Saturday, April 11, 2015

How to Use Window Treatments with Plantation Shutters -0-

Last week I recieved an email from a reader who has plantation shutters throughout her whole home. She wanted to know how to still incoporate some type of window treatments with her shutters. 

This is actually a challenge I run into quite a lot with my own clients. You probably know that I LOVE window treatments so I'm constantly trying to think of ways to get around the plantation shutter issue and still get some pattern and color on the windows! 

One idea is to just do curtains. You can still open your shutters if needed but you still get all the pretty pattern and texture of fabric! 



The curtains and shutters are working seamlessly together in the above pictures. 

Another option is to do a roman shade over the shutters. 


This photo is from a space I've been working on a for awhile. My client and I decided to built a custom window bench in her bay window. Because we brought the seat to the base of the windows it made it feel like there was SOOOO much space between the top of the window and the ceiling. So we made extra long window shades and had them mounted about two feet above the window to make the windows appear taller than they actually are. 

You can totally use a roman shade on a window with plantation shutters. Since they really are only for looks and not for function you don't even need to use as much fabric. Just use what you need to create that nice folded shade look. 


photo from the Salt Lake Parade of Homes designed by Ivory Homes

The other thing to keep in mind is that you'll have to do an outside mount. You can't mount the shade inside your window or you won't be able to open your shutters. 

photo from the Salt Lake Parade of Homes designed by Ivory Homes

Window treatments know no bounds! 

Do any of you have plantation shutters and if so how have you addressed this issue? 

Feature Friday: Living The Swell Life -0-

I love stumbling across beautiful and happy home tours when I'm searching for Feature Fridays. Jessica from the blog Living the Swell Life feels so peaceful I just want to curl up on her slipcovered sofa and start a craft project! I hope you love it too. Here is what she says she loves most about her home:

Hello! My name is Jessica from Living the Swell Life and I feel so blessed to share a peek at my home here today!  I live in Minneapolis, where I share this cottage with my husband, two kiddos, and cat.  It is the perfect place for us--not too big or too small.  All of the built-ins and molding add so much charm and it is so special to come home to this lovely space.  I love that our home has a history and I like to think that our little family plays a part in it.  The decorating is fairly simple and straightforward because I like having openness and spaces to breathe--too much clutter stresses me out!  I try to rotate the pieces on the shelves and mantle with each season--it is the only time anything gets dusted around here. Most of our furniture is either a family heirloom or picked up from Craigslist or flea markets (with the exception of the sofa and mattresses!).  Although this space of ours is a work in progress, it is the perfect space for our family to grow, work, and play.  Thank you Kirsten for the honor of sharing it today! 

Enjoy! 

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Thanks so much to Jessica for sharing her home with us. Make sure you check out her blog here.

2012 HD FLSTSE3 CVO Softail Convertible, Insurance Information -0-

2012 Harley Davidson FLSTSE3 CVO Softail Convertible
Harley-Davidson pictures, specifications, insurance, accident lawyers information


2012 Harley Davidson
FLSTSE3 CVO Softail Convertible
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2012 Harley-Davidson FLSTSE3 CVO Softail Convertible Review

A touring machine with the soul of a cruiser. Master the road in custom comfort or strip down to cruise the boulevard cool and clean.

The Harley-Davidson® CVO™ Softail® Convertible is a limited-production custom motorcycle that can be configured for all-day touring, two-up cruising or solo profiling by adding or detaching key components, which can be easily removed or installed without tools.

The Softail® rear suspension mimics the clean lines of a vintage hardtail frame but offers the comfort of modern suspension that is hidden under the chassis.

The Harley-Davidson® CVO™ Softail® Convertible is a limited-production custom motorcycle that can be configured for all-day touring, two-up cruising or solo profiling by adding or detaching key components, which can be easily removed or installed without tools.

The Softail® rear suspension mimics the clean lines of a vintage hardtail frame but offers the comfort of modern suspension that is hidden under the chassis. The rigid powertrain allows tight packaging of the engine and frame and creates a solid connection between the rider and the power that moves the motorcycle.

2012 CVO Softail Convertible: Detachable compact fairing, saddlebags, passenger pillion and backrest make it possible to transform the CVO Softail Convertible from touring to cruising format in minutes. For 2012, a redesigned windshield significantly reduces turbulence to the rider and integrates a Road Tech™ zumo 660 GPS Navigator with an MP3 player. Turn-by-turn voice commands play over the two-speaker audio system. The detachable leather saddlebags match the seat and passenger backrest in either distressed brown leather or black leather with reptile inserts. A welded mini-ape handlebar adds a custom touch. Electronic cruise control, keyless ignition and an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) provide touring functionality. Three new color combinations are available.

