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Projects Are Coming! Projects Are Coming!

I cannot wait until this place is finally, totally settled-into! Moving is rough stuff, seriously. For the sake of motivation, I have promised myself some gifts after the last cardboard box is recycled. Firstly, one of those crazy colored orchids from the grocery store. You know the ones I mean… that are strangely, unnaturally blue or purple and for some reason draw you in. I want to see how long I can actually keep the thing alive for. Anyone want to place a bet?

Secondly, the time and supplies to take on a few projects to spruce the place up and get my creative fingers busy again. Here are a few ideas knocking around inside my head Pinterest board…

Large-Scale Paintings, Inspired By:

Projects Are Coming! Projects Are Coming! Links to Pinspiration | Painting Sunny

Pinspiration: Here Original Source: Here

Projects Are Coming! Projects Are Coming! Links to Pinspiration | Painting Sunny

Pinspiration: Here Original Source: Here

I love to paint and we have some decent-sized wall-space in the new place, on the living room and Master bedroom walls. I am ready to make some pieces that make an impact! The dark blue in the above inspiration really appeals to me, along with those touches of gold in both… sigh. So pretty.

Smaller, Unique Artwork, Inspired By:

Projects Are Coming! Projects Are Coming! Links to Pinspiration | Painting Sunny

Pinspiration: Here Original Source: Here

Projects Are Coming! Projects Are Coming! Links to Pinspiration | Painting Sunny

Pinspiration: Here Original Source: Here

Projects Are Coming! Projects Are Coming! Links to Pinspiration | Painting Sunny

Pinspiration: Here Original Source: Here

Nothing makes a home feel more cozy than artwork tucked into little nooks and spaces. Besides books, which like automatically domesticate your home. And make you look smart. Anyway, how cute are those Ikea prints? Very, but they are a little too small, so I may need to make some custom-sized similar work myself. And don’t you just love Our Fifth House?

DIY Lamps, Inspired By:

Projects Are Coming! Projects Are Coming! Links to Pinspiration | Painting Sunny

Pinspiration: Here Original Source: Here

Projects Are Coming! Projects Are Coming! Links to Pinspiration | Painting Sunny

Pinspiration: Here Original Source: Here

Projects Are Coming! Projects Are Coming! Links to Pinspiration | Painting Sunny

Pinspiration: Here Original Source: Here

(already made lamps here: )

Our new apartment doesn’t have overhead lighting in any of the living or bedroom areas, so as soon as I get my hand’s on some worthy second-hand candidates I need to stock up on lamps. Yes, this is the second time I’ve linked over to that gold-dotted lamp. I am seriously crushing on it. It’s so unique and original. Click over to the original links for all of the lamps, please! The lamps all look so much more clean and modern compared to the before pictures, it’s amazing!

You may recall I already DIYed some lamps I looove, so check them out!

Home-Made (and Mama-Made, So Even Better) Quilts for Kid’s Rooms, Inspired By:

Projects Are Coming! Projects Are Coming! Links to Pinspiration | Painting Sunny

Pinspiration: Here Original Source: Here

Projects Are Coming! Projects Are Coming! Links to Pinspiration | Painting Sunny

Pinspiration: Here Original Source: Here

Projects Are Coming! Projects Are Coming! Links to Pinspiration | Painting Sunny

Pinspiration: Here Original Source: Here

I think a hand-made quilt is a great way to show someone you love them and really care about them. Care enough to sweat over a finickly sewing machine covered in bits of thread and interfacing. That is true love, my friend. I think quilts can also make a really lasting heirloom when done well, and making some for my own kid’s is hitting the top of the to-do list. Aren’t these three sweet? I’m definitely in the mood for stripes, but that rag-style quilt would fit in perfectly with my girl’s room!

Head-Bands For The Girl’s Fall School Wardrobe, Inspired By:

Projects Are Coming! Projects Are Coming! Links to Pinspiration | Painting Sunny

Pinspiration: Here Original Source: Here

I am definitly going to use this inspiration to engineer some child-sized head-bands with cute fabrics, before H starts 1st grade in September. I swear, our girl could never start school with enough hair accessories. She is obsessed. This is a great scrap-busting project, too.

