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4.28.2016

How I Got the Courage to Paint My Piano and You Can, Too!

Painted pianos are all the rage, but do you have the courage to take that project on? You should and this is why! The story of my painted piano at my3monsters.com
Hi guys! Today I'm going to share with you the story of a girl with a piano ... and a dream.  Years ago when our neighbors were moving, they came to us and asked if we wanted a piano.  For free.  Seriously.  They didn't want to haul the piano with them to their new house, and, because it had been in his family for generations, he wanted another family with kids to have it and appreciate it.  We obviously jumped at the chance to own a beautiful old piano  and called several strong men to come help us transfer the piano from their house to ours.  Immediately.  Before they could change their minds.

I have to tell you, at this point it wasn't much to look at.  It had a few broken keys, some badly damaged corners, and needed a serious tuning.  My husband was doubtful about taking on such a big project, but I saw its potential and I clung to my dream of fixing that old piano up.  I mean, you don't look a gift piano in the mouth, right?!  But you might let said gift piano sit for a few years in its ugliness because you are paralyzed by fear.

I knew I wanted to paint it.  Without a doubt.  But I was scared.  It seemed like a TON of work and what if I messed it up?  And, for that matter, what color should I paint it anyway?  It was a job that I was only going to do ONCE if I ever got up the courage to do it, so I had to get it right.  I read everything I could find on the internet about painting a piano.  I pinned every image of painted pianos on Pinterest -- like, literally every single one.  At first I was set on having a turquoise piano, but finally talked myself into creamy white.  White is classic and goes with everything.  Last summer I just decided to do it already, and {spoiler alert!} I am thrilled with the results!


Painted pianos are all the rage, but do you have the courage to take that project on? You should and this is why! The story of my painted piano at my3monsters.com
So, this post is less of a tutorial on how to paint a piano, and more a pep talk for actually painting your piano.  Because YOU CAN DO IT!  Yeah, it takes some elbow grease and time, but you can do it.  Fairly easily.  And you won't regret it ... in the end.  I had my doubts along the way -- and probably so will you -- but if you stick with it, it will really come together.  

In my infinite lack of wisdom, I didn't take a before picture.  I tend to mull ideas to death for months, but when I make a decision I strike while the iron is hot.  I just jump into projects, on a whim, on a Tuesday afternoon, without warning.  I did post this photo to instagram after I had the ancient shellac stripped off:

Painted pianos are all the rage, but do you have the courage to take that project on? You should and this is why! The story of my painted piano at my3monsters.com
I had decided to use BB Frosh chalk paint powder and a Benjamin Moore paint called String of Pearls.  I know they say you don't have to sand or strip the original finish first, but my piano was so old and so dirty, I thought it was probably best.  I used a natural product called Citristrip and it worked like a charm.  I repaired the damaged edges and corners by using a wood putty to build it back up and then sanded it smooth.  I decided to leave some of the dings on the edge of the bench because It gave it character.  This whole process took me a couple of days, working a few minutes at a time when I got a chance.  

When I finally got around to painting, I was very, very excited!  This was finally my moment.  All my piano-oriented dreams were coming true.  And then I got half way done with the first coat ... and I hated it.  It wasn't looking at all like I had imagined and I just wanted to quit and roll that old piano to the dump.  After allowing me to shed a few tears over it, my husband encouraged me to "just finish it for goodness' sake". {Or something similar, but slightly more colorful.}  I had so much invested in it already and very little to lose.  Sometimes my husband is a genius like that.  Because once I was done with the 2 and a half-ish coats of paint and the whole thing was creamy white, I kinda' started to like it.  

It wasn't until I sanded the edges to give it a little distressed finish that I fell in love with that old piano.  I mean, check it out:


Painted pianos are all the rage, but do you have the courage to take that project on? You should and this is why! The story of my painted piano at my3monsters.com
It brought out all the beautiful lines and details.  After sanding and waxing, the finish was buttery soft and PERFECT!

Painted pianos are all the rage, but do you have the courage to take that project on? You should and this is why! The story of my painted piano at my3monsters.com
The white of the piano is a little bit different than the walls -- a couple shades more toward the cream side.  I love how this giant beast of an upright piano doesn't feel quite so heavy and imposing now.


