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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Brought To You By The Letter M



See this letter M?
It's been bugging me for awhile now, it just seems so dark and dreary. I originally made it out of a clearance letter M and some scraps from our first apartment's curtains, but it was time for a change up. (I of course took pictures for y'all along the way, because I seem to have this problem now where I can't do even the simplest DIY task without taking pictures of the process.).
 So here is what I did, it literally took me 10 minutes to do this and is the same process I used the first time.

Here is a close-up of the M before.
I ripped off the fabric and this is what we had. When I originally bought it was green and white zebra striped. I felt judged by the cashier for buying it and I didn't blame her...it was that kinda ugly. I painted it white before I Mod Podged it last time, but you can still kinda see the zebra stripes.
I wanted to brighten it up, so in true No Spend style I used what I had - which in this case was leftover curtain fabric (again). I wanted to use a fabric that was already in the room since we're getting a little  patterny in there. According to my husband at least, except that he called it "frou-frou". Don't feel bad for him, there IS a giant manly snakeskin on our wall that I'm sure you've noticed.
Anyway, I had juuuust enough left.
I traced the letter onto the fabric...
Then cut it out..
Mod Podged the letter...
Then I carefully placed the cutout on the glue and brushed more over top (to keep the frays in check).
Done. Easy Peasy.

Here it is before and after so you can see how the new fabric brightens up the shelf.

Funny how such a small change can balance out a whole display. I'm always moving things around on there so a few other things changed too...I feel like my before and after should be in a Highlights magazine. Does anyone else remember those, with the "spot five things that are different" photo games?



Ashley
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58 Comments:

At February 18, 2012 at 9:03 AM , Blogger ~The Bargain Babe from *Zucchini Summer Blog* said...

Oh I like the new fabric much better! And it being a lighter color shows up better against your wall. Very nice. :)

 
At February 18, 2012 at 11:23 AM , Blogger Mandy said...

MUCH better Ashley! It looks fabulous. Love the shape of your "M"

 
At February 18, 2012 at 11:25 AM , Blogger Mandy said...

pS I'm a new following via L.F.

 
At February 18, 2012 at 11:59 AM , Blogger Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

Found you through the new linky followers blog hop. I'm so happy to be your newest follower, it would be great if you follow me back. :)
Karah
thespacebetweenblog.wordpress.com

 
At February 19, 2012 at 8:20 AM , Anonymous Pam in Louisville said...

The fabric seems made for the letter M. The pattern matched up perfectly with the M shape.

 
At February 19, 2012 at 1:34 PM , Blogger Alyssa said...

This is cute! You may just make me try my hand at mod podge for the first time

 
At February 19, 2012 at 3:18 PM , Blogger Hibiscus House said...

Hi I am now following you and found you on the linky follower hop! I invite you to follow me over at Hibiscus House, I would love to have you. I can tell I am going to enjoy your posts. I like what you did!
Sincerely,
Dolly
http://hibiscushouse1.blogspot.com/

 
At February 19, 2012 at 5:50 PM , Blogger Mrs. Crafty Pants said...

Cute!! It looks great with the new lighter fabric!

 
At February 19, 2012 at 7:54 PM , Blogger Jazmine said...

So pretty. It does brighten up that corner very well.

-Jazmine
http://keepitkrafty.blogspot.com/

 
At February 19, 2012 at 10:00 PM , Blogger momto8 said...

wow! what a difference...thank you for highlighting this...sometimes I can't picture the difference until i actually see it.
I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

 
At February 19, 2012 at 11:51 PM , Blogger Amy said...

Stumbling across your blog has led to a bit of an addiction on my end. I came first when I saw your curtain rod finales at a linky party. And I love this project too. I'm so happy to be following along!

Amy {aprons & ambition}

 
At February 20, 2012 at 5:34 AM , Blogger 4you-withlove said...

Love the new "M". It's much airier! Thanks for sharing your how to!

 
At February 20, 2012 at 8:34 AM , Blogger Maury Kilgo said...

This is a great idea! I actually already have a letter at home that I can do this too. Thanks for the tutorial!

I'm a new follower through Linky Followers!

 
At February 20, 2012 at 8:54 AM , Blogger Sarah said...

Awesome idea!!! I love doing stuff with initials! Thanks for sharing. I would love for you to check out my new-ish craft blog too :)

Sarah @
www.dottedlinecrafts.blogspot.com

 
At February 20, 2012 at 8:58 AM , Blogger Shari Valicenti said...

This looks great and really pops now...thanks for the inspiration!

 
At February 20, 2012 at 9:08 AM , Blogger Karen said...

