exciting new site design + like AWFT on facebook

Hey everyone! Instead of sharing a Weekender today, I’ve got something even better – a new site design!

Can you believe in the four years (four!!) that I’ve been blogging, I’ve never hired anyone to re-design my site? I used to dabble in web design and as a DIYer, well, I tried to do it myself. It didn’t always turn out so great. So, I was thrilled to hire Jaime to give A Week from Thursday a much needed face lift. I love her work and the new design. Jaime is a long-time friend, a wonderful person, and amazing food blogger. Check her out.

If you’re reading this post on a feed reader, head over to the site to take a look at her awesome work.

I’ve got even better news for you social media fiends out there. AWFT finally has a Facebook page. It was inevitable and a long time coming, I suppose. I personally don’t have a Facebook account, so that caused a big delay. But it’s hard to ignore the fact that most of my traffic comes from Facebook when I don’t even have a page of my own.

So head over and like A Week from Thursday on Facebook.

I realized after four years of blogging, I’ve never posted an anniversary update. So, to new and old readers alike, thank you for letting me share my life with you. You guys are the best.

Love,
Heidi

ps. And thanks to my dearest friend Felicite for being the first to like my FB page. <3

quick fall craft: star studded pumpkin

With everything that’s going on these days, I’m determined to keep the project time on crafts down to a minimum, or else I’ll have a bunch of half-finished crafts hanging around.

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This star-studded pumpkin took just a few minutes to make! You can customize it any way you like, and as added bonus, it was practically free to make. The foam pumpkin was left over from last year (but originally $1 from a dollar store). The spray paint was left over from this project.  And the brads were free at a craft swap!

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It was so refreshing to be able to wrap up a cute craft knowing I didn’t spend an entire afternoon and $50 on it, because we all know that can certainly happen.

You will need:
– Foam pumpkin (I bet a real one would work too!)
– spray paint (optional)
scrapbooking brads/paper fasteners

If you want to change the original color of the foam pumpkin, spray it with two coats of spray paint. Waiting 15 minutes in between coats. I did the dishes during this time and felt like a big champ.

After you’ve placed your final coat of paint on the pumpkin, wait another 15 minutes or so for it to dry. You want the pumpkin to be dry to the touch.

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Then get to poking! You can put as many or as few brads as you would like.

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Go ahead and customize your pumpkins by switching up the spray paint color and the type of brads. I’d love to see what you come up with.

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DIY Geometric Pegboard Tutorial

When Ryan and I moved into our new apartment, we saw it was lacking kitchen storage, but couldn’t let that stop us from signing a lease on an otherwise great place.

As a solution to our storage problem, I finally got to set up a pegboard! It’s been a dream of mine to have a pegboard. I know, I fantasize about the weirdest things for my apartment. I immediately knew it had to have some gold or copper and geometric print, of course. Since I didn’t want to spend a lot of time, I decided to go with a simple geometric triangle pattern.

DIY Geometric Pegboard

The entire pegboard cost around $15, including the paint and mounting supplies. I guess most pegboards are a bit more expensive, but we bought ours used at a local hardware store, so we got them for $5. They were a bit banged up, but mostly just dirty, so I gave them a fresh coat of white paint.

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If you decided to do this tutorial, or any pattern on a white pegboard, I recommend giving it a base coat of paint. A coat white paint (I used some leftover semi-gloss) makes it much more vibrant.

You will need:
-two pegboard panels
-white paint (I used some leftover semi-gloss)
-paint brush
-spray paint (I used Copper Rust-Oleum)
-painter’s tape
-drop cloth
-triangle stencil (see instructions below for making your own)
-two pieces of 1-inch bracing wood, the length of your board
-mounting screws with anchors
-nails

For Triangle Stencil
-x-acto knife/box cutter
-cardboard
-pencil
-paper
-scissors
-ruler

To Make the Stencil

Fold a piece of paper in half, lengthwise and draw a few half-triangles on the crease. I used a ruler to help with creating straight lines.

While the paper is still folded, cut out the half triangles. Select the size you want for the stencil.

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Trace the paper cut-out onto a piece of cardboard.

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Using an X-acto knife, cut out the triangle to create your stencil.

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Decorating the Pegboards

Decorate your pegboards before mounting them. Place some drop cloth on the ground in a well-ventilated area. Coat the pegboards with a layer or two of white paint, waiting for the paint to dry in between coats.

To create a more symmetrical look with your design, try to center your stencil one the same pattern of peg holes. I found that centering the triangle on these five holes created a good guide.

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Using the painter’s tape, secure your stencil to the board. Standing about a foot away, spray your paint with a consistent stream until you’ve filled the stencil.

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If it’s a particularly windy day, you might want to cover up more of your board with a few pieces of cardboard, to keep the spray paint from accidentally splashing over onto the white parts

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Continue with this strategy as you continue to put triangles around the board.

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Mounting the Pegboard

To mount the peg board, you’ll want to frame it on the top and bottom with a piece of bracing wood that’s the length of the combined boards. It’s important that you mount the pegboard onto this frame, instead of mounting it directly onto the wall, because you need space for the pegs behind the board.

We used this very helpful step-by-step tutorial.

I really love the way we can store our pots and pans on this pegboard. And boy, do we have a lot of them.

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Every time I see the geometric triangle pattern, I can’t help but smile at how fun and modern it is. It’s definitely one of my favorite pieces in the kitchen.