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If you didn't buy these bow gingham wedges yet this Summer, you really should check them out before they're gone!  They're the perfect fun pattern to mix and match with so many outfits.  I also really love this linen popover shirt, it's on sale too and I got a "tall" for a little extra length.  My necklace was from the Dillard's clearance sale a few weeks ago.

If your size is out, they also come in solid black or blush which will carry nicely into early Fall.  They're all under $30 (probably even less with codes at checkout) and super comfy to wear!

Although we're beginning to maybe start thinking about Fall, I know I still have plenty of time left to wear my Summer dresses this season.  I got a few new ones recently that you might like too. 

I actually noticed this blue and white cute pin striped dress on some cute lady shopping in Old Navy one day and thought it might be a J. Crew dress or some other pricey brand.  I was shocked at the source when I came across it online soon after that!  It comes with a belt, but I like to wear it without the belt sometimes too.  I wore it to church a while back with a jacket layered over it and liked the belt with that look to add some structure.

(Our "Back to School" lunch earlier this week)

I also ordered these two dresses... I can't get enough easy to wear, flowy dresses for Summer!

For size reference, I'm 5'7" and this black and white dress is right on the border of my comfort zone on the length.  I wear it with flat sandals and it's fine, but if you're much taller it will likely be a shorter style for you.  If you're in between sizes you can size down, but I got my regular size M and am happy with it.

This is such a fun dress, how could I resist the color?  It comes in a gorgeous royal blue too and was also true to size for me.  It could be worn with a jean jacket or belt to break up the bulk a bit, but I love it as is with a big chunky necklace too.  Sizes in stock are pretty slim, but you might still be able to find one in store if not online.

A while back I shared that I had ordered this tassel, but it has since arrived and I'm smitten!  I was surprised at how substantial and large it is for the price (and have since seen it on one of my favorite accessory sites for about 3 times the price!)  Clipped on a lamp, drawer handle, basket, or handbag, this thing will be making it's way around my house!

This Staffordshire Dog Nightshirt could not be cuter!  Check out all of the items in the shop here, I love them all!

These $20 sandals just arrived at Target.  They're a knock off of a more expensive pair that I've had my eye on all Summer (which are a knock off of these high dollar designer sandals!).  There's a price point here for everyone if you like the look!

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After having it on my to-do list since my master bedroom makeover over 3 years ago, I've finally written a tutorial for how to make your own upholstered headboard!  I'd hoped to share before now, but somehow can't find my images that I took while making my headboard (what's that tell you about my digital photo organization?).  So when I made another for my daughter's room, I made sure I did everything necessary to be able to share the process with you!

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I would say that this is a project that anyone could do.  With some planning, time, and patience it's a doable project with minimal tools needed.  I definitely saved money by making these myself, but more than that I was able to choose the exact fabric, size and shape headboards that I wanted for our rooms. 

To begin, start by making your frame.  I used a 1/2 sheet of plywood (48"x96").  I worked out the dimensions before hand (shown later in post) and had the guys at Home Depot cut all of the basic pieces for me there. 

My headboard piece is 48" tall by 55" wide.  I wanted a curved top, so I used a round tray to trace the top curve.  Then I found another round object (embroidery hoop) to trace the curved cut out sections on the sides.  I just used sizes and placements that were pleasing to my eye, sorry I don't have more specific measurements for this part.  Once marked, I made these cuts with a jigsaw.  It's helpful to cut one of the curved side pieces out, then use that scrap as a pattern to flip over and trace to mark the other side to make sure that both curves are exactly the same.

This is totally a personal choice, but I prefer to make my upholstered headboards with legs.  I don't like seeing an upholstered headboard floating on the wall, I like for it to appear to go all the way to the floor.  Adding legs just gives more of a feeling of a "real" bed to me rather than a fabric covered board suspended on the wall.

To make the legs I used scraps from the sheet of plywood that weren't used for the main part of the headboard (I have the HD guys cut these too while I'm getting supplies).  Mine were about 8" wide here.  Use wood screws to attach the legs to the back of the headboard.  You'll want them to come up the headboard a bit to add stability.

For even more stability I like to reinforce the legs. I cut another piece that's exactly the same width but only the height that will fit from the bottom of the headboard to the bottom of the first leg (I think my shorter piece here is about 22").  Flip the headboard front side up and use screws to attach your second leg piece the full leg already attached to the back.  You're basically just doubling the thickness of the leg, which also makes the front of your headboard and legs flush.

Sand cut edges of the plywood and knock sharp corners down just a bit with the sander. 

Here's the finished frame, front and back.

Next, mark out a border from the edge, mine is 2".  This is where your nailhead trim will eventually go.

Now it's time to add foam.  I used the 2" thick roll from Hobby Lobby.  You do not want your foam to go all the way to the edge, so leave about an inch short of the marked 2" border where nailhead will go (you're really cutting your foam 2.5-3" in from edge, leave border along the bottom as well).  Measure out the biggest pice of foam along the bottom of your board first.  Cut foam with electric or serrated knife.

