Love You More burlap pillow with felt lettering – includes print out!

DIY "Love You More" Burlap Pillow with felt lettering!

DIY “Love You More” Burlap Pillow with felt lettering!

Let me start out by saying that I DO have a sewing machine, however I always gravitate to projects that are easy and don’t require a sewing machine. So if you know how to use scissors, trace something, and can do an easy basic hand stitch (we’re talking 6th grade home economics level), you can make this pillow!

Here is what you will need:

A burlap pillow cover (mine is from IKEA for $10)

A pillow insert (from IKEA as well for $4)

A piece of white felt (23 cents at Walmart)

A piece of fabric or a burlap bandana, which is what I purchased from Hobby Lobby. (You get a large bandana for $1.99, or $1.00 when they are on sale which seems to be every other week.)

Fabric Glue

A fabric pen or other marker

A needle

Button Thread

If you want to do my exact pillow you will want to download and print these files:



Ready to get started?

First you want to print out the files above, or your own designed words from your computer and put them on a window with painters tape while you still have adequate lighting outside.



Now you cut out an area of your bandana that will fit the wording and a heart at the bottom with at least a half inch margin for the stitch. I just eyed mine. The pillow has a hand made look so I didn’t want the lines to be perfectly straight.

Put the piece of fabric over the lettering and trace lightly. You can use any type of pen to trace. Since my fabric was dark I used a fine tip white paint pen to lightly outline the letters.

IMG_20141007_134431_066Here is how it looked when I was done:


Then you want to use the reversed version for the felt. I trace it in reverse so that the pen doesn’t show on any of my felt letters.

Here is how it should look after tracing:

IMG_20141007_135208_397Then you want to very carefully cut out your felt letters and fabric glue them to the other fabric piece you traced the lettering on. The traced area will help you place the letters perfectly on the fabric. The fabric glue will also hold the letters in place when you stitch them to the fabric.

At this time you’ll also want to cut out a felt heart with your scraps. I drew mine by hand then cut it out so it looked hand made and not computerized.  Glue the heart underneath the lettering, or wherever you choose.

Then you get to stitching. Simply stitch around all your letters and the heart. I just stitched right in the middle of all of mine with a gray/tan button thread.



Once you have your piece stitched, fabric glue it in the middle of your burlap pillow cover. Then stitch around the whole piece with more basic 6th grade home ec skills.

Stuff your cover with the pillow insert and you’re done! This project only takes a couple of hours but it has a wonderful hand made look and adds great texture to a chair or couch.

DIY "Love You More" Burlap Pillow with felt lettering!

DIY “Love You More” Burlap Pillow with felt lettering!





Crazy for Clothes Pins – $10 Projects

I love clothes pins because they can be such a cool design element but they are also so cheap. Here are a couple of projects I did this weekend using clothes pins. I’ll explain below how I did them below:

Clothes Pin Picture Holder

Clothes Pin Picture Holder using a cabinet door

Clothes Pin Picture Holder using second hand frame and twine.

Clothes Pin Picture Holder using second hand frame and twine.

Both of these projects were easy, quick and fun and they add punches of color and interest to any room!

The first project is similar to my “LOVE” sign that I blogged about a few weeks ago. Just like the “LOVE” sign, I used a cabinet door from IKEA’s “As is” section. I love it when they have the skinny cabinet doors because you can do so much with them. This particular door was $1.99.

Hobby Lobby decorative wood filigree spray painted dark brown and glued with wood glue to the cabinet door.

Hobby Lobby decorative wood filigree spray painted dark brown and glued with wood glue to the cabinet door.

The wooden filigree from Hobby Lobby was about $1.99. I spray painted it dark brown so that when I distressed the piece it would match the color of the rest of the door.

Painted and distressed cabinet door with filigree glued in the middle.

Painted and distressed cabinet door with filigree glued in the middle.

Then I took some wooden craft clothes pins (you can find these for cheap at Wal-Mart in their craft area), and painted them with some acrylic paint I had on hand and then simply hot glued them to the door since they would only hold light weight pictures.

Add some cute scrapbook paper cut outs and stamp them, or display family photos or greeting cards.

Add some cute scrapbook paper cut outs and stamp them, or display family photos or greeting cards.

Add some hanging hardware in back and you have an adorable decorative accent for a child's room/nursery, office etc.

Add some hanging hardware in back and you have an adorable decorative accent for a child’s room/nursery, office etc.

This second project is pretty simple as well. Using the same idea as the IKEA cabinet door, I instead used a secondhand frame, painted and distressed it, then painted 4 clothes pins and hot glued them to the sides of the frame:

Another cute way to display your photos, greeting cards, etc.

Another cute way to display your photos, greeting cards, etc.

