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MHCT&M: Laundry Room Signs

 Hello and happy Good Friday, friends! 

 

 

This month my friends and I are sharing tips and inspiration around laundry rooms. 

You know I love a good sign, so I thought I would share some of the best Laundry Room Signage. 

 

 

signage for your laundry room 

 

Whether you want to print off a sign or paint one, these signs are sure to freshen up and bring sunshine to your laundry room space.  

 

 

Wash Dry Fold laundry room sign

 

 Wash Dry Fold laundry sign 

 

Missing socks sign for laundry room.

 

 Single Seeking Mate missing sock sign 

 

Laundry print for decor 

  Laundry room sign printable

 

 

Laundry sucks sign for the laundry room

 

 Laundry Sucks sign

 

 

 Laundry room print  

  Laundry room print 

 

 DIY laundry room sign

 

  Help Wanted laundry sign

 

 Laundry Loot sign for loose change in laundry room 

  Laundry Loot Sign

 

 

Free printable laundry symbol sign 

  Printable laundry symbols sign

 

 

 

 Laundry Help Wanted sign

  

 

 Don’t these signs make you want to dress up your laundry room a bit? 

Do you have a favorite?

 

 It’s so hard to pick.

 

  

 

 

Join us next Friday for more Must-Have Laundry Room Tips! 

 

Have a Happy Easter, friends! 

 

 

Your hostesses,

 

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MHCT&M: DIY Dining Room Tables

 
Hello and Happy Friday! 

This month’s Must-Have series is focused on the dining room… a place where we share meals and memories with the ones we love. 

 

 

 Today, I am sharing some really great DIY Dining Room Table Options. 

There are so many great styles and ideas for dining rooms. And DIY implies that you can create it in a way that best suits you, your family, and your space. 

That’s what I love about DIY projects. 

 

 These DIY dining room table options are great for lots of styles and spaces. 

 

Check out these DIY dining room table options I gathered from Pinterest. It’s so hard to pick a favorite…I dare you to try!

 

 DIY kitchen and dining room tables.

 

Wooden Herringbone Table

 

 

Build your own farmhouse bench! 

  Do It Yourself farmhouse bench

 

 

DIY tables for your kitchen and dining room.

 

 DIY Pub Style Table… pup not included. 

 

DIY live edge table for your dinging room, patio, or kitchen. 

  Do It Yourself live edge table

 

 

DIY hairpin leg table for dining room.

 

 DIY hairpin leg kitchen table

 

 

DIY wood pallet kitchen eat-at island. 

  Pallet kitchen island 

 

 Make an old dining room table new again with a makeover! 

   Dining room table makeover

 

 

Build your own farmhouse dining room table.  

  Build your own farmhouse dining room table

 

 

 

 DIY floating farmhouse counter

 

 

DIY live edge dining room table. 

  Live edge steel base table

  

 

 

 So many pretty tables! Which is your favorite? 

 

There are so many different DIY dining room table options out there, you’re bound to find one that goes with your space and fits your style. If you haven’t built your own dining room table yet, are you inspired to now? 

I’ve done it and it’s well worth it…promise! You just seem to love it so much more and save a ton of money in the process.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Join me again next Friday for another Must-Have dining room post!

  

 

 

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MHCT&M: Must Have Small Space Living Solutions

Don’t let your small space get you down. Try these small space living solutions! 
Can you believe it’s July already? The year is half over! 
 

 

 July in our house means we’re just weeks away from going back to school. So this month we’re focusing on getting ready school, no matter the age! 

 

Don't let your small space get you down. Try these small space living solutions! 

 

Because I’m in denial that summer is nearly over with my boys who are in elementary school, I’m going to turn my focus on an older crowd. College kids! 

Whether you’re moving into a dorm or an apartment, you’re certainly not moving into a large, luxurious space. Make the most of what you’ve got with these space-saving ideas! 

 

 

Don't let your small space get you down. Try these small space living solutions! 

 No room for end tables? These DIY couch sleeves are a real space saver! 

 

Don't let your small space get you down. Try these small space living solutions! 

Turn an awkward corner into a usable bookshelf

 

Don't let your small space get you down. Try these small space living solutions! 

 No pantry? No problem! 

This pull-out pantry is a relatively easy DIY that doesn’t take up much room at all.

 

 Don't let your small space get you down. Try these small space living solutions! 

 Store your bike indoors where it will be safe AND reduce it’s storage footprint with this DIY bike storage rack.

