Tuesday, December 1, 2015

~brushstroke lamp diy~

I've been eyeing some pretty cool brushstroke lamps lately, but, oh, the prices are so high!
So I set out to find a couple of double gourd lamps to make my own.
I went to Lamps Plus, Target, World Market, Lowes, Home Depot, and Fred Meyer.
Not one of those places had off white double gourd lamps and I was pretty set on that shape.
After hours of searching, I went into the Goodwill and spied a pair of lamps marked $7.99 each.
They were off white, a different shape, but one that I thought would work.
So I took them up to the register only to find out that they were half off.
2 lamps for $8, I was soooo happy!

Then I went over to Michaels and got this paint in red and coral because they didn't have the exact color I was going for.
You can get it on Amazon here too.

I mixed the two colors and added a bit of black latex to tone it down.
Once I had the color I wanted, it was time to paint!

 I used a 1 1/2" brush and just sorta went for it.
There was really no rhyme or reason.
The first brush stroke I did, there wasn't enough paint on the brush and it looked horrible.
Have wet paper towels handy to wipe away any mistakes like this.
From then on, I loaded up my brush a lot.
I've got one in my kitchen and one in my dining room and I absolutely love them!

And because I love before and afters…….

Also, just a reminder this is day two of the Holiday Home Tours!
Click here for the lineup.


Monday, November 30, 2015

~How to make & frame a silhouette~

Many of you asked how to make the silhouettes that I showed of my dogs in this post.
So, while I was making some of my kids, I thought it would be a good time to show, as I used the same method.
These are really easy to do.

All you need is two contrasting colors of paper,
{I used black and off white}
and a pair of scissors, a glue stick, a printer, a photo, and your frame.

But before I get to that I want to let you all know that I will be taking part again this year in the Holiday Home Tour hosted by Jennifer Rizzo.
Be sure to check back here daily to see the lineup.
Our home will be shown on Friday!

Also visit Good Housekeeping for more great holiday ideas!

For the silhouettes,
you can use any type frame but I prefer oval ones for this project.
I found some unfinished wood ones at the thrift store for $1.99 each and painted them black.

Then take a picture of your subject from the side.  It is best to do this with a solid background for clarity.  Print it out to the size of your frame opening.
The quality of the photo does not matter at all.

Cut out your piece of cream card stock for the background. 
If you are doing an oval you might want to practice on a piece of regular paper first to make sure you get the size right.

Next, cut around your photo.
You will want to be very careful when you do this and use a good pair of sharp scissors.
Even the slightest slip and your silhouette could look nothing like your subject, so take your time.
Cut the bottom any shape you'd like.
It is helpful to google silhouette images and see what looks best.

You can either trace this image onto black card stock, or do as I did and copy the images on the printer using black paper in the feed.

Carefully cut the image out again and use a glue stick to adhere it to your background paper.

Place it in your frame and you are all set!

I like to pencil in the name and age of the child on the back so years later I can remember how their silhouettes looked at that age.


Friday, November 27, 2015

~black friday sales worth sharing~

If you are like me and like to shop at home in your pajamas on Black Friday, here's some places that have great sales happening!
Just click on the photo to take you to the site, and happy shopping!


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

~holiday cocktail~ {ginger mojito}

I have a favorite Mexican restaurant and every time I go I get their ginger mojito.
It's so good and I decided to try making my own because I want them more often than I go out to dinner!

I found the best ginger beer to be from World Market.
You can find it here.
You can also find similar glasses here.

I hope you have a great Thanksgiving weekend.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

~my holiday gift guide 2015~

With Christmas right around the corner I thought you might like to see a peek into what I find interesting and worth giving as a gift.
I hope you like what you see.
I've got you covered from home to men, to women, to kids!
{Click on each item, not photo, to take you to the page where you can find it for sale}

Lets start with the home category:

For the kids:

For the men in your life:

And lastly, for women:

I hope you have enjoyed seeing what I am wanting to give, and get this holiday season!
What's on your wish list?


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