As you can tell, Pinterest is a pretty comfortable place for me these days. Please come on over and join me for some QPT! That is “Quality Pinning Time.”

Anyone else planning at least two years out on their projects? Sentimental about sewing quilts for a loved-one, or just need some &$%# lighting around their house?

PS: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own, and I have not received compensation for anything written. Keepin’ it real.

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Pin-Fail: Sidewalk Chalk Photo Props Are Cute If Your Kids Aren’t Afraid Of Dirt

You may recall this past week, when we happily celebrated Grandma June’s birthday after she arrived from the long 1/3-cross-country drive. I really enjoy DIYing something personalized for a birthday, and so even though we were in the midst of boxes I was inspired to make some cute, trendy, chalk-prop photos of the kids, just like these:

Look at those adorable and well-behaved children and the sweet little chalk sketches. Awww. Easy, right?

Wrong.

Really, really wrong.

Lest you have begun to think I totally know what I’m talking about and spend my days happily baking and crafting… this was the best I got:

(Disclaimer: the sidewalk was not hot at all; it was bright out but cool. I promise I wouldn’t make them lie on hot cement even for the sake of DIY… they just didn’t want to lie flat on the ground in case it was dirty, and weren’t sure what to do with their arms.)

Pin-Fail... Sidewalk Chalk Photo Props Clearly Did Not Work For Painting SunnyPin-Fail... Sidewalk Chalk Photo Props Clearly Did Not Work For Painting SunnyPin-Fail... Sidewalk Chalk Photo Props Clearly Did Not Work For Painting SunnyPin-Fail... Sidewalk Chalk Photo Props Clearly Did Not Work For Painting SunnyPin-Fail... Sidewalk Chalk Photo Props Clearly Did Not Work For Painting SunnyPin-Fail... Sidewalk Chalk Photo Props Clearly Did Not Work For Painting Sunny Granted, the sun was bright, so halfway through I realized I would get less-squinty photos if we moved to the shade… but the sunlight clearly wasn’t the problem. They both just didn’t want to lie down flat on the ground, which was sorta necessary for the little photo op to work. Oh well, they can’t all turn out, right?

Also, the scooters were there because I thought I could position them so it looked like the kids were riding on them. Not like they had just toppled from them onto hard pavement. Not quite the effect I was going for.

Anyone else having a total pin-fail? Have kids who don’t want to touch the dirt on sidewalks? Realize your kid’s fake tattoos that just will not fade probably look weird in pictures? Tell me I’m not alone! It seemed like a good idea, right?


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DIY Ceramic Animal Hall of Fame

Okay, this post is random and yet feels necessary. And okay, a bunch of them are not at all ceramic-looking and are gold or brass… that is just the current DIY climate. Hater’s gonna hate, but sometimes when there is a bandwagon you just have to jump on it. That sounded more confusing than I thought it would.

I present to you, The World Wide Web’s Best Ceramacized Animals.

I feel pretty confident that is a word.

DIY Ceramic Animal Hall of Fame | Painting Sunny

Can you believe it isn’t all owls? I’m just as shocked. But seriously, the fat little owl is probably my favorite.

1. DIY Animal Bookend by Natalme. Seriously, that is one cute hippo and the blue is so vibrant. My little boy would love one in his room, for suresies.

2. Do a Deer by Bower Power. How could this not be included, this deer is just so damn regal. Her Sexy Rexy post should get an honorable mention, as well.

3. Horse Squared by Young House Love. Obviously, YHL gets mentioned as they are my fav blog to obsess over follow. Still, these horse heads are unique in their bright color and more abstract design. I would love to stumble upon something like the before at my local thrift store! (No idea why that rhymed strangely.)

4. A Happier Ceramic Owl by A Swell Place to Dwell. This owl is bad ass now. I love the pink, too – my dream is to find some ceramic animals to spray paint, and for them to end up hot pink or coral or somewhere in between, so this one I was especially drawn too.

5. Spray-painted cockatoo by On My Honor. Honestly, I just never expected to see a spray-painted cockatoo. This one takes the prize for originality, and also for props in the picture. I love it.

