{Craft} Project Yellow


Hello Friend,

It’s hard to believe that the first month of the year is almost over – right!?  Ava started back at kindy today (she was meant to start last week – but I didn’t realise they started back so early – oops!)

One of the things I decided I wanted to do in 2012 was spend a little more time crafting things that appealed to me – not just the littles!  So I’ve got a goal of finishing a little project each month and sharing it with you here.

This month my craft inspiration came from a little project that Maddie of L’il Magoolie is running through 2012.  Maddie started the Colour Me Happy project to put smiles on faces, and ‘break out of the neutral colour schemes that we’re told make houses more sellable and fashion more serious’.

To kick off the Colour Me Happy project, Maddie challenged participants to add something yellow to their bedroom (or the littles!)  I love yellow and was very excited to come up with something for our bedroom.  Although we moved into our home over 2 1/2 years ago, we still have bare walls, so I decided on a piece of art for the wall.  Since I am totally obsessed with quotes, I though it would be nice to have one of my very favourites on a canvas.  This is what I came up with… (I haven’t hung it yet but have every intention of doing that this week!)

The quote is by Roald Dahl.  I used the Clouds wrapping paper by Love Mae for the lettering.  The font is Sybil Green.  I used a lot of Mod Podge.  We’re not currently on good terms.  I’m sure I will get better – but there were a few unwanted wrinkles!  The yellow is from a resene testpot in Energy Yellow we had left over from when I was deciding what colour to paint our bathroom.

(Maddie would be pleased – this is how the bathroom ~ a work in progress ~ looks currently… sunshine yellow walls with black & white wallpaper… maybe not everybody’s taste – but DEFINITELY not neutral!)

I’ve been thinking a little bit lately about how to infuse our personality into the house – without  taking away from the ‘history’ we’ve inherited (as my Dad built the house we live in when I was a little girl).  I think, as Maddie mentioned in her original intentions for the Colour Me Happy project, it is so easy to fall into a neutral, non-offensive mode of decorating… Although we are fixing the house at a glacial pace – I still want to keep in the forefront of my mind that this is our home and it is our responsibility to create a haven that reflects our personalities/our needs and our lives.

What do you think about using more colour in your home, instead of sticking to neutrals? How do you go about infusing your personality into your home – any special ideas or tips??


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4 Responses to “{Craft} Project Yellow”

  1. February 01, 2012 at 12:45 pm, Megan said:

    love your art work ( and I know what you mean about modpodge wrinkles!!). Your bathroom looks awesome too, such cool wallpaper :)


  2. February 02, 2012 at 12:03 am, Hana said:

    Ha! Thanks Megan – we originally got the wallpaper to use in our bedroom, but we didn’t order enough and they had sold out when it came time to put it up, so I’ve had a few rolls in storage to use for something! We’ve still got to put some shelves up and put a mirror in and little things like that – but after 2 1/2 years of staring at bare gib – it makes me smile every time I go in there!!

    H xo


  3. February 03, 2012 at 3:10 pm, mariwitch said:

    Hello Hana! It took me two years to finally take definite steps into putting more color into my own home. I was afraid of making the wrong choices and having to live with it! But since I have been coming to know myself better and also coming to terms with who I am, I am now more comfortable as well as confident in letting my home speak for me and express my personality. First I identified my color scheme. Then I started slow with putting color first via decorative pieces. Then I graduated to actually repainting pieces of furniture. And then next on my list is finally painting the walls (which have been plain white all this time). I am certainly loving how my home feels as I make each change. Have a happy time fixing your home! :)


    • February 03, 2012 at 10:58 pm, Hana said:

      Hi Mariwitch! Because of your lovely vibrant blog design, I guess I’ve always pictured your home to be similarly eclectic and colourful! It’s funny how we make these pictures in our heads of a blog friend’s real world, isn’t it! It sounds like you’ve gone through quite a process of renovating your home… we are slowly getting there, the older our little ones get, the easier it is to make steady progress. Wishing you a lovely weekend.

      H xo


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