Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!
love,
little ladybug

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Painted Rug Reveal and Tutorial

It's finally done folks. After many late nights and many sore muscles I'm really happy with how it turned out. We all love a good before and after shot so here you go...

{BEFORE}

{AFTER}

Now I know there are a lot of tutorials out there but I'll just go ahead and show you how I did mine. First I made my own stencil. I know I could have purchased one but I'm cheap so I decided to make my own. Most stencils I saw were going for around $50+ and I made mine for about $12. That and I couldn't find exactly what I wanted, which was this Moroccan tile pattern...


HOW I MADE MY OWN STENCIL

1. I got the thickest poster board I could find at Michael's craft store. It was seriously thick but I knew that it had to hold up to the paint and not fall apart.

2. Find the pattern you want and print it. I used the Moroccan tile pattern above and blew it up in Photoshop. Since my overall pattern was larger than a piece of paper I had to select areas to print and then piece and tape them together.

3. Cut out the pattern and trace it onto your poster board. Since I just needed the white part to make the stencil, I cut that out and traced it onto my poster board.

4. Cut out the pattern using an exacto knife. This part was difficult and took me awhile since the poster board was so thick. I had to cut every single cut at least 3-4 times to make it through the poster board.

And man did "my fingers hurt", I felt like the elderly lady from Happy Gilmore!

HOW I PAINTED MY RUG

First off, you can't paint just any old rug. You need something that is a natural fiber and I think sisal works best (please don't try to paint over a carpet rug, it won't work!). I got my rug from Pottery Barn a few years ago but it looks like they still sell it here. I also know that IKEA sells some pretty cheap sisal rugs called Egeby. And FYI my rug is 5' x 8'

1. Paint your rug. I wanted the rug to be gray with the white stencil so I first painted it three coats with the grey paint (I used Behr Anonymous and I used almost a gallon of paint). I used a water based semi-gloss paint since it would be easy to clean and would hold up to the foot traffic.

2. Now for the fun part. Line up your stencil and start painting with the white paint (I used Behr Ultra Pure White and I used less than a quart). Be sure to get it as straight as you can, you don't want a crooked pattern! I used one of those small edge rollers and just rolled over the stencil. I found that by not pressing too hard was the way to go, otherwise it just bled everywhere and didn't give me a smooth edge. Keep in mind that this just gave me a rough outline of the pattern.

3. Once I had my entire rug stenciled with the rough outline I had to go back and "fill in" the stencil with the white paint. I basically had to hand paint it with a small craft brush. Even though this was very time consuming it was the only way to get the results that I wanted.

4. Then I went back and cleaned up the edges again with the grey paint. I had a lot of spots where the white paint bled too far into the grey that I had to touch up. Again, time consuming but the result was well worth the effort. And anyone who knows me knows that I'm a huge perfectionist so I kind of enjoy doing tedious tasks like this! :)

5. Lastly, I sprayed a coat of clear gloss protective finish over the entire rug. I wanted to give it some sort of a protective coat.

So that's it! Again, it took a lot of time but I'm so pleased with how it turned out! Would I do it again? Absolutely! In fact, I have a smaller 3' x 5' rug from IKEA that I want to paint for my kitchen!

Total cost was $125. The rug was $80 (which I bought 4+ years ago) and the paint and supplies were about $45. A steal if you ask me! Total time this project took was about 18 hours, don't attempt this project unless you are super patient and willing to put in the time and effort!

And here's some final shots of how the rug looks in my space...


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

OOTD: Frilled Echelons Goes to the Pumpkin Patch

I was surprised and happy to see a sale today at Anthropologie. I have this on hold for me at my local store, we'll see if it comes home with me or not. It's been on my wishlist for awhile now but I want to try it on again.

