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Project Challenge #1- Spindles, Moulding, and Trim

Well hello dear friends!! I'm super excited to be kicking off another year of Project Challenge with you today!! We have a new 2016 team and I'm so excited to present them to you!


So at the end of this post, please check out their projects and give them all a HUGE welcome, would you? They have some fun and inspiring creations to share with you as well. 
So, to preface my project, for those of you who are new to my blog, I just began sharing projects I am doing to redecorate my 2 little girl's room. They are 5 and 7 and a lot of fun after 5 boys. We recently switched rooms after another brother left for college in the fall and are just barely personalizing each space. I started with this room because it was the one in most need. I will be sharing more on that in the not so distant future, but today I am sharing something made for them to display their fun decor as well as a functional remedy. I found that their room is regularly quite untidy (to put it nicely) because they are lacking for places to put things. With the theme being spindles, mouldings, and trims, I saw this as an opportunity to make a much needed shelf for our seven year old. 
I will be giving you the details, so if you aren't really interested in how to build one yourself, go ahead and scroll down to the fun after photos ;)

For those of you who are in it for the long hall, here's how it all evolved!
I started by pulling out a few pieces I had leftover from other projects in the garage. 
I didn't use them all, so it will be fun to see what I can do with the rest later. 
I like to pull out everything, though, and see how it all ends up flowing.
First I trimmed the beadboard to the size I wanted the shelf to be, then I trimmed three 1x2s and one 1x2-1/2. The larger board is on the bottom of the frame to mount knobs or hooks to later.

(Can you tell by looking at our table what is on the top of my list for refinishing this year?)
Next I cut my spindle in half. My long time followers will recognize these from a long ago project I made. A changing table turned into a potting bench. 
This was the long piece that used to be the front table rail. 
(You can read more about that project HERE.)
Next I mounted the beadboard to the 1x frame with my brad nailer, a tool I use as much as my own hands...I love that thing!!
Next I attached the shelf top to the base and then cut angles on the ends of the spindles to create support brackets for the shelf. I believe the bottom was a 90 degree angle and the top was around a 30. I'm not really good with angles, to be honest, I just cut until they worked. It was pure grace that I didn't end up with little nubs.
I just nailed these in place with 1/2" nails.
Once the shelf was complete, I caulked all edges and corners where wood meets wood.
I love the seamless, finished look caulking creates.
 Once that was dry I gave the whole piece two or three coats of Country Chic Paint's Lazy Linen. If you've never tried their paint, I strongly encourage you too! It is such a great chalk paint and there isn't one color I haven't fallen in love with.
After that was dry, I drilled holes for these knobs I found at Home Goods on clearance, to act as hooks. My seven year old mentioned wanting white roses as a part of the room decor, so when I saw these I snatched them up!
After attaching them, they were a little long, so I cut them down with bolt cutters.
I know that isn't the correct way, but I couldn't find the screw trimming tool, so I improvised. 
Use caution if you use bold cutters, those cut pieces might ricochet off a surface... 
maybe. ;)
After making sure the knobs were secured good and tight, it was time to measure and mount our pretty little shelf! 
After that was the best and most fun part...decorating!!
Some book ends to support Alyssa's favorite books, 
a vase of carnations we purchased at the grocery store that she picked out a few days ago, 
and her sweet boutique doll, "Spice". 
(Amy has Sugar who is now mounted on a shelf I refinished for her and will be sharing in a couple of days. You can read more about these darlings HERE)
 Last is her sweet poodle purse that hangs ready for her to grab on her way out the door.
Now how's that for a sweet spot to keep scarves, purses and, in the summertime, swim suits on the ready? 
**NOTE: I did apply 2 coats of polyacrylic eurothane the next day to give it a more smooth and protected finish.

Well, now that we are enjoying our new little shelf, what do you say we head on over to these other amazing ladies projects?! 
Just click on the pictures below to visit their posts and leave them a sweet message that you dropped by.
I hope you'll come back tomorrow to see what else we've been doing around here!
Join us for next month's challenge...
 A Clock Face

A Fancy Pennant Banner

Two days before Christmas I had the 2nd of 2 surgeries within a month on my left knee...long story, maybe I'll share someday, but the good thing about having to stay down for a little while was the time I had to put things into perspective... on a variety of levels. One of the goals I have made for this year is to finish decorating the rooms I have started. It will take some time to get all of this done, but the great thing about blogging is that I get to drag you along with me, right? After all, the journey of any destination is the best part, or should be anyway! I'm not really starting at the beginning with this journey right now, for reasons that will be unfolded along the way, but because I can't wait to bring you along I just had to share this project!
I have been collecting ideas for their room on Pinterest for a couple of years now, so since we are working on their "new" room, I asked my 7 year old what she wanted incorporated from all the pins. She immediately pointed out pennants, banners and pom-poms. 

