Vintage Apple Sign

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Although Eliza hasn't started preschool yet, we are definitely in back to school mode. Trying to get us all on earlier bedtime schedules, better lunch schedules, etc. I am excited to share the tutorial for my vintage apple sign that was in my back to school decor. I wanted to have a cute sign that I could easily transition into my fall decor and I think it turned out perfectly!
Carissa Miss: Vintage Apple Sign
One of the hardest things for me is that I'm constantly finding inspiration everywhere and it's hard to think of something that hasn't been done before. {I love love this rustic sign from Ella Claire}I have an entire board of Fun Fall  ideas on Pinterest 

This apple sign was super easy to whip up:
1 1x6 cut at 24"
Foam brush 
Small detail paint brush

I first cut the point of the arrow by setting my saw to 45 degree angle
Carissa Miss: Vintage Apple Sign
Then I made two cuts on the same side
Carissa Miss: Vintage Apple Sign

The end of the arrow was a little trickier and I had to get out my jigsaw. I used a ruler to mark the center and the two angles to match and then cut away. I took this picture after I had already removed the wood clamp to hold the wood in place so make sure you have something to keep the board steady as you cut!
Carissa Miss: Vintage Apple Sign
I free handed the "apples" in pencil first for spacing and then used my foam brush to paint it with a couple coats of Vanilla Frosting and then re-traced over in pencil the "apples" and painted it in with a detail paint brush in Devotion.

Carissa Miss: Vintage Apple Sign
The free-hand is not perfect, but I think it just adds to the charm;)

Carissa Miss: Vintage Apple Sign

I used my foam brush to apply the stain on the edges after the paint was dry
Carissa Miss: Vintage Apple Sign
and then took my sander to the whole board until it looked how I wanted.
Carissa Miss: Vintage Apple Sign
It took only a couple hours from start to finish INCLUDING dry time. My favorite kind of project:)

Don't forget to check out those other amazing Apple Projects from #CreativeBuzz bloggers:
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It's another Back to School Birthday Giveaway!

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It's a special day today! We're celebrating blogger birthdays this week with The Cards We Drew and we've rounded up a great group of bloggers and vendors to throw the ultimate birthday bash and party like it's YOUR birthday! We're giving away over $950 worth of prizes for three lucky winner (U.S. residents only--sorry). You can enter the giveaway via Rafflecopter below, but first check out the great prizes and bloggers involved and please be sure to read the fine print!
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Each blogger picked their own gift card to giveaway...so here's what's up for grabs!!
Someday Crafts $15 Chilis Gift Card / The Cards We Drew $15 Home Goods Gift Card / Sweet Tea and Saving Grace $15 Hobby Lobby Gift Card / A Girl and a Glue Gun $15 Home Depot Gift Card / Made to be a Momma $15 Amazon Gift Card / Cupcake Diaries $15 Olive Garden Gift Card / Glued to my Crafts $15 Lowe's Gift Card / Kleinworth and Co. $15 Target Gift Card / Frenchie Wraps $15 JoAnn's Gift Card / Simply Designing $15 Amazon Gift Card / Carissa Miss $15 Amazon Gift Card / Food Folks and Fun $15 Target Gift Card / Occasionally Crafty $15 Amazon Gift Card / Maybe I Will $15 iTunes Gift Card / Over the Big Moon $15 Pick Your Plum Gift Card / Yesterday on Tuesday $15 Amazon Gift Card / Housewife Eclectic $15 Amazon Gift Card / Our Thrifty Ideas $15 Pick Your Plum Gift Card / Gingersnap Crafts $15 JoAnn's Gift Card / Pretty Providence $15 Target Gift Card / Crafting in the Rain $15 Panera Gift Card / Sister's Suitcase Blog $15 Target Gift Card / DimplePrints $15 Lowe's Gift Card / That's What Che Said $15 Home Depot Gift Card / Twin Dragonfly Designs $15 Amazon Gift Card / Happiness is Homemade $15 Amazon Gift Card / The Baker Upstairs $15 World Market Gift Card / Blooming Homestead $15 Target Gift Card / Splendid Designs $15 Michaels Gift Card / Reasons to Skip the Housework $15 Target Gift Card / Giggles Galore $15 Michaels Gift Card / Raegun Ramblings $15 Amazon Gift Card / View from the Fridge $15 Chipotle Gift Card / Flats to Flip Flops $15 Old Navy Gift Card / Cooking with Crystal $15 Hobby Lobby Gift Card / Home. Made. Interest $15 Home Depot Gift Card / 100 Directions $15 Amazon Gift Card / 733 Blog $15 JoAnn's Gift Card / Endlessly Inspired $15 Home Goods Gift Card / Here Comes the Sun $15 Target Gift Card / Bloom Designs $15 Michaels Gift Card / Strawberry Mommycakes $15 Pottery Barn Gift Card / Handmade in the Heartland $15 Amazon Gift Card / Wait til Your Father Gets Home $15 Amazon Gift Card / Mabey She Made It $15 Amazon Gift Card / Play Party Pin $15 Amazon Gift Card / Poofy Cheeks $15 Target Gift Card / Bombshell Bling $15 iTunes Gift Card / C.R.A.F.T. $15 Home Depot Gift Card / Gallamore West $15 Target Gift Card
AND on top of all those gift cards we have the following vendors participating...
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$100 Credit to Design Your Own Handbag at Wink and Winn
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$50 Credit to StitchFix where you can get your own personal stylist sending clothes to your door!
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PRIZES WILL BE AS FOLLOWS:
Winner One: $645 worth of Gift Cards + $50 StitchFix Credit
Winner Two: $60 worth of Gift Cards + $100 Credit to Wink and Winn
Winner Three: $45 worth of Gift Cards + $25 to Pick Your Plum + Jamberry Nail Decals
Giveaway Details and Fine Print: Giveaway begins 8/27 and ends 9/5 at 11:59 p.m.. Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Winners will be chosen by Rafflecopter and winning entries verified. If winning entry is not complete, prize will be voided and another winner will be chosen. Winners will be notified via email and have 48 hours to respond and claim their prize before a new winner is chosen. Gift cards are chosen by each individual blogger and are mailed out separately to the winner in increments of $15 per blogger. Winner may not choose what gift cards they receive as that is predetermined by the bloggers in advance. Winner will have to provide a valid mailing address and email address, which will be kept confidential, in order to claim their prizes from all parties involved. All individual blogs are responsible for fulfilling their own respective prizes and will have the gift card in the mail or through email to you within one week of verification of winning. Gift Cards are sent out in $15 increments. The Cards We Drew, nor any other blog, is not held liable for unfulfilled prizes from other bloggers and/or vendors involved with this giveaway and all associated with this giveaway are hereby not held liable for any issues with the winnings. Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram and not in ANY way involved with this giveaway and are hereby released of any responsibility or liability. a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Relaxing Master Bedroom

