A Little Feat

“If you’ll be my dixie chicken, I’ll be your Tennessee lamb, and we can walk together down in dixieland.” Originally written by Little Feat, and rediscovered through Dave Matthews and his sneaky live recordings.

Bored one night and falling deeper in love with this Spring inspired quote I decided to try my hand at a little illustration/calligraphy work. For the most part I’m quite happy with how it turned out.

 

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What’s Your Numbah, Sugah?

03.01.05 the date that I like to think changed my life forever. It was that date 8 years ago that I met my soul mate and never looked back. We still to this day wish each other “happy anniversary” the first of every month. It has turned into more of a game so many months later who can wish it first and on what media device. (I usually win on all accounts)

03.01.05 are our numbers. Period. Even when we (finally) get married I’m sure we’ll still do something special on the first of March. These numbers were my semi inspiration for a project I’d been dying to do. As seen in a previous post I recovered my blue college apartment pillows to match our red cabinet. Love them. The fabric however was rather summery and just doesn’t work year round.

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Graphic and typography items are popping up everywhere; numbers, letters, quotes. I decided to take our most treasured numbers and create graphic pillows for the living room. The process was easy. Find a font you love, I used the font “Elephant” (should be standard on most PC’s) I really liked the vintage feel of this font; the serifs, the almost hand typed feel if you could call it that.

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Once a font is selected increase the font size, a lot. I think my letters were done at a 60 or 70 point. Print them out, tape or rubber cement the print down to a thicker piece of paper, and cut them out to form a stencil. If you have a steady enough hand I recommend tracing the number/letters with pencil and painting within the pencil lines. You could also use the stencil as a true stencil but I found the paint tends to sneak underneath creating less than graphic crisp lines.

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I used cheap yet thick and sturdy fabric from Ikea, $3.99 for half a yard and typical craft paint $2 in a charcoal gray. You could use a fabric medium if you chose to but I found the paint spread and held just fine, even after washing. I used a graphic red striped fabric (also Ikea) for the reverse side to play with the red accents throughout the room and the vintage graphic feel of the pillow. I used the same pocket hemmed technique illustrated in the previous pillow post, an easy way to create removable pillow covers.

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I really love how they came out and adore that they reflect something so meaningful to us in such a subtle, stylish way.

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PS Happy Anniversary Babe! 8 years (AAAHHHHH!!) Time really flies when you’re having the time of your life. Looking forward to many more adventures together. Love you!

Busy End of Summer Bees

Hello all! I promise I have not been stolen by pirates or hospitalized by a boomerang. It’s been a bit of a crazy end of Summer for our little family of two.

First we had to jet up to Saratoga Springs for a wedding, ya know College Roommate’s wedding, I was the Maid of Honor, no big deal.

It was an all weekend event and probably one of the most perfect weddings I have ever attended (and I’ve attended more wedding’s than the average person) Because I was an active part of said wedding Mr. Fabulous stepped up and took over my duties as faux photographer, taking over 1200 pictures. He did a damn good stand in job in my opinion, this picture especially gives me chills every time I see it.

Needless to say I’ve been a bit busy editing. Good thing I enjoy Mis’s face otherwise I’d be getting pretty sick of it by now. Editing’s still not done but I’ve made a good dent.

Most importantly a SUPER congratulations and EXTRA love for the newlyweds. Beyond happy for the two of you. Just remember Mr. Groom you’ve married into your wife’s crazy roomie. You’re stuck with me for life now bub 🙂 mwahahaha.

Labor Day weekend we found ourselves in Middle of The State New York for the Future Family Festival of Fun. Another weekend long event which is turning into a wonderful tradition. Spending time with my future family is always a stupendous time, and the antique stores on the way home made this girl a very happy camper 🙂 More on that in a soon to come post. (Trust me it’s worth the wait.) Anywho, Family Fest 2012 was fabulous (oh alliterations) And as tradition we took a group shot for prosperity; a tradition I wish my family did all those years we traveled to Maine together. We blew it guys!

