Thursday, March 31, 2011

You're Invited to a DIY Anniversary Celebration with 4 Parties!

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The past year with The DIY Club has been fun, creative, and crazy all at the same time. As one of the original founding members, aka Official DIY Gals, I can tell you that there is a lot of behind-the-scenes work that goes into The DIY Club. It is an honor and a privilege to work with my fellow DIY Gals, collaborate with talented DIY Club Resident & Dare Bloggers, and be inspired by all of the amazing DIY Club Members who link up every month at The DIY Club Project Party Monthly Contest.

With this special of a celebration, 1 party is NOT enough! We have 4 fun and creative linky parties lined up so that everyone can get linked up to one or more. I truly hope you can join us at all 4 parties from April 16-30...
Here at WhisperWood Cottage, we are hosting the Chalk Talk linky! That means all things chalk and chalkboard related. I've seen some amazing chalkboard projects out there, so get ready to link your previously created projects or get some new chalkboard projects created!

One lucky Chalk Talk party participant will win a trio of DecoArt's AMAZING chalkboard paint, which I can't get enough of!! You'll get the awesome black (with which I've done several projects) and the new ocean blue and bubblegum pink, which I haven't even tried yet!!Get your decoupage, white, earthy, and chalkboard projects ready and we'll see you at all 4 parties starting April 16!

So, will you celebrate with us?

RSVP by leaving a comment below or on the event Facebook page. Some of my "besties" have already RSVP'd on Facebook. Thanks, Girls! Have any tips, techniques, or recommendations for DIY chalkboard projects? Add to the WWC Facebook discussion! Would love it if all of you would include the button on your sidebar as well! Please invite your friends on FB & Twitter. It is a party, after all! The more the merrier!! Big hugs, Whisperers!!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

12 Examples of Vintage Signs in Contemporary Decor

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Hoooowdy! It's official! You are talking to one major fan of vintage signs! Here at WhisperWood Cottage, vintage signage of all forms (metal, wood, paper, etc.) are standard fare. In fact, there is no room in the cottage that does not currently have one or more vintage signs on the wall. 

This post is a mere sampling of some of my favorite pieces that have graced the walls throughout our home at one time or another. Each of them was discovered on one of my many junking adventures...and all in Minnesota! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do...

Vintage Royal Signage: A Crowning Touch in a Cottage Bedroom

Making History in the Master Bedroom

Guest Bedroom Changes: Vintage Sign & Dresser

Room for Rent

Reflecting on a Depression Era Sign
For the Record: Vinyl-Inspired Table for Two

WhisperWood Cottage Kitchen: How it Looks Today

So, what's your sign?
Are you a fan of vintage signs?
Which of the signs above is your favorite?
Is it the color, shape, texture, material, or typography that you like?

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Idea #2 for Linen Chalkboard Tape: Inspiration Board Label (and 1 Simple DIY Tip to Prevent the Need for Couple's Therapy)

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Here's a second idea for you after you Make Your Own Linen Chalkboard Tape. Idea #1 involved labeling drawers. This second idea incorporates the fabric covered bulletin board in our recent studio makeover.

After adding the craft paper chalkboard, I still had lots of room left on the bulletin board. 

The main purpose I created the bulletin board was to serve as a place to hang visual inspiration for projects around the house. I dove into my inspiration file and pulled out all the magazine pages I've saved over the years that include features I'd like to incorporate in our upcoming master bath reno.

I used the linen chalkboard tape above the inspiration photos to label the inspiration area. The text can easily be changed out when the next project comes up or if I have multiple projects happening at a time. Archival quality linen cloth tape is designed for use with artwork and photos, so it is easily removed and/or moved and it won't leave a mark on the fabric or anything else it comes into contact with.

The master bath reno is going to be a full tear-out, so it will be quite the job once we start. I'm nervous and excited about it all at the same time, because it will be such a major task. I want to make sure we have a plan in place and have the materials we need. Here's my current vision of what the space might look like...

I like to sketch out my ideas on paper and have inspiration sheets before I start any major project. The main reason is that it helps me convey my vision to my general contractor...aka, my hubby, Ron. :) It helps us to have a goal in mind so that we can determine the materials and tools needed. It also helps us not to argue over what I meant and what he thought he heard me say. It's a simple DIY tip to prevent the need for couple's therapy!

What's your process for planning major renovations?

P.S. Join us here for the Chalk Talk linky party April 16-30!

