Monday, July 31, 2017

DIY Pallet Art




In this post I hinted at a project I had in the works. This past winter I found a beautiful wooden photograph pallet at HomeGoods (you can see it in the 2nd and 3rd pictures in this post). I kept it up all winter long but since it was a photograph of winter berries I had to take it down when spring arrived. I have to admit I was a little sad and my wall looked so bare without it. I tried hanging a frame in that spot but it didn't feel quite right after having that beautiful rustic pallet on the wall all winter 

I had seen several tutorials on pinterest for diy pallet art using photographs, so when Shutterfly offered a deal on 16X20 prints, I decided to try my hand at making one. I searched through my digital photo albums and chose a photograph that would work for spring/summer/fall. That way I had something nice to hang all year round! 

It took me a couple of evenings from start to finish (after a certain point it needed to dry for 24 hours before I preceded to the next step) but it was actually a very easy project to create. 



You will need:
photograph on nice quality photo paper
wooden pallet or planks of wood the same size as your photograph
x-acto knife or paper cutter
Modge Podge
paint brush
sandpaper



Align the photo on the wooden pallet. 



Indent the photo where there is a gap between the planks.



Using an x-acto knife or cutter, slice the picture using the marks you made earlier as a guide. 


I made my cuts slightly jagged to give a more rustic look. 



When I was planning this project I found several different options of what to use to adhere the photograph to the pallet. I went with Mod Podge since that seemed to be what was recommended the most. 



Generously apply a coat of Mod Podge to the wood. 



Apply a thick layer of Mod Podge to the back of the picture. 



Align each piece of the picture to the wood and apply another coat of Mod Podge to the top of the photograph. 



Make sure the Mod Podge is evenly spread out and the brush strokes are neat. Once it dries, it will be clear but you can still see the brush strokes at certain angles. 



Let it dry for at least 24 hours.  



Using a coarse sandpaper, sand off the edges of the pallet for a rustic feel and to smooth out any Mod Podge thickness. 



Sand off as much or as little as desired. Take advantage of the knots and uniqueness of the wood by sanding a little more in those spots. 



Finish it off by attaching a picture hanger to the back. 



I'm very happy with the way it turned out! 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Litographs

I am a big fan of the classics. Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, George Eliot. I've found that I enjoy listening to audio books in my car on my drive to work and in this way I've completed three Dickens books this year and I'm on my fourth. It's something I look forward to when I get in my car! 

About a year or so ago, I discovered a website called Litographs that takes the words of classic books and turns them into t-shirts, scarves, tote bags, and more. 

I purchased one of the Emma t-shirts last year. I love that it had the comfort of a t-shirt but looks a lot cuter than a plain tee. In the cooler weather I like to pair it with a sweater. 





This winter I splurged and bought a Sense and Sensibility tote bag. I've been using it as my work bag and I've received so many compliments.



“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”  
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice 

***This is not a sponsored post. All thoughts are my own. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Spring Word Art

 I love spring. After the cold of winter I'm always ready to see spring arrive with the warm weather and buds on the trees. At the first hint of that spring air, I'm itching to put away the chunky throws and vanilla candles and pull out the bowl of eggs, flowers, and brighter colors.

This year, I wanted to add some spring to the old window frame that hangs over my dresser. I created 6 prints using a PicMonkey floral border in different colors and scriptures. I printed them on cardstock and attached them to the wall with tape so that they will come down easily when the time comes. 









Saturday, March 18, 2017

Shutterfly

It all started when my grandmother gave me a coupon for a free Shutterfly.com photo book. All I had to do was pay the shipping. I used some of our family pictures that were taken right before we moved. It now sits on our coffee table. 



Because I signed up, Shutterfly offered me three free items: 50 4X6 prints, a sheet of address labels that could be customized with a photo, and a custom refrigerator magnet. Again, all I had to do was pay the shipping costs. 

Since then, Shutterfly will send out offers every now and then. 

- I've gotten a notebook with a photo I took of one of my vintage cameras. 



- Another photo book, this one with photo/hymn pictures




- A set of four coasters photos/hymns.




- A puzzle with a Maine scene.



I also got another item that I'm going to be using for a project soon. More on that when it's finished. :)



***This is not a sponsored post. All thoughts are my own. 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

My New Cart

Last weekend while I was in Marshalls, I found this small cart. It fits perfectly in the space between my chair and my closet. It serves as a place to set a mug while reading in my chair as well as a place to put a few books I want to have handy. Because of the multiple shelves, I also have some space to decorate. Its a nice place to display my camera collection and the camera painting my friend made me. 



This will be a great little piece to have at my own house one day since it's so versatile: storing dishes or bowls in the kitchen, placing towels or beauty products in the bathroom, in a child's room with toys, books, or diapers, in the entryway to put outgoing mail or keys, in a closet as storage...

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Reading Challenge for 2017

I've hit a slump with reading the last couple of years and my list of completed books has diminished by quite a bit. Part of it is just the busy season of life I'm in, but another part is I didn't have the incentive to pick up as many books. 

Last year I found an easy reading challenge with 12 different themes that I enjoyed, so I decided to do one again this year. I took some of the themes from last year and added some different ones for a little variety.