On The Wall

Word Art

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

I’m one of those people who likes to surround myself with inspiration, and often it is in the form of favorite quotes or words.  I especially like to see words or quotes as original art framed in a gallery on the wall, together with other family pictures and artwork.  They are an inexpensive way to add personality to a home, and a great conversation starter !

I’ve come across some favorites on Etsy, and I thought I’d share them with you today.  Click on the titles below for the link.  

 

paris city of love theloveshop on etsyCity of Love by The Love Shop

  when life hands you lemons dear colleen on etsy When Life Hands You Lemons by Dear Colleen

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Building a Custom Memo Board

Friday, March 12th, 2010

I cannot keep track of all of the school calendars, memos, and tiny pieces of paper that bombard me on a daily basis.  I live for memo boards as a place to display all those reminders of things I need to do or people I need to call.  If it’s not staring me in the face, I’ll just forget about it.  Memo boards help to keep me sane organized.

Back in January, I mentioned the need for more organization in my mud room.  Actually it’s not really a mud room, just a wee hallway and closet back by the garage door.  I like to pretend it’s loftier space than it is and call it a ‘mud room’.

The easiest way to make a memo board is to find a bulletin board in the size you want and cover it with fabric.  Well I’m a troublesome creature and after a search, I couldn’t find a frame in the exact size I wanted, so I decided to just build a tall narrow memo board to fit the hall space.

custom memo board

 

 

nail heads in memo board

 

Supplies:

2’ x 4’ thin plywood from Lowes or home improvement store

Fabric and batting to size

Ribbon

Trim molding

Caulk or spackle

‘D’ Ring hooks

Nail heads

Finish nails

Tools:

SkilSaw

Mallet

Staple gun

Pliers

Hammer

Sawhorses (optional)

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DIY Craft: Yarn Wrapped Frames

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Whenever I pass the knitting section in the craft or specialty fabric stores and spy all of the beautiful yarns,  I wish that I had the skill to knit so I could put those gorgeous threads to good use.  Unfortunately, I don’t knit at all. 

Then I had an idea to use yarn in a decorative way, by wrapping it around some homemade frames and creating some original wall mirrors for a blank wall space.  With this project, I started out with every intention of making two wall mirrors, but in the end, I left one frame as is, just because I like it better that way. 

yarn wrapped frames behind branch

We had a very blank wall between two windows for the longest time and I finally decided to add some decor.  I already had the shelf, the pitcher, and the vintage Audubon print. 

These days, I’m very focused on adding more texture to my home in creative ways.  These yarn wrapped frames seemed the perfect way to do it, and a great project for a rainy weekend. 

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