DIY Pallet Coffee Cup Holder

I’m so excited to share one of my favorite projects to date!

DIY Pallet Coffee Cup HolderWe picked up a pallet off the side of the road when we were living in Springfield and I had been mulling over what to do with it for a while. I finally decided to use it to make a holder for all of our coffee cups! (Or at least some of them.)

This was actually a pretty easy project! We did it in two days, but we definitely could have done it in one.

Materials and Equipment:

  • Pallet
  • Hooks and screws
  • Paint, letter stencils, sponge brush (Optional)
  • Sandpaper
  • Right angle ruler
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Safety glasses
  • Circular Saw
  • Cordless Drill
  • Screwdriver

First, a couple of notes: (1) You may want to power wash your pallet before you dive into this project since you’ll be hanging things that you drink out of on it! (2) I added the COFFEE detail on the top, but this is obviously optional! The top board was longer, so I decided to add some words instead of hooks.

Okay, let’s get started!

We used a fourth of the pallet, so first we decided which fourth looked the best and had the most stable and best-looking wood.


We marked where we wanted to cut using a pencil and right angle ruler.

Pallet coffee cup holder

Next my dad cut where we had marked using a circular saw. ****Make sure to wear safety goggles****

Circular saw

Once you have your mini pallet, sand it down! How much you sand is up to you, but make sure it is smooth enough that you won’t get splinters when you hang up your coffee cups!

Sand it down

Next I painted COFFEE on the top. I used letter stencils and a sponge brush. I’m really happy with how it turned out! (Sorry I didn’t get a picture while I was doing it!)

Coffee cup pallet

Putting on the hooks was probably the most difficult part. Use a ruler (or tape measure) and pencil to mark exactly where you want the hooks to go, then drill them in. My hooks weren’t totally even, but once we hung the coffee cups you could hardly notice!

DIY Pallet Coffee Cup Holder

DIY Coffee Cup Holder

DIY Coffee Cup Holder

We bought these hooks at Lowes for $1.50 each, so we spent a little less than $20 on them. There were cheaper hooks, but I’m so glad we opted for these! I think they make it look really polished. Plus, this was the only material we had to buy for this project!

DIY Coffee Cup Holder

DIY Pallet Coffee Cup Holder

I love how well this project turned out! A big thanks to my dad for helping plan the project and for cutting the pallet, Brad’s dad Danny for advising us on how to hang it, and Brad for always being supportive of my projects and for drilling in the hooks!




I’ve had several questions about this project, so here are a few additional facts and tips!

The final “mini pallet” is 20.75″ x 25″. The top board is 5.5″ and the other 3 are 3.5″ tall. The stencil letters I used are 3″ tall.

Here are a couple of pictures of how we hung it up. As I mentioned in the comments, we kept one of boards on the back of the pallet and rested that on two nails in the wall.




I hope that helps and makes things a little clearer! Thanks for all of the positive feedback everyone!

New Corner Shelves

Instead of being depressed about being unemployed and living at my parents house, I’ve decided to take advantage of crashing at their place with lots of free time! They have a great backyard perfect for reading, tanning, and spray painting!

Today, I did all three of those things! I’m currently reading Nehemiah with #SheReadsTruth, listening to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows while getting tan, and giving new life to some of our furniture!

I bought this corner shelf at a flea market in Springfield for only $5! It used to be in our guest bedroom. I was never a big fan of the color, so I decided to brighten it up!

I spray painted it Coral Isle by Krylon. It turned out a little more pink than I was expecting. I thought it would be a little more coral/salmon than bubble gum pink. But that’s okay! I think I’m going to put it out on the porch at our new apartment. It should bring some brightness to the area and provide a place to put things!

Corner shelf makeover

Next up to be painted is a bench of my mom’s, our old green coffee table, a wooden shelf, and a huge bookcase!

Memories in the Kitchen

I was browsing Pinterest today and stumbled across this pin:

Kitchen spot

I was at my parents’ house for a quick trip to KC yesterday, so feelings of home are fresh in my mind. This pin got me thinking about growing up and spending time in the kitchen with family.

