Hello! Today’s post is short, sweet and so simple, I can’t even call it a tutorial! If you remember back to my Bold Graphic Glam Dining Room I revealed during week 6 of the Fall 2016 One Room Challenge, then you probably recall seeing my stacked art that flank one of the windows in the space. I’m finally sharing the details for the bright and colorful pieces hanging in here! Let me give you a quick break-down of the “art” you see and then show you how I created this look! Continue reading
Sometimes it all comes together in a cinch. You have a DIY idea or are inspired by something, in my case an idea for a DIY geometric art piece, already have the supplies on-hand, sit down to work on it and the entire process only takes about 15 minutes. Want to know what’s even better than that?
A Sharpie was all I needed to put the finishing touches on it! Shhh don’t tell! Continue reading
Gallery walls are one of my absolute favorite things to create in a space. I have one in every single one of the rooms in our home. I love mixing frames of all shapes and sizes and typically, go with a mix of black, white and gold frames or all black as seen below. As the holidays were approaching, I decided my monochromatic gallery wall needed an update. A budget-friendly update that would add a pop of color seemed the way to go! Continue reading
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Another kid-related post today. One of these days, I will be making the shift over to some holiday goodies! I seriously can’t wait to start bedazzling the house with Christmas sparkle and spreading holiday cheer!
The “BOYS WILL BE BOYS” sign on his pegboard gallery wall…
I am sorry! I never got around to posting about it mainly because I never took any pictures while I was making it. #badblogger Today, I will give you the bare bones tutorial on how I created it. Please forgive me, but this isn’t going to be one of my most detailed posts to-date!
While selecting the pieces that were going to make up the pegboard, I knew I wanted to use some word art because I love it so. I made this nursery word art piece and framed it, and had a few other frames already purchased, so just needed to figure out what was going to go in them.
I opted to frame up some fabric pieces that matched his bedding in my thrifted round plate holders…and had set aside another frame to put a picture in (I later went with the one of our hospital bracelets)…
I had recently finished up the mustache shadow box and bought the IKEA basket and rail, but I still needed something else…something bigger – a focal point. I didn’t want just another frame, so when I found a large, rectangular piece of white cardboard – an idea formed!
The cardboard was unique in that it sort of had a lip, which made it almost 3-D. I used my Silhouette Cameo to design “BOYS WILL BE BOYS” and once I had the sizing determined, I did a trial run with plain paper so I could check out spacing on the sign. After I had the size of the font where I wanted it, I had it cut the letters out on navy blue cardstock paper.
From there, I laid the letters out on the cardboard exactly how I wanted them to look. I started with the first “B” and applied a thin coat of modge podge to the back of the letter with a small craft foam brush and set it back down in its place. I continued through the rest of the letters until each one was pasted down to the cardboard. Next, I spread a thin coat over the letters and across the entire front of my new “sign”. I decided it needed a little something to give it a more finished look, so I took ribbon and applied a thin line of craft glue to the outer edge of the sign to secure it in place. The ribbon created a patterned frame.
That was it! When it came time to hang it on the pegboard, I placed 2 pegboard hooks on the pegboard evenly spaced apart, then held the sign up. Once I had the sign centered across the 2 hooks, I poked the hooks through the back of the sign (while still hooked to the pegboard) to ensure the holes were properly placed.
There you have it!
Since my directions are a little bit…well, sub-par, I have another option for you! I received several inquiries for a “Boys will be Boys” printable in my etsy shop, so I recently created one in a similar font to the sign on Simon’s pegboard – you can check it out here! (Please note: The gray brick is just a background and not part of the actual printable)
This instant download printable is formatted to be printed and cut down to an 8″x10″ or you can leave it as-is on the 8.5″x11″ paper. I recommend using cardstock paper to print and even taking the PDF file to your local copy or print shop. FedEx kinkos charges $1.50 for colored printing on white cardstock paper. Just a thought if you aren’t into this DIY idea with cardboard! Another great option would be to create a wood sign with a stencil or Silhouette Cameo or other die cutting tool, like a Cricut cutting machine.
Give it a shot! You might surprise yourself. I didn’t know what I was doing before I received my Cameo for Christmas, but after a some pinterest research browsing and reading up on the instruction manual, I figured it out! Add it to your wish list, you will love it!
