7.29.2015

Love More, Worry Less Wooden Sign

Hello, my name is Crystal, and I'm addicted to making wooden signs.

Now that we have that out of the way, I was pretty inspired by a sign I saw at Francesca's (a clothing and gift boutique here in Florida).



Supplies:
Wood Rectangle Plaque
Cricut Explore Air
Cricut Vinyl, Gold
Rust-Oleum Satin, Oasis Blue
3M Sandpaper, Fine Grit
Mod Podge, Matte

I wanted to recreate the sign as a gift for a swap I was participating in on Instagram. I knew this would be so easy and I love the teal!

First I googled "mason jar outline" and immediately found the artwork I needed.



Next, I used Pic Monkey to edit the file.



I uploaded the file into Cricut design space and set it to cut vinyl.





I'm pretty stoked about the final sign! I painted a scrap piece of wood with teal paint and applied the vinyl. I learned the hard way that vinyl does not adhere to wood very well--at least Cricut brand vinyl. I've been researching better vinyl and found some stuff sold by the roll, but I don't know if I need that much at time! Update: I think sanding very lightly would help the vinyl adhere better. I included a link to my favorite kind.

The "worry" font is not for the faint of heart! It took quite awhile to get the vinyl out of the holes. Totally worth it, though.

Anyway, I used my homemade mod podge to seal that sucker down. Then I applied a couple coats of clear spray paint sealer.


LOVE IT! I hope my new Instagram friend loved it as well! Here are all the gifts I sent.





In case you just can't get enough of mason jars, click those links:



Mason Jar Measuring Cups (Blue)
Mason Jar Ceramic Measuring Spoons Set
Mason Jar Ceramic Kitchenware "Complete Set"
Similar projects:

http://clearcutcrystal.blogspot.com/2015/07/you-make-me-happy-sign.html

http://clearcutcrystal.blogspot.com/2015/09/fall-gather-sign.html



http://clearcutcrystal.blogspot.com/2015/10/painting-on-whim.html



7.28.2015

Bloom Where You're Planted

Sometimes, as a teacher, you don't get the grade you want, or the class you want, or you have that student who just seems to have it out for you! For this week's teacher's conference, I chose the theme bloom where you're planted as an encouragement to teachers. If you embrace life's lemons, you'll be surprised by the unexpected blessings that come your way!

This window was completely inspired by the lovely Beckie Farrant over at Infarrently Creative and Knock Off Decor, both of which are her sites.

I used the tutorial from Beckie's site to make this fantastic sign:


I used my Cricut Explore to make a stencil just like in the tutorial. The stain turned out beautifully!

The vinyl I used DID NOT stay in place when I used the glitter spray. It bled horribly. A magic eraser took care of most of it, though. Glitter spray is of the devil.

The buckets came from old displays from my store and I hot glued thick jute around the base and worked my way up. They add such visual interest and texture to the display.

I found an old, junky wooden ladder and painted it white. The flowers were borrowed from the interiors department. Here are some pics of the finished product for your viewing pleasure.




The quilt hanging off the back rungs was made by my great grandmother and is a precious addition to the window.

As I was standing back admiring my handiwork, one of the art faculty walked up and said how much he liked it. He asked if I was going for the Pottery Barn look and I about died right on the spot. That's exactly what I was going for! Day made.

What do you think?

Crystal


7.27.2015

It Doesn't Cost a Dime

Do you ever find yourself looking at your home and feeling completely unsatisfied? Do you focus on that one piece of furniture that you hate while missing all the good stuff?

I used to find myself looking at my living room and just feeling like something was off. 

I'm pretty satisfied with most of the rooms in my house after a couple years of dedicated DIY-ing and thrifting, but something seemed missing. My living room stressed me out. I was always picking up, rearranging, or buying new decor. I mentioned in this post that the key to de-stressing was to un-decorate. It's been a few weeks now and I can say this is the key to a peaceful, relaxing home.

And it doesn't even cost a dime. 


I worked like a mad lady in the kitchen and asked myself the one question from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. It has changed how I approach everything in my home. This one question changes EVERYTHING.

Does it spark joy?

I held each item in my hand and asked myself that question. NOT these questions:

Is this item still useful?
Was this item a gift?
Did I spend a lot of money on this item?

Here are a few before and after's in my kitchen:




Here is the cabinet where things go to die. It's deceptively long and narrow.

One whole bag of trash came out of here...


Less stuff equals less time searching for things.

Less stuff equals less chaos in your home.

Less stuff equals less stress.

Less stuff equals less time cleaning, arranging, and taking care of things.

I filled 3 garbage bags full of things we no longer, want, need, or use. The room felt immediately lighter. I could open cabinets and had everything I use at my fingertips. The cabinets also got a little wipe down and I cleaned a few things that were dusty or dripped on from cooking. The whole time I was thinking about how I should do this to every closet and corner of this apartment!

When we move into our first house in the spring, I will have so much less to pack up! That thought alone is propelling me forward to work on a section at a time until the spring.

Happy organizing!

Crystal

7.22.2015

Vintage Nautical Sewing Table

A tale of two sewing tables: a drama

I found this little guy at a local thrift store and loved the simple lines and lovely legs. I wish I had a better pic, but somehow I don't have one....how did that happen?

