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Capturing life is so important! This new blog series called ‘Monthly‘ encourages me to snap everyday photos and share each month with 9 photographs. Play along and share your monthly on Instagram by using the hashtag #HOMmonthlyย 

September was one crazy month somehow. Although we didn’t get any huge projects done (well, besides painting the entire HOUSE!!) we still were plenty busy. We had a huge tomato harvest, which to date has given us 96 pints of finished and conserved tomato sauce!

But the biggest part of September was the announcement of our baby coming in January 2018! During the last 4 weeks nesting really kicked in and I feel the need to get this house to the finish line ASAP. Even though we still have plenty of time, I’m in the middle of making nursery plans, and just in general, making this house a home. A couple of rugs, a few paintings hung and electrical plugs replaced can make such a huge difference in accomplishing that task!

Let’s get into the pics!

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1 / We finally started to reap the fruit of our (garden) labor! And really, when you have 35 tomato plants, tomatoes will come out of your ears a week into picking season… Good thing I know how to conserve the goodness for the colder months to come ๐Ÿ™‚ย  2 / Over labor day weekend, Carter’s was having a fantastic baby clothes sale! I may or may not have ordered some ridiculously cute outfits… 3 / September was also the month of starting some first Fall decorations, in this case, a simple DIY wreath to welcome in the warmer colors of Autumn.

4 / For the gallery wall in the bedroom, I made this fun DIY letter art piece! 5 / And of course, we announced that we’re expecting a baby in January 2018 ๐Ÿ˜€ 6 / Adrian knocked out painting the house! What a difference it made!

7 / A project I was especially excited to finally finish: the bedroom gallery wall! 8 / Although we had a crazy heat wave, we still enjoyed some Fall touches on the barn entrance. 9 / Lastly, I started on moving the crafts room to my office!

 

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It’s the last DIY post for our lovely bedroom gallery wall, and today I’m going to share how to make modern letter art! These pieces of art are SO much fun and really create a pop of modern and lend some fun personality to walls in any room! Wanna learn? Buckle up, here we go!

Master Bedroom Gallery Wall

How to Make Modern Letter Art โ€“ Supplies:

Step 1

First up, open the Silhouette software and get creative! Play around with different fonts, sizes and variations. Anything goes! To make your letter art more interesting, use two different fonts in two different sizes. I love how the “cuddle” really stands out.

If you like my letter art, feel free to download the FREEBIE file here ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy!!

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Step 2

Once you’re done creating, hit the CUT button and off you go! See my great-grand-mother of a Silhouette? I think this beast is like 6+ years old and working with her is always a huge hit and miss LOL It might just be time to finally upgrade again!

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Step 3

Take out your letters carefully and start placing them on the backdrop. I like to cut mine from plain watercolor paper, since I love the texture so so much. If you’re curious how I do this step, check out this post.

How to Make Modern Letter Art

Step 4

Plug in your hot glue gun and start assembling your letter art! To create the 3D look I went for, only use dollops of glue on the bottom of your letters and let the glue cool while the letter sticks up a little. This creates that extra awesome interest.

From all the years of scrapbooking in the past, I’ve developed a very exact eye for straight lines and centers. If you’re struggling, lightly mark some lines with a pencil and erase them once you’re done.

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Step 5

Frame up your piece and enjoy!

After this fun project I had so many ideas for just about every room in the house! Lots of these coming up, I assume ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I LOVE white space. White space is referred to the white (duh!) space around a picture that is framed. It can also refer to lots of free wall space in interior design, graphic design, etc. Basically, white space creates that airy, effortless feel. That uncluttered, clean and pristine look.

For our bedroom gallery wall, I was worried about it all becoming a little too busy and overwhelming. So I chose minimal colors and – you guessed it – lots of white space within the frames!

You could have your images professionally matted and framed (and spend $$$) OR, you can DIY this project! I prefer the budget option, that still looks absolutely gorgeous and custom!

How to Mat a Photo on a Budget – Supplies:

  • Picture Frame
  • Photograph, Artwork, etc.
  • Plain Watercolor Paper
  • Ruler, Pen, Calculator, Knife, Cutting Mat, Washi Tape

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Step 1

After selecting your frame and art piece, unravel the frame. Put the glass onto the plain watercolor paper and trace it with your knife.

BTW, I like to use watercolor paper, because of two reasons. One, it’s a beautiful warm white color. Two, the texture is just DIVINE!

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Step 2

Figure out how much of your art piece you want to show in the frame. Aka, how large or small the cut-out is going to be. Then take the measurements of the watercolor paper and subtract the cut-out measurement, then divide by 2 and you have the side measurements of the border. Repeat the same for the top and bottom measurements. Here you can also make the bottom just a tad wider than the top, to give it some interest.

