Wednesday, February 8, 2012

My House is Like a Cake and Now I need that Icing Baby! Plus Free Printable!

*** I'm going to give this blog a real facelift soon so bare with me for a bit till I'm done with it. Blogger has some pretty neat blog templates huh? =D

Sometimes when you wake up and you don't need to be anywhere, do you just sit in bed and think? I do. I think a lot of us do. And that's just what I did this morning. I thought about my blogs, the things I could do with them, fun topics, design idea's, all the fun stuff involved in running a blog. My heart felt a little sad when I thought about this little blog of mine though.

I've been mostly focusing on my photography business/blog the last couple of months and I've been slacking over here. I asked myself "why?". Why have I lost my passion for DIY? That's when it hit me: My house is like a cake and I've been so busy focusing on getting the cake just right that I haven't even bothered icing it up a little bit and enjoying it. 

Let me explain. When I say the "cake" and the "Icing", I mean stuff like building our mantle, putting in flooring, putting in shelving units is the "Cake" part. The real basic stuff that makes a house look nice. And the "icing" is decorating. Putting your finger print on it and making it stand out with your personal touch. 

I haven't decorated barely at all for a year and some now. Decorating means nesting to me. I haven't really nested in this house yet. I haven't really put our touch in it. For the most part it's been a house with furniture in it with some little decor here and there. Well, It's time to ice this sucker up a little! The cake still needs work but I need something a little sweeter and that's what I'm going to focus on for a little bit. 

So, my first icing project is gettin some awesomeness up on these walls! First room: the living-room.

It went from this 
(Emtpy, cold, ickyness)

To This! 
(Oh look! Someone lives here!)

Lets look a little closer....


Although it looks a bit thrown together there are some little design rules that I played by. First let me explain my evolving style here. I love clean beautiful cohesive looks and lines. But I'm also pretty eclectic in the stuff I like. I really wish I could keep to pastel oceany blues, and whites, with silver highlights thrown in but at this point I just can't! So I'm trying to go for a clean eclectic feel instead.

Lets break down how I designed it: I used mostly straight lines all around the outer part except for everything that is on the shelf. There I used varying heights, textures and colors to keep the eye interested. Both straight lines, and different heights are pleasing to the eye so I mixed the two styles up. That's me, always wanting it both ways. =)

Where and how I got the Art:

My Watercolor:

This was really easy to make! I love color and abstract art but I didn't want to spend the money. So I made my own. It's water colors on water color paper. All I did was pick out a yellow, coral, and light orange and paint them in a circle motion, watering down my brush as I moved outward in the circle. I also did them in layers, making the circles smaller as I moved down. So I did the yellow first, then orange, then the coral. Whatever color you want to stand out the most, make sure it's the last layer you do and make sure you let each layer dry before starting the next one.

Atlas Frame:

I used this frame I got at a Garage sale and then popped in these Vintage Map Postcards that I picked up at Papyrus.

Free Bike Printable from IRockSoWhat!:

I LOVE this girl's work! She is nothing short of awesome and I can't argue, she really does rock! Here is the link to her page were you can get the free "Life Is A Beautiful Ride" printable. And check out more of her stuff! I'm so happy I found her on Pinterest! The frame is from Ikea.

Free "Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much" printable:

I got that one from The Ellinee blog. Click here to go right to the page to down load it! The picture behind it is one that I took of some dandelions and I used the matting from the ikea frame next to it to frame it.

All the AWESOME free printables from The Free Art Project!:

I LOVE the Free Art Project! Every month a new artists donates a piece of their work for everyone to have for free! All I did was upload the images I liked to my Costco photo center, had them printed as 4x6's, and BAM! A ton of free art. I found the frame in a free pile on the side of the road. It has no back and no front glass but I knew I could do something cool like this with it. All I did was run 2 lines of wire across the back so I could hang my pieces of art with clothes pins. <3!!

The "&" Sign:

I have a little love affair with the "&" sign. It just makes my heart a little excited for some reason! And I have an ever growing love for typography pretty much. This is another piece I made. Super easy once again! I got this linen canvas board at my local art store. Then I went online and google image searched "Ampersand", and picked the one I liked the most. Then I got it to the size I wanted, printed it, cut it out and traced around it onto my canvas. From there I just painted it in and there it is. Easy peasy!

U + Me = Home, Free Printable:

And for the last thing I made! I have a small collection of free printables on my Pinterest and I was looking for something for me and my hubs and our home. Something that would show my love for my hubs and the life we share. There are a lot of AWESOME signs out there (and I have a ton of them pinned) but I thought of this and went with it. This is another Ikea frame. I made these, printed them out, and I have a little piece of my sentimental heart hangin on my wall now.


And in  honor of all the awesome bloggers, artists, and all around creative people who make awesome free printables for all to have so they can put a little love in their homes on the cheap, I wanted to give this little printable set away as well in the hopes that it might help others get into "Icing" their "cake" too. You could get a frame like this one at Ikea still I believe or you could get 5 individual frames and hang them vertical, horizontal, diagonal. Lots of fun ideas.

Directions to Save:
Simply right click on each image, select "View Image", then right click on the image and save to wherever you want on your computer and print away!. 






Thanks for readin guys and I hope you enjoy the printables! =D


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The Shabby Nest

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

I Haven't Fallen Off the Face of the Planet! Promise!

I know I have been MIA. Three of my best friends got hitched this year (and in the last 6 months) and I've been in a real DIY ditch for a while here too. But I think I'm starting to clime out of it!! Yaaaaaay! Anyway,  I should have some couple good tutorials coming up here soon. I recently did a firplace make over and I will be blogging about that next. I think it will be a two parter too. Man, was that thing uuuuuugly before!

