Words to Live By

I was inspired to do this project based on the Pleated Poppy’s and My Backyard Eden’s Family Rules.

I have wanted to redo the artwork that hangs in the hallway which leads to our open Living Room & Kitchen, but knew I wasn’t going to be buying anything anytime soon so this idea was perfect.

Rather than make rules I decided to use words and phrases that would inspire our family…Words to Live By.

My hubby took down the existing art (I forgot to take a before pic of it hanging on the wall) and dismantled it.I spray painted the frame with Rustoleum Antique BronzeI picked a deep red to paint over the current art and quickly realized a primer was going to be necessary.Once the primer dried I went back to the red and painted on several coats. I had a brief moment of panic when the beautiful deep red I had picked looked more like hot pink. Luckily with 10 coats of paint later it was exactly what I had envisioned.

Next I brought out my favorite craft tool, the Cricut and got to work designing and cutting out the words. I first cut them out in scrap paper so I could lay them out and decide where everything needed to go.Once I was satisfied (and hubby had put in his two cents) I cut everything out in vinyl. Next came the tedious task of lining everything up and putting it on the canvas. At this point I couldn’t believe how long my “quick and easy” redo was taking me (going on 3 weeks, with a few hiatuses). But, it was all worth it…I LOVE IT!This is one of those projects that truly makes me happy. I smile every time I look at it and I find myself reading the phrases over and over again. And the best part is, it only cost me $25 and now I have a whole new look that I LOVE.I am linking up with these fab parties this week:

Market Yourself Monday @Sumo’s Sweet Stuff
DIY Day @ A Soft Place to Land
Trash To Treasure Tuesday @ Reinvented
Talk About It Tuesday@Blogger Chix Designs
Show and Tell @ Blue Cricket Designs
Make It Yours Day @ My Backyard Eden
Look what I Made @ Creations by Kara
Be Inspired @Room to Inspire
Just Something I Whipped Up @The Girl Creative
POPP@Domestically Speaking

**8-31-10 I am linking up to the Pleated Poppy Family Rules Linky Party**

Mariah Leeson is the creative mind behind www.gigglesgalore.net. With a passion for celebrating, Mariah created Giggles Galore to inspire families to celebrate life’s little moments with creative, budget friendly ideas. She loves cooking, reading, crafting, hosting parties and most of all spending time giggling with her family.


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  1. Mariah, this turned out SO great!!! I love, love, super love it :)

  2. love it!!

  3. I Love this! Super cute! I would love it if you linked up to my Talk About it Tuesday party because you have such cute ideas!


  4. Luv the idea and luv the colors that you used!
    Hope you have a FUN week:)


    I’m having a GIVEAWAY…come by and check it out…I think you will like it!

  5. I really love this!

    Although I'm a bit jealous at all that Cricut usage. ;)

  6. What a great idea! I'm planning a living room redo this summer and I might have to incorporate this “Words to Live By” artwork!

  7. I love it! It looks great and is inspirational too! I've got to get me one of those Cricuts!

  8. Love it. I also like the smaller size too. I have been thinking of doing the larger size for myself and still am but, a smaller one would make a great gift for my friend. :O) Thanks for sharing! :O)

  9. That is adorable, I love it!

  10. This si super cute! So creative – love the red! Would love to have you stop by the Sunday Showcase Party. Hope you are enjoying your weekend! So inspirational – thanks for sharing!

  11. Great project! I just love those projects that really make you smile. Thanks for linking up to Be Inspired last week.


  12. Fabulous project!

  13. It's so cute! I'm torn between what I version I want to do now.. I love the original one, the Subway art version & this one… Maybe I can do one for each room!

  14. Fabulous idea for the meme & craft! I LOVE IT!
    This I may be able to do!
    Hugs & Prayers, HL

  15. This is so awesome!! I would love for you to link up!


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