Saturday, September 13, 2014

Wall Art For the Financially-Challenged: Shower Curtain Art

Being back at school, my budget has really tightened up. But at the same time, I was going insane trying to figure out what to do with our lovely white bedroom walls. I have had my heart set on this wallpaper for as long as I can remember, and to be honest I would have splurged and bought it if we weren't living in a rental apartment.

I tossed around a few ideas, all revolving around the idea of wood, or trees, and then stumbled upon this shower curtain. Imagine my luck when I also discovered that Urban Outfitters was having an unheard of deal where they were providing free shipping to Canada! It was too good to pass up, so I bought it and eagerly waited for it to arrive.

I wish I could say that my idea to create a stretched canvas piece out of it was original, but it wasn't entirely. I thought to myself that it would totally make sense to use a shower curtain as fabric, so I went to Pinterest to see if anyone had done the same, which is where I found this informative post from 6th Street Design School.

Now that I knew it was totally doable, I went back to waiting for the shower curtain to arrive, but this time I was even more eager to get started. It arrived a week later, and I set out to Home Depot to buy the lumber. The second I got home, I borrowed (technically without asking..) my property managers ladder and got to work.

1 shower curtain (mine was 72"x72")
6 pieces of cheap 1"x2" wood
         2 cut to 70" long
         4 cut to 68" long
8 screws to build the frame
3 screws to put in the wall to hang the finished product
Staple gun, or 1" flat topped nails
A drill

1. Lay out your boards with the 1" side (the skinnier) facing up. The longer boards will be the top and bottom and will be on the outside when you assemble the frame, while the shorter ones will be the sides and middle support. Do your best to evenly distribute the middle pieces so you are able to get a flat surface when the shower curtain is attached.
2. Start screwing a side and top/bottom corner together. Go around the frame and do the same for all 4 of the corners, trying your best to keep the pieces flush together (but honestly, it's not super important that they are perfect).
3. Screw in the two middle pieces.
4. Lay out the shower curtain as centred and even as possible. Starting with the top, wrap a piece down along the wood, and either staple or nail the shower curtain to the board. It helps to have an extra set of hands for stretching out the material, so ask a friend for help. Move along the rest of the top adding in as many staples/nails as you see fit.
5. Do the same for the sides, then finally the bottom. It should all be pretty flat, and pulled tight enough that it has some bounce to it.
6. Hang it up, and voila!

All in all, the project took me 1 hour to complete from start to finish, and came to a total of around $40 ($29+tax for the shower curtain, $7 for the wood).

Happy building!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

DIY: Indoor Chalkboard Herb Garden

I am positive I've mentioned this before, but one of the biggest challenges with our apartment (and trust me, there are several) is the total lack of outdoor space.. and I mean not even a balcony (plus we have screens so I can't even stick my head out the window if I'm feeling really desperate). I decided recently that I'm not going to let that stop me from trying my hand at gardening. So, I picked one of the easiest and most useful plants to grow indoors: herbs! 

I took a trip to the local greenhouse with my mom, and she helped me pick out which plants I'd like. Once I had the plants, I had to decide what I was going to plant them in. When I painted our kitchen wall in chalkboard paint, I almost considered buying 2 cans of paint because I didn't think 1 would be enough... Boy, was I wrong. After finishing that project almost a year ago, painting the globe, and a couple other odds and end uses, I still have over half a can of the stuff. So, chalkboard paint planters was the obvious choice for me. The nice part about this is that if/when I want to switch them up, I can just erase the name of the old plant and write the new one in its place.

- herbs
- small pots, with drainage holes in the bottom
- pot trays
- a small rock for each pot
- potting soil
- chalkboard paint
- chalk

Paint the pots in a thick coat of chalkboard paint, and just the tops of the inside so it barely touches the soil. Do the same with the trays, if you'd like, or leave them unpainted for a contrast in colour.

Let the pots dry for several hours before moving on to the next step and planting your herbs.

Once the pots are completely dry, you're ready to plant. Place a small rock above the hole in the bottom, making sure not to cover it completely. This just helps to make sure no soil will get stuck in there and prevent them from draining properly, which would rot the roots.

Move the herbs from their plastic pots to their new pots and top off with potting soil. Compress the soil lightly with your fingers, but make sure not to pack it in too much.