I love my mom’s kitchen. There’s plenty of counter space to sit on no matter how many times she tells me to get off. (She probably thought I’d eventually grow out of the compulsion to sit on the countertop.) I probably have more memories in the kitchen than any other room in my parents’ house. My mom taught me how to cook in the kitchen. In high school we’d sit at the bar while I told her my adolescent woes. College breaks had me sitting on the counter while I watched her make my favorite meals while I was home. Lately my visits consist of Brad, my parents and me sipping coffee in the kitchen while we chat about the future.

Brad and I aren’t planning on having kiddos any time soon, but we are thinking and praying about what we desire for our family. I treasure these memories and I’m looking forward to making new ones with our future family!


Libs. Libsy. Pup. Pups. Pup-Pup. Puppy-Puppy. Doge. Cuddle Pup. Bub. Kid. Pupperoni.

These are the nicknames Libby has accrued over the last month that we’ve had her. It’s a wonder she still knows her name is Libby.

I sat down to do a “Lately” post, but when I began looking through the pictures on my phone, I realized that Libby was featured in about 95% of them. So I decided to do a little post about our newest family member!

Brad and Libby have become best buds.


See, best buds.


I get to enjoy sunsets like these on our nightly walks.


We’ve taken a lot of family photos.


And a lot of selfies.


We even taught her how to drive!


Our little pup has been a lot of fun. We’re looking forward to the weather warming up so we can take her on more and longer walks!

Missouri is Home

It snowed about 7 inches here in Springfield on Saturday night into Sunday afternoon. Monday was a my birthday and Brad and I both got a snow day! We’ve been here at home marathoning through Arrested Development and cuddling with our little pup, Libby. On Sunday I decided I needed to take a break from crocheting and do some crafting (already working on one of my 2014 Goals)! A couple of weeks ago Brad and I spotted this sign at Five Pound Apparel.

Missouri is awesome

Five Pound Apparel has a lot of really cool stuff and if you live in Springfield you should definitely check it out! I decided to use it as inspiration for a version of my own. I opted to use home instead of awesome, although Missouri is awesome. I free-handed the Missouri, which I would not recommend. Haha. I should have printed off a Missouri silhouette and traced it. Anyways I think it still turned out okay.


We’ve done some rearranging since Christmas and I’ve switched up the decorations a bit! I’d like to add a few more things to the wall for it to really feel complete. (Ignore the messiness of our living room and that the picture is kinda dark. Instead focus on the cuteness that is Libby.)


This little break has been nice to do some crafting, crocheting, and netflixing, but I’m ready to get back out in the world! Even more though, I’m ready for winter to go away! Bring on spring!

7 Reasons I Love Fall

Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer and I am stoked. Fall is my favorite season! Therefore, September and October are my favorite months. I love summer, but I’m really excited for another beautiful fall in the Ozarks. Why do I like fall so much? That should be obvious, but here are a few reasons:

1. The weather. This reason is number one because it is my number one favorite thing about the fall. I don’t mind the intense heat and humidity we get here in Missouri, but by September I’m ready for cool weather. Fall weather seems to go by so quickly! Jim Gaffigan tweeted the other day that he was looking forward to the upcoming one day of fall. An exaggeration, but you have to admit it’s kind of true! Here in Missouri, we have two months of blazing heat that seem to never end, then glorious 60 degree temperatures for maybe a month, followed by months of bitter cold. But maybe that’s why fall weather is so special. You have to soak it up while it lasts.

2. The leaves. Like the temperatures, the changing of the leaves is so short-lived. The trees turn a beautiful, fiery yellow, orange and red that illuminate the Ozark countryside. The Ozarks get especially wonderful falls because of all the trees and rolling hills. The drive from Springfield to Branson is amazing in the fall. (Looking forward to my favorite festival at Silver Dollar City, Harvest Fest!)

