November 16, 2008

The Cute Linden Tree

I too have fallen prey to the linden tree design craze and have liked it for quite some time. It’s one of those patterns that has done the rounds and keeps coming back.

A couple years ago I came across some vintage fabric at a yard sale. I bought 5 different fabrics from these 2 girls selling their grandmothers things. One of them was a sheer white with a brown polka-dot pattern. I used some of that for a shower curtain face, and there was this one….

I was crazy about it, and incorporated it into my bedroom right away. Later I found some frames at Ikea, pulled them apart to remove the unattractive prints of rocks, and I put my fabric inside the frames! The distance from the 3 frosted frames on the glass to the fabric at the back is about an inch and 3/4, so they have a slight shadow box quality.

Then there’s this curtain panel that they had at Ikea. It’s meant to be used as those modern room dividers where you buy 6 of them and then install ‘em on a track where they overlap one another when open, and look like a large panel when shut…. Anyway, I bought one and wanted to incorporate it into my room too, so I put the large panel horizontally above my headboard in my room. The design had a slight brown quality to it, and my accent wall is brown, so it has the effect of looking cut-out and showing my wall color through the design.

This is where my project begins…

I drew some lines on the wall with a white Zig pen. Sharpie is terrible for drawing on a wall. It doesn’t like paint, and it struggles to even write. I did not have to learn that on this project, I tried it another time and learned it’s no good. Zig however is a lovely pen, and aside from the stupid texture on the wall, it wrote nicely for me.

Next, I got out some vellum paper, I traced 4 of the patterns from the white Ikea panel with a pencil.

Then I got out my cuttlebug circle set and used two of them to die cut the rough circles I traced.

Then I used them as a stencil. Using a stencil brush and wall paint, (if you are a regular to my blog you have seen this paint color many times. I have it on the walls many places in my house, and I used it for my L shaped desk.)
Now don’t get me wrong, a clear plastic would have been much better, and if it weren’t too thick, the circle dies would have gone through it, but I didn’t have anything clear and plastic. So…. If you do something like this and use vellum, there is something worth knowing….
The vellum will curl!

But it’s not a big deal!! All you have to do is turn on your iron, set it to a warm setting w/o steam. Place a plain piece of vellum onto the ironing board and lay the curling stencil flat onto it with the paint side down. Ironing onto the back of the stencil will flatten it, and the paint won’t get on the iron, it will only get on the scrap of vellum.

Depending on how long you use your stencil will determine how many times you will have to iron it.
I had to iron mine 3 times to do this….. to my bedroom wall on either side of the bed.
Ah… one more thing… Did any of you watch the last season of Design Star???
The winner Jennifer was my inspiration to paint on my bedroom wall because she did such an awesome job with those leaves on the walls of her sisters house!
And not just those walls, she did a few challenges where she painted BEAUTIFUL stuff on the walls, like her yellow and blue French pottery inspiration room…. MAGIC!!!
Mine doesn’t compare, but I wanted to mention her inspirational talents! Looking VERY forward to her show on HGTV!
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November 6, 2008

Just convert it!

DH is always saying I can't leave things alone... and he's right. I'm forever changing the purpose of things and the way they look.

Take these cute birds. They are metal, and are meant to sit happily in your flower bed or garden. Well I'm no gardener so these guys get to live IN the house!

They cost $4.99 each at a store I love called Down to Earth.

I got the hack saw out and I chopped off the bottoms that connected to the sticks, and then I put them above my closet in my "doing room". The vinyl "Welcome" has been there for ages. The one on the left is just sitting on the edge, and the one on the right is upright with a small nail in the wall in the area of his eye so it doesn't look out of place.
As a side note... I'll share another little tip.
People comment on the borders I have in some of my rooms with colored walls. I used painters tape to bring in the edges, and then when the paint was dry, I used a black prisma pencil to draw a thin line onto the edge of the paint to create definition. It ends up making the colored wall look far more intentional than just painting corner to corner. In fact, where two walls meet and there are two lines (one on each wall) it looks great! Especially with the defined black line.

I have a lot of black and tan going on in here. My little black birds fit in great! I also put up a big ol' metal frame mirror by Die Cuts With a View Home, and It looks great in here too!

BTW, Today and tomorrow are their warehouse sale in Provo! That's one not to miss!
Here's the address:
751 S. 170 E.
(Turn E on 900 S. from University Ave. You will see 170 E. on your left.)
Since today's is over, tomorrow's is from 10am to 4pm

Gosh, talk about tangents! From one thing to another is so easy sometimes!

My friend Stacy Armstrong bought a couple of these birds too! Have you done anything with yours Miss Stacy?
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