Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Quick, Switcheable Wall Art

I have been looking for some time for something to put on the wall in our living room.  The wall is broken up by a small, leaded glass window.  Without something on each side, it just looks empty.  I love changing things out for the seasons, and when I saw this idea on another blog I thought I could easily incorporate it.  I did it for Valentine's Day, which you can see here.  I am still not sure if I will do a separate one for Easter or just wait until summer to change it.  Here is what I have done for spring.  I started by having the guys at Lowes cut a piece of inexpensive 2'x2 piece of wood in 4 pieces (this is the same as I did in the previous post).  I sanded the edges down and painted them white.  The perfect thing for this project is that scrapbook paper comes 12"x12".  I found this paper at Archivers that I loved.  I used matte Mod Podge and glued them on the boards.

I bought lots of extra paper to make some other projects with, like the flower I did on last weeks subway art and a spring banner I am working on.  I had also planned on using my Silhouette to embellish these.  However, they had these great matching embellishments at Archivers so I bought them.  Here are two more pictures of what it looks like in the room.

and the whole wall view
The bare blocks on the window ledge are for an Easter sign I am hoping to get started on as soon as it is warm enough to get out and spray paint - my husband has vetoed any more of my spray painting in the basement!  I also used some of the leftover paper to update my silhouette of Eleanor.
I am linking up today over at

Funky Polkadot Giraffe TOO Cute Tuesday Linky Par-tay 
This Blessed Nest Spring Fling 
Sisters' Stuff Linky Party
Creation Corner 
 WhipperBerry Friday Flair
Tatertots and Jello Weekend Wrap Up

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Spring Subway Art

When I first began sending my husband mass emails hinting (or plain out suggesting) that a Silhouette would be the best Christmas gift for me, this was one of the projects I had in mind! I just love subway art and I knew it was something I wanted to do for all seasons. I had originally planned on doing it on a canvas, however my favorite guys in the lumber department at Lowes were able to cut this piece of wood for me to size and the whole piece was only $4 and some change - cannot beat that!
This piece of pine is 18x24
In a previous post I mentioned how I had originally planned on painting the wood yellow and using white vinyl. Well, I realized in my last project that there was nowhere near enough contrast. I picked up a $2 paint sample at Lowes and painted the board green.

I then set out to design the layout on the Silhouette. I ran out of vinyl when I had only "singing" and "march" left to add! I picked up some Cricut vinyl at JoAnn's because I could not get Silhouette vinyl locally and did not want to wait to order it. My local Archivers does carry vinyl, however they do not carry white-I find this odd. The Cricut vinyl was fine, however the shade is a bit off and the texture is different.
I did have a blank spot so I decided to add a 3D flower that I made using some wall art that I am going to post this weekend. I still need to add 3 pictures to the frame I found in the dollar section at Target. They slots are odd sizes so I am on the hunt for a good picture to crop. Also, I would like to wait and add a springy picture when I can take one outside. We are in NE Ohio and March is NOT spring, we are to get 6-10 inches of snow tonight!
I am linking up today over at This Blessed Nest Spring Fling , Funky Polka Dot Giraffe Too Cute Tuesday 
 Tatertots & Jello Weekend Wrap Up Party. and WhipperBerry Friday Flair. 

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Bow Holder Redo

One of my favorite things to make for Eleanor is hairbows.  Eleanor was bald until she was about 2, and I think it is fair to say that since the moment I could put a rubber band in her hair she has had a bow.  As I mentioned before, I do make most of Eleanor's clothing and I usually find myself picking up ribbon to match.  When I first started making bows, I searched high and low for something to hang them all on.  While I found lots of ideas, there was no way I was going to pay for something I could easily make.  I bought a simple piece of wood at JoAnn, painted it, and glued on some ribbon.  Here it is:
As we ran out of room, I added some ribbon to the cute cowgirl sign and used these for her hairbows.  Well, over the last few years we have run out of room and the bows have been getting crushed.  I decided I wanted to make something new using my Silhouette.  I began by having my guys at Lowes cut a 2' by 2' piece of plywood into six pieces for me.
 I painted each one pink
 I then cut out Eleanor's initials using vinyl on my Silhouette.  I downloaded the font, Blomster, from DaFont and I found the dragonfly from the Silhuette online store.
 I then spray painted each one purple, let it dray, and then removed the vinyl.
After finishing that, I decided they needed something more.  I let Eleanor pick out some princess scrapbook paper at Archivers, used a free shape of the week from Archivers, and cut out these cute flowers.

Here is the finished project, I am really quite pleased with how it came out.

I am linking up at Funky Polkadot Giraffe , Sew Many Ways, and This Blessed Nest

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