Friday, March 22, 2013

Stop with the curtains

NOoooo...

Not a curtain post,well it is sorry.

Is been months since I been trying to make my craft room curtains and since I been in this mood of actually working on the room, I finally got to making them and putting them up. Since I finally finish painting (I think so anyways) I was able to make them and put them up. As ya know I already had the fabric so it was just about taking the time to make them.


I pretty much follow the same steps I always do for my curtains just like I did here and here.

The final product was this


Right after I finish putting the dots and letting them dry I started putting up the curtains, I actually made a trip to Ikea this weekend and bought some curtain rods and rings, where I found this gold round ends





At first I was thinking of using the curtain rod that was previously there, but once I saw how cute the black and gold looked the other one was out the window


I slide the curtain to it and I was immediately in love. 
 

As for the rod holders, although I had bought some at Ikea, I ended up going with ones I already had from a bag full with them at a garage sale.


Which were a little more plane and simple just what I wanted



I drop the curtains just six inches from the ceiling, I wanted them to be high but not all the way up. although they are dragging a little more than I wanted.



love the contrast of the black against the gold and color



I'm still working in the organizing of the room but is coming along pretty good, and I'm loving it, It might not be every ones liking but I think is coming pretty cute.


I;m hoping I'm done putting everything up this weekend to where I can show you the progress I made I think is getting closer to a finish room.



Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Stripes out, polka dots in

As you might remember I been working on my craft room and I got stuck on paint options, I started with some chevron stripes



And it stay like this for a VERY VERY long time. I hadn't decide what was it that I really wanted to do.

BUT, lately I been seeing a lot of gold every where and I'm liking it, and what im liking the most is gold polka dots. They have a lot of ideas on pinterest of how to go about it.

I decided to give it a try at how they might look in the room. I went to the store and got some plain acrylic gold metallic paint just to make a few dots see if I like it.


I wasn't sure how big I wanted my dots to be, but I had a cookie cutter that was big enough, I wanted to do a type of stenciling to it, so I used a foam brush and just filled in inside the cookie cutter.  I came up with a pattern but I realized I was making them to close and it was starting to look to busy.



I hang back up some of my frames just to see how they would look once they were back up, but I didn't like it. It seem way to busy and they were getting lost with all those dots.  I decided to try making them much bigger and not so close together in the other side and see how they would look.



I decided not to follow a pattern and just put them every where, I used the top of a round box I had and now I was starting to like it much more, but now I was not crazy about the little ones but I also didn't want to paint all over them again.

I still had to paint the stripes I had made previously, so I  also paint over some of the small dots see if it could look less busy and maybe more like confetti,


which I think it really work, since not it looks a lot better


Now there's, way less dots, which don't take from the frames. It looks more like confetti 


As for the other wall they big dots look way better and the pop  so much more. and they stripes are gone!


During the day when they light comes in it brightens they metallic nicely


I'm just loving the gold in the room, it might be to much for some but for me is great is a room where I can go crazy with the decor and is ok. ahahh 


I have yet to put up the rest of the frames but I'm liking it like this so much better, I would of still liked better the big dots but this small ones look great too, and is just one wall.


I have yet to figure out if I'm going with all four walls or just keeping this two, which is what I'm leaning more to. Plus I have to tell you;  it did take me quite some time, but it was worth it.

Tomorrow I will show you how they curtains came out, do ya remember this fabric also here and here

Is coming out great guys.




Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Long time coming....



You know how some times you want that certain piece of furniture, but you don't seem to find one you like (at a affordable price) or you put it behind until you feel like you can actually afford it. Well that's the story with my accent chairs. I been wanting some for the past two years, but I ether buy other stuff or can't find something I really like or they're just to much money. Well back in January I was just browsing my usual sites for furniture, sales and home decor, one of them was world market, as I was browsing their accent chairs I found two that I really liked.

