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Signature Style Series | Giveaway

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s Signature Style Blog Tour!  I loved sharing some of my “Polished Casual & Eclectic” signature style favorites with you earlier this week, and now I’m back to share a few more!

Blogger Signature Style Series & GIVEAWAY! Blogger Dusty Rogers from All Things G&D shares her "Polished Casual & Eclectic" style! | www.allthingsgd.com

I’m new to the world of Stella & Dot, and wow do they have some gorgeous stuff!  I accessorize myself like I accessorize my home – not often, but when I do it has to make a statement.  I love the bold look of the Sutton Necklace.  It’s a gorgeous mix of metals and bling and can be worn five different ways.  Mixed finishes and multi-functional?  This necklace was made for me.

Blogger Signature Style Series & GIVEAWAY! Blogger Dusty Rogers from All Things G&D shares her "Polished Casual & Eclectic" style! | www.allthingsgd.com

The Stella & Dot Sutton Necklace can be worn up to 5 different ways. I love pieces that pull their weight!

My other Stella & Dot favs are their Lila Necklace (I’d rock it with jeans and a slub tee for a glammed-up casual look), the On The Mark arrow necklace in gold (simple perfection), and the Elodie (adore that pop of color).

Royal Design Studios offers gorgeous, unique and high quality wall stencils, wall decals, and custom vinyl stencils.  One that has my heart skipping a beat is this Herringbone Shuffle Stencil:

Blogger Signature Style Series & GIVEAWAY! Blogger Dusty Rogers from All Things G&D shares her "Polished Casual & Eclectic" style! | www.allthingsgd.com

Herringbone Shuffle Stencil from Royal Design Studio

Stencils aren’t just for walls! How cute is this Triangulations Furniture Stencil across the front of this child’s dresser?  Seriously – don’t you want to stencil something RIGHT NOW?!

Blogger Signature Style Series & GIVEAWAY! Blogger Dusty Rogers from All Things G&D shares her "Polished Casual & Eclectic" style! | www.allthingsgd.com

Last, but certainly not least, Lacefield Designs offers high end, eclectic and artistic textiles for your home.  This Persian Tile Cobalt Embroidery pillow is so precious you’ll be saying “No droolers allowed!”

Blogger Signature Style Series & GIVEAWAY! Blogger Dusty Rogers from All Things G&D shares her "Polished Casual & Eclectic" style! | www.allthingsgd.com

Luxury textiles from Lacefield Designs

Now that I’ve showed you some of my favorite styles from these fabulous brands, it’s time for you to claim your own!

Blogger Signature Style Series & GIVEAWAY! Blogger Dusty Rogers from All Things G&D shares her "Polished Casual & Eclectic" style! | www.allthingsgd.com

Five lucky winners will be randomly selected to win one of the following:

Blogger Signature Style Series & GIVEAWAY! Blogger Dusty Rogers from All Things G&D shares her "Polished Casual & Eclectic" style! | www.allthingsgd.com

Are these earrings your signature style? Enter our giveaway for your chance to win them!

Use the Rafflecopter widget below, and enter to win between now and September 8th for your chance to win one of these five prizes – good luck everyone!

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Please visit the Signature Style Gallery to check out all 22 of the fabulous bloggers featured this week!  Which style is your favorite?

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Homes.com: The Perfect Home for Your Family

Homes.com: House Hunting with a Family in Mind

{Kate: 21 Months}

When it comes to house hunting with a family in mind, square footage and school districts are likely at the top of your priority list. My latest Homes.com article shares a few additional things you should consider in your search!

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My Signature Style

This week I’m joining 22 fabulous bloggers from across the country in a Signature Style Blog Tour!

(If you’ve clicked here from Diane’s blog In My Own Style, welcome to All Things G&D – I’m so happy you’re here!)

When the lovely Carrie from Making Lemonade invited me to be a part of her #SignatureStyle series this week, I gladly embraced the opportunity. The truth is, my signature style for our home over the past four years has primarily been “Fisher-Price meets Sesame Street” (with “Disney Princesses meets Lego World” slowly taking over).  There hasn’t been a whole lot of home styling going on around here lately other than toy corralling…but that tide is starting to turn!

Join 22 bloggers from around the country for a look at our #SignatureStyle!

