It’s a rainy day here in the city, so I decided to skip the humidity and stay in to tackle some projects regarding my new room. Though my birch bookcase was certainly an ikea steal, it was just too plain for my taste. Lucky for me this quick project proved to be easy and added the pop of color needed to spruce up my room. I drew some inspiration from my pinterest craft board , found the perfect shiny striped paper and got to work.
This was a relatively easy and quick project. I found some amazing paper sheets at Utrecht (Papyrus also has a massive selection.) I painted ModPodge onto the back of my bookcase, then placed my sheets of paper letting the left-over paper fold over, so its perfectly aligned.
I used a X-acto knife to cut off the overlapping paper, which was much easier then measuring the sheets ahead of time. The paper I used was rather thin, and it bunched up creating a crinkled texture that I really like, but using a thicker paper like wrapping paper or card stock could eliminate this element, if it’s not your personal aesthetic. The entire lining took me about 30 minutes and I love the contrast it creates in my room. Also, I should mention I did the entire thing in under $15. Not too shabby!
Please, step into my office..
A little peek at the rest of my room
all this hard work deserves some R&R on my balcony!
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Today, I finally got around to building this sweet little pinhole camera from a kit that my brother gave me for Christmas (two Christmas’s ago.. seriously, where does the time go?) It was super easy to construct and only took me about an hour. It was really nice to sit, jam out to music and use my hands to build something. I am excited to go out exploring with my new camera, shoot a roll of film and of course, I can’t wait to see how the photographs turn out! Here is some photos of the process and I’ve included some links to other ways you can build your own pinhole camera. Also, this kit is currently on sale HERE.
other ways to build your own camera.. here HERE & HERE
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This week I decided to finally do something with the pile of ticket stubs, programs and maps from my adventure in Europe back in March. I saw these two ideas of cataloguing tickets and trips pinned from Designaglow & foursided and got inspired to make my own similar creation.
I literally had kept every single tube ticket, museum stub and program from the trip. I used an old picture-less picture frame, double sided-stickies and…. that’s it. I just played around with the colors and lines until I found a design I was pleased with.
the final product
hung up & everything
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Today I am introducing a new feature called Pin-Try with Pinterest. I am seriously addicted to Pinterest and always find recipes, projects & activities I want to try, so I thought I would start sharing some of the things I have attempted off the site!
Last week on my day off I decided to bake these Blueberry- Lemon Bars originally pinned from NoblePig. I wasn’t completely satisfied with the recipe so I made them again yesterday and tweaked a few things. I think I finally captured perfection.
You can find the full recipe here. I decided to use fresh blueberries rather than the dried kind and also used low-fat sour cream instead of the real heavy stuff. I also found that the type of oatmeal you use matters.. ALOT. The first time I made them I used Country Choice Organic’s Old Fashioned Oats. These oats were big in size and didn’t soak up the butter and lemon juice enough, leaving my bars a tad too dry. The second time I used Market Pantry’s Old Fashioned Oats which were a much lighter oat and absorbed easily. When they were done I let them cool then stuck them in the refrigerator to enjoy cold. This recipe says it makes about 20 bars, but I was able to make around 10..
Here is my final batch of deliciousness! They are super easy to make, perfect for the hot summer and really great as breakfast or just an afternoon snack!
I enjoyed one for breakfast while I drank coffee out of my favorite J-mug. ahh, summer!
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My mentor and former photo professor, Betsy Scheider got a Guggenheim Fellowship last year. This is an insane accomplishment and very well deserved. Everything I know about Photography, I learned from her and really, I could not have more respect and gratitude towards her. Not only was she Sally Mann’s assistant for a couple of years, she also just was the Director of SPE held in San Francisco this year. Betsy’s Digital Class when we were required to take a photograph at 8am, 3PM, and 8pm. This is 3pm, obviously.
when she went to accept her Guggenheim in NYC, she still made us come to class and she taught via Skype. oh, technology!
Her Guggenheim project is called Triskaidekaphobia [which means to fear the number 13] and for the fellowship she is photographing and documenting 250 thirteen year old girls in one year.
Learn more about the project by liking her page on Facebook. Please, contact her if you know a 13 year old who would like to be involved with this exciting project!
Learn more about her project here. visit her artist websitehere.
ALSO, in other I wish I was still in art school news, one of my former pherds and classmates, Adrien Lesoing, just put up an awesome DIY tutorial of how to do photo transfers to wood at her blog, Adrianlovesowls. The process looks super easy and the result is so cool, I can’t wait to make my own next week! Check it out here…
I think it’s important to always surround yourself with positivity, especially when it pertains to the spaces you spend the most time in. The past couple weeks I’ve been slowly but surely getting all the art I have acquired over the years, up onto my big bare walls. I love being able to look up when ever I am lost in thought and see beautiful work. As it always is when I look at good art, I find myself inspired, motivated and more willing to go create.
my prints from top to bottom: This is So Great, explodingdog store // I think of You in Colors That Don’t Exist Print, Urban Outfitters // When You Run Out of Stars, Marc Johns store // J Letter Print, given to me by Ms. Sarah Waite, from EakDesign on Etsy.
So with the holidays approaching, I just wanted to remind everyone that there is nothing more perfect and personal, than a truly great piece of art. But instead of going out to the nearest IKEA or ZGallerie.. go check out some local art festivals, galleries, or on-line print shops. Do some research and find some local artists to support, or become your own artist by heading down to the neighborhood art supply store. There are a ton of online video tutorials on painting, photography, and knitting. Try something new. And trust me, having art hanging in your home that you are personally connected to is so much more charming.
Today I enjoyed my first Sunday off in weeks! I strolled around the Art Festival in Tempe with a friend, then felt inspired to do a few of the little projects I’ve been putting off, like hanging newly framed art and decorating the place up with some holiday cheer! Feels good to scratch a few things off my long list of things to do and I’m excited to start the week fresh!
santa & glitter
my photography wall: top right Adrian Lesoing, middle Spencer Loofa Lee.
Sarah Waite‘s Felt Heart Print. The frame broke while I was trying to hang it on my photography wall. grrr. must fix asap.