The first one will be this one


What I really like about this one is that is within the same color scheme I have in my living room, and I also loved the two front wheeled legs, but I also felt like I already have way to much green with the walls ( which I been thinking if I should paint but, that's another story) so I kept it as an option, but kept looking. which brought me to my second option




  Now this one, would actually match my couches with the beige color, and still has pops of red, yellow, green and blue that I have in the house, I also love that is deep and has high rest arms. I decided to that this chair was they way to go. I checked online for my local store see if they had it in stock, and according to it, it was but when I went to the store I ended up finding out that they really didn't have it. In the other hand they did have the green chair, but once I sat on it and saw it in person I wasn't very trill with it. The color was very dull, now for sure I new I wasn't gonna go with it. After one of the person working there told me that the red floral one would take until April to come in stock, I felt like I didn't want to wait, I told her I would look around and  see if there was anything else I might like. I sat in several ones, but one of the problems I was having was the fact that I wanted the chair to be cozy and deep, most of them were very firm and to narrow, I wanted a chair you can make yourself into a ball with a blanked on a rainy day, you know what I'm talking about??!!!!

Then, I found this chair



 I came to like this chair because, it was very soft thanks to the velvet fabric,  supper comfy and deep. I really wanted for it to have some arm rest but over all it was awesome, I was feeling again like I might actually walked out with some chairs. The color is blue so I new it would also look great and go with my rug. So, I went for it, I asked them to give me two; but once again I was heart crush when they told me they only had one in stock, plus the one on display. They did told me that new stock should be arriving in about two weeks and that they could give me a rain check for it, and hold one for me. I decided to go ahead and take one and wait for the other one to come in, at least I knew I could pay for one that month and by the time the other one come in it would be the next month, so I went for it.

I didn't want to to pay full price so, I printed a 10% coupon, which save me about 25 dollars off which is better than nothing right. I took it home and assembled it, which was not hard at all it was just attaching the legs and back. Once together I really loved how comfy and soft it was. Finally two weeks later I got a called  telling me that the chair had come in, and for my surprised now they had it on sale for $250 and I still had the %10 coupon, so I actually only paid $225 for this one which made me a little sad paying full price for the other one hah!, I was very excited to take it home and put it together, but then I was very disappointed once I did. Since that chair was not from the same assembly line as the first one, it was made differently, it was shaped wrong, not as soft or comfy as the one I already had.


I'm not sure if ya can see it, but the one in the right is bigger, and shaped weird, I just didn't like it, so I called World Market and see if I could return it and get another one. They said yes, so I went ahead and took the chair, now when they brought the new box I told them if I could open it to make sure if it was the right one I had already gone three times by that time and I really didn't want to come back with it another time. Sure enough it was the same as the one I DIDN'T LIKE, like I said I guess the line wasn't made the same as the previous one. this one seem to be a foam shape cut out while the first one seem to be filled in so it was way softer. I realized that all of them were gonna be the same, so I decided taking the one they had in display since it was the same one I had, now by this time they had this chair for sale even lower $199 so I told them if they can mach me the price since it was a display one. They agreed and I ended up with 27 dollars back in my pocket hahah !!!!!!
The good thing about taking the display one was that it was already assemble and didn't have to put it together. phew!!!!

So here it is both chairs at my casa



I don't know about you but I just love how they look, and the good thing about them being a solid color is that no matter if I change the theme of the living room they can go with so many colors, that's they good thing of having your furniture neutral colors that you can just change the theme with other accessories.


Each one is so comfy that you can just snuggle on it 
 
 

In a way I'm glad that they don't have arms, because they still make the living room feel open 
 



What about those curtains, how ya thing they look



Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Baby let me upgrade you....

Since I started blogging, I came to notice that pictures play a big part on blogging. Soon I came to the realization that a simple point and shoot was not good enough for really showing the best of what I was doing, yet I never really upgraded to a professional one. One of the major reasons I hadn't gave in to buying one was that as many of us know is all the honey that they cost. I know that is crazy to just buy a camera for blogging, but I do believe that you should enjoy your hobby. I also know that blogging is not my actual job like many bloggers out there, I don't know maybe later on in life, I still have lots to learn about blogging, I just wish I had more time; which brings up another reason for wanting to buy a professional camera.

The thing is that I work a 8 to 5 job so by the time I get home is getting dark already which means I can only take pictures at night with no natural light, and on weekends. That's why I don't blog as much as I would like to, because most of the time a point and shot camera doesn't do great in dark rooms, and really fades out dark colors if you try to bright them by editing them.

