Friday, June 5, 2015

Living Room Gallery Wall Update

School is officially out and I am on summer vacation.  Today is day one and I wasted no time being productive because hello, it takes teachers a couple of weeks to get into vacation mode.  Unfortunately, I normally don't have the time to devote to my blog like I'd like to.  However, with summer vacation here, and the itch to update some things around the house, I hope to be a bit more active over the next couple of months.

Project #1:  Living room wall.  Back in 2011 we painted our living room and added an accent piece on one of the large walls.  You can find that blog entry and details here.  Things have been tweaked over the years, but the wall was definitely due for an upgrade.  I'm happy with the colors so I didn't repaint.  It was all about new wall accessories.  After cruising Pinterest for a while, I gathered my ideas and headed out to Rod Works, Target, Hobby Lobby, and Home Goods.  

Here is what the wall looked like after I took everything off (I was in such an excited rush that I forgot to take a 'before' picture.)  I used the packing paper from my purchases to cut out the shapes of the items I bought so I could manipulate them until I was happy with the arrangement.

I had initially bought a metal W initial (for our last name) to fit inside an empty frame, but it ended up being too big.  Instead, I fooled around on the Tagxedo website and made this:  A personalized subway art for our family.

At first I was searching for a premade family subway art to print, but then I remembered hearing about this website and gave it a shot.  Totally easy, totally cool.  I typed in the words I wanted to use, chose the shape and colors, and printed it out.

As far as the rest of the wall, here is what I came up with on my shopping trips.

Metal Initial:  Hobby Lobby

 Wall Hanging:  Target

Mirror:  Hobby Lobby

Bike:  Hobby Lobby

 After moving the papers around and around, this is what I came up with.

Oh that...over there on the right side?  I had some handmade project there that I can't find the link to, but it was due to be taken down.  Really, you aren't missing anything.  In its place I found a metal sign from Hobby Lobby and wooden numbers, and the curly rod at Rod Works to hang the numbers from. first post in a while.  Stay tuned for more summer projects.!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Autumn Wreath

I am amazed at two things.  One, my last blog post was in January.  What??  Two, I actually have quiet, leisurely time to put together a quick entry.  I do wish I had more time to do crafty things and post entries on them.  I miss using my creativeness.  

The wreath that's been on my door is the one from my last blog entry.  A white, rose wreath.  

Now that September is almost over I figured it was time to switch it up and get with the season that is just around the corner:  Autumn.

I've had this wreath hiding in the corner next to the piano.  And let's be real...I made it in 2011, which is so yesterday. 

I knew I wasn't going to use it so I figured I could update it.  I cut off all of the felt flowers I had made, which left just the yarn wrapped wreath.  My daughter and I shopped at Hobby Lobby for some new yarn, leaves, and silk flowers.  Here is what we found:

While my daughter and I watched "Flubber" (RIP Robin Williams) I wrapped, and wrapped, and wrapped.  Finally, the creme yarn was completely covered.

The next step was to cut the flowers from the stems, as well as the leaves.  I slowly hot glued some leaves, then a flower, then some more leaves, and more flowers. I started at the base of the wreath in the center and moved out to the right and left until I thought it looked completed.

The finished product...which will probably up until Winter.

Hopefully the it won't be so long before my next entry.  I've got one all ready to go, too.  My daughter has earned quite a few medals this season at her first go around at competitive gymnastics.  She asked if we could make something to hang them from.  The project is if I can just find more time to post.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Everything's Coming Up Roses

New year, new wreath.  For the last few months I've had an old "fallish" wreath on our front door (found here.)

I was tired of seeing this wreath and wanted something new.  I came across the wreath I made last spring (found here), but it was a bit worn.

I ended up keeping the wreath itself from the picture above and cut off all the yarn.

I picked up some yarn, silk flowers, and ribbon.  Yes, those are some fake dew drops on the roses (more on that later.)

I went with the bouquet of roses, instead of singles because even though the flowers were 50% off, they are still pretty expensive when you get to the better quality flowers.  I bought the bouquet because it was the most bang for my buck.  As far as the cheesy dew drops, I ended up cutting off most of the petals with the "water" on them.

After wrapping, and wrapping, and wrapping the wreath I started hot gluing the roses.  I started in the middle and worked outward with the small roses being placed in between the larger ones.

Within 30 minutes I was done!  

At the time I took the following pictures the sun was shining on the front door, making for some tricky lighting.  Of course I'm too impatient to wait until tomorrow and really, who knows when I'd remember to actually take the pictures when the lighting is just perfect.  

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Lit Paper Mache Letters

While cruising around Pinterest a few weeks ago I came across this picture:

I loved the idea of lit paper mache lettering!  There are so many different things you can do with them, aside from a Christmas theme.

I decided to use the "JOY" word because it was short and I thought it would be easier than a word with more letters.

As mentioned in the blog's directions, the woman had special ordered the larger letters, however at Hobby Lobby they only had the smaller letters.

I grabbed a few other things...silver spray paint, glitter spray paint, and lights.  I ended up returning the glitter spray paint because it didn't work.  A clear spray came out, but not with the glitter.


The first thing I did was use an exacto knife to cut around the lettering to expose the inside.

Once the letters were open I used a pencil to mark where the lights would go.

I sprayed three coats of silver on the letters and used some Modge Podge, a paintbrush, and a super fine silver glitter to cover the lettering.

The next step was to take a sharp tool and make a hole where the penciled dots were.  Not sure if it would have been better to poke the holes before or after spray painting and glittering.

The string of lights had 100 lights.  I found the middle of the string of lights, and started poking the lights through the middle of the letter O.  From there I worked outward to that it was spaced evenly.  It wasn't the easiest thing to do and it was at this point I realized why larger letters are probably easier to work with...less cord bunching.

Some of the lights were falling out of the holes so I tried to hot glue them in, but that didn't work too well.

I played around with the lights and letters for a while and finally had it all figured out.  In the meantime I put the mantle together and got everything in place.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Simple Place Cards

Table is decorated and votives are made.  Next up, place cards.

These place cards were just about the easiest and quickest things I've made in a while.  Yesterday at Michael's while I was getting things for the votives, I grabbed some miniature clothespins for $2.00.

At home, I pulled out my box of old buttons and a glue gun.  While the glue gun was warming up I created some place cards on Microsoft Word.

While the place cards were printing I hot glued one of the ends to each button.  I left one unglued so that I could slightly press and open the clothespin.