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The best kind of diva…

May 19, 2010
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These ladies do NOT craft their own sunglasses and necklasses out of foam.

They’re just purely awesome, as is.

Are these famous people, or just should be?

Get off this blog! And get me a Diet Coke!

May 3, 2010

Because, thanks to my Make-my-own Diva Kit, I am now FIERCE and RUTHLESS.

Seriously though, this is a ridiculous concept. No diva would ever, ever make her own accessories. Though, I gotta say, those glasses are pretty fly.

Smart Chicks are Cooler

April 30, 2010

I liked this little wooden chart for children in homeschool. I was slightly nervous of the larger, intimidating mother hen preparing to sternly peck the head of the dubious, tiny chick. Possibly for failing Ethics??

On a slight tangent, homeschool makes me think of one of my favorite books, the Teenage Liberation Handbook (not available on Powell’s–linked to Amazon. Buy it locally!). It’s about why school is not only oppressive, but also contrary to our fantastic, sparkly human nature. Read it at any age!

Also, don’t fail at Ethics!

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Man-boy Tile

April 30, 2010

“It is rather hot in here, isn’t it? Perhaps I shall unbotton this foolishly warm gilded coat…”

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Thrift Decorating Part 3: How to Apply a Vinyl Wall Decal

April 29, 2010

For the final thrift-decorating post, here is a series of me putting up a vinyl wall print! I’ve actually done this extremely tedious but very rewarding task before, using Blik wall prints. (I hesitate  linking to a commercial website, but I appreciate their work, so, click with caution.) Those are fancy and well designed (read:expensive), and looked awesome when I put up a 6×4′ headboard complete with gold birds trilling on three Greek-style columns. On the other hand, this chair wall decal was $2 at Under One Roof! A good deal, I’d say.

Chair sticker on the floor, untouched

Here’s the step by step process that I used putting the print on my wall. I am not one of those people who’s good at small and detailed craft projects. I keep wandering off in frustration and eating snacks in between.  I tried my best to explain how the average person might do this, as opposed to what you do if you are on a fancy youtube video explaining the process. Here goes: 1) You’re supposed to smooth the entire plastic cover to the chair with a credit card, bonding the vinyl with the plastic sheath. It’s intended to adhere the vinyl to the plastic so you can lift it off. In reality, I don’t think it does much at all, but better safe than sorry.  This was boring and took forever. But it did make that crazy noise like walking in ski pants!

Using an actual credit card for legitimacy--until it began to shred!

2.) After you smooth it out, you have to carefully peel away the sticker. The decal should come up with the plastic, but every time I’ve done it, you sort of have to nudge the two together. It can be really tough to get all the smaller pieces up, because with each new section, it will stay stuck on the paper, not the plastic. Once you get a real big chunk though, you can pull a lot more of it up. It’s easy to rip though, so careful! 3.) Next, you smooth the decal onto a “clean” wall. I started to clean my wall, the paint began to come off. So my wall was dirty. When applying the sticker to the wall, the decal sticks more to itself than the wall. If you’re like me and you put the sticker on completely cockeyed, you can take it off quickly and then straighten it out. After you adhere it to the wall, however, it’s permanent. 4.) Then comes the aggravating part. You just spent all this time trying to get the plastic to stick to the vinyl. Now, you need to get the vinyl to NOT stick to the plastic. It’s very difficult to do, and usually the vinyl is only really separated manually. Once you get a chunk stuck the wall, you can peel away a lot of the plastic, but when you come to some of the more delicate and intricate pieces, it’ll stick all over again. I took about three breaks in taking off this, one of them being like five hours long. I’m really glad I have a fairly crappy camera because otherwise you could probably tell that I just smoothed out all the bumpy parts when I couldn’t really get it flat against the wall.  Oh well! I prefer speed to perfection (except in certain things!). If you’re patient and skilled, you can very slowly remove the plastic while smoothing out the vinyl, and it’ll be very close to perfect. I am neither of those things. 5.) Reveal! The final result is really sweet. The pay-off pic will be posted shortly, because the light was really bad by the time I finished and all my pictures looked like blurry black and orange streaks. What a rip off!

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Thrift Decorating Part 2: Pix!

April 23, 2010

Homey family photos! So delightful.

Bought at Under One Roof‘s Big Green Garage Sale benefiting local HIV/AIDS services. Had a fun time wandering around the warehouse without my contacts in, trying to decipher whether things were anything like what I imagined (ooh–an awesome graffiti poster! nope, just a crumpled napkin on top of a white sheet of paper.)

Here, on the floor, are the cool  frames I snagged. Only one shard of glass popped off the frame and flew at my face!

Above my desk, making me happy:

They are also conveniently covering up the  giant holes that were charmingly speckled across the wall. Apparently the person who lived in my room before me liked to bash thumb-sized pegs through the wall and then stick pen caps in the holes. Seriously.

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Thrift Theme this Week: Thrift Decorating!

April 21, 2010

This week, everything I’ve found and/or has been giving to me has been meant exactly for my bedroom. I moved not so long ago, slapped on the same posters I’ve rolled and un-rolled in almost every room I’ve lived in, picked up a 2-dollar framed print from a yardsale done the street and called it decorated. But, my roommate, a former designer, has an incredible Moraccan-themed palace of a room and I’ve been jealous in a half-assed sort of way. As usual, the tides of thrift turned my way. This week will be about what I raked! Starting with:

Free green chairs and lamp! I intend to go to garage sales early and often so that I can snag the best deals, but instead I end up going to garage sales late and never. I happened to be parking near a sale that was being cleaned up into an SUV. I inquired, and was met with neighborhood friendliness. If I took both the awesome neon-green chairs (my favorite color!), they’d go for free. The lamp was 3$, but since I had 0$ dollars in my pocket-less gym shorts, it was also free! I really needed a new chair since my current desk set up is made with the intention to give me scoliosis. I’m sitting in it now! NO SCOLIOSIS YET.

The lamp ended up being weird and not as cool as I had hoped. It is sitting on a small end table, also found (free!) on the street this weekend. Poor lamp. It gets a mediocre narrative. Meh–inanimate.

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