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Recently I’ve started out on my newest adventure – Farm Wife Style.  I’ve always had the creative itch so a few months ago I polled my best friends about some jewellery designs I’d come up with and much to my great delight they were in love!  Within 15 minutes, Farm Wife Style was born.

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It’s rose gold, silver, and leather, food, farm life, sparkle, beach spirit, sunshine, nature – all things I love.  It’s my heart and soul and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.

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Personal style isn’t just what I wear either, it extends past my limbs and into my home.  I love anything with character so an old piece of wood or an antique window will always have a soft spot in my heart; I can easily give them a little love and they’ve got a new lease on life. Not to rip off the Home Depot or anything but if you can dream it I can do it.

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HelloHandsomeIf you’re tired of giving gift cards at wedding showers and housewarming parties, let me help you punch boring in the face.  Check out the website today and drop me a line; I always love to hear from my followers!

Thanks for your continued support!  Wishing you peace, love and style, Kim.

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Festive Vinyl Boards and Canvases

Last weekend we had a badass craft day at my house.  I love crafting.  LOVE IT.  I put in a monster order of vinyl from that super cool business I represent, Wordplay Designs, for everyone and they all came with their project pieces and game faces on.  Minus my SIL, she came with her scared face on.  She dislikes crafting but she’s coming over to the sparkly, embossed, bedazzled side of the fence.  Slowly but surely she will be a crafter.

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So so so many fun projects going on – ornaments, flower vases, mugs, picture frames and glass blocks.   Look at the intense concentration.  No one even wanted to look up and smile for the camera!

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And some really cute wee babies were there playing with us too!

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I did my crafting the night before so I could be available for teaching the day of since there were lots of different projects happening.  I did some Christmas gifts for the Daughters’ Teachers that day (which turned out amazing) but I had a special request for the instructions on how to make these festive wood Christmas blocks so I’ll start with those.

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I started out with a long decal from the Christmas collection that was 5″ high x 28″ long.  I cut the three pieces out separately and Papa cut me the perfect pieces to mount them to.  Truthfully, I’m somewhat afraid of power tools and wood.  It’s something I am gradually working up to but haven’t got the nerve to work with yet.  For these times, I call Papa because he’s THE BEST.  He had some spare cedar that was 5.5″ across that worked perfectly for my project since my decal was 5″ tall.  I asked him to cut me three pieces, 8″, 9″ and 11″, to apply the vinyl to.

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He sanded it for me too but if your Dad doesn’t do that for you, you should grab a block and sand it lightly until it’s smooth.

Then grab the type of paper you’d like to use, I used regular scrapbook paper from my Christmas pack, measure it out and cut it to size.  Nothing fancy here either, I just laid it over the blocks and marked the edges with a pencil then cut with my straight cutter.

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Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the first block and apply the paper overtop right after.  I use my vinyl applicator (you can also use a credit card) to smooth the paper down and work out any wrinkles.  If you apply it too thick the paper will saturate and the wrinkles will stick around so don’t lay it on too thick.

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After you’ve got the paper down and it’s semi-dry, you can peel the backing off the vinyl and apply the tape layer overtop.  I usually just eyeball my projects but I do really like to make sure they’re centered so if it’s a tougher one, I will get out a tape measure before I lay it down.

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Once the tape layer is down, start from the centre and smooth out the whole graphic lightly to ensure there’s no bubbles or wrinkles in the decal.  After it’s down flat you can press firmly with a ruler, credit card or scraper and carefully peel back the tape.

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Voila.  Perfection.  Repeat two more times for the other two blocks and you have a simple and affordable gift or decoration for your home.

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The same process can be used on canvases too.  I did this one using the exact same techniques and added a frame at the end.

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Step 1: Select and cut your paper.  This was a 16×20 canvas so I used three 12×12 sheets of paper to cover it.

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Step 2: Mod Podge your canvas.

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Step 3: Apply the paper and smooth it down with a scraper or ruler.

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Step 4: Center the vinyl, peel off the backing and apply to the paper.

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Step 5: Slowly peel off the masking tape and make sure all the letters are secured down.

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After it’s done, you can hang it as is or you can add a frame as well.

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I got this frame from Michaels on sale and I just set the canvas inside it and used some finishing nails to nail the wooden canvas frame to the frame corners.

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I strung some wire through the hooks on the frame and it was ready to hang on my wall.  I love it so much I’m going to make one for all year long to hang there too!

Some quick and simple projects to give as gifts or transform your home this holiday season.

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Merry Merry Christmas and happy crafting!  Kim.

Mo’ for the Cause

My office is my favorite room in our home.  It’s full of all the things that bring joy and happiness to me and I love spending time in it.

This is my Ikea Hemnes dresser. It’s the best thing I ever did for my office.  It looks great, is just the right height for me, has the perfect amount of storage and is the perfect fit for this wall space. Plus I got a lovely gift card from the Farmers Mama for my birthday so it was almost free – bonus.

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I love that I can use it as a workspace too.  It’s just the right size for making smaller things like hair pieces, cards and headbands but today the project involves my vinyl word art.

In my Movember post I mentioned I am going to the Mo Sistas Soirée this Thursday.  They’re having a silent auction so I wanted to donate something.  I love using vinyl decals for auctions because they’re so versatile and affordable and everyone loves them.

