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You are my Sunshine Part 1

I got lazy with my blog posts lately, aka more busy with “real” life. We have been visiting with the soon to be member of the Kemmerer family. Eclipse the horse. This is a dream come true for me, I’m a little more excited than the kids. 😍


So my Twin girls are turning ONE next month. Wait what??? I seriously can’t believe it! Time to start the party planning! My theme is Sunshine and Lemonade. Colors are yellow, pink and purple. 


Today I made a sweet sign to hang in the kids bedroom, and use for the party as well.

I used some already cut old pallet boards and picked out some wood letters that fit on the boards. 

I didn’t have another “P” so I put painters tape over that spot.

I used white spray paint. Spray back and forth from about a foot away so you don’t spray the letters off the board. 

Let dry outside then remove the letters. Since I was missing a “P” I had an extra step. I removed the tape, moved the “P” over, held a board over the already finished part and sprayed the new “p”.


For the “make” sign I wanted to hand paint the letters white and leave the pellet board brown. First trace the letters.

Then paint them in with white paint and a little paint brush.

To hold my sign together I used scrap prices of pallet board. My husband was home from work so with a kiss I convinced him to drill and screw the sign together for me. 😊

All finished! Cute for the kids’ room and party decor. 🎉

I always let out happy squeals when I finish a project that I’m pleased with…tell me I’m not the only one that does this…

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Essential Oil Display Storage

I go through spurts where I use essential oils a lot and then don’t. I think my problem is I store them in my bathroom closet, so they are not out in the open. I decided to change that!

Today my poor little Teagan fell and hit her head, hard. I immediately iced the spot and applied Helichrysum and Lavender essential oils. The spot had already formed little red spots, the beginnings of a bruise. I was impressed that after I applied the essential oils to the spot it did not get any worse, by the end of the day it looked like nothing had happened.

img_0866I figured essential oils should be easily accessible so that I can find them when I need them.

I always have a pallet laying in my driveway, ready for my next diy project. If you don’t have any pallets in your driveway, check a lumbar yard, hardware store, landscape supply, or somewhere that might stock large items or bulk items.

img_0811You will need a circular saw and a pry hammer to get the boards you need off the pallet.

img_0816Strike a line on the pallet board at the length desired. Carefully cut to size. I used 4 boards which was 26″ long x 13″wide.

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You will also need 13″ wide pallet shelves. I made 5 shelves. The first was 6″, the next 4 were 4″ apart.

img_0837-1Use a nail puller to either cut or pull out any unwanted nails from the pallet. I left some of the nails in to give it more of a rustic look.

img_0861-1 You will need a trim gun for this next step. We borrowed my brother in law’s gun. Draw a line on the back of the boards so you know where to put the trim nails. If you miss the shelf it won’t look to pretty in the front, so be careful! My husband did this step for me 🙂

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I wanted to polyurethane the entire shelf, but I ran out of polyurethane. 😭 This gives you an idea of how it looks both ways. It will help the board not splinter as much, I sanded it down a little as well.

All finished and stocked! I love that the essential oils are easily accessible. I hung this shelf in my laundry room, which is also where the changing table is kept and the kids get ready for bed. Makes it easy to oil them up. 😊

I was thinking the bottom shelf has a spot to write “Oil Up” with white paint. That will be a project for another day. I also might add some wire chicken fence to the bottom shelf to turn it into a “cabinet” to store my essential oil guides and cheat sheets. So many plans I have, ha-ha

Special thanks to my big (little) helpers while they ate some cookies, and of course my handy man husband.

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Teagan

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Paisley

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Tristan

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DIY Rustic Wall Vase 

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I’ve seen plenty of these on Pinterest but every one is unique. They are so versatile, and simple to make!

You will need:

  • Glass vase of any shape you choose. I chose a milk bottle.
  • Pipe hanging band – used to secure vase to board – found in the plumbing and piping section at Lowes.
  • Rustic board – I used wood from a pallet I had laying around.
  • Screws and screwdriver
  • Fake flowers or even better some fresh wild flowers.

