Please excuse our mess …

Please excuse the mess, the children are making memories - distressed wood signI saw this on Pinterest (actual link from on jennlajeunesse on Etsy) and liked it … because of the reminder of what is important at our house.

With moving into a new house this past October, it has been a constant whirlwind of renovation projects, holiday crafting, and just plain PLAYING it’s difficult to keep the house clean too!  So, I decided I needed one for our new home … as a constant reminder to myself about what is important.  But the message wasn’t quite right, instead I wanted ours to say, “Please excuse our mess. WE are busy making memories.”  The whole family … together … not just the kids. So, I decided to make our own and incorporate another idea I got from Pinterest … 

… use real canvas and painter’s tape and have the kids’ create the art!  (actual post “My kids’ make Real Art” by Couturier Mommy).  So, I got some a canvas and some stickers, wrote the message on the canvas with the stickers …

and let my 2 year old create with markers and washable paint!  (my son wasn’t into making art last night!)


We waited overnight for the paint to dry before removing the stickers …




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Laura Hutchison

Laura Hutchison (aka PlayDrMom) is a chubby kid turned competitive figure skater tween turned high school pom pon girl turned MSU Spartan turned grad student turned Mrs. HutcH turned Dr. turned Mom. She adores living in the Mitten, is addicted to Diet Coke, and firmly believes that ice cream is a main food group.

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  1. TsLamb

    This is fabulous and I need to have the kids make one for our place!

  2. eva

    I love it! If you don’t mind I would love to post it. As a guest blog.

  3. Laura

    Thanks! I’d LOVE you to! Especially since I’m trying to increase my followers! Love your site!

  4. Amanda

    This is just adorable! What a great way to put your spin on it! I am re-doing my tots room in a monster theme and wonder if I can encorperate this project somehow. =) (stopping by from mom-loop and am a new follower!)

  5. Amanda

    on Pinterest =) I couldn’t find any other way?

  6. Laura

    You can follow on Facebook, through email, or RSS feed. PLEASE let me know if you have trouble following in any of these ways! Thanks so much for visiting and commenting!

    Can’t wait to see the Monster room … I’ve seen tons of great ideas on Pinterest for Monster projects!

  7. Stacy Molter

    I love this idea!!! My kids would love to make this too!

    I found and followed you through Mom Loop Friday!

  8. Laura

    Thanks for visiting … make sure you share with me when you do the project!

  9. The Activity Mom

    Love love love! Such a neat idea!

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  11. Amanda Wilfong

    I love your ideas! I have seen this saying on Pinterest (of course!) but I love yours because the kids HELPED! Perfect idea 🙂

  12. amy

    I absolutely LOVE this! Totally pinning it. Great quote, and it looks so darn cute with the artwork in the back. I tried to do one of those pull off sticker paintings with my son and it didn’t work; the foam letters got stuck and it made an awful mess. Maybe I’ll have to try again… Thanks for sharing this at Shine on Fridays!!

  13. Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

    LOVE this awesome reminder of what the mess is for!

    Thanks for sharing on the Sunday Showcase! I shared on FB & Twitter! 🙂

  14. Laura

    Amy, I was worried about the stickers doing that too. Luckily they didn’t! I got scrapbooking letter stickers … maybe try that for your next attempt!

  15. Rebekah @ The Golden Gleam

    I love how you made it personal to your kids by having them paint over it!! Lovely! I am pinning this!

  16. Aimee

    This is fantastic- I just pinned it on Pinterest! Thank you for sharing this with us on The Sunday Showcase

  17. Laura

    Thanks for stopping by and the comment, Aimee!

  18. Barbara

    This is awesome!! Love how open-ended the artwork is, yet makes the point. Please check out my blog when you get a chance. You can also find me on my Facebook page.

  19. JC

    I am in the process of creating this – thanks so much for posting the idea!! I am waiting for my kids to finish dinner before they start painting but notice my vinyl letters keep wanting to peel up. wondering if you had this issue? We’ll see how it goes when we paint but hoping their less than gentle painting won’t rip the letters up 🙂 Here we go! I will post some pics of it and a link back to your tutorial on my blog

  20. Laura

    JC, I have done a versions of this type of sticker resist painting with various types of stickers and backgrounds (paper vs. canvas) … and have found that some stickers are peel up easier than others. After my daughter puts the stickers on, I always make sure to push them down really well before she starts painting. We have found that canvas is (of course) the easiest to peel off the stickers. I also found that using a foam stencil brush works well to paint because it’s harder to “dig up” the stickers with vigorous painting!!! I can’t wait to see your project! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!!!

  21. Kelly

    Thank you for this post. I’ve loved this phrase forever because it fits our house perfectly, but I never knew what to do with it. I’ve linked back to your post in your blog. I’m just starting out, but hopefully I’ll get you some more traffic!

    Thanks again,

  22. ELANA

    hello, this is such a great idea. do you have an online source for the letter stickers? or did you buy it as a store? thanks! Elana

  23. Laura Hutchison

    I believe I bought the stickers at Michael’s!

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