DIY: Yarn and Nail Art

Yarn and Nail Art | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Since Christmas time, these blank planks of wood have been hanging on our living room wall staring at me. You may recognize the piece from our Christmas decorations this past year. My handy husband built the piece out of an old fence that blew down during one of our crazy storms a few years ago. I’ve been wanting to do something with it, but I’ve had some serious commitment issues. Not knowing what to paint/write/create, I was worse than a teenage girl choosing an outfit.

Yarn and Nail Art | Simply Mrs. Edwards

While driving home the other night I heard the song One Thing Remains by Jesus Culture come onto the radio. I love the lyrics, which always serve as a reminder that no matter the challenges of the day, God’s love is endless and always there. I had an ah-hah moment when I remembered the blaringly blank wood planks hanging on our living room wall!

A while ago, I found this photo via Pinterest and knew I wanted to try the yarn and nail letters somewhere. I figured that this was a great time to do so! This project turned out way better than I anticipated!

DIY Yarn & Nail Art 

Supplies needed:

  • A piece of wood or a blank wall where you’d like to create your piece
  • Nails (I used 1.5″ nails) & a hammer
  • Your words printed out on paper
  • Ruller, scissors, tape, chalk & a ballpoint pen
  • Craft paint & paintbrush
  • Yarn

Step 1: Measure out your working area and create your saying in Word or Illustrator. We used this free font from Dafont for the cursive letters and Helvetica Neue for the bold LOVE. My hunky husband created the words in Illustrator for me so that we could get the sizing perfect.

Yarn and Nail Art | Simply Mrs. Edwards

To make sure that my words were straight and spaced evenly, I drew a line along the bottom of each word and simply lined the guide-lines up and spaced the words 1″ apart. You’ll want to tape everything down once you get it situated (if you’re going to paint any of your words like I did, you can hold off on taping those ones).

Yarn and Nail Art | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Step 2: To create your nail outline, simply nail through your paper. You’ll want to be sure to place a nail on every corner of each letter and about every 2 inches in between. For the O, I just kind of eye-balled it, since there aren’t any corners (I actually added more nails to the outside of the O than what are pictured below). I tried to nail all the nails in evenly, leaving about 3/4″ sticking out. Once you get all of your nails in you can tear the paper away. There may be little bits of paper stuck beneath the nails, you can pull them out with your fingers or tweezers if you’re picky.

Yarn and Nail Art | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Step 3: Grab your yarn…

Yarn and Nail Art | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Tie a knot on one nail and begin wrapping! I found it helpful to wrap all the way around the perimeter of the letter and then go back and fill in. There’s not really any specific way to do this, just make sure to cover the entire area and go back around the perimeter a few times at the end. You’ll finish by tying another knot around a nail and trimming your ends.

Yarn and Nail Art | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Yarn and Nail Art | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Yarn and Nail Art | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Step 4: Now, it’s time to transfer your letters for painting (I’ve shown you this technique before over here). Flip your piece of paper over, grab a piece of chalk and cover the letters with a thick coat.

Yarn and Nail Art | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Position your words again, tape them down to secure, and trace with a ball point pen. 
Yarn and Nail Art | Simply Mrs. Edwards

This will leave a slight impression in your wood and a chalk line for you to follow with paint. My wood was pretty soft and the pen left a slight indent, so if you have a harder surface or if you’re doing this on a wall you’ll want to really make sure you’ve got the back of your paper covered with chalk so that it will leave a good transfer mark.

Yarn and Nail Art | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Step 5: Once you’ve traced all of your words, break out your paint. I used white acrylic paint. If you’re doing this on a wall or on something that will be outdoors, you’ll want to choose a paint that works best with your environment. Using a small paintbrush, simply fill in your chalk lines. I found it helpful to brush away the chalk dust before painting.

Yarn and Nail Art | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Yarn and Nail Art | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Let it dry and you’re finished! Stand back and be amazed at your masterpiece! Good job! :)

Yarn and Nail Art | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Yarn and Nail Art | Simply Mrs. Edwards

This looks a million and a half times better than the blank wood that used to be there, don’t you think!?

Yarn and Nail Art | Simply Mrs. Edwards

I hope that you’re reminded of God’s unfailing love today. It is because of Him that I have the ability to create and for that I am very thankful.

With love,
Mrs. Edwards

A Little Lovin’

Confession: other than decorating for Christmas, I’m typically pretty lame at decorating for other holidays throughout the year. It’s not that I don’t WANT to decorate, it’s just that I’m terrible at remembering holidays more than 3 days in advance. By some miracle, at the beginning of this month I actually remembered that Valentine’s happens on the 14th of February AND to top it off, I made some fancy love themed artwork! Although, I think these pieces may have to stay up at least through the end of February because they’re just so dang sweet.

