i should be mopping the floor: June 2016

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Free Watercolor Beach Printables

These four free watercolor beach printables are perfect for your summertime decor or a beach setting. Download one or all to frame and display. They're designed to coordinate together or stand alone.

Four Free Beach Printables | Coordinating Watercolor Prints | Instant Downloads
We just got back from the beach, y'all! So, I'm totally in a beachy mood and wanted to create something along those lines for this week's printables. I put together these four free watercolor beach printables...perfect for lots of decor.  

Vintage Storage Finds Under $30

I'm about to tackle our "lauffice"...laundry room/office. It needs major organization. I've started finding the best pieces for it over on Amazon, y'all! I thought it would be fun to put together my favorite vintage storage finds for under $30. Because adorable can also be budget friendly, right?

Over 15+ Vintage Storage Finds Under $30

Although a "lauffice" may sound weird, I'm actually really loving it. I always feel guilty taking up an entire extra bedroom for my office. The fact that this house's laundry room came with a built-in office nook (that's quite spacious) was a dream come true. I'm kind of untidy in my office space (it's more of a craft room than anything), so this was perfection for me. But, the untidy-ness is starting to get a bit out of hand, y'all. I've ordered several of the below items on Amazon to help me out. Everything keeps with my vintage vibe, while still serving a great purpose. Check out all of these vintage storage finds for under $30.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Half Bath Makeover

This Half Bath Makeover has been done for a while. This is actually one of the first rooms that I completed in the new house. But, it's taken me a while to take photos...because it's such a tight space with no natural light! But I truly am happy with the fun, eclectic vibe it now has. 

I'd love to say I put a bunch of thought and planning into this bathroom, but truthfully...it was kind of a conglomeration of a lot of things we had already. The walls are the same color of paint from my lower kitchen cabinets. The art was from our old home. The towel and rug are from a discount store and I hastily ordered the hardware and all of that online. We realized this room would be weirdly prominent...not that it's the first place people see. But, it is a place that is our guests' space. And, well...almost everyone who comes in makes a trip in here. We wanted it to be as comfortable for guests as possible.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Inspiration Monday

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend. We're enjoying a little time away at the beach...just what we needed! The summer is already passing so quickly...before we know it, school will be around the corner (I need to bite my tongue, right?). Hope your summer is treating you really well, so far! 

Oh, and just a few more days to enter to win a new Black+Decker drill.

This week's features are fabulous for those times when you need an easy summer meal...but don't want to heat up your house by turning on the stove! This collection of Summer Salad and Slaw Recipes were selected by Kristi from I Should Be Mopping the Floor.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Free Printable Summer Reading Bucket List

This Free Printable Summer Reading Bucket List is perfect for the lazy, hazy days. We've instilled an hour of reading time every day in our home this season and my people are flying through the books. This is the perfect way to jot down all of our literary (and comic book) goals for the next couple of months. And, this baby is about to join us on our epic road trip!

Free Printable Summer Reading Bucket List
Summer is truly the only time I read. I would love to read all year...but I'm one of those that has to devour a book in a sitting. I will literally stay up all night and fly through a book during the summer. I just can't put them down. If I do it the rest of the year...I'm completely off my schedule and am a mess for a week to recuperate (from a book...HA!). But, in summertime, our alarms aren't set, our schedule is looser, and things are just easier...and mom can read!
Next week, we're actually going on a pretty big road trip through five states. And get this...our kids have never done one this long. I'm preparing a few different ways. I'd love for all of us to get some good reading in. One thing I'm doing is loading my iPad with audiobooks from Audible (I'm using my free 30 day trial) that we can listen to in the car. Check out all the fun below.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

DIY Vintage Iced Coffee Sign

This DIY Vintage Iced Coffee Sign is perfect for our back porch.
It was simple to create and goes well with our little chairs and table.

DIY Vintage Iced Coffee Sign : the perfect summertime sign! Full tutorial on paint technique and sign assembly. Easy to make.
I'm sure it's pretty obvious if you've been to this blog before, but I love to make vintage-y signs. I don't use them all at the same time...they're kind of in a rotation of sorts. But, this one is perfection for summer-summer-summertime. And it's fabulous since we do serve iced coffee around these parts, y'all. Check out the tutorial below.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Important Things to Know Before Buying a Fixer Upper

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser Honeywell.
All opinions are mine alone. #ConnectYourHome #CollectiveBias

I’ve loved showing you the fun journey of fixing up our 1972 ranch home for the past few months. But today, I’m sharing some important things to know before buying a fixer upper. It’s not all perfect DIY project after perfect DIY project...we’ve hit a few bumps along the way (some quite costly). I’m hoping this can help you if you ever decide to purchase an older home to fix up, too!
Important Things to Know Before Buying a Fixer Upper | Are you ready to dive into a fixer upper? Make sure you know what you're getting into first. This list from a fixer upper owner gives great advice on the road of DIY-ing an oldie.
We are still very much in love with our home, y’all. It’s truly our dream house and we feel so lucky every day to call it ours. But, it hasn’t come without challenges...including one that cost us a serious chunk of change to repair.
When you work hard to fix up a place you love, it’s important to protect everything you’ve redone...because truly you never know what could happen. Not only do I have a list to think about before buying a fixer upper, I have some tips on protecting your investment.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Inspiration Monday

Happy Sunday and welcome back to the Inspiration Monday Party! Hope you're having a wonderful weekend and celebrating the dads out there. It's been a fun weekend here in Texas...but, yowsa...it's a HOT one!

We have a FUN giveaway going on here at ISBMTF! 
One reader will win this...and it's a FABULOUS drill! This post includes my tutorial on a DIY American Flag made with Recycled Wood. 

