The DIY journey of a California citygirl and a Montana farmboy

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– One Room Challenge Week 3 –

I am loving this challenge still!  My project this week was to create wood valances for my window treatments.  So come follow along as I show you how to do it too!  Make sure you check out all the ladies in this challenge over at OneRoomChallenge.com for lots of inspiration.  You will love what these designers are coming up with!

Do It Yourself Wood Valance in 10 Steps

 

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Here’s my 6 week outline:

Project One – Shiplap COST $92.00

Project Two – Window Valences COST $45.00

Project Three – Custom Shutters

Project Four – Blinds

Project Five – Decorating

I will give you a quick review of what the first three weeks have looked like:

Week One:  Empty Walls  (see the beginning of our journey here)

 

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Week Two:  Add Shiplap (read all about it here)

 

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Week Three:  Add Wood Valances

 

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Ready to learn how to get it done?!  Here we go:

Supplies Needed:

  • 1×6 Board (two 6-8 feet long)
  • 1×4 Board (one 6-8 feet long)
  • 1×3 Board (one 6-8 feet long)
  • Stain or Paint
  • Paint Brush and old rags
  • Two Curtain Rods
  • Screws (1 1/2 inch)
  • Kreg Screws (1 1/2 inch)
  • 3 1/2 inch wood screws (I use hex head screws)

Tools Needed:

 

Here is my 60 second Do It Yourself Video Tutorial so you can get a quick glimpse of how it is to be done!

Step One – Measure Your Windows

Each window is different so I will not be giving you the measurements of my window.  But you will understand the measurements you will need create your valance.

 

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  1. You will need to take the measurement of the window opening and add 2 inches to each side.
  2. The curtain rods are about 3 1/2 inches deep, so you will plan on 4 1/2 inches on each side of the valance.

Step Two – Buy Your Wood and Rods

Head over to Home Depot to grab your wood.  You can find curtain rods there as well, Walmart or order them on amazon.  Make sure you grab 2 and that they are the length you need.

 

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Step Three – Cut Your Wood

Grab your circular saw and some saw horses or a table.  Make sure you lines are as straight as possible (this is my weakness!).

 

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  • You will cut one of the 1×6 pieces to the length of your window plus the 2 inches on each side.  Cut two of these.   
    • Length of Window + 2 inches = FIRST CUT (2)
  • You will measure the width of your rod – add this measurement plus 1.5 inches.  You will make 4 cuts of this measurement using 1×6 pieces.
    • Width of rod + 1.5 inches = SECOND CUT (4)
  • You will measure the length of your first cut MINUS 1.5 inches (you are going to add this as your top piece and it fits in between the two side brackets of wood – hence the minus 1/5 inches).
    • Length of first cut  – 1.5 inches = THIRD CUT (2)

 

Step Four – Pocket Holes

If you have never drilled pocket holes before you need to read up on this.  It isn’t hard, you just need a small amount of training.  Refer to my post here on using a Kreg Jig.

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  • You will add ZERO pocket holes to your first cut.
  • You will add 2 pocket holes to each second cut.
  • You will add 3 pocket holes to each third cut.

 

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Step Five – Put Together Your Valance

Add your side braces to your first cut like this:

 

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Then you will add your second piece.  This is the top part of your valance and the way you will attach it onto the wall.

 

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Step Six – Sand and Stain

You will sand down your valance and then wipe off any extra sawdust.  Pick your stain and get to work.

I first stained with Varathane Briarsmoke and let dry.

 

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I rubbed on a small layer of Beeswax for a distressed look.

 

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Then I painted with a top coat of Behr Paint and Primer – Tan.  Once dry, I sanded lightly and this was my outcome (I LOVED IT!):

 

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Step Seven – Mount Your Rod

You will look for the studs and mount your rod brackets there, at the end of each window.

