“Extra Time”

One of the benefits of having an empty nest is being able to enjoy hobbies and pursue creativity. I am now able to spread my supplies out without worrying that small hands are going to mess with them or move something. Even when I’m working on a project that will take several days, I’m free to leave it out. When I had a house full of kids, time did not allow me to work on as many crafts as I would have enjoyed and I didn’t have the space to leave things out until I could get back to them again. 

DIY Home Sweet Home Wall Decor

This past week, I was able to work on several home decor projects. The first two were DIY’s inspired by Krafts by Katelyn. She does alot of fun, easy and budget friendly DIY home decor, and I really enjoy her youtube channel. I’ll leave links to her channel below.

For the first project, I bought most of the supplies at Dollar Tree. I couldn’t find some of the supplies Katelyn used, so I had to improvise a bit. Since the wall decor was going in my sunroom, I decided to have some fun with it. I added the bees and butterflies  just to give a little whimsy. Then I added the jute string to finish it off. I love this! The paint and jute I had on hand and the other supplies cost about $6. I think it came out really cute!

Clearanace wall decor at Hobby Lobby

For the second DIY, I started with some wall decor I found on clearance at Hobby Lobby for $3.99. It orginally had a white star on it, which I painted over with chalk paint and then distressed it.

Personalized wall decor

Next, I painted a black house and put a white heart in the center. Lastly, I personalized it. I used a Sharpie to write the “EST”, then painted numbers I had left over from another project and glued them on on. I love that I was able to make it my own by adding the year my husband and I were married. I’m so happy with the way this project came out!

Kirkland’s monogrammed tray – Trash to Treasure

The last project I did this week was a “Trash to Treasure”. This wooden tray still had the original sticker on it from Kirkland’s. I paid only $4.99 at Good Will. I simply gave it a good cleaning, painted it with chalk paint and then distressed it. I used Word on my computer and found a script I liked to make the letter “P” and enlarged it. Then I printed it out, traced it on my wood tray and painted it black. Finally, I sprayed a few coats of polyurethane on it to protect it. So cute!

Created in Canva

I miss my kids dearly, but I totally enjoy the time an empty nest affords me to just get lost in projects like these. Take a look at Katelyn’s channel for more detailed directions or feel free to ask me. I’d love to hear how you fill your “extra” time! Leave me a comment below and don’t forget to subscribe!

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