DIY Butterfly Wall Art

My daughter’s room is decorated with all things whimsical and girly. I love to lay in her bed with her for a few minutes as she settles in to go to sleep. I feel like I’m lying in a lovely, little flower garden.


Her bedspread is quilted with hydrangeas


Birds can be seen perched on branches of an ornate rubbed oil bronze candle holder.


A cute little painted birdhouse sits as a welcoming home.



Butterflies flutter at the window as they dance playfully in the drapes.

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Even a pink velvet bunny can be spotted taking in the view.



So when I saw this Pottery Barn Kids wall art I could easily imagine it feeling right at home in my daughter’s room.



As I studied the pictures closely I felt confident that this was a DIY project just waiting to happen.


Here is how it turned out!


butterfly knockoff



ADD some fresh flowers and a plate of robin eggs and now you have a Spring themed art masterpiece.



This color combo especially exudes Spring!



This was an easy, $5  and less than 2 hour project!

Here’s how I did:


The Supply List

(I already had everything on the supply list leftover from previous projects so I only had to buy the canvas)


-A 16x 20 canvas (I got mine as a 2pk at Hobby Lobby for $7.99)

-Acrylic paint in the color you want the background to be, mine was called ‘Princess Pink’- $1

-A small cup of water

-A piece of scrapbook paper in a color and design you want your butterfly to be

-2 foam brushes ( I usually buy a pack at the Dollar Tree)- $1

Modge Podge, a glue stick, or any other kind of adhesive that will glue down paper without leaving any bumps underneath

-Download of Butterfly #1 template- Click Here

Butterfly #1 Template

-And/ or Butterfly #2 template- Click Here

Butterfly #2 Template

( If you do the set of 4 butterfly photos notice there are 2 that have the same butterfly image & 2 that have a different one. That is why I have 2 butterfly image options you can download).




1. Download and print out the butterfly you want to use (I used Butterfly #1)

Butterfly #1 Template

2. Cut along the butterflies border to create the butterfly template

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3. Trace the butterfly onto the piece of scrapbook paper.


4. Cut out the shape of your butterfly on your scrapbook paper by cutting along the lines (more 1st grade cutting skills) (I did not cut antennas out).

5. Put aside.

6. Dab your foam brush into your background paint color and then a quick, tiny dab into your cup of water.


7. Brush the paint onto the canvas in quick, short, counter-clockwise motions until you have filled the entire canvas. (I made reference to the Pottery Barn Kids inspiration picture often through this step).

8. If the canvas is a little wet let it dry.

9. Apply smooth adhesive to the back of your butterfly ( I used a foam brush to apply modge podge to the back).

10. Be sure to position the butterfly on a little bit of an angle and smooth the butterfly out with your hands so that it is completely adhered to the canvas, edges and all.

11. If it is not add more glue to the edges.

12.  I used the end of my foam brush to make the antennas.  If you have a craft marker that would also work well.



You’re done!!! I only needed 1 but I think it would be so fun to do the whole set or even 2 would look good to plank a bed or add color to a blank wall.  Hope you have as much fun as I did with this project!!!   Let me know if you have any questions!  And feel free to post your final product in the comment section if you end up doing it!


Bunny looks a lot less lonely now.  Wouldn’t you agree?:-)


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You Know You’re a DIY-er IF…

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You Might Be A DIY-er If:

1.  You’ve ruined more clothes with paint splatters than you can count.


2. The workers at your go-to hardware store know you by name.


3.  You’ve acquired an on project injury.


4. You ask for tools for Christmas or birthday presents.

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 5.  Your kids no longer bat an eye when they hear banging in the house.


 6.  The phrase  ”how to ………” typed Into google search has saved you more than once.


7.  You can see the possibilities in even the ugliest house or piece of furniture.

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8. You know the difference between caulk, spackle, and wood filler.


 9.  You aren’t afraid of hard work especially if it means saving a buck or two.


10.  You’ve had to call in a professional to finish a job (Hey, we are a pretty awesome bunch but even the best of us need a hand from time to time) :-)

Which ones could you relate to?  Can you think of anymore to add to the list???  I would love to hear them! :-)

My House Hunters Episode

This past week marks the two year anniversary of purchasing our home. It has caused me to ponder the circumstances at which we met, our long distance courtship, our quick engagement, the wedding day, our fights, and months and years of counseling. And I can honestly say that I am more in love now than ever. In case you’re wondering, yes, I’m still talking about my relationship with my house. Isn’t that a normal thing to talk about?:-)

Our first marriage was in 2007 to a 13 year old townhouse-styled condo (13 years old, I know, sounds risky)!


