DIY Abstract Art on a Budget

I love a good DIY, and i’ve done a few for my new place that I am hoping to post on here sometime soon. I will admit that I came to the realization while making my Ikea Hack nightstand (coming soon), that you don’t always save money. After buying all the supplies, and spending the time doing the work, I realized that I really could have just bought a finished piece at Ikea for the same price. That being said, I really enjoyed the process and the challenge of saying that I can make something, having a vision of how it will turn out and then actually doing it and being proud of the results. It’s thrilling to me, but I know it’s not for everyone. Plus with a DIY, you then have something unique, that you can’t find in a store or anyone else’s home. I don’t know, it really depends how much time you have on your hands and how much importance you put on making things by hand, but personally I know that even if it’s hard work, I am going to keep DIYing because I find it so rewarding and fun!

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I have posted on here a few times this week after being MIA for a while. I guess thats my MO. I get bursts of creativity, and ideas, and energy to make blog posts and then I go into hibernation for a while. I know that I should probably hold off on posting this project for a little while to space out my work, but I’m way too excited, because I really, really love how this project turned out and I feel like anyone can do something like it.
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When I moved into my new place I made two decisions. The first was that I wanted to start being more minimalistic. After reading Marie Kondo’s book; The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up, the idea of only holding onto the things in my life that I loved resonated with me. So when I moved, I only brought the stuff that made me smile into my home, and have been taking my time filling it, so as not to buy unnecessary items. The second thing I decided was that I wanted to make a lot of my own art. In my last apartment I had some of my photography printed and I framed them in simple frames to go above the couch, then over the TV in NYC. I think I might do that again soon, but I also wanted to try my hand at painting because I not only love it but I find it so therapeutic.
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I started doing a little research to find what pieces made my heart flutter. I went on Pinterest and pinned a bunch of art and then tried to zero in on what I really liked about them. I realized I was being drawn to abstract art, simple lines and feminine colours. With that idea in my mind I went to the dollar store (yep, this DIY is really low cost, high impact!) and bought brushes, paint and canvases. This whole project cost me under $20.00, and I ended up with two pieces of personalized art, one extra canvas that I still need to paint, and a ton of paint and supplies left over for future projects. Score! My bedroom has pops of coral, navy, gold and white, so I wanted to use those tones in the artwork to tie the whole room together. I used navy paint from my Ikea Hack Nightstand (which I will get around to posting about as soon as I get to putting the handles on it). I love how the navy in the canvas matches my nightstand perfectly, I also made a coral colour, and bought a light pink and gold.
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I really think that even if you aren’t artistic, you can definitely pull this off with a little research and some planning and this DIY will actually save you a ton of money, because art isn’t cheap.
Here is what you need: 
Several different sized paint brushes
Paint (you need at least 3 different paint colours. I chose gold, navy and coral because those were the colors in my room.
2 canvases
Paint tray
Paper towel or old dish rag
drop cloth

What you need to do:
1. Start by going on pinterest for inspiration, figure out what look you are going for before you start. With a vision in mind it will be a bit easier to get started, but I find once you start it just comes to you and you go with what looks good.
2. Prepare a workspace with a drop cloth to avoid paint splatter on your furniture.
3. Start with one colour on the canvas. I chose to start with the gold. Make several random lines using different brush sizes on the canvas. Continue using other colours to fill in the spaces around it. You can adjust the shades by wiping away excess paint of the canvas in certain parts to fade the colour, or blend colors. Continue adding lines in different thicknesses and lengths, blending where you can to create a cohesive piece.
4. Hang and enjoy.

How do you feel about DIYing? As I mentioned earlier, sometimes it ends up costing more, but is it always about the money or is it about the challenge and fun? I found this article on Huffington post that says to use a flowchart when trying to decide on whether to DIY it or Buy it. Could be a helpful way to decide! Check it out here. 

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Friday Finds

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1. Photo printing using the sun // A Beautiful Mess 

2. These amazing toasted marshmallow peanut butter bars // Sunday Public

3. These delicious fruit infused water flavours // The Beauty Department

4. This super soft Lou & Grey popover top i’m dying to buy // Loft

5. This amazingly easy Ikea Hack DIY // The Vault Files

6. How to create a capsule wardrobe // Unfancy

Happy Friday! Have a relaxing, enjoyable weekend!

Let’s Play: The Worlds Cutest Cardboard Coffee Shop

I’ve always been a fan of kids, they just have this energy that brightens your day. Having a bad day? Hang out with a cute kid. Seriously, they will remind you what life is really about without even realizing it. They know how to live in the moment, laugh, be themselves, speak the honest truth and play. That’s the key, they know how play, and have a good time. Pretend play is so important for kids. Give them a cardboard box with a door cut out and a whole new world will emerge from their minds right before your eyes. It’s something I wish we didn’t lose as we got older, because it’s the purest form of creativity.

The other day while pinteresting (is that even a word?) I stumbled across the worlds cutest cardboard coffee shop Millz Coffee, named after an adorable little barista; Emilia. I was blown away to say the least!

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Photos from 45wall design.

