Monday, December 24, 2012

a new hobby

Juggling an active toddler, a part-time nanny job, and household duties has kept me on my toes this past year, but I couldn't be more grateful for all of the blessings in my life. Just to add to the craziness of life my husband and I started creating handmade leather goods as a hobby a few months back, and we have opened an Etsy shop to make our products available to a wider audience.
From colorful and metallic leather tassel keychains to clean and streamlined leather bifold wallets we have a variety of accessories to choose from.
The best part is we truly love the process of creating our items, so our prices are some of the lowest around. Please visit our shop if you have a moment:
Hope that you and yours enjoy this holiday season, and here's to 2013!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Getting my Kraft on.

I was inspired by this post (over at the fabulous blog Little Green Notebook) to make my own Kraft paper botanical art. I recently purchased new pillows for my bed from the etsy shop chic decor pillows. I wanted to use the floral design from the fabric in my wall art.
I came across this post on Design*Sponge (another fabulous blog) that inspired me to make a stencil. First I photocopied my pillow cover, cut out the design, and then played around with it until I had a shape I liked. Then I traced the design onto Kraft paper (four times, like in the Design*Sponge tutorial). This picture is a little difficult to see, but it's my finished tracing.
Then I took a paint brush and filled in the lines with black acrylic paint. This part took the longest amount of time, about two hours for me.
Once I was done painting I erased any stray pencil lines and put it in the frame. I used double sided tape on the mat so the art would be pressed against the glass. Here is the finished product! I couldn't wait to get it up on the wall after framing it, so I apologize for the glare from the glass doors. I like how the paint made the Kraft paper ripple and look aged.Just for fun, here is the new art in our master bedroom. You can see that it is part of a larger gallery wall with some family photos.
The best part about this project was that it cost me absolutely nothing. The frame was a gift from long ago, the Kraft paper was from my Christmas stash, and the black acrylic paint was left over from painting silhouettes of our baby for the grandparents. I'm so pleased with the final product.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

SLC style: even more brick

Well, winter decided to finally arrive this week, just when I was starting to dream of spring. We're hoping to get some work done in the yard this year, and there's nothing like looking at beautiful homes to gather inspiration. Here are a few of my favorites around town.
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