Thursday, July 25, 2013

Kitchen Marquee Sign

I love that the accent color in my kitchen is orange.  Orange is my favorite color, so anytime I make something orange, or buy something orange, my first intention is to find a quirky spot in my kitchen for it. 

While out at vintage markets and perusing Pinterest, I found marquee signs that kept grabbing my attention.  I've kept my eyes peeled for a large "C" for our family's last name, saw tutorials on how to make my own - then thought about how to add one to our kitchen.  The first thing that came to mind was "EAT" when I think of being in my kitchen - and thus this little project was born.

I bought the string lights and cardboard letters at Hobby Lobby.  The lights are battery powered and even have the option to twinkle which really gives it the effect of a true marquee sign!  Both the lights and the letters are much smaller than those used in the tutorial, but they turned out great after I spray painted them orange!

Friday, July 19, 2013


Well, it is seems weird to say it, but my blog turns two today!  Contemplation...what do I do on such an occasion?  Review favorite you a fun new project I'm working on...As I'm trying to figure things out, I look and notice that this will be my ONE HUNDREDTH post as well!  What a coincidence!

Soooooo I thought I'd do all of the above!  Here we go!

Top 5 posts from this last year as chosen by you!

(Click on the photos to join me down past post memory lane):

#5  Pine Cone Snowflake Wreath
A fun little Holiday whimsy to add to your mantel.
#4 Strawberry Brulee Cupcakes

A simple way to doctor up a boxed cake mix!
#3 Fender's 6th Birthday Party

  What a fun day and the start of a new relationship with mustaches!
#2  Custom Pockets

It's pretty hard to resist this kid if I do say so myself!
And last but not least....
#1  Stencil Wall Art DIY
This was my most popular blog post of this last year!
I hope you've had as much fun as I have looking at all of the memories over the last year!  Celebrating 2 years and 100 posts from Fenders Mom!
And now on to 101 and year's a sneak peak at a project I've had in the works for awhile...
Trust me, this is just the aftermath of a really fun piece I made for my kitchen and will be sharing with you next week!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Star Spangled Fourth

I fell in love with this star on Pinterest a while back - oh Pinterest - how you temp me with crafty ideas!  I finally sat down and decided to make it.  I had always intended to do it for Christmas, but then figured if I made it for the 4th and painted it red - it could possibly be used for both holidays!

I love how it turned out and it made decorating for the 4th so much fun!  You can find the basic instructions on how to make it here!

I spray painted my completed star red - but it seemed too much, so I decided to make it more distressed by glopping a lot of white acrylic paint on it and wiping and sanding a lot of it off.

I really like how it turned out and it goes much better with my funky maroon walls than if it were entirely red!
Here's the other side of the room, where I went with red white and turquoise that I hope I can stick with for the rest of the summer!
I love these coffee pots that my mother-in-law gave me!  They are absolutely my favorite part of the mantel (besides the star of course!)

Then outside I couldn't resist to give these a face lift in festive colors as well!  Now off to barbeque!

I hope you all have a Happy Fourth of July!

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