Coordinates Sign DIY

Don’t you just love those signs that mark your little spot in the world? Our regular contributor, Michelle James, has a fantastic and fun Coordinates Sign DIY project for you today.

A Coordinates Sign

Mark Your Spot In The World

Hello again! Today I am showing you a sign I created for a friend of mine. It marks the coordinates of their house in Whittemore, IA and will be hung up in their home. It just love this idea.

A Coordinates Sign

About a month ago my friend Jill asked me to make one of these signs for her neighbor who was moving out of state. She wanted to give her something to remember her time and her home in Iowa. When I got it done and took it to her she loved it and then wanted on for herself. I was, of course, happy to do it. They were neighbors so the numbers were almost exactly the same.

I started with a plain sign painted brown with a very watered down paint. It pretty much acts like a stain on the wood. Jeff makes these for me from lathe and 1×2 but you could use a pre-made sign or a pallet too. You could even use a canvas if you like. I just like the rustic-ness of the wood.

Then with my Silhouette Machine I chose a font and cut out the numbers that I needed. I did not cut out the bottom letters because they end up being so small.


I used a chalk pencil to trace around the large numbers and letters then just free-handed the smaller words.

Then I just painted with white acrylic paint.

When I get done and the paint is completely dry I use a sanding block and sand the entire surface for a small amount distressing.

They always come out looking so nice and they are really easy to make.


I hope you like this project. It is such a great way to mark your spot on this Earth. You can see all of my projects by visiting my blog at https://www.michellejdesigns.com
Have a great day!

~Michelle

Isn’t this adorable? Have you thought of making a coordinates sign? What fun ideas for coordinates do you have?

 

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World Pasta Month In October!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Buca di Beppo® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

October Is World Pasta Month

Imagine the Pastabilities!

October is World Pasta Month; so, come celebrate and Create Your Own Pasta Bowl at Buca di Beppo.

Imagine yourself in a one-of-a-kind festive atmosphere surrounded by kitchy vintage collectibles and photographs. The eclectic décor brings fun, laughter, and an undeniable energy to this Italian restaurant.

What really makes Buca di Beppo special for the entire familia, is the food—traditional classic Italian recipes served family style and cotto a puntino (cooked to perfection). The delizioso antipasti (appetizers), insalate (salads), and pizzas are wonderful add-ons for the amazing entrees and. pasta dishes on a regular basis.

However, right now, you can create your own personal pasta bowl in honor of World Pasta Month—imagine the pastabilities! Starting at just $7.50 per person, and in 5 delicious steps, your pasta bowl will be on its way to your table in no time. What are the five steps to Create Your Own Pasta Bowl?

  1. Pick your favorite Pasta
  2. Select your Sauce
  3. Choose your Veggies
  4. Pick your Protein
  5. Season It.

It is as simple as that, and your tummy will thank you. Take just a moment to Calma e gesso (pause and think). Envision your custom, authentic pasta bowl. That perfectly cooked pasta, the flavorful sauce, the color and crunch of veggies, the chicken, prosciutto, meatballs, spicy or mild sausage, and your favorite seasonings…let your senses take over. Doesn’t it far venire l’acquolina in bocca (make your mouth water)?

Here’s a few fun facts about pasta. Can you believe that pasta is so popular in the United States that 24% of the global consumption of pasta is by Americans – the largest of any country in the world? Americans consume 6 billion pounds of pasta each year with the average American consuming 20 pounds of pasta annually. Now, that’s a lotta pasta!

 

As awesome as the Create Your Own Pasta Bowl is, Buca di Beppo is not stopping there with their October World Pasta Month celebration. They are also hosting the #PastaSelfie Sweepstakes.

  1. Snap It
  2. Share It
  3. Win It

Show us your #PastaSelfie! Share on Instagram for a daily chance to win a $100 Buca di Beppo gift card. You will automatically be entered, and your Instagram photo will be displayed in the gallery on the Buca di Beppo website!

*One winner will be randomly selected each day to receive a $100 Buca di Beppo digital egift card.

Click here for additional information and official rules.

 

Buca di Beppo has large semi-private rooms that are a perfect option during the holidays for family dinners or office parties. They also do event catering.

 

It’s a Giveaway!

Here’s another special treat for you in honor of World Pasta Month. Buca di Beppo is providing a Gift Card for Giveaway!

 

Buca di Beppo Create Your Own Pasta Bowl Giveaway

 

Luke and I plan to take Rory and Biscuit to celebrate World Pasta Month. You know, a little grilling (of the new boyfriend) over pasta is so much friendlier than a heat lamp and lie detector! If he’s good, maybe we’ll even indulge in a little dessert: Chocolate Chip Cannoli, Tiramisu, the Dolce Platter…just some of the tempting treats to choose from.

You can bet we will be submitting our #PastaSelfie!

You won’t leave Buca di Beppo hungry, but you will leave eager to plan your next visit. Prendere la palla al balzo farsi due fili (seize the opportunity to eat spaghetti)!

 

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Around the World with I Am Meg – Guest Blogging Series Begins Tomorrow!

The Travel Series Begins Tomorrow!

A while ago, I was afforded the opportunity to do a couple of Guest Posts for Meg, over at I Am Meg & So Can You! for her Travel Series. Meg herself is off on a fabulous European vacation. She gathered a group of guest bloggers to do some posting while she is away.

This series has been months in the making, and will definitely be worth reading. Explore the world, and enjoy some virtual vacations!

Here is a list of just what is in store for you…

Around the World with I Am Meg

Sat 9/21 – Lisa from In Grenoble : Traveling Alone
Sun 9/22 – Rochelle from Rochelle Barlow : Ashland, OR
Mon 9/23 – Lorelai (That’s Me!) : Huntington Beach, CA
Tues 9/24 – Michelle from STL Cheese Girl : Milwaukee, WI
Wed 9/25 – Carin from Memoirs of a Clueless Woman : National Harbor, DC
Thurs 9/26 – Christy from Sweet & Savoring : Kingston, NY
Fri 9/27 – Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly: Greensboro, NC
Sat 9/28 – Heather from Rather Be Changing Diapers: Charleston, SC
Sun 9/29 – Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly: Miami, FL
Mon 9/30 – Shannon from The Skinny With Shannon: Cancun, Mexico
Tues 10/1 – Holly from Eat Great Be Great: Antigua
Wed 10/2 – Kate from Diaries of an Essex Girl: Kenya, Africa
Thurs 10/3 – Linda from Tokende: Tangier, Morocco
Fri 10/4 – Lisa from In Grenoble: Southern Spain
Sat 10/5 – Lorelai (It’s Me, Again!): Lucerne, Switzerland
Sun 10/6 – Hannah from Hannah Violin: Paris, France
Mon 10/7 – Kate from Diaries of an Essex Girl: London, England
Tues 10/8 – Kate from Diaries of an Essex Girl: Amsterdam, Holland

I hope to see you around the world!

Where in the World have you been?

About which locations are you most excited to read?

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