Farmhouse Friday: gallery wall


We are, one by one, painting the rooms in our home. This week, we painted our living room. 

For over a year now, I’ve had this gallery wall behind our couch:


Here’s a better look at it:


While I like this gallery wall, I do want to change it up. 

I laid out our frames and wall art that I love and I decided to do just play with them. Now I’m stumped and I need your help! Which option would you choose? Here are the contenders:


Option one: leave the gallery wall as it is and change nothing.


Option two: mostly the same but repurposing some other art taken from other rooms.


Option three: count your blessings and a framed B.


Option four: a large family picture in the middle and a little art mixed in


Option five: super hodgepodge 


Which do you choose? Vote in the poll below.

 

Which option should I choose for my “behind the couch” gallery wall?

Option one
Option two
Option three
Option four
Option five

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Word-full Wednesday

I’m trying something new with my Wednesday posts.

I have seen so many posts this year about “words of the year.” I have never done a word of the year, but as best I can tell, you choose a word that has some special meaning to you. It must be something that you want to live up to, remember daily or just something you want to live by.

I had never really heard of this until last month, but I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I kept wondering why I’d never heard of it before, and I also kept wondering what word I’d choose.

I’m a little late to this dance, but here’s mine:


Time. Time is the greatest gift you can give someone but I feel like the biggest recipients of my time aren’t who/what they ought to be.

I received The Magnolia Story by Chip and JoAnna Gaines for Christmas and something she said really resonated with me. She talked about how she used to spend so much time and energy trying to be perfect that she didn’t enjoy life and her children to the fullest. I could see myself in what she said and I knew instantly that I needed to make that same change.

I’m refocusing my time. I’m not going to spend so much time worrying about having a perfect house or being a perfect teacher. I’m going to invest that time into my family and my Creator.


How are you spending your time this year?

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Easy Christmas art from gift bags 


It all started when I went shopping with my aunt in West Virginia the weekend after Thanksgiving.  I’ve seen Décor with that cute red truck all. over. the. place. 

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Not that I’m complaining.  I love that cute little truck. 

I saw these cute little bags at Dollar Tree.

If you’ve never noticed, one side of your gift bag is flat and one side is creased. This is where the bottom folds up. 

You want to frame the flat side, so cut along the fold lines until only the flat part remains. 

Then, just pop it in a frame.

Instant seasonal art!!

Join us tomorrow for another 24 days of Christmas feature. 

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Deck the Walls: How to Find Low Cost Art that Looks Great 

I don’t like to hang a lot of things on my walls,  but I do love a nice gallery wall.  I also love finding art that matches the room’s Décor,  but also stands out. Since art can be costly and I don’t have a lot of money, here are a few of my favorite ways to find cheap art that looks great. 

1. Make it yourself 

I’m not artistic in the least.  I cannot draw or paint.  What I can do is make my own subway art on Ms Word. Type it out, change the colors and fonts, print it, and frame. 

2. ETSY and Pinterest are your friends

This gallery wall is in my daughter’s nursery.  We purchased two of the prints from ETSY, while the other two were found on Pinterest.  All were printed by us, here at home. Sources listed here

3. Botanical prints: widely available on the Internet 

I love, love, love botanical prints.  If it weren’t for trying to have a little variety in the house, I’d have them in every room.  They are widely available on the Internet, and ate usually free.  I get most of mine from The Graphics Fairy. There are a lot of them on Pinterest as well. 

4. Catch the sales 
We also shop sales at Hobby Lobby and Kirklands. I’ve been known to window shop, find things I like, and wait until they come on sale.  It takes some patience but it’s kind of fun. 

5. Use photographs to create an interesting gallery 

Sites like Shutterfly have frequent specials and offer cheap photo printing. Walmart photo and Walgreens offer cost effective photo printing as well. I personally love pictures and we have them all over our house.  

What are your favorite places to find cheap art?

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DIY: “Fixer Upper”-inspired sign 

I love the show “Fixer Upper” and Joanna Gaines’ simple, unique decorating style. I have borrowed so many ideas from her in recent months.

You may recall this post in which I posted a round up of my favorite patios on Pinterest.

The fence above our old Polywood table needed a little something. I saw this lovely sign in an episode  of “Fixer Upper.”

I decided I could make the sign. I located an old shelf board.

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I knew I wanted the sign to have a border, so I used painter’s tape to mark off a border around the edges.

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I then printed and cut out the letters.