 

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Step Eight – Attach Your Brace

This is the 1×3 wood piece that you will attach your valance too.  Find the studs (this is very important for a secure brace) and mount right above your metal bracket for your rod.  This is where you use your hex head 3.5 screws.  The hex heads give me more grip with my drill.  You need this long to go all the way through your 1×3 brace, the sheet rock, and then into the stud.  Use a level to make sure its even, your valance will be crooked if this is not straight.

 

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Step Nine – Attach Your Curtains

Slip your curtains onto your rod and attach it to your window.  You are almost done!

 

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Step Ten – Mount Your Valance

You will now add your completed valance.  You will lay it over the brace and curtain rod.  Make sure it is measured even.  You will take your screws and add one on the top middle area of the valance, attaching the top piece of wood to your sturdy brace.  Then add one to each end of the valance.  See the video tutorial for how I did this.

 

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It is all done!  Yah!  I love the look it gives this room.  I found some darling curtains at TJ Max for inexpensive.  Now I get to rest for the weekend before I start my shutters!

 

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Happy Building!

Love,

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– One Room Challenge Week TWO –

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I am loving this challenge so far, because it keeps me on a schedule and pushes me to get things done.  I am good with a schedule!  Continue to check out all the guests for the One Room Challenge here as well as the 20 influencers participating – its amazing!

Here’s my 6 week outline:

Project One – Shiplap

Project Two – Window Valences

Project Three – Custom Shutters

Project Four – Blinds

Project Five – Decorating

As you know I am working on my living room for this challenge and giving it a facelift.  This is my before:

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So this last week I created my design through sketch to visualize what I wanted to have happen (you can read last weeks post here to see all my plans!).  Just a ruler and pencil is all you need!

 

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My base change of the room is shiplap.  Thanks to Jo Jo we are all loving this stuff.  I have written an in depth tutorial on shiplap here that is a good resource if you haven’t worked with it before.  This time around I tried some new these that I will share.

Step One – Measure

You will want to measure how much shiplap boards you will need.  You do this by taking the area of the wall and subtracting spaces that will not be used (windows and fireplace in my case).  You can use a measuring tape or a laser measure.  I used a laser measure because my room was so big and I was doing it alone.

I love this one from TACKlife.  It is super easy to use and inexpensive, it’s the TACKLife S2-40M Laser Measure and you can order it here from Amazon for $29.

 

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I wasn’t sure how to best get started and learned from a great YouTube tutorial here from TheMrFinneth – it was very helpful.

This laser measure helped me measure the area of the room, windows and fireplace.  My total needed square feet was almost 80 square feet.

Note:  I partnered with TACKlife and HomeRight for this project and loved their products.  These are not affiliate links that I share today, just links for my followers to buy the products if they need them. \

 

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Step Two – Purchase Shiplap

Instead of using a plywood board that is ripped (cut) into 6 inch strips, I opted to use the pre-cut MDF shiplap at The Home Depot this time.  The price was not much different and since it was already primed I liked the idea.  It is heavier to work with though (just beware.)  It cost me $100 for the amount that I needed.

 

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They also carry Pine Shiplap for a slightly higher price point.

 

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I loaded it up and headed home!

 

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Step Three – Paint First Coat

I always paint my first coat before I mount it.  This is optional.  I am just not at good painting and I always tape wrong, therefore getting paint on my walls.  So painting first is my option.  I will add another coat when it is up on the wall, but it is not as detailed.

I used a spray gun for this part and I LOVED IT.  These tools are not that expensive and are so handy.  I partnered with HomeRight and tried their HomeRight Super Finish Max Extra C800971 Paint Sprayer, that you can purchase here from Amazon for $99.

 

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You have to add water to your paint (I used Sherman Williams that was mixed especially to match my baseboards) according to the directions.  I sprayed outside and let fully dry before bringing into the house.

 

 

Step Four – Finding Studs

You will measure for your studs using a stud finder and mark them throughout the entire wall.   Then will make lines connecting the marks vertical so you can see where each stud is as you nail.  This can be done with a chalk line or a laser level.

