7.31.2012

11 DIY Canvas Wall Art Projects

I've been thinking a lot about DIY wall art recently. With my husband and I moving into a new apartment in about a month, I've been doing a lot of mental planning. One thing our last apartment severely lacked was wall art. I just never got around to putting any up. 

Canvas is one of my favorite mediums for wall art because you don't have to frame it to look nice (which can get expensive) and it can be put up without tacks (which looks very cheap and college dorm-y). So I've compiled a list of some of my favorite tutorials for canvas wall art. I have no idea which ones I will actually follow through with, but I'm sure it will come from this list!


                    Source: Sweetie Pie Style

2. Song Lyric Wall Art (not technically canvas, but can be done similarly)

    Source: A Beautiful Mess


                     Source: Shey B


    Source: Penny Pincher Fashion


      Source: The Cart Before The Horse


            Source: Ashley Ann Photography


                            Source: Apartment Therapy


   Source: The Trunk Blog


   Source: Crafts By Amanda


                    Source: My Blessed Life


                            Source: Virginia and Charlie


Have you seen any cool DIY art ideas? I'm looking for all of the inspiration I can get!

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7.28.2012

New Services Offered!

Recently, I've been toying with a new idea for the entire Uncommonplace business plan. Finally, I've just decided to put it out there and see what kind of response there is!

As of today, I am offering my services as a long-distance event planner or interior decorator! I have listed my services before, but never with the intent of working with anyone in the world! While I can't be as hands-on as I could if I met with clients in person, there are still a lot of things I can help with long-distance. 

Here is an outline of what I can offer:

Interior Design Services:
- Space Planning  figuring out the best way to lay out your space
- Color Palette Selection  discovering colors you are drawn to and implementing them into your space                               
- Inspiration Boards  providing a visual interpretation of your vision for your space
Design Plan  turning your vision into a realistic plan of action
- Vendor Discovery  determining which vendors and sellers you want to work with
- DIY Projects  discovering and implementing handmade aspects into your space through DIY projects
- Trouble Shooting answering questions to common problems and figuring out solutions to your unique situation

Event Planning Services:
- Finding a Site  determining the best location for your event
- Color/Theme Selection  discovering the color scheme and/or general theme for your event
- Inspiration Boards  providing a visual interpretation of your vision for your event
- Event Design  turning your vision into a realistic plan of action
- Guest List Organization  determining how many and who you want at your event
- Stationary Coordination  organizing/sending out invitations, rsvps, thank you notes, etc.
- Vendor Discovery  determining which vendors and sellers you want to work with
- DIY Projects  discovering and implementing handmade aspects into your event through DIY projects
- Food Coordination  arranging for the caterer and/or helping plan the menu
- Trouble Shooting answering questions to common problems and figuring out solutions to your unique situation

Essentially, in both of these services, anything that can be done without me physically being there is something that I can do! While I can't walk your room or the event site with you, through pictures and emails I can help you determine the best plan for your space or event! I can place orders, talk to vendors, and basically do all of the leg work for you. I can even help by doing some of the DIY projects for you and then mailing them out!

I am not a licensed interior decorator or event planner, but I do have a passion for both of these things and am looking to build my portfolio. If you would like to help me build it, I am offering these services for a major discount! A project that doesn't require me making anything can run as low as $30! This is a great opportunity for the both of us and I would love to work with you! There is no budget or project too small! 

If you are interested in working with me long-distance, please email me at: uncommonplacemail@gmail.com



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7.27.2012

Friday Favorites

It has been awhile since I've done a Friday Favorites. So, in case you have been missing them, here you go!

1. Favorite Music-Related Thing: Nonfiction Love Song - Jillian Edwards

This is the most adorable song I've heard in a long time! It will do your soul good to hear something so lovely. :) I promise.

Nonfiction Love Song by Jillian Edwards on Grooveshark

2. Favorite DIY/Handmade-Related Thing: Stamped Tea Towel DIY

Loving how simple but elegant these towels are! I'm thinking that I need to make some of these for the new apartment we get in September!

               Source: Centsational Girl

3. Favorite Food-Related Thing: Skinny Summer Blended Drinks

I'm always looking for good, non-alcoholic drink recipes. These kinds of things are so fun to serve at parties or even just for yourself! And these ones aren't too high on the caloric intake either, so you can drink them guilt free!

                               Source: Skirt.com

4. Favorite Interior-Related Thing: This blue writing desk

I've been totally digging blues lately, especially the darker, richer ones. So my heart fluttered at the sight of this gorgeous desk. 

                     Source: Elle Decor

5. Favorite Event-Related Thing: This silverware display idea

This is such a simple idea with a profound impact. My favorite things about a good event are the small details and this would be something that could be easy for anyone to incorporate! 