Our Condo when we put it on the market


At the time of purchase we only had a one child who was just shy of a year old. The condo was 1675 sqft, 10 minutes from my husband’s work, and close to lots of great shopping. It was a somewhat blissful marriage. Well, minus the next door neighbor’s super loud video game music blasting through our walls at wee hours of the night. He was a 40+ year old man, but hey I won’t judge! Oh, and the never ending cheap-o oak cabinetry. But that was eventually resolved with paint (paint is the ultimate home marriage counselor)!


Condo Kitchen Before

Condo Kitchen Before




Condo After DIY Counseling-


But about 3 1/2 to 4 years into it I started thinking about moving (house divorce).  My oldest was 5 years old at the time and was in kindergarten. He was of age to ride a bike but there were no sidewalks in the condo community and our backyard consisted of a “green space” that we shared with 12 other neighbors. One particular neighbor that lived directly behind us (his back patio faced our deck)  spent every nice weather day outside on his back patio sun-tanning in only a pair of black skimpy shorts. Lets just say it was always a little awkward when we were out there at the same time which seemed to be often as the boys got older and wanted to be outside playing.




Five years had always been our financial plan to stay in the condo so when I got the almost 4 year itch I decided to just start looking in order to get a sense of what was out there, nothing serious. I just wanted to study the market so I would be ready for when the time came.;-)


Unfortunately, after a month or so of looking around I found one that really captured my interest. It was double the space we already had (I was pregnant with my 3rd at the time so space really sounded good) and was on the end of a cul-de-sac with a half an acre ( good for the kids to be able to run around). It was just as close to my husbands work and lots of shopping and in an even better school system. And the big kicker was that it was in our price range and a great deal at only $77 a square feet.

Sure, it wasn’t the prettiest home but I knew I could improve it with some TLC (aka DIY). But, aaaagghhh, the timing was terrible! There were 2 major factors that made this new relationship impossible. 1. Financially we needed to secure an end of the year bonus for a sound deposit and 2. I was uncomfortably pregnant (REALLY not in any shape to get the condo on the market)!


Oh, just look at the tired eyes!

Oh, just look at those tired eyes!

So what did I do? I stalked it. That’s what any infatuated person does, right? I checked on it regularly hoping somehow it would stay on the market for a year. The market is slow, people won’t notice it’s hidden potential and the great deal it is, I tried to convince myself. Well, it did stay on market for a few months and after about 4 months I began to think it was destiny after all. I decided it was time to meet my future house “in person” so I called the realtor who listed the house and asked for a showing. She kindly told me that the house was in contract and was expected to close in just a few weeks.


I got off the phone in dismay. I had kept my eyes open and no other house had the square footage we desired in our price range! This was the only one! So on the way home from a friend’s house I drove by the house to say my goodbyes. As I drove back home I said a prayer in my heart that went something like this–Heavenly Father, I know that you are all knowing, and I know that you know what is best for me and my family. I really wanted that house to be ours someday and I listed to Him the reasons why. I ended with the statement if its your will please let it be. I immediately felt a weight taken off my shoulder and moved on.


So fast forward 4 months. I had had my baby and had survived her first 3 months of borderline colicky newborn behavior as well as the transition to 3 children.



After that I felt like I could do anything!  So, I began looking for a new home again. As I began looking through the singles ads (aka listings). Almost right away I spotted another great catch! A builder was looking for a buyer to build a specific 3200 sqft floor plan for again only $77 a sqft. It was in our desired area so I quickly called to get more info. Surprisingly, it was for real but the builder’s rep hesitantly invited me to drive by the lot. Hmmm, something must be fishy about this lot I thought.


Sure enough as I turned the corner to get to the lot I saw it–the most humongous power tower that I have ever seen.


So of course that’s why it was such a good deal! Well, I wasn’t immediately detoured. I really wanted that square footage and I wasn’t finding it in our price range elsewhere. So I did some research on power towers and my findings were that there was no concrete evidence that having a power tower close to your home would pose health problems. Although there were some antedontal stories I decided to visit the lot again and to actually go outside on the property and to hear the sizzling of the electric power lines and too see how close the property line was to it. While I was there I noticed the lot next to it was for sale by a different builder. It was one lot further away from the tower which I definitely preferred!

I went home and got online to see what floor plans this builder offered. I immediately fell in love with this home and floor plan. I called the builder right away to see what it’s price was. The starting price (without upgrades) was at the very top of our budget price range. But the home was even more sqft than we had hoped for and was a great deal too, at $85 a sqft. We are a prayerful family. We had started praying long ago that we would find a good home for our family when the 5 year term was up.

