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Fall Mantel and DIY Gratitude Tree for Thanksgiving

Fall Mantel and DIY Gratitude Tree for Thanksgiving

Happy Weekend buddies! Today, I am sharing a special little project I did for my little family. Here is our simple fall mantel and our DIY Gratitude Tree we made for the month of November. I had some fun trying the new Dremel Micro 8050 for this project and will show you how it gave this an extra special touch.

One thing that is really important to Dave and I as parents is to instill the importance of gratitude in our children. So, for the month of November, I wanted to have a present and open dialog about this in our home. We came up with the idea of the “gratitude tree” to help keep the conversation going.

For the 30 days of November, at the end of each day…probably around the dinner table…we are going to have one family member write down something they are thankful for, an act of kindness they showed, a prayer request, or simply something they love. We made 30 felt leaves and have a marker handy to start writing them down. The tree will be a reminder in our home of this and I hope the kids enjoy this idea.

DiY Gratitude Tree To add something more to our tree, I made some wooden ornaments with our names on them. To me, one of the things I am most thankful for in this world is our little family. I played around with the Dremel Micro and here is how I engraved our names into the wood. I went for a rustic look and wanted the printing to reflect that. Almost like a burned in look.

 

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The Dremel Micro 8050 can tackle a lot of things. The Micro 8050 is also fully compatible with all Dremel rotary tool accessories.

Here’s a little breakdown of the attachments that come with it.

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As you can see it can do a lot of different things on all kinds of surfaces like plastic, wood, metal, etc. For the purpose of this project I used the engraving attachments. I chose the smallest engraving bit and got started.

I practiced for another project by writing cursive in pencil and tracing over it with the engraving tip. I found that using it at speed 20 was the sweet spot for the wood I selected.

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I used the same method on these little wooden triangles that you can pick up at your nearest craft store. I just wrote our names in pencil and engraved over the writing with the Dremel Micro.

The built-in LED light is perfect for detail work like this. It casts a clean and light as you are working.

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It was really easy to use the engraving bit and all I had to do once I finished is clean the sawdust off. I traced back over the engraving once I was done to darken it a bit. I just added a band of gold paint at the bottom for a little extra touch.

Now our little gratitude tree sits in our home ready for a month of giving, reflecting, and thankfulness.

Fall Mantel and DIY Gratitude Tree

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10 Fall Decorating Ideas to Try

10-EASY-FALL-DECORATING-IDEAS It’s September and you know what that means…pretty soon it will be time for apples, pumpkins, and all the fall pretties! I admit, I already put apple cinnamon oil in the diffusers. I couldn’t wait!

Fall is my favorite season and in honor of my fall state of mind, I wanted to share some of the projects I’ve done over the past couple years. These are all easy and a lot of them you can do with the kids. Here are 10 Easy Fall Decorating Ideas for you to try…

ACORN MAGNETS

DIY Neon Acorn Magnets | a fun and modern twist for fall!

GOLD LEAF AGATE SLICE COASTERS

10 EASY FALL DECORATING IDEAS

GLITTER PINECONES

10 easy fall decorating ideas

LIVE BRANCHES IN A VASE

10 EASY FALL DECORATING IDEAS

TRIBAL PAINTED PUMPKINS

10 EASY FALL DECORATING IDEAS

FALL BUCKET LIST ON A CHALKBOARD WALL

10 EASY FALL DECORATING IDEAS

THE 2 MINUTE FALL WREATH

10 EASY FALL DECORATING IDEAS

MINI PUMPKINS IN A CLOCHE

10 EASY FALL DECORATING IDEAS

LIQUID LEAF ACORNS

10 EASY FALL DECORATING IDEAS

SPRAY PAINTED CRAFT LEAF ART

10 EASY FALL DECORATING IDEASI can’t wait to try some fall ideas I’ve had in my head for a while now. I’m going to play around and maybe I’ll have another fall something to share with you soon.

Don’t forget…

Tomorrow is the STYLE mix. You can share your home’s “moment” on social media with #bhfavmoment and could be featured on Friday!

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Are you excited for fall weather and fun as much as I am??

DIY Acorn Magnets

Happy Hump Day Buds!

So, as promised my DIY Monday project got moved to today. It’s a fun one!