I cut a couple of pieces of twine and clipped them into the clothes pins, then used mini clothes pins to secure the cards and pictures to the twine.

There are endless possibilities here. Play around and create something fun for your own home!





“LOVE” decorative sign with hooks

As promised, I am going to show you how I created the “LOVE” sign I made for our mudroom. I had a really fun time with this project!

"LOVE" Sign with hooks

Decorative “LOVE” hook rack/ wall hanging.

This project came out of 2 different ideas I saw, so I combined them. The first idea, I don’t have a picture of, but I saw someone use a cabinet door (like the one I did), and they glued wooden letters on it to create a sign. Then I saw this at Hobby Lobby:

DIY Love sign with hooks

Adorable Hobby Lobby Wall Chalkboard with hooks

I seriously loved this so much. However, it was priced at $100. I wanted to get a similar look but for much cheaper.

To create my sign I used the following items:

1. A cabinet door from IKEA’s “As is” section. They have TONS of random cabinet doors. The one I purchased was only $2.99.

2. Wooden letters from Hobby Lobby. These were just over $1 a piece. I measured the space of my cabinet front and took those dimensions with me to see what word I could fit within this area.

3. Wooden decorative pieces for the top of the board. These were also from Hobby Lobby and are found in the same aisle as the letters. I found 2 of the same decorative pieces to mirror that were only a couple of dollars for both.

4. Hooks from Hobby Lobby. Make sure you buy them when they are 50% off, or use your HL 40% off coupon.

5. Acryllic paint from Wal-Mart. I used the “Patina” color for the main color. I used a white and coral for the hooks and clothes pins. Wal-Mart has really cheap acryllic paint less than $1 each.

6. Wooden craft clothes pins from Wal-Mart.

7. Sand Paper

8. Hanging hardware

9. Polyurethane to seal the paint on the hooks (optional).

10. Wood glue

I started by figuring out where to place the letters and decorative wooden pieces on the cabinet door. I measured carefully to make sure everything was centered and evenly spaced. After I got each piece where I wanted it, I traced it with a pen so when I glued each piece down I knew exactly where to put it.

DIY LOVE sign with hooks

I used wood glue to adhere the letters and decorative pieces to the cabinet door.

Using wood glue, I covered the bottoms of each piece and put glue within the traced areas on the cabinet. After that I set a bunch of heavy books on top until the glue set. Then I made a mistake that I am hoping to spare you from making. I left on a date with my hubby and was not around to check on the glue situation. So while the glue set, it oozed out around the letters. It wasn’t a make or break situation but if I make another one I will check it periodically to wipe away any glue oozing, or gloozing, as I like to call it. (Wah wah…)

Once the glue was completely dry, I painted everything with my “Patina” acrylic paint. I think I needed about 2 coats.

DIY Love Sign with Hooks

I wanted it to still see some brush strokes because of the style of the piece so I only did 2 coats.

Once the paint was completed dry, I lightly sanded the piece.

DIY Love Sign with Hooks

Here is the piece after it was sanded. I also used some dark brown paint and a fine brush to give more of a distressed look to the letters since they were a light wood color.

You also want to paint the hardware/hooks (if you choose to). I just used acrylic paint to paint those as well. You can seal them with a polyurethane, however I did not because our sign is just decorative and won’t actually be used to hang coats.

Hooks and Clothespins

Painted hooks and clothespins.

The last steps are to find out exactly where you want the hooks/clothespins/hardware to be placed, to secure those items onto your board and then to add hanging hardware of your choice in the back. I screwed the hooks in and used wood glue for the clothespins. We used a wire in back secured on each side to hang our sign so that we could secure it to the wall in a way that our kids would not be able to yank it down and hurt themselves.

Hardware Placement

Figure out where you want all of your hardware and then adhere or fasten it to the board.

You can take this idea and do whatever you want with it, whether it means using the space where I placed the letters to make into a chalkboard similar to the Hobby Lobby inspiration piece, or you can do a vertical sign with a special date (2 numbers for each row). The possibilities really are endless. There are so many fun color combinations you could do and so many fun hooks that you could mess around with to create something truly unique.

This piece cost me about $25-$30 to create. You could make it as cheap as you want depending on what you want to include and what items you already have on hand. Then hang it up and enjoy!





DIY Picture Frame Mirrors

I have always had a thing for mirrors. No, no, not in that way. I actually would prefer to keep my reflection OUT of them most of the time (unless I have something stuck in my teeth). But I love the way they look and the light they reflect. And also how they can make a space look bigger than it really is.

I wanted to create a wall of mirrors; all different shapes and sizes. When we painted our banister rail I thought it would be good timing to add something to the wall of the first set of stairs. It’s one of the first things you see when you walk into the house.

DIY Picture Frame Mirrors

Blank Wall with a few nail holes.

