Thistle & Poppy

Thistle & Poppy

Tampa, FL

A Lesson in Artwork: Choosing the Right Decor For Your Bedroom

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In the movie The Break Up, Jennifer Aniston's character works in a gallery and advises a potential buyer to "never buy a piece of art you don't have to have." I couldn't agree more, and despite studying art a little, the pieces I have to have in my home are few and far between.  When it comes down to it, I like a lot, but I rarely LOVE.

Because of this, finding something to put above my husband's and my bed was a challenge.  I wanted something inviting. Cozy. Soft and soothing.  And not too feminine. (It is his bedroom too, after all!) With the cool blues we had, I found some floral canvases that would've looked great, but I never found anything that felt perfect. I didn't want something hung just because I liked it; I wanted to be drawn to it, especially if it was going to be such an important focal point. 

I began to think about what I wanted represented there, and went in a more symbolic direction.  It was our space. Intimate. Where we lay down every night, together. A comforting sanctuary to feel connected.  And then I thought about when we officially became a family, and possibly using something from our wedding. Not pictures of ourselves, but maybe our vows... Why not hang our vows? The idea stuck. Nothing would be more personal, and nothing felt more right. 

I'll spare you the first version of what went up on our wall as I painted the canvases myself. While they were far from what I really wanted, they did the trick for a while.  And my sweet husband even said he liked them. But honestly, what we both loved was what they meant to us, which is all that really mattered. Eventually, I splurged and had this professional version made--our promises to each other, hand painted on wood.  A memento from our life and how far we've come since we spoke those words; a happy reminder as we retreat into our space each night. 

And I do still look at them every time I walk into our bedroom, or even by it, for that matter. I can't help it; they're so meaningful. (And friends often notice too!) Maybe most importantly though, is what I'll always remember from the entire process: when push comes to shove and you can't find a piece of art that you have to have, find a way to make one that you won't be able to live without. It'll definitely be worth it!


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Modern Mama is a very regular mom who likes photography, home decor, food, and cute shoes. She can often be found teaching twenty four other kids when she's not surviving the three of her own. You can follow her on Instagram @Modern.Mama or her (also very new) Facebook page

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DIY Animal Silhouette Pictures


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    The day my husband and I found out we were having a baby boy I was ecstatic and of course immediately went to town planning his nursery. I had already been looking around Pinterest since day one of my pregnancy. Come on, you know you did too! Dreaming and planning is half the fun right?!

     So I already knew that if we had a boy I wanted to do a jungle animal theme and then the color scheme just fell into place when I found the perfect bedding. I wanted to tie in the blue and green colors from the bedding into as many aspects of the room as I could. I think blue and green is a perfect color combination for a boy’s room.

    At first I thought about purchasing the animal prints online, but then I realized that I could make the pictures myself. I have always been a crafty person so why not put that talent to use when decorating my sons room. Plus my mom and a friend came down two months before my son was born to help me decorate the nursery and this is one of the projects that we did together. It was actually the first pieces of artwork we hung in our baby boy’s nursery so it holds a special place in my heart.  

   I decided that I wanted to make 6 different animals prints to hang on the wall: a giraffe, a lion, a turtle, an elephant, a monkey, and an alligator.  I found a set of 12x12 picture frames from Michaels that would work perfectly. And of course Michael’s always has coupons to use, so I got it 40% off.

    The best thing about craft projects is that you can get ideas from other people and then tailor them to your own needs. I hope that you can use my project as an inspiration to create something of your own.  If you would like help or just want to collaborate on an idea, please feel free to reach out to me and I would love to help you find the perfect project for your new nursery.    

    

Step 1: Decide on a theme for your prints.

 

I chose Jungle animals, but you could do anything. Here are a few other ideas: Under the sea animals for the bathroom, ballerinas and tutus for a little girl’s room, automobiles for a little boy’s room and flowers for a little girl’ room. The possibilities are endless!

 

Step 2: Gather supplies

  • Scrapbook paper (two per picture frame)

Choose coordinating patterns and colors for the scrapbook paper. I did 3 animals with a plain paper background and a patterned paper animal. And then did 3 animals with a patterned paper background and a plain paper animal.

  • Picture frames

I used picture frames that were 12 x12 to fit the scrapbook paper I was using but you can do smaller prints as well.

  • Scissors

  • Black Sharpie

  • Adhesive Tape

When doing projects I like to use scrapbooking adhesive tape or double sided tape instead of glue. It is just a personal preference when making crafts that I want to display for a long time; I don’t like the way the glue wrinkles the paper after it dries and how unforgiving it is for mistakes.

Step 3: Search online to find the silhouettes you like best and print them out.

If you would like to use the same animal prints that I used just click on the silhouette that you want (Monkey Silhouette, Lion Silhouette, Giraffe Silhouette, Elephant Silhouette, Turtle Silhouette and Alligator Silhouette) and print them out.

Step 4: Cut out the silhouettes and trace them onto your scrapbook paper.

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Step 5: Cut out the animals from the scrapbook paper

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Step 6: Adhere the animal print cutout to the coordinating scrapbook paper

 

Step 7: Outline the animal print with a black sharpie to help it stand out more

 

Step 8: Put everything together and frame

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Step 9: Hang on the wall and enjoy your new artwork!

 

What’s awesome about these pictures is that they aren’t just used for decoration in my house; we have incorporated them into my son’s bedtime routine. Every night before my little one goes to sleep we say goodnight to all of the animals, sometimes several times. It is something that he loves to do and it makes my heart happy knowing that this craft project is being enjoyed everyday.

 

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Megan is a stay-at-home mom to a 1 ½ year old little boy. In less than a year she went from being a girl who just graduated college, to being a married woman, pregnant and living in a new state. She started blogging in hopes that through her stories other moms would realize that they are not alone in The World of Motherhood. In her Mommy Blog she shares real stories about her life as a stay-at-home mom…the good, the bad & the crazy!

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DIY Summer Decor: A Simple Makeover to Fit the Season! The Watermelon Picture Frame

The season has changed again and for Snap Point picture framer's that is a great excuse to frame some new photos, change the look of your frames with new trims, and if you want to get ultra crafty quick and easy DIY tutorial can bring an even more flair to your frameage. 

Transforming your picture frame into a watermelon frame is easier than you think, and even better it doesn't damage the frame! So you can enjoy the festivities now and when fall rolls around again, just peel the homemade stickers back off and you have your old frame back! 

Obviously to get the watermelon look I started with a Snap Point Picture Frame in watermelon-like colors - a green base with a magenta trim. But you could apply this technique to any color and style to make your own look too! AS I was making this one, I immediately thought ladybugs! Keep your eyes peeled for a follow up post! 

So all you need is some paint, a brush, and some wax paper. 
I used a flat finish, although the stickies would probably stick better with an eggshell or gloss finish. 

The next step is to simply dot a whole bunch of dots on the wax paper. Try to get them in the seed (or whatever desired shape you choose) Make sure the paint is laid on thick so they hold up well. Once you finish dotting your wax paper up, set it aside and wait for it to dry completely. 

a tiny bit of this on the surface will get your paint spots to stick. 

a tiny bit of this on the surface will get your paint spots to stick. 

Once they're dry all we have to do is peel and stick! Now there is no adhesive on them so depending on what kind of paint you use will really determine if they need a little something extra to stick. Some good 'ole fashion spit on the backs will work, but i just used a little bit of furniture wax on the trim itself and everything stuck no problem

Stick the dots all over the place and voila! You've got a refreshingly delightful summer picture frame! 

Apply this  technique to different style frames and share 'em with us! #snappointpictureframes

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