Dose of DIY Blog Hop- Valentine's Day Arrow {and a quick tip!}

When I was given the theme for this month's dose of DIY I will admit that I wasn't too enthusiastic. 
Not because I don't love Valentine's day, I do. I just didn't feel all pink and red. At heart I'm not one of those that loves to decorate WAY before the upcoming holiday. Yet in the blog world, you must decorate early enough for others to glean from your awesome ideas, right?! 
I'm not so sure about awesome, but I was pretty happy when I went out to my garage for inspiration to find something that I might make into a somewhat decent Valentine decoration and spied this picket fence post.

5 Top Favorite Posts of 2015- who inspired me this year!

I am going to be honest here. Which, in the blogging world might be as stupid as shooting myself in the foot. But I really dislike best projects of the year posts. I'm not sure why I don't like them so much. Generally I'd say I'm a pretty positive person, but sincerely, each time someone posts one, it just makes me cringe. Each and every one of them. I'm not really even sure why. I've been trying to figure this out, not that I want to spend a lot of time on it, but all I can think is that maybe it's the reasons why people seem to post them. Reasons like expectation- everyone thinks they need to have one of these posts to cap off the year? Or that it seems like it's so un-original and I'm not sure where it came from in the first place, but "everyone does it, so I'm doing it too", like a blogging trend? Maybe it's because I've never been one that likes to follow the crowd to do things unless I can see it as productive, useful, helpful, or beneficial to somebody else in some meaningful way? Or maybe it's because it often seems boastful or useless, especially when, many times, their top blog posts are already posted on their side bar. Whichever way I look at it, I have no understanding as to why this gets so under my skin. But it does. I realize I'm going out on a limb by sharing this dark side of my feelings with you while most likely offending most everyone out there in the blogasphere. For that I am truly sorry, but this is the reason why I'm going to share my favorite read posts in 2015 with you. These are posts I read that truly changed me in one way or another, most of which were stumbled upon by accident while exploring a "new to me" blog and actually written in 2014.  They are the posts that touched my heart, taught me, or inspired me to improve myself and my family. In sharing them with you, it is my hope that they will do the same for you, that you might benefit from them in some way like I did. goes! 

This first one was like one of those posts where I thought, "how simple, why didn't I think of that before?!".  I spent a lot of this year feeling overwhelmed and WAY in over my head. Starting in January, I started a new group, which if you follow me, are very familiar with called Project Challenge. I had already been contributing for a blog called "Ask Anna", was accepted for a position on the Country Chic Paint 2015 blogger squad, and started my own shop space at Sweet Salvage. Though All of these were things I really wanted to do, and in some way or another, connected with each other, it was a lot to take on all at once. Especially considering the fact that I was (and still am) a mother of 7, wife to a busy and amazing husband, still cutting hair for friends and family, and in the 11th year of home renovations. All of which could not, and would not, be cut out. So when I read this post, it was a saving grace, something I really needed to "hear". With constant deadlines and projects spread all over my kitchen and dinning room areas like a craft tornado had blown up in my house, to get ready to "go to the shop", nothing ever felt finished. Reading this post was truly a *PING* moment for me in answer to prayers. It is truly worth the 4-5 minutes to read this post from Katie at Double the Batch, and is my #1 of the year!
                                                                    *Note: click on the title of the post to read it.

Project Challenge #12-Book Pages or Sheet music

Hello friends, how was your Christmas?! Did you get everything you wanted and then go to the after Christmas sales? I usually love to do that, but this year I'm recuperating from an ACL repair in my knee, so we are going to save a little money and keep me down.
I'm happy to welcome you to the last project challenge of the year.
Can you  believe it?!! It's been a whole year of inspiration. Endings are always a bittersweet thing. The good news is, this is not the end of Project Challenge, so nothing to sniffle over! ;) 
As we have a couple of sweet friends leaving after this year's challenge, we have a couple new ones joining us, so you'll have to come back and visit next month to find out who they are and what is on the new schedule, huh?!
Now, on to the challenge, huh?!    

Merry Christmas!!

I hope all of you dear friends had the most wonderful Christmas with the spirit of peace, love and joy throughout your day. I hope it lingers on well into the New Year.
 Thank you for all you are to me. Your sweet messages carry on with me and encourage me to continue to create and share. 
I am so looking forward to what this upcoming year has to offer.
And sharing it with you.

A Simple Christmas Card

It's been a few Christmases since I actually made our Christmas cards. Though I loved doing it and looked forward to creating them each year, I had to stop during the busy years of having our last 3 babies. The need to simplify took over and my husband and I decided to make what we could do during the already hectic month a lot more realistic. That's when card making and treat plates were omitted and leaving town for two days before Christmas to relieve stress became the tradition.
Now that my baby is 5, I'm gradually finding time to do some of the things I loved to do before, but couldn't. Such was the case one Sunday morning when I found myself with nothing pressing and a little time on my hands before church. So I pulled out my supplies and came up with this card.
The pine cone stamp is my favorite and one I never tire of. I found it on sale at Jo-Ann's a few years ago and have used it on a number of projects and cards.
The scripture stamp came with a Stampin' Up! set I bought from my sister a few years ago, shortly after she became a distributor.
I love my cards to be simple with a little touch of rustic. Tipping the pine cones with a bit of white glitter for snow would give them just the right amount of glitz...
   but I decided to let them be this time.
Maybe next year. ;)