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October 2017

A Photo Canvas Giveaway

I am very excited to announce a photo canvas giveaway on my blog!  Keep it for yourself or it would make a great Christmas gift too.  Details on how to win are at the bottom of this post.

Photo Canvases…

I don’t know about you but I love taking pictures and I love photography in general.  I’ve got thousands of photos on my laptop and on my iphone.  I take pictures ALL THE TIME.  And, if you are anything like me, most of these photos live on your computer.  So when the folks over at canvasfactory.com contacted me about doing a giveaway, I jumped at the chance to get at least one my photos off of my phone and onto my wall.  Plus, I have ordered from Canvas Factory before and have been more than happy with the products, and the service.

Canvas Factory provides high quality canvas prints at an affordable price.  And they are having huge sales on there web site right now.  BUT, you can win a Free one here.  You can’t beat free.

I’ve been searching for the right artwork for my newly re-done Master Bedroom. Something that had some nice greens to go with my tropical theme.  After looking through my millions of photos, I settled on this picture I took of a pineapple that I actually grew myself in a pot by my pool. Isn’t it pretty?

Giveaway for a Free Photo Canvas

And here is how it looks in my Master Bedroom.  I think it looks really good in here!  (Don’t mind my little furry model in the photos.  I was interrupting her nap while taking pictures.)  Read the details below on how to enter the contest.

Here are the details…

*To enter the contest for a FREE 16×20 canvas (with your own photo), simply add your name to my email list and/or like my Facebook or Instagram page.  Contest runs from October 25 to November 8, 2017.

*Offer good for US Residents only.  

DIY Artwork for $23

I posted this image of my DIY Artwork on social media last night, and had a nice response. Thank you all so much for the kind words.  Since you all seemed to like it, I thought I’d share how I made this DIY Artwork.

DIY Artwork
DIY Artwork

Simply put, I followed this tutorial that I found on Pinterest from some one who is much more artistic than myself.  I loved the colors in this piece and thought they’d look perfect in my house, so was dying to try it.  However, I was nervous as I have NEVER tried to paint anything like this, so I thought for sure I’d mess it up.  Sometimes I try things that I see on Pinterest and they are HUGE fails, but this one was actually really easy and I was very happy with the result.  And it only cost me $23!

Here are the supplies I used…

1. I bought a 2 pack of 18×24 inch canvas’ at Hobby Lobby on sale for $12.99.  I was afraid to go any bigger in case I screwed them up, but now I wished I had bought the 24×36 (although that size cost a lot more money and they weren’t on sale).

2. Craft paint.  I purchased the following colors (but there are hundreds to choose from, so you could pick whatever colors float your boat, I think a bunch of oranges, reds, and yellows would be pretty too).  I didn’t want to screw this up so I basically bought the exact colors based on the suggestions from this blog.  Each of these cost $1.37 (one brand was $1.87)!  This is not high quality paint, but it worked just fine for my purposes, and the price was right.

Folk Art brand #2499 Skyline and #407 Kelly Green,

Ceramcoat brand #04021 Seafoam

Americana brand – #DA02 White Wash and #DA042 Baby Blue

3. I used one of my kids paint brushes (1/2 inch size) but wished I had bought a nicer, newer one. The one I used was a little beat up, but it did the trick

4. Paper plate.

The Painting Process (the Fun part)…

Once I was all set up, I just went for it.  I started on the bottom with the Kelly Green, then worked my way up trying to blend the colors the best I could using a lot of white.  The good news is you really can’t mess it up.  If you don’t like the way something turns out, just paint over it.  Here was my first one, in progress.

DIY Artwork, in progress
DIY Artwork, in progress

Originally, I was only going to paint one of my two canvas’, but it only took me about a half an hour to complete the first one, so I decided to paint the other one too.  When I thought I was done and happy with how they both looked, I took a picture of them and walked away for a bit.  When I came back a while later, I thought there was way to much green on the bottom so I got to work blending the colors until I was happy.  You really could go overboard and just keep painting and painting all day long, but by now my kids were home from school so I called them DONE.  Even now, looking at these pictures, I see some areas I would like to fix, but I think I’ll leave them alone…..for now.

Side note – I feel like the colors in real life are much prettier than these pictures below.

My husband and kids were both surprised that I painted these and although they are not the best things you’ve ever seen in your life, I really like how they came out.

