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DIY Canvas Heart Art: In Which I Pretend I Can Paint

Deme Crinion2 Comments
First off - thank you for all your sweet comments on Liv's nursery!  It was truly a labor of love (and intense nesting).  Since it had to come together on a budget, it meant a lot of things in her room came second hand or were snagged from other areas of the house.  With all those hand-me-downs, I was itching to add something unique and special to her space.  So, I convinced myself that I had some suppressed artist somewhere in me and tried my hand at painting.
"Isn't She Lovely" DIY canvas heart art

There was actually a completely different water color attempt before this that we'll deem a semi-fail.  I'm still trying to salvage it but decided I would try a different approach for my do-over.  It turned out to be a really easy project that anyone can do - even the artistically uninclined.   Here's what you'll need....
"Isn't She Lovely" DIY canvas heart art
The kids have been begging for canvases to paint, so we grabbed two 11x14 2-packs from Hobby Lobby for $7.99/per pack, but on sale for 50% off.  The three big kids each got a canvas and Mama got to play with the fourth.

I wanted to create a colorful shape with some script, but I didn't want to have any hard lines or borders.  So, I grabbed a piece of construction paper and sketched out a heart.
"Isn't She Lovely" DIY canvas heart art

Since I can't draw even sides to save my life, I picked the half I liked best, folded the paper down the middle and cut along that half of the heart.
"Isn't She Lovely" DIY canvas heart art

Even Steven.  My heart was a little off-center on the construction paper, so I was sure to line it up with the center of the canvas.
"Isn't She Lovely" DIY canvas heart art

Once I was sure of the size/placement, I decided where I wanted my script.  I cut a straight line across the heart at that point and separated the two pieces leaving a gap wide enough for my font.  This left the shape of the heart a little off,   So, I trimmed it up a bit until the border appeared to form a continuous line.
"Isn't She Lovely" DIY canvas heart art

I then cut a strip of paper the same width as the gap and taped it all down to the canvas.
"Isn't She Lovely" DIY canvas heart art

Next I grabbed some water color paint and filled in the empty space inside the heart with dots.  Any pattern could work and it would also look great to fill in the entire space with watercolor.
"Isn't She Lovely" DIY canvas heart art

Once it dried, I removed the paper.  Parts of the heart's border looked a little wonky where I didn't take the dots all the way to the paper's edge, so I quickly added a few more dots until I achieved the right shape.

One more round of drying, then I used a pencil to very lightly sketch out my script.  When I was happy with the lettering, I took a gold Sharpie and went over the pencil.
After everything was dry we hung that lovely on the wall #seewhatIdidthere

Can you spot it in her room?

It was a such a special addition to this little corner of her nursery.


I'm still not sure if I want the text to be less of that subtle champagne color and more of a reflective gold.
If I change it up, I'll be sure to let you know #winkwink

Either way, I loved bringing in another item created just for this space and our sweet bambina.

Has anyone else tried their hand at water color?  Or any painting for that matter?  I figure if it looks like a 5-year old's work we can always chalk it up as "abstract" right?

Thanks so much for reading! We would love to hang out!
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Our Little Lady's Nursery

Deme Crinion13 Comments

It's official!  The newest member of our family is the first to have a completed room in this house.  We've only been in this home a year and a half, but this room has seen quite a bit of change.  On move-in day it was sporting a sweet shade of yellow paint with garden decals from it's previous 3 year old tenant.

I think the

only

thing that could make me give up my personal haven was a certain little lady that joined our family in January.  Now it's a sweet little space for the sweetest little babe.  And her mama kinda likes it too.

We decided to keep the white backdrop and create a room that was light and bright with happy pops of color.  The only new pieces in here are the crib, floral print, and the curtain panels.  Everything else was either found second hand or repurposed from another room in the house.  There are a lot of DIY's and budge friendly projects in the space that I'll share in the coming weeks.  For now...well come on in!

light and bright nursery with pops of color

I snagged this chair from an estate sale and

after a good cleaning

we lightened it up by painting the trim white.  Maybe one day I'll have it reupholstered, but it's certainly a comfy spot for us to snuggle up just as it is.

light and bright nursery with pops of color
light and bright nursery with pops of color

The floral print is actually a piece of

gift wrap by Rifle Paper Co

.  It had all the colors we wanted to use in the room, so I planned to line some drawers or cover some boxes with it.  But it was so beautiful and had a natural border so we popped it into an IKEA frame instead. Can't beat gorgeous cheap art!

light and bright nursery with pops of color

This rug is really the star of the show.  I purchased it from

Rugs USA

for our entry way, but it was so soft underfoot and ended up being the perfect punch of color for this nursery.

light and bright nursery with pops of color
light and bright nursery with pops of color
light and bright nursery with pops of color

 I love this charming St Therese print from

this shop

and the "lovely" canvas was a DIY (post coming soon!).

light and bright nursery with pops of color
light and bright nursery with pops of color

 This sweet basket was a Home Goods find that I brought up from the family room to corral Livy's toys.

light and bright nursery with pops of color

We also brought in this mirror that used to hang above the piano.  I'm a sucker for gold and a little bling.

light and bright nursery with pops of color

The jury is still out on this mobile.  It was another DIY and I'll share it even though I'm not sure if it's staying.  I do have a crush on that little elephant, so right now the odds are in his favor.

light and bright nursery with pops of color

We've got a spitter-upper on our hands so we go through a lot of sheets.  Lots and lots of cute sheets.

light and bright nursery with pops of color

This changing table/dresser is one of my favorite projects in the room.  It was given to us for free by a neighbor and it got a major makeover. 

light and bright nursery with pops of color
light and bright nursery with pops of color

I know my daughter's name starts with an "O" but I saw this plaque with gold hook and they had limited letters available.  We call Olivia by her nickname all the time so the "L" works until I can replace it with an "O".

light and bright nursery with pops of color

This room is pretty small at 10ftx10ft.  We stuck with just a few key pieces of furniture, but I had so much fun playing in the girly details....

light and bright nursery with pops of color
light and bright nursery with pops of color
light and bright nursery with pops of color
light and bright nursery with pops of color
light and bright nursery with pops of color
white nursery with black and white and a gorgeous bold rug

The room's best accessory?  It's newest resident of course.  Now pardon me while I bawl my eyes out, because that's my baby holding my baby.

light and bright nursery with pops of color
light and bright nursery with pops of color
light and bright nursery with pops of color
light and bright nursery with pops of color

Yup - she digs it.

And let's be honest.  This is how the crib actually looks.  Monitor cam and breathable bumper. #safetyfirst

I think we only have a few more weeks before we're going to have to move that cord!

Thanks so much for reading! We would love to hang out!

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Fridays and Nurseries

Deme Crinion1 Comment
Oh, Friday.  Let's never leave each other.

This week kicked my rear.  I think the babe is hitting a growth spurt (yet still refuses cereal), so we've been up partying a couple times throughout the night.  Which means I've been a straight delight during the day. #sorrykids We've also been rained out of a bunch of activities, so the week has just felt really off.  Right now it's storming, Liv is sleeping, and the kids are watching Curious George.

I'm using today to catch up on the mounds of laundry and am working on the final details of Liv's nursery.  While the room sat half-done I started second guessing all the finishing touches but now that things are actually going up on the walls, it's shaping up to be my favorite spot in the house.  Mostly, because I sort of designed it for the both of us.  Livy said it was ok.

Here's a peak...
white nursery with black and white and a gorgeous bold rug



Thanks so much for reading! We would love to hang out!
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