Friday, October 17, 2014

Glow In The Dark Halloween Art

Glow In The Dark Halloween Art with Mod Podge

I teased in my Halloween decor post that the new art I made had a hidden surprise. Not only is it festive art during the day, at night it is a glowing masterpiece.

 This fun project is brought to you by the great people at Plaid, they sent me a box full of Mod Podge goodies to get crafty with. It was super exciting to see all the fun products they sent, my mind was spinning with ideas and trying to figure out which of the Mod Podge items to use first, once I decided on the products it was time to get to work on my artwork.

Here is what I used to create my art:
Mod Melts
Alphabet Mod Mold
Mod Podge Glow in the Dark
FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint
Hot Glue Gun
8x10 Canvas Board
Assorted Scrapbook Paper

Mod Melts, Mod Mold and Mod Podge Glow In The Dark art supplies

First, I used the Mod Melts and the Mod Mold to create the lettering for my art. The Mod Melts work just like hot glue sticks, stick them in your hi-temp glue gun and go. Using the Mod Mold took a couple of tries to really get the hang of using it. The trick is to not be afraid to put the tip of the glue gun directly into the mold. You want to be sure to fill the mold completely as you work your way up. Let it sit for about 10 minutes and pop out the letters (if necessary, trim up any glue strings that are hanging on).

How-To Mod Melts and Mod Mold

Once I finished up the lettering, I ripped up sheets of red, orange and yellow scrapbook paper and used the Mod Podge Glow in the Dark to attach the paper to the canvas board. I put a layer of the Mod Podge on the canvas board first, then laid out my paper and put another two coats on the top of the paper. (The more you use, the better the glow effect.)

Mod Podge Glow In The Dark Art Project

Once everything was dry, I glued my "Happy Halloween" letters on over the paper, and using the FolkArt Multi-Surface black paint, I painted on a spooky fall tree. During the day, the vibrant fall colors are cheery and fun.

Glow In The Dark Halloween Art with Mod Podge

But, at night (or under a black light), the glowing canvas provides a spooky background for the fall tree and the Happy Halloween message.

Glow In The Dark Halloween Art with Mod Podge

And, because the Mod Melts were so much fun, I couldn't resist adding a fun little touch to the candy dish pedestal. #boo

Mod Melts Halloween Candy Display

If you are looking for more fun inspiration, be sure to check out these links too:

**This post was written as part of a paid campaign with Plaid Mod Podge and Blueprint Social. As always, all opinions in this post are my own.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fall to Halloween Decor Transition

I shared my fall decor home tour back in September. Now, I am here to show you how I am decorating for Halloween, and how I transition my decor.

Fall to Halloween Home Decor

The first and easiest change I made was to switch out the simple fall wreath on the front door, to my more festive Spooky Halloween Wreath.

DIY Spooky Halloween Wreath with Black Crow

We also went to the pumpkin patch this past weekend, so now we have all sorts of pumpkins on display on our front porch.

Assorted pumpkin display

In my quest to stock up on discount supplies, I hit up Michael's after Halloween last year and picked up some pumpkins, spider cut-outs and spooky black fabric.

 The spiders are now climbing the walls.

Spiders and Halloween Chalkboard Display

Spiders and Halloween Chalkboard Display

Spooky fabric is draped on the mantel.

Halloween Mantel and pumpkins

The black cat candy dish (the boys' favorite Halloween decoration) has replaced the crystal candy dish, and is full of treats.

Halloween cat candy dish on pedestal display

 And our  friendly ghosts are out and about too, right next to a favorite Halloween picture of the boys.

Cheesecloth ghost - Halloween decor

There is also new artwork that combines my fall colors with with some Halloween fun, it hides a festive surprise...but you will have to come back on Friday to see what it is!

DIY Happy Halloween Art in Fall Colors

The best part of this transition is that is it easy to combine with the fall decor that is already up, and when Halloween is done, we are back to fall for a few more weeks.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Artwork On My Walls

By now you know that I love to paint. But, that love of painting is not limited to walls, furniture and anything I can spray paint.

 I have always had a love for creating art. Aside from the photographs on the walls in our home, the artwork was all done by me (except for the kids' rooms, they made their own art). So, just for fun, I thought I would share with you, the artwork that is currently hanging in our home.

These are all in a variety of different sizes. The top two I did on canvasboard instead of stretched canvas, I want to see how well they frame since I don't tend to frame my canvases. I have always worked in acrylics, but want to start trying out watercolor more. All of these are in acrylic, except for the tree, that one is watercolor on canvas, and was a fun experiment that turned out pretty well.

Anyhoo, here is my artwork:

Navy and Light Blue painting

Citron and Light Blue painting

Gold and Green painting

Watercolor Autumn Tree painting

Acrylic Drip Painting - Green, gold, blue and silver

Black and White abstract painting

I keep toying with the idea of selling original paintings. I have a couple at a small art gallery right now, but I am trying to decide if I should jump in and attempt selling some either from my blog right here or putting some up on Etsy. I will be sure to keep you posted on what I decide to do.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Month In Review - September

September was a pretty busy and productive month around our home. I still have a few bigger projects I am working at the moment, so October is looking to be just as busy. I have found with this last month, that the updates I am making to our home, no matter how small, are having a big impact on how our home feels. I feel like I am in a good decorating groove and I am focusing more on how I really want a space to function and look, and it is awesome! So, let's take a look back at the goings on for September.

