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Guest Bedroom Paintings Pt. 2

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I think I mentioned on many different occasions that I started a guest bedroom overhaul.  And I was mentally prepared to share it until I spent a day repainting that room, only to later discover that I hated what I had done.  I mentioned stalling out and hitting a road block.  But I’m really only stalling out because I can’t stand the thought of repainting that room a more pleasing color, and I’m lazy.

Probably like most of you, I’ve been burning the candle at both ends so finding the time to paint feels daunting.  I’ve focused a good bit of my creative attention on smaller projects I can knock out in an afternoon (or less).  You might have seen Guest Bedroom Paintings or maybe you didn’t, I dunno.  Anyway, I’ve done another little painting project to gussy up the bedside table on the other side.

I love a good mix of prints and I always have so any chance to exploit that is fine by me.  I had another small canvas to use and I was digging on some stripes at that time. I painted the entire canvas in a stark white paint.  And if you’re asking yourself why I painted a white canvas in white paint it is because no matter how white the canvas is at first glance…you’re going to find tons of smudges and other imperfections.  Just paint the damn thing and keep it moving.  Then, I covered the canvas in strips of a wide painter’s tape.

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Guest Bedroom Paintings

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I need a lot of projects in this little life of mine but sometimes I think I come up with new projects just to distract me from the more daunting projects I need to complete.  Does that make sense?  Sometimes you’re all gung ho with grand plans in the beginning but then you quickly discover maybe it requires more than you’re capable of?

I started my guest bedroom overhaul more than a year ago but I have stalled out since.  I found the bedding, sheets, curtains and all those decorative pretty things but when it comes to actually doing work I haven’t found much motivation.  The projects I aim to complete take a lot of skill and I’m not sure I’m ready.  For example, I got this awesome wingback chair and this incredible fabric that just spoke to my doggone soul.  I enlisted the help of a friend and we spent more hours than I’m willing to admit pulling out upholstery staples.  And that’s pretty much where I am right now.  I’ve got a naked wingback taking up space and this expensive fabric I’m too afraid to cut for fear of messing it up.  Then I bought a beautiful emerald green quilt with the hopes of making an upholstered headboard with nailhead trim.  And that’s pretty much where I am right now, with a quilt and nothing more.

My motivation has also suffered because when I have put forth effort, it didn’t turn out like I wanted.  I wanted dark gray walls and it turned out wrong.  I wanted colorful lampshades but they’re competing with my colorful bedding and they’ve turned out wrong too.  Ugh.  So that will have to be corrected.  I found a blog that gave some really pretty examples of bedside table styling though, I went to work on a “distraction project.”  I have finished one of the art pieces, and I think I’m happy with it.

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I found a picture of a rose I liked and had D draw it for me on this canvas.  I found the most perfect set of watercolors and started painting.

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I haven’t painted in a month of Sundays and I think you can tell.  I also think you can tell I did it at 4AM when I wasn’t able to sleep but, whatever.  I’m not unhappy with it for a first time effort.  Inspired by Pinterest, I used puff paint to cover the pencil marks and make it look a little different.  And here’s how it turned out:

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Happy Homemaking to you, and keep your fingers crossed that I can find the motivation to keep it moving!

Pin this, not that.

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Ok, Pinteresters!  I’ve tried a couple more pins and I’m gonna share one with you.  So around the beginning of 2013 I agreed to this Creative Pay it Forward pact that I’ve talked about a few times.  My former coworker was my 4th person and she loves a good scarf.  Being a scarf lovermyself, I could get down with this project.  A company called We are Owls makes tons of beautiful scarves.  For people like me, they’re a little unattainable, but nice to look at nonetheless.  I found something similar to this scarf on Pinterest, and one woman’s efforts to recreate on a realistic budget.  All you need is a scarf, a paint product and a message you find inspiring.  The pin suggested Tee Juice and I found it online in tons of colors and I went to World Market for a scarf.  Some people might find it cheesy but I absolutely love this quote by Wilferd Peterson, and I’m inspired by it:

“Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it…”

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Unfortuately, there’s not much practice that can be done on this project unless you plan on ruining your clothes.  You’ve got one shot to make it right or mess it up.  And of course, nothing I make ever comes out perfect.  But sometimes that’s the beauty of a handmade gift, right?  I wish I had been able to “map it out” a little better because I started making the letters huge and I forgot how long the quote was.  Oops.  So the words get smaller and smaller, and the lines aren’t straight BUT when she wears it I’m not sure anyone will notice.  It’ll be pretty illegible at that point.  Ultimately, this pin is a good one, but the ability to practice would have been great.   Tee Juice is a great product too, and I would suggest it for similar projects.  Just make sure to use something behind the fabric because the paint does bleed.

