Archive for ‘wall 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
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September 4, 2010

Every Nook and Cranny | A Temporary Reader

One of the things I love about our place
is that there is so much space
that can be used in so many different ways
because walls don’t define what has to be
take for instance the landing at the top of our stairs
 Upper Landing Blank Slate
Photo (c) b3 home designs

In many of the floorplans on the street,
this is actually walled off
as another bedroom

Which would certainly give me another hallway
But I’m good with just this hallway

When we first moved in,
You can see that I had not quite shopped the house
for pieces that would work well over here
mostly because I didn’t know what I wanted the space to be

 Window covered, no more flashing the neighbors
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Check that.
I knew that I wanted one of my three Christmas trees
to go in that window.
So I didn’t really focus too much
on making that specific space functional.

Until I missed reading and pretty spaces like this

 Upstairs Landing Complete
Photo (c) b3 home designs
In this little nook,
I brought it just about all of my favorite things
After we got puppy dog,
the Paupasan chair got moved to the nook.
out of our bedroom
I love it here because
it far more comfortable to hang out
in this chair and read
than to sit in a parson’s char.
Just saying
Another fave piece in this space is the pillow on the chair.
I actually bought that pillow cover years ago
When I lived in New Mexico
I bought it at a Pow Wow.
The same Pow Wow that I bought my postcard prints at
But not the same place I bought these calendar prints at
  Left wall when facing window
Photo (c) b3 home designs
Here, let’s get a little closer

Close up, Calendar Prints
Photo (c) b3 home designs
I LOVE Native Americana.
Reminds me of my grandmother
and all the questions I really wish I would have asked her
Other pieces of love in this area include
Parts of my mini | small clock collection
My favorite wedding headshot photo
My vintage camera collection
Lots of my fave coffee table books
Small chest
And those awesome Crate & Barrel Leaning shelves

 Photo (c) b3 home designs
Other pieces of me that really make this home:
Those billowy, worn, old, green curtains
“&” (because there is always an “and did you think about…”
Wood cubby box
Part of my shapely glass collection
My three favorite ceramic vases

Photo (c) b3 home designs
And if you stepped back a little

you would see the $16 Art Binge

 that touched off a spat of collecting
 Photo (c) b3 home designs

I started with the spot next to the chair

“finished” at this

 Photo (c) b3 home designs

But then I went to the dining room

and I brought that faux lovely

right upstairs     
 Photo (c) b3 home designs

Some closer looks
at what I love here
include this tray of awesome

The heart rock was from
one of the most awesome
beach trips
with him

The shell was collected YEARS ago
the awesome bell | chime
was given to me by my mom
back when I was in high school
after one of her yard sale stops

Most recently, I my fave book
from the most awesome Estate Sale
I. Have. Ever. Been. To.

In my life.

I’ll have to get a photo of it.

Photo (c) b3 home designs
The piece of ocean rock on this shelf

was from the first trip I took to California

with that guy

The clock is the first small clock I ever bought.

It touched off an awesome collection.
 Photo (c) b3 home designs
This is a closeup of part of my most favorite
part of my shapely glass collection
There’s a mister
There is a tall skinny
There is a squat, fat shorty
And there is a little shorty
Those bottles rock my world.
 Photo (c) b3 home designs

This whole space rocks my world.
Now if I could only get more time
to plug in and blog
or unplug and read a book
Can’t wait to be home
for more than a few hours
at a time.

 Upstairs Landing Final(ish)
Photo (c) b3 home designs
August 17, 2010

Mod Podged Bird Plates

When I first saw this project on the web 
over at Frugal with a Flourish,
I knew I had to knock them out.

Modged Up Bird Plates
Photo (c) b3 home designs

So I did.

I already had the salad plates from staging the last place we sold.

I already had Mod Podge because, well, I’m a crafter

To get the birds, all you have to do is Google “Images, Bird sillhoutte”
Low and behold the choices are almost endless

I picked out about 11 I liked
Then I went into Microsoft Digital Image Suite (pre Photoshop love affair)
And opened a circle the size of my plates (8 inches)
And then sized the birds so that they were pretty similar size for each plate

I printed on regular 8.5 x 11 paper
Then got to snipping and cutting.
Of course, I did this by hand.

Unlike this project gone wild
The snipping and cutting only took me 10 minutes
or so
and no one looked at me like I was crazy.

Once cut, I modge podged them down onto the plate
with a layer of MP on the back of each cutout
Then I ran a layer of MP across the full front
And that dulled down my already not full bleed black ink
So I took my Deco Art Gloss Black Enamel acrylic paint
And a couple of tiny brushes
And filled in the sillhoutes again

bird plates painted and drying
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Let dry overnight.

Next morning, use Disc Hangers (aka, the BEST plate hanging tool in the world)

Best $12 ever spent in home decor accessories
Disc Hangers
Photo (c) b3 home designs

to make the plates ammendable to hanging
Then I used a cool eyeballing trick for easy, symetrical, photo hanging
Fun times.
I’ll blog about that.

Part 2 of eyeballing plate hanger placement
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Don’t let the copious supplies, cutting time or successive steps scare you.
This is totally DIY Easy.  Jump in and see.

Dining Room Bird Plates
Photo (c) b3 home designs
Now I just need to determine
what I’m going to do with my highwater curtains
And whether or not I’m going to just do it already
and paint that gold mirror black.
We have NOTHING gold in our house
I felt better about that mirror once I put the curtains back up
But I’m still thinking black is where that has to go.
Edited to add the link party goods:
Mod Podge Challenge over here
Lucky Star Lane has fun links all around