It does make a huge difference! I love it:)

Karen@Pocket Full of Pink

 
At February 20, 2012 at 11:10 AM , Blogger Jill @ KitchenFunWithMy3Sons.com said...

Love this! We have our Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party going on now and would love for you to share this! http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2012/02/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link_16.html

 
At February 20, 2012 at 12:03 PM , Blogger Kassi Mortensen said...

That looks so much better!!! It really did lighten up the whole look!

 
At February 20, 2012 at 1:22 PM , Blogger Charlene@APinchofJoy said...

Looks great! A little change that makes the whole area pop! I would love it if you would come link up with Busy Monday (open Monday through Thursdays) at A Pinch of Joy, a linky party for ideas that make life better, easier and more fun!

 
At February 20, 2012 at 1:27 PM , Blogger Natasha Mairs said...

So Cute

Natasha xx

www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

 
At February 20, 2012 at 2:37 PM , Blogger Cassidy said...

LOVE the new fabric for your monogram! Isn't it funny how one small change can make such a huge difference in your room. now following via linky followers. Hoping you check my blog and follow back

http://fitcraftystylishandhappy.blogspot.com/

 
At February 20, 2012 at 6:13 PM , OpenID rebekahdawn said...

Very nice! It looks much better now. :)

 
At February 20, 2012 at 8:34 PM , Blogger S said...

I really like the new look - that is a fabulous pattern!

 
At February 20, 2012 at 11:00 PM , OpenID ipinterest.me said...

I love this! I was hoping to do this sometime soon as well, thanks for the inspiration!

 
At February 21, 2012 at 7:14 AM , Blogger Rustown Mom said...

That fabric is so pretty. I love modge podge - so fun to do!

 
At February 21, 2012 at 7:56 AM , Blogger Carla said...

Great idea, good change too! Love to try it sometime too!
Carla-writes.blogspot.com

 
At February 21, 2012 at 8:28 AM , Blogger Our Delightful Home said...

This is such a great idea. I would love for you to stop by and link up at my linky party via: ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com


Mrs. Delightful
Ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

 
At February 21, 2012 at 10:06 AM , Blogger ~Iffy~ @ StayAtHomeNation said...

I love it! Now it pops & I love the print too! I would LOVE for you to link this up to My Favorite Things Party going on all week! Stopping by from the Tip Me Tuesday Party. I hope you will stop by & link up, oh & I am your newest follower!
Much love,
Iffy
StayAtHomeNation.blogspot.com

 
At February 21, 2012 at 12:20 PM , Blogger -mandy said...

Awesome change! Very inspiring! Thanks for sharing!
@delightfullyclever.com

 
At February 21, 2012 at 4:25 PM , Blogger stellacreations said...

really nice idea.. i love it !!!

 
At February 21, 2012 at 5:42 PM , Blogger Be Sweetly Inspired! said...

Love your M! Sweet blog you have here :) I'm a new follower via the blog hop! Hope you'll swing over the fence into by bloggy back yard for a bit!

hugs!
Lauren D.
besweetlyinspired.blogspot.com

 
At February 22, 2012 at 8:07 AM , Blogger Judy said...

I'm totally into your lighter and brighter color. Perfect. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

 
At February 22, 2012 at 12:56 PM , Anonymous Jennifer (Decorated Chaos) said...

Much better! I really like the pattern you picked out! I just found your blog thru a general search on linky tools. come visit when you get a chance!
-Jennifer
Decorated Chaos
http://decoratedchaos.blogspot.com

 
At February 22, 2012 at 1:29 PM , Blogger Kate @ craftwhatever said...

You're right- such a small change = big difference! I love the new fabric, too! Found your blog from the blog hop at 36th Avenue!

 
At February 22, 2012 at 4:35 PM , Blogger Becolorful said...

So much more noticeable. A real stand out now. Thanks for sharing your fun creation on Motivated Monday at BeColorful
pam

 
At February 22, 2012 at 7:44 PM , Blogger Brian, Michelle, Teagan and Isla said...

Love this! I am a Modge Podge newbie and so can't wait to try fabric monograms for our kid's rooms! Great tutorial!

Would love it if you'd add this to my linky party:

http://teaganstravels.blogspot.com/2012/02/destination-inspiration-linky-party-3.html

Thanks, Michelle

 
At February 22, 2012 at 8:39 PM , Blogger Our Pinteresting Family said...

What a great idea! i love your final product. New follower here! I found your tutorial through Lil Luna's link party. :) ~ Megan

 
At February 23, 2012 at 1:58 PM , Blogger Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Love your m, so cute! Thanks for your comments and support today!
XO
Kristin

 
At February 23, 2012 at 5:10 PM , Blogger Amanda said...

