Monday, August 27, 2012

tshirt wall art {a tutorial}

it was a sad day not too long ago, when i told my littlest guy that it was time to give up his favorite tshirt. he was sooo disappointed that he was too big to wear it. {heartbreaking!}

it was then that i remembered that salvaged open back frame. the one freshly painted a crisp white, complete with glass and picture wire. the one that was just waiting to display something...PERFECT!

here's what i did. you can do it, too. it's so easy!

step 1: i kept the glass in my frame and tossed the matte. if you end up not using glass, it will still look great. {open back frames don't usually come with glass, but you can get glass cut for yours. my frame just happened to come with everything i needed. as long as your frame is deep enough, it will work for this project}.

step 2:  my frame also came with a piece of foamboard. {a sheet of foamboard is very cheap at any office supply or craft store}. i slipped the foamboard into my tshirt, adjusting the tshirt as i went to get it straight{this was the trickiest part}. i folded the shirt as flat as i could get it and then taped it down. {you could also cut off the sleeves and back of your shirt so it fits inside the frame easier}.

step 3: after i put the foam and shirt in the frame, i cut a piece of cardboard to fit on top. i then secured it using the 'little metal bendy things' in the frame. you could also use small nails.

step 4: next, i attached the picture wire to the frame. you could also attach a sawtooth hanger if you choose not to use the entire shirt in your frame. i found the picture wire to work best for mine because i used the whole tshirt. either way, no one will see the back of your frame once it's up on the wall.

step 5: this is the best step of all...display it in your kid's room and make their day!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

summer lovin' sale!

my shops are loaded with fun and fabulous merchandise

with the
{includes sale items}

offer good in both shops:

enter code: SUMMERLOVIN at checkout

Happy Weekend!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

fun with frogs

as a little girl, i can remember catching frogs with the boy next door.
we put them in coffee cans, filled about halfway with dirt and placed the top on tight to keep them from escaping.

...and breathing.

we didn't know to poke holes in the lid.

                                                             froggy wall art

i still love frogs!

so, a couple of weeks ago, we "adopted" 11 tadpoles from some friends who had a pond.
i took our oldest to a local thrift shop and he spent $8 on a tank and lid.
we bought food and some gravel and spent less than $20 total.
what a fun summer project it has been!

the boys keep the tank on the porch and a few times a day, they check on their progress.
it has been really fun to watch them change each day.

this morning, we went out to feed them and found this:

when they get bigger, we plan to set them free in a pond near our house.
{or maybe sooner if they start croaking at night because more than frogs, mom likes her sleep!}