Here and there I feel like getting a little crafty. The latest project was a DIY Colorful World Map. What better way to show our world than in a rainbow of color?
This was very easy, but extremely tedious. I made two, one black and one white. Personally I like the way the white one turned out better, but the black piece is what was used for the tutorial.
The first thing I did was buy a plain, wooden board at Michael’s, along with colorful paints, and paint brushes.
I painted the board completely over with the different colored paints. For the white map I mixed together the colors so it looked like a faded rainbow of color on the whole board. For the black map I painted different colored strips all over the board without mixing it perfectly. For both maps I never even washed my brush, I just kept mixing the colors.
Next I printed a map of the world from my computer. You could use anything design, written out text in Word, or any picture you wanted to do this project. I flipped the paper over to the blank side and shaded over any of the printed continents.
Once the back was shaded I flipped it back to the correct side and laid the paper down over the dry rainbow painted board. Because the back was now shaded I traced the edges of the continents onto the board. The shading from the back left a mark on on the paper so I knew exactly where the lines where.
Once all the lines were traced onto the board, I painted around the edges of the continents with the white or black. The white needed to be done at least two times, if not more in certain areas because of its light color, but the black only needed to be painted over once.
When painting the white was much easier to see the lines than the black.
If you’re interested in purchasing either one, please check out my Etsy shop to see if they’re still available!
Sometimes we go on Pinterest, Instagram or any type of social media account and see these immaculate homes. These rooms are beautiful with the best light fixtures, amazing rugs, pillows and decor that match perfectly.
Then I look up and glance around the room and realize my home looks nothing like these homes. Not even close. Maybe bits and pieces, but certainly not full rooms.
But you know what, THAT’S OKAY.
Over the years with the help from my two best friends, Target and Homegoods, I have been able to accumulate small touches to my home that not only spruce it up a bit, but literally put a smile on my face.
Here are some very small touches you can add to your home to spruce it up a little bit. These are no going to blow your mind, but sometimes it’s a good reminder. Maybe you already have a few of these, but maybe you don’t.
Snag a cute doormat.
There are tons of doormat’s out there. It doesn’t even have to be super expensive. Places like Walmart or Target even have them for around $10 sometimes. Doormats just add a small touch to your little porch, and are a nice, inviting welcome as someone walks to your front door. Here is the link to my pineapple doormat.
Plants- real or fake!
Any type of plant can add a beautiful touch to your rooms. Plants can improve the air quality of your home, or add a pop of color. You can either get plants that are in it for the long haul, or if you’re afraid of commitment just pick yourself up some grocery store flowers for the kitchen. If you’re worried you don’t have the green thumb and somehow all of your plants seem to die, just get artificial ones. Some fake flowers or some potted plants look so real people may not even notice.
Do you research on indoor plants before you buy one. Make sure there is enough sunlight or not too much sunlight for where you choose to keep your plant. Determine how much water it needs and how often.
Homegoods always has tons of artificial planters. There may be at least one small artificial plant in each room of my house. They’re just too cute, I can’t resist!
Candles, candles everywhere!
Okay, maybe it’s just me but I may have a slight obsession with candles. And not just the candles you burn, but candles that I will NEVER burn because they’re just too cute!
I have candles all throughout the house. There is at least one burning candle in every downstairs room. They are so cozy, and they make the house smell good, and different all the time.
I know candles may seem obvious. But think about it, one candle in each room gives you at least something easy and small to put on a shelf or a table in each room. It’s a quick, easy fix to having bare or empty spaces.
Stack, stack, stack it up.
How many old books or magazines do you have around you house? Stack those books or magazines and it can give your shelves or furniture a new dimensional look. Small items can have their own little stage to be displayed on instead of looking so tiny and alone by themselves.
If you’ve put items on a shelf and you’re just not digging it, try stacking. It just might be the little change you need.
Small items that give your rooms a little character can be a great way to spruce up your home. Try to include meaningful items in your home, or just small items that make you happy. It may include small souvenirs from places you visit, old antique objects that belonged to an older generation, or just simple things from places like Homegoods or Target.
