5 Ideas for Framing Kids Artwork

Thursday, June 25, 2015

My favorite artwork ever, is the kind my youngest brings home from preschool. I think its important to display kids artwork and crafts but in can be tricky, to make sure its done in a thoughtful manner. Kids artwork can get 'lost' on the fridge among coupons and to do lists and lets be honest in the backpack. Adding your child's own artwork in their bedroom is great way to celebrate your child's creativity and adds to the personality of their bedroom. Quick reminder, if your child has a gallery wall in their bedroom, add their artwork to the wall. Nothing gives me the 'sads' more than gallery walls in kids rooms that doesn't include their artwork! For Gallery wall layout ideas, visit Avery's gallery wall here

Our little ones, bring home an assortment or varying sizes of artwork from paintings to, 3D Artwork, Windmills and more as I mentioned can be tricky to properly frame. Using a mixture of frame sizes and varying artwork, I've put together 5 Ideas for Framing Kids artwork. While sorting though your little ones artwork, involve them in the process and ask which ones they want to frame and place on their walls, it makes the whole project more fun and memorable for them.

Idea # 1 Floating Frame 

Use a floating glass gallery frame to float unusual shaped artwork between glass.  This painted butterfly comes to life once placed in a floating frame. 





Idea # 2 Shadow Box Frame

My son recently made a cute Hungry Caterpillar sitting on a leaf at school, using a Shadow Box frame I was able to display his 3D artwork effortlessly. 






Idea # 3 Use a Matte

Kids make THE best abstract artwork. Using a Matte to frame artwork adds instant polish to kids artwork. 





Idea # 4 Skip the Matte

Just like adding a matte to kids artwork, transforms it from a cart project into 'artwork' the same goes with skipping the matte and filling the entire frame with artwork. When framing the artwork below, I cut down the original painting to fit a smaller frame and skipped the matte. The artwork framed without the map, reminds me of framed artwork you would purchase from Minted [ and yes, my little one is an amazing artist. Totally not biased! ] 





Idea # 5 Add a Color Background 

My little one created this rainbow cloud, which can be complicated to frame since its an odd size. For this, I skipped the matte and opted to use tissue paper for the background for the artwork to reside on,I crumpled the tissue paper to give extra depth  You can also use construction paper or Kraft paper for Scrap-booking paper as a backdrop. 










Framing your childs artwork can be very inexpensive, you can find good frame deals at Ikea, Wal-Mart, Target, Marshall's and Home Goods in  wide selection of sizes. Also, look online for coupons for Micheal's Craft store and score big discounts on frames too, they carry a color selection of frames along with shadow boxes. All the frames used above where from Ikea, Target and Home Goods. 

Now for the fun part, sorting though your kids artwork and deciding what to frame, remember to include them in the process and create those fun memories together. I hope my 5 Ideas for Framing Kids artwork comes in handy. Whats your favorite to display your kids artwork in a thoughtful frame? 

Blissliving Home Giveaway

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I've been wanting to change up my my bedroom and give it a refresh. One of the easiest ways to kickoff refreshing your own bedroom is by changing the bedding. Blissliving Home recently reached out to me, wanting to help my start my bedroom refresh. Blissliving Home was created by Mei Xu [ read more about Mei on her blog ] the bedding collections offered from Blissliving Home are all inspired by her travels, passion for art and design. Blissliving Home is a 'Global Touch for a Modern Home.' 



Blissliving Home sent me the Shangra La Duvet along with two Temi Throws for my bedroom. In my room, I mixed the Shangra La Duvet with my existing Euro Pillows. I love how well the colors and patterns mix together. Pattern mixing tip, pair larger floral prints with geometric deigns for a flattering look in your bedroom. By using my existing Euro pillow covers, I made I was able to layer in more colors and tie my lamps into my bedding.  



Here's a close up, of my new favorite throw, the Temi Throw. I'm a huge throw person and love all the texture and warmth the Temi throw adds to my bedroom, I'm pretty much obsessed with this throw. 


I'm thrilled that Blissliving Home and Chic Little House has partnered in offering my readers a giveaway! Giveaway details below! Below is the Shangra La Duvet that is on my bed. 




Giveaway Details:

Shangra La Duvet Set: Set includes Duvet and Two Pillow Shames Size Full/Queen or King
One Temi Throw Colorway Choices: Thistle, Dove Grey or Snow White 

Giveaway Starts 6/24/2015 and Ends 7/2/15 and Midnight PST - Open to all US and Canadian Residents. 

Good Luck Friends! 

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DIY BBQ Grill Cart

Monday, June 15, 2015

A few weeks ago, I shared my latest DIY Workshop Project with The Home Depot is building a BBQ Grill Cart just in time for Fathers Day. Join me this Saturday June 20, 2015 at The Home Depot Denver Store # 1532, in Denver, Colorado from 10:00 am - 11:30am. I'm sharing how to build your own Grill Cart. Today, I'm sharing my customized BBQ Grill cart, that my husband and I built for our patio. I'm so in love with how our BBQ Grill Cart turned out.  