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Happy Pinning…and Happy Thanksgiving!

I saw that on Pinterest (Vol. 2)

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Did you see it on Pinterest?  Did you repin it?  Did you try it yet?

NOOOO, you didn’t try it yet because you binge-pin.  And there aren’t enough hours in the day to bake those miniature cheesecakes, work out until you look like a Greek goddess, decorate your dream home, and host a dinner party with handmade place cards and chandeliers hanging from the trees on a cool summer’s night.  Or maybe you did do all that and I’ll just have to hate you.  Keep it movin’ you heifer.

For the rest of us, I’ve documented two more of my pins and how they worked.

A few months ago, I begged D to let me paint a wall in chalkboard paint.  He was not a fan.  When he fights me on something decor-related, I typically resort to downplaying his opinion by shaking my head, scrunching my face in disagreement, and throwing my right hand in the air saying, “oh, you don’t know.”  Eventually, I convinced him.  Our friends write us messages when they come over and we write funny messages to each other from time to time, so I think we’ve both come to love it.  But I kinda love-hate it because chalkboard walls do not come clean!  You can scrub like Cinderella all you want, sister.  Chalk dust is like glitter.  You think it’s all gone, but it always resurfaces.  Since I like things to be super clean and presentable, I was getting desperate.  

This is my wall.  Do note that everything around the writings from my friends had already been cleaned (eek!):

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NOT clean by my standards, but that was done with just water.  This Pinterest method instructed to use a washcloth wet with water, then dipped in Coca-Cola.  Surprisingly, it is NOT sticky when it dries.  Here are three test spots:

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Much improved!  So I dove in and cleaned everything I could reach at 3AM without D’s help.

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I didn’t want to use all of his coke so I did just one pass through.  I would be homicidal if I found he had used the last of my Mountain Dew on some harebrained idea.  But that’s totally a Pin Win in my book, even with only one attempt.  So if you’re searching for a chalkboard cleaning, use Coca-Cola!

As you can imagine, 49er girls are looking for all sorts of ways to show their Niner Pride for the football games.  And I want my pride to show too, right down to my fingertips.  I love nail polish, but I’m not known for my steady hand so nail art can be a challenge.  I saw this pin that said you can paint a design on a plastic bag and let it dry, then simply peel it off, apply to a painted nail, and seal with a topcoat.  I wanted green hearts for Saturday’s game.  Here we go!

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I will say I had to keep adding coat after coat to get a uniform color and shape.  I had to let it dry overnight because I started this project too late in the evening.  The numbers didn’t work out, they were far too thin and fragile.  But the hearts did well!

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I’ve got nothing but love for the 49ers and this pin, so pin away girls….it WORKS!  If you like these posts, and want to see more like them, let me know in a comment.  If you’ve got a pin you want me to try, I could do that too.  Have a great week yall!  Talk soon!

Tattoos, Tea Parties and MORE!

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Hey to all you new followers out there, so glad you decided to join in on this little piece of my world!  So happy to have you :).  So, what’s been going on in my neck of the woods for the last bit?  It’s been busy and fun, so I’m gonna give you lots of pictures this post too!  For starters, I finally made it to the Lazy 5 Ranch, the local “drive-thru zoo,” if ya will.  If you haven’t been then you must go, and take me.

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“You come here often?”

Then, I went to the finest bridal shower ever…a TEA PARTY for Jenni-Pho with my girlfrands!  It was beautiful!  A wicked windstorm came out of nowhere (thank you North Carolina!) and made us pack up early, but we still had a blast.

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I had a major craft session/sleep over with my friend Katie.  I sassed up my kitchen and gave a naked wall that’s been bothering me a little something to say.  I would post a tutorial but I feel like you guys know how to trace, cut and glue ;).

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Basically, that took me twenty minutes so it left plenty of time for me to micromanage Katie as she tried her hand at the Scrapbooked Frame.  Awesome results!  This is for the new niece or nephew she’s expecting in the months to come!

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She also dropped off my cookie jar I painted many moons ago and I love it!  Now I just gotta make some cookies!

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Soooo, while I’ve been sprinklin’ glitter and playin’ with my pretty papers…my friend, Jenn, has been preparing for war.  Okay, not war, but a long-fought battle to become an IRONMAN.  She blogs about it too: the charity, the training, and the motivation to do tha damn thang.  She’s pretty spectacular, but she didn’t have to swim 2.4, bike 112, and run 26.2 miles to prove it to me!

