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DIY Cutting Board Wall Art



Do you have any wood cutting boards lying around that you 
don't know what to do with?  This tutorial will show you how to easily transform them 
into decorative DIY word art for your kitchen!


DIY Kitchen Art made from old cutting boards | www.andersonandgrant.com

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It is no secret I enjoy transforming things I find at thrift stores and antique shops into something useful.  I've done it with glass vases, picture frames, and sauce pots, among other things.  Projects that are easy and take no time at all are also a plus.  Today's DIY meets all those qualifications.
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Friday Favorites


Well, yesterday ended up being another snowy day.  Luckily there wasn't the ice in my town that some places saw, but the roads were still slick.  And there were still crazy drivers, one of whom thought he might pull out in front of me.  Slamming on my brakes made my car do a little sliding dance in the road, but luckily it was just a short dance without any collision.  Believe me when I say that I turn into a ninety-year-old woman driver when the snow starts to cover the roadways and would prefer just to stay home.  

That's enough weather talk for today, though.  I'm trying my best to embrace the good things about winter.....hot chocolate.....cute scarves.....furry snow boots......pretty snow-capped trees......OK, I'm out.
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6 Valentine's Day Wreath and Garland Ideas | Your Turn to Shine Link Party #16



Welcome to our weekly party!  In case you've never been here before, this party is hosted by five different bloggers. That means what you link up here will now be seen (and possibly featured) on FIVE different blogs at one time!  The five of us also are sharing our features on our party's Pinterest board if you'd like to follow along.

Whether you have something to share today or you just want to get some inspiration, I appreciate you stopping by!  Be sure to stop by a few of your favorite links and share some love.  Enjoy!

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My Shopping Finds




As I type this post, I'm hanging my head in shame.  Not because I bought items that I regret.  Not because I spent more money than I should.  And not because I think you aren't going to like what I have to share.  I'm ashamed because I bought these items over Black Friday weekend.....the end of November....and I'm just now taking the time to share them with you.

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Sundays, Clothes, and My Search for Joy


Spending a little time once a week planning your outfits for the next seven days will help your mornings run more smoothly and leave you with a few extra minutes to calmly prepare for the day ahead.

Spending a little time once a week planning your outfits for the next seven days will help your mornings run more smoothly and leave you with a few extra minutes to calmly prepare for the day ahead.


Have you seen the organizers they make for kid's closets?  The ones that have spaces for everyday of the week so that the child's clothes can be picked out and neatly organized for a whole seven days?  Parents buy these organizers because getting kids ready in the morning is a pain if kids can't decide what to wear or it is gym day and their athletic clothes are dirty.  Planning ahead ensures everything is clean, ironed, and ready to go.  This helps the morning to run smoothly and allows everyone to get out of the house on time.

Why is this idea only for kids?

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{Simple Tips} The Freezer and Vaseline


When the seal on your refrigerator or freezer is not tight, the appliance has to work harder and uses more energy.  Fixing the problem is surprisingly easy and cheap, however, and anyone can tackle it!



Thanks to Pinterest and the popularity of blogs, we spend a lot of time gathering inspiration for redesigning rooms in our homes, whipping up fantastic looking meals, and organizing from our attics to our basements.  But there are times when  I get a little overwhelmed by needing to do so much.  Some days I just want to see something that will take minutes rather than hours and spend cents rather than dollars.  It is nice to be able to find an idea that can be immediately put it into action and see results.  Are you with me on this?

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Friday Favorites


I don't know about the weather where you are at, but it has been cold and snowy here.  Today looks to be like it will be a clear day, though, so I'm rejoicing.  Every clear day puts us one day closer to spring.  Normally I'm much more in the mood to get projects done when the sun is shining!

This week just flew by.  I can hardly believe that we are once again to Friday.  I'll be back next week with a new series that I'm hoping you'll love, as well as a post on something that I'm doing to find a little joy in my day.  Have a great weekend!



Fabulous carport from Young House Love | Friday Favorites at anderson + grant
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6 Yummy Dessert Recipes | Your Turn to Shine Link Party #15


Welcome to Your Turn to Shine Link Party.  Stop by every Thursday to link up your own posts and see the creative ideas that everyone is sharing around the web.  You'll discover some great new blogs and be inspired by everyone's projects, recipes, decorating ideas and more!

Your Turn to Shine Link Party....Thursdays at 6AM EST | Hosted by anderson + grant, Bless'er House, Canary Street Craft, Joy in Our Home, and Meet the B's



In case you've never been here before, this party is hosted by five different bloggers. That means what you link up here will ow be seen (and possibly featured) on FIVE different blogs at one time!  Even more exposure for what you've created!  The five of us also are sharing our features on our party's Pinterest board if you'd like to follow along.

So, now is the time to kick back with a cup of hot chocolate and get ready to enjoy the party.  Whether you have something to share today or you just want to get some inspiration, I appreciate you stopping by!  

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Photography 101 | Learning about ISO



After two months, it is finally time to have another lesson in photography!  Have you been working on your skills?  

