Archives for June 2012

DIY Word Art

{the original word art give away details are at the bottom of this post}

I’m not going to say I was the first one to have the idea of putting words on canvas and calling it art, I’m just saying I did it before pinterest existed and it was to my knowledge an original idea {except of course those truly fabulous posters in every dentist office in the 90’s that said some power word followed by an ambiguous description…like this, only not funny}…And, it took me days of searching the internet to find the large alphabet stamps I had in my mind for my original piece (this e.e. cummings poem) that spans over 2 large canvases (I’ll show you a pic when we move into our house and it is up on the wall again). Obviously, if you are a pinterest follower, you know I was wrong in thinking it was my idea. Oh well, I guess I can’t patent it.

What I love about taking favorite words and putting them on your wall in a permanent way is that it takes something trivial (home decorating) and adds weight (depending of course on what words you deem valuable enough to look at daily). My second project was putting one of my absolute favorites on canvas for my sister:

“Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God; But only he who sees, takes off his shoes -The rest sit  round it and pluck blackberries.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Since then I have made a few for friends as house warming gifts. Here is a picture of one:

diy canvas word art{this is taken from The Jesus Storybook Bible}

 It’s obviously not a hard project. You have to have canvas, paint, alphabet stamps, a steady hand and good words. However, since some of you aren’t inclined to projects of any kind I am going to make it easy and give away a couple that I have recently made. All you have to do is spread the word about my blog and you could win one!

Here are some of my favorite applications of word art:

word art{this is by Albee – as a mother of small children I can really, really appreciate this sentiment, after my kids are asleep, of course – they are allowed to speak…& speak & speak}

wood plank wood art{originally found & created by the blogger at a cup of lindsay jo}

emboidered trailer art{this adorable embroidered piece by three red apples doesn’t completely fit my theme – but I LOVE trailers and would like to be ‘off to see the world’ in this cutey & it’s my blog, so…}

diy no solicitation sign{my clever friend Gina made this for the front of her house – if you don’t think these are good words, then you have never had an unwanted doorbell wake up your sleeping baby}


I would have shown you more but the truth is I guess I made my own because most of what is “out there” is too polished looking for my taste or too blah in content (for instance: don’t forget to be awesome, let it be, live what you love, etc. you get the picture).

Here are the 2 pieces you could win:

diy painted canvas word art

diy painted canvas word art

How to win the word art made by me: Like my page on facebook, share this post on fb, tweet this post, make a comment on your favorite post or pin a photo from this post (or do all 5 & get your name entered for each thing). Be sure to use the share buttons at the bottom of the page so I know to put your name in the drawing (if you pin it, you’ll have to let me know in a comment, or on my fb page). 2 winners will be chosen (first one will get first pick) & you must have a continental US shipping address for me to mail to (unless you are my sister in Chile). Winners will be chosen on 6/28.

p.s. the reason I don’t give credit to an author in the second one is because it is an unknown author (it’s from a vintage book of children’s poems!)


The Loved Husband

Since it is Father’s Day tomorrow I thought I would show you all the dreamy things I would buy for my sweet husband – if money were no obstacle (even though on Mother’s Day he said, “You’re not my mom, it’s not my fault if those girls didn’t come up with anything for you” – all the while he was laying hardwood floors in my new/upcoming kitchen, which is better than flowers and chocolate for this girl any day). Since we live in the real world I got him a book on canning (it wasn’t a sly way of buying myself a canning book either, the man cans *sigh* on top of everything else). They wouldn’t all go in a home, so humor me for being a little off topic:

red and white vintage bronco{this vintage bronco – originally found here}

vintage motorcycle with sidecar{this vintage motorcycle with side car, the side car is  probably not part of the one he’s been dreaming about, but I need somewhere to sit! originally found here}

vintage leather chair{this perfectly worn-in leather chair – found on House of Fraser}

old brick root cellar{this root cellar built in 1843 – originally found here}

industrial art{this painting “Red Truck” by one of our favorite artists Dan Robinson}

lazy river{this lazy river in our backyard, with us in it, would be extra nice! – originally found here}

Instead of these lovely goods, he is going to get some homemade cinnamon rolls, a card from his daughter (the one old enough to draw) & the above mentioned book about canning, and then he is going to go spend the rest of his weekend working on our house, without complaint. I have 2 blessed little girls! (I also happen to have a really great Dad and Father-in-law). Hope you find time to tell yours how special he is.

