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Oct 28, 2012

No. 29 Design is on Etsy...

I have a new endeavor. I opened an Etsy shop!

I've been receiving comments and emails from readers asking about some of the artwork I've made and used throughout my home. The most popular request has been for the subway art bathroom rules print I came up with for my children's bathroom. I decided to create various digital prints that are available for you to download. No shipping fees, just a digital file for you to use over and over however you see fit. 

Each print is an 8 x 10 inch image size in jpg form. You are able to create a print to frame or for use as greeting cards, iron on transfers for t-shirts or bags, etc. Do you have a boys' birthday party coming up. 

Here is a perfect example for you. With my Definition of Boys pdf you can print out iron-on transfers and create some great t-shirts for your guests. Iron it onto a simple canvas bag and you have a goodie bag!

You can print the file from the comfort of your home or use the print shops at Target, Office Max, Staples, or Shutterfly to name a few.

Some of my prints are customizable as well, such as my Family Dates print. All I need from you are the important dates like Dad's birthday, Mom's birthday, your wedding dates and all the little birthdays that come after! 

I've been adding new designs every day. I'm a graphic designer as well so I'll add more options for custom designs such as logo's and business cards as time goes on.

Hop on over to No. 29 Design on Etsy and take a look!

Oct 25, 2012

a simple fall wreath

With a new coat of paint on my front door it is time for some fall decorating. A wreath was in order and after receiving a selection of Aleene's glue and adhesives I got my craft on. I had found some ribbon which matched my door perfectly, in a fall sort of way. Some simple white glossy plastic fruit and a wreath of branches was all I needed to create a simple wreath. 

I began by wrapping my ribbon around one side of the wreath. I overlapped the ribbon and then glue it  on the back using the Aleene Tacky glue.

After the ribbon was dry I began gluing the white plastic fruit along the other side. 

I glued the last three pieces of fruit on and let the wreath sit to dry, with the help of some makeshift stabilizers!

Since the wreath is so lightweight I was able to hang it up using 3M strips. I'm not ready for any nails in my fresh door yet!

Would you like some more craft ideas? Follow Aleene’s I Love To Create online, on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.

I received product and payment via The Blueprint Social (www.theblueprintsocial.com) for this post, however, opinions are 100% my own.

Oct 23, 2012

apothecary jars for every season...

Apothecary jars come in every possible size...

via kaboodle

and shape...

via google

I have some in at least four rooms in my house, the living room, the guest room, the laundry room and the half bathroom. I'm constantly moving them around and changing what is inside depending on the season. They have had everything inside from clothes pins to plastic fruit to Christmas ribbon to decorative soap. With Thanksgiving just around the corner and fall in full swing, here is a small collection of ideas on how to fill your own apothecary jars.

via google

via pottery barn

via pottery barn
via better homes & gardens

via candlelight solutions

Oct 22, 2012

introducing the Lego table...

Like most boys between the ages of 3 and 100, mine are into Lego's. They are scattered in their bedroom, the living room, the family room and everywhere in between. I don't think I have to describe the feeling of stepping on one of the tiny pieces in the middle of the night. Not fun.

I wanted to have one place for all Lego building and luckily I got a little help from my friend IKEA. The Lack table is used for all sorts of IKEA hacks so I decided to try my own version. 

I purchased one Lack table for a whopping $7.99. I then found a large gray Lego base plate and framed it out with some smaller white plates.

I laid all the pieces out first and measured the border around them so that it was even on all sides. Holding the smaller tiles together with various Lego pieces I first glued the large base plate down using Epoxy glue. I then glued the smaller white pieces. Epoxy dries pretty quickly and when it dries it doesn't go anywhere! 

I let it all sit for a couple days and then removed the small pieces connecting everything and that was it!

I had plans to make some sort of table skirt to hide the basket of Lego's underneath but after watching how my guys played with this table I switched gears. They sit in front of it, they kneel in front of it, they pull up a chair... Basically the skirt would be trashed before its' first day.

The part I love the most about this table is that it moves around. Some days it is in the living room. Other days it can be found in the family room. Quiet mornings when it is in the boys' bedroom are my favorite! The gray and white base plates are neutral enough. I could have gone with the larger green or blue base plate but decided against it just so it would match every and any space. At night you might even find a cup of tea there! Don't tell my boys...

Oct 18, 2012

an inspiring quote...

I came across this quote on Pinterest the other day and it is my new mantra.

via Promise Tangeman 

Do you find yourself struggling with decisions about your home. Look around you, at everything. From the colors you wear to the wrapping paper you pick out. Don't conform your style just because it is the latest fad. Don't get me wrong, fads are fine. I prefer to use them in something small, inexpensive and versatile. I wouldn't buy a sofa in the latest color or fabric craze, but pillows are another story. Are you still looking for your style or have you found it already?

Oct 16, 2012

a thank you for October...

Pour yourself a cup of coffee and visit some of my sponsors, new and old alike!

Sage Market + Design

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Visit here for some more information or contact me here.

Oct 14, 2012

the black door needed a decal...

Now that my black door is done I decided it needed just a little bit more...

I chose a decal from Quote the Walls, a fantastic site with every decal imaginable from kitchens to bedrooms! I was able to customize the color I wanted and selected white for my black door.

The decals are very easy to use, just peel the backing off, and position it on your door, wall, etc. Then slowly peel the thin layer of paper off, leaving your decal in place.

Take a look at Quote the Walls for some great ideas on how to customize your own space.

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