Hey, I've been out for a while, a lot has been going on lately. I'm keeping this post short, but I wanted to announce the birth of our superhero, Ethan.
He was born on July 16, 2017. My husband and I love him very much. We're both doing fine, though its been a HUGE adjustment to my schedule, but he's worth it.
When he was born, he weighed 7.4 lbs, was 19 3/4 inches long, and was born at 5:55 pm. If you saw my nursery post, I had put up a "fake" birth stats printable. I'm working on replacing that today.
Cool part was that I guessed the weight correctly! That's one less change I have to make! Like I said, we're doing great, just going through typical postpartum pains and other things that come with being new parents.
I'm hoping to be back to two posts a week next week. So stay tuned for more craft posts!!
As I was finishing up my son's nursery, I realized there was some extra space on top of his bookshelf. I thought through several options, getting a wooden letter and putting scrapbook paper on it, etc. Ok, I only thought about that option...
But you know, I really liked the message in this Printable. And of course, I couldn't find a free printable so I designed my own.
Then, as you can see in the image above, I purchased a frame from the dollar store to hold the print.
This is available as a PDF, which can be printed out on an 8x10. Please Contact Me if you need assistance printing this out, or would like to have the png version. But to download this image, just click on the title below the image.
Just remember, it's for personal use only! Happy Crafting everyone!
If you've noticed looking at my nursery, there's always a positive message or a moral to each printable I've made. I have personally chosen to integrate positive messages into my decorations. I know they can't read yet, but it makes me feel good about myself as a mother (I swear I have a more serious answer, I just haven't discovered it yet).
Obviously, there are many ways you can use this. You can just hang it as a poster, place it in a frame, or place it on a cork board. Like this:
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After I created this poster, I decided I wanted to give more options to my readers. So I created ones with a light grey and a dark grey background.
You can pick which color you'd like when you download the PDF.
I designed the poster to be printed out as large as 18x20 inches. What I have available for download is a PDF of a poster if you just want to print it on a 8x11. Contact Me if you would like the PNG version so you can print out a larger size.
I made this Printable a while back when I first discovered Canva. It's gone through a couple of rough drafts, but here's the final result. Amazing.
I used to be a choir teacher before I became a mom, so this quote truly resonates with how I feel about how music can affect you for good.
I found this quote at a shop. I loved the quote, but hated the design. That’s something I hate about music decor, it can be so tacky! So what did I do? I took a picture of it and told myself that one day, I'd create my own design of this beautiful quote.
Don't love yellow and gray? Try a couple of these other fun combinations:
To download, simply click the link above.
I had a little bit of a hay-day with the colors and I ended up creating 12 different sets. You'll receive all of them when you download the link on a PDF file. From there, you can pick the one you like best.
Be sure to check out this page for my other free Printables and stay tuned for others on their way.
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I am in LOVE with the result. Even this is won't be a typical post for my blog, however, I’ve done it, and I want to share it. I’m in love with how unique the piece is and how it fits in my kitchen. Especially when you consider what it looked like beforehand.
I got the table from my sister’s mother-in-law a month after I got married. Yay for free stuff! It’s a solid table and I am grateful we have it. But I have always hated how it looked. For the past two years, I’ve always just put a cream table cloth over it to hide the green. It’s worked, but I’ve always wanted it to be better.
The chairs actually about 6 months came after we got the table. We were using our folding chairs until one day, my brother found a friend who was giving away their table and chairs and asked if we wanted it. Of course we did! So he snagged it and brought it up for us. Somehow, they miraculously matched.
I’ve thought about repainting the table for a year now. Now there’s a baby on the way, I knew it would be at least another year or so before I’d have a chance to work on this. So I planned a date, and got going.
I did some research before beginning this project. However, I didn’t really plan which colors I wanted for the table. THIS IS A BAD IDEA. This pushed me back a day on getting the table done.
The whole project took two weeks, not bad, but if you’re painting in your kitchen, which I was, it’s awful. I’m not doing another refinishing job until I have garage. Not only do you lose the functionality of your kitchen, but all the sawdust and other things that fall on your floor when you paint gets all over your house.
Back to my beautiful table. I wanted it to match our kitchen, which right now is themed to our wedding colors. I have what I call a “wedding shrine” above our white food pantry with the decorations pieces my Mom made for my wedding reception.
I loved how bright and happy it made our kitchen that I decided from then and there that would be the color scheme for the kitchen. I’ve slowly “built” our kitchen from there.
Obviously the table had to match.
Looking through Pinterest, I really liked how some people painted their chairs a different color than the table, so I went with the blue chairs to keep it warm and inviting, but doesn’t take away the design on the tile. The tile took a little more thought to put together.
I saw people simply paint a solid color over the tile, but I had also seen people repaint the tile altogether. I felt because I had a tile top it was unique feature, and should still show it off, in a sense.
I thought about putting new tiles on the table. As soon as I saw how much that cost, I quickly had second thoughts. I did not want to spend too much money on this project.
So back to how to repaint the tile. On this, I was stuck. There weren’t many options I was in love with and whatever I searched didn’t match exactly what I was looking for. But I did find something. It came when I looked at how others repainted their floor tile using a stencil.
I soon found the stencil I used at Hobby Lobby. It wasn’t the exact size I wanted, so I won’t lie; I was beginning to become anxious about completing this project. Still, I went with it.
