Sweatpants and Wall Words: A Perfect Combination

Growing up a midst the Wyoming lifestyle, I have become accustomed to many different anomalies when it comes to the weather.  60+ mile an hour winds, snow in July and ten second flash floods do not faze me.  So, when I woke up this morning for the third morning in a row to find I had to turn the heater on in my car as I made my way to the gym, I did not curse the weather.  Yes, it is August, but it is Wyoming, and I am quietly settling in to the idea that each and every year from here on out will bring a plethora of new meteorological surprises.  And bonus!  As I am listening to the pitter patter of rain on my window, I am reminded of something inexplicably wonderful.....it is almost FALL!!!

As many of you may know, I have been on quite the adventure this month with my job.  After having spent the first two weeks traveling to every wonderful section of the state training all the new Wyo Lotto retailers, and then hitting the road again as we went to sell the first lottery ticket in Wyoming, I am quite exhausted.  In fact, I am not sure I am even fully awake right now.  But such is life, and with dreary days comes relaxation indoors.  And if you know me, you know that a DIY project is not far away.

Although Dan and I have been in our new house for about five months now, there is still a lot I want to do to turn this house into a home.  Particularly by starting to cover my bare walls with items that actually express that a happy little couple lives here.  That being said, my DIY wall art took on a mind of it's own.

What started as a trip to Hobby Lobby to look at wedding gifts ended quite selfishly.  45 minutes and $18 dollars later I left the store with no gifts for anyone, and a lot of supplies for moi.  Side note: to all of you whose weddings I've been invited to, rest assured you will get your gift....and it will be spectacular.

As soon as I got home I put the kettle on and slipped out of my work clothes and into these lovely sweats and slippers.  Sexy?  Hardly.  Comfortable? Yes.  Would I like to live in these for the rest of my life? Abso-freakin'-lutely.
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Faith & Family Wall Art

Before I begin my explanation of this particular DIY project, let me begin with a little story.  Last weekend my mother and I embarked on a weekend long shopping fiesta in Denver, CO.  We went to every store a girl like me could dream of.  From Bass Pro Shops to Forever 21 and everything in between, it was fabulous.  In one of the little shops we stopped in I noticed some wall art for sale.  Knowing that I wanted to spruce up my walls I readily marched my way over and did what I always do first when shopping...check the price tag.  Ouch!  A whopping $70 and I could take home this beautiful piece of art.  Needless to say, that dream ended as quickly as it began.

But never fear, I do have my superpower and knew I could make something similar, if not better, all on my own.  So here you have it, my lovely new wall art.  Brought to me courtesy of my own hands and at the grand total of $18.

1.  One of the great things I love about craft stores is the endless supply of wooden letters and words.  I stumbled upon these completely by accident, but hey, I love my family and I love my faith....why not put them on my wall.

Here are my two wall decorations sans the decoration.  All I grabbed were some burlap flowers and some scrapbooking paper and I was good to go.

2. Before gluing anything on I laid out my flowers to make sure I had enough to fill both words how I wanted.

The craft store must have known I was coming because I bought out all of their burlap flowers.  And lo and behold, there was exactly enough, not a flower to spare.

3. Because I wanted to only cover every other letter in burlap flowers I used my scrapbook paper for the others.

After discovering how not to trace each individual letter (upside down) I got the process down quite simply.  It only took me about ten minutes to trace and cut all of my letters out, smooth on some glue and adhere the paper to the letters.  Depending on the word and the intricacy of the font, it may take you less or more time.  **Be mindful of your care, those corners were tough!

4.  Next I used a hot glue gun to adhere the burlap flowers on to the remaining letters are originally laid out.  Within five minutes, I had my masterpiece complete.  Now I just had to wait for Dan to get home to hang them up high.

Alas, the finished product!  I must admit, they do add a touch of something special to the wall.  Now, if only I could get my pictures to hang straight.....

Until next time, peace out--



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