We had a string of beautifully sunny days this week, but alas, it is spring, which means that the weather can turn at any moment.So, as I find myself sitting inside on this rainy Saturday, I can’t help but to daydream of warm sunny weekends, like this one, which we spent on San Juan Island last August.
San Juan Island is quaint, peaceful, and abundant with natural beauty.So, despite only spending a short 26 hours on the island, we were able to leave feeling both invigorated by what we explored, and restored by it’s relaxing nature.Here is how we spent our time…
I’ve always loved gold leaf pens, but have never ventured into using them on anything other than paper. When I finally decided that I needed to either spruce up this vase from Ikea (which I had held onto for a few years without use), or get rid of it (which of course, I didn’t want to do); gold leaf seemed like the perfect answer. The vase only needed a little pizazz; something to spice it up and validate it’s need for a place in our home. At the same time, I’d been looking for ways to add touches of gold within our décor. So, just like that, I had a win-win!
This project was simple; in it’s level of complexity, over-all project time, and materials.As you’ve likely assumed, all I did was draw a circle within the indented spaces.However, there were a couple of little steps that helped along the way.First, I colored the circles in a few stages, so that the ink could dry enough for me to hold it comfortably without creating smudges.Second, I didn’t worry too much about making the circles entirely opaque when first drawing them; instead, I made a second round to touch up those spots.Even with those extra couple of steps, this project only took a half an hour (and required no cleanup!).Hello, dream project!
Even before my touch-up round had a chance to completely dry, I had this vase placed in its new spot in our home. Not only am I happy that I found a way to keep it around, but have also found that brings a perfect little dose of interest and glamour to our living room.
As I admitted to in this post, I can be a bit of a hoarder when it comes to collecting items that ignite a little inspiration in me. Whether it is the graphics on a beer bottle label, or the font from a pizza box sticker, the potential for it to ignite inspiration in a future project makes my inner hoarder feel validated. (I’ll say that this isn’t necessary a shared mentality in our household though…)
I suppose what actually makes me feel like a hoarder, is the lack of storage that I have for said items. It’s challenging to seek inspiration when I’ve forgotten where I’ve stored my little scraps of inspiration. ‘Did I put it in my craft drawers? No.Maybe in my inspiration bin? No. Oh, that’s right, it’s in a pile near the mail. Of course!’ As you can imagine, halting a project to search for a piece of inspiration is a little counteractive.So, after far too long, I finally called ‘uncle’, and figured out a system.
I channeled my days working at a paper arts store, and came up with this simple book.It took no more than an hour, and will very likely save far more hours of what could have been wasted ‘search time’.More than that, it’s proven to be quite inspirational to have a tool that is so saturated without others creativity.
Here are the steps I took, if you need a little organization in your life too!
Welcome to Blanche & Thirteenth - a site that's one part craft, one part food, and one part lifestyle. I'm a mother, a creative, and a cuddle advocate; who has a deep appreciation for colorful food (mostly naturally occurring, but I like to strike a good balance ;-) and taking adventures. Join me as I find ways to get my hands a little dirty, fill up our bellies, and seek out celebration in daily life.
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