How to Frame a Hatch Show Print

Any country music lover out there? Being a huge country music fan myself, I have collected a few Hatch Show Prints over the years (If you don’t know what that is, google it. They are a staple in country music history). Because they aren’t a standard photo or poster size, there are no frames that they fit in. I had looked into having one custom made, but it was expensive and didn’t really fit the vibe anyways.

After seeing some vintage school maps in an antique store, I got inspired to hang them myself, simply using some scrap 1X2’s and a staple gun. It was super easy, and would cute with any artwork. The best part is total cost for all of the supplies was less than 10 dollars. Here’s how I did it!-how to hang a hatch show print

Supplies: 1X2’s- I cut them long enough to have a 1/2 inch overhang on each side, Wood stain for if you want to stain them, string, staples, and a stapler gun.

First step: Cut your board to size. Like I said, I wanted mine to over hang about a half an inch on each side. If you don’t own a saw, Home Depot or Lowe’s will cut the boards for you while you’re there.

Second step: Stain them! I stained my “provincial” by MinWax. Painting would be pretty too!

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Step three: Take your print and decide where you’ll want it to hang on the boards. Measure that space and mark it three times across the back of the paper. Draw a straight line through them, and this is where the board will cover your paper on the front.hatch show print diy (6)

Step four: Line the edges of your board with the line you just drew, and staple in the middle. Staple once on each side. Repeat step three and four with the other board.
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Step six: Grab your string and cut it to you desired length.  I made mine about four inches shorter than my top board, knowing that the weight of the picture would pull it down to be visible. Staple it taut across your top board, as close to the top edge as you can. If you feel like the string is going to pull out of your staple, tie the loose end twice around the staple.

You’re done! Now you have a gorgeous and cute piece of art to hang anywhere in your house!
There are so many possibilities of what you could hang like this, from handkerchiefs, to canvases or pictures or big posters. You could even hang a quilt on the wall like this if you made sure to use enough staples, and maybe a 1X4 instead of 1X2. If you make one, tag me on instagram so I can see it! I love seeing what yall create and how you put your own ideas into things!
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Guest Bedroom Reveal and Macy’s Global Goods Campaign

For this post, I received product from Macy’s via Everywhere Agency; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.Macys Global Good  (6)

When decorating our guest bedroom, I wanted more than anything else, for it to be a place that felt welcoming and warm. Somewhere where anyone who stayed with us, whether overnight or for a long time would know that the welcome never wears off in our house and that they can be themselves here. Before even buying our home, Brandon and I had talked about how we wanted to have guest and friends stay with us as much as possible, and I wanted people to feel that in this room. Growing up, we both had big families and had extended family come to visit regularly, and there are no better memories with cousins or friends than those of staying up late, sitting around talking and laughing together. We each plenty of friends or siblings friends who stayed over at our homes often enough that they had laundry piles (mostly my brother who used to sleep at Brandon’s house all the time as a kid), and cousins who stayed for months, or years, and we wanted our family to know that they are always welcome here. Macys Global Good  (16)

My main request when planning furniture for this room, knowing full well that a guest bedroom would not be on the top of our priority list when we moved in last year, but still wanting it to be nice, was that I really wanted either a queen sized bed or a futon that would fold out into a full/queen bed. Most of our siblings are married and I wanted them to have somewhere to stay and not sleep on the floor if we could avoid it. I already knew we were super blessed to even afford a first home, and on top of that, one that had a guest bedroom so I knew I was pushing my luck, but as it worked out, a few weeks after moving in, my brother got a bigger bed and we inherited their old set, including all of the rails. Unfortunately they were missing all the casters off the bottom so it sat really low, but just a few of those bed risers from the store, and it was not only a great height for guest, but it was tall enough to store a bunch of boxes of random stuff I couldn’t place yet and a pack and play for our guest who have babies.Macys Global Good  (20)

