Thursday, April 10, 2014

Lobster Red

     Does anyone else feel like Greenville completely skipped spring and went right to summer? I'm having a conniption fit over here. I know summers in Greenville are hot, I mean really hot, but I was counting, no relying on spring to ease the transition a bit. But no, its been bouncing back and fourth between cold and hot relentlessly. I mean cold . . . 40's, and hot . . . 80's. Thats not moderate change!
Who goes soaking up the sun in April only to burn like a lobster and peel the next few days? Me of course. My mom didn't believe me.

Jak: I think I'm red!
Mom: No you're not.
Dominique: Stop being a weenie Jak!
Jak: No I'm serious I think I'm red, (obviously this fact needed repeating, they didn't hear me the first time.)
Mom: We were outside for a half hour, you'll be fine.

And that's the end, at some point their is no use in arguing with mom . . . is it bad to say I felt vindicated the next day when in fact I did have a rudolph nose and a neck they couldn't stop laughing at!

Mom: Make sure you apply lotion
No really mom?! I told you I was red . . . :)

Greenville, I need spring! Bring back those high 50's and 60's please!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Project: Print on Canvas

     This project isn't original, I'm sure you could find it on Pinterest if you were looking. So if my tutorial isn't informative enough please do not hesitate to look it up on Pinterest and find someone else who explains it a lot better! My feelings will not be hurt :)

     Basically I had this large 8x10 print that I really wanted to add to my gallery wall, but I was lacking a picture frame and I didn't really want to spend money and get one. So with everything on hand, I went about attaching my print to a canvas. I did it in five easy steps using 4 things; mod podge, a foam brush, an old canvas that needed a fresh look, and a print.

 Gather your mod podge from the recesses of that craft bin you have located in the back of the closet, or in my instance that cardboard box you still need to unpack.

 Grab that old canvas that could really use a facelift. Side note: If you tend to be messy when doing crafts you might want to grab a trash bag and place it under the canvas as a catch all.

 Using a foam brush or any brush apply your mod podge to the canvas. Don't be stingy this is what holds the print to the canvas! You might want to add some to the back of the print as well, just to be extra safe.

 After you cover your canvas with glue firmly press your print onto the canvas.

 Finally, use a liberal amount of mod podge to cover the print. I like to think this seals the photo and gives it a more polished look. It will seem cloudy and streaky, but all of that will be non-existent once it dries. Don't fret! 

     Once it has dried hang it in any place of your choosing! Gray and I created a gallery wall in one of our front rooms so I added my canvas to that. If you look closely you might be able to see that I did this project with two other larger prints and canvas's. Its so simple and easy, and when you have everything on hand it's pretty cost effective too!
     If you haven't collected every one of those supplies like I had, the list below shows you where (one place out of many) you can get it and how much the project will cost:
     Mod Podge: $4.40
     Foam Brush: $0.44
     Canvas: $3.99 for two
     8x10 Print: $2.84
Thats a total of $11.67, not bad for a really simple project that looks great!

Disposing of the tree.

     There really isn't some awesome story that goes along with these pictures. Getting rid of the tree is something that everyone has to do. It was a little harder for us because when you live in an apartment you can't just stick it on the curb and wait for someone to come pick it up. But with a little online research we learned that we could drop it off at a park about 3 min from our house and from there the City of Greenville would take care of it. Pretty simple if you ask me! The only issue is that when two lazy people live together it takes a little longer than necessary. So a week or so after we had taken off all the ornaments and packed them away we finally got around to removing it from our home. And about a week after that we eventually dropped it off at the park . . . those were a cramped couple of days riding in the Escape! At least is smelled good!
I love my macho man!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Color.

     One of my many faults, needing to paint walls even if we are just renting. I can't stand blank walls without color. Its too inviting, its a canvas that begs me to paint it! So I painted, I am quite limited on a palate Grayson isn't a fan of greens, pinks, purples, oranges, or yellows. He really only likes blues and reds. I wasn't in the mood for deep dark colors so I went with blue. I happy turquoise color in the living room and a wispy winter blue color in the piano/craft room. I love the way they turned out . . . I'll show you more pictures soon!
“Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways. ” 

― Oscar Wilde

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Dog.

     Riggs continues to amuse us. He is loving our new house. There are so many rooms to explore and so many stairs to climb, and a huge backyard to run around. He is constantly burning energy which not only keeps him happy but keeps Gray and I sane too! Its been so beautiful here the past couple of days that I just leave the back door open for him to come in and out as he chooses. He's loving the freedom! All I have to say is, "I'm glad you're happy Riggs, because in a big way this move was for you! We'd be having issues if you weren't, just saying . . ."