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President Monson Quote

President Monson Quote

In case you didn’t know, I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  Today is our semi-annual General Conference.  Talks will be given by leaders of our church that will uplift and feed your soul.  I invite you all to join me in listening to their words like this quote from our prophet, Thomas S. Monson.  #ldsconf

MarKaySig

Spring mantle with blooming letters

Spring Mantle

Spring is in the air and I definitely have caught spring fever!  This has always been my favorite season for lots of reasons, but mostly the flowers. I have been loving all of the blooming monograms out there and so I thought it would be fun to put my own spin on it and do an entire word. It’s an easy project and it was fairly cheap if you can find good deals.

floral letter materials

This is everything you will need.  I got the paper mache letters at JoAnn’s and the flowers from Michaels (50% off!)  Both of these stores always have coupons so if what you’re getting isn’t on sale you can still get a good deal.  Then you’re just going to need to use a box cutter, some spray paint, command strips and a hot glue gun (which I forgot to show…oops!)

paper mache letter cutting off top

Cutting off the top layer was pretty simple and actually once you started cutting you could just tear the rest off and it would tear right along the edge.

spray painted letters

After all the tops were cut off I spray painted the letters with my favorite color of spray paint – Valspar Color Radiance in Mirage (which is like a light aqua)

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Then I just pulled all the tops off of my flowers and hot glued them inside the letters.  You could also fill the letters with floral styrofoam but my letters weren’t very deep so I didn’t use it.

floral letters

Hang them up using the command strips and you’re done.  Super easy and so, so cute!

spring mantle 2016 side view

Happy Spring!!

MarKaySig

Master Bedroom Redo ~Hotel Style

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So I’ve been wanting to redo my master bedroom and I’m excited to share it with all of you!  I went with more neutral tones (although I did add a touch of aqua ;))

I used Rustolem Chalked paint in linen white to redo my dressers.  They were a dark brown before and I just wanted a lighter, fresher look.  I LOVED this product.  There was no sanding or priming required.  You do have to brush it on instead of using a paint roller but I like seeing some of the brush strokes that give it more of a vintage look.  I did have to apply 3 coats to get enough coverage but it turned out awesome!  After the coats had dried, I distressed the edges and also added some oil rubbed bronze hardware.  I finished up with the Rustoleum protective top coat in matte clear.

For Christmas I received a new upholstered bed from Wayfair in a charcoal color.  With my current grey bedspread it just wasn’t going to work.  So I looked everywhere for a new bedspread and finally ended up finding the perfect new comforter set from Bed, Bath and Beyond (Madison Park Pure Elena in aqua)

I decided I wanted to go with a more light and flowing look for my window treatments and finally found the perfect window sheers from Target (Threshold Clipped Sheer Curtain Panels in white) They have a really pretty pattern on them.  I got the 95″ length because I wanted them to pool on the floor.  I love how it adds so much softness to the room.

Target was my go-to place for a lot of my room.  I also found the settee and starburst mirror there.

The lamps and side mirror were from Home Goods.  I think adding more mirrors to the room also added more light and elegance.

My goal for this room was to feel like I was waking up in a hotel room every morning and I feel like I achieved that.  I love the more grown-up and timeless look that it has.

Enjoy!

MarKaySig

Valentine Mantle

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I’m baaaaaack…..
It’s been a while since I’ve done a post on here. It’s been a crazy few months and I will do a post soon to update you on everything.

So anyway…I HEART VALENTINE’S DAY :)
It’s one of my favorite holidays so I couldn’t pass up the chance to do a cute mantle.
My starting point for the whole thing was the large beadboard heart.  I had a vision of it in my head and it turned out exactly how I had pictured it!  I started out by buying a large sheet of unfinished beadboard at the home improvement store.  To make the shape of the heart I had a large sheet of butcher paper, folded it in half and then traced one half of the heart onto it.  That way both sides of the heart were the same.  I cut the heart out and then I taped it onto the front of my beadboard.

tracing heart
After I had traced it on a good friend helped me to cut it out with his jigsaw.  He put some tape on the line as he cut to help keep the wood from chipping.

cuttingoutheartAfter a little bit of sanding around the edges it was ready to be stained.  I used the same gel stain that I’ve used on a lot of my projects.  I love this stuff!  Just wipe it on with a cloth and that’s all there is to it!

walnutgelstainstaining heartTo hang the heart I just used some Command velcro strips (LOVE those things!)

command strips heart

I also made a fun LOVE sign from a canvas that I had stashed in my craft room closet.  I am SOOOO happy with how it turned out!  If you have a Cricut or any other die cut machine you can make this pretty easy.  I just cut the letters and heart shape out of some vinyl, stuck them onto the canvas and painted over the top of it.  When you pull the vinyl off you are left with the white lettering underneath

valentine sign love vinyl(the letters are different colors because that was all the vinyl I had)

love sign vinyl removalAfter I had removed the vinyl then I used the flowers from a silk hydrangea and hot glued them inside the shape of the heart.  It turned out super cute and was really easy!

valentine hydrangea love sign 1love signThe letters didn’t come out perfectly but I actually like that.  Makes it look a little more crafty 😉  Isn’t this so cute!????

