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She {hearts} Children’s Artwork

I now have 3 little ones regularly supplying me with pieces of their soul on paper. While that is a little melodramatic, my oldest at least, does put a lot time and herself into her drawings, and I don’t like to toss them quickly. However the fridge can only hold so much. In my quest to find a solution to display my children’s art in a creative and chic way, I came across so many good ideas.

I love how simple and CHEAP this one is. Two old spools of thread anchored to the wall, twine tied between them and cloths pins.

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This one is a system you have to buy. While it looks ultra modern with all those clean lines {drool}, it’s just a little too pricey.

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I think this is an awesome idea, and one that I would like to do eventually. Scan artwork, re-size and make a collage. Again clean, modern, and you could fit A LOT of artwork into one frame.

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I like the simplicity of this one as well. Curtain rod and clips. Switch out pictures with ease.

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This idea looks so whimsical. I love the different colors and shapes of the frames. Simple wire strung across an empty frame. It looks completed and contained, while still giving ease to trade out masterpieces.

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And lastly clipboards. This is what I ended up going with. I hung ours with hooks so they can be taken down and used if desired. My thought is to display both artwork and pictures of the kids. I’ve been really happy with it, and so has my 7 year old. My only complaint is our clipboards are a very similar color to our wall, so it kind of blends. I need to eventually paint the wall or the boards so there is more contrast.

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How do you proudly display your children’s (or grandchildren, nieces/nephews, students, etc) artwork?

She {hearts} Independence Day!

Happy 4th of July! What does your family have planned to celebrate? I think we’re just going to hang close to home this year. With the 4th falling on a Wednesday and having to work Tuesday and Thursday, it makes it difficult to celebrate on the actual 4th! We will however be celebrating with friends and family this weekend!

The photo to the right shows what our calendar that hangs on our refrigerator looks like for this month. Allie Grace made this calendar at her pre-school for her Daddy for Father’s Day. Each month has her hand print but her hand is decorated based on a theme/holiday from that month. To replicate this artwork you’ll need blue and red finger paint. Paint your child’s palm blue and their fingers red before pressing their hand down on white paper. Once the hand print has dried you can draw stars on the paper in the blue area with darker blue marker. If you have a white-out pen, that makes even better stars too!

I did go to the grocery store yesterday to pick up some things to make a simple everyday dessert, just a little more festive, for us to have after dinner tonight! Star Spangled Ice Cream Sandwiches (photo & recipe from Disney Family Fun) All you need are cupcake liners, popsicle sticks, mini ice cream sandwiches and red, white, and blue sprinkles! First skewer the sandwiches onto the popsicle sticks. Next, press the exposed filling onto a plate full of sprinkles and place sandwiches into cupcake liners to help keep the mess to a minimum! It’s that easy!

 

Need something to wash it down with? Try this Patriotic “Mocktail” for the Kids! (Image and recipe from Baby Center)

4th of July Kiddie Mocktails
Adapted from Family Fun. Makes 1 12-ounce (tall) glass.

3 oz fruit punch
3 oz blue Gatorade (not sugar-free)
3 oz diet 7-Up or Sprite (must be sugar-free; so diet only)
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Fill glass 1/3 full with ice cubes. Pour fruit punch almost (but not quite) to top of ice cubes. Fill another 1/3 with ice cubes and slowly pour blue Gatorade almost to top of cubes. Fill final 1/3 ice cubes and slowly pour sugar-free Sprite. Add straw and voila! How does it work? The drink with the highest sugar content stays on the bottom… super fun 4th of July drink!

I have an entire board on Pinterest devoted just to 4th of July recipes, crafts, decor, etc.

 You can follow all of my boards here.

 

She {hearts} Pretty Plates

For a few months now, I’ve been on the hunt for vintage/unique/pretty plates to hang on the walls of my kitchen. I love displaying items such as plates as art pieces. Not long ago, I shared a few of these plates on my blog, and now I share the finished product here!

