I’m Gonna Go Down To Emerald Avenue | Giveaway!

Non judgement zone here, y’all, but seriously I don’t think we’ve sent out a Christmas Card once since we’ve been hitched. Maybe we did it the first year, but after that, we just got all lazy bones about it.

And I’ve gotta tell ya, when I see amazing little shops like Emerald Avenue and their oh. so. cute. Christmas Greetings, it sorta gives me a pang in my heart for all those lost years of cute holiday greetings.

If there are those like me among the ranks – fear not – because one lucky winner will have all the holiday flair they need this year.

Christmas Card

Christmas card

On top of her very chic Christmas Card collection, she’s also got tons of invites available for all different types of occasions! Check out her shop to see all the goodies.

Win: A $25 Gift Card to Emerald Avenue
When: November 25th – midnight on Tuesday, December 2nd
Winner: Announced on this post, next Tuesday!

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Who’s the Boss

A few weeks ago, I had Jay bring up the last of the boxes from our basement and I was delighted to find all our artwork in mystery box #1. Between all our moving around and life re-configuring, I think I forgot that I own artwork – a decent amount of it actually. Remember how I lamented that our house was feeling sorta non-homey, well I thought our artwork hanging would be a good place to start to get things feeling a bit more cozy and lived in.

When you walked into the office before, it was feeling a bit bare. In need of some wall adorning, wouldn’t you agree?

How to Decorate Office

So I mixed and matched and tried to find the prints that would look best – but everything I found felt too empty in the room, like it just wasn’t taking up enough wall space.

I finally found a grouping of (6) botanicals, which we had in our dinging room in the last house.

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I loved the idea of grouping (4) on each side – alas if you do the math, that leaves me two short … bummer dude.

But THEN, I remembered that I had two more, that we had in our loo in the last house. Remember these guys?

Botanical Art Work in Bathroom

So I crossed my fingers and headed over to Michaels, where we purchased the initial (6) frames. It was a generic(ish) white frame, but I obviously needed it to match exactly if I was going to group everything together.

And yaknowwhat?? They had the frames and they were only $5.99 each! Huzzaah!! Now that’s what I call a success 🙂

Inexpensive Frame Locations

While Jay was getting the tools he would need to pop up the prints, I took a quick second to arrange them so he could just grab each one and put it up.

Arranging Artwork

Although the room definitely still needs some accessorizing, I think the artwork definitely helps to make things look a bit more finished.

If I could actually keep fiddle leaf fig trees alive, one would look splendid in the corner of the office, no? 😉

Office Artwork

And another shot of the space, to the right of the computer and desk.

Botanical Art

Since we already had the art and most of the frames on hand, our total cost was around $13, which makes this little momma one happy camper 🙂

One more before:

Decorating Office

and after!

Botanical Art in Office

Back Alleys Back Roads | Giveaway!

I just can’t help it, I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for vintage charts. In Dining Rooms, in Bedrooms, in Bathrooms – they just look great everywhere. 🙂 Today’s giveaway is brought to you by Back Alleys Back Roads, which is an etsy shop specializing in vintage prints!

Today, you can win any one of the 12×18 prints from the shop!

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Enter here!

Win: Any 12×18 Print from Back Alleys Back Roads
When: Today, September 9th – midnight on Tuesday, September 16th
Winner: Announced on this post, next Tuesday!

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Desiderata

Perhaps it was the two glasses of rum punch in me, but when I sat down a few months ago to use the loo in my friend Emily’s home, I was mesmerized by a little poster she had, hanging on the back of her bathroom door. It was long, but I read the whole darn thing, and then just said a resounding YES in my head. That is exactly it, exactly it. As soon as I read it, I knew I wanted to find a print for my own home, which is where dear etsy comes in – does it ever fail?

I found the prettiest version of the Desiderata.

Desiderata

But when we got it to our door step, we realized that it was quite long (abnormally sized) and that we’d have to get creative in the framing department.

So with a twinkle in my eye – I said by George – let’s build a frame! I thought it would be easy, Jay thought it would be hard. Jay landed up being more right than Mary 😀

It started out pretty simple – we found some glass at Home Depot – only set us back three bucks (good to know if you ever need to replace a piece of glass in a picture frame…

Replacement Glass For Frame

After we had the glass set aside, we needed to build the frame exterior. To make sure we got the right angle, Jay used his handy dandy angle finder. We also tested out the angle on a few test scraps of wood first, too.

How to Measure Wood Angle

Now we wanted the print to be as centered as possible within the frame, so we had to do some math to make sure our height and width for each piece matched up with a centered final photo.

Jay sat down and started engineering it out. This is about the time in a project where I start singing the Bob the Builder song 🙂 Bob the Builder can we build it, Bob the Builder, YES WE CAN. It’s my renovating anthem 😀

Measuring Custom Picture Frame

After two tries hacking away with his miter saw, we finally had this – the beginnings of a picture frame. Turns out our first piece of wood was warped, so we actually had to bring it back to the store since we couldn’t use it … bummer dude.