Valentine's Art | Simply Mrs. EdwardsI found this really cute free printable over at Tried & True. I printed it out on medium weight paper and colored it in with water color pencils. I’m a pretty awful artist, so being able to color in between the lines with the water color pencils and go back over it with a wet paintbrush is my kind of art :)

Valentine's Art | Simply Mrs. Edwards

short homecoming dresses I love the subtle difference between the pencil only (on the right) and the finished product (on the left).

Valentine's Art | Simply Mrs. EdwardsThis cute little thing now lives on the wall above our couch in the living room. With all of the pictures of just Josh & I, this wall has unintentionally become a bit of a shrine…haha. I think it’s definitely time to print out some new pictures of family and friends to put up there!Valentine's Art | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Valentine's Art | Simply Mrs. Edwards

This next little diddy was inspired by the one and only Pinterest. Yeah, I not only jumped on the Scrabble letter bandwagon, but I caught a ride on the chevron train too. I didn’t want to spend $20 on a brand new Scrabble game just to pull a few letters out, so I opted for some wooden letter tiles from our local craft store. Although they don’t have the little score number in the bottom corner, I think the $4 price tag for 40 letters was well worth the sacrifice! (UPDATE  – here are some real Scrabble tiles from Amazon: http://amzn.to/1OiDSLY)

Valentine's Art | Simply Mrs. EdwardsI started off with an Ikea shadowbox frame that I found at Goodwill for $1.99 (score!). Then I used spray adhesive to attach the chevron fabric to the backing of the frame and hot glued the letters in place. Easy and so cute!

I paired the Love You art with a photo that was taken right after Josh proposed to me almost 3 years ago! Wow, time flies when you’re in love, huh :)

Valentine's Art | Simply Mrs. EdwardsThe frames now live above the sink in our kitchen. They’re the perfect pick-me-up for when I have to do the dishes.

Valentine's Art | Simply Mrs. EdwardsI may or may not have done the dishes just to take this photo. There’s no tellin’ though.

Valentine's Art | Simply Mrs. EdwardsDo you decorate for Valentine’s and other holidays? Or, do you stick to decorating for the big ones and forget the fringe ones like I usually do?

With love,
Mrs. Edwards

 

Sponsored by the Letter “E”

Our house is literally 15 feet off of a semi-busy road and has a bright red front door. I try to keep something hanging on the front door all the time to be festive and cheery, but mostly to draw people’s eyes away from peering into our front windows. It probably doesn’t work, but I like to think it does!

Ever since I started seeing these jute wrapped letters popping up on Pinterest, I’ve been dying to get one put up on our front door! A Joann’s coupon and ball of twine later, I have this:

Jute Wrapped Monogram // Simply Mrs. Edwards

Supplies Needed:

Jute Wrapped Monogram // Simply Mrs. EdwardsFlip your letter over, glue down the end of your jute and begin wrapping vertically. When you get to the edges, use a dollop of glue to keep the jute from slipping off the end. 

Jute Wrapped Monogram // Simply Mrs. Edwards

Jute Wrapped Monogram // Simply Mrs. EdwardsOnce you finish wrapping the entire thing vertically, wrap it again horizontally to cover all the exposed edges.

Jute Wrapped Monogram // Simply Mrs. Edwards

Jute Wrapped Monogram // Simply Mrs. EdwardsAdd your ribbon to the back and embellish with whatever you’d like. Stelabird has a great tutorial on how to make fabric rosettes over here

Jute Wrapped Monogram // Simply Mrs. EdwardsHang on your front door, step back and take a look!

Jute Wrapped Monogram // Simply Mrs. EdwardsI think it looks great on our front door! Don’t mind the left over 4th of July flags and my hubby’s work boots :)

Jute Wrapped Monogram // Simply Mrs. EdwardsLooks good, huh? A quick project to bring some cheer to our front door and distract people from looking in my windows :) 

The crafty one,
Mrs. Edwards

How’s it Growing?

I have a few updates for you. Things are growing ’round here…

Remember back when we revamped an overgrown flower garden? Well, the bulbs that we planted decided to make themselves known and have brought a ton of color and happiness to our street corner. Daily, I get a neighbor driving by telling me how beautiful my flowers are! I can’t take too much credit…all I do is water them for goodness sake.
How's it Growing? // Simply Mrs. EdwardsWe have the marigolds that keep chuggin’ along, some monstrous dahlias behind them and some slightly shorter lilies hiding in the very back. When the dahlias reached the 4 foot mark, we realized that we planted the bulbs in the wrong order. Oh well, you grow and learn, right? I’ll need to dig the bulbs up and reverse the order next spring. But for now, we’re enjoying some amazing blooms! You also may have noticed some clean looking mulch on the ground, too. That’s thanks to my sweet husband! He spread it out while I was at work one day. It’s done a fantastic job of keeping the moisture in and the weeds down.

