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Illustrated Maps



Happy Friday. I’m so excited for the weekend. We have plans for some B-B-Q’s, Fireworks, and a few projects around the house, 4th of July weekend is my favorite of the summer. Before we leave to enjoy some fun in the sun. I thought I’d share my latest love.

I love maps in general but I’ve recently become mildly obsessed with illustrated maps. I can’t get over how many cool and unusual maps there are. People are using these maps in all kinds of creative ways included custom maps for wedding invitations.

As I type I’m thinking of how I can create my own custom version of my hometown area with some landmarks on the lake. I think that would be so cute and fun.

Here’s some of the more remarkable illustrated maps that have me dreaming of my own version I’ve found along the way. I’ll be sure to draw upon these for inspiration when I decide to tackle this project.

I also found this great illustrated map tutorial by Paper Fox Press. Be sure to check it out. I know I’ll be visiting this again sometime soon.

All images pinned on Pinterest, click on the image for the source. You can find much more inspiration in my Illustrated Maps board.

Happy Independence Day everyone! We’ll be back Tuesday with all the fun in the sun this weekend had to offer, but until then Happy B-B-Q’ing!

July 4th idea file



July 4 is just around the corner and with that legions of Bar-B-Q’s, fireworks celebrations and summertime activities will kick-off around the country. I love July 4, to me it’s the ultimate summer holiday and what a great time to add some summer sizzle with some of my favorite July 4th projects I’m dying to try. If only I didn’t have to sleep.

DIY Flag tutorial made from old pallets.

Slat Star tutorial

Martha Stewart’s fruited cheesecake flag

DEEEE.LIC.IOUS. looking Blueberry and Cherry pie recipe

Easy Peasy Recycled Can Luminaries

DIY Summer Bunting


All images pinned on Pinterest, click on the image for the source. You can find much more inspiration in my 4th of July ideas board

Coastal Inspiration



There’s something about living by the the water that is such a calming atmosphere. Maybe it’s the sound or the flurry of recreational activities that surround you. Or maybe it’s the feeling of true love for your home and the place you live that brings everyone together.

My experience in living on the water has been wonderful to date. Everything from the people to the lifestyle is completely unique. I think it’s a common love of the environment that brings everyone together. It automatically creates a unique bond. Everyone is orientated towards the outdoors more and that brings a sense of community to our little neighborhood. It’s a rare summer’s day that one of our neighbors doesn’t swing on by to say hello and shoot the breeze. A impromptu casual hangout out on the dock on a warm afternoon is a common occurrence.

When I think of coastal style I think of the same impromptu casual feeling I get hanging out on the dock reminiscent of waves lapping on the shoreline and warm summer breezes. It’s a feeling of laid back casual elegance whether decked out in grays and blues, a palette of pastels or bursting with pops of color. Here’s what’s inspiring me today as I think about that feeling and the feeling I want my home on the water to embody.

All images via Pinterest, click on the image for the source. You can find much more inspiration in my Coastal board

Personalized B.B.Q. Menu Sign Tutorial



My husband has always been a big fan of personalized signs. So I thought this summer it would be nice to bring his love of B.B.Q’s and signs together by making him his very own personalized sign for the outdoor grill area.

We love to B.B.Q. and entertain during the summer months so we sat down to design Bry’s B.B.Q. Pit which is a combination casual menu board and art we’d like to use dress up the outdoor space. Below is how it all turned out.

With Father’s Day right around the corner I thought I’d share an easy DIY tutorial on how I created his personalized outdoor menu art. Maybe a favorite grill lover in your life would like one of their very own for Father’s Day.

