Archive for ‘art’

September 15, 2010

Instant Art Collection: Free use photos

I LOVE taking pictures
of everyday stuff
Feel free to download/copy + save
any of the photos in this post
Frame them up
(yes, I’m that full of myself)
and call it art.
Show me how you use it and I’ll do a follow up feature
Enjoy the seasons change!
Campus side Fall
Seattle University
photo by b.merikle

Two craggly guards
Palm Springs, CA
Photo by b. merikle

Stuck between a rock and a soft place
Mt. Rainier Wonderland Trail
photo by b. merikle

Desert Camouflage
New Mexico i10 Rest Stop
photo by b. merikle

In Rainier’s Shadow
Flight photo of Mt. Rainier w/Mt. St. Helen’s in background
photo by b. merikle

Tulips Awash
La Conner, WA Tulip Festival
photo by b. merikle

Sunshine Market Day
Pike Place Market, Seattle
photo by b.merikle

Lonely Sunset
Cannon Beach, OR
Photo by b.merikle

Going Down
Cannon Beach, OR
photo by b.merikle
If you need larger resolution, and are patient
send me an email
(via the contact page – in the upper left menu of the blog)
September 9, 2010

i used to collect | Milk Glass

if you hit the internets,

then you know that
in the world of “new vintage collectors”
(ie, all of us wannabe vintage collectors
that don’t have a CLUE)
milk glass is all the rage.

I get it.

It’s (generally) cute
just like my awesome lamp find

$3 milk glass deep lipped lamp
Photo (c) b3 home designs

it is really easy to find
it is a relatively inexpensive collection to start
but it quickly gets pretty pricey
and pretty hard
to sustain


maybe that is only “hard”
for those of us not willing
to spend  big
or go on the hunt for
our collections.

I admit it.

I bit the bug
and I went and bought me some milk glass
and because I don’t ever just buy 1 of anything
I bought a piece.
or two
or nine

Milk Glass Starter Collection
Photo (c) b3 home designs

not all at once.

it started with a set of three
from the North Bend Senior Thrift Store Sale
Then I picked up a few more pieces
And a piece here
And a piece there

Honestly though?
I’m not really a fan.

I used to collect Milk glass

and I will keep these pieces because I love them
for non milk glass reasons

Thinned out milk glass collection
Photo (c) b3 home designs

I’ll also keep the milk glass lamp.

I used to collect milk glass.
Now I don’t.

But perhaps you do?
Or you want to?
Or you just love winning stuff?

I’m giving away my milk glass collection in two batches.

One batch will be a follower.
If you scroll over to the right ——————->
and add yourself to the followers
then leave a comment on this post
telling me that you are a follower
you will be entered into the drawing for that batch.
The second batch is for anyone or their mama
and yes, mama’s LOVE these pieces

so call it early Christmas shopping
or even earlier mama’s day or Easter shopping
All you have to do is leave a comment on this post

If you are a follower, you can enter both giveaways

just leave separate comments

The giveaway will go on until I hit 50 followers.
I am at 25 last time I checked.

I will announce winners

during the first post after I hit 50 followers
You can check in daily and leave a comment
(on this post) to earn extra entries
for each set of milk glass.

Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

And if you REALLY want some milk glass

Send your friends here
have them sign up as followers
have them leave a comment that says
“I am now a follower thanks to [insert YOUR name here]”
I will enter the friend and I’ll add an extra entry for you.

just so that you don’t have to dump your bff
when she wins the milk glass you really wanted.

let the comments and following begin.

Coming Soon:
Make your own faux milk glass
August 13, 2010

Subway Art Gone Wild

So when I say subway art, I don’t mean graffiti.
I mean that I’ve been on the Internets and seen lots of awesome font/subway sign inspired pieces.

When we moved into this place
I instantly fell in love with the art cut outs in our entryway
Photo (C) B3 Home Designs
That was, of course, before I realized just how expensive
not one, but TWO gigantor pieces of art would be.
Never fear
Being the cheap-o that I am
From the start, I knew I was going to “create something” for those spaces
I love Planet Janet Art and actually have done open studio with her
I knew I could never afford one of her pieces for the space
(though I have a scheme to get some of her smaller pieces for the space in between
But I love her open spirit of open studio inspiration
So I started thinking I would use the encaustic/collage technique to liven this space up
Thought half a second about how intoxicating/annoying beeswax would start to smell
in large quantities, on my wall, like that, for a long time to come
researched how much encaustics cost
(WOW!! Holy for the love of sanity!)
Realized we needed to go to plan B
In the meantime, Mr. Handy looked up stretching canvas online.
Because, really, even with my super Mike’s coupons,
they just didn’t have a big enough canvas.
Never fear.  That coupon went to good use on a pair of stretcher pliers.
Why yes.  Yes we did.  We built our own canvases.
One of the best tutorials is here by Ray Schloss.
Building the canvas frame was his realm.
We went to Land of Crappy Non-Straight Wood
(aka, Home Depot, Issaquah)
and bought a yitload of 2x2s and a couple 2x4s
the latter of which was a PLEASURE to split with a circular saw
free hand
because we don’t have a table saw
Mr. Handy was super concerned about positve reinforcement
So these suckers are heavy
But not “I can’t pick those up heavy”
and really braced through the corners like you would not believe
That was the easy part.
Then I craweled around on all fours to actually, you know,
stretch the canvas.
I bought two 6×9 drop cloths
at the Land of Everything but Wood is Great to Buy Here
(aka, Home Depot, Issaquah)
And it took me, the non-math girl, about 17 minutes to convert 9 x 12 feet
to 108 x 144 inches
as I tried to figure out if I should buy one 9×12 or two 6×9 cloths
and I gave up trying to figure out
hence why I bought two 6×9 drop cloths
at $10 each.
vs 19.97 for the one and the extra work of having to try to cut a straight line.
The Expert DIY label is generally for the whole project
Any project that needs to be blogged in a billion parts is expert to me
but also, if you suck at math,
don’t play with power tools
and have no patience for power staplers and scratching up your hardwoods
Then the patience level alone will bump this to expert. 
And when you procrastinate with a little organizing project around this photo below:
Photo (c) b3 Home Designs
It really becomes expert.
Not the organizing project.
The art project.
You’ll see.