Friday, July 3, 2015

DIY Wall Art- Balloon Canvas

DIY Wall Art from a Greeting card

This little project happened on a whim.  And it all started with the Father’s Day card I bought for LC.  It had this cute little hot air balloon on it.  I find myself purchasing card that have cute art that I might be able to use for something, and I am sure that was in the back of my mind when I chose this particular card.  A few days after Father’s Day was over, I was looking at the card on the mantle and wondering how I might reuse the balloon.  It would easily peel off of the actual card.  And all of a sudden it came to me.  I had this canvas lying around that I had not used yet, I had some burlap, and I had some yarn that I bought for another project (which I have yet to do).  And I pictured it in my mind exactly.  Wrap the canvas in burlap, glue the balloon to it, and add some of the yarn to mimic an actual balloon with a string on the end.  So there it was, this picture in my mind. All I had to do was create it.  You can make something like this too, although probably not exactly the same (unless you happened to purchase this same Fathers Day card that I purchased).  Keep in mind next time you are purchasing a card, that you can use them for wall art.  You might even just go shop in the cards even when you aren’t buying a particular card for someone. 

DIY Wall Art from a Greeting card



I took several pictures during the process of creating this canvas, and somehow I have lost them.  I can’t find them on my phone or my camera, and I think I may have inadvertently deleted them, or they are in some file somewhere on my computer, but I can’t seem to find them, so that is disappointing.  But I will do my best to describe how I did everything, it really is fairly simple. 

DIY Wall Art from a Greeting card




Supplies Needed:
Greeting Card
Yarn
Burlap
Hot glue gun
Canvas
plastic spoon
Scissors

How I made this:
This is so easy you guys!  You simply hot glue the burlap to the canvas.  The burlap I had on hand didn’t quite fit so that I could use just one to cover the canvas ( I believe it is an 11 x 14), so I used to pieces, and just left the raw edge in the middle.  That might not appeal to everyone, but I am totally OK with it.  If it does not appeal to you, you will need to purchase a piece of burlap that will fit your canvas.  You will need to have about 2 inches or overlap on all four sides, so that the burlap can wrap around and be hot glued to the back of the canvas.  I just spread my burlap out, and laid the canvas face down on top of it.  Since I used to pieces, I did one piece at a time.  While the canvas is lying face down, you will want to pull the burlap tight and hot glue it to the canvas.  Since the burlap is thin, I used a plastic spoon to press down on the hot glued burlap so that I did not burn my fingers.  I started by wrapping it around on the sides.  Then I worked on each end. 

This is the part where I wish I had my pictures, because they showed how to do the ends.  What I did was kind of what you do when you wrap a gift.  Except I used scissors to cut some of the excess fabric off so that it wasn’t all bulky.  When you start to wrap it at the corners, you should see what I mean about the excess fabric.  You will want to be careful at this part, so that you get a really neat look on all four corners.  If you look closely at my pictures, you can’t really even see where I wrapped the corners.  It is just one fold right above each corner.  You will pull everything very taught and hot glue it all down. 

After you are finished with that part, you can flip the canvas over so that you can see the front of it.  I then just took hot glue and put it all around the edges of my balloon and placed it where I wanted it on the canvas.  Next, I cut three pieces of yarn, and I did a practice of how I wanted each piece placed on the burlap.  After I had them all situated, I lifted up each piece of yarn, one at a time, placed a thin strip of hot glue on the burlap, and placed the yarn on top of the hot glue.  And I was done!

DIY Wall Art from a Greeting card



I decided to hang my new wall art on in the stairwell of our split level home, going down to the bottom floor.  Here are some pictures I took of it hanging in it’s chosen spot. 

DIY Wall Art from a Greeting card



Why yes, that is Tom Cruise.  That is an autographed picture.  I love him.  If you know me at all, you already know this. 

DIY Wall Art from a Greeting card



The print to the left was purchased from an Etsy shop.  I bought it for LC for Valentine’s Day one year.  It has some famous couples, and right in the center is us!

DIY Wall Art from a Greeting card



I love my little fish plates, and there used to be a third one.  Unfortunately I hit it with my purse one day and it fell off the wall and shattered, right as I was heading down to the garage to walk out the door.  That was fabulous, not!  I picked up all of the pieces and placed them in a Walmart bag, so that I could possibly piece it back together, but haven’t tried that yet. 