I used the Zircon Stud Finder that you can buy here and it works well for only $12!

 

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Then I connect the marks I made using my TACKlife Laser Level.  This is a great cross line laser tool that you can purchase here.

 

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Using a tripod I was able to keep my line steady and match it up to the marks so I could draw a line.   Once all the studs were found I was ready to add my boards.

 

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Step Five – Mount Your Shiplap

Here I used my Ridgid Nail Gun and air compressor.  Here is how to load your gun:

 

 

Now charger your compressor and get ready to nail!  You will have to make sure that you are not following the line of your ceiling because that isn’t always straight.  Here again you will use the Laser Level to help you stay accurate.  You will need your circular handsaw to make the measured cuts.  Generally you will stag your boards like this:

 

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You will use a jigsaw to work your way around the not so straight spaces.  Make sure to be VERY careful around the light switches when you have the plate removed.  I would recommend turning off the power to that area to be fully safe.

 

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This space was SO HARD.  I cut it a zillion times.

 

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It took me 3 days to get the shiplap done, and I worked about 3-4 hours day.  I can’t wait to get painting!

Step Six – Spakling

Here is a video I made of what I use for spakling, how I did it and how to clean it off.  Basically you add your spakling, let dry, and sand off!

 

Once this space is ready you will get all the painting done.

So it has been a successful week!  Can’t wait to start working on my window valences now – stay tuned…

 

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Love,

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Antiquing Wax

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After refinishing the base of my 25 year old green cedar chest, I decided I wanted to finish the top of it just slightly different.  I chose to use a method called “antiquing” and just loved the way it turned out.

Check out the process I used to finish the base using Country Chic Chalk Paint here:

Distressing Furniture

This is the piece before and then after:

 

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Check out my 60 second tutorial and then follow along below for all the details!

 

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April 2018 One Room Challenge

 

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For quite some time I have watched as participants of the One Room Challenge create their spaces during the 6 weeks course, being fascinated by the transformation that takes place.  I have always wanted to try it too.  Then last week I decided “I can do it!”  I jumped the gun and registered as a guest participant.  I was nervous pushing that SUBMIT button, because once I did I knew I would be all in.

So here I go.  Today is my first post and the start of MY ONE ROOM CHALLENGE.  I am so grateful to Linda Weinstein, who started her own personal challenge in 2011 with some online friends.  And seven years later has helped blossom this decor challenge to inspire so many of us to do the same.

Come follow along so many of us as we transform our rooms at OneRoomChallenge.com  There are many featured designers that you can follow here.  You can directly watch all the guest participants here.  You will get ideas and become inspired on how you too can create and change one room at a time.

You can also follow along on their blog at CallingItHome.com here as well.

So here’s my project:

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My living is “cute,” but it really needs a spark, a face lift, an energy boost.  I have saved $500 to get to me through the project – so that is what I will be working with.  Each week I will be taking my readers along my journey in creating this new space.

Want to see what I have in mind?!

First Step – Adding Shiplap

I will be adding shiplap to add depth to the back wall.  I have a shiplap tutorial here that I wrote last year on the process.  I can’t wait to do it again.  This is what my first attempt at shiplap looked like (before and after):

 

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I love what it did to my entry way!  It was very inexpensive but added so much light to the area.

Second Step – Adding Shutters

I love the way shutters look and have always wanted to build some.  I will be following some tutorials from BeneathMyHeart.net found here to help me learn.

 

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These guys will hang on the side of my large family photo on my mantle.  I also made this frame for the photo on my own and for next to nothing.  Below is an example of an additional one I made.  You can read that blog post here called Do It Yourself Wall Art.

