DIY: Branch and Initial Wall Hanger

girls Room 3This DIY is from a photo I saw on a pinterest “rabbit trail” the other day! It was an instant challenge!
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I had all the supplies required and a few minutes of free time to work on a project! Since I took down the girls bunkbeds last month, I’ve been looking for ways to personalize their bed that was unique and not over the top! A wall hanger displaying the first initial of the girls names was a great idea! This little photo was just the inspiration I needed!
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This is what I did:
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Dead, dry branches = check
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Spray branches with gold paint = check
branches and gold paint
spray gold
Attach dry branch to the wall and hang decorated initial = check! check!
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(Daughter finds a roll of left over birthday streamers and insist you use them in “hers” = check!!)
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Easy as pie!
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DIY: T Shirt Rug

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We have a large amount of old t shirts in my closet.  Every summer we try to sort thru the old SWO shirts that we love and make room for the newest round of SWO T’s.  I was happy when I found this tutorial on a DIY T Shirt rug because I could do a craft with Alani with supplies I already had on hand!
Old Tshirts – check
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Hula Hoop – check
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Sissors that will cut said T Shirts – went thru 3 pair, but yes found a pair that would work – check
5 year old who likes being an artist – check, check
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I cut the shirt into useable strips and then followed the directions here on this tutorial…

Changes and/or suggestions from trying this at home:  

  1. I cut enough strips to make 2 rugs actually. You do not need more than 3 or 4 shirts for a small rug.
  2. I used a smaller hula hoop (because my kids are small and we have not entered into the big size hula hoops quite yet), so the final rug is just big enough to put by their bed for them to step on when they get out of bed in the morning.
  3. I pulled the “spokes” too tight when I finished knotting the ends and it made the first rug “bow” or “pucker” in the middle. On the second, I did not pull anything tight and it laid flat better.

 

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Other than cutting the T shirts up, this took about an hour to weave… I started it and helped with keeping the pattern, but for the most part she did it herself. My 6 year old loved this idea and worked hard on her little rug. I am so proud of her!

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DIY: Ice Chalk Paints

This summer we are in “GO” mode! Sharing in ministry at a summer youth camp (Snowbird) with 3 small children is a CRAZY lifestyle! I’m thankful for the calling the LORD has placed on our family to be a part of Snowbird, for sure… but the days can get pretty long when we spend so much time together. So, I’ve come up with a plan to keep our time at home enjoyable and entertaining.
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I started a pinterest board full of summer activities and crafts I plan to try out this summer.  The first one I tried out is an Ice Chalk Paint recipe found here. I was impressed with how easy it was to mix up the paint, pour it in ice trays and freeze it!
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Changes and/or suggestions:  
Wet the driveway or concrete before trying the ice paint. The wet surface helps them melt and mix together easier.
Using baking soda (which the recipe calls for) can make the paint fizz when you spray vinegar on the ice paint, but I wasn’t feeling the vinegar this day so we skipped it. Next time I’ll be sure to take a squeeze bottle and let them squirt the paint and watch it fizz, they would love that… but this was my trial run!
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So, this does work and it was a success.  I made two trays (because that is all I had in the kitchen).  It was a short activity, but I turned the water hose on for clean up and that stretched this activity in to a solid 45 min of summer fun!

 

 

Low Budget Summer Porch Decor

frontporch3A friend of mine just sent me an amazing book by Myquillin Smith, aka TheNester! (Go here to order and get your own copy.) It is called The Nesting Place – It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful! I have been so encouraged and spurred on in my quest to make our home… OUR home sweet home.
I mean, she’s right. It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful! I have thought about this a bunch over the past week as I’ve been spring cleaning and re-decorating outside.

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I’m not trying to put out the vibe that I’d rather have my own hand-made pallet furniture on my front porch than a bright new set from West Elm. But, it does make me happy when I can create something useful, pretty and cozy to make our home feel relaxed and inviting for only a few dollars!