Using the initial design plan, I re-worked the BBQ Cart to  for our needs. We built the BBQ Cart using a Kreg Jig to build the frame, the Kreg Jig creates pocket holes which allow for all screws to be hidden and creates extra strong joints. For our cart, we attached two wheels in the front and cut the back legs at a 15 degree angle to enhance the design or the cart. The bottom half of the grill cart was built using framing studs, 1x2, 1x3 and 1x4 boards. 


To attach the bottom slats on the cart, I used our Ryobi nail gun, and placed an extra piece of scrap wood between each slat to use as a space. Using the scrap wood as a spacer, cuts down on the measuring time. 



After the the top and bottom slats on the cart were attached, I filled the nail holes with wood filler then sanded the entire frame using a Ryobi orbital sander to create a nice smooth surface. The lower potion of the BBQ Cart is painted Intellectual Grey, by Behr Paint, using exterior satin paint. We wanted to using a dark grey,that would compliment the exterior colors of our house. I think we found the perfect color, its such a pretty deep rich grey. On the side of the grill cart, we attached an extra long drawer pull to hold towels, and tools. 


For the top of the BBQ Grill Cart, we decided to use Cherry Wood, which is such a pretty piece of wood and looks even better when stained. Top top was stained with one coat of Jacobean using a lint free cloth. A wood spice rack is the perfect addition on top of the cart to help hold BBQ Sauces, Spices and fresh herbs. 







I layered a wood cutting board on top of the BBQ Cart, for cutting and assembling food, having a removable working surface allows for easier clean-ups.


The bottom shelf of the BBQ cart is perfect for holding misc cooking gear along with candles, utensils and drinks. I'm a huge fan of using trays indoors and out to help corral items. On our cart, the clear tray is used to hold drinks, skewers, lemon squeezer and thermometer. 


Our BBQ Grill cart, we built is bar far one of my favorite DIY building projects to date, I love how our cart turned out and how versatile it is doubling as extra cooking space and a full bar cart when needed. We bought a small grill cart cover to use to cover it with when not in use, which already came in handy we received lots of Summer rain last week.  

Quick Reminder:

The Home Depot DIY Workshops are typically held on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month are all about skill-building, from teaching how to tile, outdoor projects and fun seasonal projects, associates are on hand to answer questions you may have. Please Click Here to Register for the FREE DIY Workshop: Grill Cart 

Join Me! Saturday June, 2015 at 10:00 am - 11:30 
The Home Depot Denver Store # 1532
3870 Denver, Colorado  80207


Not local to the Denver Colorado area? Please click here and register for a DIY Workshop near you! Also follow along on my Instagram /Twitter and Facebook on  June 20, 2015 and use the following hashtag #DIYWorkshop to share and see what I'm up to.  

Looking forward to seeing you this Saturday!! 

The Home Depot DIY Workshop: BBQ Grilling Cart

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Good Morning friends! As you may remember, teamed up with The Home Depot earlier this year as a DIY Influencer to host in store DIY Workshops! Teaming up with Home Depot is the perfect opportunity to share with all of you fun DIY building projects. These projects help build confidence in using power tools and share with you how to build a project from start to finish. My first project was building a  DIY Vertical Planter and hosting a work shop in Daly City. I had absolute blast hosting my first workshop, the Daly City store was lovely and everyone that attended the workshop was so nice! Click here for a picture from the lat workshop.  I'm so excited, think I could do a cartwheel level of excitement to share my second workshop. 

As you know The Home Depot is the go to spot for tools, supplies, lawn & garden and one of my favorites BBQ! BBQ is huge in our household and this project, is the perfect kickoff for Summer! Details below.

That's right, I'm building a DIY Grill Cart, perfect for summer and I'm traveling all the way from California to Colorado, how exciting is that! We do lots of grilling at our house in the Spring, Summer and Fall months and this grill cart is the perfect addition for our patio. This DIY Grill cart was designed by Ben Uyeda of Home Made Modern. If you haven't already check out his site, its full of amazing modern wood and concrete projects, you'll seriously be in aww of his projects!  

The Home Depot DIY Workshops are typically held on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month are all about skill-building, from teaching how to tile, outdoor projects and fun seasonal projects, associates are on hand to answer questions you may have. Please Click Here to Register for the FREE DIY Workshop: Grill Cart 

Join Me! Saturday June, 2015 at 10:00 am - 11:30 
The Home Depot Denver Store # 1532
3870 Denver, Colorado  80207

I'm so looking forward to seeing all my Colorado friends, this will be my first official trip to Colorado. My last trip was a 2 hour layover at the airport when I was a teen, so being able to get off the plane and soak up the pretty views of Denver is beyond exciting for me. 

Again please register below and join me for the FREE DIY Workshop, I can't wait to enjoy beautiful Denver and talk all things DIY & Design with my Colorado friends! 

Not local to the Denver Colorado area? Please click here and register for a DIY Workshop near you! Also follow along on my Instagram /Twitter and Facebook on  June 20, 2015 and use the following hashtag #DIYWorkshop to share and see what I'm up to

Now, I only have a few hours after the workshop to explore, any places in Denver I should try to visit or have lunch at?? Thank you! 

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