Outdoor Painting – The Reveal

First of all, I want to say I am sorry. I promised I was going to do an outdoor painting months ago and I never delivered. What is worst is that I have a lot of views on that false promise post and I am sure some of you are wondering why I am such a flake!

Well, I was supposed to finish this outdoor painting months ago but then the weather decided it was time to put an end to the draught in CA and ruined ALL MY PLANS! Buah!!!!

Yes, my friends, it has rained in LA every week since the beginning of January so I was only able to finish this project last week. I have been trying to find ways to improve my garden and outdoor room and I came up with this idea some time ago.

Here is the post that details my plans and inspiration. I wrote it back in January and promised I would have it ready in two weeks. HA! Well, I FAILED! I am a failure and a liar, but like most people who fail, I say: better late than never. Ha. I am SO funny today.

The truth is that, even without the rain, the project would have taken much longer than anticipated. Although it doesn’t require a lot of technicality, it does need patience and time to create straight lines and perfect triangles. You need to make sure everything is perfectly dry before moving on to a different section of the painting, so yes, I failed in my timing but not in the final execution because it got done and it looks quite good.

The garage wall went from blah to Baboom!!!!! Which was the only intention behind this project. Also, I wanted to have it done in time for our Easter Hunt, so that worked out. Pat on the back. Pat on the back.

Here is what you will need for this project:

Outdoor Painting

Difficulty (1-5): 4  Time: 1 week Cost: $70

Materials:

  • Lots of latex paint colors for walls. I used 13 sample sizes of flat color, mostly from Behr.
  • 8ft x 3ft sheet of plywood
  • Pencil
  • Blue tape
  • Small and big brushes
  • Measuring Tape

To hang the painting:

  • Stud finder
  • Drill
  • Level
  • 2 1/2″ screws (to hang the painting outside)

Instructions:

1) Cut your Plywood to whatever size you want. Mine is a square shape of 6ft x 6ft.


2) Mark your middle point – the place where all triangles meet.

3) Draw the straight lines from the middle point to wherever you want the sides of your triangles to go.

4) Align a strip of blue tape to the lines of the first triangle you want to paint. Make sure you press it down5) Paint the triangle and wait until paint is dry. Touch the paint to make sure is not tacky.

6) Do the same for the triangle that is not right next to the one you just painted. So, for the first pass, paint every other triangle of your painting.

7) Now it is time to paint the triangles that were left without paint and getting a straight line is vital! To do this, place the blue tapes on both sides of the triangle you want to paint. Make sure the paint is completely dry.

8) Paint on each side of the blue tape with whatever paint is below the tape, meaning the color of the triangle right next to the one you are trying to paint.

9) Wait until it dries and paint the whole triangle with the final color. Now wait until the painting is completely dry. Sometimes this will take hours.

10) Strip out the blue tape

11) Drill through the painting into the wall to hang it. Find the studs to do this.

12) Fix details with your small brush, for example, fix lines that are not straight, paint over screws, paint over any imperfections.

So, what do you think? I like it. It has the soul of Spring!

In case you want to make a painting for the inside of your home, here is a tutorial about how to make a mural.

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Hanging Flowers Decoration

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My dear friend Janna is getting married and I am SO happy for her. [I know you are reading my friend so congrats!]

As you know, organizing a wedding can be overwhelming. There are so many possibilities! That is why Pinterest is such perfect place to get started. Are you getting married? Well, create a board and pin your way to a perfect wedding, I would say.

There are so many gorgeous images in there that make me wish I was the one getting married, but I am sure George won’t be up for it. Maybe vow renewal? No, that is not going to happen, so my best bet is to live my dreams through friends, in this case, Janna. (Btw, I have a board with images for wedding inspiration, in case you want to see click here)

The weekend before last we spent a lot of time looking for photo inspirations and I realized, once again, that I am attracted to photos that have a LOT of flowers, specially hanging flowers. Weddings are beautiful! I could spend hours pinning wedding photos! There is so much cute stuff out there!

After hours of pinning and drooling (yes, very productive, I know), I decided to create a statement piece of my own that uses flowers and is cheap and easy to do. Something that could be used at a wedding or when entertaining, this is how the hanging flower decoration was born.

Humans! This decoration is simple, budget friendly, and it looks so good. Here is how you do it!

Hanging Flowers Decoration

Difficulty (1-5): 2  Time: 2 hrs Cost: $70

Materials

  • Plywood – I used size 2ft x 4ft
  • 42 1/2 “ Brass Cup Hooks
  • 4 1 3/4″ Eye Screws
  • Rubber bands
  • White paint – I used a Behr sample from Home Depot.
  • Flowers
  • Rope
  • Drill
  • Measuring tape
  • Pruning scissors
  • Pencil

Instructions

1) Paint the plywood with white paint on all sides. Let it dry. Paint it again.

2) Mark with your pencil the places where you want to drill holes. I marked 42 holes with 6in. in between and 4in between rows. I alternated rows of 4 and 3 holes.

3) Drill the holes

4) Screw the hooks into the drill holes

Also, a little tip from my handy man… when opening packages with hooks or other small pieces, it helps to cut a door in the back of the box instead of fully opening the package. This way, you can keep the package for storage.