Now that my daughter Kate is a little older, she no longer needs toys scattered around every square foot of our house to keep her satisfied and safely supervised, so we’re working on keeping the toys contained to designated play areas.  I consider this Step 1 of Operation: Adults Take Back the House.

Step 2?

Move into a new house!

Our family is moving within the next year and I have been daydreaming about designs for our next house (which G has dubbed “our grown up house”).  This Signature Style Blog Tour has been the perfect opportunity to reassess what I love and don’t love, and get back to my signature style!  Here’s where I’ve landed:

Blogger Signature Style Series - Blogger Dusty Rogers from All Things G&D shares her "Polished Casual & Eclectic" style! | www.allthingsgd.com

My Signature Style is: Polished Casual & Eclectic

  • I like clean lines and lots of space.
  • I love mixing unexpected colors, finishes, and styles – like blacks with browns and shiny chrome with rustic wood.
  • I’ve always loved a neutral palate, but since I’ve been keeping Melissa & Doug in business for the past four years, I’ve learned to embrace color.  I prefer bold pops of bright and purposeful color here and there, versus an entire room full of color…unless I’m doing a room for my 4-year-old – then we go all out with color (as seen in her playroom)!
  • I believe furniture needs to be functional and comfortable, and I love pieces that pull double duty, like an ottoman with storage or a dresser that doubles as a kitchen sideboard.
  • My most beloved home decor is oversized, whimsical and/or unexpected.  I don’t even drink vodka, but isn’t that pillow hilarious?  That’s totally something I’d sneak into my house somewhere!

This gorgeous kitchen (by Zieba Builders, Inc; seen on Houzz.com) is pretty much perfection in my eyes.  I love the neutral mix of dark browns, blacks, whites and grays.  The shine and bling from the chandelier is a beautiful and unexpected contrast to the rustic wood table, finished out beautifully with clean-lined chairs.  And those industrial pendant lights over the island?  Yes, please!

Blogger Signature Style Series - Blogger Dusty Rogers from All Things G&D shares her "Polished Casual & Eclectic" style! | www.allthingsgd.com

I could live in this little corner by Urrutia Designs (via Houzz.com).  Growing up on a farm, I’m a sucker for a barn door – especially one with a bit of a modern twist like this one painted black.  The comfy throw, chrome lamp and unique little table…all it’s missing is me and a book.

Blogger Signature Style Series - Blogger Dusty Rogers from All Things G&D shares her "Polished Casual & Eclectic" style! | www.allthingsgd.com

Some fun accessories!

Blogger Signature Style Series - Blogger Dusty Rogers from All Things G&D shares her "Polished Casual & Eclectic" style! | www.allthingsgd.com

Smoked Pearl Pillow via Scout & Nimble
Juno Bamboo Vase Collection via Target
Black Dotted Pillow via Scout & Nimble
Trust Me You Can Dance – Vodka pillow via Society6
Meaningful Quotes pillow cover via Amazon (affiliate link)
Smith & Hawken Decorative Wood Tray via Target

I am so excited to bring back my signature style as we look forward to our next house, and I’ll be sharing it all here on All Things G&D – I hope you’ll follow along!

The next stop on the Signature Style Blog Tour?  Carrie from Making Lemonade – the originator of our Signature Style Series!  Click on over and check out her gorgeous Vintage Modern Glam style.

(Psst…check back on Friday for link-ups to all 22 bloggers in our series and an exciting Signature Style Giveaway – you won’t want to miss it!)

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Easy Chalkboard Lettering Tutorial

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On Monday I shared with you my easy DIY decorative chalkboards, and today I’m going to show you something equally simple – how to do chalkboard lettering that looks so good people will think it was your major in college.

You don’t need one single artistic bone in your body – just this simple trick! Watch and see:

 These are the chalk markers I use (affiliate link): Bistro Chalk Markers

With this simple chalkboard lettering technique you can create anything. If you can print it, you can chalk it. Use it for signs, banners, posters, wall art – even chalkboard food labels!

And now for the your free chalkboard lettering stencils!  Use the printables below to recreate my “First Day of School” chalkboard signs.  The small sizes fit great on a 12×12″ chalkboard, and the larger sizes are for something a little bigger, like the 12×18″ chalkboard shown above.

These links will open a PDF document for you to print from your computer. These free printables are for personal use only. Please credit All Things G&D and link back to this post if you use them. Thank you!

