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I’ve recently become obsessed with COLORED JEANS.  They just look SO fun and fresh compared to the regular old blue jeans I have in my closet.  On a little outing the other day with my boys I happened upon the most beautiful pair of teal jeans at TJMax.  They were $35 and I almost passed up even trying them on (because my pants limit is typically about $18-$20) but I figured there’d be no harm in just stepping into them and zipping them up.  Right?  WRONG.  I put them on and haven’t wanted to take them off since.  I LOVE THEM.  They fit so well, not the skin tight, low rise fit that most colored jeans are.  I’m about two pregnancies past the point of wearing anything like THAT.  I bought them.  And I love them so much I don’t even feel guilty about it.  Some of you may be wondering, “Great, but what in the heck do you wear with TEAL pants?”  Well, lots of things come to find out.  Here are a few of my favorites I rounded up from my closet.  I hope you like them and it gives you the confidence to go out and get your own pair of bright colored jeans!

This first outfit is a simple and sweet look with my thrifted bow shirt and a simple forest green cardigan.

Haha!! Look at me trying to be a tough guy in my little black military style shirt jacket.  I’m a dork.

I LOVE this tomato red thrifted blazer with the teal pants!  SO bright and fun but still sophisticated.

You see folks.  Don’t let those bright pants scare you off.  You CAN PULL IT OFF and they will rock the socks off any outfit!  🙂

P.S.  I have more creative tutorials coming soon!  So check me out again and tell your friends! 🙂  Thanks everyone!  HAPPY WEEKEND.

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Hey everyone!  Hope you had fun making your custom DIY fabric art!  If you have done any of the tutorials for yourself I’d love to see how they’re coming together so post a pic!

A few days ago I asked you guys to vote on a project you’d like to learn how to do and I got several mixed responses so I’ve decided to start with the Mod Wall Mural and then teach the Clay Rose Necklace and the Baby Onesie Applique on other days so everyone’s happy.  I’m thrilled to see you’re all excited to learn and I promise that I will get to those tutorials asap!

I first created this mod looking painted wall mural in my little sister’s room in Idaho.  She wanted me do redecorate her room for her birthday to help her out of the “quilted and sweet” young room she had to a more mature and fun “teenagery” room.  We had to use her existing furniture and my parents didn’t want her to repaint her dusky blue walls so it was a bit of a challenge to combine her new tastes into her old stuff.  But, I really was pleased with how it all turned out and I think the wall mural really helped pull things together.  Heres her new room:And then heres the mod wall mural I did to tie it all together:

I think you’ll be surprised at how inexpensive and easy it is to create an impact like this with a little bit of paint.  Also, you don’t need to feel like you have to be a teenager to use this mural in your room.  Coordinate the colors to match your decor and make the blooms as big or as small as you’d like.  You could also do this same thing as a neutral just for a bit of an eye-catcher without being super powerful by simply painting it in the same color as your wall color but a few shades darker or lighter.  I used the same colors and design in my sister’s bathroom over her toilet on a smaller scale to make it look like flowers coming out of a vase.  So are you excited to learn how its done!?  Great!  Here we go:

Cost: $10-15

Supplies:

  • Blank Stencil Sheet(s). I bought 3 sheets to make 3 different stencils for my flower buds.  You can find blank stenciling sheets at crafts stores and some Walmarts.
  • Exacto Knife.
  • Sharpie.
  • Repositionable Spray Adhesive.
  • Craft Paint or leftover wall paint from other rooms, whatever you’d like.  I used 3 colors (pink, lime green, and white) for my sister’s mural.
  • Paint Brushes. A small one for the finer details like the grass and the stems and a medium one for the larger areas.
  • Stencil Brush or “Pouncer”. I just used a cheap foam pouncer and then refined the outline of my buds with the smaller paintbrush.

And thats it my friends!  Time to get it done!

