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

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!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Fall Inspired Wooden Signs

It's been a busy month! September was packed, starting with our local Oktoberfest craft fair, click here and here to read about a couple of my favorite items that sold! That busy weekend led to several custom sign orders, a very busy start to the fall season at Tin Pan Alley, and of course my favorite part of the month - the news that we have a baby girl on the way!

The handsome husband has been away for work, so the job of rearranging our home for baby girl has yet to commence. In the meantime, I've been busy making signs!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Very Special DIY

For the past 5 months I have been working on a very special DIY project. It's a huge one, and not to sound dramatic, but a life-changing one. The kind of venture that turns things upside down, changes your direction, and gives you a whole new outlook on life.

It's about as personal a project as it could be, and one that has been a long time coming. The good news is, this one little enterprise of mine will spark a million ideas and challenges that I will share and tackle with you here. The great news is that in roughly four months, it will start a whole new chapter in my life and family.

Meet our sweet baby girl...

I don't know why I waited so long to share. It's personal, it's scary, and we've had some heartache in the baby department, so I think I needed to get to a peaceful place before opening up that window into our lives.

Seeing that little face made everything real, made everything ok. She's healthy, perfect, and seemed to be sucking her thumb - how do I not share that with anyone and everyone?

Now don't think that this means that all of the DIYs that I'll share from now on will be baby related! I won't lie, there will be plenty of that, but this new arrival also means once again re-configuring our little home to fit the needs of our growing family. That means creative storage (I hide my diapers, thank you very much!), unique organizing solutions (organizing the baby junk with great salvaged junk), new furniture makeovers, and who knows what else.

So thank you for sharing in our joy and excitement!!

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Lovely Little Workhorse

This great little workbench was made completely with scraps and in under an hour! It's a very simple design, but it's sturdy, it's stable, it's beautiful, and it already has a new home!