 Our Builder Home



We prayed about this bigger, newer, but more expensive builder home and both got the feeling that we should move forward with it. The builders were willing to do a contract contingent on the sale of our condo. We could end the contract at anytime if the condo did not sell but if the condo sold then we would be legally binded to build. With a lot of work on my part we got the condo ready to put on the market within a week or so. The builders wanted us to have everything picked out for our new home within the month even though we only had a contingent contract. They wanted to be ready to get a permit right after we sold (closed on)the condo.


Making selections for our new build was both fun and stressful. The fun part was creating spaces that I could envision my family living in for years to come. The stressful part was realizing that with each upgrade (like a fireplace being an upgrade, shouldn’t that be a standard feature to a home?) we were getting closer and closer to having a home we couldn’t afford.

As expected with the market being so bad at the time our condo didn’t sell right away. In fact it took four months until we had a buyer. We were hoping that we would close 30 days from the contract origination but our buyer desired to use a certain type of loan that required an extensive (it ended up being 4 months!) waiting period. We decided to go ahead and sign the contract with our buyer since we weren’t sure when another buyer would come along.  The builder was willing to wait since they were hurting for buyers at the time too.

About a month after we got our buyer my husband received the end of the year bonus that we had been waiting on. It had been the same every year for the past 5 years so we were expecting it to be the same. We were alarmed when it was half the amount as normal (not due to his performance).  We continued to pray for direction. As time went on I began to start feeling uneasy about the financial stretch we would be putting ourselves in with building the home that I loved. Sure we could probably do it but it would be tight and most likely stressful.


One day as I was feeling distressed about what we should do I thought why not go ahead and look to see what existing homes are on the market. As I was scrolling through the homes in the area we had pinpointed and in price range we were comfortable I came across a home I had seen before. It was the home I had seen and sadly said goodbye to 11 months previous! Why in the world was it on the market again. I quickly called my realtor and asked to her if we could have a showing and if she would find out for me why the seller’s were moving so soon after they bought it (I was afraid there might be something wrong with the house). My realtor got back to me saying that the owner had gotten a job offer in another state that was too good to turn down.


Could this be our answer to our prayers and ultimately the quiet pleading for God to intercede if it was His will? I knew the answer. It was.

If our buyer would have had a normal loan we would have already closed on our condo and had already been building the new home. The timing of our buyer’s loan application (4 months!) allowed the time needed for the home to come back on the market, for us to be able to leave our contract with the builder, and to move into a home once our condo closed. Unbeknownst to me the timing was being perfectly orchestrated.

Now I have to be very honest despite that it will shine a very unfavorable light on me. Even though I knew in my heart that this was an answer to our prayers and that He had blessed me with my desire it was SO very hard to let go of the beautiful builder home I had created in the selections contract. It had hardwood floors, corian countertops, white kitchen cabinets, and a walk-in pantry. A gorgeous 2 story great room, a mudroom, 4 bathrooms, and a 3 car garage. I had spent the past 7 months planning what I was going to do (decorating wise) with each room and had pictured my family living there for a very long time.

So when we came to the showing and saw this I was SO disappointed!

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Living Room

I have to say for a good week that I mourned the loss of my “dream home”. I know it sounds so superficial of me but hey I’m human. And to be even more transparent I’ll tell you that throughout the first year of living in our new home I yearned to have the builder home we almost had. And I know this was SO ungrateful of me but sometimes I even felt bitter about being where I was and all the work I “had” to do to make my house how I wanted.

But you know what they say about the first year of marriage–it is always the hardest!:-) And yes my first year in our new house was the hardest and the second year has been SO much better!  Why?   Mostly because through DIY projects GALORE I have gotten our home to where it feels like, well, our home.

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 (to view more Before & After Photos of our house, Click Here)

Is this where God wants me to be right now? Yes. Is this a home we can afford and not have to stress about paying for? Yes. Is there anything of more worth or value than the peace that comes from knowing you are following God’s will and from living within your financial means? A resounding no!

Now, I realize that there will be some who will think this story has nothing to do with the love or hand of God and that’s okay, we can still be friends.:-) But I can’t help but celebrate my home’s two year anniversary without thanking my Father in Heaven for His love, His foresight, His patience, and His hand in blessing me with this home, imperfections and all!  Thank you for reading our story!  I love happy endings and this is one of them!:-)


Family Photo taken in our Backyard 2012

(4th child not pictured because he wasn’t conceived yet)



Love Your Kitchen Series- Unique Lighting

Lights, Camera, Action! Of all the places in the home the kitchen is the one with the most continual action. For this reason priority should be given to how the kitchen is lighted. If you don’t have the budget to do a complete kitchen renovation that’s okay! Putting your money towards new lighting will go a long way in making your kitchen feel more updated and custom.



