the month in minutes – january 2012

Hello, hello!

A little reminder, if you haven’t already linked up your blog goals, we’re keeping the party open until Thursday night for anyone getting a late start…we’d love to hear yours.  And you can find mine here.

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Now, I’m going to start a little something new here today.

Can you believe this little blog had more page views in February than in its 3 previous months combined?  Serious!  That’s incredible to me.

So, I shout out a Welcome! to everyone who is relatively new around here.  Thank you so much for coming by, please make yourself at home…and let me know you’re here.  🙂

And, to everyone who has been around from the beginning…don’t think I don’t know who you are…even if you’ve never left a comment.  I sure do appreciate you all sticking around…and would love to hear what you have to say about every single post things every now and then.  🙂

In light of all of our fun new traffic I thought it makes sense to do a little month in review, if you will.  But,…I’m going to start with January…total rule breaker here.  Seems like a nice, clean, appropriate place to start, don’t you think?  And, I’ll be sure to mix in a few new things too…just to keep it fresh for ya.

So, I guess I should start by saying HAPPY New Year!  I’m sporting my party outfit and blowing my noise maker right now.  🙂  But, the girls rang in the new year looking a little more like this.

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Wedding #1 Memento Part 2

Happy Day after Valentine’s Day.  Hopefully everyone is feeling incredibly loved.  It seems appropriate to finish up my wedding memento during this week of love.

So, where did we leave off?  Like a month ago…geez, sorry!

Ah yes, with this beauty.

I had a box that, size-wise, was going to work great to just set my newly made frame (check out part 1 of this memento to get caught up on how we got from California to married and then from Curacao to a little driftwood frame), trace the inside edge and cut.
Really, I couldn’t even at least get my pen tip on my already traced line so it would kind of look like an action shot?  Guess not. 🙂
As you can see, my cutting wasn’t perfect.  But, my plan was to wrap the cardboard with the brown napkin so it didn’t really matter.  I only had to make sure that the cardboard wrapped in napkin was 1) big enough that there were no “air gaps”, meaning that there were no spots I could see in between the frame and the napkin to what was behind it and 2) small enough that it could be wedged in and cover all of the shims so only the driftwood part of the frame could be seen from the front.

It was just a process of trial and error really.

I also decided I didn’t need to cut the napkin.  I just wrapped the cardboard and used some pins to pin it tight on the back side.
I did play around with ways I could layer the veil so I wouldn’t have to cut it, but I liked the look of only one layer of the tulle so I ended up cutting a piece that I could then just pull tight and pin to the napkin and cardboard.

I had these ribbons in my stash.
The cream colored ribbon I used to wrap my bouquet (read: three hydrangea blossoms I cut that day from a bush in the front yard of our house) of hydrangeas together and the green ribbon we strung our rings on for our youngest nephew to carry as ring bearer.

Truth be told, the ring bearer action…including the green ribbon…only happened at wedding #2, but I’m including it anyway.  Because…I had this idea to make it kind of like a charm necklace.
The charms include a very inexpensive, but very sentimental, ring.  One Joel had given me almost 9 years previously and that I had worn on my left index finger everyday since…I’m not really a switch up my jewelry sort of gal….clearly.  :/

I also cut out a pair of champagne glasses from one of the cards we received.  And I made a little “pendant” out of my wedding dress tag…which I happened to buy at Anthropologie.

And there just so happened to be the perfect rusty nail in the driftwood frame I could tie my charm ribbon to.
The cream ribbon was long enough that I could just use it as sort of a boarder, just folding it over at the corners and hot gluing…
Please excuse the dog hair stuck to the glue gun.  🙂

I then used the same embellished pins I used to hold my bouquet together on wedding day to add one more fun corner detail.
I cut out meaningful parts of each of the cards we received that day and randomly glued them on top of the ribbon.

If you don’t know, or remember, why we only got 4 cards at wedding #1, here’s the refresher.

And then, I made what I think is a cute little “framed” picture…other than that stupid house right between our heads.  🙂
I just cut off a couple corners of one of the cards we received, squared them off, and then cut a square to size from the lining (Yes, it was one of those fancy shmancy cards with a lining layer!  We have fancy shmancy friends.), glued it on the bigger square and then just hand cut the picture of us with rounded corners to fit.

