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hey there! I'm monica 

I pride myself on making amazing style and design accessible for everyone, regardless of location, budget, or ability! My design philosophy is rooted in authenticity + attainability - If I can do it, you can too! My work has been featured in countless publications, but I take the most pride in homeowners that have been personally inspired by my DIY ideas and have tried something in their own homes!

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Good morning, everyone! It’s very rare to meet other blogging duos in this blogland, so when we met Ashley and Whitney of Shanty-2-Chic at Haven last summer, we were thrilled! True story: when we were checking in to the hotel in Atlanta, we were told they didn’t have a room for us. So we were sitting like total dorks in the lobby (we were even dressed in scrubby outfits!), waiting for a room, when two gorgeous, personable, cheerful girls entered the lobby. We were clueless as to who they were (what? Were we living under a rock?), but it turns out they were the Shanty girls! These two are the sweetest and prettiest women you’ll ever see wielding power tools. Super-talented, down-to-earth. and uber-wecoming to the two of us newbie bloggers. If you haven’t been to their site, please do so immediately (after reading about their awesome project!) and you won’t be disappointed. Enjoy!
Hey guys!
We are the Shanty Sisters, and we are so excited to be blog swapping with the ECC girls today!
We had the pleasure of meeting them in Georgia last year, and we hit it off from the start! They are sweet girls, and we love that they are a blogging duo just like us! 😉
With Christmas just around the corner, we thought it would be fun to share a quick DIY gift idea!
I love photo gifts. This is a super simple, cheap and cute way to display photos. It cost me under $3 a piece to make these… Woohoo! It makes a great gift for friends and family.
Here is how mine turned out…
And, here is how I made it!

For those of you that don’t have a saw… This is one you need to have. You can EASILY cut this project and so many others on our site using this. Cheap and easy… Promise! That’s a stocking stuffer gals! Come on… You will thank me! This is a perfect ‘craft’ saw, and you would be shocked at how many projects you can do with it! You can also have the hardware store cut the wood for you. HD has a handsaw just like this one in the wood section at all times.

That’s it for the building part!
Now you are ready for the printable!
I made a few printables for this project. Today I am sharing the ‘So Very Blessed’ printable. To print it, just click the photo below. Once it opens, just click print from your top browser bar.
I printed mine on cream colored cardstock. I like the weight of cardstock paper for this project, and you can get it super cheap at any craft store.
I chose to use upholstery tacks to hold my paper in place. These can be found at any craft or hardware store. They are really cheap and cute. They are also really easy to remove by using a small screwdriver under the head of the nail. This makes changing out your printable really easy!
Your final step is adding photos! I like to print my photos out on photo paper at home. This saves me lots of money, and keeps me from dragging my 5 kiddos to Walmart to pick up photos… Win win!
I cut my photos out, put them on the display and I was DONE. So quick, so cheap, but still so cute! My kind of project! And… Did I mention I made these babies for under $3 a piece?? Just making sure!
Today I shared the ‘So Very Blessed’ Printable, but be sure to come visit Ash and I over at Shanty2Chic where I will be sharing the other 3 printables for this project!
Here are a few more shots…
A little bit more about the Shanty Sisters…   We are 2 sisters sharing how we transform our homes on a budget! With 8 kiddos between the two of us, we put every naptime to good use ;-)! From building projects like this $65 farmhouse table
To transforming things like this $15 mirror made from a Walmart mirror
And even offering free printables like our latest free alphabet banner!
We would love for you to come check us out anytime at our site, Shanty-2-Chic.com!
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  Thanks so much again for having us girls! We are honored ;-)!! ~Whitney & Ashley
Seriously, isn’t that adorable?! We love us some cheap projects and this is one of the best ideas we’ve seen this year! Thanks so much for being here, girls!


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  1. runtspickins says:

    So cute! I want ten of these for myself! =]

  2. Kristen says:

    Really cute! I added this to my pinterest so people can find you. Great ideas!

  3. Cassie says:

    I totally just did this! I waited about 18 hours for the stain to dry (sanded my block first.) And I couldn’t find anything like the hooks at Wal Mart, so I went to a hardware/farm store and got a big huge thing of metal wire that looks a little more durable. (Was around $4 for 100 ft!) And didn’t glue them in either–they seem like they are staying put. Anyways, THANKS A TON for the idea! Soooo cool!

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