Friday, February 21, 2014

DIY WALL ART


I have had this sign I had painted for our wedding reception (left) last May and it has been sitting behind a door at our home for 9 months now. I didn't want to throw it away because I had used a canvas and felt that I could re-use it somehow. I am so glad I kept it. Devan and I got a new shelving unit from ikea to make the room feel more open since it is glass shelves and open sides unlike our old one. Once this was in place there was a HUGE gap of wall that was empty space and it just looked awkward. I have seen cute abstract paintings and decided to pull out all of my paints. It was so easy and took about 30 minutes total and anybody can do it since it is abstract and unique!

First I needed to make the whole thing white. I decided I wanted a lot of texture so I used Gesso to really build up the white and add tons of dimension. Gesso is what is put on painting surfaces like canvas so that the paint doesn't rot the surface... I didn't really need it here but I used it for the affect it had. Once it was gessoed I painted a thin layer of white so that any black remaining would be hidden and also white paint is just a little brighter and more finished looking. 

For this project I used oil paints and turpentine to thin them, but watercolors would work great too! That is just what I have. I decided on a pink, orange and yellow theme... from there i just painted! I texted pictures to my mom and sister during the process asking if it needed more. We text all of the time! Usually it is me sending pictures of my outfit for the day wondering if I look cute or ridiculous. ha! So they kept telling me more more more. So I went with it! 

Here are some photos of the process and what it looked like as it evolved:






Right when Devan got home from work I asked him to hang my painting and he is so nice and hung it right away. I think he is used to my crazy last minute projects by now... maybe?







































My office is definitely my favorite and most relaxing place in the house right now and I love all of the personal touches!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

P.S. I ADORE YOU

Today I am sharing some fun news! Right now my prints are being featured until sunday on P.S. I Adore You and you can get 10 different prints from my shop. They are such a cool website and help support the fight against childhood cancer. Click on the video link below to see some of the prints available. I would love you all if you checked it out! https://www.psiadoreyou.com/Handscripted-Prints
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In some other fun news I think I have created my favorite prints yet. I have created a geometric heart print. I LOVE the soft shape of the heart mixed with the geometric harshness of the colors. It comes in 5 different colors and I already have one frame in my home! These are the only 5 colors available at the moment, but don't you fret! Message me with any color combo ideas you have and I might add it to the shop! 







I hope everyone is having a great week! Tonight Devan and I got to go to dinner with Devan's parents and some friends at a thai food restaurant here in Springville. I am so grateful we have so much family close by! Now for the weekend! Check back tomorrow for a fun How-to on a art project I did for our office!



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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

DIY MOROCCAN POUF

Ok guys this is long overdue but I am FINALLY getting the How To for the DIY Morroccan pouf up here. So sorry for the long wait to all of those asking for this! It is kind of long but I decided to err on the side of more information that too little.



So first let me say I have been wanting one of these for a while now. But the prices were  ABSURD.  I mean over $100?? Not happening. Then I set to scouring the internet for a good How-to for making one and COULD NOT find one. Seriously I searched. The only tutorials out there were for cheaper looking ones and simplified versions with only 8 panels. The whole point in making one for me was for it to look like the original (as much as possible) so I set about making one myself.

I went to my local Joann store and bought some fabric using 40% off (you can find coupons all of the time! I have the app on my phone). The total cost for this project was about $35.00 and it took about 8 hours total (over a couple of nights).


I decided on this gold fabric. It has a little more texture than the original but I liked that! They also had a really pretty faux leather that I almost bought but decided I would do gold first. I bought 2.5 yards to be safe and had some extra but not too much. I did have to re-cut a couple of things so this is what I would recommend.

Then I had to calculate measurements. I wanted mine similar to the original so 20" diameter and 14" height. Here are some PDFs of the cut guide for the ottoman. I created them so that they could be printed on normal printer sized paper so there are a couple of places you will need a bigger size.


**save image to your computer and then print**
The inner lines on the PDF are the actual size that your piece should be once it is sewn together. The outer lines will be the extra fabric  which just allows you the sewing room. I made them .5" but you could do less or more if you want. If you look at the second page of the PDF you will see that I wrote you need to add 3.5 inches to the bottom. It is being printed on 8.5x11" paper so it is not long enough. Your sides are 14" tall so add 3.5" and then the extra .5" for sewing- a total of 4" in length to your guide. For the bottom of the ottoman you will cut a 22" circle and then cut it in half. 

total cut pieces:
1 inner circle
16 top outer circle pieces
16 side pieces
1 large circle for bottom cut in half

There will be instructions on how to start cutting below.

MATERIALS NEEDED:
-2.5 yards of fabric. Any fabric will do. pleather, gold, silver, etc. I would just suggest NOT using a really flimsy and thin material.
-exacto knife (scissors will work it will just take longer).
-sewing machine
-18" zipper (it could be anywhere from 15-18 is my recommendation).
-optional: ribbon for the seams
-thread in the correct color. 

Disclaimer: I am not a professional seamstress! I really have just taught myself and probably don't do everything "correctly", but this worked for me. If anyone has any tips let me know and I can add to it.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

CALENDAR TIME!

So excited about this new item in the shop. I decided to branch out and try something new by painting and I love how it turned out. Something I love about the calendars is that whenever you order them is when the 12 months start. So if you order now it is a February to January calendar. This way whenever you order you can still use all 12 months! So hop on over an order yourself on at 20% off with coupon code CALENDAR20 . 
                          

                          













Sunday, February 9, 2014

LEARNING THE ROPES

Friday night Taylor and Ty came down to our house to have some fun and then spend the night. We went to dinner at The Trolley. It is a little place in Springville that is seriously SO good and one of our favorite places to go. Seriously go there. You won't regret it. Afterwards we headed to the Provo Beach Resort at the Riverwoods to do the Ropes Course. You guys. It is only $8 a person for 30 minutes and you seriously won't regret it. It is indoors and it two stories. It is definitely kind of scary at first, but such a fun and different activity to do. 




I was looking back through photos and realized that since we have gotten married I don't have very many photos of just Devan and I.. so I am working on it!
























So… he accidentally licked it. For real. That's what he gets for loving "wrecking ball" so much by Miley.

Snow piles just call for climbing them and posing weird right?










And then we decided to make it look like we were in the fire.


So… who knew Taylor was secretly a devil?


oh and Ty can control fire?


He's a catch:)


Tyler's face!



Definitely a fun Friday night. Hope everyones weekend is going great! 

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