It looked a little like this.
And this.  🙂
What can I say, I’m much more of a trial and error sort of gal.  Measure-and-do-it-right-the-first-time is highly overrated.  😉

All in all, I’m left with another FREE and uber-meaningful addition to our gallery wall.
She fits in so well right below one of my favorite pics from wedding #1.

Here she is all together and up close.
What do you think?  Did you do anything fun with your wedding cards?  We still have wedding #2 cards…so I’m in need of ideas.

Have you ever made a frame out of driftwood?  If you want some tips, check here.

If you did happen to do anything fun with your little wedding mementos I’d love to see it. Feel free to post it on my Facebook page.  🙂

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Good morning, good morning!

Man do I wish the Patriots had won yesterday.  😦

Today, for a potentially slow moving Monday for all of us football fans…and those who just love the Sunday that is the Superbowl party…I have an easy little Valentine’s Day project.

But first, for all of the bloggers…and anyone who likes to follow blogs and keep them all organized in one spot, a little word about the new Linky Follow tool that you’ll see top and right in the, well, top of my right sidebar.  🙂

I didn’t necessarily fully understand this when I jumped in the pool of blogs, but blogging is a game of numbers.

Here I thought it was game of eloquent writing, well edited photos and thoughtful topics – whatever the focus of your blog.  Believe you me, it for sure is all of these things…plus the numbers.

Before I had a blog I would read bloggers talking about different conferences they attended with seminar topics specifically about not measuring your success in numbers.  I didn’t really think too much about it pre-the space between.

But now that I am IN the space between, literally, I get it.

I started a blog because I thought it might be fun to keep a chronicle of all of the things we do in the spaces we find ourselves in.  When I think back to all of the homes we’ve had and upgrades we’ve made and projects we’ve learned how to do along the way, I’m down right bummed out that many of those things live only in memory. Memory can be so fleeting.  :/

And the response to this here blog, my friends, has been phenomenal.  I didn’t know I would get so excited when I got a new comment, or a new follower, or repin on Pinterest.

Seriously?!?  You like what you see enough to want to get a notification when I do something else (or are a blogger who knows about the numbers)?  How cool is that for this gal?  Wicked fricken’ cool I tell you!

So, when a couple of blogs announced the new Linky Follower tool I jumped right on board.  It’s easy to get signed up and totally free.

How fun to be a part of something from the very first day it was announced to the whole world. Roeshel and Cheri posted all about how to get started and are also hosting a month long Giveaway Bonanza to kick start the new tool.

If you feel so inclined, it would be super cool if you would click to follow me on the new Linky Tool…and be sure to let me know you did because I would like to follow you back.


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Now, back to my lazy Monday Valentine’s Day heart idea.

Did I mention she’s FREE?  I always have that exact change in my wallet.  😉

See her snuck in the new gallery wall there?  You may recall the faux zinc letter B was there for the reveal, or maybe not, whatever. 🙂

I thought a little pop of holiday, and color, would be fun to switch in that spot throughout the year.

For all of the deets on how to make this beauty you have to head over to A Content Housewife where I’m guest posting today, while Lianne is busy moving to Charleston. Hope it’s going well Lianne!

If you missed the nitty gritty details on how this whole wall is hanging from one screw please click here.

To hang the heart, I just hot glued a length of ribbon scrap to the back and duct taped it behind the framed stencils.

To me she’s just the right amount of Valentine’s Day in our otherwise neutral colored wall.
The whole deal took about 3 hours…perfect for a lazy evening.

I happened to be watching the collapse of Kyle Stanley at Torrey Pines.  The poor guy had a 4 stroke lead on the tee at 18…and then nothing went right and he lost the tournament in a playoff.

I would gander to say my afternoon went better than his.  Sorry Kyle!

Now, don’t forget to drop in on Lianne to see some more pics and how I made the rosettes.

And, if you haven’t yet, you can click right here to get signed up to follow me in the new linky tool.

And then, have a fabulous Monday.

Oh, and I’ll be back tomorrow with the announcement of the giveaway winner and my features from the Imagine the Impossibilities Link Party…I am having a seriously hard time narrowing it down…

I am sharing this project here and at:
BNOTP, Home Stories A to Z, Savvy Southern StyleRemodelaholic, and Sugar Bee Crafts.