  1. Determine where you’d like your mural to go.  When choosing a spot for your mural keep in mind that this is something to be proud of and chose a place that will showcase it like in between two windows, in an entryway, or even on a back door would be really sweet and fun.
  2. Determine what colors you’d like to use.  I used 3 colors that I picked based on the colors that were in my sister’s bedding.  Coordinate your colors to the room that the mural is going in.
  3. Like the last tutorial on fabric silhouette art, find an image (I often use google images) of any type of flower bud you’d like to use that has a distinct line keeping in mind that you will only be seeing the bud as a silhouette on the wall.  I actually chose 3 different bud images of the same kind of flower so I had more detail and difference to my wall mural “layers”.
  4. Again, like the last tutorial, blow each bud image up to as large as you’d like (as long as it fits onto your computer paper which is about an 8″x11″ sheet) and print them off to use as your mural image.
  5. Take a sheet of your blank stencil plastic and trace the outline of your bud onto the stencil plastic with a sharpie.  This can be done by simply placing the printed image behind the stencil plastic and carefully going along the outline of the bud.  You should be able to see through the plastic enough to see your image and trace it easily but if you need to you can take both layers to a window (as long as its light outside) and this will help backlight your image and make it easier to see where you need to be tracing.
  6. By now you should know where I’m headed with this…
  7. Using your sharp exacto knife, carefully carve out your newly traced image on your stencil plastic to create your bud silhouette stencil.
  8. Repeat the process for all 3 buds if you’re using different images per color/layer for your mural.
  9. Determine how you’d like to layer your mural…as in…which color you want in the back…which bud will coordinate with that color…and so on.  Are you following me?  I hope this is easy to understand, because it really is an easy project.  Basically just refer to the mural pic above to see what I mean.  For example, I started with my white painted flowers first, let those dry, then did my green painted flowers intersecting and overlapping the white ones and let those dry, and then ended with my pink flowers overlapping and intersecting with both the white and green last.  If you’d like a more simple version, just stick to one paint color and one bud stencil and overlap however you’d like.
  10. Once you have a “plan” in your mind you can either pencil it onto your wall, draw it out on a piece of paper, or just go at it (thats what I tend to do…I like to just dive into things…I’m impatient that way I guess).
  11. Take your first bud stencil and spray the backside with your repositionable spray adhesive to save you from having to try to hold it in place as you stencil.  Stick it to your wall wherever you’d like (keep in mind you want the buds to look random so some will be high and some will be tilted and some to one side and some low,etc…) and then with your “first layer” color stencil in the image.  If your walls are textured like my sister’s are you might get a little bit of seeping in spots, but you can take your small brush and even those areas out by hand after its all dry so don’t stress about it too much.
  12. Next continue moving the stencil around the mural area, placing buds randomly about.  You may need to re-apply the spray adhesive to get your stencil to continue sticking after a couple moves or so.
  13. Once you have the desired amount of buds in your “first layer” color, pull stems down from the buds to the floor in the same color with your small/medium paint brush.  Some can be bent to one side, some straighter, some a little wavy, it really doesn’t matter too much since this project looks a little sweeter if it is somewhat imperfect I think.  (I tend to like projects that look “intentionally imperfect” since they are less stressful and easier to be proud of.)
  14. Fill in the bottom of your mural area with some wispy blades of grass in the same color.
  15. OK! Sit back and look and take a break while that first layer dries.
  16. Once its dry you can start on the second layer, either using the same bud stencil or another that you made, (I made 3 different stencils for mine, one to go with each color I used) and repeat the last 5 steps with your last two colors.  Be aware of your NEGATIVE spaces (spaces in between each painted area) and try not to get too uniform in your flower placement (unless thats what you want…actually this would look pretty cute as a line of daisies in a row…).
  17. Step back and admire your beautiful wall mural!! FABULOUS!!!

And thats that!  I think that I might have “over-explained” this one a bit, but I try to write these in the most comprehensible way that I can.  Really though, once you know that all this is is a homemade stencil and some freehand painting, its pretty easy to get it done.  Have fun doing this in your own home.  I’d love to see pics of your projects so be sure to post them when your done!

Stay tuned for Friday’s tutorial on “How to Make an Antiqued Clay Rose Necklace”!!

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Yay!! I finally did the DIY wall art for my nursery and I’m lovin the way it turned out.  I was going for a mod take on baby wall art using some of the fabrics that I’ll be incorporating in the baby bedding and pillows.  Heres what it turned out looking like:This is a really easy and adorable art project that takes basically no artistic talent to pull together.   Heres the breakdown:

Cost: About $18-$30 depending on what you have on hand.