3. The clothes. The weather and the clothes go hand-in-hand. I’m a fall clothes girl. I love wearing athletic shorts and a tank top in the summer, but boots and cardigans are where my heart truly lies. I know you wear boots and cardigans in the winter too, but they are covered up by a huge coat! There is something so happy about going on a walk on a chilly day, but without needing a coat and without getting hot. New items I’m on the hunt for this fall: a brown pair of boots, a new pair of jeans, and a black cardigan.

4. Pumpkin Spice Lattes. We’re entering the season of pumpkin. Pinterest is already starting to flood with recipes to incorporate pumpkin into anything you could imagine. As much as I am annoyed by this, I can’t help but be excited about the PSL. My coffee addiction really set in this summer and I think the return of pumpkin spice lattes is going to be dangerous this fall.

5. No major holidays. This may seem like an odd reason to like fall, but as much as I love holidays, they can be busy and stressful. September and October are months to just enjoy living and spend your weekends doing whatever you want without a million commitments. Summers are always busy, so fall is a nice time to take a breather before the Christmas season.

6. Christmas is coming! As much as I like a break from holidays, I love the Christmas season! I love Christmas parties, Christmas food, Christmas crafts, Christmas music, and, of course, time spent with family. I think it is important to live in the moment and not get stuck dreaming of the next thing, but it is nice to have Christmas lurking just around the corner in the fall.

7. School is easy. Disclaimer: yes, I’m 23 and still living in the world of school years and semesters, and no, school is not exactly easy these days. But I’ve always felt like September and October are a nice time at school because the stress of a new school year has worn off, but finals still feel ages away. The weight of school work really settles in around November, before Thanksgiving break. Plus one can still enjoy studying outside in the beautiful weather before having to be cooped up all winter.

Tomorrow’s high is 97 degrees. Summer, I love you, but I am ready to be done with you for a while. Fall, I welcome you with open arms.

I hope you have a wonderful fall! What is your favorite fall activity?


Afghan for our Bedroom

I’ve decorated our bedroom in neutral colors with a red accent and we’ve really enjoyed it! There was only one thing that really didn’t fit with the decor: the afghan. We use a sheet and a comforter on the bed, but there is usually always an afghan on top. For the past year we’ve used an afghan that I had made Brad when we were dating. It was warm, but did not match the rest of the room (it’s blue, green, and brown). Plus, it didn’t quite cover the whole bed. Around Christmas time I started making an afghan for our bed that would match the rest of the decor and that would be big enough for the two of us. I finished it about two weeks ago and I just now got around to taking pictures of it!




I didn’t want to do anything complicated, but I wanted to do something new. I did a waffle stitch, which was really easy and I love how it ended up looking. I love that each side looks really different! I varied the colors and size of stripe at random, which is more difficult that it sounds! This is the biggest afghan I’ve ever made and I’m really happy with our it turned out.

I just started on another (smaller) afghan for someone for Christmas! I’ve done the same pattern before for an afghan I made my mom, so it should go pretty quickly. After that I will start on a baby blanket for my dear friend Katie!! Baby blankets are so fun to make because they are soft, cute, and small! I’ll be sure to share each when I am finished!

Lately (8.6.13)

Brad and I have just emerged from a very busy three weeks. Despite all the stuff going on, I didn’t manage to take a lot of pictures of what we’ve been doing lately. But it’s been a month since I’ve done a post about our daily lives, so I thought I’d share what I did manage to capture!


These are my labmates and my advisor. We get pretty excited when we get packages with dry ice.


Our one-year anniversary!


Brad was a groomsman in his friend Tyler’s wedding last weekend. This is at the rehearsal. It was a beautiful evening!


We love weddings! Thank goodness this wedding wasn’t as hot as ours was a year ago!


Last fall I got an email from MSU asking me to take a short survey and in return I would get a $25 Amazon gift card. I took the survey and never heard anything else about it. A few months later I remembered the survey and realized I had never gotten my gift card, but I didn’t worry about it since the survey probably took less than 5 minutes. Last week I finally got the gift card! It was an unexpected surprise. I’ve been wanting the seasons of Friends for a while now, so I ordered the first two seasons and they came today! I’m so excited to make Brad watch it with me!


