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Mighty to Save this art! (I can't handwrite handwriting)

Mighty to Save lyric art using a Silhouette Cameo, Clever Nest #diy_canvas_art #song_lyric_art

Foreword
I always get a little excited when I press publish on a new post. :) It's me saying, Hey! I'm still here! Yes, I'm a Mama to a rambunctious 3 year old! And a perpetually spewing 6 month old! And yes, most days I'm covered in spit up, and stickers, on my very last brain cell trying to keep this thing afloat.  But, DAYNG IT!! I am gonna keep crafting, and pinning, and decorating, and blogging. Even though it's a little (haha, ok a lot) more sporadic than it used to be. I'm still here! My Clever Nest, cute, down to earth DIY blog of a mama with two little boys!
So, thanks for bearing with me, and stopping by even as my check ins are not as regular as they used to be!
My Clever Nest, cute, down to earth DIY blog of a mama with two little boys!
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Vinyl Song Lyric Art
I've been planning for about a year (this is becoming a habit) to add some art to my vintage plate wall and mirror.  

I always felt this arrangement was "askew". In fact, last year when I was putting up the plate arrangement I taped up two large pieces of paper on the left side to feel out the possibilities of additional art.

I wanted something graphic slash modern, and I kept gravitating toward this super awesome hand written rug I pinned ages ago.
Clever Nest: vinyl song lyric art #silhouettecameoprojects #vinyllettering
It. is. awesomeness. It's called "Manuscrit" by Joaquim Ruiz Millet, and if I had $3000 to spare it would be in my house. I wanted to do my own "manuscrit" sort of looking art on a couple canvasses (canvasii??), with a quote or song lyrics.

I bought a 2 pack of Artist's Loft 11x14 canvases from Michael's, on sale for $11.99. and hung them on my wall where the paper had been. And there they hung, blank. For a year. womp womp.
Clever Nest: vinyl song lyric art #silhouette_cameo_projects #vinyl_lettering #diy_canvas_art

It took tooooo long to decide what to write on them. This is the same reason I can't eve get a tattoo. I think and think and think. Then decide, then second guess myself, then rethink. Then freak out and scrap that idea and completely rethink it. It has to be the PERFECT quote of all time, because it will hang on my wall FOREVER and can NEVER EVER BE CHANGED!!! (are you sensing the neuroses?).

Twelve months later...
I finally settled on the lyrics to one of my favorite songs, Mighty to Save. Thank goodness! I love that song because the words beautiful, and it brings back good memories of me playing worship for our church with my Sweetie leading on guitar.

Savior, He can move the mountains
My God is mighty to save, He is mighty to save
Forever, Author of salvation
He rose and conquered the grave, Jesus conquered the grave

(Can't write) the handwriting on the wall
So to paint on the lyrics seemed simple enough- hand write on a canvas, right?
Clever Nest: vinyl song lyric art #silhouette_cameo_projects #vinyl_lettering #diy_canvas_art

nope.

That first attempt above started out ok looking, I guess. But when I finished and stood back it looked more like I'd brought out an old homework assignment from high school art class. Kind of embarrassing.

I painted it back to white and tried again. It's a lot harder to paint something back to white! 400 coats later I tried again, this time more "sloppy/ cool" style:
Clever Nest: vinyl song lyric art #silhouette_cameo_projects #vinyl_lettering #diy_canvas_art

heck nope.

That time it came out looking like a wayward middle schooler's giddy first attempt at public graffiti. I give up. I can't handwrite convincing handwriting.

I hung up version #2 on the wall anyway just to make sure it was bad before starting over. We had the misfortune of having company over that night and I forgot to take my canvases down. They saw them and were like, "oh, um... modern!"

Stick it to 'em
The next week I painted on another 800 coats of white paint and transitioned into vinyl lettering. If I couldn't make nice enough handwriting, my computer surely could!!

I found a cool font here on defont.com  I don't know why it has a gross name, but it does. :/ Thank the immature person who named it for me while you're there.

Using Picmonkey I made two files, each with  different parts of the song on it. Finally, success!! Feel free to download the images and use them yourself. Or,


Download the Silhouette files here, and here
Here's the first one:
clever nest: vinyl canvas art Mighty to Save #silhouette_cameo #diy_canvas_art

and the second one:

clever nest: vinyl canvas art Mighty to Save #silhouette_cameo #diy_canvas_art

I opened the files in my Silhouette Studio program and traced around the letters to make cut lines. Then I  cut it out on the Silhouette machine, peeled off the excess vinyl, applied transfer paper, peeled the vinyl off the backing, placed it on the canvases, and peeled off the transfer paper! whew.