Painted pianos are all the rage, but do you have the courage to take that project on? You should and this is why! The story of my painted piano at my3monsters.com
{Please excuse the second bad Instagram photo -- it was the only one I had from the same angle as the first.} Here's a close-up of one of the worst damaged corners I had to repair.  It was missing a hunk of wood right along the front edge.  After building it back up with putty, you almost can't even tell it was damaged.


Painted pianos are all the rage, but do you have the courage to take that project on? You should and this is why! The story of my painted piano at my3monsters.com
I am thrilled with the results.  You will be, too.  The moral of this story is that you can paint your piano.  You can.  Even if you don't think you know how.  Even if you're overwhelmed.  You can do it.  And if you've always dreamed of a painted piano, you should do it.  No regrets!


Painted pianos are all the rage, but do you have the courage to take that project on? You should and this is why! The story of my painted piano at my3monsters.com
So, tell me.  What big project do you have in the works?  Share links so we can check them out!!

Have a great day, friends!

Amy


4.24.2016

DIY Cut Paper Graduation Cake Toppers with FREE Silhouette Cut Files

Adorable DIY Graduation Cake Toppers with FREE Silhouette cut files at my3monsters.com
Hi guys!  This is a super exciting, kinda' scary, majorly stressful time in our family -- our oldest child is graduating from high school!  Let me say that again -- mostly just to let it sink in so maybe I'll start believing it -- my first baby is GRADUATING from High School and going off to COLLEGE!  I mean, on the one hand, yikes because she's moving out of state and all that.  But on the other hand, YAY!  So much, YAY!!!  We are so proud of her accomplishments and the amazing young woman she has become.  I mean, look at her, will ya?!

Adorable DIY Graduation Cake Toppers with FREE Silhouette cut files at my3monsters.com

We are in love with Syd's amazing senior portraits from Rhane Drop Photography.  

A graduation, whether it be high school or college, begs to be celebrated in a pretty big way.  With that in mind, I designed a few fancy cut paper cake toppers.  Pop one on the top of any old cake and you've got yourself a celebration.  No one needs to know how easy they are to make!

Adorable DIY Graduation Cake Toppers with FREE Silhouette cut files at my3monsters.com
All you'll need is some stiff card stock, bamboo skewers, and a Silhouette cutter.  My Silhouette Cameo is my absolute favorite crafting tool and the best investment I have made in years.  My husband bought it for me for Christmas a year and a half ago and I use it at least weekly. 

To make these cute cake toppers, simply download the cut files from the links below, open them in the Silhouette Studio program, and cut out of card stock.  Place bamboo skewers through the loops on either side and insert into the top of your cake.  Easy cheesy!

Adorable DIY Graduation Cake Toppers with FREE Silhouette cut files at my3monsters.com
I love the simple, bold look of this one.  Download the Class of 2016 cut file here

Adorable DIY Graduation Cake Toppers with FREE Silhouette cut files at my3monsters.com
This one is a little more ornate, but not too off the wall.  It's a hand lettered design that I drew and turned into a digital design. It's hard to see in the photos, but the ribbons say Class of 2016.  Download the Congrats Grad cut file here

Adorable DIY Graduation Cake Toppers with FREE Silhouette cut files at my3monsters.com
OK, so this one, which happens to be my personal favorite, needs a little explaining.  This is a silly saying our family has used for years.  Yes, we know it is not grammatically correct -- never mind the fact that Congrations isn't even a real word.  The irony of saying "Congrations, ya' done it" to celebrate someone's educational accomplishments gets me every time.  This is another hand lettered design created by yours truly.  I gave you a sneak preview of this one in progress on Instagram a while back.  I LOVE how it turned out.  Download the Congrations Ya Done It cut file here.

I guess we're just going to have three cakes after graduation this year because we can't choose just one topper to use.  Now that's a celebration!!  Are you celebrating anything fun this spring?  Leave a comment and share your good news!

Have a great day, friends!