Use spray adhesive to attach foam. I find it works best to spray the board and the foam, then attach.  It doesn't need to be super stuck, just enough to keep it in place while you're working with the board.

Use the rest of your foam to fill in the top of the board.  You can cut and piece it together, it won't matter as long as you're fitting the pieces close together.  Attach those pieces with the spray adhesive too.

Here's the foam all attached, notice I'm still inside that border we marked out around the edge. If you put your foam right up to that line you won't be able the get the nail heads in. By the way, ignore all of the marks on the foam.  I originally thought I would tuft this one but after spending lots of time trying, it wasn't working out for me and time was of the essence so I scrapped those plans.

So there's a lesson in DIY for you... if things aren't working out how you planned, sometimes you keep persevering and figure it out, but sometimes you ditch your original idea and do it another way.

Now it's time to wrap everything with batting!  I like to use a high-loft, thick batting.  Spread it out then place the headboard face down.  Just work to cover the main part of the headboard, the legs don't matter.

As you work, you'll want to make sure that your batting is stretched nice and tight under the board and that it stays smooth.  That's crucial so your fabric doesn't look lumpy later on when you're finished!  Pull the batting tight up around the back, then staple along the edges.  Pull tightly around the curves and work closely with those to make sure your edges stay neat.  Trim close to staples when finished.

Tip:  I just used a regular manual staple gun, if you have a staple gun that works with an air compressor, great!   With a manual gun, if your staples aren't going in all the way when you're pressing the gun down firmly, they're too long.  About 1/2" staples usually work best for me.

Everything should be tight and smooth after you've stapled the batting.  I don't worry about wrapping the legs with batting, they don't need to be padded.

Now, lay your fabric right side down against the floor, then lay the headboard frame face down on top of it.  You'll probably want 10-12" extra fabric around all of the edges to work with if possible.

Start with one staple in the center of the top and each side, pulling fabric very tightly around the frame.  You might need a partner to pull and hold the fabric while you staple.

Once I got my initial anchor staples in, I started with the curved top.  Keep pulling fabric tight and staple little by little as you go.  As you work around the curves, it's crucial to clip your fabric so it lays around the curve correctly.  Just be careful not to clip it too far so that the cut doesn't go across the top edge of the headboard.  Constantly pull the fabric as tight as you can as you go.  I like to add an extra little scrap of batting to the sharp corners before I wrap the fabric around them, it helps especially if your fabric is thinner (I just stick an extra little piece there for padding as I'm wrapping the fabric, don't worry about stapling it in).

Once the top is done, I move to the bottom and wrap the legs.  Fold up to finish the edge of the fabric and wrap it right to the bottom edge of the leg (there's no fabric actually under the leg).  Pull tight and staple along the edge.  The top of the leg will be covered with the headboard fabric piece so don't worry about it's appearance too much.

Now, pull sides and bottom tight (especially from top to bottom), securing with one or two staples in the middle of each section.  Before you go any further, flip it over and make sure the fabric looks tight and smooth.  If not, remove your middle staple and pull tighter, then staple again.  You're really going to tug on the fabric! 

Continue along the sides of the headboard, pulling tightly and stapling all down the edge. Flip and check occasionally as you go.  Stop on the sides a few staples before you get to where the leg meets the board.

With just a few staples in the middle of the bottom, I worked on the leg sections before going any further. 

Cut a slit in the headboard fabric close to the leg so that you can fold it under neatly. Fold the raw edge under above the leg.

Now start stapling it securely to the back across the bottom of the headboard, keeping your folded edge covering the top of the leg.

Lastly, pull the side tightly around back and staple.

So here's what it looks like finished across the legs-

After fabric is fully attached and you're happy with how it looks from the front, trim excess fabric in back if necessary.  Fully wrapped, ready for nail heads! 

To attach nail head trim- measure out from edge 2" (remember that line we marked on the frame at the very beginning?), trace lightly with chalk to mark guide line.  You should not be nailing into foam at all, just the batting underneath the fabric.  Keep trim straight as you're attaching.  There is an actual tack that you tap in every 5 nail heads, tap down sections between tacks too so it lays smoothly.  At corners, bend carefully and follow desired pattern. (I buy the antique brass finish for the trim but stretch it out and spray it brighter gold before I start- sources below.)

That's it!  Lean against wall and scoot mattresses up tight against it.

DIy Upholstered headboard

I used the same process to make my own upholstered headboard a few years ago.  Other than the different shape across the top (mine was a bit easier since it didn't have the big curved top edge), the only difference was that I attached individual nail heads on mine.  The difference isn't really that noticeable unless you're looking close up but I do think the individual nail heads make it look more expensive and professional.  That's a toss up though because they take SO much more time!

A few tips if you want to go the individual tacks route...

*Unless you're inserting them right against the very edge of the headboard, lightly measure and trace out the line you want to follow in chalk.  I did one border right along the edge and then measured in from the edge exactly 2" for the second row of tacks. 

