Cheap Art for the Frugal at Heart

Is it just me, or does the cost of 

expensive art sometimes leave you

 stunned. While perusing a popular 

website, I came across this painting. It

 was priced at a whopping $1,699.95 

marked down from  $6,000. It is called 

"Cotton Picking".

I researched the artist's name and 

discovered she is from descendants of

 artists. What baffles me the most is that 

although these paintings are costly, they

 sometimes appear simple in 

appearance. By simple, I mean,

 something my 6 year old could whip up.

 I am by no means discrediting talented 

artists, I am just expressing my own 

interpretation of what I see. Does 

anyone else feel the same way at 


Well, enough of the expensive talk. Let's

 get down to the cheap talk. After all, 

"talk is cheap", isn't it? :-)  Take a look at

 all the cheap poster prints I scored at

 Michael's recently. I happened to see a 

huge bin on the outside with a sign

 marked $1.50. Really! I mean, ladies 

were digging in when I pulled up at the


This is a very popular John Audubon "heron" print. It is the same size as  this one 24" x 18", being sold for a whopping, are you ready? $49.99.

As you may notice, the print was marked down from $32.99, and although the ticketed price reads $3.00, it scanned at $1.50.

There were several of these photographic prints (eucalyptus plant)

This one has a variety of colors, hence the reason I like it :-)

These two I bought for my daughter's bedroom.
Well, thanks Michael's :-) Awesome deal!
Have you scored any great deals lately?

KId's Lounge Reveal! ORC

Well, the six weeks challenge has finally come to an end. I am a little late in posting...

 As a reminder here is my room before:

very sad

And now here is the after. I refrain from putting anything close to the rails for fear of my little one climbing on it. The loft overlooks a two-story foyer.

Footprints of both kids framed

Temporarily slip-covered sofa until re-upholstery fabric arrives

I only completed one of the roman shades on time, but I am satisfied with that :-)

I intend to reupholster the sofa. I originally ordered too little fabric, so I have to wait until the additional yardage I ordered, arrives. Am I echoing boo hoo's over that? Oh no. In fact, I am super happy that I got this far. It is ha ha's all the way:-)

I must add how much my family loves this space now. My hubby stops and stares at it, my toddler says, Wow! and my daughter will not stop smiling when she looks at the space. Now if I could get our pet parakeet to tell me what it thinks :-) "just kidding".

Well, thanks again Linda for hosting this incredible party:-) Also, thanks to the many participants who took the time to share their weekly progress. You all are incredible! And guess what? I plan to do it again. If you are a new reader, join Linda next year for another awesome party!

ORC Week Five...Moving Along

Thanks to everyone who poured out their love on my blog in regards to my daughter. During the past week, the temperature here in Georgia took a downward plunge. It suddenly became very cold, and this triggered her illness. Thankfully, she is doing a lot better. 

Well my friends, it is now 'crunch time', and I am smiling on the inside. Why? Because I am imagining all the participants (including myself) 'scurrying' around trying to finish in time for reveal day :-) This is so much fun. I feel like a kid again, excited and anxious to see all the goodies everyone will present. 

Here's what I accomplished this week.

I spray-painted the table. I needed the paint to set in really well before putting it back together. Here's the before:

I also did a layout of how I would like to have the kids' photos hung on the wall.

 I am contemplating spray-painting both letters (representative of their initials) different colors to make them pop. The space to the right of the 'P' will be filled by the thermostat :-) I might put something to the left of it or just leave it blank. The two artworks to the top left/right has their 
  • full names
  • birth date/year
  • weight/height at time of birth
  • time of birth (and)
  • location of birth

This was a DIY. I got the idea from one I saw online couple years ago. Unfortunately I was not yet on Pinterest so I do not have a source to link to. The two small frames hold photocopies of my kids' footprints received from the hospitals they were born. I will give a better closeup of these on reveal day after they are hung. 

  Be sure to check out the other One Room Challenge participants for this week, and do have a great weekend!