River Rocks

I’ve never been good at skipping rocks.  Although, I can’t say that I’ve really ever worked at it.  My man, on the other hand, could go pro.  I love watching him skip a rock and see it bounce, literally, like six times.  But you know what’s even better?  Watching my man teach my boy how to skip rocks.  It makes my heart skip right along with those rocks!

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I come from a long line of river rock lovers.  Every time we walk down to the creek near my parents’ house, my mom has to find a heart shaped rock. It’s a requirement.

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 My mom gathered these for me and wrote verses from scripture on them. I love how simple and special these are.  Every time I look at them, I’m reminded of God’s goodness – in giving me such a special mom; for a boy learning to skip rocks with his dad; and for smooth river rocks, simple and beautiful.

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If you would like to do this project, all you’ll need are some smooth rocks and a fine tip sharpie.  I love the idea of having a basket in the living room filled with rocks and a sharpie. Record special dates, memories, and milestones throughout the year.

Or you could make a thankfulness basket.  Anytime you think of something you’re thankful for, write it on a rock.  Get your whole family in the habit, and even friends that come over.  Soon enough, your basket will be overflowing with gratefulness.

Take some time when the weather is nice this summer, find a creek, skip some rocks, and gather some up to take home with you.

Have a great week everyone!

Stephanie

 

Americana Decor Chalk Paint Review

Let’s be honest, chalk paint is pretty amazing.  No sanding, no priming, beautiful finish, the list goes on.  If you haven’t worked with it yet and you are interested in redoing some of your own pieces, I highly recommend giving it a try.  It is great for beginners and pros alike.  It’s probably not news to anyone who’s heard of chalk paint, that Annie Sloan is the frontrunner in this particular field; and for good reason!  She was a pioneer in the development of this wonderful stuff, and her colors are extensive and beautiful to boot! But, now that chalk paint is taking the world by storm, several other companies have popped up, trying their hand at this chalky business.  One in particular that peaked my interest was Americana Decor’s chalky finish paint.  Today I’m giving you my Americana Decor Chalk Paint review.

What I thought:

Coverage:  The coverage was on par with other chalk paints I’ve used.  Two coats are needed, but the second coat can be thinned with water without affecting coverage.

Colors:  Good amount of color options.  There are several neutral and bright color options.  The colors can also be mixed to create custom colors.

Finish:  As with other chalk paints, this one left a beautiful matte finish.  It did, however leave more brush marks than Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

Cost:  Americana Decor is a little cheaper than Annie Sloan.

  • Americana – 8 oz – $9
  • Annie – 4 oz – $12
  • Americana – 16 oz – $16
  • Annie – 32 oz – $35

The 8oz pot of Americana paint is a deal because that’s all I need for a small project like an end table.  An added bonus is that Americana Decor offers a 2 oz bottle for $2.50.  I love the small bottles for stenciling, graphic transfers, and even for a small piece, like a stool.

Convenience:  You can buy this stuff at your local Michael’s, Joann’s or Home Depot! I love this aspect because the closest Annie Sloan stockist is a 30 minute drive for me.  Now, there are definite benefits of visiting your local stockist.  They are a wealth of knowledge on all things chalk paint and beyond. However, if you just want to pick up some paint for a quick weekend project, you should definitely give this paint a try.  Disclaimer: Your local craft store only carries a handful of colors, the full range of colors can be purchased on amazon.

Here is how my piece turned out:

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Paint Color: Yesteryear

Graphic Bird Detail: Everlasting

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I am still loyal to Annie Sloan, but this paint is legit, and it expands my options.  Let me know if you give it try, and what you thought!

Have a great week everyone!

Stephanie

 

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DIY Burlap Wall Art

Sometimes you just fall in love with something.  When this happens to me, my first thought always goes to, “what could i do with this?”  This adorable potato sack was that something for me.  I mean, look at it…it even has a windmill! Enter, DIY burlap wall art.


burlap sack art tutorial

I found this vintage burlap sack at an antique show for $10.  If you don’t have any cute potato sacks lying around, Check this one and these out!  Or, you could keep it simple, and use something you already have; a beautiful scrap piece of fabric leftover from another project, a fun t-shirt for a child’s room, or how about that quilt in the closet that’s not getting any love? The possibilities are endless.  Here’s an example of another one I put together with a different look:

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Materials:

  • Fabric
  • Staple Gun
  • Scissors
  • Canvas (with wood frame)
  • Upholstery Tacks (you can find these at your local craft store or Walmart)
  • Hammer

Steps:

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  • Cut your fabric to the size of your canvas with about 2-3″ extra on every side.

burlap stretching

  • Straighten the fabric so the graphic is centered how you like it.
  • Pull tight and carefully flip the whole thing over so you don’t lose your centered graphic.

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  • Staple the four corners, then flip back over to make sure it’s how you like it.
  • If everything looks good, continue stapling along all edges, pulling the fabric tight as you go.

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  • Nail upholstery tacks into place.

 A Few Tips:

  • After each staple is in place, I like to check that the alignment is still straight.  There’s nothing worse than stapling the whole thing, and then realizing it’s crooked.
  • You could use a number of different things as a frame for this, but I love the depth that a painter’s wood framed canvas gives. I get mine at Michael’s because of their wonderful 40% off coupons. Never, I repeat…NEVER go to Michael’s without your 40% off coupon. Download the app, it will always be with you!
  • Measure your burlap before you go, or better yet, just take it with you. Figure out which size works best (make sure to leave a few extra inches of fabric to wrap around all sides of the canvas).

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter! He is Risen!

Stephanie

 

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