Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Custom Silhouette Tutorial

Buon Giorno!
I hope you all are having a delightful day! I have had the hardest time trying to figure out what I was going to do with the space above my headboard. I wanted something that was custom and special but that went with everything else I had going on in our room. As of late, I have really been loving silhouettes. They are so cute and vintage yet there is something clean and modern about them. I decided that silhouettes were the perfect thing to compliment the rest of our room. Instead of printing off random silhouettes from the internet I decided to use my husband's and my profiles. Here is how I did it!
I found some horrible pictures that were in some gorgeous frames from Joanne's fabrics. The frames with the corny pictures were originally $59.99 each and on sale, I got them for $7.99 a piece! Yay!
Here are the picture frames before I got my hands on them. You can't really get a good idea of their size or that they are deep like a shadow box from this picture.
Since silhouettes have a vintage look to them I wanted to make it a little more contemporary with a sleeker looking frame.
The first thing we did was take pictures looking sideways against a plain wall. If you are doing this it is important to not be smiling. I know it looks dorky but it will produce a better result. I printed them the size that I needed for our frame and cut them out. 
Print yours in black and white. I forgot to push the black and white button and wasted a ton of colored ink as you can see from my picture above haha.
I then traced our silhouettes on black paper and cut it out again. Because you can't see eyelashes from a silhouette (unless yours is the length of snuffleupagus, in which case I am super jealous) you are going to have to add some lashes to your silhouette yourself while cutting it. I added the lashes to just mine. My husband didn't fancy himself with long glamorous lashes very much. To re-create the look of vintage silhouettes, I cut the bottoms with a slight curve to make them look more authentic. See picture above.
(Pardon the dust on the mirror above. I am too busy creating to worry about dusting at the moment ;)

I found an oval shaped mirror (really anything that is a larger shape that you like will do), traced it than cut the ovals out.
(As you can see from the picture above I toyed with the idea of using a silhouette of myself with a bun....)
I sprayed the back of the silhouettes with a tacky adhesive spray and mounted them on the ovals.
I than sprayed the ovals with the same spray and mounted them on fancy black paper which I cut to fit perfectly in the frames.
 All these supplies can be purchased at any arts and crafts store.
This is Penny bummed out that she doesn't have a silhouette, and yes I do talk about my dog as if she cares about this stuff. Since she was so clearly upset about this I decided to make her one too!
Since most dogs of a certain breed look alike, I found an image of a Bichon-Frise dancing (my dog can dance on her hind legs for forever...seriously she is awesome). Using teeny tiny scissors (because there is so much furry detail), I cut the image of her out and left it white to show the essence of her furry white-ness. I mounted the image on black paper with the same sticky spray.
I got this funky wooden frame from Michaels for $2 and painted it white so it would contrast the darkness of the other silhouettes.
I am so in love with these timeless art pieces. I spent less than $20 for three custom and classic pieces of art that I will cherish for many years to come. The best part is I can keep adding to the collection when we decide to have kids.
I hope this tutorial was simple enough!
Hope you have a fantastic rest of your day!

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Vintage Tins and Spring Flowers

Hey all! How are you doing today?? Today was a great day for me, you see, I chipped my front tooth the other day and finally was able to get in with a dentist and get that ugly thing fixed! Now I won't have to talk funny to hide my hideous chipped tooth any more!
Anyways, on to much more important things. So, I know I said that for my next post I was going to teach you how to make mixed media art. I am going to save that for another time because.....I found some more treasures that I had to share with you! While thrifting I found these four vintage canisters for $5!!! I love them so much because of their uniqueness and their interesting colors. My home is filled with these vibrant colors at the moment and these tins matched perfectly! I love the bold and springy green, peach, orange, mustard and turquoise in them! I am going to clean them out and use them for something awesome but for now I am using them as flower pots. These flowers were a steal at 88 cents a piece so this entire arrangement cost a grand total of $8.52! 
I love that all the lids are different.

Check out this fabulous print I found of my favorite city in the world, Venice, Italy. It's also done in the same color scheme and was only 50 cents! Can't wait to put it in an over the top gaudy frame next to a very simple piece of art.
Now get to thrifting, and make something gorgeous!