If you have any questions at all, please leave me a note in the comments section below. Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you will come right on back here tomorrow! I am sharing the details on the 3 stacked frame gallery wall in our playroom!
I’m taking the word “basic” down to its core today. I mean, for real.
Aren’t we always looking for ways to give something a quick update without breaking the bank or taking up too much of our precious time? I feel that struggle ALL .OF. THE. TIME. Seriously, it’s just part of who I am, but I constantly have the urge to fuss with things around the house. Like Heather from Southern State of Mind puts it, “Can’t stop. Won’t stop zhushing my house.” Ain’t that the truth?!
Today is week 3 of our Back to Basic series where the 6 of us are giving our readers the low-down on some of our favorite tips, how-to’s and good-to-know’s for DIY’ng, decorating and all other things home!
Well, for my 3rd post in the series, I decided to go reaaaally basic. No nightstand styling or pattern play fuss today!
Instead, I’m sharing a simple solution for how to update an old bookcase in 30 seconds for basically free. You could spend an entire day rearranging your bookcase knick knacks (like I recently did!), and another day painting the bookcase (if it needs it) and another few hours applying a patterned wallpaper or fabric backing OR you could take 30 seconds to make one small change and completely transform the look.
And the best part aside from it being a cinch – it only requires 2 things – a command hook & a piece of art. I mean we are talking about basics, right?
This itty bitty project will take your bookcase right from drab to fab and here’s how!
I had a package of these mini clear hooks laying around and they ended up being just the right size to fit along the middle section of the bookcase and would hold up an 11″x14″ frame.
*be sure to check the weight limit for the hooks you are using in comparison to the piece you are going to hang
That’s it! 30 seconds tops!
Does my “art” look familiar?! Things tend to shift around from time-to-time over here 😉
I just love how fresh & modern it feels! I had to flip flop a couple of shelf styling pieces because of the white mat of the “I want to have adventures with you” piece was a bit too close to the new art…I needed to disperse all of the bright white.
…and my favorite little stack of books – my chatbooks. I’ll have to fill you in another time, but if you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, you definitely should! That stack was created from my personal IG account, but at the Haven conference this summer, they had a chatbook created for each attendee. Such a special touch!
It’s not too big and not too bulky, but it adds some depth and dimension. It does slightly cover some of my bookshelf accessories, but I did that intentionally…allowing a few things to sort of “peek out” from behind it.
I was really happy with the bookcase before, especially after recently rearranging everything, but now there is a “pop”. That little something unexpected… which is what I love most about styling and décor. I certainly haven’t mastered this area of expertise, but I sure do admire those who have. For now, I’m having fun playing around as I hone my skills!
I’ll probably be shifting my shelves again any day now (just kidding! I mean, I just did it 2 weeks ago!) but I can change out the art as often as I want or even remove it completely if I get bored with it. I love command hooks for this reason. They are easy to use and 100% temporary!
I use them quite often for party decorations – like for holding up the ends of my DIY buntings I’ve made for my boys’ birthday parties (see a few here, here and here) and were used another time for a Thanksgiving bunting.
The books come in all sorts of colors and sizes, but I personally like the smaller clear hooks best. The are almost invisible if you aren’t placing something in front of them, like I did on the bookcase. They really do work like a charm!
Are you digging up some hooks and running to your bookcase NOW?! I highly recommend you test it out…play around and see what you like. You might surprise yourself by trying something new!
So, do you have a bookcase and a half a minute to give this a shot?
And do yourself another quick favor and stop by and visit my awesome co-hosts and see what fun things they’re busting out to share today!
My obsession continues. My love for word art is deep. I took a shot at creating my own version of an oversized word art piece to use in my fall entryway versus buying a ridiculously expensive one. I’ve made smaller pieces before, but I wanted a BIG one this time around! A statement piece…
Do you know how much money a 24″x36″ framed piece of anything costs?! or a even a canvas?! Way more than I wanted to throw down. Especially since its all about fall. I mean, I would have loved to order a custom something or other for above my entryway table, but the truth is… my entryway mirror will probably end up going right back in its spot after this season is over. Unless I decide to make a new piece for each season or holiday to put in the frame! I could totally do that. #dontgetaheadofyourself
I decided to create a DIY version and ended up spending less than $20! Yep – 20 bucks.
