Reclaimed Wood Projects

I’ve been completely consumed with teaching and have had minimal time for any projects but when I do it’s gotta be in bits and pieces. This past summer we had gotten some blocks for our yard and they were on a nice pallet. I kept the pallet knowing I wanted to do something with it. I decided to make some fun signs.

For my kitchen, my niece and I always bake and dance so this fits perfect!

My niece and I went to taking apart the pallet on a hot summer day. I cut the nice planks down to size then sanded.

For my sister for Christmas, she has a flock of egg-laying chickens!

For each project I used an antique white paint from Michels. Finding fun fonts I downloaded the fonts and printed as big as I wanted. Centered them as needed and used a ballpoint pen to outline my words. This was tough as sometimes the wood would not imprint.

Made for my brother for his new house, I didn’t grab a photo of the dark border, bummed!

For my sister-in-law and her husband for Christmas!

Using an oil-based sharpie paint pen, outlined my imprint and colored in. I finally used bargain wood from Menards with a dark stain to make the border. I love each of my projects and can’t wait to experiment more!

Th one below I used a square piece of wood and painted the wood with chalkboard paint so that I could make it an interactive board. I kept this for myself!

This final project I bought pre-made wood letters. My niece helped me paint the whole thing black and out letters sparkly orange! We then used a cardboard toilet paper roll and dipped it in orange paint and dabbed on the black portion. I used a staple gun to tack the letters on.


Rustic Front Door Wreath

My husband has A LOT of pheasant feathers and by a lot, I mean a large collection as he keeps tail feathers from each pheasant he takes down…it adds up quickly.

Further, he has quite a bit of random sets of deer antlers hanging around the garage.

I thought perhaps I could persuade him to let me use them in a project for the house.  He obliged and even cut apart the antlers for me so that I could work with them more easily.

I headed to Michaels and got some supplies…


I started first by painting the “R” with acrylic paint with a couple of coats.  While this dried, I placed the antlers.  They are held in place with craft wire.  I then inserted the feathers.  Most are loose stuck into the wreath; however, some I used hot glue to secure down.

Hot glue didn’t work to keep the “R” securely fastened so I used JB Weld and that baby hasn’t moved a bit!  I used a basic rope I found in the garage, cut it, for the string to hang.

The only thing I wish I could do was balance it a little bit more.  There is quite a bit of weight on the left side there and so it’s a little strange to hang, but overall was awesome to make!

Travel Size Pillowcase Covers…

Last month when my boss was visiting my office he noticed my awesome math pillows that I had made.  He was mesmerized and asked if I were for hire?  I told him that Incould be.  He further explained that he just loves his “My Piilows” and was in need of some travel size cases.  I told him I’d think about it.

Now my boss is of the outdoorsy type so while shopping at JoAnn’s I found some cute outdoorsy fabric combo.  I have at home a couple of travel “My Pillows” with the plain pillowcases so used that as my template.

I cut a 19″ x 28.5″ piece of main fabric and a 5″ x 28.5″ piece of matching fabric.

I folded the matching fabric and pressed in half the “hotdog” way, wrong sides together.

Then pinned the raw side of the matching fabric to the long side of the main fabric, right sides together.  Sewed using a 1/2″ seam allowance. and then pressed towards the main fabric.  Followed up with a top stitch, about a 1/4″ below my seam.

Finally matching right sides together, I pinned together 2 of the remaining sides, sewing a 1/2″ seam, unpinned and went back over and zigzagged stitched to prevent fraying since I don’t have a serger.

Turned right side out and pressed!

I matched them up to the “My Pillow” brand pillowcase and it was a perfect match!  Adding in the pillow, the case seems a little big, but I think it looks ok!

From the moment I started cutting until I did my last clip, took me about 30 minutes to complete bo cases.  I hope that my boss likes his surprise when they arrive at his office later this week.

