Longboarding in Berlin, DIY aaaand handlettering combined in one project? Perfect! Last year after I started doing longboarding, I came up with the idea to do a handlettering projecton a longboard and pitched this to a partner for a cooperation. They liked the idea, but decided on another project with me, so I kept it in mind for later and thought that I would do it this upcoming spring anyways.

A few weeks ago, after already having worked with them several times, I got again contacted by PILOT who wanted to work on a new campaign with me. They released their new PILOT PINTOR creative pens with which you can draw on a huge variety of different surfaces and I immediately thought that this would be the perfect chance to use them to embellish a longboard! Eeeeeeks, so so exciting! So what you are gonna expect in this blogpost is one of my VERY fave DIY projects so far: putting together a longboard all by myself and then embellishing its deck with handlettering. Hooray! Thus, longboarding in Berlin will even be more fun!

SO. MUCH. FUN! As you can see, I’m smiling from ear to ear and I am so happy to finally write this blogpost.

I will show you how to put a longboard together yourself aaaaaand I will show you what I did with the PINTOR creative markers. Here we go! (more…)

DIY Freckles Sign

I’m excited to be included in this fun series!   Please go check out Living with Punks to see all the other awesome home projects she’s gathered over there!  jackpot!  and…Holy cow, I want to find a chair like the one above and have a party with it!  I love to make things for my house!

I’m kicking myself because literally the day before I heard about this ‘home’ series, I posted my tutorial  for super easy valances for your windows….you can check that out {here}.  And of course we lots of other ‘ home’ projects, but one of my favorite things to make for my house involves applique and words…it’s kind of like the long-cut for a totally cute printable. I’ve had my eye on such a project for a while, so I thought it was the perfect time to work on it!

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I’ve got a cute little girlie over at my house with the most awesome freckles, ever!  I’ve seen this quote floating around, and knew that Scarlet needed it in her room.  She shares a room with her older sister, and their room is super bright and colorful.

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I was also gifted a system from Pottery Barn Teen of 4 squares that you hang together to make a decorative bulletin board, magnet board, peg board, etc (Have you see those?)  I didn’t love the fabric on them, so I’ve been holding on to them to give them a makeover…I thought this was the perfect opportunity.  Here’s a pic of what I started with:

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If you don’t have these (who does?!?) This project could be totally replicated with just a square of plywood…or even placed in an empty picture frame.  This piece is 16 x 16, and all measurements (as far as the letters go) are cut according to that, but could be easily adjusted!

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To start off, prepare your piece… for me, that meant tearing it apart, which was informative to me!  The original fabric was held down with super sticky double-sided tape (good info for future reference!)

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also, the original board was layered with a piece of foam-core board (you can get that stuff at the Dollar Store!)  So, If you’re starting with just a piece of wood, layer it with some foam core, and get out your double-sided tape!  I just reused that stuff.

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The first real step is to cut a swatch of fabric that is large enough to cover the front and still have enough to go around to the back to secure it.  I cut mine about 20 x 20 just to be safe, and then I trimmed later on in the project.

Second, start cutting your letters!  Iron wonder-under or heat-n-bond onto the back of your fabric before cutting it, according to the instructions.

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I used a Cricut to cut the majority of my letters.  I used the Sans Serif Cartridge for a basic font.  Freckles, though I picked a font off of the computer, and printed out, traced it, and then cut it by hand.  The whole project could  be done like this!  No special Cricut or Silhouette tools needed.

Here are the heights for each row of lettering:

A GIRL: 3 inches

WITHOUT: 1.75 inches

freckles: The F (the largest letter) is about 3 inches high…

IS LIKE: 2 inches


STARS: 3 inches

Next, use a disappearing ink marker to mark the edge of your board, so you know how much surface area you have to work with while laying out your letters.

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Remove the paper backing from the back of each letter…


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And then lay out your letters on top of your white fabric:

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When they are laid out how you like it, go ahead and iron all of the letters into place very carefully.  (Follow the wonder-under instructions for this as well)  After they are ironed in place, you’ll need to stitch around each letter.

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Then the easy part:  Lay your work face-down, and then put your foam-core-covered board on top of that.

Layer some double-sided tape right along the edge of your board, and, if you need to trim your white fabric, now is the time to do it!  I started by folding down the edges just a little bit to make sure my words were lined up nicely on the other side.  I made several adjustments until it was right.

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Next you just need to fold-in the corners so they have a mitered look.  It should stick temporarily to the double-sided tape, but I would use a staple gun to attach it permanently.  Hang a hook on the back, and if you’re using wood, you’re done!

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I had to re-poke through some screw holes,

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…and then replace the backing to hang it up.

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I love decorating with words, and homemade art…those are the pieces in my home that get the most compliments.

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Lemonade Stand for Am. Girl Dolls Tutorial

No one was more excited that my American Girl Lover Ivy when I mentioned the idea of creating a lemonade stand for her American Girl Doll.  It took a little shopping to find a crate that was the perfect height (found it at Michaels finally!) and then the rest was easy!


Ivy had gotten this darling lemonade set for her birthday, and it was begging for a stand to play with.   They set it up next to their real lemonade stand and I’m pretty sure their ‘cute factor’ brought in some additional sales.  Who wouldn’t buy lemonade from an American Girl?!


The crate is empty in the back and can easily hold the lemonade props…and is exactly the right height for 18 inch dolls.

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Create Your Own American Girl Dolls Now Available

Hey guys! Thanks for the great response to my giveaway. It’s been fun hearing from so many of you. 🙂

Just a heads up: American Girl has officially released their “Create Your Own” dolls on their website. You can choose custom face mold, skin color, eye color, hair length, style, and color, outfits, and more. You can even chose from several options to make your doll’s personality.

The dolls retail for $200 each, which is a little steep, but considering you get a doll, an outfit, accessories, and the option of glasses, hearing aides, braces, and more, plus the joy of creating your own custom doll, I understand the price.

You can start creating your own dolls HERE. Even if you don’t plan on purchasing one, it’s fun to try different hair/eye/skin combos. And if you have an account with American Girl, you can save your designs for later. 🙂

Here are some of the designs the girls and I created (all mini-me dolls):

Oldest Gal’s
Middle Gal’s

Little Gal’s

Have fun customizing, but be warned: you might just fall down a rabbit hole for a couple of hours. 😉