Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Yesterday I said I would share how I made my subway art.

Well, here goes my first tutorial.  I hope my pictures and written directions are clear.  If you have any questions feel free to email me.


What you will need:

your canvas/wood or surface of your choice
stylus, pen or pencil whichever you like to work with
your printed wording or saying
mat board
graphite paper

I have chosen to  use the scripture reference to show you how I did this .  Here are my materials.

I use my mat board so that I don't ruin the table top I am working on.  First, I printed out my wording  then I  took my canvas and my graphite paper and my printed wording and started tracing away.  Here is how it looked before I started tracing.  I placed my graphite paper down and then placed my wording on top of that where I wanted it .  Then I started tracing the outline of the letters and numbers with my pen.

The next step makes me giddy...cause I am an instant gratifaction gal when it comes to projects. Once you finish tracing and pick up your graphite paper and your wording here is what you are left with.

There is my wording that is now transferred on to the canvas.  Pretty cool, huh?

All that is left to do now is fill in your traced letters with some paint.

       Then sit back and admire your handiwork.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Come take a peek at my SUBWAY ART

Last week I wanted to share a project with you that I was working on, but life got busy and I wasn't able to share it on Friday like I had planned.

I worked on it some on Saturday and Sunday we were gone all day so I didn't have a dedicated block of time to work on it.  Yesterday I was determined to get it done and hang it up.  

In our new home it's important to me to decorate with things that have faith and family.  So, to start off my first piece of artwork here, I chose to have a scriputre verse on my subway art.  I plan on making more to put throughout the house.   I chose  Joshua 24:15 to use.  Here it is.  Let  me know what you think.

and here is a close up.  I had a little paint mishap, so there is a smudge I need to fix and I also need to paint in the scripture reference.
I am pleased with how it turned out.  I am not sure if I will lean it up against the wall like that on the mantel or actually hang it up a little higher.  What do you think?  Lean or hang?

Now I have my very own piece of subway art that is meaningful to me and my family....and do you want to know what the best part is????  It only cost me the price of the canvas...which was $18.99!
Stop by tomorrow  and I will share how I made my subway art.

Have a great day!

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Monday, August 23, 2010

A GIVEAWAY you won't want to miss

Have you seen one of these? 

If you have, then you know this sweet little machine can create lots of neat things to make your home look wonderful and much more...

If you haven't, hop on over to the

She talks all about it and tells you how you can enter her giveaway to win one!
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Thursday, August 19, 2010

I have been inspired...

Since moving into our new home recently I have been blog hopping lots of blogs that have home dec ideas/tutorials.  You know, the we can make it ourself without having to pay and arm and leg for it.  So, I am on a quest to redo the bedding and add some window treatments in our master bedroom.  You can scroll down below to see  what the room looks like.  I so dread this ugly green on the wall.  The hubs likes it and absolutely has NO desire to paint.  I would love to paint it a steeley blue color or even a gray...or is it grey???  Anyhow, here is my inspiration for a pillow that I will be making to put on the bed.  I absolutely love the font they used and the simple elegance of this pillow.

photo: Pottery Barn

I also plan on making my own shams.  I am looking for some fabric that will lighten and brighten this space since I can't paint.  : (

 I am thinking of making some shams like these.  What do you all think?  Maybe with the right fabric it will go nicely with the french lumbar pillow?

photo: Pottery Barn

I plan on using white bedding for the quilt part of it and possibly a white bedskirt.  They only place there will be color will be on the shams, the lumbar pillow and maybe some euro pillows.  We'll see.  In any case, here are some sad pics of the room below.  Look past the mess please as we are on the last few boxes of finding a home for all our stuff.

So, as you walk in the room, you will see our bed up against this wall.  See how hideous that green is?  Oh my ...our lamps are looking pitaful too.  We haven't been able to locate the harps...thus no lampshades.  Did I tell you I am looking for new lamps too??  LOL, I told the movers that if they accidentally were to drop those, I would totally be okay with it.
To the left of the bed we have an alcove area.  The previous owners had a sofa in this area.  We decided to put our two reading chairs here.  I know, they are burgandy leather just adds to the disjointedness of this room.  If that wasn't enough, I couldn't get a good pic of this area to save my life.  Sorry for the dark shot in this area.  Again, please look past the mess.  And doesn't that light fixture look weird there?  We do have pot lights above that would probably be enough light, but it's always nice to have task lighting.