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I'm at it again! The last design board I created was for my friend, Kassi's bathroom. Since then, I've helped another friend do something similar, plus started on my bathroom update! My friend Kassi is ready to start working on her master bedroom and I can't wait. I always suggest that the master be the FIRST room we work on rather than the last because we so often fall into the trap of decorating for what and where other people see instead of for ourselves. Our home is for us! We should decorate for ourselves first and then since it is a representation of ourselves others will immediately feel it. Don't put off your "me" space! In fact, email me and let me help you get started! There. Off my soapbox for now.

We are pretty much starting with a blank slate. yay! Sarah picked a fun seagull canvas for this month's design collaboration challenge and I thought it was the perfect color palette for Kassi's new relaxing master bedroom.

Carissa Miss: Relaxing Master Bedroom

The high, tufted, wing-back headboard was my starting point. I've known it was what her big, empty bedroom needed right as I walked in. I hope to fill it with beautiful rustic dresser and nightstands like these from Restoration Hardware, but unless there's an awesome sale, I'll be substituting...
She has a similar style to me, so I knew she'd love the same striped bedding I have and when I showed her my design she told me she already had the Rugs USA rug in Indigo in her office! {can we be any more alike?}

I'm loving the pineapple trend and love this simple geometric print. I paired with the yellow "love" pillow, a fun teal ikat pillow, and a simple mint throw pillow from H&M's home line; cheap and easy to mix and match.

I still am trying to find a place for this Urban Outfitter's Honeycomb pendant in my house, but until I do I'll keep urging clients to buy it! It really is so versatile. If we don't use this one then we for sure will pick one of their other fun pendants.

My favorite part of this monthly challenge is seeing how different each of our design boards turn out! 

I love the painting Sarah chose, and I used it as a jumping point for a very bright, very cheery living room, using a lot of vintage pieces mixed with a few Ikea and West Elm staples.

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Sears More to You

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This post is brought to you by Sears! I just can't help but share info about cool products/services. All opinions are always my own #MoreToYou.

