Saturday, August 16, 2014

Subway Art


 I wanted to frame some colorful art for the playroom walls.  I decided to go with some subway art in various colors that would match the room. 

I searched around online for some inspiration for the wording, and then I just put them together using Picmonkey...it was super easy and definitely affordable!  I just printed them out on cardstock at home, and put them in some cheap-o Ribba frames from IKEA. 

The look really nice filling up the wall space, and the orange and green colors match the room really well!  The other two are dark navy and dark brown.  With the lighting in the room, it was hard to get the colors to turn out right.  And also my so-so photography skills!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

My New Gallery Wall


I have issues with making holes in our walls around the house.  I don’t know why, but I just hate doing it – maybe because I spent hours upon hours painting the house when we moved in?  I’m not sure.  Perhaps I’m hole-o-phobic.  But the walls around our house are pretty bare bones because of it.  I finally decided to hang some things up on the wall that leads down into our basement.  I’ve had some really great pictures of the kids framed and ready to go for an eternity, but we just hadn’t put them up yet. 
 
Originally, I was just going to hang the pictures up of the kids and that was going to be it.  Less holes that way, right?  But, I felt like I wanted more because the wall is large.  So, I started collecting a few things.  I found these really neat architectural type arch things at a local flea market and thought they would look neat hanging up.  And I found some other things here and there that I liked.  A sign from Target, some little mirrors at Hobby Lobby, etc.  And I really wanted to make a big “H” out of some corrugated tin we had left over from the playroom ceiling. 

So, I drew the “H” out on the tin, and my husband cut it out for me and attached some pieces to the back of it so we could hang it up.  I feel fortunate that “H” is an easy letter to cut out – no curves!  Haha! 


My husband hung everything up for me, because most of it was really hard to reach from the stairs – we had to use a ladder and a wood plank to reach quite a few things. 

I really like how it turned out!  There are still a few holes that I need to fill in with some smaller things.  I didn’t want to wait until I found them though – who knows how long that could take!  I’m hoping to get back to the flea market and find some small treasures. 

And I’m planning a family related chalk art piece to go into the empty frame.  The frame was from my Grandma, and I think it looks pretty nice hanging up even with nothing inside. 







 

 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Vinceremo (You and I)



I made this chalk drawing based off of another Tenors song that I love. I think that this song would be perfect to play at a wedding! 

I am really enjoying making these chalk drawings.  I can't wait to get started on some more!

I had posted this piece on The Tenors fan page when I had it sketched out, and was so shocked and excited that The Tenors actually posted it on their own Facebook page! 

Here are links to the free files for you to print:

 

 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Forever Young



I love Christmas music.  I get just a *little* excited each year when the local station starts playing it 24/7 right around Thanksgiving time.  I hope that others have this problem, and that I am not alone!  Anyway, last Christmas, I heard the song “Hallelujah” played somewhere along the way.  That one usually doesn’t pop up too often, and I really like it.  So I searched for it on YouTube, and I found a video of a group called The Tenors performing it live on Oprah.  So I watched it, and I really liked the group!  I ended up buying their Christmas CD and one other CD that they have out.  I listened to them both throughout the holiday season, and I found that I really liked the music and found it beautiful and relaxing.  It was something different to listen to than the standard pop music on the radio every day – it is a crossover between pop and opera. 

The Tenors sing a song called “Forever Young” by Bob Dylan, and I really like the words and the message.  It is one of my favorites .  So, I decided to do a chalk drawing of part of the lyrics.    I am sharing the free printable version of the files with you below.





Leave me a comment if there is anything you would like to see in chalk art!  I hope you enjoy the artwork, and if you should check out the group, too (www.tenorsmusic.com)!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Doing more of what makes me happy



Earlier this year I realized that it has been quite a very long time since I have drawn anything.  When I was younger, I used to love to draw.  In fact, when I was starting college, I was seriously considering doing something in a creative field.  I even started taking the art general education classes that would have been required.  I really loved them.  However, somehow I settled on accounting, which was also a class I enjoyed when I was still back in high school. 


Then life kinda happened – I went off to college and was very busy with my major and studying for the CPA exam.  I got married and had two kids.  Now I am a full-time working mom, and most days it seems like there isn’t an extra minute in the day.  It feels like I go, go, and go from the moment I get up to the moment I go to bed.  It is so stinking exhausting, and some days I can’t help but get a little down about it.  But, as I mentioned, I was hit with the realization that there were a few things that I just really used to love that I no longer do anymore.  Things that I used to consider part of what made me, “me.”  I have a great life and love it, but it made me pretty sad to realize that I had just let those things stray out of my life. 


So, I’ve decided that I need to do more of them.  Maybe it means that the dishes won’t get done that night, or the laundry might sit in the basket an extra day or so.  Or the dog hair might turn into gigantic tumbleweeds.  (Who am I kidding, that happens anyways!!! Haha!)  I think I will be a more fulfilled me if I push some of that aside and focus on things that truly make me happy.  Of course my family makes me happy, but I am talking about hobbies, here.  I also feel that it is important for the kiddos to see mom doing some things that she finds fun and inspiring.  One night when I was having “bathtub conversations” with the kids while giving them their bath, I had asked Tyler “What does your Mommy like to do for fun?”  The only thing he could think of was read, because I do read quite a bit and they do see me doing that.  But, that was about the only thing he could think of.  When I told him how much his mommy likes to draw, and make things, and play the piano, he was kind of surprised.  He really had no idea that I even did any of that stuff.  Hmmm…kinda sad, since I enjoy those things so much!


