Mercury Glass Globe-Making a replacement light globe from a pickle Jar

Installing a lighting fixture over a staircase can be difficult so when the light globe slipped effortlessly from my hand and dropped to its death below I cringed. Finding a replacement should of been an easy task but after looking in multiple big box stores, I selected the closest fit.To my dismay it was too…

DIY Planked Quilt Art knock-off

Handcrafting a brand store item is becoming a trend for those of us who count pennies to get by. Often times I find something I like but the price tag is way out of my reach. It’s time to be creative and make it myself. I had on hand some left over or culls of a…

Dollar Store Diy Spice Magnets

I was shopping at the dollar tree again (I know I am there far too often!) and I found these magnetic tins.  They reminded me of the magnetic spice tins but they were selling them to hold paperclips and other office supplies.  I thought it would be a great Idea to make a spice tin…

Haunted Rooms-The Jewel of Kalamazoo

Visiting Henderson Castle Although this might be a good place to meet entities, the reason I traveled to SouthWest Michigan to tour Henderson Castle wasn’t to come face to face with the castles favorite ghosts. They boast of 5 deaths over time inside the castle and pride themselves as a paranormal hot spot with the property situated across…

Free Printable Thanksgiving Dinner Name cards

I use Creative Market a lot for fonts and other things for design and this week they have some amazing free downloads.  I used them to create name cards that you can download and use for Thanksgiving this year.  I know what your thinking, Thanksgiving is so far away, but its good to get some…

Lettering on a Mirror = Magic

I stopped by the local salvation army to look for any good finds for lettering projects and I found this amazing round mirror for 49 cents! I decided that it was a PERFECT canvas for a lettering project and I wanted to share it with you all. White lettering on a mirror for some reason…

How to Make Your living Room more Inviting

We spend most of our time either in the kitchen or in our living room, thats why its important for us to have a living room that makes us feel welcomed.  Here are some practical ways to make your living room more inviting! Do you have an empty corner of your living room that just looks like something is…

Air Plants- Living Art DIY

My co-bloggers returned from a vacation to sunny Florida (read more about the trip) and did not bring me back a typical plastic magnate as a souvenir. Instead, a bag of air plants and Spanish moss were my gift. Being from Michigan, my first instinct was, “Well, these are gonna die.” Surprisingly, they made it…

Industrial Decor

My father is a retired deputy from a jail here in Michigan. When I was little we would go into the huge kitchen freezer and get boxed milk to drink while spending time with him after school. It shaped my perspective on what is good and honorable when I saw the way my dad treated…

Mr. McGregor’s Scarecrow

A tutorial on how to make Mr. McGregor’s scarecrow. All my life I have loved The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. It is a childhood classic that I have read to all my children and now to my grand children. It is out of love for this author and book series that I…

DIY Stick Bouquet

  I was walking through my front yard and noticed how many fallen sticks I had to pick up.   I decided to collect a few and make a fun project out of it.  The side table of my guest bedroom was completely bare, so I devised a plan to create some type of  bouquet out…

DIY: Macrame Plant Hanger

  I have been decorating our new home over the past couple weeks and I am just starting to add in some plants.  I really really wanted to do a corner of hanging pots so I decided to learn how to make a Macrame Plant Hanger.  This was a fun and easy project, it reminded…

Hand Lettering: In Books

On one of my past blog post Quotes, I talked about how much I love lettering quotes that I find.  I came up with an idea on how to do something a little different with lettering.  When I am reading through a book and I find a quote that I love I start creating Ideas for…

DIY Pom Pom Art

Have you seen the hand woven wall hangings all over Pinterest and Etsy? These beautiful pieces are HARD to make, well at least for me, I tried and failed.   So I thought I would try something way more simple! Okay, remember making mini pom poms out of yarn by wrapping around a fork when you…

Quotes

  I love hand lettering quotes, I have a whole Pinterest board of quotes that I use to practice with.  Today I wanted to share with you a piece I made for our guest bedroom.  I plan on changing out the art as I progress.  I am going to keep the old pieces in the…

Inspiration: Antiques

Inspiration can come from anywhere, and I wanted to share with you how I stumbled upon some great inspiration for my lettering over the holiday.  On a trip back to Michigan my family and I visited an antique store.  While I was there I found a huge amount of lettering inspiration that I wanted to…

Sheet Music Art

Part of my creative flow are projects that bring me stimulation and the joy of a finished project. This is especially nice when I’m midstream on a novel and the end is farther away than I want to admit. So here is my project of the week! I scored four matching picture frames from a…

Hand Lettering Heroes

Today I wanted to share with you some of the people I look up to most in the Hand Lettering World.  There are lots of different kinds of Hand lettering out there, from sign painters to calligraphers and everything in between.  This is my list of my top 5 Hand Lettering Heroes.  I have been…

Hand Lettering Tool Guide

For all my lettering friends out there, I made a list of  tools I use for hand lettering.  I called it a guide because I think there are a lot of good products out there and a lot of different brands that work great.  These tools are not “magic” and will not make your lettering…

On assignment in Costa Rica

Guest Photo Post from Sherry Rought: San Jose, Costa Rica     After being caged up in a compound in an inner city of Costa Rica  for weeks, I ventured out. Out of the razor wired, smothered area that I call home. To be set free by my own doing, was a reward in itself. I…