Wednesday, March 25, 2015

DIY Spirit Stick


This DIY project is relatively simple in theory, but when execute it can take quite some time.

Stick painting can be fun because you can just go crazy with the design you want to paint. For this particular spirit stick, I decided to incorporate some color. I usually use a lot of white paint, but with spring in the air I thought it was time to switch things up a bit.


1. Stick (any size)
2. Acrylic paint
3. Different sized brushes. 


For this stick I decided to start off with some triangles. First a row of large pink ones and then a row of smaller green ones.



I painted a sequence of three lines of different widths to separate my main patterns just to tie everything together.

For the next pattern, I started with some green and yellow chevrons. Then I painted the knot of the branch with pink paint and filled in the holes with some white spots.

Remember, its a rarity to find a perfectly smooth stick. You're going to get a stick with knots and bumps. Embrace them. They'll make your finished product look unique.


Again, I used the three white lines to break it up. Then I moved on to paint a pattern of bright pink diamonds.


My next pattern started with yellow arrows and green accent dots. 


I painted two lines that included chevrons in their composition. Then I moved on to paint an eye in the next knot of the branch.

I typically don't like to paint the entire stick.


Once you're done you can put it wherever you like. Hang it on the wall or lean it up against something.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

St. John Photo Diary (Part 1)


For the past two years, I haven't done much for spring break. I've taken a few days off of work and gone home, but that's about it.

This year I traveled to the Virgin Islands with my aunt and cousin. 

My grandma and her siblings used to come St. John every winter. They would stay for two weeks in the cottage closest to the water and spend their days reading and wading in the water. My aunt figured that it was about time that Mikaela and I got to experience the beauty of the Virgin Islands first hand. 

Those of you who follow me on Instagram probably experienced a sudden bomb of photos of clear blue waters, white sand, and the comedic snorkel photo of me and my cousin, Mikaela. Our trip was full of that. Sun, salt, and ice cream - lots of ice cream.

Here's my first batch of photos! More to come soon!






















Wednesday, March 4, 2015

"Free" Garland


My apartment is made up of white walls. While my walls have been steadily filling up, there just seemed to be one thing missing - color. I use a lot a natural materials in my decor which without saying includes a lot of neutral tones. So for this particular DIY project, I decided to add a little color.


Materials:

1. Fabric - you can use one kind or multiple. I used two different kinds of fabric in this particular project. I also decided to recycle the fabric from my (million and one) Free People bags
2. Cardboard shapes - I drew the module by hand and then traced and cut them out (see how to do this in this previous tutorial)
3. Clothespins 
4. Twine - about a foot and 1/2 depending on how long your word is 
5. Black paint
6. Paintbrush
7. Glue


First, take one of your shapes and apply glue. Be sure to pay special attention to the sides of the shape.



Place the fabric over the cardboard leaving a little bit of room around it so make it easier for you to cut.


Turn the fabric over so you can see where you're cutting and cut around the shape...



Once you've cut out your shapes, you're ready to paint. I used dry watercolor paint so it took a few coats to get the letters dark enough.




Once you've finished painting your letters you're ready to make it into a garland. 


Take your twine and hang it from the wall. I just used push pins to suspend it from the wall. 


Final step - attach your finished shapes using the clothespins!


Free to be.

I hope you guys have been enjoying these DIY posts! It would be awesome to get some feedback from you guys! 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Winter Blues


All this crazy winter weather has me lusting for warmer weather. I'm very prone to the winter blues and this year was no exception. I'm the type of girl who needs the sun to stay sane. I'm sure this is true for most people, but I promise that I'm just a little more dependent on this warm star than most. 

The fact that we have some pretty amazing spring product in store right now, doesn't help in the slightest. I treated myself to this cute little "brami" yesterday, telling myself -  

"Hey, in a few weeks you'll be basking in the sun in St. John's. You need this little guy!" 

Until then, you'll find me wearing this with pants/maxi skirts and cardigans. 



Monday, February 16, 2015

Reworked Picture Frame


Anyone else done with this crazy winter weather? There are only so many snow days you can have before it begins to get tedious. 

This is probably one of my favorite projects to do. I find painting very relaxing especially when done in small doses. It also requires less than 3 materials to do.


The materials for this little project are pretty simple. I recommend finding a picture frame with a flat, smooth surface. This will be easier to paint in comparison to a frame with grooves or ridges. I got my frame from a Goodwill for $.99!

1. Wooden picture frame
2. Thin paint brush
3. Craft paint




I typically begin a painting project by painting one solid shape to work off of. For this project I began with a diamond shape and went on to make a few chevrons.

Paint it however you want. It can be a pattern or not. I tend to fill in as I go, but my end-result is typically pretty visually balanced.


Depending on your paint, go over your lines again to be sure they are nice and defined.



Frame a meaningful photograph and place your finished product somewhere special.