Adding can lights (aka recessed lighting) to your kitchen ceiling is relatively inexpensive and is a great way to increase the brightness in a room. It also supports the flow and openness of a room because it sits flush against the ceiling, hence, there are no hanging physical distractions to the eye. Recessed lights run as low as $25 a light and can be DIY-ed. Here is a tutorial on how to install can lights.



Having one or two unique hanging lights is another avenue to increasing the brightness of a room while also presenting a custom flair. Most of the comments on my kitchen come from compliments on the light fixture over my kitchen table. Finding a light that you love and that is different from the basic builder light fixtures will get you one step closer to having the look of a high-end kitchen.


Best of modern dining room light fixtures

Lighting for your kitchen doesn’t have to come at a high-end price.  When I moved to our home a couple of years ago I knew we would need a new hanging light for over our kitchen table.   I had picked out this light from Overstock for $132 as my inspiration light for my kitchen.


Maury White Cotton Thread and Chrome Crystal Chandelier


$132 was not a bad price, but I wasn’t quite ready at the time to spend that much.  One day I showed a friend who loves decorating too a picture of my inspiration light. She liked it too. A week later she gave me a call saying that she had spotted a light similar to it at Costco for only $70! We both ended up purchasing one and this is the chandelier that hangs over my kitchen table.


Kitchen Light fixture


Moral of the story: Tell your friends (thanks, Cindy!) about the lighting you want in your kitchen and then they will find you a less expensive version:-)  Lol, not really! I know I got lucky but there are great deals out there on lighting, if you are patient and look for them., Lowes, and are good places to start when looking for decently priced lighting.

Or if you are up for a DIY you can follow this awesome tutorial to make your own drum shade pendants like Melissa from 320 Sycamore did!

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And don’t underestimate the power of paint to transform ugly outdated fixtures into beauties.  I did this in my daughter’s room.   I bought a $7  boring brass chandelier on Craigslist and here it is now.



Jennifer Rizzo, also utilized the power of paint in this thrift store pendant light transformation.


Other than can lights and unique hanging light fixtures, under cabinet lighting is another method of infusing light and style into your kitchen.




If you are interested in adding under cabinet lighting, Dana, from House Tweaking shares her experience in this post.

So, what kind of kitchen lighting are you attracted to??? Have any light to shed on the topic???:-)

Decor Deals for $5

Recently as I was perusing Hobby Lobby I was making my usual visit to their home décor fabrics aisle to lust after fabric (yes, I have a fabric lusting problem). As I was peeling myself away from my favorite aisle I noticed in the next aisle over they were displaying a new product. The cute patterns of this product is actually what caught my eye and then the price held me there!


Hobby Lobby is now selling an assortment of cute, inexpensive pillow covers. Most of the sizes are 18 x 18 and 16 x 16  but they do have some other sizes as well. The price is right, ranging around $6.99-$7.99 per pillow cover. But, with a 40% off coupon that you can get off their website you could change out the looks of your pillows for only $4-$5. Not bad at all! Here are some of my favorite designs.



$5 for a new cute pillow cover is a great deal.  In most cases it’s even less expensive then making one!  If you don’t already have a pillow to use as the insert you can buy an insert at most fabric stores for around $5.  I have usually picked up pillows to use as inserts at garage sales or thrift stores for $1-$3 a piece.

As you may remember I have been deciding on paint colors for my bathroom makeover.  Today I plan to go out and purchase the paint I’ve chosen (you will have to wait to find out what it is but a hint is that it is not any of the colors I had originally considered).  It is always annoying to me to have to spend $30 on a gallon or even $15 on a 1/2 gallon when I am only painting a small space.  When painting a small bathroom or space I have learned to go to Sherwin Williams and buy the paint color I want there in their sample size.

Their sample size is a quart and only costs $5 and is enough to do a small bathroom.  They only sell their samples in a satin finish which has worked just fine for the areas I’ve needed it for.   So next time you are painting a small space, do so for only $5!

The last $5 décor deal I have to share with you today has to do with saving money on drapes!  The compliment I get most on my family room is my white drapes!

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I love telling them that I got them for $5.  They are always surprised and I go on to share my secret which is that Walmart Mainstay flat sheets work really well as drapes.  I have used them in the family room as well as in my bedroom.


As well as in my boy’s room (I bought two navy sheets and a red one and made there Pottery Barn Kids knockoff for a total of $15)


And I am already getting the itch to redecorate my sons’ room.  I am mad for plaid in a boys room and have been on the look out for plaid fabrics in the colors of blue gray and brown.  I was happily surprised to see this sheet set at Walmart for only $5.


I bought 2 and will use the fitted sheet and pillowcases for their beds and the flat sheets as new drapes.  I will be changing up quite a bit and their room over the next few months and this was a good first step purchase!

So, do you have any $5 décor tips?   If so, I would love to hear them!:-)