Monday, July 22, 2013

New handmade art and thrifty finds...

Hey all,
I'm back with some more artwork I recently completed.

I love this Emily Dickinson poem and wanted something fun for my in-progress gallery wall.

I drew the bird and branch outline, painted the background of my canvas, covered my bird and branch with newspaper, and lightly painted over them.

I folded the paper to give my bird a 3D wing effect.

I'm liking it.

Another easy project was this map art.

I used some of my husband's old sectional charts (he's a pilot) to make this.

Another fun piece to keep things light.

I also hit the thrift store last week and found LOTS of treasures. And it was a half-price day, Double score!

I polished up the brass pieces...

These cute elephants.

This brass candleholder and the pretty bowl (our new key holder).

And I used one set of the china to make this cute succulent planter.

Love it!

That's all I've got today, folks. Have a good one!


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Saturday, July 20, 2013

I'm baaaack...

After only 10 or so months, I'm back! I decided to occasionally start updating, and hopefully that will cause me to want to update weekly. 
Well, here's the skinny, I've now been married 11 months and 2 days. It is wonderful.

So, let's just jump right in, shall we?

After living in our apartment for almost a year, I am finally TRYING to get our apartment decorated and in order. Instead of having two different lives shoved together, and mismatched (in love), I am trying to turn it into one cohesive home. 

Decorating on a budget can not only be fun, but can also open up your creativity.

Currently I'm making some cheap kitchen art...

I took a few pages with recipes and cute graphics from a thrifted cookbook (I found this one for 25 cents). 

I decided to try to age them a bit. I used the tried and true children's treasure map method. Did you do this as a kid? My mom used to help us make treasures maps stained with tea all the time growing up.

After soaking them a few hours (I put some pages in longer than others to get different hues) I hung them up over the tub to dry. It is helpful if you have a husband who doesn't mind coming home to strange things hanging in the tub. Thankfully, my husband is used to coming home to all kinds of weird, half-finished projects strewn all over our apartment. 

The next step is to modge podge the pages to some wooden plaques I painted.

Gather your materials.

Paint your plaque. 


Now stand back and enjoy your handiwork.


Happy weekend, y'all! 

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Newlywed life

Well, we're married!!!

I'll do a full wedding post on all the fun stuff I made for the ceremony and reception. 

Here is what we have been up to lately...

Awesome B&B honeymoon

Blackberry crepes 


Making yummy black bean and corn salsa

One of the yummy dinners we've had lately (and my in-progress laundry...oops!)

Spicy tofu with black bean and corn salad, homemade salsa, cilantro lime rice, and a yum mango-kiwi margarita.

We're living the high life, y'all!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Monday, August 13, 2012

What I've been up to lately...

Making and eating lots of delicious food...

Quinoa salad

Vegan grilled cheese with a salad

Homemade salsa


Making fig preserves

Fig preserves

I've also been working on wedding decor

And still working on turning our apartment into a home...

We also headed up to Kentucky and got our marriage license...

Hello handsome!

It's been a busy few weeks, and now that we are at 5 days until the wedding, things will only get crazier! This will probably be my last blog post until after the wedding, but I will share lots of pics from all my wedding DIYs and such when I return.

Thanks for reading,

Wendy :)

P.S. Check out this cute baby turtle we found in my Grandparent's backyard...

(Those are not my hands)

Turrrrtle. Ok, bye!