So let’s start from the beginning. A couple of weeks ago, I found large, 24″x36″ frames on mega sale at Michaels for $14.99, regularly priced $49.99. Such a steal! I bought one white and one grayish-brown. After calling my local FedEx/Kinko’s to check to make sure they could print that size, I sat down to work on my piece.
I came up with a list of fall-related words and typed them out in MS Word with one space in between each word or group of words. I then started playing around with the fonts and point size of each word or phrase until it was sized just right and I was happy with how it looked. I ended up moving some of the words onto different lines in order to make the sizing work out. I wanted to take up as much of the full line as I could without the words being too small or the phrase running over to the next line. Each font is sized differently as well. I get download my fonts from dafont.com.
[Some of the fonts I used in this piece were: Bernardo Moda, Jenna Sue, Fascii Scraggly BRK, Architect’s Hand, AR DELANEY. You can enter these into the search box on the site and then download the file to your computer. They will be automatically added to the drop down list of fonts in MS Word.]
Next, I saved it as a PDF file, loaded it onto my flash drive and headed down the street to FedEx/Kinkos. I asked them to print my piece in black and white on a 24″x36″ sheet of paper. It cost me $4.67 to do it.
*[Important step!: you must save your .doc file as a .pdf because of the specialty fonts. If your copy / print shop does not have the exact same fonts on their computers, then they won’t show up. I didn’t know this when I went in to have another piece printed awhile back. They didn’t clue me in on the pdf secret. They told me I needed to go back home and load all of the different font files onto my flash drive so they could download them to their computer. so that is what I did! uggghhh]
Next, after opening up the back of the frame and slipping my piece of paper inside, I realized I needed to trim about 1/4″ off the side and top so it laid flat and didn’t bubble underneath the plexiglass. Once it was smoothed out, I fastened the back on and admired my work.
It was missing something though.
I ran upstairs to check my craft & décor stash for some flat corner braces. I was pretty sure I had an extra package left after making these frames. It was just what my new frame needed. Mine were silver, so I used a little Rub ‘n Buff Wax in Antique Gold on them before attaching to the frame.
After a couple minutes to let the wax set, I placed the “L” on the corner, then drilled in each of the 4 screws into the predrilled holes, until I was all the way through the surface of the frame. I did this on each of the 4 corners.
Voila! Large & in charge DIY Fall word art! I love.
It’s white and bright and allows my fall décor to “pop” around it. A wonderful backdrop for my entryway!
I love reading bits and pieces on it as I walk by. All of the words are things that remind me of the fall season, now and as a child.
I especially love how my little thrifted gold open frame outlines “mom’s pumpkin cookies”. Such a warm and special memory of making and decorating pumpkin cookies with my mom and sister growing up (and eating too much cream cheese frosting along with the chocolate chips & candy corn that made up the eyes, nose and mouth of the pumpkin 🙂 )!
I did have the corner braces and rub’n’buff on hand, so the project would have totaled around $35 normally… and if the frame wouldn’t have been on sale, well…thats a whole lot more. If you ever see huge frames like that on sale – grab a couple!
This was so unbelievable easy to make. I promise…if you can open up and type in Microsoft Word, then you can do this! If you don’t feel like making your own and like mine, get it below!:
Get your Free PDF here: FALL Word Art
I think it would be really cute to do something similar in a kid’s room or playroom with funny & cute kid phrases!
Want more fall inspiration?! Visit my Fall Entryway post to see the rest of the shots!
Today I’m going to share my latest “Think again Thursday” project with you guys! A DIY Journal Cover Art piece! This may or may not be the very last project stemming from the One Room Challenge when I worked on our guestroom. I know, I know. You’re so OVER this guestroom! I understand. Well, I hope you still like this project – because even though I worked on it months ago, it has reignited a creative spark in me. I need that to happen more often.
I must admit. I feel really good about getting this series up & running! Awhile back, I had the idea to share how I take random everyday items and use them in new and unexpected ways – like a coin bank turned planter or using a curtain panel to reupholster a headboard. I mean, if you like a pattern, you like a pattern.
While perusing Pinterest or getting lost in blogland, I just LOVE when people share their ideas for ways to think outside the box. To do something unexpected with an ordinary object. Starting this series has inspired me to continue to strive to be creative while out shopping, thrifting or just decorating with things I have around the house – #shoppingyourhouse is THEE.BEST.THING! It is fun, free and it totally gives me a sense of accomplishment.