 

 Don't let your small space get you down. Try these small space living solutions! 

 Desks can be big and bulky. This DIY fold-away Murphy desk is a great option for a small space!

 

 Don't let your small space get you down. Try these small space living solutions! 

 No room for end tables or a proper sofa table? This skinny DIY sofa table can be made as narrow as you need to squeeze into a small space. 

 

Don't let your small space get you down. Try these small space living solutions! 

 Instead of a coffee table that offers no extra storage, DIY an ottoman that can storage all the things!

 

 Don't let your small space get you down. Try these small space living solutions! 

 Don’t waste space! Shelves can be worked in almost anywhere. 

 

Don't let your small space get you down. Try these small space living solutions! 

Over the door shelves are a great and easy solution for any room!

 

 Don't let your small space get you down. Try these small space living solutions! 

 Even your bed can provide storage! 

This DIY storage daybed hides away all kinds of items underneath it. 

 

Don't let your small space get you down. Try these small space living solutions! 

 A DIY bedside pocket organizer is a great idea for extra storage if a small nightstand is needed in a small bedroom.

 

 Don't let your small space get you down. Try these small space living solutions! 

 This DIY ladder shelf is perfect for dropping off items in a small entryway!

 

 Don't let your small space get you down. Try these small space living solutions! 

 I love a dual purpose DIY! These DIY desks can be easily turn to double as a small dining table, perfect for small spaces!

 

 

 Not all of these are ideal for dorm space unless the rules of screwing things into the wall have changed, but maybe they will inspire something similar. 

You can get away with most of these ideas in an apartment, just be sure the patch the walls up when you move out.

 

 

 

 

 Must Have Craft Tips & More! 

 

 

 Stay tuned all month long for various back to school ideas!

 

 

 

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Holiday Almond Cookies

I know I am sharing a cookie recipe late in the year, I mean, Christmas is less than a week away, but I still wanted to share these yummy cookies with all of you just in case you are still doing some baking or have a cookie exchange party to still attend. Plus, they are just yummy for any time of year! 
 These take some time but are worth it in the end. 
Here is how to make them.
Ingredients:
For cookie:
– 1 cup butter, softened
-2/3 cup sugar
-1 egg
-2 1/2 cups flour
-1/2 tsp salt
-Finely chopped walnuts
-1/2 tsp Almond extract
-1 egg white, slightly beaten
 For icing:
-2 T butter
-1/4 cup crisco
-1 egg white
-2 cups Confectioner sugar
-1/2 tsp Almond extract
In a large bowl, place the 2 cups softened butter and 2/3 cup sugar.
Cream the butter and sugar and smooth.
Next beat in one egg.
Add flour, almond extract, and salt and stir until combined and a nice dough is formed. 
I like to use a spatula at first then finish with my hands once the flour start to get incorporated. 
Chill dough.
Once dough is chilled, you will take it out and form it into small balls and roll in beaten egg white.
Immediately, roll the ball in the crushed walnuts until covered.
Place on a cookie sheet. Gently press in the center to make an indentation.
Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes.
Gently press the center again and bake for another 3 to 5 minutes longer.
Remove from oven and cool before filling. 
To make the filling, heat butter over medium heat until brown. Cool completely.
Then combine all ingredients (crisco, egg white, almond extract, and confectioner sugar) except the butter and beat until fluffy. add butter and continue beating. If it is too think, add a few drops of water to make it thinner. 
Place filling in the center of cookie.
Sprinkle with colored sugar immediately if desired, but let’s face it, it is always desired. 😉
And that’s it! 
These cookies are seriously so good! 
And you get a large amount out of one batch of dough. I made medium sized cookies but you can make them smaller if you’d like and get even more out of the dough.
And I bet if you take these to a cookie exchange or give to family and friends, they’ll be asking you for the recipe! 
Enjoy!
Ingredients:
For cookie:
– 1 cup butter, softened
-2/3 cup sugar
-1 egg
-2 1/2 cups flour
-1/2 tsp salt
-Finely chopped walnuts
-1/2 tsp Almond extract
-1 egg white, slightly beaten
 For icing:
-2 T butter
-1/4 cup crisco
-1 egg white
-2 cups Confectioner sugar
-1/2 tsp Almond extract
 
Cookie:
Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl. Beat in one egg. Stir in flour, almond extract and salt until dough is formed. Chill.
Shape dough into small balls and dip in beaten egg whites. Roll in nuts immediately. 
Place on a cookie sheet. Gently press the center to make indentation.
Bake at 350 degrees for 5 mins.
Gently press centers again and bake for an additional 3 to 5 mins. 
Remove and cool.
For icing:
Heat butter over medium heat until brown. Let cool.
Combine Crisco, egg white, almond extract, and confectioner sugar in a bowl and beat until fluffy.
Add butter and continue beating. Add drops of water if icing is too thick.
Place in center of cookies and top with colored sugar immediately if desired.