Sneak peak! Here is a not so finished after picture (sorry the pic is not that great. It's just from my phone.).

Otherwise I've been working on photography here and there. To see what I've been up to as far as that goes, check out my photography blog over at Blue.Lace.Photography. And if you want to follow my picture taken shenanigans, just scroll to the end of my photography page and you'll find allll the fun "follow me" tid-bits there.

Thanks for hangin with guys and I look forward to getting back in the swing of things around here!


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Gone But Not For Long!

Has anyone else been beyond busy? Because I have! Also, erm, I've kinda got a DIY blockage. I've been working on building something and I've been kind of been hating it. So I'm taking forever to finish it. It will pay off but man I wish these things were done! No sense in wishing when I'm the only one that can make that dream come true!

Besides that I have been focusing on an online photography class that I've been in for the last 6 weeks. It's through Amanda Gilligan and it's beginners photography course that has been nothing short of amazing for me.  Not only is the class diverse with students from all over the globe but there are so many different photography mediums being used by all the students that it's made me excited to get my old film and Polaroid cameras out and give'em a try sometime. I love my DSLR but I'm really looking forward to experimenting with film and Polaroid! And Amanda herself uses all these different mediums too so she is able to help everyone no matter what they're using.

Annnnyyywaaaaayyyyy, We're winding down in the class with one week left. I finished the homework for last week and I thought I would share The assignment was to tell a story with a series of pictures. I'm finding that I really like working in series so this was really cool to do once I figured out what I wanted to tell a story about.

What was my story about? It was the story of baking. Yes, that simple.  And here's the link to the recipe if y'all want it!

Flourless Chewy Chocolate Cookies

Tip on how I made my cookies - I cut the walnut amount in half and added a cup and half of chocolate chips. I also beat the mixture without the walnuts and chocolate ships for about 4 minutes with my hand mixer on medium to develop a little stiffness in the egg whites so the cookies didn't spread out so much when I put the batter on the cookie sheets.

Well here ya go! My story of how a delicious cookie came to be:



Friday, August 19, 2011

Lets Drool Together Friday - Ruche

This is the only time I'm sure you'll hear me say this - Thank you FaceBook ads. I know, we all usually hate those tailor made ads on the side of our Facebook pages (or anywhere for that matter) and we care for them so little that we just ignoring them. I totally get it. 99% I never look at'em! They are right up there on my annoying scale along with me wearing all black and walking out of the house with my butt covered in a bunch of blonde and ginger hair from my beloved dog,  Abby's, thick coat of fur. Just wonderful. 
But one of these tricky little money steeling ads caught my eye..... And I clicked...  And.....Amazing. What wonder!  And only one word....
A pinch of Forever 21, a dash of Anthropology, and a couple tablespoons of classic silhouettes and vintagey love. You got me. And they even have some plus size stuff too! FAB! 
Here are some of my fav things. To be honest this isn't even the beginning of it! My eyes alone spent at least $1500. Good thing they don't have a bank account of their own!

And don't even get me started on their Home and Office stuff!

Look at how cute! There is tons more eye candy from where this came from too. I swear. 

Basically, you HAVE to go check out their stuff! If I didn't have a reason to try and get in shape I would now! Simply beautiful creations mixed together perfectly. 

In. Love. 


P.S. Sorry for the picture heavy post! I seriously had over a 100 tabs open in my browser just trying to pick out some stuff of theirs to show you! 

P.P.S I'm not in cahoots with this company at all. No advertisement agreement or anything like that.  This is strictly me just loving on this place. They don't even know I exist basically. =)   

Monday, August 15, 2011

A Couple Free Presets For Lightroom!

Any other Lightroom users out there? Wellll I am one of them. I love it! It's pretty user friendly and a solid/powerful photo editing tool. I don't know it backwards and forwards or anything, but I haven't found one thing I don't like about it so far. If I'm editing pictures it is my go to program. I plan on jumping into  photoshop more once I get my desktop up and running (right now I only have a laptop that I work off of). But I'm pretty happy with my Lightroom as for now.

I learned how to make my own Presets (Presets are to Lightroom what Actions are to Photoshop) and I wanted to share a couple with you guys for your own use in Lightroom. 

If you need instructions on how to install the presets here are a couple good links! One of the awesome picture takin ladies from my photography class I'm in, shared this awesome video on how to install and I found the accompanying written directions. And just for the record I use the "Lame"way of filing my Presets but it works for me! Hehe! So do what works for you too! Have fun guys!

Written Directions:

Video Directions:

Sweet Beach: Pastel with a slight vintagey feeling.


Punch: (As in a lil punch of color) =D


Cooling: Cool tones with a lil up lighting and vignette. 


Click below to download all these Presets:

These are generally Presets for .jpeg files but I'm sure you could try them over a RAW file and twittle with them a bit till they work. =)

I hope y'all injoy using these! =D  No credit back to me is necessary but I just ask that you do not use the presets that I created for financial gain in anyway shape or form. Thank you much!

As for now I'm back to my lazy day and basking in the glow of the truly amazing show I went to last night to see my fav solo artist, Adele. I will post about it soon. All I have to say though is that if you get the chance to see her live DO IT! You will not be disappointed. =D


P.S. That's my lil nephew Levi modeling in the first couple picture! Aint he cute! His momma happens to be a super talented photographer too and you can see her over at Amy Snow Photography.  Keepin the talent in the family! Hehe!