Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Holiday TV Display

Last week I shared my Christmas home tour with you and you might have noticed something special displayed on my TV!

I actually first conceived the idea to turn my TV in to a display when I was hanging my gallery wall. TVs are just eye sores which is what prompted the gallery wall to begin with. But then I thought...why not make my TV apart of the art? So then I naturally forgot all about it...until now! Decorating the family room for Christmas with the tree all glitzed and gorgeous just made the TV look even more like a black blob.

So I headed over to Pic Monkey to create something festive and colorful to match my Christmas decor. I love Photoshop usually, but PicMonkey has some great cursive fonts that I haven't found anywhere else free and they always have festive clip art and images for the holidays. You can use Pic Monkey's trial offer for free or you can upgrade to premium for $5 a month and get even more design features!The design is super simple!

I used the "Design" function and sized my image as 1200 x 800 pixels.

 Then I just typed out Happy Holidays with my fave cursive "Great Finds" centering the text on the page, and added some of the clip art snowflakes in my Christmas hues. Saved it as a PNG file for higher resolution and the image was done!

 If you like my version, just save the image below to your computer!

Next, I pulled out my handy dandy HDMI cable and hooked my laptop up to the TV. You just switch your TV input mode to whatever port you plugged your cable in and your image should pop up on the screen! Just hide your laptop behind your TV or inside your media cabinet so everyone will wonder how you did it :) If you don't have an HDMI cable, they are very inexpensive you and can find HDMI Cables on Amazon

It's very important to note that you should NOT leave this image on your screen for extended periods of time. Thanks to my super smart brother, he reminded me that leaving still images on your TV burns an imprint in your screen and you could be left viewing that image on your screen eternally (dun,dun,dun). If you're having a holiday party or it's Christmas morning, it's the perfect opportunity to use this image or one of your own making for a few hours. And if you really want an image on your TV for longer periods, you can create a couple ages and just rotate them on a slideshow, setting the slideshow speed to your preferences.That way, one image will not have enough time to burn your screen since you're constantly rotating pictures.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

DIY Stencilled Pom Fringe Napkins

A few months ago I was approached by Royal Design Studio and asked if I would be interested in reviewing one of their holiday line stencils. Without hesitation, I replied yes! I've always been a fan of Royal Design Studio and have been using their stencils long before my blog was even around.  Stencils are a wonderful way to affordably and easily add some visual interest to your walls. But it doesn't stop there. With a little paint and an open mind, you can come up with all sorts of inventive ways to use your stencils. I ended up choosing the Stargazer Medallion Christmas Stencil from Jen Rizzo's Christmas collection . I knew right away I wanted to make some dinner napkins with them!

I found a set of 4 off white linen dinner napkins for $5.99 at Steinmart a while back so this was the perfect opportunity to use them. My first order of business was painting the stencil. I used a fabric medium mixed with the Folk paint color" " Once the stencil was dry on the napkins, I gathered some fun trim to spice them up a bit. The purple pom trim and the red velvet trim came from Hancocks fabric and I used 3 yards of each to cover all 4 napkins.

First, I hot glued the purple pom fringe along the edges of the bottom of the napkin only.

Next, I hot glued the red velvet trim directly over the purple pom fridge lining to add another pop of color and tie in the place mats.

I used them alongside a set of reversible place mats I found at Ross! I never go to Ross but I popped in the other day spontaneously and I am so glad I did. I found so many great accents for SO cheap! No one paid me to say that. I'm just speaking from excitement.

For such an easy, inexpensive project I am so happy with the results. Now imagine what you could do with a stencil and check out Royal Design Studio when you get a chance. They have anything from large scale stencils, to smaller scale patterns, and even wall decals. 

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