Heirloom Recipe Wall

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I love old things. Whether it be old barn wood, old fabric, old furniture, old country music or even old people; I love all things old. China… who wants new china? Slap the word vintage on the front of it and I am all over it like white on rice. Yes, I’m one of THOSE people. Sorry not Sorry. Whats even better than just old things, are old things that used to belong to family members. JACKPOT.

I bring you our heirloom recipe wall!

From top to bottom:
Homemade Sign – Made from 100-year-old barn wood from my Aunt Kathy’s farm in Illinois; Myrkwood Farm. Hawaiian Sheet Cake – Top left; My husband’s late grandma Pat’s recipe in her handwriting. German Potato Salad  – Top right; My Nonnie’s recipe in her hand writing. If you haven’t had german potato salad it is WONDERFUL. Date Pin Wheels – Bottom left; My Nana’s famous date pinwheel  recipe. THE recipe she was known for, in her handwriting (always cursive because she thought that her print was ugly). Peanut Butter Cookies –  Bottom right; Also, Wes’s grandma Pat’s recipe in her handwriting.

I think its important to keep (and display) reminders of where you came from. Not only to honor those who impacted us so deeply and molded us into who we are… but also to remind us of the things and people who really matter in this busy world that we live in.

Till next time.

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Faux French Grain Sack Fabric

I’ve been obsessing over vintage grain sack fabric for a while now. It is the epitome of shabby chic farmhouse amazingness. Look at it… Just look at it!

AMAZEBALLS! I just want to stare at it! Apparently everyone is obsessed with grain sack fabric like I am because when looking to buy some online, the prices are quite hefty. Personally, my budget does not include any type of fabric that is anywhere from $17-$35 per yard. No Way. Sooooo, in true high cotton fashion, I figured out how to make some faux grain sack fabric! As they say, necessity is the mother of invention!

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Originally I was wanting to make some pillows out of the grain sack fabric… but then I got to thinking, HOW COOL would french grain sack curtains be!?! I needed new curtains for my kitchen anyways… bing, bang, boom – I had a plan.

<<< I always pinterest my ideas before I do them for inspiration

 

Let’s get started!

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Heres what you need:

  • (2) off white canvas curtain panels– I found mine at Old Time Pottery. If you’ve never been there you HAVE TO GO. It is the holy grail of all affordable home decor. BOTH panels together were $12.99. You cant beat that.
  • A Ruler– 24 inch works best so you don’t have to pick it up and move it.
  • Fabric paintThe Folk Art Multi-Surface Paint is really neat; glass, fabric, ceramic, it paints it all!
  • Paint brush
  • 1 inch Masking tape– The regular old masking tape works better than the painter’s tape for this project.

First, let me tell you, I had to seriously fight the urge to iron these curtains. Its in my genes to iron, everything. My great-grandmother, Nana, ironed everything… From the curtains, to the bedsheets, underwear and I even remember her ironing money every once in a while. For this project I decided to go against my deep seeded need to iron, and leave them wrinkly because wrinkly better fits the style I am going for.

Okay, now lets begin, measure out your pattern with the ruler. I marked where I wanted my tape on both sides and then just stretched the masking tape between the tick marks. Leave a little bit of tape overhang on both sides because having the curtain taped to the table while painting is very helpful.

My measurements from the bottom of the curtains were:
Tape 1: Between 7.5-8.5
Tape 2&3: Between 9.25-11.25
Tape 3&4: Between 14-16
Tape 5: Between 16.75-17.75

 

After everything is taped off and pressed down really well, paint messily between the tape. I didn’t make any of my paint even because I wanted it to look worn. Remove the tape once the paint is dry to the touch.

For my pattern I wanted 2 more small lines in the empty space. So, after the first lines were completely dry I taped down the second set of lines and painted them the same way. The first small lines are .75inches wide so I centered the second set of small lines and made them .75inches wide also.

Once the curtains are dry, repeat all of the same steps with your second panel.

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I don’t always re-decorate my kitchen, but when I do I pretend I am Joanna Gaines 🙂
#MostInterestingWomanInTheWorld #FarmhouseFabulous

PS> If you like my  “Homemade” recipe wall thats hanging next to my curtains… I wrote a post about it HERE

DIY Farmhouse Cotton Stems

cotton stems014_editContrary to popular belief, I, like many Southerners, don’t actually have a cotton field in my back yard – though I would really love that.

So, what do you do when life doesn’t give you cotton? (& you sure as heck aren’t paying $17 per sprig at the craft store)
By golly, you make your own!

