DIY Art Ideas

Looking for a quick and easy art project? Or need an inexpensive art piece? I was looking for thirty and unique artwork when I remembered something I saw from Better Homes and Garden that gave me a few ideas.

Frame Scraps and Create Art

I’ve been collecting picture frames when they are on sale for a hall photo gallery I’m planning so I had a few frames on hand. Why not frame scrapbook paper! It comes in so many cool colors, patterns and designs!

Here are a few pages of scrapbook paper framed in Lily’s room.

My neighbor, Alison, stopped by while I had everything sprawled out on my dining room table and liked the idea so much she decided to create a scrapbook display for her sunroom. I have artwork envy! I love how hers turned out!!!

For a close up.

Another idea is to frame fabric. I purchased a duvet in the ‘as is’ section of Ikea for $10. While I determine how to use the bulk of the material, I went ahead and framed some pieces for the playroom.

Decoupage Something

This was my first decoupage project and I’ll admit it was not as easy as framing paper or fabric. I had some challenges keeping the paper from bubbling. If you have tips to share – please do!!! I applied Mod Podge to a stretched canvas, layered a couple of piece of scrapbook paper and then coated it with another layer of Mod Podge. The monogram is Lily’s initials in a Word document. I used Edwardian Script font. I hot glued the matte frame and the monogram and painted the canvases edges to finish this piece.   

Refresh a Picture Frame

I had a couple of frames that were missing the glass but I couldn’t bring myself to throw them away. I spray painted a frame to match Lily’s decor and I hung it on the wall. Centered in the frame is a butterfly cut from scrapbook paper. I see a theme here – I have a lot of extra scrapbook paper lying around our house! I’m surprised at how much I liked this. In fact, I’m going to incorporate this idea into my hall gallery.

Have any secrets on how to transform scraps to art? Do tell!!

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What I Wore Wednesday – 3rd Edition

This week I broke away from the neutrals and greys and added some color. It’s a little more casual than my normal work attire and definitely more colorful! Pardon my dusty mirror!

What I Wore Wednesday

Camisole and Sweater: Banana Republic
(I wear camisoles under everything)
Skirt: Forever 21
Shoes: Jessica Simpson from DSW
Necklace: J.Crew Factory Store (online)

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Birthday Banner

Early this month, I started “pinning” all the items I was considering for Lily’s first birthday. I started a Lily’s Birthday Party Pinterest board to collect all the ideas. Then I started putting them together in a photo collage to see how they would work together as previewed in the Let the Party Planning Begin post. This week I started putting the plan into action. I created Lily’s  Birthday Banner (and my husband’s and my son’s since they have July birthday’s too).

Birthday Banner Inspiration

I started clipped the letter’s from various magazines. The next step is to scan the letters and enlarge then. That is when I quickly realized I didn’t know what I was doing and that this would take forever. These letters are itty bitty and you have to tap a button on our scanner for each percent you want to enlarge it. After the first letter I abandoned this idea. I guess you can say I cheated. I used Microsoft Word. I selected fonts types and colors that were close to my original. I made the font size 500 and printed the letters.

I used spray adhesive to adhere the paper to a thicker scrapbook paper. Glue sticks would also work and are my preferred medium but my son left the caps off and ours were dried out. Elmer’s glue can cause bubbling with printer paper.Cut the excess paper and repeat these steps for all the letters. Then tape the letters to a ribbon and hang!

Materials Used:

  • Microsoft Office (Word or PowerPoint) or magazines
  • Scissors
  • Glue/Adhesive
  • Tape
  • Printer
  • Ribbon
  • Paper (printer paper and scrapbook paper)

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Our Little Girl Turns 1

Today is Lily’s first birthday! It’s hard to believe we met her just a year ago this morning. Our little baby is becoming a big girl now.

Jacob was the least excited about adding a girl to our family. For years, he had been wanting a little brother. When we told him we were having a girl his precise words were “My life is ruined!” He proceeded to say girls do nothing but talk all the time and he was going to have to wear his headphones to ignore her. Well, needless to say, Jacob can’t wait for her to start talking and he gets so excited when she tries to say his name. He called her first thing this morning to wish her a Happy Birthday!

