Thursday, April 16, 2015

~thrifty thursday~{designer layered picture frames}

Don't ya love a good knock off?
I have been in love with John Robshaw fabrics for a while now.
Gorgeous, but expensive.
So, my goal was to get a little John into my home without going broke.
That is when I started googling his fabric images.

To make these frames simply copy and paste any of the fabric images onto a word document making them 8x8.
Print them out onto card stock, it is easier to work with.
Then follow this tutorial on how to get it onto the $1 Michaels picture frames below.

Next up I used this 12x12 wood piece that I got at my local craft store on sale for $5.99,
 originally $9.99.

You can paint them any color to coordinate with your "fabric"
I chose Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore.
Let dry then lightly sand the edges for a worn look.

Then the next step was easy.
Using velcro 
{so it's easy to swap the photos out}
I simply attached the picture frame to the wood piece.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

~more new pillows~

I have a pillow addiction.
I can't help it.
My 2 favorite sources for pillows are Spark Modern on Etsy 
{great designer fabrics}
and for pillows made with vintage fabrics I go to 
my friend Dawn who owns Haystack Home in Kirkland Washington.
That is where I just picked up these batik beauties.


Monday, April 13, 2015

~ funky sports topped trophy bottles~

All this week, and a little into next, I will be vacationing with friends and family in Hawaii.
BUT, I wouldn't leave you without a week full of projects and fun stuff!
If you would like to follow along on my vacation on instagram, you can do so here. 
Ok, onto todays funky project!

This project was so fun.
I kinda went crazy with color here because it is such a funky project.
I don't know what you would call these, so I am calling them sports topped trophy bottles.

Gather bottles with corks.
You can find these at thrift stores sometimes, or you can buy them for under $4.00 at places like TJ Maxx. 

When I was at the Farm Chicks antique show last year I stumbled upon these.
At the time I didn't know what I would do with them, but thought they were
 too cool and unique to not buy. 
So glad I did. 

I started by pre-drilling holes into the center of each cork stopper.

When you are spray painting things like this, use a piece of floral foam. 
The base sticks right in and they stand upright so you can coat the whole piece at one time.
As you can see, I've used this block of foam before to paint something black.
Spray several thin layers of spray paint until you have a even coat.
Then when they are dry simply screw into your pre-drilled holes.

I plan on displaying these in our basement when it is finished 
{haven't even started yet!}

I cannot wait to find more bottles so I can use up the rest!

Friday, April 10, 2015

~a personal mothers day gift ideas~

A few of my favorite things in our house are these family photos that I had printed and framed from Minted.

I have a couple in the kitchen:

And a few in the hallway on the gallery wall:

This year I learned of a section on Minted's website exclusively for Mother's Day.
So, instead of waiting till the last minute, I am going to get my order in early and let them create my personalized gift!
Again, I love the barn wood frames they have, so I will be selecting those for my art.

I like that they come in all shapes and sizes too.

I am trying to decide between

Leaning towards the family and friends:

Of course, if you don't want to create a piece with photos, they have a great selection of art, you just select your frame choice!

Happy shopping!

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