Thursday, October 10, 2013

ten on ten

One of the blogs that I follow is a bit of sunshineI don't remember how I first came across it (probably pinterest) but I love this girl's photography. She also has really cute DIYs and clever party and decorating tips.
She started a project called ten on ten in 2008. Once a month on the tenth she takes a photo an hour for ten consecutive hours. "Finding life and beauty in the ordinary things of our day to day!" Anyway, she invites fellow bloggers to participate and share their pictures. I doubt I'll get to it every 10th but here's to setting the bar a little higher anyway :)

Friday, October 4, 2013

Copy Cat Art

I love pinterest. Craft ideas, recipes, fashion, gardening tips, interior design ideas and this..

lots of this...

My mom was was getting rid of this little yellow vase so I took it home. 

It's been in our laundry room pantry ever since. I wanted to add some inspirational pieces of art around the house but I've been struggling to find an alternative to big cursive wall decals. (Not hating, just wanted something more low key)

Glass paint would be best obviously but I buy craft supplies at random when I find good deals so I try to work with what I have. I didn't know which of these mediums would work best on glass so I did a test on the bottom.

The sharpie was hardest to get off (surprise!) so I got to use the easiest one! Yay!

  1. Choose a design
  2. Draw away! (the glass rubbed clean with 409 for fixing mistakes)
  3. 2 coats of clear spray gloss
I added little dots of the gold paint in those little circles on top and bottom before I sprayed :)

Another thing I like to look at and pin is art. I love floral patterns and prints like these:

I had a blank canvas sitting around for months so I put some floral and printing together:

I'm sure I will do a few more projects like this soon. Christmas is coming up and I love giving handmade gifts :)

Happy Friday to all!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Moroccan Wall Stencil

I've seen moroccan wall stenciling all over pinterest for a while now and I wanted to pull off this look somewhere in our house. I first thought I would do our half bath but I really don't think I have the patience required to do a whole room.. or a whole wall for that matter. I wanted to get this done quickly and without too much elbow grease.

Our kitchen looked like this when we moved in :

The whole house was painted white. I left several rooms white but I like color so I went with these:

<< living room color - dining room color>>

I left the opposite wall in the kitchen white but I wanted to do the stenciling across the top of the cabinets. It would have been much easier to leave it white and paint the lines with the blue (It looks closer to blue in real life) but I thought the opposite way would look better.

I painted the color when I painted the dining room. Then I printed out a stencil from someone off pinterest >> I didn't follow the directions on the stencil because I wanted to create a "double line" look. I traced it onto cardboard, cut it out and taped a tiny level onto the front. I don't know how much it helped in keeping everything straight but something worked! I used the paper cut out for corners and awkward spots.

On the end of the left side I painted a simple white line down the seam. On the right, the end joins with a white wall so the line wasn't needed.

All in all, I think it took about three days total for tracing and painting. This was the thickest paint I could find but that blue is super rich so after one coat it looked pretty uneven. I ended up doing two coats.. Alex said he liked it and I told him he had better like it because that's how it's going to look for a while!

Pretty kitchen = Happy girl