Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Family Love!

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Growing up our parents were nice enough to give Julia and I a craft room in the basement, we spent so many hours painting and creating things.  We would usually go through our Mom's junk and repurpose old boxes and soup cans into something new.  One of my favorite Christmas gifts growing up was a paint set from my parents  Santa (that and my Barbie house).  The kit came with a lifetime supply of paint in every color, paintburshes, craft glue and more - it was AMAZING!

Craftiness runs in the family:  my Grandma from NY  was so innovative.  A favorite memory with her is our Easter tree, we searched in the backyard for the perfect stick, painted it white, then crafted Easter ornaments - it was the centerpiece of our Easter table for years.

Our Grandpa was a master wood worker.  He had a shed out back that he would spend hours in making handmade clocks, toys, and all things carpentry.  He made me a jewelry box one Chistmas that I still use to this day :)

My grandma (known as Mama) in GA is an amazing sewer.  She's made gorgeous silk dresses, everyday clothing, quilts, pillows and more.  Each summer we would sew one thing with her - we've made stuffed animals, Barbie clothes, and dog pillows.  I credit her for teaching me my sewing skills.

From a young age our Mom inspired us with her puff paint splatter shirts! Yes, she actually worked for a company making these, oh the 80's!  She is also a terrfic party planner and tablescape decorator. 

We are lucky to have a Dad who is great with carpentry, landscaping and hands-on things.  He is always willing to cut a piece of wood for our latest project.  He helped me make my upholstered headboard - you know he did a good job when it's survived college, multiple moves and 4 apartments ;)

And now our Brother is joining the Blogging world with BigBenBakes!

Big Ben Bakes will feature his bakery concoctions - including death by chocolate cupcakes, salted caramel bites, homemade infused vodka and more!

Not only is Ben a great baker, but his wife is very creative & talented. 

Trish just launched an Etsy store featuring her custom made Bridal hangers.  These make the perfect shower gift for any Bride or Bridal party.  You can also find her on Facebook.

Where did you learn to be crafty?

I think it's so fun to have a family of creative people, we can always bounce ideas off of each other.  There are so many times when I call Julia in the middle of a project asking for her opinion on something. 


Monday, July 30, 2012

DIY Chevron Stripe Canvas Board

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Happy Monday! How was everyone's weekend?!
Mine was great - I spent time at the pool, out with friends, and hanging pictures in my new place.  Here's another DIY canvas project - a DIY Chevron Stripe Quote Board.

Who doesn't love chevron stripes?!

What you'll need:
2 canvases
Painters Tape
Foam Brush
Acrlyic Paint

To create the chevron stripes on your canvas, use Julia's tutorial here.

Make sure you paint away from the tape and not into it.  It took me about 3 light coats to get the color I wanted.

Peel off tape.

I am using a How I Met Your Mother quote for my stencil.  To create the stencil use my tutorial here.

Position the stencil on your canvas.

You can tape down the edge with painters tape to keep the stencil from moving around on you.

Use a foam brush and acrylic paint.

Because this is a paper stencil, it can be a little flimsy.  Try to only go over each letter one time.  So have enough paint on your brush to get even coverage, but not so much that it bleeds through (I hope that makes sense). 

And there you go!  A fun DIY Chevron Stripe Canvas Board

This project would have been a lot less time consuming if I had a Silhouette, maybe I should add that to my Christmas list ;-)


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Friday, July 27, 2012

Friday Faves: Nashville Grub

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Happy Happy Friday!!!

This weekend my parents are coming up from Atlanta to visit the hubs and I.  I love having company because it gives us a reason to eat out and try new restaurants! 

Although we have lived in Nashville for two years there are still plenty of restaurants we want to try. 

Here are a couple:

The Pharmacy is a burger joint with an outdoor beer garden. 
I have had three seperate groups of people tell me to go here...so it must be good!

The Local Taco has been on my list of places to try ever since we moved here!
They have several locations but I've been wanting to go to the one in Sylvan Park - it's a part of town that I haven't really explored yet!

I heard through the grapevine that a Seasons 52 in opening up in Brentwood soon and I couldn't be happier.  Elizabeth has been raving about the one in Atlanta for years!  The Seasons 52 menu is seasonally inspired and nothing on the menu is over 475 calories.

One of my favorite meals is hot chicken and it's no secret that Prince's Hot Chicken is the place to go in Nashville for hot chicken.  Sadly, I have not made it here yet - of course I always want to go on Sunday and they're closed on Sundays.  Why is it that I crave Chik-fil-A and Prince's on the one day I can't have it?

Monell's is one of the most popular meat and three restaurants in Nashville.  The food is served family style and is all you can eat!  They sit you at a farm table... its a long table that probably sits about 12 people.  If you don't come with a group expect to sit with other guests!

Hope you have a great weekend!!!


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