Lots of people will tell you to sand the furniture before you paint the primer, but I didn’t. I did sand the border on the table top, but couldn’t bring myself to attempt it with the rest of the furniture. Mainly because simply sanding that part of the table took 3 days. 3 exhausting days when you are 6 months pregnant. When I tried sanding off the green, it wouldn’t come off. All because I didn’t buy the correct sandpaper and didn’t bother buying or borrowing a sanding machine.
This image was one day's worth of sanding :(
I was doing my best to keep this project low budget and underestimated the costs. Then because I was buying the wrong tools, I had to spend MORE to get the right ones.
So I guess I didn’t do enough research. But I learned that sanding blocks don’t cut it. You need actual sandpaper. If you have enough money, you should invest in a sanding machine or at least a hand-sander.
I got it done, and then moved on to the fun part: the painting. I read on other blogs that if you don’t sand, you MUST prime twice. And I did, and it was hard and time consuming. Again, because I was pregnant, it was hard to move around on the floor. If you notice, I had decided to paint the tile before the border and used painter’s tape to keep the lines clean. If I did this again, I probably would’ve painted the border before the tile. At the end, when all I had to do left was paint the border, I was so worried the tape would ruin the tile. Luckily, it didn’t.
Then I painted on the colors, oh it was such a relief to see some progression in my project! This was the first time I did a project that took more than an hour to complete. So it can be hard to see the big picture.
I had 4 chairs to do and now there were two done! After two coats of primer, I put one coat of paint on the blue chairs, and then the final sealing clear coat. I stuck with one coat of color because I really liked the texture it created. If I had a chance to do it again, I’d go with two coats of color instead. I would have lost the texture, but after a month of the project being done, there’s now some chipping going on. I’m sure part of it was because of the lack of sanding, but I also think part of it was because I didn’t put a second coat of color on. Oh well, you live and you learn. Plus your furniture will chip when you have kids.
It wasn’t until I finished the first two chairs that I start stenciling the tile top. The reason was because I had no idea what I wanted until that point in the project.
I put two coats of primer and two coats of white paint, then let it sit for two days before I began to stencil. I only purchased one stencil and painted each shape individually before peeling the stencil off and moving on to the next part of the table. As you can see, I taped the stencil onto the table while I was painting. I don’t think this project would have turned out so well if I hadn’t done this. This took 5 days to complete.
But you know, it was so worth it. When I was working on the stencil, I'd paint the reds first and then the blues. It was easier to use blue to cover the red if I accidentally painted into the other shape. Eventually, I got pretty good at keeping the amount of paint consistent.
There’s one tiny section of the table where I didn’t line up the pattern correctly and the shapes started running into each other. You only make that mistake once and from there you are more careful about how the pattern lines up.
It was all done, and the clear sealing coat was placed on! Yea! Now to the border.
The original idea was to stain it and make it a light gray. But it wasn’t gray and I hated it.
So I had a choice: either buy gray paint and paint over the top or use a color I already had. White was not an option, red was too overpowering and would compete with the tile for attention, and I didn’t want to spend more money, so I went with blue.
I didn’t bother sanding the stain out and I painted the primer on while the stain was still sticky. Not the best thing ever, but I haven’t had any chipping problems yet. Then I put on two coats of blue paint and was done!!
It’s so beautiful! In the morning when I'm so tired in the morning and eating breakfast, I just zone out and stare at my creation. It’s awesome.
So did I necessarily did it the right way? Probably not. I’m pretty sure I’m going to run into some more chipping problems in the future, especially as my baby gets older, but it’s the tile I’m the most excited about. It’s the crowning jewel of the project and makes this table so unique. I’m proud with how it turned out.
I have to add that I’m so glad I have a husband who is very supportive! He didn’t complain once about how nasty our kitchen looked as I was painting and he even helped me finish painting the chairs one day.
I love that he’s proud of what I accomplished and makes sure our guests have a chance to see our table. He’s so great.
Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for more posts!
Hope you all had an AMAZING 4th of July! My husband and I did.
Out of all the decorations for this room I have made, this is my favorite piece. After I designed the set, I simply printed it out and placed it in 5x7 frames I bought from the Dollar Store. Nothing too fancy.
My husband, though, doesn't love this set. He's uncomfortable with this stating he's smarter than Iron Man. Which I understand, Iron Man is awesome. However, our kids don't care if we're really smarter than Iron Man. I'm definitely not faster than Black Widow (heck, at 38 weeks pregnant, I'm lucky to be able to run at all). But this set represents how much we mean to them. We're their entire world. So really, in a sense, my husband will be smarter than Iron Man in my son's eyes.
This particular set won't be on my site for free because I'm still contemplating opening an Etsy store. I strongly feel this particular set has some economic value. I'd like to have the opportunity to reap those benefits one day. I'm still working out some of the details. We'll see what the future holds.
IF I decide to send this out for free, I'll let you know. Promise. In fact, if you subscribe to my blog, you'll be one of the first to know ;P
It's been awesome to see how supportive you all are out there and seeing how many of you are visiting my site. I'd love to hear from you! Even if it's just a simple, "Oh, that's super cute! You're going to be an adorable Mom!" :D
If I don't go into labor this week, I'll be posting about one of my larger projects, so stay tuned!!
Hello! My name is Char. Thank you for visiting my blog, CallCrafts. I am a wife and mother who LOVES to make things. Read tutorials on crafts I've created to decorate my home, for parties, and more! Read more about me in My Story.