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DIY Fiber Art

August 22, 2013

Fiber Art

I don’t know if you read the blog Brick House? But you might have heard the name. I am obsessed. I find myself constantly reading blogs heavily focused on interior design, because it’s always been something I’ve enjoyed doing myself. I’m constantly rearranging, changing and adding things to my home! If you don’t believe me, follow me on Instagram! You will see me changing things all the time! I’ve been this way for as long as I can remember, it keeps me feeling inspired. 

Fiber Art

When I saw the post on Brick house about Fibers, I was instantly drawn to her AMAZING finds! They are so oddly wonderful and she makes it work in the most gorgeous way. I’m sure if I had those pieces in my house, someone would just make fun of me. Maybe because my house is no where as cool. I don’t know. 

Fiber Art

Fiber Art

Nonetheless, it didn’t stop me from trying! I wanted to create a smaller scale Fiber art piece for our home. I used materials I already had and made a very simple design. I took an old vintage wood hanger from my closet, some colorful yarn and started to cut varying lengths. I looped the yarn onto my hanger and created a pattern. 

Fiber Art

When my husband first saw the finished product, his words were, “What is it?”. Ha, hilarious. So now, I just refer to my source of inspiration and all is well again. I love it and now kind of want to buy a TON of yarn to make a larger piece! It can be done. 

Fiber Art

So, what do you think of Fiber art?!

XOXO, Lidy

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Prototype Diamond Shaped Shelf

August 21, 2013

Diamond Shelf

I came across some great pieces of wood at the craft store. They were thin sheets of plywood and were pretty lightweight. I decided to take them home and experiment. See what I could do! I thought I would design a prototype for a larger scale shelf I was thinking of making down the road. Sometimes it’s nice to have an idea of what something might look like once it’s out of your head and on the walls!

Diamond Shelf

The first thing I tried to do was remove the barcode stickers. Fail. They were stuck on there good – such a shame. I decided that I would have to resort to painting one side with black paint in order to hide the stickers, it was the best thing I could come up with. I just didn’t feel like having a war with these silly things longer than I needed too. 

Diamond Shelf

After all the sides were painted and dried, I began to play around. I resorted to creating a fun shape and making a little shelf to act as an art piece for my walls. See what this baby was going to look like! Since the wood isn’t as sturdy as other plywood (these are super thin sheets and very temporary), I can only have very lightweight decor pieces for display. Even then, it looks pretty neat on it’s own! 

Diamond Shelf

I simply used hot glue to attach all the edges together, which worked pretty good. I haven’t had any problems as of yet! It looks nice with the inside walls a contrasting black and the outside a nice light wood grain – it goes well with the rest of my decor! 

Diamond Shelf

The triangle shape pulls through with the other pieces in our living room. It also has an overall diamond appearance, which is new and fresh for us! Either way, I’m liking the non-tradional look this shelf has! After it all, I think I might go ahead and have my husband help me construct a larger scale shelf kind of like this. I think it’s time to get rid of our generic white Ikea shelves. What do you think?

XOXO, Lidy

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Back To School: Nerdy Decor

August 20, 2013

Well, school has officially started! Although none of our little ones are old enough for school yet, my husband is a teacher. He is lucky enough to be educating fourth graders again this year! I thought I would do a little homage to back to school in honor of him, but nerdy style (he’s not really a nerd though….)! Here are a few fun decor pieces for the home! 

Nerdy Decor

Periodic Table / Decal / Pillows / Wooden Sign / Print / Molecule Set

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DIY Hanging Triangle Mobile

August 19, 2013

Hanging Triangle Mobile

Hello Monday! It’s a bitter sweet week, seeing as the summer is officially over in our home. My hard working hubby is back to teaching and I’m back to being a full time stay at home mommy! I am so thankful for the great life we are able to enjoy and live. 

Hanging Triangle Mobile

Today, I created another project to fill your home with cheer! I created a modern hanging triangle mobile, using some left over wood craft sticks from a previous project and a hot glue gun! I threw in the bright polka dot garland for some color! 

