I love looking at blogs of ladies who decorate their homes beautifully (and cheaply too!). I love the inspiration that comes from beautiful rooms. Seeing how they are able to cozy up their spaces without having to spend a lot of money has inspired me to look at my walls differently and think through how I can dress my home up now without continuing to say “I don’t have the money to do more.” I saw this post at You Craft Me Up and loved the saying on her plaque. I googled “printable wall quotes,” and couldn’t find the same thing. So, instead of giving up, I decided to design my own sign. I found some great, free digital scrapbook downloads, and picked a pale yellow design (you can’t see it very well in the picture). The download also came with the fun scroll design and aged edge. I washed out the background paper a bit, found some fonts I liked, and ended up with a look that I really loved.
I was attending a bridal shower soon after settling on the design I liked, and thought this could make a good wedding present. Unfortunately, my Joann’s doesn’t carry wooden plaques or canvases, and there aren’t any other craft stores in town, so I bought a ceramic plaque on clearance that had a vegetable print on it. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize the Mod Podge would cause the ink to bleed, and I kept having air bubble issues, so at the last minute I ran to Target for a gift card instead. But I had a solution in time for the actual wedding! Michaels carries the wooden plaques for less than $2, and this time I sprayed the print out with spray varnish before using the Mod Podge. I made two and gave away the better version (not that there was much difference between the two). Now I have one to hang in my home as well!
We bought our house 4 years ago, just a few months after getting married. Every extra penny we had went into purchasing the house, so the prospect of buying nice wall art was out of the question. We had a large space above our mantel, and hanging any small scale items on the wall would just look silly. So I picked up a large canvas on sale at Craft Warehouse and decided to do a simple painting based on my wedding bouquet. The roses were really simple to do—I started by painting off-shaped circles in one shade of red, then kept adding half circles and crescent shapes in different shades of red until I felt like it had the look I was going for. I loved the way it turned out, and still love it 4 years later.