Happy Valentine’s Day!

Husky Happy Valentine's Day

Last year, you might remember that I made the kids a fun photo collage (you can see it here) using Pixlr.com and they absolutely loved it.  I decided do it again this year …of course it’s always difficult since Kaya absolutely HATES the camera.

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I scored some unique large white heart shaped ceramic plates at the dollar store of all places!  I bought the last 7 they had in stock …so cute! I will use them all year long!

heart shaped bowl

This year I whipped up some red velvet cupcakes which I topped with little chocolates – they look so professional! The pretty paper cupcake liners and little chocolates are also from the dollar store (triple score!).

red velvet cupcakes

Hope your Valentine’s day is better than Kaya’s!!  LOL!

Kaya: Siberian Husky with red bow tie

Julie

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not child’s play: 7000 piece LEGO chandelier

Mind.  Blown.

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Maybe it’s because I have kids, and my two sons spent a better part of their lives creating, obsessing and building LEGOS but I have a super fascination with these plastic blocs.

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Tobias Tostesen is the industrial designer (and creative wiz!) behind this LEGO chandelier. It all started for an exhibition called The Tube by the Kolding School of Design where each designer got paired with a manufacturer.  Lucky Tobias got The LEGO Group!  His second exhibition was at the Il Salone in Milan for design week 2013 where he made quite an impression.

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Although it might be hard to tell from the picture it’s size is huge (floor to ceiling).  According his web site the fixture is supposed to capture “and reflecting the dynamic lumiosity and colors of the day“.

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LEGO is something that really takes you back in time, but somehow still allures you as an adult. Its essentiality is timeless because of its simple building principle and the human urge to create. How do you add new feelings to a brand as strong as LEGO?”  via Tobia Tostesen’s web site

Yeah. True that.

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I personally have added him to my list of designer’s I’d love to have a drink with -or maybe in this case, drag out the four huge storage bins of LEGO’s I have stored in the basement and have an all out building competition! ;-)

*all photo’s were taken by Photographer: Gert Skærlund Andersen via inthralld.com and tobiastostesen.com

check back soon for more inspirations!

Julie

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Graffiti Inspired

Maybe because graffiti inspired home decor is so over-the-top original, unexpected and fun that I haven’t yet become tired of it.

graffiti home decor

photo via Made By Girl

Chatelaine / Armoire makeover

Chatelaine / Armoire makeover

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photo via New York Times

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photo via Big Beige Box

IKEA-Dresser/Catalogue 2014

Ikea / 2014 Catalogue

I’ve been itching to try this somewhere in my home -but where?  And how do u integrate graffiti walls or furniture without looking like your home was vandalized while you were on vacation?!   Well, I think I figured it out.  Last week I was pretty busy… stay tuned for my latest DIY!

Julie

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The 12 most inspiring chalkboard walls

From giving a bistro feel to a kitchen or your very own (erasable) wallpaper in the bathroom to a designated space where you can get your graffiti on, these spaces prove that chalkboard walls can work in any room of your home.

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Want more? Click on any of the photos above to go right to the source.

-Julie

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Fake a chalkboard

fake a chalkboard

me and clo  - making art

feeling artsy

AFTER

metal wall art

legit FREE ART

“You’re welcome”

classic posters, free download, free printable, graphic design, travel, movies, printables, retro prints, theater, vintage, vintage posters, vintage printables, Flying Down to Rio, Musical, Dolores del Rio - Vintage Theater Movie Printable Poster

YUP.  Did you know that there are actual legitimate websites where you can download out-of-copyright art, for free?

SO.  Assuming you have access to a color printer, a sheet of quality printer paper/cardstock and an un-used frame tucked away in the back of your closet -then yes, say it with me “FREE ART”.

THE FINE PRINT. Some of these online free printable sites have one specific rule.  The lingo goes something like this: “private non-commercial use of individuals… anyone selling, distributing or recreating these images can be prosecuted…”.  Basically, use them for your own personal use for a happy, guilt free, home decor option!!

P.S. Bookmark or Pin this blog-post now and on that next rainy Sunday afternoon you can take your time perusing these websites and whip up some art for your home with the click of a mouse! You’re welcome.

Click on the links or art samples below to be taken right to the source!