TIP: I like to use centimeters for this, as it’s just a bit easier to be accurate. But of course, inches will work just as well!

33cm – 9cm = 24cm : 2 = 12cm

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Step 3

On the backside of the watercolor paper, pencil in your measurements. Then, very carefully, use your knife and ruler to cut out the square.

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Step 4

Your mat is done and you can attach your art piece right to the backside of the watercolor paper. I like to use washi tape. Put together your frame and you’re done!

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TIP: This one’s a weird one! But I like to frame my pieces without the glass! I love to see the texture of the watercolor paper and quite honestly, I hate how the glass tints my beautiful whites to a green-blue hue. To make sure I keep the glass in pristine condition – and to give my frame the extra weight – I put it right behind the artwork. Think whatever you may, I love this trick ๐Ÿ˜‰

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It’s done, it’s finally done!! The barn is painted, the window & door casings are finished and exterior lights have been selected! Oh, and the white side of the house is finished as well!!!

Like with just about every project, this one got put on the back burner for a little while. Reason: due to pleasant weather Adrian started working on the white side of the house. I wish I could’ve helped him scratching off the old paint, but these days I’m not supposed to be anywhere close to possible lead based paint…. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It sure was a piece of work, but the results are breathtaking! We’ve even had neighbors marvel at the place and tell us how this house hasn’t looked so pretty in years and years!

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Things always have to get REAL BAD before they get better, right!?

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While Adrian was getting things ready for painting, I was cutting out window and door covers – all morning long. Prepping takes almost as long as actually spray painting a house, believe it or not!

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The hubby prepping the house – Leya was always right there with him. Such a sweet girl!

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Aaaand, finally things got white and messy! Seriously though, Adrian did SUCH a fantastic job giving this house a new coat!

But back to the barn! Here she is! I wish I could show you the entire house, barn and all! But until the leaves have turned yellow and dropped off the trees, that unfortunately won’t be possible ๐Ÿ˜‰ New England houses are just THAT long LOL

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For the longest time we decided back and forth between two exterior lights. The more traditional four walled glass sconce or the more modern barn light. Although both looked really pretty, the barn light won in the end. It just has that edginess, and bonus, it’s a heck of a lot cheaper too! But wait, because we loved the traditional one as well, we installed it on the front entrance, which is now painted and finished and glowing in its white new coat!

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Adrian built a new casing for the barn entrance, which really made a huge difference! It feels so much more official now. Eventually we’ll work on the landscaping and pathway, but until then, we love to ring in the Autumn with some mums and a pumpkin from my garden ๐Ÿ™‚

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The biggest change in plans was the white window trim. We had originally planned on painting them the same dark grey color. And then, it felt only right to let those cute little windows pop.

So, and that’s it for painting the house! On to the next (gazillion) projects!

It’s official – about a week ago grocery stores started sell pumpkins! The leaves are starting to turn red and orange and yellow and it’s time to dress up the house for Autumn!

This easy and cheap fall wreath DIY is the perfect point to start. I made six wreaths for under $6 and the light plays absolutely beautifully through the colors of the faux leaves! Best part? I can just pack them up and re-use them next year!

Fall Wreath DIY

Quick and Cheap Fall Wreath DIY – Supplies:

  • Faux Fall Leaves (Dollar Store or Craft Store)
  • Heavy Gauge Wire
  • Wire Clippers, Hot Glue Gun

Step 1

For a 10″ diameter wreath, measure 21″ of heavy gauge wire and form it into a rough circle. Roughly twist the ends and you’ve got your skeleton of your Fall Wreath!

Quick and Cheap Fall Wreath DIY

Step 2

Next pluck apart the leaves and remove the plastic stems, so you’re left with just the fabric leaves.

Believe it or not, but I bought my faux leaves at the Dollar Tree! They look surprisingly real and beautiful! I bought five stems and it would have made at least 7 if not 8 wreaths. Just saying…

Quick and Cheap Fall Wreath DIY

Of course, a sleeping pup is crucial ๐Ÿ™‚

Quick and Cheap Fall Wreath DIY

 

Step 3

Start gluing the leaves to your wire. Simply add a little glue trail to the wire and lightly rest the leave on top. Continue backwards, always letting the tip of the new leave overlap the bottom of the previous leaf. Go around the circle until you have only enough room for one last leaf. Lift the very first leave’s tip and stuff the bottom underneath to form a continuous circle of overlapping leaves.

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Step 4

Hang the DIY Fall Wreaths in your windows, either by pounding in a little nail like I did, or by hanging it from above by using a thin sewing thread and a screw eye to attach it in the window casing.

It’s an instant reminder that the colorful season is just around the corner. I especially love how the little fall wreaths light up and add just the right amount of warm and cozy feelings!

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