Book Crates for Grace

Gracie’s bedroom has sat undecorated since we moved in. Poor girl had her room painted and then…nothing.

It’s time to work on Grace’s room.

I’ve been gathering ideas for two years and I’ve finally settled on a few details. One must was book shelves. I had a hard time finding a ready-made shelf that I liked. So I hit up pinterest and found a lot of good options. I found a look I liked and started mapping out the room.

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Child and dog were included to show scale. :)

I ordered six crates on (free shipping!). Once they arrived I stained them. In order to create a weathered look I first hosed down each crate, then I applied the stain. I wiped it off right away.

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Once dry it was time to plan their place on the wall. Each crate was different with base planks attached at different angles. To make sure they hung straight on the wall I traced the base planks and placed the top edge flat against the top of the piece of paper. I then used each of these sheets of paper to hang on the wall and make sure I got the vertical and horizontal alignment correct.

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I marked the nail holes and in call cases they weren’t in a straight line because of the crooked planks.

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The finished product came together nicely. I’m very happy with it. I have a lot more plans for Grace’s room. But for now I should style those shelves.

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From to Just Right

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My first plan was all wrong. I thought about it for months and then when I got right down to make it…fail!

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So I headed to plan B, which didn’t include any of the original supplies – so basically scratch!

  1. Laid out the plan on the wall
  2. Purchased wood: 3 3.5” x 36” boards
  3. Paint. I used the left over paint our builder left from Gracie’s room (before I repainted it).
  4. Sand and Polishphoto 3
  5. Measure out and screw in twill ribbon
  6. Tie on hooks (these were unused from one of my curtain rods)
  7. Attach hangersphoto 4
  8. TaDa!


I’m using it to hang the art work the girls make…how do you display your child’s art work?

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A Significant Stamp

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Last couple weeks my mom has been helping her siblings clean out my grandma and grandpa’s apartment. It has been over 2 years since Grandma died and now Grandpa is being moved into Memory Care.  They have a lot of stuff. In this two bedroom, two bath they fit a lot of memories. My mom, aunt and uncle worked hard to sort through everything and treasures were handed out. I got several and I’m so thankful for each of them. I had the blessing of being able to pick a few things out with my cousin Elise. As we politely asked each other for permission to take each thing it was nice to know she shared many of the memories and this made them real. We each found memories in particular items (snackster!) but also in different ones too. It was neat to run across a memory here or there that was unique to just me. That means we each had stolen moments with my grandparents – something that was our own.

When looking at the office I spotted several trinkets from our lives with grandma and grandpa:

–      Teeny tiny pencils that were sharpened and used for crossword puzzles until just the eraser remained

–      The clipboard grandma used in her chair to hold her crossword puzzles (yesterday’s too, if it wasn’t finished), scraps of news stories she wanted to share, quotes and funnies

–      The magnets that Grandma had on her fridge with each of the grandchildren’s names on them. They were nothing fancy, just a magnet with a piece of scrap paper and our name written in red sharpie.

–      The post it notes – I can’t believe they were saved! (and I’m so thankful) – that were placed on the wall in Grandma’s kitchen and marked each of our height with a date.

–      The travel logs, notebooks and calendars – Grandma was a record keeper. Love it!

One of the smallest treasures in that room is a stamp. It’s ironic that stamps are what I sell the most of in my shop. But it’s significant to me for two reasons.



This simple question mark is the symbol of the question Grandma and Grandpa always asked. All of the cousins and my aunts and uncles remember being asked “Know what?” by a zillion times: at every hug, phone call, and visit – in every card and note. The answer is quite simple but it took a few years for it to evolve to the response they were looking for:

Until probably Gracie’s age (2) we would be “caught” and say: “What?”

Grandma and Grandpa’s response: “I love you!” followed by an tight and loving squeeze.

Then until Ellie’s Age (4) we knew what they were going to say but we would mess it up: “I love you.”

And they responded faithfully and genuinely: “No, I love you”.

Finally we grew and could remember the response: “You love me”.

As an adult I’ve caught myself, my brother and my cousins asking my grandparents “Guess what?” and I always smile. It was especially touching to hear my grandparents ask Ellie “Guess what?” – My kids will definitely know the love of their great grandparents.


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My Grandma most definitely was plagued with the same quirks I have. The greatest maybe the projects stuck in our head – small and large. This little stamp is was most definitely a project stuck in her head. Something that she wanted to have for inking in cards and notes to us…but also something she wanted to make with her hands instead of buying. I love thinking about grandma with a knife or letter opener or maybe even the toothpicks that sat on her dining room table as she picked off the pieces of cork. I love thinking of my grandpa standing over her shoulder probably offering his help or professional advise (Grandpa was an engineer from his toes to the tip of his head). Grandma wouldn’t take it because part of the project was doing it herself.

I love that she made the top too as a label of sorts of what type of stamp this was. And I wonder…if in her head she had plans for others.


So happy to have this tiny little cork sitting on my shelf.





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Art Prints inspired by Baby E


Remember a while back when I was planning and scheming a wall art for Baby E? Well I finally have some drafts done and I’m so glad my bestie Erin loves them. It’s time to fill up this adorable striped but blank wall.  Erin provided me with the three quotes she wanted for word art. She chose some beautiful verses. Here is how I designed them…
















Erin also wanted a birth stat print for Baby Easton. These are not the EXACT prints (I’ve messed with his actual data) – you see these numbers will soon be used as passwords for diaper clubs, photo sites and bank pin numbers. :)



I came up with three designs. Erin has yet to pick her favorite. All of these prints and designs are available in the shop. And you can, of course, customize them to fit your style and colors.

You can shop all nursery prints here.

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