Houseplant Artwork

I've been wanting to add some real plants around the house, but my track record with plants is very bleak. Succulents, which I think are supposed to last FOREVER, die within a few weeks under my care. 

So, what a pleasant surprise it was to come across this book  at Goodwill Eastlake for only $1! It's a Time Life encyclopedia and guide all about house plants!

This book will definitely be a great resource for me if I ever buy a real plant. Until then I'll just play it safe and display pictures of plants from the book in this $3 frame I found at Goodwill Garfield.

I should have no problem keeping these "plants" alive... 

So maybe you're the kind of person that can actually keep a plant alive and you don't need to frame pictures of plants in lieu of the real thing. Good for you... and give me all your tips! But there are plenty of other books you can repurpose into artwork if plants aren't your thing. Here I used clippings from a sports book to create silhouettes of my boys.

Click here for directions on how to make these silhouettes. 

Here I used a page from the children's book "Sesame Street Book of Numbers" to fill an empty frame. 

And here's another picture from that same Sesame Street book. These scruffy dogs reminded me so much of our dog, Sammy.

Next time you are in need of some new artwork (or plants) for your home, stop in at Goodwill and find a book with photographs, illustrations, or artwork that fit your style. Books usually range in price from fifty cents to two dollars, so go wild, buy a few! 

If you give this project a try, I'd love to see pictures!! Email me here.

**This post was sponsored by Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio, Inc. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

Woven Tray Turned Picture Frame

My decorating style changes from year to year, month to month and week to week. One second I’m painting all my wood furniture in bright colors, the next I’m wanting all my furniture back to natural wood.

The last few years I was all about bright pops of color, boldly painted furniture, and retro-inspired accessories. But my decorating pendulum is swinging back a bit and I’m craving subdued neutral colors and natural textures like wood grain, rope, canvas, linen, burlap, copper, brick, and natural greenery.

I’m slowly refreshing areas of our house to bring in more of these natural elements and I’m currently working on our bedroom.

Having a clear vision of what look/feel I’m going for has made it easy pick up inexpensive accessories at Goodwill to decorate shelves and dresser tops.

On a recent trip to Goodwill Northfield I was able to pick up this wooden lamp base ($7.99) and this circular woven tray ($.80). 

I turned the tray into a picture frame (details below) and paired it and the lamp with some thrifted books and dishes to create this simple display in my new, neutral design palette.

To make this EASY picture frame, follow the steps below:

1: Measure the indented circle on the tray. Mine was about 8.5”.

2 (optional): Bring your photo into a design software (I used InDesign) and place it on an 11x17 sized document (this is the size paper that the print shop would be printing it on). Add an 8.1” circle on top of the photo to serve as a cutting guide. I made it slightly smaller than 8.5” so that I had some wiggle room when placing the final photo into the indent. Export file to PDF and send to the local printer.

3: Cut photo into circle.

6: Affix photo to tray. I used masking tape as to not damage the tray, but you could also use glue.

7: Hook a paperclip through the weavings on the back (or you could use command strips), and hang.

My next area of focus in the bedroom is our bedding. I'm in the market for a new comforter; one that is both light in weight, yet still really warm and cozy. I'm loving the look of this Linen Quilt from West Elm, and this grey striped duvet cover from Ikea. We currently have FIVE layers of bedding; a sheet, a coverall, two down comforters, and a fleece blanket! And yes, we do have heat in our house. Now that we're finally heading into Spring I think I can reduce it down to 3 layers. Any bedding recommendations are welcome! 

**This post was sponsored by Goodwill Industries of Akron. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

If I had a Girl...

I have three boys.

Three boys who like to wear Ohio State jerseys, fleece sweatpants, bathing suit shorts (in the middle of winter), hooded sweatshirts, super hero t-shirts, and their favorite...

No shirts.

Ohhhh what fun it would be to shop for a girl. All the bright colors, the ruffle details, the mini versions of trendy women's clothes (skinny jeans!), the patterns, the tiny embelishments and details -- so much outfit styling fun to be had!

And this mama of three boys deserves to have some shopping fun!

In partnership with Goodwill of Cleveland and East Central Ohio, I went to their Shaker Heights store and experienced what thrift shopping would be like if I had a girl... 

The cuteness!! That blue handmade bird skirt, those gray Baby Gap skinny jeans, that pink Polo dress, annnnd those floral Gymboree shorts! If I had a girl... we'd need to build a few more closets in our house.

But we can leave the hammer in the toolbox,cause it's nothin' but boys around here! So, I put all those girl clothes back on the rack (for anyone who wants to go snatch them up!) and left with my usual gear... a t-shirt and jeans. 

**This post was sponsored by Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio, Inc. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.