Sister's Baby Shower

This post is extremely late. My oldest sister and I had a blast throwing a baby shower for our middle sister in February. A lot of the details were DIY. Take a look... 


Can't commit to a wall color?

Many people will empathize with me, I hate painting walls, it's tedious, impossible to pick the perfect color and painters tape never really works. Also, I don't like spending the money or time to paint the walls since we tend to move every 3 years with the military. A piece of art is a great way to add a pop of color and will probably attract more attention than the color of your walls. You can change out art pieces as you please and very importantly move the art pieces with you! So rather than painting the walls, spend the money saved on a piece of artwork. It's a great way to add color to a space without the commitment.

Take a look at the pictures and see what your eye is drawn to... the art or the wall color? 

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Pottery Barn Knockoff

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Pottery barn sells their piece for $69 plus shipping, you can create a look alike for around $45. You may have some of the supplies laying around your house which will help cut down on the cost!

DISCLAIMER: I'm definitely not a carpenter or teacher. So please let me know if my directions are not detailed enough or I missed something. Have fun! 

Materials:

Vinyl lettering: You probably will need two packs to have enough vowels. $7 for each pack at Michaels Craft Store 

4" wood boards: If you buy 8 ft boards from Home depot or Lowes, you'll need 2 boards/$7 each

White craft paint or spray paint: ~$2

Black spray paint: ~$2

Wood screws: ~$8

Some kind of wood furring strips or other wood for support and attaching the boards together: ~$3

A saw, ruler, drill! 

Total cost: $43

 

Step 1: Cut 6-7 (depending on how tall you would like for it to be) 4" wood boards 22" wide. 

Step 2: Lay the wood boards down horizontally with the edges touching one another. Now measure the height your piece will be. You will want to cut your 2 furring strips or other wood support pieces about 2 inches shorter than the height of the piece. 

Step 3: Put your two furring strips down, leaving about 3-4 inches from each side. Then drill your wood screws through the furring strips into the 4" boards, one screw for each board. You will use either 12-14 screws depending on whether or not you're using 6 or 7 boards. (You may need to drill pilot holes to keep the wood from splitting). 

Now you should have your piece all put together as one piece. So if it's falling apart, something went wrong!

Step 4: Flip the board over so you're looking at the front. Paint or spray paint the front white. 

Step 5: After letting all the paint completely dry. You'll have to measure out where you want the lettering to go. Apply the vinyl lettering. (This takes patience, use a ruler!!)

Step 6: Make sure the vinyl lettering is completely on. Press firmly and go over all the edges. If all of it isn't secure, paint will leak under the letters!

Step 7: Spray paint the front black.

Step 8: Wait til the paint is dry and peel up the vinyl lettering. 

Optional step 9: Sand the edges to create a distressed/antique look

And now your masterpiece should be done! 

"Too geeky or sweetly romantic?"

Picture by Laura. Read her blog at http://theprimaryfiddle.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-best-plank-of-wood-ive-ever-seen.html

Picture by Laura. Read her blog at http://theprimaryfiddle.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-best-plank-of-wood-ive-ever-seen.html

Laura, a client, sent me a link to her blog post featuring one of my art pieces. It's beautifully written and full of emotion, please read the post-

http://theprimaryfiddle.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-best-plank-of-wood-ive-ever-seen.html

To sum it up- Her husband secretly messaged me to create a one of a kind gift for their fifth anniversary. The traditional fifth anniversary gift is wood. Laura and Nicholas had previously purchased items from me and Nicholas knew that a majority of my work is on wood. He wanted a list of GPS coordinates of meaningful places burned into a piece of wood. Even though it may look like a bunch of numbers and some secret code on a chunk of wood, each of those coordinates represent a cherished memory.

I've been a little discouraged with some things lately and getting such a sweet message from a satisfied customer is exactly what I needed. This is why I will continue to do custom orders. It allows me to create one of kind pieces that will be part of others lives for many years to come. I love that I was able to contribute to a very special fifth anniversary. Laura is now able to reminisce everyday when she sees these coordinates. 

