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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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fall Mason Jar Lid Pumpkin and Process Video

I have been so inspired by all of the mason jar lid pumpkins that have been floating around on Pinterest and blogs. 

I knew that I needed to try and make one for my fall home decor. 

Here is my version. 

I almost gave up on this project too!

 I am so happy that I didn't. 

I made a process video showing you how I put this together. 

Here are the supplies that I used. 

Decoupage or Hot Glue
Mason Jar Lids with Bands (you will use the bands for this project)
Spray paint in your choice of color or leave plain
Jute or other strong string
Cinnamon Sticks
Scrapbook Paper
Toilet Paper band (not shown, optional)
Raffia or other decorations for the top

Be sure you buy the Lids with Bands.  You can use the wide mouth or regular mouth. 

I used two boxes of wide mouth bands.  You won't need the lids. 

I found these at Wal-Mart. 

I took the bands to my garage and spray painted with the pearl mist spray paint.  

It was not enough color. It just musted the bands so I used some dark brown Rust-Oleum spray paint that I had on hand (not shown). I did a light spray to make the bands look distressed. 

I cut my paper into 1/2" by around 7" strips.  I used scraps of paper so they were not long enough to cover the whole band.  It doesn't matter because you won't see the bottom. 

I used hot glue to glue on the strips of paper to the bands. 

Be careful. The glue makes the bands hot. 

You then take your jute or string and run it through the bands, pulling the bands all together. 

Once you get the bands together, you tie a knot and arrange accordingly. 

This is where I almost gave up, hence no picture.  I couldn't get my lids to arrange and stay upright. 

I ended up cutting a toilet paper tube in half and hot gluing the half in the middle of the pumpkin.

I hot glued some cinnamon sticks together and then hot glued them in the middle of the toilet paper tube. 

I then hot glued some raffia around the cinnamon sticks to cover the top of the toilet paper tube. 

I am displaying my pumpkin on my dining room table. 

I bought a wood pedestal stand from World Market.

I layered together an orange ball wreath and grapevine wreath and set the pumpkin on top. 

You can see all of this in the video. 

I am so happy that I made this for my home decor!

See you on the next post. 

Hugs, Shelly

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Slow Cooker Swiss Chicken Recipe and Video

This week I am sharing the Slow Cooker Swiss Chicken recipe that my family loves. 

This recipe was found on Six Sisters Stuff website and can be found here

I have this recipe pinned here on my Pinterest board if you would like to repin on your boards. 

I have filmed a YouTube video on my Shelly's Home Life channel if you would like to see me make this recipe. 


1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
6 slices of Swiss Cheese
1 can of Cream of Chicken Soup
1/4 cup milk
1 box/package of Herb Stuffing Mix
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup chicken broth (optional, not shown)
cooking spray

Spray your slow cooker generously with your cooking spray.

Place the chicken breasts in the slow cooker first. Place the Swiss cheese slices over the chicken breasts. 

In a separate bowl, whisk together the cream of chicken soup with the milk. 

Once combined, place on top of the cheese/chicken in the slow cooker. 

Add in the stuffing mix.  

Drizzle the melted butter over the stuffing mix. 

 Pour the broth around the edges of the stuffing mix. This will help add some moisture and keep the stuffing mix from sticking to your slow cooker (optional step).  

Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 to 6 hours. 

I served this recipe with corn and steamed broccoli. 

I hope you try this recipe and enjoy!! 

Thank you so much for visiting my blog. 

I hope you subscribe for future posts.

See you on the next post 

Hugs, Shelly

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Monday, September 22, 2014

DIY Faux Window and Process Video

For my post today, I want to share with you how we made our DIY Faux Window for my home decor. 

We have made a faux window in the past. 

If you would like to see how we made our first window below, please click here

This is a picture of it on my summer mantel. 

I enjoy using these windows to decorate my home with. 

They add a layer of dimension and texture to the decor. 

They are a great piece to use to hang wreaths, banners, pictures, etc. 

This is the inspiration piece that I used to create this faux window. 

I found this at World Market and it is hanging in my kitchen. 

Here is my Pinterest board showing other examples of how windows can be used in home decor. 

We filmed a process video showing how we put together this window if you would like to see everything in detail. 

Here are the materials that we used for this project. 

*This is not a sponsored post.  All materials were purchased by us. 

Please create at your own risk and use caution when working with power tools. 

These are our measurements for the window. Don't you just love our fancy design drawing? 

Ha! This is how we create.  Talk about it, draw it out, and then head to the store. 

Here are the steps in creating this faux window. 

1. Andy used the saw and miter box to cut the 8ft board into 4 sections. 
2. He filed the edges to make them smoother and even. 
3. Next he glued the sides together. 
4. Then he used the nail gun to nail all sides together. 

