Tuesday, July 10, 2012

DIY Fabric Panels

Our foyer was feeling dull and drab without artwork so I set out to find an inexpensive pop of color.  Large artwork can break the bank and it takes time to find the perfect piece(s).  The inspiration for the fabric panels came from a friend who has two beautiful bird panels in her foyer.

I was looking for a bold yet simple fabric to add the pop of color I needed.  After searching through books and books of fabric at a local store, I settled on Duralee Thomas Paul Silhouette in turquoise.  And come to find out I had pinned a photo of the fabric on Pinterest the previous week.  Clearly, meant to be!

I bought one yard of fabric {$65/yard} and two sets of stretcher bars {purchased at Daniel Smith for $60} for a grand total of $125.  You can't beat that price for two 22" x 48" panels.  I'm definitely pleased with the results.  What do you think?

And that's our pooch, Tessie, modeling the "coziness" of our updated foyer!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

DIY Necklace Holder

As I was confined to our basement with a sick dog who can't navigate stairs, I decided to work on my latest DIY project, a holder for my necklaces.  Thanks to the lovely, One Fabulous Mom, I love costume jewelry.  It all started when OFM hosted a giveaway of a Banana Republic gift card that was to be used on accessories only.  I'm a simple girl and up to that point, I hadn't even dreamed of wearing bright jewelry to accessorize.  All it took was one $10 purchase and I was officially hooked.

I spend very little on accessories.  Most of the necklaces on this board where purchased from Target, Old Navy, Forever 21 and Loft.  Stella and Dot also made the board but only because I hosted a party.

This board is made from a simple cork board purchased from Staples.  I planned to staple the white fabric I had on hand to the back of the frame but ended up gluing it because of a stapler malfunction.  It may not last with the glue but it'll work for now.  I also wanted to add a small decorative element to the board so I painted the pink strip on the bottom with acrylic paint.  Voilá!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Summer Reading Motivation

In an attempt to motivate my boys to read this summer, I created a game of "Summer Reading Bingo" complete with coupons and a golden tickets as rewards.  And with a new Menchies opening up in the neighborhood, the coupons are going to come in very handy for frozen yogurt treats.  Thanks to Pinterest for the inspiration.

Click here for a free printable of the Summer Reading Bingo!

And here for the coupons and golden ticket!

Happy Summer!