2012 Harley-Davidson FLSTSE3 CVO Softail Convertible Model Highlights

NEW Three exclusive paint schemes:
- Crimson Red Sunglo with Scarlet Crystal Graphics
- Abyss Blue with Catacomb Graphics
- Satin Pewter with Catacomb Graphics
NEW Detachable fairing with improved wind protection
NEW Garmin® 660 with integrated MP3 player
NEW Detachable, lockable, sealing Leather saddlebags with distressed brown leather (satin pewter only) or reptile inserts
NEW Custom leather seat, removable passenger pillion, and detachable stylized passenger upright and backrest pad with distressed brown leather (satin pewter only) or reptile inserts
- Electronic throttle control with cruise control standard
- Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) standard
- Chrome, 1.25-inch internally-wired welded mini-ape handlebar
- Keyless ignition system with CVO™ backlit medallion on the tank console
- Extended jiffy leg
- Mirror Chrome Aluminum Stinger Custom wheels, 18-inch, with matching Stinger chrome sprocket and Stinger floating brake rotors
- Digital speedometer and analog tachometer with gray satin tint aluminum face
- High-flow Ventilator engine air intake with leather on insert and rain sock
- Color-coordinated frame and swingarm, frame inserts, and horseshoe oil tank
- Screamin’ Eagle® Twin Cam 110B™ Granite powder-coated powertrain with 110 Screamin’ Eagle® identifiers on cylinder heads
- Rumble Collection grips, rider floor boards, passenger peg, shifter pegs, brake pedal pad and mirrors

2012 Harley-Davidson FLSTSE3 CVO Softail Convertible Key Features and Benefits

- Chrome Accessories
- Clutch line and brake line clamps
- Shorty chrome dual-exhaust with slashdown mufflers and heat shields
- Headlight trim ring, nacelle and back plate
- Front sliders and upper fork slider covers
- Wheel spacers
- Handlebar risers and caps
- Shifter, rear brake lever and forward control mounts
- Voltage regulator
- Rear brake master cylinder cover
- Switch housings
- Upper belt guard and debris deflector
- Sprocket bolt covers
- Valve stem caps
- Front and rear axle nut covers
- Pivot shaft covers
- Black high-torque 1.4kW starter
- High-performance clutch with hydraulic actuation
- Harley-Davidson® Smart Security System

Specifications/Technical Details

US MSRP Price: $29,699 USD

Dimensions
Length 94.9 in. (2410 mm)
Overall Width 35.8 in. (909 mm)
Overall Height 52.7 in. (1290 mm)
Seat Height:
- Laden2 24.4 in. (620 mm)
- Unladen 26.2 in. (665 mm)
Ground Clearance 4.3 in. (109 mm)
Rake (steering head) 32°
Fork Angle 31°
Trail 5.8 in. (147 mm)
Wheelbase 64.2 in. (1631 mm)

Tires (Dunlop® Harley-Davidson® Series, radial blackwall front and rear):
- Front – D408 130/70R18 63V
- Rear – D407 200/50R18 76V
Fuel Capacity 5.0 gal. (18.9 L) (warning light at approximately 1.0 gal.)
Oil Capacity (w/filter) 3.0 qts. (2.8 L)
Transmission Capacity 1.0 qt. (.95 L)
Primary Chain
Case Capacity 1.0 qt. (1.3 L)

Weight:
- As Shipped 761 lbs. (345.2 kg)
- In Running Order 788 lbs. (357.4 kg)
- Gross Vehicle Weight Rating 1160 lbs. (526.2 kg)
- Gross Axle Weight Rating:
- Front 430 lbs. (195.0 kg)
- Rear 730 lbs. (331.1 kg)

Engine
Engine Air-cooled, Twin Cam 110B™
Valves Pushrod-operated, overhead valves with hydraulic, self-adjusting lifters; two-valves per cylinder
Bore x Stroke 4 in. x 4.38 in. (101.6 mm x 111.3 mm)
Displacement 110 cu. in. (1802 cc)
Compression Ratio 9.15:1
Fuel System3 Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Air Cleaner Ventilator intake with chrome cover, fiberglass media, washable exposed element with rain sock
Lubrication System Pressurized, dry-sump