The beautiful throw that is on the bed, holds a lot of meaning. When I see it it reminds me of that same desire we had to welcome our home to others, to serve others and always be open to anyone in need. It comes from Macy’s Global Goods line (which in online exclusive), which is a line of products crafted by artist around the world, artist in need of opportunities and it encourages them to preserve their heritage and history while making a better life for themselves. Their wool blankets, like this one, are made in Bolivia, the poorest country in South America, with almost half of the population being under the poverty line. The Global Goods campaign allows people in native villages to work where they are from, weaving using the same techniques passed down through generations and allows them to stay where their families are, rather than migrating to find work. Over 200 people work on this blanket initiative alone. It’s an amazing project and Macy’s carries all of the products made around the world, as “gifts that give hope.” It is so heart-warming and inspiring to think of the good that it does, and I am reminded of it when I see it in my guest room, the room in my home that reminds me to open my doors and share some of what I have been so blessed with. Like I’ve said before, I want my home to be a collected, not decorated, and to be collected with things that have meaning to me, such as this blanket. It doesn’t hurt that the blanket is absolutely gorgeous. The hand weaving and stitching is beyond beautiful, I can’t even imagine making something that beautiful with my own hands. It would also make a beautiful gift for someone you know who is always giving to others.Macys Global Good  (19)Macys Global Good  (17)

Speaking of making things with my own hands, on the wall next to the bed, is a replica antique tobacco basket, that isn’t nearly as beautiful as the baskets made in the Global Goods campaign, but I love it because I made it. I had seen so many beautiful ones in antique shops and on blogs and decided to try my hand at making one myself, it has a little tweaking left to fix, but I love it. (P.S. I stapled it to the wall. I wasn’t sure how to hang it and it’s really light weight, so I just went for it. Don’t tell).
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I try to keep lots of pillows on the bed in here, even though my kids frequently come and steal them for forts or claim them as more pillows for their own beds. A lot of our friends and families have lots of little ones who come with, and the one thing there never seems to be enough of is pillows. We’re always running out, so I pick up a few when I remember to and pilling them on every bed, just in case and hope that it works out.

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I bought this cotton wreath last year when we moved in and just never have found the perfect place for it. I brought it to the guest bedroom to see if I could find somewhere to hang it, set it on the bed, and when I walked back in, I loved the way it looked against the pillows. Nothing says “Welcome to the South” like a wreath of cotton bolls.Macys Global Good  (11)

The clock on the wall behind the bed is another hand-made item. This one was a Christmas gift from my Brother-in-law and his wife, so we love it of course. I love the way the warm wood pops agaisnt the gray color. Speaking of the which, I wish that I could share with you what paint color is because it is the first gray I have found that I love but it was really just the product of me dumping a couple cans of leftover paint into a can of what I thought was white but turned out to be slightly pink paint until I got a color I liked! One day I’ll take a sample of it to the home store to get it color matched so I can tell yall! I like it so much, I’ve been considering painting our bedroom the same color.

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I hope you love our guest bedroom and that it gives you that feel of being welcome and relaxed. Don’t forget to head to Macys Global Goods to find that beautiful throw blanket and other beautiful products that give back to the world while making your home a more beautiful place!

Farmhouse Master Bedroom Inspiration

Ever since we moved in, I have been working daily in the house, just working away, and every time people come over, I clean and clean to give them the grand tour, but one door always stays shut once they come- the master bedroom. It should be your sanctuary, your place to relax and un-wind, right? Not mine. Not yet, at least. I’d be embarrassed to show you a picture of my bedroom on a daily basis since we moved in. It’s where I throw all the laundry and extra junk when people come over, the laundry never gets all the way put away, and it has gotten no work since we moved in- we don’t even have closet doors! Now that I’m trying up work in some of the other parts of the house, I’m gathering inspiration and turning my attention to our bedroom. If you saw my Nashville Farmhouse Kitchen Inspiration, you know the vibe I’m going for- laid back farmhouse, bright whites accented with warm woods and lots of cool, country-music influences. Here is my inspiration board I came up with, all the sources are at the bottom!

Nashville-Farmhouse-Master-BedroomThe bedroom pictured at top is the master bedroom froom Ella Claire blog. If I could just transport that bedroom here, it’d be perfect.  I found an almost identical, if not the same, bed to hers here- Wooden Planked Bed and for all-white fans out there, here’s the same one in white. I love her sheets and pillowcases too, gorgeous! / Magnolia Cathedral Window / Hammock Chair / Dark-Sky Wall Light / Resonator Guitar (and here are the hooks we use to hang ours) /  “See America” RoadtripBook / Black Farmhouse Double HookWoven Crate Nightstand (I love that you can fill this with all your ugly night time books, magazines, chargers and no one can see them! / Pecan Bamboo Window Blinds / Double Fringe Boho White Bedding / Navy Paisley Curtains from Target, I have these and love them!/ Magnolia Cathedral Window /

I think a room with all of those elements would be perfection. Now to start I just need to be able to choose a paint color. Help! Yall know this is where I get hung up everytime! Leave me your suggestions in the comments!!!

