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a pinterest challenge

i got really excited about this YHL post last week.

They’re having another  PINTEREST CHALLENGE!  {a “pinterest challenge”  is when you try to make something you’ve found on Pinterest!}

unfortunately, i’ve been super busy with my silly 31 days thing lately. so, I’m a little worn out and I haven’t really had time to work something out…

O, don’t worry. I still made something. 🙂 hee hee. it’s just not as big and grand as i wished…

A couple of weeks ago, actually, a friend and i were inspired to make pinterest t-shirt scarfs!

She had  found a beautiful inspiration of T-shirt braids like this one:

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and I found this  T-shirt material+lace scarf which totally inspired me!

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they’re both so fun!

Luckily we had that tutorial for the braided one so that we could figure out how to do the lace one.  I’m totally in love with it:

the scarf

{even if my face looks funny} The only thing I’d change is try to find some larger detailed lace like my inspiration page. Next time!!

I loved mine so much that I made one for my mother-in-law for her birthday yesterday! She has a purple one, hopefully she loves it as much as I do! 🙂

xoxo- kimberly renee

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{day 27} keeping it simple.

sometimes, the simplier the better.  sometimes simple is the best way to let go.


this painting from a couple of years ago is still Husbuddy’s favorite one.

some days when he reminds me of that, i’m a little offended  because it is by far the easiest and simpliest painting i’ve ever done.

but sometimes, you just gotta roll with the fact that simple really is better.

{please, ignore the nail holes!!*eek, pink cheeks*}

my original goal for this painting had been to copy the Audrey Hepburn “pop art” paintings that you could get really cheaply at Bed, Bath, and Beyond or Ikea at the time. like this:
but we didn’t have the dough even if it was “cheap”.
so i made my own! and i personalized it!
it’s not exactly what we look like, i’ll give you that. {especially since my dear father-in-law made fun of this painting back in the day…but i think he was looking at it upside down or something} but, it’s fun and did i mention that it’s still Husbuddy’s favorite?
oh, yup. already mentioned that. well, he reminds me all the time…
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so today, i’m going to teach you how to make your own Black and White Personalized Pop Art!
{if it seems too hard still, or you’re afraid of paint, don’t worry,  it will also be a listing in my etsy shop and i could make a custom one for you!}
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SUPPLIES:
-canvas
-black and white paint
-pictures printed out to the size you want them
-exacto knife
1. paint the canvas with the white color. i know it seems redundant, but this way, if you mess up you can touch it up with the white color! otherwise, there’s no way to touch it up (trust me!)
2. cut out the details that you want to show up on the canvas. this picture looks funny because i first put it through the “posterize” filter in photoshop. when i do that, it makes the dark areas stand out more, so it’s a little easier to figure out which details to cut out.
3. hold up and admire your cut out picture, see if there is any thing missing… what’s tricky is making sure that you don’t cut the whole face out… it would defeat the purpose. we’re going for just cutting out the shadows and leaving the areas we want white.
4. use the image like a stencil and carefully paint the face onto the canvas!
get your second image ready.
5. hang up your genius artwork that you just adore.
6.admire and see if there is any white “touch ups” you need to do. (for example, in the image above you can see that there are a couple splotches on his shoulder and lapel… i just painted a couple coats of white over that area, see below)
so easy! so sophisticated!
and now you can go impress your husbuddy (or beautiful wife) with your own version!
(or like i said, i can do it for you, for sale HERE)
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May you let go through a simple piece of artwork today my friends!
xo-kimberly renee
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what i did when the power was out after the hurricane

granted, the power didn’t go out at our place.

just at work. and everywhere else in princeton. so i had a couple of days to kill… and not being able to go anywhere i had to get my hands busy…

so what did i do?

i’ll tell ya, what i should have done, is some art work. my heart is yearning to paint! but nope, that’s not what i did.

instead, i upholstered my dining room chairs:

they were 20$ each from Target 5 years ago when we first got married.

they’ve moved to 4 different apartments in 4 different cities in the past 5 years.

they were looking kind of gross. they have been dinged up all over the place because of all the moves.

they’ve been through a lot of paint splotches and food spills from the clutz in the house.

no comment about who is the clutz.

{you know, since we don’t even have little kids running around… it’s a little bit embarrassing…}

so it made perfect sense to put pretty new fabric on the chairs right? ok, maybe not perfect sense.

but luckily, it was easy enough and the chairs were cheap enough that i didn’t feel bad about it.

i got out my trusty staple gun. {the first time i even used a staple gun was when i upholstered those stools.} this time though, since the fabric was not that bad…ok, just a little dirty, i just added the new fabric on top of the old one.

