DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Idea – Personalized Handmade Name Custom Name Sign

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Want to give a special, personalized gift for Valentine’s Day this year? Create a custom handmade name sign for someone special in your life! My son, Cody, made a personalized name sign for a girl he knows at school. Here’s how he did it.
DIY Valentine's Day GIft Idea - Personalized Handmade Name Sign
Start by selecting a piece of wood that is around 3/4″ to 1 1/2″ thick. This will allow your name sign to stand on it’s own on a surface or at the top of a door or window frame. This is a great use for any scrap wood you may have on hand. Then draw your design onto the piece of wood you’ve chosen to use. Next, carefully cut out the name using a jigsaw.
DIY Handmade GIft Idea - Personalized Handmade Custom Name Sign
Once you’ve cut out the letters for your sign, you may want to sand the edges so there are no rough edges.
DIY Woodworking Craft Project - Personalized Handmade Custom Name Sign - DIY Valentine's Day Gift Idea
Once you’ve cut out and sanded the sign, it’s time to decorate it. Cody opted to stain the sides and the back of his sign.
DIY Woodworking Craft Project - Personalized Hand Painted Custom Name Sign - DIY Valentine's Day Gift Idea
For the front of the sign, Cody applied purple, gray and white non-toxic acrylic paints. He painted the bottom base of the sign with gray paint and the letters of the name with purple paint.
DIY Valentine's Day Craft Project - Homemade Gift Idea - Personalized Wooden Name Sign
Finally he painted around the edges of the letters with white paint and added a row of dots in white paint to the base of the sign. Who would you make a personalized name sign for?

DIY Home Decorating Ideas – Wood Grain Trend

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I’ve recently started looking for an apartment to rent so I’ve been extra inspired by ways to decorated your home. Here are a few inspirational home decorating ideas I’ve recently run across that I wouldn’t mind using in my own home.
Wood grain is a huge trend lately. So exploit it’s versatility and use it rooms that are shared between the guys and the girls! Left: DIY Tree Branch Side Table via ManMade; Right: David Stark Wood Slices Dinnerware Set (right) via West Elm (Try it yourself with plain ceramic plates and non-toxic porcelain paint pens. I use Pebeo Porcelaine Paint Pens.)

DIY Storage Ideas. Left: DIY Ikea Nasum Basket Shelving via Livet Hemma; Right: DIY Industrial Record Cabinet via A Beautiful Mess Blog

For more inspirational home decorating ideas and diy projects, visit my For the Home board on Pinterest. What is your favorite home decorating trend right now?

Budget savvy wedding rings that look anything but cheap.

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My cousin got married yesterday and that got me thinking about less traditional wedding rings. Sam and her husband had simple gold bands with their names engraved in them. Sam & William for hers and William and Sam for his. With the economy still in a crunch, lots of couples may be looking for a way to scale back on the cost of a wedding and perhaps, even the cost of the rings as well. That doesn’t mean your rings can’t stand out.
In fact, there are wedding bands that not only take the cake, but come in under $1000. I took the time to seek out some amazing hand crafted rings that not only look amazing, but are also budget savvy. Don’t be afraid to do something a little different, especially if you’re able to put more heart into it than diamonds.

Annual Sidewalk Art Show in Downtown Roanoke

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I was able to visit the 52nd Annual Sidewalk Art Show in downtown Roanoke yesterday with clear skies and warm weather! There were 120 artists at this year’s show from as far as Florida to Canada, but the one artist I really wanted to see is a Roanoke local. I’m a huge fan of the works by Scott ToObz Noel, and I just couldn’t pass up seeing him again this year. Last year I bought a fabulous oil painting from him, so this year I just had to do the same. The piece, below, is titled “Running Paynes” and is spray paint on canvas. I love how introspective it seems.

I really got a kick out this three dimensional painting created by Kurt Kindermann of Bedford, VA. It’s suitably titled, “Rabbits (the story of you.)”

And we’re off to the races! I was quite impressed with these sculptural paintings by Ned Moulton. Created from wood pieces and then hand painted, Ned paints not only lively horses, but also hungry hippos and tall giraffes.