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Easy Roofing on my Dog House with GAF Timberline Shingles

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Here in New Orleans Spring and Summer is hot in a major way, but we’re crazy people, so we still tend to spend the most time outdoors these times of the year. Now, is the time that we’re out eating our crawfish, having our BBQ’s, and planting our flowers, veggies, and fruits. Having stylish patios and backyards are a MUST this time of year, because we’re all about the “get-to-gether”.

Now, because we have only been in our new house for about 2.5 months now, we have to prioritize the projects we take on. The kitchen was the first room to be done and even though I don’t know how soon I’ll be able to fully tackle our back patio, a dog house was one of those things that I felt was a big priority and a treat to our dogs.

You should know Pocahontas already, but remember a few months ago on Instagram, I told you guys that I had a new dog? Well, he’s a Husky, named Rilo, and he is a handful!

They’re both inside dogs, but Rilo loves to go outside to hang out on the porch and play in the grass. He also really likes to eat all my veggies, bite on all my outdoor furniture, and poop everywhere he thinks my foot will land. He literally gets it right every time, so I’m starting to think he was a psychic in his past life. (more…)

Small Kitchen Update: DIY Framed Pineapple Art Photography of Sassy Pineapple

Let me start off with a disclaimer:

I won’t call this post a tutorial, because I had a hard time explaining my process in Photoshop. I can only show you the steps I took up until then, sorry.

Now, with that out of the way, I was literally holding my breath all night (well, maybe not all night) waiting for this post to go live. I was so excited about this project! I’ve shared with you that I’m decorating my small apartment kitchen. I showed the inspiration for the decor I wanted to add, and shared some progress pictures of what’s happened since I painted the kitchen.

Since I’m a renter, I have to get extremely creative about decor and updates, because I can’t make permanent changes. I have a lot in store for my teeny, galley kitchen, but can only do small bits at a time, as my current design projects take up much of my time.

So, I added the shelves over my sink and I LOVE them! I still have to paint the sides white (where they were cut at Home Depot), but they’ve already made such a cool impact to the space.

My idea was always to put a framed piece of art in between the shelves and initially I wanted to frame a drink or food recipe. But, since I rarely drink and don’t cook very often, I thought that it wouldn’t be much of a reflection of me.

I really like pineapple art and have been searching for a while for the perfect piece.

So, because I have such a fantastic, creative brain weird imagination, I thought that I would create my own pineapple art. But, not just any ole art, I wanted something fun and crazy that would make me smile each time I walk in the kitchen and stand over the sink.

Enter dear pineapple.

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She’s rather sad and looks a bit beat up, so from this pic I can see how it would have been hard to understand how I’m going to create my anything with her. Her name is Tasha, by the way (well, it was Tasha, before the knife fell on her and her insides crawled on my plate, but I digress).

I hit the jackpot from Target a few weeks ago and got 24 awesome frames in different sizes and styles for $120 – yes, you read that right! Target does not like me to have extra money.

One of the frames was a 15″ x 18″ wooden frame matted to 11″ x 14″. It fits PERFECTLY in between the shelves over the sink.

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Dear pineapple – meet perfectly sized wooden frame. It’s going to make you beautiful!

Bare with me as I try and explain this process.

I wanted the image to be of the pineapple on a solid or patterned background with sassy lips hand-drawn on it.

I googled “sassy, red cartoon lips” and found one that inspired me. I tried super hard to draw these darn lips on the pineapple, but the textured surface wasn’t having it. Honestly, I’m not exactly sure why I thought that would work. Then, after that awful idea, I figured I could just add the lips in on Photoshop.

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After I struggled to find a pretty, patterned paper that I thought would be perfect for what I was going for, I decided to go with a solid background. Before I actually tried drawing on the lips, I wanted to see how the pineapple looked on a brown craft paper background…

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Way too plain. Then, I tried a white background (the backside of Christmas wrapping paper)…

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Still plain, but the pineapple will steal the show anyway.

I gave this sneak peek on Instagram last week. (follow me there if you don’t already)

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As you can see, I set up my “modelling studio” on my counter against the refrigerator. I just taped one end to the refrigerator (a few inches taller than the pineapple) and secured the other end to the counter with a detergent bottle. Then I started letting Miss Tasha do her thang!

So, after I took a lot of photos, I wrote down the ones that I wanted to try and manipulate in Photoshop. After looking back and forth through those, I finally found the one that I wanted to use.

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Now, here’s where it gets hard to explain. If you’re already familiar with Photoshop or similar programs, you’ll be fine, but if you don’t have much experience with image editing software, you’ll need to google some tutorials.