Shopping List

15 inch piece of 1 x12 Pine Board

Spray Sealer

Acrylic Craft Paint

  • Licorice (Folk Art)
  • Apple Red (Folk Art)
  • Cadmium Orange (Americana
  • Titanium White (Folk Art)
  • Apricot (Apple Barrel)
  • Coffee Latte (Folk Art)


Step 1. Paint the background. I wanted a gradient style background. I started by painting the top and bottom first inch of the board in Licorice. Remember black paints goes a long way so use it sparingly at first. Then while the black was still wet I painted from the center out towards the black in a combination of Apple Red and Cadmium Orange. I squirted the paint directly onto the board and then worked horizontally so that there would be some variation in the color. Once I reached the black I kept going a bit so that the Red/Orange would fade to black on the edges. Where the paint became too dry I added some water to my brush to help the colors blend and fade. Once you have the effect you like set it out to dry fully.

Step 2. Then it’s time to transfer your drawing onto the boards. I used the sketch (attached at the bottom in pdf) and some Super Chacopaper transfer paper, laying the pattern onto the board then tracing over the pattern to transfer the design. I love Chacopaper vs. regular Carbon Paper because you can wipe away any stray marks with some water when you’re done. The font is “Regulator” font downloaded from Dafont if you would like to use the same font to personalize the name on your sign. I used 117 pt Regulator font for “Bry’s”.

Step 3. Using a small flat brush and working with the outline color first I filled in the “Bry’s in Licorice and the rest of the lettering in Titanium White. Since it’s craft paint the white took about 3 coats to get good opaque coverage.

Step 4. I used a black Sharpie to draw on the inside of the letters to create a guide for the black lettering and a pencil to draw on the black outlined lettering.

Step 5. Fill in the letters with either the Licorice or Titanium White coloring using the image below as a guide.

Step 6. I filled in the beer glass with Coffee Latte for the inner portion of the glass and a mixture of Coffee Lattee and Apricot for the outer portions and the handle. The foam was painted in titanium white.

Step 7. Using a liner brush I added the outline and detail to the beer glass and foam.

Step 8. Paint the back and sides in Licorice.

Step 9. Spray the whole thing with a sealer to protect it from the elements.

We’re really happy with how the whole thing came out and cant wait to use it for our next backyard B.B.Q.

Click here for Bry’s BBQ outline sketch

Psst: If you like this project stroll on over to our tutorials page to see our other DIY art projects.

Pretty in pink mirror



A couple weeks ago I mentioned that I found the most AAAmaaaazzing mirror inspiration on Pinterest.

Knight Moves: Stella Dallas.

It was love at first sight. One of the comments on the pin mentioned that you could find similar mirrors on eBay made by the Syroco Company. I started searching around for Syroco mirrors. and a number of them popped up. I thought I’d start off small and possibly work my way up to something like my dream inspiration above.  With that in mind I came across this lovely little gem on eBay.

It had similar lines to the inspiration but on a much smaller scale. I actually really loved the beaded trim detail on the inner portion of the frame, so I bid on it and scored it for $10.5.0 plus shipping. Wohoo!

Once I got this baby home I gave it a good cleaning with some soap, water and a toothbrush to get rid of the dust buildup before I started to paint.

Then I carefully took some needle nose pliers and pried out the tiny nails that were holding the mirror in place to the frame.

To paint the frame I used a Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Primer in White and some Krylon Raspberry paint in Gloss.

I wanted to make sure the I got good coverage of my raspberry paint and that I wouldn’t have any peeling issues down the road so I made to to follow the directions on the can and apply a good base coat of primer. It took me a few coats to get it but once I was satisfied I left it for a bit and waited for it to dry.

Then I applied the Raspberry paint in much the same manner as the primer, paying special attention to the directions on the suggested dry time between coats. After that it was pretty much waiting around for paint to dry so I could hang it on the wall.


I think it looks lovely on the blue wall where it hangs.


Some tips if you’re looking for your own mirror to revamp. If you search on eBay you can find very similar ones if you search for Syroco mirror, Hollywood regency mirror or  Baroque mirror. You’ll be surprise at the number of options that pop up.


I love it, I’m so happy with it that’s I’m on the lookout for a similar larger mirror with the same styling I can revamp for another wall.

Psst: If you like this project stroll on over to our tutorials page to see our other projects

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