September in Review

As you may recall, I like to challenge myself every month by posting a to-do list of projects I’d like to get done around here! I managed to check all 5 things off my list this month, and also squeeze in a few more things!

  1. I shared some of the living room updates I’ve made – here’s my desk corner.
  2. I showed you the teal chevron pillows I made for the dining room bench.
  3. I salvaged my “diamond in the rough” frame and stapled some fun birdy fabric in it.
  4. I shared some more living room updates – here’s the side table near the desk.
  5. I added some photographs into my West Elm frames.
  6. I painted a Herringbone design on a canvas for over my desk
  7. Before I added some photos, I switch out the repetitive prints for some colorful paper.

And for those of you wondering about item #6 (the “bonus item”) on my September to do list.  I realized that it makes more since to have open space in the entryway (Mom always knows best!) so we won’t be building or buying a table for that spot.  So consider #6 figured out!

And here’s a quick look at some of the other projects I completed / new finds we brought home / things we got up to.

What did you get done this month?


A Little Break from our Regularly Scheduled Programming

Hi Friends!  I’m taking a little blog break as I’m traveling for work.  I’ve got a few posts that have been preset to go live this week and next, so do check back for those.  Once I get back home I’ve got plenty of projects I want to work on, so I’ll be sure to update you on those!

Any guesses where I am?  500 brownie points to whoever guesses correctly!

Birds in a frame.

Remember the sneak peek I showed you a few days ago?  Well the project is complete!

Can you believe this frame started off as this? I was actually embarrassed to carry it home!  I yanked out all the staples that held the picture and all the layers of matting in & carted everything but the frame back to the dumpster.  The picture had clearly sustained some water damage, but the frame was in good shape.

Using an “oops” sample of Behr paint in a yellowish-green color, I mixed up a batch of DIY chalk paint.  I did give the frame a rough sanding, to make sure the paint would adhere to the laminate surface. I also found that I got much better coverage using a foam brush. (In the picture below you can see the more streaky finish I got when I used a paintbrush.)

My mom had sent me some leftover pieces she had of this cute bird fabric.  Originally, the idea was the use it in the frames in the entryway, but the print was a bit too whimsical for that spot & I though the birds needed to be bigger.  The bird fabric is actually leftover pieces from some inexpensive “Eivor” Ikea curtains.  Would you believe that the cute fabric above is the same as in the picture?

I must have looked at these same curtains a dozen times on the Ikea website without realizing how cute the print is!  Just look at the close-ups of some of these birds!

To attach the fabric to the inside of the frame, I followed the same basic principle as you would to staple fabric around a canvas.  However, instead of pulling the fabric over the frame I pulled it tight within the frame & stapled the fabric to the inside edge of the frame (where the glass & art would normally rest).  See the staples below?  Start in the center and work your way out!

An easy and inexpensive project, that takes up a LOT of wall space!  Did I mention that my free frame is about 30″x30″?  I think it has just the right amount of whimsy for the guest room & the addition of some bright green works well with the grey / blue / yellow colors already in there.

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Art in the Frames!

I have some art in my $5 West Elm frames!

Yesterday, I was staring at my colorful, but art-less frames, thinking that they needed something more. I browsed on Etsy in the hopes that something would catch my eye, but nothing really did. Then I remembered that I have 6 gorgeous pictures, courtesy of Andy’s cousin Katherine.  They have been awaiting new frames and a spot on the wall since we’ve moved in. The pictures are 8x10s & the frame openings are square, so I wasn’t sure it would work, but I pulled them out & realized that with the colored paper behind each picture it would work!

Here’s a look at the frames’ transformation:

What a transformation!  Can you even believe how well those colors work with the pictures?  I don’t think I could have matched the colors that well if I tried!

A Little Batty: Halloween Printable

I try not to let myself get TOO ahead of the season, even though the craft stores have already unpacked some Christmas ornaments!   I did sneak some pumpkins into our decor earlier this month, but that’s the only Fall decorating that’s happened around here.  I think I’ll wait for Fall to officially start before I give up on Summer.  But that doesn’t mean I can’t start thinking about Halloween, Fall, & Thanksgiving decorating!

Here’s a look at last year’s Halloween decorations.  I made a paper flower bouquet, had our spider salt and pepper shakers hang out on some old books & baked some cream-cheese filled pumpkin cupcakes, with bat cupcake toppers.

Continuing on the bat trend, I had a whole cloud of bats take over our screen door.  I especially loved the shadows they made in the house / on the door when the door was open and the sun was shining in. (BTW, this was insanely difficult to photograph!)

I don’t know why, but I find bats a little less creepy than mice and spiders. At least when it comes to Halloween decor. If I had to pick one of the 3 to find in my house, I would definitely pick spiders! (Which we already have plenty of, so please don’t send more my way!). I know I want to incorporate bats into the decor again this year, but last year’s bats didn’t survive, so I’ll have to cut out new ones. With that in mind, I wanted to share a little no-cutting needed bat printable for Halloween. I’ve sized these to 5″x7″, since I like to pop them into picture frames around the house.

Click here to download the PDF of Orange “Trick or Treat” Bat printable or here to download the PDF of  White “Happy Halloween” Bat printable.  (These are for personal use only.)

Please let me know if you use these in your Halloween decor!

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Saturday Shopping Success

I didn’t spend a TON of time shopping yesterday, but I found some good stuff!

I couldn’t resist this cute fabric at JoAnns!  (Not that I have a specific project in mind…)

We also made it down to Ikea (finally) where we picked up some small necessities and some lamps. We can finally SEE in our bedroom!   Here’s a peek at what we picked up.

Did you find anything good this weekend?