DIY Home Decor, DIY Photography, Upcycled DIY

DIY Friday- Wine Bottle Vase

Okay ladies, grab your empty wine bottles (you may have to do some drinking here…:) ) and get ready for some DIY FUN! Did I mention this will be great last-minute DIY Christmas gift?

Wine Bottle + Picture+ Embellishments= A Unique & Creative Vase

{Supplies} 

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  • mod podge ( I went with the matte finish)
  • paint brush
  • wine bottle
  • scissors
  • embellishments (optional, I bought this gold sequence fabric at Hobby Lobby for around $2 and the memories sticker for $1)
  • photocopy picture (I went to Office Max and had them photocopy an already printed out picture, this size is a 4X4)

{Steps}

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1.use the mod podge to glue your embellishments on  (you can also spray paint the bottle as well)

2. let it dry

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3. use the mod podge to glue the photo copied picture onto the wine bottle

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4. use the mod podge again to put a top coat on the picture, which will act as a sealer

5. add some flowers to it and you’re done!

  • Quick tip about the flowers, I bought these at the Dollar Tree and lightly spray painted them with a rose gold finish.

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Happy Creating! (and a Merry Christmas!)

I always love hearing from people, so feel free to share your insights in the comments below! You can also share this post with anyone else and follow me on my facebook page,  as well as instagram. Thank you so much for taking the time to read!

Wishing You Well,

Happy Mama, Happy Wife, Happy Life

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DIY Photography

DIY Friday~ Transferring a Photo to Wood {Second Try was a Success!}

It’s a real happy DIY Friday over here! I had so much fun researching and trying to figure out what works best with transferring a photo to wood. It seems simple enough, but there are so many possible choices on the internet! (sometimes too many if you ask me, which can be overwhelming).  I had to just work through this project and figure it out as I went along. One thing you’ll learn about me is that I am a very determined person and I don’t give up until I get it right (even if that means many fails).

 If you missed last Friday’s post, let me fill you in. Last Friday I had a DIY Fail when trying to get a photo to transfer to wood, you can read about it here. The problem was I didn’t have the right supplies (because that’s important, right?!) You should see my google search history, it’s all about transferring a photo to wood! This week I have been busy with figuring out the best approach, and let me just say it was a SUCCESS! (I felt like a little elf hard at work). I’m so excited to share this DIY project with you because it is probably one of the easiest ones I have completed (if you have the right supplies). This time I’m sharing with you all the little secrets I gathered up to help guide you in making your own.

{Supplies}

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All these supplies are MUST HAVES.

  • GLOSS gel medium
  • mod podge (there are many different types of mod podge, and it’s all in your preference of how you would like your photo to look I went with a matte finish)
  • paint brush
  •  wet rag
  • dry rag
  • rolling pin
  • wood the size of your photo-I went a size up, my photo was a 4X6, but I purchased a 5X7 piece of wood (ligther colored wood works best)
  • photocopy of your picture (I just went to Office Max and had them photocopy one of my already printed pictures)
    • make sure it’s with LASER JET INK
    • make sure it’s on THIN PAPER
    • Just ask the sales associate for these, they’ll know!

{Steps}

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1.wipe the wood with your dry rag (if you feel like the surface isn’t smooth enough you can lightly sand it)

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2. take your gloss gel medium and apply a medium layer onto the top piece of the wood (not too thick, but not too thin)

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3. place your photocopy picture on the wood that has gel medium

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4. use the rolling pin to “roll” out any bumps or bubbles (1 or 2 rolls is plenty, don’t roll too much otherwise the paper may start to rip)

5. take your dry rag and wipe off any excess gel medium

6. LET IT DRY over night 0r at least 6 hours (this is a MUST!)

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7. after it’s dried apply the wet rag on top of the whole picture (it’s okay if it’s on the whole piece of wood) leave it there for about 1 hour

8. remove the wet rag and slowly use the rag and your finger nails to scrap off the paper (the paper should be crumbly) SO IMPORTANT- do NOT use a lot of preassure as it will scrap off some of the ink, just a light preassure is all you need.

9. take your dry rag and use it to clean up any access paper crumble

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10. take your mod podge and apply a thin layer on top, let it dry for about 1 hour

That’s it! It may seem like a lot of steps, but they’re fast steps and easy ones too! These will make great Christmas presents. I bought the pieces of wood at Jo-Ann Fabrics and Hobby Lobby. They are super cheap! You can also go to Home Depot and ask them to cut your specific size. If you’d like to add a little pizazz to your wood you can paint the edges with any type of paint.

