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November Show

Posted on: November 12th, 2013 by ssteinruck No Comments

Last weekend I showcased my Personalized Gifts & Decor at an open house, and it was a great success! Thank you to my pal Kelly for hosting, and to my mom and sister for being there too. Julie (my lil sis!) even had a table of her own bag collections for sale. I'll be featuring her in a post soon!

It was a holiday weekend, so I know a lot of people were away. If you missed it or need to take another look, I will have open studio hours this Friday and Saturday from 9-1. (By "studio" I mean my dining room.) If you're local, feel free to stop by and look through this season's items - lots of gift ideas for everyone on your list!

Here are pics from the show...

Custom Signs on Canvas, Wood, or Slate

Barnwood signs, hooks, and vases

Customize these magnet boards with names or monograms. Fabric magnet boards can be any size with a fabric of your choice! My kids have these instead of cork boards - I'd much rather step on a stray magnet than a fallen thumbtack!

Designer clothespins with magnetic strip on the back. Perfect for teacher appreciation gifts!

Lots of choices for teacher gifts - custom clipboards & post-it note holders, glass magnets, binder clips, magnetic clothespins & matching desk sets too!

These gift baskets are perfect for anyone's desk! These include a tissue pocket, note cards, binder clips, coaster, magnet board, glass magnets, and pen holder...all in an adorable wire basket with a chalkboard label. Gift baskets can be totally customized to suit your needs!

Choose your design and add an initial to make an easy gift for any occasion! Do a set using a map of a favorite spot too!

Personalized glass ornaments and handmade knit ornaments.

I do silhouettes and all kinds of vinyl lettering and designs. Laptop skins, monogram on your car window or phone, words on your wall, buckets, jars, trays - you name it!

Cute tins and wire baskets! I can personalize it and create a great gift basket!

Great for labeling baskets,  dishes at potlucks, place cards at holiday meals or weddings! These chalkboard clips can stand up on their own too!

Decorative baskets and bottles. Four shapes of paperweights to customize too!

I can personalize these paperweights with quotes, monograms, maps, or pictures.

Custom made hair accessories for the princesses in your life! I can also make you a bow holder to coordinate with her bedroom!

Personalized snack bags and tissue pockets return this year. A new item - a travel toiletry roll - can also be monogrammed! Perfect for toothbrushes - throw it in the wash when you get home! No more messy wet baggies!

Our clearance sale of all our knit hats and baby blankets - not taking orders for these, but still have a few left in stock!

See anything you like? Don't forget to stop by my studio later this week. You can always contact me with questions or orders as well. Thanks! I'm off to create lots of custom items for some of my favorite people!




Kids Silhouettes

Posted on: June 11th, 2013 by ssteinruck 1 Comment

What's more classic than the silhouette of a child? I figured out how to make my own with my Silhouette Cameo, and decided that both Grandmothers needed a set of grandkid silhouettes. The key is a good picture on a light background so it's easy to trace around. So I had each of them stand in front of the closed blinds. It probably would have been even better on a solid white backdrop set up with appropriate lighting, but "ain't nobody got time for that!"

In the Silhouette software, there is a Trace Tool. But I found it not to work as well for a photo. So I zoomed way in and used the draw tool, and went point by point around the edges until it was completely traced. This takes some time, especially if you have lots of details, like curls. You can totally "cheat" too - if someone's hair is messed up or you need a space between the ponytail and the neck (like on Girly's.) Once the silhouette is traced, you can use fill color to make it black (or any other color) if you just want to print it on paper. Or you can have the Silhouette Cameo cut it out on whatever color vinyl you have - I went with classic black.

My first set I did on little plexiglass squares that I drilled a hole in to make it an ornament. They were a big hit, and I'm pretty sure these ornaments are up year round at Nana's house.

For Mother's Day, I made a set for my mom. I found these cute plates at Walmart and just stuck the vinyl silhouette right on there.

