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65¢ work of art

The wall in our bathroom has been horribly blank for quite some time. I had yet to decide what actually belonged there.

But, just the other day, I spotted this adorable monogram image on Etsy.

“Perfect!” I thought. And I decided that as cute as it was, I could always save some cash and make one on my own. So I printed out a pretty “P” with “Puricelli” and headed to Michael’s to gather all the necessary pieces to make the perfect bathroom decor:
various sheets of patterned scrapbook paper ($.60 to $.90 a sheet)
an Exacto knife (3 bucks)

And then scrounged around at home to find the rest:
double sided tape
old picture frame

So….last night I sat down at the table and got to work. Or so I thought. I kept trimming up that “P.” Swapping out my fancy backgrounds. Attempting a frame to put around my initial….

Until realizing that all I created was a big, old “UGH.” This brilliant DIY idea was NOT transforming into the beautiful picture I had imagined.

I began to give up. My last hope was to frame this disaster, with the thought that it would somehow magically become the perfect picture I had in my head. So, I grabbed one of my favorite backgrounds, placed the “P” in, and took a look…

ummm, not so much.

But that was when I realized that the paper alone was really pretty.

Hmmm. I thought. What if…I took out the initial, trimmed up the paper, and let it stand alone. PLUS, the natural feel of the cardboard that was already in my frame added an organic touch…

hey! ….65¢ never looked so fine!

I put it up on the wall, and the design brought in the exact colors to pull in the brown on the walls with the sky blue in my bath mat!

I loved it. And, not to mention, the price.

I still have a place in my heart for that initial, so I might just have to find a spot for it. I’m thinking maybe it wasn’t meant to be right there on the bathroom wall…after all, our initial is a “P” and it’s kind of an ironic letter to have directly across from the toilet. :) ha. potty humor.


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The Art of Rescue

If you know me, then you know I’m incredibly passionate about pets. In fact, between the ages of 4 and 14, if you asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, the answer was always the same – a vet. And now, at age 30, if you ask me what I would be if I had to do it all over again, the answer would be the same – a vet.

Yet even greater than my passion for pets…is my passion for pet rescue.

So, to say the least, I’m super excited that a few coworkers and I have decided to go checkout this new, stray-inspired, art exhibit titled “Urban Wanderers.” Each piece is created on behalf of a pet from Stray Rescue of St. Louis. I really don’t know much about it beyond that, but it’s enough to know I need to be there. http://www.riverfronttimes.com/events/urban-wanderers-1032598/

Urban Wanderers

And, if that’s not enough rescue inspiration for the day, I highly recommend joining this Facebook group – facebook.com/rallytorescue. It’s a great cause that focuses on supporting smaller rescue groups who sometimes get overlooked when people are searching for a new pet, or even a chance to donate some time or charity.

..now go home and hug your pet (if you don’t have one, there’s always a shelter nearby that’s full of hugs waiting to be had).

Frankie & Rilo

Frankie and Rilo, two of my very own rescued pets :)

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