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Friday Favorite Five

July 19, 2013

Woop Woop! FRIDAY #thankyoutiny6lbbabyjesus (name that movie).

It is FRIDAY and I’m glad because I was thrown a curveball this week and have a TON of stuff to get done before the end of next week! Oh yeah… and next week I’m running the Warrior Dash… that I completely forgot about and haven’t been running or training for…. so yeah, real excited for that.

Friday means it’s time for my FAVORITE FIVE and this week I’m giving you…

FIVE FAVORITE PIECES OF ART 
FROM MY HOME THAT I STILL HAVE YET TO EVEN BLOG ABOUT…

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Did you catch the HINT? Was I blatant enough? 

Check back on Monday for the Answer to the HINT!
Have a great weekend everyone! 

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DIY Map Art Tutorial

July 11, 2013

Good morning evening friends! In the last two weeks there’s been a lot of buzz from you guys about my map art I made for my Craftaholics Anonymous Gift Swap partner and I PROMISED a tutorial. Well here it is… FINALLY in all it’s glory!

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Woo hoo! Now lets get to that tutorial!!

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Not too hard right? It’s something you could do for sure! If you don’t have a miter saw, ask them to cut your boards at the store! It’s fun to watch them with their cool big saw!

Well that’s it for tonight guys! Hope you liked it. See ya in the morning!

PS: I’m still going through everyones sites from Monday’s link up!! You guys amaze me! I’m tweeting and giving shout outs of anything and everything that I love to you might see one from me!

Ok, GOODNIGHT!

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Happy Friday night everyone! Are you excited for a long holiday weekend? I’m looking forward to the extra day myself, since school started (last class yo!) I feel like I haven’t had enough time to actually get my house in order for spring/ summer. Which, probably doesn’t matter much since today was 47 degrees in Detroit.

Yep, I’ll repeat that… 47 degrees, in Detroit, on May 24th.

I was so frustrated coming home form class last night in the cold. I’ve been waiting for the flowers in my vertical garden to root a bit before I can tip it up (supposed to wait three weeks! I’m super impatient…) and I’ve already had to replace two rows once due to a random frost. Needless to say I last minute threw a paint drop cloth over the bugger last night in hopes that it would prevent yet another frost kill. We’ll see in a day or two if I was successful.

ANNNNNNNNYWAYS….. Speaking of school, our project this week is to recreate our faces, out of clippings from magazines in a complimentary color scale. Our prof suggested that we test our glue out prior to doing this project for real (I guess some glues warp the paper or something). So, last night I decided to cut up a bunch of strip of text and create my own little version of this project. I present to you…. my skull-face with sunglasses art!

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Kinda cool huh? Well there’s been a few things floating around on Pinterest kinda similar like this and I found this and also this one from Sarah. So I decided to “test out my glue” and make something along those lines.

First I drew out my design on one side of a piece of printer paper (you could also just print something… you know… if you weren’t out of printer ink like me ;)). Make sure it’s a simple shape like something you’d pick for an easy pumpkin carving.

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Ok, got your drawing/ print? Flip it over (yep you read that right) we are going to glue on the backside of the print. Next I cut up a whole bunch of thin strips from magazines. I tried to keep it mostly black and white text with some hints of color. After I cut the strips I glued them down a few at a time you know, to “test” my glue.

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After they grid I flipped the image back over so that the sketch was face up and then cut out my image with an Exacto knife.  Tip: To keep lines smooth while you’re cutting use fluid movements. Some people like to move the item they are cutting vs. moving the knife too much too.

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Cool beans, all cut out. I cut out some sunglasses and glued everything down onto some mount board with spray mount. After I glued it I realized that I wanted the glasses to stand out a little more so I went over them with some craft paint.

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Then just cut down the mount board, pop it into a frame and you’re ready to hang. Easy right?photophotoA

The best part? I actually had everything already in my craft supplies so the cost for this quick DIY art? $0. You can’t beat that.

What do you think? What other easy DIY projects have you seen lately? Anything that costs almost nothing?

I will be back periodically over the weekend but if you don’t stop back I wish you all a happy, safe and relaxing Memorial Day!

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Why hello blog friends. How’s your Wednesday going so far? I’m running a little behind today (shh… don’t tell anyone). Yesterday was a super late night with class… and we have DOOZY of a project ahead. I have to make a collage of my face with magazine clippings using only 2 complimentary colors & the colors they make when mixed together in 7 steps. So pretty much I need to go buy a boatload of glue sticks, throw some recorded shows on the TV and go at it for…. hours.

But anyways, enough of that… It’s Wednesday! Which means it’s Wish List Day. Every Wednesday I post items that I’ve personally added to my wish list. Since we are stuck right in the middle of our Etsy Color Series we are going to continue on with Green today! But before I get ahead of myself: If you haven’t seen the past colors of this series check them out! Here is Black & White, Red, Orange and Yellow.

