Tuesday, May 31, 2011

DIY Wall Art Tutorial

Hi All!  Today I made some wall art for a blank wall that needed something. It was super easy to do and I think they they turned out well.

First, I purchased these frames with the double mattes for .25 each at a garage sale.
Second, I pulled the double mattes apart.  These mattes were glued together so they did not come apart perfectly. Don't worry though because you will not see most of the bottom matte.
Next, I used spray adhesive on the front of the top matte which I am going to cover with vintage sheet music.
I literally just tore pieces of the sheet music and stuck them to the mat. (You can use Mod Podge for this project as well)
 Here is a picture of my hubby holding up the mat once covered with the sheet music so you can see exactly how imperfect it is.

Now it's time for trimming. I used a rotary cutter but you can also use an Xacto knife.

Now it's time to mat the actual artwork that you want to frame. I had some scraps of this great Cavallini & Co paper that I used but you could use scrapbook paper or gift wrap... They sky's the limit.
I sprayed the back side of the under matte with adhesive and placed it on the paper. Then I trimmed it.

Put the mattes together and this is what you have.

I decided to hang my frames by ribbon on decorative knobs. ( I only had one but will get the other one tomorrow)

I hope you enjoyed the project.. I would love to hear what you think. Thanks for reading.


Monday, May 30, 2011

Can a fireplace really make you crazy?

I have gained my sanity back!  My fireplace really did make me crazy for the last 4 years since I moved in to my home. I didnt know what to do with it. It's brick; and not the nice red brick that has character, it's a beige colored brick.. UGLY!!  It has a cut out in the brick for a picture that is just weird and hard to accessorize. I thought about painting it but I really don't care for the look of painted brick.

Well I finally came up with an idea! I had these bookcases that are a good height and actually fit perfectly on each side of the actual fire place and cover up a good portion of the brick.. Then I added my milk glass collection which is quite large that I have wanted to display for sometime.  A few pictures, a mirror, and some accessories and voila!

I would love to hear about any of your projects involving brick.  Please comment! I love to hear your wonderful ideas and I am always looking to make my projects better.

Later on this week, I will be doing my first giveaway.  I know you are out there reading but I would love for you to all follow me.  Just click the "Follow" button on the right side of your screen.  Thanks

Until later,

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Living Room Tablescape

Happy Saturday!  It is a beautiful day here in Corvallis, OR and I am keeping my fingers crossed that it stays this way since we are having a Memorial Day barbecue tomorrow.  So today, I will be busy cleaning and fluffing! 

For now I am going to share with you my living room tablescape.  Yesterday I went to an estate sale and bought these awesome cast iron rusty sticks... (I don't really know what they are or were I should say) but for me they are wonderfully fabulous candle holders. The best part? They were only 1.00

The "T" planter is a letter from an old Vintage Sign. I filled it with succulents so I don't have to water them too much. The letter is sitting on top of a white hobnail mirror.

So, Have a great weekend! I will blog later about my patio.


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Entryway

The entryway of my home has always been a challenge for me.  For one, my house is a raised ranch so when you walk through the front door you walk right in to stairs. Second of all, I have a niche shelf that is very high and tall so it's really hard to find things that are the right scale.

So after four years of living here, I think I have finally found the look I want.  I did a gallery wall going all the way down the stairs. I just finished it yesterday and I think it turned out great. I used all black frames but in different sizes, materials, and designs.

In the niche, I put a vintage dress form dressed in a fabulous red and white toile dress, (of course, she's also wearing a vintage apron) a tall candle holder, and a cute sign. (I am not 100% convinced of the candle holder but I'm going to live with it for awhile.)

I would love to hear your thoughts or ideas...

Until tomorrow,

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Meet Emily Rose

Since I am new to blogging we haven't had the opportunity to get to know each other yet. So here's a little something about me. I love photography!  Although, I have no formal training and to be quite frank, no real knowledge of  even photography fundamentals I thoroughly enjoy both taking and editing photographs in a fun and creative way.

Today I had the pleasure of photographing by beautiful niece Emily. These pictures will be her 1st Birthday Portraits.  She turns 1 this weekend!


Be my Guest

As the Summer approaches so do our guests.  In fact, my Aunt (Olly) is arriving this Friday so I have been busy sprucing and fluffing.  I have two guest rooms in my home and I really enjoy switching them up.  Below are some pics of my red room which is totally inspired by one of my favorite bloggs, Daisy Cottage.

I love the way the crisp white bedding looks against the red walls.

The antique dresser was a bargain at a yard sale for 40.00..  Score!!  I debated on whether or not to paint it but decided to leave it the natural wood for now.

I painted the inside of this cabinet in a pale yellow to make it pop.

