home décor project: i carry your heart

Thursday, November 6, 2014


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I’ve always been a huge e.e. cummings fan. I think I discovered his work in some early high school English class. Between the words and punctuation – never have I read poetry that was so much better read on a physical piece of paper than aloud. There is so much meaning in his use of punctuation – its like little hidden passageways within the poem itself. Love!

I’ve seen some great home décor projects with this particular poem on Pinterest. Loved them all, but I wanted to make something that was all mine. I also have been experimenting more with watercolor and wanted to do so on a canvas. But I wanted more vibrant colors, so I used a scrapbooking technique I’d read about. I used some Mister Huey’s inks in a painter’s palette, adding a touch of water to each. I picked my three favorites to go with the color scheme in the room I was going to hang it.

I started with a bit of gesso on the 12x24 canvas, which I let dry for awhile. then I painted in layers with lots of water – letting the colors bleed into each other. I worked from the bottom up, makking sure to get the sides of the canvas as well.
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I cut my words on my Sihouette and started to paste them on, one by one (meaning to do a reverse stencil like you can see here). However, I was kind of sad by the amount of color it was going to cover, and a bit frustrated by tacking each letter on. So instead, I went with the negative from the printed poem. I basically taped two 12x12 sheets of paper, each with half the phrase on them, to my canvas. I made sure to cover all the edges with washi (my favorite masking tool since I will NEVER run out!). Then using some black spray paint I had on hand, I went to work.

After it dried, I removed the masks. I liked the look, but as my paper hadn’t fully been tacked down, some of the letters had a fuzzier edge than others. No worry, I took my favorite chalk marker (like this one) and outlined each letter for punch.
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So happy with the result! Definitely a project I want to try again. But maybe next time I will try the reverse stencil look with my new favorite Hazel & Ruby stencils!

MACM: Diamond Birthday Card

Monday, November 3, 2014

Here’s a birthday card that is pretty simple – it is all about the product! I used some American Crafts POW paper, some gold letter stickers, and some diamond stickers, all from past Studio Calico kits, to make this design for my mom’s birthday. I’d been hoarding the diamond cardstock stickers for a few months – and my mom’s birthday was a special enough occasion to break them out.
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I kept the card background white to make the glitter pop! Love the gold!
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2014 WITL: Thursday

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Logan brought Trung the teddy bear that Logan got him for Christmas (because Trung always calls Logan his teddy bear and hugs him super tight).

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This guy didn’t really care for the clementine that I made him eat for breakfast after the pumpkin bread was gone. But he did surprise me by getting dressed including socks and shoes (with no nagging) while I was drying my hair.

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After a day mostly at the office (broken up by a luncheon at the Ritz mid day), I attempted to pick up the little guy, but ridiculous traffic held me back. Luckily Trung was at his office, which is super close to our house, so he was able to run and get him. After traffic made me 20 minutes late a few weeks ago, I’m super paranoid I’ll make it on time!  I met the boys at home, where we did a last minute costume check. Then we went to Target to get him some boots and pants to wear under his costume. The boys also decided to get a dart crossbow. And more candy for the trick or treaters (which was so NOT needed).

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Trung grilled up our favorite honey chipotle chicken for some dinner salad and Logan and Trung tested out their new crossbow.

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After dinner, Michelle came over for some pumpkin carving!

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Then Michelle and Logan enjoyed a little play time. Afterward, Michelle and Logan watched a couple Michael Jackson music videos on Michelle’s phone.

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Daisy crashed after Michelle left!

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2014 WITL: Wednesday

Saturday, November 1, 2014

I’m following along with Ali on Week in the Life this year, blogging my photos and words as it may be awhile before I can make my album! Here’s Wednesday.

Woke up after a few hits of the snooze button with this one in our bed instead of Trung. After he rolled out of bed, he crawled onto the couch with Daddy to snooze a bit more.

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Busy morning getting everything ready. Usually Wednesday mornings are laid back – I have a 9AM meeting downtown that I go straight to after dropping off Logan, so I balance it with responding to some emails over coffee. This morning, there were a lot of issues to respond to, three calls to make, a crockpot meal to prep and general chaos. Finally got it all set and got this guy to school around 8:10.