And of course, I had to make a garland.  This was so easy.  I found some really cute little pink clothespins, some paper doilies, burlap hearts (already cut into a heart shape.. nice) and just attached them to some cute baker’s twine.

clothespinsandtwinevalentinegarlandSimple as can be.  My kind of project 😉

And last but not least was this slice of wood that I painted with some chalkboard paint.  I love the initials.  Reminds me of when couples carve their initials into a tree.

wood slice

I hope you’ve all enjoyed my lovely Valentine mantle and I hope that it’s given you some inspiration for your own!  xoxo

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Sometimes life throws you a curve ball…

If any of you who follow my blog are wondering what’s happened to me, let me just share what I’ve been through this past week.

Last week I had an allergic reaction to an antibiotic called Cephalexin.  It started out as a rash on my arm but quickly spread covering my entire body in a rash and hives.  I have never been so miserable in my life!  I have been put on high levels of steroids and anti-histamines which make me feel like I’m always in a fog and unable to function.  The steroids can also make you feel irritable and on edge so then I was prescribed another medication for anxiety to help calm me down but it basically makes you want to sleep all day.  Yesterday was pretty scary when I could feel itchiness in my throat.  I went to the doctor and he said he could see the rash in my throat now.  So I was given another shot of a different kind of steroid.  Basically, I have just been in a complete fog this whole last week and everything has been a blur.  I feel horrible that I haven’t been posting on the blog or been keeping up on my projects but it’s hard to do when you can barely get out of bed.

Beginning of rash on arm
beginning of rash on arm

Stomach rash
rash on stomach

Sorry if these pictures gross you out! But this is basically what my entire body was covered in. Yuck!

On a brighter note, today I’m starting to feel a little better.  The hives are still there but they look like they might be starting to fade.  I’m hoping that this stuff is finally working it’s way out of my system and that I can finally get back to normal life.  With all of this happening and at the same time the kids were going back to school, I felt like my life was turned upside-down.

Please don’t give up on me!  I have lots of projects and ideas coming up and I promise that I will be back at it 100%!

MarKaySig

{Pottery Barn Inspired} Beachy Summer Mantle

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I am so excited to share this with you!  I love the whole beachy/coastal/nautical theme going on right now at Pottery Barn, West Elm, Target etc.  When I walked into Pottery Barn last month I was in awe and I wanted to buy everything in the store (but unfortunately my wallet’s not that thick…) SO I of course did some improvising and came up with some of my own ways to recreate the look.

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How to create a {family command center}

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So this has been a project that has been on my to-do list for a long time and I’m so glad that I finally got to it!  When we built our home and moved in almost a year ago there was this corner area off the kitchen that just needed something.  I have always wanted a desk area near my kitchen so my family could be on the computer or doing homework and we could all be by each other.  It’s turned out to be a great space that I love!  We had white shaker style cabinets in our kitchen so I had the desk installed using the same cabinetry.  So far it’s just kind of been sitting here without anything going on so I FINALLY got it all put together!  It looks great and is so functional for our family!

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{Recliner Makeover}

By featured DIYer, Shauna Jones

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I have an amazing DIYer friend named Shauna Jones.  She does some of the most incredible projects and so I wanted to share them with all of you!  She’s one of those girls that’s not afraid to get her hands dirty or to take on a project by herself- and she does a great job!  Her blog is Jones Inc.  Go check it out!

One of Shauna’s recent projects was recovering her recliner.  Now that’s quite the project to tackle!  She had this old recliner that she had used forever and had so much sentimental value that she just couldn’t get rid of it.  She had never taken on a project like this so she used online tutorials as her guide and then as she took her recliner apart she used the old pieces as her templates for her new ones.  Now that’s genius!

I love how it turned out and now she gets to keep this piece of furniture that has meant so much to her over the years – just by breathing some new life into it!

Reclinerbeforeafter

{Color Combination}

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In our Master Bedroom my goal was to make a tranquil retreat with a good balance between masculine and feminine touches. Grey is definitely the dominating color with yellow & aqua adding those little pops of color.

When we designed our house I knew I wanted to have tall windows on either side of the bed.  I love the dramatic look it gives and how it frames the bed to help make it the focal point of the room.  The chevron print curtains are from GroopDealz.  My favorite thing in our room is the photo canvas above the bed. The size is 30×30 and I had it made from Costco.  I love how it brings out all the colors in the room and how it displays “us”.

master-canvas

The pallet sign was a really fun project to make and was pretty easy to do. All you need is an old pallet, a nail gun and some paint to make something unique and beautiful for your home

master-lovesign

One of my lucky finds recently was this vintage looking suitcase I found from a local store called Tai Pan Trading. I’ve searched and searched for a suitcase like this and when I found this one in aqua, I knew I had to get it!  I used it to help display my temple print which proudly displays my faith (visit lds.org to learn more)

master-suitcase

The pillows were a fun way to add some different textures, patterns and colors to the room. I got them all from Target. Bedding is “Ruffled Circles Quilt” from West Elm.

master-pillows

Hope you enjoyed this tour of my Master Bedroom.  Please stop by again :)