It makes a great personalized gift that also captures the sweet profile of a child. I've also seen silhouettes of pets too, but I'm not sure I could get my four legged friend to sit still for a photo shoot! These are also available in my Shop - I just need a good profile picture on a white background. If you can get your pet to sit still, I'll do them too!

Wood Plank Sign

Posted on: May 29th, 2013 by ssteinruck 2 Comments

Lately, I've been playing carpenter. Board and batten in the mudroom. Mr. Helpful and I built a headboard. I built a new top for our ottoman. And I made this huge wood plank sign for a friend. If this keeps up, I'm going to have to give up my side of the garage for a workshop!

This sign is my biggest yet at 4 ft long by about 18" high. But when you've got a verse so crucial to everyday life, bigger is better.

I make and sell custom signs if anyone is interested. (Shameless plug) Visit my Shop and contact me!


Home show this Friday!

Posted on: November 27th, 2012 by ssteinruck No Comments

Please come check out my handmade personalized gifts & decor at my open-house style home show this Friday, November 30 from 7-9:30! Contact me for details. Can't come on Friday and want to purchase something from the ShopContact me to place an order.

Thanks so much for your amazing support and encouragement!

Home Show Success!

Posted on: November 11th, 2012 by ssteinruck No Comments

Last weekend I launched my new Personalized Gifts & Decor business! One of my sweet friends hosted a home show open house for me, and it was a great success! Thanks to all who came to support me - your encouragement means a ton as put myself out there and go for it!

Here are some pics right before the show started. And - much to my surprise and delight - another sweet friend wants to host a show at the end of November!

If you missed my first show, contact me and I'll give you info on my next show on November 30th! Or, check out my Shop and contact me if you'd like to order something. Thanks again for the overwhelming support of this new adventure!

New "Old" Sign

Posted on: October 19th, 2012 by ssteinruck No Comments

My dad recently turned 70. I wanted to get him something, but - and this is awful - I didn't want to spend any money. (I get that from my dad, by the way.) So I used what I had and made him a personalized sign for his workshop.

I had wood left over from my Family Coaster Tray project. I wanted to make a sign that looked old and a bit weathered. Did you know you can make your own wood stain with household items? Make yourself a pot of coffee. Save the coffee grounds and put them in a sealable container. I used a mason jar. (Isn't that what all the cool crafters use these days?) Add some vinegar (about 1 cup-ish) and put about half a pad of steel wool in too. Close it up and let it sit overnight. And yes, I got the DIY stain idea from Pinterest. (Coffee grounds aren't necessary, as I later was informed...but I think it gave it a darker look.)

Apply the stain with the steel wool, wiping off any coffee grounds. It's a stinky project, but the smell does go away after it dries for awhile. After a couple of coats, new wood looks like this.

My used my amazing Silhouette Cameo and cut out "Pop's Shop" and used the outline as a stencil.

Using watered down craft paint and a foam brush, I filled in the letters. The watered down paint allowed the wood grain to show through, giving it a nice weathered look.

Once dry, I unstuck the stencil and lightly sanded the board again to slightly remove some of the paint. I didn't want it to be shiny, so I skipped polyurethane. Maybe there's a sealer out there that wouldn't negate the aged wood look, but I don't know about it. It would be nice to have it sealed because the stain did come off on my hands a bit. But it was going to sit in Pop's Shop, not be handled much, so I didn't mind.

Dad loved it! Happy Birthday Pop!


Family Coasters

Posted on: October 11th, 2012 by ssteinruck No Comments

You know when you go to a party, and you put your name on a plastic cup so you (and everyone else) knows whose cup is whose? Well, I need to do this in my house. My kids will easily fill up the top rack in the dishwasher in one day if I don't catch them and tell them to reuse their cups.

One of my latest projects solves this problem. And as usual, I found the idea on Pinterest and shamelessly copied it. It's a family coaster tray. And my first attempt at this project was for my BFF and her family.

Problem solved...that is...if they remember to use it! Definitely making one for my crew too!

