Tuesday, January 7, 2014

affordable art :: diy geometric stamp

I saw this project by Emma Dime, and decided that, even though I've never made my own stamp, this was definitely something I could handle! All you need is a stamp carving tool and a carving block. These types of projects are great because one stamp can provide a lot of versatility. You can create art in any size, on almost an surface, and since it's a simple pattern, you can create several unique options.

I used standard water based acrylic paint and painted it on to the stamp. The key to using paint on a stamp is to make sure it's as even as possible. You don't want any globs of paint anywhere or else it will make a mess. The better way to use stamps is obviously a stamp pad, but I didn't have one large enough on hand.

This what I came up with! It's only 9x12 but I imagine it can create a lot more impact at a huge size!

supplies:
  1. stamp carving tool
  2. carving block
  3. acrylic paint or stamp pad 
  4. paper or canvas


My first attempt at print making ended up working out. Hopefully I can come up with some other simple patterns and take a stab at this on a larger canvas. I've added it to my magnetic art wall for now! Ultimately, this is where most of my art experiments end up.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Painted Door

We've been meaning to paint the front door for a really long time, and we finally got around to it yesterday! We haven't painted the outside yet, but we will eventually. Light grey walls gave us the freedom to choose any color. This color is Martha Stewart Hummingbird Blue.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

iPhone Template 15

We haven't posted in a while, but we wanted to share a new template today! We've provide a printable for both iPhone 5 and 4. This template was made to fit into the clear Incase Snap Case. Enjoy!


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Bathroom Update

We finally got around to paining our guest bathroom white. It looks so much better and it's much brighter in there...I really don't know why I thought t yellow was a good idea.

Here is the bathroom before.

And here it is now. The white looks so much freshers and brighter. We still need to change the lights since they are in a yellow glass and give off a yellow glow. Oh and the tiles are yellowish and so the whole bathroom was looking way too yellow.  The next big update will be changing out the vanity and lights. And then maybe the grey shower curtain, since I'm not sure I like the way it looks with the tan tiles.


Friday, March 22, 2013

iPhone template 14

Here is the new free printable iPhone 5 and 4 template! This template was made to fit into the clear Incase Snap Case. Enjoy!


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

More Free Fonts!

I found some really beautiful free fonts recently and wanted to share.

Allura: A casual script with an elegant feel.



Langdon: This well proportioned sans serif display typeface comes with drop shadow options.




Yeseva One: This serif display typeface one has great personality and details.

Friday, March 15, 2013

kitchen :: done (for now)

Hi everyone! Just wanted to share the latest update to our kitchen. This will probably be the last update we'll make for while. The next big project we plan on is replacing the cabinets, but we have to save up for a while to get that done.

We finally swapped out those yellow lights that made everything yellow. We decided on these lights from Shades of Light. They're from the Young House Love collection and we love them. They are super bright, simple, and modern, which is exactly what we were looking for. 

I realized that I've never shared a wide shot of the kitchen, so I'm sharing one now! What do you guys think?



Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Free shipping at Society6

Hi guys,

Society6 is offering free worldwide shipping on our products now through March 17th. Just be sure to enter the site from this link.

Friday, March 8, 2013

office :: update

When we first moved into our house the closet in the office didn't have any doors. I decided to leave it that way, because I liked the angles of the closet. I thought it gave the room some interest. But, I soon realized that I really needed a closet of some sort. The office was becoming way too cluttered because I had no where to hide my mess. I really didn't want to add traditional closet doors, because that would mean making the office a square again, so I decided to add Ikea panel curtains instead. I don't particularly like the flowy look of curtains but I didn't want doors, so the panel curtains were a good compromise.



I figure I'll have them halfway open most of the time. I like the way they look best when they cover the shelves and leave the corner with the bright pink clock exposed. (see above photo)


Monday, March 4, 2013

amazing chapstick

I don't know about you, but this winter has completely leeched my body of all moisture and my skin and lips are the first to show it. I am always on the lookout for a new chapstick and have tried them all from the very expensive to the cheapest drugstore finds. I like my chapstick to feel like its moisturing instantly, not just some oily coat of flavor sitting on my lips until it gets rubbed off or evaporates. Well, yesterday I discovered something totally different and amazing!

I was CVS getting a few things because I did not want to deal with the stampede of Sunday afternoon shoppers at Target and decided to check out the lip care aisle. Normally I love my Strawberry Carmex and since CVS is the only place that I can ever find it at, I grabbed a couple. The I saw this new thing by Carmex. It's called a Lip Conditioner and comes in a little tube. For just $2.00 what do I have to lose?

I opened it up as soon as I got in the car and noticed the amazing creamsicle smell. that got it a point before I even tried it on. When i put some on, I was surprised and so excited that I kept telling my husband to try it, too. You know that feeling of putting on a great lotion on your hands? It's not greasy, it soaks right in and your hands feel smooth and refreshed? Well, that is EXACTLY what my lips felt like. Amazing!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

kitchen :: progress!

A few weeks ago, I posted about our kitchen and all the stuff I wanted update. Well, we are finally at the point where we are happy with the kitchen. One day we want to reface the kitchen cabinets, but that's probably going to be a future project. We want white cabinets without so much detail.

We are also replacing the light fixtures in a few days. The yellow ones we have up right now are glass pendants that I spray painted a year ago. We put them up last week and we really liked them until we realized that they make the entire room look really yellow. So we are going to replace them with these, from Shades of Light. They should be coming in the mail any day now.

We also replaced all the cabinet fixtures to brushed nickel hardware from Target.




All in all I think the kitchen looks much better now. Unfortunately, we had to keep the threshold on the floor because the kitchen floor is tile and the rest is wood veneer so the heights are different. The clear glass backsplash is much bluer than we thought it would be be, but we are still happy with it. 

Monday, February 25, 2013

toddler table

A while ago we started shopping for a little table for Mini-man to be able to play and eat at.
Here are four that I looked at:


1. Safari Collection 2. Little Ones 3. LATT table - the winner! 4. SANSAD table

We ended up going with the cheapest at only $20 dollars and so far are really happy with it!

Friday, February 22, 2013

crown molding

Along with our kitchen update, we got crown molding! We hadn't planned on getting it done, but my Dad kept insisting that it would make a big difference, so we decided to give it a try, and I'm glad we did! It makes a big difference. We only got it in the hallway and bedrooms because the living room is vaulted. I think it definitely gives the rooms and hallway a more finished feeling.


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Poster generator

Have you seen this awesome site? You just type in a quote and it generates a poster for you. Can you imagine the possibilities with all of those quotes you see on pinterest?

Here is one of my favorite quotes.

Monday, February 18, 2013

We are in Mollie Make Magazine!

We wanted to share some exciting news! Our wooden necklaces were chosen for Mollie Makes Magazine! The magazine is available in both digital and print formats.