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Real Wedding: Jodee + Alex’s Rustic Wedding Stationery

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Burlap and kraft paper. I’m in crafting heaven.

Jodee and Alex were married this past weekend and what a lovely affair it was.

Leading up to the nuptials I had the honor of creating their wedding stationery.  The wedding featured burlap textiles and khaki tones with soft pink accents all in a gorgeous outdoor setting complete with my very favorite flower: baby’s breath.

So much fun it was to be a part of their special day, from planning the details, making their stationery, celebrating at her bridal shower, partying during the bachelorette weekend, coordinating on the day of, and most of all, standing at her side as they said “I do.”

I can’t wait to see their photos to relive the day with them over and over, but for now we can enjoy the stationery.

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And here’s the card I made for us to sign for the lovely couple:

Love Wedding Card | Tiffany Lane

Love Wedding Card | Tiffany Lane

Stick around the blog and check back often for their wedding photos.  I can’t wait to see them and you know I won’t hold out on you for long!

Did you miss a few of my planning posts along the way?  Not to worry, catch up here!

Are you in the market for stationery or rustic home decor?  I hand make all sorts of things: cards, invitations, book marks, tags, jar labels, burlap and paper garlands, and wall decor.  Check out my Etsy shop, Tiffany Lane Creations, and feel free to message me with any questions regarding custom orders.

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DIY: Rustic Framed Chalkboard

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

It’s been way too long since I’ve posted a DIY for you guys and I also waited way too long to make this!

Materials
sound/particle board/ply wood (something with a smooth surface)
wood trim
chalkboard paint
paint brush
nails
wood glue (optional)

wall mounts

Tools
saw
sander/sand paper

hammer

What To Do

Saw your sound/particle board to size or have your local hardware store cut it for you.  I know The Home Depot will saw materials for free upon purchase. Mine is 24″x36″.

Now it’s time to paint the board so the first coat can dry while you cut the trim.  You want long, smooth strokes here so it’s as smooth as possible, paying attention to the edges.  Be sure to paint the sides too since they may show a little from certain angles (I forgot this part and had to go back after I was done, oh well!).  You will need at least two coats of paint, so after the trim is cut and the allotted time (per your specific paint’s instructions) has passed, go ahead and apply the second coat.

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

For your wood trim, decide how you want the corners to come together (i.e. both corners angled like most picture frames or both squared like blocks). For ease and preference, I decided on squared corners.  Next, measure your wood trim to size and saw. My length trims are 37″x3.5″ and width trims  20.75″x1.75″.

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

My width trims are thinner than my length trims simply because I repurposed an old piece of wood for the trims and it was not long enough to wrap all the way around the sized backing I wanted.  So we cut off the lengths from the piece of wood then cut one piece for the width, which we then sawed in half lengthwise.

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

Time to sand your freshly cut edges (and any other sides that need sanding)…

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

…then arrange your trim pieces where you want them directly on your painted board. Because I wasn’t exactly sure how much overhang of the trim I wanted, we opted to wait and do a final cut of the smaller width trims until we arranged the pieces on the board.

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

In the shot below you can see how much overhang we have; about 1.5 inches on the length edges and a .5 inch on the widths.

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

Once your trims are perfectly sized and placed (and after you’ve applied the second coat of paint and it’s dried), start adhering them to your board.  You can use the wood glue here in place of or in addition to nails.  We opted for no glue because I was getting impatient and I figured the nails would suffice, but looking back I should have opted for the glue for security.  Apparently the particle board we used doesn’t take well to nails (they don’t hold in very tightly), so we ended up using more nails than I had planned on.  While the trims are secure now and I am not concerned about them falling off the wall, I am a little worried if we ever move, I’m not sure they’ll hang on during transit. Use your judgement. If in doubt and you have more patience then me, use the glue!

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

Here are the nails I used.  I like them because they’re a little more rustic and not so shiny like they were freshly manufactured. This is important because the nails will show if you put them through the trim. If you put them through the backing, they either may not go through the trim enough to hold it up, or the end of the nail will push through the trim. In the latter case, you could hammer the the nail tails sideways into the wood, which could look cool too.

