Spring has sprung! So now let’s get organized!

Organize your life then label it.

The bug bit me the other day. The organizing bug. I know exactly when it struck. Right when I tripped on a box of Easter decorations that didn’t quite make it to storage. To start, I took stock of what was there. I love to decorate for the holidays, and realized the haphazard way I have stored all those boxes was a huge waste of space. So that is where I started. After identifying which seasons/holidays I was working with, I estimated how many plastic tubs with lids I would need. With a supply of color coded tubs; Red for Christmas, Pinkish Red for Valentines, Blue tubs for the 4th of July and Orange ones for Fall/Halloween. I even picked up a Purple tub for Easter (I was thinking colored Easter Eggs).

I started sorting and re-boxing decorations. I threw away old, cracked or broken items. I kid myself that I can just glue that, or make a stitch here or there. I know I really won’t get to it. So in the trash they went.

As I started to stack them in the storage area, I realized with so many Christmas and Fall/Halloween tubs, I still didn’t know what was in them just by looking at the tub. I like to put our outside lights up first, so I wanted them towards the front for easy access. I thought about a list on the front, and frankly, I was just too tired to go through all the now packed tubs.

As I was drifting to sleep that night, inspiration dawned! I could just put a vinyl image on the tub that represents (at least to me) that season or holiday. On the Design Your Own tab on the Wall Written web site, I perused the embellishments and found plenty of designs to use. I ordered a bunch. I thought a 3” image in white would really stand out; making identification much easier.

I got pine trees for Christmas, snowmen for winter, eggs and bunnies for Easter, stars for the 4th of July, bats & witches hats for Halloween, leaves & pumpkins for Fall/Thanksgiving and hearts for Valentines. Putting them on was a breeze. Now I have the tubs all stacked in storage and can tell at a glance what is inside. Now I am looking around the basement for other things to label, this was actually fun!

Check out this months Newsletter for Mother’s Day Ideas – Yes it is coming up!

Announcing: March Photo Contest Winner

Home is Where Love Resides in Black, Size: 34" x 20.7"

The winner of the March 2012 Photo Contest (and a $100 Gift Card to Wall Written!) is Leann Malone. Congratulations!

I have attached to the photos of the wall written phrase that we used in our living room.  It was so easy to apply, it’s perfect!

I’m so glad you sent the pictures, Leann, they are gorgeous.

Create Your Own Child’s Monogram Decal

In this video tutorial, I’ll guide you through our Custom Design Tool, and show you how to create a personalized monogram vinyl decal for your child’s bedroom.

The whimsical frame makes a great accent to a kid’s monogram, and can be combined with different font and color options to create a completely personalized look. Experiment with your own child’s name to find the best monogram for your own home.  Here are several variations showing the versatility of this monogram style.

Monogram Font: Poor Richard
(Classic Font Category)

Name Font: Missale Incana
(Old World Font Category)

Embellishment: Elephant Family
(Animals Category)

Colors: Terra Cotta & Linen

Monogram Font: Font Diner
(Whimsical Font Category)

Name Font: Rumba
(Whimsical Font Category)

Embellishment: Frog
(Animals Category)

Colors: Chocolate & Split Pea

Monogram Font: 1822 Caslon
(Old World Font Category)

Name Font: Rockford
(Whimsical Font Category)

Embellishment: Seashell
(Beach & Nautical Category)

Colors: Warm Stone & Midnight

Monogram Font: Trajan Pro
(Titling Font Category)

Name Font: Corinthia
(Scripts Font Category)

Embellishment: Crown
(Fairy Tales Category)

Colors: White & Dark Red

Monogram Font: Miel
(Whimsical Font Category)

Name Font: Liorah
(Brush Drawn Font Category)

Embellishment: Flower
(Flowers Category)

Colors: Black & Ballet Slippers

Monogram Font: Gallia
(Classic Font Category)

Name Font: Ephesis
(Scripts Font Category)

Embellishment: Bird
(Birds Category)

Colors: Bordeaux & White

Designer Poll: Which Version is Better?

In honor of the new year, we’ve added a bunch of motivational vinyl wall quotes, many of which have been designed to compliment an exercise room or home gym. This particular quote from Jillian Michaels says: “Unless you puke, faint, or die, keep going.” I created several variations of the design itself, so tell me, which one is your favorite?

Which "Keep Going" Uplifting Design is Better

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How to Design Your Own Family Monogram

The Wall Written Custom Design Tool now features frame-style embellishments, which are great for creating personalized monograms. In this tutorial video, I’ll explain how to create the monogram style below.

Begin by choosing your frame, then adding your initial(s).

Some Title Suggestions

(Use your own family name in place of “Michelson”)

The Michelsons
The Michelson Family
The Michelson House
House of Michelsons
Michelsons & Co.

Possible Tag Line Ideas:

Established 2002 (Anniversary Date)
Est. 2002
John, Cathy, Devin, Abigail (First names of family members)
Together we make a family
Families are Forever
Love is Spoken Here
Welcome Home
Home is where the Heart is
…and they lived happily ever after
Be true to who you are and the family name you bear

I hope this helps you to release your own inner artist! Enjoy!

And the Winner Is…

The winner of this week’s giveaway for “The Laughter of a Child is the Light of the Home” is Anna Schrimpf, Congratulations!

Color: Chocolate, Size: 28" x 17.25"

She’ll be getting the design in Chocolate, Size 28″ x 17.25″.

I love this design because it really captures what drives my life.  I am lucky enough to be a stay at home mom of two little ones.  Everything I do is for my children.  Life gets so busy and stressful that I sometimes wonder if I am really doing a good job.  But when we have those precious moments of fun and silliness, their sweet laughter is all it takes to make me realize they’re happy and I’m in heaven.  If I win this design I would love to put it up in my family room to remind me that there are some little toes that need to be tickled!”

-Anna Schrimpf

Thank you to everybody who entered. This week’s winner was chosen because her reason for liking the design was my favorite. Check back for this week’s giveaway, and remember that once you become a fan on our facebook page, you can enter any giveaway you’re interested in, even if you’ve entered past giveaways. Good Luck!