Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The 29 by 30 - Project 10: Mandala Art for the Potty Room

I've been kind of obsessed with Mandala art and all the bright colors and patterns from India. I've pinned quite a few patterns and mandala prints HERE on Pinterest which is where I got the idea for the canvas art below. Our 1/2 bath needed something pretty but the walls are this weird color that doesn't really go with anything and yet goes with everything. I chose to keep it simple: black and white.

Paint Pen or White-Out Pen
Tulip Dimensional Paint

For this project I bought some black art canvases from Michaels and doodled on the canvas with white paint pens. When the paint was dry, I went over some areas in silver puff paint. That's all there is to it. You can find tons of different designs online so there's no shortage of doodle inspiration.

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The 29 by 30 - Project 9: DIY Painted Jars

This was one of those projects that I was super excited about and therefore didn't take many pictures of the actual process. I've pinned a bunch of repurposed jar tutorials on Pinterest so I started keeping our old sauce jars {even emptied out some stuff in the fridge just so I'd have more jars to paint} in hopes of doing something with them eventually. I was inspired by this wonderful pin from matsutake but there are a ton of different tutorials on painting the jars.

Puff Paint

I started by washing and drying my jars. I had to soak a couple of them to get the stickers off and on the super stubborn jars I used nail polish remover to get the leftover sticky or any ink off. For my "inside-the-jar" paint, I used some of the small paint sample jars from Lowe's. {They go on sale when the new season's paint colors come out and they're super cheap!!. The samples are smaller than a ginormous can but they sure do go a LOOONG way.} I do want to add that the opening of the paint is rather wide so I made a pretty good mess trying to pour paint directly into the jars. Small bottles of craft paint would probably be better so that you could just squeeze the paint into the jar. After I poured the paint in the jars, I rolled it around to cover the entire inside of the glass. Then set all the jars upside down to let the excess paint drip out, moving it every couple of minutes so the jar wouldn't stick to the cardboard.

When the paint completely dried an hour or two later, I decorated the outside with Tulip puff paint. Hobby Lobby has a ton of different brands of dimensional fabric/puff paints but Tulip had ginormous bottles of gold and silver so I used those. I will puff paint until the bottle runs out - no wasting here!! I had to paint the outside in steps - puffed out my design {can you call it drawing if you're really kinda puffing it out???} and then let the jars dry before I could finish because I kept sticking my finger in wet paint so I would suggest having some kind of platform to set the jars on if you want to paint it all at once.

I decorated 5 jars, inside and out, and then had no idea what to actually do with them so they're just kinda hanging out in random places around my house but I think it adds a nice pop of color. Maybe I'll throw some flowers in them :)

 If you would like some more tutorials on jar crafts, check out my Pinterest boards HERE.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Weekend - In Pics: Tunnel to Towers

Tunnel to Towers Run Mobile 2012 in remembrance of September 11th eleven years ago. Mom and I  went to the sunrise service before the run and then walked with the best of em. We had a ton of fun and enjoyed every minute!

You can find out more information on a Tunnel to Towers Run near you.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The 29 by 30 - Project 8: DIY Ruffle Lampshade

Have you ever looked around a room in your house and felt the desperate need to change everything? Yeah, me too. On a daily basis actually. We've had the same boring maroon floor lamp in our livingroom since I moved in years ago and while we were anxiously awaiting Hurricane Isaac's arrival last week, I finally got the chance to start on a new lampshade.

Needle and Thread
Glue Gun
LOTS of Glue Sticks

The Hubs and I bought the lampshade at Goodwill for a couple of dollars. I swear this thing is from the 70's. It's made of some kind of material I've never felt before and was pretty much impenetrable. The fabric was leftover from my repurposed curtains. My same confession on every post is true in this case as well. I do not know what I'm doing. I pretty much make up the "steps" as I go. I read a couple tutorials, check my stash o' goodies and make do. No rhyme or reason.

 I took my fabric and randomly cut long strips. Again, I don't sew and have literally made fabric ruffles once  but I'm kinda obsessed with the monotonous motion of the whole needle and thread thing. Anywho, I made a ton of ruffles and measured around the lampshade as I went.

Glued each ruffle layer individually so they are on top of each other, starting on the bottom of the shade about an inch of shade in between each layer. I put hot glue only where I wanted to place the top gathered portion of the ruffle and made sure to push the fabric into it. Don't want it falling apart :)


When I reached the top of the shade, I realized I hadn't thought the project through well enough. The only thread that I had on hand were some tiny spools that came in a sewing kit. I ran out of thread quite often so there's about 5 different colors in there but you can't see the gathers when it's covered by the next layer of ruffle. By the time I reached the top, I was on bright yellow so I skipped the thread and ruffled directly onto the shade by gathering the linen into the hot glue.  TA DA! DIY ruffled lampshade.

If you want to check out some more ruffling projects, you can go to THIS pinterest board where I've obsessively pinned the mess out of some ruffle tutorials.

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