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Words of Inspiration {Handmade Gift}

This time of year it’s easy to get sucked into the commotion of the holiday season.  Elaborate gifts, an abundance of decorations throughout the house, a food spread fit for a king….all in all it always seems like there is an abundance of stuff.  For me it’s helpful to have inspiration reminders to focus my energy.  Hence the inspiration for this project.

I’m participating in a handmade gift exchange thanks to Linda at Craftaholics Anonymous.  My gift exchange partner happens to have a little lust for the written word, Yellow and blue make her happy, and is drawn to the word Simplify…hence the inspiration for this project.  I too tend to believe in SIMPLIFY your life, your stuff, your calendar and often this time of year need to be reminded of that “more doesn’t equal better.”

Supplies needed- although a change of plans on the buttons, added some paint and fabric to really throw a loop into the plan.

(yes these are foam stamps from 2002)

To start I painted some modge podge onto a blank 8×10 canvas.  Ripped up book pages and randomly placing them to cover the canvas and painting a layer of modge podge ove the top to smooth out the surface, and avoid curling of pages.

Repeat 17 or 29 times until your canvas is covered to your liking, and then maybe a few more times to cover any mistakes.  I used paint and foam stamps for my lettering, purely because I wasn’t in the mood for clean lines and vinyl. So hello paint- colorful, affordable and ready to use when I need you!

I smudged a few other colors of paint to add some dimension, and some fabric scraps for character and give it a little more festive appeal.  Punched a fancy button through the fabric and adhered it all to the canvas with a little heart-throb of mine…E-6000.

“Simplify-ed Word art is a nice gift to offer some inspiration words to friends family, maybe even a new idea from the monotonous teacher gifts…all within $10.


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Comfort & Joy {DIY Holiday Sign}

Let’s just start this series by saying I love Christmas and Winter. Full confession being made, I also LOVE to surround myself with reminders of the holiday spirit.  This first project is a super simple sign using an old picture frame, fabric, cardstock paper, and die-cut letters and shapes (or stencils work too).

1. Find a Frame (this is a $1 thrift store 8×10 frame)

2.  Find a scrap of fabric that fits the mood of your decor.  If you’re lacking fabric scraps, hit up the remnant section of your local craft/fabric store. Use the cardboard back from the frame as your guide for cutting.  I leave about 1/4 inch extra all the way around to make sure it’s not too short.

3.  Choose your saying and cut it out of cardstock.

4. Display the cardstock words on the fabric.  Place the glass from the frame over the fabric and word.  Holding the glass and fabric tightly flip over the glass into the back of the frame.  Secure the cardboard back of the frame and secure tightly.

That’s it!  Display proudly.Very little mess to clean up, no glue, no glitter…super simple sign 🙂

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Cave Dwellings {Subway Art}

You may remember the basement that we finished to be the man cave/play room.

It’s time the walls give a little loving.  There’s big plans of this space, but I had to make a truce with the husband, no flowers in the man cave.  Let me back things up a little, my husband is an avid Harley Davidson rider (not the scary kind).  When we were dating I fell in love with the spontaneous adventure a motorcycle ride would bring.  For as long as I have known him, his Harley is one of the material possessions that he takes the most pride in. Naturally when we decided to finish the basement, we had a mutual understanding that this was “his space.” It was designed to accentuate the adventurous side of our life, mixed in with a bit of everyday reality (IE- the play room).

With that said, maybe I should introduce you to “the Mistress” AKA the motorcycle.

Yellow, Black & Chrome pretty much describe her. Would you agree?

OK, back to the basement.  I needed a piece that would not only visually appeal to the adventurous side of our story, but also something that would compile the memories and events into a piece of art.  Enter the world of trendy and fun subway art. Originally inspired by House of Smith’s Gallery Wall and Address Subway Art. 

We started by brainstorming all the words that define our relationship with “the Mistress.”  This included words, locations, dates, fun memories, you get the point.  Based on the number of words I guessed the size of base I would need.  I chose a 18″ by 18″ MDF board (Habitat ReStore is a great place for super cheap MDF…$1.)  I spray painted it a glossy black and moved onto step two.

I had read a tutorial on using freezer paper for the lettering.  I have since trashed that tutorial due to udder frustration and waste of time.  However in all fairness I started by typing up the words/phrases using different fonts on the computer.  Then I placed freezer paper over the top of the letters.  After some time my genius husband propped a light under my glass-topped IKEA table to make the cutting of the letters much easier.  Using an Exacto knife I (and the husband) cut the letters out of the freezer paper.

Supposedly you could place the letters glossy side down on your base, and iron them to get them to stick.  This step was followed by painting on a layer of glaze to seal the letters.

A container of Modge Podge later I decided that tutorial WAS WRONG! It brought nothing but frustration and lack of sleep, so I moved on to my next best option.  I purchased a package of white vinyl, borrowed a CriCut machine and a few font cartridges from work, and di-cut the remaining letters.  My husband used the “leftover vinyl” to cut out the dragon and motorcycle graphics using the light and Exacto method explained above. We used transfer paper to line all the letters up from the vinyl sheet to the base.  This made the layout design much easier and ensured nothing was too crooked and fit in the designated space.  The hardest part was determining was size to make the letters as the size defined on the CriCut only verified the height and did not take into consideration the width of the letters/word.

This is the final layout of  words/dates/graphics that defined our adventurous side of life.  To add a final touch, the husband cut white molding and created a frame 1/2″ around the outside to add a finishing touch.  Our subway art is no longer a part of the gallery wall we once envisioned, instead she currently takes up residence above the fireplace on our mantle.  She certainly has become a focal point for the room!

My only complaint is that the white vinyl lettering is really bright and glossy.  I’m thinking of taking some colored glaze to tone it down a bit….what do you think?

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