Day photo gift!   I’m struggling a little bit on how to top last year’s Father’s Day gift to my husband. I took pictures of my son (then 3.5 years old) holding up wooden

Staining Honey Oak Trim Darker

Staining Honey Oak Trim Darker

Staining your outdated honey oak trim is easier than you think. No sanding or stripping required. This easy method provides great result for a quick DIY update. If you follow me regularly, you know that I stained my mantel a few weeks ago. This weekend I tackled the kitchen. One step closer to getting our

How to Remove Water Stains from Wood

How to Remove Water Stains from Wood

See how to remove water stains from wood using common household products. A few weeks ago, right before I restained our honey oak mantel a darker color, I decided to try to remove the water stains from the top of the mantel. A quick search of how to remove water stains from wood led me

DIY Paracord Survival Bracelet

DIY Paracord Survival Bracelet

Learn how to make a Paracord Survival Bracelet. Perfect gift for your outdoor enthusiast.  While I was making some DIY Cause Bracelets for my friend’s family, I was trying to figure out what to make my friend’s husband when I stumbled across some paracord survival bracelets. I searched all over for directions and styles that

Monogram Gallery Wall

Monogram Gallery Wall

Monogram gallery wall with a mix of diy monogram letters, family photos and more. Get step-by-step directions for all of the diy monogram projects.   If you follow my blog regularly, you’ve seen that I’ve been working on a monogram gallery wall collection for my mantel by making several diy monogram letters. I’m happy to

Aged Paint Monogram {tutorial}

Aged Paint Monogram {tutorial}

Step-by-step instructions to make an aged paint monogram. This technique would work for most distressed or antiqued wood projects. I think this aged paint monogram will be the last project for my mantel monogram gallery. I promise I won’t stop making monogram decor, I’ll just have to find some new spaces for them! I’ve had

Fireplace Update – No More Brass!

Fireplace Update – No More Brass!

Update your fireplace with these quick and easy projects for getting rid getting rid of brass or outdated fireplace doors and other accents. Earlier this week I posted about my staining my oak mantel a little darker to try to banish some of the 80’s from my living room. One of the things that bothered me