The Nitty Gritty Hanging Details

Update:  I’ve installed the new Linky Follower Tool in my right sidebar.  As a wordpress.com site I have never been able to have Google Friend Connect, which is rumored to be going away entirely.  It would be great if you wanted to sign up to follow along using that tool.  If you’re a blogger, let me know you did and I will, of course, follow you back.  🙂

Wow, what a week we’ve had.  Over 320 links at our very first Imagine the Impossibilities link party.  Are you kidding?!?!  That is just awesomeness people.  Thank You!! to all who have participated.

If you haven’t joined the fun, the party is open until midnight tonight…in some time zone. 😉  (Hopefully you’re laughing Linda!)  Click here to get linked up…or to just check out all of the inspiration.

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Now, fair warning as you read on.

This is really about the minutia of hanging my one screw gallery wall.  If you want pretty, reveal type pictures please click here.  If you want to know how to pull something like this off yourself, please read on, but be sure to get your cup of coffee first, and maybe a scone or two.  🙂

First, I created 9 of the items hanging as part of the wall from scratch so that would obviously be step 1 – Decide what items you want to include in your gallery wall.

Once you have your selections compiled, play around with different layouts.  I used the floor instead of going through the trouble of making paper templates and taping them to the wall because I’m lazy efficient.  Here is one option I tried.
I had found the pole in our little scrap pile and it just so happened to be about the same length as our sofa.  It was when I came across the pole that I got the idea to somehow hang that from my one little screw and then hang a gallery wall from the pole.  If I had to buy a pole I would probably get a 1×2 or 2×2 depending on the weight of the items I was going to hang.

When I was doing my floor layouts I used the pole to dictate the width (about 88″) and then I measured down from my screw in the wall to where I wanted the gallery wall to stop above the sofa and came up with about 40″.

It’s hard to see in the picture but I actually taped the floor with masking tape … can you see it below the B?  So when I was playing around with layouts I could just line up the bottom items with the tape, the pole was obviously going to be the top and the width of the pole dictated the sides.

Once I settled on a layout … in the process I actually decided to cut the pole down to about 80″ … I then turned everything upside down and laid it all out as it would look like from the wall’s eyes, so to speak.

This pic is before I cut the pole to size.

For all of my measurements I settled between 2 and 3 inches.  The items in the top row hang about 2 inches below the pole.  The items in each column are about 3 inches below the item above them and the columns are separated by about 2 1/2 inches at their widest points.

From this point it took about 6 hours, and a little final touching up to complete.

My plan was to hang the 5 top row items from the pole and then hang item from item down each column with fishing line.  And the column with the driftwood shelf would just have one item hanging from the pole and then the twine hanging the driftwood shelf tied around the pole separately.

I did realize as I started making my loops of fishing line that I didn’t exactly have a plan B … or any other, not thought out, might have a chance of working, this is my last resort idea ideas at all.

Pretty Please Let This Work became my mantra for the afternoon.

The early afternoon went something like this.

1 – Screw eye hooks into the bottom of the driftwood shelf and add small nails to the back of the 10″ x 13″ frame.  Measure so the frame would hang about one inch below the shelf and attach with wire.  This step didn’t need to be precise because I would have an opportunity to adjust the height of these items when I strung the twine that hangs the shelf around the pole at the top.  My logic behind hanging this part last had been that I was just going to line up the bottom of the frame hanging from the driftwood shelf with the bottoms of the items on either side of it…that proved to be easier said than done.

TIP!!!  If I had known at this stage how difficult hanging this shelf would be I would have tied the twine hanging the shelf around the pole FIRST instead of last. 

2 – Measure the width of the five pieces along the top of the gallery wall.

3 – Mark the half way measurement of those five pieces on the pole.

4 – Mark the center point on items that would also have items hanging from them.

OK, so this pic is of the back of the wooden mirror and the framed coral that hang in the far right column of the gallery wall.  By mark the center point, I mean the center measurement of the item that will be hanging.  So, since I wanted the framed coral to hang with the right side of it lined up with the right side of the mirror, I lined them up that way upside down on the floor and then marked what would be the center of the framed coral piece on the mirror’s frame.  Make sense?