First Day of School Headers

First Day Of Header – cursive
First Day Of Header – print

Small Chalkboard Lettering Stencils

4K-small
PreK- small
Preschool – small
Kindergarten-small
1st Grade – small
2nd Grade – small
3rd Grade – small
4th Grade – small
5th Grade – small
6th Grade – small
7th Grade – small
8th Grade – small
9th Grade – small
10th Grade – small
11th Grade – small
12th Grade – small

Large Chalkboard Lettering Stencils

Pre – large
4 – large
K – large
Kindergarten – large
1st – Large
2nd – Large
3rd – Large
4th – Large
5th – Large
6th – Large
7th – Large
8th – Large
9th – Large
10th – Large
11th – Large
12th – Large
Grade – large

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I hope you found this tutorial helpful! If you did, be sure to check out my DIY Gallery for even more great project ideas and how-to’s.  I’m looking forward to hearing about what you create now that you know how to do chalkboard lettering like a pro – please share in the comments!

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DIY Decorative Chalkboards

Kate starts 4K exactly two weeks from today, and we’re getting in the back to school spirit with these DIY Decorative Chalkboards.  They’re perfect for “First Day of School” pictures, welcome signs for your favorite teacher’s classroom, or to hang in the homework area of your home.  And – unlike watching your only child start her first day of school (#sobchoke) – these are easy!

DIY Decorative Chalkboards - easier than your ABCs! | www.allthingsgd.com

DIY pencil-trimmed decorative chalkboard. | www.allthingsgd.com

DIY washi tape decorative chalkboard. | www.allthingsgd.com

For decorative chalkboards framed with #2 pencils, I used a plain 12×12″ chalkboard from JoAnn Fabrics, a package of pencils, wood glue, and a compound miter saw (optional*).

Simply apply wood glue to one side of a pencil and adhere to your frame!  I didn’t want the black #2 stamp showing for my frame, so that’s the side I glued down.  Press glued side of the pencil into the frame for a few seconds to secure and then move on to your next pencil.  Keep your project flat for at least an hour after all of your pencils have been applied to ensure that the pencils do not shift or slide while your project dries completely.

You're never too old for #2 pencils! Use them to make pencil-trimmed decorative chalkboards! | www.allthingsgd.com

You’re never too old for #2 pencils! Use them to make pencil-trimmed decorative chalkboards.

You're never too old for #2 pencils! Use them to make pencil-trimmed decorative chalkboards! | www.allthingsgd.com

I wanted my pencil border to go all the way around the chalkboard frame, so I used a compound miter saw to trim my pencils when needed.  Glue your full-size pencils to the side of your frame first, starting at the corner.  Then line up your next pencil and make a mark where it needs to be cut.  I marked both pencils at the same time so their cut lines would be even.

You're never too old for #2 pencils! Use them to make pencil-trimmed decorative chalkboards! | www.allthingsgd.com

*Don’t have a miter saw? You can make a version of this project without doing any cutting! Center full-sized pencils on each side of the frame for balanced look, or change it up and stagger them all the way around. You’ll end up with some of your original frame still showing, but still get that fun pencil look!

You're never too old for #2 pencils! Use them to make pencil-trimmed decorative chalkboards! | www.allthingsgd.com

For the taller chalkboard, I simply applied two different kinds of washi tape onto the frame:

DIY decorative chalkboard framed in washi tape. | www.allthingsgd.com

Easier than your ABCs!

In my next post I’ll share with you some tips for how to do perfect chalkboard lettering that looks so good people will think you majored in it in college.  Stay tuned!

Like this project? See more in my DIY Gallery!

DIY Decorative Chalkboards.  Perfect for "First Day of School" pictures, welcome signs for your favorite teacher's classroom, or to hang in the homework area of your home. | www.allthingsgd.com

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Kate: 3 Years, 8 Months

One night this month, Kate and I went upstairs for her usual bedtime routine.  Kate walked into the bathroom to start brushing her teeth while I walked down the hallway to grab her bath robe.  As I walked back toward the bathroom I saw her looking at her face in the mirror…and then she sniffed at the air and said:

“I smell potential!”

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Kate: 3 Years, 8 Months

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You Know You Drink Too Much Wine…

…when you go to refill your wine glass at the water and ice dispenser built into your fridge.

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