" All About the Details: June 2012

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Painted Wooden Wall Art

Last year I at this time I was VERY VERY pregnant with our twins. I was spending a lot of time dreaming up the perfect nursery... then I came back down to earth and settled on a very functional one. With some adorable wall art.

I've seen tons of different letters on Etsy and instead of spending about 7 bucks a letter.. (the twins names would have cost me about $80) I asked my dad for some help. It just so happened that he had the right tool for the job.

Here's a mini tutorial...

Materials needed:
*Particleboard (can be purchased at any home improvement place)-One piece should be enough
*Dremel tool (dad had one.. no need to purchase.. borrow one from someone..)
*Command Velcro Strips

Step 1. Choose a font you like... and print it the size you want on a thick cardstock.. I think we went with font size 550 or something like that. Either way you want it to be the right size for your wall.

Step 2. Cut out each letter from your cardstock, these will be your stencils

Step 4.  Trace your letters onto your Particleboard
photo from my dad's facebook album :)

Step 5. Cut... Cut... Cut....

Step 6. Once all of your letters are cut out... Sand them down to a nice finished look

Step 7. Plan your design. 

I wanted to match the letters to their bedding.. Here is Aidan's bedding (sorry about the photo quality; took pictures from the internet)

Here's Audree's Bedding

They share a room and these bedding sets "match" in style and theme so I chose to do their letters similarly. I drew my designs out first... deciding on the the bed skirt and sheet style for every other letter and patterns from their quilts for the other letters. (you'll see what I mean in a couple of steps) I highly recommend drawing it out on paper first to see what you like, dont paint until you have a plan!

Step 8. Color Match! I made test colors and painted them on scrap pieces of particle board to make sure the colors would match the fabric when dry...

Step 9. Paint away

We Painted the sides of every letter a dark brown and the top of each letter according to my plan... Here is a partly done painting photo:
The white letters are the "bed skirt and sheet" and the colors are matching the Quilt..

Close up of the one letter... this pattern is found on her quilt, one of the inner squares

The U, R and E match the squares in her quilt and his I and A match his... (his I was later changed....)
The white letters then got a brown stripe down the middle this broke up the "bed skirt" from the "sheet"

The next stage of painting I dont have pictures for (by this time the twins had arrived..) But I can tell you that they were free handed by my husband, who is very artistic.

Step 10. Hang on your wall... we found that using command velcro strips were the easiest way and very secure.. I didn't want these falling on my babies!

Her finished name on the wall..

His finished name...
What you can't see from this photo is his "sheet" painting, its blue swirls and bananas... super cute
***After his name was finished I decided that I didn't like the print throughout the whole letter so we went with a palm tree that was on his quilt. I like it MUCH better....

And there you have it... Hand painted wooden letters, far less than 7 bucks a letter... I think the whole project cost about 25 bucks? and time.. lots of time.

Thanks to my Dad and my husband for all of their help.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Party [Father's Day Mustache Bash]

This Father's Day was my darling husband's first.  It only happens once... So we hosted a brunch for family.

My goal: Create a theme that was appropriate for dads... then I got to thinking... My dad has a mustache, Joe's dad has a mustache, Joe's brother (who's a dad) has a mustache/beard... and Joe hadn't shaved in a while so he had a mustache... put that together with some ideas I've seen on Pinterest.. and BOOM
Father's Day

I'm a relatively new pinner... but I love to browse and I've seen tons of things that have inspired me. I will do my best to give credit where credit is due and I apologize if its not the original creator... but I think I've gotten it all correct

All of the graphic's I made myself... the theme was inspired by the following: KPI, & APTG

The Party Spread

Just the banner

Detailed view of banner... I used scrapbook paper for the background and my design on top. I loved the woodgrain paper! Totally manly!

The gifts: 3. 2. 1. cake inspired by TMB.. I made a sample first and fell in LOVE!! This is a very awesome gift idea. Especially for those with a sweet tooth! I printed the instructions on the back of these handmade ties. 

Cinnamon Cookies, purchased.. honestly because they matched my color scheme... :)
They were yummy too!
And the cupcakes! The recipe can be found here VG. After baking a test cupcake with frosting...
My husband decided we should add  cayenne to the frosting for that extra
some... I have to say it was a very tasty addition!

Cupcake stand was made by me (by hand) thanks to a wonderful tutorial from: AE

Mustache Straws!!! Great detail inspired by WBS

These were the thank you's, mustache shaped coco rice krispie treats. I made a normal batch of treats
then carved out each mustache. Wrapped them up in a ziploc baggie and glued a label that said
 "Have a Fan-stache-tic Father's Day"
They were a hit

And last but not least mustache props... these I've seen all over the internet so its honestly hard to pin point one person to credit... so I think I'll just credit google.. :)


I've been blogging on my other blog for about 10 months... and its been great. I honestly love creating posts each week.

Lately I've been feeling the need to be creative and I don't feel its fair to take up my family blog space with crafts/parties I've done. So after much thought... I decided to launch this new blog.

This is a space for me to share what I'm up to, as well as other craft blogs I've started to follow... thank you pinterest!