{is that ok to admit? i feel guilty for doing that… and i’m not sure why…}

lots of staples. staple staple staple your gun gently around and around… merrily merrily merrily, life is but a dream…

hmmm…? maybe the ringing in my ears is more than just from the gun…

after the stapling, i sanded the chair like crazy. i liked the color of the stain but there were so many nicks on the chair already i decided to just take it further, to distress it to hide the nicks.

i know, i know, some people might hate it.

who knows, maybe some day i’ll paint the chairs…

but at least for now, the chairs are different, pretty and a mix of rustic distressed and elegant.

just the way i like it 🙂

i’m in love.

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a holiday craft to make this long weekend

Whooop whoop! I’m so excited to have a few days off from work! It feels like i have done absolutely nothing besides go to work and come home and go to sleep and then get up and do it all again. {mind you- it’s def. a blessing to be busy at work again! more jobs= more moolah. i’m thankful for that! just tired}  So… I’m excitedly planning a few fun things to do!

What about this awesome wreath?!! {image from life through a lens}

Check out the tutorial here

I like this version too 🙂 She added other christmas ornaments and fun things to make it more eclectic.

{image from the little apartment}

Seriously. what’s with me and wreaths lately?

Here is a fun one that’s totally different. Rosettes and burlap! 🙂 it makes me happy.

image from Celebrate the Journey and directions here

Gosh. the posibilities are endless. if  you want more ideas, go to Tatertos and jello!

 Once i make my wreath I’ll let you know 😉 ha. because i’m sure that  you’re all sitting on the edge of your seat with anticipation.

 o. i know you are.

xo!

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a holiday craft to make this long weekend

Whooop whoop! I’m so excited to have a few days off from work! It feels like i have done absolutely nothing besides go to work and come home and go to sleep and then get up and do it all again. {mind you- it’s def. a blessing to be busy at work again! more jobs= more moolah. i’m thankful for that! just tired}  So… I’m excitedly planning a few fun things to do!

What about this awesome wreath?!! {image from life through a lens}

Check out the tutorial here

I like this version too 🙂 She added other christmas ornaments and fun things to make it more eclectic.

{image from the little apartment}

Seriously. what’s with me and wreaths lately?

Here is a fun one that’s totally different. Rosettes and burlap! 🙂 it makes me happy.

image from Celebrate the Journey and directions here

Gosh. the posibilities are endless. if  you want more ideas, go to Tatertos and jello!

 Once i make my wreath I’ll let you know 😉 ha. because i’m sure that  you’re all sitting on the edge of your seat with anticipation.

 o. i know you are.

xo!

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DiY corkboard *a saturday project*

have you always saved all your wine corks but never known what to do with them? Well have I got a project for you!

my corkboard made of wine corks

All you need is:

a pretty cool frame ( or a normal one- I went with a pretty cool one though)

As many of your wine corks as you can find

an exacto knife

a hot glue gun and/or  tacky glue

a dark piece of paper

and a helper 🙂 or not

yea he’s my little helper! don’t mind the trash bag in the background. gross! i realize i was cleaning up at the same time and since it was my birthday when i made this i had a lot of wrapping paper to clean up… hence the trash bag. no usually i don’t leave trash bags lying around. oops. :-p

Step 1: attach the pretty piece of dark paper to the backing of the frame.

This is so that when we finish our cork board… if it isn’t perfect and we have holes the dark paper hides the holes better than  a light background like some of the picture frame backgrounds. You can see the holes in mine at the end and because of the dark paper it gives it a shadow & kind of disappears.

Step 2: Make a border around the edge of the frame with the corks,

play around with which ones fit so you can completely cover the border. Use the hotglue gun to get all the corks secure to the paper and the frame. If you want to ever use this frame again for something else don’t glue to the frame.  But I did for stability.

notice how all my corks aren’t perfect. some are bigger than others. The left side doesn’t match the right. IT’S OK! It doesn’t have to be perfect people. That’s what gives it charm! :-p

Step 3: Start filling in the middle.

Start on one side and make your way across. I liked the look of mixing up which ones were facing up and down vs. side to side. That way I could do sets of two up and down and then match it with sets of two (or three if that’s what fit) side to side. It gives it a checkerboard look. Sometimes you have to cut a cork to get it fit into a space. That is ok! Sometimes you have to cut a cork to get it fit into a space. That is ok! Just be careful when cutting it. Don’t hurt yourself and sue me or something.

Step 4: and now just fill in the rest of the frame!

Can you tell which ones were cut in half from the picture?! nope. not really. if you look closely you can. but it still is cork and it works  for me 🙂

now you just have to find the perfect place to hang it! 🙂

like right there, above my sewing machine and my art supplies next to the window 🙂  again, please don’t mind the mess :-p it’s a work in progress. not a mess.

let me know if you make one! I’d love to see yours! 🙂 Have fun with this Saturday project!

xoxo-Kim

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