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I made this little charming beauty for our front door last weekend and I must say, I’m rather pleased with it. I think it rocks. How’d I make it you ask? I’d love to show you below.

I started with a white, wooden letter F, purchased from Hobby Lobby (LOOOOVE THAT PLACE!!)

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I achieved the distressed/shabby chic looks by using a medium sand paper around the edges. Have fun here and sand as little or as much as you like. Make it your own! After I sanded to my heart’s content, I used an old rag to apply some of my beloved, Miss Mustard Seed’s Antiquing Wax. You can learn more about this product at MissMustardSeedsMilkPaint.com

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After sanding and giving my little F that weathered look, I turned my attention to the base or wooden sign portion of my product.

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I cheated here. I’m a big cheater. And kind of lazy. Well, I was feeling lazy on this day. I didn’t make the wooden sign. I purchased this wooden base from Hobby Lobby. With my coupon, I paid roughly $9 for it. The sign was intended to hang horizontally, but I decided I liked the way it looks hanging vertically instead. I wanted to have the option of hanging in horizontally in the future, so I chose not to remove the rope that was already installed. Instead, I made another rope with materials I already had. I grabbed a roll of jute rope and my handy staple gun and went to town. I started by deciding how long I wanted the rope that would hang my sign. Once I decided that, I cut three pieces of rope at the desired length. I thought braiding it would add nice texture, so I got real fancy and used my socked foot to secure the three rope pieces while I braided away.

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After braiding my ropes, now began the task of attaching the newly braided ropes to the back of my wooden project. I used my staple gun here. Be careful to place either side of your chosen rope hanger at the same spot on each side, so it hangs correctly.

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Once my rope hanger was attached, I place these handy little picture hangers to my letter F and in the areas on my wooden piece, that I planned to attach my F. I chose to use these because I want to be able to remove my F in the future if I chose to change my sign up.

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And that’s pretty much it. Easy? I thought so.

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Questions? Comments? I’d love to hear them, so feel free to send them in the comments.



Wow. Who’s the biggest blogging slacker in the history of bloggers? ::Raises hand:: Sorry y’all. How have I been over the last SIX MONTHS you ask? Life is great, I really can’t complain. I have been a busy little bee, working hard and finding new artistic loves. Ceramics have taken over my free time. I find myself daydreaming about my wheel. I am obsessed with glazes and mud tools. I physically miss the feel of clay under my hands during the day. What can I say? I’m addicted to this new love of mine, ceramics. Our city has a wonderful art resource for all ages and levels of expertise. One of the many classes they offer is beginning ceramics. I enrolled just after the first of the year and have been in love ever since. I had a rough start, lots of lumpy, goofy pots, but I’ve loved it from my first class. I had the privilege of taking group pottery lessons with my cousins and siblings as a small child from the legendary, D.X. Gordy. I remember being fascinated by all that is ceramics even as a small child, but like with most things in life, life just got in the way of my pursuit of it over the years. I took 12 weeks of classes in a group setting and have taken off with it. I am by no means an expert in any capacity, but I am improving and learning every day. I’m making pieces these days that are useful and beautiful and that I’m proud of. It is an incredible feeling to sip a hot cup of coffee from a mug you created from a ball of clay. It is such a rewarding passion, pottery. I purchased my very own wheel a few months back and have enjoyed practicing at home, when I can’t make it to the studio. I’ve come a long, LOOOOONG way since that first night in class in the studio and I still have SO MUCH to learn. I am excited and thankful to have stumbled into this new passion of mine.

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Life outside of the studio is wonderful as well. My wonderful husband just added a HUGE deck off of the back of our house. I know we will enjoy having the added space and the entertaining opportunities more space brings. I foresee myself spending many an evening reading out under the stars on our new deck. The business is so busy. SO. BUSY. We are incredibly thankful to be busy, but it can be a bit exhausting keeping up with everything. I am a proud sister, as my “little” brother will be graduating from the police academy in just a couple of weeks. He has been one of my closest friends, my confidant & my partner in crime since infancy and I couldn’t be prouder of him. I am so excited to see what God has in store for this exciting season of his life. He’s an incredible person and I am thankful he has found something he will enjoy making a living at. My sister gave birth to her fourth little one the end of April. My newest niece is precious and a joy to know. Life is great. We’ve recently returned from visiting family on my husband’s side of the family. Our nephew on his side just turned one and is absolutely precious. We had a great few days of seeing his mom, stepdad, two sisters and their families. We are blessed with great families on both sides. All of the furry kids are well, thankfully and adorable as usual. Stay tuned for updated biographies of our little ‘furry family’. I know, I know, I always say that. I promise, I am typing it as soon as I finish here. :)

Well, I need to go switch the laundry and get ready for a brand new week. I am thankful for a new week, a new chance to get it right, make it count. Until next time, y’all.