In less than two weeks, I will back in my Illinois home. We will be in the full swing of school and everything that comes with it. The school papers and artwork will start to make their way onto our fridge. For a little fall touch I made these DIY Acorn Magnets to welcome the soon-coming September.

DIY Neon Acorn Magnets | a fun and modern twist on fall!

For a little twist, I decided to make the acorns neon. I love a modern take on fall. And, if you think about it, these brights are everywhere in autumn. From the neon yellow and orange leaves that fill the trees, to the saturated green grass. The neon pinks make an appearance in an autumn sunset. So, if you look for it– these colors are everywhere in the fall.

This project only takes a couple of hours. Really, just because you are waiting for the paint to dry. Don’t watch that paint dry. That’s boring. Go do something awesome while it dries!

DIY Neon Acorn Magnets | fun modern twist for fall!

This is pretty self-explanatory. One tip for ya though…It was quick and easy just to dip the acorns in the paint and let them dry. I tried painting them with a paint brush at first, but that didn’t work well at all. Dipping or pouring the paint on them works so much better! Spray paint would work great too.

DIY Neon Acorn Magnets | A fun and modern twist for fall!

I glued the magnets to the wood slices while the paint dried. You can cut your own wood slices or they sell them for super cheap at the craft store. After a couple of hours the painted acorns are safe to handle and you can glue them to the wood slices.

Aren’t they fun?!!!

DIY Neon Acorn Magnets | a fun and modern twist for fall!

DIY Neon Acorn Magnets | a fun and modern twist for fall!

DIY Neon Acorn Magnets | a fun and modern twist for fall!

 

Can you believe that the leaves are already starting to change color in Connecticut!?! What is that about?? Well, whatever that means, it inspired me to do a little something fall-ish and crafty!

B@H Monthly || June

Oh, summer feels like it is here! I am loving the weather in Connecticut. It is not as humid as back home. So, when it is in the 80’s it still feels lovely out! I am really falling in love with New England!! I have been pretty spoiled here in our summer rental with a pool and gym to use whenever I want. With the 4th this Friday, I feel like this will be the most memorable one for my family. We are headed to Mystic for our Independence Day celebrations.

Today, is recap day! So, today’s post is filled with the best of our June and what’s coming up for July. Every month, I like to highlight all the projects, plans, decor and happenings around here. Thanks for joining me on all our design and DIY adventures! In the immortal words of Fergie-Ferg, let’s get it started in here!

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I made these DIY Border Curtains from Ikea RITVA panels for the Summer Style Soiree.

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To add some style to our summer balcony, I painted our patio chairs with a design inspired by abstract art.

DIY Painted Patio Chairs

These DIY Paint-dipped Woven Pots are fun for your summer herbs and plants.

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For a memento of our time in Connecticut, I made this DIY Embossed State Art and you can too with this tutorial.

DIY embossed state art tutorial

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Home is a little different these days. Our summer rental for June-August is starting to feel a bit like home. You can see our summer home tour to see where we are spending our warmer months. You can also get links to all the summer home tours there too.

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You can still enter to win a HomeRight Heat Pro Deluxe II. This is the heat gun I used for my embossing tutorial and a must-have in our DIY arsenal!

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I would also like to thank all my wonderful sponsors for our 2 Year Blog Anniversary Week of giveaways!!

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 LUCIANA

Rugs USA

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HomeRight

Holly + Martin

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I’d like to thank Delta Faucet Company for inviting me to their blogger event in Indianapolis. It was such a great time and I learned so much! You can read all about it here.

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I also want to take time to thank these wonderful websites and blogs that featured my work in the month of June:

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Haven! It’s just days away now! In just over a week, I will be joining many DIY/design bloggers at the Haven Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. This will be my second year attending and I can’t wait to reconnect with friends and make new ones too!

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July will also bring another link party for the Summer Style Soiree. Our muse for July is Princess Diana. I can’t wait to see what you all link up! I just decided on my project the other day.

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Tomorrow, I will be sharing some of our East Coast Adventures from our first month here.

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Emboss like a BOSS and a GIVEAWAY!!

I embossed.

I embossed and I want to do it again, and again, and AGAIN!

Today, I am sharing my new favorite DIY toy, the HomeRight Heat Pro Deluxe II. You will have a chance to win one at the end of this post!

Heat guns are amazing and great to have in your DIY tool arsenal. They do countless things that I will share at the end of this post, but today I want to focus on embossing.