1. Here is the window with all sides complete. 
2. Next you measure and cut the dowel pieces. 
3. We had already marked where we wanted the dowels to go, so we glued and nailed these to the inside of the window. 
4. Here is the completed window. 

Here are the materials that I used for painting and distressing the window. 

Trim Paint
Sandpaper in 220 (not shown)
Heat gun (not shown)

I used the Vaseline to cover the distress spots in the wood that I didn't want to stay covered in paint. 

Then I painted the window using our trim paint. 

Once dry, I used my rag to wipe off the areas that I covered with Vaseline. 

The paint and Vaseline will come off, revealing the bare wood. 

I then used the distress stain and rubbed it over the edges of the window and wiped off the excess with a damp paper towel.

Once dry, I used the 220 sandpaper to rough up the edges. 

Then I went over it again with the distress stain. 

Here is a picture of bare wood that was revealed using the Vaseline technique. 

Here is the completed faux window. 

Here is the faux window decorated with some of my fall decor. 

I hung a small grapevine wreath on the window and decorated around it with my canvas pumpkins, paper pumpkins, fall birdhouse, and framed fall printable

(click on the links to take you to the projects highlighted)

I hope you enjoyed this post and are inspired to decorate your home with windows, faux or real. 

Thank you for looking. 

See you on the next post. 

Hugs, Shelly

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Weekly Menu Plan and Grocery Haul - Video Included

I had some of my subscribers ask to see my weekly menu plans, so I made a video on my Shelly's Home Life channel to share with you my weekly menu plan and my grocery haul. 
My groceries came from Walmart. (not a sponsored post)

Here is the video. 

I hope you will subscribe to this channel for more menu plans and hauls. 

Here is my menu for the week:
  • Friday - Enchiladas & Rice (recipe is on the back of the Old El Paso Enchilada Sauce can)
  • Saturday - family outing
  • Sunday - Pork Carnita's (freezer meal) I put our leftovers in the freezer from a couple of weeks ago. This makes an easy meal for the week to pull out, thaw, and reheat. 
  • Monday - Slow Cooker Swiss Chicken (will share on my blog and YT channel next week)
  • Tuesday - leftover Swiss Chicken (we have a school function, so this makes a great leftover)
  • Wednesday - Baked Fish and Cheesy Smashed Potatoes
  • Thursday - Fajitas and Black Beans

I always keep veggies on hand and cook accordingly each night.

To see all of my grocery haul in detail, please watch the video linked above.

I hope you enjoy this share on my blog and YT channel.

I have some meal planning tips and tricks that have worked for me that I plan to share.  

Stay tuned!!

Thanks for looking. 

See you on the next post. 

Hugs, Shelly

Thursday, September 18, 2014

My YouTube and Blog Planner

Hi there.  Today I want to share with you my YouTube and blog planner. 

I haven't used a planner in a while, but with two YouTube channels (you can see here and here) and a blog, I need to become more organized when coming up with and creating new content for all of you.
I went to Staples (not a sponsored post) and found this academic planner below. 

All of the regular planners in stock at Staples were for 2015 so I had to buy this academic planner, from the school section, which covers July 2014 - August 2015. 

I filmed a video showing the complete planner if you are interested in seeing the planner in detail. 

The scrapbooker in me couldn't leave this planner plain. 

I pulled a paper collection (5th & Frolic by Dear Lizzy) from my stash and some stickers for embellishments. 

The clear camera stickers and sentiments are Recollections brand from Michael's. 

The pen is by Bic. 

I added these Post-It Pockets to the front and back covers of the planner. 

These are removable so I can use these in the next planner. 

I added another fun sticker to the front sheet. 

These dividers came with the planner. 

I got out my label maker and added labels accordingly. 

This is the removable weekly divider. I covered it in gold heart vellum and added a Studio Calico sticker. 

For the front of each divider, I added a camera sticker and Cosmo Cricket Tiny Text sticker. 

This is the cover for the calendar section. 

I took out some of the telephone/address pages and covered the remaining pages in scrapbook paper. 

I called this section Ideas and plan on using it for brainstorming, notes, add pictures of completed projects, etc. 

I love the look of the patterned paper. So much more colorful and useful than telephone/address pages. 

The next section is shellyb140 which is my scrapbooking YouTube channel. 

The pages in these next sections are just called notes and are lined. 

I plan to use these to write out projects that I have planned for these channels. 

The next divider is called Home Life for my Shelly's Home Life YouTube channel. 

This last divider is called Blog. 

Sometimes I make projects that I only include on my blog so those ideas will go in this section. 

Here is the back page with another Post-It pocket and a sticker. 

I had so much fun putting this together.  I hope that it helps me in staying organized and ahead on my projects so that I provide you all with great content!

Thank you so much for reading this post. 

I hope you subscribe and come back. 

See you on the next post. 

Hugs, Shelly

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