 

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Third Step – Adding Lights

I will be adding hanging lights or lanterns to the shutters for depth.  Farmhouse hooks and battery operated lights will be in the mix.  I love these ones found here from Amazon:

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Fourth Step – Adding Window Treatments

Some of my favorite DIY sisters have the coolest idea for window treatments.  I have wanted to add them for along time.  You can find their tutorial here that I will be following.

 

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Fifth Step – Decorating

I can’t wait to come up with some ideas of how to spice the place up.  It will all depend on what I have left over from my $500.  So stay tuned for all the details on this part!

I hope you will follow along on my journey over the next six weeks to finish my ONE ROOM CHALLENGE.

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Happy Building friends!

Love,

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Distressing Furniture

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In high school I was gifted a beautiful cedar hope chest from my parents.  Back in the 90’s my color was Hunter Green – for literally everything.  I love this chest so much still but the color needed to go!  So I grabbed one of my favorite products (Country Chic Paint) and went to work.  Check out what this thing looked like after 25 years and over 10 moves:

 

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It was so beat up!  But everything inside was still in perfect condition – cedar chests dispel bugs and mold, they are amazing.

Here is my 60 second video tutorial recap, then follow along for all the details today on the blog!

 

 

If you would like to see more ideas using Country Chic Paint, check out my other blog post here. 

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Do It Yourself Milk Paint Application

Anyone have darling pieces that just don’t mix with your interior design style, but you do not want to get rid of them?  Lets spice them up with some milk paint!  It is such a multi-use product to change up so many things.

My cute granny gave me these antique pieces that I loved, but they just didn’t mix with my home color.  They were super high gloss GREEN glass canisters.  We needed a serious facelift.

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I just love these pieces, what was I to do?  I knew that Milk Paint had some really great qualities and decided to put them to use on this project.  I decided to use Old Fashion Milk Paint Snow White and really loved it.  I have also used Miss Mustard Seeds Milk Paint in the past and wrote an in-depth review about it here.

Here are some tid-pits on Milk Paint:

  • Non toxic materials
  • No priming or sanding needing
  • Adheres to almost all surfaces
  • Drys quickly
  • Soap and water clean up

 

So let’s get started!  Watch my 60 second DIY Video Tutorial on how I completed this project and then follow along for all the steps you need to do it yourself.

 

 

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Spring TableScape Decor

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Welcome to CityGirlmeetsFarmBoy!  You are probably joining me from Michelle with The Painted Hinge Blog, isn’t she amazing?  Next you will hop over to Kelly from the Live Laugh Rowe Blog to get even more inspiration!  I am so excited to be participating in this Spring Blog Hop hosted by Kendra from Joy In Our Home.

Today I am showcasing simple ways to create a spring tablescape using stenciled chargers.  Depending on the mood I am in, I will decorate my table super simple or full of decor.  What is your style?  I hope you will find some new ideas as you join me.

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Stenciled Chargers

The main focus of my tablescape this season was stenciled chargers.  I love wood chargers as my placemats because they are so inexpensive and versatile.  I showcase  how to create your own chargers on my Do It Yourself Stenciled Chargers blog post here.  I give all the details on how to cut your wood, what types of paint to use, and where to grab your stencils!  I love The Renaissance Tile Set B from Royal Design Studio Stencils found here.

It came in different sizes and with multiple forms.  You will love all their styles!  Here is a quick review of how to make the chargers:

Once they are dry you are ready to go!

Now it’s time to add some decor to the centerpiece.  I have to admit, I am a very simple decorator.  I usually do not add a lot of centerpiece decor to my table because I can’t see over it to talk to my kids at dinner.  Let me give you a few ideas of how to add simple or not so simple decorations.

Step 1 – Your Base

You will decide about a few things:

1.  Tablecloth verses NO tablecloth

2.  Tablerunner verses NO tablerunner

3.  Placemat verses NO placemat

Any choice is a great choice – anything works because it’s your home and your style.  For my first setting I chose:

1.) YES on TABLECLOTH

2.) NO on TABLE RUNNER

3.) YES on PLACEMATS.