The end of Labor Day weekend brought a special delivery 3 weeks early. Welcome the newest addition of a very dear friend’s family. We lovingly call her Eggroll (sister of Burrito) Welcome to the world baby girl! Auntie Lizzie and Uncle Brendan can’t wait to babysit you and your sister. (that shall be a true test for sure)

AND to plug more excuses for letting this blog fall by the wayside, probably the most exciting news (I mean it is hard to top a birth but I think it’s darn close) Future Hubs and myself booked ourselves a little trip

We’re going to EUROPE! YAY! Amsterdam to be exact. We’ll probably hit Brussels and Paris while we’re at it. I’ve never been, nor has my man and after 2 years of art history in college I’ve been biting at the bit as they say to get over there. We’re celebrating his 30th Birthday which happened earlier this year. (You can see his other “present” here.) We’re also jokingly calling this our “pre wedding honeymoon” as we’ve been engaged for 2 years and still don’t have a date. Those from Irish families will understand the overwhelming “how the hell are we going to feed/house all these people” feeling I’m sure. Needless to say, we’re very excited and still have a lot of planning ahead of us. We leave in a few weeks so expect a post potentially “abroad” if not LOTS of European pictures/artwork when we return.

Au Revoir for now! More projects, posting, recipes, and craziness to come!

Thank You.

A simple post from an overwhelmed and absolutely touched blogger.

Thank you all so very much for all the love and support you have shown me over the last 4 days. Never in a million years did I think I would be Freshly Pressed, let alone receive an overwhelming amount of positive and supportive comments from the blogging community. Your kind words truly mean the world to me. I shall try my best to not let you all down and keep cranking out more simple projects to make all your lives a little more pretty.

The biggest of thanks and virtual hugs to you all. It’s been a truly surreal and fabulous weekend. Thank you.

(Images above are a thank you card I made for my Godfather, who never ever forgets my birthday and still sends birthday treats which makes this 27 year old excited that birthdays still rock. Thanks Uncle Kenny!)

Birthdays are The Best Sorts of Days

A slightly belated present from Brendan arrived a few days ago. I had sent him a bunch of links to Etsy prints I wouldn’t mind receiving. He said he only liked only one. Frankly I didn’t even remember which one’s I sent. So I patiently waited and half forgot that a little Etsy gift was on its way.

Packaged arrived and I would have to say that The Fiance chose a fabulous one. It’s amazing how art can bring back memories and make you feel so fabulous. I’ve vacationed in Maine for every summer since birth. I’ve also vacationed with Brendan there a time or two. In addition, I love lobster. Other than these personal ties to this print Brendan and I as an “us” have some happy “lobstah” memories. One day we discovered hidden emoticons on Gchat. Our favorite? The lobster  V.v.V  (and yes, when entered on Gchat it actually pinches) What better way to remember our weird traditions and my fabulous memories than a print from Maine by a fabulous artist. She calls it “Lobster Love” and I couldn’t agree more.

Within moments of opening the package the print was framed and hanging on the wall, added to my Summer Gallery. (more on that soon it’s almost done!) I’ve gotten so many complements on this print already. I also find myself stopping in the hallway, admiring it, and smiling.

Home Made Designer Curtains

Quickly after moving in, maybe I will confess to before moving in, I started planning what to do with our new +/- 1,000 square feet. Upon my many searches for inspiration and direction I stumbled upon FABULOUS fabric by Waverly from Joann’s Fabric.

I was in love. And it was so perfect for my attempts to make our spaces gender neutral and desire to incorporate our love of the great outdoors. The problem? We have 2 windows in our bedroom, the fabric was $24.99 a yard, and to outfit our bedroom with simple straight curtains would cost us roughly $225. Yeah. My perfect curtains were quickly slipping out of my grasp. Thankfully a shopping trip to the local Target saved my dream. for $35 I bought plain Jane beige canvas curtains (no sewing required always a plus, one less task to assign to Mama). Then took a trip to the craft store, bought some acrylic craft paint (under $7) and went to work.

First I sketched out the leaf patter on thick Bristol board. I sketched out 3, one for each color and to create a little visual interest as each leaf on the original is a little different. Then I cut it out with my trusty exacto blade. From there it was a simple monkey see monkey do. Looked at the image of the designer fabric, lay out the stencils as accurately as you can. Dab some paint on, alternate colors so as to not smudge wet paint everywhere and voila! Designer fabric custom curtains at a fraction of the cost!

Brendan especially was impressed with the resemblance to the original, and other than taking a bit longer than I would have thought or liked (seriously was a lot of fabric to get through) I’m equally pleased.

The roll up curtain is over the bed. I like to think it creates a headboard/focal point/canopy type effect. Also if you noticed we went SUPER thrifty on the curtain rods. The “theme” of our bedroom is “Woodsy Retreat”. To play with the theme we went for a hike, grabbed some already fallen branches cut them to size, and hung them on our existing curtain rob holders. Very simple, VERY cost effective, and frankly I think they look pretty awesome.

baby boo

For the fall season (my absolute favorite time of year) I purchased a baby boo pumpkin. I also acquired some other gourds from my neighbor. Since they were still holding strong in December I decided to do some quick little paintings.