Simply Mrs. Edwards

{just the life of a new wife}


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Sponsored by the Letter “E”

Our house is literally 15 feet off of a semi-busy road and has a bright red front door. I try to keep something hanging on the front door all the time to be festive and cheery, but mostly to draw people’s eyes away from peering into our front windows. It probably doesn’t work, but I like to think it does!

Ever since I started seeing these jute wrapped letters popping up on Pinterest, I’ve been dying to get one put up on our front door! A Joann’s coupon and ball of twine later, I have this:

Jute Wrapped Monogram // Simply Mrs. Edwards

Supplies Needed:

  • Paper mache letter
  • Hot glue gun
  • Jute
  • Fabric for rosettes
  • Grosgrain ribbon

Jute Wrapped Monogram // Simply Mrs. EdwardsFlip your letter over, glue down the end of your jute and begin wrapping vertically. When you get to the edges, use a dollop of glue to keep the jute from slipping off the end. 

Jute Wrapped Monogram // Simply Mrs. Edwards

Jute Wrapped Monogram // Simply Mrs. EdwardsOnce you finish wrapping the entire thing vertically, wrap it again horizontally to cover all the exposed edges.

Jute Wrapped Monogram // Simply Mrs. Edwards

Jute Wrapped Monogram // Simply Mrs. EdwardsAdd your ribbon to the back and embellish with whatever you’d like. Stelabird has a great tutorial on how to make fabric rosettes over here

Jute Wrapped Monogram // Simply Mrs. EdwardsHang on your front door, step back and take a look!

Jute Wrapped Monogram // Simply Mrs. EdwardsI think it looks great on our front door! Don’t mind the left over 4th of July flags and my hubby’s work boots :)

Jute Wrapped Monogram // Simply Mrs. EdwardsLooks good, huh? A quick project to bring some cheer to our front door and distract people from looking in my windows :) 

The crafty one,
Mrs. Edwards


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Where Your Heart Is

Heart Map Art // Simply Mrs. Edwards

{via instagram}

Since I got an iPhone a few years ago, I have used an old fashioned paper map a grand total of zero times. Don’t get  me wrong, I love maps. Almost as much as I love owners manuals (ask my parents, I used to read them front to back for funsies. Don’t judge, I was homeschooled!) I’ve had an old map sitting around just begging to be put to good use and thanks to Pinterest, I was (p)inspired. Josh and I are from two opposite ends of the state, but our love story began and currently lives right in the middle. We both lovelovelove our hometowns, as well as where we currently live. What better way to show where pieces of our hearts lie than to map it out and put it on our wall?

Once I finished repurposing my map, I had the idea to make one as a gift for my Mom. Both of her kids flew the coop and landed in different parts of the state (3.5 hrs away and 8 hrs away). You have to understand, if my Mom could, she would live next door to both of her kids. Whenever she and my Dad get a chance, they pack up and head to either my house or my brothers. She cries every time they leave. She’s got a big heart, but it’s currently spread across the state. I know it’s been a tough season for her, not having any of her kids (geographically) close to her. Maybe that won’t be the case forever, but for now her heart is in three different places. She’s greatly loved in all of those places, by her kids, her family, her friends. My mom is probably the kindest, most generous person I know and she not only shares that love and generosity with her family, but everyone that she comes in contact with! She loves and she is loved back! My goal with this art piece was to remind my Mom where her heart lies and where she is genuinely loved from. You can take a moment to wipe the tears from your eyes now…

This project was very easy, and very inexpensive. Like it took me about 10 minutes and cost me about $3.00. That’s my kind of art project!

Supplies Needed:

  • Map (If you’re a AAA member, you can get a state map for free at any office!)
  • Picture frame (I got mine at Walmart for $3.00)
  • Scissors
  • Heart shape template
  • Extra cardstock
  • Glue stick & tacky glue
  • Your favorite scrap fabric
  • Pencil
  • *If you need to trim your photo mat, you’ll need a straight edge, exacto knife and cutting mat, too.

Step 1: Gather your supplies.

Heart Map Art // Simply Mrs. Edwards

Step 2: Choose which areas you would like to feature and trace your heart template onto your map. Also trace your hearts onto plain cardstock. Cut out each heart and use your glue stick to glue the cardstock pieces to the back of your map pieces (to stiffen the map pieces up). I’ve even included a heart template for you to use. Just click, save, and print! You’re welcome.

Heart Map Art // Simply Mrs. Edwards

Heart Map Art // Simply Mrs. Edwards

Heart Map Art // Simply Mrs. Edwards

Heart Map Art // Simply Mrs. Edwards

Step 3: If your frame has a mat and the mat has a divider, you’ll want to trim it to fit your hearts. My mat was designed to hold (2) 4×6 photos, so I just cut the center divider out with an exacto knife and voila, a perfectly sized mat!

Heart Map Art // Simply Mrs. Edwards

Heart Map Art // Simply Mrs. Edwards Step 4: Cut out a piece of cardstock (or empty cereal box) to fit your frame and cut your fabric to the same size. Iron out any wrinkles in your fabric. Use your tacky glue to adhear your fabric to the cardstock.

Heart Map Art // Simply Mrs. Edwards

Step 5: With your tacky glue, glue your hearts and your mat onto your fabric piece.

Heart Map Art // Simply Mrs. Edwards

Step 6: Place everything into your frame and find the best place to display your art!

Heart Map Art // Simply Mrs. Edwards

You can do this project with places that you’ve traveled to, placed you’ve never been to but want to see, where different friends or family members live, etc. I hope that every time I look at mine hanging on the wall I’m prompted to pray for our family in those places. I hope that you enjoy this project! How else have you re-used old maps? Were you (p)inspired like me?!

With a mapped out heart,
Mrs. Edwards


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Fully Functional

What’s better than a great piece of art? A functional piece of art.

Behold:

These long necklaces have been living in a drawer of my vanity getting twisted and tangled for the past few years. A typical day in my life: I’m running out the door late for work/church/life and I realize that the one last thing my outfit needs is a necklace. The worst thing is opening that drawer and having to untangle a knot that only a Boy Scout (or unorganized drawer) could produce. Time for a solution!

I found this awesome old frame at an antique store in Santa Cruz and picked up the cup-hooks at our local Ace Hardware. This was probably one of the easiest art projects I have ever done! I evenly spaced the hooks on the inside of the frame and was able to screw them in by hand (this frame came without glass). I considered spray painting the gold hooks an oil rubbed bronze color, but decided against it because, (a) I wanted to get the thing on my wall ASAP (aka impatience), (b) you don’t really see much of the hook because it is nestled up inside of the frame & (c) the gold actually goes well with the weathered look of the frame. Lets just be honest, my decision was mostly based on reason (a) above. Oh well.

The necklace frame currently lives behind our bedroom door, right next to our bathroom. I just love the way it looks!

Budget Breakdown:

  • Antique Frame: $5
  • 5/8″ Cup Hooks (set of 5): $2ish
  • Total: $7

Oh! In the above pictures you’ll notice that our bedroom walls are a lovely grey color with crisp white trim and ceiling. If you’ve ever been to our house, you’ll remember that those walls used to be a pea/moss/baby poo color and the trim/ceiling an odd off-white. In other words, gross. We spent a weekend painting back in October (during my blogging hiatus) and boy, oh boy…the tables have turned! Our bedroom is now one of my favorite rooms in our home! We’ve done some other projects in this room too (curtains, new pillows, frame wall, etc.) that will be shared in a not-too-far-in-the-future post :)

Hope this project inspires you to create something that is not only lovely to look at, but fully functional too!

Feeling Useful,
Mrs. Edwards