Hanging Triangle Mobile

Hanging Triangle Mobile

I simply hot glued my sticks to form triangles and pieced them all together. I attached twine and a wood stick to create nice balance at the top, while still keeping the triangle shape. This DIY took minutes and I love how it turned out!  

Hanging Triangle Mobile

It’s such a great feeling to do something creative on a daily basis. It relieves my mind of worry and stress, keeping me focused on a task that makes me feel happy! My kids had a great time helping me out, since this DIY is very kid friendly (just watch out for the hot glue gun)! 

Hanging Triangle Mobile

I am still experimenting with materials for my DIY light fixture. I’ve thought about using these light weight wood craft sticks. We’ll see what we can do! 

XOXO, Lidy

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DIY Geometric Paint By Numbers Poster

August 16, 2013

DIY Geometric Paint By Numbers Poster

I like to try my hand in all sorts of creative outlets. Although my passion is graphic design, I also like to challenge myself any other way I can. Sometimes that is doing things that I don’t often do much of lately and that is draw by hand! 

DIY Geometric Paint By Numbers Poster

I decided to create my own art piece for the home. I thought it would be fun to create a modern take on paint by numbers. I went with some geometric inspired mountains and added the numbers (even though there is no painting going on here).  I think it just adds another great graphic element to the piece. I also added the word “Explore” to the top: a little reminder to not hold myself back from pursuing new things. Even when I’m afraid of failure or unsure of what the future might hold. 

DIY Geometric Paint By Numbers Poster

DIY Geometric Paint By Numbers Poster

I thought about incorporating colors, but I think the simplicity of this piece is also what makes it. I also added the wood pine crafting sticks in the appropriate length to create my poster. I hot glued two on the top and bottom and simply used twine to hang it. It was an easy solution to feature my print and display it on the wall. For the art itself, I used thick poster paper and a white pencil crayon for my design. It was really simple! 

DIY Geometric Paint By Numbers Poster

It’s not the most amazing thing I’ve ever hung on my walls, but it feels good to do something out of the box sometimes. I feel satisfied knowing that I am trying new things again! What are you wanting to try your hand in? 

XOXO, Lidy

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Thrifty Find: Wooden Nickels + DIY Repurposed Tray

August 15, 2013

Wooden Nickel Repurposed Tray

A long time ago, my husband found these fabulous wooden nickels at an antique store in Eureka, CA. For the longest time, we’ve just had them tucked away in a jar. My recent trip to Target sparked an interesting idea for a little project for back home! 

Wooden Nickel Repurposed Tray

I found this fabulous desk drawer organizer! I was immediately attracted to the color and design. I had to take it home with me! I thought it would be a shame to hide it in a drawer, so I decided to repurpose it as a tray for our coffee table. It’s perfect for storing our remote controls, coasters and displaying other fun little things! It was just missing something and I needed to put my twist on it somehow. 

Wooden Nickel Repurposed Tray

Wooden Nickel Repurposed Tray

Using my wooden nickels, I decided to hot glue them with some twine onto my new and repurposed coffee table tray. In a sense, they would act as handles. They are quirky, unique and I love them!

Wooden Nickel Repurposed Tray

Now we have a great new piece for our coffee table that keeps things organized and tidy. Plus, I can show off those thrifty wooden nickels finally! 

XOXO, Lidy

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Fixture Shopping: DIY Ideas

August 14, 2013

I’m currently searching out inspiration for a new DIY I have in mind! I am really wanting to create a fun geometric light fixture to go up in our living room! In our 1940s home, there are ZERO light fixtures in our living/dining room area. We’ve had to resort to lamps, but I’m really hoping to modernize the space a bit and bring something in a little less generic. 

I am really inspired by these geometric designs. I’m hoping to figure out a way to create my own fixture, by playing with different materials! I am adamant about creating it myself and not so much having to go out and buy anything – I guess I’m up for a challenge! 

Geometric Fixtures

 

Top Left / Bottom Left / Middle / Top Right  / Bottom Right

I’m finding all the inspiration I was looking for! Now to do some shopping and experiment with some materials! Which one is your favorite? 