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Idea #1 for Linen Chalkboard Tape: Drawer Label

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If you saw the previous tutorial on how to Make Your Own Linen Chalkboard Tape, you will know that I promised you a few creative ways to use it. For this first idea, I decided the linen chalkboard tape would work perfectly as labels for my metal cabinet...

All those drawers with label holders and no labels! 

So after making the linen chalkboard tape, I cut off a section to fit in the label holder. In this case, I wanted to be able to remove the label easily, so I left the adhesive backing on it.

With the simply addition of numbers on each drawer's new chalkboard label, it's all ready for organization! I didn't get a full shot of the cabinet afterward, so you'll have to imagine the cabinet with labels on every drawer. Can you see it? Can ya'? Can ya'?

A couple more ideas for the chalkboard linen tape coming up!

In the meantime, I have a couple questions for you...

#1 I saw a couple etsy vendors who were selling chalkboard globes. They were pretty darn cool. What's the most creative thing you've made or seen that acts as a chalkboard?

#2 Y'all are invited to the Chalk Talk Party here April 16-30! Are you planning on linking up your chalkboard project(s)?

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Make Your Own Linen Chalkboard Tape (& a Save the Date notice)

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Have you realized I can't put down the chalkboard paint lately? This Americana Chalkboard Paint from DecoArt is so easy to work with that I almost can't stand it! So far I've done 3 projects that involve chalkboards made from paper! And they've all worked like a charm...
I keep thinking about what else can be turned into a chalkboard! After making my Stenciled Bird Candle Wrap using linen cloth tape last week, I wondered if it could be transformed into a chalkboard as well. Here's how I did it...


I started by putting down some craft paper to create a work surface. I then simply cut off a length of linen tape and used a foam brush to apply the paint to the tape.

After it dried, I used the long side of a piece of chalk to prime the surface and then use a rag from the Bag of Rags to wipe off the chalk.

Then I did several creative things with the new chalkboard tape. First, I cut a small piece and...

{to be continued...}


Did you know The DIY Club is celebrating its one-year anniversary this April? As one of the official DIY gals, I can say that you are ALL invited to the party!! There's an official invitation coming, but get your calendars marked for April 16-30!! Part of the fun is the Chalk Talk party here at WhisperWood Cottage. So, get your project ready for the Chalk Talk party and the DIY Club Anniversary Celebration, April 16-30!!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Workspace Showcase Features 3: Fabric Display & Storage

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Love this dreamy vintage gown and pearl display by The Robin and Sparrow!

Today, we're featuring more fantabulously creative bloggers who have linked up to the Workspace Showcase. You can see the first round of features here and second round here. Today is all about display and storage of fabrics! Check out these brilliant ideas and then link up your own space to the Workspace Showcase event thru March 31!

Check out this brilliant fabric storage idea by Missy at Little Green Bean.

Brilliant punches of color in Bekah's closet turned office over at Country Mouse Tales.

Cassie at Primitive & Proper is one lucky crafter/sewer with TWO walls of organization!!

Love the desk (hand-built by Jennifer's husband) and the unique fabric storage idea at Social Salutations!!

Thanks for linking up, ladies!
Please grab a "they love me at WWC" feature button...

WhisperWood Cottage

How about you? Care to share your workspace?

Whether you call it an office, studio, study, craft room, etc., we want to see where you create, work, or play. I'll be looking for more spaces to feature over the next few weeks! The party is open through March 31.

    Thursday, March 24, 2011

    Junk Jubilee Winner is...

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    The winner of the pair of tickets to Junk Jubilee is...

    Susan from...


    Congratulations, Susan! Please email me to claim your prize!

    Didn't win here? See if you won over at Junkologie...

    Wednesday, March 23, 2011

    Make Your Own Chalkboard Tags (from old business cards!)

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    I've been at the chalkboard paint again! No, not sniffing it, you silly! After the fun I had creating the Craft Paper Portable Chalkboard, my mind kept thinking about other things I could transform. As I perused my new studio space, my eyes alit on a stack of old business cards. Hmmmm.

    So, what started out as this...

    ...was transformed into this...

    I added a whole crew of these chalkboard tags to my vintage ladder and wire basket organizer. If I ever get around to actually putting these baskets to use, the tags will be easily editable.

    Want to make your own?...

    So, do you have your projects ready for the Chalk Talk party?
    See you here with your chalk & chalkboard projects starting April 16!!

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