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Weekend DIY: String Nail Art!

I’ve been MIA for a while, I know. The busyness of life has overwhelmed my schedule, leaving little time to relax, nonetheless extra time to share with my virtual friends.

Last weekend, however, I found myself with a jam packed weekend of R&R, connecting with friends and being pampered at the day spa. Feeling a bit more relaxed than of late, Sunday found me eager to make a birthday gift for friend. An hour, a few paint laden fingers, and some hammered nails later emerged this lovely piece:

Wood Love String Art 1 | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Wood Love String Art 3 | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Wood Love String Art 2 | Tiffany Lane Handmade

I’d been wanting to try my hand at nail art since I came across this on Pinterest, but hadn’t made the time. Now that I know how easy it is, I’m sure something like it will find its way into our home soon!

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Photography: Learning to Use Our DSLR

So we just splurged.  Which is big for me, since, ya’ know, I’m so frugal and all. But figuring it will be both of our birthdays and Christmas presents for this year, it’s not so bad.

Along with this new camera, though, means learning how to use it. Yes, in auto mode it will still take much better photos than my point and shoot. But it seems a little bit of a waste to spend quite a chunk of money on something that’s meant to be used in manual, just to “point and shoot” like I pretty much was before.

It’s a lot.  Learning all the different modes and buttons, then understanding how they interact and affect each other.  Little by little I’ll catch on and add one more button or mode to my repertoire. And it helps that hubby has done a ton of research and loves to play around with it.  He will definitely be my guide through the process.

For now, I’ll share some photos I took over the weekend while photographing Alex and Jodee’s wedding stationery (you’ll have to wait a little while to see those), and what better subjects than burlap ribbon and twine?

burlap ribbon 3

twine 1

twine 6

twine 10

twine 16

Periodically I’ll share my photos here with you and hopefully we can learn from each other. Do you have a DSLR?  I’d love your feedback and any general tips you’ve got. Learning is all about gathering knowledge from all over.  Everyone has a different take and style.  You’ll quickly catch on that I love shooting with really shallow depths of field.

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DIY: Wood Chalkboard Signs

Sorry for missing a post last Thursday.  Life’s been a little crazy lately, but I hope I’ve made it up to you with this DIY tutorial today!

So have you jumped on the chalkboard everything bandwagon yet?  I hadn’t until now, but I was really itching to and finally got the chance last week.

A partner and I manned a booth at the Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival this past weekend for Farm Fresh To You.  The event was great and our booth was jazzed up a little with my new signs.

I’ve outlined my process for you below so you can make your own lovely chalkboard signs.  It’s such an easy project with just a little down time and it’s definitely worth the effort!

Active Time: 1.5 hours
Inactive/Wait Time: 26 hours (may be more or less depending on how many coats of paint you use)
 
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
Wood
Staple Gun
Staples (preferrably ones smaller in width than your wood)
Hammer (optional)*
Cardboard or Newspaper
Chalkboard Paint
Sponge Paint Brush
Twine
Scissors
Chalk
 
WHAT TO DO
The Wood: I got my piece of plywood from The Home Depot and a nice team member sawed it into four equal squares for me.  *I ended up wanting a rectangular shape for one sign, so I used the staple gun to attach two of them together and needed the hammer to flatten the staples to the wood since the staples are thicker than the wood.
 
First, lay out your cardboard or newspaper and place the wood on top, right side up.  Paint the right side of the wood and the exposed sides with the first coat.  The paint I bought recommends at least two coats, with one hour dry time in between coats.  This is definitely necessary, as you can see in the third photo below, the wood is still very visible through the paint.  I ended up with three coats and you can still see the wood grain a little, but that’s okay.

Once you’ve painted your wood with the desired number of coats, allow to dry for 24 hours to cure.  Next, condition the paint by rubbing chalk all over, and wiping with a cloth and a light mixture of soap and water to clean.

You might find that a little of the paint rubs off when you wipe the chalk with soap and water, but that’s okay, it happened to me too.  Also, the first time I wiped the boards, I didn’t use enough water and my boards were still very chalky once they dried.  Just go over them again with some more soapy water until they’re pretty clean of chalk residue.  This is what mine looked like after just the first wipe:

I wanted two of my signs to hang, so I attached twine to the backs.  Flip your wood over so the wrong side is face up.  Mark with a pencil where you want the twine to be attached, then measure your twine to the desired length.  To make the signs easy to hang from a canopy, I used two separate lengths of twine so they could be tied together at the top like a bow (as pictured below).  Tie knots at the ends of your twine that will be attached to the wood so the twine won’t slip through the staple, then staple the twine on top of your pencil marks.

Now get out there and get creative with your signs!

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Home Decor: Rustic + Vintage + Industrial

Unforeseen circumstances have pushed the hubs and I to move out of our quaint and lovely condo and move on.  We will dearly miss our first home together and look back with fond memories, but this push may be just the thing to get us into a house, and maybe even our forever home.  In the spirit of house hunting, here are some home decor finds I hope make their way into our new home, eventually of course!

I’ve been wanting a hammock for a long time now. And one indoors would be awesome!

Canvas Hammock via Pinterest [original source unknown]

I love the sink in this rustic bathroom:

Rustic Bathroom via Brian Vanden Brink

And everything in this industrial bathroom:

Industrial Bathroom via Pinterest via 2.bp

Wood beams and stone walls are always lovely together:

Italian Bedroom via Yatzer

And a white bedroom with wooden beams and floor are heavenly:

White & Wood Bedroom via Pinterest via Glad and Young

Brick floors and wood beams make this kitchen truly rustic:

Rustic Kitchen via Pinterest via Eye Candy

The lighting and wooden floors are amazing in this kitchen:

Industrial Kitchen via Pinterest via The Pursuit Aesthetic

Awesome pantry door, check!

Industrial Pantry via Pinterest via Home is Where the Heart Is

Industrial kitchen storage is covered in this kitchen:

Country Living via Poppytalk

Cement floors with the dual sided brick fireplace are awesome:

Living Room via Cory Buckner

I’ve got have my pallet wall!

Pallet Wall via Bower Power Blog

And if a wood wall isn’t enough, a brick one will tie it all together:

Brick Wall via Design Sponge

What are some or your must haves in your dream home?

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Unique Flooring

[photo credits: concrete | criss-cross | recycled leather | striped wood | wine & fruit crate | ceiling | stenciled | pebbled | chevron ]

What flooring would you have in your dream home?  Right now, the hubs and I really want concrete flooring.  But some really cool wood flooring would be awesome too!  Maybe concrete counter tops and wood flooring? Or wood block counters and concrete floors?

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