block font art

block font art

The absolute best time of the year is upon us. Autumn. Glorious, beautiful autumn. The time for crisp mornings, apple cider, football, sweaters, and being at home. There is something about fall that makes me want to nest (I know I'm not the only one). And I love it. I love being at home. This quote by Jane Austen is perfection. It seems to fit wonderfully with the feel of autumn. I created this using my Silhouette cutting machine. It was … [Read more...]

diy world map art

diy world map art

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! After our hallway makeover I wanted something really spectacular to hang on the wall. And I was pretty sure I wanted it to be some DIY art. After much deliberation and sketching, I decided on this DIY world map art in mint and gold. I hung it above the fireplace just for pictures. It's tough to get a great head-on shot in the hallway. Here's where this beauty hangs. It's the … [Read more...]

diy metallic animals

metallic animals

  This post is dedicated to my niece and nephews in the pacific northwest. (You know who you are.... *wink* *wink*) (And don't worry guys, they're not Schleichs.) So......metallic animals. Fun right?! I picked up these plastic animals from the clearance bins at Michael's for a couple bucks. There's also a giraffe, but he was MIA for this photo. I used Krylon metallic gold spray paint for the hippo and the lion. As … [Read more...]

concrete letters

dipped concrete letter

    So remember last fall when I got waaaaay into concrete? In case you've forgotten....             Ok, now that we're all on the same page. The concrete love continues with these diy concrete letters & numbers. This is my concrete of choice. Found at Lowe's.   You'll want to pick up some paper mache letters and/or numbers. I did … [Read more...]

copper leaf heart

copper leaf heart

  Here's my problem with 99.9% of Valentine's Day decorations; I hate them. The over-the-top, garish, pink and red eye sores the stores try to pass off as decorations makes me feel a bit ill. Pair that with my self declared color of the year and the copper leaf heart was born.   I started by painting a 30 inch x 30 inch piece of mdf white and free-handing a heart on it with a pencil.   These are the … [Read more...]

before & after: copper chandelier

copper chandelier

  There's nothing quite like an amazing before and after picture. Take a look at this hideous chandelier I picked up from the thrift store for $5.00. I pretty much hate almost everything about this chandelier; the glass bowls, the metal rims on the glass and the fact that the arms face down. I'm a firm believer that chandelier arms should face upwards.   Now look at it! Yes, it's the same chandelier. Hard to … [Read more...]

my 2014 color of the year


  Pantone announced the 2014 color of the year. And the winner is...... Meh. Not a fan. Nope, not so much. So I've decided to declare my own 2014 color of the year. Copper. Beautiful, shiny, glorious copper. I predict that copper will be showing up everywhere. And for good reason, it's amazing! I've already done my first copper project of the year! I'll be posting it this coming week so stay … [Read more...]

a thanksgiving vignette: first. time. ever.

thanksgiving vignette

    So here's the truth; I don't have any Thanksgiving decorations because my Christmas comes out around the second week of November. That's why I had to take this picture from the floor. If I'd been any higher you'd see the reflection of my Christmas tree in the mirror.   I absolutely love Thanksgiving. I feel that Thanksgiving and Christmas are like peanut butter and chocolate. They are even better when … [Read more...]

concrete votive pillars

concrete votive pillars

  The concrete love continues with these concrete votive pillars.   I made these the same way I made my concrete lamp.┬áStart with a couple cylindrical, thrift store vases and fill them with concrete. Then take a glass tea light holder and you have one of two options: press the tea light holder right down into the concrete or put it in a plastic bag first then press it into the concrete. If you use a plastic bag you'll want … [Read more...]

hand-drawn arrow art


  I've seen arrows popping up in design elements recently and I find myself thoroughly enjoying them. So I thought I'd give it a go.   This is a wooden box lid. As I've stated before, I have a bunch of lids that I don't use with the storage boxes so I use them in various crafty projects. But a canvas would work wonderfully for this project too.   First, I gave the lid a nice coat of white … [Read more...]