$20 Monogram Wall Art

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For over a year now, I’ve had this particular project in mind. I wanted an ornate frame surrounding our last initial set on burlap. The problem was, I couldn’t find a frame I liked. Every time I went to a store I checked the frame and wall art section. I did find a frame that would’ve been perfect at one home goods store, but it was over $100! I became a little frustrated and the search took a backseat.

Recently I went to our local Walmart to check out Better Homes and Gardens’ new line of home products I saw featured in their magazine. Then, I found the perfect frame! It was a mirror, it was plastic, and it was $15! I stood there in the aisle admiring it from near, from afar, and I would not have known it was plastic had I not picked it up. Sold!

I purchased the mirror and one yard of burlap from Walmart’s craft/fabric section for $2 and was on my way! Next stop, Michael’s for a $2 wooden letter M.

All I did to make it was take the mirror out of the frame and wrap it with burlap. Then put the frame back together. Next, my wonderful husband spray painted the letter M with Krylon’s Catalina Mist. Finally, I used hot glue to attach the letter.

It was so affordable, easy, and exactly what I wanted!

You can get the mirror here.

You can get the burlap here.

You can get a letter here.

You can get Krylon’s Catalina Mist here.

Happy crafting!

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Tuesday Morning Link Party at A Bowl Full of Lemons

Head over to Toni’s blog and check out all of the wonderful projects and be sure to check out the link to my Bullet Journal post! Just click the button below to check out the link party!

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An Easy Mason Jar Project

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I love Mason jars and I knew I wanted to use them in the decor for my mantel, but I wanted to incorporate more of the orange and turquoise color scheme we’ve been using. I’ve seen painted Mason jars before, but wasn’t fond of the matte look. I wanted to paint them and maintain the glassy exterior.

This project was so easy! I have a collection of Mason jars of various sizes and ages. I picked three different deigns and used acrylic paint to paint the INSIDE of the jars. I poured the paint into the jars and turned them upside down to allow the paint to run down the sides. I then placed them upside down on a piece of cardboard to dry. They dried quickly and turned out beautifully!

When i bought the paint, i also bought some decorative grass, succulents, and Spanish moss from Michael’s to put in the jars. The whole process was so easy and I think they look lovely on the mantel.

Let there be light!

At least once a year, my family holds a craft challenge. We make a Facebook group for all the participants as well as friends and other family members. The date for submissions is announced and after pictures are posted, members of the group choose their favorite by commenting on the photo with the word vote.

The winner selects the next challenge. First were pine derby cars followed by bird houses, wind chimes, then most recently lamps. I won the wind chime challenge which had an extra stipulation; it had to be made from recycled materials. I made mine from a wine bottle with the bottom cut off, and fishing line draped with beer bottle caps bent in half. As the winner, I chose the most recent challenge of making a lamp. I chose this because I made one in a 3-D design class in high school and really enjoyed it.

I knew I wanted to make one that we could put to good use in the house so I decided to make one to fit in with my son’s sports-themed room; a baseball lamp.

The bottom is a pitcher’s rubber, the trunk, if you will, is made of stacked practice balls within a glove, and the lamp shade was purchased at K-mart. My husband was kind enough to help and drilled through the pitcher’s rubber and five practice balls. Through the center is a small metal pipe. We used a lamp kit from Home Depot and threaded the cord through the pipe and constructed the top of the lamp. I printed out a White Sox logo (my husband’s favorite team) and taped it on the inside of the lamp shade and traced it with a pencil on the outside of the lamp shade. I painted around the logo with black acrylic paint.

I think it turned out nicely and my husband loves it so much that he wants to put it on his desk at work. I have to keep telling him that we made it for our son’s room!

I submitted my picture on Saturday and so far I’m in the lead. I’m keeping my fingers crossed. Now what to make next time…

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Barefeet welcome!

Well, spring has finally sprung here in Pennsylvania, although it’s felt like summer the past week!

Just in time for spring, I completed my spring wreath. In a previous post I described the spring wreath that I made during my Crafts and Cocktails get together. I then had grand plans of crocheting a scalloped lace ribbon to hang the wreath with. Well I did and it was a beautiful disaster. The scalloped lace ribbon came out nicely. I used a fine, bright white, crochet thread and spent many a night working on it after the kids were in bed. My husband and I hung the wreath when the lace ribbon was complete. I actually use an upside-down command hook on the inside of our front door to hang my wreaths with. The ribbon was a little thick to go over the top of the door, but I thought it would still work fine.

The next morning when my husband headed out the front door with the dog, the slack that had been created by closing the door released and my wreath fell to the ground and broke into three pieces right on the front porch. I did a little wreath surgery, if you will, that night. I couldn’t use hot glue because that just melted the foam base. I joined the pieces together and used straight pins to reconnect them. If you look closely in the picture, you can see the green, pearly heads of the pins. Perhaps the saddest part was that I had stitched the crocheted lace ribbon together around the wreath and there was no other way to get it off other than cutting right through it. I may have shed a tear or two when I had to ruin it to remove it. Since my first idea didn’t work, I bought a clean, plain, white ribbon to hang the wreath over the door with.

Despite it’s tragic history, I think it looks beautiful on the front door. I like the contrast of the bright and airy wreath against the black. The next season in our house is birthday season for our son who is turning two. My next wreath will be one to celebrate his birthday and I’m making a spare for the giveaway too. Which reminds me, don’t forget to enter!

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Giveaway!

I am hosting my first giveaway! Enter for a chance to win a birthday celebration wreath handmade by yours truly. Perfect to hang on your front door to acknowledge your little one’s upcoming birthday or even your own! Adorned with balloons and ribbon, this wreath is fun and festive. In the center, a spot to hang your child’s age.

Enter by following the link and completing the steps to earn entries. Everyone has a chance to earn up to 16 entries! Please share this with your friends too, the more the merrier! The winner will be selected at random by Rafflecopter on May 5th. The winner will need to send me their mailing address in order for the wreath to be shipped. Good luck to all!

Rafflecopter Birthday Celebration Wreath Giveaway

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Keep Calm and Crochet

Well folks, I’ve survived going back to work. I sure picked a doozy of a week to return too. All week I’ve been running our Scholastic book fair and to top it off, it’s parent/teacher conference week. It was dark when I drove to work this morning and dark when I drove home. I only got to see my babies for about fifteen minutes before they went to bed too. These twelve hour days are for the birds…

Now that the kids are tucked in and the house is picked up, it’s time to settle down for my new favorite hobby; crocheting. I’m making this blanket for my daughter. I have to give credit to my friend Teresa for sharing this beautiful star stitch that inspired the project.

So now the fire is roaring, the March Madness is in full effect and I sit down with hook in hand. My kind of night…

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