Chalkboard Class FUN

Sunday, October 5, 2014


This weekend I had the amazing opportunity to teach a fun Chalkboard Lettering Art class at a beautiful local boutique. I adapted a cute Halloween inspired design that I have used on one of my large chalkboards.

These ladies were amazing artist! All of the boards turned out so fantastic and beautiful.


Isn't this just a beautiful space to have a class on a wonderful fall day?? Not only does Antique Garden in Norman, OK have an awesome location on Campus Corner, but they have the cutest clothes, home accessories and everything else wonderful you could think of.


... a few shots of the ladies concentrating heavily. No one even got up to have coffee and doughnuts! That's a sign of some very intense and awesome ladies. 






A huge thank you to the kick butt gals who took the class and made it look so easy. You all are awesome.

Thank you to Antique Garden for letting me come hang out and play with chalk and I can't wait till our December class. It's going to be so much fun and full of holiday goodies!! I hope that if you are in the Oklahoma area, you can join in on the fun too.

Have a great fall day and enjoy the cool weather.

HUGE NEWS and Boo Bag Tote

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Yay!! It is October 1st :) My absolute favorite time of the year... if you haven't already read heard me say that twenty times. This morning I walked past this cute little tote bag hanging in my mud room and wanted to share it with everyone. I made it last year, so I'm taking the easy way out and tweaking a post from last year. Forgive me for that.  I've decided that I need orange curtains in the living room in honor of Halloween. Logical, right??

BIG BIG BIG NEWS
Before we get to the awesome craft, I have to share a little bit of news with you. First let me say that I don't enjoy bragging on myself or marketing myself at all. I always make some comment making fun of myself and highlighting what others are doing. It just makes me uncomfortable to receive any attention in that way. Which is sort of silly since I'm in the photography and design business, business of one ME :)  

DRUMROLL
Well yesterday the amazing Country Living magazine featured little ole me on their website, Facebook and pinterest... and it wasn't just one photo or a link, it was a full slideshow spread!! There are so many other insanely talented and interior design savy bloggers out there, that I'm amazed that they even slowed down and noticed me. But on this one I am super proud of. I have read Country Living since I was in high school and it ranks up there with my all time OMG insane woo-hoo, awesome things to happen to me! People don't realize how wonderful a kind gesture can be for another person, so I am very thankful for the sweet lady at Country Living who made my day, month, year, crafty blogger life!



Now onto the crafty fun. I like projects that are relatively quick and easy... and it's even better if I can use left over scraps! If you have your supplies, you can make this project in as little as 30 minutes!!! That's awesome, right??

You only need three main items for this project
1. pre-made tote bag of your choice
2. strips of fabric
3. iron on paper


The Quick and Easy Steps:


First you need to decide on what size you want your strips to be on your tote bag. I decided that this bag is for halloween and wanted it to look a little frayed and scary :)  I didn't worry too much about it all being perfect. You know sometimes the moments or things in life that aren't perfect turn out to mean the most and be the prettiest. I have carried this tote a lot and loved pulling it out again this year to add a little fun to my October days.

I used a cutting mat and blade to cut my strips, but you can use plain scissors too. There they are! So pretty and coordinating. Just makes you want to go out and trick or treat. These particular fabrics: the chevron is from Hobby Lobby and the other two are from JoAnn's


Next pin your strips to your desired location on the tote bag. I started with my bottom one first, placing it just above the base of the bag. Then the next two followed.


All that is left to do is sew the strips onto the tote. I used a straight stitch. It was completely not perfect or the best attention to stitch length/tension... but you know what? It is just perfect. I left the edges raw so that they could fray and didn't sew the ends of each strip to let it pucker naturally.

Next, the embellishments.


I ironed on the word BOO. to a scrap piece of the chevron fabric. The font is Six Caps and you can find it for free online. Just make sure that you flip the text to a mirror image before you print it on your iron-on transfer paper.  You could also iron on BOO. directly to the tote bag. Add some ribbon or any other cute embellishments and you're all done!

