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Simple Stencil Wall Art Project

5 Aug

Yesterday I decided to use the Royal Design Studio stencil that I received from Elevate to make a simple wall art project for our home. I really want to use it as a pattern for one of the walls in our room, but for now I thought I’d try it on a canvas. Here is the stencil I used…

Ornamental Flower Stencil

I centered it on a blank 12×12 canvas that I purchased from Michael’s and taped down the sides with a couple pieces of clear office tape that I had lying around.


Once the stencil was taped down where I wanted it, I mixed my paints and started painting.

I took a couple of acrylic paints that I had on hand and mixed them to make the perfect shade of turquoise. I mixed a small amount of black paint into my Aqua Cool Pearl color.

Supplies for Simple Wall Art Project

Mixing Paint

After I mixed the perfect color, I started painting. Luckily, I mixed just the right amount to finish the project. If you decide to mix your own color, I recommend mixing more than you think you will need just in case you run out because it may be difficult to mix the same exact color if you end up needing to make more. {Just a helpful hint that I learned along the way ;)}

Simple Wall Art

I started at the top and worked my way down brushing in vertical strokes. I used quite a bit of paint in each section, and some paint ended up getting underneath my stencil. Fortunately, it turned out pretty cool looking. It looks kind of 3-dimensional. If you want your edges to look more crisp, I would recommend using less paint or even tracing the stencil with a pencil before painting it (if you have a steady hand). I also just learned that you can use a special stencil brush with short, firm bristles to help avoid getting the paint under the stencil. I will definitely go this route if I stencil our walls. I am pleased with the way mine turned out though. I decided to hang it in our hallway to add a pop of color.

DIY wall art

What do you think? Let me know if you try this simple wall art project. I’d love to see your creation and hear about your experience!


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Happy Happenings-Week 3

6 May

Every week, I like to do a little recap to sum up all of the reasons I have to be happy. When life is a whirl wind, much like mine is now, it is sometimes hard to slow down and enjoy the little things…the little things that make life worth living, the happy things.

If you’ve missed weeks 1 and/or 2, you can see them here:

Happy Happenings-Week 1

Happy Happenings-Week 2

Here are a few of the happy happenings going on in my life right now…

Giveaway Winnings

I won two awesome giveaways, and my winnings both arrived on the same day! I was stoked! I won a $100 giftcard from Sara at High Fashion 4 Less, and I won a $50 Lisa Leonard gift card from Alyson at Vintage Sunshine. I picked out the Lisa Leonard necklace pictured above. It is the “Jumble of Charms” necklace. I just love it!


On Friday night, I had dinner with a friend I hadn’t seen in months. We shared two sushi rolls that were custom made by the sushi chef, and they were absolutely amaaaaazing!

Queen Bee Market Loot

On Saturday, my friend Kelli from the Happsters and I went to the Queen Bee Market and found some super cute stuff. I finally got a Printed Palette shirt that I have been drooling over for quite a while. I got a handmade Mother’s day card (that I really need to get in the mail!), some cute straws for little Mr.’s birthday party, some cool clothespin magnets, some adorable bobby pins from Little Mamas, and some of the best smelling lotion EVER! The scent is called sweet kumquat, and it’s made by a mother and daughter company called Fresh Batch. All of their products are made from all natural ingredients, and they smell wonderful.

Mickey Mouse Bday

I am in full party-planning mode now since my son’s first birthday party is right around the corner. It is going to be a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse themed party. He just loves Mickey!

I also have some other fun and exciting things going on within the next month. It is super busy around here lately! I am in the process of switching over to a self-hosted site that I am designing. I recently found out that I get to go to a blogging conference called Elevate. I was on the waiting list, and a spot opened up. Woo hoo! So glad I am only about an hour away from where it’s being held. And, in June, I am giving a presentation at an annual genetics conference in Las Vegas for my job. GULP! I’m just freaking out a little bit! Anywho, enough about all the craziness going on here. What do you have to be happy about today or what’s something you are looking forward to in the near future? I’d love to hear about it! Just comment below to share.


