Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Geography Inspired Decor Ideas

I'm not sure if it's my love for traveling or that fact that I'm a social studies teacher, but I have a thing for geography-inspired decor! I spent the better part of last Monday (last week was April vacation, woo hoo!) putting together a gallery wall in my living room. Travel and geography have definitely provided inspiration for the space...

I just ordered a print to go in that large empty frame and may change out one or two of the other photos but what's definitely staying is the scrap book map of the USA that I created a few years ago:

The globe was purchased at an antique store and I coated the handle with white semi-gloss spray paint to give it a modern vibe. It now resides on my TV console table and is a fun accent piece! A favorite picture of me in front of the Eiffel Tower sits above the globe as does a framed image I took of a door knocker I saw while traveling in Ireland. 

I've come across quite a selection of 'geography-inspired' decor on my hunt for more ideas from various real-estate and home d├ęcor websites...

The space above (from ComFree) has an antiqued map framed above the fireplace and ties in nicely with the neutral decor. Below is more bold take on the same idea (from Censational Girl):

Another great way to frame a map is by using painted molding/trim (from Design Sponge)...

I may order some inexpensive inflatable globes from a party supply place and hang them in my classroom as a fun yet topical way to add some dimension and color to the space, sort of like this...
(Land of Nod via Apartment Therapy)

In the image below, color and whimsy have been added to the kitchen with a collection of globes and vintage suitcases on top of the cabinets (from The Pleated Poppy)...

I love looking at my travel pictures and decor and thinking of all the wonderful adventures I've taken and imagining the travels that are in my future! Oh, and being able to sit in my pajamas while daydreaming isn't a bad way to spend a vacation day, either!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Insta Friday

BIG NEWS, FOLKS: I'm on Instagram! 

It's the end of April Vacation week and I've been loving all this free time to enjoy my hobbies, some down time, and catching up with friends! Here's a glimpse of what I've been up to recently via my iPhone & Instagram pics...

Finally got around to creating a gallery wall to surround my flat screen! 
Look for a post all about it next week...

Went to a 'facial hair pageant' for men! Was suuuuuper entertaining and hilarious! 
Here I am with two of the contestants:

Enjoyed the spring sunshine and a picnic at the beach with one of my dearest friends...

Have you tried the waterlogue app? It turns your photos into water color paintings! I love having time to just play around and be creative!

I also played around with my Silhouette Portrait cutting machine to create some art...

Dinner in town with some of my oldest and dearest friends! We've known each other since the earliest days of high school, so like 18 years now! They make me laugh so much!!

And this also makes me laugh...hysterically...it's a show on Comedy Central where people get really, really drunk and then try and retell a famous event in history! Did I mention it's HYSTERICAL?? I binge watched the entire first season and it was amazing...this history teacher gives it 'two thumbs up' (and advocates responsible consumption of alcohol)!

Off for a shopping and lunch date! What are you up to today? 

Linking up for with Jeanette at Life Rearranged for InstaFriday

Saturday, April 19, 2014

A Day of Sunshine

It seemed as though spring would never come this year. It's been a particularly long, harsh, cold Maine winter. Slowly but surely the weather is becoming tolerable. I've just started April vacation and could think of nothing better than to spend a day by the sea, face raised up toward the sun, laughing and catching up with one of my best friends. We packed a picnic, dressed warmly (it was a windy 58 degrees), and listened to the waves crash onto the shores of Crescent Beach.

Maine poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow couldn't have said it better in his poem A Day of Sunshine:

O gift of God! O perfect day:
Whereon shall no man work, but play;
Whereon it is enough for me,
Not to be doing, but to be! 

Through every fibre of my brain,
Through every nerve, through every vein,
I feel the electric thrill, the touch
Of life, that seems almost too much.

I hear the wind among the trees
Playing celestial symphonies;
I see the branches downward bent,
Like keys of some great instrument.  

And over me unrolls on high
The splendid scenery of the sky,
Where though a sapphire sea the sun
Sails like a golden galleon,

Towards yonder cloud-land in the West,
Towards yonder Islands of the Blest,
Whose steep sierra far uplifts
Its craggy summits white with drifts.  

Blow, winds! and waft through all the rooms
The snow-flakes of the cherry-blooms!
Blow, winds! and bend within my reach
The fiery blossoms of the peach!

O Life and Love! O happy throng
Of thoughts, whose only speech is song!
O heart of man! canst thou not be
Blithe as the air is, and as free?