DIY Wall Art from a Greeting card



This is the view you see when you are standing in the entry looking down the stairs.  Behind those closet doors is our laundry room.  Better described as a laundry closet, because that is what it is!  Oh how I wish I had a whole room for laundry instead of a closet!

DIY Wall Art from a Greeting card



This entryway/stairwell was one of my least favorite places in our home, and over the last three years, I have worked to make it inviting.  Because it is everyone’s first impression of our home.  And it is finally something I am proud for people to see when they enter our home.  I think this DIY Balloon canvas adds a really sweet touch.  What do you think?  Have you ever made a piece of art from a greeting card?  This is not the first time I have!  Here are just a couple of other examples of what I have done with greeting cards in my upstairs hallway gallery wall. 

PicMonkey Collage- Greeting card art

I hope you enjoy your 4th of July Holiday tomorrow, I am off to spend a few days enjoying family and friends, see you next week!


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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Sweet Parrish Place Style {Vol. 32}

Don’t miss reading the post I wrote about the 8 Things You Need in Your wardrobe for summer!

Sweet Parrish Place Style

Hey all! Welcome to my weekly style post!   Every week, I take pictures of my outfits and join other bloggers around blog land who do the same. These posts are something that I really enjoy, because I have always had a passion for fashion. I love putting together new outfits, and shopping my own closet to wear things in different ways. I wear the clothes I own forever, but I usually don’t wear any item in the exact same way more than once or twice.  As a middle school counselor, I am always looking for inspiration, and ways to be stylish, professional, and age appropriate, and I hope to provide that same inspiration to other women and mothers in similar professions or lifestyles.  This first outfit is just something I wore to run around and do some errands last week. 

Sweet Parrish Place Style
Floral tank// grey shorts similar// black sandals// necklace- Nordstrom (sold out)



Sweet Parrish Place Style

Sweet Parrish Place Style



This is what I wore to church on Sunday.  Can you believe it was cool enough to wear this sweater?  It was in the upper 50’s.  Ever since school has been out for us, the weather has been rainy and not hot.  It is starting to get really depressing.  And things are not looking up for this 4th of July weekend.  Oh, and if you notice that my legs look markedly better in these pictures than the others, read this post to find out why!  I love this little black dress so much, and a friend of mine made it!  You can find more of her lovely creations at her Etsy Shop, Little Black Designs.

Sweet Parrish Place Style
Black Dress// Chunky Cardigan- Gap (no longer available)// sandals via Marshalls similar// necklace- Loft outlet



Sweet Parrish Place Style

Sweet Parrish Place Style

Sweet Parrish Place Style



I wore this dress to a work meeting yesterday.  I was a little worse for the wear at this point, I had just driven two hours home and had a long day, but here it is!  I bought this dress probably 5 years ago at Gap, and I have worn it a lot.

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White dress- Gap (old) similar// sandals// necklace



Sweet Parrish Place Style

Sweet Parrish Place Style

Sweet Parrish Place Style



I did a little shopping yesterday at the Charleston Town Center Mall, and I thought it would be fun to show you some of the things I tried on.  Most of these pictures were taken in the dressing room at Loft.  All of their clearance is an extra 60% off right now, so I was shopping the clearance racks.   I loved these yellow shorts, but they were a size too big and didn’t have them in my size.  It’s a shame too because they were on sale for $25.  I loved the denim shirt so  much it came home with me. 

Sweet Parrish Place Style



I also bought both of these.  The shirt was a size too big, so I actually bought the size smaller, which was a medium.  I tried on a large, because I need to lose 5 pounds.  and when I need to lose 5 pounds, I don’t like a tight fitting shirt, but this one was very relaxed.

Sweet Parrish Place Style



These jeans are the modern high waist skinny ankle jeans in lily wash.  I bought these too.  I like the frayed edge at the bottom, the color, and the fit, they are high waisted, and if you haven’t tried high waisted jeans yet, do it!  They are so comfortable, I never want to wear anything else!  And I didn’t have jeans in this wash, so I like them!

