Crafts, DIY, Quilting & Decorating Our New Home » Crafts, DIY, Quilting & Decorating Our New Home

Hello October!

Oh October I love you — there is something about crisp mornings and warm afternoons that just sing to me.  The beautiful colors of the changing leaves and the scents of goodies baking sure help too!  I’ve already been baking cookies and pumpkin muffins so I’m very thankful for cooler weather so I don’t overheat the house.

I’d love to set some goals for the Nest this month – it’s probably time to kick it into high gear to decorate around here, and maybe even do some sewing too.  This will be so much easier now that my youngest is in preschool three days a week.  Keep me honest readers, here are my goals and I’d love for you to share yours too.  Post them here and I’ll check on you if you check on me – deal???

1.  Finish a baby quilt for my friend Stephanie
2.  Sew one pair of leggings (this pattern has been downloaded, I just need to make it!)
3.  Decorate the mantel for fall – I’ll probably reuse some items from last year’s mantel

Easy right?  Especially since the quilt is halfway finished.  I’ll be sure to share a photo when it’s completed!

Maybe I’ll even get some photos printed – perhaps of this owl I photographed a few weeks ago while we were driving up in the mountain.  Can you find him?

Owl camouflaged in a tree

Printing Photographs on Wood

Hi everyone – I’m here today with a really fun and easy project, printing photographs on wood.  Our family moved into our new home just over a year ago and we are still trying to figure out how to decorate the walls.  Today I decided to make something easy and personalized.

– Piece of wood
– Image printed in reverse/mirrored, printed using a laser printer
– Foam Brush
– Gel Medium
– Water in a bowl
– Old rag
– Sealant (optional)

Gather your “painting” supplies – the wood, your mirrored print, foam brush and gel medium.  I used Golden brand gel medium in matte.
Photo Board Supplies

Place your image print side down on the paper and apply a thin coat of gel over the top.
*NOTE* next time I’ll trim my photo down to only the printed portion to make the removal faster.
Smooth out any bubbles with a flat object or the bottom of a spoon (I used a Pampered Chef scraper).
Photos on wood

Let dry for 8 hours.
Gather your second set of supplies – a bowl of water and an old rag
Printing on Wood

Use the rag to put water onto the paper and soak the paper fibers.
Transferring photos onto wood

Work the paper fibers with your rag and fingers to remove all traces of paper.  Be patient!
Wood printed Photography

Let the wood print dry completely and cover with sealant if desired.  Enjoy!
Printing on Wood

Congratulations, you’ve just finished your first print using photos on wood!  I hope your enjoy the results and I’d love to hear how everything turned out.  You can also try this on canvas!  Please come by my Facebook page and share your results –

Here are some ideas to resource your project (these may contain affiliate links, which help fund my DIY supplies)

Customized Print – Sweet Water Decor
Golden Gel Medium 
Wood & Foam brush – Michaels

Free Craft Classes – Quilting, Sewing, Photography

Oh crafting how I love thee…and I love you even more when you are FREE!  I’ve been searching my favorite crafty site to help you all find the best Free Craft Classes.  Here they are, in no particular order because I love them all.

1.  Piece, Patch, Quilt: Basic Quiltmaking Skills
I’m a total sucker for quilting, well mostly for making quilt tops and then never actually finishing the blanket.  Some day I really need to post a photo of my stack of in progress quilts.  I could probably keep a small army warm.
Free Quilting Tutorial

2.  Bag Making Basics: Reversible Tote and Zipper Pouch
I’ve been wanting to make the perfect fall handbag – one that is just large enough to haul my kids’ stuff around with me when we’re running errands on the weekends.  I think this one will be perfect!
How to sew a handbag
3.  2015 Craftsy Block of the Month
I used to be part of a quilting bee with some girlfriends and let me tell you, the act of doing a different block every month was actually really exciting.  It was a great way to keep everyone interested.  As our kids got older we all became a bit too busy to keep it going so I think this course would be a great way to get started on my own, and if it’s free then there’s no excuse right?
Block of the Month 2015
4.  Machine Embroidered Classics
I’ve had my eye on this machine for a while now, I think I’ll put it on my Christmas wish list and then dive right into this course to help me along!  Have you used this machine, if so please leave me a comment and let me know if you like it.
Machine Embroidery Instructions
5.  Professional Family Portraits

Did you know that I’m also a photographer?  I own Blue Egg Photography so of course I had to put a plug in for learning how to work your camera a little better, you can’t beat a good free photography course!
how to take family photos


There you have it!  Do you have other free courses that you’ve enjoyed?  Please share them in the comments, I’d love to learn about them!

Piel or Fossil Leather Bag?

Need a sturdy bag that will last a lifetime?  Here are two gorgeous finds.  Which would you vote for?

Fossil Estate Messenger Bag

Fossil - Estate Messenger Bag

The Estate collection arrives for the season in our richest leather to date. Perfectly portable, our most-loved messenger is made to hold a laptop, tablet plus all his travel necessities.

Get tech smart—this bag is large enough to hold laptops up to 14″, Macbook® Pro and similar sized models.

Fossil – Estate Messenger Bag – $248.00, Free shipping – Available at


Piel Leather Double Loop Expandable Laptop Briefcase

Piel Leather - Double Loop Leather Expandable Laptop Briefcase

Has a large front zip-pocket on flap.  Double loop magnetic snap opening reveals a full organizer, large interior zip-pocket, and large open pocket.  Main compartment complete with two small open pockets & padded laptop pocket.  Side and bottom zipper creates expansion up to 7 inches.  Large back open pocket.  Top handle for easy carrying & adjustable/detachable shoulder strap

Accommodates Laptop and features an an organizer

Piel Leather – Double Loop Leather Expandable Laptop Briefcase – $247.49, Free shipping – Available at


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Julep Coupon Code | Free St. Patrick’s Day Welcome Box

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