Archive | May, 2012

Pet Silhouette Wall Art

25 May

As late as I am at getting on the whole silhouette bandwagon, I was bound and determined to get this little project done and finally scratch it of the ol’ to-do list, and since I already had wallpaper out from this project, I thought now was as good a time as any to whip out this little task and call ‘er done!  I decided to go with a pet silhouette, although others like deer mount silhouettes and portrait silhouettes have caught my eye as well (see more silhouette Pinspiration here).

I started out by selecting a few sheets of wallpaper samples that I liked and a couple of trays I had lying around that I thought would work well with the silhouette cutout:

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Then, by taping plain printer paper directly onto the computer screen, I traced an image of Bitsy in two sections (my screen wasn’t large enough nor was the 8 1/2 x 11 sized paper I was using) to create a template in the shape I was looking for – Bitsy shaped, of course:

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After tracing her image, I taped the two pieces of paper together adjoining the top half of her body to her bottom half, and then placed it on top of the various sheets of wallpaper I had selected from earlier to decide which one I liked best. After positioning the traced image on top of my choice wallpaper in the just-right-place, I taped it in place so I could cut it with an exacto knife without it shifting:

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Then lastly, I sprayed the back of my wallpaper cutout with spray adhesive and affixed it onto the tray with the wood-toned center:

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And Voila!  A ctue-as-a-button-chihuahua pet silhouette! I love it   :0 )

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Enryway Closet – Pretty Patchwork Wallpaper and Paint

12 May

The entryway closet has gotten a bit of an organization overhaul over the past couple of weeks, but in the midst of all my efforts at making things more functional, I got the hankering to apply some visually appealing components in there as well. Que the wallpaper and paint!

This was one of those I’m-feeling-kinda-crazy-creative-and-want-to-do-something-about-it-right-now moments that serendipitously worked out alongside the other closet projects I had going on without me even having to buy anything or leave the house to get it done.  I already had all the supplies on hand, all I needed was to get to a-movin’ and a-shakin’! So I grabbed a variety of “scrap” paints (leftover paint samples from the green room and $3.00 oops paint from Lowes) to mix a pale shade of green, and then got to painting:

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I painted the lower section of the back of the closet wall with the green paint I just mixed, then painted the 2×4 running across the back of the closet, just above that lower section, coral (leftover paint from this closet painting project). It was at that moment that I recalled one of my inspiration (or should I say Pinspiration) photos to figure out just what to do with the upper section of the closet – patchwork wallpaper!

click pic for source via Pinterest

So I gathered the pile of wallpaper samples I had lying around that have yet to be put to use, taped and measured out an area on the kitchen floor the same size as the space within the closet that the wallpaper samples would be going, and then laid out my samples, shifting them around until I came up with a nice, eye-pleasing layout that I was happy with:

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Then I got to gluing them on the wall one-by-one (I used Scotch brand ultra-hold spray adhesive) until the entire upper section of the closet was covered:

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And after adding a few accessories, like a mirror, Mr. Rhino, and a three-tier shelf, we were left with this pretty little drop-off zone that I couldn’t be happier to step into every evening when I get home from work and every morning on the way out the door:

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It makes me smile!

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DIY Tire Swing

8 May

We made a tire swing this past Sunday and Olive has already been enjoing it!

Click HERE for a quick tutorial and all the “how we did it” details 🙂

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THANKS FOR LOOKING!

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