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Photographs of my Bathroom

November 6, 2013 — 1 Comment

This is my bathroom as of September 2013, enjoy!

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All photographs are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

This is my dining room as of September 2013, enjoy!

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All photographs are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

Photographs of my Bedroom

October 24, 2013 — 1 Comment

This is my bedroom as of September 2013, enjoy!

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All photos are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

Kitchen Photographs

October 23, 2013 — 2 Comments

This is my kitchen as of September 2013, enjoy!
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All photos are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

Living Room Photographs

October 22, 2013 — 5 Comments

This is my living room as of September 2013, enjoy!

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All photos are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

On Monday, I shared my little dining room corner make-over. Here is the process I used to hanging the large old windows on the wall. 

A few summers ago I bought two large windows. Why did I buy windows? I don’t really know. I had a moment where I was feeling very shabby chic-y apparently. Actually, I think I had just gotten Pinterest and I was in that fever of seeing all these new projects with old windows for the first time.

Anyway, for several months the ones I bought just sat around doing nothing. Then I got an idea. What if instead of putting small pictures behind each pane (which is the most common thing people do with windows like this) I printed one large picture instead? I thought maybe it would look a little more modern that way. So I found two pictures from my trip to Paris that I thought would work and had them printed. I used Snapfish and got the pictures printed in the 20″x30″ poster size for $18 each. That seems expensive now but at the time I thought it was reasonable. When I got them I taped them on the back of the frame.

I like the overall look. But the reason it took me so long to hang them is that there was no hanging hardware on the back.
It is just a simple wood frame window but for several reasons I was nervous. For one it is really old window so I wasn’t sure how solid the wood was and so I hesitated to drill into it. And secondly these windows are pretty heavy like 15 pounds so knew I needed heavy duty hanging hardware. But you know what, you can’t wait around forever so I just did it.
Here is what I did:
1) Measure and mark a spot 1/3 of the way down the frame. My frame was 30″ tall so I marked a spot at 10″ on either side.
2) Screw in hardware. I used these hooks from a hardware store. I screwed them in at an angle toward the center of the frame.
Like I said I was nervous to drill into the old wood but I found that using a screwdriver worked find. The wood was pretty soft (not falling apart soft, just not so hard that I needed a drill) and the screw went in easily.

3) Attach the hanging wire. I used 9′ of hanging wire on each frame. That sounds like a lot but these suckers are heavy and I wanted to be extra careful. I pulled the wire through the loops three times.

On each side I wrapped the end of the wire around all three strands.
After wrapping the end around several times I stuck the end through the last loop to make a sort of knot.

After trimming the ends, the back looked like this.

Admittedly, that looks a little wonky but here I demonstrate how it looks when pulled taut.
4) Put a screw in the wall and hang them up. The rest is pretty basic picture hanging. I measured and marked where I wanted them to hang and then got out my drill. I have plaster walls so I pre-drilled holes and then drilled my screw in.
They’ve been hanging up for several days now and no major catastrophes so I think they are good! If you are hanging a window in a hallway or somewhere where they might get knocked often I would consider using bracing brackets on the bottom corners. I’m not worried about these since they are in a corner but they can move pretty freely with the hanging wire so just keep that in mind.
Budget Breakdown:
Window – $5
Poster – $18
Hanging hardware – $5
= $28 each (not too bad for a 30″x25″ piece of art!)
I love it when projects go this way, when I think they are going to be hard and then they turn out to be pretty simple. I’m glad I knocked this project off of my mental to-do list and I’m happy to say that I conquered a fear of hanging heavy objects, win-win! More pictures and info about the corner makeover here.

Are you into the old window look? Have you ever had to get creative when hanging stuff on the wall?

