Category Archives: Farmhouse Chic

Ball Jar Garden Twine Holders

IMG_3814I love these Ball jar garden twine holders so much! They’re great for storing all my garden twine and they look so charming on the window sill.

IMG_3775My love drilled a hole into the lid using a glass and tile bit so it doesn’t snag the metal. It leaves a nice, clean-edged hole. We went ahead and put a grommet on it anyway. It just looks more finished that way.

IMG_3813I pulled the end of the twine through the hole in the lid and it really helps keep the twine in check. I’ve already started using them in the garden to build my trellises. It’s as functional as it is beautiful, which in my garden makes it a winner!

Bless This Hizzy: A Not-So-Traditional Embroidery Project

photo (1)Floating around the internet last fall was a picture of a cross stitch that I knew I had to recreate. I saw it and knew there was a place for it in my living room – a juxtaposition of two themes, the traditional and the modern. This is the world I live in – I love both old school homesteading traditions and sassy pop culture. I also love that there’s more to this picture than meets the eye. If you’re not looking closely enough, you’ll think it’s just a traditional sampler, but take a closer look and you’ll see it has a little more personality.

IMG_3574Since I’m not a cross stitcher, I decided to embroider my wall hanging instead. I printed out a picture of the cross stitch that I saw online  and then I worked to make it my own. I wanted the first and second line to rhyme, so I changed the bottom line to “fo shizzy.”


IMG_3575After tracing the design with sharpie so I could see it better, I flipped it over, so it was backwards, and traced it onto another piece of paper with an iron transfer pencil (like this one)Be sure to trace the design outlines a couple times so that you end up with thick lines that will transfer well when ironed. Iron the design on to a piece of canvas.

IMG_3581Embroider your design. I used the chain stitch for the outside border, the satin stitch for the heart flowers and door, the backstitch for the lettering and the blanket stitch for the roof. My roof ended up looking a little “rustic” and if I were to do it over again, I would probably use a different stitch. But as it is, it’s got character.

IMG_3897I love the barn wood frames at Artist and Craftsman and thought it would be a good fit for this type of art. I took my embroidery and the frame to get it matted and set professionally and the result was fantastic.

IMG_3893Now that this is completed though, I need a new project for the rainy days of fall. What are you crafting these days? What projects are on your to-make list this fall?

Check out my craft board on Pinterest to see my to-make list.

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Urban Farmhouse: Weathered Wood Wall Hanging

I started this series a couple of summers ago. Then, life happened and I never posted about it again. Until now! I’m picking up where I left off to share simple ways to make your own little house farmhouse chic.

IMG_3718This fantastic wall hanging just goes to show how far a little creativity can go! My auntie had the vision for this one and I’m so glad she did. It brings life to my kitchen wall.

The idea here is to create one large wall hanging that will hang on the wall with wire like a painting. We assembled the entire pieced on the ground and then hung it in place on the wall in the kitchen. The boards we used were weathered fence slats I scored for super cheap at the ReStore several years ago.

IMG_3723To make the wall hanging, lie the slats on the floor as you prefer, with the surface you’d like to be visible face down. Place three thin pieces of wood (we used a couple of pieces of scrap slats I had from another project), vertically, across the back of the slats on the floor. Place one near each end and one in the middle. Carefully attach the three wood pieces to the weathered wood slats with nails. Make sure you have the right size nails so they don’t go all the way through. Attach a piece of picture-hanging wire to the back of the wall hanging using eye screws. Make sure to use the heavy-duty kind you’d use to hang a mirror – this will have a little weight to it.

Then, flip the wall hanging over so you can see the finished side. Hammer a nail into one of the wood slats to hang a frame onto the wall hanging. Arrange the frames and hammer the nails while the wall hanging is still lying flat on the floor. Hang the wall hanging onto the wall first and then hang the individual frames onto the large wall hanging.

IMG_3714For the frames, I used the inexpensive all-glass frames that have the small metal clips on each of the four sides to hold the picture and frame together. I added matching pre-cut mattes to the frames and filled them with pictures from my garden. Change the pictures out every once in a while. It keeps it interesting and will help you bring a little piece of the lovely outdoors in.

Check out my Upcycle That! board on Pinterest for more upcycled, farmhouse goodness!


Get Inspired and Create a Chalkboard Quote Wall That Will Inspire You

big_pictureChalkboard paint may be my latest obsession. It reminds me of when I first started to mosaic as I slowly covered everything I owned with broken shards of glass and grout. I would see a coffee table with a lip around the edge and think, damn, that needs some mosaic. I’m starting to feel that way about chalkboard paint. I can’t seem to get enough of it.

right_viewI was inspired by an image I saw on Pinterest and two weeks later, I was creating my own chalkboard quote wall around the doors to my bedroom and studio, where I could see it and be inspired everyday. Of all the projects I’ve completed lately, this is my favorite and just in time for the New Year, when we could all use some extra motivation.

Here is how it works.

Weekend #1:

Paint the surface with chalkboard paint. Two coats, please! Chalkboard paint needs at least three days to cure, so I waited to complete step two the following weekend.

Meanwhile, collect all the quotes you love and write them down on a sheet of paper so you have them in one place while you’re working. I needed almost two pages of quotes – a lot more fit onto my space than I expected. Collect more than you think you’ll need.

left_head_onWeekend #2:

Prepare your chalkboard surface. Take a piece of chalk and rub it along the wall with the side of it. Do this on the entire surface and then erase with a clean, dry cloth or eraser. I had to give the surface several passes with the cloth so the background wouldn’t be so white.

sometime (2)Then, you can start to have some fun! I wanted my wall to have a variety of fonts – I think it helps the eye to differentiate one quote from another. It was a challenge to write in a handwriting that wasn’t my own, but if you work slowly and look at fonts you like on the computer for guidance, it’s possible. It was always a “break” to write something in my own handwriting.

I wish I could say I had some strategy for making the spacing and layout work, but I don’t. It all just came together. I tried to be strategic about where certain quotes would come together, where it would seem like they were sharing words. To do that, I wrote that adjoining quote backwards, starting from the last word and working my way, word by word, to the beginning of the quote. That was especially challenging when I was writing up toward the ceiling. The key is to work slowly.

I used a combination of standard white chalk and a fine-tipped chalk pencil I had that came with a chalkboard coffee cup I bought last year. It never worked very well on the cup, but was a gem to have when completing this project. I love the precision I was able to get and love how the thinness of those quotes help to create a feeling of separation between different lines. In order to have a little more control with the thicker pieces of chalk, I used a pencil sharpener with a large opening to sharpen the chalk into a finer point. I had to do so often in order to keep the print looking consistent.

Later, I saw online that there is such a thing as a chalk marker, but I can’t vouch for how well they work. If they do though, it would be an amazing tool for this project.

sometimeBecause a big portion of the wall is nestled between two door jams, I wanted to protect it from smudges. I could just see me accidentally swiping it with a shoulder or a bag as I passed through in a hurry. I bought a can of clear protective acrylic that I could spray over my work to lock it in. After hours of painstakingly writing, this step was slightly terrifying, but I found that your work won’t wash away if you’re extra careful. With very broad strokes, being careful not to spray the wall directly, I applied the protective coating. When I inspected the wall the next day, I found I could still smudge some of the writing so make sure to apply a second coat.

In full disclosure, I spent almost the entire day yesterday working on the print part of this project. It was time consuming, but honestly, I loved every minute of it! Every time I got off my step stool and stood back to look at what I had done, I was giddy! Maybe that’s because every time I examined my work, I’d get a dose of inspiration and encouraging words. Where could you use a little inspiration?