Sunday, June 19, 2016

Father's Day Gift (or a gift for any occasion)

Now that we have given out our Father's Day present, I can share with you what we did.  

Ryobi Tools
We created a gift that is super easy, inexpensive, and has an amazingly beautiful outcome to bring lasting memories.  The best part... These gifts can be for any occasion.  

I ordered Engineering Prints in black & white (you can also do them in color) from our local Staples.  I ordered them right online.  They were crazy inexpensive.  I believe I paid less than $2.00 each.

I used some extra trim wood we had in our stash.  They are plain pine trim planks.  I cut them to fit across the top & bottom of each print using my Ryobi Miter Saw.  It was fast & easy to cut.  You could also use the Ryobi jigsaw to make the cuts if you don't have a miter saw or table saw.

This is not a plug for Ryobi, but seriously I am in love with my miter saw.  It's cordless, it's light, it has a laser & I use it a ton!  

I had already stained the borads because I had planned on using them for something else. They were perfect for this project so I went with it!

Once they were cut, I painted them with gray paint.  Another paint that I had on hand.  It took very little paint, just enough to cover the boards.

I was making 3 gifts and so I needed 6 total boards.  

I let them dry, which only took about 20 minutes.  I then lightly sanded & distressed them.  Since I did black & white prints, I wanted a vintage look.

I used black hemp oil wax on them.

I used my Ryobi narrow crown stapler to attach them to the boards.  And, added picture hanging wire to them.

And...wallah all done!

This one is for my father!  He loves having pictures of his family...

This one is for my father in law.. His son & granddaughters.. LOVE!

And, this one for my husband!  An awesome rad dad....for him to hang in his home office!

So very simple yet truly a gorgeous piece of art.

You can see that this could be for any occasion.  Remember they are engineering prints & that means made of paper so you want to be careful with them.  But, I see so many ideas & possiblities that are endless!

I realized that I used my Ryobi tools for most of this project.  They did not sponsor this post... I just really love my tools from Ryobi.  They make DIYing easy & fun.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Country Living Fair Rhinebeck 2016 - Mom/Daughter date

It is one of my favorite times of the year.  The Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY.
Country Living Fair
My oldest daughter has taken much interest in my work, what I do, and wants to be a part of it.  I asked her if she wanted to join me this year for my annual trip to the Country Living Fair.  She was beyond excited, and was up at 5 am Saturday morning, much too early for this momma to make our trip.

I told her to give me a few more hours of sleep, and then we'd be on our way.

Mom & Daughter day out

We pulled up & her face just lit up with excitement & full of questions.  She wanted to know if I knew anyone there, what would we see, & are there any rides here.

We entered the front gates, she grabbed a map immediately to see if she recognized any names I've spoken before.  

Country Living Fair - main stage

She spotted my sweet friend Evey's name ASAP!  She was so darn excited thinking we were going to get to see her.  I had to explain that unfortunately not!  Evey would be on the Main Stage on Sunday, which we wouldn't get to be there for. 

But, once I told her let's go say hello to my friends from Bel Monili & Junxtaposition that make gorgeous jewelry she was happy.  If you haven't, you should visit both of these lovely ladies.  I never walk away without finding many items that I fall in love with.  

Country Living Fair

Katie of course found some treasures of her own.  She loved this darling heart ring from Junxtaposition & this bracelet from Bel Monili!  She also picked out a bracelet for her sister that had the sweet quote "know in your heart you are loved".  That my friends is true sister love!!

Fern Avenue Blog - Country Living Fair

I would catch her many times looking down, smiling & admiring her new accessories!  My heart was full!

Country Living Fair - junxtaposition

Country Living Fair Bel Monili

The first year I went, I met Cari Cucksey from Cash & Cari.  I always look forward to seeing her, and chatting about her awesome paint line.  You can see a couple of my projects I've done using the RePurpose Paint line HERE & HERE!  

This year Cari was not at the Country Living Fair... :::insert big sad face here::: ... but for a very good reason.  Katie has heard me talk loads & loads of Cari and what an amazingly beautiful person she is inside & out!  She wanted a picture with her!!

Country Living Fair - Fern Avenue Blog

Finding a positive to Cari not being there is 2 Chix and a Barn & Wagner was set up in the spot that Cari normally occupies. 

I didn't get to say hello to the lovely ladies from 2 Chix and a Barn because they were slammed busy during the entire time I was there!  That's a great thing...they always have fun & cool things so if you missed them, go check out their website!

I've been using my Wagner sprayer (Flexio 590 specifically) since last year, and I absolutely love it.  So naturally I stopped in to chat with the folks from Wagner.

Wagner Sprayer

Katie wanted to watch as they demonstrated the Home Decor Sprayer.  I do not have this sprayer at this time, but it's on my list.  I'd love to try it out.  


I've had tons of questions about using my Wagner Sprayer.  I was able to talk with some of the experts from Wagner to discuss some of the questions & concerns. They were amazing at answering my questions.  I look forward to bringing some important information to you soon in a separate post on using the sprayers from Wagner.

One of the highlights of my visit this year was getting to meet Matthew Mead!

Matthew is known to many as a Lifestyle Guru..

Matthew Mead Lifestyle

It was not only a pleasure meeting him, but getting to watch him on The Main Stage demonstrating the Wagner Sprayer.

I was able to video the demo and share it live on my facebook page!

It was super cool of him to invite the members of the audience to come up and try out the sprayer for themselves.  They were able to see just how easy it is to use the Wagner Sprayer.  Matthew was able to answer questions that each person had directly.

Wagner on Main Stage at Country Living Fair

One of my favorite finds this year was for my office makeover.  I purchased 2 vintage school chairs.  Here is a tiny sneak peek at one of them.  I can't wait to show them off better when I get this room complete.

Fern Avenue Blog - Country Living Fair

BTW those floors were painted using my Wagner Sprayer!  Much more to come soon on that!

Overall the day was well spent.  We got to visit with friends, drink lots & lots of lemonade since it was so hot, eat yummy fresh made ice cream...

We took many fun pictures from the first of many trips to the Country Living Fair..

My girl had such a great time, and she made her stance that she WILL be attending all future Country Living Fairs!

By the end of our day as we were heading home, barely pulled out of the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, I was at a stop light when I looked back...

This girl was totally worn out..but didn't stop her from jumping in the pool when we returned home!

Another great day spent at the 2016 Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY!