Turn Your Child’s School Art Into The Perfect Conversation Piece

Turn that art work into the master piece you and your child feel it is.

When my son was in pre-k his teacher requested we go to an art store and purchase an 11 x 14 acrylic frame. Well, since he was my only child I went a little overboard.

She said “Please purchase a 11 x 14 frame so that you rotate their bi-weekly art work and display it in your home.”

I heard: “Buy a couple of frames because your son is so gifted!”

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And gifted he was. Seriously… He saw art lessons from a different angle and fell in love with water colors and the different forms of art mediums. What took other students the allotted two weeks would take my son three to four weeks. Those works would eventually be entered into local competitions. When he went to Kindergarten the art teacher made the same request about the picture frame to purchase.

However, I also heard that I should start taking his art work to be professionally framed. That is what I have done ever since. Let me tell you—those art pieces make excellent conversation pieces throughout my home. I even had him sign them in the bottom corner before framing. So yes, make your child’s art work into MAJOR conversation pieces. At twenty one years old he still delights in the joy we shared by this simple gesture.

 
Kimberly WrightGuest Post Author: Kimberly Wright is a natural leader, a pioneering renaissance lady, prolific speaker, ardent philanthropist, passionate entrepreneur, avid blogger and community advocate who pursues success, happiness and peace for herself and others. Known for her saying and belief “If I cannot help you I promise not to harm you…” Kimberly is known for bringing a state of sunshine, joy, calm and peace to individuals she meets whether for a reason, a season or a lifetime. Raised in the belief “Service is the rent we pay for living…” being service oriented comes naturally. At the core of Kimberly’s values is her passion for empowering single mothers and their children beyond measure. Kimberly is a multi-passionate entrepreneur and small business owner and author of Keystrokes By Kimberly a synergy lifestyle blog which focuses on how to live a positive lifestyle. Kimberly resides in metro Atlanta with her delightfully humorous son, Jon and two beautiful golden retrievers, Bo & Luke. 

The Beauty Of Hourglasses Throughout Your Space

Yes, there is beauty and new found life in the power of having hourglasses throughout your home. Someone gifted me an hourglass in high school and that created a 25 plus year love affair with them. First I was just fascinated with the beauty of them, so I collected four more of different sizes and colors. Then, in college I learned to appreciate the time management power that they hold. After college I got heavy into the sanctuary of my space, Feng Shui and time management with the joys of motherhood. That is when I finally researched the history of hourglasses and totally fell in love all over again. There’s a very interesting history—no two hourglasses will ever be the same. …continue reading

Why You Should Change Your Décor According To Seasons

change out your decor according to the seasons

New seasons bring change and what better way to embrace the change than with your décor. I love sprucing things up around the house with accent décor. The options are endless and so inspiring. Here are five tips for decorating according to seasons.

1. Select a theme accent color for throughout. This color can be one you just love or it can be one of Pantone colors from the color pallets of the year. Their spring color pallet:

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DIY Motivational Poster

Do more of what you love. Seems simple, so why do I find it difficult to “get my creative on”? I mostly work from home on my computer—and not everything I do is very exciting or soul-stirring. So, after the end of a ho-hum week, I decided to break-free and get out my paints and paint brushes.

I used to paint all the time, before all these voices started popping in my head about only doing things that are “worth it” (my mom’s voice in my head), so started to question every little thing I did that was creative.

SO—enough of that. How much does it matter what the end result is? The most important thing is the process, when it comes to creating. Just doing it is so much more freeing than worrying about perfection. With this little DIY project, I enjoyed creating something, the message really resonates with me, and it looks pretty sweet on my mantelpiece (a bonus):

DIY Motivational Poster

First, I roughly penciled out the sections on a sheet of watercolour paper to make sure the spacing would be okay. Then, I hand-lettered the text. I used Golden acrylic paint mixed with a bit of white paint and water. When I was finished colouring in the letters, I used a grey Sharpie to outline them. Done. Easy.

The painted mason jars was another project of mine, and I also painted the plant pot, so it all went together well.

What do you think of my Spring-time mantelpiece?

Q & A with Interior Designer Jennifer Scott

Jennifer Scott is the dynamic designer from the A Good Chick to Know interior design firm. I had a chance to interview the team last year, and have some more insights from Jennifer alone this time. Check out what Jennifer has to say about 2014 design trends, design inspiration, and more.

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