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Thrifty Finds and New Vignettes

Greetings! How are you all doing!? I have been crazy busy getting things in order for our big move. It's been a whole year of the military changing our move dates, canceling our move, calling it back on etc. Hopefully today we will get word of our exact moving dates....again. Instead of being flustered, I am so loving that I am in CA enjoying this 78 degree weather, having a blast in our new little mini cooper convertible and getting more quality time with friends and family! It beats the crazy snow storms Europe is having!
I recently stumbled on this new little thrift shop in town where all the proceeds go to building a memorial  for all the CA veterans lost in Vietnam. It was fun shopping for treasures that went to a cause that is special to my husband and me. Here are some of the things we got and also the new little vignettes we created with our new treasures!
I have been searching and searching for unique salt and pepper shakers and haven't been able to find any ones that look sophisticated...they all end up looking too cutsie or like they are from a bad 50's diner. I found these gorgeous silver quail salt, pepper and sugar shakers for $4!!!!! I love, love, love them!! Did I mention that I love them? Especially because they are the CA state bird and will be a nice little reminder of home when we are on the other side of the world.
I decided to use the sugar shaker in a vignette because it is so unique looking! I also got this winner's cup (I am obsessed with winner's cups) and filled it with some moss to add some freshness to this corner of the room!

Old books are sooooooo expensive lately! I found these three hardbacks for only $2 each! I love the gorgeous, bright and cheery colors and am using the pages for an upcoming project. Old books are a great way to bring in color, character and to create height below an object.
These rad transitional silver tree book ends were $3 and fit into my love of things that are both natural and glamorous!
This silver coral wasn't from the thrift shop, it was from Homegoods but I love it so much I had to show you :) I paired it with some of the old books I got, a starfish, and a vintage blue canning jar I got from the thrift shop. These jars cost about $12 on and I scored a collection of these for a few bucks!
Check out this awesome vintage milk glass cup. I already had a flower arrangement so I decided to make a shell arrangement. I love beachy things right now since it has been so summery outside.
I found this awesome sign for $2! I looked up the meaning ( this could totally be wrong) and it means workshop for an artist or designer in French...PERFECT!! I believe it was there just for me to stumble on! This will be going in my office.
What fabulous things have you scored lately??
Stay Tuned! Book Page Prints Tutorial coming next!

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

An Awesome Gift or Dinner Party Idea!

Hello friends! I hope everyone is enjoying this lovely February day today! I got to spend it working and catching up with some wonderful people! 
When I was assisting with the styling on a Williams-Sonoma cookbook a few years back, the AMAZING and inspirational stylist Lauren Hunter thought of using scrabble letters as place-card holders at the supper table. Lauren comes up with the neatest ideas way before other people do them. Every since then, I have wanted to do this in my home! To my surprise, after my folks popped by for a visit the other night I found this next to my B"ee" wall. My dad left it as a little treat. My last name is super long so he attached two letter holders and glued our letters into place. This would look great for dinner parties, as an interesting housewarming gift or, as a gift label. Any word that has special meaning to you would be fabulous as well. It's an unusual and warm touch to any vignette. 

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Guest Valentines Tablescape

Hello everyone! Are you getting ready for Valentines day? I am so far behind because our orders to Germany are back on, and my hubby and I have a ton of work to do! Today, I wanted to showcase one of my favorite blogger's Valentines table. I have mentioned Courtney from the fabulous blog Courtney out Loud a dozen times because I just think everything he does is awesome. When I asked him what inspired this years tablescape he said:
"Everyone I know hates Valentine Day and avoids it like the plague.  That's because they are taking it too seriously.  Love and romance are important but what about fun and whimsy?  They are equally important and I wanted the tablescape to show this lighter side.  My starting point .... A Real Housewives marathon on Bravo.  Seriously.  This led to finding the blue cheetah wrapping paper and thus the table was born.  A little wink to the Real Housewives "cougarish" dating tendencies but it's still romantic, stylish but also fun." 

I am loving all the colorful layers

I just adore his blue milk glass goblets!
Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful tablescape with us Courtney! I feel that table belongs right in my home with all the turquoise colors and pops of sassy-ness! For more details on this table and other fabulous ideas head on over to his blog, Courtney Out Loud!

Enjoy this gorgeous day!

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