Wednesday, November 20, 2013

diy chevron wall art

Yay for homemade Christmas presents.... or at least that is how I hope my family feels. So, my lovely younger sister with 3 kiddos and quite the job being a full time mom, had some housing upsets in the past year. Long story short their two story house has only been one story operable for months due to some major renovations involving black mold in their basement/lower split level in Alaska. So, she hasn't had the time or energy to hang photos or decorate as all her time and resources have been directed towards keeping everyone sane and clothed without a clean washer and only one bathroom for several months. I looked on and really thought that would be an amazing gift, but decided that in order to get more bang for my buck I would make something. She is completely obsessed with chevron and has been talking for ages about painting a chevron wall possibly somewhere in her house. Therefore I decided to create 3 panels for her master bedroom where she has a bright yellow duvet. Eventually she wants to paint the walls grey so I decided to get 3- 16x20 panels and some yellow spray paint.
 I used masking tape to tape off the chevron first by creating diamonds then using a box cutter to remove the in between lines. To tape it evenly I used a pencil and ruler to mark the sides in quarters and the bottom at the mid-line. I got this idea after looking online and seeing 2 Crafty 4 My Skirt's blog. It worked really well and was incredibly easy.
 However, I did somehow knock off the nozzle for the cheap spray paint that I bought which lead to some inconsistencies in the paint job. Hopefully it won't be too noticeable-sigh the best laid plans.

 After the paint dried I began to remove the tape.

 Lastly, I took some blue acrylic paint that I bought for a coaster project (to be shared later) and created a rough heart. I was inspired by Wed Loft blog, though I did kick around a few other ideas. Especially since my sister has an entire page of quotes that could have totally worked in this scenario. A friend also suggested maybe using the state of AK, but for the sake of time and storm windows (also to be shared later) a heart it was. I figured if they didn't like the panel I decorated they could just use the two plain chevron ones,  no harm no foul.
 Anyone else celebrating Christmas at Thanksgiving due to the distance that you have to travel? Clearly that is the mischief we are up to since my husband and I still alternate between TN and AK and our respective families. While this is understandable, I am still of the frame of mind that in general or in an ideal world Christmas shouldn't be seen or discussed until you get the turkey out of the way. I certainly don't want to see giant inflatables in Lowes and Home Depot in September. disturbing!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

painting, faux frosted glass, and some other miscellaneous odds and ends

So this was several weeks ago, but essentially what you need to know is that I went crazy with paint and other small projects.
I turned a shadow box that I had had forever sitting in my closet into a jewelry box, lining the back with a vintage handkerchief that was my nana's.

I painted the interior of this door with a free sample of the Redstone Blue Spruce that we also ended up using on the exterior of the doors. I don't know if I would have chosen it otherwise so way to go Lowes/Valspar free coupon for pulling me in.
Then I started working on a faux frosted glass look with clear laminate as seen in the tutorial from 7th House on the Left who was so kind as to include a template.
I took off the panes to the door and spray painted them white, while I was also painting the paper towel roll art seen a in a previous post.
I chose to do a Moroccan print, echoing the fabric that I picked when reupholstering the chairs in our bonus room. I cut out the template, then traced it repeatedly on the paper side of some clear contact paper while seated on the floor of the bonus room watching TV with Johnny. I cut them all out in one fell swoop and even made some that were halves going all the way to the edge of the paper, which ended up working out extremely well! Then I just free handed peeling and sticking them, trying to smooth without bubbles and not being finicky about orientation.

I tried to do the second door in a concentric circle design, but I didn't like it as well as the Moroccan print. I made my own template by just overlaying circle and tracing. 

I finally finished stitching up the dining room bench pillows- now butt barely fits on them lol.
I repainted the door in the laundry room white, rather than more of the muted gray purple in the laundry room.
I painted the old garage storage area that wooden siding with a mix of primer and white paint and hung salvaged shelves for storage. Of which I am too ashamed to show a before picture. Scratch that I think I was too ashamed to ever take a before photo!

Then I dabbled with painting an ancient bookshelf that has been in my family for as long as I can remember - my earliest memory with it being yellow and holding a variety of kid things, such as coloring books and crayons. I mixed white and leftover Perfectly Greige paint and just started to paint the outside without taking anything off. Yes I am that lazy! Now... should I finish painting the interior? probably haha maybe with a fun chevron in the back. I don't want too much chevron anywhere despite my admiration of it, I just feel like I would be jumping on the band wagon a bit late.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

natural coffee filter wreath and toilet paper roll art

Natural Coffee Filter Wreath

I primarily followed Martha Stewarts video available on Youtube as seen here, but I enjoyed looking at so many different versions different people had made both on Google images and Pinterest. I made mine using a straw wreath (it was the least expensive) and hot glued natural coffee filters after folding into quarters. I glued them in three rows: middle, interior, and exterior. I was going to hang them by a roughly put together fabric ribbon, but it didn't quite fit the door so I attached it to the bottom temporarily.

Paper Towel/Toilet Paper Roll Wall Art

Once again I looked at numerous Google images and Pinterest ideas before deciding on an adaption of Just a Girl's blog tutorial. I knew I wanted to leave the rolls in compresses circle shape without getting into cutting and shaping them. I cut them in 1 inch slivers, hot glued four together into a flower/star shape, then sprayed the a single time with white spray paint from Rustoleum in a glossy finish. I bought a cheap 3 pack of thin blank canvases and did nothing to them other than add wall hanging materials to the back of them. I used hot glue to attach to the canvas after laying them out to see if I liked the design. So far only one person has guessed the material and I am happy to have some inexpensive art in the guest bedroom!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

apple cheddar scones recipe

minimally adapted from Smitten Kitchen
really the only thing that I changed is that I was too lazy to take the peel off - not a problem for taste or texture in my opinion and I am a little more rustic in my baking. I like to shape my scones into a circle then score them with a knife. So I say, visit Smitten Kitchen's blog she is amazing!

sorry I failed to get a completely baked picture of these scones - I kept meaning to make more and apparently that isn't going to happen. I froze this particular batch of scones to take to laid back viewing of Top Chef with friends, so that they would be fresh out of the oven. yum! they were a big hit needless to say.