Thursday, February 13, 2014

Entryway Revamp in Progress + {Serve the Lord Art Print}

First of all, I'm so thankful that this darling boy's bright eyes and happy smile are back! It's been a long week caring for and worrying about a very sick little boy with rsv/bronchiolitis. He's eating, drinking and playing for the first time since Sunday!

Since I've spent A LOT of time at home recently, I just couldn't help playing with one of my new designs to see what it looks like in our family room. (Yep, that's the room in the picture above!)

We're currently in the process of revamping our entryway into the family room. The lack of a coat closet, mud room or entry from our attached garage into the house has been the biggest downside to our lovely house, which we've owned for the last year and a half.

That means that our family room is in a constant state of of disarray — especially this time of year — with coats, gloves, hats, bags, socks, shoes, boots, snow, salt, dirt... everywhere. Yep, it drives me crazy. I'm constantly reminding my 3-year-old to take his shoes off before he gets too far into the house. Coats just get tossed into a big pile behind the door or over the back of the couch. They stay there until I collect them and bring them into another room where they are either hung on the back of a door, or my favorite…draped on the backs of all the chairs in our dining room!! Can anybody else relate??

Did I mention that every time I would set my diaper bag on the floor inside the door and walk away to take care of a child, our dog would find the food in it and have a 2nd or 3rd lunch? If only I had a place to hang the bag...

So...I spent some time looking for ideas on Pinterest and really wanted to "do it right" and have something built with wainscoting, hooks, shelves, cabinets that hide all the clutter, etc. But with a budget and so many other projects on the list – and mostly my urgency to just have somewhere to hang things – we opted for a nice looking coat tree from Home Decorators, which happened to be on sale with free shipping, and I love it! Although three hooks just aren't enough, so I picture adding board and batten wainscoting and hooks on the wall behind it at some point. (Maybe something the boys can reach too.)  Add to it a much needed new rug and a new boot tray on order — it's slowly starting to come together!

I love the little drawers, which work well now for little boots, gloves, hats, etc. We even stick our snow pants in there once they are dry. Some baskets are needed for the shelf and something pretty 
for the top...?? Hello Marshalls/HomeGoods!
Since there was already a nail on the wall in the perfect spot,  I decided to see what my new
{Serve the Lord} Art Print would look like in a larger size (11x14) next to the coat tree. I'm dying to get out to the store (5 days of going nowhere except the doctor's office is too much!) to find a new frame, but other than that, I'm kind of loving it! What better place for this verse than right inside your front door?!

Here it is without the glass so there isn't as much glare. 
(Oh yeah, my print did get a bit crumpled in the mayhem that is my house these days. 
I just didn't take the time to print a new one just yet.)

And yes, those are paint swatches below the frame. My lovely interior designer friend helped me pick some paint colors to try out in another room in my house, but I'm thinking I want to use one of them in this room too. (Benjamin Moore Alaskan Husky and Revere Pewter)

And just to compare, here's what it used to look like. Definitely an improvement over this!

Several of you have mentioned to me that they want Joshua 24:15 print, so it's been on my list, but, honestly, I designed this one for me! These are my colors – the ones that make me happy! But if you love it too, it's available here as an 8x10. (Want it larger? Let me know!) Or, if you know what colors make YOU happy, I'd love to customize one just for you!

Leave a comment and let me know what you think!



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Friday, February 7, 2014

{Thumb} Body Loves You + Freebies Part 2 {Printables}

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 
1 Corinthians 13:4-8

So it's exactly one week until Valentine's Day and our cards to our family are already in the mail!
(I just might have stayed up until 12:30 a.m. to put the finishing touches on them.) We took advantage of a snow day to be a little crafty (and a little messy). After doing a little web searching I came up with an idea, changed it around a bit, and ended up with this.

Aren't my boys' thumbs so cute?!

I created the words in Photoshop. Then printed this on my Canon color printer. The boys of course helped with the most important part, and yes, #2's hands looked a bit bloody by the end. Then I cut out the scalloped edge matting on patterned paper with my Silhouette Cameo. Some arms, legs, a face, a little glue and it's done!

Valentine's Freebies, Part 2

This time I'm making both of these 5x7 {Love}ly Art Prints available to for you to print at home. (Each PDF contains three color options.) What a great gift to include with your kids' Valentines to a grandparent, teacher or neighbor! I've really enjoyed coming up with these designs this month and hope you enjoy them too!

{Both are available as an 8x10 print in my shop.}

Love, Erin

Monday, February 3, 2014

Valentine's Freebies {Part 1, DIY Love iPhone Cover}

I'm so excited about Part 1 of my series of "Love" Freebies for Valentine's Day!

Back in November I upgraded my smartphone to an iPhone and began searching for a nice looking cover. I wanted something fun and stylish but didn't really want to commit to anything expensive as my tastes tend to change on a whim. So I opted for a clear cover that was on sale at Staples for $10 — with the intention of putting my own design inside the cover.

Fast-forward to February and I finally got around to giving it a try! It literally took me 10 minutes or less. I found a tutorial and template online, printed it out, trimmed it, cut a hole for the camera and inserted it into my case. When my husband saw it, he asked me when I bought a new iPhone case. Score!! He thought I spent money on it!

My gift to you is a template to create a Love-themed cover for your iPhone 4s, iPhone 5 or Android phone. All you need is a color printer, a sheet of card stock or matte photo paper (that's what I used), and a clear phone cover. Then follow the directions on the PDF. It's really as simple as trimming and inserting it inside your case.

Download your templates for iPhone 4s, iPhone 5 or Android.

If you aren't into making a custom phone case, don't worry! I've have some more freebies and printables lined up for this week. Please subscribe to my blog by typing your email address into the box to the right so these goodies will show up in your inbox!



Take 25% off any print in my shop. (LOVE25) Offer ends Wednesday, February 5 at 12 a.m.