Archive for January, 2013

Canvas Art

January 20, 2013

Many months ago I pinned this idea onto my “Crafty” board on Pinterest…


The concept was so simple that I knew I could create something similar on my own. So last weekend, armed with a Michael’s gift card that I received for Christmas {thanks, Jenna!}, I set out to gather the needed materials. At the time a certain brand of canvas just happened to be 70% off so I grabbed one large and one small plus some craft paint and acrylic Helvetica letters. Then I swung by Half Price Books and found an old book of piano sheet music for $2. The innocent girl behind the counter suggested a music shop in a nearby town that had tons more piano music to browse; I just nodded, acting interested because I didn’t have the heart to tell her that my intentions were to rip the pages from the book as soon as I got it home, hehe.


The process went something like this…rip sheet music into strips, coat a section of canvas with ModPodge, place paper strips on canvas, then coat again with ModPodge to seal. This went on for a while as I worked my way from the bottom of the canvas up. Then once it was completely dry I lightly traced a line with my straight edge to serve as a reference for my lettering.


I worked on the smaller canvas first, sort of as a trial run, to make sure that everything was going to work out correctly before I tackled the larger canvas.


After all of the letters were in place I squirted a few shades of yellow paint onto a paper plate and started painting. There was absolutely no rhyme or reason to my technique, my goal was simply to paint it yellow and vary the shade for a little added texture. I removed the letters as soon as I finished applying the paint and I was immediately unimpressed…I should have gone with a darker paint so the letters would stand out more plus the letters appear to be misaligned thanks to the lines on the sheet music being placed diagonally.


Not wanting the larger canvas to turn out the same as the smaller one, I applied the lettering and decided to call it finished…for now. I might paint it someday and remove the letters but for now I like the way it looks. We’ve got it hanging above our bed and it’s one of the first things we see each morning :)


Until now I’ve pretty much ignored decorating our bedroom so it feels good to finally have something on the walls in there. I’m sure I’ll be adding more to it over the coming months!



Home for Christmas

January 16, 2013

For the first time ever Mark and I flew during the holiday season as we made our way to Texas to spend Christmas with our families. We had a great time, spending 9 full days back home, but before we left we had a mini Christmas, just the two of us.


Our stockings were hung with care…


…and we opened our presents from each other while listening to Christmas music and keeping warm by our crackling Netflix fire.


A few days later we made our way to Houston and on the 23rd we visited the Houston Zoo to see some animals and Christmas lights. Since it was dark, we couldn’t see many of the larger animals outdoors but we did spot a few giraffes.


We spent Christmas Eve with Tammy and Logan in Shenandoah; we decorated the tree, baked cookies for Santa and attended the midnight church service.


Logan must have been an extra good boy this year because Santa brought him a pretty awesome workbench and tool belt. Mark and I both agreed that one of our favorite parts of this past Christmas was playing Santa’s helpers the night before to ensure everything was perfect for Logan the next morning…that and sipping eggnog, of course.


Here’s our big, happy family photo with everyone in Houston. We’ve grown by one more since last year with the addition of little Lilian. It’s so adorable to see how protective big brother Logan is of her :)


There was plenty of baby holding in Houston but once we made it to Rogers to see my family it was all about Jack.


Just like last year, Jack absolutely loved hiding in and laying on any box, bag, tissue or wrapping paper within reach.


It was so wonderful to be home again…we heard stories and saw pictures from Ben’s trip to Africa, played fetch with Sadie, walked the property with pellet guns and of course watched the Garfield Christmas Special together {it’s tradition, after all}.


Christmas Cookies

January 3, 2013

If I’m ever feeling homesick during the holiday season there’s one activity that is sure to cheer me up, baking cookies. I have my mom to thank for that; we always baked TONS of cookies every December for sharing {and eating}. Even though I usually consider the process of refrigerating, rolling, cutting and decorating sugar cookies to be a bit excessive, I find it somewhat therapeutic when I have time to enjoy it.


This year, for the first time, I tried my hand at working with royal icing and flooding. Mark and I had fun experimenting with the different decorating methods and various sprinkles. These simple little trees were my favorite; definitely worth the effort :)