I bought all 4 picture blocks which were meant to make up a flower when they were hung together in the right order. Instead, I spread mod podge over the old flower print and printed the photos I wanted on them directly off my printer. I enlarged the images so that they'd print at least 8.5 wide and then i trimmed off any extra so that they fit perfectly onto the blocks. I then spread mod podge over the top (you can see the lines of it before it dries in the picture).
The blocks are hollow so they have pre-drilled holes for hanging. The mod podge dries clear, I used a matte finish but it also comes in glossy. For now, they are sitting on on my palette shelves in the living room. This is a super easy way to get your favorite photos on the wall. I am also thinking that you could use high quality plywood, have it cut to the size you want at your hardware store, have your images printed at your local drug store with printing services in poster size and do your own larger images.
Have fun with this. Remember too that if you print them yourself, it's easy to undo or redo after a mistake.
Regular at home printer
White Card Stock
Oh, and an old palette for the display.
I just finished this chair for the kids. It was an old rocking chair, I couldn't even guess the age. It could be from the 70's or it could be older. It was hideous but it had a great rocker underneath that allowed the chair to be stationary but rock on springs underneath. I wanted it to match our bonus room which I'm in the process of redoing for our new classroom. How awesome is this chair going to be to encourage my little ones to "read", with a red basket of books next to it, it will at least be tempting. Here's the scary before picture and read how I made the changes.
A few weeks ago I was struck by my friend Dawn's little glass container full of faux robins eggs. I complimented her on it... and her newly painted buffet... and her really awesome mantle and her new paint color in her dining room and...
well, you get the picture. She's awesome! She has my taste!
A few days later my friend Jenny calls me and says of course, "What are you doing?" and I say, "Painting Easter eggs." and she says..."OOOKAAAAY." And moved on...I think my friends may be afraid to tell me I'm crazy.
Broken wicker baskets leave me so sad. I use them for so many things. I story stuffed animals in them, use them for toting toys back upstairs, and they serve a mighty purpose with laundry around our house. Sometimes they get tired and worn out like this one...
Oh how I love some vinyl wall lettering. I remember when I first discovered a beautiful company a couple of years ago that held parties at home. I scheduled a party and my consultant canceled and never rescheduled. BOOO! Since I only wanted some basic signs in my home I thought I would use an old skill I've used since high school.
I posted a really great bookshelf for the boys room. The instructions were SO easy that I thought I'd give it a go with barn wood I rescued to use in Jake's room. I figured his bed would be next but I suppose I was feeling too ambitious with that thought so a simple bookshelf would have to do.
We made this simple farmhouse style cornice board for a bedroom window using reclaimed barn wood. With a few simple details it was the perfect addition to this room. Let me show you how we made it...
We all secretly loved grandma's doilies but putting them under items to protect furniture does not allow you to see their beauty and doesn't seem practical.
I inherited a stack of doilies, some were handmade and some were store bought but each were beautiful and I wanted to look at them. While watching Gilmore Girls I used the doilies, a large quilt hoop, fabric and a glue gun to make this piece for my living room.
I have moved it around on a few different walls and have hung it going both directions. I have some pieces left that I'd like to hang as well so I've found 14 more ideas that I love. Enjoy!
This week has been so full. Full of digging into my Bible studies, Bible references, devotions, concordance, and so much writing. Goodness at how all of the digging, reading, and studying turned into so much writing. It was back breaking work I tell ya. Wednesday evening when I finally got up from being hunched over my keyboard I almost could not stand, let alone walk. Not to mention last week I ran 8.5 miles one day and this week...zelch, zero, nada. I took that as a sign that I needed to break up my day a little better. It was becoming tiring work and even though I know the work I'm doing is important, it starts to drain a girl. I would find myself reading and my mind wondering and eventually before I knew it my fingers would be caressing my phone screen as if watching others lives on Facebook was more interesting.
As a result of this personal revelation, on Thursday, I decorated for Fall, did my daily Bible study, cleaned house for a bit, and got a little creative...
Do you ever find one of your favorite baskets is coming apart and you just love it too much to throw it away. here is how I fixed mine to help it last a few more years.
So maybe my friends really don't think I'm crazy cause they all know I'm doing something crafty. Like when I say, "I'm tying strips of fabric to a basket." and they say, "HUH?" They really know I'm doing something that makes sense.
See, I have this basket that I love because it's the perfect size but it was cheap and is now broken. I'd thought bout wrapping ribbon but that just didn't work. So, I started tying strips of fabric that were cut with a pinking blade to measure 2" x 12-14" and started tying. As I tied, my basket started gaining new life again.
I tied, and tied and cut strips until I finally started getting the look I wanted. Which even my 8 year old son thought was . .." Awe Mom, that's sooo cute!".
I tied all the way around and spaced them by the vertical rungs in the basket. Then I cut some additional fabric to go with them and "Voila".
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I'm Aimee, former Early Childhood Educator and Reading Specialist turned author, speaker, blogger, and mom of 5. This website is meant to inspire & equip parents of little ones to promote early literacy & language development at home. You will also find fun crafts, devotionals, and recipes to explore..
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