If you are using a pallet board you will need to cut the boards to the size you want them. I made mine just a little bigger than my glass.

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Use some metal snippers to cut the pipe hanging band. You want it to be pretty tight to hold the bottle from sliding.

img_0674Screw the band around the bottle.

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That just about wraps it up. Pick an empty space on your wall and hang  your new decor.

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Crafty Friday, on Thursday :p

So I’ve been posting a lot this week. Just starting this blog and I have a lot to share. This is not how I will typically be doing things, just so everyone knows.

This is a “tutorial” on how to make a rustic sign from wood pallets.

My favorite all time hymn is “Be Thou My Vision”. I thought it would be fitting to hang this sign in my living room. I want Jesus to be in the front of my mind at all time. “Thou my best thought, by day or by night”. Of course you could choose whatever saying you would like for your sign.

This was a moderately hard sign to make, mainly just time consuming, but it cost nothing. I just used supplies that I had laying around.

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You will need:

  • Wood pallet
  • Hammer & crowbar
  • Gloves to protect your lady hands 🙂
  • Sandpaper
  • Polyurethane & Stain (mine was 2 in 1) for the base wood
  • Paint brush – this will get ruined from the Polyurethane/Stain
  • Wooden letters, stensils etc.
  • Any old paint for the letters will do. – I used white paint.
  • Small paint brush if doing the letters by hand
  • A handy husband for doing the dirty work. :p
  • Some type of wood saw for cutting boards to size.
  • Drill bit. – making a hole for the hemp.
  • Hemp String – for hanging sign on the wall.

IMG_4718As I started prying at the wood to get the nails loose I soon realized this was going to be a tough job. Thankfully my husband Ben was willing to help me out a bit, so I just sat around and took pictures while he worked. :p Just kidding. He got some of the boards started for me and showed me how to use a crow bar. A husband is not needed for this job, it just made it go faster!

Once i got the two boards off that I would need for my project I had to take the nails out. That was easy. You just flip the board over and hammer them the opposite way.

IMG_4724I put my letters on the wood to make sure they were the right size. I wanted the bottom board slightly larger than the top. I drew a somewhat strait line and cut off the excess board with a neat little power tool of my husband’s. The wonderful thing about this rustic sign is just that, it is meant to look rustic. So you don’t have to be a perfectionist to make this turn out awesome!

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I sanded down my board just a little. I didn’t want huge splinters hanging off in every direction. I also but some wood putty in the old nail holes. Not required, I just think it made it look better.

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There, now we’re ready to stain & polyurethane the wood. I put two coats on the front side of my sign. I didn’t even stain the back since I’ll be hanging it on a wall. If you look close you can see all the nicks and dents on my board. It takes several hours for the stain & polyurethane to dry. Make sure it is not tacky when you touch it before you move to the next step.

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This part was tricky. I wanted to hang my sign with some hemp string. Once again I had my husband help. You can see the pencil line in the picture. He used that for his guide. Just make sure you don’t go through the front or back of your thin board. NOTE: If I had to do over againI would have done this step before the stain & polyurethane. That way if you mess up you didn’t just waist a ton of time for nothing.

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Next you put your letters on your board exactly where you want them to go. You could also use a stencil or drawing free hand. I outlined my wood letters with a No. 2 pencil. I had to make my pencil lines pretty dark.

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Then you start painting in your letters. I used a cute little pink kids paint brush. This was the most time consuming part for me. if you use stencils I would imagine it would go much faster. Once you finish painting on the letters you just feed your hemp through the previously made holes in your board and hang up your masterpiece.

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All finished! What do you think? Add rustic touch by lightly sanding over your sign with fine grit sandpaper. Not too hard though because you don’t want to ruin your letters. Good luck! Feel free to post pictures if you decide to make a sign of your own!