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Homemade Mint Hot Chocolate Mix

Christmas is around the corner and the cold weather is here to stay so I’ve been staying warm by staying in my kitchen creating some yummy treats for our neighbors, teachers, and friends. 
I don’t always make treats for everyone but this year I was in the mood so I got to work. 
Today, I am sharing a yummy recipe for Homemade Mint Hot Chocolate Mix that is so easy to make as a gift OR just make this giant batch and keep it for yourself to drink it all winter long. We sure do enjoy hot chocolate in our house so I will probably be making another batch for us to keep as well. 
 Now before I begin I just want to share that I did take photos of me making this mix during the entire process. I mean, it isn’t hard to figure out, but I had an ingredients picture and steps BUT I didn’t realize that Travis took the SD card out of the camera and our new camera lets you take pictures even without a card so I had to reshoot just the finished shots because I didn’t have any more ingredients. All well. Things happen right?! 
Ok, so let’s get to the recipe shall we?
Ingredients for the mix:
– 2 cups Confectioner Sugar
– 1 cup Cocoa Powder
– 2 cups Dry Milk
– 1 cup Mints (I used Andes Mint backing chips)
– 1 5oz. Chocolate Pudding Mix
In a large bowl, sift the confectioner sugar, followed by the cocoa powder to remove any lumps. Stir in the dry milk and pudding mix. 
In a food processor, grind the mint chips into as small as pieces as possible. Some of mine got very little, almost like a powder, some stayed a little chips, but once I noticed it not doing anything else I stopped. Stir in the mint. 
And that’s it! 
Place in a large air tight container if you plan on keeping it or place in small mason jars with marshmallows and mint pieces for gifts. 
 I placed a label on top of the jar with what the jar contained and then wrote the directions on serving on the back. This one is for Miss P’s teacher so I wrote her name as well. Tied a pretty bow around the jar and it is good to go! 
To serve, place 2 or 3 tablespoons of mix into hot water or milk. 
I prefer 2 tablespoons myself.
Top with mini marshmallows and mint pieces and it is just delicious! 
The mint is the perfect amount without overpowering the cocoa. Mmmmm! 
I placed a few scoops of the mix into the jar then placed mini marshmallows and mint before filling the jar the rest of the way topping with more marshmallows and mint. 
 Again, this makes the perfect gift but it is also cheaper to make your own cocoa mix than to buy the premix stuff. And if you aren’t a fan of mint, just leave it out! It is still super delicious! 
ENJOY!! 

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Indian Corn Fall Decor

Hey everyone! It’s Rachel from Adventures of a DIY Mom
Today I will be sharing a super simple home decor idea. Grab a few ears of Indian corn and an old board to create this fall decoration. I have this on my front porch and I love it.
Indian Corn Decoration

I normally have a wood welcome sign on my front porch. For this project, I simply used the back side of the board.

Indian Corn Decoration

Earlier this fall, I found some Indian corn. At the grocery store, of all places. I bought some on a whim and turned it into this quick front porch decoration.

Want to make your own Indian Corn Decoration? 

It’s super simple – a 5 minute or less project!
You will need:
Indian Corn
twine
ribbon
board
nail
Tie together three pieces of corn with some twine. Tie it as tightly as possible at the top of the corn where it meets the husk.
Tie a bow around the corn with a piece of ribbon
Figure out where you want it to hang on your board, and then place a nail in the board.
Hang the Indian corn with the ribbon that’s already tied around the corn.

Indian Corn Decoration

Set it on your front porch and enjoy!

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DIY Trio of Sunflower Canvases

Hello everyone.  This is Donna from Modern on Monticello.  
Today I am sharing what I call a fun way to relieve stress by painting a trio of canvases with a sunflower theme.

I am NOT an artist by any means, but I do love to paint creative projects whether it is furniture, ceramics, or whimsical canvas designs.  Especially when I have had a stressful week and this past week was no exception.  Dealing with miscommunication issues with a contractor can do that and make your big project behind on schedule.
To clear my head I decided to finish a creative painting project I started some time ago.
I love sunflowers and they are actually a very easy flower to paint.  I had started a trio of canvases with partial images of a sunflower, all in different color palettes, that would hang together to create a complete image, but I never completed two of them.  So with brushes in hand I finally finished this project.