This is to the right of the bed.  You first see this on the right as you come in the room.  See the door there?  The doors to the left of the dresser lead into our HUGE master bath and closet.  More on that in another post.  You can also see here in this picture why I think the hubs is okay with the green color.  We have 12 foot ceilings.  Yeah,  it would take lotsa paint, a ladder of which we probably don't have one big enough. blah blah blah. 

Then, to the left of the door is my dresser.  We haven't attached the mirror to it yet.  The movers broke off a screw that was used to attach it.  So, we have to get that fixed.  I actually didn't want to have him attach it.  I wanted to be able to play with hanging some pics and doing some season vignettes on the dresser.  So, we will see about that.  Again, sorry for the dark pic.
Ewww, and can you see in this picture that the previous owners painted the curtain rods that same UGLY shade of green?  YIKES!! 
I know, I am complaining way too much about the color.  Go ahead, tell me.  It's not a color I like at all.  Don't even own any clothing in that color.  I don't think our black furniture shows well against it.  But what I will tell you is that I LOVE all the windows that allow the light to come in when it's a sunny day.  I also LOVE the triple crown molding, the beautiful, large master bath and closet and the carpet.  So, with that being said I have another project in the wings as well.  I am hoping to share that with you tomorrow.  It involves a canvas from Hobby Lobby, some paint and some freezer paper.  So stay tuned for that.

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Monday, August 16, 2010

another GIVEAWAY!

Thanks to Kelly   and Traci for participating in my giveaway!  Scroll down below to see who won.

Now Sam over at  is having a CSN Giveaway!  Hop on over to her blog and enter to win.
Click on the link below to head on over to Sam's blog

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Happy Monday to everyone!

The winner of the Inspirational Home giveaway is

beneath my heart

A big thank you to you and Kelly for participating in my giveaway!.  Because there was just two of you participating I don't want anyone going away empty handed.  So Kelly, you will be getting a little something in the mail as well.

Please email me so I can send you both your little gifties.

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Friday, August 13, 2010


In honor of all things home and family, I am having a GIVEAWAY today!

Have you heard of
If you haven't, then  let me tell you a little bit about her. She is a wife, mom, artist and author of 
I turned 43 a few weeks ago and treated myself to this book.  I have been entering giveaways all over blogland to win a copy, but it never happened.  Now, I am giving you the opportunity to win a copy of this lovely book.

Jeanne shares how to decorate your home with faith inspired art.  She gives you clear directions and even has a page with copyright free graphics you can use in your projects.

Once you have entered for a chance to win, pop on over to Jeanne's site and check out her artwork and then you can head on over to her blog!   
Have fun!

To enter for a chance to win this book and an extra little surprise something tucked in the box, leave me a comment on how you decorate your home with faith inspired ideas.

Winner will be picked on Monday, August 16th , central time.  So, hurry and enter.  You have until midnight Sunday night.

Have a great weekend!
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Monday, August 09, 2010

Sneaky peek of the new place...

Here is our front door. 

I love the style of it and tomorrow I will show you the unique architectural  feature on the inside of this door that I love.   Also, there is a unique lighting fixture on each side of this door that I think really makes the entrance to the front look so grand.  I will share that tomorrow as well.
Would like to share some pics of the backyard garden with you first.  First up  is the lovely swing that the previous owner built.  . 

yard swing
The beautifully overgrown canopy is grape vine and wisteria. If you are sitting down on the swing and looking up you can see these

 They are muscadine grapes.  We haven't picked any yet, but I thought they would make for a cool photo op.  Next up is my fave thing in the whole yard.  Are you tired of me talking about it yet??? It's the fig tree. 

 We missed the first round of harvest to make some fig jam.  So hopefully there will be another bumper crop in the next couple of weeks or so.  Hoping to get  the stawberry fig jam recipe from my hubby's aunt so that I can make some to enjoy this winter.  
 Moving on to the herb area of the garden.  Here you will see lemon basil and basil ,  rosemary and oregano(not shown)
lemon basil and basil

rosemary bush

Stop by tomorrow and I will share some more of the garden and a sneeky peek into the master suite.  I need your help ladies.  The wall colors in the whole house we just love.  I unfortunately don't care for the color in the master bedroom,but hubs said no painting will be happening.  : (  So, I have to make the best of what is there.  So, need your ideas.  HELP me out!! 

Friday I will be posting a giveaway.  So tell all your friends to stop by.

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