This week's features were chosen by Jamie from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom-

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Fourth of July Free Printable

This Fourth of July Free Printable is a cool, refreshing, and FUN one.
It's available in both 8x10 and 11x14 sizes below. The perfect print to cool off with!

Fourth of July Free Printable | This red, white, and blue popsicle pop art is perfect for your summertime decor. Available in TWO sizes: 8x10 or 11x14 inches.


I looooove me some pop art, y'all. Thought it would be cool to make some around my second favorite holiday...the F-O-J! These loosely translated "bomb pops" scream patriotism all over the place. And goodness gracious, someone took a bite out of one! ;) This is available in both 8x10 and 11x14 inch sizes. Perfect to trim and frame for your summertime decor. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Recycled Wood American Flag + Drill Giveaway

Today, I'm sharing how to make a recycled wood American Flag...

Recycled Wood American Flag | Build this flag in a couple of hours with a fun weathered paint treatment!
I built this Recycled Wood American Flag from the roof of my kids' old playhouse (no worries...they were fully aware of my intentions!). It went together quickly and was a fun little project. I've got the full tutorial (including paint details) below.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

All Things Mason Jar

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I make a small portion when these links are used, at no additional cost to you.

It's ALL THINGS MASON JAR today on the blog! Woohoo! 
If you love mason jars as much as I do, you'll find some serious goodies here. And, everything is under $25.


You guys know how much I LOVE a good mason jar! I love them everywhere and with everything in them. I use them for drinking glasses, candleholders, gifts, and more. Today, I'm sharing even more ways to get some mason jar love into your home! These finds are super unique and all are less than $25 each.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Inspiration Monday

Hey friends!! Hope you're having a wonderful weekend. We're having a HOT, HOT, HOT one here in Texas. But, it's been a good one...we just sold our old house, so I feel like summer can officially begin now!

Let's get this party started.

Friday, June 10, 2016

10 Black and White Hymn Printables

Doing something completely new today, y'all. First, posting on a Saturday (wha?!?). Second, I've created my first set of printables for purchase. These are a complete set of 10 Black and White Hymn Printables. They would be gorgeous as a gallery wall or on their own.

10 Black and White Hymn Printables | Classic hymns perfect for framing in a gallery wall or alone.
Opening an online printable shop is something I've toyed with before...but never took the plunge. But, there are times when I create large sets of printables that I spend a bit more time on...so I thought I'd dive into this head first. These 10 printables are some of the most beloved and classic hymns around...so many of them mean so much to me.
 Grab all 10 of these below.

Free Tune My Heart Printables


These Free Scripture Printables (from the Come Thy Fount hymn) were inspired by Tuesday's post. I thought it would be fun to create this art in a way that more people could enjoy...although, I'm not opposed to inviting you all over to stare at my Sharpie art using this hymn. ;)
This is available in both an 8x10 and an 11x14 print (which is why I keep referring to them in the plural sense...lol).

Free Scripture Printables | Tune My Heart... | Available in both 8x10 and 11x14 for instant download
I explained on Tuesday why I love this particular hymn's words in the art piece I made for over the piano. I know not everyone has the time or want-to to create a full art piece (just us crazies, right?), so I thought I'd make it into two printables...one 8x10 and one 11x14 for today's freebies.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

DIY Vintage Canvas Tutorial

This DIY Vintage Canvas Tutorial was made using Sharpie oil based paint markers...making the multi-colored design a breeze. I've got the complete tutorial, including the aging process, below.

DIY Vintage Canvas Tutorial | Use a thrift store canvas and Sharpie markers to create a vintage art piece.
I've been needing something for the wall above the piano. I knew I wanted to have a hymn of some kind on display, but wasn't sure how to go about it. Then I stumbled onto a great canvas at the thrift store and this piece started to come together. 

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Inspiration Monday

 Happy Sunday, y'all!! And let's process this word for a moment: June. JUNE! 
How is already JUNE?!? I certainly can't believe it. The days are just flying by and the carefree days of summer break have begun. LOVING it. 
There's been an awesome amount of summer inspiration at the party lately, too!
Let's get the fun started with some more!

In the spirit of sharing our work, here's what happened at ISBMTF this week>>>
Free Scripture Printable available in four designs | PIN HERE
DIY Vintage Ring Toss Tutorial | PIN HERE
Farmhouse Finds under $25 | PIN HERE
And goodness, you all have been busy bees, too! So much eye candy last week.
This week's features were selected by Christy from Our Southern Home.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Psalm 138:1 Free Scripture Printable

This Psalm 138:1 Free Scripture Printable is perfect for your summertime...
or even year-round decor. I've created four designs for you to choose from. 

Free Scripture Printable: Psalm 138:1 | Four Designs Available | Instant Downloads
This is one of my favorite verses. I've been wanting to create a printable out of it for quite some time. Simultaneously, these patterns are some of my faves as well...and have also been crying out for use. And I couldn't decide which one to use...so there are now four printables! Be sure to grab your favorite to frame and display.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

DIY Vintage Ring Toss

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. 
All opinions are mine alone. #BringTheTropicsHome #CollectiveBias

This fun, tropical-colored DIY Vintage Ring Toss is easy to put together...and will create loads of awesomeness for summertime parties, backyard fun, and just everyday boredom busters for the kids. See how I made it below. 
This fun, tropical-colored DIY Vintage Ring Toss is easy to put together...and will create loads of awesomeness for backyard parties.

It's the season of backyard play and outdoor get togethers, y'all! We just had our first summer par-tay this past weekend...and our new DIY Vintage Ring Toss was put to good use. This is such an easy backyard game...both to make and to play. Check out how I put a fun shabby vibe on this simple craft below.