Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Live Artfully

Art can be anything we want it to be, right?
These days, the way we decorate our walls and spaces really has no hard and set rules. Creativity has no limits!

Personally, I have a hard time with photography and paintings, only because I think maybe I tire of them more quickly than other wall art. So I tend to embellish the walls with lots of mirrors and architectural pieces. People probably just think we're really vain and/or WAY into the salvage trend, haha.
Case in point:

My dining room

My living room

My craft room...

If I can't find the right piece for a wall, the wall remains empty...sometimes for long periods of time! And this drives my husband a little bit crazy. But after 30+ years of being married to a former designer, he just keeps it to himself most of the time (smart man.)

In my new craft room, I decided to create a piece of "art" that is also a sort of mantra, meant to inspire the way I live my life. Maybe that's an awfully big job for 2 little words hanging on a wall...we'll see how it works out.

This mirrored "Live" wall plaque was a Hobby Lobby find.

Then I picked up these chip decor letters (also at Hobby Lobby) and set to work. The next step, however, is incomprehensible to my hubby.

You see, after I painted the letters with craft paint, I embellished each letter with little jewels. But my technique was more than a slight bit obsessive (even I know this to be true.) I found spools of jeweled "ribbon" for $1 each, which is a fantastic price! But the way my mind works, if I cut each little jewel off one by one and glued them in place on the letters, that was a whole lot more economical than buying bags of loose jewels. So, that's exactly what I did.

I don't think I'll tell you how long each letter took to complete. Seriously, people, there are easier ways, haha. But, honestly, I did find the process relaxing and therapeutic, so...don't ask ;)

The final result is a little bit mantra, a little bit glamour girl, and a little bit craft room apropos.
I think I'm liking it.

Sharing with Lamberts Lately, Cozy Little House, A Delightsome Life, The Dedicated House, Lavender Garden Cottage, Life in Velvet, Common Ground, Shabby Art Boutique, Nancherrow


  1. Julie, this so awesome! I love the live artfully. What a great wall design! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Oh, Julie, you and I must be related. I am a big fan of putting unusual items up on my walls, too. I love vintage pieces and things we've made. You'll have to check out a couple of my older posts. I love what you've done. So, now I must share!!
    Big hugs from me!

    1. Dana, I love your diy projects too!! We are definitely two peas in a pod :)

  3. I love it! I've used those letters before, and I spray painted them metallic silver. I was surprised that it took quite a bit of paint.

    1. That pressed cardboard does soak up the paint. But the price is right :) Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I use all sorts of things as art for my walls - postcards, art cards, empty frames, hooks, letters, you name it I'll use it!
    Yours looks great, I really like the mirror affect too :)

    1. Thanks, Michelle. I will be following along with you to see what great ideas you come up with!

  5. I love that mirror frame with the star in the middle! Such great wall decor ideas!

    1. Thanks, Jennifer, and thanks for visiting :)

  6. Yes it can - it can be what appeals to you! lovely post! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  7. What is it that is so enticing about mirrors? I love those round, framed mirrors and your Live Artfully signs. Would love for you to share at Fridays Unfolded this week!