Drivetrain
Primary Drive Chain, 34/46 ratio
Final Drive Belt, 32/66 ratio
Clutch Hydraulically actuated, 9-plate wet, with high-performance spring
Transmission 6-Speed Cruise Drive®
Gear Ratios (overall): U.S.
- 1st 9.31 1
- 2nd 6.454
- 3rd 4.793
- 4th 3.882
- 5th 3.307
- 6th 2.79

Chassis
Frame Mild steel, tubular frame; rectangular section backbone; stamped, cast and forged junctions; MIG welded; color coordinated with vehicle
Swingarm Mild steel tube sections; forged junctions; MIG welded; color coordinated with vehicle
Front Forks 41.3 mm telescopic, chrome upper fork-slider covers
Rear Shocks Hidden, horizontal-mounted, coil-over
Wheels4: Mirror Chrome Stinger™ Custom Wheels
- Front 18 in. x 3.5 in. (457 mm x 89 mm)
- Rear 18 in. x 6 in. (457 mm x 152 mm)

Brakes:
- Caliper Type 4-piston fixed front; 2-piston floating rear
- Rotor Type (diameter x width): Single floating Stinger™ waved rotor
- Front 11.5 in. x .2 in. (292 mm x 5 mm)
- Rear 11.5 in. x .23 in. (292 mm x 6 mm)
- Anti-lock Braking System: Standard

Suspension Travel:
- Front Wheel 5.1 in. (130 mm)
- Rear Wheel 3.3 in. (84 mm)

Performance
Engine Torque5 (per J1349):
- North America 105 ft. lbs. @ 2750 RPM (142.359 Nm @ 2750 RPM)
Lean Angle (per J1168):
- Right 26°
- Left 26°

Fuel Economy6 (EPA urban/highway test) 45 mpg (5.2 L/100 km)

COLOR OPTIONS
Custom Colors
- Crimson Red Sunglo with Scarlet Crystal graphics
- Abyss Blue with Catacomb graphics
- Satin Pewter with Catacomb graphics

PRICING
U.S. MSRP $29,699

Electric
Battery (per Battery Council International Rating)
Sealed, maintenance-free, 12V, 19-amp/hour, 315 cca
Charging Three-phase, 38-amp system (439W @ 13V, 2000 RPM, 489W max power @ 13V)
Starting 1.4kW electric with solenoid shift starter motor engagement

Lights (as per country regulation):
- Headlamp (quartz halogen) 55-watt low beam, 60-watt high beam
- Rear Tail/Stop Lights 8W/28W self-canceling
- Front Signal Lights 8W/28W self-canceling
- Indicator Lamps: High-beam, neutral, low oil pressure, turn signals, engine diagnostics, security system7, 6-speed, low fuel
warning, cruise control, ABS

Warranty
Warranty8 24 months (unlimited mileage)
Service Interval9 First 1000 miles (1600 km), every 5000 miles (8000 km) thereafter








Motorcycle Insurance Information
www.statefarm.com

State Farm® has offered motorcycle insurance for 40 years

Protection for the Open Road

The open road is always an adventure. You never know what might be around the bend. So make sure you're prepared for whatever the road has in store for you, with a State Farm motorcycle insurance policy.

Motorcycles Covered by State Farm
We will consider any factory-built motorcycle, motorscooter, and other two or three-wheel vehicles including minibikes and trail bikes licensed for use on public roads.

Available Coverage Options
= Bodily injury to someone else or property damage that you accidentally caused while riding your motorcycle. =
= Bodily injury to yourself because of an accident with an uninsured motorist. =
= Damage to your motorcycle caused by an accident. =
= Theft, fire, vandalism, and other losses even while your motorcycle is in storage for the winter. =
= Customization work, such as paint or upgraded components =
= Attached side cars. =

Note: This is only a general description of available coverages and is not a statement of contract. All coverages are subject to policy provisions and applicable endorsements. For further information on motorcycle insurance see a State Farm Agent.


Friday, April 10, 2015

Quilt Show at Heather's Fabric Shelf in Kamloops -I-

We have been busy working on our new interchangeable jewelry line for this year.  We should have a nice selection ready for our first show in Kamloops coming up this Sunday on April 12.  The quilt show is put on by Heather's Fabric Shelf and is at the Holiday Inn just across the parking lot from their store.  We will be set up in the main lobby again together with Donna and Elsie from Donna's Yarn & Crafts.

Here is another sneak peek at more of our interchangeable jewelry pieces.


The art beads interchange on the pendant shown below and the pendant clips onto different types of cords for a different look.