Millz Coffee isn’t your average coffee shop. Traci at 45Wall Design created it completely out of cardboard for her daughter. What started out as a joke, stemming from Emilia’s love of a wooden play coffee maker, turned into a reality that is so well done, even an adult could get imaginative in there.

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How delicious do those baked goods and that caramel Latte look? Photos from 45wall design.

Everything right down to the last detail was thought of and then made by hand. From the logo and menu to the cardboard counter, display and espresso machine, to the felt coffee bags, coffees and desserts this play coffee shop is a kids dream come true! I just had to share it with you!

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Photos from 45wall design.

Be sure to check out the whole project here! Wouldn’t you have loved one of these as a kid? A little creativity really goes a long way.

DIY Inspiration: Holiday Cards

I am big on making my own cards, and have been for as long as I can remember. There is something really special about spending time creating something from scratch rather than running to the nearest store to buy a card that everyone and their grandmother is going to get.
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This year I have been falling more and more in love with typography and the art of lettering. I bought some calligraphy supplies and have been slowly trying to teach myself how to use them properly to create beautiful script. It is a true art, and a lot harder than I ever imagined, but I am enjoying the process. I also bought myself a little watercolor kit for kids. I haven’t done watercolor in some time, but it is so therapeutic and fun! It’s also really inexpensive, I got some brushes, a water-colour tablet and the paints for under 10$.

I decided that this holiday season, I wanted to create a card that felt holiday, but wasn’t just about Christmas or Hannukah, and I wanted it to have beautiful lettering and water-colour graphics. Here are some beautiful cards that I am drawing inspiration from, most of which are from Etsy!

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1. Happy Holidays Card by Shannon Kirsten on Etsy

2. Give Thanks free download by Jenn of Ruffled Sunshine

3. Illustrated Menorah by Rifle Paper Co.

4. A Very Merry Christmas to you by 1 Canoe 2 on Etsy

5. Happy Holidays Illustration by Lily and Val on Etsy

6. Cones and Acorns Card by Small Adventure on Etsy

This year there is a big emphasis on shopping local, it’s a great way to keep small businesses thriving, and It makes gift giving a little more personalized. Check out Etsy for some amazing handmade cards that you can purchase (if you are too busy or not the crafty type), it’s the next best thing! There are also some great free printouts from freelance graphic designers that you can find on pinterest, like these!

Happy crafting!

Easy DIY Camera Strap

I had this realization the other night that even though I’ve had my camera for more than 8 years, and use it often, I still haven’t changed the strap. Yes, I’m that person that still has the original one that comes with the camera when you first buy it. Big bright red Canon letters sewn on… not so pretty, so unprofessional and uncomfortable to boot. I can sort of get it to hang across my body, but it’s tight, and now with winter here, there’s no way I could wear it comfortably over my coat. So being the impulsive person I am, I figured out a way to make a new strap at 11 pm on a monday night. With all the stores being closed, I had to think about what I already had on hand. All it is, is a spare strap from one of my totes and some key rings, there’s really nothing to this DIY. It’s a quick fix if you’re impatient like I am and itching for a change. You just need to make sure that you attach the rings securely to the camera so that you can be sure the strap is on safely, preventing any accidents!

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Here’s a self portrait of me and my new camera strap! I love it, and can now wear it comfortably across my body when not using it. Isn’t the colour fun?

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Having this new strap will definitely encourage me to bring my camera out with me more often! I always found excuses to leave it at home and use my iphone instead, since it fits comfortable in my pocket and my DSLR does not. Looking forward to taking it out more often!

A Mapped out Space: Using Maps as Art!

I have always loved maps. Not only for their beauty, but because they tell a story about how the world was once perceived. I am also a firm believer that they make amazing, inexpensive art. I knew when I decorated my home that I would somehow incorporate at least one map into the mix.

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Four Frames; Elements of Style Blog, Globes; Elle Decor

Maps offer big impact in subtle ways. Graphic but with muted, calming tones, a map’s balance between the two is perfect. They are also easy to personalize, all you have to do is choose one that means something to you or of a place close to your heart, and your map will tell it’s own story in it’s new form on your wall!

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Playroom; Apartment Therapy, Dining Room Table; 79 Ideas

I love the use of maps as wallpaper as well. They scream well travelled and sophisticated.

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Bedroom; News, Living Room; Renee Finberg

On my last trip to visit my boyfriend (while he was still living in NYC), we went into the NYU bookstore and found a gorgeous subway map that we both fell in love with. Knowing that we would be moving in together when he moved back to Montreal, we grabbed it and kept it rolled up until a few months ago.  We went out and bought a simple wooden frame at Ikea and mounted it in the stairwell. We LOVE the effect, and the memories it brings back!

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Photo Credit: Jessica Pevzner

Isn’t it great?! So subtle but still makes a very big impact on the space. And since NYC is very close to both our hearts (Having endured a 2 year, long distance relationship between NYC and Montreal) this subway map also tells a story. Everyone who comes into our home, and knows us, knows exactly why that map is there. I love that about personalized art, and the bonus is that it cost us very little to achieve!

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Photo Credit: Jessica Pevzner

How would you map out your space?