Category Archives: Wall Art

The lost art of pressed flowers

I have fond memories of my mother pressing and preserving flowers between the pages of old books, in hopes to one day create a beautiful piece of art. My mother was an artist, too, and she had an eye for beauty! She passed away when I was young and one of the few things I have from her is this handmade creation that was done by her mother, my grandmother.
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It endured quite a bit of damage along the way before I received the artwork and had it framed. But I like the torn leaves and missing pieces. I think of its history traveling all the way from England to the U.S. many years ago. And I’m so grateful that it’s still here today.
Pressed flowers  I  A lost art

I’m in love with the attention to detail. I like to imagine my grandmother working around the kitchen table, deciding which pieces to use.
Pressed flowers  I  A lost art

Pressed flowers  I  A lost art

Next time you stumble upon a beautiful flower… save it. Preserve its beauty in the pages of a book and create something timeless.

Lots of love,
Mary

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DIY Custom Rustic Signage

This past summer, I was given the honor of preparing a very special surprise gift for my Auntie Margie during her wedding vow renewal ceremony! Auntie Margie is so very special to me! She has been battling stage four breast cancer and is the picture of the Lord’s strength and grace throughout this trial in her life. She is such an example to me! You could imagine my excitement when the church asked me to prepare a special gift using one of her favorite passages “I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth” Psalm 34:1

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I used 8″ wide lightweight boards from the hardware store and mounted them on 1’x4′ horizontal boards. Using a wood stain that I had on hand, each board was stained, waxed, and accented with watered down blue & green paints to create subtle color and texture.
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The lettering design was created in Adobe Illustrator, printed, traced, and hand painted with a fine brush. Warning: This takes a very long time! If I had the tools, I would create a stencil and speed the process up quite a bit. But it was totally worth it for this project and I’d do it again in a heartbeat! :)Psalm34.1.4

I love the final result so much, that I totally want to make one for my own home! I keep checking craigslist for a vinyl cutter at a good price… the search continues.Psalm34.1.2

It looks just fabulous on her mantle! And don’t you just love her Christmas decor?
Lots of love,
Mary

Mr. Ed

Let me introduce you to Mr. Ed! This wall art project was rather simple. The two boards used were old matching twin headboards found for FREE on craigslist!

I turned each headboard on its side and painted the background with two coats of Behr Off White. Then using a silhouette image found from a google search, I traced the image onto the boards and filled it in with two coats of a custom mixed matte black color. After some light distressing, I finished it off with a coat of Annie Sloan Soft Wax. I think I’m going to hang him in the playroom/schoolroom once I get everything set. Loving Mr. Ed! He’s simple, yet makes a big statement!
Lots of love,
Mary

Daddy’s Day Surprise

Happy Fathers Day to all daddies out there! We had the best day enjoying time with our little ones. Adi helped me make a cake for my husband and I was able to pull off a surprise project for his office. I’m so excited to show you!

Have you heard about the $5.00 engineers print that Staples offers in their print department? I got my inspiration from Pinterest here:

Basically, I took the kids outside with their “I Heart Daddy” chalkboard sign and took some photos. The same day, I sent my photo to the local staples copy center and ordered the engineers print in 3’x4′. The print was ready in minutes.

I then had a thin light-weight board cut to size at home depot. A little wood stain, adhesive spray, and mod podge later and voila!

Daniel LOVES it and now he has a large statement piece for his office at work. We’re sure to get some looks when we haul it into the office! Maybe we’ll hang it after hours… hmmm.

Hope your day was as lovely as ours was!

Lots of love,
Mary

The History of “Grace”

As you have probably noticed, I didn’t post a furniture item yesterday. You see, I had to return the 5th item (the headboard). Somehow it got damaged between purchase and pick-up and my husband came home with just a piece of molding that wouldn’t do. Time to go shopping again!

Did anyone notice the painting that hung above “Rose – A Coral Beauty”?

I found him from the Salvation Army for only $2.50! I normally just glance at the photo section in thrift stores (mainly looking for good size frames with the intentions of throwing the existing artwork away), but this painting struck me! I’m drawn to how solemn the man is. He took the time to set his glasses down before giving thanks. He doesn’t appear to be particularly wealthy, but shows such reverence and gratitude. I did some online research and found that the print originated from a photographer by the name of Eric Enstrom in 1918. Enstrom, while speaking of this photo, said, “I wanted to take a picture that would show people that even though they had to do without many things because of the war they still had much to be thankful for.” The full story can be found here – a website run by the Enstrom family. They are still selling reprints online today. I’m so happy I found it! Although my print seems to be one of the older ones, it probably isn’t worth much due to the scratches and general wear — but “Grace” is just perfect to me!
Lots of love,
Mary

The Girls’ Room Progress 1.4 – Toddler Bookshelf Wall

Before I get to the goods, I wanted to share with you that baby boy Spitzer should arrive any day now!!! Lately, my days have been filled with last-minute Baby’s R Us runs, putting the swing together, washing and putting away all his clothes, etc. Who knows, maybe my next post will be introducing our little guy. :)

When tackling the toddler bookshelf, I had a couple different options before me. I thought about constructing and painting the shelving myself — the cheapest and most time-consuming option. Then I remembered a couple Pinterest options I had seen where IKEA spice racks or picture shelves were used for this purpose. So, I went to IKEA and really liked the picture frame shelving. And I REALLY liked the no-wood-cutting, no-painting, and no-assembly-required part!

On a normal day, I may have penny pinched and spent the time to try and make something myself. But since I’m 8+ months pregnant, $15 per shelf didn’t seem like that big of an expense. And all I had to do was open the package, level the shelf, and screw it to the wall. Done!

The girls LOVE it! Adi keeps bringing me books and telling me that she found a new one that we didn’t have before.

I love that the bookshelf doesn’t take up valuable floor space, and it creates a nice visual for the wall. It’s like artwork and storage in one! :)

I have just a few more elements to finish in the room before I show you the complete reveal. If you missed the design planning and inspiration for this room, It can be seen here.

Lots of love,
Mary

DIY custom scrap wood art – FREE

Yep, I said free! Check out Craigslist in your area. I picked up about a dozen scrap pieces of wood in various sizes at no cost. The paint and wood stain that I used was just what I had on hand from other projects. I would encourage you to just use what you have.

My first step was to brush the entire board with Minwax bombay mahogany wood stain. I used two coats and let dry for 24 hours.

Next, I used some painters tape to map out my letters, etc. Then, using a whitewash solution of Annie Sloan chalk paint in pure white, I used a rag to rub the paint into the remaining portion of the board and was careful not to let the solution bleed underneath the taped portion.

The artwork was finished with AS clear wax and polished smooth. The wax really helped smooth the rough edges of the board and provided a nice finished product. I’m very pleased with the results and can’t wait to make more with my remaining scraps!

Lots of love,
Mary