One Year…

Hello Fellow Pinners!

One year ago today we became first time homeowners!  It IMG_2593has been a whirlwind of a year full of so many wonderful changes!  I cannot believe how much we have done in one year.  Justin has added firefighter/EMT to his belt, along with teaching full-time and building all of my projects!  I have changed schools and started blogging.  Lane is another year older and has changed so much!  We have made so many memories and met so many wonderful new friends on this journey.  We are truly blessed to be so fortunate.  I cannot believe we have lived in our beautiful home for a year!

We have accomplished so many projects!  So many still haven’t hit the blog yet because as I IMG_2592look around they are everyone.  There are also so many projects already in the works.  We have painted all but four rooms in our house and added a home theater system to the basement.  I am slowly starting to become handier and I am in the process of picking out my very first solo project with Justin’s guidance.

In honor of our first year in our home, I am going to highlight a project that is on our gallery wall.  We framed one of our house keys to be featured on our living room wall.

Here is the original pin from the “Our First Home” board!

Here is how ours turned out!  I love this little project.  It warms my heart when I think about all the memories we have made and will make in the future in this home.


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Gallery Wall-So Many Pins in ONE Place

Hello Fellow Pinners,

I hope you have been able to enjoy some beautiful summer weather!  Our Iowa weather has been wonderful the last few weeks.  A little rainy, but bearable and we have been able to spend time outdoors with our favorite little guy.  A project that we have slowly been working on since we moved into our house almost ONE year ago is our gallery wall in our living room.

When we started working on our gallery wall, I looked to Pinterest to find ways to organize, arrange, and include pieces and photographs that were special to us.  It went up really quick, but we struggled to find the final two pieces we needed to make it complete.  The final two pieces came together this summer.  The first piece is an original artwork from a local Des Moines artist (a gift from one of my third grade students), the second was the barn wood style sign from Hobby Lobby.

Here were our inspirations for the gallery wall.  The photo captions can be copied into your browser to see the original pins on the “Our First Home” board.

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The gallery wall is such a wonderful place in our home.  It houses so many special memories for our family.  It took a lot of arranging and rearranging, but I LOVE this wall!  The wall we selected for this project ended up being perfect.

DSC_0046Here is a breakdown of our gallery wall!

The Chevron L, ampersand, blue square frame with flower pendant, and the faux barn wood sign came from Hobby Lobby.  The L was on clearance last summer, I spray painted the wood ampersand with a teal spray paint from Home Depot.  The “Life is perfect when you are next to me sign” is still available in stores.  I could not find it online.  The blue frame will hold a sheep broach from my Great Grandma’s house.  Hobby Lobby always has a 40% off coupon for any one regular priced item.  You can pull it right up on your smart phone or Hobby Lobby app while standing in line to check out.

The two Better Homes & Gardens frames from below came from Wal-Mart.  I found the navy heart print on the Lemon Jitters blog (it comes in multiple colors) and they framed key is the key to our first home together.

The frames for these next three pictures came from Michael’s.  Michael’s usually has fantastic sales on their picture frames.  I always start there first when searching for pictures frames.  They have a wide selection of all types of frames, even unique sizes.    Plus, if you are an educator and take your teacher I.D. in they will give you an extra 15% off of your ENTIRE purchase (school or personal).  The frame of my husband, son, and I was done as a gift by my mother and mother-in-law when I hosted Thanksgiving.  It was such a great idea and I absolutely love it.

Gordmans is another fantastic place to find great home decor at reasonable prices.  Two of our pieces on our gallery wall came from our local store.  I can always find great signs, storage ideas, pictures frames, and holiday decorations when visiting our local store.  It can be dangerous from time to time.

One of my favorite pieces on the wall is the arrow cross stitch that my Mom did for our wall.  I found the pattern on Pinterest and mom had it finished in less than an hour.  We found the perfect frame for the cross stitch at our local At Home store.  It has been open less than a year, but I feel like I could become a regular there.

Here are the rest of the pieces we used to complete our gallery wall.  They are pieces we have had or received as gifts throughout the years.

The gallery wall turned out to be everything I wanted it to be.  We combined so many ideas and pieces to make a unique display in our first “formal” living room.  This is definitely a Pinterest WIN!

Keep on Pinning!