Spring Wreath

Posted on: March 29th, 2012 by ssteinruck 1 Comment

My front door was looking a bit bare. With spring temps in January/February, I was inspired to go use some springy ribbon and a wreath form. My plan was to do a fun ribbon wreath like I've seen on Pinterest, like this one.

source: She's Kinda Crafty

Nevermind that I've had my supplies for almost a month, just sitting in my studio. Now it's officially spring and my wreath is officially hanging on my door. I started with a 12 inch wreath form and five colors of polka dot ribbon.

I had skinnier grosgrain ribbon in my stash in solid colors to match each of the five polka dot ribbons. These were used more as fillers here and there to cover up the green wreath form. I cut strips around 4 inches long and hot glued each into a loop.

I found it easiest to cut a batch of strips and get them all glued into loops, as opposed to doing one loop at a time on the wreath. I did not use a pattern for colors or position - just randomly glued my loops onto the wreath, moving around until it was fully covered.

I ended up using all of the polka dot ribbon - a total of 45 feet of ribbon! That's not including the grosgrain! Definitely a time consuming project - not hard at all - just time consuming. But I'm pretty happy with the result!


Happy Spring!


Kitchen Chalkboard

Posted on: February 8th, 2012 by ssteinruck No Comments

There is a space on my kitchen wall between the end of my cabinets and the beginning of the window that has been empty far too long. I wanted to find one of those swirly vintage frames from an old mirror or something. My plan was to spray paint the frame a fun color, and make it into a chalkboard. I've seen lots of them on Pinterest like this.

Source: Little Lucy Lu

But during a recent date with Mr. Helpful to the closest Hobby Lobby (30 minutes away!), my love for "swirly" was met with great resistance. I found lots of things at Hobby Lobby that qualify as that style. None of which got any support from him. (And yes, I did say "date" because it included dinner and did not include any children.)

We were able to meet in the middle and decide that a simple oval frame would work. I know. Drastic move. Everything else in our house has straight lines and squared off corners. It was our compromise between straight and swirly. But, after several laps around the store - just to be sure we looked at everything at least twice - we also found a cool wooden tray. Yes, it was a straight rectangle. Not anything close to my vintage swirls. But a tray would catch the chalk dust, and provide a little shelf on which to place the chalk.

We suffer from major practical-itus. It's been plaguing us since before we were married. I don't think there's a cure. We will forever think practical, buy practical, do practical.

So we bought the tray. Which would catch the chalk dust, hold the chalk, and was cheaper anyway. (Annoyingly practical.)

I was going to post the dinner "menu" on it. But we've had an increase in sibling disputes and they've just plain been mean to each other lately. So I found a great Bible verse to put up to remind them that it's not just Mommy who's telling them to be nice. I love that I can tell them that I'm just following God's instructions when I insist they be sweet to each other. His words are way more powerful than mine!


Decking the Halls

Posted on: December 19th, 2011 by ssteinruck No Comments

With Christmas less than a week away, I thought I'd show you some Christmas decorations around our home. With 3 young kids we don't do anything terribly elaborate or breakable. Just about everything we have out gets handled by little hands, so if there's something I'd but upset about breaking, I don't use it. That's probably why my fine china has been kept safely in the cabinet for 10 years.

Over the years, we've been given various pieces of the Willow Tree Nativity. It's probably my favorite thing to put out each year. I started to put in on our sofa table, but then I had visions of the dog grabbing a wise man and chewing him to pieces. So the Nativity went on top of the TV cabinet, safe from the dog and kids. Mr. Helpful designed, built, and crackle-painted a custom creche a few years ago. We put lights behind it so the cut out star actually "shines".

I just realized that the 3rd wise man is hidden behind the 2nd wise man. He's back there.

The mantel is often the focal point of the room. Ours is pretty basic. A large mirror leans against the wall. Maybe someday we will actually hang it on the wall, but for now, it's leaning. Two mini-trees laced with cranberry beads cap off the ends. My mother-in-law made each of the stockings with our names embroidered on them. The stocking holders spell PEACE, which is ironic since there's not usually much peace to be found with kids' excitement for Christmas! But it was the only word I found with 5 letters. They should make one that says CRAZY. It's not very Christmasy, but it definitely describes my house this time of year. My only complaint about them is that they fall with the slightest pull on the stocking. So once Santa fills them, they will likely need to lay on the floor.