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All-American Party Ideas

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Can we officially say it’s summer yet? I don’t remember when the bonafide “first day of summer” is but once we start celebrating all the patriotic holidays and the temperature is above 95, I think it’s safe to say hello summer! One of my favorite things about summer is all of the outdoor parties and celebrations we get to go to. I thought it would be fun to share ideas for an All-American block party. We live on an awesome street who has tons of families and the block parties are always fun (one family owns an inflatable slides/moon bounce business so that really amps it up!). patriotic party

Red, white, and blue is a great color scheme for summer block parties. With Memorial Day and 4th of July kicking off the summer there are plenty of patriotic cups, plates, décor, etc at the stores. Even candy is made in those colors for the summer. Not only is it easy to find, most people already own a lot of things those colors so it makes it a breeze to find supplies you need without a run to the store. A lot of my décor were things that I already had around the house for decorating with. I used lots of patriotic flag pennants, red, white, and blue plates, and used some of the fun things for people to play with as décor too. Adding a few bottles of bubbles and some fun sunglasses to the food table added more color and interest to the food table as well as little signs, wheat bundles, and of course, flowers!Patriotic party (17)Patriotic party (7)Patriotic party (19)Patriotic party (50)

On the tables, I just used simple tablecloths and added a few cute red, white, and blue accents. Fresh flowers are a must-have for parties, which I surrounded with ceramic vases (also just a dollar!), lanterns, and lights. Simple yet cute! A great party hack is to use your tea light candle holders to put citronella candles in to ward off bugs!
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See those stacking chairs? They were green and faded and dirty from fifteen years of use. My Mom was going to throw them away but they were in great shape structurally still so I took them, gave them a fresh coat of spray paint and now they’re like new!Patriotic party (22)

The sunglasses were one of the biggest hits of the party; I bought them for a buck each and by the end of the evening everybody was wearing them and getting in the party mood and taking pictures. Patriotic party (41)Patriotic party (40)

It’s most likely that you’re block party is going to be outside and you want to make sure that there’s shade somewhere for people to relax and cool off. You can plan to have your party in a shady area, round up some pop-up canopys, or have it on someone on the streets shaded porch.

Now let’s talk food! Block party’s are fun because it’s a laid-back, fun atmosphere. One great thing to take to block parties, or any kid of party, is a light side dish. I made this super easy Quinoa and Pepper Pilaf using truRoots Quinoa and Swanson’s Chicken Broth. Here’s my step by step and you can find the exact recipe here.
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For this recipe you’ll need Swanson’s Chicken Broth, which is available in bulk packs at Sam’s Club, and truRoots Organic Quinoa, which I got at Sam’s Club too. You’ll also need fresh bell peppers, shallots, parsley, olive oil, and a little bit of garlic. DSC_7878

First, chop up your vegetables and heat up a skillet with a tablespoon of olive oil. DSC_7873

Add the shallot and garlic, and cook for two minutes, then add the peppers and quinoa and cook for two minutes. TruRoots Quinoa is certified USDA organic, gluten free, and super easy to make so it’s great for a big party like this!
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Next, stir in the chicken broth and bring it to a boil. The Swanson’s broth really brings out the flavors and makes the truRoots extra delicious. Reduce the heat to low, cover it, and let it simmer for 20 minutes. DSC_7886
Once it’s done, garnish it with parsley and you’re done! This pilaf can be served hot or cold; I served it cold since it was so hot outside! Delicious!DSC_7971

My Sister-In-Law (who recently became a US citizen, so she was loving this patriotic party) made the cutest fruit kabobs that looked like an American flag. She alternated using blueberries, strawberries, and large marshmallows and it came out both delicious and cute! I was so impressed and everyone loved it!Patriotic party (4)Patriotic party (6)

We also had delicious chips and salsa using Pace’s organic salsa, which is delicious by the way! It’s the same as their original salsa, just organic, and it comes it medium, so it’s got just the right amount of kick!-DSC_0142

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And for dessert, patriotic cupcakes, candy to snack on, and ice cream sandwiches dipped in red, white, and blue sprinkles!Patriotic party (51)Patriotic party (15)Patriotic party (60)

No All-American block party is complete without lots of lawn games. Adults love playing out door games just as much as kids do. I made up a game area with outdoor games for people to play with and set out a corn-hole board in the yard for a little fun competition. Having a place for all the fun outdoor toys makes it easy for people to find fun things to do and keeps the party going all evening! DSC_0174

