This weekend, my husband and I got to hang out with M for a few hours while her parents celebrated their wedding anniversary. M is a very mature, loveable pre-teen and I didn’t want our time together to be too boring for her! I came up with a few art projects that could be completed in a short afternoon. Don’t worry, we watched movies and ate ice cream too. I love a girl who chooses ice cream over popcorn!
Since it was her parents wedding anniversary, we made a photo canvas of one of their favorite photos. To see the instructions, see our post A Craft Party – Photo Canvas. This project is so simple for anyone to do and M had a present to give her mom and dad!
Next, we created a super cute, girlie project – butterfly magnets! In my craft supply, I found these old butterfly picks that were probably used for floral arrangements. We simple cut the wire stem, hot glued craft magnets (these can be found at any craft supply store) to the body and finished! This project could be created with any type of object — Leggos, old toys, GI Joes, charms, etc. The possibilities are endless!
A few shots of the final butterfly magnets.
Last but not least, we painted! I have plenty of canvases in my stash so M picked her size and then created her masterpiece. I was working on an abstract painting for my master bedroom and M asked a few questions about ‘abstract paintings.’ I am not an art teacher but I could at least explain abstract art and it must of worked because M went to work on her beautiful piece!
All of the project supplies (except the magnets) were on hand and I didn’t invent the wheel when it came to crafts. However, M loved it and went home with a lot of loot! She even received a small goody bag with little prizes. My husband and I love hanging out with M as she has taught us so much! I’m a killer on the iPad app Flo and my husband is the perfect client for receiving a mani/pedi. (We have proof of the latter for blackmail.)
Now a days, every house seems to have a designated home office or at minimum an ‘office area.’ I truly believe the home office has replaced the formal living room/dining room on most blue prints. Yet, when I think of designing or decorating a home office, I think of two scenarios: a very traditional study with dark furniture, plaid fabric and leather wing back chairs with a very country club vibe or the complete opposite, home office with movie posters, collegiate prints with mismatched, second hand furniture. I have had the latter design for the past four years while my husband finished his degree. He was allowed to to decorate and arrange the office to his liking. Well fast forward a few years, he receives a full-time job in a traditional office setting and I take a position that allows me to work from home 90% of the time.
Since the home office is my domain, for the most part, I wanted to update the look with a more polished style. Of course, my household bleeds red and black for the University of Georgia and I knew the color scheme would correspond with those colors. I also knew that I had to incorporate my husband’s collegiate prints and memorabilia but could I include all of those items with a feminine approach? An approach that included pretty lamps, a graphic bulletin board, pillows and a comfy chair for my co-workers (aka our mutts). I would at least give it my best attempt! So here is our first post in our Home Tour Series: A Modern, Mature Home Office.
It’s almost plum jelly season in our households which means messy kitchens for a few days! Every year, Daughter complains about not having a proper apron to wear so I made her this keepsake apron.
As you may already know, Georgia and I love yard sales, thrift stores and of course, auctions! We found this little dresser at a local auction for $40. It is a simple, small oak dresser with a not-s0-pretty back. However, we knew that the dresser would be backed against a wall and the drawers functioned properly. Since we buy most of our furniture second hand, our pieces are rarely perfect and often have ‘character flaws.’ Yet, we cherish each piece because in reality, nothing is perfect so don’t be afraid to seek a diamond in rough.
Why do we like this piece? It is small at 29 1/2″ W x 29″ H x 15″D and can be used in a variety of spaces. It has simple lines that will be highlight by a bright paint color and our favorite element, it sits on wheels!
Georgia and I love a good thrift store; one with a variety of inventory, quick turnovers and the most important quality, cheap prices! We are very fortunate to have a few good thrift stores in our hometown and we check them weekly. A few weeks ago, I spotted this old picture frame for $7 and I was intrigued by its shape, molding and solid frame. I can only guess at the original purpose of the frame; a mirror, art work, picture collage? It had a flimsy cardboard back, solid construction and the hanging hardware. It just needed something beautiful inside!
Georgia is redesigning her home office and I immediately thought this would make a great bulletin board for her. I must admit, this has been one of my favorite projects.