The art bead cabachons can be switched out in the necklace base shown below.  Same necklace base but different cabachons give it a completely different look.



Are you curious about how these are created?  Well we are really excited about it and love this new concept.  So much so that we are already writing our tutorial and will be available soon.

Sevilla FC - FC Barcelona -I-


My Favorite Spring Floral Fabrics -0-



I am a HUGE floral fabric fan. If you can't tell I love myself a good floral. I feel like florals open up a world of opportunity in a room and they play off of geometrics so well. I've rounded up some of my favorite pretty fabrics for you today that would work seamlessly in any Spring inspired room. 


 1. Color Study Berry $23.99 a yard // 2. Whirlpool Summer $22.95 a yard // 3. Flora Impereralis Outdoor Summer $37.99 // Bird Print



1. Rosie Raspberry $28.98 a yard //  2. Waverly Bliss Clover $20.99 a yard // 3. Waverly Set in Spring Punch $14.98 per yard // 4. Ray of Sun Raspberry $20.98 // 5. Marissa Magenta $27.99 a yard 



1. Fantini Candy $17.49 a yard // 2. Ludovika Fabric $3.99 a yard // 3. Sakura Blossom $29.95 a yard 

If you enjoyed this post then you'll love my roundup of my favorite online fabric sources

Does anyone else love florals as much as I do?

Studio 5 -0-




Erin and I were on Studio 5 earlier this week sharing more insight into our install from last week! Check it out to get to see how we pulled off the space!

2012 HD FLHXSE3 CVO Street Glide Insurance Information -0-

2012 Harley Davidson FLHXSE3 CVO Street Glide
Harley-Davidson pictures, specifications, insurance, accident lawyers information


2012 Harley Davidson FLHXSE3 CVO Street Glide
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2012 Harley-Davidson FLHXSE3 CVO Street Glide Review

A low, lean and aggressive look, Screamin' Eagle® power and dynamic high-output audio make this the definitive hot-rod bagger

2012 CVO Street Glide: A high-performance bagger with a fork-mounted bat-wing fairing, the CVO Street Glide has enhanced audio performance with a two-amp/eight-speaker system that includes speakers in the fairing, fairing lowers, and now also in the saddlebag lids. Also new is a low-profile solo touring seat with an embossed insert pattern, detachable passenger pillion and backrest pad, and Diamond Cut Charcoal engine cover inserts and instrument faces. Three new color combinations are available.

The popular Street Glide® model, tuned up, tricked out and packed full of serious power and radical style, gives you the 2012 CVO™ Street Glide®. Loaded with chrome, attitude, amenities, including a custom two-piece solo FL seat and detachable pillion and a dynamic audio system with an integrated iPod and eight custom speakers driven by an additional 400 watts of audio power, the CVO Street Glide boasts a low, lean profile, aggressive look and fresh, custom-styling ideas, making it a true hot-rod bagger.

The CVO Street Glide is built on the innovative Harley-Davidson Touring chassis, based on a single-spar, rigid backbone frame and swingarm developed to withstand the demands of long-haul touring riders.

2012 Harley-Davidson FLHXSE3 CVO Street Glide Model Highlights

NEW Three exclusive paint schemes:
- Dark Slate/Black Diamond with Phantom Flame graphics
- Hot Citrus/Antique Gunstock with Phantom Flame graphics
- Ruby Red/Typhoon Maroon with Phantom Flame graphics
NEW Custom low profile, solo leather touring seat with an embossed pattern
NEW Matching detachable passenger pillion and passenger backrest pad
NEW High-output amplified audio system with 100 watts of power per channel (400 watts total) and eight custom speakers
NEW New saddlebag lids molded to hold custom 5-inch x 7-inch speakers with bridged tweeters
NEW Diamond Cut, Charcoal faces on speedometer, tachometer and 2-inch gauges
NEW Diamond Cut, Charcoal inserts for timer cover, derby cover and ignition switch
NEW Custom console insert with chrome CVO™ emblem and LED back light
- 19-inch, 7-spoke Mirror Chrome Agitator Custom front wheel and Agitator floating brake rotors with chrome center web
- Side-fill fuel tank with chrome flush-mount
LED fuel gauge and flush-mount cap
- 8GB Apple® iPod nano and iPod® holder
- Color-matched components include: fairing lowers with speaker housings, license plate
light cover, saddlebag latch covers and rear strut covers
- Smoked, 7-inch Electra Glide® wind deflector
- Customer Care package that includes a tool kit, microfiber detail cloth, and H-D® jiffy stand coaster
- Hydraulic rear shocks with hand-adjustable preload
- Twin Cam 110™ granite powder-coated powertrain with 110 Screamin’ Eagle® identifiers on cylinder heads
- Rumble Collection includes grips, rider floorboard inserts, passenger and shifter pegs, and brake pedal pad