The tree sits in the corner with all kinds of non-coordinating ornaments. My family gave us an ornament shower when we got engaged, which gave us a great start to our collection. Many are handmade by our kids - some made by me when I was a kid!

In the other corner of the room I have wrapped presents that are really just empty boxes that I wrapped for decoration several years ago. But every year, the kids want to open them. Go figure. Some presents need to be replaced - they moved with us and spend most of the year packed up in the garage. They sit on top of our very classy piece of furniture: the dog crate. I made a custom cover for it, so it's not as bad as it once was. It's tucked in the corner out of the way, but I've never been real sure how to incorporate it into the room when it's not Christmas.

And that's our family room. All decked out. More Christmas stuff coming up this week! Have a great Monday!

Christmas Cone Trees

Posted on: December 16th, 2011 by ssteinruck No Comments

Whew! What a couple of weeks! I think, as of this very moment anyway, we are all on the way to good health....several trips to the doctor and multiple antibiotics later. I finally feel like maybe - just maybe - I can get my craft on once again. So here's a quick, easy, and inexpensive Christmas craft that even the kids could do.

Cone Trees. You've seen them. On Pinterest. Right? The styrofoam cones wrapped in yarn or with sparkly goodness glued on them? Yes, those. Well, I am trying not to spend money (perfect time of year for it, right?!) but I really wanted to try one of these trees. So I got creative and went digging through our recycle bin.

Cheerios. Fruity Cheerios. The kids' favorite.  And I guess because it's "Cheerios" it seems healthier than Fruit Loops. (?) A few cuts and folds of the cereal box and some bright orange ductape, and I had 3 cone trees ready to be wrapped.

In keeping with my free project goal, I went to my stash of yarn and found this fuzzy white yarn that would be fun. It's actually a little hard to knit with - it sheds - so I had no problem using it for this project. And with my love for jute, I had to try a tree with the all-natural-earthy look too. I used hot glue for the beginning and the end. I don't think it really matters, but I started at the top and worked my way down. For the white trees, I went from top to bottom back to top, to fill in and make it look fluffy and snowy.

You like?! I got 3 trees from one cereal box. I just might have to do some more. Easy. And free. For me - since I eat cereal and have a stash of yarn and jute.

Here's hoping no one in our house gets sick over the weekend! Is all your shopping done? I'm done and ready to start wrapping! Ho ho ho!

(Re) Using What You Have

Posted on: November 14th, 2011 by ssteinruck No Comments

Our family likes applesauce. We usually make a huge batch in the fall and freeze it in hopes that it will last the year. It never does. So we inevitably end up buying jars from the store with whatever coupon we have at that time.

I was rinsing one out for the recycle bin when I noticed how nicely my scrub brush fit inside - concealing the ugly brush part and making it easy to grab the handle. Hmmm...

So I took off the label and cleaned off the sticky stuff. Then I shook up a can of cream spray paint I had and gave the jar a few coats, with drying time in between coats. I don't have one of those amazing Silhouettes for vinyl, so I used what I had - some basic letter stencils - and traced an "S" (for our last name) onto the jar. A pro probably would have taken the time to paint on the stencil. But I took my black sharpie and filled in the outline of the letter.

To finish it off, I wrapped jute around the top. (I know, jute. Again. I love this stuff!) Now it sits beside my kitchen sink with my scrub brush at the ready. No more hunting around a pile of dirty dishes and mucky water in search of that scrub brush!

I had everything I needed, so the cost to make it was free! Well, we had to buy the applesauce initially, but even that was inexpensive with a coupon. Have you reused jars for something fun? Please comment and share - I'm always looking for new ideas!


