Etsy Shop Printables Giveaway!

July 29, 2014 | Posted by 1

I did my first Etsy giveaway back in December and it was awesome, so I thought I’d do another one! Enter below for your chance to win two FREE printables from my Etsy store! Visit my store here to see what I have available so far. The printables range from $5 to $10, and you choose whichever TWO you want! Please note that this giveaway only includes wall decor printables, baby shower invitation and the baby’s first birthday invitation, not wedding invitations or graphic design work. Some of the printables are exactly what you see, and some are customizable! Kitchen art, important date prints, nursery prints and more! Take a look to see if you like anything! Also note: since these are printables, they will be delivered via email, nothing is sent through the mail. You can print from your home, or you can use an online printing website. I recommend Snapfish and Shutterfly!

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Enter now! These printables are awesome to give as gifts too!

Once again, look here to see what’s available: etsy.com/shop/rissdesign

There will be ONE winner for this giveaway! The winner will be found using Random.org

If the giveaway gets more than 150 entries, there will be TWO winners! Woo-hoo!

Thanks so much guys, I really appreciate each and every entry!

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Flowers Painted on Garden Shed

July 22, 2014 | Posted by Comment

My mom and step dad came to me asking if I would want to paint flowers on their shed for them. Obviously my answer was hells yes, that could be soooo fun. Not to mention relaxing. I love sitting down and painting for hours, it’s one of the best ways to relax myself. Their shed is a medium grey with white trim, and they weren’t too picky about what flowers they wanted so I was looking forward to getting it started asap for them. My mom and I went over to Home Depot and picked out the colors we wanted – bright! I mixed a lot of the colors for shading and getting specific colors that I wanted. It worked out awesome.

Here’s what I started with:

Flowers Painted on Shed6 WM

After hosing down the shed and getting all the dirt off, I started out with a calla lily. My mom LOVES calla lilies – it was her and my step dad’s wedding flower, also the flower I used on their wedding invitations. So I wanted to make the calla lilies look awesome.

Flowers Painted on Shed10 WM

I guess I can’t take all the credit for painting the shed, I did have some help…Miss Jazzy Lynn (below) did most of the work.

Flowers Painted on Shed5 WM

Next up, daisies. Love blue, love daisies.

Flowers Painted on Shed8 WM

Poppies next. Who doesn’t love little poppies?

Flowers Painted on Shed1 WM

Then came the tulips. I can’t lie – I love how these turned out.

Flowers Painted on Shed3 WM

A blue and white lily and another poppy…

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And of course sunflowers. Because really what is a flower mural without some sunflowers?

Flowers Painted on Shed2 WM

Now time to add in some final details like grass, a couple snowdrop flowers, little grape hyacinths…

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And of course one last calla lily for the back side of the shed, and it’s complete.

Flowers Painted on Shed9 WM

So what do you think? I love the outcome – it took me over a month to complete, and I think all the time and effort was well worth it. My mom and step dad love it, so that’s all that matters!

Rissa and Charlie Sig

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Front Porch Reno: The Floor

July 18, 2014 | Posted by Comment

My goal for the beginning of summer was to entirely re-do our front porch. When we moved in it had dirty cream walls with cracks everywhere, including all over the pillars, which are one of my favorite parts of the porch. It also had a black with white specks carpet that I’m assuming was extremely dirty but was hidden well since it was black. Does anyone else get freaked out by the idea of cleaning or touching someone else’s dirtiness? It makes me cringe just thinking about it. But I guess that’s expected when you buy a house, huh?!

I knew from day one that I wanted to do an extreme makeover on the porch, but last summer was filled with staining furniture on the porch. Literally, we had our huge bedroom suite on the porch so I could sand/stain it all. Which reminds me I still need to write that huge post. Why is there not enough hours in the day?

Well this summer I finally got to tackle the front porch project! This is by far the biggest project I’ve done by myself for the house. And when I say by myself, I mean by my self. Charlie would have helped if I asked, but I really wanted to go at it alone.

Take a look at what my view was a couple weeks ago:

Yep. No words needed here.

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Here’s a better view of the carpet. If only you saw it in person.

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And then came the carpet removal. Went great until we realized our utility knife wasn’t sharp enough to cut the carpet so we had to make a Lowe’s run to get a knife specific to carpet cutting. Which actually turned out great because we got an awesome Kobalt one that I totally recommend.

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And the carpet is gone! By ugly carpet I will never think about again after I write this post! Pretty sure I danced a little after that thing was gone.

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And then there was paint. Funny story. I did some research on deck paints and decided I wanted either Olympic Rescue It deck paint or Rustoleum’s Deck Over paint. Since this is indoors it should last longer than normal. I got my hands on a $5 GALLON of Olympic’s Rescue It deck paint at Lowe’s. Yes you read that correctly. Normal price is $35. Cha-ching! Well, the only problem was I wasn’t a huge fan of the color. But I really want this paint to fill in some cracks and coat the porch since the paint itself is really thick. I of course got the paint, taped off the porch and started with the trim.

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And then I finished. And I really didn’t like the color. I was going to just leave it at first, but I’ve put so much effort, time and money into trying to make this porch something I love so I decided it was back to Lowe’s I go to get more paint.

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And then I found this color. LOVE. Can’t remember the name of it right now but it’s a light slate blue exterior paint.

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I decided since the porch floor was already sealed with the deck paint, I would just paint over it with a color I like.

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It turned out GREAT. I love it! Obviously this picture isn’t doing it any justice but there will be more porch updates next week don’t worry.

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Have you ever used a deck paint? What kind, and did you like it?!

Rissa and Charlie Sig

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