If you are not familiar with embossing, it is how you achieve that raised and printed look on paper. You can use this technique on other things too, but today we are going to focus on paper. It is great to use with your favorite rubber stamps.

DIY Embossed State Art Tutorial

Here’s a tutorial on how to emboss like a boss. I really just wanted to say that!

Since, we are spending our summer months in Connecticut, I wanted a little memento I could bring home with us and add to our gallery wall. DIY state art seemed like a great choice.

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To emboss you will need:

• a rubber stamp or template

• cardstock for your print

• fine tip paint brush (only if using template)

• clear embossing ink

• embossing powder

• heat gun

For my DIY state art, I used a downloaded state image from this source. I just cut it out and used it as my template and inked the outline.

DIY embossed state art tutorial

Before you begin, make sure you protect your surfaces. I also recommend working outside if you can or in a very well ventilated area.

Above is a step-by-step image tutorial. Basically, it is simple:

1) Stamp or paint on your embossing ink.

2) Pour your embossing powder over the ink and shake the excess off on a spare piece of paper. You can use your paper to add it back into its container so you can use it again.

3) Use your heat gun to set the powder in the ink. It will raise up and have a glossy sheen.

* I found it helpful to have a spare paint brush on hand to help brush the excess embossing powder off my print. Just make sure not to touch where your ink is or you could risk smudging your print.

After my practice run I made a gold one. It has such a pretty sheen to it!

DIY embossed state art tutorial

I can’t wait for the stamps I ordered to come in and play some more with embossing! I want to emboss everything right now! It’s a bit addicting!

The HomeRight Heat Pro Deluxe II has some pretty amazing applications! Here’s some of the things you can use it for:

Embossing (as seen here).

Removal of: paint, urethane from furniture and woodwork, stickers and bumper stickers, vinyl flooring, linoleum, laminate, caulk, wood putty.

Drying metal surfaces prior to painting, ignition system.

Heating shrink-wrap, window shrink coverings, frozen locks and water pipes, bearings and gears, loosening rusted bolts.

You can also solder water pipes, weld plastic, bend plastic/poly carbonate, and wax skis with it!

It comes with several attachments for scraping and different nozzles to control how the heat is directed. I used the concentrator nozzle for embossing.

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It also has a side dial to control the temp and 2 speeds. The top of the gun lets you know what temp you are at. I found the sweet spot for embossing to be 340 degrees on the low setting.

HomeRight Heat Pro Deluxe II

This is going to come in handy for so many projects we have left to do back on the home front. I can’t wait to use it to remove paint and urethane!

To enter to win a HomeRight Heat Pro Deluxe II just follow the Rafflecopter below.

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You can check out the Home Right website to see all their great products.

Happy Monday friends! I am going to do another embossing project soon to share with you!

Summer Style Soiree | The Icons

I have an exciting announcement today! It’s Summer Style Soiree time!!

It’s time to kickoff the 2nd Annual Summer Style Soiree!! Did you follow along last year? It is such a fun series. Each month, I am joining some fab design bloggers and we will be sharing a project inspired by a style icon. I am so happy to be hosting this year and hope you all will join us!

Summer Style Soiree 2014 Invite

It is the same concept as last year. Each month, we will share our projects inspired by that month’s style icon and you will have the opportunity to link up your own!

So, each month (May-Aug) we will have the Summer Style Soiree link party where you can feature your creations based off of the monthly style icon. I can’t wait to see what you create!! It can be anything– as long as it is based on the style icon. Fashion, decor, table settings, party ideas, recipes, drinks, crafts–really anything you can dream up!

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This year we are pulling inspiration from these vintage style icons. I am so excited to get creative. Audrey is one of my all-time faves!

Here is the line up:

We will get the soiree started on May 15th with Audrey Hepburn, and then continue on the 3rd Thursday of each month this summer.

May 15th : Audrey Hepburn

June 19th : Jackie “O” Kennedy

July 17th : Princess Diana

August 21st: James Dean

What fun, right? So, mark your calendars for Thursday, May 15th and get read to share an Audrey-inspired project! Last year the projects were pretty darn amazing, so I am so anxious to see what you cook up this year!

I also want to introduce you to these talented gals who I am hosting with! I’m sure you are familiar with them, but you never know…you just may find your new favorite blog here!