Since I was trying to re-create something from nature, I figured I should take a look at exactly what they look like “in their natural habitat” for reference. I found this picture:

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You’ll need:

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1. Cardboard egg cartons
2. Hot glue gun & sticks
3. Large cotton balls
4. Paint brushes
5. Scissors
6. Beige brown and dark brown paint
7. Floral wire
8. Brown floral tape

Let’s Do This:

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First off, I cut each of the little egg holders in the egg carton into a 4 petal-ed flower shape. For the sake of this tutorial I am gonna call them “cotton pods”. This is the most time consuming part, but I pinky promise it’s worth it in the end!

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After the long, grueling cutting process (just kidding- can you tell I am not very patient?), I painted the inside of the cotton pod light beige brown and the outside dark brown. This part doesn’t have to be perfect because nature isn’t perfect. (See the “natural environment” picture above again if you need some inspiration for your non-perfectionism)

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Once I was finished finger painting – not painting with my fingers, but on them. (You’ll understand if you try this DIY), I poked a hole in the bottom of each of my cotton pods and cut a “stem” out of the floral wire – about 5 inches long. Then I curled one end of the wire so once it was attached, it wouldn’t pull through the bottom of the cotton pod.

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After that, I inserted the wire into the hole at the bottom of the cotton pod and hot glued the twisted end to the inside.

cotton stems007Next, I ripped apart a cotton ball into 3 equal sections and rolled them into their own little balls. I put some hot glue into the bottom of the cotton pod and stuffed the cotton balls into it, pressing firmly so they would stick, then fluffing again.

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Look at all of those adorable little cotton stems…

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Just look at em’ 🙂

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Ok, so after all of that, I attached them each to different lengths of the floral wire with the floral tape and separated my stems in half to make 2 bunches.

Arranging the stems from tallest to shortest, I wrapped the remaining ends of the stems together with more floral tape. I stuck ’em in a whiskey bottle and called it a day (optional, but I thought it was really cute).

DIY Faux Barn Wood Sign

Pallett Wood015_editBarnwood is all the rage these days. But, one of these days we are gonna run out of old barn wood to craft with because, really, how much “vintage barnwood” could there possibly be in the South? I agree, probably quite a bit, BUT – all of us crafting ladies are bound to use it all up at some point. SO, without further ado… I give you my solution to the impending barnwood-mageddon…FAKE IT! We can take brand spanking new wood and make it look worn and weathered. No high winds and thunderstorms are needed, just some simple acrylic craft paint, a dry paint brush, sand paper and your favorite color stain.

You’ll Need:

  1. (2) 1 in. x 4 in. x 8 ft. Boards
  2. Circular saw or comparable
  3. Drill & 1.5inch screws
  4. Ruler and Pen
  5. 3 or 4 inch wide paint brush
  6. Beige, warm white, & black acrylic craft paint
  7. Artist paintbrushes for lettering
  8. Masking tape
  9. Dark wood stain & rag to apply
  10. Fine grit sandpaper

Alright – let’s do this thing:

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First, I started out with 2, plain jane, brand spanking new, 1 in. x 4 in. x 8 ft. pieces of lumber.

 

 

 

 

 

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Then, with a circular saw, I cut 4 pieces at 24 inches for the front of the sign & 2 pieces at 21 inches to hold it all together.

 

 

 

 

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After all of the wood was cut, I laid it out like so, in preparation to attach it all together.

 

 

 

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Next, I laid the two 21-inch boards on each end, perpendicular to the rest of the boards & centered them. Using the 1.5 inch screws, I screwed the back boards to the front. *It’s important to use 1.5 inch screws so they don’t go all the way through to the front of the sign & its also important to use 2 screws per front board so theres no sliding.

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After everything is attached together, it’s time to grab the large paint brush and the beige craft paint. With the brush still dry, dip just the ends of the bristles into the paint and messily stroke it on. You want there to still be wood grain peeking through. Once the paint has dried, take the sandpaper and rough up the just painted surface -going with the grain of the wood.

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Lastly,  I rubbed the dark wood stain over the surface with a rag *don’t forget the edges* and then let it dry overnight.

 

VOILA! Beautiful faux barnwood in a snap!  You are more than welcome to do whatever you want with your new barnwood sign but here’s what I did with mine!

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First I designed the way I wanted the sign to look in Adobe Illustrator. I did this because sometimes things look better in my head then they actually do on paper! Then I took my craft paint and went to work on the large lettering. *You could use a stencil if you wanted to, but personally I don’t use them because I think they are a pain in the butt!

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After the large lettering was painted and dried (with a blowdryer because I am not patient enough for air drying), I taped off the top and the bottom of the 4th board in order to help with the size of the lettering. *Think “paint between the lines”*

 

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Starting with the middle letter and painting out (a trick I learned in design school), I roughly painted the “established in” lettering and then went back and finessed the lines and serifs.

 

 

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Now its your turn!  Hurry it up, We’re Burning daylight! Xoxo