I hope this encourages you to try your own! Feel free to ask me any questions you may have.

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Happy Creating!

I always love hearing from people, so feel free to share your insights in the comments below! You can also share this post with anyone else and follow me on my facebook page,  as well as instagram. Thank you so much for taking the time to read!

Wishing You Well,

Happy Mama, Happy Wife, Happy Life

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DIY Photography, Family Adventures

DIY Family Christmas Card Photo Shoot

This past weekend the Florida Morehouse family decided to take an adventure outdoors over to Dickson Azalea Park, all in hopes of capturing a family photo to use for our Christmas card. I’m so excited about this because it’s the first year we’ll be sending out a Christmas photo card, plus it’s Johnny’s first Christmas. Oh My so many exciting things happening! So I was very bold and decided to go ahead and complete a DIY Family Christmas Card Photo Shoot.

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I used a Canon SX10 camera along with a tripod. Seriously, nothing fancy and right now I have the setting on auto I’m in the process of learning about the camera. For this photo shoot  I focused on using the auto timer, working with the positioning, and the location.  Continue reading “DIY Family Christmas Card Photo Shoot”

DIY Photography

DIY Friday~ Tips & Tricks on Taking Your Own Professional Monthly Baby Pictures

As parents, we all love to capture the monthly pictures of our babies! Each month is such a huge milestone to accomplish (especially for the parents!). I have so much enjoyment in setting up the scene for these monthly photos and really taking some great shots. My son Johnny just turned 9 months, I know I’m crying too. I can’t believe how fast time is flying by. I decided, why not share with everyone how we take our monthly baby photos with just using my iPhone. I have done my research on the iPhone 6 camera and other editing apps that help to enhance my photos. And, I really just love sharing with people what I learned about (I guess that’s the teacher in me).

So, come along and enjoy this DIY Friday project featuring…

“how to take your own professional monthly baby pictures”

all while using an iPhone and just a few other props and apps.

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It all starts with the outfit…

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DIY Photography, Life Challenges

Capturing Life’s Gifts 5 Day Photo Challenge #fivedayphotochallenge

What’s in a photo? There are so many unlimited choices of what you can capture in a photograph. Mostly photos are a captured moment of a small part of time in your life. These moments range with numerous amounts of feelings; joy, humor, lust, grief, gratitude, and the list goes on. Have you ever been in public and not seen at least one person taking a picture? Our society loves taking pictures. We want to always remember those moments and be able to look back at them, that’s the beauty of photography, you can freeze a moment and always look back at it.

A Special Moment Frozen.

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DIY Photography, Family Adventures

Visiting Painted Oaks Academy Pumpkin Patch {Pumpkins + Baby= CUTENESS}

Pumpkins & Babies, Ahhh! Cuteness overload! Fall is such a great opportunity to practice taking your own photo shoots! If you need inspiration, you can visit my previous post on DIY fall photo shoot. There are so many different scenes you can set up for fall photography. Of course, during the October month you have to get some pumpkin photos in, so that is exactly what we did this weekend! After the storm had passed and things started to get back to normal we decided to get out and have some fun! We met another family with their sweet baby boy at the Painted Oaks Academy Pumpkin Patch, which is located on the East side of Orlando (Oviedo). It was a Sunday outing with LOTS of baby photos, and Johnny picked out his own pumpkin (plus he did the honor in picking one for his mama too!)

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Click this link to be directed to Painted Oaks Acadamy’s website.

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DIY Photography

DIY Friday-Fall Photo Shoot with a Cute Baby, Florida Style

I know I’m bias since I’m the mama of this cute baby, but it got your attention, right?! There is something about fall photos that makes everyone feel warm and fuzzy. Especially photos with babies! It’s that time of year where everyone has had enough of the “hot” weather and we are ready to nestle in the comfort of our home. And let’s not forget about those lovely fall colors and smells that enhance our senses. Can I just say, Fall Is Amazing! It’s my favorite season if you couldn’t tell…Unfortunely Florida doesn’t have much of a fall season. I know, it’s quit sad. It’s still unbearably hot here in Orlando! Please wish for some cooler weather this way.This is truly the one season I miss so dearly about Wisconsin, so my midwestern friends keep uploading those wonderful fall photos on instagram! I’m loving them! 

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