6. Ceramic Owl Makeover by Teal and Lime. Yes, this one is my favorite. It looks so much like something from West Elm or Pottery Barn, I had to read the post twice. This owl has so much personality! I thought the owl craze might be about over, but this one should kick-start it again.

7. DIY Gold Elephant by The Eclectic Owl. Okay, this might be the most pinned thing in the universe it is so cool! Just wait until I get my hands on a plastic elephant. That sounded more violent than I meant. Anyway, I also love her very random collection of books put together and the fact that I believe I have read all of them at some point.

8. Updating X-Mas Decorations by Beautiful Haven. I first saw this on Better After, and while it is possibly the most random addition to this list (even more so than the cockatoo, since I’m pretty sure an elf isn’t an animal) I love how it turned out. And yes, I love that this blog is named Beautiful Haven since my own little daughter is named Haven and she is certainly beautiful. It is a cool elf, in any case. #I’mNotBiased

9. DIY Dollarstore White Lion Bookends by Sweet Suite Ten. I love projects that originate at the Dollar Store, and this is one of the best turnouts I’ve seen! They are just so perfectly spray-painted… Michelle, please come over to my house and help me with my technique?

10. Pottery Barn Inspired Easter Ceramics by First Lady of the House. I hope she runs across a bunny at some point, I would love to see how it turns out! These would be sweet in a nursery any time of year, not just at Easter. I love that duck that is lunging forward!

11. DIY Brass Figurines by Hi Sugar Plum. These are so cool, and I love how differently they each looked before! It’s like your own fancy  little zoo. On a random note, that lamp next to the giraffe is so gorgeous… I can’t stop staring.

Anyone else hanging desperately on to this ceramic animal trend? Scouring a thrift shop for a rabbit or giraffe, or just open to whatever animal may find you? Is this a random enough post? It’s a little obvious what I’ve been pinning, huh?


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Before the Blog – Pinterest Inspired Projects, Part III

… and now, I am happy to introduce the final chapter of this three-part series. Just like Twilight’s Breaking Dawn or The Hunger Games’ Mockingjay, I know this ending was heavily anticipated. Just agree and let me boost my ego, please.

As I shared here and then here, I put together a list of projects I had completed pre-blog and pre-good-camera and it was so unwieldy I had to break it into three different posts to share with ya’ll.

These are all things directly from my Pinterest boards – please come visit me there, where you will see my own versions and the original inspiration for projects like these, and more. Let’s explore, shall we?

Project #11: Tea Clothespin Wreath

DIY Tea Clothespin Wreath | Painting Sunny

Originally inspired by the tea! tea! tea! kitchen wreath over at KOJODESIGNS.

This is just a little bit kitschy and a little bit practical; a combination I can totally get behind. I handled the clothespin portion of the project much like the original tutorial I linked to, but for the base of it I used a metal wreath purchased from Hobby Lobby for $3 (I believe on sale). The clothespins were $1 from the Dollar Tree, and I already had the paint and scrapbook paper so this was a $4 or so project for me, total. It’s hanging up in the kitchen being all kitschy.

Project #12: Sewn Office Planner Cover

DIY Sewn Office Planner Cover | Painting Sunny

DIY Sewn Office Planner Cover | Painting Sunny

Originally inspired by the Journal Cover Tutorial over at Bloom.

Like a lot of obsessive organized people, I have a favorite planner that I used to keep track of my to-do list. I actually don’t use a calendar one, as I like to use Outlook and schedule things electronically, but despite having an iPhone and iPad, I just haven’t switched my work lists or brainstorming over to digital. I wanted something cute and that fit very well as a cover for my otherwise very ugly planner.

Naturally, I decided to sew one myself. I’m so glad I did! My planner is cute, but it was also my first project using interfacing and was a really great introduction to it. (I’ve since sewn a t-shirt quilt).

Project #13: Sewn Lavender Sachets

Sewn Lavender Sachets | Painting Sunny

Originally inspired by the Lavender Sachets over at the Purl Bee.