For those of you who know how to use image editing software (and those that just went googled and learned), I won’t go too deep into exactly how I edited the image, because you should edit the image to what you want yours to look like. I wanted mine to be really bright, and since I actually took photos in my dark kitchen at 2am, I had to manipulate the contrast and brightness. I also increased the saturation, to make the colors in the pineapple pop more.

Once I got the image looking the way I wanted, I searched online for “free cartoon lip images” and found one that had both cartoon lips and eyes and thought, “whoa, I can add eyes, too”!

And, that’s what I did. I copied and pasted each of them into my edited pineapple image. I enlarged the lips to fit over where I drew them on and added the eyes above.

That’s it!

Now, to be simple, if you take your photo close to a window when your home has a lot of natural light coming in, you might not even have to edit your image much (in regards to brightness). You also don’t have to add the lips and eyes. You can make your image more sophisticated with just the pineapple (or any other fruit) in it’s natural form.

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I am IN LOVE with how mine came out. It’s much brighter on this side of my tiny kitchen and Miss Tasha definitely puts a smile on my face.

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I can’t wait to style the shelves around it! I threw up a bunch of stuff on the shelves for the purpose of this photo, but I have to narrow down exactly what I’ll be using to help with my storage issue. So happy that the shelves are up! I am a little torn on whether or not I want to keep the frame black or paint it gold. Thoughts?

What’s left for the kitchen:

  • find a larger rug
  • put up the framed chalkboard on the black wall
  • find more fun kitchen art to go on the black wall
  • put foods in storage canister to go on counter
  • accessorize

So, are you going to create your own fun, pineapple print? What do you think of mine? Would you keep the frame black or would you paint it gold?

Till next time,

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Plant DIY Projects for Your Home

Lately, I’ve been infatuated with all things green (plants, saving energy, the color green… you get the drift), so today I’m sharing with you some DIY projects that I found over the web for your plants and garden.

DIY: Easy Herb Drying Rack

This one is so cool! I would love to have something like this in my kitchen, but since onion and bell pepper are pretty much the only fresh plants I put in my very limited menu of foods that I cook (as little as possible), I doubt that this makes much sense for me [insert sad, but slightly relieved face here].

DIY: Mason Jar Herb Garden

I love anything that has to do with mason jars. A few years ago, I made and sold candles. My love for mason jars began then, because it was the most least expensive jars that I could afford for my small candle business. I put the candle making business on hold for now, but can’t wait to start offering them again with my pillows. This DIY would be perfect for the extra jars I have on hand.

DIY: Verticle Plant Hanger

I’m definitely making this one! I’ve always wanted some kind of way to hang my growing collection of succulent plants. This would be so perfect!

Planter Garden

This one doesn’t come with DIY instructions, but it looks pretty easy to do. Using a similar planter, simply get your favorite soil and plant beautiful succulents. Easy peasy!

DIY: Stamped Spoon Planter Markers

Okay, I wouldn’t suggest using fine silverware for this (even if it is old – vintage is in), but you can get a set of 10 silver spoons at the Dollar Tree. After flattening the spoon, you can either stamp on the name of the plant (or herb) or paint the spoon with chalkboard paint and write it on. Either way, this is a really cool project.

So, which one of these projects will you be trying? Done any plant DIYs lately? Leave a comment below!

Till next time,

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A Therapist Office Feature – Before & After

Hey guys!

Today I have something special for you! I always feature other Designers and their projects. I love to feature fellow designers, but lately I’ve been wanting to feature before and afters of other decor enthusiasts that are either decorating as a hobby or on their way to becoming a Designer. I have my Instagram friend Jessica sharing her before and after of her makeover of a friend’s office.

Jessica in the updated therapist's office.

Jessica in the updated therapist’s office.

Here’s what Jessica has to say about her project:

“This small space, approximately 11ft x 5ft, is a part of a larger 4 story counseling center. The center is very old, with out dated features and furnishings. The therapist, and a good friend of mines, wanted change desperately due to the problem of lack of cohesion, over crowdedness, and an overall out dated, bland look. The things that were most important for the client was to consider that since she specializes in families with kids, and with couples, she wanted something that gave room for both sorts of populations. On one hand, something that was fun and playful, and on the other hand something that was warm, comfortable, inviting, and intimate. Although the space was very small, I still managed to streamline together the design in a manner that was fitting for both mature couples and the kiddos who want to enjoy the colorful poufs. (Which not to mention, my inexpensive diy bold art right above the poufs surely came in handy.) Another challenge I had was that I wasn’t allowed to paint the walls so I used ceiling medallions, spray painted them silver gold and bronze to brighten up the space yet with a warm feeling. And although I do not have a picture, originally the desk was in the therapeutic space, so I expanded the space more by putting the desk in a small nook area that is right off of the office. I decluttered the nook and made room for the desk which fits so perfectly now!”

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This corner is super cute!

This corner is super cute!

