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Naptime Project :: Easy Gold Lettered Canvas Art

What do you do when you have a free nap time, an extra blank canvas and gold leaf? Make a simple wall quote art piece of course. =)

SimpleandEasy Canvas Art Tutorial with Words by Bigger Than The Three Of Us

I’ve been a lover of quotes and saying ever since I can remember. Actually, I’m quite a bookworm and have been since I was little so that’s probably where the quotes and sayings love came in. I even have a Pinterest Board with Quotes if you like that sort of thing. But, awhile back I pinned the saying “Eat Well Travel Often.” I have no idea who said it or where it came from but it is so us. Seriously, that couldn’t describe Luke and I any better. Anyways, I decided that a simple canvas with that saying would be perfect for our *just* completed gallery wall.

Follow along if you’d like:

1. Grab a canvas, gold leaf (or other paint), and paint brush.

2. Print your lettering out on regular paper. Make sure to size it appropriate for your canvas.

3. Tape to the back of the canvas.

 

Tape Printout to the back of canvas for art

 

4. Place the canvas in front of a window so that you can see your template shining through. Use a pen to outline your letters.


Use a window to trace letters for canvas art

5. Take your backing off and you have your letters on the front.

Lettered Canvas Art Before Gold Leaf

6. Use gold leaf or paint and fill in your letters.

Use Gold Leaf to Make Canvas Art by Bigger Than The Three Of Us

 

I surprised Luke by doing this, because I’m definitely not the artist in the family nor do I have a steady hand. But, if I can do it then so can you. Get creative and just make something. It feels good, trust me.

SimpleandEasy Canvas Art Tutorial with Words by Bigger Than The Three Of Us

The DIY’ers

Another Tuesday is here. Yay!

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The other ladies and I are excited to see what you guys are going to link up this week!

Jennifer from Brave New Home

Kayla from Home Coming

Stephanie from Simply Dream & Create

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Kayla from Homecoming had the pleasure of picking our top three for the week.

Katie from Upcycled Treasures shared her DIY West Elm Inspired Painted Rug.

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Anu from Nalle’s House shared her DIY Hanging Planter.

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Amy from Her Tool Belt shared an easy Personalized Mail Organizer.

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All the features are pinned to our DIY’ers Pinterest board, so be sure to follow.

Ok, link up your projects… I want to see them!

The Rules? They’re simple!

Follow each host somehow; any way is fine. - Take a picture of your DIY and link it up below. - Text link back to one of our hosts or pick up The DIY’ers button and include it in your post so others can get involved in The DIY party. - Please do not promote giveaways, other link parties, or items for sale. - By entering a link, you’re giving us permission to feature an image on our blogs.

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Tour through Blogland

 If you guys read many blogs, then you know that blogs all over the place are doing a “Tour through Blogland”. It’s a fun tour enabling you to get introduced to new blogs and read more about the person behind the blog. Well, I have two blogging friends that have asked me if I would like to be involved and I said sure. So, I’ll introduce you to both of them and then I’ll get to my part at the end.

First up is Chaney, from May Richer Fuller Be:

May Richer Fuller Be

I ‘met’ Chaney a few months back in a Facebook group for bloggers. Since that time, I’ve gotten to follow along as she has decorated her space. Chaney uses some of the same colors that I use in my house, but she has a great sense of texture and pattern. Like the above picture, I love how she effortlessly mixes wood, pattern, colors and texture. It all blends so well! She just started on a new adventure with living in a new space… a row house in Philadelphia. I can’t wait to watch as she transforms the space to make it her own!

Next up, is Carrie from Lovely Etc.

LovelyEtc Most of you have probably seen some of Carrie’s tutorials, because she and I are in the group who do the “Repurpose, Recycle and Reuse” projects every month. Carrie has a unique voice, which I love. She manages to not only blog about house projects and crafts, but also has great ideas on how to do things on the cheap. As far as projects, she has recently finished a beautiful plank wall in her entryway as well as a DIY light update. I love both and can’t wait to see how she transforms the space even more!

So, I have a few questions that have been passed to me that I need to answer. =) Ready?

What am I  working on?

The better question is, what am I not working on? lol. In all seriousness, we have quite a few projects “in the works”. Our biggest project that we are working on is our kitchen renovation. We started here back in April:

Kitchen Before Cabinet Removal

How to take wallpaper down

We plan on this renovation being a stepping stone to a future kitchen. We would love to have new cabinets (ours are in terrible condition) among a few other things, but those things aren’t in the budget right now. What is in the budget is DIY cabinet removal, wall removal, new lights, cabinet painting, desk removal, wallpaper removal, etc.

Currently, we are here:

Wallpaper to Bright and Airy in a few Steps

Dark painted lower cabinets by Bigger Than The Three Of Us

We would love to have you follow along on our process. If you would like to see more of where we are headed, then you can reference this post.

