Giant Rulers — with your name on them.

These are just plain awesome. What could make them better? Personalizing them. Yes. The extra time and effort make such a difference …

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I shortened the lines by about one inch to make room for the letters, which were sized (on my computer) to be the same height as the numbers. I didn’t want them to dominate completely… although they do really steal the show. In a good way. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Right?

personalized ruler

 

As a side note, I LOVE paint pens. They make this project so easy and convenient. No smearing or smudges from stencils, and good points on my letters and lines. Beautiful.

Brag post has concluded. πŸ™‚

~ The Woodworker’s Wife

 

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Chalkboard Shapes – our DIY gallery

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What do you think of our shapes? I love them all – especially the quote bubble. We’ve sold more than a few of these in the shop already and we’re working on more! Chalkboards are fun and easy (if you have the patience with painting several coats!) and they are so great to use around the house. I’m thinking the nieces and nephews might be getting these for birthdays this year…

What other shapes should we add to the gallery? Trains? Fire Trucks?

~ The Woodworker’s Wife

Crates — born from old door casings!

I have something special to show you here! I know, to the average person it just looks like more crates… (How many can one house use, anyway!!!) but these are unique. They are a mere 12″ square, which makes them the PERFECT size for magazines, books, kids stuff, groceries … the list goes on! But the really neat thing about them is that they are constructed from Fir boards that were grooved and cut to fit at the top of door casings. We found them in bundles down at our favorite hardwoods store. πŸ™‚

Aren’t they adorable?? I’m just in love. Can’t decide if I want to stain them (to bring out those cool grooves) or paint the inside a bright color like some of my inspiration photos! What do you think?

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Fir has a strong grain, and normally it would be a terrible choice for nailing together like this. In this case, they are all straight grain since they were prepared specifically for a doorway. Perfect! They went together quickly and easily, unlike barnwood, which has to be straightened, planed, and cut before assembly.

Would you paint these or stain them? Leave me a comment below!

~ The Woodworker’s Wife

Sharing Barn Wood Ornaments

These were painted by our 5 year old nieces! As you can see, they are creative with color.

These were painted by our 5 year old nieces! As you can see, they are creative with color.

This is just for your enjoyment. Our five-year-old twin nieces painted these one evening at our house. They selected the designs and then went wild with color. After they were finished, I applied a layer of ModPodge over the top to seal in the glitter. It worked! As a bonus, it added a bit of a shine as well.

As you can see, the creative bug runs in the family. πŸ™‚ Β What creative things does your family do for the Holidays?

~ The Woodworker’s Wife