Quick, Fun, Inexpensive DIY Picture Frame Project!

The creative bug bit me this weekend not to mention a bunch of mosquitos! But, I loved working on this DIY Picture Frame Project. I’ve had this picture for at least 15 years. I can’t even remember how it ended up in my hands, but it was time to lay it to rest. However, the frame still had a life so I decided to rehab it with a little paint, some twine, and a few of my favorite black/white photos to give it a new look. I love it! Here’s how it went down.

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There’s the pic, so you get where I’m coming from? So here’s what you need:

  • An old frame
  • Twine
  • Spray Paint- I bought this white flat paint from Michaels for about $6.00
  • I was going to use shells for a summer theme but decided to use pictures, but I realized this later!
  • A piece of cardboard to put under the frame.

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Remove the picture and make sure you clean off the frame to prep it for the paint. I suggest painting outside and putting the frame on top of an old piece of cardboard.

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Now the fun part! Start spray painting! Most likely you will need a couple of coats depending on the size. I didn’t sand it down, but you can add that step before adding paint. It take about 10 minutes to dry, but I let it dry for about 30 minutes and reapplied a second coat and let it dry for another 30 minutes.

Then I added the twine. I simply used push pin tacks in the back and tied the twine around the head of the push pin and hammered it gently in.

I used some small black clothes clips and added old black and white photos I had of my grandparents. I was going to add the shells, but decided not to last minute. You can always switch it up and add emblems on the side.

Check out the Finished Product!

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Labor Day Fun!

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend! Summer is coming to a close so I hope you are squeezing in all those last minute summer fun activities or traditions you share with your family. This year we did something totally new! Anya will be attending a new school and every year the school has a presence in the Labor Day Parade, so Anya had the opportunity to march in the parade with her classmates. It was hot as a furnace, but my girl was a trooper! I actually rode in the school van behind them waving a blow up paw in the air! Ah the things you do for your kids. Joking aside it was a great time and I’m glad she did it. Hope you had a fun day celebrated with those you love!

Sleepovers Galore and Fun Teaparties!

This has been a busy week to say the least! Anya has had 3 sleepovers in one week! One with her BFF Sofi to celebrate going to a new school together, one with our neighbor for dher birthday, and the other one was with a dear friend of ours from Pittsburgh. I have to say I am a bit exhausted from the fesitvities, but in a good way. I know childhood is very fleeting and one day I will be wishing for these days back. I also love watching Anya with her friends and listening to their conversations it is quite fascinating what 7 years olds say!

I can’t believe she is going to 2nd grade and to a new school. I never realized how nervouse you can be for your babies when they are encountering a new journey. So, I celebrated by throwing a surprise tea party for the Anya and her BFF Sofi who have been at te same school together since they were babues. I had a ball putting up the decorations on the porch. Take a peek :)

One day I will learn my lesson about the dangers of giving kids paint!


Add A Little Spontaneity! Our Last Minute Trip to NYC!

Life is meant to be lived. It is supposed to be filled with little surprises! Sometimes we can get so caught up in the mundane routines that we forget that spontaneity is a vital to what makes life fun! One Friday night Anya and I were cuddling on the couch making plans for the weekend. After a number of ideas I thought how fun would it be to just skip town and go somewhere Anya has never been. So we booked a trip to New York! We did it really cheaply and took the bus up which was surprisingly fine and got a hotel room on West 58th. She was thrilled at the prospect of going to NYC! We had a great time and did more than I imagined we could do in a day. It reminded me of how fulfilling it is to break with routine and do something new. I want to instill in my daughter a sense of adventure and of course show her that I can be a cool mom too! She walked probably 50 blocks, took the taxi and the subway. We went to Alice’s teacup, FAO (a wonderland for kids), Greenwich Village, Lincoln Center, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, saw Radio City Hall, Central Park, Chinatown, and Soho. It was a fabulous quick trip and I remembered how much I love NY! It was also a great bonding experience with Anya and a trip we both needed.

Moms, add some spontaneity to your family’s life. Think about those things you may have done when you were bare foot and fancy free and do them with your kids! Life is about having fun and not always going by the script so get the kiddies together and do something unexpected!

On our Way to NYC with my baby and a backpack

The Hudson on West 58th Small but chic!

Inside Alice’s Teacup

Anya eating some fruit off the Streets in NYC

Entering FAO

On the infamous piano it is only 250K if you want it!

Central Park

Victorian Gardens in Central Park, yes we went there too!

Rockefeller Center

All smiles with my little Dora

Times Square insanity!

On the subway!

Chinatown

A park in Soho

Crafts I’m Working On!

This is just a quick post to show you what I’ve been working on. I have a space at our market on October 6th! Not sure if anything will sell, but I sure am having fun! Leave comments I’d love to hear what you think!

You’d hang this up and in the pouches put little treats!

Each crate is decorated on back also.

This is the back of the Christmas crate and I put the Advent boxes in there. I decorated the bottles but not sure if I like them.