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I’m so proud of her and I wanted to pay a little respect and talk about how we celebrated!  She had been talking about how eager she would be to get her M-Dot tattoo after the race, the official signature of an IRONMAN.  So with help from Jason, her husband, D and I made a secret appointment with her tattoo artist.  Coincidentally, I had made the perfect Sauce Jar without even knowing it.  I love it when a plan comes together!

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A VT Maroon-colored lid to honor her Alma Mater and charity, a cute knob with a vintage bike printed on it, atop a jar filled with candy and her appointment card tied to the rim.  Surprise!  We’re takin’ you to get your tattoo!!!!

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I killed two birds with one stone here in fulfilling my New Year’s Resolutions for August.  The tattoo surprise is my “something nice” for the month as well as my “something new” as I had never even stepped foot in a tattoo shop before.  It was a good first experience, didn’t hurt me one bit!

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We contemplated a table full of options and little by little she narrowed her choice down to this fine number:

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And this is how it turned out…awesome tattoo.

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I hope yall have a fantastic weekend.  The Charlotte 49ers are about to make history and we’ve got front row seats.  Talk soon!

I swear I’m not a huffer but I’m the next best thing.

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Those of you that know me,  ya know I love a good can of spray paint.  And for those of you that don’t…well, I fricking fracking love a good can of spray paint!  I have a whole shelf in the garage that D begrudgingly surrendered to me and all my cans.  I know what it looks like but I promise you will not see my confused face smeared with spray paint in a mugshot anytime soon.  Spray paint is only meant for good!  Sometimes people are intimidated by it and I gotta say I have learned the hard way.  Don’t waste your time spray painting in the wind because you’re too impatient to start the project another day, paint your fingernails after your project is done, don’t spray paint when it’s humid because your paint will bubble up, invest in a trigger handle and do not spray paint on your daddy’s carport under any circumstances for the love of GOD.  But really, you can spray paint almost anything and sometimes you transform a piece and make it better than when you started.  And since that’s the goal, it’s a good time for all parties involved.

The scrapbooked frame, as I call it, is one of my favorite projects.  I’ve been able to recreate it time and time again without feeling like I’ve done the same project twice since each piece is unique.  To make it you will need:

-A picture frame: Try searching your local thrift store.  The frames are cheap and usually old and more ornate.  And trust me, the uglier, the better. All surfaces work: wood, plastic, metal, you name it.  Only condition: the frame must have a piece of glass that would normally protect the photograph.

-Scrapbooking supplies (paper, embellishments, glue, glue gun, scissors, ya know)

-A clip of some kind: I found a bag of tiny clothespins at Walmart and they work perfect

So let’s do it!

Remove the backing and glass from your frame and set aside.  Find a good place and start painting your frame.  If you have chosen a more ornate frame, make sure you can get into all those little nooks and crannies.  But don’t get impatient, globs of drippy spray paint ain’t cute.  When you have a well coated frame, use a sealer like Patricia Nimocks in gloss for a protective finish.  Allow it to dry completely!  Take the scrapbook paper that’s going to serve as your background and cover the front surface of the glass from your frame.  Use a glue like Tacky Glue to apply that paper.  It should cover the glass completely without lots of excess.  If you do have overhang, just trim it up so that it fits nicely back in the frame.  Put the glass back in the frame, paper exposed, and secure with the frame backing.  This will allow you to visualize the surface for what it really is and you can figure out exactly where your embellishments fit best.   Do your embellishing from this point forward.  Add more paper, buttons, paper flowers, (GLITTER!), and make this frame work!  Add your picture clip where you please, and secure with hot glue.  This allows you to change the photo out from time to time it’s way more versatile than a regular frame.  How simple was that?!  Pardon the poor photo quality in my “after” images and the fact that there are no before images.  I did these projects before I realized I would start a blog, sorry :(.

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My embellishments only vary slightly frame to frame.  So I won’t be terribly specific unless you need me to.  I used self-adhesive rhinestones/pearls for the center of my flowers (I scored those in the dollar section of Michael’s).  In one frame you may notice I used buttons; they were vintage from my Grandma Hilda.  I used pre-made paper flowers if they coordinated with the color scheme of the frame.  Other times I used my Cricut and Martha Stewart craft punches to create multidimensional flowers from paper I had on hand.

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I used scrap fabric from other projects to make rosettes and add texture.  I love this no-sew tutorial on how to make a fabric flower the best.  I used glitter glue to make the swirly vine patterns (these come in tons of colors and can be found for a buck in tiny bottles at Walmart and Michael’s).  If you haven’t done anything with glitter glue before, I suggest practicing a few times on another piece of paper.  The key is consistently increasing the pressure on the bottle to make sure the glue comes out at the same rate, and to keep going until you’re finished with each stroke.  If you get an air bubble that disrupts the flow, continue anyway.  It won’t be perfect, so just slap a paper flower over the gap or the janky parts in the swirl and call it a day, friend.