*Use a small rubber tipped mallet to hammer in the tacks.  This tool is very helpful for spacing your tacks out evenly, although I found that it was easier to use it to just get them barely started and pierce the fabric in the right spot, then I removed the tool to hammer them the rest of the way in.  Just experiment with it until you find what works best for you.

*It is very obvious if the nail heads aren't perfectly lined up.  Even if you're placing it right on your line, sometimes they get a little crooked by the time you get them hammered all the way in.  Don't worry, just place the edge of a flathead screwdriver against the edge of the nail head and use your mallet to gently tap it sideways until it's lined up correctly.  This usually worked for me for minor placement adjustments, but occasionally if the nail head got really bent out of place I would have to remove it and use a new one.  (This tool is the best for pulling them out, and also removing staples if needed!)


Dimensions for my king size headboard:

half sheet plywood, wood screws, palm sander, power jigsaw, upholstery foam, spray adhesive high loft batting, staple gun and staples, nailhead trim, metallic gold spray paint, small mallet, staple/nail head remover also very helpful
Fabric:  I used this for my headboard, it's a linen blend and sturdy but soft
I used this for my daughter's headboard, more economical but thicker and stiffer
Optional: individual nailheads (this spacer is super helpful)

I have a post here for how I make my bedskirts.  It's the basic idea although I did Emily's totally no-sew.  Perhaps I need to write up a quick tutorial for it as well!  

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teen girl's bedroom with diy upholstered headboard with nailhead trim

I hope this is helpful and that you try one for yourself!  Please let me know if anything isn't clear or if you have further questions.  It really isn't too difficult, it just takes time and perseverance, and the end result is so worth it!

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I know back to school has already happened for some of you while some have several more weeks of Summer, but for us school starts this week!  I honestly think we blinked a few times and our Summer break was over.  Mamas with young ones, I know you hear it often, but believe it when you hear that the older they get the busier your kids are and the less you see of them!  We are thrilled that they are happy and thriving and wanting to spend time at so many activities and nurturing relationships with friends, yet we're wanting their time as well and have to take advantage of every spare moment we can spend with them.

My son will begin his Senior year this week (we won't even talk about that right now...waaaahhh!) and my daughter is settling into High School for her sophomore year.  She is a fun-loving girl around her friends but also a very conscientious student at school, and we always want her to feel well prepared, confident in her abilities, and ready to tackle anything that comes her way.

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Having a few new outfits and the school gear that she needs is always a good way to  help her feel confident and ready to kick off a new school year. Don't you agree that it's SO much more fun to shop for school supplies now that binders and notebooks and folders come in such fun colors and patterns?  And her creative choices don't have to stop with her basic school supplies... we are so excited to introduce you to this beautiful custom backpack by Madeline and Company!  We absolutely love it and the fact that she was able to choose the monogram stripe and colors herself to go back to school in style while maintaining the practicality and functionality she needs in a backpack at the same time.

A little background on Madeline and Company... Searching for a functional yet stylish backpack for school and finding no good options, Madeline took matters into her own hands and created her first backpack just before her senior year in high school.  Now, as a college student, her family is helping her run a thriving small business sharing those stylish custom backpacks with girls everywhere!  Recently selected for the "O" List in The Oprah Magazine among other notable features, she is the perfect example of a creative spirit with the ingenuity to follow her dreams and make them into a reality!

There are two sizes available, but here are a few things we love about the "Slim Backpack"-

Even with it's slightly smaller scale than the classic backpack,  the space available is still generous with 3 main zipper compartments, as well as additional smaller interior pockets and organizational features. And, the darling black and white striped lining is the cutest!

Even with it's smaller size, it is still roomy enough to carry a laptop in it's own fully padded compartment.  That's important to us since our kids have school issued laptops that they carry back and forth to school every day!  Even with the computer stashed in it's spot, there's still plenty of room for addition folders and notebooks, and even a textbook or two.  She appreciates that there's lots of space available without the bulk!

Both exterior sides have generous pockets for larger water bottles or whatever they can fit in for easy access.  My daughter barely has time between classes to get from one room to the next, so I know she appreciates having the perfect spot for her water bottle when she doesn't have a chance to stop and get a drink at the water fountain.

With gold metal hardware, leather accents, and thick padded back and straps the quality is excellent and we know this bag will take the daily wear and tear of school life!

Madeline's backpacks are available in several different body colors, and the fun begins when you choose the colors for your stripes and monogram letters if desired!  My daughter was very creative with hers.  ;)  I'm so happy to tell you that just for my readers, Madeline is offering 25% off of your order when you use the code "Jennifer25".  That's extremely generous!

To top it all off, there's a different inspirational phrase tagged on the back of each bag, what a sweet detail!

I'm so excited to watch my girl thrive this year as she continues to work hard and challenge herself to do her best.  Here's to your best year yet, Emily!

Don't forget, use "Jennifer25" for 25% off of your order, let's support this young girl's business and hope that many more follow in her entrepreneurial footsteps!

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