My method of drawing the sunflowers is so simple.  I use chalk to create the basic outline of the picture.  If I don’t like how it looks, I can just erase the lines and start over.  Then I use acrylic paints in my choice of colors and color in the lines.

This is free form painting at it’s best!  Whatever I don’t like, I paint over or add a different color to.  For this trio, I tried to add a hint of color from the other canvases to each one.  There really aren’t any rules, you just paint to relieve stress or just have fun.    That was the whole purpose of this project.

My daughter has decided she wants these for her bedroom wall but for this post, I hung them on my bathroom wall to display.  These were fun and whimsical and so easy to create.
What do you do to clear your mind after a stressful week?
Donna
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DIY Faux Barnwood Menu Board

Happy Monday everyone! 
  I hope you had a fabulous weekend. 
 We have finally been having pretty, warmer weather but we have been fighting a nasty cold in our house so unfortunately, we didn’t get to enjoy it at all. 
But since we have been cooped up, I was able to get a quick project done for our kitchen.
We have been trying to do better and write out our menus for the week. Some weeks have gone better than others but we are trying to stick to it. We have a dry erase board on the fridge that I actually got from SNAP a few years ago. It is double sided and I wanted to use the other side to create a cleaning schedule for myself so I needed a new solution for our menu. And I will admit, I am super happy with how our new menu board came out! 
Supplies:
-Chalkboard with wood frame
-Barnwood Painted Finishes from Folk Art
-Painters tape
-Chalk marker and regular chalk
-Transfer paper or graphite pencil
-Paint brush
-Rag
-Popsicle stick

I found this unfinished chalk board at Michael’s and knew it was be the perfect skinny width but had good length for a menu board to go in our kitchen between our board and batten.
I began by giving the whole frame a light sanding so make sure all the little edges were smooth then wiped it clean. Then I taped off the chalk board around the edge to protect it from the paint.
Next it is time to give it the barnwood finish.
I found this awesome kit at JoAnn Fabrics and thought it was so cool. I actually saw it before I found the chalk board and didn’t buy it at the time so I had to make a special trip all the way back there one day to grab it. So glad I did, it is a lot of fun! 🙂 
The kit comes with two bottles, one is a tint much like a stain, and then a white cream wax.
You will begin by painting an even coat of the tint to the frame. 
Let dry at least 4 hrs before continuing to the next step.
 Once your tint is dry, it is time to apply the cream wax that will give you the barnwood look.
Paint a generous coat of the wax onto the wood. I worked one side at a time because I didn’t want the wax to start drying before I was ready for the last step.
After applying the wax, take a rag or lint free cloth and wipe off any excess. You don’t have to wipe hard or a lot. If you wipe it too much, it will be hard to give it the barnwood effect.
After wiping off the excess wax, you will your a craft stick or popsicle stick and drag it along the frame. This will remove some of the wax and create the barn wood look.
I went over it a few times until I was happy with the results. I would also wipe off my stick onto the rag to remove the wax that built up on it.
And there you have it! 
You just made a barnwood finish! 
Continue around the whole piece making the entire thing look like barnnwood and then let dry for 24 hrs. 
Remove the tape and you are ready to make the board itself.
I just opened up Word and picked a font that I liked and typed up the word “Menu” along with letters for the days of the week. 
I printed them out and cut them apart to place on the board.
I then used transfer paper to transfer the letters to the board. 
Don’t have transfer paper, you could just do the good old graphite trick where you rub it all over the back of the paper and then traced the letters. 
I will say that the transfer paper being dark, I had trouble seeing the letters so I just positioned it into the light better and then retraced them with my pencil so I could see them well before continuing with my chalk marker.
Next step, use a chalk marker to trace the letters.
Now, you can season your chalkboard before this step if you ever want to use this board as something other than a menu board. I didn’t see me using it for something else so I didn’t do that before I wrote those out.
Now season the chalkboard.
Just take a piece of chalk and rub the whole board with it and wipe it clean. 
And now it is ready to use! 
I hung it in our kitchen near our fridge just off a little Command hook and it is ready for weeks of meals.
And now I will admit, I am ready to figure out what else to use the barnwood finish on!! 
Love it!