Supplies:

  • Sharp Scizzors that can cut somewhat intricate detail
  • Silhouette Images or images with a strong graphic line to them.  I knew that I was looking for “woodland creatures” and so looked up “woodland creature clipart” in google images to find my jackalope, owl, and squirrel.
  • Canvases either square or rectangular (or oval or round or whatever you’d like!).  I got my 3 12″x12″x1″ canvases at BigLots for $5 a piece.
  • Fun Coordinating Fabrics.  I used 5 different coordinating fabrics mixing prints with solids to make my art a little whimsical.  I find most of my fabrics in the “remnant” bins for up to 80% off at fabric and craft stores.
  • Adhesive Backed Felt. I got mine at Walmart in white for $0.99 per sheet.  It took 3 sheets to make 3 silhouettes.
  • Multipurpose Spray Adhesive. I love this stuff and use it a lot.  I get the Super 77 spray adhesive at Walmart for $6 a can or so.
  • ModPodge.
  • Craft Paint (if you’d like to paint the edges of your canvas).

It took me about an hour or so to do all 3 pictures and about another 5 hours to let them dry enough to hang.  I can ‘t wait to get the nursery painted so I can see how they look against my light aqua walls!  Alright, you got your stuff together?  Lets get started.

  1. Find some images you’d like to use for your silhouettes.  To do this, simply peruse google images around the category your looking for.  For example “woodland animals clipart” was what I typed in to find my 3 images, and they were basically already in silhouette form for me so that was great.  If your images aren’t in silhouette form its ok as long as they have a strong line to them that gives the detail you’d like when you make them into silhouette art.
  2. Print your images off on your home printer in as large a size as needed for your canvas.  For my 12″x12″ canvases I basically sized my images to a 3/4 sheet of computer paper to get the size I wanted.  This is important because you’re essentially making a stencil to use for your main image in your artwork.
  3. Cut your images out making sure to acknowledge that your image needs to primarily be one piece to work as a stencil.
  4. Next, grab your adhesive backed felt and turn it over to the waxy paper backed side.  Using a sharpie (or pen), trace your image onto the back of your felt.  I like using adhesive backed felt because it makes it easy to trace and cut, getting crisp edges and all the details.
  5. Now cut out your images going slowly and using sharp scizzors.  DO NOT remove the adhesive backing wax paper before you start cutting.  We’ll take that off later.
  6. Next its time to get creative and pick out your fabrics.  This is a lot like scrapbooking in that you want to create a fun backdrop to your main image which is your felt silhouette.  You can either do all 3 canvases the same or all different or (like in my case) the middle canvas different while still using coordinating fabrics.  I chose a main square of fabric for the backdrop, followed by a strip of coordinating fabric down the center vertically, and then layered my white felt silhouette onto another “outline” fabric.  This is up to you.  Have fun creating your “fabric scrapbook page” however you’d like!  Just don’t get TOO busy with it if you want your main image to stand out.
  7. Once you have your pieces cut out and have an idea for how you’d like to layer them onto your canvas, (my pieces are totally unkempt looking with crooked lines and frayed edges but you can get more precise if you’d like a more PERFECT look and feel.  I wanted to keep mine fun and “handmade” looking so I didn’t worry about cutting everything the exact same), now you can begin gluing them onto your canvas in your desired order.
  8. To do this, work with the bottom pieces first, spraying moderately the backside of your fabric piece and positioning it onto your canvas.  Smooth the bubbles and edges down, and repeat the process with your next pieces.  (Hold off on your main image, we’ll get to that in a sec.)
  9. Once you have that part done, get your silhouette(s) and remove the waxy backing.  You can either stick your image directly onto your layered fabric canvas or you can do what I did you give it an “outline” by layering it onto another coordinating fabric.
  10. If you decide to layer it like I said in the previous step, simply stick it onto your outline fabric and then cut around the image at your desired outline width.  I gave mine about 1/4 inch.
  11. Next, spray that back of your now outlined silhouette and stick it into place on your canvas.
  12. If you’d like, you can be done at this point or you can do what I did and finish the whole thing with a generous coat of ModPodge.  I like to “seal” my fabric art with ModPodge to make sure that all the pieces aren’t going anywhere and give it a little bit of a gloss.  Using a foam brush, apply the ModPodge over the entire canvas  covering each layer of fabric.
  13. If you’d like you can also use craft paint in a coordinating color to paint the sides of your canvas to make it stand out against your wall.  I used brown.

And there you have it!  Wonderful custom artwork thats easy to make and provides a POP to your decor!  What do you think?! Enjoy making your own fabric wall art and stay tuned for my next tutorial “How to Paint a Mod Wall Mural“!

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