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…


DIY Rustic Wall Vase 

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.


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.


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



Open Iron Pipe Shelf

My husband and I love to watch the TV show fixer upper after we put the kids to bed. Our own house was a MAJOR fixer upper. The couple we bought it from was selling it just for the land. They thought we would tear it down, but we had a different plan. 

We kind of stole the shelf idea from their show. My style is very similar to Joanna and Chip. I would LOVE to own a farmhouse with lots of land for animals and a garden someday. 

Our kitchen needs a makeover, but we don’t have the money to redo it right now. We were trying to find a way to add more cabinet space to some open wall space in our kitchen just for temporary. When we came across the iron pipe shelves I figured that could be a permanent fix!

We got all the supplies we needed from Lowes. I’ll warn you iron pipes are a little pricey.

First measure your space to see how many shelves you want, and how far apart to make them. We went with 3 shelves. First shelf was 18″ from the cealing, the next two were 10″ apart. Our shelves are 12″ deep.

  • 2 – 18″ X 3/4″ black iron pipe (width from cealing to first shelf)
  • 4 – 10″ X 3/4″ black iron pipe (width between shelves)
  • 6 – 12″ X 3/4″ black iron pipe (width of shelf)
  • 8 – 3/4″ Galvanized floor flange (to support shelves into the wall and cealing)
  • 2 – 90• 3/4″ black iron fittings 
  • 4 – 3/4″ “T” black iron fittings.
  • 3 2×12 lumber board

Seriously you just start screwing pipes together, pretty easy. It was a fun date night project while the kids slept. 

We had a hard time finding the studs in our wall, but I enjoyed working with this stud! See what I did there?! 😜 

You could just screw it into the drywall and use drywall anchors, but that doesn’t sound as sturdy to me.

Once you got it in the right spot put a level up to the pipes and screw them in. This was my favorite part! 

Then you’re ready for the shelves. Seriously it’s that easy!

And fill them up. 🙂

I’m pretty excited about my new storage space. I was a little worried about keeping open shelves organized at first. I need to clean the iron pipes and pull those stickies off sometime. I might eventually refinish the lumber with a tinted polyurethane to make it a little darker.


Metal Letters P & T

I had way to much fun in Michaels craft store today. I should have taken a picture of my kids who were being perfect angels while I let my creativity run wild! When I’m in a craft store it’s like my mind is running a marathon, but I’m full of energy; and giddy. Plus like everything I was interested in was 60% off and I had coupons. Today was a good day 🙂

To be used in a future diy project. For now they will look beautiful in the girls’ room.

Add a little fun and color to my kitchen table.

And for today’s project that took more than 10 seconds. 

I found some awesome metal letters for Paisley and Teagan.

I’m thinking ahead for the twins birthday party in July. It will be a sunshine and lemonade party-I will be blogging about lots of diy for this in the coming weeks. I like the idea of using “reusable” party decor. Lots of the signs and crafts I will be making will go in their room for decor once the party is over. 

Rather than hang the letters right on the wall I wanted to put them on a board; that way I could use it for a sign at the party and I wanted a dark backround rather than the light painted wall. 

I started out with a square of white pine board. It was something I had in the garage from another project. But you can find wood at any hardware store.

I used an espresso stain and polyurethane, again I had that from a previous project. 🙂 I used the hammer to pry open the can and the foam paint brush to paint the board. I prefer foam brushes when working with polyurethane because they are so cheap and you just throw them out after your finished.

Throw a couple coats on your board.

Then drill some short screws into your board after you have arranged the letters the way you want them.

Finished. Now just hang it on the wall. Bam, a fun easy project!


Barn Window Frames

So the other night I was telling my husband the hardest thing about having 3 kids under three is I just don’t have time to do anything but take care of said children. I don’t wear make up, I throw on whatever I wore the day before as long as it doesn’t smell like spit up or old food. I throw my hair in a ponytail first thing in the morning because there’s just no time to look pretty, plus the girls like to pull hair and let’s be honest I just don’t know what else to do with my hair! Seriously though, I love my kids to death and love spending every moment with them. I just don’t get a lot done other than holding and tending to their every need. As I’m writing this post I’m rocking in my rocking chair with my sweet Teagan who hates to nap. Oh but I love every minute of the craziness. 

So yesterday after dinner Ben says “Our house needs some decorations, it’s not very homey or welcoming.” Ouch! A little offended, but I had to agree. I used to dream of being an interior decorator, but recently it hasn’t been on the top of my list. I took his brutally honest comment to heart and decided to go crazy organizing and decorating – last time he tells me I suck at decorating! ☺️

I literally organized every closet, the pantry, the kitchen cabinets and drawers, and even the garage. I’m not really sure how I had time, but it got done and I feel good about it!

I’ve had these old barn window frames sitting around that I hadn’t had time to do anything with. Here’s the steps I took to turning them into a cute picture frames.

  1. Have a really awesome Nana (Grammy) that finds fun stuff at yard sales. Or look around at yard sales and flea markets.
  2. Lightly sand the frame. I wanted to keep the original paint, or lack there of so I didn’t trying to get all the paint chips and bumps out. I think it adds to the rustic look. 
  3. You can put a fresh coat of paint over the frame, but be careful not to get any on the glass. Or do as I did and keep the original look by going over the frame with several coats of clear polyurethane. I suggest doing the polyurethane outdoors or your whole house will smell.
  4. Letting it dry was the longest part of this whole project. Just need a little patience.
  5. Attach something to the back so you can hang it on your wall. I got sawtooth hangers at Walmart. 
  6. Add pictures. As you can see in the picture above, I used sticky glue dots. I have a whole roll of it from making candles. You might be able to find glue dots at your craft store, you could also use double sided tape. I wanted to make it so I can switch out the photos once in a while. I still need to get more photos for mine but as you can see it looks good even without photos!
  7. Hang your frame on the wall and enjoy husbands smile as he walks into his newly decorated welcoming home. ☺️

add christmas lights around frame to really make it pop!

Well that’s all I had time for today!


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!