I also picked up that solid brass propeller of which I proclaimed my love for here. This little table would look great in my master bedroom, so I painted it heirloom white and distressed it just a little. All of the hardware was painted gold OF COURSE and put back together.

Oh, this one? This one popped up after I bought the other one. But for $100 I don't think so. Sigh.

Anyway. Here she is! It fits right into my bedroom decor. I think I want to leave her undecorated for now.


It took about 10 minutes for the Cricut machine to cut this image. It's the most intricate design I've ever cut and I'm pretty impressed with how the Cricut handled it. I found the image from the graphics fairy which is an awesome resource to have.

Here's a close up! She's pretty, isn't she?

Update: I decided to "gold dip" the legs and I love it!


Paint all the things,

Crystal

Update: To see how I styled this in my living room, click here

7.21.2015

30+ Day Trips on the Emerald Coast

I'm gonna warn you, this is a long post. Just pin it for later! You can always refer to it when you're planning that trip. We love this area and we are always looking for something new to explore! There is always something going on. During the fall, it seems like there is a festival in Pensacola every weekend. It's absolutely beautiful in the spring and fall. The summer is HOT, but that's when you go the beach, splash pads, or the pool! The winter is mild and very short, but gets surprisingly cold. I wouldn't say we get 4 seasons, but Florida has definitely grown on me since we've lived here.

The list is in order by city, then by state. It's mostly centered around Pensacola with just a few places that are a little far for a day trip, but totally do-able if you really wanted to. My husband or I took all  of these pictures and we have been to almost all of these places.

Big Kahunas water park, Destin, FL-over 40 play areas, tons of water slides

Dolphin cruise, Destin, FL-Olin Marler is a good one to use. It's worth every penny. We saw a baby dolphin last time we went!

Air Force Armament Museum-Eglin AFB, free admission

Dino Island, Fort Walton Beach-just opened, amusement park

Gulf Breeze Zoo, Gulf Breeze, FL-small zoo, seems to be struggling, but cute for the kids


Florida Caverns State Park, Marianna, FL-the only caverns that conduct tours in FL

West Florida Train Museum, Milton, FL-model trains, tour a real train car, train rides for the kids



Bike trails, Milton, FL-paved trails, scenic routes

Blackwater River State Park, Milton, FL-tubing, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, camping, picnics

Sweet Season Farms, Milton, FL-hayrides, corn maze, bouncer, pony rides, rides, games, great for birthday parties!


Holland Farm, Milton, FL-pumpkin patch, peanut farm, hayride, farm animals, country store

Touchablue Berry Farm, Molino, FL-blueberry picking (June through mid-July) HOT!

Beulah Berries-Pensacola, FL-blueberry picking 

Pensacola M.E.S.S. Hall (Math, Engineering, Science, and Stuff)-The Pensacola MESS Hall is not a typical science museum. Rather than exhibits with planned outcomes, visitors get to work like real scientists, developing questions and creating experiments, engaging in complex reasoning and learning science just through tinkering. It’s all hands-on science. Learn more.

Uncle Sandy's Macaw Bird Park, Pensacola, FL-parrot rescue and adoption service, completely volunteer run, volunteers needed to socialize with the birds. 

Palafox Pier, Pensacola, FL-walking, splash pad, free fireworks during baseball season, a new park is opening summer 2015, ice cream shop, people fishing, romantic at night


National Museum of Naval Aviation-rides, IMAX theater, life-size planes to climb into, guided tours

Fort Pickens, Pensacola Beach, FL-tour a real fort, see the beach, great for picnics

Gulf Islands National Seashore, Pensacola Beach, FL-nature trails, walking next to the beach, hiking trails

Navarre Butterfly House, Navarre, FL-butterfly house next to a fantastic park with a splash pad, right on the beach, there is also a pier on the other side of the bridge

Benny Russell Park, Pace, FL-best park in the area, secret passages, tunnels, several separate areas for various age groups, towers to climb, lots of picnic tables

Blue Wahoos Minor League Baseball, Pensacola, FL-baseball game, fireworks after many of the games, right on the beach next to a new park, new facilities, go on $5 night

Wakulla Springs, Wakulla Springs, FL-freshwater springs, manatees, glass-bottom boat, pontoon boat

Fairhope, AL-shopping, high-end thrifting/antiquing, also a pier and nice restaurants

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Gulf Shores, AL-it's a nice zoo

KOA Perdido Bay, Lillian, AL-camp ground right on the beach, steps from the water, fire pit, pier



USS Alabama, Mobile, AL-tour a real battleship, takes a couple hours to see everything. Bring good shoes, there are a lot of ladders to climb!


Gulf Coast Exploreum, Mobile, AL-science center

Gulf Quest, Mobile, AL-opens 9/26/15 National Maritime Museum

Wharf & Marina, Orange Beach, AL-Ferris Wheel, splash pad, putt-putt, shopping, paddle boats

Derailed Diner, Robertsdale, AL-eat in a real train car, has a really cute shop attached



Alligator Alley, Summerdale, AL-feed and hold alligators

Bellingrath Gardens, Theodore, AL-beautiful Christmas lights, flowers and beautiful grounds during the summer
Congratulations if you have finally reached the end of the world's longest post. We have a blast here and I hope you do too. Let me know in the comments if you have any places to add!
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Crystal