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I attached them to the board with painter’s tape.

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Then, I painted the board. Looking back on it, I kind of wish I’d painted only the letters and left the rest natural wood.

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I noticed when removing the letters that the paint bled underneath some of them.

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I traced the letters with a pencil and filed them in with black paint.

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After the sign was dry, I attached three picture frame hangers to the back.

I cannot wait to show you where I hung the sign!! Tune in next week.

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DIY Poem Art

I’ve always loved quotes and poems. I’m an English teacher, so I try to cultivate a love for those same things in my students.

Earlier this year I was watching a movie and absent-mindedly doodling. I ended up writing one of my favorite poems completely in a circle. 

Here’s “You Mustn’t Quit,” which is an anonymous poem popularly credited to Edgar A. Guest. I just wish I had written it on unlined paper 🙁

Of course, you wouldn’t have to use “You Mustn’t Quit.” And you wouldn’t even have to write in a circle. Any shape will do. In fact, you don’t even have to use a poem. Quotes or Bible verses will do, too.

I’m thinking of having students choose a poem and do this next year, but I can’t wait to do more of these for my own use.

I hope y’all have a great weekend!!
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Spring photography you can decorate with!

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I love taking pictures. It’s one of my hobbies. It’s also something I’ve been trying to get better at for some time now.

This week, we have had lots of rain and our flowers and trees look so pretty. Last week, we saw so many pretty flowers and blooms in WV as well. It’s been really hard not to just go outside with a camera. I decided to stop fighting the urge and just do it. And then I decided to post those here so you can enjoy some free DIY spring art.

This beautiful apple blossom print can be yours, with just the click of a mouse 🙂 Please download and enjoy it! There will be more pictures soon.

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A little Christmas giveaway

Everyone knows I love graphic art. I am by no means a graphic designer, but I do know how to make some neat things using Microsoft Office, some downloaded fonts and a printer 🙂

I love creating graphic art for my home because it’s cheap, it looks neat, and it makes me feel like I have some creative talent.

On Monday, I was bored while my sick child took a nap. I whipped up these super-cute Christmas printables for my own house, but decided to be generous and share. Please print and display to your heart’s content. Although, I do ask if you link these on your blog that you please give me credit since they are my creation.

This first one, “May all your days be merry and bright,” prints on three separate sheets of paper. The line you see on the “M” in “May” is just the cursor, and will not actually be on there when you download it.

May all your days be merry and bright
Joy to the World- At this time, I am only offering this in red and white. 
Let it be Christmas everywhere (Inspired by one of my favorite Christmas songs) Available in several colors. 

Merry Christmas: Simple and festive! 

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A little Christmas giveaway

Everyone knows I love graphic art. I am by no means a graphic designer, but I do know how to make some neat things using Microsoft Office, some downloaded fonts and a printer 🙂

I love creating graphic art for my home because it’s cheap, it looks neat, and it makes me feel like I have some creative talent.

On Monday, I was bored while my sick child took a nap. I whipped up these super-cute Christmas printables for my own house, but decided to be generous and share. Please print and display to your heart’s content. Although, I do ask if you link these on your blog that you please give me credit since they are my creation.

This first one, “May all your days be merry and bright,” prints on three separate sheets of paper. The line you see on the “M” in “May” is just the cursor, and will not actually be on there when you download it.

May all your days be merry and bright
Joy to the World- At this time, I am only offering this in red and white. 
Let it be Christmas everywhere (Inspired by one of my favorite Christmas songs) Available in several colors. 

Merry Christmas: Simple and festive! 

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A little Christmas giveaway

Everyone knows I love graphic art. I am by no means a graphic designer, but I do know how to make some neat things using Microsoft Office, some downloaded fonts and a printer 🙂

I love creating graphic art for my home because it’s cheap, it looks neat, and it makes me feel like I have some creative talent.

On Monday, I was bored while my sick child took a nap. I whipped up these super-cute Christmas printables for my own house, but decided to be generous and share. Please print and display to your heart’s content. Although, I do ask if you link these on your blog that you please give me credit since they are my creation.

This first one, “May all your days be merry and bright,” prints on three separate sheets of paper. The line you see on the “M” in “May” is just the cursor, and will not actually be on there when you download it.

May all your days be merry and bright
Joy to the World- At this time, I am only offering this in red and white. 
Let it be Christmas everywhere (Inspired by one of my favorite Christmas songs) Available in several colors. 

Merry Christmas: Simple and festive! 

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