– Pallet Benches: I purchased 6 pallets from a tractor supply place for $2 each last spring. After trying out my own design (which was a big fail), I followed this tutorial and made two benches for the corner of our porch.
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– Quilted Seating: For the quilted seating I actually cut up an old quilt and sewed together these cases and stuffed them. To make sure the quilt pattern was enough for the project, I used a brown sheet as the underneath side of one and an airplane blanket for the underneath of the other. Luckily, I had enough to make two pillow cases as well!
– Side tables: Recently I moved my poppy red side table from the porch to another part of the house. I am in love with stumps as side tables (which The Nester uses in her book as well). Walking to camp everyday we pass a huge pile of tree stumps. So, I piled some in my truck and gave them a new home!
These sell between $159 and $199 on West Elm’s website, so… score!
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– Christmas lights: I tied Christmas lights to the ceiling of our little corner to make it nice to visit once the little’s are in bed. It really is a cozy spot and I only spent about $15 total!
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One last little tip I wanted to share had to do with my entry way to our home. Last summer a group came to pressure wash and re-stain our porch. One gal asked if I wanted to keep the 5 gallon buckets they used to do something artsy with them one day. As it turned out, she was brilliant. I chalk painted them white and used them as flower pots for these hostas! Grouped with some fire wood, poppy’s and a hand-made wreath… I’m happy I went with the blue door… maybe I’ll do the backdoor this summer!
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There IS beauty in the imperfection. – Myquillin Smith

Myquillin’s perspective and insight on decorating our homes, is refreshing and enjoyable. I’m thankful for this reminder as my family opens our home for guests and visitors over the next 10 weeks.

DIY Custom Guitar for Alani

When my 5-year-old looked me in the eye and said, “Oh mama, I want to play the guitar just like you…” my heart melted! I knew exactly what to get her for Christmas this year! A few weeks ago I found this guitar at a thrift store for about $13.
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I sanded off the Cars theme, painted a few coats of red acrylic paint, sanded some more then added the sharpie hand-lettering design and finished with a spray coating of sealer.
It was a bit time consuming, but it turned out great.
She LOVES IT!!!
Note:
THIS IS a PLASTIC guitar. It’s not even a starter guitar. It doesn’t hold a tune and the action is way too high for her little hands. But it’s a great INTRO guitar.
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Besides, her joy and beautiful songs are way louder than her guitar playing. I am so thankful for a little girl who has a heart full of songs to glorify Jesus.
Alani = Great!

Decking the Halls {And A Free Printable}

Chalk Drawing for my living room! Thrifty wood find for $3 + DIY chalk board paint

Chalk Drawing for my living room! Thrifty wood find for $3 + DIY chalk board paint


I love to drive around with my kids and look at the Christmas lights this time of year. Living in a little town makes it easy to drive by all the beaming neighborhoods in like 20 min. I also love decorating my home for Christmas! I like being resourceful and using the reds and greens from outside to bring my indoor Christmas vibe alive!
pine cones, cranberries in water and a stick of berries make my mason jars festive

pine cones, cranberries in water and a stick of berries make my mason jars festive


As you may already know, POPPY RED has been my color since, well, this whole year. It should come as no surprise that I have spotted red berries growing on some thorn bushes on the long road to my house. For the past 3 weeks I have been scouting out my attack on those berries! Finally, this week, I just pulled over in my truck, blared some Christmas music, jumped the barb wire and trimmed away!
And I’ve put them everywhere!
I snipped this from the fields beside our home. It is filled with thorns, but the red berries are so beautiful

I snipped this from the fields beside our home. It is filled with thorns, but the red berries are so beautiful


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Giant mason jar filled with cranberries and pinecones, home made wreaths from the vines I pulled up making the tree house and the original drawing of Emmanuel God With Us free printable

Giant mason jar filled with cranberries and pinecones, home made wreaths from the vines I pulled up making the tree house and the original drawing of Emmanuel God With Us free printable


Emmanuel God With Us original and my first hand lettering project that spurred on a year of awesome opportunities for my art

Emmanuel God With Us original and my first hand lettering project that spurred on a year of awesome opportunities for my art

Also you can download this Emmanuel God With Us here. I offered it as a gift on my blog last year. I am posting the link here for you newbies who might want to download it too!