Love! I just posted a mod-podge letter on Feathered Nest Friday, too! Mine's on canvas. Of course, I love your fabric and have not used Mod Podge much ever before...glad to know I can use cute fabric, too!!
Amanda

 
At February 23, 2012 at 8:41 PM , Blogger Deserae said...

Love it....looks fabulous!!!! Have a great weekend!!!
~Des

PS. I am now following you on Google....hope
you will follow me back :o)

 
At February 24, 2012 at 12:29 AM , Blogger Alexis said...

I love this! The different fabric changes the look up a lot. What a great idea :).

I found you through freckled laundry, btw! I'm a new follower and I love your blog!

 
At February 24, 2012 at 8:09 AM , Blogger Cristina @ RemodelandolaCasa.com said...

Love it! nice and easy idea for anyone to try! Thanks

 
At February 24, 2012 at 9:18 AM , Blogger Nadir@StitchSense said...

Hi, I'm visiting from Amanda's linky party. I love this idea! I have a few letters at home that are just painted but still look pretty blah, this seems like a great idea to try on them! Beautiful job!

 
At February 24, 2012 at 12:27 PM , Blogger Alicia Seeley said...

Very cute, I am wanting to do the same for my little boys' room!!! I am your newest follower!!!

 
At February 24, 2012 at 4:08 PM , Anonymous Katie @ Little Becky Homecky said...

What a difference! It totally stands out now! Love it!

I'd like to invite you to stop by my blog and link this up. I hope to see you there.
http://littlebeckyhomecky.blogspot.com/2012/02/fantabulous-friday-1-random-happenings.html

 
At February 24, 2012 at 10:14 PM , Blogger Lolly Jane said...

Ha ha I used to love those games in the Highlights magazines, reading them in the orthodontists office! ;)
The M stands out much better now- love the "after"! Thanks for sharing w/ us!
XOXO

 
At February 25, 2012 at 10:01 AM , Blogger Sherry said...

The change does make quite a difference, the after picture is much more balanced. I think I will be looking for an S for my wall.

 
At February 25, 2012 at 11:06 AM , Blogger Just Jaime said...

Great job cutting! That takes a steady hand!

We're just starting a new link up party and if you're interested we'd love to have you join in: http://www.waywardgirlscrafts.com/2012/02/wayward-weekend-week-5.html

 
At February 25, 2012 at 4:05 PM , Blogger c.w.frosting said...

Love the pattern you chose & the letter! I'm your newest Linky Follower too!

xo caroline @ c.w.frosting

 
At February 25, 2012 at 9:39 PM , Blogger shopannies said...

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At February 26, 2012 at 8:26 PM , Blogger cathhasablog@gmail.com said...

It makes all the difference and I love the fabric you chose! You have a lovely lovely blog and I am so excited to be your newest loyal follower!
Cath @ Home is Where my Heart is
http://cathhasablog.blogspot.com/

 
At February 27, 2012 at 12:38 AM , Blogger Helen's Decor said...

Ashley, I posted somewhere...maybe on your about me page. Anyway, got emotional thinking of the sacrifices you and your family have gone through..that I totally forgot to comment on your M. I love the new look and it pops perfectly on that top ledge. Thanks again, Helen

 
At February 27, 2012 at 11:02 PM , Blogger Alison @ Oopsey Daisy said...

I LOVE the fabric you chose!! It's lovely. Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

 
At February 28, 2012 at 8:07 AM , Anonymous cathy@my1929charmer said...

I really like the fabric so much better, the pattern is so cute. It really pops on the shelf now. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration to Sunday's Best Par.tay!

 
At February 28, 2012 at 5:09 PM , Blogger Pieced Pastimes said...

Love your new fabric choice. When it was darker, it sort of blended in to everything else - now, it stands out amongst the crowd! Very nice.

 
At March 5, 2012 at 1:34 AM , Anonymous kmdts said...

I really love the fabric and wondered if you wouldn't mind sharing the design. The colors are just what I need to pull a couple newly remodeled rooms together.
Thanks

 
At March 5, 2012 at 6:57 AM , Blogger Ashley @ Domestic Imperfection said...

It's by Robert Allen and called Mandala Azure :)

 
At March 6, 2012 at 2:17 PM , Blogger thistlewoodfarm said...

Visiting from Thrifty Decor Chick! I absolutely love this project....perfect for the bookshelves!

I am pinning it!

blessings,
karianne

 

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