Carmel @ Our Fifth House

Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

Kristin @ Bliss at Home

Amy @ Blissful Bee

Angela @ Life in Velvet

Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles

Amanda @ Dixie Delights

Heather @ Southern State of Mind

See you May 15th!!!!

DIY Gold Leaf Agate Slice Coasters

My obsession with agates and geodes runs deep my friends. If you want insight into my former 5-year-old self and why I am fascinated with them– read my post HERE.

Today, I am sharing a quick little DIY I did to add a little extra something to some beautiful agate slices I just received.

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My friend, Caitlin from Desert Domicile, just opened an etsy shop selling fabulous agates and geodes. I love it when my blogging friends do awesome stuff like this!! When I received the slices from her shop, she already added the clear rubber bumpers to the bottom which is so great. One less thing to do, right?

I opted to get the brown slices because the gold and brown together are so warming. I also have some browns in my living room so I thought this would work well.

Now, I realize I am not reinventing the wheel here. There are plenty of tutorials on how to gild your agate slices. This blog does chronicle my home and projects, so I felt I should share it anyways just incase you feel inspired to do the same.

DIY Gold Leaf Agate Slice Coasters || B @ H

 

Instead of buying all your supplies separate, you can get a gold leaf starter kit with the adhesive, gold leaf, and sealer all-in-one. It runs about $10 a kit, but I also had a coupon and got it for half-off. It’s perfect for little projects like this since you don’t need much gold leaf at all.  I found my kit at Michaels.

I also recommend having a pair of gloves on hand. Just tight-fitting, disposable latex gloves work great.

B @ H || DIY Gold Leaf Agate Slice Coasters

It’s pretty darn simple!

Just…

Apply Adhesive. 

Brush your adhesive on in an even layer and wait a few minutes for it to get tacky.

Attach Gold Leaf.

I only used one sheet of gold leaf for all four agate slices. Wearing your gloves put the gold leaf on the edge. You can use your brush to make sure you get an even application. Just brush the excess off.

Seal it.

Use the sealer in your kit and put on an even layer of the sealer over your gold leaf. You don’t have to use much at all. It goes on white and dries clear.

That’s it!! So easy and such a beautiful result.

DIY Gold Leaf Agate Slice Coasters || B @ H

They are absolutely gorgeous and I love seeing them on my coffee table.

DIY Gold Leaf Agate Slice Coasters || B @ H

DIY Gold Leaf Agate Slice Coasters

DIY Gold Leaf Agate Slice Coasters

I have always adored these and it is something I have collected for a while. I love that it is so on trend now.

Are you loving the agate craze too?

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For more fun DIY projects check out my Project Gallery below:

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Spring Trends in my Living Room and a GIVEAWAY!!!!!

HOORAY!! My calendar says it’s officially spring! It was a long time coming in the Midwest with the polar vortex and the LONGEST winter I can remember! Today, I am sharing my take on spring trends to bring into your home. You will also have a chance to win $150 to shop West Elm or Target courtesy of Coupons.com!!!

Coupons.com Spring Giveaway $150 to shop West Elm or Target

I shared my spring refresh of my bedroom last week. This week I am sharing how I am bringing spring into my living room. Just painting the walls freshened up this space, but now I am craving color! I shared my color inspiration for this room a few weeks ago and I started to get to work on adding it in.

First, I made this DIY Mondrian Inspired Art and today I am sharing some of my tips to add spring color into your living room. It all began with pale pink roses I placed on my coffee table. Black, white, and gold have been trending big time for the past couple years and they aren’t going away anytime soon. I love that mix and it is all over my house. I’ve mixed it in with my silver and it makes for a nice collected interior.

DIY art on fireplace and pink roses

There has been a reemergence of pastels lately. Everything from blush pink walls to greens and blues. I have chosen a spring palette that still keeps black, white, and gold central, but also brings in different shades of pink from light to bright. Done right, this can be a very chic update.

The first thing I did for spring, was pack up those sweater pillows on my sofa and shop for black and white pillows. I found some on amazon.com that I loved, so I went to coupons.com and searched their Amazon Coupon Codes to add to my savings. I’ve gotten in the habit of checking coupons.com for coupon codes before I make my online purchases and it has saved me a lot of money!