Our tree this year and the giant "D" on old wood propped up against the tree

Our tree this year and the giant “D” on old wood propped up against the tree


The  holiday portrait of my husband - perfect

The holiday portrait of my husband – perfect

FREE THANKSGIVING PRINTABLES

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I am so thankful for the support of you readers and friends who have encouraged my family and I this year! I want to share these Thanksgiving printables with you as my way of saying, “THANKS YA’LL!”
So, print away!

Give Thanks Feather – Color
Give Thanks Feather – Chalk
Be Thankful – Arrows

To get the gold effect, print one off on card stock and trace it with a gold paint pen. You can pick one up while you are gathering last minute Thanksgiving dinner odds and ends!
Or, if you are not cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year, print one off as a gift for your hostess!

Be encouraged this week in The Lord! He has come to rescue us and He has given us everything we need for life and godliness! So, Be Thankful and Give Thanks!

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DIY: Paint Dipped Wooden Spoons

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Presenting my DIY Paint Dipped Wooden Spoons! I love the look of dipped painted anything. However, I have yet to use it in my home decorating. I found these packs of spoons for $1 each. So, I thought I would give it a go while I was preparing my holiday decorations!
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Here’s what I did:
1. Bought wooden spoons from the Dollar General
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2. Stained them
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4. Dipped the ends in paint
5. Hung to dry
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6. Embellished with a gold paint pen
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This is super easy and can be an inexpensive gift for house guests visiting over the holidays!
*Make sure you allow time for these to air out after they are finished. My husband says the stain smells super strong! (You guys know my condition, right?)
Take a pic and post on instagram, and tag me, mavisdavisblog, if you try this at home.

Whitewater Sign Finds A Home!

I painted this on a piece of wood that I found in the burn pile at camp this spring. It has taken most of the year, but I finally found it a home in our living room!WHITEWATERfinal
When I decided where I would like to hang this hand painted sign, I did not take into consideration how heavy it really is. It is a monster! I mean at least 40lbs. The biggest task was finding the right hardware to hang and support the weight of it.
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But, after a few trips to Lowe’s and lots of holes in the drywall, it has found a home!

Chevron and Chalk-paint!

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I have been experimenting with fun patterns and colors this week! I semi-followed a few DIY blogs on how to paint a wall in a chevron pattern. I am so pleased with how this turned out in my girls room!

I also painted their chest-of-drawers with chalk paint. Now, you might be thinking, “What? That is too expensive, and crazy!” Well, I had the supplies in the house and sometimes, I’m crazy like that! Here’s what I did:
First, I added non-sanded grout to my “red poppy” paint I had left over from my hall bathroom make over and created my own chalk paint!
Next, I painted the girls chest of drawers with my mixture. It only needed two coats.
The last step was to wax it! This step is very important! It helps keep the paint from chipping due to normal wear and tear. You can find this at your hardware store. Just wax on, wax off.
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The added texture to the paint gave these old drawers a modern, matte and soft look/feel. It was exactly what I was hoping for!
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The chalk paint discovery has inspired me to try painting a little table my mother-in-law passed on to me when she was cleaning out her house. I do not have the hardware back in place yet, but I wanted to share a sneak peek of my “sunshine” table. This little beauty will be great to store our school room supplies! heartofsunshine-1

Alright, hope you enjoy the pics of the ever changing Davis Nation! Remember the 15 Minute Fridays prompt will be posted late tonight! Take a chance and join us this week in the challenge.