Friday, September 9, 2011

Shirt to Fall Artwork Refashion

Over the years, my kids have had several items of clothing that I have been very sentimental about.  I save so many of their clothes, but unfortunately I can't keep everything.  I have gotten better about getting rid of things, so I sell a lot of their outgrown clothes on Ebay.  This year as I was going through some old clothes to list, I ran across a shirt of Emily's that I just loved, mainly because it had an owl on it.  This is the shirt (purchased from Gymboree several years ago):

As I was looking at the shirt, I saw that there was a stain on it that I hadn't noticed before, so I couldn't list it on Ebay.  Since I liked the little owl so much, I decided to frame him!  I had a frame that I purchased from Goodwill (I think) and I simply cut the shirt apart, stuck it over the glass in the frame, and I had a cute little bit of Fall decor - for free.

Five minutes, and free - can't beat that!

I am itching to get out the fall decor, but for some reason I just can't bring myself to do it.  Maybe I am just needing some cooler weather to get in the mood!  I have been pinning some pretty fall stuff on Pinterest - you can see my fall and Halloween board here.

Sharing this project here:



Thursday, September 1, 2011

Sprucing up the top of a hutch

Sort of a random post, but I always love when I see how others decorate certain areas of their homes.  I have a really hard time figuring out how to decorate several things, like the tops of armoires, book shelves, and my entry chest/console.  I change things all the time because I am seriously never happy with how they look.  It seems so effortless to some people to make these pretty vignettes, but for me it seems to be a never ending process. 

Today, I found an old urn in my mom's basement, and I brought it home with me (with her permission, of course!).  I thought it might look good on top of the armoire in our newly painted office.  Once I had it up there, I decided it needed more "stuff" so I shopped around my house and this is what I came up with:

I am so crazy when it comes to decorating - sometimes I love little vignettes like this one, and sometimes I take it all down because a lot of "stuff" drives me crazy and I think it looks messy.  I kind of like this one - what do you think?

Other than the urn, I placed a Pottery Barn wooden tray, some picture frames, some old books and a cute iron bird cage that I bought earlier this year from Michael's.  I love this bird cage.

The green photo frame is one I've had forever - the picture is of my TWELVE year old daughter, Lindsey.  Can't believe she isn't still that tiny baby sometimes.

This was a kind of boring frame that I added a pretty green ribbon to.  This color green is the accent color I want to use in the room.  I was thinking of painting a small table this color (please don't tell my husband!) but I can't decide - anyone have any thoughts on how that might look?

You may notice that I am not showing pictures of the whole room - there's a reason for that.  The main reason is that the office is a MESS right now, with Carter's Thomas train table taking up half the room!  The desk is messy and disorganized - a future project that needs to be taken care of sooner rather than later.  I do have a picture of a corner of the room that I like (well, that I mostly like - not sure what direction I want to go with those pillows).

That's all I am sharing for now - but hopefully soon there will be a BIG reveal of my super organized office!!!  Wishful thinking, perhaps, but I can dare to dream, right?!?!?
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