Inspired By: Simple Creativity
{DIY Wallpaper Decals!}

How to make wallpaper decals – Apartment Therapy

Yesterday I talked about how much I love blogland. I really do. But like many of you, I get overwhelmed by the input. I even get confused by all the options. I love when I find a very simple, doable way of adding some personal style and personality to my home.

I simply do not have time to spend hours every day decorating my house. I love my home, I feel best when it looks pretty and welcoming and homey, but I feel terrible if I get so consumed by it that I miss out on what matters most. I don’t want to put off living for someday {ie. when this or that project is done}.

While I might feel personally empowered by my ability to create a lovely home with my own two hands, I feel a sense of real purpose and fulfillment when I spend time with my kids, when I take the time to cook a real meal, when I sit down to help with homework or I spend time talking to my family. Those are the moments that I will treasure forever.

Being authentic and purposeful about living means I have to go at a slower space and chose simplicity over complexity. And simple creativity is what I enjoy sharing here the most. I’m inspired to hold on to the part of me that is creative, but always mindful of what matters more.

What has inspired you this week?

Let’s share in the comments or via the links! Please link only to your “inspired” posts, no home pages. And as a blogland courtesy, please link back here! Then visit as many links as you can and leave people comments!

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  1. I totally agree with you. I love looking at all the pretty around blog land but nothing excites me more than a SIMPLE project – and if I can do it with my kids and keep those special moments alive while doing something I love, that’s all the better.
    .-= Emily@remodelingthislife´s last blog ..Running Up Debt =-.

  2. I love simple and quick projects. I want to spend more time with my family plus I’m inpatient and like instant gratification.
    .-= Leanne´s last blog ..I Could Pack My Bags and Move Right In =-.

  3. Hi Melissa, Those bird decals look just about my crafty competency level…peel and stick! So beautiful. I might even be inspired to make them myself with leftover scrapbooking paper that has never seen the light of day. Meredith xo.
    .-= Meredith´s last blog ..rainbow cake =-.

  4. Melissa,

    I actually did something similar to that myself several years ago using Winnie the Pooh fabric. I cut out pics of the characters right off of the fabric and then soaked it in a solution of 3 parts water to 1 part liquid starch. You crumble the fabric into a ball in the solution and let it soak for about 10 min. Then squeeze it out…then use a wall paper squeegy to smooth it out on your wall. It dries beautifully and looks like a mural. The best part is that is peels right off when slightly moistened when you need to move so the land lord doesn’t hate you. I loved it! Forgot all about that trick…got to try it again soon! I immediately thought of it when I saw this post. Thanks for the reminder!
    .-= Mary Joy´s last blog ..The new furniture has arrived…a new beginning has begun!! =-.

  5. I’m with you! I have a never ending project list that includes home renovations, design work, gardening, fitness…. it goes on and on. Sometimes I just have to stop and take a step back and enjoy my family and my life. This weekend we decided to do just that, by taking a family trip to Chicago. Most importantly, we are leaving the laptops at home {a little worried, but a good thing to do-right?)

    Thank you for the simple design tip and I wish you a wonderful weekend with your family.
    ~Renee
    .-= Renee´s last blog ..{vegas glam} =-.

  6. Love that birds! I’ll be checking them out for sure.
    Thanks so much for hosting!
    Have a great weekend!
    ~Liz

  7. Sometimes I get so busy trying to create a comfy welcoming home I forget the people I’m creating it for! Thanks for the reminder!

  8. This has inspired me! I think some fun fabric flowers for my girls bedroom!?
    .-= Mrs.Rabe´s last blog ..What Makes You Happy? =-.

  9. Melissa,
    I appreciate the many clever things around Blog World, but that doesn’t mean they will work for my lifestyle. I do one or two things at a time, and finish it before starting something new.
    Wishing you a nice weekend!
    Cathy
    .-= The Stylish House´s last blog ..Inspired By Living An Authentic Life! =-.

  10. Melissa, I’ve really appreciated these posts. It’s so easy for me to start feeling overwhelmed with everything I see and everything I want to do. This morning I’m stopping to remember what my real priorities are and how I need to avoid frantic activity. But it takes some real effort to STOP and remember, doesn’t it?

    Have a great weekend!
    .-= Richella´s last blog ..Hurry! Hurry! =-.

  11. thanks for the DIY staircase makeover post. we’re going to recarpet this summer and i have begun a design folder and took some info from the post.