Dr. Seuss Dress…

Last week or so I made this adorable little fish for my niece for Christmas. I have decided that we should have a theme for her for Christmas and went to work finding a pattern to see a amatchihg dress for her fish.  I settled on a Dr. Seuss theme.

I found the picnic dress pattern from the Cottage Mama here:

I found my  fabric and ric rack at

The dress sizes were either 12 month or 2T, so when cutting out the pattern I drew a line in between the 12 month and 2T lines for something that will be a suitable size for her in the spring/summer.  

The pattern was easy to cut out from the 1-yard of fabric I purchased.  It took me roughly 45 minutes to prep and cut all the fabric.  I didn’t quite have enough fabric for the bottom ruffle as outlined in the directions for the gathering technique described, so rather I used what I had and made pleat like portions for the ruffle.

I also put my pieces together differently than as directed.  I completed the bodice and yolk parts as instructed; however I attached the ruffle first before sewing the front to the back of the dress.  I had no problems attaching this way.  I als,o had extra ric rack from the top so I added ric rack to just above the ruffle.  Now that I think of it, adding a pocket to this dress would be so adorable!  

My aunt was an elementary school librarian before she passed while I was in my senior year student teaching of my undergrad degree.  She was my inspiration for becoming a teacher and highly influential.  Growing up she insisted on giving books for Christmas and really is my reason for loving to read as much as I do now.  I am determined to be that “educational” auntie for my niece Allie!  So with her dress and fish she will also be getting her very first set of Dr. Seuss books.  I can imagine now hanging out this summer reading to her in the grass under the sun with her picnic dress on!

Overall the pattern and directions were really easy to follow.  The dress itself took me around 2.5 hours from start to finish because I’m slow and wanted to take my time.  I’m also pretty proud of the nice straight lines I top stitched, certainly getting better and better!!  I love the tie straps so that are flexible for the summer as she grows!  My mom pointed out that she could wear with some cute leggings and a sweater during the cooler parts of spring/summer.  I hope my sister in law finds this as cute as I do!

Fall Table Runner…

Fall is in full swing and I finally have had time to have some me time and get my creative juices flowing!

I was at JoAnn’s Fabric store and was looking for fabric for the dog pillow I finished last week and came across a bundle of fall fat quarters and just couldn’t resist.  Further while there I found a pattern by Nancy Dill called “Stack Four Table Runner” which only required 4 fat quarters.  I was really excited to try this pattern out.



This past summer one of the neighbors was having an estate auction and moving.  Of course my husband was super interested in going.  We specifically found a large metal bucket that was full of brand new canning jars, we wanted it.


Wall Art!

Our bedroom is finally starting to feel more and more like my own bedroom, completed the way I WANT.  Last summer I dried a bunch of my flowers from my gardens and just so happen to have a book that was half eaten, thanks to my anxious dog, Zeus!


Word Wall

I do many word walls in my math classroom; however, while spending more hours on Pinterest I found a different kind of word wall almost using a scrabble kind of way.  I went to Michaels, with my husband, which is a mistake.  He is always in such a hurry.  Does anyone else have this problem?!!


Bridal Shower

Weeks of planning and staying up until the wee hours of the night on my birthday, but the bridal shower turned out beautifully!  I am so super excited to share these photos of the party.  Although there were 25 who responded with a yes, but only 15 showed up, it was still a great time.  On a side note rant…if you say you are going to be somewhere, you should be there.  Anyways, the groom-to-be joined in on the fun unexpectedly as well as participated in the events which made it all that much more fun.  My husband was the official photographer, so bare with him!!


Bird is the word!

There are so many things going on in my life right now, that I just needed a break to catch my breath and take a little me time.

I recently accepted a new job, my dream job.  A full time math teacher here at VCSU, I start on August 19th and I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to be a full time teacher!!  I also took on an adjunct teaching job with Globe University teaching College Algebra on Wednesday nights, which I start on July 17th, I am also ecstatic about this!

We are hosting my parents on the 4th of July, which should be fun and also planning the bridal shower which is slowly shaping into something, what I hope is beautiful!


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