Painted & Stenciled Wedding Signs

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There’s no getting around it – wedding costs add up. All of the little things – votives, menus, signage, candles – build into a crazy decor monster that you’ll never be able to use again.

Even on the resale sites, wedding signs cost about $15-$50 each. To use one time! I absolutely refused to spend that amount of money on anything so small for my wedding, which is where my DIY day came in. I decided to shop around and buy blank wood surfaces on which I could stencil my custom signage instead.

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These craft wood surfaces were so cheap at Michael’s – no more than $6 each!

For a wedding of our size (way bigger than we expected) at a venue like ours (essentially, a gigantic field), it’s definitely necessary to have signage to show people where to go. Plus, cute rustic signs are so trendy right now, and so easy to make! I did my buying before I did my planning, so it took me a bit to go through and decide what wording I wanted to include where.

Supplies:
– Craft Wood Signs (I got mine at Michael’s)
– Small letter stencils (I used Martha Stewart’s Typewriter Font)
– Large Letter Stencils (got mine at Lowe’s)
– Stencil Dauber Set (Also Martha’s)
– Craft Paint

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DIY Golf Chipping Game

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One hobby my mom passed down to me that I’ll never get over – yard sales. We LOVE them; every weekend, Memorial Day-Labor Day, we scour through the paper and design our route from house to house to browse through other people’s trash.

Late in last year’s yard sale season, Mike (who, despite himself, is starting to get into it) found a beat up old bean bag game and the light bulbs went off. He had been wanting to get his younger brother, who is obsessed with golf, an at-home chipping game to practice with. Now, we could turn this old game into an awesome Christmas gift!
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Cost savings:
Brand new Chippo: $189
DIY “Upcycled” Golf Chipping Game: $35

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My Summer Checklist

I may have mentioned this before, but I’ve never taken time off.

I’ve had a job since I was legally able to work – at 14, I hauled chairs and umbrellas at a beach club every summer; by the time I was 21 I had worked my way up to a senior waitress position. Two weeks after graduating college, I moved to NYC, and I’ve not stopped working since.

So, for the first time in 14 years, I took a summer break! After my big intro grad class ended, my plans for the month extended as far as naps, bad TV, and getting as much sun as humanly possible. Just kidding… my plans extended as far as very specific house projects, bad TV, and learning a bunch of new recipes for the fall. Plus the sun part!

Here’s a quick review of my Summer Checklist, and how my projects went…

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Entryway Sunglasses Hanger – 10 Minute DIY

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The finished view — see the “before” below!

It’s an age-old dilemma. How do I store my sunglasses in a way that:
– will display them stylishly
– will keep them from scratching and breaking
– and will remind me to grab them on my way out the door?

I’ve been trying to figure this out for years. I’ve tried putting each pair in a cloth case and keeping the collection in a coffee can… I’ve tried laying sunnies flat in a tray by the door… I’ve tried leaving multiple pairs in their cases in my purse and in my car. Nothing has done the trick, and now that I live with Mike, the collection of sunnies to store is growing. We had to figure out a way to make our sunglass rack like our key rack – a hanging set of hooks right by the door.

After some research, I found this clever, EASY project that took no time at all.

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