A year in the making – 1 Year Blogiversary

365 days ago, a dream of mine became a reality.TFP Sign

It started probably a year before that when I stumbled across a blog called House of Hepworths. Who even knew DIY blogs existed? It was the first one I’d ever heard of and I was instantly infatuated with Alison and her amazing DIY skills. I was hooked. I read every post she’d ever written and waited anxiously for new posts to be published (yeah. . . I was kind of a creeper). I began to dream and really think, I could do that!

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At the time we lived in a tiny 2-bedroom duplex whose owner barely let us install a ceiling fan (it had NO ceiling fans. . . in the middle of west Texas. . . . yeah, not smart) so I knew a DIY blog was out of the question as long as we lived there. Time went on and I began to follow other blogs like I Heart Organizing and Primitive and Proper and as the DIY bug grew within me and I worked on small projects around our home.


In January of 2012 this all changed when, through a series of God sized events, we bought our first home. I was ECSTATIC. Long before we moved my head began to spin with renovation ideas, paint colors and flooring options. (Side Note: I didn’t join Pinterest for a long time because my friend Katie told me it was like my brain on steroids. She was right.) I immediately knew the time had come to launch my very own blog, and that my friends is how it all began.

I was so excited I had probably 2-3 posts written before we moved. That’s right, in two weeks time I packed our entire house, we cleaned our new house, did all the techy stuff that goes along with starting a blog and I wrote several posts. Maid Easy offered a good house cleaning option. Oh yeah, and we both worked a full time job. Needless to say, we were pumped about this dream coming true.

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Over the past year we’ve learned a lot. A LOT. We’ve learned about working together and communication. We’ve learned that if you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to want something to drink. We’ve learned that I am a mouse. . . .and I want a cookie. We’ve learned that I have big dreams and can always see the final product where as Phillip never sees the final product and often says things to me like,

“You aren’t finished with that project. . . are you?”

“You want to paint what?”

“Those things don’t match.”

Yet he always loves the result. It’s been an entertaining year of growth and discovery.

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I’ve learned 3 things about myself over the past 12 months;

  • I love to dream up big projects and see them through to completion.
  • I love writing about what I’ve done. I do the staging, shooting and editing. . . .so that I can write.
  • I love that there are people out there whom I’ve never met who actually read the things I write. It never ceases to amaze me.

So to you, faithful reader, thank you. Thank you for reading, dreaming and learning with me. You are the reason that I continue to write so thanks for the encouragement and love.

Speaking of love . . . . wouldn’t you just LOVE to win a new purse?? I thought so.

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Without further adieu, the winner is. . . .Heather Jernigan!

Heather be sure to check your email for prize details.


Here’s to many, many more DIYing years to come!

Our First Giveaway!

Our 1 year blogiversary is quickly approaching and to celebrate we’re hosting our very first giveaway!Daily Tote Giveaway - thefrontpoarch.comSince launching my Etsy site, FrontPoarchCreations, I’ve been designing and testing new bags and purses and today I’m happy to announce that the Daily Tote will soon be joining the line up!

To celebrate our 1 year blogiversary, you have the chance to win your very own Daily Tote, before they are available on our Etsy site. To enter you’ll need to complete the rafflecopter giveaway below and be sure to check back here on March 12th when we’ll announce the winner!

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DIY Weekend Bag & and BIG Announcement!

This holiday season I set a goal of giving handmade gifts to most of our family members and now that all of those gifts have been given, I’m finally able to share this project with you. I can’t promise that what I made could be presented as gifts for 11 year old boys or girls, but for something that’s handmade, this should be quite impressive. Let me tell you what, it’s SO hard to work on projects and not be able to tell anyone but your husband! It. Was. TORTURE.

So without further adieu, I give you the Weekender Tote!

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I have a beach bag that I really love, it’s a great size and shape and I find myself using it on weekend trips all the time. It’s perfect for the car because it holds my books, phone charger and even my beloved micro-bead pillow, I rarely leave town without it! Thus I decided to use my bag as a pattern.

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I cut the body pieces and the bottom piece out of craft paper so I’d have a reusable pattern. . . .

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. . . . and then used the pattern to cut out each bag.

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From there I taped stripes on each bag using painters tape and gave each side 2 coats of dark blue fabric paint.

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Once everything had been pressed and stitched together I ended up with this beauty!

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And the interior? A bright yellow pop of color!

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I made a Weekender Tote for both of my sister-in-laws and my hopefully-soon-to-be sister-in-law but after looking at these photos, I really want one for myself!

Now, for the BIG Announcement. . . . if you would like a Weekender Tote of you own, you can purchase one at my newly re-opened Etsy shop!

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That’s right! I’ve taken the plunge and reopened my shop which will feature the Weekender Tote, a version of this DIY Lace Purse and great vintage finds. Be sure to stop by and see what treasures you’ll discover!TFP Purse 13

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DIY Purse

Last week I had the privilege of attending the birthday party of a 2 year-old family friend from church. This particular little girl is obsessed with my purse, every Wednesday night she goes through the entire thing in search of my apparently one prized possession: lip gloss. Although I decided against giving lip gloss as a gift, I did decide to make her a purse of her own.

I began with this pattern and gathered my remaining supplies.


  • Cream colored canvas
  • Cream colored lace curtain
  • Scissors
  • Cream colored thread
  • Velcro
  • Craft glue
  • Sewing needle

I printed and cut out the pattern (which is only half of the actual purse size) and lined it up with a seam in my fabric. This way, I only had to cut out half of the purse and I was ensured to come out with 2 symmetrical sides.

Once it’s cut out, it will look like this.

I then moved to the lace and followed the same process, cutting out the pattern along the seam, being sure to cut the lace slightly larger than the canvas.

Using my craft glue, and working in small sections, I folded the excess lace over the canvas to give the outside a finished look.

I folded over the side flaps, gluing them to the bottom flap that was folded up last to complete the ‘finished’ look.

I then lined the inside with felt. . . .

. . . added a velcro fastener.. . .

. . . and completed the gift with a few chunky necklaces.


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