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Step 2 – Your Place Settings

You get to be super creative here!  No need to have expensive things.  I buy dishes from Ross Dress for Less (very inexpensive) as well as my round rope chargers.   Here are a few more choices to make:

1. Chargers verses NO chargers

2. Desired dishes

3. Napkin style

4. Silverware verses NO silverware

Here is a step by step of how I created my place settings this season:

Add your tablecloth and round charger

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Add your stenciled wood charger

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Add your dinner plate

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Add your salad plate

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Add your napkin & silverware – any style will do

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For my napkins I grabbed the center and shook the napkin to fall naturally.  I added some string and placed a name card in the center (found these at Michaels for super cheap).

So easy!  I keep my placemats set at all times so that it feels like dinner is almost ready, even though most of the time I haven’t even started!

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Step 3 – Centerpiece

I am going to show you three ways I fiddled with my centerpiece.  I chose to look for things in my home that would last (I wish I could have fresh flowers all the time but I can’t!) and I had laying around.  You can shop The Dollar Store, Michaels, Joann’s, Ross and TJ Max for some inexpensive decor items.

Theme ONE – Simple

I added three flower pots in a horizontal line.   This is simple and pleasing to the eye, especially if your place settings are a more “busy” look.

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Three’s and five’s are always a good numbering style.

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Theme TWO –  Simple “ish”

You can add more flowers and bases to the center.  Sometimes a tablerunner is a perfect look for a more in depth style.  Adding greenery under items adds to the look.

Here I glued wood flowers into foam squares, then inserted them into a wood tray I received from Devanie at KrumpetsHome.com – her decor is amazing and priced really well.  Check out all her styles and designs in her online store here – you will love it!

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Theme THREE – Not Simple

For special occasions I will create a more detailed setting.  Once again there is no right or wrong way to do this.  Search Pinterest and Instagram for ideas and save the ones that speak to you and your style.

For my space I wanted neutral colors.  I added lanterns, candlesticks, wood signs and greenery until I was satisfied.  You will fiddle with your space until you like it, and sometimes that takes time.  I will often change something the next day just because it doesn’t look right.

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Adding wood signs is always fun, KrumpetsHome has SO MANY for cheap.

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I also added some burlap for a natural addition.

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Setting a table is truly all about your own creativity and what you are feeling at the time.  It is never wrong, so be careful not to compare yourself or what you have to others.  Remember that your family is so lucky to have you and the care that you give your home.  You are irreplaceable!

Good luck this spring and have a blast decorating your home.  Let us know if you need help with those chargers!

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Love,

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PS – Enjoy the rest of the Blog Hop Tour today with these amazing feeds!

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Tablescapes on Monday

Timeless Creations | The Crowned Goat | The Painted Hinge
City Girl Meets Farm Boy | Live Laugh Rowe

 Vignettes on Tuesday    Joy In Our Home | Kingsbury Brook Farm | Chatfield Court
Curly Crafty Mom | 2 Bees in a Pod

 Recipes on Wednesday

Love In My Oven | Countryside Cravings | Crisp Collective
Berly’s Kitchen | Kelly Lynns Sweets & Treats

 Front Porches on Thursday

White Arrows Home  | DIY Beautify | Poofing the Pillows
Little Brags | Noting Grace

 Mantles on Friday

Repurpose and Upcycle  | Pennies From Heaven Home
The Homemaking Momma  | A Brick Home

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How to Make Stenciled Chargers

I am so in love with wood chargers for my tablescape.  I discovered them years ago from the Shanty2Chic sisters (you can read their blog post here), and I made my first set just as they said.  I then decided to create another set using a much simpler method, and since then I have made over 20 sets!  Follow along so I can teach you too how to make these inexpensive additions to your table settings.

Here is my 60 second video that you can also watch on Youtube here.

