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Spooktacular September

Who is ready for Halloween?!? Well, I’m not pulling out all of my decorations QUITE yet, but I am happy to be sharing a fun Halloween project over at Eighteen25 today for their amazing Spooktacular September series! All. Month. Long.

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They have posts going TWICE a day with other creative bloggers sharing everything Halloween! I changed my logo for my introduction over there, you like it?

Halloween Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke

A snippet of my post:  From the moment I saw the mini canvas & easel’s, my heart skipped a few beats. Are they not simply adorable just because they are mini?!? CLICK HERE to see my post!

 

Decorating with Pictures at Mom 4 Real

I’m happy to introduce Jessica at Mom 4 Real today! She runs a fun home decor blog, with all sorts of crafty ideas, and I LOVE the framed canvas print she is sharing with us today (and the colors)!

Hi, I’m Jessica and I blog at Mom 4 Real!

I love to share craft, DIY, home decor, and cleaning tips that are easy and affordable.

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I was thrilled when Kristen asked me to be a part of this series! I love photos, but not portraits and have really felt stuck.

I had no idea how to incorporate some of my favorite photos into our home, so this was a nice challenge, and now my eyes are opening to the possibilities.

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I am a true DIY kind of girl, so I’m going to share a a DIY project with you…it’s going to serve as the base for my gallery wall.

I want to show you how to turn an old picture or painting into a display piece for a canvas photo.

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I started with an old painting that my neighbor was throwing out. The glass was missing, and it was in pretty bad shape.

I looked at the frame, and new I wanted to do something with it.

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I started by popping the print out of the frame and I painted it grey.

Next, I pulled the matting off of the print and painted it grey as well.

Then I painted over the back of the print. I used one coat of primer, then painted one coat of white on.

I used a stencil and some yellow paint to add a chevron pattern.

Once all of the paint was dry, I placed the mat over the chevron print and popped them back into the frame.

I decided on a spot for my frame, then centered the canvas on the frame and put a nail right through the print as it was hanging on the wall.

I know this seems odd, but I wanted the canvas to kind of pop out of the frame.

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See the way it pops out…I love it!

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Finally framing out this canvas has inspired me to get busy on my gallery wall. I made a trip to Hobby Lobby this weekend and found some fun frames and other items to add, and I cannot wait to get started! Finally, I am incorporating some of our family photos into our home decor!

Here are a few other projects I have worked on lately…

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Open Kitchen Cabinets

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Old Window Turned Cork Board

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Call Me Graphic Tee (Iron On/Cut with Cricut)

Thanks so much for having me Kristen, and inspiring me to actually use my photos!

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You can find Jessica on Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter
{To view all of the month’s contributors in one spot, click over to the Decorating with Pictures section.}

Canvas Art: You are Loved, No Matter What

You are loved,  no matter what. This is a phrase I want my children to have cemented in their minds as they go throughout the hussle and bustle of their childhood days.  They will be challenged, hurt, worried, make mistakes, and have a whole slew of other emotions, but I hope and pray that they will always know of our love for them, and that there is a Higher Being who loves them, too.
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If you’ve been around my blog for a while, you are aware of my passion to decorate my home with pictures of our family, because I believe it sends a message of love to them. It also reminds them that they are a part of a family, we are a team. Shawni, one of my very favorite mothering blogs, has a similar sentiment about really thinking about what we put on our walls. She says, “I think we underestimate the influence of what we put on our walls. I better make what I have up there count.” Full post HERE.

I decided in addition to pictures splattered on my walls, I wanted to have more phrases and quotes for them to read to re-affirm what I want them to know. I’ve made small scripture prints in the kitchen, my next goal is the wall right in front of each toilet–when sitting, what else is there to do besides stare at it?!?

I made this HUGE canvas, and put it in a prominent spot–on the wall as the kids come down the stairs.  Do you remember when I repurposed giant frame tutorial? Inside it was a canvas, and I transformed that canvas into wall art.  My friend Chelon over at Chatty Walls made me a vinyl stencil, which I adhered onto the canvas, and painted inside.

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I hung it up on the stairwell wall, so my kids would be sure to see it each time they came down the stairs.

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The shot above is taken from the stairwell as I watched my little one practice her dance “show.”

Below is the view from upstairs…

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Our family portraits taken last summer in California in the vintage window frames.

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After it was up, I was surprised how much I noticed it from all over the house. Good. It’s what I wanted;)

I’d love to hear some great quotes you have up on your walls, or something for me to think about putting in my bathrooms!

 

My orange and yellow summer Sunshine mantel

In case you missed my guest post last week on KoJo Designs, I thought I’d share it with you here.

When I think about summer, I think about the beautiful sunshine.  What color is sunshine? Orange and yellow!  I needed something vibrant to last all summer up on my mantel, and up until this week, I still had it decorated from my daughters Lalaloopsey birthday party (that was over a month ago). The color orange for this series was my inspiration.  How is THIS for a fun, summery, orange mantel?

 

I am in LOVE!  I was trying to think of something BIG to span the mantel to paint orange, and a nice old pair of shuters came to mind.  I found them on craig’s list with a pretty royal blue hue, but just had to paint her orange.  Nice. and. bright.

I then wanted to include a colorful sun image, and couldn’t decide if I wanted to make something out of wood and paint it, print a picture. I eventually decided to pull out my scrabook paper and covered an existing 16×20 canvas I had, and wrapped it like wrapping paper. I then crafted the lovely sun, which rays stretch out in all directions and make me quite happy.I used two quotes that I’d love to be ingrained into my children’s heads as they go through life. The one above is simple: be sunshine to others, and you will feel sunshine. Sounds delightful, doesn’t it? If you’d like a copy of this printable, you can get it HERE. The bike used to be black (World Market a few years ago), and I like to decorate it with different color strings.  In the basket, the “fruit” are gumballs. I got this giant Ball Mason jar at Hobby Lobby. Normally $6, but half off. I had thought about spraying it silver, but I thought gold matched the motif better. I may have had some dripping issues, but I’m over it by now.  I also spray painted the quote easel the same golden color. Scatter Sunshine is another phrase I love from a song, another reminder to spread the happiness around as you go along your day. Paper flowers from Hobby Lobby.
Some people are afraid of orange, but it is a shade that makes me happy and dots my house from place to place. Be bold for the summer, bring out the orange and scatter sunshine!

I was honored that my mantel was featured at The Lettered Cottage mantel link party (they found me before I got the change to link up)!