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I fell in love with this dress from Altar’d State.  Love the whole store, actually!  This one came home with me too.  We are getting ready to go on a beach vacation, so this will be perfect. 

Sweet Parrish Place Style



Sweet Parrish Place Style



The dressing room was too cute, so I couldn’t resist taking a couple of pictures of the details. 

Alter'd State Dressing room1

Altar'd State



Here are some different ways I have styled some of the things I wore for this post today.


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From top left 1 // 2 // 3 // 4


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Monday, June 29, 2015

Our Home Story- What Has Changed in Three Years


Three Year Update


To celebrate  our three year anniversary in our home, I have made up several collages to show the progression of what has changed in three years.  I love to see befores and afters, don't you?  I have also included links underneath of each collage to the different projects we have completed. But first, wanna read our moving story?  If so, read on, if not, skip the next two paragraphs and move onto the pictures.  

Tomorrow makes exactly three years since we moved into this home, in the wake of a huge derecho. It was 96 degrees out, and we had no electricity at the house we were moving from.  The new owner's of the house we were moving out of were practically kicking us out of the house we were leaving.   They were literally sitting there with there with their moving van full before we even left with our first load.  When we did leave with our first load and came back to get our second load, they had already started moving in.  Furious can't even touch on how mad and upset I was.  We had to finish moving out with their stuff everywhere, and we inevitably ended up with stuff that was their's at our new home.  Because we had several people helping us and people got mixed up.  And since we had no electricity, we couldn't even vacuum or clean up much as we moved.  But honestly, at that point, with the new owners pushing us out the way they did, I didn't care.  I didn't even get that chance to see my old home empty, to walk around and reminisce, say goodbye. During my last moment in our house, the new people and their entire family were there.  And I felt robbed of my moment.   The house I built on my own as a single parent.  The new owner's took that moment away from me.  

And then, ironically, because of the storm, they ended up not having electricity for two weeks and didn't even end up staying there. Meanwhile, at our new home, we had electricity, and air conditioning, thank God!  And now, guess what?  Our old home is up for sale!  They have done many things to the home since they bought it that have made me cringe, some have made me cry ( I can't help it, I get attached).  And from what I have seen on the listing, I don't particularly like some of the decorating and design choices they have made (but that is to be expected).  What they changed that bothered me the most was that they uprooted a beautiful pink dogwood tree that we had planted in the front yard, ripped it out by the roots and burned it!  I was irate!  Who does that to a beautiful, healthy tree?  They did it to two trees we had planted.  We had planted them in just the right spots so that they would offer shade and privacy one day, and they ripped them out and burned them.  If I would have known that, we would have dug them up and brought them with us.  Just writing about it now makes me upset all over again.  And they are asking way more for the house than we sold it to them for, yet they have done nothing to increase the homes value.  I will be surprised if  they  get what they are asking. And is there a possibility they will know I wrote this, doubtful, but do I care? Not really, not after the way things went down when we moved.  So hopefully the next owners will be better stewards of the house.  

Let's move on to this house.  Here is how the house has changed in the past three years.  Let's start with the dining room/office, my double duty room.  This room is one of the most used rooms in our home.  There is constantly someone at the computer desk or at the table eating or doing homework or artwork.  

Dining Room/Office:

Three Year Update
What we have done so far:  
I'm already itching to paint the dining room a more neutral color, but I'm trying to hold off until the entire house is painted the first time.  Yes, I still have not made it to every room.  We still have a ceiling light that needs moved over the table in this room, and I still have plans to make over the buffet, and possibly the table and chairs.  


Kitchen:

Three Year Update
What we have done so far:
Wow, I've done a lot in here!  And I am almost done!  I still need the paint the bar stools that match the island, and I am searching for some new rugs.  I also want to make a rustic wooden sign for this room, and maybe get new counter tops at some point, so stay tuned!


 Living room:

Three Year Update
What we have done so far:
This room is finished, except for the fact that we are going to be purchasing new furniture in the near future, and I can't wait!


Family Room: 

Three Year Update
What we have done so far: 
There have been some other recent changes, but I have not finished with them or taken pictures of them yet, so you will have to wait and see what they are!