My mom and I went to First Fridays last weekend in Kansas City. I’ve been looking for one of these vintage paint-by-number paintings for a while, but they are a bit hard to find and can be expensive. I was so excited to find this one in a frame for only $12!


There has been a blank space behind our door for a while, and this painting fits there perfectly!


It’s that bittersweet time of year when you aren’t ready for summer to be over yet, but you are excited for all the great things that come with fall! We’re going to try to soak up as much summer as possible while it lasts, but I’m also looking forward to my favorite month for weather… September!

Dry Erase Calendar From Paint Samples

I’ve seen a lot of projects involving paint samples on Pinterest, but was hesitant to try one. It seemed too simple! Then I saw a pin for a dry-erase calendar made with paint samples, but the link was a dead end. I decided I could figure it out on my own, so my friend Michelle and I had a craft night!


It ended up being really simple and cheap! I bought a poster frame from Hobby Lobby. It was normally $10, but I used my Hobby Lobby app to get 40% off. I also bought a piece of grey poster board for a dollar. I got the paint samples from Walmart (Disney has a new line of paint that has the cutest colors!), and I had a dry-erase marker. I only spent about $7 on this project!

First I cut the poster board to the size of the poster frame. Next I figured out how many rectangles I needed to cut and what size to make them. Then I cut all of the paint samples to the same size. This was the most time-consuming part. It would have helped if I had a paper-cutter. After that I situated the rectangles on the poster board where I wanted them. Next I used mod podge to glue down the rectangles. (I think tape would have worked fine as well, since it is going into a picture frame, but I did not have any tape on hand so I used mod podge. Double-sided tape probably would have been best.) At the top of each column I cut out a smaller piece to write the day of the week on. Make sure to write in sharpie marker! At first I used a regular washable marker and it kept smearing due to the slick texture of the paint samples. After that I let the mod podge dry, then put the poster board into the frame. Last I wrote the month, dates, and events over the calendar with a dry erase marker!

I really love how this project turned out. It was the perfect addition to our kitchen!

Lately (5.27.13)

Hello out there! You may remember that last summer I did a blog series called Insta-Monday. I had a lot of fun doing it, but took a break from it for the school year. Well it’s summer again, and summer is for adventures, and adventures are for sharing. Brad and I have a lot of fun ahead of us this summer and we are looking forward to taking advantage of (probably our only) summer in Springfield. Therefore, I’m bringing back the blog series, but changing the name, since I don’t always use Instagram to edit my photos. So be looking for “Lately” every week (but probably on Monday)!


Brad had the morning off on Wednesday, so we ate at our favorite breakfast place in Springfield, Gailey’s. We’ve tried a lot of breakfast places in Springfield, and Gailey’s has been the best! You should check it out if you live in the area.




Brad and I checked an item off of our Springfield Bucket List on Friday! We attended our first Springfield Cardinals game. I’m a Royals fan at heart, but love going to any baseball game. Unfortunately, they didn’t win, but it was still a fun time.


This is Minnie. She’s my neighbor’s dog and she loves me and I love her.



Brad and I took a break from shopping on Saturday and hit up Elle’s Patisserie for some delicious ice cream. It’s so cute! If you live in Springfield, you should definitely check it out!


I’m really excited about this book! I read about the research done with HeLa cells all the time and I’m really looking forward to learning the story of the woman they came from! I just finished Twelve Diseases That Changed Our World, so I guess I’m on a bit of a science-kick when it comes to leisurely reading.


We have season tickets to Silver Dollar City this year. Sunday was a beautiful day, so we headed down to Branson after church. We rode the new ride, Outlaw Run, and I loved it! I think Wildfire remains my favorite, but it was still really great.


And of course we had to finish our day with the best part about SDC, a funnel cake and a cheap drink with a really old SDC cup.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day! We are spending it the best way to spend Memorial Day, at a cookout with friends :) See you next week!