Our Baby

Born July 15, 2010 at 9:37 am weighing 8 pounds, 15 ounces measuring 20 1/2 inches long (no, I didn’t know that off the top of my head I had to look it up).

Here she is today eating breakfast before her 1 year doctor appointment. She’s a big girl now! She weighs 22 pounds and 7 ounces and is 30 inches tall. She can walk and climb (we found her standing on top of her walker trying to get in). She has seven teeth and a handful of words – dada, daddy, uh-oh (her favorite when someone drops something), up, aw-duh (for all done) and a-up (for Jacob). She loves cheerios, goldfish, graham crackers, mandarin oranges, cantaloupe, honeydew, bananas, green beans and according to daycare broccoli (we haven’t seen that one). Her smile is ear to ear and brightens our days.

We look forward to celebrating her birthday! Her party isn’t until next weekend but we have a few special things in the meantime! I’ve started putting up a few decorations. The first was a birthday banner. We have three July birthdays so I made it non-gender specific. More to come!

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What I Wore Wednesday

Last week I posted my first edition of “What I Wore Wednesday” and I proclaimed to break out of my traditional black and white attire. I can’t say that I branched out much because I stuck with neutrals. I also can’t say I branched out for long because this week I’m back to black and white. I think I need to do a reality check before my next proclamation. It’s hard to set yourself up for success when you don’t have the resources to do it. I realized I don’t have a lot of colorful work clothing. That is kind of a necessity for colorful outfits. :)

This week’s attire:

What I Wore to Work – Grey scale

Camisole and Sweater: Target
Skirt: Charlotte Russe
Shoes: Jessica Simpson from DSW

Night Out with Husband and Friends

{My husband encouraged I post this outfit.}
Dress – Cha Cha Vente from some department store
Shoes – Bandolino from DSW
Necklace – Ann Taylor Factory Store (outlet on clearance for $5)

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Handprints

I have been eying this handprint set from Red Envelope for a year. I thought it would be a fun family project for our playroom. Of course I thought I could save money if I made it myself. I bought the products when the canvases and paints were half off at Michaels. I spent approximately $11 on materials. I selected paint colors slightly different than my inspiration to match our playroom. Jacob, my 9  year old, helped me paint the canvases. Jacob’s was first up and his handprint was a breeze. Then he helped me with mine. You would think that the most challenging part of this project was getting Lily’s handprint. Little did I know that the 10 month old was not going to be the hold up. Yep, that’s right…It was getting my husband to paint his hand that took forever. It wasn’t that he was unwilling – afterall he helped me with Lily’s handprint. It’s just that the opportunity never presented itself after Lily’s masterpiece. It took almost two months to finish this project. Below are the final results. Yes, Walt’s hand is off center but remember it took two months to get the handprint – I wasn’t going to ask him to fix it! In that two month time frame I repainted the red canvas a deeper red to better match the colors of the playroom. For $11 I love the way this turned out!

More to come on the playroom progress next month.

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Lily’s First Concert

On the first day of summer, we published a list of things to do this summer. My husband, Walt, thought our list was a little aggressive. I’m starting to think he was right but I’m up for the challenge. Slowly but surely we are crossing things off our Summer List.

A couple of weekends ago, we hiked up Crowder’s Mountain. Walt and I are pretty active (he is a marathon runner and I recently completed 60 days of Insanity – a Shaun T dvd series similar to P90x), but hiking up a Crowder’s with a 22 lb baby and all her baby gear was more challenging than expected. It probably didn’t help that is was 1000 degrees with the humidity (slight exaggeration)! We made an excuse to stop mid-way to take pictures. :)

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Next up was Lily’s first concert! Over the 4th of July weekend, we went to see Langhorne Slim who is described as a folk singer-songwriter with a punk-rock sensibility. His live shows are energetic which was right up Lily’s alley. We had a great time but I think she enjoyed it the most. She was rolling around on the blanket, trying to do flips, dancing and being silly! Our camera is out of commission so I was using my phone to capture pictures and she wouldn’t stay still!!

I hate that Jacob missed out but he is enjoying his time visiting family in Florida. We are talking about taking him to see American Idol when they come to town, anyone interested? Better yet, do you have a better live music recommendation for a soon to be 10 year old?

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