Tuesday, October 16, 2012

It's Never Too Early To Introduce Thoreau To Your Toddler

We have mentioned our love for all things Pinterest in previous posts which you can read about here. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that this art project I decided to undertake was directly inspired from a Pin I saw on Pinterest. It was a simple project that could easily be complete in an afternoon.

I started by heading out to Michael's with my trusty Michael's coupon app on my phone which saves me 40% on one item and 20% on my entire purchase. I picked up some craft smart craft paint for only $0.69 each in various shades of green and a bright yellow. I already had a metallic green paint that I had picked up some months ago.

I wanted to paint the greens in a gradient and then reverse it. This was a slight variation on the original Pin from Pinterest. Did I mention that this is a quote from Henry David Thoreau? That guy writes the best stuff. ;)
Anyway, I separated the lines by about 2" and used a ruler to draw a faint pencil line to help keep me in check.

The only other purchase I made for this project (also from Michael's) were these stencils. One package for $5.99 contained 1" and 3/4" letters in both capital and lower case. Plus I was able to use my 40% off coupon on that item. I already had canvas and paint brushes.

I then just went to town painting my letters. I didn't care too much if the paint went out of the 'lines' of the stencil as long as the letter was still readable. I think this adds character and makes it unique. Even though I am basically copying the design from Pinterest, I don't mind it looking like the homemade project that it is.

Here is the finished product. The only thing I would do differently is try to draw an even fainter pencil line. I was unable to get all of it off and in some spots you can still see it. Oh well, I still love it and can't wait to hang it in Atticus' bedroom.

What projects have you done or have been inspired from Pinterest? 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Summer Hiatus

Hello blogging world! Here at California Poppies we have taken a late summer hiatus from our blog. Since I (Stacy) returned from my family's awesome Hawaii trip back in July my husband and I found out we are expecting our second child! We are very excited and the little bean should show up around mid-April. Here's my 2 1/2 year old son Atticus showing me how much he will love his new brother or sister (at least that is how I interpret it-and he was very concerned about the Syrian crisis Natalie Morales was telling us about as well).

Anyhoo, I have had morning all day sickness and exhaustion like you wouldn't believe so I have basically felt like doing nothing. Literally. Nothing. Urghh. However, I am starting to perk up just a tad bit. I still have to take a nap almost every day. Did I mention I hate napping? I loathe it. But come 2 o'clock and I just can't keep my eyes open....yawn...what time is it?.....snooze......

And to top that off, Katie and Sarah are taking college classes which started in August so they have been very busy. We plan on aiming for at least one post a week and maybe more if we feel inspired. So thanks for bearing with us and we look forward to sharing more of our explorations and experiences with you.

~California Poppies