{five minute friday} Quick Tip to Give Photos a Metallic Glow

Friday, May 1, 2015

When my blog was about one week old and had maybe two readers {you know who you are} I posted an awesome photo trick! This is one of my favorite projects, and it's super quick and easy, so today I'm bringing it back for Five Minute Friday! Let me show you how easy it is to give your photos a shiny, metallic glow.

Give photos a metallic glow

When I graduated from law school, my mom and I took a trip to a celebratory trip Savannah, Georgia.  While there, we visited a great art gallery and I was struck by a collection of framed photos that appeared to have a metallic finish. It just so happened that the artist was at the gallery that day, and after telling him that I admired his work, he proceeded to explain his very complicated process. I don’t remember all the details now, but after we left the gallery {empty handed of course, since the work was far out of my price range}, I kept thinking about those photos and I came up with a much similar technique to achieve the same look...

{link party} The Creative Circle - Week 13

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Creative Circle Link Party
Welcome to The Creative Circle link party - a place to share and find inspiration for your home! I had a fantastic time at the SNAP! Conference in Salt Lake City last week! I had a chance to meet some of the fantastic bloggers who link up here at our party each week, and I made lots of new friends. I came home with a mile-long to-do list, but before I even think about implementing what I learned at the conference, I first need to put my nose to the grindstone in order to finish our One Room Challenge under stair playroom by next week! But I know I'm not the only busily finishing projects... I can't wait to see what you've been working on lately!

{one room challenge} Week 5 - Come Together...Right Now!

Week 5 of the One Room Challenge is when things finally start to come together! All the little details that I've been working on for the past five weeks are falling into place, and the big picture is taking shape! Week 5 is definitely the most exciting in each One Room Challenge, but also the most stressful. The countdown is on but the to do list is still too long. 

Here's a little reminder of where we started... the before picture and the design concept:

Under Stair Playroom Progress

{gifts with style} Letter Photo Display for Mother's Day

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Sometimes projects don't turn out as well as you envision them in your head, but then every once in a while a project turns out even better than you pictured it - and man is that exciting! That was the case with the wood letter photo displays I created for Mother's Day. 

Letter Photo Display Mother's Day Gift

The best part of this project is that it can be so easily personalized, and it's also fun and easy to get the kids involved! 

To create a very special gift for my boys' Nana, I let them paint the letters themselves, and then I created a second set of letters for myself. Only a blogger makes something for them self for Mother's Day, right?! LOL! #bloggerproblems  But I really do love them!

Let's start with the MOM photo display that I created for myself ...

{five minute friday} Washi Tape Gift Tassel

Friday, April 24, 2015

Happy Friday! I'm in Salt Lake City at the SNAP Conference hanging out with hundreds of other crafty bloggers. It is so inspiring to be surrounded by such a talented and creative group of women! And it's so fun to be able to spend time 'in real life' with the blogging friends whose projects I admire on a daily basis. One of those friends is Corey from TinySidekick

TinySidekick is filled with fantastic DIY and decor projects, but there was one particular quick and easy project that recently caught my eye for its sheer adorableness, and I knew I had to share it with you for Five Minute Friday.

{link party} The Creative Circle - Week 12

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Creative Circle Link Party
Welcome to The Creative Circle link party - a place to share and find inspiration for your home! I am currently in Salt Lake City for the SNAP blogging conference, which means that this weekend I'll be hanging out with many of the lovely ladies that we have featured right here at The Creative Circle! It is so inspiring to be surrounded by such a talented and creative group of gals!

{one room challenge} Week 4- I've Been Hangin' Around...

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

It's week four of the One Room Challenge and things are getting real! Real stressful that is. As you read this, I am in Salt Lake City attending the SNAP conference - catching up with some of my best blogging friends, making lots of new friend, and learning more information than my brain can possibly hold. I'm having a fabulous time, but I can't stop thinking about the long list of things still to be done in the under stair playroom in the next two weeks… or what will really be only a week and a half by the time I get home.

But rather than dwelling on what I won't be getting done this weekend, let me give you a quick overview of the progress we've made since my last update. We are working fast and furious to transform our under stair storage area into a fun music-themed play space for our boys {you'll find the plans for the room and the back story here}. 

This past week, it was all about hanging... The records started going up on the ceiling and the gallery wall frames are empty, but hung.

Under Stair Playroom Progress

{gifts with style} Teacher Appreciation Chalkboard Mason Jar Vases

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Teacher appreciation week is just around the corner, the week of May 4–8! Today I've got a really cute and easy gift that you can make to say thank you to all the wonderful teachers in your children's lives.

Chalkboard Mason Jar Teacher Appreciation Week gift

When I think teachers I think chalkboards {yes, I'm old school like that}, so I added chalkboard paint to the bottom half of mason jars to create adorable vases that can be filled with just about anything... from flowers to candy, or even classroom supplies. The size of the jars would also be perfect to tuck a gift card or two inside since we all know the teachers always appreciate those!

{decorating with style} Client Master Bedroom: Design Plans

Monday, April 20, 2015

A while back I received a call from a college friend asking for help giving her master bedroom a new, more sophisticated look. You can read the full back story in last week's post, where you'll find all of the before pictures of the room as well as some gorgeous inspiration photos that the couple found on Houzz to show me the style they were after.

Today, I'm going to show you the design plans and alternatives I came up with, and talk through the design process a bit. Then next week, I'll share the final photos of the completed room!

{five minute friday} Reclaimed Wood Photo Clipboard

Friday, April 17, 2015

When I saw the wood photo clipboard that Emmie, from My Someday in May, created in just five minutes, I knew I had to share it with you for Five Minute Friday!

Reclaimed Wood Photo Clipboard