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Things I Love: 3M Strips

When I moved into my first post-college apartment, my mom gave me the cutest picture hanging kit – a three compartment container filled with nails, a small hammer, pencil, screwdriver, level and picture wire so I could decorate. Hole after hole went into the apartment, and while that wasn’t what caused our ridiculous move-out fee (that would be our badger dog, Yadi), it seemed like there had to be a better way.

Enter Command 3M Strips.

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DIY

Parks Picks: 3M Strips

When I moved into my first post-college apartment, my mom gave me the cutest picture hanging kit – a three compartment container filled with nails, a small hammer, pencil, screwdriver, level and picture wire so I could decorate. Hole after hole went into the apartment, and while that wasn’t what caused our ridiculous move-out fee (that would be our badger dog, Yadi), it seemed like there had to be a better way.

Enter Command 3M Strips.

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DIY

Creating a Gallery Wall

One of my 2015 resolutions was to get more creative (you can see my other resolutions on Pinterest!). Armed with gift cards to Hobby Lobby and a color scheme in mind, I set off on a journey to create a gallery wall in my living room while finally incorporating gold into my house.

The finished product. Not to shabby for less than 24 hours!
The finished product. Not to shabby for less than 24 hours!

I know Hobby Lobby doesn’t have the best rep when it comes to the media, but I absolutely love it. I can wander around the store for hours imagining just where that large mirror would fit in my bedroom or how I could turn those stunning lilies into a centerpiece for my kitchen table. It’s addicting.

As mentioned above, I had a color scheme of black and gold in mind, so I went off to search. The first thing I picked up was the black baroque 11×14 frame – I had my eye on it for months, and I still needed to put up a few wedding pictures in the house. After that, I found the large “LOVE” canvas. Here’s a hint, bargain hunters – Hobby Lobby has two sections of home decor. The middle section of the store, holding everything from canvas prints, decorative items, frames and mirrors and the “always clearance” area, usually in place of Christmas decor the other six months of the year. (“SIX MONTHS?” You say? Yes, six months. I worked in a craft store in high school, and set up began in June, followed by take down in January. Craft stores capitalized on the holidays long before Macy’s started playing Christmas music on November 1.) Anyway – I picked up the “LOVE” sign in this “always clearance” section. The chevron print came next, with the ampersand and 5×5 black and gold frame following. The finishing touch was my beloved arrow – something I’ve seen on nearly every Pinterest gallery wall in existence.

Once home with my goodies (costing less than $100, I might add), I got to work laying them out on my floor. Honestly, I probably moved them six times before landing on what ended up on my wall, followed by another four moves once on the wall. It’s a hard process.

Creating a Gallery Wall - Measuring Things Out
Measuring everything out – upside down is key!

After I had them lined up how I wanted, I flipped them all over and measured both the wall space and the decor to make sure everything was in line. I marked off the frames with masking tape to assure I knew where the nails needed to be, and then measured before taping to my wall and hammering in the picture hanger. Apparently this isn’t the standard way of hanging photos according to my mother, but it’s always worked for me!

This is how I measure were to put the nail holes in my wall - it's definitely tried & true in the Parks house!
This is how I measure were to put the nail holes in my wall – it’s definitely tried & true in the Parks house!

Once I had everything from Hobby Lobby hung, I knew there was something missing. The next day, I took my weekly trip to Target and found these amazing Sea Urchins for just $19.99. As the day went on, I decided to create the two-part dachshund silhouette (printed in 4×6 form at Walgreens) and paint two 4×6 frames gold to tie in a bit more of the shine.

Overall, I adore how it turned out! It was a quick weekend project that anyone can do by themselves, and it livens up the space so much.

Are you getting creative in 2015? Share your DIY with me – I’d love to feature some guest posts! 

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My New Obsession: Pinterest

Can someone explain to me how today was my first interaction with Pinterest? This genius of a website allows you to “pin” ideas, photos, recipes and more to categorized “boards” for future reference. From a craft perspective, this is perfect. From a productivity standpoint, it’s about as destructive as Hiroshima.

To get started, you need to request an invite, however mine came within 20 minutes. Then the fun begins . Pinterest will import followers from Twitter or Facebook to get you started. After asking for your interests, they will choose people you should “follow.” Then comes a webpage full of everything that could ever possibly interest you. Food, babies, wedding ideas, crafts – you name it. You can also “pin” things from the web.

Seriously – this is probably the best website since Facebook (and with the redesigns, probably better.) I’ve got about 20 recipes lined up to try, a billion crafts to make, ideas for my future wedding and home all in one place. I can’t think of a single girl who would not benefit from Pinterest.

This isn’t paid – I’m seriously just obsessed. And mind you, that’s after 3 hours of play time on the website. Hell, writing this post is my first Pinterest break and I’m dying to get back on.

I don’t care what you think – try it out. And if you get nothing done for the next 24 hours? Sorry I’m Not Sorry.