Star-Spangled Banner & Union Jack Wall Hangings

The great thing about 4th of July decorations, is that they don’t necessarily have to be boxed up right after the holiday.  I’m not saying I’d leave out every star and stripe all year long, but something like a custom-made … Continue reading

Decorative Decals: Shanna Murray & DIY

It’s another gorgeous and unbearably hot day in Scottsdale! How’s the weather in your neck of the woods?

I’m always looking for new ways to decorate, especially non-permanent ways.  I’m a renter!

Some of you may be familiar with Shanna Murray; I came across her decals at my local “treasure chest”, FOUND. in Mesa.  Once I laid eyes on the beautiful display in the front of the store, I was hooked.  And don’t be thrown by the word, decal.  Typical live, laugh, love; Shanna Murray is not.  These products take a beautiful, simple, and fresh approach to home embellishment.  Her decals can be used on walls, paper, chalkboards etc.  VERSATILITY!

I purchased two…

Take a look at her full collection of designs and colors.

HOW TO:  DON’T BE AFRAID, JUST TAKE YOUR TIME

Such beautiful sentiments inside these little cylinders.  Application is fairly simple, but it does take some patience.  I just took the backing off first, then applied gradually from left to right.  I made sure to use the supplied tool to evenly rub on, the decal.  Once applied, I slowly and carefully removed the top paper.

TADA!

They make the place THAT much more cozy.

CLOSE-UP

You know, If I could, I would buy a ton of Shanna Murray decals for every room.   That would break the bank.  After all was said and done, I was so inspired to play around with making some DIY decals!  I had some full sheets of self adhering shipping slips, scissors, an x-acto knife, a role of brown paper, Paint(computer program), and a printer.  This was all I needed to continue my decal decorating.

I’m sure there are nicer and more fancy ways to make your own stickers, but this way gets the job done.

DIY Decals

1.  I created a couple of simple wreath motifs on Paint.

2.  Since my printer doesn’t print in white(or, at least, I don’t know how to make it do so) I made the background a light grey and then changed the black wreath to white.

3.  I printed my work out and started cutting… 10 hours later I finished, JUST KIDDING! But it did take awhile.

4.  I rolled out the brown paper, then carefully removed the backing of the paper to expose the sticky side.  Then I stuck them on!

They don’t hold a candle to Shanna Murray products, but it was a fun project and they came out nicely… at least my husband says so.  This way, there are also no limitations on what you can do.

 

So, Whadayathink?

Are you going to try making some of your own decals, and integrate in some Shanna Murray decals, too?

GET TO CREATING AND/OR BUYING, AND HAVE A BLAST!

BY THE WAY

MY LITTLE LAUNDRY HELPER SAY HI!

 I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS POST!

This week brings some creative Fourth of July fun!

Until really soon,

Renee

A Couple of TWO-TONE, Annie Sloan Makeovers

By now, it’s probable you’re aware that I love to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I DO! I DO!  In this case, that’s particularly true, because I wasn’t about to lug my dresser outside for sanding.  No sir! The two … Continue reading

One Lovely Blog Award

YAY!

Being that I’m so new to blogging, I’m not really aware of a lot of the customs yet.  Yesterday, I got a pleasant surprise when my fellow blogger Jo, at wood & rope, nominated me for the “One Lovely Blog Award.”  I am so honored for her recognition, so thank you to wood & rope!

To accept this award:
  1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Paste the award image on your blog.
  3. Tell 7 facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other blogs that you would like to give the award to.
  5. Contact the bloggers that you have chosen and let them know about the award.

    HERE ARE 7 FACTS ABOUT ME:

    1.  I SPEAK IN MOVIE AND TV LINES WITH MY SIBLINGS

    2.  I HAVE A MOUTH LIKE A SAILOR

    3.  I LOVE THE BEACH BOYS

    4.  I HAD SHINGLES WHEN I WAS 18

    5.  I’VE LIVED IN 3 DIFFERENT TIME ZONES

    6.  I’M 5’2″ TALL

    7.  I’M MESSY

    HERE ARE 15 BLOGS OF ALL DIFFERENT TOPICS, THAT I JUST LOVE.  THEY ARE MORE THAN WORTHY OF “ONE LOVELY BLOG AWARD.” (just click on the name)
    6.  Dahnya

     Thank you again, Jo!
    Until Wednesday,

    Renee

Let’s Talk PAPER

I have a special appreciation for stationery, letterpress, and vintage postcards.  These simple paper items can:  make a desk complete, send happiness in the form of a greeting card, decorate a room, serve as a hub for the next best idea, or announce the most important day in a person’s life.  The variety of uses is endless, I tell ya!