Picture Frame Wreath

Posted on: November 10th, 2011 by ssteinruck 2 Comments

My front door was severely lacking in Fall spirit - my favorite season. Something had to be done. My mom gave me an 8x10 frame - no glass, no back, just a frame that needed some gluing to repair the corners. I'm pretty sure she was going to pitch it. But I gladly took it off her hands, gave a little TLC, and it was ready for its transformation into a wreath.

First I cut and wrapped batting around it. Nothing neat and tidy, because it wasn't going to be visible - the batting was just to give the frame wreath a little bulk.

Given my new found love of jute, I started wrapping it around - not too tight because I wanted to keep the bulkiness. The wreath base looked good - very natural, which was the look I was going for.

But it needed a little pop. Naturally, I went to Pinterest to look for ideas and tutorials. I found amazing pictures and some excellent tutorials on how to create flowers on Miles of Sunshine and on Holidash. Ahh Pinterest. It's my new Google. So I picked up some felt pieces at Michael's. Yes, it's a bit tedious, cutting out all those little pieces and gluing each one individually. It's a good "while you're watching tv" project. But I think the final product was well worth it!

The best part is that I attached these flowers with a safety pin, which means I can use this wreath for just about any holiday or season, just by switching out the embellishments. I'm starting to think Christmas...ornaments? Small wrapped presents? Snow flakes? Lots of fun Christmas/Winter ideas to think about!

Bud's Fishing Room

Posted on: November 8th, 2011 by ssteinruck No Comments

Bud is into fishing. My parents live on a lake and fishing with Pop or Daddy is top on Bud's list when we visit. He's actually got a pretty good cast, and even tried his hand at fly fishing a few times. So that's the "theme" we chose for his room. Thankfully, Hobby Lobby also likes that theme, and finding things was not difficult at all.

Some "fishing hooks" (ha ha!) for him to hang his metals or whatever on. I think these lure hooks are so fun!

A colorful map poster (24"x36") framed in a basic black poster frame went over his bed. Sometimes before bed he will pick a country to pray for by closing his eyes and pointing to one. We've prayed for the ocean several times.

Bud had asked for something to hang his "stuff" on - like a bulletin board. But I didn't want thumb tacks everywhere, so I went with a magnetic board instead. I saw the idea on Pinterest and several places on the Blogosphere (like here) to use sheet metal in a frame to make one. I found the galvanized flat sheet metal in the heating/cooling aisle at Home Depot - a 24"x36" piece was $9.34. Though my frame was that same size, I still had to trim the metal a little to make it fit. I used some all-purpose clippers I found in the garage. JoAnn Fabrics had the perfect fishing-themed fabric to cover it at . Pulling the fabric around the sheet, I used ductape (like crazy) to secure the fabric on the back of the sheet metal, and put on the back of the frame.

The frame was a poster frame from Hobby Lobby - the same one used for the map - I just took the glass out. (If you try this, be careful - the glass broke and shattered when I lifted it out of the frame.)

Here's how it looks all together. Well, the board doesn't actually look this dark, but alas, I am not a professional photographer. I hung some of his metals on the lure hooks and put up a picture of puppies that I found (under his bed) on the magnetic board. I need to make him some fun magnets. And get him to clean under his bed.

Bud also needed some help with his closet organization. He couldn't reach things and he desperately needed some storage and shelving for his Legos, Nerf stuff, books, and miscellaneous treasures. His room was always a disaster because he didn't have a place for things. I found the adjustable shelving and clothes rack at Home Depot and the bins at Target. He has room to grow as his interests and needs change. I switch the long and short sleeve shirts from top to bottom depending on the season. His socks and undies each have a small white bin on the shelf. The hanging organizer holds his pj's, sweatshirts, and Lego instructions. He has a shoe bin at the bottom too, should any shoes actually make it upstairs.

Organization makes me happy. (Sadly, his closet never looks like this. Why is it so hard for kids to put things back in their place?!)

