Tuesday, July 23, 2013

New Place, Fresh Start

For those of you who don't know, Dan and I will soon be moving to Shelbyville! :) We are very excited about the move! Not much will be changing, (we will be keeping the jobs we have) but we will be, for once in an almost entirely new place. It's very refreshing for me... We are coming up on 4 years of marriage and we have lived in the same apartment complex since we were married.. so the thought of a new place is exciting. The new place is an apartment also.. but in a much nicer complex that comes with lots more amenities, better space, a pool and a gym we can use for free! So excited! :)

With the thoughts of a new home to decorate I've looked back on when we moved into the apartment we are in now and the hideous green carpet we have had to deal with here.. (HA!) I had chosen a red and brown color scheme when we first got married... but upon moving into an apartment with green carpet I just couldnt bear having a living room that constantly resembled Christmas... SO... I worked with what we had, bought a few new things and put away my red decorations.

Finally tho... we can get them back out and I've been working on some things to bring back the red I wanted all along!!! :) 

The first piece is an updated one from the blog post Pinterest Night. The birds are cut from red card stock and the words written with brown sharpie.

The second piece is a canvas painted red. I cut the shape of KY out of scrapbook paper and glued it the the canvas along with the white letters.

Statement Art

 What you need:
-wooden frame
-decorative Scrapbook Paper

 To make these I used wooden frames that I found at Michael's craft store. I painted the frames brown with some basic wood paint and let them dry. 
Once the frame dried I laid the frame on the back of my chosen scrapbook paper and traced the frame cutout onto the paper. 
Next, I cut the square out leaving a small edge around my traced square so as to attach the paper to the back of the frame. 
Once the square was cut I laid the paper on the back of the frame and taped it on each side. 
Voila! :)

Painted Jars

 Recently I tried my hand at making these decorative jars. I made these as part of a wedding gift for some good friends of ours and I love the way they turned out. Not too long ago I also made some for a bridal shower that I helped throw and they were a big hit. For the shower we put silverware in the jars as part of our cake table but they can be used for lots of other things. (Vases, flameless candle holders, etc) I like them as just decorative pieces also. :)

To make the jars I used a vase that I bought at Dollar Tree (Yes $1!!) and the other was a washed out candle jar that happened to match exactly.

1. Clean the jars of any leftover residue (in the case of reusing a jar)
       ***You can find a method for this in my blog Thankful Jar. I used the same method before painting that jar.

2. Squirt paint into the bottom of jar and paint up the sides being careful to smooth our streaks. After your sides are completely covered and smooth squirt some extra paint into the bottom and roll it around until it makes a smooth surface of paint in the bottom, covering all glass.

3. Choose your decorations and wrap them around the jar, cutting to size.

4. Using hot glue, attach one edge of decoration to jar and then wrap it around the jar securing with anther line of hot glue.

5. Tie on other elements (if desired).