an empty wall…

Unfortunately, our house doesn’t offer a lot of opportunities for wall art. The entire rear wall is mostly windows and the rest tends to be small bits of angled wall interrupted by doors or stairs. Our one large wall is the one I stenciled (shown here) and has a simple mirror to break up the busy pattern.

Recently, we moved around some furniture in order to better showcase this beautiful Amish dry sink we got from my husband’s grandmother.

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We had used it upstairs as a changing table but felt like that kept it waaay too hidden for something this great. So, we moved it downstairs into our dining/kitchen area and now right above it is a huge empty wall.

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As soon as I saw it, my wheels started turning…what would I put there? Something wooden/antique? Framed artwork? A shelf for seasonal items? I love gallery walls, but already have one up the stairs – evidenced here.

Then…I remembered seeing an idea while back and wishing I had a spot for it – a plate wall!

I love the vintage look and feel like it could really mesh with our modern farmhouse style. So, I started browsing around the web for some inspiration and found these:

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image sources here, here, here & here

I can’t wait to get started – but this is definitely going to be a work in progress as I watch for plates at thrift stores and slowly build a (cheap) collection that will work. I checked Goodwill today and found nothing that was even remotely cute. This might take me even longer than I had expected! Once I have something to show – I’ll share some pics and prices.

My one dilemma is this: my uber-symetrical brain loves the more organized version, but I feel like the whimsical version that travels up the wall might be a better fit for the shape of my available space. Thoughts? Concerns? Suggestions?

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freebie – desktop wallpapers for March

You know the drill – time to change up your desktop wallpaper for this month!

Here are my favs from around the web…

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Crazy Enough from Smashing Magazine // Gold Spots from Oh, Those Prestwiches
Wooden Stripes from Smashing Magazine // Clovers from Sarah Hearts

And my Desktop Wallpaper Freebie:

(download your screen size below)

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I hope you enjoy these – I’ll be back next month with more!

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5 FREE valentine’s day printables!

It feels a little early to be decorating for Valentine’s Day already, but my husband reminded me that if I want to enjoy my cute V-Day decor I better get it up soon. So…here it is – some Goodwill frames and some FREE printables make for some quick and easy seasonal art.

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You can download the .jpg files below each image in either the 8 x 10 or 5 x 7 size.

loveprintableimageslove is in the air free printable / 5 x 7 / 8 x 10

bemineimagebe mine free printable / 5 x 7 / 8 x 10

iloveyouimagei love you free printable / 5 x 7 / 8 x 10

iaminloveprintablei am in love with you free printable / 5 x 7 / 8 x 10

youandmeprintableyou and me free printable from alecia dawn photography / download here

Hope you enjoy! If you’re interested, I’ve got more Valentine’s Day printables for sale in my Etsy shop!

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taking down Christmas…

It’s a sad day in our house today – we’re taking down the Christmas decorations.

Part of me wants to keep them up all year, but part of me is tired of telling the kids to leave the tree alone and is ready to have my living room back.

Here are some of my favs from around our house – one last glimpse before they get packed up and head to the garage.

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It’s crazy how bare my house looks once I take it all down – makes me realize I need some more everyday decor. By the way, how do you decorate in January? Snow? Snowmen? It doesn’t snow where I live in Arizona, so it seems kinda funny to decorate with snowmen/snowflakes – it was almost 70 degrees here today!

Maybe I’ll go with a New Year theme – I could always use this printable I designed yesterday or some of the ones from my Etsy shop.

 

Are we the last ones to take our tree down?

How do you decorate for January?

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A Printable for the New Year!

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I know my blogging has been sporadic at best – more like non-existent over this last year. It’s amazing what having a third child does to turn your life upside down! I am setting some goals for the blog for 2014 and hoping to get into a better routine – I miss blogging!

So, to start off the year – I thought I’d give away a free New Year’s printable!

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and a white version

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If you like this one, check out some of my other New Year’s printables in my new Etsy shop – I’ll be posting printables for every season and month, so check back often for more!

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$50 Cutting Edge Stencil Giveaway!

I have been a big fan of Cutting Edge Stencils for a while – I’ve perused their website so many times, but never got up the nerve to buy one. I couldn’t ever decide which one I liked best.

Amazingly, in June I won a stencil in a giveaway on Delicate Construction and was so excited!

I selected the Rabat Allover Stencil and went about stenciling a large (REALLY LARGE) wall in my living room. It was quite an undertaking. Well, that’s an understatement. It has been A LOT of work.

a little peak at my wall – I’ll be putting up the finished pictures soon!

I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out and would do it all over again!

 

One of the best things about Cutting Edge Stencils is that they give you so many tips for how to use your stencil. Their website is full of Q & A, they send you an instruction sheet and they have YouTube videos to help walk you through the process:

 

THE GIVEAWAY!!

Today, I’m so excited to be giving away your choice of stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils (up to $50 value) and they will ship it to you for free!

I hope you are excited about this as I am!

Here’s the details:

Giveaway runs from today (9/17) to Friday (9/21) midnight (EST).

Use Rafflecopter to enter (it’s super easy, I promise!). I’ll announce the winner sometime over the weekend! Good luck.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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