One of Laura's questions, "What do y'all think? Too geeky or sweetly romantic?". My answer, definitely sweetly romantic! What do y'all think?

Reclaimed pallet art

I love reclaiming materials and transforming "ugly" into something beautiful. All of these pieces were made with old broken down pallets. After cutting, sanding, multiple splinters and paint, I turn abandoned pallets that would usually rot in a junkyard into pieces of art.

I give unwanted items new life...

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Do you see the mysterious man?

This painting was supposed to be completely abstract and colors. However, when I hung the picture on our bedroom wall and took a look at it from far away, I was taken aback when I saw him. If I had intentionally tried to paint the man it would have never ended up more perfect. He has shoulders, neck line, nose and even forehead wrinkles. Now the dilemma of whether or not I should paint over it...

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4 panel seasons tree from beginning to end

I think the toughest part about painting is translating an idea in your head onto canvas.  I won't lie, I had my doubts about it along the way. However, the great thing about paint, if you aren't pleased with how something looks, just re-paint it! I kept working with it and the closer I got to finishing it, I could finally see everything coming together. Take a look at how I transformed the canvases into the final piece (this is why I usually don't send pictures to clients along the way, it would terrify them!).

This painting is huge! Each canvas is 3ft by 3 ft. I couldn't be happier with how it turned out. Thank you to the wonderful client who gave me the freedom to use my creativity. I hope it will be a part of their life for a long time! 

My art room was barely big enough. The painting stretched form one wall to the other! 

My art room was barely big enough. The painting stretched form one wall to the other! 

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My creative husband

We searched high and low for a chandelier to match our rustic/industrial decor. We couldn't find anything without paying an arm and leg for it. So Andrew created a one of a kind, original chandelier that's absolutely stunning!  

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A few people asked him for directions so he even did a write up for the ambitious people:

It should only take about 4-5 hours, but requires some basic circuitry knowledge and wiring skill.

SUPPLIES:

Wire pendant lamp
http://fab.com/product/wire-pendant-i-341593

Antique light bulbs
http://www.1000bulbs.com/category/antique-light-bulbs/

Brass chain
http://www.lowes.com/pd_348466-40391-AC5081C_0__?productId=4222721

Also needed are 25 feet of black lamp wire, two 5-foot 1x4 wood boards, wood stain, two 4-foot sections of steel bar stock, anchors for the chain (I used some decorative drawer handles), electrical tape, and two 1/4" eye bolts. Tools included power drill/driver, and a couple of pairs of pliers for the wiring segment (I broke my pair of wire strippers a while back so I had to do it the hard way), and a staple gun.

ASSEMBLY:
Cut boards to size if required
Drill proper number of holes to accommodate your desired number of lamps
Stain boards with wood stain or oil
Let dry...meanwhile...
Disassemble the mounting hardware for the wire pendant lamps
Save one set of mounting hardware to hang the finished chandelier by
Determine the hanging length of your lamps. We decided to do a semi-random pattern with three different lengths
Mark the proper spot on the lamp wiring commensurate with hanging length
Take steel bar stock and drill mounting holes through the ends, and one hole through the center of each to create a solid X shape. Mount a nut and bolt through the center to prevent it from collapsing
Once boards are dry...
Mount the steel X to the top of the frame (see pics). Don't cover any wiring holes
Drill through the ceiling cap and place the two eye bolts on both sides of center
Mount equal lengths of chain from the corners of the wood boards to the ceiling cap eyebolts and drawer handles. Use Pythagorean if you want to determine an exact length of chain beforehand.
Now begin wiring. If you're not familiar or comfortable with splicing wires, read another guide on the basics of it. The polarity of the lamp wire isn't important, so that part is easy. Just splice power in, power out, and lamp wire at each junction and you're in business. But seriously if you haven't done it before read up on it first. 
Wire everything up, staple loose wires down along the center of each board to keep it neat.
Once wiring is done, get up high and wire the main cable to the chandelier socket you're replacing. Then take the mounting hardware from one of the pendant lamps, install the base plate, and screw the chandelier in until it is snug against the ceiling and secure.

