DIY Christmas Carol Sign

Today, I've got a super simple DIY for you! If you saw our apartment Christmas tour (check it out here) than you saw this sign I created for our entry.

I created it using mostly stuff we had on hand. We had the plywood leftover from some we'd purchased to add some extra support to a sinking couch cushion, and the stain we had leftover from some Kendall's dad had given us to stain the arm rests/slash cup holders on our couch. To get this look here's what you'll need:

  • piece of ply wood
  • sponge brush ( there's a bristle brush in the picture, but I didn't end up using it)
  • wood stain (or paint if you prefer or if that's what you have on hand)
  • paper towels 
  • letter stencils
  • tape

I ended up combining two different stains we had to make sure we had enough and to lighten the darker one. I wanted a darker stain for this project but not so dark the grain disappeared underneath. 

I arranged the number of stencils I needed for the Christmas carol I wanted to use, which in this case was "O come, let us adore Him!" At this point, I didn't worry about what letters I had where. I just wanted to see how to best fit the words on the board I had and how to space them.

Once I had the arrangement like I liked it, I punched out the inside of the stencil and taped down the first line "O come." I shook the stain to mix it, with the lid on, of course. ;) I made sure to press most of the excess stain out of the foam brush by just pressing it against the ledge of the can and than wiped it across the stencil following the grain of the wood. I wiped the excess stain off of each letter with the paper towels before moving onto the next letter because I didn't want the stain to seep in and be too dark. It's a messy job, so be sure you have somewhere to throw the paper towels besides your table which you didn't bother to put a cover on. I would let the stencils sit until I needed them for another word and than I would just pull them up and tape them down in their new spot. 

If you use a wood stain like I did, just know the edges of your letters will not be crisp and smooth as the stain will seep out into the wood around the letters. At first I didn't like it, but decided to call it rustic and just went with it. Over all I was pleased with how it came out for such a quick and last minute project. Here it is in all of it's glory in our entry. I decided not to use the snowflake stencils. I kind of got them as a filler in case my letters were too small and after seeing how the stain spread, didn't think they would work so great. I'd love to hear what Christmas carol you'd choose for your diy sign! You can leave it in the comments below! 

I'm joining the Pretty Preppy Link Up Party over at 11 Magnolia Lane if you'd like to join up for the day or see what some other bloggers are up to with their Christmas decor!

Less-Than-Perfect Life of Bliss

DIY Necklace Holder

Today I've got the easiest DIY ever for you, courtesy of my sweet husband. We'd been in our apartment for over a year and ever since we'd moved all my necklaces had been tangled ever so uncarefully in the box I had thrown them in when I packed them. That's right. I didn't hardly wear jewelry for over a year. Untangling those necklaces was on my list, just not on the top of it - mainly because I don't have a lot of patience for detangling small things. Ladies, this is where marrying a thoughtful and patient guy comes in. Unbeknownst to me, my hubs went out to Wal-Mart, picked out a hanger and locked himself in the guest bedroom and went to work untangling those necklaces. He got them all untangled, and hung on the new hanger, and hung it in our closet. I love it! They are right there and handy when I'm picking out my outfit which makes them easy to match to clothes and it's a cinch to put them away at the end of the day. Thanks, babe!

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Weekend Roundup No.1

Welcome to my first weekend round up here on the blog! What is a weekend round up you ask. Well, for me, it's going to be a collection of things I've come across during the  week in my internet browsing of Pinterest, Instagram, and blogs. I hope to offer you something you can eat/drink, something you can make, something you can read, something you can watch, and someone (i.e. a designer, decorator, blogger, etc.) you can browse. Here's to hoping I can maker your weekend a little more fun, especially with all the rain we're expecting! If you know of any great blogs I should follow or you'd like me to follow yours, leave it in the comments below! 

Something you can drink:

Keeping up with the pumpkin theme as far as food goes this month are these delicious looking lattes from A Beautiful Mess. They even tell you how to make pumpkin syrup so you can make your own pumpkin spice lattes! 

Image via:   A Beautiful Mess

Image via: A Beautiful Mess

Something you can make:

I don't go crazy with putting pumpkins everywhere but 1 or 3 (always group in odd numbers when decorating) placed in a strategic spot can be tasteful. I think one of these carved pumpkins featured on Southern Living would look pretty as a center piece on a table or placed on your outdoor steps to create a lighted walkway up to your door like in the image below. 

Image via:   Southern Living

Image via: Southern Living

Something you can read:

After you get through making your pumpkins you can sit down with your coffee and read Essentialism: The Pursuit of Less (You can purchase the Kindle version here). Gwen Hefner of The Makerista recommends it on her blog and also talks about the importance of play, which we as adults sometimes forget to do. Play is good. Kids know what they're doing apparently. ;)

Something you can watch:

If reading isn't up your alley, or you just don't feel like it, you can settle in and watch one of my all time favorite shows, Burn Notice. It's only one of the best shows ever with an amazing plot line and great character development. You better be sure you find the most comfortable spot on the couch and bring a blanket and a catheter because once you start watching it you won't want to get up. 

image via   IMP

image via IMP

Someone you can browse:

I started following Emily A. Clark's blog recently. She is the mama to five kids and a designer. I love following her not only for her beautiful home and inspiration, but because she does doable diy's and decorates affordably. I especially liked the post featured in this picture. (you can find it here)

Image via:   Lonny

Image via: Lonny

Well that is it for this weekend! If you have any amazing finds, plans, or ideas, please share them in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you!