I know that the concept of hanging plates on a wall isn’t a new one, but I like the idea of hanging them staggered or in clusters to give a less uniform, more interesting look. I upped the sentimental nature of this idea with a few of my Great-Grandmother’s china pieces added in.

 

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The price of these plates varied from $1-$20 each. Scouring stores from Goodwill to Anthropologie, I found lovely plates on clearance and splurged on a few full-price favorites. I bought the plate hangers to mount the plates to the wall for a few dollars apiece at Wal-Mart. I love how decorating with plates is wallet-friendly, totally unique (especially when hunting for special pieces at different stores and sources), and a touch unpredictable. Happy hunting and hanging!

She {hearts} Stencils and Wallpaper

I love, love, love wallpaper and stencils.  I could scour wallpaper books and websites for hours.  I love the boldness of a stencil and love the options that are available (and how stencils are a bit less “temporary” than wallpaper).  I know some people are a little uneasy about wallpaper and stencils and can’t help think “80s/90s country style” when those two words are brought up.  Well, I must say, the two have come a long way and today’s home decorating options using wallpaper and stencils are definitely fresh, modern, and endless.

Stencil – laundry room
(love the bright stripes!)

Stencil – bedroom
(stenciling behind the bed really highlights the headboard and makes a bold statement)

Source: cuttingedgestencils.com via Ashley on Pinterest

Wallpaper – office or other “personal” room
(what a fun pattern- so much character!)

Source: designyourwall.com via Ashley on Pinterest

Floor Stencil – big room
(Could I love this more? Probably not.
For the color-shy, a more subtle color would still make quite the statement)

Source: re-nest.com via Ashley on Pinterest

Wallpaper – little/big girl’s room
(even one wall of a bold wallpaper in a little girl’s room
would bring such a presentation without overdoing it)

Source: designpublic.com via Ashley on Pinterest

Ceiling Stencil – bathroom or other small space
(a stenciled ceiling is so fun and unexpected!)

Source: windhula.blogspot.com via Ashley on Pinterest

Stencil – nursery
(this was actually my daughter’s nursery- feelin’ sentimental about this one!)

Wallpaper – bathroom or any small space
(love the boldness of this wallpaper, despite the small space… the mirror provides an interesting, continuous look)

Source: younghouselove.com via Ashley on Pinterest

 

Obviously, I’m a lover of floral-ish, damask, and geometric patterns, but even a simple stripe or chevron (or a soft tone-on-tone with a more “busy” pattern) make a simple, subtle change (or could even be a bold change using loud colors).  Or, try wallpapering or stenciling just one wall or one small space in a room (like the back of a bookcase or on a canvas and use it as an art piece).  I just bought some pretty, subtle, grey damask wallpaper for the back of our new (thanks, Dad!) living room built-ins.  I can’t wait to (okay, okay, I can’t wait to watch my mom/learn how to) put the wallpaper up and enjoy the hint of texture and character it will add.

 

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For some more of my decorating finds, follow my “home and decor” board on Pinterest.  For stencils, check out Royal Design Studio or Cutting Edge Stencils.  For wallpaper, I love Design Your Wall, Discount Decorating, and good old Google searches including my favorite fabric designers (I love me a whole wall of Amy Butler goodness!) :)

She {hearts} Candy Cottages

 

Does your family have a tradition of decorating Gingerbread Houses during the Christmas season? I love the idea and even before I had Allie Grace I decorated them each year in my class with my students and then again with my 4-Hers. However, actually assembling the graham crackers into the frame of the house was so time consuming. Not to mention that as we’d began to spread on the icing the sides of our houses sometimes came tubling down! Then I made a discovery!

Two years ago I discovered The Candy Cottage at a Christmas Show and ended up purchasing one for most of the kiddos on my Christmas list. Candy Cottages snap together in just seconds and is sturdy so it won’t collapse like other kits will. The best part is that its reusable. Just wash it off and decorate it time and time again.

