It feels like an eternity ago that I was a Teacher. I always wanted to become either an Interior Designer or an Art Teacher. I taught art for almost 10 years before staying home with my own two littles. It’s crazy to me that now, in my own JorDecor way, I’m pursuing my other passion and sharing that pursuit with all of you. Art and creativity will always be at my core, creating and helping others create whether it be something you hang on your walls or the cozy look of a space itself. Creation comes in many forms, it is about releasing an expression, emotion, idea or vision. Teaching elementary art was one of the most fun jobs. I loved the amazement on kids faces when I taught them a new technique or introduced them to an artist or material they never heard of before.
As my own kids school year is now coming to an end I’m feeling nostalgic to all those end of year feels on the other end of it, as a a teacher. I can related to how much those teachers are SOOOO ready for a break. I also recall how exhausting it was, how the children become like your own. You care for them, help them not only in subject matter but teach them about social skills, manners, kindness, acceptance and so many other valuable things on a daily. I recall by the end of the year being drained; mentally, physically and emotionally. Summer is the time when teachers restore themselves, renew their spark for education and regain the energy to do it all again the next year.
So this is why I have such an appreciation for my kids teachers and all teachers. At the end of the year I try to make a little something special as a “Thank You” and as a “go enjoy your time off” because let’s face it, they’ve earned it. This year I wanted to create a little pampering kind of gift. One of my favorite gifts from a student was a simple manicure gift card (and the inspiration for this years) I remember using it right after school on that last day of classes and treating myself. It was the perfect start to summer. Back in my Art Teachers days I never got my nails done because they were always covered in paint, sharpie or clay. It was such a thoughtful and kind gift to receive.
The second gift idea is for the male teachers but it also doubles as a Father’s Day Gift too! I’m also going to include the cards that I made so you can print your own if you’d like. *read the end to get my tips on printing
Click to download and print my cards to attach to your gift.
I created these adorable “Mani Thanks” gift cards. For a Teacher Assistant or specialist if you wanted to do a little something and add the tags to a clear mini gift bag with a color polish and a clear top coat and then a little facial treatment- it’s the perfect little thank you. For the Teacher if you wanted to also add a gift card to a local spa that would be amazing any teacher would love a little end of year pampering session. I also found these adorable beach hats that say “Vacay all Day” and then tied the gift card around with the cute “Mani Thanks” around it with ribbon.
Click to download and print my cards to attach to your gift.
For the guys how fun is this Golf themed gift card idea. Find a local golf place and grab a gift card to hit balls and add it to this cute little bucket of balls. I grabbed a bag of recycle balls that were a bit more affordable and some t’s.
I used the shredded paper to lift the balls up so I didn’t need to use as many. Then put the T’s in the center to hold the gift card in place. But play around with the presentation to create something that works for you.
Recommendation for printing- cardstock paper works best. When you go to print, select 6 copies to a page and it will shrink the photos down to the size you need. If you use these I’d love for you to tag me so I can see how they turned out.
Thank you guys for stopping by and happy almost SUMMER!
With Easter just around the corner, cute little bunnies are starting to make their way out, don’t worry JUST the decorative ones. We are still only a ONE pet family ;). I love this time of year so much as we eagerly await some warmer weather, days spent outside playing with the kids, breathing fresh air and working in the gardens. I’m so happy to be teaming up with ChristmasTreeShopsandThat!, as well as talented group of bloggers to share lots of decorating ideas for Spring. I can’t wait to see how each blogger adds the wonderful array of products from ChristmasTreeShopsandThat!to their homes. If your here from the lovely Nikki from A Tufted Life, isn’t her home so beautiful? I just love her style!
You guys know I love decorating for every season and holiday, it’s how I express myself plus create a feeling of excitement and love in our home. I was so happy to make a trip to ChristmasTreeShopsandThat! to get ideas for my Easter tablescape. I use these shopping trips to inspire me and get my creative juices flowing for each decorative project. They have so many cute wreaths, signs and tabletop items! Visiting this store is always a treasure hunt to see what you can find. For me it’s about curating a look that’s my own style, choosing things that will work together and fit with the style of my home.
Now to the fun part, what did I pick up? I had great luck (as I always do!). I found the cutest bunny dinner plates, a bunny pillow, napkin rings, wood candle holders, plus so much more that I can’t wait to share! My inspiration led me to create a wood and pastel theme table- I want it to feel a little rustic yet also fresh for spring! First, I’m going to share an easy DIY tablescape idea with you that I made with this metal planter and bunny votives both from ChristmasTreeShopsandThat! I’ll try to LINK the items I can find online however a lot of items you’ll need to go in store to find. However they do have a lot of great spring products online, too!
From a craft store:
This centerpiece was so easy to make! I spray painted the long metal planter white. Once it dried I hot glued the small wood finials on the bottom corners to give it height. After that, I layered the floral foam, moss, eggs and some greenery. Lastly, I layered in the adorable bunny votives on either side of the metal planter.
I already owned the pale blue runner, the wood chargers and the white napkins.
What’s nice about a dried arrangement for a centerpiece is that unlike fresh tulips or florals, which will only last a week or two, this will last the entire season. I like that it is low in height so you can see and chat with your guests across the table. I also love the texture of the spanish moss. I honestly think this may be one of my favorite tablescapes, it’s not too fussy and really pretty/cozy looking. I didn’t set the full table with glassware and utensils because I like how simple it looks and that I could leave it set up like this as Easter approaches.
I’m so happy I chose the wood and pastel tones. I love how they work so beautiful together. The wood really grounds all the colors and makes it feel so warm and inviting. I think these mini bunny napkin ring holders might be my favorite item from the whole shopping trip. How cute are they?!
