July 24, 2017

The Fun Part of Moving

So in the mural post I mentioned that I was moving, and that is happening THIS WEEKEND. I'm going to miss my new wall but oh my gosh I am excited to get out of my current place. The new spot is super cute, a studio but more square footage than where i am now, big open room with exposed ceiling beams, nice wide closet, bright orange walls outside with cactuses all over the place, skinny little kitchen that's still about seventeen times bigger than mine now with a window and tons of storage, blue-tiled bathroom with a full sized tub including a ledge to put shampoo and stuff on, security doors that let air and light in but also deadlock, ALL the good stuff.

I am going crazy at work with blogs and pinterest, getting all kinds of inspiration. My budget is at about zero - especially now that I bought Bix a crate, I figured he might need his own space (aka I might need him to have his own space) in the closer quarters - but I have high hopes for little diy projects and working with the stuff I already have aaaaand possibly a healthy dose of thrifting. It's funny, I used to be a minimal kind of girl, everything was stripes and stripes and stripes and shades of light blue (but like, MESSY, so not actually that minimal, just poor decorating), but these days I just want everything to be as colorful/floral as possible. Pinks and yellows and teals and PLANTS.

Here's a handful of patterns and prints and rooms that I'm digging these days. We'll see how it all actually turns out!
*Cue David Bowie song*orange and turquoise, poppy painting. -kitchen color inspirationImage Via: Justina BlakeneyThat rug, and the plates, chair  plant-loveDIY Christmas tree cactus

July 11, 2017

that time i made a mural

I'm not a crafty person. It just isn't my love language. I don't have an eye for picture walls, I almost always wish I'd chosen a different color scheme, I lose patience for tiny details.
I do like to paint. Especially when the painting involves copying other pictures or... tape.
Enter my mural project.
When I moved to Tucson, my little mouse house had a butt-ugly wall. A fenced-in yard, which makes Bixby SO happy. But in that yard, a really, reeeeeally ugly wall. A wall that I decided to fix. I googled some stuff, decided on a geometric pattern, went to Lowes (got laughed at a little, they didn't believe I was gonna finish or that it would look good I think??), bought four little containers of paint and a bunch of masking tape - NOT painting tape, I got that as well and it would not stick to the wall - and went at it. Until I got bored. The project took a few months, when I could have honestly knocked it out in a week.
But it's done now, and I'm really pleased with the result, and here are the photos!
So here's the inspiration, it's called Red Red Rhombus by Melanie Mikecz. The photo links to a place where you can purchase the print if you'd rather not make an enormous version of it yourself.
Bixby was super helpful. This is the wall as it was when I moved in - not the most welcoming or aesthetically pleasing.
First round of taping! I also drew this out on paper before putting it on the wall.
Every other box was painted. I only used red, white, blue, and yellow and just mixed them in little paper bowls.
Removed the short bits of tape, retaped on top of the painted parts, painted the other boxes within each long strip, removed all the tape except the top and sides. Then I retaped some more.
If I were going to be living here any longer, you would also see a photo with cute little cactuses and tomato plants and stuff lined up in front of the wall. As it is, I'm peacing out of this house by the end of the month. Hope the landlord and the next tenant like it!