I’ve been actively blogging for over six months now so I think it is about time that I join a link party. If you don’t know what a link party is it’s pretty simple: Four or five ‘big’ bloggers pose a challenge or theme and then at a specific date and time everyone can link up their posts that relate to the subject. It is a really fun way to find new blogs and see cool projects. The link party I decided to try out is…
Being that is one of the few blogs I read regularly it is apropos that I would join younghouselove.com‘s Winter Pinterest Challenge. You can read all the rules here but it’s basically a ‘stop pinning and start doing’ challenge. Considering I’ve had Pinterest for well over a year and I’ve pinned exactly 2,390 things up to this very minute I could use the push to actually do some of the stuff I pin.
Trying to comb through 2,390 pins to find the one that I actually wanted to do this weekend was maybe the hardest part of the challenge. In order to not go insane I made myself some rules to help limit my choices 1) It had to be free and 2) It couldn’t take more than two hours. My weekend was pretty busy and I just put in new cork floors in the kitchen so I’m not looking to spend tons of money on another project right now. The rules helped and I landed on this:
Yeah, it’s not the most inspiring image I’ve ever pinned and the fabric is ugly and it’s cut with plinking shears which is not my thing but it got me thinking… I have a lot of scrap fabric and I’m obviously obsessed with framed art so why not mix the two together?
Plus the gallery wall in my living room hasn’t been updated (or dusted or leveled) in some time so I figured it would be nice way to add some new life to the gallery.
After looking at all my frames I decided to wrap the two brown frames at the bottom of the image. The main reason is because of this:
Whatever the price tag was stuck on with is resistant to GooGone, vinegar and baking soda, and a lot of swearing because it would NOT come off. I finally just gave up and hung them on the wall but it’s been bugging me for a year so I figured they were the perfect frames to cover in fabric.
I have a lot of random fabric I’ve collected over the years (if you squint you can see it all piled up in the picture above), but I ultimately decided to go with the subtle chevron pattern that I used just a few weeks ago to cover the lampshades in the second bedroom (here).  I literally didn’t even look at the tutorial for this project because how hard can it be to wrap fabric around a picture frame? I probably should have read the tutorial but I sort of forgot. I just started cutting random strips of fabric and started wrapping.
I figured out pretty quickly I needed glue or something to keep the fabric in place so I got out my low-temp hot glue gun. I didn’t glue every piece just the end of the strip and then at all the corners.
If there is one thing blogging has taught me it’s that I really need a third hand. It’s really hard to take pictures and do crafts! So here is a sort of unhelpful picture of me wrapping fabric around a picture frame.
As you can probably imagine the corners posed the biggest challenge. I attempted a few different techniques but found that the best way is to wrap the fabric so that the middle of the strip lands at the corner of the frame like this:
And then fold down the wings and glue them on the back.
That may or may not makes sense but that’s the best I’ve got.
When it was all wrapped and glued I stepped back to take a look at it and…
All I could see were these little threads sticking up everywhere so after a lot of little snips I got a much cleaner looking finished product.

Not too bad! The next issue though was the little pieces that secure the back of the picture frame. They were all covered in fabric but after a little hunting I located all of them. Most of them were hiding like this:

But with a little snip of the scissor I freed them so they could securely hold the frame backing on.
It was definitely a tight fit getting the glass and frame backing in. I took out the extra thick cardboard piece that a lot of frames have and that help free up some space. The fabric I used is 100% cotton and was thankfully pretty thin so as a caution don’t try this with anything thicker than that, it will be too hard to get the glass + picture + frame backing to all fit together under the tabs.
Overall, this was a very simple project that only took me about an hour to do.
Materials:
– One yard of thin fabric (I used about four 3″ wide strips per frame)
– Hot glue gun
– Picture frame
– Good music
I also did the second frame the same way. They are sort of messy and weird and not my style and trendy and tribal and strange and I think I like them.
I’m so cool I wear sunglasses in every picture. 
Holla butterbeer at Harry Potter World in 105 degree heat!
For a zero dollar project I think I really like them! It is a much cheaper alternative to buying a trendy chevron frame (like this one), but they also look homemade so it’s a toss up. If you have more time I think it would look better to ModPodge the fabric on the frame to give it a more streamlined look. The way I did it makes them look almost ruffly which is not my style but maybe it’s yours.
The bottom line is this: It was free and I think it looks pretty good.
Do you think fabric wrapped frames is a good alternative to buying trendy patterned frames?

In my last post I shared about my mini-collection of travel drawings. This post will be all about other types of souvenirs. It isn’t necessary to buy stuff when you travel but most people do. There is a whole industry based on it after all. On my most recent trip to Mexico I took a city tour of Cozumel and the tour guide said that the only employer on the island is tourism… crazy, right? A whole island whose only major employer is people like you and me who go there and spending money. My guide to buying a good souvenir is this: it should be something beautiful and functional. Simple, right? Here are a few examples of my functional and beautiful souvenirs that tell a story about my travels.

