Artwork in the Laundry Room

There are so many projects that I have going on around my house and the one that have almost completed is my laundry room. I have done several projects in my laundry room and a few weeks ago I shared some of the signs I have created. Now that the room is coming together nicely I thought it would be a good idea to share some of the artwork that I have drawn or painted. I also have some artwork my kids have created as well.

DSCN5940Many of my drawings are inspired from pictures I have taken. I love it when I see something that inspires a project and I love it when I know just where I want to put it. Animals are fun to draw because my children also enjoy looking that the pictures too.

As time goes on I will share many other pictures that I have drawn of animals but this owl is DSCN5941probably my favorite. The owl took me a few days to draw because of all the grey. I had to make the bird stand out against the background.

Doodle art is so much fun and just about everyone has doodled on a paper. Well this is one of mine that I haveDSCN5942 hung on the wall.This picture was largest doodle art that I have ever drawn and I painted it instead of using ink. I plan to do more of these for around our house in the future.

This last picture that I am going to show you today is some artwork done my kids. The kidsDSCN5944 had fun drawing the pictures and they also colored on the frame. I made the frame out of popsicle sticks. I love seeing the kids artwork it makes me smile.

Art is so much fun. It can really brighten up a room and can improve a rooms looks. If you like to draw or doodle then you can add art to your walls pretty inexpensively and if you have kids you can get art on a daily basis. All of this art is in my laundry room and I love seeing the pictures on my walls. It makes it so much easier to work on laundry when I have something nice to looks at.

 

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Garden Rock Craft

Many of my project that are done in the spring are for the garden. I love spending time with getting my hand dirty but sometime there are project that need to be done to complete a section in the garden. In my garden needed some markers to indicate the peppermintdifferent types of plants I have growing. When I am doing any project I try to include my kids. The craft project that I decided would be best for my garden is a rock marker. Including my children in this project was so easy, and they had fun. All I used was semi flat rocks I got at the dollar store, paint, and a permanent market.

The bag of rocks I got at the dollar store was small and I pulled out IMG_20160418_124513all the rocks that would were flat enough to write on. As I like to include my kids in my project I let them paint the rocks. The kids had so much fun painting the rocks. The kids painted these rocks for at least an hour. Some of the rocks were painted with a brush and others were finger painted. I had a certain color scheme that I was going for but when I do this in another garden I will give the kids more colors.The kids would have preferred it if I had let them choose the colors like I normally do but they still had a blast. As the kids used a lot of paint on the rocks it look several days for the rocks to dry.

Once the rock were dry I used a permanent marker to write on the rocks the different typesIMG_20160418_124404 of plants. I have started with just the herbs but I will be doing this with all my veggies, fruits, and even the flowers. I have many flowers that I started the previous year and
cannot remember the variety of flower. I would like to purchase the same flower and I do not know for sure what it is called. I will be using the painted rocks to fix this problem. It is always awesome to be able to use a craft to entertain the kids and fix a problem.

 
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Just something fun

So I posted the blog about the flowers growing in my garden yesterday but one of my roses bloomed. Now keep in mind I took yesterday’s blog photos a few day prior to publishing but look…

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It is so pretty. Believe it or not but this rose I got for $3.00 last year because it was considered damaged. Now it had about 5 buds on it and is growing beautifully.  I always check out the clearance section at the garden center.

Loving the Flowers

The garden is the place I most enjoy spending my time, it is my happy place. I love that my children can run in the grass, dig in the dirt, and pick some wildflower. Often time they don’t just pick the wildflowers, they pick my flowers out of the garden but I love to see them smile. I have been working on my garden pretty hard and I have so many flowers coming up for spring time. I am just going to share a few of my flowers that are starting bloom.

This is just a few of my flowers that have started to bloom in my yard. I have lots of roses, snapdragons, and my succulents are even blooming. I hope you enjoy seeing the pretty flowers and colors that bring me joy each day. I am excited to incorporate as many of these flowers in my future project.

