tag: chevron

diy hex nut bracelet

March 19, 2012

DIY bracelet

diy hex nut bracelet | found via dirty laundry

this diy hex nut bracelet is crafty, stylish and affordable- all you need is butcher’s twine and a few brass nuts! i think it adds a nice artistic flair look, especially when wrapped twice and coupled with other bracelets (and you know i love that it looks like herringbone!). head on over here for the full tutorial!

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gift guide

i’ve just been drooling over this gift guide all morning. i fell in love with chevrons a long time ago, and i still love the simple chicness that they add to everything from home decor to jewelry. buying for a trendspotter this year? chevrons are sure to be a big hit!

row 1: crochet pattern – $4 | chevron striped scarf – $42 | chevron art – $40

row 2: mini leather journal – $19 | pioneer chevron earrings – $28 | chevron bracelet – $28

row 3: brass chevron necklace – $42 | grey chevron pillow – $45 | luna clutch – $28

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painted fall leaves

October 26, 2011

painted fall leaves

painted fall leaves

painted fall leaves

painted fall leaves

painted fall leaves

today i am simply captivated by these painted leaves by bicocacolors (discovered via sense and grace). i think it may call for a leaf gathering adventure!

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cozy mia

oh my goodness, did i ever fall in love with this wild herringbone print from cozy mia! i really enjoy artwork that makes your eye meander, and all of these seem to do the trick. pieces like this are exactly why i love to paint my walls white, so i can add bright and bold pieces to spice things up. which is your favorite?

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Chevron Painted Pumpkin

October 24, 2011

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chevron pumpkin

I’ve been so enthused with many different ways to decorate a pumpkin lately, that I just had to try painting a pattern onto one. The idea came to me because I am about to paint a large chevron pattern in grey on my living room wall. To paint it on the pumpkin involves the same idea: painter’s tape, measured and spaced equally apart, and carefully peeled off to enjoy the crisp design.

Another great thing about painting a pumpkin is that you can leave it prettily painted in your home, as table decor, on your kitchen counter, or on your mantel, and when it gets closer to Halloween, the pumpkin can still be carved – the jack-o-lantern will just have an eye-catching pattern on it’s face. Let’s get started!

chevron pumpkin

materials

– a pumpkin – size of your choice
– painter’s tape
– a ruler or measuring tape
– pen or pencil
– paint – color of your choice
– brush or sponge

Begin by deciding how big you want your stripes to be, and how close together. This will be largely influenced by the size of your pumpkin. I have a sweet little pie pumpkin, and I measured the dips of my chevron pattern two inches apart, top to bottom and left to right.

After I marked off where my dips should be, I measured out pieces of tape. Since my pumpkin was so small, I started in the middle with 3″ long tape strips, and created a zig zag pattern, as evenly-spaced as possible. For the top and bottom layers of tape, the tape strips only had to be 2″ long.

chevron pumpkin

Special note: these are flat, rectangular strips of tape that we are applying to a round, uneven surface – don’t expect exact zig-zags. Pumpkins are organic forms that rarely grow evenly, so a little imperfection will still look great!

Carefully paint the pumpkin between the paint strips – painter’s tape makes it okay to be a bit sloppy here.

chevron pumpkin

Once the paint has dried, carefully peel the tape away to admire your well-defined chevron stripes! Any paint that got peeled up with the tape, or extra paint that snuck under the tape, can be touched up with a small paint brush, or softly scraped away with a fingernail to achieve a straight line.

chevron pumpkin

And that’s it! Now imagine introducing more colors, or layers of color within the stripes! Try outlining the stripes with permanent marker borders, or trimming them with a line of black upholstery nail heads – the possibilities are endless!
ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

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textured triangles

September 23, 2011

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chevrons and pennants

this post was inspired by this darling treasury, i never get tired of chevrons and pennants!

clockwise: love triangles; $22 CAD, emerald geode post earrings; $10, pennant pillow; $30, cupid bow and arrow pillow case; $58, tiny textured triangle earrings; $15, iceberg brooch; $7, oragami rabbit under a flower starship; $36, GEO triangle earrings; $22, triangle dangle earrings; £18.00

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before and after: planter table

i found this little tray table at the thrift store for $5. i love it’s little tapered legs and rolling wheels!

after painting it with yellow zig zags, it’s now a little planter table and adds the perfect splash of color to our dining room.

before and after: planter table

i used love natalie’s grow print as inspiration, can you tell?  though her shop is temporarily closed, {update! her shop is now open!} you can see all of her watercolor paintings and diy projects on her blog- love, natalie.

before and after: planter table

method:

i only bought one shade of yellow paint, but mixed up a little batch of it with some added white to make the lighter color.  i first painted the top light yellow, then used this technique of painting chevrons to tape off the design.  after painting the whole piece darker yellow, i removed the tape and finished it off with a top coat.

before and after: planter table

did you notice my little collection of blue bottles? i got inspired by johnny miller a while back, and have been collection blue and green bottles and jars ever since.  mine needs some work to be anywhere near as beautiful as his, but i think it’s pretty catching the afternoon light.

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more furniture reno! actually, there is much much more to come!

before and after: chevron dining table

this little table and mismatching chairs came from our local thrift store, for about $20.

before and after: chevron dining table

after being completely inspired by laurie’s herringbone wall design, i decided to go for it!  i used her same technique, but spray painted the table with gold paint before i taped off the design in beige and khaki.  i topped it off with a 3 coats of protective enamel, stained the legs cherry to match the chairs, and recovered the seats in an ivory and green leaf print.

before and after: chevron dining table

trust me, i know our carpet it terribly ugly and we have doors everywhere, but hey, i’m working with it!  we’ll only be here until april, so the tacky stays.

before and after: chevron dining table

a thrifted mirror in the center used as a tray for the essentials and a pretty fall bouquet for the centerpiece.

before and after: chevron dining table
 
toaster

and one picture of toaster, just for kicks! i think we have a knack for turning our dogs into people..

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