allison

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“Be Mine” Doily Banner

Happy Monday everyone! 
I hope you had a great weekend! 
 I had a busy weekend but I managed to squeeze in a quick craft project for my Valentine’s Day mantle. 
I made a quick new banner to display across our faux mantle shelf.
 It is a pretty easy project. 
Here’s how to make it. 
Supplies: 
-Paper doilies (I got these in the dollar section of Target)
-Alphabet Letter Stamps
-Twine
-Embossing Stamp Pad 
-Embossing Powder
-Embossing Gun

 I began by measure my mantle and cutting my twine to length.
Then it was time to work on my words. 
I chose to place “be mine” on the banner so I took the “b” letter and placed it on my stamp pad.
Rub the stamp on the embossing pad and stamp onto the center of doily.
Press down the stamp making sure all parts of the stamp are left on the doily when removed.
Sprinkle the “b” with embossing powder.
Move it around to make sure it is all nice and covered.
Dump off the excess powder to reveal your powdered letter.
Then it is time to emboss it with the embossing gun.
It only takes a few seconds and your letter is all embossed! 
Work your way down the banner stamping and embossing each doily with the letters of the phrase you choose.
Don’t have an embossing gun?! No worries! You can always use stickers, cut letters with a Cricut or Silhouette and apply them, or if you are fantastic at hand lettering or have pretty handwriting, just write the letters on each doily.
 Once all the doilies are complete with their letters, just weave the twine through the holes of the doilies to hang.
And that’s it! 
Easy, new banner to hang!
I hung it across the front of our faux mantle along with some tulle pom-pom garland that I also found in the dollar spot at Target. 
It fills the spot nicely and was the perfect size for our mantle.
What word or phrase will you choose to make your banner?

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DIY (beginners) Mixed Media Canvas


I have a creative brain…which means I have issues with ideas popping into my head and then ACTUALLY making them a reality. I fully realize that not every idea that pops into ones head needs to become a reality…but for a creative person we kinda think they do! 
This project was loosely inspired by a photo my best friend shared on Facebook one day (years ago). When we were getting our three girls bedroom all set up I knew I wanted to make this project come to life…and it has changed a bit from the original idea but I love how it turned out.

 It started with a HUGE blank canvas, 20×30 huge! And this wrapped canvas was hung on the girls wall…and neglected. When you run a creative business and have 5 kids and a part time job the things you want to do for YOUR home rarely get done in a timely manner. So this hung in their room for almost a year. And then I had had enough and I needed to get working on it so I wouldn’t go crazy!!

So the first thing I did was paint the background…I used a few shades of blue for the sky and a few shades of green for the grass. I tried to give the grass some texture and I tried to make the sky look like a clear bright spring time sky. I think both of the objectives were achieved. Then the painting sat again…for about two weeks. Then I made time to work on it again. I found some off white rice paper when I was cleaning up my craft space and thought it would make for some great clouds!! I tore the pieces somewhat randomly and then used Mod-Podge to stick them to the canvas.

Then I found some newspaper and painted two shades of green on the newspaper. I then cut the paper into thin strips so I could use it for the stems.

Again, I used mod-podge to stick the newspaper down. The newspaper didn’t lay down as smoothly as the clouds but I am really glad it didn’t!! I love the dimension it adds to the whole project.

So here is what it looked like with the background colors, clouds and flower stems!!

So then I wanted to add the words…so the first thing I did was write the words in chalk directly onto the canvas. This is a great tip if you have an acrylic painting that you want to add details or words to. It wipes away very easily if you mess up and painting over the chalk is super easy!
 Once my words were where I wanted them I painted them onto the canvas. I will tell you that painting words with a brush and actual paint is very challenging for me…but it is something I am working on. So, I am not 100% happy with how the words look but it’s about learning in the process so that’s okay with me!

 
So here is the piece with everything but the flowers! It’s starting to take shape but really missing the pop of the colors and textures from the flowers!

My friend Danica and I traded creative services. She made me these beautiful crocheted flowers and I designed a logo for her. (I’m always up for a good trade if you have something in mind.) I found my big jar of random buttons and just started to sew the buttons on top of the flowers directly to the canvas. If you have a good needle you can stitch right onto the canvas! It’s so much fun. The possibilities are endless!!  
I love how this project turned out and I’m so excited that I still have some more flowers so I may make some smaller versions of this project as well!!

Have you done a mixed media project? 
I would love to see it. I  have some other mixed media project ideas in mind but I need to learn more about the process…I would love it if you would link up a project you have done in the comments!! 
Have a blessed week!!

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