Monday, April 30, 2012

Five Things


{Pretty nail polish on display at Bliss Spa}


This week whirled by, coming to an end with Saturday's do.justice event (800+ volunteers from North Point Churches serving all around Atlanta), Ashley Fest 2012 (an annual party thrown by my friend that I was finally able to attend, albeit quite late) and early Mother's Day pedicures with my mom at Bliss Spa on Sunday. As fun, productive and relaxing as my week off was, I'm excited to jump on a plane this morning to Los Angeles where I start training for my new job. Cheers to new beginnings!

 {Sweet & simple heart ring}

{Bright pink blazer from Zara, perfect for summer} 

{Sarah, me & Ashley at Ashley Fest 2012} 

 {Pretty light, also at Bliss Spa, that could potentially be a fun DIY}

Friday, April 27, 2012

DIY: Cushion Recover


My sister recently gave me this old, spontaneously squeaky cherry chair. I've always loved the piece (the rose detailing is beautiful, right?) but thought the cushion could use some upholstery love. With some leftover pillow fabric on hand and a trip to Home Depot to buy a staple gun, I recovered the cushion in about 25 minutes. This was my first upholstery project and while I am sure there are better methods, the overall process was simple, quick and I think it turned out great.

{Cut fabric. I measured the cushion and added ~1.5 inches to each side.}

 {Center fabric and pin to keep in place.}

{Staple all around edges, pulling fabric taut.} 

 {This is probably the easiest way to do corners, but not necessarily the best. I folded them down and stapled, but I am sure there is a better way to do this to get neater results.}

{Finished cushion. Note the somewhat messy corners...} 

{Complete!}

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Bloglovin


I know I'm a bit late in figuring this out, but today I signed up for Bloglovin. Google Reader and all those other blog feed platforms never did much for me. Each has been too unorganized or too overwhelming for me to follow, but Bloglovin (so far) appears to have a much cleaner design than any other I've seen and overall looks to be more user-friendly. Here's to hoping it helps me keep up with all my favorites!

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

DIY: Gallery Wall (Part 1)


In about three weeks I'll be moving into a new apartment in Atlanta. A gallery wall is something I've wanted for a while now and with all the extra wall space I'll have in my new room, I was more than excited to get to work.

I picked up clearance frames at Target along with a few cheap ones from Ikea (about $15 total - still hoping to find a few circle frames at Goodwill this week) then chose three shades of blue spray paint to create a sort of ombré effect. I spent one afternoon this week spray painting and even threw in an old lamp base for good measure. To fill the frames, I'm thinking I'll print some photos from Costa Rica and try to find various-sized mirrors, old wallpaper and maybe some swatches of fabric. I'll post pictures in a few weeks once I hang the wall, most likely using Molly's technique from her blog The Nesting Game.




Sunday, April 22, 2012

DIY: Gold & White Striped Tray


My week between jobs is off to a rather productive start. After two failed attempts at recreating this tray (one spray paint malfunction followed by an effort to salvage the destruction), I am finally finished. I mentioned before that I planned to use it for the dining room table, but it looks much more at home on the coffee table. The project overall was very easy, but here are some tips I am more than happy to share so that others might avoid the errors of my ways.

1. Always sand any wood piece that has a clear finish. I knew this yet still took a shortcut with the first tray and the spray paint reacted with the finish. The bubbly texture it caused looked really cool, but was unfortunately splotchy and not uniform.

2. Spray paint works much better with the taping method than regular paint. I tried this Martha Stewart paint on the first tray (round two), but found that the spray paint yielded a much cleaner look.

3. Spray the almost-finished product with a clear gloss so the gold spray doesn't rub off.


{Taped off}

{Felt bottom so it won't scratch anything)

{Finished product}


Outtakes:
{Still sad about it - this tray had metal handles I sprayed gold} 

 {Yikes}

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Five Things

 {Sweet baby birds that took up residence in the wreath on my parents' door}

Yesterday was my last day at my first job out of college. Turning the page has been bittersweet -  I think between the tears and my overflowing box of things from my desk, I probably looked like I had been fired when leaving the building - but I'm excited about what's around the corner. With an unexpected week off before starting my new job, I've compiled a list of things to get done, including sewing new pillow covers, finally painting the tray I've been working on for weeks (ok, months) and learning how to use the DSLR camera I bought this morning from a friend (i.e. What's aperture again? F-what?).


 {Vibrant iris at my sister's house}

 {Fabric in an assortment of colors for pillow covers}

 {Spring wedges, courtesy of a friend}

{Stationery for hand-written notes - the best kind of notes}

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter + five things.


 {Easter headband}

Inspired by Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere, I'm going to start posting five things a week that make me happy. With this week full of colorful spring flowers, Easter and a trip to visit my niece, there are plenty of things that are doing just that. I think it's easy to forget to appreciate the little things in life, so that stops here and now. Happy Easter!

{Two new necklaces made from some beads purchased months ago} 

{Hot pink flowers + sun} 

{New light duvet for spring/summer} 

 {Easter baby shoes}