The chandalier is one of the great finds from The Funky Junk Sisters.
Thanks for reading. Until tomorrow..


Sunday, May 22, 2011

Vinyl Wall Tiles?

There I was shopping at my favorite discount store (Ross) when something caught my eye. I saw a corner of a package sticking out underneath a huge stack of scrapbook paper with what looked like some french script handwriting.  Needless to say, I had to check it out. After I lifted the 30 pounds of paper there it was..... A beautiful picture of the Eiffel Tower with a background of script handwriting.. but what was it? It was flat and in a fairly small package.  As I read closer they were vinyl wall tiles... Have you seen these? Although I loved the picture, I was quite skeptical.  After all they are technically big stickers.  But, I was intrigued and at $14.99 for a picture with an overall size of 22"x24" I thought what the heck!

And here they are!  I must say I am digging them, what do you think?

I must say though  that it was a bit of a pain getting them straight. It took many tries despite the fact that I was using a yard stick and a level. Go figure..

Friday, May 20, 2011

Rust and Roses

Spring has definitely sprung here in Oregon. It was a beautiful sunny day with a not too shabby 78 degrees.  But, you know what I love even more about Spring? It's garage sale and market time!

With that being said, I was very busy today.  I started the day with a couple of local garage sales and then moved on to the big church rummage sale.  I will show you some of my finds later.

For now though, I want to show you what was the highlight of my day. I finished up my afternoon with a trip to Rust and Roses.

For those of you who are not familiar with Rust and Roses, it is a vintage, shabby boutique in a very talented lady's garage here in Corvallis.. Her name is Holly.
Holly runs this cute market every couple of months.  I first found her when I saw her ad on Craigslist over a year ago and have been hooked ever since.  This time, I asked her if I could photograph her market and share it with all of you out there in blogland.  Enjoy the eye candy!

Aren't her displays great? I always get inspired when I go there. Anyway have a great weekend! I will be busy sprucing up my backyard.


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Mirror Project..Take Two

Hi All,

I probably won't usually post more than once a day but I just had to update my earlier post.  After looking at the pics of the mirror and pondering the placement and then scouring my house for ideas to make it better I landed on what I think looks awesome and was excited to show you what a difference what a splash of color and an accessory can do.

I apologize for the lighting... It's tricky to photograph mirrors, never mind being in a narrow hallway that doesn't have the brightest lights.  Anyway, I added this small distressed Tiffany blue table and the original white distressed pitcher of flowers..  I love the way it looks.... (my walls aren't the ugly puke like green that's showing on my pic, but a very neutral taupey gray color.)

Now that's a wrap!


Mirror Mirror on the Wall........

Mirror Mirror on the Wall, who's the most beautiful of them all?

Happy Wednesday everybody! So, in my first post yesterday I showed you a few pics of the Funky Junk Sisters Market that I went to. I pointed out the gold mirror I purchased.. Well here is what I did with it...

First, I want to show you the end of my hallway. Those of you who know me know that I am usually drawn to rich, warm, darker colors.. I love red!  However, as of late I have been very into white and other neutrals.  Maybe it's the warmer months that are coming or maybe my taste is just changing, who knows?

I recently had added this white pitcher of flowers hoping to lighten up the hallway but I just wasn't "feeling" it.  Previously I had a dark urn filled with red and orange flowers that was great for the Fall and Winter.

Now, here is the mirror I bought at the market. I painted it white and really love it! It looks so fresh and light.  All though, I am not sure of the placement... the mirror is bugging me a bit because it is really cloudy. It is old so the mirror is getting that antique look. I thought it would just add to the vintage charm but I am not so sure.. I would love to hear your thoughts...

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

First Blog Entry - Funky Junk Sisters

This is my first official blog post. I have wanted to start a blog for the longest time and I have finally worked up enough courage to do it!  I read so many wonderful blogs that inspire me to create and beautify my home. I hope that through my blog that I can inspire some of you with my ideas and creations.

For my first entry, I decided to show a few pictures from the amazing Funky Junk Sisters market in Puyallup, Washington that I just went to last weekend. This was my third show that I attended and as always it was filled to the brim with cool vintage items, re-purposed furniture and accessories, and some of the most talented women ever!

I love how the vendors make such beautiful vignettes.. (Yes, all of the booths are pretty like this)

I love what this vendor did with this old vintage door...

So much eye candy, I found myself with decorating ADD.

This was one of my favorite vendors.. See that gold mirror in the back? Yep, I bought that!  and see the pretty pair of white corbels on the table? Yep, I bought those too...

I actually bought a ton of stuff at the market and a ton more stuff at garage sales in the area.... I will be blogging later in the week about some of my finds and what I am going to do with them so please come back...

Yours truly,