You can use this idea for any occasion. We made these at a Mom's crafty day this summer and used nautical fabrics and ironed on an anchor. 


While I was looking through my craft stash, I found a few flour sack dish towels and added some strips! They turned out so cute, of course ;)



I hope you enjoyed this quick little tutorial and are having a great time getting ready for a fabulous Halloween this year. 

Michelle Lea Designs: Fall Home Tour 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Happy Fall!! The air is cooler and I've been dreaming of apple cider and falling leaves. It's still warm here in Oklahoma, but the inside of my house is getting ready for Fall! Ariean from One Kreiger Chick and Nina from Everyday Enchanting invited me to join in the Fall Home Tour... I was so honored and excited to join in with so many other amazing bloggers. Make sure that you check out the other ladies tours for more awesome Fall ideas.

Fall Home Tour Sneak Peek

Monday, September 22, 2014

Tomorrow is going to be an awesome day at Michelle Lea Designs. It's Fall Home Tour day with the awesome One Krieger Chick and Everyday Enchanting!
FallHomeTourGraphic

Progress not Perfection Print

Saturday, September 13, 2014


Hello. I am so glad that Fall is starting to arrive. It has been football non-stop in our house for the boys. I jump in and out with conversations about the uniforms and get lots of eye rolling. I've been working on getting the house in shape for Fall decorations and an awesome Fall Home tour with One Krieger Chick and Everyday Enchanting in just 10 days!

I needed to fill two frames in my living room. I was running around all week like a crazy girl, trying to keep my head above water... when I came across this quote on Pinterest (is there any other place to get inspirations these days???)

Progress NOT Perfection. Simple and three perfect words. 

DIY Chalkboard: Back to School

Sunday, July 27, 2014


This is one of my favorite back to school posts and I wanted to repost and share it with you! I made this wonderful chalkboard for my daughter's teacher last year. We typically find out who the new teacher for the year a week before school starts, so just enough time to get a sweet personalized gift ready for those first days.

FREE Summer Prints and Postcards

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


School is out and my little girl said bye to her favorite friend this past weekend. That's the bummer of being a military kid. You're either leaving your friends behind or watching your friends move on to the next duty station.

Simplify

Saturday, June 21, 2014

So it has been forever.... or a little over a month since I posted here on the blog. I started this blog close to two years ago as a way to focus on something positive and happiness. I was going through a time of being a little lost and a lot of broken. I haven't kept up with a completely predictable posting schedule, but have posted in clumps as I had crafty and happy things to share. In the last few months life has gotten busy with family, work, and trying to launch my photography fully here in Oklahoma and the etsy shop. There are times that I feel the stress of having to post and so I decided to back off just a little and breath... to work on what matters and not force something to post about, when I'm just not feeling it at that moment. So I think it's time to work on a little change with the blog and get back to what really makes me happy and simplify a little.  So maybe there won't be as frequent postings, more of me- the imperfect me... who has her days that she is pretty broken... mixed in with some kick tail days that make me feel proud of where I am in life as a mom, creative girl and wife. So I hope that you will stick around and keep reading as it comes.

I've been taking a summer photography class and driving my family all around Oklahoma exploring. I'm working on a list... an Oklahoma Passport of the places we've been and want to go. A memento that we can look back at and keep track of our thoughts and impressions of a location. Maybe the kids will use it to record how mom stopped 30 times to take just one more picture on the side of the road or how my daughter exclaimed "I don't want to go to juvie mom" as I was carrying her past a no trespassing sign for the perfect photo. Summer is our chance to drive our kids crazy and their childhood wouldn't be nearly as fun if mom wasn't as crazy as she is. Be Bold :)

There are quite a few photos... hope that you enjoy them.
who sits in that building up on the tipy top of the grain elevator... I would die!

