Sunday, May 22, 2016

HEY GRAD HEY (FREE PRINTABLE)

 It's graduation season! My sweet little five-year-old is graduation pre-k this week... how is this possible?? 

If you need a quicky card, here ya go!

1. Download free printable HERE
2. Print on cardstock
3. Cut using a paper cutter
4. Fold and gift!

ConGRADuation! :)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

ROOM TOUR: ARI'S MODERN BIG BOY ROOM

You know when your kid gets to an age where all of a sudden they have super strong opinions on what their room should look like? Ari is 5 now and wanted rainbows and gold painted all over the walls with Harry Potter posters. This was not going to fly. BUT I think I pulled off a combination of rainbows, Harry Potter, and my love of black and white modern style. Now we're both happy!! Scroll down for all sources and a free printable of the modern rainbow poster. 

Besides decoration ideas, the BIG problem to tackle was organization and storage. This is where Land of Nod came in big time! Jenni and I both fell in love with the acrylic bookcase! It's just so clean and pretty and perfect for treasures. The Home Edit came over and styled with special books and toys to look like... you guessed it... a rainbow!

Land of Nod also came in clutch with these soft bins perfect for the abnormal amount of stuffed animals my son collects. I absolutely LOVE that they are soft. One or two actually live on my son's bed so that he can sleep with all of his stuffed buddies without them constantly falling off the bed. 

I designed this abstract rainbow poster and have it for you as a FREE download! Yippee! I sent the file into Kinkos/FedEx and had them print it in an 18x24" frame ready size. Scroll down for the link to download.

This might seem crazy, but I really wanted to make an art installation out of books. Ari loves books (and so do I!) but his old book shelf cubbies were getting a little crazy looking. I saw blogger, Freckles Chick's book shelves she used for her daughter's room and knew that was the solution. I bought the 3.5" deep shelves and installed them in rows. 6 of the 36" and 3 of the 24" shelves. Each row had one long, one short, one long to make three 96" shelves. Then of course The Home Edit styled it for Ari so it looked like yet another rainbow!!

Our family is a BIT Harry Potter obsessed. Okay a lot obsessed. Luckily, we've passed our obsession to Ari. We came up with a "magic spell" to put him to sleep... and it really works! Dixie & Twine graciously made this "FALLIO ASLEEPO" sparkly banner for above his bed!  

SOURCES:

"A" wall letter - Ebay
"a" red letter - vintage
Gumball machine - vintage (my husband's!)
Matchbox car holder - vintage printers box
Black paint - Behr Broadway
White paint - Behr pure white

FALLIO ASLEEPO!
-L

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

TURN YOUR KID'S ARTWORK INTO ART

A perfect art project for Teacher's Appreciation Day or Mother's Day. By simply taping the edges of fold-over notes, it creates a clean border for the chaos within. Then write your sweet note inside and send! Or make a few and bundle them together with twine and give as custom stationery. Step-by-step tutorial below.

WHAT YOU NEED:
acrylic or oil paints
paint brushes
masking tape or painters tape
foldover notes or cardstock
willing children

STEP 1:
Line up all notecards so that the sides are touching

STEP 2: 
Put one piece of tape down in between two cards just to save yourself time and supplies. Tape ALL edges down so that you have a tape border around each card.

STEP 3:
Have your kids fill each card with paint edge to edge. I like to choose the paint colors myself so that they turn out sort of nice no matter what! Start with warm tones, then cool, then have them finish with a clean skinny brush for a metallic paint. 

STEP 4:
Carefully peel off the tape and voila! A nice clean boarder that looks pretty enough to gift!

xo

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

TEACHER OF WILD ONES (FREE PRINTABLE)

Show your kiddo's teacher some love with this free printable coffee mug! And throw in a gift card to Starbucks... because that's what they really want! This is perfect for my preschool-aged kids. Trust me, they really are wild ones.

Scroll down for the link to download and to purchase the coffee mugs.

Simply print out the free download on cardstock, cut along the lines, and insert into the inner layer of the coffee mug (it just screws off really easily). It would be fun to have glitter or confetti in there too. Or you have your kiddo color the paper or put a photo in there... the options are endless. 



