Tutorial: Anthropologie-inspired letters

Anthropologie has unique and creative home decor…the zinc letters are drool-worthy but I didn’t want to spend $18 a letter! So I decided to make some myself!

The letters were on sale for $2, paint was $1.39 each and I already had a brush and the hanging strips. I spent around $9 total for this project.
But you could easily finish this project in less than $15 for all supplies and 3 letters…thats if you plan on spelling EAT like me ūüôā

Supplies
12″ Paper mache letters from Joann
paint brush (a good brush helps!)
Black acrylic paint
Aluminum acrylic paint
3m hanging strips

I put down a few paper towels, got out my supplies and started painting the letters black (not the backside). Then I painted them silver but tried to make it look ‘worn’ so I brushed it lightly up and down to give it that vintage look. Then I just let them dry for a few hours and attached them to the wall using the hanging strips. The letters are very light so I didn’t need to use nails.

Here is what¬†Anthro’s look like:

Here is my version:

This is what it looks like when I started:

A few other angles:

 Love the end result!

Black and white Layout

This has to be one of my favorite layouts, titled You are the footprint of my heart. Probably because of the simplicity of the colors and the footprints of my son. ¬†I started with a blank white 12×12 paper..then I started layering gray and black papers on top of one another and even used a sheet of paper from a notebook I had. From there, the layering continued with the footprints, photo and embellishments. There is something so pure about black and white…I love it.

I was psyched about the tiny pieces of ribbon, choo-choo train chipboard and the stamped feathers.

Here is a closer look:

Supplies used: doily, wood bingo motifs, farmhouse sew brads,  toy box chipboard, washi tape Studio Calico, blank smash pad, love struck stamp, silver flower, black clip, grey journal page ornate, ticket stub, transparencies, black and white layered flower embellishment, Le pen black, rub ons, buttons, white paper.

Thanks for looking!

Superbowl Sunday

Like many others, we too are attending a Superbowl party this Sunday. I have been contemplating what type of dish I should bring…and so here are a few choices I rather like. Not too hard or time-consuming which is perfect with the little one around and many of these are different then your average cheese dip!

I’d like to mention that I am not a big football person…I tend to¬†enjoy the million-dollar commercials more. So far, I have to say I really love the Ferris Bueller one, seriously awesome movie.¬†Wanna see the commercial, watch it here:

Football Oreo Trufflesfootball oreo truffles | bakerella

football pizza 1 Football Pepperoni Pizza football pizza | babble

 hot corn dip | our best bites

 Mojito Jell-o Shots Food Network

¬†Mini Corn Dog Muffins…too cool! Iowa Girl Eats

 New York Soft Pretzel Cary Citizen

December Daily 2011

I am a little late in posting my December Daily album….but nevertheless here it is. I’ve seen quite a few DD’s floating around the web and they inspired me to make my own..this is the first one I’ve attempted. I like what I came up with so far.¬† December Daily album is basically a mini scrapbook that chronicles the each day in December until Christmas…usually they re 25 days or some people do the whole month. I am doing 25 days but¬†I started right after Thanksgiving and I am journaling days that were more ‘festive’ than others. Ali Edwards came up with the idea a few years ago and is like a scrapbook guru, check out here albums here. Anywho….here is my cover:

Materials used: American Crafts 6×6 D-ring album, pale pink paper for background, ¬†pink striped bakers twine, doiles that¬†I hand dyed in colors of lavender, pastel green and pink, an old snowflake ornament, Jillibean Soup Christmas Eve Chowder sticker, October Afternoon Sidewalks Flower Sack, pink ruffle ribon, a pink pinwheel sticker and a december 2011 banner that I printed and cut at home.

Thanks for looking! I’ll be posting pages of my album soon!

My Holiday Card

I LOVE my holiday card this year! I got a little creative with my camera and Photoshop. Lately, I’ve been playing around with Adobe¬†¬†Photoshop and have been getting great results. Not only has that helped¬†me with my photo editing skills¬†but my photography¬†technique as well. I adjusted the light and aperture on my camera and played around with the settings a bit more. It can be intimidating though!

Here is our 2011 holiday card, featuring our son:

Here are some photos I’ve been photoshoping lately:

Before shot After shot with a colorized action applied

Here is holiday pic I edited:

¬†Before on top, After on bottom…gave it a seventies look