  12. Oh Melissa, we know how much you birds!;)

    This week, it was not ‘What’ has inspired me, but ‘who’…I ran across a family of 10, yes 10, kids on http://www.raisingolives.com. Using the opportunity of ‘nap time’ I ran around this site for a bit and was so impressed by the simplicity of what it really takes to raise a family (no matter one child, or ten) and make a home. Why does our culture endeavor to make it so complicated, and expensive?!

    Melissa, you remind us to stay grounded in what is true, eternal, vital, while incorporating a way for us to use our creativity in a life-changing way – to make our houses HOME. A safe haven, a place of rest and encouragement. To design them so they reflect our families and what is truly important to us, character-wise as well as aesthetically.

    Thank you for reminding us that in the ‘tyranny of the urgent’ lies the most Precious of all, our family.
    God bless.

  13. This is a terrific craft project that I may try in Olivia’s bedroom. She loves animals so that may be a way to go. Way to be creative!
    .-= Irene´s last blog ..I’m Green (With Envy) =-.

  14. Great post – great reminder. I find myself getting to obsessed with projects for my blog. I love the idea of looking for some simple things to do to update. That is what my post is about this week – using dollar bin items and craft paper to “spring” up my home!

    Thanks for hosting!
    .-= The Little Brown House´s last blog ..Frugal Friday – Fresh Spring Decor- $15 or less! =-.

  15. I love your posts. It is so easy to get caught up in all the possibilities and lose track of your real focus. I love how you share your feelings about being aware of our priorities. I think as women we are doing so much and pulled in so many directions, we can easily be over whelmed.

    Thank you for the reminder! I am trying this week to say “no” more often to things that really do not matter. Thank you.
    -Angela
    .-= Angela @ ImagineCozy´s last blog ..Answers to this Interior Redesign Quiz! =-.

  16. Thank you for putting me on your tumblr. Once again, I love it when you like something of mine. You have such great taste and beautiful ideas, so to have you like my picture means alot. Thank you for taking the effort to show off others, you are a blessing.

    Cha Cha
    .-= Cha Cha´s last blog ..THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT =-.

  17. I love those decals, so cool! I need something to fill up some wall space in my son’s room, and I was stumped. I’ve made all the other artwork for his room, but I was stumped… I’m going to tackle this idea!
    .-= Molly @ thecreativemaven´s last blog ..A Front Porch Makeover: The Before =-.

  18. You are a blessing…and I appreciate you so much. Your life is inspiring on so many levels…it is great to make our homes welcoming etc….but loving these kids and these husbands of ours is where the real JOY is. :) Have a fabulous weekend!

  19. I totally love a simple project too-simple and quick are right up my alley right now. I’m anxious to read every one’s inspiring posts today-maybe I’ll get some fresh, spring inspiration for my home!
    .-= Gina´s last blog ..More about Nothing at All, but lots about Everything Else =-.

  20. I spend so much time with my design projects for the shops that I truly enjoy simple projects for myself. There are some incredible, inspiring projects listed on the various blogs. ♥
    .-= Betty Jo´s last blog ..for the love of pink =-.

  21. Just found you–had to link up my new Friday feature, “I was inspired by…”
    .-= Becky´s last blog ..Let The Light Shine Through =-.

  22. thanks for sharing. Great idea. I may have to use this for my craft room area which i just finished. i just subscribed to your feed reader.
    xo,
    alely
    .-= alely lee´s last blog ..saturday farmers market… =-.

  23. Annelise Wilcox says:

    You said it! I need to remind myself not to get caught up in the wants and must haves now mind set, but slow it down and sit with the kids and read with them. I have plenty of time to work on my home, which I love, but it is only stuff….family is more. Don’t know how to link up a post yet, still so new at my blog.
    .-= Annelise Wilcox´s last blog ..Are You Pillow Person? If So, Where to Place Them? =-.

  24. Its great to see you enjoying every moment of life. You are gifted in many ways. The sense of joy you express in ur hobbies are inspiring! I have chosen the path of entertaining others through humor blog i just started 3 weeks ago, i hope it will provide some inspiration to others…cheers!
    .-= amy´s last blog ..Inside a woman’s cupboard =-.

  25. Oh wow.. could you PLEASE give me the name of the paint colour in that photo? I want to paint my kitchen, and that’s the colour I’m looking for!

  26. Simplicity is the key to a happy life! You’ll never regret having a few dust bunnies or an unfinished project around as long as you spent time with your family!

    Kat :)

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