Around Here

Hello friends! 

I stopped posting Around Here posts a while back since my house wasn't changing too much. This is the longest I've lived somewhere since my childhood home, and somehow I'm not tired of it yet. Maybe it's because since G moved in last year we've been doing a lot of changes. Or maybe because other parts of my life have been hectic that having this restful place has been a relief. Whatever it is, it's nice to keep improving on a home.

I've been struggling a bit with a creative block that I can't seem to get through, hence the lack of blog posts. I was sick most of last week, had a series of busy weeks at work, and just can't bring myself to work on anything that I don't absolutely need to. Does that ever happen to you? I'm always on the look out for ways to motivate my brain, spark some creativity, and light a fire under myself. How do you stay motivated when you aren't feeling your best?

Easy Vinyl Wall Art

If you've ever seen my thrift/flea market find posts, you know that Tim is an avid record collector. Our collection started out pretty small, but in the past year or two has really grown into something we're both very thrilled about. We like to have a combination of artists we love, and great party music. I've been staring at this blank wall since we moved into this apartment but didn't want to spend a ton on art work for the space. Then I decided on this idea! Free, easy wall art that also displays some of our favorite records!

This little project is so easy. Actually, figuring out the placement and which records to display is the hardest part! Attach binder clips to the records you want to hang and use a nail to hang them on the wall. I wanted to choose covers that I loved, and different genres of music.

I'm pretty in love with the result. And I didn't have to spend a ton on artwork for the space. Win win. 

Do you display any nontraditional collections in your home?

September Around Here

Just a couple snapshots from around our home recently. September has been good to us thus far and I'm starting to come around to this Fall thing. The change of seasons has been pretty good for my attitude and creative energy. I've got some fun DIYs and recipes right around the corner that are perfect for chilly Fall nights. As much as I love summer, Fall is a pretty close second.

This weekend, Tim and I are planning a little camping extravganza, and I'm mighty excited! I'm sure I've have some photos to share.

PS: Has anyone ordered Printic before? We had a little housewarming gathering and a friend took a bunch of photos and surprised me with a stack of photos. I was very impressed with the quality, and it was kind of the cutest present ever. Can't wait to figure out a little project to display them!

Washi Tape Striped Wall

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I knew that I wanted to do something powerful in our tiny downstairs bathroom. It's so tiny and so, so boring. I thought about painting it, maybe chalkboard paint or polka dots, but having to repaint that cramped little space seemed like a hassle in 10 months when we might move again. And then I saw this post by A Beautiful Mess and a lightswitch clicked on. Washi tape stripes! Yes! Cue the epic music!

I'm telling you our powder room is tiny (so I apoligize for the one-angled photos, that's the only angle there is.) and now it just feels special. The tape lays very flush with the wall and looks pretty much just like paint, but when we move we can easily just peel that off and move on with our lifes. And it was much cheaper than renter's wallpaper.

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The hardest part was just starting. I ordered mt x CASA Interior Washi Tape in black over a month ago, but the project felt very overwhelming and math-focused. I would get all excited at work thinking about taking it on when I got home, then would get home and think about all that measuring and my brain would start to hurt. So one day when I had off from work, I decided to just do it

I started trying to line the tape up with the side of the wall and quickly realized the walls were not straight. To make that less evident, I put my first piece in the corner with half on the side wall and half on the actual wall I was doing. That hid that it wasn't perfectly straight. 

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My process was to semi-wing it, semi-use the flat-edge from my fabric cutting mat (but any ruler would do). After getting the first stripe down, I measured about 4 inches, made a mark and started laying the next stripe. From there, I eyeballed it. Since the tape was wide, I found it hard to match any marks I made to keep it straight all the way down. And it didn't need to be perfect, I'm certainly no perfectionist. And, it ended up coming out pretty straight anyway! (A+)

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Getting the tape to lay flat is tricky and take a few mess-ups to get right. You have to move slowly and start at the top and work your way down. I found it helped to keep the roll in my hands parallel to the ground and not pull one side further than the other. Smooth out any air bubbles as you go, pushing them down or to either side. A few times I ended up with small creases, but just rub them until they are flat enough to be unnoticeable. 

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After all the stripes are up, use an Exacto knife to make a clean cut at the ceiling, side, and bottom. 

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And that's it! I'm very much loving it and for how long I put this project off, it was fairly easy!

Crate Shelf

After getting my hands on this old crate, I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do with it. I thought I might turn it into a little shelving unit, but in our old apartment we didn't really have anywhere to hang it, or anything to put in it. After moving, I realized that we had the perfect place for the crate hanging over our bar and it could hold some salt and pepper shakers that were currently homeless.

Tim finally got around to hanging it on Sunday and I couldn't be happier. We hopefully will be adding a small shelf in the center of the crate, but right now, I'm happy with it. And now my salt and pepper shakers have a home and aren't in the way anymore. Double success!

All we did to hang the crate was attach two heavy-duty picture hangers on the back and hang on two nails in the wall. If you wanted to put something heavier in the crate, you might want to make sure it won't pull out from the wall. Since mine is just holding small odds and ends, the picture hangers will work just fine.

Have you done anything fun with crates?