Let’s take a moment to enjoy these beauties…first up the dahlias:

How's it Growing? // Simply Mrs. Edwards

Next up are the day lilies that my mom gave me…How's it Growing? // Simply Mrs. Edwards

And lastly the  white lilies that I planted…How's it Growing? // Simply Mrs. Edwards

Pretty, huh?! Not to toot my own horn, but dang. That flower garden is lookin’ good!

Next update: our vegetable garden! I have to forewarn you…it’s not the most amazing thing you’ve ever seen. I’m still finding my inner organic vegetable gardener. Unfortunately, a few of my starter plants didn’t make it, and some things are looking a little wimpy. On the upside, I have already harvested my first fruits! Two pea pods. Yep…a whopping two pods! That’s like 12 peas! I know, I know…too impressive to even comprehend. Moving on, let’s take a look…

How's it Growing? // Simply Mrs. Edwards

My green beans have climbed to the top of our trellis, but are starting to turn yellow. A friends idea and a quick google search makes me think that it’s from a lack of nitrogen in the soil. I watered with some Miracle Grow this evening, so hopefully that’ll perk ’em up. I think next year we’ll amend our soil a bit more and probably follow the recipe for Mel’s Mix (1/3 peat moss, 1/3 vermiculite, 1/3 compost). How's it Growing? // Simply Mrs. Edwards

My corn is doing pretty well, so far. A few plants didn’t make it, so I hope to have enough for them to cross pollinate. We’ll see!How's it Growing? // Simply Mrs. Edwards

My cilantro has gone to seed and my basil is growing like crazy. Every time I water I get a whiff of the basil…yum! You can see that my bush beans aren’t doing so hot either. Four of the six plants keeled over about a week ago. Ya win some, ya lose some.

How's it Growing? // Simply Mrs. Edwards

My broccoli is doing pretty well! The peas, notsomuch. Two didn’t make it, and the two that did are looking like pygmies. BUT, like I said above, I’ve already harvested 2 pea pods! Yeah!How's it Growing? // Simply Mrs. Edwards

Two more pea pods ready to be eaten! Yumyumyum.How's it Growing? // Simply Mrs. Edwards

Squash! These plants are the pride and joy of my garden right now. The two plants have about 8 little squash growing (what’s the plural of squash…squashes, squash’s, squishes?) I can hardly wait until they’re ready to be picked and eaten. YUM.

How's it Growing? // Simply Mrs. Edwards

The broccoli seems to be doing well at this moment. It has it’s days where it’s looking kinda sad and temperamental.
How's it Growing? // Simply Mrs. EdwardsSo that’s what’s growing here at the Edwards’! How are your summer flowers and crops growing? Do you have an over abundance of big blooms? Have you harvested any veggies yet? Do you have temperamental broccoli? Hope you’re enjoying the process and getting dirt under those fingernails, ’cause I sure am :)

Growing on,
Mrs. Edwards

Green Thumb

V is for Vegetable...Garden

Growing up I spent hours upon hours playing in my Grandparents acre sized organic vegetable garden. Their garden yielded enough to sustain themselves throughout the year and share with others. They grew tons of crops (figuratively and literally): potatoes, corn, asparagus, squash, zucchini, peas, peppers, green beans, tomatoes, carrots, raspberries, apples, etc. I remember spending lots and lots of time with my Grandmother in their garden, learning to tend the plants, playing with earth worms, and picking flowers that probably weren’t supposed to be picked. One of my favorite things about their garden was their green bean tunnel. It was a wooden trellis tunnel that was about 7 feet tall, 8 feet wide and probably 20ish feet long (as a 5 year old, it seemed HUGE). The plants would grow up and over the top to create this fantastic tunnel with green beans hanging everywhere just begging to be picked. It was a curious child’s paradise. My Mom tells stories of when my Brother was little and she had him in the baby back-pack while she was in the tunnel picking beans. She says that she was picking along and my brother kept reaching out and pulling green beans off and eating them raw. To this day he still eats raw green beans. He probably has many more memories than I do of that garden, but I do know that we both learned a lot from our Grandparents there.