Amy


4.19.2016

Top 5 Tips for Hosting a Memorable Outdoor Party

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Top 5 Tips for Hosting a Memorable Outdoor Party this Spring at my3monsters.com
Hi guys!  We are super excited that our oldest daughter is graduating from high school in a few weeks, so we are planning to celebrate with a dinner for family and friends.   Our house it too small to accommodate  all the special people she'd like to invite, so the natural solution is to use our outdoor space as well!  We had a small outdoor luncheon the other day as a trial-run before the big day.  I've been teasing you on Instagram and Facebook with photos for the past little while. Today I'm finally gonna' spill the beans and share my Top 5 Tips for memorable outdoor entertaining. 

1.  Make sure your yard is "on fleek".
{That's what the youths are saying these days, right?}

Top 5 Tips for Hosting a Memorable Outdoor Party this Spring at my3monsters.com
In preparation for an outdoor get-together, it's suuuuuper important to step up your grass game.  While I'm sure any friends who are worth their salt will be excited to celebrate with you anytime, anywhere, you want to make a good impression, right?  I wouldn't host a dinner party inside my house without at least straightening up and vacuuming.  Outdoor entertaining is no different.  With Scotts® Green MAX™ Lawn Food and the WIZZ™ Spreader you can have a lush, green lawn as the perfect backdrop for anything you dream up!  My "pro yard team" loved how easy it was to operate the battery powered WIZZ spreader, making yard work a breeze. {And even almost -- dare I say -- fun!}  I love how pretty the grass looks after being fed with Green MAX.

Top 5 Tips for Hosting a Memorable Outdoor Party this Spring at my3monsters.com
You and your friends are always ready to party.  With a little planning and effort, your yard can be party-ready all season long as well! 


2. Light it up.

Top 5 Tips for Hosting a Memorable Outdoor Party this Spring at my3monsters.com
If your party is going to begin in the evening {and hopefully run into the night!}, you need to think about how everyone is going to see each other.  Luckily, outdoor lighting options are plentiful these days.  Even if you have good outdoor lighting in place, stringing some lights overhead will add a ton of ambience.

3. Bring the inside out.

Top 5 Tips for Hosting a Memorable Outdoor Party this Spring at my3monsters.com
Don't be afraid to pull out the "real" furniture and "good dishes".  I love a casual picnic or barbeque on paper plates as much as the next gal, but for a special occasion it can be fun to do the unexpected and set a little more dressed-up scene for your company.  When we got a new dining set, we held onto our old table and chairs "just in case".   They really come in handy once in a while when we want to feed a few extra people.  Folding tables can be disguised and dressed up with nice tablecloths and chairs from a local rental place.  Doing a quick search, I found some nice white chairs for under $2 a piece that would be perfect for our graduation party when we need more than just a few extra seats.  Setting your table with actual dishes and flatware from your kitchen and using cloth napkins adds an extra-special touch.  You can always find plain white dishes inexpensively at the thrift store for an eclectic, but coordinated look.  


4. Add flowers.

Top 5 Tips for Hosting a Memorable Outdoor Party this Spring at my3monsters.com
Whether it's a fun pop of color in a border, a planter full of pretties on the deck, or cut blooms on the table, flowers make any event feel a little more special.  This old soup tureen made the perfect "vase" for my snap dragon and ranunculus arrangement.  You can get such great flowers at your local grocery store these days, there's no excuse to skip this step!

These floral napkin rings were made with inexpensive fake flowers and -- believe it or not -- a $1 pack of plastic shower curtain rings!  


5.  Coordination, Coordination, Coordination.

Top 5 Tips for Hosting a Memorable Outdoor Party this Spring at my3monsters.com
Party Printables -- including invitations, water bottle wrappers, cupcake toppers, etc. -- are a really easy way to give any party a cohesive look from start to finish.  A simple google search for "party printables"  will result in hundreds of adorable choices to fit any possible theme.  I designed the ones you see here for my little sister's baby shower, but they work equally well for a spring luncheon.  {Download them here.}



Top 5 Tips for Hosting a Memorable Outdoor Party this Spring at my3monsters.com
Pretty much everything you need for yard prep and outdoor entertaining can be purchased at Walmart.  I got almost everything you see in this post {including the ingredients for the cupcakes and the cute checkered tablecloth} in one Walmart stop on my way home from work, so there are no excuses my busy friends.  Get your yard ready to party this spring with a little help from Scotts and Walmart!  Looking for specific information for how Scotts® Green MAX™ Lawn Food can help solve your lawn problems? Click here to sign up for the Scotts' email reminder service to receive specific tips and information for your area!