When I pinned this from the Purl Bee, I did not actually think I would end of making them. I just couldn’t picture buying that much dried lavender, honestly. Who pictures themselves buying pounds of dried lavender? Not this girl. Then, one day at our local farmer’s market I stumbled upon a stand selling dried lavender and the realization I could mix it with much, much cheaper rice to make it a little less costly.

These are great – so easy to sew up, it is a fun quick project and leaves you with a great smelling closet. Yum.

Project #14: Spray-Painted Big Metal Letters

Spray-Painted Big Metal Letters | Painting Sunny

Originally inspired by the Anthro-inspired Zinc Letters over at Lolly Jane.

Okay, okay – I know. Everyone under the sun has made these. Wait, that is a seriously weird expression. Who is not under the sun? Or do they mean the half of the earth that the sun is shining on at any point? That is how the sun’s rotation works, right? Ugh, now I have a headache.

Anyway, this could not be easier. Just grab one of those cardboard letters at a craft store (pay for it before leaving, though), and spray it on down with metallic spray paint. Personally, I used the silver leaf spraypaint by Krylon and it worked great but was the worst smelling spray paint ever. A year later, I’m pretty sure it made my asthma worse. So maybe try out some different paints… but the project is worth doing, even if it is a little… well… trendy.

Doesn’t it look heavy? It feels weird picking it up.

Project #15: Children’s Nightgown, No Pattern Sewing

Children's Nightgown, No Pattern Sewing | Painting Sunny

Originally inspired by the Little Girls Summer Nightgown over at Our 3 Sons Plus 1.

This is a great way to whip up some quick nightgowns for a little girl, and a fun project to share on a rainy day. H picked out her own fabrics at the store, and unsurprisingly went for anything pink and eye-searingly over the top in pattern. The original tutorial linked to is so useful, and actually easy to use as a base to make changes from.

Since it was Fall when I made these, I used a warmer flannel material and to make sure it was cut in a shape and size that fit her, I used a dress that she already had and loved to determine the shape by laying it on top of the fabric before I drew out the shape and cut it. I sewed four nightgowns in total, and made the sleeves a little different on each, just to experiment. 1.5 years later, she is still wearing them but they are just starting to look a tiny bit worn.

Project #16: Color-block Metallic Picture Frames

Color-block Metallic Picture Frames | Painting Sunny

Originally inspired by the DIY Brass Frames over at A Thoughtful Place.

When I moved into my current office at work, I wanted to spruce up the frames for the family photos in my office. After running across the tutorial linked above, I loved the idea of brass-looking frame corners and thought I could probably do a spin-off to get the look. I used antique gold colored spray-paint by taping off the rest of the frames besides the corners before painting it. Then, I went a little crazy and did some “color block” versions like the one to the left, in the photo above. I actually made about 8 of these, but it was hard to get good pics in my messy busy office.

BTW, that picture of the Hubs holding our son as a baby is my absolute favorite. I smile every time I see it. Adorbs.

Well, that’s it for this set. Will there be more? Who knows what I will uncover as we clean and pack to move. I’ll be sure to share if I do! Anyone else love a good kitschy clothespin wreath? Wish I would stop saying the word kitschy? Tricking friends by asking them to pick up fake metal objects?

Please come hang out with me on Pinterest, too. I spend way too much time over there…

PS: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own, and I have not received compensation for anything written. Keepin’ it real.


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Art For The Kids: Hang It Up

“Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.” It’s always nice to start off a Japanese proverb, right?

Well, judging by my Pinterest account, I may be a little heavy on the vision and have room for some more action. Remember when I put together some little moodboards on kid’s rooms inspiration, including some ideas for art you can make, and then some ideas for art you can buy with cold hard cash. There are also some really fresh, creative ideas for how you can display that art (or other pretty things you have lying around the house). Let’s check it out.

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Five ideas for cool, creative ways to dress up your kid’s room should cover almost any nursery or playroom’s walls. Unless you have like… a lot of kids. Then you may have to do a little more research. In any case, I love these ideas and am certain at least three of them will be make appearances in my own little tyke’s spaces.

