DIY Monogram Canvas

It has been a long time I would like to have a monogram decor for our home. As usual I went to Pinterest to find inspirations of course! 😀 So, I had a canvas art that I got from a local craft store and I painted it with white acrylic paint couple months ago. It was just sitting on my craft supply basket and waiting. And then this morning after teaching my youngest daughter letter “A”, I decided to do the monogram canvas project.

DIY Wood Monogram & Canvas by Helen Gullett | www.helengullett.com | #diy #artwall #walldecor #repurpose #monogram #creatingjoyfully #handmade #targetrocks #targethandmademodern

To make this monogram canvas (repurpose the old canvas) is very easy.

I wanted to have the black and white strips background. First, I added painter tape on the canvas to cover the space where I wanted to stay white and then painted the uncover areas with black acrylic paint using small size foam brush.

Let the paint dry for 1-2 hours before the second coating, if you need to. But I only did one coat and it looked good.

While waiting for the paint to dry, I grab my wooden letter and fabric flowers I got from Target. I love Target store even more because they have the craft supply section now! One more reason to go to Target when we go to the city 🙂

DIY Wood Monogram & Canvas by Helen Gullett | www.helengullett.com | #diy #artwall #walldecor #repurpose #monogram #creatingjoyfully #handmade #targetrocks #targethandmademodern

You can use hot glue gun to add the fabric flowers to the wooden letter. But I used Gorilla Wood Glue to add the fabric flowers on the letter, just to make sure they are glued strongly.

After about 2 hours, I checked my canvas and felt it had dried well, I added the decorated wooden letter to the canvas using the same wood glue. And from the instruction on the bottle, it has to dry at least 24 hours or overnight.

I love the finished project! And this monogram canvas will go up on our fire place.

This is a quick and easy way to repurpose an art canvas that you do not like the picture or a canvas you find cheap at flea market or antique store.

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First Day Of School

Today is the day! The day when my Big Girl is going back to school. She is super excited for today, her first day of school as First Grader. For the whole week… literally whole week, she kept saying, “I cannot wait for my first day of school!”

Honestly, my husband and I do not want our daughters to grow so fast, but growing is part of life. They will keep growing physically and spiritually. We cannot stop the process, but we can enjoy and always be thankful for what God has been doing in their lives.

Today, we celebrate their milestone. The Big Girl is going to First Grade and The Little Girl is starting her Toddler or so called Pre-K school at home with me.

We are thankful.

1st Day Chalkboard Sign

Supplies: Chalkboard Sign (Walmart), Chalkboard marker (CTMH), White Chalk (Walmart)

First Day of First Grade

First Day Sign

Supplies: Black Cardstock (Walmart), White Color Pencil (American Crafts)

First Day of Toddler School

And a little gift for her new teacher, too

DIY Gift for Teacher

Supplies: Framed Stamp Set (CTMH), Teacher Appreciation (CTMH), White Daisy Cardstock (CTMH), Cranberry Ink Pad (CTMH), Honey Ink Pad (CTMH), Pear Ink Pad (CTMH), Topiary Ink Pad (CTMH), Pacifica Ink Pad (CTMH), Gypsy Ink Pad (CTMH), Baker’s Twine, Sharpie Markers, Tin Can, 3D Paper Flower (Silhouette Design Store)

How’s your first day of the week? 🙂

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DIY Cross-Stitched Necklace

I learned cross-stitching since I was at fourth grade. It was one of the mandatory school extra activities for Elementary and Junior High students at the girls’ Catholic school I attended. I loved cross-stitching.

After I graduated High School, I stopped cross-stitching for some of reasons. But in the last few months, I got back to try do some cross-stitching using kits. It is just easier that way because all kits include the pattern/tutorial, threads, needle, wooden base, clasp, necklace, and even some tips 🙂 It is good for me to remember again how to do it.

Last winter, I found these cute necklace kits at a craft store. They are cross-stitching necklace with wooden base. Just so cool, I think 🙂 I never stitch on wooden base before, so this is a new experience for me.

Cross-stitched Necklace

I did both necklaces in 2 days. They are very easy to make. I took time when I could during the girls’ nap time. The back of it, I added some Liquid Glass to secure the threads and this glue dries clear. Just love the results!

When you go to a craft store, I hope you will give it a try 🙂 THANKS for visiting today!

Exotic Flower Mini Wall Decor

We are packing now for our 2 months mission trip to Southeast Asia, to a tropical country where we will meet lots of people, working on some projects with the local missionaris and hoping to enjoy the special creations of God. In one of the small towns we will be visiting, they have lots of exotic flowers!

Today, I would love to share with you a project I made on request of my sweet friend 🙂 She asked me to make her a mini wall decor for her home.

