Wrapping up the week

We celebrated Sawyer’s third birthday on Monday! It felt like a pretty big milestone in our journey since we brought him home last April. He is a tiny little guy and looks like he just turned two. He still wears 18 months clothes and because he isn’t able to talk much yet, he seems much younger than he is.IMG_2927.jpg

He has adjusted so well to bring with us and fits right into our family! We love him so much!

Link you may want to check out…

Happy Friday friends!

What I’m listening to {podcasts}

So I’ve often written about my love of podcasts on the blog, but I had friends who recently asked what my favorites are and since I’ve added some new ones lately, I thought I’d share them here.

I often listen to podcasts while I’m driving or painting. I typically don’t listen to them while I’m doing computer work, since it is too distracting. I have learned so much by listening! It is such a valuable free resource.

I listen to a fairly large variety of podcasts – some are just for fun and some are for learning and growing. And I use my podcast app on my iPhone to listen to them.

{Business/Creativity Podcasts}

  • Creating Disney Magic – a refreshing, old-school look at customer service and creating a quality product as well as time-management tools.
  • Build Your Tribe – I don’t listen to all of these, but I’ve learned about online marketing and using social media for business.
  • Startup Camp – I’ve enjoyed these interviews with business owners.
  • Magic Lessons – this podcast came out of the book Big Magic, which I like better than the podcast, but there is some good stuff about creativity on the podcast.
  • Creating Your Own Path – there haven’t been recent episodes, but I’ve enjoyed the past interviews with other hand-made business owners.
  • Elise Gets Crafty – one of the first podcasts I ever listened to. I’ve gotten really valuable info from these interviews with hand-made creative business owners.

 

{Life/Just-For-Fun Podcasts}

  • The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey – this is probably my favorite just-for-fun podcast. Jamie interview lots of women like Jen Hatmaker and Emily from Jones Design Co. and they talk about all kinds of woman-things.
  • The Simple Show – podcast where Tsh interviews random people. It focuses on simplifying your life and minimalism.
  • Hope*ologie – Some of my favorite people in the world – Emily Freeman, her sister Myquillyn Smith (The Nester) and their dad talk about a variety of things.
  • The Phil Vischer Podcast – The founder of Veggie Tales talks with a few other people about religion and current events.
  • Relevant Podcast – from the Relevant Magazine, this is a super funny, irreverent podcast with a bunch of guys (and some girls including Shauna Niequist) who crack me up.
  • That Sounds Fun with Annie Downs – Annie is a writer from Nashville who is really lighthearted and fun. There aren’t many episodes, but she interviews people like Ted Dekker and other Christian writers.
  • Offcamera – Interviews with tv and movie stars. I especially liked the episodes with Matt Damon and Ed Helms. There is some language on this one.
  • Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin – There are a few good episodes, especially the interviews with Jerry Seinfeld and Jimmy Fallon. I think there may be some language as well.
  • Around the Table – I just started listening to this one because of the interview with Kendra from The Lazy Sisters podcast.
  • TEDTalks – I also listen to these depending on my interest in the topics discussed.

 

Wrapping up the week + Kohl’s giveaway winner

It’s been a week of recovering from our snowstorm last weekend and getting back into the swing of things, both with school and work.

The view driving the kids to school is just gorgeous in the morning…

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and our snowy backyard…

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The fruit trees are looking a little bit sad and bare right now. But, truthfully, I’m thankful for this winter time because the thought of the amount of work we will have taking care of the property this summer leaves me pretty overwhelmed!

I hosted a fun little party in the studio last night for the girls who help me with our business. We have grown quite a bit from last year!

We now have 12 amazing women who help us with painting signs as well as some of our office/customer service work, which has thankfully taken more things off my plate. They all do their work from their homes, which works out so well for all of us. We are so grateful for our team!

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Here are some links for you to check out…

  • I registered for Don Miller’s free 5 Minute Marketing Makeover course which launches on Feb. 9. I find his resources to be so helpful.
  • I’m also planning on taking Emily Jefford’s Instagram for Creatives course this Spring. I’m all about learning all I can right now!
  • A hilarious video you should probably watch if you like hilarious videos…

And I have a winner for the $100 Kohl’s gift card! It’s…

Anne Lapp who wrote “This is beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win.”