5 – Drill pilot holes in the back of the pole where I wanted screws to hang my rows of items for the gallery wall.  Refer to steps 2 and 3 for a reminder on how I knew where to drill these holes.

6 – Add screws to the pilot holes.

7 – Add hanging hardware to the bottom of any pieces that would have items hanging from them.

I won’t go into detail for every single piece, but since the items in each column are hanging from the item above it I had to add additional “hardware” to the bottom of most pieces.  The pieces that DIDN’T need more hardware:

  • I used one of the staples that happened to be right in the middle of the bottom on the back of the top dog silhouette.
  • The round metal heating grate hanging in the column with the driftwood shelf doesn’t have anything hanging from it.
  • The black ribbon hanging the faux zinc B is just duct taped to the back of the framed HOME stencils.
As for how I determined where to put this hardware on the bottom part of the back side of each item please refer to step 4.

8 – Measure 5 million times and tie the fishing line loops that hold everything together.

This step took some patience.  It was just a process of measuring and placing my items where I wanted them, cutting a longer length of fishing line than I would need, pulling it tight – without pulling my items closer together – and when I would accidentally pull the items closer together, replacing them, then remeasuring and starting over – and then sextuple knotting the fishing line.  (Apparently, sextuple isn’t a word, but just double knot times 3…at least.)

Phew…you still with me?  😉

How about a pic of some of the finished wall for good measure?

Ok, at this point I had all of my individual items, hardware to hang each item from, and a loop of fishing line on each item to hang from said hardware.  You can see in picture 8 above how the fishing line loops, once tied, are permanently attached as part of one item and then can be looped onto the screw or hanging hardware I’d attached to the bottom back side of the item that would be above it.  Clear?

Now, just to get it all up on the wall…

That part went kind of like this.

Oh, these pics remind me to tell you that I used clothes line wire to hang the pole, the one item actually hanging from the screw.
From left to right above:
Left – The clothes line before, and if you look close you can see a screw in the pole.  I just measured 18 inches in from each end of my pole, drilled holes, added screws and looped my wire around them for hanging.  The same kind of ‘twist the wire around itself’ strategy I used with the Pallet Word Art.
Middle – I removed the green plastic covering from the clothes line to expose the wire using an electrical wire cutter.
Right – A slightly better picture of the wire cutter.  You just pick what diameter will cut through the material you want (the green covering in this case) without cutting through the wire you want to keep.  You can see from the middle picture I used the second to largest opening, I decided on that by trial and error.  And, you can see in the picture on the right that I took the green off in sections up to about 3 inches long.

If I had known that I was just going to cover it all up with the canvas pic of Curacao I ended propping along the top, I might have skipped this step, but I was thinking I wouldn’t mind the look of the exposed wire.  I was wrong.  :/

So, now my pole has a clothes line and all of the pictures have fishing line loops…we’re talkin’ high class decor here people.  😉

Now for the hanging.  I would hang one pic at each end of my pole, then slowly and gradually work my way toward the middle.

It was like an 8 foot long teeter totter with glass items hanging precariously from each end.

When strung tight enough, fishing line has a tendency to feel like a knife that is about to take off the tip of your finger as you are holding the whole pole contraption somewhat level with your left hand and using your right to reach up behind an item to find the hanging hardware and get the fishing line loop looped around it.

But, I am happy to report that no finger tips were lost, and no fish were spooked in the making of this wall.  🙂  And, none of those fancy knots were used either.

And nothing broke!  Phew!

All things actually went relatively well until pic number 4 (3 collages above).  It was at this point that I needed to tie my twine and driftwood shelf from my teeter totter.

I don’t know what part of “Oh, yeah, I’ll hang a driftwood shelf from my one screw gallery wall, and prop a really big picture on it.  Oh, and then I’ll hang another frame below the shelf and prop an awkward piece of coral in it.” seemed like a good idea.  It was the bane of my existence on hanging day.  And, as I’ve mentioned, I still don’t think it’s quite right. I think the left side is slightly lower than the right side.  I wouldn’t know for sure because I can’t find my stinkin’ level, but it looks that way to me.  And after about a half a dozen tries at untying that one side, then quickly adjusting my teeter totter so the whole thing wouldn’t come crashing down, then eyeballing level from right. on. top. of it, then retying and realizing I had made no progress I decided I was fine with it just the way it was.  😉

Thankfully the hubs has agreed to give an extra set of hands to the effort when I get up the gumption to tackle the teeter totter again.