I love how this pillow adds a cute pop of color in this corner! ChristmasTreeShopsandThat! had so many great spring pillow options and all priced very reasonably.
Spray painting the metal white, makes the pastels and moss/greenery stand out so much more. I love how cute the little wooden legs look too.
Well there it is, my Spring table with ChristmasTreeShopsandThat! What do you guys think of the wood and pastel combo? It’s soft and subtle and I don’t mind leaving it up all the way through April! I hope you give this simple centerpiece DIY a try this season. It really was so fun to make. Thank you all for stopping by and supporting my blog. If you have a chance please head over to these other lovely blogs to see their creative ideas as well. Next up on the hop is my friend Lindsay from https://www.aratariathome.com
Hey Friends! For those of you that follow along on my decor adventures over on Instagram you know that I’m a frequent shopper at my local Tuesday Morning. They are a home decor store that sells unique items at 20-60% off department store prices. I’m super excited to be teaming up with Tuesday Morning to bring you some ideas for wall decor using art prints. I recently discovered that Tuesday Morning also sells unframed art prints in a variety of sizes/subjects for as little as $2.99. Yes, you read that right, under $3 and that is for all sizes! Keep in mind that each store has a different variety of prints as well. So what I share with you from my store may be different from your own. If you are looking for affordable wall decor I highly recommend checking out their art print selection. Be sure to head to the Tuesday Morning website to find locations near you.
Part of the fun of using art prints is deciding how to frame them! Instead of choosing standard frames I thought I would take this opportunity to show you some different ways of using prints to create wall decor for your home in a farmhouse style. Tuesday Morning also has an amazing frame selection, however there may come a time when you can’t find a frame for a print you have. So here are a few different ways you can hang art prints with out using a standard frame. The only extra materials needed was modge podge, scissors, ruler and a foam brush.
Wood Framed Mirror
I loved the colors in this large print however I couldn’t find any large scale frames in the store. When I saw this large wooden mirror for only $29.99 I thought it would look beautiful. I simply measured the size and cut the edge of the print to fit inside the mirror. Using modge podge and a large foam brush I applied the glue to the mirror itself, then carefully placed the print on top of it, from center pressing out to the edges/sides. I also used a credit card to gently smooth the bubbles out toward the edges.
So here is that big blank wall I wanted a colorful pretty piece of artwork for. I love how the wood ties into those DIY shelves, the wood matches perfectly. Our bathroom needed some rich color and now it has it, all for under $40!
I love the depth a shadow box provides to a piece of artwork. I was so excited to also find this beautiful sea shell print at Tuesday Morning. So of course I brought it to the beach house last weekend, and added some shells we found this summer. Your print doesn’t need to be part of a collection to use a shadow box. I think shadow boxes make really fun frames. Tuesday Morning had a bunch of different sizes and colors in stock as well. I grabbed this white wash/wood one with a burlap insert. I decided to trim down the print with out using scissors to give it a more natural edge. To do this I made really strong folds, then slowly ripping the edges to give it that rough edge.
I love the look of a torn edge, it gives a more natural look which I think works so well with a print of natural objects.
What do you think? Isn’t a shadow box a beautiful way to frame an art print? I just had to add some shells inside.
Platter & Plates
I love simple white ceramic plates/platters hung in groupings or gallery walls. I decided to take some of the smaller art prints and cut and paste them onto a set of three beautiful white dishes, which I also purchased at Tuesday Morning. One of my favorite parts of the store is their kitchen section. So many great dishes, pans and utensils at crazy good prices!
Using the plates as frames is as easy as going back to your elementary school art days… it’s basically collage (cut and paste)! Just cut your prints and add glue to the surface of the plate, I used modge podge again, put the paper down on the plate then I go over the image with a coat of glue again. Once it dries, it’s clear and makes the image look completely attached with the surface of the dish.
Once the print completely adhered to the plate I was ready to hang my new wall art! I had these plate hangers on hand. However I’m going to link my favorite ones HERE, that don’t show along the edge of the plate.
Don’t the plates make such a delicate and pretty statement on the wall? There are so many possibilities for these art prints and how you could incorporate them into you home!
I hope the next time you have an art print or photo to hang/frame in your home you’ll look for some unique ways to display it. Don’t feel stuck with traditional frames! Keep your mind open to what you have on hand or what you can find. If you have any empty walls in your home I would highly recommend checking out the selection of art prints at Tuesday Morning! The prices are unbelievable.
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Hey guys! I wanted to share a quick, easy and inexpensive Christmas craft that can be used in so many different ways. These are my Snow Globe Embroidery hoop wreaths. They can be made in many different sizes as well; hang small ones as ornaments, large ones on doors or do a cluster of medium size ones for an art display on an empty wall.
All you need is:
Embroidery hoop of your size
Bottle brush trees
Jute twine or ribbon
Popsicle sticks or paint brush
Hot glue stick/ hot glue gun
Start by spreading the snow text at inside base of the hoop directly below the metal loop, with the popsicle stick. Build up the layer as thick as you want. Remember that the thicker it is the longer it will take to dry.
Once the snow tex is dry hot glue on your bottle brush trees in choice of size/ color. I did three in the medium size and two smaller in the small size hoop.
Once the hot glue dries you can add your twine or ribbon to the the metal loop and that’s it! Hang on the door or a window, over a mirror for a winter- wonderland effect!
I hope you liked this quick and easy seasonal craft! Let me know if you’d like to see more little how-to’s and DIY crafts.