2012 Harley-Davidson FLHXSE3 CVO Street Glide Key Features and Benefits

- Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS)
- Electronic Cruise Control
- Smoked turn signal lenses with amber bulbs
- Carry-out saddlebag liners
- Injection-molded, extended saddlebags, full depth with contoured bottoms and increased storage
- Color-matched rear fascia panel incorporates LED stop/turn/tail lights
- Chrome Accessories
- Voltage regulator
- Classic front axle nut covers
- Lower triple tree cover
- Front wheel spacer
- Valve stem cover caps
- Dipstick
- Rider footboard supports
- Passenger footboard supports
- Black high-torque 1.4kW starter
- High-performance clutch with hydraulic actuation
- Harley-Davidson® Smart Security System

Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $32,699 USD

Dimensions
Length 96.2 in. (2443 mm)
Overall Width 38.4 in. (975 mm)
Overall Height 54.3 in. (1379 mm)
Seat Height:
- Laden2 26.5 in. (673 mm)
- Unladen 27.4 in. (696 mm)
Ground Clearance 5.1 in. (130 mm)
Rake (steering head) 26°
Fork Angle 29.3°
Trail 6.7 in. (470 mm)
Wheelbase 63.5 in. (1613 mm)

Tires (Dunlop® Harley-Davidson® Series, bias blackwall front and rear):
- Front – D408 130/60B19 61H
- Rear – D407 180/55B18 80H
Fuel Capacity 6.0 gal. (22.7 L) (warning light at approximately 1.0 gal.)
Oil Capacity (w/filter) 4.0 qts. (3.8 L)
Transmission Capacity 1.0 qt. (.95 L)
Primary Chain
Case Capacity 1.4 qt. (1.3 L)

Weight:
- As Shipped 820 lbs. (371.9 kg)
- In Running Order 858 lbs. (389.2 kg)
- Gross Vehicle Weight Rating 1360 lbs. (616.9 kg)
- Gross Axle Weight Rating:
- Front 500 lbs. (226.8 kg)
- Rear 927 lbs. (420.5 kg)

Engine
Engine Air-cooled, Twin Cam 110™
Valves Pushrod-operated, overhead valves with hydraulic, self-adjusting lifters; two-valves per cylinder
Bore x Stroke 4 in. x 4.38 in. (101.6 mm x 111.3 mm)
Displacement 110 cu. in. (1802 cc)
Compression Ratio 9.15:1
Fuel System3 Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Air Cleaner Ventilator intake with chrome cover, fiberglass media, washable exposed element with rain sock
Lubrication System Pressurized, dry-sump

Drivetrain
Primary Drive Chain, 34/46 ratio
Final Drive Belt, 32/68 ratio
Clutch Hydraulically actuated, 9-plate wet with
high performance spring
Transmission 6-Speed Cruise Drive®
Gear Ratios (overall): U.S.
- 1st 9.593
- 2nd 6.65
- 3rd 4.938
- 4th 4
- 5th 3.407
- 6th 2.875

Chassis
Frame Mild steel; tubular frame, two-piece stamped and welded backbone; cast and forged junctions; twin down tubes; bolt-on rear frame with forged fender supports; MIG welded
Swingarm Mild steel; two-piece drawn and welded section; forged junctions; MIG welded
Front Forks 41.3 mm telescopic with blow-by valve
Rear Shocks Hydraulic, adjustable
Wheels4: Mirror Chrome Agitator Custom Wheels
- Front 19 in. x 3.5 in. (483 mm x 89 mm)
- Rear 18 in. x 5 in. (457 mm x 127 mm)

Brakes:
- Caliper Type 32 mm, 4-piston fixed front and rear
- Rotor Type (diameter x width): Dual floating rotors (front), fixed rotor (rear)
- Front (dual) 11.81 in. x .2 in. (300 mm x 5 mm)
- Rear 11.81 in. x .28 in. (300 mm x 7 mm)
- Anti-lock Braking System: Standard

Suspension Travel:
- Front Wheel 4.6 in. (117 mm)
- Rear Wheel 2 in. (51 mm)