 

The best part is that you can think outside the box and decorate your cottage, not only for the Christmas holidays, but for any time of the year!

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Any day can be a Candy Cottage day. From traditional Christmas houses, to Easter houses, Valentine’s houses, Birthday Houses or just fun houses, the only limit is your imagination, and that of your children and family. Start making memories!

She {hearts} Freebies


The Candy Cottage is giving away one cottage to TWO very lucky She {hearts} It readers. Click over to The Candy Cottage and check out their fun decorating ideas.  Then come back here and leave a comment telling us what your favorite cottage design is!

To Enter: Additional Entries: Leave an additional comment for each entry you complete.

Congrats to our Winners, Mandi & Ashley!

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She {hearts} C and Me Designs

I’ve been on the hunt for pretty prints for my daughter’s new room for awhile.  I love meaningful, lovely artwork with a touch of whimsy.  I have found the perfect combination of that description in the prints created by C and Me Designs.

Erin, the artist behind C and Me Designs, has designed a beautiful line of printable wall art and invitations, and is open to custom requests of any kind.  Her chevron invitations are gorgeous and I love her custom silhouette art.  How classy and timeless are her custom birth announcements?  I love that all of her items are printable, so I can print them professionally or simply on my home printer.

After MUCH deliberation, I ordered three printable wall art pieces from Erin’s shop:

 

So much loveliness!  I requested that Erin change up the colors a bit, incorporating more coral, teal, and grey tones (to coordinate with the room), and she quickly emailed me these:

 

Perfect!  I printed them out on cardstock, and plan on framing them and hanging them in my daughter’s room.  Easy peasy!  They look so great, even being printed from home.  Now to decide on a paint color for my little Miss’s room… let the deliberation begin again!

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Whether you are looking for sweet wall art, custom invitations or announcements, Erin from C and Me Designs is the girl to turn to.  She is happy to customize her printable art and invitations and will work with you to produce just what you are looking for.

 

She {hearts} Freebies

Erin is offering TWO free digital files to a lucky She {hearts} It winner!

To Enter: Click on over to her Etsy shop and take a look around! Then come back here and leave a comment telling us what your favorite design is.

To Enter: Additional Entries: Leave an additional comment for each entry you complete.

Comments now closed.  Congrats to the winner, Cortney!

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She {hearts} The Peanut Paintshop

Recently, my husband renovated and upgraded our laundry room! I absolutely love the new layout and frontloading washer/dryer, but found myself staring at the blank space above the appliances. When I found Erin’s masterpieces at The Peanut Paintshop, I knew I had found what I was looking for to fill that void!

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I immediately wrote Erin an email and cannot tell you how wonderful she was to work with! I sent her the idea that I had in mind, with the size and colors that would work well with my space. After a few emails back and forth over a span of about 3 weeks, my custom piece of beautiful artwork was delivered to my door! Not 5 minutes later, I had hung it up and fallen in love!

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It was exactly what I was looking for, and the verse is a great reminder for me as I do load after load of laundry for my family of 6!

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So, whether you’re in need of a custom canvas that will be hung in your home year-round, or one that speaks of Fall, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Valentine’s Day, the Peanut Paintshop can create the perfect thing! Erin is extremely talented, and creates one-of-a-kind, handpainted masterpieces that are whimsical, joyful, and colorful!

She {hearts} Freebies

The Peanut Paintshop is giving away a custom 6×12 canvas (a $20 value) to one of our She{hearts}it readers!

To Enter:

Head on over to the Peanut Paintshop and look around their Peanut Gallery to see all the fun designs that Erin creates. Then, leave a comment with your favorite canvas or what you’d pick out if you won!

Additional Entries: Leave an additional comment for each entry you complete.

Comments are now closed. Congratulations to Sandy who won our giveaway!

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