Crafty Party Printable: Goodie Bag Thank You Labels

Monday, May 19, 2014



This past weekend, I had an awesome time crafting with some wonderful ladies. We had a couple of kid free hours to craft away and catch up with each other. At the end of the day I gave each lady a little bag full of paper scraps, twine, buttons, and a cute Oklahoma print to make something cute to brighten their day. Maybe a bookmark or scrapbook embellishment. I attached a cute Thank You to the outside of the bag with washi tape. Today I am sharing a full page of these cute Thank You tags for your next crafting party.

Transcending- Cherish those in your life

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

I posted this last year and tonight I feel like it is worth reposting.  My last comment speaks even louder to me a year later...
Cherish your girlfriends and the women in your life... build them up, rely on them, love and respect them... you never know when one of them may be gone from your life forever.
I hope that you enjoy this trip back in time with me-
I sat in the local YMCA tonight watching my daughter rock climb to the left and my son practice basketball to the right... trying to give them both equal attention...

Earlier last week, I had quickly grabbed the latest Real Simple magazine at the grocery store, but life had been busy and hadn't gotten around to reading it yet.  Tonight I got a chance to make it through the first 20 or so pages. I came across an article that was very inspiring to read and subsequently lead to scribbling down this blog post.  



Creative Wall Prints


A few weeks ago I shared this post over on One Krieger Chick and I'm so happy to be sharing it with you today.  It's a couple of creative and inspiring prints to brighten up your creative spaces and home. I believe strongly that staying positive and being kind to those in your life can make even the most difficult situations in life a little sweeter. I also love love love little inspirational prints for my office... which have slowly started to bleed over into my house. 

I feel like this first print has become my life mantra lately and I hope that it inspires you to be creative and enjoy life!

Big News Again!!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, I announced the opening of my Etsy shop. Well I have even bigger news to share and a few photos of the most handsome baby. It has been a dream of my since 2002 to start up my own photography business and to be a real professional with my very own photography website. Well it has taken me quite a few years through many many military moves, graduate school and 3 babies... but I have finally accomplished my goal! My photography website and blog are up and running and very close to being just where I want them. I hope that you will head over and check it out. Michelle Lea Photography is official. 




Happy Easter

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Wow! It's been a crazy week here and every time that I think I have time to sit down and blog about a project or idea... something happens. It was testing week for the middle kid, the oldest inducted into National Junior Honor Society, hubby studying for some major tests, and the little guy trying his best to crawl. I've been in the middle of working on client orders, new items for the Etsy store and try to not realize that tomorrow I will be a year older.  Ugghh if only I could stay young forever. On the upside I got my hair done, a new bag from my mom and maybe a couple Kate Spade items to make 36 not so hard to take tomorrow.

This coming week I will be over at One Krieger Chick sharing some cute printables to inspire your creative spaces. I'll also be over at Life with the Crust off sharing a tutorial. While I work on wrangling some posts for Michelle Lea Designs... here are a few shots from our past two weeks.  

A little country road driving

Grand Opening: Introducing My Etsy Shop

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Oh how that post title makes me sooooo happy. Phase 1 of getting my etsy shop up and going is done! Many readers have asked to purchase prints from my blog posts and now you can!!
I've started with a few of my favorite photography prints from our travels around the world.  You can purchase prints in 5x7, 8x10 and 11x14. The prints are printed on the best matte premium photo paper and come mailed to you in a protective stay flat mailer with love from me!

I will be offering postcard sets in the future and the line of paper goodies are still in the development stage... aka pulling my hair out phase.

I've never promoted myself through my blog, but for those who don't know I am a photographer and graphic designer. If y'all are ever in need of services, please please send me an email and I'll get you taken care of! I love what I do and I am terrible about tooting my own horn. It makes me cringe to talk about myself. I prefer to stand behind a lens and the computer screen and send tons and tons of happiness to my clients.

Sooo head on over to the etsy shop and check out some photos and tell all of your friends, your mama, your hair dresser and every stranger that you run into today!! Thank you for all of your love and support.


Have a fabulous week!!

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