5) Drill and screw 4 hooks to the other side of the plywood. One on each corner. Attach a rope to the hooks. You will use this rope to hang the decoration (see full photos below).

6) Start hanging your flowers with rubber bands. Choose the length and colors of your flowers and hang them one by one. I used bundles of 2-3 flowers at a time. You can use anything that is in season on your local grocery store. Roses and tulips are good options.

And, here is the result. Let’s take a look at some beautiful photos:

The result was better than I expected. The flowers looked so good, especially from down below. The project was done in just a couple of hours. It was easy to make.

WARNING: Some flowers don’t last long without water. I would say that you have around 5-6 hours of beauty before you they start withering but the “withering” look could also be beautiful.

Hope you liked this project!

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Wes Anderson Inspired Cement Planters

To my new beautiful cement planters: thank you for coming into my house to make it more appealing and for saving me hundreds of dollars in new planters! Also, thank you for being so easy to make and for looking good no matter what!

To my readers: I found the perfect project for you! It is easy, cheap, simple, fast and cute! Seriously, it is a no brainer. You need to try it!

In case you are wondering why I decided to venture out into the cement world of crafts and DIY projects, I will give you the answer: I was invited to participate in a challenge with other bloggers called “Inspired by DIY.” The challenge is simple. We come up a DIY project inspired by somebody’s work. This month, we chose Wes Anderson.

(Thanks, Jess from Domicile37 for hosting this challenge!)

I have wanted to make cement planters for a while, so I decided this was the perfect opportunity to give it a try. I am happy with the result and how easy the project turned out to be.

Let me walk you through the steps so you can make them, too.

To begin with, I want to share the image that inspired this project:

This is an image from Wes Anderson’s movie Hotel Budapest. I love the colors and decided to use similar tones for the planters.

Difficulty (1-5): 2  Time: 1 hour + 24 hrs for cement to dry  Cost: $12

Materials

  • Cement or Mortar. I used this mortar mix.
  • Water
  • Plastic containers – Any containers will do.  I used yogurt, milk, sour cream, among others.
  • Brush
  • Paint –  I used leftovers from samples of BEHR interior flat paint.
  • Cooking Oil
  • Plastic gloves
  • Stick (to mix cement)
  • Blue tape

1) Prepare your containers. Decide how many planters you want to make. For each one of them you will need an exterior container to pour the cement mix in. You will also need an interior container to create the inside hole to place your plants. Make sure there is enough space between your exterior and interior container, this space will be the thickness of your planter walls.

2) Oil the interior of outside containers and the exterior of your inside containers. This will help releasing containers after the cement dries.

3) Prepare your cement mix. You will need approx. 1 measure of water per 4 measures of cement. Mix with your stick. You can also put your gloves on and mix with your hands. You need to achieve a peanut butter consistency. It is no problem if you make the cement a little bit runnier than peanut butter. This will help to create an even surface on the upper rim of the planter.

4) After you pour the cement into the container, you need to bang them down on a hard surface to settle the mix. Press the interior container into the mix to create the interior hole.

5) Add weights to keep interior containers down and wait 24 hrs for the cement to dry.


6) If you can’t pull the planters out of the containers, just cut the container off. You might need a tweezer to help you take out the interior containers.

7) Paint! Choose your colors and a design and paint your containers. For some of the planters I used blue tape to create a straight line. I have a lot of extra paint from previous projects so I reused that. I used samples of flat wall paint.  Spray would also work.

Let’s take a look at the results:

Here are the links to other DIY projects that my fellow bloggers came up with for this challenge. Lots of fun posts:

Domicile 37 | Up to Date Interiors | PMQ for Two | The Gathered Home | The Rath Project | 58 Water Street | Semi Gloss Design | The Home I Create

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Valentine’s Day Fabric Heart

Happy Valentine’s Day! I have a special gift for you today. You might not think much of it but I spent a lot of hours doing it so, could you at least pretend you like it? (This is starting to seem more like a conversation with George than a post for this blog). Cuek.

Here is the deal, dear cyber friend, a long, long time ago I saw a photo on Pinterest that sparked my imagination.

Pinterest can be a wonderful place for inspiration, but it can also big a place for HUGE disappointment once you realize your life, home, and crafts look nothing like your Pinterest news feed, but I WON’T BE DISCOURAGED! And I will shout this until you believe me…

Well, looking for Valentine’s related crafts, I saw a heart made of fabric and thought to myself: “I have to do that for Valentine’s!!!” so I did. Little did I know that it was going to take twice the amount of time I expected originally.

After four hours of working on it I thought: “I am spending too much valuable time making this heart instead of watching The Vikings. Is this really worth it?” But then I realized I could watch The Vikings while making the heart and the whole endeavor didn’t seem like a super waste of time anymore, plus, I could soon see that the project was going to turn out very c-u-t-e! And it did.

I will pretend it is Valentine’s Day all year long so I don’t have to put this heart down ever! You will see.