Living Room Spring Trends || B @ H

 

The pillows I found on amazon.com and are from NECTARmodern. They are made so well and are all 20 x 20 and came with the down inserts at a great price for the quality. The Applique Ribbon Embroidered Throw Pillow in Black is made of linen and the ribbon is embroidered on. It has a zipper closure. The two Greek Key White/Black Embroidered Pillows have the same details.

 

Spring Trends || B @ H

I had a little spending cash leftover, so I also purchased something that I have been eyeing for a while– the Jonathan Adler Zebra Dish– which I also found on amazon.com. It brings in more gold to my coffee table.

Spring Trends || B @ H

Another way to add pops of my go-to colors for spring is to have flowers. Nothing says spring more than a vase of beautiful blooms.

Spring Trends || B @ H

I also love to find coffee table books that interest me with colorful bindings. I have been wanting an Audrey Hepburn book for a while and was happy to find one on clearance with a pink spine! Books are an easy object to use in decor. If you don’t have a lot of money to spend I love to check out thrift stores. Some of my favorite books have come from them.They are a great way to incorporate color into you decor.

Spring Trends || B @ H

One of my favorite ways to add in color is through art on my walls. I had this large-scale zebra art I DIY’ed but I wasn’t feeling it any more. It was ready for a makeover. I painted right over the fabric with white paint and created a blank canvas to paint on. I wanted abstract art with black + white and pops of pink and gray. I also added in some gold paint. Making a DIY painting is so relaxing to me. I didn’t have a plan for this one, I wanted it to take shape as I was painting it.

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Are you ready to ENTER TO WIN an e-gift card to shop for spring items for your home?!? You can enter to win a $150 e-gift card to shop at your choice of West Elm or Target courtesy of coupons.com!!!

Enter using the Rafflecopter below and make sure to comment on the coupons.com blog and like them on Facebook and say you did so on the entries below. You can get up to 15 extra entries by following the participating Design and DIY bloggers on Instagram too!! Just follow the Rafflecopter entries below.

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Spring Givaway and Spring Trends 2014

Be sure to visit these fabulous Design and DIY bloggers for more spring inspiration:

Brittany Makes, The Chronicles of Home, Cuckoo 4 Design, Dimples & Tangles, Dwellings by Devore, A Home Full of Color, Lacquer & Linen, The Makerista, Primitive & Proper, Retro Ranch Reno, Sarah M. Dorsey Designs, This That and Life, The Thriftress, The White Buffalo Styling Co.

I was compensated for this post with an Amazon e-gift card to shop for items for my home courtesy of Coupons.com. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions are 100mine.

One last thing…

Creating with the Stars Contestant

Blog world has been all a buzz with the announcement of the Creating with the Stars contestants!! I was lucky enough to be chosen as 1 of the 12 contestants!!! Excitement is not a big enough word. You can read it here.

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Today, voting has begun on our WEEK 1 project: KNOCK OFF !!! I can’t tell you which project is mine since it is anonymous, but hop on over to the East Coast Creative blog and vote for your favorite!!

It’s going to be SO GOOD! I am busting at the seams to share what project is mine, but I can’t yet! The projects last year were beyond amazing and this year won’t disappoint! YOU CAN ONLY VOTE TODAY AND TUESDAY and then Wednesday they will share the WEEK 1 results!!! Hop on over and cast your vote!

VOTE HERE

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B @ H Monthly || FEBRUARY

WOW! So, another month has come and gone! At the end of every month, I like to recap and highlight our projects, decor, plans, and happenings. February was FREEZING! I am getting anxious for some warmer temps and being able to work on projects in my garage once again. Thanks for joining me on our DIY and design adventures!

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DIY Mondrian Inspired Art || B @ H

I made this DIY Mondrian Inspired Art to add some more color to my living room. It is inspired by artist Piet Mondrian’s original abstracts and a print at Lulu & Georgia.

Valentine's Table || B @ H

We had our annual Valentine’s Day family dinner and I shared some craft ideas, our tablescape, and tips on what to splurge and save on when it comes to your table.

DIY Gift Wrap Ideas || B @ H

Since it was Valentine’s Day, I shared some DIY gift wrap ideas to add a personal touch to your packages.

 

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Entry ways are the first thing people see when they enter your home. I shared my tips for creating a budget-friendly yet chic entry way.

