Friday, November 22, 2013

Weddings, crafts, & shopping OH MY

I've been a little quiet lately huh?
Well I've been super busy working on my sister's wedding. It is this weekend!!! 

Here's what I've been up to:

Shopping for jewelry to match my dress. Ooooooh. Loving the tones in the jewelry I found!

 Please excuse the lack of makeup, stupid grin, and poor quality photo. Let's focus on how I made a feather strap for my dress from pheasant feathers!

 Loving the sparkly gold shoes I got!! Here's to hoping they won't kill my feet!

Nail polish! To save $$ I'm getting a DIY mani pedi.  
I had to pick which color matched the dress best.

Ring Bearer pillow!! I keep forgetting what they are called so I've nicknamed them "Pillow Boys" I think that's good, don't you?! :)
I made the pillow and my sis helped with the feathers to accent the brooch.

There's been lots more going on, including altering of wedding and bridesmaid dresses, assisting with flower girl dresses, and having lots of bachelorette nights! :)

Hope ya'll are doing good! Hopefully I'll be back on track after the wedding and holidays!

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Veteran's Day - Honor Wall

Just in time for Veterans Day, our Fold3 team has launched The Honor Wall, an online memorial for the many millions of men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces over the past 200+ years.

Family, friends and loved ones will be able to pay homage to their heroes by developing a special page with historical military records, letters, stories, photographs, or any other memorabilia to share more about their veterans life, and their service.

If you are a veteran, please add your story directly so we may honor you!

As of launch, The Honor Wall has over 20 million personalized online pages already created. The unique virtual memorial will continue to grow and evolve as new pages are contributed by visitors to The Honor Wall, and those already existing are supplemented by additional user content.
The Honor Wall will also serve as a source of education on the lives of U.S. men and women in conflicts and in times of peace, whether serving at home or abroad. This is done via historical records already populated on many of The Honor Wall pages from the National Archives and Record Administration, Fold3, and
Read more about The Honor Wall on the Fold3 Blog, and add a memorial for your veteran at
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Happy Veteran's Day!

Can you wish someone a happy veteran's day? Hmmm... I'm not actually sure! Anyways, I'm excited to share this new thing with you! It's a way to honor your ancestors that fought for our country! Check it out!
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Unveiled this week in honor of Veterans Day, the Fold3 Honor Wall pays tribute to millions of men and women who served our nation, from colonial days to the present. 
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We invite you to visit the Honor Wall and help us pay tribute to America’s veterans by sharing your own memories, stories, and photos of a loved one. Whether you have family or friends serving now, or have ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary War or other conflicts in between, join us in commemorating them. With your help, the Honor Wall will keep their stories alive.
The Honor Wall hosts millions of names, yet it’s just the beginning of a monumental tribute that will grow through your contributions. We’ve redesigned the Fold3 Memorial Pages to include representations of service, along with life events, photos, stories, documents, and connections to family members.
Search for those you know—ancestors, friends, fellow service members, family members, or perhaps you! If you find who you’re looking for, add your own dedication. If you can’t locate a Memorial Page for someone,create one of your own and add it to the Honor Wall. It’s easy!
Just follow the prompts to choose the conflict in which someone served, then add more facts about the individual, including military service. The “Find more records” button will even give you links to possible matches to records on Fold3,, and
Once you’ve contributed to the Honor Wall, let others know. Choose the “Share” link at the bottom of any Memorial Page. Spread the word, and help us commemorate all of America’s heroes.
View sample Memorial Pages for ideas of how you can create or add to your family’s pages.

Land of the Free because of the Brave

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Farmhouse Table Tutorial

Who doesn't love a good farmhouse table, right??

A couple of months ago I had the opportunity to buy these old chairs off a friend. So, I snatched them up with the intention of giving them a makeover and building a table to make it a whole dining set!

My idea was to make a painted and stained table, similar to this Pottery Barn table. (With a few modifications, like a thicker top)

 I started by painting the chairs in my favorite off-white color, Careless Whisper.
(Valspar paint and primer in one)

I was tired of spending so much time in the garage, so I set up painters paper in my breakfast room and got to work.

After getting all six chairs painted it was time to work on the table. We started by taking apart this table. We were stealing the legs from this small out of date table to use on our new awesome table!

After the legs were off, it was time to get started on the table top.The hubs headed up to the hardware store to get basic 2 x 6's.

 We arranged each board so they would fit together the best, and numbered each board so we wouldn't mess up the order.

We cut each board to length with our miter saw (I love that thing!) I've said it before, I feel very safe but also powerful using that saw! (Of course that's not me cutting in this picture...those are the hubs manly hands)

We used our biscuit joiner to combine the boards together. This was our first time using this tool since we got it. We were excited and nervous! (Hence the lack of pictures at this point!)

Next I had to work on the sash and table legs. The sashes are made from 1 x4's. I stained them with English chestnut - 1 coat and no sanding prep. They were going to be painted over and I just needed a little bit of color to be able to show through.

The table legs got sanded down - some of it down to the wood to show through the paint. I stained the wood that showed through to make it darker for when I painted and distressed it. Part of me loved this look and wanted to keep it like that, but that color didn't match the chairs.

Painting is FINALLY complete, and we are back to working on the table top. We distressed the top with a grinder, hammer, pattern tracing wheel (that a sewing tool!) screws, and other misc stuff.


Here's the hubs using the grinder.

Close ups of the distressed table before any staining.

We stained the table with English Chestnut, and sealed it with a matte polyurethane.

I attached the sashes with the Kreg Jig/pocket holes.

The sashes were attached 1.5" away from the edge, and 3.75" from the ends - this allowed the space for the legs.

The legs are removable for easy transportation, how awesome is that?!?

Legs are on, we are done! Just waiting for the hubs to come home and help me flip it and carry it in. (that's right...I do quite a bit of this on my own. I love power tools!)

Drum roll Please!!!

I'm in love with this new table! I want to keep it, but we have another style table in progress already. :(
If you or anyone you know is interested in this table it is for sale! Contact me for details.
In the meantime I'm enjoying getting to look at it and sit in it every once in a while!

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