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Happy Outdoor Entertaining, Y'all!

Amy


4.12.2016

Spring Vintage Floral Party Printables Today on Lolly Jane

Darling FREE Vintage Floral Party Printables by My 3 Monsters for lollyjane.com
Hi guys!  Recently I was selected to be a member of the Lolly Jane 2016 creative team and I am thrilled about it!  Kristi and Kelli have the most amazing blog and a killer sense of style -- plus they're fellow AZ gals to boot.  Today I'm sharing my Spring Vintage Floral Party Printables over there.  If you follow My 3 Monsters on Facebook and Instagram, you have seen my teasers for the past little whileHead on over to Lolly Jane to download the whole set of printables -- including invitations, water bottle wrappers, cupcake toppers, and straw flags.  

Darling FREE Vintage Floral Party Printables by My 3 Monsters for lollyjane.com

You'll be seeing more of this fun luncheon set-up in the next week as I share some of my tips for outdoor entertaining. 

Have a great day, friends!

Amy


3.30.2016

Free Family Proclamation Printables

Free Printable Family Proclamation -- with 13 different options, there's one for everybody at my3monsters.com
Hi guys!  This project has been a long time coming.  I really wanted to have it done before the holidays, but -- obviously -- that didn't happen.  I've had lots of fun creating this set of free printables of The Family Proclamation that coordinate with the Living Christ printables I shared last fall.  When I framed and hung my Living Christ, I knew immediately that it needed a companion piece on the wall. 

I wanted to create some Family Proclamation printables to coordinate with the others rather than be exact matches, so they'll look a little more eclectic. I have a little bit of an issue with matchy-matchy.  With thirteen different options to choose from, hopefully you'll find one you like!

Free Printable Family Proclamation -- with 13 different options, there's one for everybody at my3monsters.com
This is the combo I chose for my dining room ... although I might flip-flop the prints in the frames.  I'm undecided on that one at this point.  Now, forgive me -- this post is about to get really image heavy!  I wanted to show you some of the possible pairings, as well as give you some ideas of how they look printed and framed.


Free Printable Family Proclamation -- with 13 different options, there's one for everybody at my3monsters.com
This is one of my favorites, but the boys in this home have a pretty strict "no pink in the common areas" rule.


Free Printable Family Proclamation -- with 13 different options, there's one for everybody at my3monsters.com
I love, love, love this version paired with my Gilbert Temple watercolor art printable. Actually, several of them would play nicely with that picture if you're wanting to create a gallery wall!   Below are some of the possible coordinates to get your creative juices flowing:



Free Printable Family Proclamation -- with 13 different options, there's one for everybody at my3monsters.com
Front to Back:  Black Vintage Flowers, White with Black Border, Chartreuse and Pink.

Free Printable Family Proclamation -- with 13 different options, there's one for everybody at my3monsters.com
Front to Back: White Vintage Flowers with Turquoise, Chartreuse and Pink

Free Printable Family Proclamation -- with 13 different options, there's one for everybody at my3monsters.com
Front to Back: Lavender Vintage Flowers, Lavender Vintage Flowers with Border

Free Printable Family Proclamation -- with 13 different options, there's one for everybody at my3monsters.com
Red with White Background

Free Printable Family Proclamation -- with 13 different options, there's one for everybody at my3monsters.com
Red with Black Background

Free Printable Family Proclamation -- with 13 different options, there's one for everybody at my3monsters.com
Front to Back:  Turquoise Vintage Flowers, Turquoise Vintage Flowers with Border

Free Printable Family Proclamation -- with 13 different options, there's one for everybody at my3monsters.com
Front to Back: White Vintage Flowers with Pink, White with Black Border, Pink and Gray, Chartreuse and Pink

Free Printable Family Proclamation -- with 13 different options, there's one for everybody at my3monsters.com
Yellow and Gray

The PDF images are all available in both 8x10 and 11x14 formats to download for your personal use here.

Just like the Living Christ printables, I had them printed on 110 lb. glossy coverstock at my local Staples Copy & Print Center.  You will print them on 8 1/2 x 11" and/or 11 x 17" paper and trim them down to size to fit your frame.

I hope y'all like them!!  

Amy 


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