For your Friday fun, I thought I would show you a small wall change and a living room update.
I showed you last week my brass wall art (see here) in my living room. I have also changed around my furniture since you last saw it.
I like to change the layout of my home. For me, it’s a breath of fresh air. It helps reset your mind and keeps things from becoming mundane. The Mr. thinks it may be an illness. I say it is just the result of having a creative brain.
Here is what I’ve done. I moved the couches around because I hauled in the coffee table from a neighboring room. I also finally hung some pictures on the wall on each side of the hutch I have in the room.
Here is what it looked like before when it was empty. Remember this was one of the only rooms in the house I did not paint? I’m still deliberating on if I should paint it or not…
Living Room Before
The previous furniture arrangement can be seen here.
And what it looks like now-
Living Room Update
Now here it is what I put on the wall-
Mirror Wall Art
This little number is also a recent addition to the room. After the Christmas tree came down, I just didn’t have the heart to put it back in its place. So here is where it ended up. I have big paint plans for this little gem but haven’t gotten it accomplished yet. Don’t get too attached to that dark wood and brass maple pulls!
In my process of trying to organize post-Christmas, the yearly task of writing in birthdays on the new calendar was as appealing as cleaning out the refrigerator. You know you should do it but want to avoid it as long as possible.
While perusing Pinterest one day, I came across a fabulous idea to make a craft and put our family birthdays onto it so we can have them up and around no matter the year. And as everyone in my family knows, I’m terrible at remembering birthdays. I can barely remember the dates my own children were born, let alone anyone else’s. So if I get around to sending a card or a gift in the same season as their official birthday, it’s a success.
I’m holding out all hope that this little craft may help me be a little more proactive in the birthday department….
I’m going to show you the final product and give you the instructions afterwards. Because I had an epic fail trying to take pictures of the process.
Here she is-
I started with an empty picture frame (no glass, nothing!). I strung some twine across it. I conveniently tied the twine where there were staples to hold in the picture, but some were missing and I had to tie those ends around the outside until I can add staples. I purchased some plastic smaller sized clothespins from the Dollar Store which I intend to….spray paint! Or cover in twine. Or fabric. Something. Because I just don’t appreciate them in all their plasticky primary colorness. (Those are all real words.)
And then I went to work on creating the paper months. First I found a printable to use for each month, printed it and cut those out with a pretty edge. Then I found some bits of scrap paper to use on the edges for a border. Then I tried to add a little shape to go with each month. So far I have yet to figure out August….?
All that was left was to fill it in with birthdays (in pencil!) and to hang it up. Here it is with some of my kids artwork-
In one glance, I can see who all has birthdays in what month. Success!
Sorry for my missing status, I had hoped to write this post all together, but since it is taking longer than I thought, I’m going to write it in series.
In the fall my church hosts its now annual craft/bake sale fundraiser. We combine it with the town’s Christmas festival. And I’m getting all geared up with ideas on what to make and hopefully sell this year!
While I have a number of Christmas crafts in mind, I’ve talked my father into helping me with one particular project. I love all of the handpainted signs with Christmas carols, Bible verses, etc. on old wood. And I’m attempting to make these myself.
First stop, find the wood. We decided that pallet wood would be the best choice for our signs simply because it is weathered, thin and slatted- all three what I was envisioning.
Next we disassemble the pallets. This is no easy task. It involves tedious nail pulling and a few broken boards. But the final project hopefully will be worth it!
Now we have to reassemble. Break out the finish nailer! And add tiny nails! To create a “barn door” sign, we attach the pallet boards to two other opposite running boards.
Lining Up the Boards
More on the rest tomorrow! Hopefully it involves paint!!