Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Living With Joy

Living with joy, that is something that I have been striving to do lately. I have been trying to find the good in everyday and every situation and to be joyful. But having said that, it's not something that comes easily. Some days yes, other days, not so much.

I need a constant reminder to live with joy and last weekend I found the perfect thing. We have a big empty wall in our living room and ever since we moved in, I felt like it just needed something.

Having the piano and painting in the corner did help things out a little but I still felt like something was missing. I just had no idea what. The previous owners had a giant clock there but that didn't seem like it would fit with us or our style. I didn't want to rush into anything though, so I just let it be.

Over the past few months, I decided that putting up a quote or saying on that wall would look awesome. My only problem was, I suck at writing pretty so I couldn't do it myself and I couldn't find a wall decal that I liked. I looked and looked and looked but nothing really suited me.

I didn't want to put something up that I wasn't in love with so I just waited. And boy am I glad I did. Last Thursday Dan and I were at Michael's picking up yarn for my newest knitting project (I'm looking at you Tory) as well as seeing if they had chalkboard paint for another top secret project, when we stumbled upon this wall decal.

The original price tag was $29.99 but I had a 50% off coupon, so we scored it for $15. How awesome is that?

Like I said in my post yesterday, we completed this project the first afternoon we had no power since it was quick and easy to do with no electricity.

Dan got out his laser level and we got to work figuring out the placement of it on the wall.

Once we knew where we wanted it, the next steps were pretty simple and straightforward. First, you had to rub the decal with the special applicator they provided, so as to transfer it to the sticky section.

Then you peeled off the backing and placed it where you wanted it on the wall. Then again, you had to rub it with the special applicator to get it to stick to the wall.

Next steps, wipe it with a damp cloth and then carefully peel back the top sheet.

I think the most complicated part of this project was trying to balance in the stairwell. Dan did an awesome job though and no one got hurt!

Doesn't it look fabulous? I'm totally in love with it and am so glad that I waited before committing to something for that wall.

I do wish that it was a little bigger but I don't think it's a big deal. It still looks nice and reminds me to live every day with joy.

What do you think? Do you like it? How do you feel about wall decals vs. painting? I welcome your feedback!


  1. It looks very nice! I had one of these types of decals in University (it said "breathe"). Just a tip- if you ever want to remove it, mine came off with a hairdryer!

  2. Casey - Thanks for the hairdryer tip! I do remember reading that on the packaging before I tossed it. :P

  3. I like wall decals too! We have 2 up and still deciding where to put my 3rd that my sister-in-law made for me on her cricut machine! Painting is too much work for me :P

  4. Vicky - I was noticing the one in your bathroom and loving it. Where is your other one? And how cool is that about your SIL making you one! I'm impressed.