I tried my hardest to find a pencil drawing when I was in Mexico. I really, really wanted one for my collection but there were just none to be found. Thankfully at the last minute I came across this amazing booth of feather paintings. I’d never heard of painting on feathers before but apparently it is a Mayan art. They wouldn’t let me take pictures but there were some crazy cool ones like The Last Supper on a peacock feather. I chose a dark blue duck feather with a painted gold Mayan calendar. I had just gone to a Mayan ruin and learned all about the Mayan calendar so it was apropos for me to get it. What I particularly love about it is that the colors are great. The deep blue feather and the gold paint look amazing together. It came framed so I didn’t have to worry about getting it framed immediately which was nice. The last photo is where I hung it my house. It looks great on my gallery wall.

The second thing I bought in Mexico was this painted ceramic skull. They were everywhere in Mexico. The vendors didn’t like tourist to take pictures so I can’t show you here but there were a lot to choose from. I can’t say exactly why I chose this particular one. Like I said these skulls were everywhere and at first I didn’t buy one because I wasn’t sure what I would use it for. And like my souvenir buying guideline says whatever you buy should be ‘functional’ and I wasn’t sure what function a painted skull would serve in my home… but then, it hit me. A bookend! Here you can see it serving its function beautifully on the bookcase in my bedroom.

Have you ever been to New Orleans? If you have then you’ll instantly recognize this as the symbol of the city, a fleur de lis. And since it is the symbol of the city it is on everything. Seriously, everything. Underwear, plates, magnets, wineglasses, etc. I was there for a week so I had plenty of time to look around. I found this metal hook in a very cool shop. It looks great in my kitchen and it’s the perfect place to hang my dog’s leash. Another perfectly beautiful and functional souvenir.

It’s hard to see in this picture but the vignette on the dresser has two souvenirs. The first is this piece of coral.

This piece of coral is from The Outer Banks, North Carolina. Did you know there is coral in the ocean there? I sure didn’t, but there were lots of shops that had coral like this. I wanted one of those super huge pieces but they were upwards of $50. This little piece (about 5″ in diameter) was around $15. I’ve had it for about four years and it has held up surprisingly well. It is definitely more beautiful than functional but I think it is a great souvenir. It evokes that beachy feeling and it can be used in so many places. I’ve used it as a bookend, on a nightstand, and currently it is decorating the top of my red lacquer jewelry box. The second item is the red picture frame.

Yes, those are the iconic Mickey ears. The secret’s out… I’m a Disney-girl! Will you still read my blog? Just kidding, you’d better. I grew up going to Disney World, but unlike most people my family still goes even though my siblings and I are all grown. We are, unashamedly, a “Disney family” but my parent’s house isn’t all Disney-fied like some Disney lovers’ homes. We try and show some restraint when we are there. No one knows how to market their products like Disney so it is really hard not to buy everything in sight. For how many times I’ve been to the parks it is pretty amazing that I only have two Disney things out in my house. The first is that little red picture frame. I love it. It isn’t for everyone but I love read and despite being a cartoon character those Mickey ears are a classic symbol. The second is another picture frame that is hanging in my living room.

It is very subtle. The Mickey influence is there but it’s not too crazy. And it’s such a sweet picture of my brother riding the teacups. Picture frames can be a really cool souvenir. Most obviously because you can put a picture of your trip in it but also because it is my personal opinion that homes can’t have too many picture frames. I always try and choose frames that are a solid color and aren’t glaringly obvious about where they are from. Okay… maybe the Mickey frames are a little obvious, but some rules are meant to be broken 🙂

This post has become confession time because I have another one… I’m obsessed with miniatures. I mean, …it’s bad. I have to repeat to myself over and over again when faced with teeny tiny things… “Step away from the miniatures. Step away from the miniatures.” Miniatures are a slippery slope because you start out with one and the next thing you know you’re on Hoarders. They are like Pringles and Oreos, one is never enough. But again I am good at breaking my own rules, or at least talking my way around them. A couple of years ago I went to Atlanta and toured the Coca-Cola factory. It was a fun tour and as you can imagine the gift shop was really cool. I limited myself to two purchases. A shot glass and a salt and pepper shaker set. The shot glass is a mini-Coke cup. ADORABLE. I love that pale green glass. I didn’t have a shot glass before and sometimes it is nice to have one around (you know, after a hard day). I will admit that this is my second set of salt and pepper shakers but the nice thing about these is that the holes are small so I use them on the dining table. My other set has a lot of holes and pours really fast so I use those for salting large things I’m cooking and this set for guests. That was a long-winded post but I hope you were a little inspired to buy cool things next time you travel. Remember: beauty and function will never disappoint.