On Saturday I went to an all day photography class with the amazing Cori Derksen. I admire her work so much. She is extremely talented! A group of six women met at her house Saturday to learn how to take our camera's off the little automatic button and actually change some settings, and use manual. What do you know, your pictures turn out so much more life-like and beautiful. I was even extra lucky to take pictures of my friends children to practice. Thank you to Cori for taking time to teach me and open up a whole new world. You were so patient and caring to share your expertise. Also thank you to The Patricios, and The DeManby's for letting us practice on your beautiful children. I took a million pictures but here's a couple. It was such a fun day. Check out these cute kids!
I've decided I'm young, love fashion, and need to branch out and have a little more fun. So as I read fashion blogs and love all the gorgeous shoots, and designer clothing I felt inspired to document some everyday clothes I wear (that are far from designer or professional shoots) but are me! So here we go! I LOVE color in all areas of my life so I'm sure you'll see a lot of that and my gorgeous Stella & Dot pieces that I'm sure will be worn a ton too. I hope you enjoy, feel free to comment, the hubs has already shared his distaste for my hat, which makes me want to wear it more : )
Here are my first two thrifting projects from this past weekend. More to come on the ladder and mini tables, but I'm in the love with my giant chalkboard and two lamps. I am going a little crazy with the chevron over here (more of that later). My obsession began over a year ago with my guest room and now its seeping into the living room. So pleased with how our little revamp is coming together!
Before: Picture Frame
Strip it apart & sprayed the frame
Chalkboard painted the picture
After: Chalkboard ready for all holidays
Vintage lamp bases before
Spray them Tiffany blue
Add Chevron lamp shade
love these beauties, still working on where they are going to "live"
Disclaimer: Prepare yourselves for lots of pictures of my husbands behind in this post. He worked hard to build this project for me.
We did this project last summer because our entry way cut-out had been empty for too long. It is such a large space that we had a hard time trying to figure out what we wanted there. We finally found an adorable huge picture at Pier One, and got home to see that it was still not big enough so this is where the project began.
Before: The blank cut out (with a few of Aaron's tools)
We started by going to the hardware store to get two pieces of crown molding to begin our frame.
In the garage Aaron cut the edges at an angle with a miter box
Then we used wood glue and brackets to keep the four corners together (this required team work)
Preview to see if it fits right before painting it black
Let it dry for the night
Prepping the risky climb to the top. To make sure the frame would be set so Aaron could nail it in quickly once up in the cut-out, we used industrial velcro on the back of the frame to hold it in place temporarily.
I braced the bottom of the ladder and up he went. * A little to the left, and little to the right! Ok stick it on!
Then he drilled it in so we knew it wasn't going anywhere
Then I passed up the picture nailed that on and Ta-Da! A perfect fit that finally fills that gorgeous spot!
View from the bottom
Do you have a spot that needs a grand picture to fill it up? Try building a frame around an existing photo to give it a larger feel!