Saturday, August 23, 2014

Easy Canvas Prints

Almost three years ago I was surprised with an extremely generous gift from the great people I work with - a new DSLR camera they knew I had been dreaming about and saving for for months! I was so excited about all the pictures I could take of my son and for my blog.
I received the camera around Christmas and the following fall I took some beautiful pictures of my son, Anderson, playing in the leaves. Like I said, I had been dreaming of being able to take amazing pictures and I had so much fun that day.
Anderson was around two at the time and I remember it was a bit difficult getting him to cooperate. I had a specific shot in mind that I knew I wanted to capture - him laying down with the leaves surrounding him. I remember having to literally hold him down and probably bribing him with candy to keep him still enough to get a couple of good shots! :)
The photos turned out just as I had hoped and they are some of my most favorite pictures of Anderson. So, when Easy Canvas Prints gave me a chance to order one of my pictures on canvas, I knew immediately which one I was going to use!

I received an 11 x 14 canvas and the quality of the canvas and photo are gorgeous!!!!

I'm grateful that I'll be able to display and see my favorite picture of Anderson that holds such great memories everyday!

Please keep an eye out in the next week or two for a giveaway here! You will have the chance to win your very own 11 x 14 Easy Canvas Print!!!
*I was given a canvas to review, but all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Woodland Mushrooms

You may have heard me mention before that I've been planning a woodland theme for my booth. I've been brainstorming and buying things for about a year now! I've decided to take it all in as my fall d├ęcor and I started working on some things today to get ready.
Last year I found these cute sparkly mushrooms at Michael's on sale after Christmas.

I removed the metal clip

And attached the stem to a Styrofoam ball cut in half.

I used the mushrooms in different containers to create fun "gardens".

I love the pop of fresh green from the moss!!

A little terrarium :) 

These milk glass candleholders sat in my booth for months, so I used them in a new way. I'm hoping they will finally sell now. We'll see!!!  

How would you have used these mushrooms?
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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Eclectic Summer "Mantle"

The cabinet in my living room I use as my "mantle" has been a bit neglected and cluttered all summer, so I worked to change that and made it pretty. I have been digging the eclectic look lately and gathered things throughout my home for a natural collected look. I am now seriously in love!

 I had this Wagner bust in my booth for awhile, but I just had to bring him home. He belongs here!

 I know you would have been shocked if I hadn't incorporated feathers in here somewhere. ;)

I usually don't like shells and anything really beachy in my decor, but lately I think they look great mixed in with other natural items. The colors of the shells are lovely too.

I would like to find some fun washi tape for the feathers on the mirror, but scotch tape will have to work for now.

Any new styles you've been liking lately?

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Reclaimed Wood Art Piece

A couple months ago I found a really great frame at the thrift store that had a piece of thin plywood attached to the back. The frame was a dark brown color. My original plan was to paint the frame, remove the plywood, and sell it empty at my booth.
But then, I had an idea!!!!!!!!!!!
Have you heard of mudcloth? I've seen mudcloth before, but never knew what it was called until recently. It's cotton fabric made in Mali and dyed with mud.

I love the patterns and tribal designs!

I've been wanting to do an art piece using reclaimed wood for awhile and finally had a blank canvas and perfect inspiration to do so!

Using the lines and triangles of mudcloth for my design and scraps of fence boards in our garage, my husband and I created this beautiful piece of art!

Some of the wood moved a bit when I placed books on them for weight to help the glue set, but I really don't mind the imperfections. I think it just adds to the piece.

I love how the wood tones pop off the white!!!

This probably makes the cut for one of my top five favorite projects ever!!

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Shelf Full of Treasures

After doing not much of anything the last week or two, project-wise, I had a VERY productive weekend and will have lots to share with you this week!!! To start things off, I gave a hanging shelf in our living room a little makeover by filling it with random bits and treasures.
The shelf has looked like this for awhile:

While you all know I love ironstone, this was looking just a little too blah! I wanted something a bit more collected and eclectic looking.

I gathered up everything from bits of nature to ephemera and this is how it all came together!

I think all the treasures make the shelf so much more interesting. Like, you just want to open it up and explore what's inside. 

Let's take a peek, shall we!?!

Feathers were a must, of course! :)

This frozen Charlotte fits in perfectly.

I've had these antique calling cards stashed away, never knowing what to do with them. I love them and love having a place to display some now. They always remind me of Jane Austen's novels.

I used vintage envelopes to lighten things up a bit. Less permanent than painting the inside of the shelf.

More odds and ends.

It's way more fun now, don't you think?!?

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