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

Now before you get all crazy and start writing all over your board, you need to condition it.  The paint I used instructed to wait three days before conditioning to allow the paint to set.  After conditioning, I can write on it, but have to wait seven days (from painting day – not an additional seven days) before wiping it down with a damp cloth for cleaning.

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

Almost there! Before you can hang this baby on the wall, you’ve got to attach your wall mounts.  We used two standard picture hanging mounts, one in each corner.  Be sure you note the weight capacity of the mounts before buying, your chalkboard probably isn’t as light as a standard picture.  Measure your placement from the top and sides to make sure both mounts are aligned correctly.  Once the mounts are attached to your board, measure from the top of the trim to the middle of your mount and note the measurement (this will be helpful once you’re ready to hang it). 

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany LaneHold the board against the wall where you want to hang it, and mark the wall with a pencil where the top and sides of the board are.  Now measure your wall from the ceiling, noting how far down and in the mounts are on your board, then mark on the wall where the nails should go.  Once the first nail is in, I would remeasure to be sure before you nail in the second. If you measured correctly, your board should fit on the wall nicely!

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

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Photography: Learning to Use Our DSLR

So we just splurged.  Which is big for me, since, ya’ know, I’m so frugal and all. But figuring it will be both of our birthdays and Christmas presents for this year, it’s not so bad.

Along with this new camera, though, means learning how to use it. Yes, in auto mode it will still take much better photos than my point and shoot. But it seems a little bit of a waste to spend quite a chunk of money on something that’s meant to be used in manual, just to “point and shoot” like I pretty much was before.

It’s a lot.  Learning all the different modes and buttons, then understanding how they interact and affect each other.  Little by little I’ll catch on and add one more button or mode to my repertoire. And it helps that hubby has done a ton of research and loves to play around with it.  He will definitely be my guide through the process.

For now, I’ll share some photos I took over the weekend while photographing Alex and Jodee’s wedding stationery (you’ll have to wait a little while to see those), and what better subjects than burlap ribbon and twine?

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Periodically I’ll share my photos here with you and hopefully we can learn from each other. Do you have a DSLR?  I’d love your feedback and any general tips you’ve got. Learning is all about gathering knowledge from all over.  Everyone has a different take and style.  You’ll quickly catch on that I love shooting with really shallow depths of field.

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DIY: Hanging Produce Baskets

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For our next installment in honor of March National Craft Month, I’ve got one well worth the effort!

I’d been searching for a rustic, three tiered produce rack for our kitchen and couldn’t find the one, but I had found some pretty great baskets and figured I could just make one.  Why not?

This project will be a little quicker if you already have a ceiling hook you can use.  I didn’t, so I had to install that first.  I’ve outlined the DIY below, from what you’ll need to what you need to do.

Total Time: 2 hours

Approx. Cost: $40 (depending how expensive your baskets are)

What You’ll Need

heavy duty swivel hook kit (for ceiling hook)
drill w/ bit & screwdriver tips (for ceiling hook)
2-3 baskets
60-80 feet of twine (I used about 70 feet)
scissors
ruler
4-6 feet of 1/2 inch rope (more or less depending how high your ceilings are)
garden shears (or large, heavy duty scissors)
2 sets of 1/2 inch metal rope clamps
hammer
1 steel anchor shackle (mine is galvanized. you could also use any other type of hook (a j hook would be cool))

 

What To Do

If you need to, first install your ceiling hook.  I got my kit at Lowe’s for just a few bucks and already had a drill set at home.  Simply follow the instructions provided in the kit.

For your actual hanging baskets, the first step is to attach your baskets together with twine.  Figure out how much space you want between the baskets (allowing extra for tying), do a little measuring and cut your twine to length.  For the twine in between the bottom and middle baskets, I cut mine to 32 inches, and to 24 inches for in between the middle and top baskets.  Be sure to double up your twine when tying because you’ll need the extra support, so you need to cut 8 pieces of the same length twine, not 4, for each length.  As you tie the twine to the baskets, string two pieces through the top edge on one corner of the bottom basket and tie them into a knot over the top edge on the same corner of the next highest basket.  You will end up with four strings of twine in each corner of each basket.  Continue until all baskets are tied together.  Don’t worry about perfecting the balance just yet.  Once it’s hanging with some weight in it, you can more easily tell if it is lopsided, then retie some of the knots.