                                          Source: Style Me Pretty

6. Favorite Entertainment-Related Thing: Nanny 911

I've been watching Nanny 911 about 24 hours a day recently (ok, not really, but you get it). The best part about it is that Justin's nephew is watching it with me and I love to hear his comments on what the kids are doing. He is pretty responsible, so he often says things like "Oh you are never supposed to say 'I don't love you' to your mom!" and "They are not very good kids! They don't even give their mom a break for a day!" It's adorable. 

    Source: CMT

7. Favorite Miscellaneous: Tips For An Organized Pantry

The apartment/condo that we are going to be renting in about a month includes a pantry! I'm ridiculously excited about this! In our last apartment, our food took over a few cupboard space that could have been used for something else. I am determined for this pantry to be as organized as possible, and I love the tips that this person gives!

                                   Source: Burlap and Denim

What are your current favorite things this week?

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7.26.2012

Summer Reading

My love of good literature is something that I haven't written about a whole lot this summer. While I havent read as much as I would have liked to by now, I have read more than I often do. I've even been keeping up with my Goodreads page (which I would love to be friends with you on!). 

So for this post, I thought I would give a quick overview of some books I have been reading this summer. :) I've been collecting books throughout my entire college career that I thought would be good so my goal was to read some of these this summer instead of just getting books from the library. 



I picked this book up at a library book sale and have been looking forward to it for quite awhile. I haven't seen the movie, so I can't compare the two. But I really enjoyed the book! There is definitely a lot of adult content, so I wouldn't even let a teenager read it most likely. The story is in three different parts with an epilogue of sorts at the end, so it isn't your typical novel. However, the concept was interesting and the characters were relatable. So if you don't mind language and some intimate moments, I would recommend this book. 



This is the latest book from Billie Letts, the author of Where the Heart Is (also made into a popular movie with Natalie Portman). Essentially, this is a book about two kids who have to grow up too fast. This book, as with Atonement, definitely includes some difficult subject matter. The two kids escape to Las Vegas in order not to have to go into foster care. But the way they must support themselves can be really hard to read. If you get emotionally attached to characters, you may either love or hate this book. But I found the story to be interesting and I definitely kept wanting to read more. 



I am a huge Fannie Flagg fan. In fact, I have two more books by her that I have picked up and are waiting patiently for me to read. I got this one at the library in audio book form as something to listen to on my long commute to work. I didn't know much about it, but I was pleasantly surprised. I won't rave about it, but it was a cute story. The ultimate question it is attempting to answer was the meaning of life. And, in purely Fannie Flagg style, she took something rather serious and made it light hearted. If a novel is going to be about such a heavy topic, I'm glad she took it in the direction she did. It wasn't very deep or poignant and the theology is absurd. But, if nothing else, it made me realize how many opportunities we have to affect others in our short lives and the impact we can make.



This is what I am currently reading. I love fiction books by Liz Curtis Higgs because she has a unique concept. She has a passion for Scottish history and Bible stories. So she combines the two! I have also read her Scottish version of the story of Ruth (with some major liberties taken) and I loved it! So when I saw that she had previously written the story of Jacob & Esau, emphasizing Jacob's relationship with Rachel and Leah, I knew I had to read it! So this one, I did get from the library. And while it has been interesting so far, I'm kind of waiting for it to pick up, which I think it will when it gets to all the drama (which is a total guilty pleasure for me!). I'll give a little update on this when I finish it. :)



This is my first Nicholas Sparks book. I'm usually not a big fan of his stories because the movies often take the faith out of them and make them more sexualized and unrealistic. But this book was recommended to me by my sister, and she has good taste. So I picked this up as an audio book and am currently listening to it in my car. Even though this book does not have the best reviews on Goodreads, I am actually really enjoying it! At the heart of it, this is a simple narrative about a marriage relationship and how people can start to drift apart after the many changes life throws at them. Through flashbacks and current happenings, we catch glimpses of the good, bad, and humorous parts of Wilson and Jane's 30-year-marriage. It's a lovely sentiment so far, and I know that there is a twist in the end that I am looking forward to. :)

What books are you reading this summer? I'm always looking for good books to read! Even if I must get them from the library. :)

Next on my list for audiobooks is Austenland and I am planning on finishing the Liz Curtis Higgs trilogy after I finish Thorn in My Heart.

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7.25.2012

Wedding Wednesday: Handmade in the Desert

Sorry if my blog has been a little quiet lately. Life is going through one of those busy days. My husband's nephew is staying with us for awhile and my evenings are often taken up with going swimming or playing games. My mother-in-law is down in California for the week to visit her mother and my father-in-law is heading out to go camping this weekend. So, between all three of those events, blogging has had to take a slight back seat. But this weekend, I will finally have some time to get caught up!

Even though it is getting pretty late in the day, I still have a Wedding Wednesday for you! This one caught my eye because I've never featured a wedding set in a desert before. I usually prefer the woodsy/meadowy settings. But I loved all of the details in this and knew I needed to share it! This wedding comes from Green Wedding Shoes. :)

Their venue is called Hicksville Trailer Palace. How fun!

    All photography by One Love Photo.

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