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DIY Wall Art from Modified Shanty-2-Chic Tutorial

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Hi all! I am so excited to share this most recent project with you guys… but first a little background on our little group.

In January a few of my closest girlfriends and I started a monthly craft night. What started as a “learning to sew” group has now grown into a more general craft night. First we crafted aprons, which was so fun and my first ever project hand sewn by me! Since I don’t cook very often, so far I’ve only worn it making cookies for Super Bowl! ha! Then the next month we made curtains. I can not wait to show you how those came out, I made them for the office which is SO close to being done!

Okay okay, so then in March we decided to have a 2 night craft project, making the wooden wall art from Shanty-2-Chic, that we had made for Amie’s wedding.

Harvard Photography love wooden sign

The first night, we stained our boards, cut out stencils for the letters, and learned how to make the fabric flowers (tutorial here).

Some behind the scenes iPhone photos…

@jessica_rose_20 sneak peek @samallencreates sneak peek

Those pesky flowers sure took way more time than any of us predicted! My board alone has over 130 flowers and each one takes about 5 minutes to assemble. Ugh, don’t try to do the math there!

But it was totally worth it!!

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Of course, I wanted to try to do a different kind of design than the LOVE, something that was more unique to my husband and me—since it was going in our bedroom. I kept playing around with “established ’07” designs but was just not loving it. Then my friend Lauren reminded me of our first dance song “Me And You” by Kenny Chesney. Which then inspired me to create the board based on my beloved ampersand (&) sign. And let me tell you, I absolutely looooooove this project!!

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The next night, when we all got together with quite a few flowers completed, we laid out our stencils on our nice dry boards and painted out the designs. Once that was dry, we started to add our flowers, but none of us finished that night as we had a ways to go with our flowers. But it was so fun over that next week seeing the girls complete their boards.

Trisha's LOVE wood art

Lauren was smart and chose to not have flowers at all, and I love how simple yet just as gorgeous and rustic hers came out! She also decided to do something different for her board. And I was so happy to hand letter the “love” for her!

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With all that to say, hope you love how our boards came out! Here are some freebies for you, PDFs of all 4 of the designs you see above!

– the sanserif LOVE based on the Shanty-2-Chic original

– Amie’s serifed LOVE

– Lauren’s Love from a 1 John verse

– and my You & Me design

And I’ll end this post with a fun “I just finished and I’m so proud of this project” iPhone photo, taken late at night while I was crafting in my jammies!

@samallencreates done

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Pinterest Projects: Wooden Crate

I have been loving wooden crates ever since this post on Huckleberry Prairie! Since then, I’ve joined Pinterest and my obsession with crates has increased expontentially. But the thing is, I didn’t own any crates. Not a one. Until one weekend while garage sale shopping for a bride. She was looking for crates too so we came home with 4–5 crates between the two of us! I only bought one, but I love it! I can’t wait to get more.

Here’s my one and only crate, I love the metal detail on the corners.

Here’s to future crates and their decorative uses! Click the image for its source…

Office Inspiration

As I mentioned in my Photo A Day post, I haven’t left the house much. And for awhile, I was working from home a lot which leads me to this post. My home office is a disaster. Andy and I had dreams of a Pirate’s Den even before we got this house but our lair has merged with a distribution center for BBQ sauce! I still have high hopes that we can make our two fields work together, even keeping our Pirates theme. I promise Andy, I will not throw out your endless supply of USPS boxes. For now, I am just thinking and planning—thanks to other bloggers and Pinterest, inspiration is not hard to come by. Here’s just a few of my favorites (click the image for source)… I will be keeping our pirate theme so most of these are organization and layout inspiration for me. What does your office look like? I want to see, comment with a link to your own office post!

I can totally see this as my corner of the office space, plenty of storage but yet plenty of room for visual appeal!

While our office won’t have white white white walls, I do like the typography accents!

This room could totally exist in our house!

Definitely a fan of the chalkboard wall trend, but I hate writing with chalk!

I like the look of this desk out from against the wall but I know I’ll want a much larger, clunkier desk.

Love the whole wall dedicated to a inspiration board.

The following is a shot of Kevin Kidney, a Disney artist’s, office!

We definitely have the cabinets to pull that look off, even with the glass windows!

Oh, for the sake of storage…

Other Helpful Resources

• Design Sponge’s Design Solutions for Working at Home

• A Little Tour of My Office, by Promise Tangeman (I love seeing other designer’s workspaces!!)

• A Photographer’s Workspace, Katelyn James‘s guest post on Jasmine Star’s blog

The Before

And I guess if you must know, just so you know how bad it is. This is our downstairs room that basically stores everything from the office, to BBQ product and shipment, to anything else we don’t know what to do with yet!

P.S. I totally saved this for the end, so the only truly dedicated readers would reach this abomination!

P.P.S. A few days after I took this picture, the small opening in the floor by the window has now been filled with a few dozen cases of BBQ sauce! Help me out!

Now you believe me… please help!

Pinterest Projects: Pallet Shelves

One of the first ideas Pinterest ever gave me was the idea of turning a pallet into shelves. Here’s just a few of the promising pallet pins that continued to spur me on to find a pallet…

I have since seen pallets everywhere… on my drive to work… being whisked away on big semi trucks. Or I see them piled high behind fences, just out of reach. And then I posted my 25 Wishes post for my birthday and I got my mom involved. And you know, any time a mom gets involved, stuff just gets done! So she started bugging my dad and by that following weekend, I had a pallet! He had found a few of them on the side of the road!

And so from there my lovely husband cleaned it up with the hose and a brush and pulled off the center board. Then he hung it up on the wall above our staircase.

I went through a box I had of random frames that had never found a home, ordered some photos from Sam’s Club, and added a few other decorations that I had out in other places and ta-da! I think the grand total spent came to $0.54 for the photo prints! I want to eventually get some bigger frames to put in there as the 4×6 frames are just a little too small for something so big. Plus most people will only see this from the floor below and I would rather put up bigger photos to be seen from there.

That little succulent came from my friend Courtney, a gift for my birthday!

Stay tuned for another Pinterest Project! Here’s a clue….

P.S. I had been wanting to post this for the last month as the start to the Pinterest Projects series, and purposely left it out of my birthday gift post just so it could have more attention. And then Miss Lauren Lee posted her own Pinterest series: As Seen On Pinterest! And she just posted a second post in the series! I need to catch up! Great minds think alike, Lauren!

P.P.S. If any of you out there have tackled a project (or recipe or shopping outfit or craft or etc.) that you were inspired by from Pinterest, please send them to me or link to them in the comments! I’d love to feature your projects as well!