All said and done!
Clever Nest: vinyl song lyric art #silhouette_cameo_projects #vinyl_lettering #diy_canvas_art

Clever Nest: vinyl song lyric art #silhouette_cameo_projects #vinyl_lettering #diy_canvas_art

Clever Nest: vinyl song lyric art #silhouette_cameo_projects #vinyl_lettering #diy_canvas_art

Clever Nest: vinyl song lyric art #silhouette_cameo_projects #vinyl_lettering #diy_canvas_art

And decidedly, my computer does write much better cursive than I can. I gladly concede.
Simple silhouette project: song lyric canvases, Clever Nest #silhouette_cameo #diy_canvas_art #mighty_to_save

The mid century buffet that is usually against the wall there under the mirror is temporarily in our living room as of last night. We're planning to refinish our media cabinet and we needed something to take it's place while we work on it! I actually love it in here, I wish we had two of them. :)
Simple silhouette project: song lyric canvases, Clever Nest #silhouette_cameo #diy_canvas_art #mighty_to_save

blurry phone photo!

Have a great weekend! May all your crafting, cleaning, or relaxing be awesome :)

    
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Mighty to Save lyric art using a Silhouette Cameo, Clever Nest #diy_canvas_art #song_lyric_art

Sweet "Little Man" Baby Shower

cute ideas for a mustache baby shower or first birthday for a boy #turquoisegraylime #littleman #hipsterbabyshower #glasses #bowtie #clevernest #bowtienapkins #babyshowergame

You won't want to miss this! One baby shower, a gang of super crafty sister-in-laws, and a whole lotta love.

This is me and my four fellow sisssies-in-law on Jason's side.
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A couple weeks ago Val (left), me (2nd from left), and Ayla (2nd from right) threw a Little Man baby shower for our newest sister Maddie (middle), and Caleb (in Maddie's middle, he he). Krista (right) is due very soon as well!

Get ready for a lot of pictures. Scroll through, and pin for later!

We were able to rent out the clubhouse in my housing community for the shower. It was a great space to decorate. Clean and uncluttered. Got to love those vaulted ceilings!
cute ideas for a mustache baby shower or first birthday for a boy #turquoisegraylime #littleman #hipsterbabyshower #glasses #bowtie #clevernest #bowtienapkins #babyshowergame

One of my contributions- this paper fan backdrop below. The small blue and green fans I bought ready made online, the larger ones I made myself from sheets of tissue paper. I channeled my inner 4th grader to remember how to properly fold up the tissue, a la those paper fans we all used to make out of construction paper. There's a handy tutorial how to make these from Trawler Girl. She used a glue stick, but I used scotch tape to hold them together.
good idea to use paper fans as a backdrop for presents or taking pictures #turquoisegraylime #littleman #hipsterbabyshower #glasses #bowtie #clevernest #bowtienapkins #babyshowergame

Val, or rather Val's handy hubby, made a 4x4 PVC stand to secure the fans onto. I tied some string in a grid pattern onto the frame, then taped and stapled the fans on.
easy diy tissue paper fans, so cute! #turquoisegraylime #littleman #hipsterbabyshower #glasses #bowtie #clevernest #bowtienapkins #babyshowergame

Peek a boo! We were hiding an ugly, non theme approved aerial photo of my neighborhood that was screwed into the wall. Can you see it through the fans?
easy diy tissue paper fans, so cute! #turquoisegraylime #littleman #hipsterbabyshower #glasses #bowtie #clevernest #bowtienapkins #babyshowergame

Val and Ayla created an amazing tablescape complete with custom art that became nursery art after the shower. On the menu: croissant sandwiches, Chinese chicken salad, fruit, and lots of sweet desserts <kissing fingers>.
tablescape idea for mustache themed babyshower. Framed art doubles as nursery decor. Clever Nest #turquoisegraylime #littleman #hipsterbabyshower #glasses #bowtie #clevernest #bowtienapkins #babyshowergame

tablescape idea for mustache themed babyshower. Framed art doubles as nursery decor. Clever Nest #turquoisegraylime #littleman #hipsterbabyshower #glasses #bowtie #clevernest #bowtienapkins #babyshowergame

tablescape idea for mustache themed babyshower. Framed art doubles as nursery decor. Clever Nest #turquoisegraylime #littleman #hipsterbabyshower #glasses #bowtie #clevernest #bowtienapkins #babyshowergame

One of the decor frames that doubled as nursery art. One thousand diy points to Val for the handmade bow tie she added in there:)
tablescape idea for mustache themed babyshower. Framed art doubles as nursery decor. Clever Nest #turquoisegraylime #littleman #hipsterbabyshower #glasses #bowtie #clevernest #bowtienapkins #babyshowergame

tablescape idea for mustache themed babyshower. Framed art doubles as nursery decor. Clever Nest #turquoisegraylime #littleman #hipsterbabyshower #glasses #bowtie #clevernest #bowtienapkins #babyshowergame

tablescape idea for mustache themed babyshower. Framed art doubles as nursery decor. Clever Nest #turquoisegraylime #littleman #hipsterbabyshower #glasses #bowtie #clevernest #bowtienapkins #babyshowergame

tablescape idea for mustache themed babyshower. Framed art doubles as nursery decor. Clever Nest #turquoisegraylime #littleman #hipsterbabyshower #glasses #bowtie #clevernest #bowtienapkins #babyshowergame