Like, “yeah, I just made this. with that!” Anyone else?
Not only am I happy to have 5 whole posts in this series ;), but it gets me thinking back to Haven and everything I still want to do here at This is our Bliss. What I want to turn this blog into…What the future holds…. and what direction do I want it to go in? I mentioned the other day that I have a few exciting things taking place in September, which is fitting because I have always thought of fall as a fresh start. Back to school (except now its not me its my OWN kid!)…returning to a schedule…finding a rhythm….getting organized…feeling a sense of motivation and turning it into productivity. Does the onset of fall do that to you, too?
I am really, really excited to get this new season started off with a bang, so I really hope you will sign up to receive my posts emailed to you and visit me more often! There is so much I plan to share!
So, here we go:
A few months ago, at HomeGoods, strolling up and down the aisles like a manic fiend, I stumbled upon the cutest set of notebooks. It was a pack of 2 and I thought it would be perfect to use at my desk to jot notes down or to carry with me with my to-do lists scribbled down.
Once I got it home, and used it a couple of times, I decided it was too pretty to be shoved in a desk drawer or toted around in my son’s diaper bag for that matter. It was one fancy to-do list, but still it needed to be showcased – a frame, I thought!
I simply cut the cover off, stuck it behind a white mat and popped it into a black frame. Easy as pie.
It fits perfectly with the color scheme and pattern play I have going on in that room and actually looks like an expensive gold foil print – wrong! It was actually only $2 since the 2-pack of journals was only $3.99. I mean, does HomeGoods even make a profit with those kinds of prices?! I already had the mat and frame from one of my frame thrifting excursions just laying around to be used in another gallery wall. I love it when it all comes together like that!
The gold foil is subtle enough that it doesn’t take over the gallery wall, but its luxe look still pairs well alongside the gold accent table and its slight shimmer gleams against the pale creamy gray walls and the warm wood accents. Plus, my favorite chair + favorite project. ever.
All I can think of lately is what else can I cut apart and frame??!
Just this week, I was at Michaels and stopped dead-in-my-tracks when I saw these glitz & glam notecards on sale for $5. A 60-pack!!
Yes, a 60-pack of gold foil notecards in a boxed set for 5 bucks.
It of course, came home with me.
I only wish I had a need for an all gold gallery wall. Wouldn’t this arrangement be so fab?!
How about in a nursery, with white mats and all white frames? Too darling!!
Here are a couple of other examples I framed greeting cards to use as wall art:
This “LOVE LOVE LOVE” art print is actually just a greeting card. Inside of a small silver Ribba frame, it hangs proudly on a hook
on Simon’s Nursery Pegboard Gallery Wall. I found it along with the one below in a set at Michaels last year.
This is a shelf on the back corner wall of his nursery. Again, white Ribba frame, a pair of silver dinosaurs and I’d say it is one nice little #shelfie.
What about you? What unexpected things have you framed lately? Does this make you think again when you see a cute greeting card or journal?!
Thanks for stopping by and please do come back again soon!
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Today, I am here with another post from none other than – the guestroom. These follow-up posts just don’t quit! Yes, I do realize I finished the Guestroom Revamp Project for the SPRING One Room Challenge, but clearly I haven’t been able to share all of the goodies from inside. I can hardly believe that the Fall ORC is already quickly approaching. It kicks off on October 8th and I still haven’t quite decided which room I’m going to jump in to work on…hopefully I have my decision made in the next couple of weeks 🙂
So, back to this project – I am calling it “layered wall art” because that’s basically what it is! I took 2 separate metal wall décor pieces and stacked one right on top of the other!
When working on the layout/design for decorating a wall in our home, I’m usually trying to come up with an idea that is somewhat unique & different. I don’t like to just buy something & throw it up. When I am out hunting and I find something I really like, I try to come up with ways to make it one-of-a-kind. I know…if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, but I consider it simply tweaking or restyling – just like I did here!
So, here we go… well, there aren’t really that many steps to follow so its not like a traditional tutorial, but here is what I did to achieve this layered look.
If you remember back to week #3 of the challenge, I was hoarding goods left & right to go in the room…most of which happened to be gold. Weird, I know.
I scored this metal spike / urchin piece at Homegoods (I call her spikey) and brought it home to add to the pile. So, in typical me fashion, I didn’t know exactly what I was going to do with it, but knew it had to join my stash. I’d figure out the rest later.