I stocked the activity area with jump ropes, chalk, butterfly nets, binoculars, flags, bubbles, sparklers, pinwheels, games, wooden airplanes, and bags for corn hole.DSC_0123 copyPatriotic party (62)Patriotic party (46)

Corn hole is a great outdoor game for adults. Croquet, lawn darts, and frisbees are fun outdoor games for block parties too. I like games that you can just pick up and play at any minute. I put footballs, big balls, and soccer balls out too.Patriotic party (65)Patriotic party (64)

As it got darker, we broke out the glow sticks and sparklers. Who doesn’t love sparklers?Patriotic party (69)
Block parties are a super fun way to get to know your neighbors or spend time with friends and family and have a little summer fun. Sam’s Club is holding Summer Block party events in-club to help you get ideas and shop for your summer block party. Check with your local Sam’s Club to see when yours is, but until then you can gather ideas on their block party website! I got all my food supplies at my local Sam’s Club!IMG_20160615_153142

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Nursery Reveal

This post was sponsored by Baby’s Journey as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary merchandise to facilitate my review.

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I didn’t really plan decorating the nursery when we moved in. I had lots of things here and there that had been in Sawyer’s nursery at our old house and a few things that I’d hung over the crib when we were staying with my parents. Ever since we moved in, the nursery has been set up for Ford to move into, but Rhett has been sleeping in there still. Now we’re trying to move Rhett in with Sawyer and put Ford in the nursery, so I finally cleaned out the corners and finished setting it up. DSC_0244

The cowboy painting is one of a pair that I found rolled up in one of my parents closets when I was looking for something. When I framed them I decided to leave the little drawings on the edges showing that the artist did. I love that he made little pencil sketches on each painting before numbering them.

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I couldn’t find any curtains I liked for this room, until I came across the blue striped one above. It’s actually a shower curtain, but I loved the fringe detail. Rather than buy an ugly swag hook (I couldn’t find any I liked), I simply cut a foot or two of jute rope that I use to tie it back so the sun can flood the room. I got the Mexican blanket off of ebay that I originally planned on putting on the wall or using in the bed, but loved the way it looked on the floor, so it stayed there. The cabinet is another great passed-down piece from family. It was made by my great-great grandfather and used to be a gun cabinet in there home before someone added little shelves to make it a china hutch. Now it stores all Ford’s tiny little pants and shoes.

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I have been so hesitant to move my little Ford into his own room. I love being able to look over and see him at night, and to have him close for getting up with during the night. Part of what pushed me to really get the room ready and feel confident moving him was getting a video monitor. We got the Baby’s Journey Smart Sync Video Monitor which is available at Babies “R” Us online and in-stores so I can see him even when I can’t look over and see him. It has great night vision and you can even take pictures of them with it. One of my favorite features is that I can connect it to my phone and check in on him anytime. I have a tendency to lose baby monitors, so being able to just use my phone is great. The Smart Sync monitor also has great features that can save Mombies like me whose brains forget things easily. You can keep track of when babies last feed was and on which side (I’m so bad at remembering!), when they took medicine, diaper changes, and how big they grow. Everyone says by your third kid you won’t be able to keep track of any of that kind of stuff, but being able to save it with just a few taps on the screen makes it much easier!

I repurposed a wall organizer for mail as a diaper and wipes holder on the changing table and the camera for the monitor fits perfectly with some succulents and cacti. The wall hanging was made from some driftwood I picked up on an evening walk after they emptied the lake in our town. I used different strings and twines to hang some feathers and treasures from.

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The changing table in our nursery is my most prized piece of furniture. When I was pregnant with Sawyer, I would look at these beautiful baby nursery’s with gorgeous, expensive cribs and changing tables, and I found one that I loved so much, it was so me, and I would just leave the tab open on my computer all the time so I could look at it. I guess that was my form of nesting, online shopping haha. That changing table, however, and the beautiful crib that matched it were so far out of our price range, and Brandon kept insisting that he could make something similar himself. He had never made a piece of furniture in his life, but he had always wanted to, and I’d always wanted him to, so we priced it out and one Saturday he made it happen! Sure there were a few small mistakes on the way, but when he finished it, I was so in love and so proud of it. I love it so much more now than I ever would have loved the store-bought one. My favorite part is that it doesn’t look like a changing table and when we have no diapers to change we can take off the changing pad and use it as a piece of furniture. DSC_0418DSC_0410DSC_0322DSC_0288

I love it and I think Ford will too!