How is my work different from others of its genre?

I think that we are in an unusual circumstance for our age. We bought our ‘forever’ house and are trying to make it us in ways that we can afford, but yet, maintain the integrity of our house. In lots of ways, we are updating the cosmetics, learning construction, tiling, electrical as we do those things. We are trying to make choices in certain things that can be forever pieces. For example, long-term we would love to expand our master bathroom by taking over space from our hallway bathroom. We have recently tiled, painted, added new sinks, faucets and more details to the hallway bathroom knowing that the ten year plan is to break in to that space and make it smaller. With that in mind, we choose tile (and bought extra) that will be our forever tile. With that also in mind, we choose to keep our cream/yellow tub, because we know that eventually (5-10 years) we will replace it and relocate the tub location in general. I think having a husband/wife team (with a toddler in tow) and trying to keep all of that in perspective makes us a bit different.

This is the almost finished hallway bathroom that I just referenced:

Hallway bathroom in progress with gray walls and white cabinets

Why do I write/create what I do?

I love high-end looks, but not at high-end prices. I create because I want those looks but can’t afford it. Take our Master Bedroom for example:

Master Bedroom before and after by Bigger Than The Three of us

DIY Bamboo Blinds in Master Bedroom

The headboard, sunburst mirror, plant stand and “bamboo roman shades” were all DIY which saved us TONS of money. The nightstands, large plant stand and gray curtains were all thrifted.

West Elm Dresser paired with a DIY Painted canvas and family photos

Going the DIY route, enables me to have the look I want but for a price I can afford.

As far as writing about it, I love connecting with people that are interested in the the same things that I am. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a lot of “real-life” friends that DIY on the weekend. Connecting with other readers, bloggers and companies interested in what I’m doing is so much fun. I love being able to share tutorials and pictures of our projects and get feedback, so that’s why I write (or blog).

How does my writing/creative process work?

We try to plan out what we are working on. Sometimes that works and other times not so much. One thing generally snowballs into another and projects just keep piling up. I have to reign it in and put myself on a posting schedule to actually finish a project to write the tutorial and get pictures for it.

Thanks for letting me share more about myself (and the Three of Us!).

I would like to point you in the direction of two blogs whose styles I just adore. I have quite a few blogs that I love reading, but these two design their homes in a way that makes my heart pitter patter. Seriously.

Dana from HouseTweaking

Jesse from Cape 27

Throwback Thursday :: Naptime Projects

  I’ve been missing little projects lately. Sometimes, you get so caught up with the big projects (hello, kitchen remodel) that you forget about the little projects. I have a few in the works right now, that should be done over another nap time or so. =) So, I’ll be sharing those soon! I might even tag them with “Naptime” projects, because I think that’s pretty cute. Anyways, I rounded up three of my past projects that can definitely be completed during a nap time. Enjoy!

West-Elm-Inspired-DIY-Vase

This diy vase is definitely doable during nap time, but over the course of two naps. You have to make the circle disks and let them dry overnight. Then, you glue them on a vase. You can see the full tutorial that I shared over at Lovely Etc.

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This pot is so simple. If you don’t have the bamboo sticks laying around, just go outside and use regular twigs. Find the tutorial here.

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We love traveling and we want to encourage that in our little guy. So, every time we go somewhere new (it has to be all three of us together) we embroider the map. It’s simple to do and our little guy loves seeing where he’s been. See the tutorial here.

All simple and cheap! Sometimes, I’m amazed at what you can do on the cheap and other times I’m amazed at how quickly you can spend a fortune. Lol. I guess it probably all evens out in the end.

The DIY’ers

Hi Guys! Did you have a good weekend? Ours was a bit different than usual. Luke went on a fishing trip on Saturday and then helped a friend move on Sunday. I took care of our little guy. We did a little kitchen demolition. Ok, half a wall of kitchen demolition, but hey… we have progress! Yay!

Anyways, I can’t wait to see what you guys did over the weekend. Link up some pretties, please.

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I got the pleasure of picking our top three from last week.

Elisha from Pneumatic Addict Furniture  had two of my favorite link-ups! She DIY’ed an awesome gold rope bench and made faux gears! Love them both!

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Holy from Love the Tompkins gave so much character to her breakfast nook by adding board and batten!

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All the features are pinned to our DIY’ers Pinterest board, so be sure to follow.

Ok, link up your projects… I want to see them!

The Rules? They’re simple!

Follow each host somehow; any way is fine. - Take a picture of your DIY and link it up below. - Text link back to one of our hosts or pick up The DIY’ers button and include it in your post so others can get involved in The DIY party. - Please do not promote giveaways, other link parties, or items for sale. - By entering a link, you’re giving us permission to feature an image on our blogs.

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