DIY Blessings Board

Last year, I came up with the word “Trust” as my word of focus for the new year. 

Little did I know that God would put me to the test and prove just how much I truly needed to learn about trusting Him.

In February, I saw my life flash before my eyes when I almost got hit head on by a car that slid into my lane.

In March, coming home from Dallas over spring break, I endured a 5 hour panic attack that left me a wreck for what seemed like forever.

In May, I had a breast cancer scare.

These are just a few of the things I went through this year, and each time I was pushed to trust God more and more..  Trust that he has a plan.  Trust that his plan is always better than mine.  Trust that anxiety is not from him.

As this year comes to an end, and I look back over the year, I can’t help but think of the word, “Blessings.”

Even though I had some hard times in 2013, there were definitely times of blessings, abundant blessings…

Like, I didn’t have cancer, I didn’t get in a car crash, and I have an amazing job that I love!

So, I thought I would create a simple project to remind me of those blessings, and to be a focal point in our home for 2014.

Blessings Board



1′ x 12′ board 

Wood Stain

3M SandBlaster Sandpaper 120 grit

3M Scotch Blue Exterior Tape

white paint

black paint pen

black and white card stock

Here’s what I did…

Blessings Board

Step One:  Grab a 1′ x 12′ board.   I was able to purchase mine at our local hardware store already cut to this size!  Bonus!!  No cutting involved!

Blessings Board

Step Two:  Next, using some 3M Sandblaster sandpaper, sand the surface and the edges of the board until it’s smooth.  

Blessings Board

Step Three:  Using a stain of your choice, stain the entire board.  I prefer a darker stain, but any stain would work.

Blessings Board

Step Four:  Once the stain is dry, grab some 3M Scotch Blue Exterior painters tape.  I chose exterior painter’s tape because it seems to work best on wood. 

Blessings Board

Step Five:  Measure the distance from the top and bottom of your board and make marks on the right side, the center, and the left side of your board.  I chose to mark 3 inches down from the top and 3 inches up from the bottom.  By marking on the sides and the middle, you have marks to line up your tape so you are even all the way across!

Blessings Board

Step Six:  Paint the center using white chalk paint.  (This is where you better hope you are using a good painter’s tape!  When you’re painting on top of something that has been stained, there is no way to fix paint that decides to seep under the tape.)  

Blessings Board

Step Seven:  After painting on a coat of paint, use a wet washcloth to wipe down the paint.  This gives it more of a weathered look and allows you to see some of the stained wood behind.

Blessings Board

Step Eight:  Carefully peel back the tape. (I always hold my breath here…)

Blessings Board

 YES!!  Perfect!!!  Look at those crisp lines!!  LOVE it!!

Blessings Board

Step Nine:  Print off the word “Blessings” using your favorite font.  I used Chancery Cursive at size 375.

Next, flip over the printed page and use a pencil to shade over the letters.

Blessings Board

Step Ten:  Place your printed page on top of your white painted stripe and trace over the letters while pressing firmly at the same time.  The pencil lines will be left behind when you remove your paper.

Blessings Board

Step Eleven:  Fill in the lines using a black paint pen.

Blessings Board

Step Twelve:  Finally, print off your favorite pictures from the year, or pictures that make you feel blessed, onto card stock paper.

I printed off several…

Blessings Board

..and backed them all with black card stock.

Blessings Board

Step Thirteen:  Roll up tape and stick behind each picture. Place them on your board.  

Why tape?  

Because I want to be able to change out my pictures each year!

Blessings Board

And now I have a great reminder of my new word for 2014… BLESSINGS

I will choose to remember how God has blessed us each and every year.  That even in the valley, there is always a mountain top just ahead.

May God bless you all in 2014!!

Much Love,


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Customized Christmas Gifts for Teachers

I decided this year that I would start saving for Christmas early so that I wouldn’t have to pay for it all at once. So,  I created envelopes for each family and wrote down how much money I would spend on each family member in that family on the front of the envelope.  Then, starting in June, I started filling up each of the envelopes with cash.  I’m excited to say that each envelope is fully funded!  Woo hoo!!  

So, now begins the time where I have to figure out what everyone wants.  I decided to start with the teachers…

There are two times each school year when a teacher feels beyond appreciated…

Teacher Appreciation Week…

and Christmas!

This was a time when your students would give you cards, treats, and gifts from the heart.  (It was also a time where a two week break sounded pretty good!)

I could probably sit here and tell you which gifts were my favorite and which ones still mean the most to me.  Ones that I treasure, ones that remind me of a student or a parent, and ones that make me feel loved.  

Typically, if some kind of thought went into it, then I loved it.  

One of my favorite things to get each year were gifts that were personalized, so I knew this year that I wanted to get a notepad for my son’s teacher that would have her name on it, but I wasn’t quite sure where to get that done.

Then I remembered Zazzle!

I started using Zazzle for business cards when I started my furniture business over a year ago, so imagine my delight when they asked if I’d like to share some of the holiday products they offer on my blog… like personalized gifts!  

Of course I jumped at the chance!  I decided a few weeks ago that from now on, despite the money a business offered me to do a sponsored post, that I would only do it if it was a company I stood behind, actually used, and it went along with my blog.  This fit right in and I was excited to share this company with you.

So, I got to shopping!

The first place I stopped… notepads!!

Personalized Christmas

I picked out this super cute notepad with a zebra border and personalized it with my son’s teacher’s name.  (You can find notepads here.. http://www.zazzle.com/notepads?rf=238767274564155893)

Next, I wanted a coffee mug.  I originally thought I’d personalize the mug too until I found this…

Personalized Christmas

.. seriously, if you are a teacher then you TOTALLY get this!  I LOVE it!!!

Next, I added in a few red pens.  After all, teachers can always use those!

Personalized Christmas

Finally, I wrapped it all up in some tulle.

Since the front of the notepad comes with a page that says your notepad is ready to use, and because I didn’t think she needed that page, I cut the bottom part off and used it as a gift tag to tie it all in together.

Can I tell you how excited I am to already have one gift done?  I’m so excited!!!

There are so many great gifts to choose from on Zazzle, and their Christmas cards are just as lovely!  You can check out all of their gift ideas at http://www.zazzle.com/holiday+gifts?rf=238767274564155893.

Have you started Christmas shopping already?


**Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post for Zazzle.  This company provided compensation through free product to use for this post.  I am also paid a percentage on all sales when items are bought through the links above.  All ideas and opinions are entirely my own.