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do it yourself {photo frame}

11 Nov

I have been wanting to hang more pictures up around our apartment for a while. Dan isn’t really willing to hang a bunch of pictures up though, because of all the holes he’ll have to fill when we move. So I wanted to come up with a way to hang pictures without actually hanging a bunch of frames.

So thank you Pinterest for, once again, having brilliant ideas for me use.

I found this amazing frame project on Pinterest. It is from the goodwillionaire blog and I loved it as soon as I saw it. I knew it would be perfect for what I wanted.

Now I just needed to find an awesome frame to use and I would be all set.

Finding a frame proved to be a little more difficult. I never saw frames like this at thrift stores. Dan I looked at Home Goods because we have a gift card and we found some that would have worked and we would have only had to pay about $15ish after the gift card. We decided to still keep looking. Our next stop was ReStore, which benefits Habitat for Humanity. We were thinking maybe we could find a cool old window or something. We didn’t find an old window but we came across 2 huge frames for only $5 each! The picture was super ugly and the frame was just a plain wooden frame, already painted my favorite color of teal, but the frame was really big and I knew it would work. So we bought both.

We threw out the pictures and the mats because they were old and dirty. We decided to save the glass just in case we might need it for something in the future. And we pulled out all the staples from the back so we were just left with the frame.

The paint was a little worn out and I didn’t like that you could see a line of unpainted wood on the inside, so I decided to do a quick coat of teal just to clean it up. {I somehow missed taking a picture of the new paint job but the colors were pretty close}

I bought twine to use to hang the pictures on and used a glue gun to attach it to the frame. I spaced each line of twine out by 6 inches so there would be a little space around the pictures. I wanted to use twine because I like the way it looks kind of rustic.

I let the hot glue dry for a couple hours to make sure it was really secure.

I used mini clothespins that I bought at WalMart to attach the pictures to the twine. I had a few wedding pictures that I knew I wanted to include on this so I put those on first. I had just ordered 101 free prints from Shutterfly the day before, so I just had to wait for those to come before I had more pictures to hang.

Last night, when we got home from a long day, there was the orange package from Shutterfly sitting by our mailbox. I knew I wanted to hang more pictures up right away. So, even though I was exhausted, I looked through those pictures and hung more up right away.

I absolutely love the way this turned out. I would love to have a fancier frame at some point but I think this works amazingly until then. I love how easy it will be to change pictures out as we do more activities and want to include those new pictures. And I love love love being able to hang more pictures up without putting tons of holes in the walls.

What do you guys think?

pinned it. tried it. {do it yourself: painted canvas quote}

30 Sep
I found this DIY project on A Beautiful Mess a while ago and pinned it. It has been something I wanted to try but just haven’t gotten around to it.

Last week I finally got around to looking for  vinyl letters to use and Michaels. I wasn’t sure if I could use the permanent adhesive ones or the repositional ones. All they had in the size I wanted was the permanent ones so I decided to wait. I wasn’t sure they would come off the canvas. At Target the other day, I saw these letters and thought they would be perfect, especially because one package came with 2 sizes and it was only $2.99. (When I looked back at the blog post after I noticed that she used permanent ones so I guess either would work. Oh well) I already had a canvas and paint, so I was ready to go.

Dan and I decided on paint colors together that we thought would look good in our space. The first thing I did was cut out the letters that I needed so I could place them out on the canvas and see how they fit. I decided on green and pink stripes for underneath the letters. Then I peeled the letters and stuck them on the canvas where I wanted them.

I let the stripes completely dry before starting with the purple. I had to do 6 coats of purple in order to cover the color of the stripes. I like that you can still kind of see the texture of the stripes but I didn’t want to see the color at all. Once the purple was dry, I peeled the letters off so you could see the stripes underneath.

The purple bled under the edges of the letters a little but I actually like it better than if all the edges were perfect. I love the way this turned out. I love the colors and stripes. I think it looks really cool.

I think this was a fairly easy project to do. I have tons of canvases and lots and lots of quotes that I love. I can’t wait to make more of these. I think they would also make great presents.
What do you guys think?

do it yourself {dry erase calendar}

16 Jul
Dan and I have been talking about having a big calendar that we can write things on because so much has been going on. We have a wall hanging one but we don’t write anything on it and there isn’t really a lot of space. I saw this dry erase calendar on Pinterest, which is from The Aesthetic Writer, and decided to give it a try.

I got a 16×20  poster frame that was 50% off at Joann’s. I also went to Home Depot and got a bunch of free paint chips. I decided to use yellow because I figured it would be light so we could see what we write clearly. I didn’t love the selection of yellow but I found enough. I got 6 colors and 4 of each color. I knew I could get 2 blocks out of each paint chip. I used a paper cutter to cut the blocks so they would be even. I cut them 2 inches by 2.5 inches.

