Personalizing your table with Painters Markers (2)

Today I’m back with the second half of my post on Painter’s Paint Markers.  See our first post here.
I’ve been experimenting with place settings for our holiday table.

For this setting I went for rustic chic look.


 I experimented with drawing directly on a ceramic bowl.

PicMonkey Collage

The design partially came off when I ran it through the dish washer and I was able to remove it all with the help of a Magic Eraser.  Great if you don’t want the design to be permanent on your ceramic dishes but you may want to test the marker in an inconspicuous place first.  Just make sure to draw where food won’t be in contact with the paint.



Throw the formal place setting out the window and opt for a more casual, but equally as chic setting.

For this next setting I went for a natural look.


The two boards are actually cheese boards put together to mimic the look of a wooden place mat.  It’s layered with a circular natural fiber place mat then topped with a regular round plate.  I found the burlap doily for $1.00 and drew some embellishments on it with a Painter Paint Marker.

Natural collage

I used a clear glass bowl which is great when you want to see through the dish to what is underneath it.



With a simple piece of Kraft colored card stock I wrote the word, “Enjoy” then wrapped it around the utensils and used it as a napkin ring.

Of course we can’t leave out the kiddos!  I used some simple Kraft paper as a table protector.


This is one of my main go-to’s whenever I have kiddos over to my house and I’m going to be serving them food.   Using a Painter’s Paint Marker I drew a place mat directly on to the Kraft paper.  Kids love it when you embellish their place setting with pictures, their name…


…and even a menu.


Kids are messy eaters + their attention span is short.  Crayons are great way to make meal time fun and give their busy hands something to do between bites.


When the meal is over you just wrap it all up and throw it away.  Easiest and fastest clean up ever.

Don’t forget …  Painters is having a monthly contest between October – December where you can make your own creations using Painters. They are giving each monthly winner a prize valued at $500! The Style by Aisle with Painters Contest will have five different themes (August-December) which are based on store “aisles.” You can submit your homemade creations to the Painters site.  You can also download a coupon for Painters products on their site.

Getting our shed organized.

This month we shared our shed makeover with you…

shed final with logo

We were so pleased with the turnout but it felt a bit like a partial makeover because when you opened the doors…


It was a disaster inside. I walked in to find something a few weeks ago and actually twisted my ankle tripping over my son’s scooter, ran in to a wall of boxes and pulled down some Easter baskets on my head.  Then I threw a minor tantrum…you know when you are so beyond annoyed and mad that you yell like a bear and start throwing things…yep.  That.

It was so beyond the point of needing to get organized.  We first cleared everything out and took inventory of what we had and what we could donate.


 One of the problems I have with projects is it takes me about an hour to hunt down everything I need before I even start.  Tools are literally scattered everywhere.
Basement, garage, boxes in the shed.

I spent about $50. on a couple of peg boards and assorted peg board hooks from ACE Hardware and covered this wall.


Best money I ever spent.
P.S. You can buy an assortment of pegboard hooks on Amazon for the cheapest price I’ve seen around.

Shed organization

There is something so gratifying and freeing about being organized and knowing where things are.  I’m ready to tackle the rest of my house.

Check out some of our other projects using pegboard:


DIY Advent Calendar.


Framed Jewelry Board.


Good Deed Punch Cards and Rewards.

Happy Peg-boarding!

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Hudson Bay Blanket

O Canada.
How we love thee.
You’ve given us Ryan Gosling, maple syrup and hockey.
How can we ever thank you?
But I have to say, in my humble opinion, one of your best additions ever was the Hudson Bay Wool Blanket
(blanket traded by the Hudson Bay company between Canada and North America in 18-19th century).
It has influenced design (and warmed cold toes) around the world.

Yesterday, after I dropped my last little man off at his first day of preschool,


me and my teary-eyed self wandered around town until it was time to pick him back up and see if he survived.
You can imagine my excitement when I found a vintage Hudson Bay Blanket at a consignment shop in my wanderings.
It was like a consoling gift from Heaven.

For now it’s hanging out on my son’s bed


but oh the possibilities…


Via Atlanta Homes Magazine



Via Apartment Therapy

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

Via Animal Print Shop



Via Vogue Living.



Via Apartment Therapy


Via Country Living


Via Selectism


Via One King’s Lane

Here are some different versions of the classic Hudson Bay Wool Blanket.


1. The Bay.
2. Faribault.
3. Pendleton.
4. Woolrich.

P.S. My little man did great on his first day.  For the past 11+ years I’ve been at home raising three little men.
I’m emotional seeing this sweet time come to an end but I’m immensely excited to see what this new chapter holds!