The bunting is also Val's handiwork. It definitely struck me once again how using a few bold elements completely changes a space. This bunting was simple, but loooooong. It draped around the entire room! And it totally completed our look.
baby shower idea- make an extra long bunting to reach all the way around the room for a big effect! #aquagraylime #boysfirstbirthday #hipsterparty #littlemantheme #clevernest #babyshowergameideas

baby shower idea- make an extra long bunting to reach all the way around the room for a big effect! #aquagraylime #boysfirstbirthday #hipsterparty #littlemantheme #clevernest #babyshowergameideas

baby shower idea- make an extra long bunting to reach all the way around the room for a big effect! #aquagraylime #boysfirstbirthday #hipsterparty #littlemantheme #clevernest #babyshowergameideas

Mustached name tags for the family to wear.
chevron bow tie napkins with washi tape and family name tags. More ideas for a Little Man baby shower at Clever Nest #aquagraylime #boysfirstbirthday #hipsterparty #littlemantheme #clevernest #babyshowergameideas

special name tag for the mom to be, Little Man theme baby shower. Clever Nest #aquagraylime #boysfirstbirthday #hipsterparty #littlemantheme #clevernest #babyshowergameideas

I got these mustache (dying!:), teal, and green polka dot balloons from Oriental Trading Co. online. I had planned to do a ton of balloons for a big effect, but apparently there is a helium shortage going on (?!). At least that's what I was told at two separate places I called. So to keep cost down I parred it down to a small bunch at each table. Yep, totally first world problems. :)
Aqua (teal), lime, and white baby boy shower. Balloons from Oriental Trading Co., links in post. Clever Nest #aquagraylime #boysfirstbirthday #hipsterparty #littlemantheme #clevernest #babyshowergameideas

For one of our games we had the guests write cute, encouraging, or funny notes on a package of newborn diapers to make those 3am changing sessions a little less painful and a little more fun. Buckets that I had held onto from Andrew's nautical first birthday 2 years ago served as balloon weights slash sharpie pen holders.
Aqua (teal), lime, and white baby boy shower.  Clever Nest #aquagraylime #boysfirstbirthday #hipsterparty #littlemantheme #clevernest #babyshowergameideas

If you have a mustache party, you kind of have to put one on the diaper package newborn model. So I did. We totally should have played Pin the Mustache on the Baby.
Cute Little Man themed baby shower! lots of good ideas, Clever Nest #aquagraylime #boysfirstbirthday #hipsterparty #littlemantheme #clevernest #babyshowergameideas




Ayla made these super cute napkin and cutlery bow ties, securing them with some sparkly washi tape in the middle.
amazingly cute bow tie cutlery napkins. Use an inch or so of washi tape to secure it. Little Man themed baby shower at Clever Nest #aquagraylime #boysfirstbirthday #hipsterparty #littlemantheme #clevernest #babyshowergameideas

amazingly cute bow tie cutlery napkins. Use an inch or so of washi tape to secure it. Little Man themed baby shower at Clever Nest #aquagraylime #boysfirstbirthday #hipsterparty #littlemantheme #clevernest #babyshowergameideas

My freshly painted kelly green yardsale table matched the theme so we moved it into the space where it made an appearance holding goodie bags filled with cookies for the guests to take home.
Little Man themed baby shower. Could also be a first birthday party. Lots of cute ideas at Clever Nest #aquagraylime #boysfirstbirthday #hipsterparty #littlemantheme #clevernest #babyshowergameideas

Little Man themed baby shower. Could also be a first birthday party. Lots of cute ideas at Clever Nest #aquagraylime #boysfirstbirthday #hipsterparty #littlemantheme #clevernest #babyshowergameideas

Little Man themed baby shower. Could also be a first birthday party. Lots of cute ideas at Clever Nest #aquagraylime #boysfirstbirthday #hipsterparty #littlemantheme #clevernest #babyshowergameideas

Little Man themed baby shower. Could also be a first birthday party. Lots of cute ideas at Clever Nest #aquagraylime #boysfirstbirthday #hipsterparty #littlemantheme #clevernest #babyshowergameideas
We had a great time celebrating the soon-to-be newest member of the clan.

And, Caleb didn't disappoint! He arrived a whole week early, and so.darn.cute!
Little Man themed baby shower. Could also be a first birthday party. Lots of cute ideas at Clever Nest #aquagraylime #boysfirstbirthday #hipsterparty #littlemantheme #clevernest #babyshowergameideas
Omigosh. Auntie loves you, little mister!


    

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Little Man themed baby shower. Could also be a first birthday party. Lots of cute ideas at Clever Nest #aquagraylime #boysfirstbirthday #hipsterparty #littlemantheme #clevernest #babyshowergameideas

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