Pismo Beach

One of my families favorite it things to do together is to travel. We love making memories as a family doing things, going places, and seeing new things. My family and I recently Ptook a trip to Pismo Beach. If you have never been there, is a beautiful place with a long beach and other so many other things to do. The town is small with nice shops and great restaurants. My family and I have been to Pismo many times but this most recent trip seemed to be one of the most memorable trips. We got to see somethings that we have never seen before and got to see somethings that we have wanted to see but had never made it during the right time of year.

Butterfly Trail

bThere is a great walk that goes through a eucalyptus grove. This stand of trees is between Grover Beach and Pismo Beach. This stasand of eucalyptus trees is a place where the monarch butterflies stop to mate. During a certain time of the year the trees are full of butterflies. It is so amazing to see that many butterflies in one place. The branches were completely covered with the butterflies and when we looked into the sky the butterflies were everywhere. My children loved seeing the butterflies and went back to see these creatures several times. It was almost like a treasure hunt trying to find the spots that the butterflies were hiding. One cool thing about this walk is it can be a short one just in the loop going through the grove or you could make it into a long walk going down to the beach.

Coast/Sunset

sWalking on Pismo beach is such a great place to be. During the busy time of year the beach has many people walking down the beach. The joy can be felt with all the children play and the smiles as people are walking down the beach. It if fun to see all the families enjoying the day. As the sun is going down it is so peaceful. There are not as many people walking down the beach. One evening when my husband and I were walking down the beach we were able to see different creatures. We saw a sand dollar that was washed up to shore. We could see the trail while it was reburying itself. There are birds everywhere.  It was nice to see my children enjoying the simple pleasures in life, playing in the sand and running through the water. It warms my heart to see my children enjoying nature.

Pier

The pier is another part of Pismo that is pretty neat. There are fishermen everywhere trying to catch their limit. Everyone just stands silently waiting for a fish to bit. It is amazing how comfortable the wild life is with people. The pelicans and peseagulls don’t seem to mind humans being around. They wait for the fishermen to clean the catch of the day hoping to get some scraps. While we waited and watched the ocean we did get to see a few pelicans dive into the water for a fish. It is always interesting to nature in action and it is even more fun when my kids get to see it.

While we were in Pismo we did many more things. We walked around town, went to the outlets, went to the thrift stores, and antique shops. There are many little towns around Pismo that are nice to visit too. We truly enjoyed every moment of our trip and oenjoy Pismo every time we go. I hope you will be inspired to go and see what you can find when you go on vacation and see what nature has to offer.

Succulent Center Piece

I have been  working with succulents for the past month and love working trying new arrangements. I have been working a lot with succulents that have already taken root and creating arrangements for outside. I have started a few cuttings but I am definitely not an expert.  I had a few aloe cuttings that I needed to do something with. I like to surround myself with things that I enjoy and as succulents are my newest interest, I thought it would be a good idea to do something for a center piece on my kitchen table.

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This is the final product.

I am all about creating something beautiful as cheap as possible. I go to the clearance sections in all stores, go to the dollar store, or yard sales. It is all about finding something that you can use IMG_20160408_185625and run with it. I got the metal bucket at Target for under $5 and the decorative rock in the bucket I got at the dollar store. There should be a whole drilled in the bottom of the bucket but I didn’t do that. I know that drainage is important for succulents, but as this arrangement is on my kitchen table, I didn’t want to get water on my tablecloth.

 

There are some awesome finds to be found in a store, but another place to find great items is a,t yard sales. At yard sales, there can be some amazing deals. The two smIMG_20160408_185715all votives next to the bucket I got at a yard sale. I paid $1 for the pair. I was excited to find these, but I didn’t know what I was going to do with them. Again, I did not drill a whole in the bottom. I will be very careful when watering. I don’t want too much water so the aloe cutting does not rot.

Please remember, I am not an expert on succulents, I am just so excited to share my new passion with everyone. I hope to share some updates as the plants grow, and if the plants don’t make it, I will let you know how important the drainage is. I can’t wait for my next succulent arrangement. I hope to share that soon.

