Monday, June 25, 2012

A Day in the life of.....

Ok, actually it was a few days, but they blend together with the same thought.
My daughter is in Canada at camp, and my son has been working so I have a lot of time on my hands.
When I get bored, I start gluing things together.
The project below is what came out.
I had read on Pinterest that you can make large images for cheap, if you order engineering prints at Staples.  They only come in black in white and they are not picture sharp.
I thought I'd give it a try and ordered this picture on line and another one, you'll see at the end of this post.
For two 18x24 images was under five dollars.
So I glued the paper on a piece of foam core I had left over from a Dollartree excursion.
I used spray glue on the foam core and then smoothed the picture on top.
I had room left over so I started gluing on my husbands old (as in thrown away) drumsticks.
Then I threw in some coffee beans for flavor HA! get it?  flavor :D 
How more Seattle can you get?
It still didn't work on the wall.
So I put it on another wall. 
I kinda liked it but, I like my orange frame better.

Oops sorry random picture.  It's a "vanilla bean cheesecake with chocolate crust and salted carmel topping.  Insert drool here. 
Dang, another random picture, but I did finally capture Kiki in his bed. 
Ok back to the picture without a wall.

I found a frame that was on my mantle....empty....just kinda sitting there staring at me and my dillema.

I got re-inspired and added a little typography on thar 
The frame was happy to oblige me and made my free art complete.
I think NOW it is working.  Maybe....
I will post another picture when that side of the room is complete.

And of course the final picture. 
Yes, I have not painted my mantle yet.
I am bogged down by the little things I have to do before I can actually do that.
I wish I had a intern to do all the lacky stuff so I can finish up these projects.
But on the great note, my knee is finally healed and I am able to do stuff.
Whoooo hoooo.

Monday, June 18, 2012

I've been working in a coal mine...going down down

This is my niece and her husband.
Aren't they cute?
They have recently found a house to rent with a catch.
The deposit is to be worked out with making the place look good.
They called me to ask for my help with paint colors and design and the use of my unlimited supply of teenagers willing to work cheap.

So I've been working, feels like a coalmine, kinda dark and dreary.
A little creepy and a whole lot of "what were they thinking??!?!!?"

This is the master bedroom, painted a fleshy peachy silly putty color with a crap brown color on the ceiling.  The ceiling was the only place that did not have fist holes or holes the size of someones head in it. 

Next up is the living room, it's a good size and the color wasn't as grotesque but the whole place is done in paneling and it wasn't painted well so there was pealing.
It really enhanced the missing trim. 

Then there is the dining and kitchen.
It was a pretty blue but not for a wall.
Too bright and pastel and looking hideous with the yellowish white trim and counter tops.
So wish these pictures looked true to form but it was kinda dark in there. 

One of the bedrooms was paint light pink with green closet and spattering of orange in random places. 
Yeah, so needless to say it needs some work and definitely design.
I was up to the task.
It will not be perfect and magazine cover worthy but it will be better and functional and reflect who they are and also and most will feel welcoming.

So after hours of research and finding out what they wanted.  We went with a navy blue for the bedroom. 
I took this just to scare ya.  Did it work?
Paneling is time consuming in painting.  Having to paint every crevice before you can use the roller is not fun.

But after the first coat I started to see it. 
I painted the ceiling grey.  So much better than crap brown.
The blue looks a lot brighter than it is, it's hard to get a good photo when the only light I have is streaming through the windows unfiltered. 

This is my inspiration room
I'm hoping I can pull it off.

The kitchen was toned down with a vintage soothing green.
So much better than the bright blue. 
It even makes the counters and cabinet doors look nice.
Which is no small feat.

The living room got a coat of a laid back buckskin beige.
The painting is done and they are moving in this week.
Then hopefully in the next few weeks we will transform this to my vision.
My vision is titled "comtemporary rustic with a vintage rockabilly flare"

I am kinda excited and am hoping they will follow this to completion.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Don't throw ideas from glass heads

Back in my teenage years I first saw a glass head.
I loved it and really wanted one buuuuuut it just never happened.
Thanks to wandering around a discount store I finally scored one for about 7 dollars!!
Isn't it terrific?!?!!
I am so excited about all the possibilities it could hold.
Flowers for spring, a hovering light bulb, Christmas lights, the ideas just flood.

The only dilemma is how to keep it in there?
So I found a candle and the top cover thingy fit pretty good. 
I then added a little duck tape to thicken it up a little and then wrapped rubber bands around that for a good seal. 
So can you guess what I stuffed it with? 
Ok I'll get closer 
Figured it out yet? 
yeah, old school media aka cassette tapes. 
I also threw some silver glitter in there and a couple of guitar picks.
I love it :) I even found a pair of really old school (70's) head phones to put over her glass ears.
It's just plain fun.

Oh and to answer any questions about the Kiki Throne he has not slept in it.  He has slept next to it a few times.  Rooo  being who she has decided it was worthy of her nap time and has now claimed the throned. 
The king has lost his throne, truly.