Thursday, June 30, 2011

Negative Space

I saw a design on Pinterest a few weeks ago that used negative space to create a design.  I knew I wanted to do that with my footstool, it was just a matter of choosing my design.  The problem with this idea is that you only get one shot.  Once you start painting it's all or nothing.

To create the pattern for my design, I used my silhouette machine.   I used silver vinyl for the pieces so they would stick to the wood.  It took some trial and error getting them from the cutter to the stool.  I eventually figured out that eyeballing it worked best.

I was worried that the paint would seep under the vinyl pieces, so I used Mod Podge to create a seal.  If you look closely in the picture above you can see where I painted it on.

After 3 coats of paint, I peeled off the vinyl pieces and finally got a look at my design.  I really like how it turned out.

I learned my lesson after painting the hutch (which is still tacky), so I took the stool outside and spray painted on 2 coats of clear sealer.  If I only had a yard, I wouldn't have to do this on my patio and cover everything with an old table cloth.

Final thoughts?  I'm in love.  It looks so much better than that plain stool that I had to see everyday, 8 times a day.  The best part is that it didn't cost me a dime.  I already had everything on hand.  I just used the "gray" paint I bought for my frame project.  I love free.  Free is good.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Photo Challenge Round-Up

Day 3: Clouds
Why couldn't this day have been a little more exciting? The day after I took this photo looked like this....

So much cooler.  Anyway...back to business.

Day 4: Something Green.   This is the moss outside my aunt's house.  I'll give you a million dollars if you can find the ant that was walking up this tree as I took this picture.  Ok, I don't actually have one million dollars, but I'll give you a pat on the back.

Day 5: From a High Angle
I'll tell you what, taking this picture was actually a little nerve wracking.  That mama bird was none too happy to have me 2 feet from her little chicks.

Another Day 5:  Gotta get the pooch in.

Day 6: From a Low Angle
When Charlie's eating, she's one very focused pooch.  This focus makes taking photos very easy.

Day 7: Fruit
I'm skipping this day.  Fruit is dumb and I don't have any.  So if I wanted to take a picture of fruit I would be dragging my camera with me when I go grocery shopping.  Also, I don't even own anything with fruit on it.  Add all that up and it equals a big ol' pass on Day 7

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Too Much Stuff

I've started a list of projects I want to get done this summer.  As the days go by the list gets longer and longer, even though I'm constantly crossing things off.

Monday's project was "organize storage closet."  And by "organize" I mean "overhaul."  It is was a mess in there. I took pictures of my progess along the way.  After it was all said and done I had too many pictures for one post.  So I made a slideshow for you.  Mom, pay attention to what I find in the closet.  I think you'll see something we've been looking for.

I hope you enjoyed the video.  It took me forever to make.  And by "forever" I mean 4 hours.  It's a long and boring story, but all you need to know is that I finally found a workable program that would let me do it for free. Phew.

Mom, did you notice what I found? I found the door to Charlie's crate!  Just so you all know, I've been looking for it for months! It's no wonder I couldn't find it. Did you see that mess?  Oy.  Now I just need to get the two leftover containers into outside storage and some things to Goodwill, then I'll officially be done.

Next on the list to be overhauled: the kitchen.  Ya know, I think I might save that to do...never.

Monday, June 27, 2011


Disclaimer: I do not have my good camera because, well, I left it at my parent's house.  So my pictures will be a little out of focus.  

Since writing the above, I have been reunited with my camera and all is well.  Amen.  To you it only felt like 2 minutes, but in actuality it was 2 days.

I've been getting a little bored of the way my apartment is set up.  So I decided to switch things up.

I moved the computer desk into the dining room.  I love that right now, there is sun shining in on me from behind the computer and not glaring on the screen.  I love that the computer desk and chair do not take up half the living room anymore.  I am still getting used to this and in a week, I may move it all back.  But for now, my muscles are too tired to do it all again.

Since I moved the computer desk into the dinging room I moved the hutch into the living room.   I like that there is natural light shining in on the hutch.  I like that it leaves more space for moving around and makes  the living room feel more open.  But again, I'm not totally sold on this.

I guess I'll have to move that picture.  It doesn't exactly fit in it's current spot.

There were a few challenges for this move.  The most difficult thing was doing it all on my own.  I would definitely have gone twice as fast with two people.  It was also difficult because it took me a few minutes just to separate the two hutch pieces.  They were stuck together.  I also had a hard time moving the desk.  It's a good desk, but it's not sturdy.  Moving it is a bit tricky, I'm always worried it's going to collapse.  Plus, the sucker ways about 400 lbs.

Also, I found a spider graveyard underneath the hutch.  Umm...gross.

Charlie wasn't too into the whole working thing, so she just laid around all day.  Looks like I need to add "purge Charlie's toys" to my to-do list.

Charlie took a break from sleeping all day to give me a kiss.  Thanks pooch.

Friday, June 24, 2011


Disclaimer: I have no idea how this post is going to look because I have never posted from my iPad before; which also means there will be typos, no matter how hard I try. We all know autocorrect has a mind of its own. So bear with me.

I am so glad summer has started because my to-do list has become very exciting. I have been scouring Goodwill's lately and have many projects in mind. I have new and old items that need to be painted, I plan on rearranging the apartment, I have a news piece of furniture that I am VERY excited about and Pinterest is going to keep the creative juices flowing.

Haven't heard about Pinterest? Well, you need to get on board because it's wonderful. I find something I love online, pin it, and it's there whenever I need it and I won't have to search again to find it. Here are some things I have found that will be keeping me busy this summer.