It might be awhile.  🙂

The canvas pic of downtown Willemstad, Curacao was a last minute add to cover the wire that became exposed when all was hung.  It is just set precariously totally secure on the pole.

What may be my 2 all time favorite pieces of driftwood were next day adds after I had many hours of staring and smiling … but feeling like something just wasn’t quite right (other than the left side of the driftwood shelf being a smidge low).
See what I mean?

The aqua and white piece of driftwood is actually the only piece that is not somehow hanging from the one screw.  As a last minute add, I just used some of that orange tacky stuff and stuck it right to the wall.

There is one other spot I used that orange tacky stuff.
Once I hung the black canvas from the wedding memento it weighed down the left side of the wedding memento.  See, I wanted the outer edge of the gallery wall to be rectangular in shape.  So the left side of all of the items on the left needed to be lined up on the left. Get it?  🙂  In order to do that I couldn’t hang the black canvas from the center of the wedding memento, thus the need for just a pinch of orange tacky stuff.

Does anyone know what that stuff is really called?

Here’s what it looked like before the orange stuff.  And I have since tucked in the ends of the twine hanging the driftwood shelf.  🙂

And here is the final, glorious result of my afternoon of stress fun.
Can you hear that music and signing or is it just me?  😉


And, because today is all about the details, here is the items and cost breakdown:

  1. Canvas reproduction of the skyline of downtown Willemstad, Curacao.  Gift from friends last year.  FREE
  2. Wooden pole from scrap pile hung with left over clothes line we had on hand.  FREE
  3. Wedding photo, you may have previously seen here.  For this project I call it FREE since we had it on hand.  If I remember correctly I got the frame at an auction 5+ years ago and had the picture printed at Walmart for I don’t know how much right after our first wedding.
  4. Wedding memento, you may have seen started here.  Tutorial for the finished product to come. FREE
  5. Black canvas, started as a Goodwill find looking like this. Tutorial of the finished product to come…as soon as it’s finished.  🙂  $2.oo
  6. Antique metal grate, from an old farmhouse in my hometown now owned by my family, given to me by my mom.  FREE and by far the heaviest individual item on the wall.
  7. Frame and mat bought from Goodwill.  Picture of the girls edited for free on Picnik and printed at home.  $2.00
  8. Driftwood.  FREE
  9. Driftwood shelf hung with twine I had on hand.  FREE
  10. Old frame my mom gave me.  FREE
  11. Coral twiggy thingy.  FREE
  12. A canvas found at Goodwill and originally looked like this.   Tutorial for the silhouettes to come. $2.00
  13. See description for #12.  $2.00
  14. Driftwood hung with orange sticky tack stuff I had on hand…and think I’ve had since high school.  🙂  FREE
  15. Photo taken, developed and matted by my man probably 10 years ago…so that’s on hand, right?!  Frame my mom gave me.  FREE
  16. Frame from Goodwill and stencils my mom gave me.  That last minute trip to Maine in January is my proud sponsor of this here gallery wall.  😉  $2.00
  17. Faux Zinc Letter B hung by a ribbon that originally came from my awesome in-laws…wrapped around our iPad.  That’s right…I did say awesome in-laws.  🙂  FREE
  18. Antique mirror, from you guessed, my mother.  Thanks Mom!!  FREE
  19. Frame from my mama and coral.  FREE
  20. I had a few people ask me about my driftwood tree.  If you’re new around here you may not have seen my posts about it here, here and here.

So, if you add that all up my cost of materials is $10.00  And the only other item I bought for the project was the fishing line.  I got it at Target for about $5.00 and have about 95% of it left over.  I didn’t know exactly which one to get, but I honestly did pick this one because it said “low visibility” and it had been tested up to 6 pounds which I knew would be enough to hold my columns of items.

Maybe I should send the fishing line company a picture of my wall to tell them that they in fact are right, that stuff is low visibility.  😉

As for the paint, it is all a mixture of what I had on hand.  I bought a quart of black a couple of years ago when a home improvement store was closing for renovation…and some other oops paints I’ve picked up and used for different walls in the rental…when mixed together create some nice shades of gray and yellow.

