Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Family Map

Since Joslynne's nursery has a lot to do with travel and adventure, we decided to make her a map with all the states she has family in! Our families are quite spread out, and it will be fun to show her where each person lives as she gets older! She has already visited a few places and we hope to take her to more!

We found a wooded USA cut out at Michaels, but I have seen them at other craft stores like Joann and Hobby Lobby as well. 

You will need:

Wooden USA Cutout
White paint or wood stain (if your cutout is natural wood and you wish to change the background color)
Print out of the United States showing state outlines (same size as your wooden cutout)
Small Paintbrush 
Craft paint in desired colors

1. Our USA cutout came whitewashed, but if you find one that is unfinished wood, paint it white or stain it if you'd like the background something other than unfinished wood. 

Once you're ready to add states, Google "United States outline" to find a map that shows the states. You will want to print the map the same size as your cutout. If the cutout is larger than a sheet of copy paper, you will have to print it out in sections. 

I saved the map image from Google, and pasted it to a word document. I made the image approximately as large as my wooden cutout allowing the image to go off the page onto another page.  I printed the pages out and taped them together to form a map. Mine ended up printing in 3 sections. 

2. Outline the states you wish to paint on the map with a colored pen, and carefully cut them out. Do not cut into the side of the map. Instead, fold the paper slightly right in the center of the state you are cutting and make a small cut. Unfold, and you will have a cut to get you started in the center of the state. Continue cutting around the outline to make a stencil of that state.

3. Once you've cut out all the desired states, place the paper map over the wooden cutout. Line up the edges of the maps. The wooden cutout will not be as detailed as the paper map round the edges, but the general outline will be the same.

Use the paper map like a stencil and trace the outlines onto the wooden cutout with sharpie.

4. Fill in each state outline with your favorite colors of craft paint. Carefully outline in paint as well to cover the sharpie. We added a heart outline where our baby lives in our home state. :)

Allow to dry. Our wooden USA came with a hanging string. If yours doesn't you can add hanging hardware, or simply staple a string to hang!

Check out Josy's entire Nursery here. :)


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

How To: Wooden Letter Wall Hanging

We have been so thankful to have out little basement guest room for family and friends to stay in! We didn't have much of a budget to put into it, so we have been adding fun things to the room a little at a time. The first updates we did are here and here

I love the signs I've seen for guest rooms that say "Stay Awhile", but I wanted something fairly large for our blank wall. I decided to hang individual letters. I found these inexpensive MPI letters to use. 

MPI wood is made from small wooden fibers pressed together. It its great for painting and modge podging, but it doesn't have a nice wood grain like natural wood. I wanted to give the letters some texture, so I dry brushed them to give them a linen look. 

This project was so easy and under $25, so I thought I'd share how I did it! 

You will need: 

White Craft Paint
Broad Paint Brush
Command Medium Photo strips
Painter's Tape

1. To get a textured look on each letter, I used a dry brush (that wasn't dipped in water first.) I dipped the paint brush in paint and blotted off extra paint. You only want a small amount of paint on the edge of the paint brush. 

Starting at an edge of the letter, swipe the paintbrush quickly across the letter one time and pick the brush up. Do not use a back and forth motion. I repeated this going in different directions (up, down, and left and right.) over the entire letter. This makes a linen style criss cross texture. The key is small quick strokes evenly across the whole letter, but you are not solidly filling the letter with paint. 

2. Once the letters dry, stick a photo adhesive strip in the center of the back of each letter. Do not peel off the cover of the exposed side yet. 

3. Lay out the letters on a flat surface the way you want them to appear on the wall. Measure the length of each word. 

4. Find the center of the wall by making 2 small pencil marks the same distance from each side of the wall. Using the pencil marks as guides, center a piece of painter's tape the length of the word on the wall. Repeat this with another piece of tape 12 inches under the first piece if you have a second word. 

5. Begin sticking your letters to the wall by centering the middle letters of each word first and working your way out on either side. So, to make the word centered. I hung T and A in "stay" first. Peel back the cover on the adhesive and press the letter to the wall just above the tape to hang. 

6. When all letters are hung, remove the painter's tape. 

I love how quick this went up! I did it the same day we were having guests. ;)

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Perfect Pocketed Maxi Dress

If you saw our maternity photos, you already know that PinkBlush was my go-to for cute, comfortable maternity clothes during my pregnancy. 

I also love their non maternity clothes as well! They carry the perfect maxi dresses. I feel like they are so flattering whether you're sporting a baby bump or not. :) This dress is gorgeous, light weight, and comfortable in the summer heat, and it has pockets! What more could you ask for?!

I love the print and color of this one. I also love how its sleeveless but still easy to wear. Its perfect for a more casual BBQ, or can be dressed up for a wedding!

Maxi Dress, Sandals, Earrings

I love these photos with Joslynne! She is wearing a romper I found at my parent's house that was mine as a baby. :)