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I stamp on all my frames, and sometimes use ink pads to drag the perimeter of the paper for added interest and dimension. You can also see that technique hereSometimes, the background paper is the star. So I’ve attempted to show a little restraint and not busy it up unless it was necessary.

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Plan the frame out just like you would a scrapbook page, or fly by the seat of your pants.  Up to you, just have fun!  Happy huffing, er, crafting!

I totally made that!

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So I last posted about my not-so-good-very-bad weekend and how somehow it miraculously turned itself around.  And I explained my troubles with finding the right artwork for the master bedroom and that I ain’t no artist.  But I AM self-aware enough to know I’m not going to buy some generic art from some store and slap it on my walls with any sort of satisfaction.  It just won’t do.  Maybe that’s snooty but I do not care.  I’m also aware of how hypocritical it is of me to pass any judgment on store-bought art seeing as how I can’t do any better.  I make no apologies, I like what I like and that’s no sin.  Rude?  Maybe.  A sin?  No.  But I’m a firm believer in not impulsively buying things because they “match” or because they will fill empty sad spaces.  It’s gotta be the right stuff.  Because if it isn’t, they might make you think you’re happy, yeaaaaaaaaaaaah, maybe for a minute or two. Everclear…anybody?  No? Oh, alright…

Anyway, you can’t just buy stuff to fill a void in a room.  You might think you’re satisfied for the time being but eventually it will creep up.  That feeling of dissatisfaction with a piece that wasn’t meant to be in that space.  This is how you end up with so much crap to donate to Goodwill, people!  I like photographs mostly, but sometimes its nice to have artwork and our house really had none, until now.  Now I have this:

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I’ve had The Big Ass Book of Crafts for a very long time, thanks to Jess.  And there’s a tutorial on scrape painting that I really liked.  All you have to do is cut pieces of cardboard to be used as your “brushes” and drag paint all over a canvas.  So easy!  And the best part is…the messier the better!  The more imperfections you create, the more interesting it looks in the end.  Another bonus, I only had to buy the canvas to complete this project 🙂 and it was 50% off at the craft store.  I searched the internet for a quatrefoil pattern I liked, resized and printed it.  I traced it onto a piece of cardboard and used that as a “template” to trace and cut all the shapes I needed out of carefully selected contrasting scrapbook papers (with the help of my boes) from my endless stock.  Too bad I didn’t have a shape I loved with my Cricut machine; that was very tedious! 

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Originally, I wanted wooden letters for my quote.  I made many trips to craft stores that left me empty-handed before I realized I would have to try something else.  I ordered wooden letters online, and even painted them white before I realized how unsure I was of them for this project.  Oh well!  Just forget you ever saw them placed so carefully in the picture above.  I do love all the quatrefoil shapes’ colors and patterns though, eeeeeeeee!

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So there I have started painting.  I chose two blues, a white, and a green.  And I scraped paint all crazy to fill the canvas.  I love how some of the colors bled together.  Since I knew I wanted the primary color of the canvas to be a smoky gray and layering of paint would be involved, I knew I could use crackle paint too.  After the colored paint dried I used a sponge and painted random areas of the canvas with crackle paint, very haphazardly so it wouldn’t look uniform.  I let the crackle paint dry COMPLETELY before applying my gray paint.

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To finish up the painting, I used my sponge to paint the exposed edges gray.  When that was complete I used a black ink pad and rubbed the edges and corners of my canvas with it.  I wanted the surface of the canvas to have as much interest and depth as possible.  It’s very subtle, but I see it! Here’s a close of up of the detail:

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I also rubbed the edges of each quatrefoil shape in black ink, so they wouldn’t look so freshly cut.  I laid my shapes out and when I had a pattern I liked, I started gluing with Tacky Glue.  I ended up hating the wooden letters when I placed them on my canvas.  The sizes were cut all wonky and it made me cringe.  Am I crazy?  Why were the sizes all different?  Are they different?  Is it going to look like I was drunk when I glued these down?  Will people realize that I can glue things in a straight line or will they think this was a craft fail?

The torture.  Basically, I wanted the text to be very simple and not fussy.  I chose stark white paper and used my Cricut to cut letters in a very plain font and glued them to the bottom right.  That was the look I wanted, sans the 3D effect that would have been nice.  But ugly letters are ugly letters, in every dimension.  That quote is from our first dance at our wedding, and it makes me really happy to see it in our room, and D said it makes him smile.  So this is a big fat craft win!  Housewife win!

Happy Friday yous guys!