Friday, November 30, 2012

Mycolor Blog Post

Hey folks!

I blogged over at the Mycolor blog about how I made some cool geometric ornaments - I think you will really like them. Please head over there to check them out!

and, as a teaser, here is my whole tree! Done! 

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have a great weekend.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Vintage Paint

Recently, I went to a paint store, and they were still selling items from the '80's... and maybe even the '60's. HAH! In true blogger fashion, I took photos for evidence. 

I love going into stores or buildings that feel like you are stepping back in time, because nothing has been updated. That's how this store felt. I don't know who the people are that don't re-decorate for DECADES, but I always kind of appreciate it (probably because of the whole "grass is greener" thing... Appreciation for people that can live with things being the same for more than 6 months ;)). Anyway, not that this is decorating, but just keeping things the same for so long... is kind of cool.

Not that I would suggest buying paint that comes in a can like this:

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HAH. "Kalifornia Kolors" is my favorite. Very Saved By The Bell. These were still for sale, people. 

Possibly even funnier, is this paint:

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Definitely from the 60's, no? Or 70's? There's no way this paint is still good. But, I think the packaging is majorly cool, and I think the prices were still from the 70's, so it was a bit of a steal.

There was also some wallpaper that was leftover from the late 80's or early 90's:

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reminds me of shopping for wallpaper with my mom when my parents were building our house back in 89. yes, I remember picking out wallpaper when I was 6 years old. My wallpaper for my bathroom was white with little tiny pink bows on it, and I thought it was the most beautiful thing, ever. Also, I remember the countertops in my bathroom were white and pink swirl faux marble - also very beautiful. ;) Still to this day, the smell of a new house being built takes me back to those times. Isn't that weird? 

Anyway, not only do they have 80's wallpaper, but 60's wallpaper, too!

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oo la la!! :) 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Elegant Baby Boy's Nursery

I'm going to take a break from Christmas-ornament-making-overload, and show you guys a nursery that I painted last week, before Thanksgiving. 

I used my Trellis stencil, and did it for the first time in a creamy white, on top of tan walls. This is a nursery-to-be for a little baby boy...

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I really loved how the ceiling was a pale, pale blue!

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here is an "in-progress" shot

When I do this stencil, I hand-paint each one on. It's really not a stencil process at all!

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loved that hutch and the little blue chair, too! His mama had some style - her whole house was really pretty.

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Here is a photo I posted to my Instagram account (kristenfountaindavis)
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Here are a few other rooms where I have done the trellis stencil:

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

How To Make Christmas Tree Arrow Garland

Hey guys! Back today with a (late) post about how I made the Arrow garland that is on my Christmas tree. 

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That's my tree! I was inspired by this garland that you can buy at West Elm.  The price isn't bad, but I saw it in-store, and they're pretty short, so I knew I'd have to buy at least 4 of them. Plus, the colors are a little "Valentines Day" to me. Naturally, I decided to make my own :) 

I bought 3 sheets of fun cardstock paper at Michael's. I bought a mint green, neon pink, and a multi-color glitter paper. I bought two sheets of each color, but I think I ended up only using one page of each. 

Here are the other supplies you'll need:

hot glue gun/sticks
thin string - I used embroidery thread (I knew it didn't need to be stiff, so that I could drape it on the tree)
scissors
patience

:)

Anyway, I started out by cutting my paper into thin stripes - about 2" across:

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then, I cut them into little triangles. You don't have to be perfect with your cutting and measurements, but precision is kind of key, or your triangles won't line up.

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I found making little piles of each color was the easiest thing to do. This project is definitely a little time-consuming, and you have to be patient. I was in the mood for crafting, since it hasn't been happening in my life very much lately! too busy. 

Anyway, the rest is pretty obvious.. I took a triangle, placed a dot of hot glue on it, then the string, and then placed a matching triangle on top. done! and do it over, and over, and over, and over. forever and ever. I ended up making about 4 long (longer than the West Elm ones) strands.

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There are tons of options for colors and patterns, so have fun with it! The great thing about making it yourself, is that you can customize.

By the way, I pinned this project, along with my project from yesterday. I'm not sure if you guys knew or not, but I do have a pinterest account that you are welcome to follow, if you are inclined!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Homemade Christmas

Hi! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving break. I did, and I am now ready to get back to work... I was able to squeeze in a little Christmas crafting last night, so I thought I'd share some photos here. You can always, of course, buy your ornaments and decor, but there is something more special about making them. Plus, you can customize everything. Every year, I like to make at least some of my ornaments.

Recently, I picked up some blank ornaments from Michael's, and I decided to just draw on them with a Sharpie for a graphic punch. The ornaments are either porcelain or clay (not sure what they're made of, really, but they are definitely breakable, and they are a flat matte finish that absorbs the marker, but takes it pretty well). 

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I drew geometric designs on them, and I really like the way they turned out! I just made my my patterns as I went along.

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and, on the plus side, they were only .50 cents for the ornaments so it's a really really cheap project! You could do a lot of them (and, I had so much fun drawing on them, I could've kept going for a few hours or so, but this project probably only lasted about 30 minutes)

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soon, I'll show you guys how I made my triangle/arrow garland

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here is what my tree looks like:

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I still have a couple more ornaments to make, but I like the way it is coming along so far! I also made the "tree topper" that is on top out of neon pipe cleaners!