Enjoy your new homemade lamp/chandelier!

Assembly pics:

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Bringing an idea to life

I get so excited when someone sends me a vision and their ideas and then gives me the freedom to go from there. That's when my creativity comes to life and the ideas overcome me. When I lay down to sleep and close my eyes, I imagine the painting coming to life, the vibrant colors, the strokes of the paint brush, the finished piece. Of course I can't invision what the painting will exactly look like but I can dream.

I almost create a relationship with the painting. So many hours go into the painting, so many thoughts, so many strokes, so many hours of listening to Pandora. Once I finish the painting I'm overcome with a huge feeling of accomplishment and then the hard parts...

Sometimes it's tough giving the completed painting to the client because I feel like I'm giving up part of myself. But then I think about how many years that painting will hang on their wall and how many memories will be created. I hope that it can bring happiness to their life and impact their life in a positive way.

Even tougher than handing the painting over, is sharing the painting with others so that all can judge. When I push that submit button to share to all my fans and the closest people to me, I just hope they love it as much as I do.

The picture:
A rough draft mockup of a painting I will be doing in the next few weeks. It'll be huge, 12 feet long. The couple want it to be the focal point of the room (how could it not be, being so large). They plan on decorating the room around the painting. Talk about pressure...but I live for the challenge and the end piece.

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The winners of the "Where's Waldo?" contest

Thanks to everyone who participated and all the wonderful compliments about the new website!! 36 people found Waldo. 

The first person to find Waldo (in under 5 mins) and winner of a $30 store credit is Barbara Owens. The random winner of a $30 store credit is Lindsay Carlton. Remember, everyone who found Waldo will receive a 10% discount on new orders placed before Friday, 11/29. 

My favorite comment: "That was difficult!! I was actually squinting in the reflections of the Christmas ornaments at one point haha. And then when he showed up I was like omg he's huge compared to that!"

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Launch day! Where's Waldo?

There is a Where's Waldo hidden in one of the pictures in the galleries. When you find him send a message to me through the "order/request form" on the website telling me where he is. You have 2 hours (until 6PM today) to find Waldo. 

-The first person to find him receives a $30 store credit.
-A random person from all the submissions will also win a $30 store credit. 
-Everyone who participates will receive a 10% discount on NEW orders placed by Friday, 11/29. 

START SEARCHING! 

Making the change... from PIP to Airtistic

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Most people know my business as Paint It Pretty and some probably don't even know my name (by the way, it's Sara). Paint It Pretty has really become a part of me, so that begs the question... why?

I came up with the name Paint It Pretty shortly after getting married. For hours I would gaze at the inspiring Style Me Pretty for wedding ideas. When the time came for changing my business name from Sara Brady Artistry, Style Me Pretty must have been instilled in my head. So naturally I decided to play off that and came up with Paint It Pretty

However, when I decided on Paint It Pretty I had not idea that business would ever develop into what it is today. I figured it would still be a hobby and never turn into a full time job. So when my husband volunteered to make me a website, he asked "Are you keeping the same name?" I had never thought about changing my business name. It almost brought tears to my eyes with the thought of leaving Paint It Pretty behind. I felt like I was betraying my business and customers. Once I thought about it maturely, I realized it's just a name and even though I used Paint It Pretty to define my business, it was still the same old silly me who would be creating the art. 

When deciding on the name, my husband and I went through several possibilities, "Refined Palette", "Take it Easel" and then we came across the idea of "Airtistic". It was perfect! My doubts left me about changing my business name. I had wanted a name that meant more to me than just words. I wanted something to connect two huge parts of my life, painting and Air Force...Airtistic does just that!

Even though I changed the name of my business, I know my clients, friends and family will still be there along the path supporting me. Hello to all my new clients and friends and new beginnings.