I plan on using this negative space idea for a footstool I have. I use this footstool everyday to keep Charlie in the kitchen, but it's plain and boring. Im not sure of what design I'll be using yet, but at least I have a starting point.

I love the simplicity of this desing. I have many empty frames and this is a really inexpensive way of filling them. Then maybe I can actually get them on the wall and off the floor.

I love this idea; giving new live to old silverware. I'm not sure how I can use thisyet, but I definitely know I want to.

All these ideas stem from Pintererst and time spent browsing.

Thursday, June 23, 2011


You have an assignment: check my tumblr.

I'm using my tumblr to post pictures I take with my phone.  They are usually of Cameron or Charlie (my two favorite things under 30 pounds).  It's a fun way for me to post something and keep it short and sweet. 

You can use the link to the right of this page or just click here.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

My New Header

The new header.  I've been loving yellow lately, so I figured I'd give the header a face lift.

I started with a grid, a pattern I picked up (for free) online.  I found it on Pinterest.

Then I added this font (another free find).  I have been dying to use this font and I'm glad I finally got to put it into action.

I added this ampersand in the font Sylfaen and then lowered the opacity to make it lighter.

I found many free fill-in invitations at  I loved the outside, but didn't like the color so I changed it and rotated it.

Purple went much better with the yellow.  I had to erase some of the lines in the top right corner because they ended before the header did.

Put it all together and voila!  (I love using the word voila.  Have you noticed?)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Beard

Say hello to Charlie's beard.  This is an old photo; her beard has since been trimmed.  Sometimes when I look at her beard I imagine there are things living in there.  I know for a fact that there is food in there.  But it is so thick that I imagine tiny farmers living in huts and tilling the soil to get ready for planting season.

I do, in fact, have too much time on my hands.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Operation: Coasters

A few weekends ago, Mel came over for a visit.   It was wonderful, we started a photography project together, hung out, watched movies and made coasters.  We started with white tiles, Mod Podge, paper, paper cutter, scissors, sponge brushes, clear sealer (gloss finish) and felt.

We started by choosing our papers and cutting them to size.  The tiles were 4.25x4.25, so we cut our paper to 3.75x3.75.

We followed the steps found here.  After several layers of Mod Podge we sprayed the tiles with the clear sealer.  We sprayed them outside, but then it started to rain so we brought them inside.  In about 3 seconds we realized that the smell was completely overwhelming, we grabbed the essentials (phones and the dog) and hunkered down in the bedroom for the night.

The next morning promised more of the same rain, but I was determined to enjoy my living room.  After a second coat of sealer, I placed an umbrella over them in case it started raining before we noticed and could get them inside.

After the sealer was dry (and non-stinky) we added the felt to the bottom.  I didn't have fabric-tac or wet glue, so we used stick glue and had zero problems getting everything to stick.

We love them!  Mel chose 5 different patterns and I did mine all the same.  Isn't she a great model?  I chose to wear mine as earrings, since I love them so much.

Friday, June 17, 2011

My Handwriting as a Font

I decided to make my own handwriting a font.  It's four simple steps and takes about 10 minutes.

You start by writing each letter on the template.  Scan it in, preview the font and buy ($10).  The only thing I don't like about this one is my 1.  It sort of looks like a 7.  Bummer.

it's not very smooth, but I think that's because of the pen I used.  I couldn't tell until I had already gotten it and then started to use it.  Overall, I think I like it.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Project Status: COMPLETE

This was the painting I got from Goodwill a week ago. prepared for a lot of pictures.

This is that painting today.  Not gonna lie, I love it.

I started with sand paper, paint and a brush.  I don't know what possessed me to get such a large amount of a paint.  I'm a horrible estimator when it comes to this stuff.  On the bright side, at least I have a paint color I love for all the future frames I'm going to get.

Speaking of paint...I had high hopes for a light gray.  It just looks white.  It's not what I wanted, I'm ok with that.  I love how it turned out.

I let the first coat dry over night and then when back for round two since you could still see the brown.

Coat number two was good, but it still needed a third coat.  I laid it on nice and thick so that I wouldn't need to go back for a fourth time.  There are more nooks and crannies in this frame than I realized.  Painting them all took forever.

I chose to leave this brown edge for two reasons.  1.) There was no way I was going to unstaple the painting from the frame and I refused to paint freehand that close to the painting.  2.) I actually wanted that dark edge. Who knows why, I just did.  But, ya see that lighter brown section there?  Yeah, thats where I had to use my Mr. Sketch marker to cover over some white that I had gotten on the frame.  It's not perfect, but its small enough you don't notice it.  Good thing I pointed it out.

All in all...I love how it turned out.  Thank you Goodwill!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Day 2: What You Wore

Today was Day 2 of our photo project.  Today I wore my last gym outfit of the year.  You'll know what I'm teaching for the day depending on what I'm wearing.  This outfit is the last gym outfit of the 2010-2011 school year.  I'll tell you what, it never felt better to throw an outfit in the laundry!!

I loved both of these, so I posted both.  Get over it.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Hipsta Love hipstamatic prints are AMAZING (say in sing-songy voice).

From this....

To this.

Seven square inches of AMAZING (yup, same sing-songy voice).

It's a mat finish that looks absolutely fabulous.

I am in love with these prints and these girls (of course).

I figured they would turn out nice, but I never thought my little iphone could take such good pictures.  I have a feeling there are more hipstamatic prints in my future.

It even comes with cute packaging that acts as a frame.  I'm officially in love.  Now all I have to do is find a way to frame the other five photos...