We Lived Happily Ever After: September 2015

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Free Chalkboard Label Printables

Today I have some GORGEOUS free printable Chalkboard labels for you all!

They come "as shown" (aka the pretty vintage version you see in the above photo) and as blank labels so you can just add whatever graphics, text & content you want in photoshop, picmonkey, etc.

Here is how I made mine in photoshop:

 Just use the magic wand tool, making sure your contiguous option is checked (found on the menu bar), and select the graphic element you want. After making your selection, right click and press "feather" put at least 1 in as your value & press enter. The makes sure your selection will be smooth & not pixelated. Press CTRL C to copy your selection.

Friday, September 25, 2015

B&W Ink Digital Graphic Freebiees

Hey Everyone! Hope you are all doing well! I seem to be the only one mourning the end of Summer around here (I was born in Southern Cali, so cold is not my friend, lol!) But I am excited about today's post!

These are all hand drawn/painted graphics using black ink, which is one of my favorite painting techniques. I can't wait to see how you all use them! :)

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Lead Paint Windows: So I changed my mind... again.

So I went to a lovely local antique store a few weeks back for a fun day out of the house. I had been eyeing these amazing vintage windows she had displayed on the side of her store for literally over a year, and I finally decided to go for it. While they weren't a complete steal (I usually only get things if they are dirt cheap!), I walked away with my gorgeous chippy windows for $45, dreaming of where I would hang them in my house.

I brought them home, and my husband suggested we put them in the back yard instead of the garage, as they needed a lot of clean up. I am so glad I didn't bring them into the house like I wanted (I did sneak one it too see what it would look like briefly though.)   

I waited a few days to work on them, and then it dawned on me... "Wait, I should do a lead paint test." (insert DUH!!!)  "I REALLY hope they don't have lead paint, but I should check anyways."

So I got into our truck and drove my three year old and 6 month old to Ace Hardware. On the way there, my daughter kept asking, "Mommy, why you driving Daddy's truck?" Apparently my husband is the only one allowed to drive the truck... LOL! 

I came home with a $3 lead paint test, and prayerfully went into the back yard to test my windows.

The kit said the swab would turn pink for mild lead, and red for strong lead... sure enough, my swab was blood red. Waaaah!

My heart broke. I got a lot of great reader information on instagram and facebook about dealing with lead paint safely, so I decided to try my hand at restoring, and covering them to make them safe for decor.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Totally Free Vintage Chalk Graphics

I have some fun free vintage chalk themed graphics for you all today!

Monday, September 14, 2015

How to Bleach Drop Cloths!

Nice fabric for upholstery can run so expensive. But for those of us who love crisp whites & canvas textures, there is hope! Miss Mustard Seed has a wonderful post that inspired me to try this drop cloth bleaching method out. And today I thought I would share my experience with this technique,

The first time I did this, I just added a few cup fulls of bleach, and soaked for maybe hours. It really didn't make a difference. Here is the method that did work for me:

Monday, September 7, 2015

DIY Deep Tufted Drop Cloth Headboard- the easy way!

I believe your bedroom should be a haven. It should reflect comfort & your personality. It doesn't have to break the bank, but you spend a good amount of time there every day, so why not make it somewhere you want to be?

I've wanted a pretty deep tufted feminine headboard for forever. They are so romantic! My husband likes wood headboards, but he left me go with my gut on this one. I'm always starting a project, and he always saves me from it failing miserably, which is what actually happened during this project. Lol. Poor guy. ;)

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Totally Customizable Girl Girl Mock Up

Hey guys! So lots of you all know that I have recently started a Creative  Market Shop where I am selling some of my artwork and digital design resources. Well, I just finished another one that I am so stoked about!!!

If you make lots of printables, artwork, or own a shop where you need to showcase your products, like me, then you want to make sure your listing images are visually appealing to the consumer. That's where a mock up comes in handy; you don't have to spend as much time physically staging your products, and get to focus more time on your actual product. 

The whole reason I created this product is because while there are a lot of great mock ups out there, when I went to look for certain items (such as succulents, flowers, paint brushes, antlers, vases, etc) I really couldn't find anything pretty or feminine in the world of product styling photo stock.

So I made my own, and it turned out too good not to share! 

All the objects were carefully photographed and digitized, which makes them movable & stageable. One of my favorite things is that all the shadows are editable and check out this transparent glass! Now you can use whatever background you want and the glass will look real! 

I made sure to include lots of pretty art supplies too! 

I also pre-staged 7 scenes, all with smart layers that you can tweak to your hearts content, making your designs truly one of a kind! Who wants to use the same image again and again anyway? Well, if you do, I also have some REAL staged & photographed series of mock ups like this one (pictured below) HERE.

ValuePack: 4 Feminine Rustic Mockups - Product Mockups - 1

You can find the listing for my new mock up creator HERE.

That's all for now! :)