I started the month off with my second desk makeover, this time for my oldest son's room.
Refinished Kid's Desk - White and Navy

Then I shared my tips for making the process of decorating your home easier, and why I choose to not name my decorating style.

We went on a quick little tour of my home to see the fall decorations that are out. Now that it's October, these are slowly going to transition more into Halloween decorations.
Vintage books and red flowers - fall decor

I dug out my sewing machine and made a few new pillows for our living room. I couldn't believe how much I loved them and how they made the space feel so much more pulled together.
Navy blue mixed pattern pillows - plaid and floral

For the Inspiring Home Space series, we took a look at a few outdoor spaces (1 and 3), brightened up our living room with a single color (2), and learned how to give your kitchen a bright update with a couple of budget friendly options (4).

Thanks for visiting this month! I hope you come back and see what I am up to for October. I can tell you right now, there is one makeover coming up that you do not want to miss!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Bright & Fun Room Inspiration with Chairish

I have a fun post for you today! The great people at Chairish contacted me, and asked me to create a styleboard inspired by one of their bright accent chairs, you can see all the accent chairs they have to choose from here. For those of you who don't know, Chairish is an online retail shop that "makes it fun and easy for design lovers to buy and sell pre-loved decor to one another". Their website is packed full of all types of curator-approved home decor, and there are new items added everyday. This is definitely one of those sites that you can get yourself lost in for awhile, there is so much fun stuff to see!

So today, instead of sharing how I have decorated a space in my own home, I am sharing a styleboard of how to take a space from dull and colorless to bright and fresh with just a few items.


 I pictured this space being a small casual area in a master bedroom, or an out of the way area just off of a main living space. A nice, but casual place to sit down and relax, maybe catch up on a magazine or two. 

I selected this pair of high-back tufted Broyhill chairs is this fun limey green color from the Chairish collection for my inspiration. These chairs are focal points and investment pieces of the space, so I kept the accessories for the space budget friendly. I brought in more of my favorite colors in the accessories; a gorgeous blue and a nice neutral gray. 

I chose to use the neutral gray in a rug to ground the space and keep it from getting too busy. Bringing in a dark wood table provides some visual weight, and by mixing styles of the furniture you get that "collected over time" feel. There's nothing that makes a room feel more staged and forced than having a grouping of all perfectly matching furniture. You want your space to look lived in, not like you just tore a page out of a catalog.

The accessories bring in the fun touches of color, and are also the easiest way to change up your space. I picked a couple of bold cobalt pillows to add to the chairs. And a fun octagonal bowl in the same blue, to fill with mossy stones to bring the colors together and add a natural element to the space. Keeping these pieces inexpensive makes it easy to change up the feel of the space without breaking the bank.

What did you think of this space? Do you have a room in your home that would be perfect for a bright and fun accent chair?

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Inspiring Home Space 9.29.14

The Inspiration:

If you have followed me for any length of time, you know that I am not a huge fan of white walls, but, white cabinets are another thing. This kitchen is simple and beautiful. I love the look of the white cabinetry with all the natural wood tones. It gives the space a welcoming and slightly farmhouse feel. There are no flashy appliances or light fixtures, and the space is not outlandishly huge. It is plenty big enough to cook comfortably and entertain a few guests (or kids) at the same time. 

If you are looking to update your kitchen, and have money in the budget to update the cabinets, I would consider refacing them, and adding in a few with glass fronts. If you are looking for a quick, and less expensive option, give all the cabinets a fresh coat of white (or ever so slightly off white) paint. New hardware can also go a long way to really give your kitchen a new look, for not a lot of money. 

My favorite feature is also a super easy one to complete. If you have an island, or a peninsula in your kitchen, add beadboard to the back and side(s). It provides a lot of character, without a lot of effort or expense. 

What do you think? Can you see updating your kitchen with white cabinets?

Friday, September 26, 2014

Mixing Patterns to Bring A Space Together

*I totally meant to post this on Wednesday, but I didn't plan my evening time very well this week, so you get a special Friday post instead.*

Navy blue mixed pattern pillows on white couch

In the ever elusive search to find items that make your house a reflection of you and your family, it can sometimes feel like a particular room or space is not quite right no matter what you do. But, "holy cow Batman!" when you find the right item, all is well in the space, finally. 

I truly feel like spaces in our homes are never completely "done". I love shopping my home and moving things from one room to another, or giving something a coat of paint and suddenly it is brand new again. You never know, what looks only okay in one area of your home, may be amazing in a different place you never considered before. It's all about experimenting and having fun!

Our living room is my favorite space. It's where we spend the most time and I just want to feel relaxed when I am in there. I picked up some new fabric awhile back, and I finally broke out the sewing machine to whip up some new pillows and pillow covers.

Navy blue mixed pattern pillows - plaid and floral

Once I had these all done and tossed them on the couch, I just got this feeling that they were exactly what our living room needed. I know that sounds really overdramatic, but the grey/white and green pillows that were there before were just not doing it for me. The blue in these pillows tie into the blue in the kitchen chairs, and they are a perfect combination of a pretty, somewhat-formal print, and a cozy and casual plaid.

Mixing the patterns brings a fun touch to the couch, and is not as hard you might think. The most important things to remember is 1) Vary the scale of the patterns, us a mix of both small and large patterns, 2) Use a common color to tie them together. Super easy and and awesome look!

Navy blue mixed pattern pillows - plaid and floral

I really feel like our living room space is finally coming together, and can't wait to see where it goes from here!