You’ve probably seen these everywhere. It seems the most popular of them all is the set of 3 small urchins from Target. I love these, too & they work well sitting out or on the wall because they are relatively small – just a little gold accent. Mine is quite a bit bigger though – 25″ in diameter. I stumbled upon this 11″ one on Amazon, but haven’t seen many as big as the one I have.
Spikey almost ended up on the wall left of the window in an art grouping, but I thought she was too big for that wall especially since the gold framed canvas piece (currently on that wall) is plenty big alone. So, once I determined the grouping for the left window wall, I moved on to the right-side of the window and ended up with the open-framed minted pieces.
Next, I wanted to focus on something for above the bed.
A larger gallery wall of mixed art & photo frames was already in the works on the other side of the room by my reupholstered chair, so a collection of frames was out. Then I thought maybe I could make a BIG statement and wallpaper behind the bed, but since I had a lot going on with the DIY headboard & the pattern play with the pillows, so another strike.
A circle. It needed something round.
The room had a ton of square & rectangular shaped décor & accessories throughout, so I determined, round it was. One day while at Hobby Lobby, I stumbled upon this multi-circle metal wall hanging & figured it was worth a shot. I took it home & held it up over the bed. It just wasn’t quite enough. It needed something more.
Enter spikey again!
I decided to put it right on top of the multi-circle piece! It would be funky, unique, edgy & black & gold – perfect!
See the nail in the middle? I got so excited I forgot to take a picture before I threw spikey on the wall!
[side note: I did spray paint the multi-circle piece black before hanging. It was actually a mixed metal piece, but thought black would be an excellent contrast with the super light wall color. sorry I don’t have a before pic!]
That is it! I hung one piece up. Played around with where I wanted the 2nd one to rest and then hammered a nail in the wall. Finally, I placed the gold piece on the wall and it was complete!
I really love how unsymmetrical it is. Working in even numbers is something I have been experimenting with a lot lately. The rule of odd numbers is still a good one to follow, but rules are meant to be broken, right??
What do you think? Something you would try? I’d love to hear (& see) if you’ve ever done something like this! If you give it a try, please let me know!
Please come back again! Crankin’ out basement projects over here, so updates are coming soon! Who knows? Maybe there will be more from this room, too 😉
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Father’s Day weekend is here and I am so looking forward to slowing down a bit to just enjoy time with my boys – all 3 of them! As you probably noticed, I was completely MIA this week and it was just what I needed. Normally, I feel stressed and frantic if I don’t blog throughout the week, but I really tried to allow myself to feel productive and accomplished. I have to admit, not only did I publish zero posts this week, but I didn’t do any editing, writing, sourcing. Not a thing. Our basement project has taken up a huge chunk of my time and energy lately, but so has normal day-to-day life. The boys keep my on my toes all.day.long. Simon recently turned one and decided to drop his morning nap, just as my almost 3-year old determined his napping days were over as well. This mama needs a break!
The zoo, playdates, a visit from my MIL, hosted a work dinner for my husband, contractors in and out of the basement, husband traveling, oh and did I mention, I am starting a decorating business? That was my week in a nutshell. I promise I will dish on the business deets very soon, but I will say I couldn’t be happier for this crazy, busy, AWESOME journey I have just begun! So, while I have lots to share here on the blog – a few follow-ups on the guestroom, basement progress, lighting options for the bar, mirror options for the bathroom, business scoop, etc., etc., I am taking a mini time-out, but promise to be back at some point next week. While I don’t intend to disappoint, I just need to do it for me!
Thanks for letting me vent 🙂
After all that randomness, I am sharing a FREE Father’s Day Printable with you!
2 options available:
Simply print it, cut it, frame it and gift it!
Below, you can see how I framed it and combined it with a few other items to create a “Dad’s favorite things crate”.
You can do the same!
I tied black tulle & twine around a couple of my husband’s favorite beers + a few cigars tied up with a ribbon. Obviously, you can put just about anything with the printable to create your own ‘custom’ gift basket or crate.
Have a fantastic weekend celebrating the special men in your life! I hope to see you right back here next week!
What Father’s Day gifts have you bought this year? Are you relaxing this weekend or is it going to be action-packed with Father’s Day fun?!