Brick & Stone

I’m in Denver for a few days with my husband & on our walks we have seen some really beautiful brick buildings. I love brick & stone, especially the old crumbly kind (not so much the fake castle, new construction kind). We saw this beautiful church that has been turned into a private residence in the Cherry Creek neighborhood:

church converted into home

 This adorable brick duplex was right behind the church (they sure don’t make duplexes like they used to!):

brick duplex

I am in love with the tiny stacked brick that is above these windows (horizontal over the blue shuttered window and vertical over the brown trimmed windows), it reminds me of this crepe cake I pinned:

stacked brick on house

Last on my iphone picture tour of the Cherry Creek Neighborhood is this house, which Jeff says looks bearded. The brick is hidden under all that green ivy, also a favorite exterior siding application (although the Realtor in my husband couldn’t help but note that an inspector would call out all that living stuff growing on the side of the house a problem, not added charm):

ivy covered house


So, now of course I am thinking of all my other favorite applications of brick/stone. I am especially partial to the well-worn whitewashed look:

whitewashed brick house{originally seen on flowergardengirl}

whitewashed stone cottage{this beauty was the ancestral home of our President Ulysses S. Grant in Northern Ireland}

whitewashed farm house{this charming English home is from the 17th Century & is believed to be a home mentioned in a Wordsworth poem!}

metal home built into brick ruins{this simple weathered steel structure was built off-site and dropped within the confines of the remains of this beautiful old brick building. To see lots more pictures & take a look at the original post go to hindsvik at home – they also happen to sell fabulous vintage finds on their site too!}

adorable stone cottage{this charming stone cottage was originally found here}

perfect small brick cottage{this cottage + this setting = quaint perfection – not to mention the little fenced in garden! Originally found here}


Of course, I also love the exposed brick walls and stone walls inside of a building. My style tends towards modern, clean lines & old exposed brick brings warmth and life to a space, which is a nice contrast to modern styles. These photos of Capital Kitchen designed by Mim Design capture  a perfect balance of modern and rustic:

Capital Kitchen

Capital Kitchen


stone interior walls{these beautiful stone walls are inside a 15th Century home in Croatia. Full house tour originally found on the examiner}

brick interior walls{ love this whole room – originally found on Dream Book Design}

brick interior walls{originally found on That’s Chic}

exposed brick walls in modern loft{originally found on Elements at Home}

exposed whitewashed brick{originally found on coco+kelley}


If only we could all have ancient homes with hidden treasures like brick or stone hiding underneath layers of wall-paper, instead of nasty old plaster that needs a new layer, or boring sheet rock! {on that note, the sheet rock is going up in our house tomorrow :), so I’ll post some progress pictures next week}

Inspiring play spaces

With the house we recently purchased, we also got a huge amount of goat & chicken poo (it reaches over the bottom step of the porch) and the cute little stuctures that housed these little critters. Before you go thinking we bought a farm, let me remind you we bought a home on a small city lot, there is no back yard, just 2 side yards (but that didn’t stop the last residents from having farm animals). The upside is, once we figure out how to remove the spongy layers of stink, we are still left with the cute little structures. I’m all for a few city chickens, but since the home had a former rat situation, we are going to opt out of getting our own chicken friends and instead convert the structure to a playhouse for our girls (no worries, I will bleach the heck out of it before they get to playing): Here it is in it’s poop-ridden state:

So, now that I’m daydreaming of what I can create out there, I’ll share some pretty glorious playhouse inspiration ideas:

{this charming playhouse was originally found on, go there to see whole tour}

{originally found on babycenterwe actually have a sweet little vintage trailer that we will someday finish fixing up – but when we do it won’t become a playhouse for our girls. I guess we aren’t as nice as these parents. Lucky kids!}

{originally found on Restyled Home – take a look to see the inside photos, it is a little girls dream}

{this play house comes as a kit from smartsheds}

{love the simplicity of this structure by modern playhouse}

{this one is beyond aspiration, considering it was Queen Elizabeth’s childhood playhouse, but I couldn’t help myself – it’s so fabulous! take a look at the full tour at apartment therapy}


Now for a few more budget friendly indoor options & DIY inspiration:

{this indoor tree house was originally found on apartment therapylove this idea for maximizing a small space}

{I am pretty sure this recycled canvas tent from restoration hardware would have been my “playhouse” of choice as a child}

{this tiny play space was originally found on houzz}

{this is by CoolSpacesForKids if you have no space, or hope of building anything before your kids are grown, this is a pretty sweet indoor play house option – put it over your table & vwa-la, you are set}

{this adorable “french cafe” is by Little Play Spaces}

{originally found on apartment therapywhat an amazing use of that space under the stairs}

{originally found on jennijuurinenthe minimalist in me loves this “playhouse” & you have to admit, it leaves plenty of room for imagination}