My sweet friend and former neighbor made Bud curtains for his room in our old house that miraculously worked in our new house too. I love the timeless ticking stripe, and with red and navy, they will hopefully grow with him.  My Aunt J gave us Norman Rockwell's Day in the Life of a Boy print when Bud was a baby, and it has hung in his room ever since. (You can get the print off Amazon here.) The airplane was a previous Hobby Lobby purchase. Not totally fishing themed I guess, but very boy and Bud likes it.

So there you have it. All three kids rooms done. Well, the Bear's is done. The others' are accessorized more than they were before. Always a work in progress! Now if I could get them to keep their rooms picked up and organized... What works for you? I welcome any suggestions of how to get kids to keep their junk things picked up. Other than cleaning it myself every day.

Kids Room Accessories

Posted on: November 4th, 2011 by ssteinruck 2 Comments

While we worked in the Bear's room, I realized that we would hear the ever-popular "That's not fair!" from our other 2 kiddos upon their arrival home from camp Grama & Pop. So, after a quick trip to Hobby Lobby (ok, I spent 3 hours in there)  to pick up some accessories for Girly and Bud, I had several other projects to juggle.

Girly is into butterflies. Her kindergarten class was the Butterfly class, so it's been butterflies ever since. And there's a reason I call her Girly. She is. Not sure how that happened, since I don't consider myself to model the girliness she exudes, but anyway... So she's into pink, purple, anything that sparkles. You get the idea. Here's what I found in my happy place, Hobby Lobby.

I used white eye screws and fishing line to hang them at varying heights. When the air conditioning/heat is on, the butterflies "fly". Very fun.

She was also having trouble reaching her shirts hung in her closet, so I added a lower rack and one of those hanging cubby things. Pink, of course. I gave her a small laundry basket for her dance costumes. Her dollhouse lives in the closet too, and all the accessories to that have their own bin. Those 3M Command hooks came in handy to hang her bags. So many bags!

Please note - the closet has not looked this way since Girly got home. But I enjoyed looking at the organization while it lasted. I have since added a pink over-the-door shoe holder, where she puts her treasures like headbands, barbies, and rocks she collects. (I know, she's Girly, but she still likes dirt, rocks, and worms. Go figure.)

She loved it! She also loved the board & batten in her sister's room. So, that's on the project list. Girly wants her room painted a light turquoise blue above the b&b. I can deal with that. I was afraid she'd ask for purple, which is almost as gag-worthy as pink in my book. On a wall - it can just be too much for me.

Check back next week for a look at Bud's fisherman room accessories! Have a great weekend - don't forget to turn back the clocks!

Board & Batten

Posted on: November 2nd, 2011 by ssteinruck 4 Comments

Over the summer, my fabulous parents agreed to take the kids for the week so we could get some major things accomplished around the house. (Yes, they are saints.) Operation Big Girl Room was top on our list. I had mixed emotions when we took down the Bear's crib. She's my last baby. But she's 3. Sniff.

I had seen a lot of great posts on board & batten on countless other blogs, and I knew that's what I wanted for her room. Some of my inspiration came from Thrifty Decor Chick's office, The House of Smiths tutorial, and this post from Recaptured Charm. I looked at tons of pictures and did tons of sketches.

Here is the room before. Builder's beige. Blah. We had already started trimming in what we hoped would be a bearable pink.

We put all of her furniture in our loft/playroom, which doubled as our workshop.

The Bear wanted pink, so we honored her wish, attempting to select a pink that would not make us want to gag when we walked in the room. (It turned out to be more pink than we'd hoped, but we're living with it!) We painted down to where the top of the boards would be.

(This is where we should have painted the bottom white - hindsight, you know.) Then the horizontal boards went up, nailing into studs. We didn't have a nail gun or anything fancy (though that would have been great!) Just a hammer and a laser level. This was a two-person job since the boards were long - the whole length of the wall. We sprung for 3 1/2 inch by 16 foot primed MDF for our boards, and cut them as needed. Not sure the primed boards were worth the extra $. And I think we could have saved $ buying sheets of MDF and having the guys at HD cut them into 3 1/2 inch strips. Hindsight again.

