Tuesday, September 30, 2014

DIY Fall Rustic Sign

I had some leftover hardboard from my Farmer's Market Sign, so I made this fall rustic sign for my mantel. 

Click here to see my inspiration piece that I used. 
Here is what I started with. 
The hardboard was from Home Depot and was primed with a white primer spray paint. 
The letters were cut using card stock from my Silhouette Cameo using the following fonts:
Pumpkins = Falling Skies Font
Apples = Autumn Font
Hayrides = Merveille Font
They are all free and you can click on the links to take you to them. 
I used a sharp pencil and traced the letters on the board. 

Here are the paint colors that I used. 

Napthol Crimson
Canyon Orange
Yellow Ochre

To distress my sign, I used a dry brush technique with a clean brush and the paint color Rich Espresso. 

I also used a woodgrain stamp and gathered twigs Distress Ink. 

Here is the sign after I dry brushed on the paint and added the stamp. 

I used celery green for the arrow. 

After I painted the outlined letters, I used a small brush and my rich espresso paint and outlined the letters. 

I used my finger to add on more paint in the corners and letters to give it a more distressed look. 

My DIY fall rustic sign sits on my fall mantel and I love it. 

It's not perfect looking but I like the technique and look for my home decor. 

Stay tuned for my fall home tour. 

Thank you for looking and see you on the next post. 

Hugs, Shelly

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Weekly Meal Plan and Grocery Haul Plus a Meal Planning Tip - Video Included

Here is my meal plan and grocery haul for the week of 09.28.14. 

Meal Plan:

Walking Taco's and Cheese Dip
Grilled Tuscan Pork Chops, Potatoes, Veggie
Chicken Skewers, Parmesan and Spinach Orzo
Three Cheese Chicken Alfredo, Salad, Garlic Knots
Homemade Hamburgers and Fries

Meal Plan Tip:

Make your meal plan permanent!

If you are going to take the time to write out a meal plan, keep it. 

I write mine on a 4x6 card that I cut from scrapbook paper. 

I keep the cards in a Martha Stewart Binder and page protectors. 

You can keep your meal plans on recipe cards with your recipes, create a file in your computer, write the plans in a notebook, etc.  Whatever works for you. 

By keeping these plans, you can refer back to them on busy weeks and just buy the groceries that you need for that plan.

I hope this tip helps!

Here is the video showing you everything in detail. 

I'll be sharing some recipes later in the week. 

Thanks for looking.

See you on the next post. 

Hugs, Shelly

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