It’s Tuesday, back to work after a 3-day holiday weekend for most folks. (Not me, of course – I work in the restaurant biz while I search for that perfect FT gig) but nonetheless it was quite the lazy day til 5:00 rolled around and it was time to go to work. Tuesday is the day to get back to work, and for me that means catch up here!
A few days ago, I mentioned an idea that I stumbled upon that I am coining Practicing Pinterest. So many of us are guilty of wasting hours on Pinterest pinning so many unrelated things saying “gosh why have I never thought of that?!” or “I could make that!” We pin and pin and pin.. but let’s face it, what is your pinned to actually made ratio? Mine’s not very good, haha. But I’m making an effort to be better. It occurred to me that maybe a schedule would benefit my efficiency when it comes to Pinterest. Maybe a few days should be for browsing and a certain day or two should be for reviewing and making a game plan on actually doing some of those DIY projects. This past Labor Day weekend, I did, in fact, do just that.
A Trio of Frames
Besides Pinterest, I also troll Etsy quite a bit.I look through for different ideas and make a wish list of things and favorite shops. But I also look at some of it and think about how I could duplicate some of it myself, for cheaper. This project was one of those instances. I came across an Etsy shop with a listing for 3 large picture frames painted a bright turquoise color (which is my favorite color, by the way). I did note that the grouping of the three photo frames did give it somewhat of a wow factor. I did move recently, and this made an excellent idea to add to the Practicing Pinterest list because I’m trying to turn this house we moved into almost 2 months ago look like it’s our home and give it the love it deserves.
So, I went out to find three 5×7 frames (I took 3 photos that I love and tweaked them a bit in iPhoto to add that extra special factor and by doing so, Walgreens informed me that if I blew up my photos any more than 5×7 I wouldn’t be happy with the print quality). 5×7 worked perfectly actually up on the mantle over the fireplace.
As you can see, we needed something on that mantle, as it’s looking pretty naked.
I found three frames at Hobby Lobby, for 50% off. (Seems like their photo frames are always 50% off – but that works for me!) I picked three white frames because I figured it’s probably easier to spray paint over white rather than black, right? My frames were priced at $11.99 each, but half off meant that I got all 3 for just under $20. I mulled over a spray paint purchase for quite some time though, and finally selected a burgundy color. I usually gravitate towards burgundy and turquoise and grays.. but after we moved from our last apartment, I swore I was going to have more of a theme of colors rather than everything that I like. 🙂
I took those to my back porch and gave them a few coats of the burgundy spray paint and they started to come to life.
Even the pups were interested in my project.
I let them dry for about a day. Then I added my newly finished prints also (with an older photo in the middle frame so that I had some dimension with my frames and not all 3 on a horizontal layout- plus I’m still enamored with the print in the middle so it can be the rockstar on the mantle :).) Here’s the finished product:
Anthropologie-inspired Flower Vases
My next project from this past weekend was something I saw on another blog, (It’s Overflowing), about replicating ideas that you see other places on a DIY scale. She saw a flower vase at a store, that’s also a favorite of mine – Anthropologie. I’m guilty of walking in Anthropologie and just looking at everything and trying to find ideas that I can replicate at home, because it is a bit on the pricey side. I love the style there though, and they say imitation is the more sincere form of flattery.. don’t they? 🙂
So, like Amee from It’s Overflowing, I took a shot at recreating a vase like those found in Anthropologie. Amee’s post about her adventures can be found here. I found 2 vases at Michael’s Craft Stores ON SALE.
Originally priced, these little things were $8.99 each. They were marked down to $4.99 each and I had a $5 off $10 coupon. I bought something else too, but these little vases worked out to being 2 for about $3. SCORE! I already had some flowers at home that I’ve been collecting for another project. I selected two cheery, very different flowers and hot glued those babies onto the vases.
I’ve got another project in the works but I don’t like to show things until they’re finished. Hope this inspires the creativity in you and that you get a grip on your Pinterest account and start making time to do some of those projects you’ve pinned too. You can follow me on Pinterest here to see more of my style!
Thanks for reading!