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It was lunchtime by the time my meeting at the jobsite was over. Of course I didn’t bring my lunch since I’d gone straight downtown, so I stopped at home for some of the tortellini we had the other night for lunch. It was gorgeous out so I indulged by eating it quickly on the back deck rather than taking it into the office! While eating I noticed a disaster in one of the veggie pots. Someone knew she’d been naughty.

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Back to the office for a few hours, where I got some sneak peeks at our weekend photo session via Facebook, Instagram and text. I was absolutely giddy with them!!  And of course the texts included some super sweet words from our uber talented and golden hearted photog.

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Then off to get the little guy (we meet at the flagpole) and home for homework.

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Grandma and Grandpa sent this guy an awesome Halloween package. His words when opening, “It’s from Grandma, so I expect there to be lots of candy!”  :) He was right. Not sure what he was more excited about – the candy or the $5!

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Dinner didn’t take much prep  (recipe here – first time we tried it) – just added the greens and the cream and cooked a little bacon for garnish. We had stopped at the store on the way home to get some crusty bread to go with, since Logan loves to dip in his soup! Trung cut up the pineapples we bought over the weekend, so we enjoyed some of that for an after dinner treat. We use toothpicks to eat it when we share a bowl. :)

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Trung went to bootcamp, so Logan and I hung out and relaxed. He played a few games on the iPad, then decided to make up a “math book” of exercises we both did. He made me some to complete and vice versa. Then we watched the Nature show on PBS, which was an awesome program about macaques.

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While we watched, Logan ate part of a caramel apple. He saw it in the bakery at the store when we’d stopped for bread, and when he remarked he’d never had one (could that be possible?!?) I couldn’t resist getting him one. I’m not sure he was all that fond of it. After an attempt at eating it on the stick, he gave up and let me cut it up. When he realized it was a Granny Smith apple, he proceeded to eat the caramel until he got nauseous. Goof.

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Trung got home while Logan was getting ready for bed. He sat with him for a bit, then came down to have dinner and hang out with me. This one must have had a busy day of digging or something, as she was exhausted. :)

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2014 WITL: Tuesday

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I love Ali’s post here – definitely recommend you check it out. I’m taking that kind of approach with my words for Tuesday.
The story of my morning is a hungry puppy sitting so nicely in hopes I’ll reward her with breakfast, and a tired little guy that needed an extra nudge to get out of bed this morning. It’s also another round of homemade chocolate pumpkin bread for our breakfast.
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Our story this morning is a brisk morning with frost on the grass and cars, but a pretty sunrise to make up for it. We were out the door by 7:30 again today – yay! He was engrossed in his book again this morning.
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After a coffee meeting, I headed to the office for the rest of the day. Love our new office location. Love the view out my window even more. Love it even more when it is 3:10 and I need to head out to get my favorite little guy.
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The story of today includes a wait in the beautiful sunshine to see even more beautiful sunshine on his face. Today also included running into the mom of one of his first grade friends. We chatted for about 20 minutes while the kiddos chased each other through the grass. There was also a funny story about Mario Lopez, but we’ll save that for another day.
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After a quick stop for fuel, when I had this conversation, we headed home to find a crazy Daisy excited to see us. Our story today includes chasing this silly little girl, then having Logan teach me the Thriller dance (learned in gym) in the backyard. Best part of my day.
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The story of today includes homework (math), then Daddy’s arrival home, then a trip to Costco for some dinner and a few other things. Then home to put things away, clean up a bit and a little screen time.
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The story of today is our normal bedtime routine – bathroom, brushing teeth (on his own), and then some booklight reading with a bit of a Clash of Clans break in between. This week is Trung’s night, so he undoubtedly continued the Clash of Clans while Logan read and fell asleep. Daisy always lays down with us in Logan’s room until we leave.
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After saying good night, I headed down to do some photo editing and uploading. With a little hot cocoa. :) Trung joined me after Logan fell asleep and we hung out on the coach together – him playing on his iPad and me on my laptop, Daisy sleeping on her bed beside us. That’s the story of today.
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