Hi everyone! Nice to meet you! I am Sara and blog at The Rosy Life where my main goal is to encourage others to find and treasure the rosy in the routine. When Danielle contacted me I was so pleased and excited to see a like-minded gal on a mission to inspire others as well! What an honor it is for me to share my humble thoughts with you all today.
Too often I find myself getting stuck in the rut of perfectionism, thinking if I'll just fill my Hobby Lobby cart up one more time then surely I'll have all the tools I need to live an artful life. What a lie. Although my devotion to Hobby Lobby and other craft stores runs deep, I disagree with the thinking that more stuff must mean more creativity and art in our everyday lives. In my opinion, our minds are our greatest everything-tool, art medium, and inspiration hot spot. We can live an artful life, right where we are, with what we have.
I've gathered some of my favorite concepts for living artfully today and would love to share! I hope after reading you'll be encouraged to look again at the ordinary items in your home you gave the once over and instead see the possibilities for living artfully, right where you are.
Let's get started, shall we!
1.) Giving + Gratitude = goodness.
One of my favorite practices is giving to others and then in return, practicing gratitude in my own life! I used to work full-time as a teacher and had a good salary. Buying things for others and "giving" was simple, I could easily just drive to Target and pick something up. It wasn't until I became a stay-at-home mama that I truly learned the artful gift of gratitude and giving. I love to keep empty containers on hand like produce boxes, empty cans, old camera slide boxes, or even cute party favor boxes from the clearance aisle at Target for quickly packaging up little gifts for friends and family. I've found that tying something up with a few layers of string and a tag almost instantly makes a little gift look polished and well-thought out.
2.) Jars, Jars, and more Jars!
My second favorite way to live artfully is to collect jars! We have glass jars in our home from peanut butter and jelly, thrifted jars, and even jars given to me by my grandparents. They are all so very useful for creating artful arrangements in just a matter of seconds. We live on a farm so there's almost always something pretty to be snipped and clipped outdoors and brought inside to display in a jar. If you don't have wildflowers nearby, even displaying a few simple branches inside a jar instantly adds an element of the outdoors that will relax your soul and bring the artful outside, in.
I like to display the jars on their own, or also all clumped together. Both make a statement.
3.) Inspiration walls = Rosy Outlook.
Do you have an inspiration wall, or are you familiar with the term? To me, an inspiration wall is all about creating a little vignette of happy. Photographs, paintings, magazine clippings, and sayings are all fair game when it comes to giving your eyes something to feast on to leave with a rosy outlook. You can easily create an artful inspiration board yourself by flipping through a magazine and cutting out your favorite images or printing some of your Instagram or phone photos. Next, find an empty wall or frame and hang them as you like!
4.) Just paint it!
There used to be a joke in my family (and probably still is) that if I got my hands on something I would instantly just paint it. True! Paint is such a game-changer and an easy one at that. As a single-income family we don't have a lot of money to spend on expensive art or decor supplies. I love thrifting pieces or even getting them for free (like these shutters!) and then adding a coat of paint or spray paint. I have always used Wal-Mart or Lowe's brand paint and have had great results!
I encourage you to look again at the pieces in your home you might not like and consider painting them!
5.) Photographs are your friend.
We are such a picture driven world but rarely do we print them. Why? Not so around our house. I am a big, huge fan of printing your photographs! They are certainly such an easy, artful item to hang in your home and there are so many creative, cute ways you can quickly display them without breaking the bank! I usually get my photos printed from either Walgreens or Shutterfly and am very pleased with both services!
6.) Last but not least...put a banner on it. Or twinkle lights!
My last, but certainly not least, favorite way to live artfully right where I am, is with banners and twinkle lights. At last count I think we had either one or both of these in almost every room in our house! There's nothing that sets the mood quicker than excellent, dreamy lighting. We have a strand of twinkle lights on our fireplace mantle and I just love the cheery glow they give off. Target has oodles of twinkle lights right now for college dorm rooms so you can pick up a strand for around $6! Not bad at all. I also like to hang banners, or "bunting", in my home! These are my go to when it comes to adding a little art to a room. You can sew these yourself or order them handmade from Etsy! I've also noticed a lot of the big box stores are starting to sell quite a few different options for bunting as well.
Well friends, it's been so nice chatting and sharing with you. I hope you'll take these suggestions to heart and find yourself living artfully, right where you are.
I'd love to see you on my blog,
or in my Etsy art shop.
Mrs. Sara you are as inspiring as ever! You gave me so many great ideas! I can already see places in my home, where a little art would cheer it right up! Thank you for reminding me to relish in what I have and to create beauty all around. Don't forget to check out this chicka on her blog!
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