Window Frame DIY

FullSizeRender (4)I don’t know if it’s my obsession with Fixer Upper or Pinterest, but I’m all about modern farmhouse décor these days. Unfortunately this obsession began about 8 years too late because my house is already decorated and not “farm housie” at all.

A couple weeks ago when I was taking a walk around the block with the kids I hit the mother load. Someone was getting rid of 2 old 6-pane windows! I was so excited. I tried to think of ways I could balance them on the stroller and finish our walk because I was afraid if I didn’t take them right away, some other DIY-er would snatch ’em up. I obviously couldn’t pull that off because they’re pretty big and heavy, so I called my dad (who was on his way over anyway) and asked him to scoop them up for me. He’s good like that.

Initially I thought I’d put 6 different photos in each space but I changed my mind. I decided to pick just one photo from our wedding and then we could hang it above our bed since our room is seriously lacking in the decoration department.

So here’s what I did…

  1. Measure the length and width of the glass portion of the window. Mine was 24″x32″.
  2. Order your poster print- since they don’t make photos in that particular size, I just ordered one that was 24″x36″ and figured it’d be easy to cut off the extra width. I ordered from Vistaprint and it was surprisingly cheap- $13. Not too shabby!
  3. Clean the window- since I’m going for a rustic look I really didn’t have to do much other than wipe the frame clean and Windex the glass. FullSizeRender (2)
  4. Lay the photo up against the glass and measure and trim off the excess.IMG_5780
  5. Next, I took a piece of thick scrapbook paper I happened to have and cut it to fit inside one window pane. This became my tracer that I would use to cut my poster into 6 sections.IMG_5781
  6. Lay the poster face down on a flat surface and use your tracer to cut the correct size.
  7. I wanted to account for the wooden strips going across the window so the photo would look seamless. Each strip was about 1.5 cm wide, so I measure 1.5 cm on my poster and cut the strip out.
  8. Continue using the tracer to measure and cut the next 5 pieces, making sure to account for the wooden strips as you go.
  9. Next, I wanted to add cardboard to the back of each window pane to ensure the photo would lay flat. I happened to have a big cardboard box, so I used my tracer and an x-acto knife to cut out 6 pieces. If you don’t have an x-acto knife, I’m sure a good pair of scissors would work just as well. IMG_6221
  10. Put the photos and cardboard in each section. Tape it to the wood to hold in place. Preferably with a thick, heavy duty tape. FullSizeRender (3)
  11. Now obviously since this was an old window and not a picture frame there are no hooks. That’s when you call your handy man, or in my case- my dad lol, and ask him to help you out. He happened to have some hooks at home and attached them for me.

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That’s it! I thought it’d be more complicated than it turned out to be and I LOVE the results! I’m going to use the other window on my family room wall. For that one I think I’ll try 6 different photos and use it as a collage frame. Eventually I’m going to have the farmhouse of my dreams…one piece at a time! 😉


North Pole Breakfast


Today we had our annual “North Pole Breakfast” when our elf, Candycane, arrived. The kids were so excited he came back again. It’s so simple to do and really doesn’t take much time or planning.

Let’s take a look back at the past 3 years of this tradition shall we?

2014…where it all began 🙂

2015 (I was slacking on the decorations a bit)


All I used were decorations from the dollar store. The best part is you can reuse them every year and the kids are none the wiser.  Then I ran over to Acme to grab what I needed for the actual breakfast.


Santa Hats- slice of banana, strawberry, topped with a mini marshmallow (held together with a toothpick)

Candy Canes- banana and strawberry slices

Snowballs- powdered donuts

North Poles- stacked powdered donuts held together with a candy cane

Christmas Tree- grapes, apples, strawberries, and pretzels

Stockings- jello cut with a cookie cutter and topped with mini marshmallows

Snowman- waffles and icing (or could use whipped cream) and clementines stacked together

Chloe’s allergic to eggs and dairy, so we keep the menu simple with mostly fruit options. Makes grocery shopping very easy 😉

Like I said this really doesn’t take a whole lot of planning, but the kids LOVE it!! Now that the breakfast is over and done with, I think Candycane may have some tricks up his sleeve this month!






Perfect Pinkalicious Party

The Perfect Pinkalicious Party
As Chloe’s 4th birthday gets closer, I’m trying to figure out what we’re going to do for her party this year, all while wondering how the heck it’s possible she’s going to be 4!!!? Last year we had a “Pinkalicious” themed party. For those who don’t know what Pinkalicious is, it’s an adorable book series centered around a girl who goes by the name Pinkalicious; Her absolute favorite color is…you guessed it…PINK! Chloe loooves this series and we’ve collected every book the past couple years.

I wanted to give you the details in case anyone’s interested in throwing a party like this!

1. Castle Bounce House- I’m not going to lie, these are pretty pricey to rent, but it was TOTALLY worth it. The kiddies were loving it and it provided hours of entertainment.
Castle Bounce House
2. Cupcake Piñata- From Party City- Click here to buy

  1. Pinkalicious Photo Prop- I made this using a foam board from the dollar store and paint/glitter from Michael’s. The jewels on the crown were from Hobby Lobby (but you can find something similar in any craft store). I’ll be honest, I wanted to buy a photo prop online to save time, but unfortunately they aren’t sold anywhere. You’re going to have to do this one yourself, folks. Or ask your artsy neighbor, uncle, friend, mechanic, or whoever is up to the challenge.
Photo Prop
Photo Prop
  1. Color a Cupcake- I snagged these cupcakes for $1 each at AC Moore.
Color a Cupcake
Color a Cupcake

You could also do “Pin the Cherry on the Cupcake.” I thought it was so cute, but I didn’t have enough time to make it. Here’s a great tutorial to show you how!

1. Pink Lemonade- Of course we had to include Pinkalicious’s favorite drink!

Pink Lemonade
Pink Lemonade
  1. Pizza and Hoagies- which have nothing to do with Pinkalicious, but they’re crowd pleasers 😉
  2. Green Food- in case anyone comes down with Pinkititus
The only cure for rare and acute Pinkititus
The only cure for rare and acute Pinkititus
  1. The dessert table was totally PINK! We had pink starbursts, jelly beans, lollipops, gum balls, fruit wands, chocolate covered oreos and pretzels (which gave me an excuse to buy the apothecary jars I’ve been dying for), and of course pink cupcakes and cake to match the cover of the book 🙂

Additional Helpful Links
Candy and Serving Dishes- Party City- they have an AMAZING selection for candy buffets! Check it out here
Cupcake Stand- Michael’s You can buy it here.
Frame- Hobby Lobby- Click to buy I bought a sheet of pink scrapbook paper with tiaras to print the “Enjoy the Sweet Treats” sign. Easy Peasy.

Goodie Bags
Since there was already so much candy, I decided to keep the goodie bags simple. Every child was given a bag to collect their candy from the pinata and dessert table. Boom. Done.
Pinkalicious Party
I ordered Chloe’s shirt on etsy. Click here to buy.

I asked her what she wants to do for her 4th birthday and she said, “I want a purple party!” I think she’s under the impression birthday parties have to be all one color now haha! Oh boy.

Time to start the planning!