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Did you know that women and children spend 140 million hours a day collecting water, or that parasite diseases remain the major killer of children between the ages of 0 and 5 in the developing world? Can you imagine the worry on a momma heart this must cause these women?

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Todays blog post is much different than my others.  I love sharing my DIY’s, but there is so much more to my life than decorating.  Since I was young I have had a passion for the underdog.  My spice level rises when I see other human beings suffer.  My mind is always looking for ways to contribute the small resources I have to help make a dent in the bucket of humanity.  You can donate here and follow along with our amazing journey below.

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A few summers ago I took my 16 year old on a humanitarian trip to Merida, Mexico.  We spent 16 days among the people there helping to build a homeless shelter for the elderly who had no place to live.  We met a women name Estella.  She changed me.

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Her story was so tender.   After almost losing her mother to cancer at age 14, she made a commitment to God to always serve Him if her mother was spared.  She was, and Estella kept her commitment.  As an adult she has made it her mission to seek out the elderly in her community who are homeless (this is very common in her area) and take care of them.

The facility we visited when we met her quite honestly, took my breath away.  And not in a good way.  There was one outside bathroom to share, two dark rooms for them all to sleep in, and one run down kitchen that swarmed with insects.  I good not figure out how to even touch something without getting dirty.  How can she take care of these people in a place like this?  We were there on a mission to change that.

She had acquired some land in a small village and we spend the next few weeks building a foundation for her building that would eventually house 100 elderly homeless persons.  The work was exhausting.  In the states it would have taken days.  But pounding down rocks to ruble by hand (because there is no equipment for them to use) take weeks.  We hand mixed the cement and used what broken down rock we had to create a foundation.

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Estella cooked for us daily as we worked to improve her environment.  She smiled, laughed, and filled us all with gratitude.  It was the hardest and most fulfilling two weeks my son and I had spent together.  We came home committed to never be the same again.  To remember what its like to drink freely from tap water, to eat without brushing insects off of your plate, or to use the restroom anytime or anywhere without worrying if the amenities would be available to you.

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Since then we have committed to finding better ways to serve as a family.  It is something that keeps us strong and closer to our God and each other.

Last year I stumbled across an initiative that touched me.   Reading Kayla Huff’s story (the founder of The Her Initiative)  and her desire to help women in under privaledged countries gain access to clean water AND learn how to use it properly was inspiring.

You can read their stories here Healing Waters and here The Her Initiative. 

Reading about how her team watched a child brush his teeth for the first time, or the reaction to teaching a women that clean hygiene can prevent her child from dying, was eye opening.

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I knew I wanted to be apart of this team.  I reached out to Jessie Matteson in the development department, and after a conference call with her and Kayla, a friendship was born.  After months of collaboration and a meet up in Salt Lake City, we decided to launch a campaign for the month of March in 2018 to bring increased awareness to the global water crisis and the need for help.

I reached out to some amazing ladies who I knew also had a generous heart and desire to help others.  Together we created this months campaign.

We are joining our efforts to raise $15,000 to install a clean water system in a community in Guatemala and implement health & hygiene classes to the women there. Imagine what these women can do for their families once they can let go of the worry of disease infested water!

The Her Initiative is providing access to clean water and specific health & hygiene education through a program that is called ‘Clothed in Strength & Dignity’.

We would LOVE for you to join us.  WILL YOU HELP US HELP HER? We are asking all of our followers to bypass one take out meal and donate $10 to The Her Initiative.  If we each make this small sacrifice we can make a life changing result to these women in Guatemala.   We need you!

We have created a link for donations – use it and share it here.    Please go check out our cause and help us getting women HERE, helping women THERE.

There are these amazing women I am teaming up with for this campaign.  We look forward to working with you to!  Love, Kelly

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Last year I started my home decor instagram feed with the sole intent of posting my DIY’s so they wouldn’t clutter up my personal account.  I did not understand at the time the community that was out there for instagrammers, other than my close friends who I had followed for years.

