Wednesday, July 29, 2015

DIY Wall Art

I felt like the wall above my bed was looking pretty bare, so I decided to show it some love. Inspired by Delineate Your Dwelling's Simple Succulet Art, I painted 3 canvases and 1 sheet of watercolor paper I cut into 4 pieces to add some life and color to my boring wall.

I only spent $4 on this project as I had the paint, paint pens, watercolor, paper, and canvases already waiting for me in my art drawer. I absolutely loved the way these pieces turned out and I hope you do, too!

DIY Wall Art


For the watercolor pieces, all you need is a set of watercolor paints, a paintbrush or two, a gold and a black paint pen, water, and paper. 

If you plan on cutting your paper down to size like I did, you'll also need a pencil, scissors, and a ruler.


I only used 2 colors for the background: pink and blue. I just did a little abstract mix of the two on my watercolor paper and didn't worry about how it looked too much, as it's just the background for the pieces.


After letting it dry, I flipped the paper over so I could mark out four 4x6 rectangles to fit in my frames. 

To get straight lines with just a ruler, pencil, and scissors it helps to mark out 4 inches from the top at several different places on your paper and then connect them with using your ruler and pencil to get a straight line. 


Finally it was time to add the designs! I did 2 cactuses following Amy's Simple Succulent Art blog post and I did 2 arrow designs. I love how these turned out.


For the abstract paintings I did on canvas I used a combination of 5 paints (don't ask why I have I have 6 pictured), a sponge brush, a plate for mixing colors, and of course canvases.


I painted the canvases white to soften the canvas before loosely adding in strips of pink and blue.


Here's the pieces all together before getting framed and hung on the wall.


And here's what they look like framed and on the wall. I love the extra color they add and the little extra "oomph" they give the space.




Have you made any cool art for your walls lately? Do you think you'll try something like this for some thrify decoration in your home?


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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Life Lately

I haven't done a Life Lately post in a while, and I have some good photos I've taken throughout the month that I want to share with you all!



I guess you can tell I love food with all the cookies and pizza. And you can tell I am loving my little turtle Burt. 

What have all you lovelies been up to lately?

Monday, July 27, 2015

Weekend Wrap Up 04

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was filled with good food, books on top of books, and a little bit of creating.

Friday I drove home for the weekend pretty early so I got home at 11 and was ready to start my weekend a little earlier than usual. 

I was happy to have access to a blender as I've been seeing all sorts of yummy looking fruit smoothies this week. We had apples, bananas, and oranges at home, so I blended them up with a little bit of ice and water and had the best tasting drink.

In the afternoon I did a little work on the blog, editing photos and putting together the layout for Saturday's post, How I Journal. I really enjoy journaling, so this was a fun post to write this week and I loved getting to look through all the past weeks in there. 



Saturday it rained all day. My brother and I made the most of it though by visiting a used bookstore (filled with happiness) and getting a good pretzel to snack on.



Then Sunday came way to early. I went back to my apartment, did some meal planning for the week and got fresh groceries, finally jumped back in to the Make Your Mark July challenge after accidentally taking a week off, got my bullet journal ready for August with some great printables from Dawn Nicole, and did a bit of studying for my upcoming test this week.


I ended my Sunday night by hanging up some art work I made (Don't worry. I'll show you on Wednesday!) and watching Snow White and the Huntsman. I love that movie so much. I could listen to/look at Chris Hemsworth all day. 

If you're interested in seeing how some other lovely ladies spent their weekend, be sure to check out Erin's blog for the Weekend Snapshots link up.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

How I Journal

Back in the day (i.e. like 5 years ago) I had a traditional Dear Diary style journal. It was filled with heightened teenage emotion and huge high school problems. It kind of started to become a less common thing during my senior year and even less common for me to write in during my first year of college. The last two years I had random papers filled with roommate dilemmas, secrets about my depression, and things I was struggling with but no real journal that kept all these papers together.


At the end of 2014 I felt like I would really like to get back into journaling, but I wasn't sure how to do it now that I'm busy and only really want to write down a few little scribbles to remember each day by. On a shopping trip to Barnes & Noble I found the most beautiful planner and had to have it. I decided it would be my journal for the year.


When I started, I just wrote down a few notes about where I went, what I did, and who I spent time with. I added a few stickers or doodles if I had something to go with it.


Now it's evolved into a more visual journal with lots of stickers, bright colors, and doodles. I have to put stickers in to compliment what I did that day or I feel like the page is naked.


This journal is something I really enjoy spending time on. I normally have a day or two a week in which I decorate and write down what I did and who with for each day. I refer back to my planner or bullet journal if I can't quite remember a particular day. It takes probably 15-20 minutes and it's a time I look forward to.


Here's the journal/planner I'm eyeing for next year.


Do you journal? How do you do it? Do you have any journaling tips?

Monday, July 20, 2015

Weekend Wrap Up 03

This weekend I did some cleaning, crafting, and had family over. Very chill, but just what I needed.

Friday I cleaned my turtle's tank out. He moved into his new home a few weeks ago, so it was time for it to get a good, full cleaning. After that I did a good scrub down in my kitchen which made me feel soo much better. Nothing like a clean space to cook in!


Later in the evening I worked on making some planner goodies. I don't know why, but I have been all about creating my own stickers lately.


When I was at Michael's I picked up a few felt stickers to try out making pretty paper clips for my planner.


Saturday my family came over and spent a few hours with me. I was so excited for everyone to see my new apartment. This is my first year where I'm really able to decorate the whole apartment because with the girls I lived with the last 2 years I just wasn't comfortable leaving a lot of my stuff in the common space. This year my friend and I have decorated the apartment and I just love it.

Anyway, my family and I had a good time together. My dad took 2 little naps while he and my brother watched TV. My mom was so happy to see her "grandson" (my turtle) again. We all had a fun time watching him eat his lunch.

I forgot to take pictures of our time together, so sadly I don't have any pictures of us hanging out or eating lunch at Applebee's.

After they left I decorated my planner, looked for more topic ideas to add to my list journal, and did some blog planning for August.


That evening when I looked out my window, it looked so beautiful outside and I knew from the few moments I had spent outside earlier that it was a nice day out, so I went for a little walk.


Sunday morning I slept in a little (a lot). When I finally did get up, I got to work on my bullet journal. Normally I write my to-do lists the night before, but I just didn't get to it on Saturday night. 


After I wrote up my list for the day, I did the #MakeYourMarkJuly challenge. It's a really fun way to spark your creativity and let your inner doodle-bug shine. If you're interested, you should definitely join in on the fun!



I cooked up some Sweet Chili Stir Fry for lunch. I hadn't used that sauce before, but it was delicious.


In the afternoon I picked up my photos I had printed at Walgreens and got to work on my 2014 scrapbook. I know! I got through my Halloween and November photos, so now I just need to work on getting all of my Christmas photos in the scrapbook.


That was my weekend! If you'd like to see how other people spent their weekends, check out Her Heartland Soul for the Weekend Snapshots link up.