My Parents and Brother all have fantastically green thumbs. I’m still doing my best to find mine…and the project below is a testament to that. Since we moved into this house I’ve been wanting to plant some sort of vegetable garden in our side yard. Neither Josh or I have had the time (or money) to invest into one in the past 2 years, but this year we made some time (and budgeted for it)! This isn’t anything like my Grandparents magical oasis, but it’s something. And something is better than nothing! Our first attempt at a garden is in the form of two raised garden beds.  We absolutely didn’t have the budget to go out and spend upwards of $250 on new redwood lumber to build two 3′ x 6′ boxes, so we improvised and used some awesome reclaimed redwood lumber. Not only was this wood free, but it has some cool history to it. We are blessed to work and live at a Christian Camp in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Josh works on the Maintenance Team and recently helped a group of volunteers replace a portion of Victory Circle, our outdoor amphitheater. The portion of wood that they removed was about 30 years old and was not sturdy enough for people to sit or walk on anymore, so it was just going to be tossed. My brilliant husband swooped on the stuff he could salvage and brought it home to build the boxes. How cool is it to think that our vegetable gardens are built out of wood that people have been sitting on for 30 years, sharing how their lives have been transformed by Jesus in this place! That gives me chills every time I go out to tend our garden. God is good to remind me of Himself in the small things!

We started out with a hilly portion of our side yard that was overgrown with weeds that were waist high. It didn’t start as much, but it’s the sunniest area of our place! It gets about 6-7 hours of sun per day, which for being in a redwood forest is like finding Narnia.

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Josh did a number on the area with the weed whacker, and it turned out looking something like this (that’s my cute Mom helping us clean up the junk!):

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We worked on removing the weeds and leveling two spots for the boxes (that’s our neighbors house next door):

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Once we got the space cleared out, we went to work on the boxes themselves. My handy hubby whipped up a few boxes pretty quickly out of our lumber. Because portions of the wood were beginning to dry rot, we had to be selective in which pieces we used. Thankfully, we had just enough good pieces to patch together two 3′ x 6′ boxes. We built the boxes out of 2″ x 6″ lumber.

Raised Garden Bed via www.simplymrsedwards.wordpress.com We began by laying chicken wire down first to combat any unwanted moles or gophers. We actually laid two layers that were offset because those sneaky pests can weasel their way through a standard chicken wire opening. Once we got the wire laid, we placed the 6 ft. pieces at the back of our leveled out area and pounded stakes into each corner to give it some stability. The corner stakes were about 3 ft. long; we pounded them into the ground about 2 feet and then stacked two 2″ x 6″ boards to create a 12″ deep bed. Raised Garden Bed via www.simplymrsedwards.wordpress.com

Raised Garden Bed via www.simplymrsedwards.wordpress.com

Because we were building on a hill we ended up with the uphill side having two 2″ x 6″ planks stacked and the downhill side with three planks to keep the dirt from sliding out from the bottom (not sure if that makes sense, you’ll see it in the other pictures). We tried our hardest to keep everything level and square, but I’m sure it’s not perfect. It holds dirt and that’s all that really matters, right?! :)

Once we had the boxes put together I laid weed fabric in the bottom and stapled it in. We hope that with the combination of chicken wire and weed fabric we won’t have to deal with too many digging pests or weeds. Here’s to hoping!

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After a few hours of hard work, this is what we had to show! Pretty awesome if I do say so myself!

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We visited our local landscaping supply store and picked up a yard of top soil. We then mixed in two bags of manure, one steer and one chicken.

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My brother-in-law introduced me to a concept called Square Foot Gardening. It’s exactly what it sounds like- growing plants within a square foot! This is a pretty simple concept that is user friendly, very efficient, and pretty productive. Depending on the crop, you can plant 1, 2, 3, 4+ plants in each square foot. There are various recommendations on how to section off your box, but we chose the option of using 1″ish slats of wood (Josh cut them from a piece of scrap wood, so their size is approximate) and attached them directly to the box.

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We chose to plant a variety of things to see what grows best here. We currently have pole beans, bush beans, corn, cilantro, basil, and lemon thyme in one box and yellow squash, broccoli, carrots, and peas in the other. I started the broccoli, peas, and corn indoors in peat pellets about a week before I planted them in the ground.

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Fast forward about 3 weeks and this is what we have now…

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Square Foot Garden via www.simplymrsedwards.wordpress.com

Square Foot Garden via www.simplymrsedwards.wordpress.comPretty good, right!? We had bird netting over the boxes until today when we put the stakes in for the beans and peas to climb up (the shorter stakes in the corners of the boxes were to hold up the netting). I’m crossing my fingers that the birds and squirrels don’t get curious now that we’ve taken the netting off…we’ll see!

We still have quite a bit of work to do in the side yard, but its slowly getting there. We want to build some stairs down to the boxes and spread some woodchips around the area to keep the dust down. Hopefully we’ll get to that within the next few weeks. Although it’s still a work in progress and we haven’t actually harvested anything from it yet, our garden brings me so much joy! There is so much to be said about doing hard work with someone you love and literally seeing the fruits of your labor in just a few weeks. I’m thankful that my Grandparents, Parents and Brother have all continued the tradition of home-growing and that I’m getting to enjoy this process, too. I’ll keep you updated on how this garden does over the next few months! :)

Now with a green thumb (whoo!),
Mrs. Edwards