With our lives run by smart phones and online-everything, the days of snail mail and hardcover books may soon be – OVER.  I do hope things like:  the invitation, birthday card, notebook, and letterpress prints will never be forced into retirement by modern technology.

I’m all for reducing the use of paper in most cases and I recycle everything I can, but I love the idea of always having stationery and such tangible novelties – as the standard.

Haha, now that I’ve poured out my heart and soul, allow me to share with you, those who do paper so well…

MINTED.COM

I used minted.com for my first and second wedding invitations.  [If this confuses you, please refer to the “About” section for clarification.]  They do a beautiful job, and you receive a gorgeous online proof before your order is processed.  As far as price, I’d give it 3 out of 5 dollar signs.  I’ve certainly heard of couples spending a significant amount more on invitations, with no avail.

First, was the bird motif - traditional invitation
 with response card(not pictured)

 After the wedding snafu, we sent out wine label save the dates

IMPECCABLE.

HELLO LUCKY

SAVE THE DATES

EVERYTHING  I SAID ABOUT MINTED, GOES FOR HELLO LUCKY.  BEAUTIFUL THICK CARD STOCK. WONDERFUL.

ANTHROPOLOGIE

Anthro is good for so many things; this includes paper goods.  I found these charming recipe cards on clearance.  Now I just have to fill them with the secrets to some delicious dishes.

 SUGARBOO DESIGN, INC.

Based out of Roswell, GA, Sugarboo Designs has made it’s mark in the paper world, with unique spins on basic paper goods.  Black and White. Comfort. Classic.  The  “100 Gathered Thoughts” notepad and tiny quirky greeting cards, are just two examples of the company’s innovation.  I LOVE their products!

 VINTAGE


It’s difficult to replicate the charm of S.A.V.V.Y. post/greeting cards.  I love to read the messages and to see when they were sent.  There’s something so warm and heartfelt about a handwritten hello.  It’s so interesting to see the basic subject matter of these notes.  Sometimes it’s easy to forget, there were no iPhones 100 years ago 🙂

I KNOW I’VE SHOWN THIS BEFORE, BUT I JUST WANTED TO INCLUDE THIS GREAT LOCAL(Phoenix, AZ) LETTERPRESS COMPANY

HAZEL & VIOLET

THIS WAS PRINTED ON A VINTAGE PRESS

ALL THE TITLES ARE LINKED TO THE COMPANY WEBSITES

KEEP THE DREAM ALIVE AND OPT FOR PAPERLESS STATEMENTS

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS POST!

Until really soon,

Renee

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6 Reasons Why… I Love IKEA

So.

Ikea.

No matter where I may be living, it always seems to be somewhat of a hike to get to, but  always worth the trip.  The great thing about it is – you always know what to expect.  I’ve come to depend on they’re tried and true domestic staples, and the prices can’t be beat.  Sometimes they throw in a couple new products and that’s always a plus, but when I make a trip – I have a specific purpose.

I am particular with the Ikea products I buy.   I certainly “spread the love” among many different retailers when it comes to dressing up my home –  But here are SIX reasons why I love this place…

1.  CLOCKS

Dekad Alarm Clock $5.99 and Pugg Wall Clock $19.99

Basic and classic time pieces at a steal!

I found a similar alarm clock on Amazon.com for $24.99

SAVINGS – $19

2.  CURTAINS

Pair of Lenda Curtains – $19.99    Pair of Ritva Curtains – $24.99

There’s no window behind these curtains, just some unsightly wall cut-outs.  Easily remedied for under $30 with the Lenda curtains and an $8 antique ladder.

Compare at $65 per panel at Pottery Barn

SAVINGS – $105

3.  CHALKBOARD

Luns Magnetic Chalkboard – $14.99

and by the way, this stuff is magic!

Similar find at Pottery Barn for $69

SAVINGS – $54

4.  STORAGE

Lidan Set of two Baskets – $9.99

Overstock.com's version for $29.99/each

SAVINGS – $50

5.  PLACE MATS

Soare Place Mat – $3.99 a piece and Silje Place Mat – $2.99 each

This set of 6 goes for $84 @ Pottery Barn

SAVINGS – $60

6.  THROW PILLOWS

Gosa Tulpan Pillow Insert – $16.99, Ursula Pillow Cover – $12 and Sanela Pillow Cover – $13

Pottery Barn Pillows - $24 for down insert, and 29.50 for cover

SAVINGS – $24

So there you have it!

I feel compelled to mention, I shop at all the retailers I mentioned in this post;  each having something special to offer.   Sometimes, I do splurge on the “finer” things in life.   Just remember, there are savings to be had without compromising quality and the “look” you want to achieve for your home.

And those are some of the reasons why I love Ikea.

HAPPY SHOPPING!

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS POST!

Until really soon,

Renee