Painted crayon mason jars are a quick craft for back to school or even a teacher appreciation gift. It's back to school time here in New England and I thought I would share a fun craft to get you in the spirit. This can be done with your kids or on your own. I am breaking painted crayon mason jars down into 5 easy steps.Read More
Garbage disposals aren't glamorous to talk about but let's face it I never want to have a kitchen without one. While I was renovating my kitchen Moen was kind enough to send me a garbage disposal for my new farmhouse sink. I was super excited about this because my current garbage disposal wasn't in the best shape. It was a combination of the old owners and user error on my behalf. Mainly coffee grounds. I had no idea that coffee grounds were bad for garbage disposals. Coffee grounds can build up in the drain pipes and eventually clog your pipes.Read More
One thing about farmhouse decor that seems to be consistent is farmhouse signs. Today I rounded up 11 DIY Farmhouse signs. This weekend I went to the Vintage Bazzar in Eliot Maine and let me tell you every time I turned a corner I saw more of these signs. They seemed to range from $35 upwards to $195 depending on the size. Yup the same signs I have been making in my basement for years. (On a side note I think I need to start selling signs). Well if you want to save some cash and put in the time I want to show you guys 11 signs that you could make next weekend.Read More
My kitchen renovation is just about done I just need to finish decorating it. I thought I would share with you today 15 of my favorite farmhouse kitchen decor items on Amazon. If you're like me you are either yardsale hopping or at the flea looking for farmhouse decor every weekend. Well ever since the Fixer Upper phenomenon it can be few and far between in finding vintage farmhouse decor. So for my kitchen, while I am still on the hunt for vintage items, I turned to online to find some decor that fits my style.Read More
Yes you read that right! Today I am going to show you how we installed peel and stick glass tiles. When I was in Georgia last summer I saw a demo from Aspect Tile and I could not believe that they had peel and stick glass tiles. I knew this was exactly what I wanted to do in my kitchen renovation.
Let me just remind you of how my kitchen looked before we started renovations. You can check out all the progress so far here.Read More
Today is the day. I am no longer in my twenties. Jeez that was hard to say. It’s funny because I still feel like I just finished up high school or college. I don’t feel like this adult that I apparently am. I thought we could do something fun today where you get to know me a little bit more. So how about 30 things you may have not known about me.Read More
We are in the home stretch of the renovation! Now I didn’t love how the cabinets didn’t go to the ceiling and I just couldn’t get over it. I know there was something that could be done but I also knew that I didn’t know how to do it myself and neither did my dad. So I headed over to the hardware store. Now I just happen to have one worker there that is my go to. He’s in school to be craftsman (not sure if that’s the right term) but he always seems to know the answers instead of looking at me like I have 3 heads.Read More
Today I am so excited to share with you guys my farmhouse style master bedroom! Now this has been a long time coming. I have been in my house for almost a year and a half and I was still rocking my bedroom furniture from my college apartment. It was time to move on and finally create a space that reflects where I am in my life today, dare I say encroaching 30!Read More
Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner and it just happens to be one of my favorite holidays. Who doesn't love a reason to eat queso and drink tequila?! When I was in my early 20's I would always go out and make a night out of Cinco de Mayo. No matter what day of the week it was. But now that I'm a little bit older I look for ways that I can celebrate at home with friends.Read More
Today the guest room is finally getting a little love. After almost a year of just having a bed in this room I picked up some unfinished pine night stands. I left them assembled in the room for a few months knowing I wanted to do something fun with a pop of color and maybe a texture.Read More
The month of April is almost over but we still have a few days left to celebrate Earth Month. Let's just think about that for a second... Why don't we take time to appreciate and care for our Earth all year round. Today I am partnering up with Tom's of Maine to talk about the #LessWasteChallenge.Read More
The time has come! It's time to paint some cabinets. Today I am going to walk your through step by step how I painted my oak cabinets with DecoArt Satin Enamel paint. Now if you haven't been following along on my kitchen renovation make sure to to check out all the projects here. Including cleaning cabinets with TSP, removing backsplash, finishing the butcher block countertops, installing butcher block and installing a farmhouse sink.Read More
Everything but the kitchen sink.... or so it seemed. I am elbows deep in my kitchen renovation and all I've ever wanted is a farmhouse sink but I was truly finding it to be problematic. See most farmhouse sinks require a custom cabinet that was made for the an apron front sink. No matter the research I was doing or trying to figure out my cabinet situation I was just having no luck. Not to mention farmhouse sinks can run you upwards of $1,200. So to keep this kitchen on budget and to keep my plans of painting the oak cabinets I turned to trusty old Ikea.Read More
Today I am showing you guys how to build a farmhouse wood sign. With the farmhouse style blowing up over the last year I am seeing these signs everywhere from hobby lobby to etsy. They can be pricey but yet they are fairly simple to make. I am going to show you guys how to make them today and you can learn how to stencil them here.Read More
Some days you just feel like crafting and some days you just want it to feel like Spring. This is one of those days. Today I want to show you guys one of my first Cricut projects, "It's a beautiful day" Spring wreath sign. I was stuck at home during a snow day last week dreaming of Spring weather. Well I decided to make my own beautiful day.Read More
I just got my Cricut Explore Air 2 and I have been non-stop crafting since it has arrived. Of course I want to tell you all about the Cricut and also some tips I learned to help get you started.
What is a Cricut?
A Cricut is a machine that allows you to cut. Think of it as a printer but instead of ink it uses a fine blade to cut what would normally print. And it doesn't only cut you can also use a pen to write or the scorer tool to score.
Today let's talk how to install Ikea butcher block countertops. We are back at it here with the kitchen renovation and finally my ugly black formica countertops are sitting in a dump somewhere and no longer haunting me! So before we get started let's make sure you read up on how I finished these countertops with spar varnish to protect it from water, warping and stains.Read More
The kitchen renovation is in full swing here and today I am going to walk you guys through how to finish Ikea butcher block counter tops. Now what do I mean finish don't you just go to Ikea then install those counters? Well you could but chances are this time next year your counter tops would be full of stains and could have some water damage. To avoid this the best thing to do is to seal the counters with a spar varnish. In this case I used Helmsman to seal my Hammarp counters.Read More
Today marks the end of an almost three year party for Creative Spark. But all parties must end at some point right? We have loved every moment of hosting and getting to know bloggers from all around the world. You have all completely inspired us and helped spark creativity. As our blogs grow it becomes a bit of a balancing act and in order to keep creating great content that stand out in the clutter of the internet. I felt like I needed to give something up in order to focus on upcoming projects. I truly will miss hanging out with you guys each and every week but lets go out with a band with one final link up!