Other B&B projects had mentioned various ways to handle the baseboard issue. Out with the old, in with the new, angle the vertical boards, or just leave it alone and have a slight lip hanging over the edge of the baseboards. What to do, what to do. We got creative and used a quarter round piece of shoe moulding, flipped upside down to provide just the ledge we'd need to make the vertical boards flush with the "new-and-improved" baseboards.

Figuring out the spacing for the vertical boards was the hardest part. Because we didn't know the best way to do it. We were going for about 12 inches between boards. After a lot of calculations and eyeballing it, my designer husband finally pulled up some designy program that magically told us how many vertical boards we'd need, and how to space them to be as equal as possible based on the length of the wall. There's probably an easy formula out there, but this worked for us. The spaces were NOT the same, but were very close - no more than 1/4 inch difference. Not enough to notice.

We measured each vertical board separately, because our wall is not straight or level, go figure. It made for a slower progression, but we didn't waste any boards due to wrong measurements. At first, we were nailing in the boards, but not all of them were in a stud, so they weren't holding. My father-in-law ingeniously steered us to the magic of Polyseamseal, which we used instead of nails for the rest of the boards. Fewer nail holes to fill in later = happiness.

Since the big horizontal boards were on, I could manage the smaller boards while my Guy went back to work. Our days without the kids home were coming to an end and we had a lot to do! After a quick lesson on the miter saw (which we borrowed from our neighbor since we don't have one...yet), I was in business. One by one, the boards went up, checking if they were level along the way.

We were very lucky to only run into one board that ran right through the electrical outlet. I've seen people cut the board to allow for that gap, but we decided to use an outlet extender and maintain the full length of the board. (That was another father-in-law contribution.)

The Bear has one window with trim around it - another thing to work around. We opted to cut the tops of the vertical boards at a 45 degree angle so they didn't stick out right next to the base of the window trim.

In the corners of the room we mitered the horizontal boards to meet. But for the vertical boards, we placed them about 1/2 inch from the actual corner and met the edge with the board on the other wall. It's hard to explain, but I think you can see what I mean here. Again, our walls are not straight or square, so there were gaps everywhere, which we filled with caulk.

To finish off the top, we added trim that provides about a 2 inch ledge. It's not really to put things on, but it does make it look finished.

We painted everything in a standard glossy white trim paint. It actually took three coats to cover the builder's blah, I mean, beige. And wouldn't you know, the doors, trim, and baseboard were actually a different "white". So after we finished painting the boards and walls, we repainted all the doors and trim. But we left the baseboard. Because no one but us would ever notice that.

Notice it was dark. Kids were coming home the next day and we HAD to finish!

Now for the big reveal...but first one more before picture.

And now...

I can't stop looking at it. It's the only bedroom in our one-year-old house that we've painted. (Yes, that is a lot of builder's beige - you can understand why I feel so blah about it!)

Most importantly, the Bear LOVED it. She actually didn't care about the board and batten. She was more excited about the big girl bed. That's ok. I love it. Now I want to do board and batten in Girly's room, the bathroom, the entryway....

If you've done board and batten, link to it in your comment! I'd love to see it!

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Mason Jars

Posted on: October 28th, 2011 by ssteinruck 4 Comments

I'm on the verge of an obsession with glass jars.


I found a bunch of old mason jars at a local furniture store (random, right?) They were only $2 each so I bought 8. Now they sit on top of my shelf in my “studio” (it's technically the dining room, but we don't “dine”, so I moved my stuff in.)

I've started a button jar and have a few scrap ribbon jars. The others are empty at the moment, just sitting there looking pretty waiting for a purpose. Some don't have the wire that holds the top on, but I bought some 12 gauge jewelry wire to see what I can do. I know I can at least make the jars into hanging lanterns like this tutorial from Brown Paper Packages.

Any other ideas?

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Susan I am a stay-at-home mom with three great kids, a fabulous husband, a cat, and a dog. I enjoy making things (but not cooking), painting, rearranging furniture (that one is genetic), organizing, purging, and most things DIY. Thanks for stopping by! More »