Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Simply DIY Indoor Hallway Signs


I was inspired for my DIY indoor hallway sign project by Destiny at Just Destiny when I saw her on the Nate Berkus show a few years ago. I absolutely love her projects and decorating ideas and I think the indoor hallway signs are adorable. I had to adapt my signs a little because I don't have any long hallways. I decided to make my signs and rather than having them face sideways, I would hang them with the front side showing. They worked perfectly in my house of no halls! I also used smaller plant hangers due to the size of my space. I do have tall ceilings so it worked perfectly but if you are limited on the space above your doors, they look very cute mounted by the side of the door toward the top. Make sure you hang them on the side opposite the door opening or the door will hit the signs when you open it. I have one sign left to make for my pantry, then I have some orders to fill!

wooden plaques (I bought mine at Micheal's)
cup hooks, one per sign
plant hangers, one per sign
acrylic paint, I used white but use your favorite color if you want
Annie Sloan dark wax

I began by painting my wood plaques with white paint. I applied 2 coats and waited for them to dry. I sanded around the edges when they were dry so my dark wax would make the wood look older. I also painted the backs of the signs.
The next step is the wording for your signs. You can order vinyl words for your signs (as Destiny did) but I'm too cheap frugal for that, so I selected my favorite computer program (Word) font and printed the words for my signs on plain white paper. I used an X-Acto knife and traced carefully around the letters, then placed the paper on the plaques and traced around the letters with a black Sharpie. After I had traced the letters, I used my Sharpie to enhance each letter. If you are facing your signs to the side, remember you'll need words on both sides. Since most of mine were facing the front, I painted the back of the signs, except the laundry sign.
Once the words were applied to the wood, I applied a small amount of Annie Sloan dark wax with a soft cloth to obtain a slightly aged look to the front and back of my signs. This is the back of my laundry sign that I will be hanging sideways (when my pantry sign is done) because I'd like to think I really do have one small hallway in my house.

My husband drilled the hole for each cup hanger, you will need one hanger per sign. Remember to center the hanger at the top of the sign so your sign will hang straight. The screws came with my plant hangers, so my husband hung the signs for me using a drill (I'm still banned from using the power tools).
I love this project, you can use any color of paint, choose your sign size and your plant hanger design. Make it your own and have some fun!

Love and peace,
~ Simply Tammi

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Simply Delicious Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

I think everyone in our family loves these little cookies! I remember helping my Grandma and Mom make these delicious cookies! I have seen different names for them, but we have always called them Peanut Butter Blossom cookies. They are yummy-licious!
1/2 c softened butter or shortening
1/2 c peanut butter (I use homemade peanut butter, recipe link below, or use your favorite brand)
1/2 c white sugar
1/2 c brown sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 3/4 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 bag of chocolate kisses (unwrapped) or you can use chocolate star candies
Mix the butter, peanut butter and sugars together. Add egg and vanilla and mix until blended. Add the dry ingredients and mix until dough sticks together. Roll dough into one inch balls with your hands then roll or dip in about 1/3 cup white sugar. Place on parchment covered baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes in a 325F oven. Carefully remove baking sheet and add a chocolate candy kiss or a chocolate star candy. Place back into the oven for 2-5 minutes, the chocolate candies should be shiny.
Let cool on a baking rack for about 10 minutes and remove from pan. Store in an airtight container. This recipe makes about 40 cookies. You might want to double the batch if you have cookie lovers in your family! If you're feeling brave, use your food processor to make some homemade peanut butter here's the link:
Simply Homemade Peanut Butter.

Love and peace,
~ Simply TammiPin It

Friday, March 28, 2014

Simply DIY Easter Eggs Garland or Wreath

This little DIY project started because my daughter wanted some Easter egg garland for her fireplace mantle. I found a cute little wreath on Pinterest and thought I would make the eggs and string them on ribbon for Easter garland. So the project began. I enjoy working on DIY projects but this one almost took me to the edge - haha!! It seemed so easy and I thought the eggs were cute but this was a more time consuming than I had planned and so messy that I almost gave up! My family made fun of me for a whole weekend because I would not stop until I got these little eggs done. I admit some of the issues were my own fault and I don't like getting my fingers sticky unless I'm making bread, so it'll be awhile before I work on another project like this! To make matters worse, I made my own liquid starch using cornstarch and water. The first batch was too thin, so I had to add more cornstarch and start over with my messing fingers, dipping and wrapping. Happy crafting!
Where to start:
embroidery floss (1 packet per balloon)
water balloons
1 c liquid starch and 1/2 c flour
  • I made 20 eggs so I blew up 20 water balloons. I used a few different sizes and they are in the shape of an egg after you blow them up. This was my first challenge, I don't like blowing up balloons.
  • Pour the liquid starch mixture onto a plate so you can dip the floss into it. This is messy. A tip to make your life easier. Make sure you unroll each floss package before you start dipping it, or you will have a big knot of floss.Yes, this happened to me several times before I figured it out!
  • Start wrapping the wet floss around the balloon until the you have used the package of floss. I would recommend you use some tension when wrapping, you don't want the floss loose. This took about 2 hours.
  • Lay the balloon on parchment or waxed paper and let them dry. It takes almost 24 hours for the eggs to dry.
  • Once the eggs are dry, pop the balloon with a pin and pull the popped balloon out of the egg using a pin or tweezers to remove all of the balloon pieces.
  • If you are making a wreath, I would hot glue the eggs together. I placed them in a shape of a wreath so you could see what it looks like. I think the wreath is cute.
  • The eggs can also be used as decorations around a candle holder, in a basket or glass bowl.
  • For my egg garland, I cut 3 1/2 yards of ribbon for the mantle and threaded the ribbon through each egg using a tweezers to pull the ribbon through to the other side of the egg. You can arrange them with space between or close together.
  • That's it. Sounds easy, doesn't it? They really are cute when they are done so it was worth all of the messiness and time but I'd rather be quilting - haha!!

Love and peace,
~ Simply TammiPin It