www.SweetgumLife.com February Blog Launch Extravaganza!


Dear Readers,

I proudly present our www.SweetgumLife.com February Blog Launch Extravaganza!

Every business day (Monday-Friday), you will have a chance to win wonderful prizes from some pretty amazing people!

Here’s how to win today’s $25 Fandango gift certificate that I purchased to launch www.SweetgumLife.com!

Please visit www.SweetgumLife.com, my new web site, to be a part of the contest.

I’ve not only got a new name and site, but now I also have the same name on Instagram and Facebook!

After several years of writing for www.thewritesteph.com, I’m going “self-hosted,” so I’ll only have theWriteSteph up for just a few more days. 🙂 Kinda sad, but upward and onward!

Pin or Pitch — Harrison Brothers Wall Art

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The wood.

So I bought these pieces of wood from Harrison Brothers a few weeks back.

Wood glue didn’t hold the wood to an old piece of laminate flooring that I found in my Dad-in-Law’s junk pile.

Instead, I nailed each piece to the laminate with some trim nails that I had on hand.

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Old laminate is not the easiest thing to hammer into. At least it was upcycled, though. (I.e., Free!)

One piece split (boooo!) and I nailed them in a little crooked.

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Oh, come on, nail! Really?!!!

 

I’m such an impatient crafter. To hide that, I stuck pieces of sticks in the crevaces and hot-glued the raw edges to hide the laminate.

My Dad-in-Law had these awesome steampunk-looking pieces of rusted wire that I bent to make some pretty lines for the hanger.

I made a patch-work quilt of sorts out of decorative contact paper and duct tape. I wanted the back to look pretty, and I also wanted to protect my drywall from the protruding nail heads.

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Alas, the wood was too heavy, so I nailed these Hillman sawtooth hangers on the back and hung them on my drywall with monkey hangers.

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It turned out crooked on my wall, but I’ve got to scram and didn’t have time to hang it straight.

I’ve got about 3 tiny holes in the wall, but the artwork hides them.

Since I got the wood pieces at the Harrison Brothers basement, who knows what part of a great old southern home now hangs in my house!
So what do you guys think?

Is it Pin-worthy or should I pitch it?

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Done! (Sorta.)

Beautiful Stoneridge Homes

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The Meadows, model home.

Yesterday I met and interviewed Jim and Kim Wright, owners and builders of some of the most beautiful homes in the Tennessee Valley.

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Great room.

I will be writing an article for them for one of my freelance writing jobs.

I got to tour one of their Stoneridge Homes in a planned community appropriately named The Meadows.

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Jim’s trim.

I thought you all may like to see some of the pictures that I took. What do you think of the trim work?  This is Jim’s specialty.

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Ducks at The Meadows.

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Construction site with mountain views.