Disclosure:  This is a sponsored blog; while the views expressed here were genuinely mine, consideration was paid to me by Vecco to promote this product.

Who doesn’t love a good rug? I am obsessed with rugs. I love that a good rug can do an awesome job of giving a room personality, all while acting as a cover-up to a mess that my kids have made on the carpet. In the house we are living in, I made a vow to not go all retail on decorations. I wanted to create or find specific home decor that would give each room and this home it’s own flare. That’s why when I stumbled across the Vecco DIY Rug Décor products at Michael’s – I was fascinated at the idea of being able to design and create a rug that would work with a room perfectly rather than having to find something.

DIY Rug

Vecco DIY Rug Décor helps you turn your house into something you can be proud of by giving you the tools to customize your rugs!

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If you are in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Vecco wants to invite you and your fellow Texas friends to show off what Texas pride means for a good cause!

customize your own rug

Learn to Make Your Own Rug!

Join Vecco DIY Rug Décor on Saturday, November 15th from 6-10 p.m. at Vecco’s One Rug at a Time event for live music, local area food trucks, and DIY for for whole family! Join the fun and be entered for the chance to win $2,500 – plus help a local non-profit organization win $5,000.

Vecco Rug Decor

Vecco will have supplies available for anyone who wants to design a rug and enter – simply be one of the first 100 visitors at Vecco’s One Rug at a Time event at Valley View Mall on Saturday, November 15th from 6-10 p.m. Vecco designers will be on hand to provide instruction and tips to help bring your rug to life.

When your rug is ready, snap a photo of your masterpiece and email it to onerug@veccostudio.com to submit your entry. Vecco will post it on a special Texas Pride board on Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/veccostudio). Be sure to share the link with friends and family, and tell them to ‘Like’ your rug photo to cast their vote. The rug that receives the most Likes will win $2,500! Voting begins December 8 and ends on December 17, 2014. The winner will be notified by Vecco by email. to be entered for the chance to win $2,500 and help a local non-profit organization win $5,000!

Leading up to the event, four local non-profits (Dwell with Dignity, Dallas Area Fabric Artists, ArtLoveMagic and Groundwork Dallas) will participate in a special rug-making competition using Vecco DIY Rug Décor. Each organization will be creating a rug that illustrates what Texas Pride means to them. The organization with the most votes will receive a $5,000 donation from Vecco to help support their cause.

You can cast your vote for your favorite organization’s rug from Monday, November 10 through Friday, November 14 on the Vecco Rug website.

Learn more about creating a Vecco DIY Rug:

How to Make a Wall Thankful Tree

How to Make a Wall Thankful Tree

I recently saw an image on the web featuring the idea of a wall thankful tree. Instantly I knew I had to make one and I had the perfect spot.

thankful tree for your wall

We are in the midst of some remodeling at our house. We’ve converted the formal living to a formal dining and the formal dining we have made into a study. The study now gives us this great inset wall which happens to be the first thing your eye is drawn to when you walk in the front door.  So what better place for our gratitude tree.

The tree we made it kind of big. It’s around 8 feet tall and 10 feet wide. You can make your’s whatever size you’d like. This project is very forgivable.

Why a thankful tree? I have 4 kids that need to learn how to be thankful. I once read that the happiest people are those that are thankful. The tree isn’t just for the kids, it’s for me and my husband as well. Each day, we will each take a leave – write what we are thankful for on a leaf and write our name on the back. We’ll read them each off on Thanksgiving.

Make a Thankful Tree for the Wall

The tree took maybe an hour to make and the best thing is that it only cost around $5 to make. I really love the meaning behind it and the way it feels our space.

I bought everything at Dollar Tree

Supplies

Here are the supplies you will need to make your wall thankful tree:

thankful tree supplies

  • 2-3 Rolls of Kraft Brown Kraft Paper (I bought 3, used exactly 2)
  • Multi-Color Foam Sheets
  • Poster Tack
  • Thumb Nails
  • Pencil
  • Printer
  • Scissors

Instructions

I mentioned that this project is forgiving right? Here’s how I made my tree:

Tip: Look at this picture of a tree. I didn’t at first and my first attempt ended up wonky and non-tree like.

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Making the Tree Trunk

I started with the trunk. I cut a strip of kraft paper the height I wanted the trunk. Then, I slightly wet the paper by wetting my hands and crinkling the paper lightly.  This gives the paper a neat effect.

measuring tree height

I had my daughter help. She held and I used thumb tacks to secure the trunk to the wall.

Wet Kraft Paper

wet kraft paper

This is what the wet kraft paper looked liked. You can see it’s not totally saturated, but definitely wet. The crumbling gives it a cool effect.