Aaaand … I think that’s it.  🙂  If there is any little detail that I have missed or anything you still need to know to make this happen for yourself please just let me know.

If I had it to do again, I would probably go with a 2 screw gallery wall.  Follow every single step, except screw the actual pole into the wall with one screw at each end of it. In order to do this, and maintain the same process, you would need to keep the pole away from the wall about a 1/4″ or so, in order to be able to use the screws in the back of the pole to hang each column.  We might try this on our “Take 2 – when we get that fricken’ driftwood shelf level darn it” attempt.

I’ll keep you posted.

In the mean time, hopefully these deets are helpful.  If you want to try this and need any additional info, or just some words of encouragement (it really is doable, I swear … really, I do swear a lot, total potty mouth here) just shoot me an email, I’ll be your biggest cheerleader.

Now grab another cup of coffee and get on with your day.  🙂

I am sharing this process here and at:
BNOTP, Home Stories A to Z, Savvy Southern StyleRemodelaholic, and Sugar Bee Crafts.

The One Screw Gallery Wall is HERE!

I did it!  I really did!  Here’s the proof!  (Beware – there are plenty more exclamation points to come!)

If you’re new here, you may want to go here, here and here to get caught up on my “I Might Be Screwed (Just Once), A Gallery Wall Experiment”.

Because today is all about the result.  The glorious, one little screw, only cost me $15 result!  Booyah!

Although, it did almost cost me my sanity … and the tip of my right index finger.  Which I really can’t spare … although I’ve learned I never really needed the left one.  🙂

Unfortunately, I have no pics of the times when all balance was lost.  When one suffers in solitary, there are no spare hands for photo ops when you’re almost breaking the antique mirror your mom just gave you.

My original layout was this.  (Minus the canvas pic of downtown Willemstad, Curacao along the top.)

I wanted the canvas silhouettes of the dogs to be front and center – they are by far my favorite DIY project of all time part of this project.  And when I had it all laid out on the floor I thought I would be OK with just the 2 canvases in that one column.  But, once it all got hung, there was too much space at the bottom for my liking.

Don’t you hate it when that happens?  :/

I think it is because the frame with the coral, to the left of the center column, is hanging just a scosh lower on the left side than the right. Which is due to the driftwood shelf hanging a little lower on the left.  More details on that another time.  Let’s just say, driftwood shelf = bane of my one screw gallery wall existence.  🙂

Also, the B (you can find the deets on how I made that baby from a cardboard box here) just doesn’t do enough to solidify any sort of straight line, which (I think) would create a cohesive look along the bottom.  To me it just needed something else.

Lucky for me I had this beautifully aged, aqua and white, rusty nailed piece of driftwood.  Which, as it turns out, is the only piece that is not actually hanging from the one screw.  I guess that’s what happens when one is afraid to tackle what had become a teeter totter of art after I had it so nicely settled.  🙂
It fit just right.

And then I threw in another one of my favorite pieces of driftwood for good measure.
I just propped her up as a little accessory on the driftwood shelf.  Maybe she’ll distract from that side of the shelf being just a bit low?  Not really?  Sigh.

But this is what she ended up looking like all together.  Smile.

And now a plethora of pictures … because they make me happy.

I couldn’t decide on what to put on my black canvas, I’m looking for word art ideas and am open to suggestions.  If you have any inspiration pics I need to see please link them up to the space between Facebook page.
I am so thrilled with how the whole thing turned out.  Like down right giddy.  Like I’d totally pull a Tom Cruise and jump up and down on our couch if I wasn’t worried it would throw the beauty off balance and send her tumbling down.

I think it is a great solution for many renters who really can’t riddle their walls with holes but love the gallery wall look.

I truly feel like I’ve tackled my impossible.  I took. her. down.  Or rather, hung. her. up.  🙂

If you’ve tackled your Impossible too, or have a story to tell about how you tried, grab a button!  And come back tomorrow for the Imagine the Impossibilities link party to show off your stuff!  We go live at 7amET.