XOXO, Lidy

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Repurposed Southwestern Decor

August 13, 2013

Repurposed Southwestern Decor

A while back,  we spotted this fabulous southwestern piece at a yard sale! The design was fabulous and too perfect for our home! For a while, it’s been kind of a table rug for under our computer….what a waste, right? This needed to be repurposed in a bad way! It was just too pretty! 

Repurposed Southwestern Decor

I decided to use it as a piece of art for our walls. The color is nice and neutral, which is a great change with all the bright and bold prints we have on the opposite wall in our living room! I think it’s much more appreciated up there on display! 

Repurposed Southwestern Decor

Repurposed Southwestern Decor

Just last weekend, I happened to find another woven southwestern rug with the same color and designs. Looks like I might have to find some more space on the wall! I am loving this splash of design in our living room. It still goes with everything, since it is very geometric indeed!

Repurposed Southwestern Decor

Sometimes, you just have to repurpose a thing or two to make it new in a sense. Have you ever had to do anything like that before?

XOXO, Lidy

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DIY Deer Wall Decal

August 11, 2013

DIY Deer Wall Decal

I am SO excited about this DIY! It’s one of the projects I had envisioned in my mind and it turned out exactly how I wanted it too! Not to mention, this is something I know I will be doing a lot of in the future. It has so many possibilities! You can do virtually any kind of design on any surface – the wheels in my mind are spinning like crazy! I’m thinking some sort of geometric element next!

DIY Deer Wall Decal

While doing a little shopping at the dollar store, I came across Magic Cover Self-Adhesive shelf coverings. I thought it would be fun to make a design out of it and see if it would work well on the wall. Sure enough, it works like MAGIC! It’s super easy to create your design using the grids on the back. Plus, it goes on the wall so easily!  If you make a mistake placing it off center or you decide you don’t like it where you placed it, it comes off effortlessly. 

DIY Deer Wall Decal

What you will need:

Magic Cover

Pen or pencil

Scissors 

DIY Deer Wall Decal

I decided to create a deer bust, since it goes with the look of our house. I wanted something that could take up the space of one of our empty walls, but not distract too much from other things we have going on. I loved the wood grain of the magic cover and thought it played off our furniture pieces nicely. Plus, it really pops off our white walls. I freehand drew the deer and carefully cut it out with my scissors. I then peeled off the backing and very slowly starting applying it to the wall from the bottom up. I made sure to rub the design on my wall a few times to ensure the sides wouldn’t peel up in any way. You can also add another element to make the design more 3D – hence, the flowers (optional). SO easy! You can do any kind of design, just let your imagination run wild! 

DIY Deer Wall Decal

I am already thinking of ways to add other design elements to our home using this magic cover self-adhesive! My kids would love to do this project with me I’m sure, they would have all sorts of fun! What do you think? 

XOXO, Lidy

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Yarn Wrapped Branch Shelf

August 9, 2013

Yarn Wrapped Branch Shelf

Inspiration can come from anywhere! Literally. During one of our family walks, I spotted a branch lying on the road. At first I thought it looked an awful lot like antlers. It was my original intended DIY, but sadly my husband tried to throw it out a few times and one of the branches snapped off. Sad. Still, I knew it would be great for some fun and odd project around here! 

Yarn Wrapped Branch Shelf Yarn Wrapped Branch Shelf

I decided to wrap yarn around the branch in a few areas, while leaving some of  it’s natural elements to show through. Instead of converting this branch into faux antlers, I went with another idea instead: a yarn wrapped branch shelf! I had some prints hanging around. They are smaller in size and rather rare shapes, so it’s difficult to find frames to fit perfectly. I thought this would be perfect for something shelf-like and display them on the wall in a playful way! 

Yarn Wrapped Branch Shelf

I simply chose three colors of yarn and started to wrap areas of the branch. Using wire, I created some hooks and hot glued them to the back of my branch. The branch is rather light, as well as the pictures, so it wasn’t necessary to use any heavy duty hooks to hank on the wall. I played around with how to hang the branch, I wanted it to be as flat as possible so my pictures would sit against the wall nicely. Once I figured out what worked best, I placed the nails in the wall and hung my new branch shelf! 

