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Charleston Tote

Oh Em Gee, it's been forever since I've blogged! Seriously yall ever since I got into proerty management back in July I have had zero time to craft and blog! This is acutally a project I did last year and never got around to blogging about it!

Burlap Jute/Tote $34.99

     Apolis Tote $68  

I've been dying to get a city tote once I saw one pop up online but i honestly didn't want to shell out that much when I was confident I could make it. I found this tote at Belk but Bed Bath and Beyond carries it now! This is short and sweet and so am I! So let's get started!

First, since I don't have a Cricket or Silhouette Machine, I printed off a blown up image of the font and then hand-cut my own stencil. . . which took long as hell since the font is smaller. . . but a margarita makes it go by a lot faster!
Then, I taped it down and just started dabbing the white fabric paint. Once it was dry, I peeled it back and viola! My own city tote!!! 


(As you can see from the photo, this was made last Fall at mine and John's old apartment.)

AR Workshop

I have found my tribe!
About a month ago, the amazing, Gillian Ellis of Coastal Bride sent me an invite to come check out the new DIY Workshop in Mount Pleasant, AR Workshop. Right when I walked in, I knew I was in heaven.

They had a retail station that consisted of jewelry, and candles; perfect for a quick gift grab. Also, an apron section, paint bar, and power tool station. They had all these different completed projects to choose from, including DIYs of their own! My personal favorite was the front reception area with the DIY Chalkboard Calendar Clipboards!!! #inlove
They had a group of us set up at one table and even had our own little station ready for the project we chose ahead of time. We had wood stain and paint options set up for us to choose from as well.
I love that we each chose something different from one another. I decided to go with Carolina in My Mind lyrics board. As far back as I can remember, my momma would always play James Taylor in the car; now if I ever feel homesick, I just put on James Taylor and I'm home :) I knew for a fact this project would be a great tribute to that.

1. We were first instructed to sand our pieces using a wood block with sandpaper wrapped around it.

2. After sanding, I put my 3 boards down as close together and used the nail gun to secure the brackets, hooks, and wire for hanging purposes.
3. Now for Staining, I decided to go with a brownish/grey and used the rag method to give that aged look.



4. As I waited for my board to dry, I picked out the precut letters of my stencil.

5. Once the letters were picked out, I used little strips of paper tape to cover the letters. Then, flipped it over and used a wooden block to rub over it so the tape and stencil would bind together. After that, I was able to pull off the stencil and attach it to the board.

6. We dabbed modge podge as primer to keep the letters sticking down so that the paint wouldn't run under the stencil.
:( Sorry y'all, after this step I was using Snapchat and forgot to save the photos :(
But after the modge podge, I just dabbed the paint, I decided to go with a nice yellow for the Carolina part and the popular sea foam blue (that everyone used haha) for the James Taylor part.

 The perfect piece to tie my gallery wall together! Yay!!!
Plus the Hello sign is a DIY from Dollar General for only $8 I spray-painted orange for that perfect POP of color ;)
Needless to say, this is probably one of my favorite projects; especially working with such amazingly, talented women :)
Here’s a group shot of finished projects.  Be sure to check out the other bloggers that DIYed with me: Coastal Bride | Fashion and Fishing | A Lowcountry Wedding Coastal Kelder
Not pictured: Me :) and Pie Crust & Pixie Dust,