All you need is LOVE...and a DOG.

All you need is LOVE...and a DOG.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

5 minute mouse pad makeover

This has to be the easiest makeover I have ever done. 

ugly mouse pad

cut a piece of oil cloth to fit the size of your mouse pad

then use spray adhesive to adhere the oil cloth to the mouse pad

I'm super happy with how this turned out. It just makes the desk look more fun and I can't wait to start using my new mouse pad. 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Picture Perfect

This post is dedicated to one of the most important people in my life "my mom", a.k.a PJ or Nana Pam. My mom lives in Choctaw, OK with my older sister Kay Lynn & her family. I miss my mom dearly even though I talk to her every day. 

I have several old photos of my mom and wasn't sure how or where to display them. I decided on 2 photos that were already framed, but the frames needed a serious makeover. I removed the pictures from the glass and found a hidden treasure behind one of the photos. A picture of my mom and my sister taken in 1968. The photo was damaged and had obvious signs of age, but I decided to frame it any way. 

Alex is amazing at photo shop and convinced me he could brighten up the photo and hide the torn corners. I was skeptical at first but he assured me he could work his magic, and he did. The updated photo is stunning. I feel like this picture really captures my mom's beauty and how happy she was to be a new mom.

Now that I had a beautiful photo I needed an awesome frame to showcase it. I just happened to stop at a random estate sale and found an antique gold frame for $1.00. I'm not a huge fan of anything gold, but I figured it could be painted. The below shot is the only picture I took of the frame before painting it. 

I've been obsessed with anything Turquoise lately and decided that would be a great color for the frame. I used a combination of  watered down white and turquoise acrylic paint. I wanted the paint to high light the ornate design of the frame and to not take anything away from the photo. I didn't cover the entire frame with the paint and decided to leave some of the gold peeking through. I think this gave the frame an aged patina look. 

This frame is now hanging in my bedroom and I adore it. I look at everyday when I wake up and it gives me a sense of peace so I can face the day ahead. 

I love you Mom.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Crackle Paint Frames

I found this crackle paint tutorial on Pintrest a while back and I finally had a chance to try it. The great thing about living with an artist is that I have an endless supply of paint and brushes to use at my disposal. I have to admit I was very skeptical about using basic elmer's glue to make a crackle finish. I didn't have the old school white version but I did have some clear Elmer's gel glue and it worked great.

I crackled several unfinished wood frames I purchased at Michael's for $1.00 each. The below frame was inspired by one of my favorite movies "The Help". There is an awesome line that Aibileen says to Mae Mobley...
 "You is kind. You is Smart. You is Important".

I wanted this frame to have a beachy drift wood apearence. I started off with a base coat of a golden brown, then the glue and then a coat of turquoise. I also dry brushed layers of white, gray and greens to mimic the colors of the ocean. After the paint dried I used my hand sander to give the frame a worn look. I printed the quote on scrapbook paper and cut it to fit the frame insert. The frame still didn't feel finished so I added a little white bird and a wire handle. 


The below frame was made with a base coat of black, glue and then white. I then dry brushed turquoise over the top and used my hand sander to give the frame a worn distressed look. 

I added a photo of Alex & Bentley walking on the beach in Carmel. 

I also covered the frame insert with scrapbook paper. I know that no one see's the back but I like things to have a completed look. 

I hope this inspires you to try something new.

(I forgot to mention that I added a coat of mod podge to both frames to protect and seal the paint.)