Tracking Pixel This one time, this one friend I knew, was up against some deadlines and had to go run some errands. A certain threenager was not happy about aborting her tv watching time early to hop in the car forrreeevvverrrr. Well. This one friend didn't want to leave her at home--duh--but knew the car would put said threenager into an "itstoolatetonapbutimsogrumpyillfallasleepanyway" nap. ugh. I told this friend I had NEVER been in this situation and had NEVER been tempted to leave said grumpy toddler sleeping in the car while I ran inside for a second. It's Dangerous and Illegal you know.

That's why I only visit drive-thru pharmacies, drive-thru fast-food, etc. If only I could do my regular shopping that way. When I found that Sears now offers In-Vehicle Shopping I knew I stumbled upon something literally life changing.

No more racing through aisles with grouchy kids, no more forgetting the whole reason we were visiting the store because I was too frazzled trying to bribe them to stay in the cart and "no we're not buying ANOTHER FROZEN DOLL"

So I jumped onto Sears.com to go through my shopping list:
Got Jens some much needed pjs and another cute outfit along with a little "hooray it's almost fall!" gift to me;)
With Shop Your Way I earn points {extra $$$} to spend later. I'm going to buy these items any way, I might as well get something out of it! All my items were eligible for FREE SHIPPING, but I could have picked FREE store pickup too. The super convenient in-vehicle pick-up is powered by the Shop Your Way mobile app and enables you to pick up your online purchases at any Sears store within five minutes of arrival, without ever leaving your car—talk about a time saver!


Breanna, another busy mom like me, got a little sweet surprise at the end of her quick and easy, shopping trip:

Isn't that so sweet? What are some of your time-saving tips?

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Sweet and Charming Coral and Gold Desk

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Carissa Miss: Sweet and Charming Coral and Gold Desk
I just can't get sick of coral! When my stylish friend showed me her plain white desk, I knew Country Chic Paint's Sweet Dreams would be the perfect coral to emphasize it's feminine curves. {Remember the pair of gray nightstands? Yeah, those are hers too} 
Carissa Miss: Sweet and Charming Coral and Gold Desk
I wiped it down with a lint-free cloth and then went to work with my Home Right Finish Max Pro. There's a little bit of a learning curve with the sprayer, but now that I've figured out the perfect watering-down method, each coat goes on almost flawlessy. {almost cause I got to stay humble, right?} 

Carissa Miss: Sweet and Charming Coral and Gold Desk
I couldn't decide if I should fill in all the detail with gold, but decided to keep it very simple and let the coral lead instead of the gold.
Carissa Miss: Sweet and Charming Coral and Gold Desk
I had to add this navy and gold polka dot fabric to the drawers though.
Carissa Miss: Sweet and Charming Coral and Gold Desk

Carissa Miss: Sweet and Charming Coral and Gold Desk

I know I'm trying to find a piece in my house that needs a coral update. Love how easy Country Chic Paint is to use. This transformation took about 2 hours from start to finish. With literally no prep chalk-based paint is the way to go!

Here are some of my other favorite coral furniture transformations:
Carissa Miss: Sweet and Charming Coral and Gold Desk

Carissa Miss: Sweet and Charming Coral and Gold Desk

Carissa Miss: Sweet and Charming Coral and Gold Desk

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Antique Painted Jewelry Box

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I had a lot of fun updating this simple jewelry box for a friend's daughter. She inherited it from her grandmother's things after she passed away and knew it had potential. I'm a sucker for all things pink and gold...so...



pink and gold she is!
 My daughter certainly had no problems filling it with her costume jewelry and play makeup.
 I painted it with Country Chic Paint's Cherry Blossom and waxed with gold wax.

 I couldn't resist adding a couple personal touches like her daughter's name
and some more fun gold details
 This piece is now a daily reminder of great-grandma instead of collecting dust in the attic.

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Easy Back to School Decor

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School starts today for our kids. Well, for those kids who are in elementary school at least. Eliza is completely heartbroken that she doesn't get to ride on the bus with the big kids. I hate seeing her disappointed so we will walk to the bus stop with the kids on our way for a run. She doesn't start pre-school until after labor day. I couldn't help but do a little decorating in anticipation though.



 I used Tom Kat Studio's lunchbox notes as a letter garland. I knew I had to have them even though I won't be packing lunches this year.

Carissa Miss: Easy Back to School Decor

Carissa Miss: Easy Back to School Decor

This world globe was an Amazon purchase that was a boring black. My favorite Krylon Gold Spray Paint fixed that right away.
Carissa Miss: Easy Back to School Decor

I made this vintage apples sign and honestly, it's my favorite part. I wanted something that would transition from back to school to fall. I'll be sharing a step-by-step on the 28th!


Carissa Miss: Easy Back to School Decor
Are your kids already in school at your house?


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