So this weekend I finally decided to go ahead and buy one, even though it was killing me spending so much money on a camera I don't even know how to use (isn't that crazy, yup that's what my husband thinks. The good thing is that he still supports me, he says all girls are a little crazy) anyways, since I don't know how to use one, I much less knew which one to buy. I remembered that YHL had made a post on their new camera. I decided to look it up and and see what information they had in their camera, since they always have such nice pics I figure I could check it out. After reading the whole post and getting information, I figure I could probably just go ahead and buy the same one, if my pictures can get even a quarter as good as theirs I can be happy haha.

After making a trip to best buy ( after looking into different places like target, and frys, it seems like they all had it for the same price so it really didn't matter, they good thing about best buy is that if you can get credit with them is zero interest for 18 months, so you really don't have to pay it all up front, phew!!!!!) I came home charged it, read the manual and gave it a few test runs,

This pictures were taken with my point and shoot camera since, obviously I can't take them with the new one haha!!!





 
Now the point and shoot camera actually does really good in close up pictures but once it gets to a  larger view is when it becomes a problems, mostly when taking pictures of black items in a light back ground, if I light up the shot the black and sharpness of the item becomes blurry but if I aim for the black and sharpness of the item the background is super dark.

Here's my point and shoot now, taken with the professional camera.




 
Unlike the other ones i did not had to do any editing to the pictures.

Over all I still have lots to learn about picture taking but, I'm planning on taking some classes to learn some of the basics into using it in manual mode and not auto.

I figure, Hey maybe I can start taking peoples picture and maybe make a few bucks hahah

Any takers?!!!!


Monday, March 11, 2013

Taking down the blinds

Good Monday to everyone, I hope every one had a good weekend, for me it was a very productive one even after taking care of a sick husband, good thing he got better throughout the day. Most of my Saturday consisted of doing projects around the house that needed major tackle, one of them was the blinds that didn't work in my living room any more.

To start I didn't like them since they were to dark for the room and they just simply didn't work for me. I have showed you how my living room looked so far here


The problem with the blinds was that because of the shape of the window, they didn't reach the whole window so, it just looks kind of choppy.  Another thing I didn't like was the color of the blinds, they makes the room very dark and woody. Over all the thing that made me finally  get rid of them was the fact that they didn't work any more, the pull cord wouldn't open the blinds so I had to do it manually.



I knew that if I got other blinds they would have to be white, but I would still have the problem with the chopped up part of the blind in the top of the window, so, instead I started making some curtains.
I pretty much follow the same steps as I did with the patter ones.

But, before putting them up I had to cover some holes from the curtain rod that was there before, since it was something I didn't do when I first put my current curtains (I know talk about lazy aha)


The middle support hook was the worst one,it was pretty much free hanging, since there was no support for it, from all the holes.

I ended up moving it to the left a few inches and started sealing the holes.


I all I need it was some wall filling and spatula.







Some holes took more filling than others but over all, all were seal. From there I took some left over paint I had from when I fist painted and even out the paint.

Once it was dry, I was ready for the curtain to go up.


A few moths ago I had bought a bag full of curtain ring clips and rods at a garage sale, so I was glad I didn't have to buy some more.


To make sure they had the same distance I folded it in half and put hook at each end and in the middle.


Once all the rings were on the curtains they went up.


 Since the rings I had were black and, the ones that were already in the pattern curtains were a nickel finish, I decided to switch them out for the black ones, the problem was that i didn't have enough black ones for all five curtains (2 pattern ones and 3 white ones) so I had to keep one with the nickle ones until I can get black ones. (someone said IKEA next weekend haha) 


One reason why I went with white sheer curtains was because, I wanted lots of light to come in without necessary having to open the curtains, but they still give you privacy at night, you can see the light but not a clear picture of what's inside. As you can see I took this picture at night, before taking the blinds down, just so I could make sure I can see how it looks at night, and that is not visible to other people.


Once, I was sure privacy was check, I was able to take down the blinds, I can probably still add one more, but over all; you can't really tell anything of whats going on inside.



On Sunday I was able to take some daylight pictures, and as you can see more than enough light comes in even without having to open them up. One thing I love is the fact that the blind are gone and the window looks so much better not being chopped up.


Even though I have my TV right by the window the light comes in and brights up everything nicely.


So what do ya think, Should I had just put white blinds up or do ya like the sheer curtains? maybe roman shades?

I think is such a change, the ceiling looks so much taller and is already pretty high. The curtains are 108 in. tall.


I would love to hear your comment on the new curtains.