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you can see it on the top of the tree in this picture:

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Mycolor Blog Post

Hey folks! Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving, I know I did. I wrote a blog post for Mycolor, which you can go check out here. It's all about how to create your own stencil pattern, which I have had a lot of requests for!

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Now, I'm headed to decorate my Christmas tree (Also, I have plans to make some ornaments, which I will share with you guys, too. Remember how I made these last year?!)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Stenciling

Monday, I finished a job for a client I've painted for before.. I took this picture of the room I painted, looking into another room I painted (fun):

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I was painting the same stencil I did for this room a while back:

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My client has a REALLY cool loft, that is on the 15th floor of a high rise in downtown Atlanta.
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(my client is having a baby girl next year, so they are making this room the nursery)

As for the the stencil, this is how I do it:
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I hand-paint it. this stencil is for sale in my etsy shop, but I don't paint it on like a stencil, personally.

And in other news, I finally got a hard copy of the article that my house was in in the November issue of Jezebel magazine! If you are in Atlanta, check it out! :)


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so exciting to see my house in a magazine. Kind of surreal! 


Monday, November 19, 2012

How To Get More Storage Space Out Of Your Small Place

As you know, our place is really teensy-tiny. It's under 900 square feet, so we really have to pick and choose what is important for us to live with. It's a challenge, but for the most part (other than clothes-closet issues), I don't mind. It forces you to choose what matters most (Do we need a food processor AND a blender? No. Do we need 7000 pieces of Tupperware, or about 15 varied-in-size containers? The latter.), and not buy so much junk. In our kitchen, I feel like I have just about perfected the art of placing everything in it's perfect little home... I took some pictures yesterday so you guys could see what we are working with here.

This is the cabinet area - there is a small two door cabinet above our refrigerator, but other than that, this is all of the cabinet space we have:

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yep, ONE drawer. Guess what's in it? Silverware. Duh. Hah. 

In the main cabinets, we keep things that we use mostly on a daily basis - glasses, coffee cups, and plates. Over the sink is a sort of "pantry" area with snacks and other foods, and over the microwave is some items that are used more rarely like candy dishes and vases. To the left of that, is the spice cabinet (the little skinny one) and to the bottom right of the dishwasher is tupperware and plastic containers. Under the sink is... well... under the sink stuff(dish detergent, garbage bags, cleaning items). 

One of my favorite things I did for storage in the kitchen area is buy baskets for over the cabinets:

See the gray baskets up there?

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They are flimsy ones from World Market. I like them because they fit (obviously) over the cabinets, but also since they are sort of smushy, they are easy to get in and out. I keep things that I don't use very often up there, like party supplies, vintage dishes that I've collected, Christmas dishes, etc. It's a great place to hide things that I love, but don't really have much room for!

My other great storage solution was buying this big industrial shelf from Target, and displaying regularly used items on it (and pretty ones, for  the most part):
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We use most of these items on a daily basis, so they're easy to get to. I bought big baskets at Target for the bottom two shelves, that work almost like drawers (since we are MAJORLY lacking in that department!). We keep some food, saran wrap, ziplocs, dishes, measuring cups, etc, etc, etc, in those things. I like how they hide things!). Thankfully, the shelves are movable, so I could position them to hide the clutter.

On the shelves, I have some more storage items. I bought these glass cannisters at a thrift store, and painted the sides of them with chalkboard paint, and keep things like clothes pins, cat treats, and candy in them. 

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I bought this vintage bin on a trip to DC at an old antique store for about $8. I keep dishrags in it. I like to buy mostly white dishrags, and bleach them, so that they stay pretty crisp. When they get dingy, they quickly get the boot (since they're kind of on display here!).

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I keep prettier glasses front and center. I love my new citron bowls from Anthropologie. 

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I also think my espresso cups from Crate and Barrel are super cute!

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The little table to the left of the shelf is Jordan's dinner table. Haha. He likes to eat in front of the TV, so he slides this table back and forth. 

And for another little spot of red in there, I have my red giraffe dishtowel holder... He makes me happy:

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If I was a big cook (I am SO not), this kitchen might be a little too tiny for me, but for us, it works just fine. I hope showing you guys a little bit about how I make my small kitchen work was helpful! 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Mycolor Blog Post

Hi!

Please head over to the Mycolor post, to see a gorgeous room decorated by the talented Heather Hogan Roberts of HHR Interiors and Ivy & Vine....using Mycolor paints! :)

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have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

MAR Mural

Hey guys...

Last week, I completed two murals for a new restaurant that will be opening here in Decatur, called MAR. Mar is cited as being "coastal Mexican food, with a tequila tasting room"... sounds delicious to me (Mexican is my favorite type of food. If I had to only eat Mexican food for the rest of my life, I'm pretty sure that'd be fine with me. And, MAR is coastal Mexican, so there is a lot of fish on the menu, and I don't eat any meat except fish, so it's perfect there, for me, too! Can't wait to try it out when it opens in a few weeks)

Anyway, I was in charge of two murals, one on the side of the big white building, and one on the front. Here is a picture that the owner snapped while I was positioning the projector for tracing the logo:

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As you can see, it was pretty high up (I was standing on a flower bed that is about one foot off the ground here). I traced the image in the evening, then painted it during the day. One of the days that I worked was really cold and rainy out - not ideal! :)

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in the works:

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done:

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I love their logos - really cool, huh?

here is a photo from my instagram that I snapped while in action working on the front:

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