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Project Challenge #11- Bead Board

Hey friends!! I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful!
I would like to say that as I sit and write this post that I'm thankful for the holiday of holidays to give gratitude for an excuse to eat pie. After all, Thanksgiving is a holiday known for having pie for dessert, right? Seeing as how I'm immensly grateful for many wonderful blessings in my life and that it would be the gracious thing to do--to be grateful for all the pie, I fear I am guilty of eating WAY TOO MUCH. To the point of feeling like right now I've just recovered from a sugar coma. Several hours later. Is there such thing? 
Sugar coma?
Yep. Couldn't resist. I just had to try a "sliver" of each kind. 
So now I'm not feeling so grateful for pie. Even though it is my favorite food.
 My family and anyone that has come to our traditional Thanksgiving evening pie get togethers, will tell you that I go all out when it comes to this event and I make several different types of pie. It's crazy, and now I'm paying the price with regret. 
I am happy, however, to share my Project Challenge #11 using Bead Board with you today, along with my project challenge buddies!
I Love this time of the month! Bead board is my favorite decorative material. It is classy, sweet, and stylish all wrapped into one. It's like chalkboard paint, the answer to a decorator dilemma.
Don't you think? And as you can see, there are many wonderful ideas we have for you, so don't forget to check them out at the end.

I will tell you that I entertained the possibility of  a miriad of projects for this one, but seeing as I just finished the amazing task of giving the family room an overhaul, the thought of starting another big project, in the midst of the holidays and getting ready for Christmas in my shop space, was just too much. 
So I decided to do something way different than I've ever done before and made it into a piece of art.
This was a vision I had in my mind, but was one of those things that I had to just roll with as I went along.
Here's the process I ended up taking:
There are a few things I would do differently, one would be to resit sanding down the art itself. Looking at pictures, I like the way it looked before. I just can't seem to fight the urge to sand EVERYTHING for Pete's sake!
But overall it was a neat process and with each project comes a little more experience and learning. right?
I am enjoying the string of wooden beads I made during a family scripture study. 
What do you think?
I used this quote on a Christmas card I made years ago. 75 reproductions to be exact. 
I tried to find it to show you,but I have no idea where it is in all the stuff in my craft closet. Maybe another time. But it was my favorite of all and I always think of this quote, every Christmas and throughout the year.
Because I beleive it. 
Aren't you excited to get moving on Christmas decorating? What have you done to start? 
I always procrastinate the Christmas cards. 
We're finally getting our pictures taken today. Quite a task with such a large family. 
Wish us luck! 
Meanwhile, enjoy the projects my awesome friends have to share with you too!!
Happy Black Friday,

Harlequin Side Table and a King's Crown

Every year a neighbor of mine has a yard sale and sells the most amazing things for super cheap! (I probably mentioned her before in this post). I bought this table at last year's sale for $2 and have had it sitting next to our reading chair in our master bedroom ever since. I've known for quite some time what I wanted to do with it but hadn't gotten the opportunity.
A month ago while I was painting some other pieces, I went ahead and slapped some primer and a couple coats of Country Chic Paint's Vanilla Frosting on it. It sat in our bedroom like this for a couple months until I could finish it.

Well I'm happy to say that I finally did, and I am LOVING IT! 
I have this wonderful Cricut cartridge with a harlequin pattern that I've been wanting to use for quite some time. I knew it would be perfect for this little table.
So I made a stencil and painted it on. I went over it about three times. 
 Then I painted over the table top edge and some other curves with their Cobblestone gray.
Then sanded for some wear marks and definition with my mouse sander.
It's perfect topped with a candle and this crown I got at World Market, 
So old world-ish with this screen I got from one of my favorite antique shops (more to come on that when I find where its permanent home will be.
In the meantime, it's the perfect backdrop for my favorite little table!
Happy Monday! 
Getting ready for Christmas in my shop space and can't wait to share what I've been making with you this week!

Kitchen Hutch Display

There is an area in my kitchen that I don't believe I've ever shared on my blog before. It's because it is a "problem area". For some reason, the hutch I designed for our kitchen causes me great turmoil. Finally one day, while blog hopping for inspiration, I came upon a home tour that had a picture that just struck me. YAY! I could't wait to put that inspiration into practice. 
So my hutch has always been used as a more practical use area. It is part of the cooking and baking triangle. Since it is right next to the ovens and across from the stove, it is the perfect place for all my utencils, spices, and cookware within reach. I've tried about everything in this area so it can function this way while hoping it can still look nice but it's never worked out how I'd hoped. 
I've kept flour and sugar canisters there. I've had the utensils idea in various decorative containers, cookbooks in decorative binders. It's never been pleasing to the eye. Part of the problem is that the mouldings and trim work have never been finished since my VERY BUSY honey never has been able to find the time. I simply gave up on it ever looking nice. 
That is what is so nice about inspiration! While looking at home tours, I realized that this area could still be functional and practical and decorative 
at the same time.

Project Challenge #10 HVAC or Duct tape

Well can you believe it's yet another Project Challenge?! That means October is almost can that have happened so fast?! I'm so glad to have you here today and share with you something my little boy has been wanting for quite awhile. A couple years ago we sat down and brainstormed all the things we wanted to do to his room. Then, due to circumstances, he ended up sharing with one of his big brothers for awhile. Now, with two children having left home, we have a little space freed up. This made it possible for all of our boys to have their own rooms. Now my 8 year old and I are ready to encorporate all the ideas we had before, as well as a few more. It all started with this neat statue he begged me to buy him one day while shopping at Ross. I couldn't refuse since this little guy hardly ever asks for anything.
He loves the whole Knight theme. Horses, dragons blowing fire (this one is from one of my rare trips to Ikea), swords, maps, battle.

Fixing an Antique Piano Mirror

I often peruse craigslist for things I'm looking for. I usually go to the free section, then to the antiques, unless there is something specific I'm looking for. One day I came across this antique piano mirror [in the antique section]. Though I wasn't looking specifically for it, I have wanted one for awhile now. I love how Holly from Down to Earth Style always decorates with hers. They are such a great character solution to add to a wide space that is hard to decorate. I knew immediately where it was going to go. The family room had such a space above the bookcases I just refinished (more an that real soon!). 
It was advertised at a great price as something that needed some work. I saw the issues right away and the sellers were really good about letting me know what they thought needed attention.

Natural Fall Centerpiece- {Dose of DIY Blog Hop}

Happy Wednesday friends, and welcome to a Dose of DIY! This is where I, along with some of my good blogging buddies, come up with something that will hopefully inspire you!

So let's get to it, shall we?!
I had a board that was wider then the rest during one of my fencing projects. I knew I wanted to use it for something special. This Dose of DIY challenge to come up with a fall centerpiece was the perfect excuse. I've always wanted to make a centerpiece tray so that it would be easy to add or remove for practical purposes.

Fall Wreath(s)

Early on, when I discovered that I was actually crafty, I found that one of my passions was flower arranging. Each and every time I put together an arrangement, I feel a deep inner happiness. It's something that truly pleases my soul. Recently while I was enjoying some blog hopping, I came upon a blog I love to read regularly where there was a beautiful wreath. That's how the desire to make one grew. While I was at the fabric store the other day, I grabbed a few stems on clearance in the floral section and pulled out some others I had left over from the fishing creel arrangement I made back in June.