Personally, my husband and I try to pick up a small item for our home each time we travel to a new place. It’s fun when objects have a story behind them.
I know sometimes the idea of displaying art can seem overwhelming. Art can be expensive, and it can be tricky to match what you want to the decor or colors of a room.
There are tons of cheap art options that you can use in your home though. Think about all the places you can get cheap art that you love.
Nowadays phones do an amazing job capturing pictures, and there are so many places that can print your pictures for you in any size you’d like. Find a picture you love and a frame that it can go in and it’s a simple, cheap way to add art to your wall.
My friend worked at a card company for a little while. For our wedding she gave us a card that unlike the others I couldn’t allow myself to recycle. I cut the front off and now we display that as a cute little art piece in our home. It’s a small, daily reminder of our special day. Save cards that are memorable or sweet and frame them as easy art in your home.
Ever thought to pull pictures from an old book or a magazine? Those could be just as easy to frame. How about a pretty calendar? There’s twelve pictures right there for you!
Again, these are not mind blowing, super unique ideas but just a reminder to think outside the box on where you can find awesome things to fill your home.
My husband and I purchased our home even before we were married. We were young and the home was a nice fit for where we were in our lives. We were one of the first couples in our circle of friends to buy a home. Over the years our group of friends began purchasing their first homes. Some even jumped to a second home quickly. These homes were bigger than ours. They had more bedrooms, an open floor plan, big yard and oh the storage!
I was certainly happy that my friends found their perfect homes, but I sure was jealous. I found myself thinking things like, “Ugh, I wish I had this sized dining room to fit everything in”, “Ugh, I wish we had a finished basement”, “Ugh, if we only had this storage space for extra bedding”, “Ugh, ugh, UGHHH!”. I began searching Trulia and Zillow. I MUST FIND A NEW HOUSE!
Finally my levelheaded husband talked some sense into me. We were already only a few years from paying off our entire mortgage. We didn’t need extra space. We were fine where we were.
Well, he was right. I started attempting to enjoy my house more. The more I tried to enjoy it, the more I found how perfect this small little house is for us.
Here are some of the things I did to enjoy my home more.
Just pick up your stuff.
When you have objects all over your home that aren’t where they belong it gets cluttered, and you hate it (you know you do). If you just put whatever you’re using back when you are done with it it becomes easier to maintain a clean, uncluttered environment. When you’re done binge watching Netflix for the night, prop the pillows back where they belong, fold up the blanket and place it on the back of the sofa, and put the remote in an easy to grab spot. When you walk downstairs in the morning, how nice is that going to look?
Find something that makes you happy in every room.
If there is something that you adore in each room of your home it will allow you to enjoy that space more. This can be a feature in your home or it could be an object you put in your home. Maybe you love the paint color in the living room, or the hard wood floor in your bedroom. It could be as simple as adding a cute candle to your small bathroom, or mini book display on your coffee table. Even if small things put a smile on your face, you will begin to enjoy your home more.
Put plants in your home.
99% of the people that have plants in their home live a much better life than those that don’t. Ok, I might have made that up, but it has to at least be close. Plants not only are a pretty decor, but they add a sense of purpose to your home. Placing plants throughout your home can help improve the quality of air and boost your mood. There are plenty of options for indoor plants, or just pick up a cheap bouquet at the grocery store to put in your kitchen. Some bouquets can be as cheap as $4.99!
Talk to your neighbors.
We live in a day in age that small talk has become uncomfortable. It can be hard for some people to make conversation with others, but slowly try to introduce yourselves and talk with your neighbors. Even if you feel corny talking about the weather, at least you will begin to feel comfortable around the people you live so close to, and you may even begin to enjoy their company.
Don’t be afraid to put out sentimental items.
With Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook we’re so trained to think we need to have this perfect, quaint home with the trendiest items and decor in each room. Realistically it’s not always possible. Sentimental items are so important in allowing you to enjoy your home. Just because Grandma’s old blanket may not look super trendy on your Instagram doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have it out. If it means a lot to you and it truly makes you happy, have it out, hang it up, or throw it on the back of the couch. Who knows maybe your Instagram post will prove that Grandma blankets are in style.