Creating Tree Branches for the Wall

creating tree branches

Next to create the branches. We cut long strips of kraft paper, the length we wanted the branches to be. Then cut them in half, length wise. This created 2 branches.  Again, we wet the paper lightly and then played around finding ways to best make a branch. Our branches ended up working best twisting to make smaller at the ends. This took some playing around with – very forgiving.  Again we just tacked the branches up with thumb tacks.

The trunk originally started much taller, but then looking at the tree inspiration picture, I realized it needed to be shorter and branches coming out of it – up and all around. Again, trial and error but love the final outcome!

Printable Leaf Template

The next step requires a printer. You will want to print out the following leaf templates. Cut them out and then use them to trace on the foam. I stacked 4-5 pieces of foam together and cut. Again, leaves are forgiving.

printable leaf template

Gratitude Leaves

We scattered a few leaves here and there but are leaving the leaves for the actual tree to be the ones we write on. Each day we plan to write on a leaf what we are thankful for. Here is Izaiah’s gratitude leaf:

gratitude leaf

I wrote his name on the back. On Thanksgiving, we will go through each leaf and with the name on the back it will be an easy reminder of who said what. With 4 kids, this mom gets confused easily.

Our Tree of Thanks

And this is it, our final tree of thanks and your view from walking in our front door. I absolutely love how it turned out. It’s not only great for holiday decoration, it is a simpler reminder to be thankful for all we have. We are blessed, that I know.

Our Thankful Tree

Yep, this is the view from our front door. Halloween Minecraft costume in the floor (CREEPER!). Bat still hanging in the arch way. And you don’t even want to see the piles of laundry in the living room. But you know what? It’s all okay.

Come back tomorrow, I’ll be posting a free Thankful Printable that I have hung next to our tree!

If you end up making this, please snap a photo! I would love to see your thankful tree!

Side note on The Dollar Tree:

You can buy pregnancy tests, drug tests, ovulation tests and urinary tract tests at Dollar Tree now – random. My friend Carol recommended taking all 4 to the front just to see what the cashier would say… brilliant.

50+ Gallery Photo Wall Ideas and Inspirations

50+ Gallery Photo Wall Ideas and Inspirations

I’ve always loved the look of a photo wall galleries. Wall galleries featuring tons of hung photos in a home just shows such much love in my opinion. Sometimes it’s not just photos, I love when different elements are mixed in as well!

We started at 50, but with the collection keeps on growing! 

Photo Wall Ideas

We moved into this house 6 months ago. It’s slowly becoming home.  Something I told my husband when we signed the papers was that this home, I wanted to fill with items that meant something.  I am totally guilty of shopping Target clearance. You know, buying items just to fill the space. While I still am on the hunt for a good buy – unless it represents me and the family, I’m going to pass.

Something that is a passion of mine, is photographing the every day of our family. I am by no means a professional photographer. These days, as much as I love my Canon 70D – my iPhone 7 Plus (the camera is swoon worthy!) snaps most of my photos. They are candid, sometimes blurry, not a great resolution – but they are capturing REAL uncensored moments of my kids.

Photo Wall Gallery Ideas and Inspirations

Canvas Wall Gallery

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We have this long hallway that leads to the master bedroom from the kitchen and family room that I knew would be the perfect place for a photo wall.  I’ve been gathering photos and trying to decide on a style and shape, but holy cow – can you say overload?  I started Googling and Pinteresting photo wall ideas and while I am totally inspired, I just am at a loss as to which way to go. All I know is that I want a gallery of photos of the people, places and things that represent us, but where to start??

I’ve rounded up my photo wall inspirations. Hopefully these will give you a few ideas as you put you wall gallery together.

Laying Out Your Photo Wall With Paper Templates

Lay out paper template for organizing your photo wall

Check out this genius way that Love Your Room has created to help simplify the process of laying out your photo wall.  She uses paper templates cut to the size of your photo frames.

This handy dandy method will not only save your wall from numerous nail holes, but also give your creativity freedom to see your photo wall and play with various arrangements.

 

 

 

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

home sweet home

9 months. No, I didn’t deliver another kid, though it felt like it emotionally. We moved, well twice.

Prepping a house to put on the market is nothing short of painstaking, especially with 4 kids at home.  Showing a house throughout the summer months while entertaining those 4 kids? CRAZY. Packing 10 years worth of life…. eye-poking-with-a-pencil. Moving into an apartment for 2 months while finding a new home…. humbling and cramped.

HOME SWEET HOME

All of the work has paid off. We moved cities and schools. We’re in a house we can live in for years and are madly in love with, except I really must stop looking at Pinterest.  As if my Pinterest addiction wasn’t bad enough, yeow.

It was all blood, sweat and tears but now that we are moved in (note: I didn’t say unpacked!), I can say it was most definitely worth it.

2013 has all kinds of happy written all over it. Looking forward to sharing it with you.

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Home Sweet Home – Monorail Studio