TUESDAY: DIY ART
(ps. since this picture, I trimmed some of the fringe. It is a bit much here.)
A week and a half ago, while in the Dominican Republic (check out part uno of our trip here and part dos of our trip here), my sister-in-law, Nathalie, let me wear one of her necklaces around town. I fell in love and become obsessed. No, literally – I couldn’t stop thinking about making one of my own. So, last night, after collecting the beads and string on my lunch break, I made it. It only took me three hours to do it all – paint (and dry) the beads, braid the string and thread everything together.
I’m going to make more necklaces and bracelets in the upcoming days, so I’ll show you how I paint the beads in upcoming posts. (Hint: it includes bamboo skewers and empty cracker and granola bar boxes.)
Here are pictures of Nathalie’s necklace.
Here are pictures of my necklace.
Pretty good replica, huh?
Here is what I used:
1. Two pieces of fringed trim (I bought at a speciality fabric store. For a $1 a yard)
2. Three colors of cross-stitch thread (I already owned these from a previous art project – check my bird cage art here.)
3. Wooden beads (I bought a tub full for $5.00 with a 40% coupon at Michael’s. So it came out to be $3.00)
4. Acrylic paint (Already owned.)
5. Random beads (Already owned.)
So the total for this necklace is $5.00! Sweet deal!
Posted in Art, DIY, Easy art projects, Obsessions
Tagged DIY, diy jewelry, diy necklace, glass beads, make your own jewelry, necklace, paint wooden beads, wooden beads
Yesterday I came across this website (www.yarnbombing.com) and I fell in love. What a fun and colorful way to give joy to people, make them smile and warm their hearts.
People all over the planet are taking part in this craze and I think it’s absolutely wonderful. It’s yarn-anarchy!
(For a post on more traditional graffiti, click here.)
Now, if I only knew how to knit …
THURSDAY: DREAM VACATIONS
There is one thing that I really want to do – vacation in a treehouse. Imagine waking up in the middle of the night in the center of a forest listening to the leaves rustle in the wind just outside of your bedroom window.
Have you ever seen the documentary “Butterfly” with Julia Butterfly Hill, who lived in a redwood tree for just under two years? I love that she did it, but personally, I’d prefer a tree with a comfy bed, clean linens and running water. My hardcore activist days are over and I enjoy a bit of comfort. (Although, I never did anything as hardcore as living in a tree for two years. I did not eat beef for nine years in protest of beef production in the Amazon rainforest though.)
I found a few treehouse hotels that I’d love to stay in. Check them out …
Costa Rica Tree House Lodge
Hamanasi in Belize
Cedar Creek Treehouse at Mt. Rainer
THURSDAY: DREAM GETAWAYS
TRAVEL LOG: ONE DAY IN THE FUTURE
Glamourous, elegant with a dash of sass – interior design hotshot Kelly Wearstler has designed some of the most posh resorts in Miami, Palm Springs, Snowmass and Santa Monica. Although I have yet to stay in one of them (it’s on my list), I do ohh and ahh over the photos. Don’t you just love them?
See more of my dream vacays:
Snowmass – The Viceroy
Santa Monica – The Viceroy
Miami – The Tides
Miami – The Viceroy
Palm Springs – The Viceroy
Posted in Inspiration, Interior design ideas, My getaways, Obsessions
Tagged dream getaway, dream vacation, glamourous interior design, hotel design, hotel interior design, Kelly Wearstler, Miami, Palm Springs, Santa Monica, Snowmass, the tides, the viceroy
TUESDAY: HOME DESIGN/ART
A few months ago, I saw a similar art piece on Etsy.com and fell in love with it. Since creating art is a passion of mine, I decided recreated some myself this weekend. Check it out.
3 white shadow boxes (I bought them from Ikea for $10 each)
straight edge paper cutter
9 pieces of heavy card stock paper
Here is how I did it …
1. I browsed through my old magazines and ripped pages (mostly ads) that had pages with larger color-blocked sections.
2. With my paper cutter, which I just bought at Michaels for $6 (I love their 40% coupons), I cut the pages into even strips.
3. Cut the card stock to fit the dimensions of the shadowbox.
4. Glued the magazine strips onto the card stock.
5. I drew designs onto the card stock and cut them out.
6. I placed front card stock piece and then stacked the other piece behind it and then arranged the colored piece in the back.
(Next step: hanging them up!)
See more of my art:
Dripping with circles painting
Kevin’s wedding present painting
Chic seashell art
Posted in Art, DIY, Easy art projects, Inspiration, Interior design ideas, Obsessions
Tagged art, art project, mixed media, recycle magazine, recycled art, recycled magazine with art, shadow box
THURSDAY: MY (DREAM) GETAWAY
Travel log: Stockholm, Sweden, one day in the near future …
My friend Jackie just returned from a three-month jaunt in Sweden. I was totally envious (in a good way!) – mainly for her firsthand experience of the country’s cutting-edge design-centric culture. (She’s a designer, so I’m glad she was able to relish in it.) I love the modern simplicity, bold graphics and practicality in all creative areas from art, fashion and furniture (there’s ikea, of course – but there is so much more!).
Here some examples of what inspires me most:
Posted in Art, Inspiration, Interior design ideas, My getaways, Obsessions
Tagged bold graphics, clean line design, dream getaway, dream sweden getaway, modern design, swedish design, swedish fashion, swedish furniture design, swedish interior design
n. One of the seven centers of spiritual energy in the human body according to yoga philosophy.
In honor of my yoga practice, I painted the ancient seven Sanskrit chakra symbols – each on a separate 5” x 5” canvas. They hang outside of Kai’s room to always remind Alex and me to treat him with respect.
According to ancient Indian tradition (over 2,000 years), each chakra has a unique meaning and purpose. Click on the photo below for a larger and readable view of the graph that explains the chakras and their meanings. (I “borrowed” it from another web site that I can’t find right now. Oops!)
ps. I’ve painted the walls behind the paintings white since taking this pic.
CHECK OUT MORE OF MY ART!
DRIPPING WITH CIRCLES
Posted in 1, Art, DIY, Easy art projects, Inspiration, Natural living, Obsessions, Random
Tagged art project, crown, heart, painting art, paintings, root, sacral, sanskrit, sanskrit chakra symbols, solar plexas, third eye, throat, yoga
Burberry Heart Print Check Rain Boots
Next week, Alex and I are traveling to Seattle. (A week all by ourselves, can you believe it?) So, in honor of the city’s habitual rain, today’s posting celebrates the precipitation in total swanky style. Check out these super cute goods, which I would love to one day call my own.
Ps. Next week, I will be a detour from my daily topics and instead post pics and highlights from our trip. So stay tuned …
Have you been to Seattle? Post some recommendations for me.
MARC by Marc Wild At Heart Raincoat
Rainy day print
Polka dot red rain hat
Red umbrella pinup girl button pendant necklace
Funky vintage stacking flower umbrella cups
See more of my must-have inspirations:
Funky nature-inspired home decor
Fruity retro gear
Recycled furniture ideas
Posted in Inspiration, Obsessions, Random
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