Find art you love.
Sometimes the best way to enjoy a space is the art you pick to display. That’s not always easy, and some art can be very expensive. Try to find pieces you love, even if they are cheap. Cheap art doesn’t need to stay around forever, and if it makes you happy, why not hang it up?
Remember the positive things about your home.
This can be hard to do, especially if you’re continually frustrated in your small home. But there must be a reason that you’re there. What is it? Maybe your house has nice woodwork. Maybe your neighborhood is adorable. Maybe there’s a certain window you just love. Maybe you love the paint color in your kitchen. Find what you love, and don’t forget it. You could even go as far as to write what you love in a gratitude journal. You may be surprised to see how many things you write down about your home.
Create a cleaning schedule.
Being a homeowner is a lot of work. There are so many things you need to think about and clean. Create a schedule for cleaning so you don’t have to worry about your home getting too messy. Some things can be daily or weekly, while others are monthly or annually. The cleaner your house is the happier you will be.
Make your bed.
Literally just make your bed. When you walk into your bedroom you will be so happy and refreshed to see it made. Maybe even buy some extra decorative pillows or a blanket to keep on your bed for a little extra color.
Organize something, and then keep it organized.
How frustrating is your tupperware cupboard? It’s the freaking worst. Organize your spaces so it’s easy for you to access, but here’s the catch; KEEP IT LIKE THAT! Put things back where they belong so you don’t keep getting frustrated with it over and over again. Organize your kitchen drawers, your dresser drawers, your closet, whatever drives you crazy, but then keep it organized. The more organized you are the more space you will find in your small house to keep items. Every time you open that jewelry box you will smile to see your beautiful accessories in a perfect order.
Let there be light.
People respond differently to dark rooms and bright rooms. Typically sunlight increases positive moods in people. If you have dark rooms try to brighten them up with natural sunlight as best as you can. Open up the doors, push back the curtains, open up the blinds, and let that sun in. Try to add a mirror on the opposite wall of your windows to reflect the sunlight into the room. Any little bit of light helps!
Get rid of what you don’t need.
You may feel like you might wear that sweater again someday, or you might read that book again at some point. But you probably won’t. When you have a small house it feels as though you can accumulate items so quickly. The more items you own the more pressure is put on you to find a place for them. Think about the clothes in your closet, the amount of blankets you have, the excess number of wine glasses on the shelf (you know you won’t throw a party big enough for all those wine glasses, YOUR HOUSE IS TOO SMALL). There is no sense in keeping things that take up space if you don’t use them. Toss them. Give them to a charity. Have a yard sale and make money off of them. Just get it out of there.
Keep finding ways to enjoy your space. The more effort you put in to enjoying your home the happier you will be. If you have any other ideas for enjoying your space feel free to message or contact me, or leave a comment for others to see.
The new trend in weddings is to come up with a creative, unique way to have your guests sign something to remember all of those that shared your special day with you. Lately I’ve seen wall art that is signed, fingerprints signed on a tree, leaving a simple message to the couple, or even the traditional Wedding Guest Book signature. All awesome ideas that uniquely fit each couple.
Thankfully I have an amazing aunt who is a natural at sewing. She helped to come up with an awesome idea for my husband and I who wanted a Wedding Quilt. Each couple or family at the wedding signed a white square that was sewn into a big quilt.
Before the wedding she put a border around each white square so that no message was cut off when sewn into the quilt. We bought fabric markers that were easy for people to use when they wrote their lovely messages to us. We also provided clipboards just incase.
After the wedding, my aunt collected the squares and was able to sew them into a beautiful quilt that we keep in our living room.
If you don’t personally know someone who sews I’m sure there is a local person or shop that would be willing to help you with this idea for your wedding.
If you have done something similar post a photo or tell us how it went.
I hope you are able to create your unique guest book idea that fits you!