I love giving gifts. However, I always struggle with what to give. It doesn’t matter the person. I love surprising people but only if it’s something I know the receiver will love and use. My mom’s 60th birthday was coming up and thankfully this was not a hard one for me. I had purchased a birthday board from a craft activity in my area and had been waiting for the right opportunity to put it together and give it to my mom. YAY for birthdays — 0r any gift-giving holiday.
Wooden Board-22 1/2 X 5 3/4 X 1
Wooden 1.5 inch Circles
Metal Jump Rings-Amount varies
12 Eyelet Screws
Vinyl Birthday Word and Month Letters
Sawtooth Picture Hangers
I started by sanding my board. I wanted smooth edges and to have them rounded. I then traced my wooden board on my paper. Then the painting began. I thought that I would have all the paint colors that I would need when I choose my paper but quickly realized that I would have to make my own colors, which is not my favorite thing to do. I either always make too much or too little. I chose to paint with 3 different colors to coordinate with my paper but when doing yours the sky’s the limit. Do it as plain or as fun and crazy as you would like. The thing to remember is that you need to paint the month wooden circles as well as the birthday circles. I didn’t do that until I was all ready to put it together. Kind of important.
I’ve been trying to brainstorm ways to make my entryway more inviting. There’s not very much room to put a table so I’ve tried coming up with some alternatives. I have a few ideas in the works but to start off I threw this super cute canvas picture together this weekend to get me started and motivated to finish it up soon. I’ll make sure to post what I work on as I get the pieces put together.
Here’s what I used and what I did to make my very own handpainted “Home Sweet Home” wall art.
16 x 20 Canvas
“Home Sweet Home” sign from the Silhouette Design Store
Cardstock or Laminator (depending on what you have on hand)
Black Acrylic Paint
4 – 1/2 x 2 x 24 Poplar Craft Board
Rainy Day Gray Acrylic Paint
For this project, I wanted to use up some of the crafting materials I had laying around and not spend a ton of money. I realize there’s different ways to accomplish this look, I just chose the one that worked for me using the items I had on hand. The only thing I had to buy was the craft board and the template. Everything else I had from other projects I have done.
First, I went to the Silhouette Design Store and purchased this “Home Sweet Home” template for 99 cents. I also downloaded the program on my computer so I could mess with the sizing. Confession: I don’t have a Silhouette so I knew I was going to have to improvise on this one. If I lived closer to Misty (she has one — I’m jealous) then I would have likely done a stencil version of this however, the more I thought about it I liked the idea of actually having it look more handpainted so I printed it off on regular printer paper (you’ll probably have to piece it together depending on how big you want it to be on the canvas). In hindsight, I should have printed it off on cardstock or photopaper because once I cut it out it instantly started to curl….REALLY bad. 🙁 Luckily, though, I have a laminator. Once I had them cut out I just ran it through that baby. Only downside is I had to cut it out AGAIN. But it wasn’t too bad.
The X-Acto knife comes in handy for the loopty-loop portion of the letters so make sure you have something like it around. It makes a world of difference!
Valentines day. The day of love. I am one of those people who thinks that this is a bazaar holiday. I don’t think that a day needs to be set a side to tell your significant other that you love them or how much they mean to you. I am however all for decorating for it. I love all the hearts and the various shades of pinks and reds that are associated with it. I also enjoy that my kids get to do valentines for their classes (notice I said my kids get to). This is one of those “holidays” that I don’t have a lot of decorations for and knew that I wanted to make some for it. I have seen painted Mason jar crafts all over Pinterest and I knew that they would be simple and fast. So if you have 30 minutes, 3 Mason Jars and some acrylic paint you can do this project. Continue reading
So I think I found my new obsession…making our front porch more welcoming and cute. It’s definitely a work in progress but hopefully by the end of the summer I’ll have it exactly how I want it only to put it all away for the winter. Crap! That’s how I roll sometimes, I guess. I actually have my hands in a few projects this week but this has got to be the quickest and easiest one of them all. And to say I love how it turned out is an understatement.
A few years ago, we bought a Boise State flag (Go Broncos!) and flag holder for daddy for Father’s Day however, the flag has been looking pretty sad lately. I’ve been on the look out for something more inviting and um, less embarrassing for several weeks now. So last week, while I was out and about, I stopped in at Hobby Lobby (because you know I LOVE that place) and I found this adorable “Hello” tote bag.