Sunday, June 30, 2013

A bit of making

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Putting together a few garlands.
Mailing them off.
I love thinking of pretty things I've made in the homes of other people :)
Even though these pictures are terrible. Bad light :(

 

Friday, June 28, 2013

ReVamp: Wood Folding Chair

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"Just the other day" is what I want to say but, now that I think about it, a more accurate statement would be, "A few weeks ago". You know how things go ;)

Anyways.
A few weeks ago, while Keith and my dad-in-law were working on a carburetor, I made myself comfy in the driveway with a hideous, but nifty, wood folding chair and a few tools of improvement. AKA: spray paint and fabric.
If you've never updated a chair, rest assured that it is EASY. The whole sha-bang can be completed in just a few hours and can make a huge impact on how a room looks.

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STEP 1 - Flip the chair upside down and unscrew the seat. Once this is off, give the chair a quick rough-up with sand paper and then wipe it down with a damp cloth.
STEP 2 - Spray paint, baby! I would recommend having 2 cans on hand. Nothing as annoying as running out of paint mid project. Work on recovering the seat while the paint is drying between coats.

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STEP 3 - Lay the seat on your chosen fabric. Wrap the fabric around the seat and staple in place. Pull the fabric TIGHT and use LOTS of staples. As you can see, I didn't remove the old fabric, just covered it up. You might also notice that I had interfacing on the fabric. I did this because the fabric is not an upholstery fabric and need a bit of beefing up. Iron-on interfacing is perfect for adding structure and weight to thinner fabrics.

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STEP 4 - If you are a lover of detail, sneak a bit of color onto the chair by painting inside edges. Believe it or not, this actually took the most time. Skip this step and updating your chair will take no time at all!
STEP 5 -  Screw the seat back in place. Plop your bum down. Enjoy a beverage.

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This is the chair in its habitat. Isn't it cute?
  

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The collection grows

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Did you see it? That green and white pan. The Lotus.
I now have a Cathrineholm!
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All three of those pieces are ones I picked up for myself. A girl just cannot resist, ya know?

Funny story about the above Terra Pyrex:
Like any Pyrex collector who comes across a piece at a thrift store, I was quite excited when my eyes beheld it. I snatched it up, gave it a hasty inspection, and, despite the MANY metal scuffs, pranced over to Keith proclaiming, "I found a Terra bowl!"
His reply: "A terrible what?"
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Do you find that comical or is it a had-to-be-there sort of thing?

Anyways, like I said, that bowl had really bad metal markings. Had being the key word. Chick-a-dees. I am in love with Bar Keepers Friend. It is a miracle worker when it comes to metal marks. 99% of them are gone. Truth be told, even though it was super affordable, I suffered a brief moment of buyers remorse right after purchasing the Terra. I was afraid that, since it has a matte finish instead of the standard gloss, it would not clean well. I should not have feared. It looks fantastic.

The below pieces are all gifts. The lasagna pan is a late bday present from my sister. The others are from a friend who recently had a read through of my blog, learned that I like mid century and Scandinavian stuffs, then passed a few of her pieces on to me. How sweet is that!?

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Psst... Be a blessing today.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Midweek



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A few fun things midweek.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Summer

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Snaps from an evening spent mostly outdoors.
It's a good summer.
 

Monday, June 24, 2013

made tactile: hand lettering, meet t-shirt

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It's tangible!
All fleshed out. In final form.
Remember how not long ago I shared a bit of hand lettering I did for a client?
Well, here it is in t-shirt form :D

Can I just say that I am ever so happy to have been given one :)
It is just so awesome to see it off paper and taking on another form.

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I am super pleased. 

I digress.

Psst... if you would like me to letter something for you send me an email { shakti.scircle@gmail.com } because I would love to chat about it!
  

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Artist crush: Geninne



I recently found Geninne's blog and am loving her stuff. You should definitely check it out.
 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Design Work: Family Fun Festival

Back in May, the Events head of my church gave me an "assignment" of the fun sort: create the flyer for the Family Fun Festival.
Obviously, this has been in production for awhile now BUT what do you think, Chick-a-dees? Any thoughts for next time?

If you were wondering, there are also matching score cards to go along with all the games but I am making last minute tweaks on those.

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As much as I adore the colors and patterns of Pyrex, I actually prefer this stuff. Oh, Cathrineholm, how you make me swoon! The only problem is that I have never, ever, not even once, come across a piece out in the wild. And, even if I did, it is certain that it would not be affordable. Le sigh.

But a girl can dream, right?

On a different note.... seeing that today is the Official First Day of Summer are you doing anything exciting? I'm trying to think of something that will start it off with a bang... *Taking suggestions below*

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Throw Back


After seeing my winning fabric pattern, my Grandma sent this picture my way. See that little girl with the terrible outfit and triangle hair? That's me. Nearly 20 years ago.
Writing that makes me feel incomprehensably old.

Anyways, on one of her visits to Indiana, my grandma made my sister and I quilts.
My teensy self designed that quilt. Literally. I drew a picture, picked out the fabric and watched my mom and grandma make my art into a warm, 3D form.
I know that I've always loved symmetry.  Apparently a penchant for color-on-white is something I've also always had.
Only now I draw triangles instead of hearts.
  
Funny how our inclinations are evident even when we are tiny.
It makes me so thankful for parents who nurtured that in me.

Looking at this picture makes me want to flip through more old pictures to see if there were other foreshadowings.
Is it just me? Are you finding pictures of your tiny self doing the same thing your big self does now?
 

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Binding an Art Journal

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The other day I had my sisters and a friend over to make art journals. They are all such quick learners :D
You might have noticed that we used old papers because, Confession Time, I tend to hoard used paper, like school work. Not because I care anything about what I wrote for a particular Professional Writing assignment, but because I am constantly needing paper for scrap. It just seems so wasteful to use a fresh sheet. Anyways, several semesters has led to a pretty substantial stack of scrap and it needed to be used up. Binding it together to use for an art journal (or 4) was the perfect solution since the pages will be painted and pasted over.
We haven't completed any pages yet, but we did lay some base paint down on a few.
So excited to get started.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Hand Lettering | Tune My Heart

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Have I mentioned that I love hand lettering? Because it's true. I very much enjoy it.
Therefore, when Jamie of Owl Really saw this bit of lettering and asked if I could do some for her I was thrilled. Of course I would! 

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As you can see, I didn't leave myself very much edge space to work with - oops! To remedy this, after I outlined the letters I scanned it, used Photoshop to repositioned the art to the center of the page, then printed it on card stock to finish up.

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Now, I will let her tell you what she plans to do with it but until then rest assured that it will be awesome.
But, maybe, you should pop by her blog and ask, just to keep a bit of pressure on ;)