First, prepare a piece of watercolor paper. Cut in square 4 x 4 inch. Use a sturdy flat base to keep the paper flat. Use Blue Painter Tape to keep the paper in place when you work.

Then stamp the Exotic Flower Hostess Reward Stamp using VersaMark ink pad, add Ranger White Fine embossing powder, heat set using Craft Heater.

Using Aqua brush, watercolor using Exclusive Inks Stamp Pads: Lagoon, Juniper and Pear.

Fussy cut and use 3D foam tape for each layer.

For the base I cut 1 piece of Black cardstock and 2 pieces of White cardstock for sturdiness. Finish it with a Silver Glitter Gem.

All done 🙂 I would suggest to use the Scotch wall picture that has double sided adhesive to put it on the wall.

I am thinking to make one for me when we come back from the trip 🙂

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day this year is on May 10th. There are many ways you can show your love to moms on this special days. One of the way is handmade gifts.

Today I would love to share some ideas that you can make these gifts and won’t break your bank. These necklaces and bracelets I made using CTMH Base and Bling Wearable Crafts supplies:

choose_joy_today_bracelet

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peace_silver_necklace

stay_positive_silver_necklace

fabric_rosette_necklace

This necklace base and Skylark fabric are retired. I love the fabric colors, perfect for spring 🙂 But if you like the statement necklace base like that, you can get the Fabric Necklace kit, the kit includes everything you need to make this gorgeous necklace:

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I even have lots of left over of the fabric and some gems. I made earrings out of the left over. Here are the list of supplies to make these projects:

They are simple and easy to make, but these gifts are special because they are made out of love and from your hearts.

So, do you like to make gifts? If yes, what kind of gifts do you like to make for your loved ones?

Easy DIY Coffee Mug

“Rise & Shine for His mercy and love are new every morning”

Today I would love to share with you my new coffee mug that I made to sip a cup of coffee in the morning when I read the Bible.

Rise & Shine for His mercy and love are new every morning. My new coffee mug, simple to make: wash the mug, dry completely, write the quote and verse using Painter Marker. Done. I would suggest to Handwash only. #hellomornings #runtohim #psalm #psalms #diy #coffeemug 

It is very simple to make. Supplies you’ll need for this project:

  • Porcelain coffee mug
  • Painter Marker or any oil-based markers

How to:

  • First wash the mug and dry completely
  • Write the quote and verse using Painter Marker
  • Let it dry over night before you re-wash it and use.

For this mug, I would suggest to Handwash only.

Here are more picture of the mug: 

Rise & Shine for His mercy and love are new every morning. My new coffee mug, simple to make: wash the mug, dry completely, write the quote and verse using Painter Marker. Done. I would suggest to Handwash only. #hellomornings #runtohim #psalm #psalms #diy #coffeemug  

Rise & Shine for His mercy and love are new every morning. My new coffee mug, simple to make: wash the mug, dry completely, write the quote and verse using Painter Marker. Done. I would suggest to Handwash only. #hellomornings #runtohim #psalm #psalms #diy #coffeemug  

Rise & Shine for His mercy and love are new every morning. My new coffee mug, simple to make: wash the mug, dry completely, write the quote and verse using Painter Marker. Done. I would suggest to Handwash only. #hellomornings #runtohim #psalm #psalms #diy #coffeemug

If you personalized coffee cup with your own quote or Bible verses, I hope you will give it a try 🙂

So, do you like coffee or tea, or both?

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More Gifts For Teacher

Handmade gifts can be the best gifts you can give to others. They will know how much you care for them from your gifts. It always has been a great blessing in my life when I receive handmade gifts and cards. That is why I know the joy that we could share with them.

End of school year is almost here. You can make handmade gifts together with your children for their teachers. This is one of the ways we can teach our children to show gratitude to their own teacher.

Today I would like to share with you a project you can make from your heart.

First project is DIY Pen Holder made out of food can, wrapped with scrapbook paper and embellished with paper doily and fabric rosette. I fill it with fun gel pens for the teacher can use for her class. I cut the tag with my Silhouette Cameo and stamped it using Teacher Appreciation stamp set (D1612).

Second project is the paper bag I made for the card set I made yesterday (you read about it here). CTMH Designer Creations collection is amazing! They are ready to be embellished with stamped images, embellishments, complement stickers and assortments.

I used Designer Creations Slate Paper Bags and embellished it with stamped images from Teacher Appreciation stamp set. I added them on the paper bag using Liquid Glass and 3D foam tape.

And Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pads I used for both projects are Black, Ruby, Honey and Olive.

So are you making gift for teacher or buying it? Feel free to share your idea both making or buying, that might can help my readers 🙂 THANK YOU so much for visiting today!