Archive for June, 2011

summer jamz

So, summer is technically not here yet, but here in Texas it definitely feels like summer. My big move to Austin is in exactly 2 weeks from today and I'm extremely nervous excited! So this weekend I'll be busy with some last minute projects and might be popping into work to help them move into a new location as well. Every summer I feel like I inadvertently make a summer jamz (yes, with a "z") playlist to get me through these scorching months. Just last week I scored the new Cults album and it is the perfect summer album. I will leave you with the best song (in my opinion) and say that I hope you have a great weekend!

headboard: a new DIY project

Remember this bed? Well, it's going into storage for a very long time and will not be coming with me to Austin. This is a very bittersweet goodbye as I adore this bed in its girlyness and its sentimental value. But the truth is, it's an OLD bed. The hinges are getting too loose to fix anymore and I don't want to completely break it. And so, on to a new chapter. I have a very basic platform bed that I will be using but need a great headboard. I found this image and tutorial on Design*Sponge a while back and thought it seemed like such a fun and easy idea. I have upholstered a headboard before and so this one shouldn't be any different. The question is, what shape to make! I have a nice soft blue fabric picked out. I thought a pattern would be really fun, but I might get tired of it or it might end up making my room look more juvenile (though, Grace's fabric is anything but juvenile...) Option one would be to do an elaborate shape like this one from West Elm. Its a very similar shape to Grace's, but a little more toned down with the solid color. So far, I think this headboard from Crate and Barrel is my favorite. It's simple and still slightly feminine. I am planning on making buttons and tufting the headboard so, I think this will look the best for the ambiance that I'm trying to achieve in my new room. Another, and simpler option would be to just make a rectangular headboard like this one. Could be an option if I get lazy... I am going to forgo the foam and just use batting to cut down the cost. Since I don't know what my job sitch with be yet, I'm trying to do everything on the cheap. I'll make sure to post a tutorial with cost breakdowns once the project is complete.

a trip to the zoo!

A few weeks ago...or what could now be a couple of months coworker and I made a day trip to the Houston Zoo. We were given free tickets from a customer last year, but wanted to wait until the African Safari was complete. The day was beautiful! Sunny and not too hot. Thank goodness we didn't wait to go until now! It's a sauna in Houston! And there were baby animals everywhere! The fence blocked some good pictures, but how adorable is that little monkey? The African Forest was much like going to Disney World. It had its own gift shop, different music and an entirely different feel than the rest of the zoo. Apparently you can feed the giraffes, but you had to pay and wait in we passed. It was a fun day for all and I would highly recommend a trip here if you are in town visiting. The grounds have been redone since I was last there as a child and it is simply gorgeous!

custom pet portraits

A few months ago, my friend Heather commissioned me to paint a pet portrait of this adorable pup for a birthday gift. I had just started my other original paintings and agreed to paint the portrait of the pooch. I love the way the painting turned out. So much so that I have decided to offer custom pet portraits in my shop! It's painted in acrylic on a 5" x 7" wooden plaque and takes about 2 weeks for me to ship it to you. (Though if you need one in a jiffy, I'm sure I can work with you on that.) If only I could meet this adorable little gal in person!

A Big Ol’ Shop Update

It's about time, right? I was busy creating a bunch of new products for Renegade and I finally have some free time to put them all for sale! I'm really excited about my new work, mainly because I am veering away from using computer typography and solely using hand lettering. The new work is also digitally colored rather than painted with gouache. I found that my gouache paintings, though I love them, always turned out duller in color than I wanted. This way, my colors can be as bright as I want them to be. A couple new products.... Father's Day Cards Recipe Cards Flat Boxed Thank You's That is it for now. Be sure to stop by the shop to see all of the new goodies. I have all of the mini paintings photographed and will be spending the next week or so editing and posting those as well. Stay tuned!
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