Chalk Signs for a Summer Wedding

I’m going to start posting some of the random artsy things I find myself doing from time to time. Here’s a recent project I did for the wedding of my two friends this summer. They had a beautiful ceremony at their home, and I was so excited to be able to contribute in some way! Here’s a few photos I snapped before taking them over the day of the wedding:


Sparkler send off


Welcome sign, order of events


Revers of the two signs, with a thank you for attending featuring the couple’s cat Lilah, and a message for the ceremony seating.


…and of course a menu.

This was a really fun low-key project this summer! We had a wonderful time spending the evening among friends in a beautiful setting, celebrating the joy between the bride and groom as they started their new lives together.


Hallway Photo Ledge

My house is built so that all the rooms are in a row, with a long, extra-wide hallway in the middle. This hallway is so wide, that you can leisurely walk down it side-by-side with your husband like a big weirdo, or with your arms out and elbows bent so you look like a robot. What I’m saying is, this hallway is wide and affords us a lot of wall space for hanging art. This last weekend, I cooked up a $0 project that I’m pretty darn proud of.

Behold, our new photo ledge:

Easy DIY Photo ledge

This ledge was built with 100% found items in my garage. The wood is two long scraps of butcher block IKEA countertop Kyle’s mom had left over from a project at the cabin. The L-shaped brackets (which you can see peeking out in the center of the top shelf) came with the Ikea countertop, too. This project involved a chop saw, table saw, sander, and a drill. I also cut a thin groove down the entire length of the boards so the artwork won’t slip off if I happen to run down the hallway racing Osa (not infrequent in my house). Once I sanded these down, I finished  up by coating them with teak oil for a really light, natural look.

More details:

Easy DIY Photo ledge

Close-up detail of the groove I cut along the shelf, with a table saw, and all by myself: IMG_9369

Speaking of using scary tools, I’ve been having a lot of fun using our new table saw my parents gave us for Christmas! It’s already come in handy for a number of projects, and I’m finally getting more comfortable putting it to use. Thanks, mom and dad 🙂

I’m really excited to continue to style these ledges and have them easy to change around whenever I like. This is the perfect solution for someone who gets restless with decor if it sits too long! I’ll probably try to mix short and tall prints, photos and books to add a bit more variety – though I’m currently loving these cute square photo prints from Parabo Press. The quality of the print and the heavier stock of the matte paper is fun for displays, and Parabo just announced that they are now permanently offering 25 FREE prints in the 4″ square size. Free. Click here to order some. 

And if you’re wondering what else is going on in my luxuriously wide hallway, here are the other gallery wall sections of the area, and a shot of the entire hallway leading to the bedrooms:


This year, we dressed down for Valentine’s Day

Below: how I dressed for work vs how I dressed for our vday date.   This year we decided to stay in and make a nice meal while wearing sweatpants. It didn’t stop us from breaking out the fine china, though: 

Happy Valentine’s Day!