Anne – please send me an email to aimeeweaverdesigns@gmail.com with your address and I’ll send the gift card to you.

Thank you everyone who entered to win!

Fake Wood Plank Wall

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I talked about my “plank wall” on Friday’s post, and I’ll share how I did it here. It really is so simple, but in real life, it looks like wood planks! If you want the look of shiplap but don’t have the time or money to spend on it, this is an awesome trick! I chose to do just one wall behind the bed to create a focal wall.

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Steps to get the shiplap (wood plank) look:

  1. Use a ruler and draw lines approx. 8″ apart with a pencil. This is the trickiest part of the process. Because my ceiling was sloped, I was constantly measuring up from the floor to make sure my lines weren’t getting crooked.
  2. Use a black Sharpie paint pen in fine thickness and draw over the pencil lines. Use a ruler if you have a hard time getting straight lines, but it doesn’t have to be perfect.fake plank wall
  3. Paint over the lines (once they have dried a few minutes) with a super light coat of the wall paint so that the lines aren’t so bold and black. I went over some lines more heavily with paint again, so that the lines look a little bit uneven and not perfect, like wood boards would look.
  4. Enjoy your new look! It’s as simple as that!
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Let me know if you have any questions about the process in the comments, and I’ll be happy to help!

If you haven’t already checked out the $100 Kohl’s giveaway, click here! It’s open until Thursday, January 28.

Cottage Bedroom Makeover + Kohl’s Giveaway

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For the past month I have been giving our master bedroom a really fun makeover! Kohls was so generous to partner with me on this project, and there is a GIVEAWAY from them at the end of this post.

Here is what the bedroom liked like just before we moved in last fall…

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It was very dark and desperately needed an update.

And the after…

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I painted the entire room, including the trim, Simply White by Benjamin Moore (I used semi-gloss for the trim and satin for the walls and ceiling). Simply White is my new favorite paint color.cottage bedroom 7

The beautiful chandelier is from Kohls, and I love it so much. It’s perfect for the low ceilings in the room, and it adds the right amount of bling without being too feminine.cottage bedroom 9

The planked wall in the back isn’t actually real wood planks. *surprise!* I just used a paint pen to make the lines, and it looks surprisingly real! I’ll be posting a tutorial for this super easy but high impact project in the next week or two.

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I created this side table using an old piece of wood and some rope. I initially was looking for a small dresser but couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for. Then I saw my friend Claudia’s side table on Instagram and knew it was what the space needed. I’m going to be posting a tutorial about this as well in the next few weeks.

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I don’t have much time right now to go out and shop for things, so I used a lot of decor items that I already had, and I also bought some new things online.

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The room now feels like a breath of fresh air! I love the slanted ceilings which limits my options a little but adds so much coziness.

I took The Nester’s online class called The Cozy Minimalist, and that helped me think about what I wanted to incorporate in the room and how to lay out the space. I highly recommend the class if you want some ideas on how to decorate your home. I love everything the Nester does, so it was no surprise that it was very helpful!

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Here are some of the sources for things that are in the room:

And today I have a fun giveaway for you! Kohl’s has generously agreed to give our winner a $100 gift certificate.

To enter the giveaway, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post.

For a second chance to win, “like” Aimee Weaver Designs on Facebook and let another comment telling me you “liked” it (if you already “liked” it, you can still leave a comment).

For a third chance to win, follow me on instagram @aimeesweaver and let another comment that you are following me (if you are already following, you can still leave a comment).

Giveaway will close on Thursday, January 28 at 5:00pm EST. A random winner will be chosen and announced on the blog.

Kohl’s is currently having a big home sale and you can check it out here. Here are some Kohl’s coupon codes you can use to save even more:

  • 1/29-2/3 $10 off $50 home purchase with Promo Code HOME10
  • 1/29-1/30 20% off using promo code FORYOU20 (2 days only)
  • These codes can be stacked!

This post is sponsored by Kohl’s but all opinions are my own.