I love these floor poufs!! Jessica spray painted ceiling medallions and placed them on the wall!

I love these floor poufs!! Jessica spray painted ceiling medallions and placed them on the wall!

Jessica lives in Indianapolis, Indiana  and was born and raised there. She’s a self taught decorator and like many of us: “truly gives God the glory for [her] artistic visions!” She is currently working on her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family therapy, and some day hope to incorporate both of her passions of designing and therapy together by helping families optimize their mental health functioning all through the design of their home. She wants to someday move to Southern California and design breath-taking homes, tv and movie sets, and small businesses. If you would like to connect to Jessica, she’d love for you to check out her Facebook page (where her design album is for public viewing),  https://m.facebook.com/jessica.gordon.393.

Thanks so much for sharing your project with us, Jessica. The space looks great. I really love your DIY art and the floor poufs!!

Do you like this office makeover? What’s your favorite part of the space? Drop a comment and let me know!

Till next time,

XOXO

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Easy DIY Canvas Board Art Using Song Lyrics

I saw a Pinterest post some time ago of song lyrics written on a large canvas board. I never repinned the image, but I remember telling myself that I would do it one day. I didn’t even click through to the website of the post, because I figured I could get the same look very easily with just a couple of steps.

All you need is a canvas board, black paint (or any other color paint you want), a paintbrush to paint your words on, and an idea of what you want to write on your board.

I already had the canvas board, brush, and paint. I chose to write the words to my favorite song, “For You”, by Kenny Lattimore.

Here’s what I did:

1st Step:

Outline your words on your canvas board with a pencil. This way you’ll easily be able to erase and rewrite any screw-ups, while trying to get the placement of your words right.

1st step: outline your words with pencil.

1st step: outline your words with pencil.

2nd Step:

After your words are in place with pencil, trace over them with your paintbrush dipped in paint. I went over certain words and letters more than others, and left some words with a brushed, barely there finish. (No particular reason, sometimes I just didn’t feel like going over some spots again.)

2nd step: go over the words with a paintbrush dipped in paint

2nd step: go over the words with a paintbrush dipped in paint

3rd Step:

Let dry. Or you can “go above and beyond”, like I did, and pour glitter on some of the words. I chose to put black glitter on every “you” on the board I simply poured the glitter directly on the wet words. Then, I let the whole thing dry.

3rd step: Let dry (or add glitter to some of the words, then dry).

3rd step: Let dry (or add glitter to some of the words, then dry).

4th Step:

Spray Hi-Gloss Clear spray paint on your board and let dry completely. (no picture, sorry!)

5th Step:

Enjoy!! (I may or may not have “borrowed” someone’s wall, hung up the canvas board, and took the picture. I love the way the white and black pops on the pink.) Most likely I’ll put it in my office when I’m able to work on all the mess…

I love how the black and white pops on the pink wall.

I love how the black and white pops on the pink wall.

That’s it guys! Super easy, super customizable art. It has a lot of “character” (mistakes), but I figured that’s what DIY’s are all about, right? Or, maybe I was too lazy to fix the mistakes?

This could easily be done in a fancy font with words from a kid’s favorite bedtime story. Maybe you could first paint the board a soft gray color and write the words in cursive in a cute color, like pink, blue, or purple??

Have you done an easy DIY lately? Did you like this one?

Till next time,

XOXO

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Easiest DIY Ever: DIY Coaster Fridge Magnets

Hey Lovlies!

This is seriously going to be one of the easiest DIY projects you’ll ever do! So, I have this weird thing about me: I don’t usually use things for their intended purposes.

…I used a dog leash to embellish a baseball bat…
…When I find a cute ring in a store, the first thought isn’t put it on my finger, but how I can glue the pendant onto something else….

So, when I saw these coasters in a Kirkland’s store, my first thought was: “oooohhh, these would look so cute on the refrigerator”.

diy coaster magnets for your fridge

diy coaster magnets for your fridge

The only thing you’ll need is a coaster, glue (I used E6000, but you can also use a hot glue gun), and magnets (Home Depot sells them).

To make these magnets, you need: a coaster, glue, and magnets.

To make these magnets, you need: a coaster, glue, and magnets.

There’s 3 steps to this project:

  • Glue magnet to the back of coaster.
  • Let glue dry completely (I let it dry about 4 hours)
  • Place on your refrigerator

Well, actually it’s just 2 steps, right?

glue the magnet to the coaster

glue the magnet to the coaster

glue magnet to coaster

glue magnet to coaster

let the glue dry completely

let the glue dry completely

 

diy coaster magnets for your fridge

diy coaster magnets for your fridge

Really easy, really cute! Now, I’m on the lookout for coasters that I can turn into magnets.

Have you done any super easy DIY projects lately? Let me know in the comments below!

Till next time,

XOXO

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