hanging produce baskets - tiffany lane

hanging produce baskets - tiffany lane

Next, hold the baskets over your counter until you find the right height, then measure for the rope, adding about 6 inches to each end because you’ll need to fold it over to create loops for hanging.  Cut your rope to length (garden shears work well) then get your rope clamps and hammer.  Lay the rope on a very hard surface, preferably cement, and  align the first clamp at one end.  Hammer the edges down over the rope until secure.  Fold the rope to create a small loop, leaving it big enough to fit your attachments (ceiling hook and anchor shackle).  While the rope is still held in a loop, align the second clamp in place adjacent to the first clamp and hammer like the first.  Do the same to the other end of the rope.

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Holding the rope in the same sized loop as before so the clamps line up next to eachother, use your duct tape to tightly tape them together over the metal clamps.  Do the same to the other end.

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Take the twine and using the end, wrap it once around the rope at the edge of the tape and tie a knot.  Then continue wrapping the twine – tucking the ends of the knot underneath the layers – until all the duct tape is covered and tie a knot at the end, trimming the loose ends of the knot.  Do the same to the other end.

hanging produce baskets - tiffany lane

Attach one end of the rope to your ceiling hook and attach the anchor shackle to the other end.

hanging produce baskets - tiffany lane

hanging produce baskets - tiffany lane

hanging produce baskets - tiffany lane

Now it’s time to attach your baskets.  Hold them from the top basket again to measure how much twine you’ll need from the edge of the top basket to the anchor shackle, allowing extra for tying (I cut mine to 18 inches) and also doubling up the twine again, so cutting 8 pieces to length  not 4.  Attach the baskets, feeding the twine through at each corner of the top basket and tying to the anchor shackle.

Almost done!  You’ll want to fill your baskets with some produce (or other heavy items) to test for balance.  Identify any corners that need to be either loosened or tightened until all baskets are level.  Mine was pretty lopsided at first and it took me about 20 minutes to get it into balance because I needed to take all the produce out of the baskets to re-tie one corner, then put the produce back in for testing.  Totally worth all that effort though!

hanging produce baskets - tiffany lane

And since you’re all so creative, I bet you could come up with tons of other ways these baskets could be used!  In a bathroom with towels.  In a corner over a decorative table with books or greenery.  The sky’s the limit!  Wait, I  guess the ceiling is the limit (cheeky smile).

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Pretty Packaging: Retail

I’ve done a couple packaging posts in the past (alliteration much?), but this one focuses purely on retail packaging.  So many times I find myself in a store, and not caring about the things they’re selling, but merely appreciating what they come in (and what they’re displayed on – Anthropologie much?). So here’s to pretty-clean-simple-rustic and all around nice to look at retail packages:

[Image Credits: V:Brew via The Dieline | Cullisse Rapeseed Oil via Lovely Package | PB & J via Jessie Harte | Beer Cans via PZRServices | Monogram Tags via Graphic ExchanGE | Saxton Cider via Elephantine | Soy Candle via Graphic ExchanGE | Pumpkin Whoopie Pie via Williams-Sonoma | Spices via Birdsong Gregory | Perfume Oils via For Strange Women | White Fig & Balsamic Jam via Flickr ]

Do you find yourself admiring packaging too?

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Two New Burlap Home Decor Items Available for Purchase!

With the urge of my husband and a few friends, I’ve decided to make two of my homemade wall decor items available for sale in my Etsy shop, Tiffany Lane Creations, woo hoo!

First up, my burlap bulletin board you might have seen here a few times in my craft room:

And my bible verse burlap wall decor:

Check out the listings, like them, pin them, and hopefully you or someone you know will purchase one or both of them!

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Home Decor: New Craft Room

Here’s a peak at my new craft room since we’ve moved.  The layout of the room is a little different, so the bed is no longer underneath the window, which I like.  My desk is the same layout, just mirrored, and I’ve changed the  comforter on the guest bed back to what I used in high school, which my mom sewed for me.  I love the corduroy!  Take a look:

Since the kitties joined me while taking photos, I took a couple shots of them too!

If you want to see what my craft room looked like before, check out my very first blog post and these other posts about my craft room.

Do you have a craft room?  What does it look like?

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