Months passed and I was amazed at the growth that came to some feeds and not to others.  I saw influencers working with companies and business’s growing.  So I started to ask a lot of questions.

  • Were they buying followers or gaining them organically?
  • Why did it matter anyway if I have a large following?
  • Did growing have a purpose other than getting a pat on the back for having lots of followers?
  • Do I have to create a full time job for myself just to keep up with it all?

I had to ask myself “Why Do I Want To Grow?” and needed to find answers to my questions so I could reevaluate my journey on instagram.  I wanted to make sure the goals I had as an individual were in alignment with my goals on social media.

It really hit home to me when one of my mentors on IG left the IG community.  She had grown tremendously with her home decor feed and made amazing friends as well as collaborations.  But the time it took for this to happen was not in alignment with the goals she wanted for herself and her family.  Ultimately she decided to be true to herself she needed to remove herself from the hustle and bustle of IG.  I respected deeply her journey for an authentic life and it inspired me to hunker down and do the same.

Have you ever felt this same way?

I started doing research.  Lots of it.  I wanted to know the ins and outs so I could best answer the questions I asked myself. As I grew I realized there was an ART to IG, and that it is constantly changing.  “IG Land” is a huge world of information and skill.  Keeping up with system required me to learn from the masters – individuals who have created an amazing journey in social media, who’s opinions I trusted.

Today’s blog post is the start of my research.  I will be honest.  Social Media can be intense.  It has been a lot of work.  You can ask people’s opinions, but ultimately you need to find out the information and process it according to your own needs and intentions.  I am still in that phase, but the information I have gathered has helped me tremendously in reassessing my purpose and intent on Instagram.   None of these mentors have sponsored me to write this post – all the opinions are of my own.

Here is what I have found.  I took many webinars, online courses and youtube sessions.  There is SO much information out there and I am still collecting new favorites all the time.  But the following IGer’s are the ones who have gotten me started.  Each one has a unique skill set that they bring to the table in teaching you how to manage “IG Land.”  Let me introduce you to my favorites so far:

 

1. Hilary Rushford

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Hilary’s was the very first webinar I took.   Her feed came across mine through a sponsored post to take her free webinar on IG and I figured “what have I got to lose?”  I was amazed that someone was so educated about social media!  Her tips on images, photography, name choice and profile description helped me realize there is so much more to IG (if you want to grow) than just putting photos on your feed.  She sparked in me a stronger desire to learn.

She has created an amazing team called Dean Street Society.  She offers many free webinars and then more in depth training for a fee.  I haven’t taken her paid courses yet but it is on my To Do list!  Here are her links for you to check out:

My first Hilary Rushford Free Course

Dean Street Society Instagram Course

Hilary Rushford Instagram Account

From these links you will find all sorts of gold nuggets from Hilary – explore her site and you will learn so much from her and her team!

 

2. The Design Twins

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These two cute sisters were one of the first home decor accounts I followed.  They are authentic and genuine (even chatting back with me personally when I have questions!).  I immediately knew I wanted to learn more from them.  Their blog – The Design Twins – is full of creative ways to decorate your home, inspirational ways to live your life, and IG Land learning.

They have posted over 30 blog articles on instagram.  They range from photo editing, growing your following, understanding IG, becoming an influencer and more.  I have read them all and continually reference myself back to their feed for support and guidance.  I am attaching some of my favorites here – so you might want to grab some hot cocoa and bundle up on the couch before you get started.  Their blog with keep you busy (in a super good way) for hours.  Additionally, you can hire them for a private assessment of your feed – also on my to do list!

How to Use IG for Business

How to Master Instagram Collaborations

Instagram Winning Strategies

Making the Most out of IG

There are so many more that will benefit your IG journey – sign up for their newsletter for their most up to date posts.

