New Product in the Shop – Dog and Cat Earrings!

New product up in the shop!

I now have a new style of laser cut wooden earrings for sale! The majority of the earrings are dogs for now (more coming in the future) and then there is a pair of white kitty earrings for those cat lovers.

These earrings are professionally laser cut wood pieces with my original illustrations printed directly onto the earrings and then sealed. All of these earrings are around 1/2″ – 3/4″ at the widest length and have surgical steel posts.

Check out my shop here (or just head straight to the earrings section)!

– Chelsey


IKEA Hack: DIY Fireplace Built-ins

DIY Fireplace Built-ins

My family and I have lived in our little home for about 9 years. The first few years we owned this place we didn’t have the income or time to fix up this 1920’s home. It’s small and needs a ton of work, but it’s ours and we love it (most of the time). Because this house is on the smaller side (950 square feet) we are always searching for clever ideas to create more storage in every little space of this home.

Our fireplace has been on the top of our to do list since we moved in! As you can see in our before photo (from 2012) it was painted this terrible red color and it had these two awkward spaces on either side. Well, we finally did it! We made over the fireplace wall and the wall next to it. Our living room is looking so much more welcoming and we actually have a ton more space in here.

I took a few process photos with my phone while we were working on these DIY Fireplace Built-ins and I added a few notes to each photo to share how we built it.

1. First thing we did was decide what sort of Ikea shelving we wanted to use around the fireplace. We ended up going with the Besta system from Ikea (we had used these cupboards in our little babys’ room and loved it). We purchased two stacked 7 inch deep cabinets. Before we installed the cabinets we attached a base to the floor to raise up the cabinets off of the floor.

2. We added trim to each side of the cabinet and then secured the cabinet to the floor and wall.

3. We had enough space left next to the cabinet to create a couple of bookshelves (my husband built these). He secured them to the floor, wall, and cabinets.

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5. Once the bookshelves were installed we began adding the mantle. The cool thing about our 97-year-old house is the floors are not even, ha! We weren’t able to just pop the mantle on top… it would have been very crooked. SO, to fix this my husband added some extra layers of wood to the lower side to even it out. In the end it worked out.

6. Once we leveled it all out we were able to add the mantle. Since there were two electrical outlets up near the top of the fireplace we left two holes, with removable covers, so we could easily access the electric if we need it.

7. When we were done building we filled in cracks, added some decoration and trim, and painted.

8. We were done! All we needed to do was paint the walls and add some pretty decoration. I believe we spent around $550 total for this project. Yay!

All we have left to do is paint the wall on the opposite side of the TV, paint the ceiling, and change out our boob lights! Yeah, boob lights. I hate those lights… so much! I’m on the lookout for some cool vintage ceiling light, but I haven’t found the right one yet.

If you’d like more details about all the artwork hanging on the walls you can check out my art wall post from yesterday.

Happy Friday!

– Chelsey


IKEA Hack: DIY Fireplace Built-ins


Mini Home Tour – Gallery Art Wall DIY

//Artwork from left to right: Family photos, a paint by number velvet ship painting from the 1970’s, illustration from a 1950’s art portfolio, gold Portland map from Minted.com, oil illustration of a girl from the 1950’s, kitty from Ryan Berkley, OUI OUI gold foil print from Swell Made Co, family photo, charcoal sketch from the 1970’s (found in Greece), illustration from a 1950’s art portfolio, and a pine cone drawing by me.//

I finally have a space to hang all of my favorite artwork! We just finished this art wall a couple of weeks ago and I’m very happy with how it turned out. Our eclectic taste in art is one way we add color to our rooms (I love white walls). This particular art wall is full of artwork that we’ve been collecting for the past few years and I’m happy to finally give these pieces a home.

When we began placing all of our art up on the wall I started to get nervous. How do I put a large gallery wall together? Are there rules I should be following? Where do I start? Well, I searched around online and decided that I will make my own rules. Here’s what I did:

  1. I picked out the largest piece we had (the girl in the blue frame) and decided I wanted it front and center above our fireplace, the focal point of the room.
  2. After the largest piece was up we could then decide what pieces were going up around the large picture. We worked our way out from there.
  3. To keep the art placement random we tried not to put similar frames and pictures together.

If you are thinking about putting up your own art wall, I have a couple of tips: work with another person (it really helps to have another set of eyes and hands) and use as many command strips as you can. Over half of the art pieces on that wall are attached with command strips. I like that there are less holes in my wall and if I want to adjust or change items out it’s just easier.

Many of the frames I used were from thrift stores, but I also have some out of the box Frames and custom framed items from Michaels.

//Artwork clockwise: illustration from a 1950’s art portfolio, velvet painting by a family member, custom illustrations of myself and daughter by the lovely Ann Shen, alien by my daughter, and a custom painting of my girls from Lady Noel Designs.//

The best thing about this art wall are the spots I have saved to hang kid artwork! It’s easy to do with just a frame and a cute clip. I can easily switch out kid art work anytime.

//Artwork clockwise: watercolor paintings by my daughter, another stylish lady, kitty from Ryan Berkley, Mt Hood from Monster Songs, hang in there from Sad Co Incorporated, puppy illustrations from me, and Nasty Woman embroidery by Sleepy Stitches.//

Do you love the built-ins around the fireplace? Yeah? Well, my husband installed those. Come back tomorrow to see the before and after photos of the fireplace and I’ll share what we did to install built-ins on a budget!!! It’s a huge transformation and I love having the extra storage.

Refreshing your home for spring is as easy as swapping out a few décor pieces or adding pretty faux florals. Michaels has everything you need to get started! Looking for more inspiration? Make sure you visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String, to see the rest of the Michaels Makers’ Spring Refresh project ideas.
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– Chelsey

P.S. I was provided with a Michaels gift card to share my gallery art wall with you!


Lunch Box Joke Jar

Each day this school year I have taped a silly joke into my daughter’s lunch box. I originally meant to only do it once a week, but she loves it so much that I now have a joke in her lunch everyday.

When school first started I was pretty good at getting her lunch ready and quickly coming up with a joke for the day, but as time went on it got harder to get the jokes ready. I would forget to put one in her lunch, or we would be running behind in the morning and I just didn’t have time to get a joke ready. Now that it’s the new year I have decided to make things a little easier for me. I organized a little Lunch Box Joke Jar. Anytime I think of a joke (or find one online) I’ll write it on these little cardstock triangles and pop them in the jar. With my lunch box joke jar I am ALWAYS ready with her silly jokes and I don’t need to stress about it each morning. I also keep pretty rolls of washi tape in the jar so I can tape them to her lunch box.

I found this super cute terrarium at Michaels to use for my joke jar (I think it’s only an in store item and not online). The washi tape and card stock is also from there. I just cut the card stock up into little triangles and popped them into the terrarium. I have about 40 jokes in there and I’m ready to pack all those lunches!

Whether it’s planning the family schedule, cleaning out your pantry or getting the kiddos ready to head back to school, Michaels has everything you need to help you get organized this year. What are you doing to make your life easier with school starting up again after the winter break?

Looking for more organization inspiration? Make sure you visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String, to see the rest of the Michaels Makers’ organization project ideas.


– Chelsey

P.S. Michaels provided me with a gift card to craft this project and share it with you! Make a fresh start in the new year and plan for a great 2017! Michaels has a huge selection of planners as well as all of the accessories you need to personalize your own.

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