Take a piece of chalk and, using the side, scuff up the pots to create a base coat for your chalkboard. This is important, because if you don't do this step it is next to impossible to erase later. Write or draw whatever you'd like on your pots and set in a place where they can get a good amount of indirect sunlight. Happy gardening!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

New items on Etsy

Hello all! Just wanted to give a quick update on my Etsy prints. I've listed a couple new ones this year, and would love it if you would check them out and share the link with friends! (all of the images were created with care, so please link back if you share them).
Below are the ones that I currently have listed:

Wes Anderson Headgear

Antler Girl

Little Fox

Sweet Rabbit

A Good Man is Hard to Find
Hope that you're all having a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Wall Art for the Financially-Challenged: Display a Collection

I've said it before, but being that this is our first place together, decorating and making the place feel like home can be challenging when you're on a budget. When hanging fine art, or photography is not in your financial plan, you need to get creative. Luckily, this little project killed two birds with one stone (so to speak) since I am trying to de-clutter, and add personal elements to the decor. Displaying a collection can also be a bit difficult, as the look tightropes on a fine line between eclectic and messy. 

When I met Brad, he had just taken up the violin. He was practicing on a classic wooden violin, but when noise became an issue he decided to purchase his electric violin. So then we had 2. Which was totally fine until we moved and merged our belongings, and found that we both had a lot of collections and hobbies. We've done a good job of keeping our hobbies (music for Brad & painting, photography, and sewing for me) confined in the spare room, but I like the idea of them creeping out just a bit, to add personality to the rest of our apartment.

Here are some other inspirational photos for displaying a collection:
source unkown
my records display, from this post
Image via

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Wishlist - Florals for Spring

" original" (I like to throw in a Devil Wears Prada quote, when possible). Well, as much as I love winter, I can officially say that I am over it and would like spring to arrive soon. We just got hit with another blast of snow last night, so I'm dreaming of warm days, and not having to spend 5 minutes bundling up before leaving my apartment.

All items from – dress / bag / bracelet / flats
Be sure to check out Persunmall for a great selection of men's and women's fashion. They have a great selection, and some seriously awesome deals!
Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Laundry Day

What a blast from the past (lame.. couldn't think of anything more clever)! The last time I blogged from my parents' house was when I still lived here, which will be 2 years ago in April. As incredible as living on my own is, one major downside is that the only laundry machines in my building cost a fortune to use. Lucky for me, my parents happen to live about a 3 minute drive away and they are generous enough to let me use there machines for free, plus I get to hang out with my parents and my puppy, Maggie, for the day!

Maggie and I have a little thing we do, where whenever I hear the washing machine chime I excitedly say "MAGGIE WANNA DO LAUNDRY?!" and she jumps up and goes down the the basement with me and digs through all my dirty laundry while I sort it. It's so unbelievably uncool, but she's too cute for me to not get all excited about. I was so against getting a smaller dog after our black lab passed away, but the second I picked her out I became a hysterical, crazy little dog lady. Brad just shakes his head when I run through the door to my parent's house and start squealing with happiness to see her fly around the corner and jump into my arms.

As soon as I've arrived, Maggie expects that I will go into the kitchen and sit at the bar stools with her on my lap (she even barks at the empty chair if we don't do that immediately). My mom taught her the important commands like "sit" and "stay", whereas I am the one responsible for successfully teaching her to spin in a circle, and dance on her hind legs.

So yep, after being a big dog person my entire life, I finally get what this whole "little dog" thing is all about. But let's get real.. who wouldn't be for that little smoosh-face!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Happy Valentines Day!

dress- H&M / boots- Journeys / cardigan- Winners / tights- Ardenes / belt- Forever21
Or, belated Valentines Day I suppose... I hope that you all had a wonderful day doing whatever it was you were doing. My morning was spent running errands, and buying my mom a bouquet of flowers since my dad is away on a trip out West.. turns out he had roses delivered anyways (go dad!) but she still appreciated them. Originally, Brad and I were going to stay in and cook a roast, which sounds like nothing special, but for a student couple living on their own, red meat is a special occasion. Unfortunately, it didn't thaw in time, so we decided to go on a date to our favourite microbrewery down the street, The Merchant Ale House. Seriously, on the off chance you ever end up in the Niagara Region (St. Catharines, specifically) this is the place to go! We spent the rest of the night watching 10 Things I Hate About You and drinking way too much wine (which I suffered for this morning).

I have this awful habit of being very vague about what I want to do for special occasions, and then getting grumpy when things don't pan out the way I wanted.. Valentines Day began as no exception to this, and I found myself ho-humming in my car that Brad had barely acknowledged the day, and I bought myself some flowers to cheer up... then of course I came home to find a gorgeous bouquet of white roses, and I felt like I didn't even deserve a Valentine, let alone this amazing and generous guy.. but for some reason, he puts up with my insanity, so thank goodness for that! Now my living room is like a little garden, and I am longing for Spring. I'm not necessarily over winter, since it is my favourite season, I'd just like a touch of heat sometime soon!

This is the outfit I wore on our date (and then again today, because... laundry day).

On another note, I have added a new print to my Etsy shop. It is a painting that I just completed last week and is pictured at the end of this post. I'd love if you could check it out, tell a friend, whatever!

my newest painting, sold as 8x10 prints in my Etsy shop