I have seen a lot of cute signs that look like they are chalkboard lettering, so I thought that would be a fun place to start.  I also have loved the signs with the states on them, so I decided to combine the two, and I came up with this little sign.  I have plans to hang it on a gallery wall in our house.  I am definitely planning on making more chalkboard signs.  There are so many quotes out there that I love (like the one I used on our playroom wall art), so I will hopefully be sharing those on here in the future! 
I wanted to share this sign as a fun printable for all of you to use, so here are the links!  I know this probably is only good for those people who live or have lived in Illinois.  But, if you like this type of art, I would love for you to leave me a comment or like my Facebook page and let me know if you use this and what other types of things I could share in the future!  Because I most certainly will be making more.

 
I hope that you will also find inspiration to do more of what makes you happy!    

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Oh, the places you'll go!


There are so many projects out there that I see with old pallets, and I wanted to make something along those lines to hang as wall art in our new playroom.  Instead of actually using old pallet wood, I had the hubby use some old scrap boards and cut them down into a couple widths, and to the size I needed to cover the majority of the wall that is above the couch in the room.  To attach everything together on the back, he just used two small strips of plywood that he cut down to size, and nailed it all together.  It was a pretty quick thing to put together.  I have also decided that I really need to learn to use the power tools!  I mean, this was pretty simple and surely I could handle it, but I have this crazy fear of like hacking off my hand using the table saw!  That would totally be my luck!  So, to the long list of to-do's I think I have decided to add power tool lessons.  There are just so many times where my husband is just busy doing other things that I could probably accomplish a lot myself.  If I only had the skills...

Anywho, we recently had this beautiful, gorgeous day outside, and so I took advantage of it and lugged all my staining and painting projects that have been piling up outside and I got my paint/stain on.  After the horrific winter we had and all the below zero temps, it was SO NICE to stand outside in the warm sunshine and get some color on my ghastly white legs. 

I had some Minwax Jacobean stain on hand, so I used that to quickly stain my "pallet."  The color looks really great with the flooring we installed in the playroom. 

After that dried, it was time to add the quote.  I love quotes!  There are so many good ones out there.  But I knew that I wanted to use the Dr. Seuss quote "Oh, the places you'll go!" for this project.  My kids and I both love Dr. Seuss books.  Many of them have such a good message. 

Unfortunately, I do not have a Silhouette, so I had to make my stencils in a more tedious manner.  I just found a font I liked, typed it out in Word in the size I needed, and then used a good ole Exacto knife to cut the letters out.  It wasn't TOO bad, I suppose. 


Next, I turned on the Full House reruns, and used my handy dandy chalk to trace the letters onto the wood, while listening to Danny Tanner preach to DJ about family life.  I can't believe how many of these reruns I remember!  Geez!  The chalk showed up so much better than pencil, and it was a piece of cake to wipe off after I'd painted. 

 

After that, I used acrylic paint to paint the letters in.  I ended up doing two coats, since the wood was a darker color. After it dried, I decided it needed shabbied up a bit, so I took some sandpaper, and sanded all over the top of the letters.  It also had the added benefit of removing some of my brush strokes that still showed after the second coat.

 

 
 
And that was that!  Oh, the place this artwork was ready to go was straight on the wall!  Hubby was kind enough to hang it for me, and the kiddos approved!  I am having so much fun getting this space together!







Monday, June 2, 2014

Fauxplace

A few years ago I fell in love with a distressed shelf from Pottery Barn:

 
 I kinda have a thing for old looking stuff that is all chipped up and worn looking. At the time, I was looking for something to hang above our bed, so I thought that something like this would be perfect.  However, I did not like the price tag.  So I looked, and looked, and found nothing like it at a price I was willing to pay.  I ended up giving up on the shelf idea for above the bed, and made a gigantic picture frame instead. 
 
However, the shelf was still stuck in the back of my mind, and finally one day when I was shopping at a local flea market, I finally found something similar that I loved.  Except it was an entire fireplace mantle.  And it was already all weathered and chipped up.  I've always loved the idea of having a fireplace in the bedroom, so I thought this would be a neat look.  I bought it and brought it home. 
 
After some thought, I decided to insert some plywood covered in wallpaper into the area where the "fire" would go.  The wallpaper is almost a foamy type texture, and it is made to look like old ceiling tiles.  My sister-in-law had used this type of wallpaper in her own projects, and it had looked really neat, so I decided to give it a shot.  My hubby cut the plywood for me, and we put the paper on.  Then, I used some stain to stain it brown, and wiped it off to remove the excess.  He then attached it to the wall for me, and it is now where I have a bunch of our pictures displayed.