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[arty Sunday project]

I’m a little obsessed with Pinterest, and I always intend to make the things I pin, but usually don’t get around to it…until now! I have no art in my apartment, other than an impressionist-style painting of my first cat, Mr. Bojangles, which a friend made for me, so when I saw the DIY quotes on canvas, I knew I’d found my project! The amazing tutorial is here, but here’s a quick rundown, including some areas where you can LFMF*.

You’ll need:

  • – Acrylic (or spray) paint
  • – Paintbrushes (we used the ones with the foam tips, as opposed to the bristle brushes)
  • – Canvas
  • – Vinyl letters (the ones in the photos below are 2″) (available at Michael’s, Walmart, and Target)
  • – Old magazines, sheet music, books, etc.
  • – Mod Podge (I’d also suggest a glue stick)
  • – Some good quotes/your imagination!

1. Adhere the paper (or you could leave the canvas blank!) to the canvas. We used Mod Podge, but found it made the papers really soggy and caused the vinyl letters to rip the paper as they were lifted off. I’d suggest something drier (confession: I typed “dryer” and “drier” about 10 times before settling on “drier.” The word I’m going for is the one that means “less dry”) such as a glue stick or spray adhesive. For the “High Heels High Hopes” canvas, I used some sheet music. You may recognize it as Chopin’s Waltz in C# Minor. I love that piece! For the other one, I pulled a bunch of different pages with pinks and purples out of old magazines and stuck them together haphazardly.

2. Carefully (!) place the letters in the desired location. It helps to cut out the letters beforehand and try different layouts. However, if you’re impatient like me, you’ll just go with it. This is also the step where I cursed the “two ‘H’ per package” decision of the manufacturers of the letters, as well as the general floppiness of the ‘S’.

3. Paint the entire canvas with your chosen color. Do NOT get overzealous like I did and start haphazardly swirling the paintbrush all over the place, as it might (a) disrupt the papers you’ve so painstakingly glued, or (b) displace the vinyl letters. Start with a thin coat, and build from there. Let dry. (Perhaps while you enjoy some wine at the hot tub?)

[watching paint dry]

4. Once the paint has tried, carefully peel off the vinyl letters. A little bit of bleeding is ok; it doesn’t have to be perfect!

5a. Touch up any spots with the paint. The “over dress” canvas was victim to a lot of tearing once I pulled the vinyl letters off (we think it was due to the wetness of the Mod Podge/magazine combo) so I separated the ‘D’ and ‘R’ with some gray paint.

5b. Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge over the entire thing. Let dry.

6. Treat yo’ self! You made art!

*learn from my fail.


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Happy Friday, everyone! I had a rare non-court day, so I took full advantage:


Top: Odille at anthropologie (no longer available on the website, but my store had plenty!); Jeans & Necklace: j.crew (link is for the jeans); Shoes: Frye; Fingers: Zoya Shay; Toes: Savina Light Mist; Watch: Nixon; Rings: Madewell/Swarovski.

This top is so comfortable, and very forgiving! Plus, I love wearing red, perhaps in homage to the mother country (China, in case you were wondering). The jeans are the Matchstick from J.Crew, and I adore them. I like that the leg is narrow, but not tight, and the dark wash is incredibly versatile. I got these tailored specifically to wear with flats, but I put them on with my Frye heels and kind of loved the look. I probably will stick mainly with flats for these though. I don’t think they’d look right with wedges, but I guess we’ll see!

What I love about Savina and Zoya is that both are formaldehyde-free, and therefore don’t smell as gross as normal nail polish! Shay is a really pretty nude color, which is a major change from the neon shades I’ve been sporting lately, but having a judge comment on my nail color isn’t really in my career plan :).  The toenail polish would be the perfect “something blue” for a wedding. Speaking of wedding…we’re hosting a bridal/groom shower for one of the attorneys in my courtroom, and I was tasked with decorations. When one of my coworkers mentioned that she had a wedding themed pinata at her shower a few years ago, I knew I had to find one for R+R! Behold:



Isn’t this hilarious? Unfortunately, both the bride and groom have brown hair (and I’m pretty sure neither of them have neon pink skin), but this was the only one left at the restaurant (aptly named La Pinata). Please note that I’ve never actually eaten there, but it smelled yummy! I’ll update this post if I ever get back to eat there. Being from the midwest (and Asian) I’ve never actually filled a pinata. I bought a bunch of candy, temporary tattoos, and glow sticks, prompting the guy at Party City to say “I wanna come to your party.” Success??

Hope your weekend is filled with good music, love, and novelty pinatas!

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ruffle headband

I am obsessed with Rachel’s blog, Heart of Light, particularly with her ruffle headband tutorial.  I am also obsessed with headbands, handmade things, and saving money where I can, especially in preparation for San Diego’s Restaurant Week, where I intend to eat and drink like a champion.

In a fit of bravery, I decided to try making the ruffle headband.  I googled “Joanne Fabrics,” plugged the address into my new GPS (thanks Mom and Dad!) and spent about 40 minutes staring at fabric and fancying myself a competitor on “Project Runway” only minus Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, and the ability to conceptualize and create anything more complicated than a headband.  Here’s the progression of events:

Step 1:  Choose materials.  The tutorial featured a really pretty cotton/linen blend.  I couldn’t find anything comparable, so I settled for a quasi-“linen” and tulle, just because.   The downside is I unwisely chose white, which tends to make this look a little bridal, but on the upside, if I ever have that shotgun wedding in Vegas, my headpiece is all set to go.

Step 2:  Cut fabric into into 2-ish inch squares.  Commence freaking out when my squares look nothing like Rachel’s.

Step 3:  Pinch squares into “blooms.”  Feel slightly better about self, because it actually looks like a flower!  Receive incredulous stare from cat.

Step 4:  Wrap tulle layer around linen layer.  Decide that if all of the flowers include tulle, I will most certainly look like a bride/ballerina instead of teetering on the precipice between pretty, quirky accessory and crazy woman-child.

Step 5:  Repeat Steps 3-4 about 10 times.  Sew blooms onto ribbon.  Success!  However, upon closer inspection, (i.e., trying to tie the headband into my hair) I realized that I was unhappy with the width of the ribbon, so here’s bonus Step 6!  Also, I am well-aware that this shot makes the headband look not unlike a garter.  I guess one could add more flowers, use stretchy material, and call it a garter.  But that’s a little bit beyond my needs.

(Bonus) Step 6:  Pin ribbon, iron crease, sew edges together.  Realize I somehow managed to tie a knot in the back of my ribbon.  Bust out new seam-ripper.  Re-sew edges.  Success!  For my first foray into the handmade, I’m pretty proud of how this turned out.  I now feel ready to take on the world!

P.S.  Sorry I’m not wearing makeup, but it’s Sunday night 🙂  And yes, that’s my bathroom in the background.

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