Here is where I hung them in the living room, for now.  There were already nails here from other pictures, so I hung them here just to see how they looked.  I’m thinking they need some frames.  What do you think?

DIY Artwork
DIY Artwork

So, there ya have it!   

Trust me, if I can do something like this, so can you.

Did you see my post last week about my bedroom makeover on a budget?  Check it out.

Master Bedroom Makeover on a Budget

The Before…

Now that hurricane Irma is over and life is getting back to normal, it was time to finish up what I started a while back and get our master bedroom makeover done.

You might be asking, ‘a master bedroom makeover? Already’?  Didn’t you just move into the House house like a year ago?  Well, yes we did.  However, I never liked how the master bedroom looked, specifically the paint color.  The tone of the blue was just ‘off’ somehow.  I usually LOVE blue and our dining room, living room and office are blue, but there was just something about this blue that wasn’t doing it for me.  So, I never really finished the room in the first place.

I told my husband I wanted to paint it, and he said, ‘Go for it, but you’re on your own’.  He hates to paint.  Then I told him I was thinking of painting it white and he said ‘White is not a color’.  HA!  But, he let me paint it white anyway and we both like the way it turned out.

We’ve had this Tommy Bahama bedroom set for about 7 years.  It’s okay.  My husband and I both like it.  I probably wouldn’t pick something like it out today, but I figured my husband wasn’t gonna let me buy a whole new bedroom set so I better find a way to decorate around it.  The rest of my house has a coastal/beachy look but this bedroom set makes me think more carribean/tropical.  It is Tommy Bahama after all. 😉 I was thinking white with green accents would look much better.  And to top it all off I was trying to do all this on a small budget.

Master Bedroom Makeover….During…

So, I painted all by myself.  Well, the kids kinda helped, but I did most of the work.  And guess what?  Painting kinda sucks.  Especially when you don’t have a ton of time to do it, in between kids after school activities, homework, running everyday errands, trying to go to the gym, and blah blah blah.  It took longer than I thought it would take.  And then when it came time to paint the wall behind the bed, well, that was no fun.  This bed is heavy.  We weren’t able to lift it up out of the way, or even slide it.  Instead, we had to take the whole dang thing apart.  Let’s just say there may have been some swearing going on from both me and my husband, and maybe I questioned myself with “why did I start this damn project???”.

Anyway, the painting all got done eventually.  It took about a week.

Master Bedroom Makeover…After…

Here is how it turned out. Still not 100% done, but looks a whole lot different.

I ordered the duvet cover from Wayfair for only $36.99.  Have you ever ordered anything from Wayfair?  They have the best stuff, free shipping and easy returns not to mention great prices too. Anyway, this duvet is super soft, nice quality for the price, and the perfect color.

The euro shams came from Wayfair too.  I wanted plain white and these were the cheapest ones I could find at $17.99 a piece.  The euro shams are the large square pillows and the covers can be EXPENSIVE!

I downloaded these prints below for FREE, and you can too, from this web site.  I bought the 11×14 sized frames at Michael’s when they were buy one/get one free.

The below prints I got on etsy.com.  I recently discovered that you can download all sorts of amazing photography and artwork on etsy for really cheap!  Did you guys know this?  Am I the only one who didn’t know this?  I found these on the shop called GoodVibesMotel and they cost around $7 each.  Once they are downloaded to your computer, you then have to upload them to one of the many websites that can handle printing.  After shopping around a bit I found out that Walgreens prints poster sized prints. Many places don’t.  I found a coupon online for 40% off and ordered both 2’x3′ prints right from my computer and was able to pick them up the same day!  They came out to a little less than $20 a piece.  Then I bought these frames at Michael’s for 50% off.  Aren’t they cute?

I found the curtains on Wayfair too and think they tie everything together nicely.  They are a little more ‘crinkly’ in person than I expected but I like the color and the print so I kept them.

New master bedroom curtains
New master bedroom curtains

Lastly, I found the little green bench that you see at the foot of the bed at Tuesday Morning for $99.

I am in search of the perfect picture or some type of artwork for above the bed and also have my eye on these lamps for the nightstands.

Overall, I did not spend very much money on this room.  I really tried to find as many bargains as I could.

Here is one last Master Bedroom Makeover Before/After.  Looks a little different don’t ya think?