St. Patrick’s Day 2013

17 Mar

We had a fun St. Patty’s day today. We didn’t do anything overly exciting. Our day consisted of a trip to Lowe’s, a nice walk to the park, and just hanging out at the house. I planted some lovely Gerber daisies that we picked up from Lowe’s. We shall see how long my “brown thumb” can keep them alive. WiSh Me LuCk! Speaking of luck, I felt very lucky for many things today…

spring daisies silly boy fun with Daddy

I love spring-time, flowers, and spending time with my little family. I truly am a LuCkY gIrL! 🙂

I’m also lucky that I found a fun link-up party to join today! And, it fits nicely with the green theme. 😉 I joined Leroy Lime’s linky party today and shared my DIY Easter Egg Garland post. It’s the end of one holiday, now on to the next! Yay!

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How was your St. Patty’s day?


Easter Decor

17 Mar

Easter is right around the corner, so I thought I would share my Easter decor with you. I decorated our mantle with fun spring-time and Easter decorations. One of the decorations is an easy Easter egg garland that I made. Here’s how I made it…


  • 3 pieces of scrapbook paper of your choosing
  • oval stencil
  • pen
  • scissors
  • hole punch
  • yarn
  • Scotch tape

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  1. Choose your three pieces of scrap book paper and trace three ovals on to the back of the paper. 
  2. Cut out each of the ovals with your scissors.
  3. Using your hole punch, punch a hole about an inch from the top of each oval.
  4. String each oval along a piece of yarn measuring as long as you want. Mine was about ten feet.
  5. Space each of the ovals out evenly across the string of yarn and use a small piece of Scotch tape to adhere the back of each oval to the yarn.
  6. Hang your Easter egg garland and enjoy!

DIY Easter Garland

This is what my finished garland looks like on our mantle.

And, here are some more pictures…


I got these little baskets from Target and put some Easter grass in them.


I’ve had this little birdie for a while. He’s been on my craft desk, but I thought he would fit in nicely on the mantle for now. I bought him from Michael’s.

chick eggs

I got these little egg chicks from the dollar spot at Target. Love!

easter decor

I bought the plastic eggs from Michael’s and put some washi tape (also from Michael’s) on a few of them to add a little cuteness. I had the vase already.

Hope you enjoyed seeing my decor as much as I enjoyed creating and sharing it. Please share in the comment section below if you used this tutorial or have other ideas to share. I’d love to see them!


Gender Reveal Party

12 Mar

On Sunday, we went to our friends’ gender reveal party. It was a great day for a shin dig! The weather was perfect for people to gather around outdoors. There was plenty of room to gather inside as well; they have the best house for entertaining with a big open kitchen and living area. The decor was great…pink and blue everything! There were even pink and blue drinks, pretzels, and deviled eggs. And, everyone was supposed to wear pink or blue depending on their guess. I cheated and wore both! HAHA!

We brought Little Mr. along, and he made a new friend…


She wanted to help push him around! So cute!!

gender reveal cake

The cake was adorable.

It's a girl!

It’s a GIRL!

The season’s are changing. I know three people who are pregnant with girls now. When I was pregnant, everyone was having boys. So weird how that happens!

I made the little girl a present as soon as I got home from the party…

crochet headband

It was only the second flower I’ve ever made. I like how it turned out with the teal headband. They are really fun to make!  If I had a girl, she would probably have a different color for every day of the week. 😉


A Few of My Favorite Things

24 Feb

I’ve been trying to reflect on the things that make me smile in life lately and thought I would share a few of my favorite things.


A new hanging pot of succulents for the backyard


Healthy eating and trying new foods-This is a smooth leaf kale from the local Farmer’s market.


Sushi rolls with salmon are my favorite.


I enjoy crocheting. I am still learning, but it is a nice, relaxing pass time so far.

my boys

And, of course, my two handsome boys!

Speaking of my boys, the little one’s up from his nap, so that’s it for now. Until next time! 😉

Crochet Update

19 Feb

I’ve been busy practicing my crochet lately. I have made a few simple headbands and hope to advance to larger, more difficult items within a few weeks. I want to make scarves, beanies, and blankets! Big goals, lots of yarn, and lots of patience. It’s good to have goals though. It keeps me focused, productive and striving for self improvement.

impervious blue

^^Love this quote!^^

Believing you can achieve something is half the battle!

Here are a few pictures of the headbands I made…

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I made a thick one and an even thicker one. I am going to send a couple to my mom and sister as gifts and keep one for myself. I hope they like them! I know I do. 🙂

Oh, and I made one for my pooch too…

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Just kidding! My silly husband put it on her. Thought it was funny and had to share.

Until next time,


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