Ok! Back to green. I picked 14 great items from Etsy so let’s get started! Continue Reading…

It’s in the Numbers

April 22, 2013

Whew, has it been a LONG Monday. I was super busy at work today and boy am I glad to be home. I think this calls for a Summer Shandy and an hour or two checking out some project ideas. Doing the same? Then check out my super easy and quick gas station number art below. And since it’s Earth day, this project just happens to fall into the “reuse” category. 😉

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Like it? It’s super easy! First thing you’ll need is some numbers or letters. I ordered some old gas station numbers from Our Own Big World on Etsy. Once they arrived I cleaned them up with some dish soap and let them dry completely.

I found a frame that fit the design I wanted (from my hoarding stockpile), cut some mount board sown to size and sat down to tediously glue the numbers (just kidding! I used double sided tape).

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You could also use those fancy pants glue dots for scrapbooking, which would have been my weapon of choice if I had any on hand… Glue those puppies down, frame and done. Probably the easiest project yet.

Psst. I also bought letters from Lake Michigan Vintage. Looking forward to getting those into a frame for my wall-o-art (pictures to come soon! I promise!).

Both vendors were great and items shipped fast. Check them out! I spot another purchase already… I love tax money season…

What quick and easy projects are you working on? What do you do after a long Monday?

That’s it for now, I’m off to grab a beer, make dinner and maybe my famous apple pie… (by special request of course ;))

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HAPPY FRIDAY.

I’m super glad its Friday, even though it’s a rainy Friday here in Detroit. Which pretty much pushes back my plans for some of my outdoor projects (aka vertical garden). ::Sigh::

So, that means I need to get started on some indoor projects. Luckily I’ve got a few ideas in that department. First up: Did anyone happen to check out this really cool DIY gold leaf  project from BrittneyMakes posted on the 6th Street Design School blog?

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Well I fell in love with how easy and simple it looked and thought it would make a great addition to my art wall (picture of that to follow soon!) As much as I loved the ampersand and wanted to make the same exact thing for myself, I also wanted to try a more complex shape to share with you. So I started looking around the home for inspiration. And boy, did I find something cute.

Meet Lily, my roommate’s 2 year old red doberman.

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Seriously how cute is she? My rooms is gone on a cruise this week and I’ve been able to have Lily all to myself (muhahahah) and have enjoyed every moment of it. Plus since she misses her mom I’ve been getting extra cuddles. Not complaining.

So how do I turn this cute face into art? Well I’m glad you didn’t ask.

First I found a shape that resembled my muse. Who doesn’t love Google? Then I printed it out, carefully cut it out, taped it down and traced the bugger onto some black mount board I just happened to have lying around. Yes, I stock pile craft supplies. Michaels and Jo-Ann coupons are like GOLD in my house. Or maybe in this case copper.

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Once I had my image traced out I took a small paint brush and some regular Elmer’s School Glue and painted the areas I wanted foil. Now, here’s a tip for all you first time foilers like myself. Paint a thin coat, and do the ares with the LEAST amount of detail first. Why? Because likely by the time you do the detailed parts, the original areas will be almost dry. School glue dries fast, and you don’t want to have to redo the detailed parts again.

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After you’re glued you want to take your foil and put down a whole sheet over your drawing. If you have to use two sheets try not to overlap them much. Then you wait. You want the glue to be 100% dry before you go to brush off the excess. Dont get excited like I did and have to redo it. Oops. It was about this time after I placed the foil down on the glue that I realized that I had purchased Copper foil instead of Gold. Hence the name of this post. For a split second I was pissed and then realized that if I could pretend mistake it for gold, maybe everyone else that walked by it could too ;).

Meanwhile while it dried I had to figure out what I was going to put them in. Luckily my lovely mother has what I call a “Garage Sale Problem” (and I mean that in the nicest way possible 😉 ). Meaning if she sees a garage sale sign she will whip a U’y and pull that truck over. Why is this lucky? Well at one time I mentioned to her that I was looking for frames of all shapes and sizes and details for my art wall. So now I have a hoarding size collection of old frames with ugly artwork that I clean up and paint and put my new artwork into. See exhibit A below. That’s right, 50 cents. (THANKS MOM!) Anyways… I found two that fit the size I needed and ripped out the old junk and painted the frames white.

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After 24 hours, my glue was dry, I used a soft brush to lightly brush away the excess foil, feed a few touch up spots and my artwork was ready to go. Popped that baby into the painted frame and called it done.

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What do you think? Do you see the resemblance? I plan on passing this copper doberman to my rooms when she arrives back home, but I’m keeping the ampersand for myself.

What projects are you working on lately? Have any good muses or inspiration lying around your house? How adorable is Lily?! I love this little bugger!

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