Thursday, December 22, 2011

DIY: Spray Shirt

I have way too much time on my hands. That should be pretty evident by how many times I post here a day. Whatever. A problem for another day! Because for now, it's DIY time :)
I've noticed of late that I'm having a hard time finding shirts I really like. My grandmother gave me an entire bag of clothes last summer, and I hadn't even done anything with any of them. I found this plain blue shirt in the bag, and had a sort of midnight too much caffeine for one day idea.
I'm usually not one for band T-shirts: I hate it when people sport them after hearing maybe two of the songs from the artists. But I recently found this Au Revoir Simone and fell in love. It's the subject of my little needle point! (see one post down) So like any compulsive, I went on youtube, found a playlist with 50 of their songs, and hit play. I must say, it was one of the most charming experiences I've had recently. I don't know if I've ever taken to a band so quickly. SO! With materials from my "Good Morning to You" painting (again, see one post down), I made my own little Au Revoir Simone homage. If you'd like something similar, this all you need :)

MATERIALS
-Shirt of basic color/pattern
-Stencil letters. Mine are from Hobby Lobby. They were five dollars and I've already used them for three projects.
-Black spray paint. Go to Home Depot. They have the beautiful gift of 99 cent black and white spray paint. 

It's pretty easy from there! Just lay down your letters and spray :) Make sure you are, of course, doing this in a well ventilated area, where there is no way to stain anything important. Like, I don't know, outside.
I hope you have fun with the idea, and until next time, let the moon sweep down to meet you.

-Trina Belle

Then the moon elbowed the stars

My new apartment has given me reason to decorate. I decorated my dorm, but I had to share the room with my room mate. Now I have my OWN room, and can put all the tacky decorations up that I want. I just posted about my dream catcher fetish, so I figured I might show some of the other things from my room.

These two are recent finished products: I'm on winter break and kind of got stung with the creativity bug. Mostly out of boredom. I won't lie to myself. The word painting is from a promotional double canvas pack from Hobby Lobby. It was really inexpensive, and I was excited! I splattered a few colors on the canvases, and then used some word stencil letters and spray painted over them. They're still crooked, despite my best efforts to make them not crooked. I don't have a level, so the wall is kind of at my mercy.
The birdie painting I did just today! I had some left over matte board, and I needed something to go over my mirror, and love the cute little birds on a stick silhouette.
This is an older piece that I finished when we first moved into the new place. I saw a ton of these melted crayon art pieces floating around the internet, and decided my room needed some color and my hair dryer needed some abuse. This was a really easy one to make, but it was such a mess!!! I got colored wax all over my bathroom.
Last but not least, is my tiny song-lyric needlepoint. My thrift store has bags full of fabric, yarn, and other crafty stuff. This little needlepoint kit was in one of the bags I picked up. It was supposed to be a little candy cane for Christmas, and at first I thought about throwing it out. But then I thought I'd try some needlepointing. No, it's not a word. Don't hate. I found some Au Revoir Simone lyrics that I loved, and stitched them on. It's really small, but I like it a lot :)
Thanks so much for checking out a few of my decorations! I'll add some more later on. Until next time, let your house turn into paper cranes and watch it fly away.

-Trina Belle

How does one catch a dream?

I love dream catchers. Ever since I was little, I've always slept better with one above my head. I know, I know, it sounds corny. At least I know I'm corny. Anyway, I've recently moved into an apartment for college. By recently, I mean like, 6 months ago. Still, it's my first living space that isn't controlled by parents or college officials. Which means I get to decorate!! So when I found this AMAZING tutorial from Lune Vintage I was freaking thrilled. I love the cool kind of look that the doily gives to the traditional dream catcher. I had to try it out.
I did, and couldn't believe how much I loved the result. I had a really hard time finding the doilies, which I couldn't believe. I live on the TN/GA border. Isn't that supposed to be granny knit central? The doilies that I finally found came from my local thrift store. I got two like the one above, an they are HUGE. Probably about 10in across. The feathers on this one are all from a duck pond right next to my house. All naturally shed and what not. It looks so great in the room, and they really make me feel at home in this new place.
This one I just finished today!! The hoop was much smaller, so it was easier to wrap. But the doily was long ago part of some other decoration, an was probably brushed with some glue, because, holy crap. It is stiff as a board. It was too rainy today to get more feathers from the pond, so instead, I used an imitation eagle feather from hobby lobby. I made the tassels from left over yarn. (Tutorial here)
If you're a dream catcher freak like I am, try this!! It's actually super easy, an just takes a whole lot of time. They make beautiful wall art, and they're a great way to take up some empty space in a room without making it too cluttered. I still have three doilies to make into dream catchers, so I'll probably post more later.
Until next time, come see the vampires of New York.

-Trina Belle