For another free printable for teachers, click HERE!
Treat yo teachers!
xo

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

DALMATION WALL STENCIL | BEFORE & AFTER

      We recently purchased a fixer upper of our own, and have big plans for it. However, we are having to start small. One thing we did not have that I felt was an immediate need was a place to hang our jackets and bags and put our shoes. Our laundry room is the room we enter into from our garage, so I decided to make a small utility wall in there. The entire room is getting a makeover... new floors, cabinets, countertop, light fixture.... the works. Until then, I just needed a space to hang all of the crap that would make its way onto our sofa and living room floor. No Bueno!
    
 I recently became obsessed with all things dalmatian, and wondered how I could incorporate this print into my home. I just wanted that one scene stealing wall in my home. I toyed with doing removable wallpaper, but truthfully, it was a bit pricey for a laundry room. Also, what if I want something different in the future? I just didn't want to deal with removing wallpaper. With stencils, you can use paint and just paint right over it and even use the stencil on a different wall if you want. The more research I did, I felt confident that I could handle doing a stencil... on my own....for the first time. Well, I was at least going to try. 
     
I came across the amazing stencils from Gypsy Mint, and fell. in. love! They were kind enough to send me their dalmatian pattern to try, and I could NOT wait to get it up on my wall. The best part was that they let me customize my stencil. They have such great designs ready for purchase, but customizing is their specialty, and it allowed me to get my stencil just the way I wanted it. I also really love this one for a little kids' room as well as this one. They are just all so good friends!
 First, I had to pick the colors that I wanted to use. White is not just white, and black is not just black guys. I wanted a specific warm white with a softer black shade. I ended up going with BM's White Dove and Space Black. Space Black actually looks like a true navy when it is put up against something black, but on the wall.... it is "black" and perfect! This was my wall before ( kind of). I may have gotten a little paint happy before snapping this photo. It was just a dark grey room with no windows that needed some serious brightening. 
The stencil comes with clear cut instructions on how to transform a wall in no time. I altered those instructions a tad so that I could work with what I had on hand rather than buying more supplies. For instance, I used painter's tape to hold my stencil up rather than spray adhesive. It worked just fine. There was a little bleeding here and there, but I am such a perfectionist, that I was planning on doing touching up afterwards anyway. The stencil was extremely sturdy and such great quality!! I was really impressed!
From left to right: I placed my stencil in the center of my wall as instructed. Then, I got the paint on my mini roller. I used a mini roller cover for a roller handle I already owned. I used a knit roller, NOT a foam roller. I rolled over the stencil after getting as much excess paint off as possible. I didn't want it to bleed underneath the stencil. It is really really important to go slow and not get impatient. SO. HARD for me. I left the stencil on while the first (very thin) layer dried enough for me to add a second coat. Then, I removed the stencil and just laid it down until I was ready to place it in the next space. The great thing about this pattern is that you can't really mess up! There are arrows on the stencil to help you with placement, but if there were spaces that had less spots, I just went back and added them at the end. I did the edges of the wall very last. I got as many full stencil coverings as possible first. 
Here is what this tiny little Gypsy Mint box allowed me to create in my own home. I am obsessed with it, and it is by far my favorite thing to look at around my house. I can't thank them enough!

For our coat hooks, we simply took 2 1x4 planks, stained them with our stain of choice, and after searching, purchasing, hating, returning, and searching some more for the perfect brass hooks.... Target saves me. Have you guys seen their new brass hardware? Sigh.... I love you Target!! I cannot wait to reveal the entire room with you guys here in the next few weeks. Sad to say, I spend a lot of time doing laundry. An efficient room that is pretty to look at is just a must!
Sources:
Stencil - be sure and check these ladies out! | Basket | Brass Hooks | Mirror  

Sunday, April 24, 2016

MOTHER OF DRAGONS (FREE PRINTABLE)

Even if you don't watch Game of Thrones (ummm ya need to get on that btw) you'll understand the meaning of "Mother of Dragons"!! Here's a little 5x7" print for yourself for Mother's Day. Just a reminder of what a tough job you have, and what an amazing job you're doing! Scroll down for the free download...
This is my office slash hoarding print gallery wall!
Mother of Dragons black and white print HERE
Mother of Dragons green print HERE
Yo Momma card HERE
Grammar card HERE
Gilmore Girls card HERE

Happy Mother's Day to yourself!
xo

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