  1. Better Homes and Gardens, framed book jackets: How adorable is this? Most importantly, it demonstrates a family’s love of books. If you don’t have bright colored book jackets lying around, I bet you can make a color copy of books you do have, or find some printables online. Just hit up your kid’s bookshelf for inspiration!
  2. jan eleni interiors, The Jan Eleni Collage: Okay, budget-wise this might be the most impractical idea (ordering one from Jan Eleni costs $950 for the 40 image version – the standard sizes also include 70 or 112 images). I think my piggy bank won’t quite allow for this, but I do love the cool, modern feeling and how it takes so many different works of art by your child and puts them together in harmony. If I ever win the lotto…
  3. Infarrantly Creative, Game Board Storage Art: This isn’t just a cute idea for art, it’s a sensible storage solution. So perfect for a game, media, or play room. Since most of the games haven’t changed a lot visually, it also fits great in a vintage-vibed nursery.
  4. Young House Love, postcard shelves: Yes, YHL does everything well. How sweet are these shelves, and the little images on them? There are so many ways to change this up, to fit what you have on hand and what is sentimental for your own little family. Building my own shelves used to scare me, but this would be so worth it.
  5. Shanty 2 Chic, color frame with clip: Don’t want to commit to just one piece of art? Not a problem! Change out your photos, kids artwork, even cool clippings from magazines. The kids themselves could get involved updating these with their newest creations.

Any other out-of-the-box art displays? What would you put up on a postcard shelf? Have $1k just lying around, and didn’t know what to do with it until now?

PS: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own, and I have not received compensation for anything written. Keepin’ it real.


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Zucchini, Black Bean & Rice Skillet Dish

Anyone else have issues spelling zucchini? I seriously never get it right. That one little n seems so lonely, I just want to add another one… Anyway, this dish was so easy, so affordable, and so healthy – I was pretty skeptical at how it would taste. It was, in fact, delicious. The black beans are a boost are protein in the otherwise vegetarian dish.

Both the hubs and I went back for more. I won’t say it was a hit with the kids, because to be honest they just will not get on board with anything they can identify zucchini in. Kids are weird.

Zucchini, Black Bean & Rice Skillet Dish | Painting Sunny

I pinned this recipe from ReadySetEat ages ago, and immediately forgot about it. So glad to have rediscovered it this weekend!

I changed it up a little bit to suite our taste and pantry, so the recipe shown right here is not quite the same as the original one. I normally try to give the original recipe a shot first, but I try to switch out white rice for brown rice and I don’t eat bell peppers (slight allergic reaction to the green ones which makes me disdainful of all the bell pepper varieties.)

Zucchini, Black Bean & Rice Skillet Dish | Painting Sunny

Let’s raid our pantries! Concise recipe at the bottom of post.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbl canola oil
  • 3 medium zucchini’s, quartered lengthwise and then chopped.
  • 1 can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, not drained
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup instant brown rice, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese (I used cheddar jack, just ‘cuz)

Note: The taste is really, surprisingly good… but I like things kicked up a notch, so next time I will add more seasoning. BTW, I really do think Hunt’s fire-roasted tomatoes have the best flavor, and the least weird-tomato-parts in the can.

The reviews at the original link had a bunch of suggestions for things to add or alter, and they sound delicious! This is a great recipe to experiment with.

Zucchini, Black Bean & Rice Skillet Dish | Painting Sunny

Heat your oil in a large skillet over medium heat, until it is shimmery but not smoky.

Add your zucchini and stir to coat it in oil. Cook for 4-6 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Zucchini, Black Bean & Rice Skillet Dish | Painting Sunny

When the zucchini is mostly done but not-quite-cooked-through, add the black beans, tomatoes (without draining), and the water. Stir well.

Increase the heat to high, and allow it to come to a boil.

Zucchini, Black Bean & Rice Skillet Dish | Painting Sunny

When it has come to a boil, add the rice and stir well.

Cover the pan, and remove it from the heat. Let it stand for 7-9 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed.

Sprinkle with cheese! Isn’t that always the best part?

Zucchini, Black Bean & Rice Skillet Dish | Painting Sunny

Anyone thinking of a good acronym for this dish? ZBBR does have a fun ring to it, I think. Anyone else avoiding those weird tomato parts in cans? Nothing is worse, I swear. Ideas for veggies to toss into this dish?