Performance
Engine Torque5 (per J1349):
- North America 118 ft. lbs. @ 3750 RPM (159.9844 Nm @ 3750 RPM)

Lean Angle (per J1168):
- Right 32°
- Left 30°

Fuel Economy6 (EPA urban/highway test) 41 mpg (5.7 L/100 km)

COLOR OPTIONS
Custom Colors
- Dark Slate/Black Diamond with Phantom Flame graphics
- Hot Citrus/Antique Gunstock with Phantom Flame graphics
- Ruby Red/Typhoon Maroon with Phantom Flame graphics

PRICING
U.S. MSRP $32,699

Electric
Battery (per Battery Council International Rating)
Sealed, maintenance-free, 12V, 28-amp/hour, 270 cca
Charging Three-phase, 50-amp system (585W @ 13V, 2000 RPM, 650W max power @ 13V)
Starting 1.4 kW electric with solenoid shift starter motor engagement

Lights (as per country regulation):
- Headlamp (dual bulb halogen) 55-watt low beam, 120-watt high beam
- Turn Signal Lights 28W self-canceling
- Rear Tail/Stop Lights Combination LED
- Indicator Lamps: High beam, neutral, running lights, turn signals, low oil pressure, engine diagnostics, cruise control, security system7, 6-Speed, low fuel warning, ABS

Warranty
Warranty8 24 months (unlimited mileage)
Service Interval9 First 1000 miles (1600 km), every 5000 miles (8000 km) thereafter




Motorcycle Insurance Information
www.statefarm.com
State Farm® has offered motorcycle insurance for 40 years
Protection for the Open Road
The open road is always an adventure. You never know what might be around the bend. So make sure you're prepared for whatever the road has in store for you, with a State Farm motorcycle insurance policy.

Motorcycles Covered by State Farm
We will consider any factory-built motorcycle, motorscooter, and other two or three-wheel vehicles including minibikes and trail bikes licensed for use on public roads.

Available Coverage Options
= Bodily injury to someone else or property damage that you accidentally caused while riding your motorcycle. =
= Bodily injury to yourself because of an accident with an uninsured motorist. =
= Damage to your motorcycle caused by an accident. =
= Theft, fire, vandalism, and other losses even while your motorcycle is in storage for the winter. =
= Customization work, such as paint or upgraded components =
= Attached side cars. =

Note: This is only a general description of available coverages and is not a statement of contract. All coverages are subject to policy provisions and applicable endorsements. For further information on motorcycle insurance see a State Farm Agent.



Thursday, April 9, 2015

DIY Gold Leaf Monogram Art -0-


Today we have fun tutorial from my contributor, Brittany! She is constantly coming up with great projects on her blog, brittanyMakes. I LOVE her latest DIY project and I think you will to! 

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  Hey friends! Today I'm going to share with you a very simple art project that will definitely add a little bling to your home.  This project is twist on traditional art, we're going to use sheets of gold foil and school glue to get that custom, shiny, gorgeous look of gold with some pure satisfaction of creating the piece yourself. 



Here are the supplies you need:


First, stencil out your letter or shape of choice.  Using a paint brush, fill the shape with a light coat of school glue.



Next, cover the letter with one layer of gold foil.  Let the whole thing dry for a couple hours, you want the glue completely dry before brushing away the excess.  Once the glue is dry, take a soft artist brush and gently brush away the excess gold foil.  You'll be surprised how easily the foil will just fall from the edge of the letter.   This is the moment when you grab your broom or vacuum, because you'll need it to pick up all the gorgeous gold foil dust!  Or you can do as I do and let your dogs sniff the gold leaf as it falls from the paper, they end up with gold bits stuck to their noses (it's so cute!) :)



Lastly, trim and frame your masterpiece and display in your favorite spot - in your kitchen, on your mantel, or at your desk! You obviously aren't limited to one letter with this project, try spelling out words like "LOVE" or "HOME", or drawing a large object such as a big heart.

Thank you again Kirsten for sharing this project.  Enjoy!




Learn about all of my great contributors on my Meet The Team Page
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Hi! I'm Brittany from the blog brittanyMakes, where I journal my adventures in DIY projects ranging from everyday home decor to handmade jewelry, from tips in photography to stories of bulldogs, and everything else in-between.   I am a fierce accountant by day and a zealous DIYer by night.  I spend my time balancing my love for home decor and design with the everyday responsibilities of my corporate day job.  My main mission is to inspire my readers to do what they love, take risks, and above all, to exercise their creative muscles!