DIY Lighted Wooden Christmas Trees

I’m so excited to be participating with the girls at remodelaholic again in another challenge. This time it is Christmas themed. And, I’ll have to be honest, up until they proposed this challenge, I hadn’t even thought about Christmas! HA! I’m glad for the challenge if nothing else to get my mind revved up for all things Christmas! (be looking for lots more coming to the blog this month!) Be sure to hop on over to Remodelaholic to see more of the Creative Christmas Challenge and to check out the link party which will include so much more inspiration. Also, be sure to scroll through to the bottom of this post for links to all other projects in this challenge. And, the girls at Remodelaholic will be sharing Creative Christmas inspiration all week!! Just in time to get things ready for Christmas at your house!

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September 2017 In Review

Hey there! So two things. One – I had a totally different post planned for you this week, but the cloudy weather changed my plans (very hard to photograph with no natural light). Two – I haven’t done one of these in a while, so I thought it would be good for today!
September 2017 in review at frazzled JOY
Fall is finally here and I am so glad!! Along with the rain with had this week came cooler temperatures. Yay for sweater and boots! How is it possible though that September is mostly gone?? I swear, the older I get the faster time flies by.
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Easy and Cheap DIY Chalkboard

Hey friends!! I hope you enjoyed your extra-long weekend! My daughter was home from college so that made my weekend awesome!! I don’t know about you, but I have been in a bit of a funk watching all of the news from Houston. The devastation is truly unreal. If you are from that area or have people you know from there, know that our prayers are with you as you process this and work through the rebuilding. Much love to you Texas. I also put my oldest on a plane last week to head back to Boston for his SENIOR year of college. Honestly, it seems like yesterday that we were moving him in for the first time. I’m so proud of him, and thankful for all the opportunities God has blessed him with over the last three years, but it’s never easy to say goodbye. I needed a distraction, so when I got home from the airport I dove into a craft.
Easy and Cheap DIY Chalkboard
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DIY Chevron Backdrop

Okay, so like a week ago I shared with you my burlap wreath.  And, my frustration over how well it blended in with the brick.  I was so bummed and had hit a brick wall {ha!}.  Then, as I walking in the back yard, I spotted this.
This was our attempt at building a “door” for our small shed to keep the dog out.  It never stayed together the way we intended, the dog ran away :(, and we took it down.  I asked my husband not to throw it out last summer because “I might use it”… and here it has sat since then.  {have I mentioned our back yard needs lots of work?}
So, I started in tearing it apart.
And then cutting it up.  I decided I didn’t really want it that long, so I thought I would cut the pickets in half.  But, then I didn’t want only one end to have the points, so I decided to cut those off too.  And then I put it back together using the same 1×2’s to anchor the pieces together.
Remember this wood wasn’t perfect to begin with and it had been sitting outside for months through all the elements.  Perfectly imperfect!!
 
I had grand plans for this piece.  I love the look of chevron and you remember I shared this picture with you.  
source: MadeByGirl
So….I read several tutorials on how to make chevron stripes and finally thought I had it figured out….sorta.
For the background color, I used the white paint that I used to paint my built-ins, and doors for a cohesive look that I might be able to use year around.  Remember, I’m not worried about it being perfect so I just slapped the paint on there, not bothering with the holes, or getting complete coverage.  
Then for the chevron design.  I’m so not one for measuring more than necessary so I decided to use the planks for the vertical lines and use a yard stick for the horizontal lines.  Honestly I wasn’t sure how wide I wanted the stripes to be.  I’ve told you before I’m a VERY visual person.  So I decided to just use the width of the yardstick to make horizontal lines across the whole piece.  I would decide after which ones to use. 
Then I brought out the tape and starting making the angles.  Simply choose how many “rectangles” wide you want the stripe to be and how many “planks” long you want the stripe to be and you have your angle.  Okay – seriously – I was majorly winging it.  🙂  The taping part can get a little tricky – don’t get in too big of a hurry.  I’m soooo impatient so yes this was hard for me, but luckily it was a small piece.  The big spaces are where you will paint, and the small spaces will stay the original color.  Make sure you press down the edges of the tape to prevent the paint from seeping under.
I decided to use the wall color that I used in my living room, again to achieve a cohesive look.  Again, not worried about perfection, {but not wanting the paint to bleed under the tape} I painted on a fairly light coat.  By the time I got to the end of the board I was almost giddy!!  I couldn’t wait to pull the tape…
so I didn’t!!!  Look at the finished product!!
It is exactly how I envisioned!!  

I was left with quite a few pencil lines on the white paint.  


Nothing that a damp rag won’t remove, especially if you make your lines as light as possible.

Now, it is fairly heavy so I plan on mounting a nice picture hanger wire to the back.  My hubby had installed a screw into the brick years ago for me to hang things on.  Then I will use a command hook on the board to be able to hang things {like my wreath} on the front of the board.  Perfect imperfection!!  LOVE!! 

This will give you an idea of what it will look like.


I hope to get my mantel spruced up sometime this week, so I can share with you the complete look.  But, let’s get real folks – it’s spring break ;)!!

Blessings to you and yours!!

Linking up 

at Beneath My Heart
best of march

and here at

Time to Shine Party

and at It’s Overflowing
Overflowing with Creativity

and here

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