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Desk Makeover

Hello WordPress Universe!

I am really excited about this project! It all started when I found this old Ikea desk on Kijiji for $20 (& that included delivery!). The shape is great and I loved that it was real wood however, it had a couple scratches and the tone was a little “blah”.

My colour inspiration came from this lovely buffet table (which I found on… You guessed it! Pinterest):

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I went to The Home Depot and spent $25 on a roller, small paintbrush, sandpaper and some CIL Semi-Gloss paint.

The rest was easy enough.. I sanded down the furniture, wiped it clean and did a couple coats. The key to this project was patience and letting the paint dry before the second coat! I didn’t wait quite long enough and ended up scraping off some of the first coat in the process… Ooops!

I am in LOVE with my new desk; Now I just need a beautiful iMac to set on top of it!

Thanks for reading :)

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Home Office Inspiration

Like everyone else, I have been consumed with browsing Pinterest lately… It even brought out a side of me that is interested in interior design (which I never knew existed!). I’m still not crazy about the manual labour that goes into decorating however, I enjoy looking at pictures. Currently, my dining room table is doubling as a desk but I’m working on it! 

Here’s a collection of drool-worthy workspaces:

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Project #19: Triangles (Photoshop CS6 Beta)

I came across this image on Pinterest and thought it would be a fun and easy project.

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You might recognize my original photo (I’m not much of a photographer unfortunately):

To create even triangles, I traced the Triangle Symbol and used the Polygonal Lasso Tool to trace the shape.  I copied and pasted some parts of the image to different locations in addition to adding some coloured and patterned triangles. (I got the patterns for free from the Creative Market.) This is my finished product:

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WordPress, I missed you.

Hello!
It feels like it has been forever since I was last able to post! We went up to Yellowknife to visit family for a couple weeks and the internet connections up there are less than favourable (as was the weather haha).

   

I hope everyone had a great Easter!  While I was gone I was nominated for TWO awards and I am so excited and flattered! Jessica Thornburgh nominated me for a Liebster Award on her blog and Lynda Crawford (not related as far as I know!) nominated me for a Versatile Blogger Award :) On Jessica’s blog you can find everything from Home Decor DIY Tutorials to her Oil Paintings to Logo Designs & Lynda can take a picture of anything and make it look cool. Take the time to visit their blogs, I promise you will not be dissapointed!

As for me.. I just downloaded the Photoshop CS6 Beta trial which I am stoked to test out & I will hopefully be posting some new projects in the not too distant future!  I have also been somewhat obsessed with Interior Design lately and some of my decorating projects may find their way to my blog. You can see my collection of inspiration on Pinterest if you are interested in Home Decor.

Thanks again to everyone who has been visiting my blog & nominating me for awards! It means a lot!

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Project #17: Make a Header for Heather (Adobe Illustrator)

As I mentioned in my previous post, my project this week was to make a blog banner for Heather (Thorn in My Heart). It took me longer than I anticipated… There is a big difference between creating something for yourself and creating something for someone else. Heather gave me some ideas of what she would like to be included in her header: her blog title of course, a cross, a heart, Damask print, Scroll Work, Paisley and purple.  The first thing I did was google Damask print & Scroll Work to find out what they were haha. I then compiled some images for inspiration:

 

The next step was making my own Damask print which I wrote about in my last post.

I then started a new 870×220 pixel document in Adobe Illustrator and got to work! I took some ideas from a pretty banner that I found on Pinterest:

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I visited the Lost Type Co-op for some awesome new fonts (Lavanderia & Airplane).  If you have not been to the Lost Type website yet, I would highly recommend checking it out! They have great fonts & you pay for them by donation; It’s a really neat concept.

This is the finished product:

I learned so much about using different brushes and applying different styles to images during this project. Also, I finally figured out that under “File” in Illustrator there is an option to “Save for Web & Devices”.  Since WordPress does not allow Illustrator files, I had been hitting “Print Screen” on my keyboard and saving them on Paint haha.

Heather: Let me know what you think! I would be more than happy to make any changes that you would like & I won’t be offended if you choose not to use it… It was great practice and lots of fun to make!

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