Now, the moment you all have been waiting for, the detailed instructions of this art installation – this is how I am calling it because I like to be pretentious sometimes. (Warning: Max decided he wanted to pose for this post, so I let him do it. Prepare yourself for serious cuteness.)

3×3 ft Valentine’s Day Fabric Heart Art Installation

Difficulty (1-5): 1  Time: 6 hours  Cost: $80

Materials:

  • 20 ft Tulle fabric
  • 5 ft cotton fabric
  • 10 ft – 1in, 20 gauge chicken wire
  • Heavy-duty wire cutter
  • Scissors
  • Floral wire or another wire that is easy to manipulate.

1) Cut the chicken wire into a heart shape. You might need to make two halves depending on the heart size you want, as the chicken wire is not wide enough to accommodate a whole 3 ft wide heart shape.

2) Cut all your fabric pieces before you get started. This will make the project faster (Ford Model T, anyone?). The cotton pieces should be cut in triangles, so they are easy to tie down.

3) Start tying the fabric to the wire. I tied one piece of fabric per wire space. I also did one row of cotton and one of tulle. You need a big quantity of tulle for this heart to look organic and fuller, so I added the tulle on the rows that needed more fabric. The tulle is too transparent if you use it by itself. You need the cotton to fill in the translucent nature of the tulle.

4) Turn on a movie or play a podcast and BREATH! Finishing this project will take time but it will be worth it.

5) You want your last row to be made of tulle. Also, you can bend down any wires that stick out from the fabric, so you can’t see them in the final result.

6) Attach the two heart halves with floral wire.

There you go, my friends. I hope you have an excellent Valentine’s Day.

Today is a little sad for us because it used to be my father-in-law’s birthday and he passed away last year. Two days from now it is my dad’s birthday, who also passed away last year… very emotional week, indeed.

I hope you like this heart because I worked very hard to make you happy with it today.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

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Valentine's Day Pop-Up Card

A Colorful DIY Pop-up Card For Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day Pop-Up Card

George and I are not into Valentine’s Day. This doesn’t mean that we are against love or romantic dinners (although we have been together for 15 years so love and romanticism are secondary to…you know…children),but going out for dinner on Valentine’s Day is a BIG NO, NO for us, because restaurants are horribly crowded, food is twice the normal price, and it is virtually impossible to make a reservation with less than two weeks of anticipation.

I am not one to advocate for cooking at home, but, in this case, I do! I can buy hundreds of oysters, lobsters, and pounds of Russian caviar for 1/4 of the price of A Valentine’s dinner… and this is only a slight exaggeration.

But, not wanting to eat out for Valentine’s dinner doesn’t mean I hate Valentine’s, on the contrary, Valentine’s Day is an EXCELLENT opportunity to do some crafts, hence, the colorful pop-up card I am showing you today in this post.

Ariel from the colorful DIY/design blog PMQ for two invited me to participate in a Valentine’s Day Card Blog Hop with other talented DIY bloggers. Here is what I came up with.

Colorful DIY pop-up card for Valentine’s Day

Difficulty (1-5): 3  Time: 1 hour  Cost: $10

Materials

  • Card stock paper – lots of different colors
  • Glue stick
  • Heart shape hole punches – different sizes. I had a 5/8 in. and a 1 7/16 in.
  • Small scissors


Instructions

1) Cut two papers to whatever card size you want. One (the interior one) slightly smaller than the one that goes on the outside, this will leave a “frame” around the interior card when you glue both cards together. Valentine's Day Pop-Up Card2) Create a lot of heart shapes with hole punches – Different sizes and colors. Valentine's Day Pop-Up Card3) Create the shapes you want to include inside your cards for the pop-ups, this will help you figure out which size your strips of paper for the pop-up need to be. I created these shapes with cards: 4) Cut the paper strips for the pop-up with small scissors. Make sure you have adjusted your height and depth right. 

4) Glue your shapes to the front of the strips. Also, glue the interior and outside papers together.

5) Make cut-out letters of what you want to say and glue them to your card. I wrote “Happy Valentine’s Day” because OF COURSE!

Valentine's Day Pop-Up Card6) For the cover of the card, I glued a lot of different colors and sizes of hearts.

Here is how the cover looked:Valentine's Day Pop-Up Card Valentine's Day Pop-Up Card

More photos of the interior:Valentine's Day Pop-Up CardValentine's Day Pop-Up CardValentine's Day Pop-Up Card Valentine's Day Pop-Up CardValentine's Day Pop-Up Card

This was a fun project. Pop-up cards are so cute and easy to make, don’t you think!

Have a great week!

Alright, time for 9 other amazing, unique and cute Valentine’s day cards from my fellow bloggers:

Ariel from PMQ for two’s post // here //

Laura from Me And My Inklings’s post // here //

Julia from Bunny Baubles’s post // here //

Katie from A Sweet Berry Designs’s post // here //

Alexis from Persialou’s post // here //

Mila from Jest Cafe’s post // here //

Lisa & Rachel from Haute Girls Official // here //

Dena from Dena Designs’s post // here //

Mara from Wishes and Merriment’s post // here //

Amy from The Glitter In My Tea’s post // here //

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