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Wednesday Wishlist

July 4, 2013

Hello friends! I’m dropping n from my mini vacation to bring you today’s Wednesday Wishlist!

The last couple of weeks I’ve run into some great items that I just couldn’t fit into my color series… mostly, because they don’t have color!

Swag Policy: Before we get to it just a reminder that the items listed below are chosen because *I* love them. This is not a sponsored post and I am not paid to pick these items. Sometimes a shop will offer discounts or a giveaway to myself and my readers and that is purely on their at their discretion. All reviews and thoughts– good or bad– are *my* thoughts. Need more legal jargon? Check out my disclaimers.

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one // Love these mirror letters! Wouldn’t they look cool up on a shelf next to some great vacation pictures?! I found these a month ago and keep going back to them. SOURCE: StudioLiscious

two // While WAYYYY out of my budget I think this piggy bank is an elegant adult version of the childhood classic. SOURCE: Furbish Studio

three // I think this whale cutting board could also make a great art piece on a wall of quirky pieces or maybe in a little kids room. SOURCE: Urban Outfitters

four // Something about outdoor related art makes me stupid-happy and this woodcut print in a fun color is no exception. However, much like almost everything on Anthropologie WAY out of my budget. I wonder if I could make one?

five // What a gorgeous bracelet from Olive You. Not really much to say other that right up my style alley.

six // Now this is the kind of gold funky accent that’s in my price range that I can get into. I wonder how heavy it is? Wishbone: Jayson Home

seven // I’ve seen “branch-like” hooks done a lot and these are by far the best and most interesting ones I’ve seen. Thinking these would look great in my master bathroom reno.

eight // Love this reuse of old skateboards into boxes! How clever. I’ve seen them used as shelves before but this takes it to a whole new level!

Ok folks, I’m headed back to the beach. Everyone have a safe and wonderful Fourth of July!

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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…

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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