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Jumping Onto The Plank Wall Bandwagon

Jumping Onto The Plank Wall Bandwagon

I am not a morning person.

To get myself going in the morning before 7am is to me like fingernails on a chalkboard to others. Painful.

Every morning after exhausting every possibility that I could fall back asleep, I throw my feet out of bed onto the floor and grunt that it is morning. From there I zombie walk to the kitchen, get my Mt. Dew out of the refrigerator, grab a  granola bar, fire up my phone and start reviewing emails, Etsy orders and check my favorite blogs.

Like the Groundhogs Day movie, this same thing happens every morning. Thank goodness my son is at school and my husband is already deep into his day of work.

Don’t look at me. Don’t talk to me.

Wait until I have had at least 3 sips of my morning Mt. Dew.

Once that jolt of caffeine kicks in I am ready to go. Happy as a clam and looking forward to the day.

Yesterday morning while sitting here, working on that third sip,

I decided that today was the day to re-decorate something. I had been itching to do something around the house and it was staring me right in the face.

This wall needed a makeover.

I went to my body pump class and afterwards to Home Depot, Joann Fabrics and finally Menards before I found what I was looking for.

I had painted and wallpapered our bedroom last summer with a faux brick effect.

The paper is very thick and forgiving of any nicks or nail holes that might be in your wall and very easy to hang. The instructions are included with the paper or you can find a ton of You Tube tutorials if you are new to wallpapering.

This is the brand I used.

The reason I had to go to 3 different stores is because these styles are being replaced. That was good news for me. Each roll, and I needed two, was on sale for $19.99. (Originally $60 a piece) 🙂

I have been wanting to jump onto the Plank Wall bandwagon, but I hesitated because I like to change my décor often and I didn’t want all of those nail holes in my wall.

Next best thing, wallpaper.

I cleared everything off of the wall, pulled the chair, the Christmas Tree and dresser away from the wall and began with a clean slate.

Here’s a reality shot of the not so pretty middle part of a project.

But when everything is put back together…..a choir of angels sing!

The obligatory before and after.

Are you with me? Blank or Plank?

See you Friday,



Sidenote Saturday: New Christmas Gift Ideas

Sidenote Saturday: New Christmas Gift Ideas

On Thursday, Alyssa and Liam delivered more rustic signs for the shop!

Liam is 4 months old and the happiest baby. He will break into a smile and giggles…until I try to take a picture of him. Maybe he heard Kim Kardashian say something to the effect that smiling creates wrinkles. 🙂  It seems to work for him. I don’t see any wrinkles or crow’s feet. Note to self. 🙂

Anyway, Alyssa has been creating more fun rustic signs for the shop. Ho, Ho, Ho and NOEL and JOY and Merry Christmas are now available to decorate your home or send as a holiday gift to someone else.

And how could I not share a picture of Liam’s big brother Logan.  #cutebabiesforthewin

Have a smiley and giggley Saturday!

See you on Monday,


MeTV and some New Blue Christmas Stockings

MeTV and some New Blue Christmas Stockings

When I sew, I like to have the TV on. More specifically I like to watch the MeTV channel when they run the old western/cowboy shows.  You know, shows like Bonanza, Gunsmoke and The Rifleman.  I find it interesting that not one of the Bonanza boys got married, well not for any length of time anyway and how is that Miss Kitty and Marshall Matt Dillon never declared their love for one another?  I know there was more than a friendship there.  I haven’t seen the episode where Lucas McCain marries Millie, but I googled it and rest assured, it does happen. Whew. 🙂

Something else that does happen in every episode, in every cowboy show, is that someone is always “fixin” to do something.  Fixin’ to go to town, fixin’ to go tradin ‘, fixin’ to meet the Marshall.  Fixin’ is not a phrase used in the Midwest very often/ever.

However, my cowboy shows are wearing off on me.  Samantha asked me what my plans were for the day and I told her I was fixin’ to list the new Christmas Stockings that Spencer and I had taken pictures of recently.  We both stopped, looked at each other and busted out laughing. I am at such an impressionable age, maybe a little more Dancing with the Stars would be a good idea. 🙂

So now I can check the blue ticking stripe Christmas stockings  off of my fixin’ to do list.


So when you are sewing, crafting, DIYing, do you watch TV or listen to the radio? Any chance you like to watch cowboy shows?  🙂



Who knew a set of rustic candle holders could be so exciting!

Who knew a set of rustic candle holders could be so exciting!

I shared with you in the recent past that I bought a drill press!  Well, I have been putting that drill press and miter saw to work again. And this time, I have to say that I have totally outdone myself.  How could that possibly have happened you wonder?  Hold on.

Our neighbor Jimmy works at the local tree farm.  His wife Nikki wanted some new pillows.  I needed some trees. So just like an old fashioned trading post, we traded some white birch trees for some red geometric patterned pillow covers.  Win-Win.

At the tree farm, they periodically thin sections of trees to encourage the best and strongest trees to thrive. These reduced trees are then recycled into mulch and used at the farm greenhouse. Jimmy rescued these trees so I could repurpose them into candle holders.  He dropped them off the other day.  He even cut off the twiggy branches that I don’t need. What a guy!

Each tree was between 2-3 inches in diameter. A few in the 3 1/2 to 4 inch range. My next step was to simply cut them into 2, 4 and 6 inch heights and set them aside to dry.

My drying time frame wasn’t exactly scientific.  I moved on to other projects and when those were completed, maybe two weeks?, I returned to the drill press to complete the candle holders.

Each birch holder has a spot drilled in big enough to insert a tea size candle. They fit snuggly down into the wood, and are replaceable.

Each and every candle holder is unique to the section of branch it came from.  No two sets are alike. They are not polished or disturbed in any way, giving them a true rustic appearance.

Fall decorating anyone?

Winter decorating?

I could go on and on….one simple set of candle holders and so many options.