Well, this is awkward. Nothing like not posting for almost four months. WOW. Don’t I have a bit to catch up on? Let’s see –

  • The husband and I celebrated our one year anniversary on October 5th – YAY! We spent a great and unexpected weekend in Orlando at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure (HARRY POTTER!!!!!!!!!!!!). We drove down Friday morning, visited IKEA for the first time – AMAZING! Overwhelmingly large, but amazing. I found my next project table / desk. Looking forward to visiting again. Did the city walk at Universal Friday night, had a great dinner at Jimmy Buffets Restaurant and then drove to actual downtown Orlando for a drink and to sight see. Saturday morning dawned bright and comfortable. We visited Universal Studios first. It was great – TRANSFORMERS is a MUST! Poor hubs got motion sick on The Simpsons ride and had to take it easy for the rest of the day. We saved the best for last – The moment I had been waiting for –The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Islands of Adventure was a great! My wonderful and patient husband,  lovingly walked from attraction to attraction with me, even thought he felt terrible. I’m a blessed girl to have him. I can’t say enough about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Lunch at the Three Broomsticks was so cool – the details are amazing! Butter beer (both variations) is SO DELICIOUS! I have to say, I believe I enjoyed the frozen variation best. Oh and for anyone heading there – The Every Flavour Beans really are EVERY flavour beans. I had the misfortune of biting into a vomit flavored one. Eww! It was a great weekend full of wonderful memories. More than anything it was great to get away for a couple of days with the love of my life.
  • I started working full time with my husband – He and two friends own a pet cremation business. Yes, really. More on what we do to come. It has been exciting, challenging, trying (haha), but mostly rewarding working with him. It has its moments when it gets me, due to the highly emotional nature of what we do, but it is nice to know that we are able to bring peace and closure to families that are or have recently having to say goodbye to their furry loved ones.
  • FALL is here (even in Florida) and I couldn’t be happier. October is my most favorite month, followed closely by November. Pumpkins everywhere! Cooler weather – YES, YES, YES! Boots, tights, flannel – YES, YES, YES! Fall is so fun!
  • All of the furry babies are doing well – Sushi is currently purring in my lap as I type this post.
  • There is much going on behind the scenes here at KellyElizabeth.org and I can’t wait to talk about it all. I have so many ideas that I am looking forward to putting into place very soon. I know, you’re probably thinking, “riiiight,” but I promise!

This is me signing off for the night.  Have a great week!

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This weekend was great! The perfect mixture of relaxation, accomplishment, and family time. Getting to the weekend was rough, I must say. Friday was a looooooong day at work. I was scheduled 7-12, but due to emergency cases and us being short staffed, I was there until right before 5. I work as an Veterinary Technician at a busy practice. I love my job, but come Friday afternoon I was tired, cranky and ready to get home. It was just after 5 pm when I got to the house. My usual routine upon arriving home in the evenings consists of litter box scooping (while still dirty from work and dressed in scrubs), pet medicating (my special kitty Sushi is on medications to help her with a condition called “Mega Colon” as well as a few genetic issues), and feeding the furry and feathered crew. I had just finished up when my husband walks in from the shop asking for assistance with a home removal across town. My husband and I have a pet cremation business. We service the animal hospitals in town, but we also offer to come to folk’s homes when their beloved pet has passed away at home. I admit I did not have the best attitude initially (I was TIRED dangit and I was undressed and just about to jump in the shower!) It’s funny how God uses situations that we are reluctant to be a part of for our good. The people we helped were so interesting and kind and clearly heartbroken over the loss of their 130 lbs dog. She was their baby. I love those moments when as a human being, we allow ourselves to be cranky and undeniably selfish, just to have God put us in a situation that we, in the end are so happy we got to experience.

We ended the evening with Mexican food and a movie and it was great. Saturday was spent cleaning, organizing, and computer work. Sunday was full of errands, the husband went fishing and I to the grocery store. Today was my precious nephew’s 6th birthday, so we celebrated his birthday as well as Memorial Day with a family party. I spent the remainder of the afternoon scrubbing bathrooms (my least favorite house chore EVER), laundry, sushi for dinner and a trip to a local Animal ER for two pickups and now I am talking to all of you. Tomorrow will be an early day at work. I am excited for a new day. Who knows what tomorrow will bring, but I’m sure it will be exciting. Life at the animal hospital is full of surprises. Have a great Tuesday!

 

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