Instead of searching for a ton of different mirrors, I thought it might be easier to use left over looking glass paint from when I did all my mercury glass projects and turn picture frames into mirrors that way. It’s a lot easier to find small picture frames in a variety of shapes.

DIY Picture Frame Mirrors

You can get this at Wal-Mart for 8.97. It goes a long way!

I had a few mirrors already but I also bought some frames at IKEA that I thought would make darling mirrors. I’m sure you’ve seen them before:

DIY Picture Frame Mirrors

Add 5 thin coats to any glass surface, letting each coat dry for a full minute before adding the next. And ta-da! You have your very own antique looking mirror.

Now, here is the fine print. The paint has to be applied to glass surfaces only. The two decorative white frames from IKEA come with plastic instead of glass pieces. However, their $2 frames have almost the exact same size of glass that you can swap out and use instead, which is what I did.

This is the $2 frame I'm speaking of.

This is the $2 IKEA frame I’m speaking of.

The thing I love about the looking glass paint is that it makes a mirror-like surface but it looks antique-ish.

DIY Picture Frame Mirrors

Mirrors! Mirrors! On the wall!

So that’s about it. It’s a fun project that takes about an hour. You can spray all the glass pieces together and they take about 1 hour to dry and handle.

Tips: Make sure you fully clean all the glass surfaces well before applying the paint. The instructions say to spray the back side of the glass, then turn it over after it’s dried to reveal the mirror surface.

Pub table make-over

So, I have this table. It sits in our kitchen nook and when we first purchased it I absolutely loved it. Then, we had a child. All of a sudden the microfiber seats and delicate wooden surface were not super appealing. Within 3 years I found myself looking at this table in complete disgust and wishing it never existed. I think I would mentally block it out whenever I entered our kitchen and believe me when I say, no one was ever invited to eat at it other than my 3 year old daughter, which made it degenerate all that much faster.

I really hate to subject you to the following pictures, but you can’t truly appreciate the transformation without them:

Pay close attention to the seat underneath the booster. It's a stained mess.

Pay close attention to the seat underneath the booster. It’s a stained mess.

Scratches, glass rings, and stains, oh my!

Scratches, glass rings, and stains, oh my!

Remember when I painted the coffee table for our living room? You know how I had a bunch of extra paint and didn’t know what to do with it? Yep, you guessed it. I decided to use the exact same paint to cover up this eye sore and transform it into something functional, appealing to the eye, and practical for having a toddler.

Pub table make-over

The old and the new.

I wanted a fun fabric to cover up the microfiber, but I also wanted something stain resistant. I decided to pick out a fun floral grey, white and yellow pattern and then cover it with durable plastic to make it easy to wipe and keep clean.

Finished Pub Table

And here it is. No longer an eye sore or an embarrassment.

To cover the chairs I just unscrewed the old seats and used a staple gun to cover them with the fabric first, and then the plastic on top.

And because I’m one of those cheesy themey types, I thought my daughter should have a matching table:

DIY Kid's Nook

Please disregard our floors that are in transition from laminate to tile. And pay no attention to that toy under the table. Poor Pablo is a victim of our flooring project.

And if you were wondering how I made that little cushion for my daughter’s chair, I forgot to mention that about a month ago I received a sewing machine. I’m pretty much obsessed with it and have created several things that I hope to share with you soon. They are all novice projects so I am hoping you’ll follow me on my journey and that you won’t laugh at me if you are already an experienced sew-er (“sewer” just didn’t read correctly).

Crazy about shelves

I absolutely love shelves. I love them because they serve so many purposes without taking up a lot of space. You can display things on them or use them for storage. Or you can mix the two functions by displaying things that would otherwise have to be stored.

Family Photos on Shelf

Shelves are great for displaying your family photos.

As I’ve mentioned before, I love collecting picture frames from thrift stores so I have a wide variety to add visual interest.

Dining Room Shelves

Putting shelves in your dining room can help serve as extra storage for your dishes while also creating a visually appealing touch to your walls.

We recently added these shelves to our dining room. I wanted extra space in our kitchen cabinets and I also wanted something new for our dining room wall so this fixed both of those problems.

I got all of my shelves from Ikea. You can’t beat those prices. Our long shelves in the family room were only $20 a piece. They’re really sturdy and hold a ton of weight and they’re wide so you can fit a lot on them.

The shelves in our dining room were only $15, and they hold up to 33 lbs. which is perfect when you want to display dishes.

I already had all of the small plates, mugs, and wine glasses, but I also picked up a few other items for the top shelf for decoration from the thrift store. Nothing I purchased was more than $3.

If you’re looking for a shelf that is more ornate, or made of real wood, you’ll want to look elsewhere but if you simply need a solid colored rectangular shelf to display or store your items, Ikea is the place.