Making your own frame

From there, things were looking up. All we had to do was stain it and attach it and we were on our way. (mostly)

We had two stains laying around from past projects, so we sampled them both and picked a fav. The Ebony felt too dark to me in this case, so we landed up going with Provincial (the same color we used for our floors).

Ebony Minwax Stain

For the backing, we decided to use some scrap from our kitchen remodel. It’s just been sitting in the corner of the kitchen for ages (while we still wait on Home Depot to do some finishing touches, uggh), so we snuck a small corner of it.

Using Scrap Wood for Picture Frame

Our last step was matting the back panel with some linen fabric, which cost us a whopping $1.50 at JoAnn’s. When we were in the check out line with our fabric, something else caught our eye.

Pink Hot Glue Gun

Yes, we are the proud new owners of a little pink hot glue gun 🙂 For $3, we couldn’t say no. Plus, it turns out we needed it to finish our little crafty mccrafterson project we had going on.

Matting Frame with Linen

After we had our mat down and in place, it was the final moment of truth. We used some heavy duty glue to mat the frame (kinda winging it at this point, in all honesty) and in the end – we had this!

DIY Custom Frame

Gotta play it straight – next time, we’ll probably just go out and buy a frame. Our total cost was pretty reasonable though – we spent less than ten bucks – so that’s a solid win!

If you can’t read the print up above, here are the words from the Desiderata. Ahhh, you just feel at peace reading them 🙂

Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Paint Me a Picture | Giveaway!

I love walking into people’s homes and seeing their custom touches to decorate the space. I love it even more when those little details are personalized. Wedding pictures, photos of babes, you name it – I dig it.

So when Rachel from a Little Bit of Me found me via instagram and suggested a custom family portrait for this week’s giveaway – I was down my friends.

Check out this sweet family portrait she put together.

Family Potrait

And this adorable custom pet portrait. Oh. My. God. How much do you need this for fluffy at this very second. 😀 Adorable, right?!

Dog Portrait

One lucky winner will win a custom print! Enter below, and don’t forget to check out her amazing etsy shop, here!

Win:  A custom family portrait 
When: Today, August 19th – midnight on Tuesday, August 26th
Winner: Announced on this post, next Tuesday!

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Beautiful Belle Botanica | Giveaway!

Happy Tuesday. Y’all know that’s giveaway time!

This week up for grabs is a sweet vintage style print from Belle Botanica. I’m totally smitten with the artichoke print, myself. Wouldn’t it look awesome in a kitchen space?

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Enter to win!

Win:  Any (2) prints from Belle Botanica 
When: Today, August 12th – midnight on Tuesday, August 19th
Winner: Announced on this post, next Tuesday!

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Samantha Says | Giveaway!

For those of you on the search for some sweet artwork, I’ve got your hook up! By Samantha is a drool worthy etsy shop that has everything your little abode could need. This week’s giveaway is for a $50 gift card to her shop!

Here are a few of my favorites. You can see the entire shop here!

Moon Print

Whales

Botanical Print

Psst! Get 10% off with coupon code LEMONGROVE10 at checkout! 

Win:  a $50 Gift Card to By Samantha 
When: Today, July 29th – midnight on Tuesday, August 5th
Winner: Announced on this post, next Tuesday!

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Botanical Beauties | Giveaway!

Big, large, botanical prints are like, the best thing ever in my book. The bigger, the better. If you guys remember my Dining Room inspiration board, you’ll pick up what I’m putting down. So when Kristen from K Sarah Designs offered to give up two of her sweet 16×20 botanical prints for a lucky reader I broke out the boom boom fire power stance and said, rock on, let’s do it.

Botanical Chart

Botanical Chart And up for grabs, two 16×20 botanical charts to beautify your space!

Botanical Chart Here’s how to enter:

Win:  Two 16×20 prints from K Sarah Designs
When: Today, July 1st – midnight on Tuesday, July 8th
Winner: Announced on this post, next Tuesday!

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Aloha Nina Kuna! | Giveaway

It’s been a while since we’ve had a jewelry giveaway up on the blog, and you guys are in for some serious eye candy with this week’s sponsor. Nina Kuna has a gorgeous line of minimalist jewelry that is so perfect for summer.

Nina is offering a $40 gift certificate to her shop, so that you can pick out some beautiful jewelry!

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Here are all the details to enter and win.

Win:  A $40 gift certificate to Nina Kuna
When: Today, June 24th – midnight on Tuesday, July 1st
Winner: Announced on this post, next Tuesday!

This giveaway is open to international readers, too!

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I Heart You | Giveaway!

It’s true, dear readers, that you have the key to my heart and to spread some loving your way I’ve got a great giveaway lined up this week from Herringbone Hearts! A few weeks ago on instagram, I popped up a photo of a set of these cards from Amy. They’re so delicious, I can barely stand to use them. I just want to look at them all day and blow them kisses.

See what I mean? Just look how gorgeous her customized cards are.

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Herringbone Hearts Ready to treat yoself? Enter below for a chance to win a set!

Win:  A set of personalized cards from Herringbone Hearts
When: Today, June 10th – midnight on Monday, June 16th
Winner: Announced on this post, next Tuesday!

Psst – this giveaway is open to international readers, too!

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