 

3. Decor Newbies

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These two gals are a powerhouse team when teaching about Instagram details.  It is PERFECT for someone who is just starting out who wants to know about posting, archiving, editing, giveaways, follow trains and so much more.  I have been following them since I started IG and wish so much this course would have been available then.  I took it when I had 10K following and STILL LEARNED SO MUCH.

They literally hold your hand during the process through facebook groups, articles and youtube videos.   You get to interact with them constantly through personal connection as well as all the IGers in your class.  It costs a FRACTION of the price as other trainings.  I recommend it for anyone who needs lots of questions answered about Instagram or is just starting out.   It will save you so much time and you don’t have to reinvent the wheel.

You can message them on IG to get enrolled into their course.

HomeWithKelly with Kelly Instagram Account

ACleanPrismLife with Jenny Instagram Account

 

4. Ashley Diana

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This is the newest class that I took and I am hooked.   Its called Infinite Influence and once again it was a sponsored post that popped up on my IG feed and I clicked on it.  She offers a free webinar to teach you some of her ideas, then offers a full blown course for a fee.  I signed up for this course and am in the middle of taking it now.  I will keep you posted on my progress once I graduate!

She shares her passion for IGers and their ability to become influencers.  As I contemplated my goals, this is where I ultimately decided where I wanted to be.  Her knowledge (and ability to pass it along to her readers) is fabulous.

Here is her free webinar link – its so good! It will also offer you a discount for her intense class if you sign up through my affiliate link – so check that out here!

Here are some of her links that will help you:

Ashley Diana’s Infinite Influence Program

Ashley Diana’s Business Blog

Ashley Diana’s Instagram Account 

 

5. Tailwind

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Ok, I am just scratching the surface to this amazing tool.  My friend Leslie from the 100YearOldHome blog invited me to learn more about it a few months ago and I am loving it!  They offer so much information on Instagram and Pinterest that I don’t know where to start.  Once you sign up you will get newsletter that keep you up to date on so many instagram features and abilities.  I have yet to read them all and think it will take me a bit more time to get seasoned with the APP and all its abilities.  But I am looking forward to learning more with it.

A great feature is that you can join “tribes” for pinterest.  This really helps grow your instagram and pinterest pages and you meet lots of new feeds.  Thats a whole new post and discussion that we will save for another day.  Grab these links to get started!

Tailwind Blog Page

Tailwind Sign Up Page

Tailwind Instagram Account

I am a part of three tribes: Farmhouse, Farmhouse Decor, and Home Decor Bloggers – come join them for great support!

 

6. Jenna Kutcher

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For my final share of this post – its Jenna Kutcher.  If you haven’t found her yet on IG, its time.  For me, she keeps IG REAL.  She is very up front and personal, doesn’t beat around the bush, and is constantly sharing her knowledge.  She also has an amazing podcast called Goal Digger, where she shares amazing mentors and experiences.

The thing that really hits home to me about Jenna is her openness to her readers.  She talks real life and how she lives it.   Her wisdom about IG Land and the business side that can come from it is priceless.  She is such a great feed to digest if you want to take your IG to a level of income, business and branding.  She offers a free guide to Take the Stress Out of IG – who doesn’t need that?!  I sure did and it was the first webinar I took from her.  If you head to her blog you can sign up for it.

Jenna Kutcher Instagram Account

Jenna Kutcher Podcast

Jenna Kutcher Blog

Her reality really hits home that life isn’t about Social Media.  Social Media can be a tool to enhance knowledge and goodness, but it does not run our lives.  She’s amazing.

 

So that’s it!  These are my starting steps to how I am educating myself on Instagram.  The rules, regulations, and strategies can be really hard to navigate.  It’s impossible to figure it out on your own.  Hopefully some of these mentors of mine will assist you in figuring out what road you want to take in IG Land and help you get there.

P.S. Please message us if you have mentors that have inspired and uplifted you on your IG journey, we would love to learn about them!

Love,

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