I wanted to make something relevant so I asked Anita (the owner of Wordplay) if she could come up with something for me and of course she did and it was better than I imagined. Where else can you get something this unique? The answer to that is nowhere but Wordplay Designs.

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I know I say this a lot but these are really some of the easiest projects to do.  It takes a tile, some vinyl art and about 10 minutes of your time.

I picked up some beautiful 13×13 tiles from Home Depot a few weeks ago and this is what my vinyl is going onto.  Wipe down the tile and make sure it’s dry.  Step one – done.

Step two – the vinyl decal.  When you receive it, it will come rolled up with a backing piece, the vinyl decal in the center and a masking tape top.

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Peel the backing away from the vinyl and masking tape first.

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Center it onto the tile carefully.  If you don’t push down you can easily lift it up and adjust it if it’s not quite where you’d like it.

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Once it’s positioned the way you’d like it, take a plastic scraper (or plastic credit card) and gently push down making sure there’s no air bubbles under the graphic.  After it’s secured with no air bubbles, press harder to secure the vinyl permanently.

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Now it’s time to peel off the masking tape top.  Start in one corner and work your way down and across to the opposite corner lifting carefully to ensure all portions of the vinyl are attached.

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That’s it, you’re done!  The tiles pictured are done in gold sparkle and silver sparkle vinyl and they made a really cool item for a really cool cause.

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The Soiree sells out every year so if you want to go, make sure you visit their Eventbrite page to get your tickets.

Let the Mo’ craziness begin – it’s almost here so register a team and start raising awareness today.  Every bit helps and the men in our lives deserve it.

I must ‘stache for now, but I’ll see you Thursday at the Soiree.  Kim.

God gave you hands, make handmade.

So it was another warm day today but at least there was a decent breeze.  I had wonderful night out with my BFF sis-in-law for dinner since the Farmer was busy farming.  Big thanks to the Farmer Sr. and the Farmer’s Mum for watching the Daughters while I was gone.  Sidenote: the eldest Daughter learned to ride her bike tonight with no training wheels!  This is one proud, beaming Mama right here.  Perfect end to a wonderful night out.

Since it was such a beautiful night, we took Harriet into town.  I love driving Harriet, she is my eldest child.   Pure All-American muscle that rumbles and purrs all at the same time, I could listen to her for hours.  If you ever want to get my attention, drive by in a classic because I will always turn my head.  There will be more on Harriet in a few weeks when the Papa and I drive out to BC for our annual car show.  It’s going to be amazing and I can’t wait to go.

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Harriet was made back in a day when there was no such thing as robots.  Human hands pieced together every bolt, wire, panel and piece of chrome; the whole car was made by a lot of proud hands.  I feel that pride driving her because I know there is no one else in the world with this car and no one else in the world with the same connection that I have to it.  To me, the power of handmade is like no other.

That’s why this is one of my favourite sayings.  It’s a nicely done graphic as well by a company called Not Made in China.  I am all about everything it stands for.

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I’m taking a break from recipes today to share with you how easy it is to make a homemade card and save yourself approximately $100 per year.  You all know that when you give someone a store-bought card, after they read it they flip it over to see if the magic “H” word is on the back.  If it’s not there you just got bumped down in the speed-dial order and you know it.  You know what I see when I flip over a store-bought card?  I see the price they asked for it.  That price is RIDICULOUS when they’re so easy to create on your own.  Shall we begin?

Now, I have a crazy amount of supplies but it’s only because I’ve been scrapbooking and making cards for a lot of years so don’t be intimidated.  You can easily make cards with a basic set of 5-10 stamps with 2-3 stamp colours and some buttons from that ugly sweater your Grandma gave you for your birthday last year.

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This is my stamp drawer.  It’s got a lot of stuff in it but the majority of the stamps I have (and the ones I used for today’s card) all came from the dollar bin at Michaels beside the checkout counter.

This is my embellishment drawer and I fill it with the most random things.  Buttons, dollar store scrapbook supplies, rick rack, ribbon bits, paper flowers, rhinestone dots.  It’s all stuff that’s easy to grab and use last minute which is what I love.

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Start with a box of cards.  Really, it’s called a box of cards and you can find them at most craft/supply stores for $10 for 50 CARDS – that’s only 20 cents per card!  Are you reading my mail?!  That means the markup on retail greeting cards is almost 40 times what it costs to make them.  UNREAL.  Anyway, they come in patterned or plain and always have envelopes with them so you don’t have to worry about cutting the paper the right size and finding an envelope to match.

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Funny story about this card I’m going to show you.  I made it especially for my girlfriend for her birthday but it has since disappeared.  I made it, shot it and now have no idea where I put it so she’ll get to check it out here at least and maybe I can give it to her next year if it surfaces.

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See how simple and pretty that is?  It literally took me 4 minutes to drum up.  I grabbed two paper flowers, some pearl rhinestone dots, one great stamp for the front and one great stamp for the inside (both were $1.00 at Michaels) and voila!  Done.  I also stamped the back “handmade” because I always do – it’s the “H” word I look for on my cards.

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So next time you’re in the market for a greeting card, take a closer look around home before you rush out and throw your hard-earned dollars at store-bought.  I’m a unique person that way so I like to make and give really unique gifts (more posts on those coming soon too!)  It fits my personality well and I know it’ll fit yours too.

Well wishes and happiness your way, Kim.