Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Oh my, How Pinteresting!!

Oh how I love Pinteresting Wednesdays! Even though Christmas is just around the corner (SCORE!! HIGH FIVE!) I still think its fun to share with all my readers things I am {CRUSHIN'} on hardcore. 

So let the fun begin.

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{I am lurving...just LURVING..this! The hubs and I have a home in the middle of a "developing neighborhood", which basically means we are getting to know the workers building the homes around us VERY well. As I was leaving for work this morning, I spotted a crate similar to this next to house being built to the right of us and mentally decided that if it was still their after I get home- I will steal it to my project needs. Muaha.}

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{I am in no way shape or form....a cook. And I don't mind admitting that. But for somebody who is challenged in the kitchen...THIS was the perfect recipe for me. Its simple and will totally make your house guest think your related to Paula Deen. No bread maker?? NO WORRIES! You don't need one! Check it out y'all...Your taste buds will thank you later.}

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{The backyard has been one area of the house that I have neglected. Maybe its because its cold or maybe because I don't have a dog...But I NEVER go out there. But the day that I DO...I would like to make some pots that look like this! I have some stencils left over from when i did my major STENCIL WALL DECOR project (which you can check out here!) so I think ill make some good use out of them!}

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{This is such a neat blog for helping you figure out what you want to do with all your different sized frames! Im wanting to do something like this in my study but couldn't think of a neat way to hang them! WA-LA! This blog solves all those problems!}

What are some things YOU'RE crushing on today??? 

Monday, December 19, 2011

Don't be jealous...

I know I know...You're jealous of me and my husbands amazing gingerbread house making skills....

You can pick your jaws off the floor now. 

6 more days till CHRISTMAS!!!!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Recent Design Jobs!

One of my very best friends Kate Shell is getting married to a super cool guy, Adam Cooper, this New Years Eve and I had the privilege of being her personal graphic designer for all her wedding needs! :) Can't wait to watch her walk down the aisle oh so soon!!

One of my EEE Sisters, and fellow pageant competitor had me come up with these two designs for some fun upcoming events she was hosting! :) They were a blast to design!  

This wedding invite was for sweet Abbie Dunham (now Tracy!) She had a vintage/rustic wedding and wanted her invites to capture that look as well! Birdcages were used throughout her wedding reception and so we incorporated them into the invite as well! 

Thursday, December 15, 2011

It's Okay Thursday Link Up!

Hey guys! Today I am linking up with A Complete Waste of Makeup for yet another......

Its Ok Thursdays

ITS OK.....

That Christmas is in 10 days and I still have not finished gift shopping OR wrapping.

That I would rather clean out our drains with a coat hanger then do laundry...

To get super sick after doing my first real Zumba class since college. (Im clearly out of shape)

To have to put a sticky note over the clock on my computer so I don't stare at it all day wishing it was 5..

To only be excited that Lamar Odom is playing for the Dallas Mavericks bc the Kardashians might be opening their DASH clothing store in town.

That I bought "bang extensions" bc I'm too much of a sucker to actually cut my own hair

That I brought an orange to work yesterday but stopped for McDonalds instead. Healthy FAIL.

What are you okay with this week???

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

New 8x10 Prints in the Shop!

Hey guys! We have some new 8x10 prints in the shop! Just in time for some last minute Christmas shopping for yourself or a loved one! :) 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

DIY-Wall Stencil Decor

I've seen a lot of projects on Pinterest that ive thought to myself "I can TOTALLY do that" and others ive steered clear of knowing I could never pull it off. 

When I saw this on Pinterest- my first reaction was "Easy. Done. Where is my paint brush and stencil?" but I have to warn you....

 This project is not for the weak at heart. 

It takes patience...A good leveler....and a husband who will tell you when its crooked after already spending 2 hours painting the design. (But thats a whole other story.)

I found this stencil from CuttingEdgeStencils on Etsy. And I highly recommend them if you want to take on this task. They provide you not only with ballin' stencil designs, but brushes and stencil levelers as well to make the whole process a lot smoother!

{Picture of the study before the stenciling began! The room is painted grey and I planned on doing the stencil in a semi-gloss grey which is a shade lighter then the base coat. It gives it a nice sheen with still keeping the pattern noticeable.}

{You will want to purchase some paint tape as well for sticking up your stencil. It doesn't pull the existing paint of and holds it in place very well! I also recommending starting in the middle and working your way out when placing your stencil on the wall. Those tight corners can get tricky and take more time to work on.}

{For a project like this-Its good to purchase a dense foam roller since you wont be pressing very hard with rolling the paint on. (Cutting Edge Stencils also provides this to purchase as well) Pressing too hard results in "bleeds" on the sides of the cut outs leaving you with a no fun splotched edge. I always started out pressing with a medium pressure and it worked great!}

{Once you have your first section painted on, you simply move the stencil down, line it up, and start painting again! The great thing about this process is that the paint dries really quick so there is hardly any wait time needed when going from section to section. TIP: CuttingEdgeStencil has "stencil levelers" for sale but I recommend taking your own leveler and leveling from the design itself...Not the plastic around it-as sometimes the design might not be cut straight on the plastic making for an uneven paint job. I say this from experience *smile*}

{Sometimes its fun to have a little moral support while you're working! Even from a furry friend!}

{Remember earlier when I mentioned my husband telling me that my paint job was crooked at first? This is what happens when you have a perfectionist watching your every move! TIP: Sometimes you might need another set of hands to help you line up the design or you might end up looking like my hubby on the right! Ha! He was such a big help and I definitely would have completed the project without his encouragement!}

{Almost done! The top was the most tricky since you're standing super high on a ladder and still trying to line everything up to perfection. I recommend purchasing a stencil brush to get those tight corners sharp and crisp like the ones below! (CuttingEdgeStencils also provides these for purchase as well!}

 Stencil Brush Set, 3 Piece Soft Comfort Series, Great for stenciling

{TADA!!! All done! Not the best picture considering the glare but done nonetheless!}

This project took me about a week and half of working on it here and there and all but two melt downs (But you have to remember-ive never done anything like this before so it quite the challenge for me and hitting road bumps along the way was just apart of the learning process!)

 It's a finished project that im super proud of! Now to just get started on decorating the rest of the room! EEK!

What fun and challenging DIY projects have you worked on lately?