Jitney's Journeys : Rustic Wooden Frames (Chalkboard & Photos)


One of my closest friends is expecting!! She's still keeping it hush-hush but she gave me permission to post the chalkboard I made for her. 

Here's our conversation via text that led up to this marvelous piece:
Her: Any ideas on where I can find a neat chalkboard?
Me: I would try Etsy first, Hobby Lobby or even TJ Maxx.
Her: Thanks! Let me know if you see any while you're out and about.
Me: Thought... So I can probably make you one.

Please note that we've never built a frame before (we leave that to the handyman, my Dad), especially not a chalkboard with a frame from all bare wood. But we're always up for learning something new and trying to conquer a challenge. The result?

Not to step my bounds here, but I was kind of obsessed with how well this turned out. She wanted something rustic and with a chalkboard size of 11" x 14". So JD and I rummaged through our scrap wood, found a solid 2' x 4' and cut it ourselves. The frame looked awesome as we pieced together the first three sides... but then we got to the fourth side and the measurements were way off. I'm not even sure how we could be off by that much.

So we went back to the rummaging pile, found another large 2' x 4' and walked it up to our neighbors for a more precise measurement. Whew. It worked that time. 

I sanded the boards after they were cut to the right size, distressed them, stained them, then nailed in some massively intense nails to keep the frame intact (nails also courtesy of Julia, our awesome neighbor). The final dimensions are 17" x 20".

Voila!

I left one nail head jutted out a bit to give it that rustic vibe.


After making the chalkboard, I covered it with paper and drilled a few screws in the back to hold it in place. I also added some wire for hanging and later added a photo hanger in case they wanted to hang it vertically.


Before she came over (and knew that I wrote "Coming in September"), she asked me to write "12 Weeks, baby is size of a lime". So I erased my previous message and went with this instead...


I think she would've been pleased either way but oh well-ity. The saying turned out super cute too. I'm just an all-around pleased designer today. :)

I've also decided that this is the technique I want to use for our dining room photo wall. Whoop whoop!! Finally. Some more clarity in home decor.

Here are a couple of other chalkboards we've made recently using antique baseboards but both have been sold...



End Note:
I'm thinking we'll start carrying the thick wooden frame as a new line for Jitney's Journeys in the Todd Nest Shop and our Etsy Shop. Both chalkboards and photo frames. What do you think?



Christmas Decor at the Todd Nest : Staircase Edition

I really love our house. 

Maybe that's a little vain sounding, but I feel like it should be a good thing too, right? We should be happy and content with what we have -- and we really could not be happier. This house is perfect for us. 

Decorating for Christmas has only made me more excited about this house, the house in which God has graciously made our home. We'll start out posting about our decor with the entrance to our home, which we have yet to reveal on our blog. Our house is a split level, so as soon as you walk in, you have the choice of either going up or going down. This was one of the "negative" features of the house, according to our real estate agent but we haven't found any fault in it. 

JD and I finished putting up the barnwood wall Tuesday night. This project has been on our list for a while. I hate bare walls, especially this one above the lower staircase. I realize there is a potential beauty in bare walls - and some people can really make them work - but that just won't do in the Todd Nest. Our plan is to put up a few large photos and interchange handwritten signs that correlate to the seasons. My vision for it is totally there, now it's just a matter of making it happen.


Color inspiration for this season: golds and browns


As soon as you walk in, you're greeted by this lovely arrangement. Basically, I went to Hobby Lobby's floral section, started piecing things together that appealed to my eye and topped it off with a neutral peacock feather. That's the main statement piece when you walk into the tiny foyer. 


We draped the handrail with garland and put a burlap bow at each break. Three ornaments are draped from each bow. One of the ornaments is a rustic jingle bell. You may recognize the larger white "ornament"from our Thanksgiving table centerpiece jar. It's actually a larger decor ball I found sitting beside the smaller box of decor balls in the home decor section at HL. I made it into an ornament by twisting in a metal hook (I had to hot glue the hook into the other two balls because they are a little different from this one) and then hanging it from string. Super easy homemade ornament. ;)


How amazing is this glass block wall? It's one of those statement pieces in the house that you decide to either hate or embrace. Surprisingly, I have very-much-so embraced it. As Mama E says, "This house will have no style (categorically) because it will be made up of sooo many different styles, which will then be created into a style of its own." With the barnwood wall perpendicular to this glass wall, we're combining modern and cottage chic. Hopefully my vision will turn out as great as I'm thinking.... 

Anyway, we draped garland from this wall as well and hung a burlap bow with three smaller ornaments hanging from the bows. 


What is your color / material(s) inspiration for this season?

PS: We'll try to post about the barnwood wall steps after Christmas. :) 

Flower Arrangements 101 with JL Designs

Did you see this lovely rustic photo on your Instagram feed last week?


No? Well then, you can follow us here

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And guess what? I didn't buy that arrangement... I put it together with my own hands along with a few of these wonderful ladies, all thanks to JL Designs

Me, Mom, Lauren (cousin), Aunt Sonya, Meredith (cousin)

The night offered a delightful time filled with laughter, catching up with old friends and hanging out with our sweet family.

Mom and me

Our friend Jeff, owner of JL Designs, taught an amazing flower arrangement class! If you live in Walton County (Georgia), you MUST take one of his classes. 

Before I show you our photos from the class, you have to see some of his work. He was the florist for our wedding...

Read more about our wedding day here

Is this not the loveliest and most whimsical of bouquets you've ever seen?? I love those hydrangeas, feathers and the use of my great-grandmother's broach. 


Jeff helped us carry out our theme of nature, birds and nests. He was such an integral part in making our wedding day special. 

Kike Morales Photography

Back to the class... 

Jeff taught us how to arrange two bouquets in glass vases - all from a freshly-cut bouquet of long-stem flowers and greenery like you would get from a florist or in a grocery store.

I don't want to give away a lot of the details Jeff shared with us (out of respect for him and his business), but I'll share a few key points of basic flower arranging that everyone should know:

(1) Don't just toss that beautiful, aromatic bundle into the vase!! Trim your stems in a way that will add height and dimension to an arrangement. The shortest flowers should line up right above the lip of the vase.

(2) Put the greenery in first and fill in accordingly.

(3) Carry a color theme throughout the bouquet from top to the lip of the vase. Our pop of color was purple.




The second arrangement Jeff taught was this {sigh} absolutely stunning hydrangea and white rose arrangement.

This was honestly the coolest technique I've ever seen for arranging flowers. I will be using it any and every time we have friends over for dinner!!


It's rare to see a business willing to teach details about their profession to their customers. Jeff encouraged us all to make our own arrangements at home (even though most of the class will still run to him for all florist needs - there's no comparison to his work). All that to say, JL Designs is a fantastic company with an awesome willingness and loyalty to go above and beyond for their customers.

Thank you Jeff, Amber and Andrea at JL Designs for hosting this fantastic class!

Check out their Facebook page here and see more photos from the class.