Category Archives: Geography

Sail Away Home

It’s clearly no secret that I love nautical. If you look in my closet, I have an unhealthy obsession with stripes. If you look around my house, you will definitely see hints of coastal cottage in every room.  It’s just something that makes me feel like I’m tucked away in a cozy cottage along the beaches of Cape Cod that gets me every time. When I saw this Longitude and Latitude art on Pinterest, I just couldn’t resist. 
DIY Latitude & Longitude Art
Longitude & Latitude Framed Art
Skill Level: < T-ball Skill level
Time: approx. 15 minutes (and that’s being generous)
Cost: $8 total (less if you have an old frame laying around)
Materials Bought: Frame & Mat, both from Michael’s 
Longitude Latitude Art Tutorial

I bought the frame and the mat at Michael’s Craft Store for approximately $8 total.

Nautical Art Tutorial

I was surprised to find out that the mat was two different layers. I ended up using both layers of mat, but I could have saved one for another project and saved some cash.

I had a 5×7″ opening to work with. That is where my latitude and longitude art would go.

Coordinate Hometown Art
This is a picture of the Microsoft Word Document that I created to fit into that 5×7″ opening. I chose to use the coordinates of our new hometown, which I found by googling the name of our town. Now all you sailors out there can figure out how to navigate your way into our neck of the woods. #yikes
Nautical Art Tutorial

Press print and lay your document under the mat to identify how much paper you will need to trim.

DIY Nautical Art
Longitude & Latitude Hometown

Trace the excess paper.

Longitude Art
Cut along these traced lines. The best part about using a mat is that your cuts do not have to be anywhere near perfect, as they will be completely hidden by the mat. 
DIY Nautical Tutorial
I taped my document in place just to be sure it would stand the test of time. But if you’re an all-star with the scissors, you can cut your document to fit perfectly into the frame and you won’t have to bother with tape.
DIY Latitude & Longitude Frame
My favorite part…. enjoying my hard work. (If you can even call that work)
Latitude and Longitude Tutorial

I am absolutely love, love, loving this nautical ode to our new hometown! Every time I glance at it, I get that feeling of breezing along the coast of Connecticut on a gorgeous sailboat, and instantly, my love for all things nautical grows a little deeper.  

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Wall of Love

With Valentine’s Day only a few days away, I thought I might do something a bit romantic in our little love nest.

Our master bedroom has a nook with nothing on the wall, and I figured it would be the perfect spot to display some sentimental and personal “art.”

Here’s what I’m affectionately calling our “Wall of Love.”

Personal Wall Art Romantic

Let’s first take a look at the white special dates frame.

Special Dates Art
Those 4 dates are very special to Finn and I. They represent when we first started dating, when we moved in together, when he proposed, and our future wedding date!
I just created them in a word document on my computer, and printed it out on card stock.
I then got out my colored pencils, and drew some hearts after each number. I tried to do a bit of an ombre color scheme..with the green hearts subtly getting darker from top to bottom.

We all know I have a certain love for geography (like the vintage globe in this post). So, I thought the map would add some flair to the simple white frame mat.

I had a $4 wall map left over from a DIY project gone wrong (it happens…often!) With this project, I was finally able to put my map purchase to good use! I just took out the frame map, traced it, cut out the map, and glued it onto the frame. #DIYdoesntgeteasierthanthis

Map Frame Mat

Moving onto the other sections of the “Wall of Love.”

This love quote from 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 was a gift for our engagement. #sosweet

How about this adorable chicken wire frame? My mom found it at the Kane County Flea Market (If you live in the Chicagoland area…go! You will love it)

Clothes pins hold some sentimental items from our engagement night.

Here is the key card from the hotel where we stayed the night we got engaged.

This is Finn’s hospital bracelet.

Funny story…my man was in the hospital for 3 days and got out just in time to keep the Christmas plans with our families. (More on that day here)  We kept his bracelet to remember that love can conquer all!

Here is a card from the restaurant where he popped the question.

Rounding out the “Wall of Love” is this large canvas photograph.

Canvas

Finn’s mom bought us a Groupon for a canvas print from Canvas on Demand (Thanks Kathy!) We decided to use a picture from our engagement night of our large group of family and friends. It is very special to have such a nice picture where we’re surrounded by everyone we love.

I heart this new little area of our bedroom.

So what about you…do you have an area in your love nest to display ooey-gooey sentimental stuff?
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I Heart Geography

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Clearly I have a small love affair with geography.
Like this homemade map art on our gallery wall…

Or this state art (from Groop Dealz) that hangs in my bathroom…

So to further my relationship with maps,  I just knew I needed to add a globe to my collection!
That’s when I found this sucker at an antique shop. With a nice sticker of $12 on her.
Ka-ching…wrap her up! (Okay maybe wrapping a globe would be a bit difficult…)

And I found a nice spot on the new hutch to display my little piece of the world!

And I think this globe must be pretty vintage. Check out Russia!
It is labeled USSR, so it must have been made between 1922-1991 (thanks wikipedia!)
I don’t care how “antiquey” it is…I think my new globe is purty!
And maybe the globe will actually help me learn a little geography!
Have you jumped on the maps/globe/state art bandwagon?
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