Easy Summer Memory Wall Decor!

Once the 4th of July is over, we are in the thick of the Summer!

Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Those days of soda and pretzels and beer
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
You’ll wish that summer could always be here!

Lyricist Charles Tobias 

 Well then…..

 Are you wondering why I am showing you a picture of a house taken in late fall?
Well….I want you to notice the red trimmed storm windows on this house…which is the house Mr. S grew up in!
When the house was sold….and it was time to clean out the garage…

We “rescued” one of the old stormwindows to hang in our house!

I decided to turn the window into a Summer Memory Gallery!
I dug through some photos and came up with some of my favorite family images of Summertime!
I used my trusty mat cutter to cut mats for them…..
but you could just stick the photos on the glass too!
Clockwise From the top left:
This photo is probably circa 1920….I don’t know about your family….but we really don’t wear suits for our campfires!
This is the Sweetwater Daughter helping her Grandma do the dishes in the hot kitchen!
That is little old me….at the sink at my Grandma’s House!
The next image shows a group of people on the farm…”playing”…I think it is wonderful to imagine farmers who were working so hard….having time to play!
The Sweetwater Son with a slice of watermelon….hamming it up for the camera!
Mr. S and 2 of his brothers all decked out in their swimsuits…too cute!
This is a photo of my family in 1952….swimming in the Atlantic ocean….it may be the only picture of my Grandmother in a swimsuit!
It is fun to have these memories on the wall to enjoy!
There are a few other Summer  touches on the walls here:
This little treasure is the wool swimming suit that belonged to Mr. S’s Grandfather…
It is dark navy blue….and oh so little!
Also…oh so heavy!
I had a navy and white beach bag that looks nice hanging along side!
This watermelon print is hanging on the refrgerator!
I used the trick of gluing magnets on the back of the frame!
 I was too lazy to take the chalkboard off the stairway wall….
That is why this picture is so terrible….sorry!
But…I saw this summertime message somewhere in blogland and thought it was really cute!
The lake map is actually a place mat from a lakeside restaurant we like!  
I think all of these little touches of Summer here at Sweetwater fit the philosophy of “Use What You Have”…
Have a Great SUMMER Day!

Inexpensive Wall Art!

 I noticed last week that the picture hanging in the entry hallway was in need of replacement.
Somehow…over time…the print had started to wrinkle….and it looked kinda sad!
It was time for a change!
And of course….I didn’t want that change to cost an arm and a leg!
Besides….the frame was good and just the right size for that spot on the wall!
Here is my thrifty solution!
This is the fun APP for my iPad that turns photos into watercolors!

This is a photo of the Gulf Shore (Alabama) beach that I took when we were there in October.

Here is the “Waterlogued” version!

I had the print enlarged to a 16 x 20 poster for $17.00
I used white and blue matting and cut a double mat!
Seriously….I just can’t say enough about how nice it is to be able to cut my own mats!
The old frame has a bronze finish that compliments the print!
Not bad for under $25….and I “Used What I Had” besides!!!
Have a Great Day!

Waterlogue-A Fun New Photo APP!

I discovered this new APP for my iPad a couple of weeks ago!
If you love playing with photos the way I do….
you are gonna want to splurge and spend the $3!
In a nutshell…the app takes a regular photo and turns it into a watercolor!
Here are my BEFORE and AFTERS using the APP!


 Seriously….this is the easiest app to use!
Not bad for $2.99
I think these would look great enlarged to 11 x 14 and framed…..
They would also make great notecards….
 I can’t wait to pick out some more photos to play with!
Anybody have any better ideas for what to do with my new art?
Have a Great Day!
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Wrapped Fabric Wall Art!

Oooh…I wasn’t going to complain about the weather!  But REALLY….it is either way way below zero or snowing at Sweetwater!  Seriously….school has been cancelled for COLD 3 days in January….and the rumor is that on Monday there is a chance we will make it 4 days!

Before I get to the Wall Art project, I thought you might enjoy this little parody that was posted on Facebook by an alum of our school!  The time stamp on it means that she whipped this up in less than 15 minutes!!!  Guess we are pretty good educators….and her talent is amazing.  Enjoy!

“The Night Before Finals”

Twas the night before day two of finals, when all through the town
The high-schoolers were studying, not making a sound.
The Facebook chat bar was absent of dots of green,
Since one must prioritize when one is a teen.

Their younger siblings watched them, filled with fears,
For that would be them in a few short years.
Then mamma dragged the kids away and put them in bed,
because her normally sane teen is not currently right in the head

When out in the kitchen I heard the telephone ring
I sprang from my seat to go answer the thing.
Away from my desk (dungeon) I flew like a flash
And into the kitchen I promptly dashed

I heard on the phone a voice familiar to me
The automated voice message system of the city of SLP
The computer-lady then said a phrase that relieved all my sorrow:
“For grades K thru 12 there is no school tomorrow”

Upon realizing the meaning of her words, I released all my dread
I was so sleep deprived, I could soon rest my poor head
More rapid than eagles the Facebook posts came,
And they all whistled and shouted and I did the same!

Now on to the project!
This bright happy fabric called out to me from the sale bin!
It is a nice outdoor canvas weight.
Perfect to create a splash of color for the wall.
I had a plain wooden stretcher frame in my stash of stuff.
I had some quilt batting.
I have a glue gun.

It was simple enough to wrap the batting around the stretcher and glue it down.
The corners were mitered and the edges were trimmed!
I used the staple gun to attach the fabric to the frame.

You know the drill….put one staple in the middle of each side….stretching it tight…
Staple the mitered corners tight…
Then go around and secure the fabric tightly all around! 
The whole project was finished in 20 minutes…..
less the time it took for the little “drama” 
of needing  Mr. S to pry out the stuck staple in the staple gun!

 A little Winter time cheer for the Laundry Room Wall!

Here are a couple of wrapped fabric wall pieces from the past….

Lots of impact for very little effort and money…

and what I really love is that they are so easy to switch out when you want a change….and I always seem to want to change….

Have A Wonderful Weekend!

Free Photo Editing Software iPiccy

I am in full on decorating mode here at Sweetwater!
The house is a disaster…..boxes…..ribbons….greens….
I will share some of the decor in the next posts….
I discovered the coolest on line Photo Editing Site and just had to share with you!
 These are a couple of collages that I made!
Super simple and intuitive to use!
 The images above are snaps of the decor in the kitchen!
I am especially loving the Goodwill copper bowl filled with the stuff I took out of the cornucopia and the gorgeous Goodwill pears!
The wreath was a bit tricky to hang….good that the Sweetwater daughter stopped by to be my spotter!
I always lean a seasonal image in the back of the stovetop!
The little bells hung on the back of the chairs are sure to bring Marvin fun times!
I found the cutest Christmas card with Santa scratching the kitty….
hey…every cat needs art when they eat!
The other prints are also framed Christmas cards….
The bell swag is a cheerful sound coming and going through the garage!
Now back to iPiccy
At first I thought that it would be pretty basic!
But the professional touch up tools are almost as good as some in Photoshop and so much easier…..
The one draw back is that there is no straightening tool….so I still used iPhoto for that…
Anyway….just had to share and think it is worth your time to take a look!
Now back to the boxes….and greens…and bows OH MY!
Have a Great Day!