I cut 6 of each color so I ended up with 36 blocks. I only needed 35 so I didn’t use one. I opened the frame and used the back of the paper that came in the frame. I laid out the edge so I could see how far apart to space the blocks. I glued the edge down then laid out the rest of the blocks and glued those down. I had a space at the bottom that I left white. I figured we could write notes or anything important from the next month. I wrote the days of the week above the blocks on the white. Then I put the paper back in the frame.

I bought an eraser and bright colored dry erase markers because I think they’re more fun. I wanted to put them next to the calendar so I made a little pocket to hang on the wall out of scrapbook paper. I just used a half sheet of paper, folded a bottom up and folded the sides around and taped it closed. Then I tacked it to the wall with flat thumb tacks. The stuff fit in perfectly without me checking before finishing it, so it worked out perfect.

At the apartment right now, we didn’t have many choices on where to hang the calendar. I wanted it somewhere it was easy to get to so we could write on it easily. We decided on the kitchen. There is an ugly phone jack right in the middle of the wall and this frame didn’t fit over it, so we had to put it next to it. It works for now and when we have a house, I’m sure we will have a nicer place to hang it.
I wrote the dates with a dry erase marker and the things we have going on this month. So now all we will have to change is the dates each month and add all of our activities. I love the way it turned out. And if we use it a lot and love the way it is, I would love to find a nice frame for it. This will work for us for now.
What do you guys think?


Valentine’s Day {DIY wreath}

16 Feb

Hello all! I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day. I know this post is a little late but I got sick on Valentine’s day and stayed home sick yesterday so I just didn’t feel up to posting anything.

I had been working on my wreath for a little while and finally finished it Monday night….just in time, right?

Well here it is.

I used pipe insulation from the hardware store and wrapped 2 layers of yarn around it. I found some cute ribbon and accessories at Michael’s and only added a few on.

What do you think??

Enjoy the rest of your week!

friday five {what i’m loving this week}

11 Feb

So this post is obviously a little late seeing as how it is Saturday night. I just wasn’t able to do this yesterday.

Here is my Valentine’s Day version.

1. cute clothes with hearts

I don’t own many things with hearts on them. I think I have one shirt and a pair of earrings. I do think hearts are super cute on clothes though. When I saw this DIY sweater {found here}, I figured it would be perfect. Easy to make and super cute. I think I might have to try this.

2. cute pins

Pins aren’t really my thing. I don’t really own any and never think to look for any. These pins {found here} are so cute. I think I would make an exception.

3. pretty lace lights

This is sooo pretty {found here}. I would love this in our apartment. And it would be a perfect Valentine’s Day touch.

4. yummy sweets

I love sweets. I just can’t help myself. I saw this recipe for fudge with only 2 ingredients {found here} and I immediately knew I need to try it.

(I did make it today and I will let you know how it turned out.)

5. romantic dinners

I love having romantic dinner with the hubby, even though it doesn’t happen very often. This table set up {found here} is so cute. I’m sure it would be hard to pull off out in the woods but it would even be great out on a porch or patio someday when we have the space. I think I’ll have to keep it in mind.

Hope everyone is having a good weekend!

Pinterest Love

19 Oct

So I’m still just as obsessed with Pinterest as ever. I thought I would share some of the things I’ve come across recently that I love. Some awesome DIY projects that I’m thinking might be some good Christmas presents or something.

Empty beer bottles wrapped in yarn. I love these.

Monogram Twine wrapped letter. So pretty.

Love this for an entryway. Maybe when we have a house someday.

Glue on Canvas. You could do so much with this. Designs and words. Endless options.

A wreath made with old ties?? So amazing. I think I have to make one of these.

Pictures on foam core board. Great idea for all the pictures you have without having a million frames around.

There are so many ideas on Pinterest. I could go crazy trying to do everything. I know eventually I will get to all of these projects I want to try.

Halloween Party Inspiration

3 Oct

We are planning a Halloween party for the Friday before Halloween. This is Dan’s favorite holiday and he loves to go all out. Also, at another get together sometime over the summer, it somehow came up that we should all dress as Disney princesses/couples and we decided we should have a Halloween party so we can do just that. I’m not sure if that is still happening…but we’re definitely still having a party. And it will be a blast!

So I have been looking for some decoration inspiration and I have definitely found some great stuff, mostly from Pinterest, of course.

found here

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So I found this picture on Pinterest but followed it to Hostess with the Mostess blog, which is amazing. The whole photo shoot is awesome. It would pretty much be my dream Halloween party.

found here

And I found the Anders Ruff Etsy shop from which you can buy the printables from this shoot. And I bought them. I think they are fantastic.

Anyway, I know our party will be fun no matter what we come up with for decorations.

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