DIY WOOD SIGN ARTWORK – make art from a gift bag!

MERRY CHRISTMAS! Have you ever seen a gift bag and thought, "Gee, that would be such pretty artwork?" It's always a bummer that such great art can't just be displayed in your house instead of on a gift bag. Well, you are in luck because I turned a gift bag into a wood sign piece of art! It is solid and amazing and ready to be displayed. Turning a gift bag into art is really easy. Use this tutorial to create your very own gift bag art too! As you can see, I made TWO signs from this gift bag, so if you stick around, I'll be posting one to give away to one of you! The … [Read more...]

How to hang heavy unlevel artwork easily

In 2011 I made a piece of art that, to this day, is still my favorite art in the house. You guys loved the art so much that I started making and selling them out of my garage. It was quite an undertaking! I made probably 40 of them but it was very time consuming so I shut down shop eventually. Ah, the good ol' days. Well, I'm not here to announce a shop re-opening or anything like that, but I am here to announce that I finally hung the original piece in my new house! Hallelujah for getting art on my walls almost a year after moving in. I hemmed and hawed for months … [Read more...]

Easy DIY matching M&M costumes

For Halloween this year my daughter and her friend want to be "matching cute M&M girls". They had it all worked out in their minds, all I had to do was take them to the costume store to buy some accessories and then make M&M shirts using my Silhouette Cameo. I think they turned out pretty darn cute if you ask me! If you'd like to recreate this costume, here are the accessories: Hair bow, fish net gloves, tulle tutu, t-shirt. They paired the entire outfit with some black leggings. To make the shirts I dusted off my Silhouette Cameo, found the M&M logo on google, … [Read more...]

I Am My Beloved’s custom artwork sign

So, ya, I made another sign. It wasn't for me though. A friend asked me if I could replicate some art she found on pinterest. I had her send it to me and decided I'd take a stab at it. Here is the original art she sent me: It's from a blog called My *PINK* Life. Isn't it such a pretty piece of art? Well, here's how mine turned out. My friend chose teal paint for the lettering instead of black. She also changed the reference from "Song of Songs" to "Song of Solomon". I think it's a pretty good replication if you ask me. We were both happy with it at least. My friend came … [Read more...]

Buddy the Elf loves singing loud (vinyl sign tutorial)

I know it's terrible to even mention Christmas before Thanksgiving, but I want to share this craft with you guys asap in case you want to bust one out before Santa makes his appearance. My all time most favorite Christmas movie in the history of ever is Elf. Will Ferrell, Bob Newhart, and Zooey Deschanel seriously MAKE this movie. Not only do I watch it at least 20 times in the month of December, I also quote this movie year-round, pretty much daily. How could I not create a sign with the most epic phrase from the best Christmas movie of all time? (Sorry Miracle on 34th Street and A … [Read more...]

Andy Warhol inspired chair pop art

{I have been glued to the TV all evening watching the hurricane coverage. It's heart wrenching to watch. Ben and I (and our chicklets) lived in Long Branch, New Jersey for a year in 2008 so I have a special place in my heart for Jersey and its shore. Watching it get slammed with this terrible storm is just awful. And poor New York City. I cry every time I see more footage of Battery Park. I feel like Jersey and New York are my homes away from home. I hope everyone affected by this awful storm stays safe, dry, and warm. Please know I am thinking about you guys and crying for … [Read more...]

Meet Longhorn Vader

Did you know my family are all Texans? In fact, I'm a native Austinite, which is hard to come by these days. My kids were born in the same hospital that I was! (Us showing our Texas pride in Washington DC) Our family are big University of Texas Longhorn fans. Ben is a UT alumni, and graduated in 2001 from the Business School at the University of Texas at Austin. My grandpa was even a Professor at UT in the Computer Science Department. Ben and I have been going to games together since we were married in 1998! The kids have been longhorn fans since birth. Here they … [Read more...]