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It’s a Lovely Life: Toledo Trip’n

Mara and I have been busy.  And when I say busy, I mean the kind of busy where you didn’t get to Wednesday’s dirty dishes until Sunday.  Life doesn’t look like it will be slowing down anytime soon, but that doesn’t leave us any excuses for neglecting all you lovely livers out there.

This weekend, Mara and I had the pleasure of attending the wedding of one of our oldest friends.  Not only have we grown up with him but all of our families are well, like family, so it was an extra special night full of lots of fun.  Of course, first we had to head to Toledo…

Mara and I love a good road trip, so three and half hours in the car with our favorite jams and lots to gab about was a walk in the park.

After the ceremony, we decided to have a little bubble blowing photo shoot courtesy of my brother.  People really should play with bubbles more often, its one of life’s simple joys.

Here is a nice action shot of my mother “cutting a rug.”

There are about a dozen people I didn’t get pictures with, including the bride and groom, but luckily quality time was being spent despite the absence of photographic evidence.  Nothing is lovelier than spending a weekend with your closest friends and family, hopefully you will be doing the same soon.

Happy Lovely Living,



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November 7, 2011 · 12:06 am

Cuckoo for Bird Project

Recently I (Mara) visited one of my favorite (and my budget’s least favorite) stores, Hobby Lobby, looking for a new project to give my creative side some love. While wandering aimlessly through craft heaven, I was skimming through a DIY book I found at the front of the store. One of the projects was a multi-media canvas collage using a bird. Birds are all the rage now (or so I like to think). Needless to say, I was inspired. I grabbed a small 8×10 canvas (4.99) and looked for some fun vintage looking scrap book paper to use (1.00). I found the perfect piece with bird and all. I then headed down the spray paint aisle. Spray Paint is about 10x faster than a paint brush for the right project. I picked out a can of Rust-oleum American Accents in Heirloom White and then get ready for this….Valspar’s Crackle Top Coat. I had seen the Crackle Coat on a few blogs where DIYers impressively did a Cinderella makeover on an old piece of furniture. It was a little pricey but I plan to use it on some furniture projects in the future. I wasn’t sure how spray paint would work on canvas but I was about to find out. Luckily, I already had some Modge Podge and craft paint at home that I planned on using as well. Below I have photographed the process for you, in case you would like to dive into to your own multi-media project.

Valspar's Crackle Top Coat

I first sprayed a layer of Heirloom White and then sprayed the Crackle Coat over it. The more layers of the Crackle Coat you spray the more "crackly" it will be.

Here is how it turned out!

I used a black craft paint once the spray paint had dried.

I painted a branch with the craft paint for my future bird to sit on.

Anyone can paint a branch 🙂

This is the beautiful bird that I cut out from the scrapbook sheet. I also cut out blue and green shades to make leaves for the branch.

I then used a brush and placed Modge Podge, a glue used for collaging, on the back of the bird, and then painted it over the bird once I had glued it down. It creates a nice glossy finish.

The scrapbook page also had the "Spread your wings and Fly" message, which I cut out and used the same process as the bird to adhere to the canvas. Here is how it all turned out!

If you have any questions let me know. What has has inspired you lately? Leave a comment and let us know. Happy Lovely Living!


July 25, 2011 · 7:01 pm