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back-to-school book page wreath @ Or So She Says

August 5, 2014

I just love a simple DIY, don’t you?  I am one happy crafter when something comes together in a cinch and this Back-to-School Book Page Wreath is no exception.  I was looking to update the front door a little bit and in a little bit of time (we all know how much extra time newborns give us, right!?!?).  If you like easy and fast, then this is a good one for you.


Seriously, stop over to Or So She Says today to see how I put this door decor together in no time at all.  Perfect for the back-to-school season!


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embroidered photo {diy}

May 20, 2014

I have to say it right now…this project has been on my to-do list for over a year…ever since I saw this awesome Stitched Photo Art Project on A Beautiful Mess.  As soon as I saw it I knew  I wanted something so fabulous and handmade on my walls too!  I even went so far to print the pictures I wanted to stitch.  Then there it sat for a year.

I finally finished it!  Now, I don’t consider myself the embroidering type.  I love the look of it, the possibilities, and the genuinely handmade, vintage-y feel of it but I feel like I just don’t know what I am doing well enough to conquer a real embroidery project.  This, I feel, is manageable.


I printed a simple black and white photo of some flowers I had in the house.  Then stitched here, and there, until I got the look I was hoping for.  Started with blue, added some pink, and ended up really wanting some purple in there too to match my violets.  Pretty basic, right!?!?


I do have another print all set for stitching too…I am just not sure how I am going to work it yet because it is in color.  Hmmm…


I love my new handmade art though.  This is such a fun twist on using photography in home decor!  What would you stitch?


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burlap covered bulletin board {diy}

April 15, 2014

Did you happen to see all of the burlap covered canvases out there in the art/craft supply stores?  I did and immediately thought one would make a fabulous bulletin board.  Then I saw the price tag and I just couldn’t justify it.  Naturally, I decided I would make my own, complete with an awesome, DIY nailhead trim.


I took a canvas that I had in the basement and up cycled it with some scrap burlap.  I used two layers…both to make sure I didn’t see the print underneath and to give it some added thickness for the pins to go through.  I used a staple gun to keep it all together, pulling and stretching the fabric around as I stapled to keep it tight.


I used thumbtacks around the edge for the nailhead trim look.


All done, looking great in the pantry, and practically nothing spent.  I think that makes it even more awesome-er.


And how about that artwork?  I had an eager little artist ready to hang something on our new board.

Have a great day!


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bow ties & cotton tails garland

April 11, 2014

Isn’t it funny how at Christmastime, there is an endless amount of songs being sung about the holiday? Then we get to Easter and there is…one, maybe two!?!? We all know the one thought, right? “Here comes Peter Cotton Tail, hopping down the bunny trail…” Today I pay homage to that song. I remember my Grandmother sining it at Easter time to me when I was little. And now, when I think of that Peter Cotton Tail, I see a dapper bunny dressed in a bow tie, hopping along with his fluffy tail following behind. Inspiration for some Easter decor is what I call it.


This Easter Bow Ties & Cotton Tails Garland is too cute not to add to your decor.  It isn’t quite as obviously Easter as, say, eggs would be…but anyone who knows the song will get it.


You’ll need a bag of jumbo cotton balls and a spool of your ribbon color.  I ended up going with the turquoise.  Shocker.  You will also need a hot glue gun and needle and thread.


Make your bows by cutting a length of ribbon, attaching the ends to make a loop, then wrapping the center with a shorter length of ribbon.  Secure the whole thing with glue.


Then just string your cotton and bow ties  onto your thread, working right through the center of the bow.


I apologize if you now have “Peter Cotton Tail” stuck in your head for the rest of the day.  But isn’t this garland so stink in’ cute?  Have a great weekend!


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creating inexpensive wall art

April 3, 2014

When it comes to home decor, I have totally immersed myself in DIY.  I have found that it is one of the least expensive ways to decorate, not to mention it is personal and and easy to swap out when I grow tired of it.  It is a great way to keep things fresh.  Today I am sharing some of my favorite ways to crete inexpensive wall art for your home.  Granted, these are not the ONLY ways to deck your walls with DIY, just a few, but you will see them again and again in my mini home decor tour.  And you will see that I have not included my own photography in my list because that is sort of a given.  Let’s take a peek!

Framed handmade greeting cards.  When we went to Ireland last year, we stepped into a quaint (and tiny) little toy shop in Galway that I just fell in love with.  I didn’t buy any toys, but did snag some hand painted greeting cards that are now framed and placed in a couple rooms, including the kids’ rooms.


(This one is actually a drawing of the toy shop.  I thought it was so sweet.)

Free printables.  Earlier this week, you could find me over at Or So She Says sharing a fun, versatile, and practically free form of wall art. I made it by simply printing off some images and coloring them with different mediums to get this fabulous result.I am so very happy with how easy, cheap, and great this turned out to be, I am already thinking of my next seasonal print to color.


Empty Frames.  This one is no secret.  You can find dozens and dozens of images on the web of full gallery walls full of empty frames.  This one that I have was a thrift store find that I emptied and washed up nicey-nice.  It is one of my faves.


Framed typography.  Take a familiar or favorite phrase or greeting, and frame it.  My “hello, hello” decor was made using the pen tool of my Silhouette.  I colored it in with a Sharpie, framed it, and it now hangs in my entry.  How inexpensive and spectacular is that?


Framed findings.  These are doilies that I found in the dollar bins at Michaels.  They are perfect for a little girl’s room and that is exactly where they are.  Two dollars.  Done.


Framed vintage post cards.  Vintage post cards can actually can range in price, but mine were only a dollar or two a piece.  The ones that I display here are locations that related to our wedding…where we had photos taken and the site of our reception.  These may very well stay up forever.


Framed vinyl cut outs.  This one is also no secret.  I chose to frame my vinyl in clear floating frames because, well, I just love the look of it.  The arrows were a random choice but I thought pretty masculine for my husband’s office.  The numbers are our anniversary year.  That’s the nice thing about vinyl.  You can cut anything to be personal to you!

vinyl-arrows vinyl-numbers

See how easy and practically free these can be?  I hope I have given you some ideas for DIY for your home.  The options are truly endless and I promise you will have the most satisfied feeling when you look up and see something you have created!

Do you have any favorite DIY wall decor in your home?  Or maybe on your list of to-dos?