Thursday, February 26, 2015
Monday, February 16, 2015
I know a lot of people don't decorate for St. Patrick's day, but knowing I have Irish blood, gives me another reason to switch out my decor before Easter.
I really love the different Irish blessings I've heard throughout my life, but I couldn't find the saying and look I wanted on a printable, so I made my own! This is my first attempt sharing a printable on my blog.
First, here are some hints of St. Patrick's day around my house:
The St. Patrick's Day banner with Vintage Ireland Maps was a fun Pinterest project
The Shamrock Ornament was a floral pick from Michaels
The Shamrock wreath was from Hobby Lobby
The Irish pub and treasure chest were thrift store finds.
The clover was from Michaels.
The St. Patrick's Day greeting card I found here.
The little framed picture is my great-great-great-grandmother who came to the US from Ireland.
The faux tulips are from Tai Pan Trading. They remind me that spring is on the horizon.
The faux grass is from IKEA.
The jar is from Tai Pan. I wanted to fill it with gold coins, but I could only find a few and used gold Christmas ornaments to help fill it.
Click here to download the printable as an 8x10.
Monday, February 9, 2015
One of my favorite projects on my wall is what I like to call my "Gallery of Sons." In person it looks like canvas, but really, I've used scraps from the ends of 1x12s!
The cheap pine 1x12s I use are only 11.25" wide, so I cut my scraps into 11.25" x 11.25" squares and then painted the edges black. I was able to get 12" x 12" matte prints on regular paper for $1.50 a piece (more on that below) and the traced the wood pieces on the prints to cut it down. Instead of mod podging or gluing the prints on, I used double sided tape, so I could switch the pictures out, which I have successful done two times already!
I put two of those saw tooth picture hangers on the back.
A lot of people ask me where I get my prints done. I've heard you can get square prints done at Costco, but I got mine done on regular paper with a matte finish from Scrapbooks to Share for only $1.50 a piece (there's a flat rate for shipping, so you'll want to order several at a time). I'm not going to lie, the website can be pretty tedious and confusing. (I linked it to the place where you upload pictures to save you the scavenger hunt of finding it on your own). I suggest cropping and saving your photos into a square in Windows Media or something similar before uploading it to the website. Then, after you upload and select an image, under "Print Sizes" you can click the drop down feature to change it to "Regular Borderless" instead of "Cardstock Borderless." Once you go through checkout you can edit options to select matte finish instead of glossy.
I'm not being paid to endorse Scrapbooks to Share, I have just been pleased with their prints even if ordering them is tricky.