Crafts

Personalized Stamped Books


One of my new favorite things to make are these personalized stamped book sets! These are easy to make and fit so well with the Farmhouse vibe I love. I have made several sets for myself and also for family! There are several ways to make these, using hard bound books and painting the covers & binding, removing the binding & covers and then painting, or probably my favorite: removing the binding and covers and leaving the natural pages showing. The natural way tends to lean a little more towards the vintage/rustic vibe.

To make, simply pick the look you are going for, stamp your desired words and finish off with some twine and/or ribbon and greenery. I like to make the letters a little off, I am a fan of the perfectly imperfect look they have. Using old books means you will have some definite character to the sides and also to the binding, just make sure your binding isn’t dented in, it makes it difficult to stamp even if you remove the cover.

Mine and my husband’s names and wedding anniversary, I love the light and dark of the ink and imperfectness of this, it adds to the vintage/rustic feel.
This stack is painted, I painted all of the book, but you could just do the area to be stamped. I didn’t sand away the glue from the cover, I think it adds character. This set is going to my mom and dad, all their grandkids names.

The options are endless for what you can make and they make awesome personalized gifts! A custom stack with name, date of birth and weight is a perfect gift to welcome a new baby. Add bride’s name, groom’s name and wedding date for a wonderful wedding or anniversary gift. A stack of children or grandkids names for a meaningful Mother’s Day gift. A simple quote for a friend’s birthday or just to put a smile on their face.

As you can see I also made some with some Christmas cheer. You can have a set for each of the holidays. Have fun with it and be creative! If you don’t have the time or just aren’t a lover of crafting yourself, you can head on over to my Etsy shop to personalize your own stack of custom stamped books handmade by me!

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Decorating · DIY

Shiplap Headboard

My daughter and her boyfriend have been redecorating their bedroom…well she’s redecorating, he’s just a great guy that knows making her happy is important, we love him for this! In her quest to redecorate she had been struggling to find a new bed that matched her boho/farmhouse style and would also match the dressers and nightstands she had already purchased. She was wanting something big enough to accommodate their king size bed but not too big that she couldn’t showcase artwork above the bed. So mom and stepdad to the rescue! We told them we had no problem making it for them…but they had to help out!

We decided to make the headboard using pine 8 inch shiplap and pine 1 x 4’s. We cut the shiplap to the length she wanted (84 1/2 inches) this size would give them about 4 1/2 inches of overhang on each side. Then for height she wanted approximately 4 feet up from the top of her bed frame, due to the width of the shiplap and wanting to keep all of the boards the same we ended up being between 47 and 48 inches tall which still worked out perfectly. As you can see we put them to work! They both got to use the miter saw for the first time, which is always a fun experience! Not shown are pics of the staining trial and errors, trying to match a non wood surface was not easy, but we got as close as we could! We stained all of the boards before assembling using an Antique White base stain and Jacobean stain on top with several coats. We attached the shiplap to the 1 x 4’s from the back so there wouldn’t be any screw holes to fill.

As you can see in the picture we had some boards that didn’t want to go together like we wanted them to… so out came the ratchet straps…we have since bought some large clamps to do the job in the future. We used nickels to create the “nickel” gap in the shiplap. After the shiplap boards were attached to the 1 x 4’s we cut off the excess board at the bottom with our Rockwell saw…definitely a great investment, it works perfectly for smaller cuts! To hang this on the wall we used a metal french cleat with a weight limit of 300 pounds, more than enough to properly secure it to the wall. We ended up adding another piece of wood to the center on the back to attach the french cleat to. We had a lot of fun doing this project with them and we are so happy they love how it came out!

Decorating

Front Porch Decorating for Fall

I LOVE Fall!!! Love it so much I wish we could just keep it around until Spring! My nice way of saying Winter is NOT my thing! I have been wanting to decorate my front porch for fall since we bought our house a year ago. With us moving in at the beginning of October last year and gutting the kitchen within the first 2 weeks of us being there, porch decorations were not at the top of my to do list. I am bummed I missed out last year so I decided to get some inspiration for what I wanted to do with my porch this year by turning to some fellow bloggers. Here I will share some of my absolute favorites, my porch will never look as amazing as theirs but it gives me something to aspire to!

The Dainty Darling

I love her pumpkins! The different colors, sizes and irregular shapes look so cute mixed with the cornstalks and hello Fall Sign.


Modern Glam

Doesn’t her porch look so cozy and inviting at night?! I love how she mixed in candles and string lights to give a nice warm ambiance to her beautiful front porch.


Sunny Side Up

I really like this simple Halloween look that Erin came up with! This would be a great compromise for me and my hubby, he loves to decorate for Halloween…I’m more into everything Fall! (Also am in love with her front door!!!)


Vintage Home Love

I really like the mix of old crates and burlap wrapped pots she used for her mums. AND the striped porch floor!!! I know it isn’t just for fall, but I LOVE it!!


Liz Marie Blog

Pumpkins, pumpkins and more pumpkins! What’s not to love about this front porch? I am really liking the boxes she used at the top of the stairs as well, what a great find and perfect for front porch decor!!


Taryn Whiteaker

The neutral color palette of Taryn’s porch is such a change from all the oranges, golds and reds of fall, but I really love what she did with it! The wreath she made for the front door and the pallet sign are simply adorable and I love the color of her front door!


Hope you have found some inspiration for your Fall front porch and hopefully I can get my butt in gear and get mine decorated before it’s time to break out the Christmas decor! Follow me on Pinterest to see more inspiration for your home!