Zucchini, Black Bean & Rice Skillet Dish

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbl canola oil
  • 3 medium zucchini’s, quartered lengthwise and then chopped.
  • 1 can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, not drained
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup instant brown rice, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese (I used cheddar jack, just ‘cuz)

Heat your oil in a large skillet over medium heat, until it is shimmery but not smoky. Add your zucchini and stir to coat it in oil. Cook for 4-6 minutes, stirring occasionally. When the zucchini is mostly done but not-quite-cooked-through, add the black beans, tomatoes (without draining), and the water. Stir well. Increase the heat to high, and allow it to come to a boil. When it has come to a boil, add the rice and stir well. Cover the pan, and remove it from the heat. Let it stand for 7-9 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed. Sprinkle with cheese!


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Art For The Kids: Make It Up

We all want the best for our children, right? Well, in some cases we do but just aren’t willing to shill out the money for the very best and just DIY it to be close enough. I do about half the time, at least. The oldest is 6; they don’t know any better.

I would love to have fantastic artwork in both the kids rooms, and am especially interested in somewhat gender-neutral pieces as well as things that are a little more unique and mature enough to fit in with the rest of the house, while still being bright and kid-friendly. I perused my Pinterest Boards and Googled around a bit to find a few ideas for artwork I could make for the kids myself… or at least print out for free or cheap. One of the projects I actually already made my own version of over a year ago, as you may recall from this post.

Check these out! I’m pretty impressed with what people out there in the world are doing, as well as the availability of really cool prints for really cheap. What’s not to love about these?Moodboard, Art For The Kids: Make It Up | Painting Sunny

  1. Love Hue Design, Chevron Art!: This is so hip. And affordable. That makes it hipordable. That’s a real thing now. I love the different ways she cut costs, and how unique and asymmetrical this turned out. Who doesn’t have a bunch of paint chips lying around? This is perfect for a kids room, as you can adjust the colors to be as bright as you want and to fit any nursery or kid’s room color decorating theme.
  2. freevintageposters.com,World’s Fair Chicago 1934 Vintage Printable Poster: I love the variety of posters here, and how sentimental you can be in choosing a poster that highlights a topic or location that is special to your family. This poster in particular has bold, beautiful colors and is free to print!
  3. Open Art Project, Goodbye!: This is so cute, I cannot believe it is free. I absolutely want to get this printed for our son’s room. It has a funny, cheeky vibe and subtle but still cheerful pops of color.
  4. Plain Vanilla Mom, Butterfly Footprints: I love how my own version of this turned out, and bet you will too if you try it. Can you get any more sentimental than this?
  5. Mr.Printables.com, Rain, Rain, Go Away: They have both color and black & white versions of this to print out. I love the color one, but recall when Young House Love colored their own free printable in with colored pencil and how cute it looks. What do you think? I could go either way.
  6. MinitureRhino, Orion Constellation Embroidery Kit: You do have to buy the kit for this one, but get to give it that personal home-made touch when you embroider it yourself! I wouldn’t try to makeshift the supplies myself; the kit is so affordable, it would probably save time and money to just buy it. This would be perfect for an outer-space-themed kids room, or really anywhere – I love the nerd-chic quality.

BONUS…

Photo Source: Harper's Happenings

Photo Source: Harper’s Happenings

7. Harper’s Happenings, Miniature Mounted Menagerie: Okay, I didn’t get this one added to the mood-board but it is not only adorable and affordable (adordable?) it is also trendy and so gender-neutral. While the original inspiration here wasn’t doing it for a kids room, I think it would be perfect for a little kiddo too. Adorbs.

What do you think? Anyone else looking everywhere for inspiration to DIY your own kid’s room art? Or do you splurge and buy it from local art fairs? Favorite Etsy shops?

I’m brainstorming some other ideas, so stay tuned for some mood boards focusing on art you can buy and creative ways to display it. Who doesn’t need more beauty in their lives?

PS: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own, and I have not received compensation for anything written. Keepin’ it real.