Update – The $50 Lowe’s Giveaway is here! (now closed)
Update #2:  The Imagine the Impossibilities Link Party is here.
Update #3:  The Nitty Gritty Hanging Details are now here.
Update #4:  What I did with the black canvas is here.
Update #5:  Details about making the wedding memento are here and here.
Update #6:  Learn how to make the dog silhouette canvases here.  (BTW – this has become my most popular post for 2012!  Thank you, thank you!!)
Update #7:  The how-tos for making the stencil HOME art and coral framed art are here

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I would so L-O-V-E love to hear what you think!  What’s your favorite part?  What’s your least favorite part?  What should I put on the black canvas?  How would you have made a one screw gallery wall?  Are you overwhelmed with anticipation about the Superbowl?

Fair warning, there are many details still to come.  How she’s all hung.  How I spent my $15.  How I made those dog silhouettes out of floral canvases found at Goodwill.  What was the hardest part.  How long it took.  I tell you … many, many details.  🙂

If there’s anything in particular you want to know about just shout it out.  Or, if you really want me to hear, leave it in the comments.  😉

And then, because we’re one big Impossible family here, be sure to click on the header images below to take a look at what my uber talented challenge co-hosts accomplished!

And THEN, don’t forget to come back here this afternoon to get signed up for our very first GIVEAWAY!  A $50 gift card to LOWE’S.  And you’ll learn about a little obsession I have.  Joel, you may not want to come back this afternoon.  😉

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I will be pimping out my one screw gallery wall where ever I can.  Including here, here, herehere, here and here.

Just for fun, here’s a little before and after.

B – cause

Hmmm, I’m not sure that title expresses exactly what I had in my mind. It’s supposed to mean “because” with an emphasis on the B, well, because I made this.
Get it, it’s a B. B – cause. Still no? Oh well.

Now, let me digress here for one second and wish a very happy birthday to my big brother, Shane.  He is the bomb diggity!  He’s the Abbott to my Costello, the a la mode to my apple pie, the only sane family member I have best big brother that a little sister could ask for.  Celebrate big my friend, you deserve it!  XXOO  (And give that nephew of mine a big ol’ hug from Auntie K!)

For all of you Between U & Me readers who are here because you saw this over at Courtney’s blog, I say a big phat Thank You for coming by!  Feel free to peruse around and check back again soon, you had the VIP pass to this post so I’m sorry to say this isn’t going to be new for you.  But, I have some questions at the end I’d love you to check out and answer if you had a minute to comment.  It’d be great to know you were here!

AND, check out the Imagine the Impossibilities Challenge that is now up and running.  I personally invite you to join the challenge and sumbit your “impossible” at the link party on January 31st.  Click here to find out more and don’t hesitate to email me if you have any questions.  It would be so fun to have you all involved!

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And, to all of my ol’ faithfuls, sit back and settle in.  This project is a winner!  (In my humble opinion anyway!)  And, of course, I’m always looking to hear your thoughts and chat with you in comments.  I’d love it if you leave a comment telling me your thoughts on my questions below.  Just click right here to read my full tutorial over at Courtney’s blog, Between U & Me.  She was kind enough to feature my Homemade Christmas Ornaments back in December and when I asked her if I could crash her blog and introduce myself to her readers she kindly obliged.  Thanks Courtney!

She’s even letting me crash her blog twice…in one week!  I’ll be back over there on Friday talking about some Pallet Wood Word Wall Art I just made.  Say that five times fast.

So, what are you waiting for, click here to see how I made my B – totally from scratch I might add – and check out some of the fun things Courtney has been up to.  Then come back and let me know what you think.  Pretty please.

Update:  If you’ve tried the links about to Between U & Me and they are not working, I apologize.  Courtney is doing some work on her site and it hasn’t been functioning totally properly.  To find my guest post with the tutorial about the B please click here and then type “faux zinc letter” in the search box.  Sorry for the trouble!!

Was this project worth the time to make it for free or would you just rather buy one? Worth the effort with the tin foil or I should have just bit the bullet and bought some metallic colored spray paint? You won’t hurt my feelings, really. I’m curious where other’s breaking point is. $18 vs a few hours of sometimes frustrating crafting…that is the question???

And don’t forget about the Imagine the Impossibilities Challenge.  Let’s tackle our most daunting tasks in January, and then sit back and enjoy the fruits of our labor for the next 11 months…or move onto other things as I’m sure we all will do.  🙂

Update:  I posted my first challenge update post here.

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I am sharing this project here, here, here and here. Check ‘em out!

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