Tuesday, November 18, 2014

How to Build a Fire In 6 Easy Steps

Today's post is for the me of four years ago. The naive newlywed desert girl who found herself in the mountains where there were four seasons, instead of two.

By extension, I hope that this is for you too.

When we first moved here, it was the week after Thanksgiving during one of the wettest and coldest winters that the area had seen in years. It was thrilling and overwhelming at the same time! We ran out of gas for the furnace in our rental after a week (we had been told that it was electric), and a night with no heat was very helpful in our decision to invest in a wood-burning stove.

When we first bought our stove, I was terrified of it. I had no idea how to build a fire (intentionally...), and I was convinced that we would burn the house down or die of some kind of gas exposure in our sleep! I was, of course, being ridiculous - that happens when you're completely out of your element.

It took me some time - and plenty of smoke - but I am proud to say that I'm now a master fire builder. I can get that baby going, from cold chimney to a toasty fire I can forget about, in five minutes flat. There is something so rewarding in being able to do that - especially now that it means keeping my baby(ies) warm.

So for my past self - who literally Googled "how to build a fire in a wood stove," desperately seeking pictures or diagrams - and any others like her, this one's for you!


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Quirky Little Signs

Happy Tuesday!

The bun in the oven is getting bigger every day, making my usual DIY activities a bit more difficult than usual! Of course, by a bit, I mean hugely difficult! I'm still painting away, getting furniture and walls ready for some big changes to the little home, but my goodness... it's getting tough! I painted our hutch (see the before here), and it took me a couple days to recover! It looks gorgeous though, and I can't wait to share it with you later this week.

What am I doing during my painted hutch recovery time? 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

How to Paint a Rustic Wooden Signs (No Stencils or Transfers Required!)

Since I began this little DIY journey of mine about a year ago, I have hunted for the easiest method to create the rustic wooden signs that my little business has become known for. Believe me, I've tried them all.

Are there easy and quick means of getting words on wood? Yes, absolutely. Not so, however, when you are using very rough and beat up wood - my material of choice. I've used wood in a variety of different conditions for my signs, but very weathered wood is just what my kind of people are drawn to! Doing it the easy way, using new lumber and a piece of pie transfer technique, just won't cut it if I am being true to my customers and what they have come to expect from me.

So here is my way.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Dollar Store Fall Decorating

Thank you for stopping by Lovely Weeds! I'm excited to share some easy (and cheap!) home decor tips with you today! Be sure to follow me on Instagram to get sneak peaks of what I'm working on!

I ran into our local Dollar General the other day for milk, and passed through the fall decor aisle on my way to check out. I walked right through, wrinkling my nose at the cloud of hazelnut fragrance and marveling at the sheer tackiness of it all. Orange sequins, purple and green witches, brightly painted owls, and fake flowers and leaves that reminded me of laffy-taffy. I was almost through the aisle before I stopped. I smelled a challenge...

Monday, October 20, 2014

An Old Glory Remix

While my life right now seems to be centered around getting our home ready for the new little person (I'll be sharing more about some of my home plans later this week!), I have also been busy making lots of custom signs and flags! I just finished up my most interesting request to date...

Friday, October 3, 2014

If It's Outta Style, Sure Drives Me Wild...

In the mood for a "feel -good"? Because I've got one for you guys today. If you are visiting my little blog today, it's likely because you have an appreciation for old things. Or at least things that look old... feel old... and are a bit nostalgic for some reason.

Well, I have a song for you.

I've been meaning to share this with you, not because it's profound or life-changing, but because it genuinely makes me smile whenever I hear it!

Are you ready for it?

Old shit.

Yup, that's the name of my new favorite song. It's by the always entertaining and lovely Miranda Lambert, from her album Platinum. She has been my favorite artist since the Kerosene and Me and Charlie days, and I've loved learning that she's a junk-lovin' gal after my own heart. This song is one that makes you feel like it was really written for you to hear it.

Here are a few of my favorite lyrics...

One man's trash is another man's treasure,
One man's pain is another man's pleasure,
If it's out of style, sure drives me wild,
I'm a fan of it, old shit.

Old turntables, vinyl records,
Hand me down jewels, Black and Decker,
I'm a fan of it, old shit!

I couldn't find a way to get it here on this post, but I found it available for streaming on CMT, listen to it here! Fourth row down, third from the left.

That's all I have for you today, but hopefully it made you smile.

Thanks for stopping by! XO,



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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

That Time I Stepped on a Nail... And Other Pallet Lessons

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Building and creating home decor from pallet wood is hot right now. Pallets are probably the most readily available source of inexpensive - and often free - wood, and if you are reading this right now you have probably pinned at least one or two (or twenty) "DIY pallet projects". I have a whole Pinterest board devoted to things I can do with pallets and scraps! Whether you have taken on the famous shipping material or are still thinking about it, here are a few words of advice from someone who tends to learn best the hard way!