There are so many different things to know and remember as you take pictures for a blog, selling online, or capturing moments with your family.  Reading a camera manual isn't much fun, so I'm taking things step by step here to help you learn and experiment in how to catch better shots with whatever type of camera you have.

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Decorating with Glass Canisters in the Kitchen




There is something about clear glass canisters in the kitchen filled with flour, sugar, and all those staples that makes my heart go pitter-patter.  I'm odd.  I'll admit it.  But my mind is happiest when things are neat, orderly, and uncluttered.   And if canisters are going to be sitting on the counter top, they might as well do double-duty as something pretty to look at!
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Decorating my Mantel for Winter



While putting Christmas decorations away, a couple of things sitting on the counter together caught my eye.  Inspiration hit and I quickly started gathering a few items that didn't scream Christmas but rather just winter to decorate the fireplace mantel.  Homes always look so empty after taking everything down from the holidays, so it is nice to mix a few of these transitional items in with everyday decorations to extend the season a bit.
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Friday Favorites


This week has been wonderful since getting back into blogging after the holidays.  I had planned on taking some time away to regroup, but it felt very right to come back when I did.  2015 is sure to hold great things and I can't wait to share them all with you.

On Wednesday I shared a post about not creating New Year's resolutions, but rather working towards finding joy in my life.  The comments I received were heart warming and reassured me that I'm not in this quest alone.  If you didn't get a chance to check that post, I'd love for you to take a look and let me know what your thoughts are.

Well, today is Friday and it's the day where I share all my favorite links of the week.  I hope you find something that you like as well, and I'll see you back here on Monday!



Beautiful old white distressed wood cupboard filled with ironstone collection | Friday Favorites from anderson + grant
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4 Updates to the Kitchen || Your Turn to Shine Link Party #14


Welcome to our Your Turn to Shine Link Party.  Be sure to stop by every Thursday to link up your own posts and see the creative ideas that everyone is sharing around the web.  It is such a great way to discover new blogs and find inspiring projects, recipes, decorating ideas and more!


Your Turn to Shine Link Party....Thursdays at 6AM EST | Hosted by anderson + grant, Bless'er House, Canary Street Craft, Joy in Our Home, and Meet the B's


In case you've never been here before, this party is hosted by five different bloggers. That means what you link up here will be seen (and possibly featured) on FIVE different blogs at one time!  The five of us also are sharing our features on our party's Pinterest board if you'd like to follow along.

Whether you have something to share today or you just want to get some inspiration, I appreciate you stopping by!

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Finding Joy


Weeks into the new year and I'm finally back to post about m plans for 2015.  Every January 1 we have ideas and plans about how this year is going to be our best yet.  Everything we've been doing wrong will suddenly become right because the resolutions we make our going to change our lives.  But by this time of the month, how many of those resolutions are still sticking for you?

For 2015, I decided to not make ANY resolutions or even set any goals.  Even with the best of intentions, I won't follow them anyways.  (Seriously.  I just took a look at my new year post for 2014 and I could have reposted the exact same thing because nothing has changed.)

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Top 11 Posts of 2014


Traditionally, a top posts recap falls at the end of a year or at least the very beginning of the new year.  I had the best of intentions of doing that, but it is better late than never, right?

I also had the best of intentions of having a top 10 post, but somehow ended up with 11.  Since the extra post happened to be one of my favorites, I chose to keep it.

It is so much fun to look back over what has been completed through the year.  And I love seeing what types of posts have been viewed the most.  Obviously, you enjoy DIY here because that is mainly what is in the top 10...or 11.

So, without further ado, here are the top 11 anderson + grant posts of 2014.


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Top Posts of 2014 from anderson + grant | Inspiring decorating tips, DIY, and more!
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Friday Favorites


Good Friday morning!  

Have you been missing my weekly favorites?  I honestly had planned on doing this post last Friday, but it totally slipped my mind until late on New Year's Day.  Best laid plans, I guess.  (There were also plans for an end of the year review, but that will have to wait until next week.)

I'm excited to be back to posting and have so many plans for this upcoming year.....ways to improve my life and see my blog grow.  As so many of you seem to be doing, I've chosen a word of the year to focus on.  Rather than create a list of resolutions that I know I won't keep, I picked an idea to guide me through the decisions I make everyday.  I'll be introducing that one day next week, too, as well as sharing some of my goals.
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4 Ways to Transform Your Furniture || Your Turn to Shine Link Party #13


So, how is 2015 going for you so far?   Following the rush of the holidays, it is so nice to settle into the new year.

After a couple weeks away to enjoy Christmas and the new year, we are back to normal hosting our weekly party.  I couldn't be more excited to be blogging again.  Even though I haven't really been posting through the past month, my readers and my blog are always on my mind.

Today isn't about me and my plans, though.  Thursdays are always about putting the focus on YOU and the things you've been doing.  And if you are like me and haven't been blogging much the past few weeks, feel free to share things you posted previously on your blog! 

Your Turn to Shine Link Party....Thursdays at 6AM EST | Hosted by anderson + grant, Bless'er House, Canary Street Craft, Joy in Our Home, and Meet the B's
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