Life Love Larson: State Silhouettes, Revisited


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

State Silhouettes, Revisited

Last year I made and framed state silhouettes to be used as art in our last house (to celebrate all of our moves).  You can find the complete post and DIY instructions here.  When we moved into our new house in Kansas, I wanted to change them up a bit, and of course, add KS to the mix!  And, lucky for me, Kansas is about the easiest state to trace and cut!


The changes include new scrapbook paper, more cohesive frames, new mats, and little red hearts have been added to the area of the state in which we lived.  The frames, paper, and mats are from Michael’s (the frames come in a 2-pack and be sure to use your 40% coupon).



The states are hung near our back door, in the kitchen eating area.  I find they are such a conversation piece.  Every person that walks in our door says something about them.  I wanted them to be easily seen, but in a casual space in the house. They are now much more streamlined and clean looking and add a nice little pop of color.


States on our journey: 

Iowa (Iowa City) – Where Steve and I went to college, met, and started dating
Texas (Dallas) - First move right out of college, first real jobs, first real apartment, shortest amount of time spent here
Florida (Orlando) – Got married while living in Florida, lived 2 miles from Universal Studios, enjoyed being newlyweds before kids!
North Carolina (Charlotte) – One of our most favorite cities we have lived.  Bought our first house here.
South Carolina (Columbia) – Longest we have ever lived in any one place (3 years), both kids were born here, made some dear friends here, bought our second house.
Texas (San Antonio) – Bought our third house, loved our neighborhood, only lived there for 16 short months.  A wonderful city!
Kansas (KC) – Bought our fourth house, kids will start school here, trying to settle in and settle down for a little while!  Loving it!

Texas, of course, gets two hearts since we repeated this state!


Time will tell if we ever move again (I stopped trying to predict these things 3 moves ago)!

Because moving has been a large part of of lives, I love having this little reminder of where we have been and how far we have come together.

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  1. Those are so adorable! I love them! Megan

  2. Very cute idea. I just may steal this one :). We, too, love San Antonio. We lived there for 10 years and a big chunk of heart is there still there since our adult son makes his home in SA now.

  3. So fabulous! Glad I found your blog via Savvy Southern Style!!! You newest RSS subscriber!

  4. I love the scrapbook paper and frames you chose!

  5. Love them! I especially like Texas since I'm a Texas girl! They are so fun and add color to any space!

  6. I absolutely love these!!! Those colors go together perfectly and with the white frames, they just pop! My husband is in the military, so we've moved around quite a bit too. This is my favorite way that I've seen to document the moves, so I'm going to have to do it ASAP! Thanks for sharing :) I found you from Someday Crafts and I am now your newest follower!

  7. I soooo want to do these! I love how they turned out. Pinning for future inspiration. Thanks for sharing. Saw your post on Someday Crafts: Whatever Goes Wednesday.

  8. What a neat idea! I love them. I will be putting these on my 'to do' list! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the inspiration. :)

  9. Very cute idea and they look lovely all grouped together.
    ♥ Terrie ♥

  10. Love this idea! Thanks for linking up at Friday Fun Party. Have a nice weekend.

  11. Those are amazing and make a wonderful montage. Love the background colors you chose - makes the black silhouettes really pop off the page.

  12. So glad I popped into your blog. I really like the silhouettes, very creative. Have a great weekend :)

  13. What a great idea! I am hosting a Giveaway to win a 50 dollar gift card to the store HomeGoods. It would be great if you stopped by and entered. Thanks Anu

  14. Love this idea! We are getting ready to move to Indiana from Michigan and this is a great way to display where we've lived.
    Stopping by from the blog hop.

  15. So cute! Popped over from BNOTP. Btw- love NC... thinking about moving out to the coast {Wilmington}.

  16. Your project feels perfect for summer! Give yourself a huge pat on the back. Well done!