Laundry Room Signs

The project I have been working on for a long time is updating my laundry room. There has been lots painting going on but what makes a house a home is filling it with memories. Artwork and signs are hanging all over the walls. I like creating things that make me smile and I decorate my house keeping that in mind. I wanted the laundry room to be a room I enjoyed as I spend so much doing my family’s laundry. As I just finished another sign last night and was excited to share it. I thought it would be nice to share just a few of my signs I have created as well as my most recent addition. I try my best to keep all my project as cheap as possible. I tend to use what I have and try to keep my expenses to a minimum.

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“Donate a Sock Free House Elves” This sign was fun to make. As you will soon see I like Harry Potter and use Harry Potter theme decor items throughout my house. I also like to draw so this sign was like an art project as well as an awesome sign. I used the cheapest canvas I could find, paint, clothes pins, and a little glue.

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“Sorting life out one load at a time” I saw something like this and instantly wanted to make this awesome sign. At the time I was out of paint so I used sharpies. I used a silver sharpie and a black sharpie. I also used a cheap canvas.

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This “EAT” sign is over my pantry in my laundry room. I thought it was something cute over my pantry door and it has inspired another sign that I will be making a sign to go over the back door. I used wood letters and paint. This sign was the easiest one to make and it is the one that all my friends comment on when they see it.

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“This home has endless love and laundry” As I indicate in many of my signs that I do not like to do laundry, I want my family to know that I do love taking care of them. Again I used cheap canvas and paint.

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Laundry Schedule sign. I go into craft stores on a regular basis and find the coolest things. I found this wood sign that was unfinished and needed something painted on it. When I got home I started by painting the sign white and went from there. This was the first sign I ever made.

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“4 same day service do it yourself” This sign is probably my favorite because my kids helped me paint the background. I found a piece of wood that was going to be trashed and paint. The kids finger painted the sign. They had paint all over the wood and their legs.

All these signs make me and my family smile. I have a few more signs that I will be making and I will be sharing some of my artwork soon. It is funny how so many projects can be inspired by one little project. I hope you enjoy seeing my signs and hope you decided to do some DIY projects or crafts to make your house a home.

First Succulent Project

DSCN5818Gardening is one of my favorite things to do and I have so many project going on in the yard right now. I had to choose somewhere to begin so I have decided to start by sharing about one of my newest interests, succulents. My interest started  with my 4 year old son. He learned about cacti and just thought they were so cool he wanted one. Being that I love plants I was all for getting him interested in working in the yard so we went to the garden center at our local hardware store to let him pick out what he wanted. I didn’t want him to get poked so instead of a cactus we got succulents. I had never realized how beautiful and bright they were. I didn’t realize that the succulents could look like a rose and had such pretty flowers on them. After seeing how beautiful succulents are I decided to attempt to do an arrangement.

I have seen on pinterest some really awesome succulent arrangements and wanted to try them. So I wanted to share my first attempt at a succulent arr

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Turle Rock

angement. So for this project
I had two pots that I wanted out by back door. I wanted to start with a simple project tha
t didn’t need anything two special: just the pots, soil, and plants. I got what I thought was a lot of succulents (note for the future: get way more plants than I think I need) and started to

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Finish Project

place them in the pots. I put the taller plants in the back of the pot and tried to put focus on the succulents I really loved. As I didn’t have enough succulents to totally fill the pots like I had planned so I let my 2 year old paint some rocks that looked like turtles to placed in the pot.

DSCN5819I have so many more succulent projects planned for the future I can’t wait to create them. I have a lantern, some buckets, and some votives that I will be using for succulent arrangements. I plan to do some arrangement on some logs and rocks as well. I have been looking at garage sales for anything that would be awesome for succulent arrangemts. I hope you enjoy seeing my projects and get inspired to create something beautiful. This project that I showed you today is the first arrangement I did and I have done 2 others sense. I just get better and better with practice. I will share another project soon.