So this past Saturday we went to the Pumpkin Patch and had so much fun! I thought it was the perfect opportunity to wear my new Frilled Echelons Peacoat. I had to wear my rainboots since it can get muddy out there!
details...
Anthropologie Frilled Echelons Peacoat
Anthropologie Molded & Melded Tee, similar here
Citizans of Humanity Avedon Skinny Leg Jeans
Burberry Check Rain Boots
And here I am at the Pumpkin Patch with my little Gigi; she loved helping us pick out our pumpkin!

Monday, October 24, 2011

OOTD: Da Da Da Dagmar!

Happy Monday everyone, I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! I sure did. My family and I visited the Pumpkin Patch and had lots of yummy food, a bumpy hay ride, we got to see all the farm animals, and pick out our pumpkin! I just love this time of year.

So as you'll notice from my pic I'm not in my usual spot. Well that's because I'm still painting my rug so my usual spot is a disaster area! This rug was more work than I had planned for but isn't that how most DIY projects turn out?!? Hopefully it will be done soon, I think I'm on the home stretch now. So anyway, here's my outfit that I wore to church yesterday...

Details...
Anthropologie Dagmar Shirtdress, similar here
Anthropologie Saffi Belt
Anthropologie Rensselaer T-Straps, similar here
Anthropologie Tights, similar here
Anthropologie Necklace, similar here

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Cut A Rug

Okay I may not be cuttin' a rug but I sure am painting one! I'm also going to stencil a really cute pattern on it so I have a few more days to go until I can show you all how it turned out. Stay tuned...
And did any of you get anything from today's sale at Anthro?? I picked up this and can't wait to wear it out. I just wish my store would have had the 40% off sale like some of you lucky ladies had. Note to Anthropologie - if you have a promo please make it storewide!!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Spooky Decorations

I finally got all of my Halloween decorations up this past weekend and I wanted to share them with you. This year I decided to get crafty and make some leaf garland from an old book that I had. I made it the same way I made my heart strings from this post. Here's my console table all decorated with skulls...
Close-up of the 'along came a spider' sign I made in photoshop. Super easy (and free!) project to do.
Here's what my mantel now looks like. I simply love mercury glass and the little sparkle it adds.
And here's my entertainment center all decorated with mercury glass pumpkins and the leaf garland I made. I love the little spiders crawling all over everything.
Close-up of the leaf garland, I think it's very Anthro-esque! :)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

To Mompos or Not to Mompos

Well readers, that is the question. So I'm asking for your help. You see, I love this dress but I'm just not sure I love it. I think the material is super pretty and the cut is really cute but I'm still undecided. But I do love how flattering and girly it is! Plus, it's pretty much a spring/summer dress so I'd be storing it away until next Spring. I attempted to style it for Fall, I'm not sure it totally works....

So that is my dilemma. I just don't want to regret not keeping it and then be eBay stalking it and end up paying a lot more for it later. Been there, done that. What to do, what to do?? Here's where you come in, please vote and let me know what you think.

{poll closed}

Thank you, I do appreciate your input! :)

Monday, October 3, 2011

All About FALL

Well, hello there readers! I'm back from Utah and I had such a wonderful time with my family. And I'm proud to say that I completed my 1/2 marathon, yay!!! I was super sore afterwards since the whole race was downhill but I'm really glad that I did it. It felt so good to finally accomplish one of my goals, now bring on the full marathon.....well, maybe in a few years!

It's officially Fall in these parts and I'm loving the cool crisp weather and walking down streets filled with leaves that crunch under your feet. I'm also loving a lot of what Anthropologie has to offer this season. I've narrowed it down to my top picks...
WishlistFALL
1. Bojagi Pullover - love the detail on this cute little number
2. Earth & Gold Heels - four words, these WILL BE MINE!!
3. Calligraphy Strokes Skirt - loving the mustard hue and swirly design
4. Frilled Echelons Peacoat - cowlneck and ruffles, need I say more??
5. Outlined Celandine Cardi - cute graphic design and it has sparkly buttons
6. Bowed Lacerta Mary-Janes - I have a weakness for bows and mary janes
7. Iron Lace Drops - love the feminine lace detail of these