15 December 2011

Before & After Thursday

 ...Christmas edition! 

{A wine glass}


A snowman votive holder, made by Jen from Tatertots & Jello

Is this not the cutest thing ever?! Check out her post for the how-to

13 December 2011

Peacock Feather Book Page Art

 So yesterday I finally decided that after all the book page pictures I've made for other people, it was finally time to make one for myself. I searched though the images on The Graphics Fairy until I found this:

I knew this was the image for me. 

In my excitement to be making something for myself, I got absolutely no pictures of the process, but I used pretty much the same basic technique I've been using for art like this- I printed out the image of the feather, flipped it over, and covered the back of the picture with ripped up pages from books. 

However, I did do this one slightly differently, in that the layout of the pages on the back was more planned. I wanted them to be kind of feather-like, so I ripped the book pages into strips and glued them to the paper in the direction that the feathers were going. Then, in order for it to actually look like a peacock feather, it had to have that signature circular design in the middle of the feather. So I made that piece separately with tissue paper and bright green scrap book paper. After getting the whole back of the image covered in the ripped up strips of book pages I flipped the paper back over and cut out the feather, then turned it back over to the book page side and glued on the big colorful "eye". (Anyone else think that's what it looks like??) I glued my feather to a piece of foam board that I'd already had laying around, then I covered the whole thing in Mod Podge. 

I love the little punch of color it gives this area by the front door, and after framing it here I decided to add another one...

That's a postcard from North Carolina that my Dad sent to me when I was ten and he was working up there. All the blues and greens in the picture look really pretty next to the ones on my feather. 

I'm just hoping my 6 year old isn't offended when he gets home from school today and sees that I've replaced his baby picture with a picture of a lake. He's sensitive like that. At least I left his cute message under it!

08 December 2011

My plan for a giant bowl

 So a few days ago when I posted my Christmas wish-list
one of the items I mentioned was this giant silver bowl from West Elm.

I love it. I look at it every time I go into the store. It's huge, it's shiny, and it's fabulous. 

And I have the perfect plan for it.

I want to replace this round mirror above the fireplace with the bowl from West Elm.

I love the mirror. I got it at World Market several years ago and it's very pretty and looks beautiful hanging above the mantle. But in this house at least, I've decided I definitely don't want a mirror in the living room. 


Because we have the world's most hideous ceiling fan in our living room.

I can't decide what it resembles more- a spinning top, a ufo, or a cone bra.

{On second thought, I think this picture just made up my mind.}

The only thing worse than having to look at a super ugly light fixture,
is having to look at it twice.

So for now at least, the mirror has to go. 

{Gaaaa....and don't even get me started on those sconces....deep breaths....One thing at a time, right??}

btw just as a side note, you can see my holiday mantle is made up of quite an eclectic assortment of stocking hangers...as our family has grown I've just dashed out to the store at Christmas time to grab a hanger for the newest person (or people) so our stocking hangers are a pretty unstylish-looking mix. Some day I'd love to replace them with some that are more uniform looking, but that's not really a priority right now. 

 I'm much more concerned with getting rid of the double image 
of my cone bra-looking ceiling fan.

I'd love to just get rid of the fan and have NO images of it,
but my hubby refuses to live without a ceiling fan in the living room and all the ones that are even remotely my style are too expensive for us right now.  

I'd love to have something like this

A ceiling fan that's hidden inside of a drum shade. Hopefully someday I will.

But for now, the most affordable option to my living room's problem is to at least make it so we've only got one unsightly light to look at instead of two. 

And this bowl hanging above the mantle would solve that problem 
while still having the bright, reflective look of a mirror.

What do you think, good plan?

06 December 2011

My holiday wish-list

An owl with a cute face

A spoon with a pretty face

A bold, patterned rug

A chair that shares my daughter's name:

A giant silver bowl

Something to make me want to light more candles

A book that will inspire me to decorate out of my comfort zone

A pretty home for my jewelry

A safe place for my rings by the kitchen sink

A cozy throw

An eye-catching pillow

Dish towels to make dish drying fun

Santa, take note!!


02 December 2011

Silver polka dots

 Here's what I did today:

I got this plant at Pier 1 a few years ago.
It used to look like this:

I think I've mentioned that I feel like this house is a little dark because of all the heavy wood trim everywhere, and so one day in a desperate attempt to brighten things up, 
I took white paint to several of my belongings, including this one.

I instantly regretted it with this pot; once it was white it just blended into the wall 
and made it look like the plant was floating. 

My plan was to eventually just repaint it, but then yesterday I had an idea...

Pretty, right?!

I used a hole punch to cut a bunch of circles out of tin foil and used craft glue to attach them to the pot. 
I concentrated them more at the bottom so it would look like they were floating up to the top. 

Then I covered the whole thing with Mod Podge.

It doesn't blend in anymore!

It kind of reminds me of Kate Spade's dotted dinnerware collection. 

Love it.