Mudroom/Laundry room:

Three Year Update

Three Year Update

I still have to stain the door thresholds down here.  I would also like to paint the laundry closet doors, and possibly paint the wall shelf and bench a lighter color.  I am also thinking of refreshing the brown paper floors, so stay tuned for those things!



Entryway: 

Three Year Update
Painted sisal rug ( I have since moved the sisal rug to the kitchen)
I still need to paint the spindles in this stairwell.  Other than that, this entryway is done!


Upstairs Hallway:

Three Year Update

I still need to paint all of the doors in this hallway, and I have plans to use rustic old barn beams and install them on the back wall of the hallway.  they are actually spread out in my driveway as I write this, waiting for a good cleaning, and then I can get started on the project.  




Master Bedroom:

Three Year Update
This is another room that I painted before we moved in, and I have never been happy with the paint color.  I want to repaint, but I am waiting till I have at least painted the entire house to repaint any rooms.  All of the furniture in this room is really matchy matchy, and I want to change it but honestly, I don't even know where to begin!


Master Bathroom 

Three Year Update
I still need to paint this room.  The color it is now is the color it was when we moved in.  I have some repair work to do in the shower area as well.  I am also thinking of painting the black mirrored cabinet a lighter color.  This room is fairly close to being finished.  


Miss 19 Year Old's bedroom:

Three Year Update
My daughter painted this room before we moved in, and before I started this blog.  Nothing has really changed in here except the above things I linked to.  But there is a big huge change coming soon, because this is going to be Mr. 15 Year Old's Bedroom!  They are switching rooms.  Her bedroom is currently downstairs with her own bathroom.  His bedroom is upstairs across the hall from ours. Since she no longer lives here full time, we are going to give him, and ourselves, a little more privacy.  


Mr. 7 Year Old's Bedroom 

Three Year Update
This room is by far the messiest room in our home.  He likes to play with his toys, and he doesn't want them put away!  Oh, how I wish we had a play room.  But there is no space for that in this house, so we have to jam his toys all into his bedroom.  This room has also never been painted, and I will eventually get it painted.  And I am not sure what else will happen in this room.  I guess we will see as he grows.  


Mr. 15 Year Olds' bedroom:

Three Year Update
I painted the top half of one of the walls in this bedroom with chalkboard painted before we moved in, and before blogging.  This is the room that will belong to Miss 19 Year Old soon.  I would like to paint the furniture he has at some point.  


Boys Bathroom/Guest bathroom:

Three Year Update
Yep!  that is the only thing I have done in this room!   Wait, we also installed a new toilet a couple of months ago, but I never took pictures of that or blogged about it.  I need to, because it was quite the fasco!.  It really wasn't in that bad of shape, so it got put on the back burner for three years.  But I did just purchase a granite counter top off of Craigslist for the vanity.  So I need to purchase a new sink and then rip out the old sink top and replace with the new.  Then I plan to paint the vanity, paint the walls, and I am considering adding AirStone to the bottom of the walls, because I have a whole bunch of it left over and need to use it somewhere.  So I am thinking of installing it on the bottom half of the walls, and painting the top half of the walls white.  I am also going to take down the storage cabinet over the toilet and install shelving.  


Miss 19 Year Old's bathroom:

Three Year Update
We painted this bathroom before we moved in and before blogging.  I need to write an update post about our sink makeover.  It was OK for a temporary refresh, but this entire sink and vanity are due to be replaced, and they will be at some point.  Oh also, now that this is going to be Mr. 15 Year Olds' bathroom, I feel a paint job coming on.  He does not want the feminine vibe in here.  


 Back deck:

Three Year Update
I have some more chairs that I need to spray paint.  I have plans to make a small bar with some pallets I recently acquired.  I will be doing that before summer ends.  I may eventually paint a faux area rug on the bottom deck.  But I don't have immediate plans for one.  

And that just about wraps it up for the changes that we have made over the past three years.  I hope you enjoyed seeing the progression!  And remember, you can click any of the links below each collage to go to the actual post and see larger pictures of each project.  

I can't end this post without wishing my wonderful husband a happy birthday!  Today is his birthday, and unfortunately I have to leave as soon as he gets home today to drive to Charleston for a conference all day tomorrow.  Nevertheless, happy birthday to the most wonderful man, husband, and father that I know.  I love you honey!




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