FreeVintagesPoster.com

indiefixx.com/FeedYourSoul

VintagePrintable.com

GraphicsFairy.blogspot.ca

TheHandmadeHome.net

OnToBaby.com

eighteen25.blogspot.ca

Vintage Stock Image - Lavender Plant - Botanical

classic posters, food, food and drug administration, free download, graphic design, military, propaganda, public health, public service announcement, retro prints, vintage, vintage posters, war, Food, Don't Waste It - Vintage US Food Administration War Poster

Art-Painting-Interior-Woman-ironingCircles Initial Free Printable Nursery ArtworkWANT MORE? Head over to EverythingEtsy.com where Kim has a great list of 101 Pretty Printables which includes printables for your canned preserves, gift tags, labels, cards and decor for your next party!

Pssst …don’t forget to follow me Pinterest!

-Julie

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when your photo is too small for your picture frame

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Sure.  You could simply have your photo enlarged.  But it’s when you lack the time or patience that you sometimes come up with a creative, original and more personal idea!

vintage porcelaine frame / night table vignette

I got the vintage off-white (trimmed in gold) porcelain picture frame for $2 at NOVA a couple of months back.  I had it hiding in the “when I finally do a mini-makeover to my bedroom” pile in my closet!

photo corners / vintage procelaine frame

I chose the photo I wanted to use (photo of the hubs on our honeymoon), but when I put it in the frame I realized the photo needed to be 5×7, not 4×6.  I remembered I had kept the unused pieces of an art project and figured it would be perfect to experiment with (for more on that click HERE).

hang jewelry on phot frame for added color and eclectic feel

night table vignette

I cut out a rectangle slightly larger than 5×7 and using white photo corners which I already had (purchased for a different project!) I  centered the photo on the art scrap.  I wasn’t sure about it until I slipped it back into the picture frame.  But I love the little bit of the pale aqua art peaking out from behind!  I think it helps to further enforce the room’s new color accent and I prefer my night table’s softer vignette.

vintage steel tanker bookcase re-purposed as night tables with storage and accessorized with items I already had

BEFORE

night table vignette aqua blue & white

AFTER

Don’t have any art scraps hanging around?  Try newspaper, wrapping or craft paper!

-Julie

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The Tube Dress Throw Pillow Skirt

sequins tube dress FOREVER 21

I have teenagers.  Which means I often shop in places like Urban Planet, Forever 21 and American Eagle.  Sometimes, I’ll even come home with a little something for myself.  No, I am not the mom who goes to Pilates wearing leggings with “SASSY” written across her behind, nor am I running to the grocery store in daisy dukes and cropped flouncy tops.  However, when it comes to inexpensive jewelry, scarves or a pair of polka dot flip flops -I’m in!

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Sometime back in February, I was checking out the clearance racks, looking for deals for the kids when I spotted some really nice holiday tube dresses or should I say tube tops?! (side note: I mean, is it just me or are some of these dresses designed for young women under 4 feet tall!) Anyways, I had a great idea …and for the price, I felt it was worth testing out my little experiment…

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Once home I made a small cut to the dress liner (using fabric scissors) and removed the built-in bra cups.

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Next, I grabbed a rectangle (not square) pillow and inserted it to the middle part of the dress and folded the sides inward… and that’s it.  A no sew pillow in an instant!

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Now, obviously this is the kind of throw pillow you don’t have on your TV watching sofa, or on a chair that gets tons of use, because aside from not being comfortable to snuggle with, it isn’t made to be handled: the pillow will eventually work it’s way loose and out of the dress.  However, on a daybed, tucked in a sea of other pillows, in my bedroom -it’s perfect!

tube dress turned pillow

Why don’t I just make a proper DIY pillow and sew it up you ask?  Well this is the best part:  Because for the once a year (if that) where I wish I had a sparkly party skirt, I can have that too -also, in an instant.  Yup, these form-fitting-20-something-club-hopping-tube-dresses, make for a sweet twist on the just above the knee or of the moment midi skirt! (tip:be sure to keep the shirt and shoes simple).

tube dress turned skirt

This past Saturday night, when my daughter started to rummage in my closet to help me choose an outfit for my friends 40th surprise birthday party, I told her that I had it under control and whipped the pillow out of the Tube-Dress-Throw-Pillow-Skirt and slipped it on.  Despite sighing and calling me a mermaid (isn’t that a good thing?) I know she was secretly impressed.

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So, what do you think?  Any of you have a DIY story of a dress or skirt turned something else?  Feel free to share!

tube dress turned skirt

-Julie

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