Yarn Wrapped Branch Shelf

I love these prints sitting there so contently on the branch. The black and white print as well as the fun paper flower are a couple fabulous pieces I brought home from Alt Summit SF! It’s the perfect way to show them off! This is one of those DIYs that you can have a lot of fun with. Finding natural elements and bringing them to life is a great challenge! I love to keep my home whimsical – it fits perfectly with our vintage and modern mixed decor! 

Yarn Wrapped Branch Shelf

If this is something you might try at home, play with different  widths of branches! It all depends what you want to display or if you want to have it as it’s own artful piece on the wall! What do you think? 

XOXO, Lidy

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Thrifty Find: Geometric Brass Candlesticks

August 7, 2013

Thrifty Find: Geometric Brass Candlesticks

On our way home from Canada, we stopped at a cute little shop in Utah: The Little Brick House! It’s a coffee house/luncheon/antique shop, it’s heavenly! While we waited for our lunch to make it’s way to our hungry bellies, we walked around and looked at all the pretties displayed throughout the shop. I came across these fabulous geometric brass candlesticks and had to have them! 

Thrifty Find: Geometric Brass Candlesticks

I love the design and I love the brass look, so I knew these would look great as part of our home decor. I am in the process of repurposing them, so I will have to update you on that down the road! For now, I might just enjoy them just as they are. 

Thrifty Find: Geometric Brass Candlesticks

I am so inspired by Emily Henderson‘s lovely blog. She always has fantastic ideas and great taste! I kind of got hooked on brass because of her. So now, when I see something I think will go with the look of our vintage/modern abode I make sure to get them! Not too much though, it has to be a subtle touch. 

Thrifty Find- Geometric Brass Candlesticks

It was the perfect day with my family and the perfect place to stop, stretch our legs, grab some lunch and do some thrifting! If you are ever in Cedar City, Utah you should definitely stop in for a bite and do a little shopping too! 

XOXO, Lidy

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DIY Triangle Painted Art

Triangle Painted Art

I’m back from a lovely holiday with my little family! Thank you for your patience as I have been absent a few days. It was so nice to take our kids to Canada and have them spend time with loving family and a great group of friends (new and old)! Hopefully you follow my Instagram, because you would have seen A LOT of pictures from our travels! 

Triangle Painted Art

Today I am sharing a fun and easy DIY: triangle painted art! I have been slowly adding pieces to our white and bright walls in the living room. So far, I have a wide variety of unique and meaningful prints. From my adoption tipi print and “D” monogram print (from my Esty shop), to a vintage butterfly piece from an old book page. It’s all a nice even mixture of new and old. 

Triangle Painted Art

To go with the touches of geometric shapes in my home, I decided to convert one of my photographs into a unique piece of art. Not too long ago I made triangular pillows and a triangle stamped pillow. I thought I would play off of these two pieces in the living room and try to bring some unity between them all. Plus, my DIY art piece balances the wall by coordinating with my other triangle-like prints. 

Triangle Painted Art

I simply printed out an old picture I took of the Golden Gate Bridge from years ago. I cut it to fit my frame and laid it out flat. I taped off a triangle in the center of the print. I then took basic white paint and painted over the remainder of the print. This took several layers. Once the paint was completely dry, I removed the tape. I had a lovely triangle in the center revealing my photograph underneath. I love that you can’t see the entire image, but it’s still pretty obvious what it is! 

Triangle Painted Art

The triangle isn’t perfect, but that’s ok. Some of the paint kind of leaked through the tape and the corners don’t all line up perfectly. I am totally fine with that! In fact, you can tell it’s a handmade. The imperfections make it authentic! It goes perfectly with all the other elements just as I hoped! 

Triangle Painted Art

What do you think about this DIY? You could do all sorts of shapes to any sort of print you have kicking around! 

XOXO, Lidy

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