Rugs Usa Area Rug Review || B @ H

We have a new addition in our living room. You can read my review of our new rug from Rugs USA and get all the details.

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I teased you a bit with a peek at my office that I am making over in our unused space in the basement.

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I hatched my master plan to be sneaky and add in some pink into my living room for spring. I’m waiting to see if the boys say anything…

 

bah-monthly-giveaways I love it when I can share the products and brands I love with you guys!! Best job ever! I have 2 giveaways going right now for you guys!

moo.com business card GIVEAWAY!!

The fine people at moo.com gave away 2 sets of business cards to 2 lucky winners! I will be announcing and contacting the winners today! It may be YOU! You can read my full review of my moo.com business cards.

HomeRight Giveaway

GOING ON NOW! I shared my review of the new HomeRight SteamMachine Plus Multipurpose Steam Mop. This thing is A-MAAAAA-ZING! You don’t want to miss a chance to win this baby!

ENTER HERE

 

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newspaper article I was featured in my area newspaper this month. It was so great to share how much I love what I do and be featured locally.

homies 2014  I also want to thank all of you for the nominations and votes in Apartment Therapy’s The Homies Awards. You guys make my heart so big! It is an honor to be recognized with so many talented DIY and Home bloggers.

 

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I just finished looking at my plans for March. There’s some good stuff coming up! I have a couple more giveaways lined up for you guys and I can’t wait to share them.

I also will be working on…

OUR BATHROOM REMODEL

THE BOYS’ ROOMS

SPRING REFRESH IN OUR MASTER BEDROOM

MAKING OUR LIVING ROOM MORE COLORFUL

MY OFFICE

AND look what came today for our bathroom and kitchen…

bah-tileshopdelivery I better get to work!!!!!

Let’s all wish that March is a much nicer month as far as the cold goes! Have a wonderful weekend buddies!!

 

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DIY Mondrian Inspired Art

Hi Lovelies!

I had some fun in the studio yesterday creating some art for my living room. If you weren’t here Tuesday, I shared my color inspiration for spring. Well, I tackled my first DIY for “project color”, this DIY Mondrian Inspired Art.

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I studied a lot of art in college. When I saw this Mondrian Love Print on Lulu & Georgia while browsing– it took me back to those days. I just knew this was going to be my first DIY for this space.

Mondrian Love Print Lulu & Georgia

Mondrian Love Print from Lulu & Georgia

Original Piet Mondrian art looks like this:

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Print available on art.com

I love the color blocking and line separations. The Lulu & Georgia version is a fun take on a classic. I thought this would be a good way to bring some of my color inspiration into this room.

And, yo! All you need is a thrifted frame and paper…inexpensive!!!!!

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To make this DIY art you will need:

(5) 8.5 x 11 sheets of colored cardstock

1 gold piece of poster board (I tried to find smaller shiny gold paper but this was all that I could find.)

2 sheets of art quality paper 

scissors, glue, artist tape

1 sheet of 8.5 x 11 computer paper 

pencil and ruler

frame

Design the pattern. The first thing you will want to do is make a template for your shapes. I just used a 8.5 x11 piece of computer paper and drew out my design with a pencil and ruler. Then, I cut out each shape and taped it back in place with artist’s tape so I wouldn’t lose my design. I didn’t feel like putting the puzzle back together…

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Cut it out. Now that you have all your shapes, you can trace them onto your cardstock. I just chose my colors as I was going. Do what feels right to you. Each time I cut one out I taped it back in place.

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Glue it. I glued each piece in place on a piece of artist quality paper. It is thicker paper and good quality. Once that was done, I glued that paper to a larger piece of artist’s paper so I would have a white background.

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Add separation lines. The final touch is to add your separation lines. I cut equal width strips of my gold paper and glued them on.

gold-lines Isn’t that easy?! I love the color play and it looks pretty darn fab for just the cost of paper and a thrifted frame.

I will be doing a lot of inexpensive DIY art for my art wall that I am adding to the living room and I will be sharing it as I go.

Here’s where my DIY Mondrian Inspired Art is hanging out until the install is ready.

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As I shared yesterday it all started with these roses…

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Linking here: Be Bold Challenge, VR Rock What Ya Got, Best of Nest, TDC Before & After Party

Tomorrow we are sharing the Best of February…

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