Decor · Life At Home

Bring Anywhere in the World to Your Own Home

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I’ve officially been living in the Charlotte area for about three weeks. Already I feel so at home, and I am so happy that our little family of four has relocated to this area. There is so much to do, and the weather is fantastic.

That being said, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I get a little homesick from time to time. Although the Carolina’s have stolen my heart, a small piece of it is still back in New York.

Our small hometown (I say small compared to Charlotte) is a wonderful place that my husband and I will always love and admire. One of our favorite things about where we were born and raised is the beautiful lake that is right in the backyard of our hometown. We grew up on that lake, and it will forever be a part of us.

Recently we received the most beautiful map of our hometown and surrounding lake from Mapiful. Mapiful is a company that makes custom maps from anywhere around the world, and this map is by far my favorite piece of decor in our new home.

It was so easy to create the map on their website. All I had to do was plug in my zip code and I could move the map to center it how I chose. When I typed in my zip code a map of our hometown popped right up. Although this looked cool, and I could even see right where my old street was, I wanted to zoom out so I could also see the lake. Once I zoomed out I could center it again so the lake was to the left, and my hometown was on the right. At the bottom of the map, I decided to label it, “Chautauqua”. The coordinates even show up at the bottom without having to look it up on your own. I could not believe how simple it was to create such a special map!

This piece of art will always be so meaningful to me because the place it represents holds such a special place in my heart; home.

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Thank you to Mapiful for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

Decor · DIY

DIY Colorful World Map

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.

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The first thing I did was buy a plain, wooden board at Michael’s, along with colorful paints, and paint brushes.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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If you’re interested in purchasing either one, please check out my Etsy shop to see if they’re still available!

 

Let me know if you have any questions!

Britta