Hey Guys, Hey!
Do you ever get done with a day and think to yourself:
That was a long day!
I’m so glad this day is over!
I hated today!
I need a friggin’ drink!
Is today ever going to end!?!
Someone may die today if they are not careful!
Is it Friday yet?
I am going to punch them in the throat! (I don’t know maybe this one is just me.)
I deserve an award, ribbon, trophy or some kind of sh*t for today! Yeah, I am with ya (and sometimes these thoughts don’t even make it to the end of the day).
One of the things I like to do when I am feeling down or stressed is to do something kind for some one else (you may have been a victim of my snail mail hustle). It makes me feel better – you kind of forget your own problems for a little bit.
Some days it is hard to even get out of bed! Life has a way of getting you worn down and depressed. So rather than give you some inspirational quote or a list of things you will never do to make yourself feel better, I thought, why not give an award! They could be a fun way to get smiling or someone else smiling! Plus I love to do stuff like this! So I went ahead and made some award pins for things that you really do deserve to get an award for!!!! Things that seem funny because, you are supposed to just do this stuff as part of life- but some days, damn it, they are hard!
Look at this (Snapchat filters are amazing)! I am such an angel that I have a friggin’ halo AND an award for being NICE!!!! HA!
Print one out or send it via email or text to someone (or yourself) that could really use the recognition. You know…. a co-worker – who is having a bad morning, your kid – wiped his own damn butt, your sibling or parents- made it through the Holidays without saying something rude, the list goes on. These awards that I made are more of an every day kind of success. Check them out!
NOTICE: If you do not have a sense of humor about life I recommend not reading these. You clearly would not understand the power of them to bring smiles. (Just sayin’)
I mean, really, we all know someone that deserves to have these (that may include yourself)! Life is not what we have designed in our minds but we sure as hell can have some fun with this undesigned life of ours!
Design on, in this beautifully undesigned life,
Hey Guys, Hey!
Today we are going to talk about the Half-Ass DIY Cactus Garland! I am unsure why, but lately I have been really into Cactus sh*t. I have been going over and over and over different ideas for over the couch art ideas. Then I found a canvas cactus watercolor print at Hobby Lobby for pretty cheap and thought – THAT’S IT! It’s in my budget and I like it – win win! So there was my jumping off point. Then I found a smaller canvas with a almost identical watercolor print. Now what could I do to add some texture and movement to the wall???? I thought what about some kind of garland that I can design? Then evolved the Cactus Garland idea. I decided to go with felt – that would add some texture and then I could get some other things to add to it to get the texture I was looking for.
The list of supplies to get started:
- Heavier Felt (11×17 – 3) – I went with dark green for the base of all the Cacuts shapes.
- Felt (8×10 – 2 of each color) – I picked a lime(y) green and aqua.
- Leather Cording
- Pom Poms (of coordinating greens and a pack of small white)
- Fabric Glue/Hot Glue Gun – For me this fabric glue did not work- I ended up going with the regular glue gun.
- 4 – 8.5×11 plain card stock pieces of paper
- Hole Punch
- Yarn (was for the decorative tassels at the top of the photo)
I suggest getting a treat to get this Half-Ass Sh*t DONE!!! Add a coffee or soda put on your fave playlist and you have a great afternoon set to go 🙂 (by the way, that brownie was amazing)
First make a stencil. You can get some pics off line to trace or free-hand them like I did. They ended up being around 7.5″ tall. You can make any size that works for your space. Then I cut out the card stock and traced them onto the heavier felt. Since I am a half-asser, I wasn’t sure how many I would need (I could have measured the spot that I wanted to hang them and that jazz – but, NAH) – so I just fit as many to a sheet that I could.
Now comes the fun part! Time to get creative! If you have Little’s this is a fun project to do. Let me remind you that this does NOT have to be perfect! The imperfections of your designs are what make this unique and enjoyable for the eye to look at. (Remember that!!!)
I separated all the different colors into little bowls and we sat down and got to designing! FUN!!! Look at that level of concentration!
After some trial and error on the different shapes this is the final document that we ended up with. I let them dry on the stove, pulled all the hot glue strings off and then punched a hole in the top to string the leather cording through. I had trouble getting the cacti to stay exactly where I wanted on the leather cording so I hot glued them on the back.
And here is the finished look!!!!
Design on- in this beautifully undesigned life,
Who me!?! The half-ass DIYer!?!
YEP, that’s me!!!
I love to DIY (within reason). I love remodels, before & afters of anything really. I just really want to see the end result.
To start, I have inherited a set of Victorian (peacock) chairs, table and plant stand. They look like this table set. They are very rusty and need a little TLC (sorry I do not have a before pic, but trust me they have been rusting outside in the elements for a good 20+ years). There has been a lot of talk/discussion about how to fix these worn out metal pieces of furniture. Between my Dad and Hubby there has been talk of sandblasting, wire brushing, re-tacking, taking it to somewhere for special priming and then painting them. Most likely the proper way to do things. I don’t know about you guys but I just want and end result! I thought, Nah, I will just paint the plant stand first to see how things go before I paint any of the other furniture – I would just cry my eyes out if I ruined them!
So…. being the half-ass DIYer that I am I decided to forgo any of ideas that my Dad or Hubby had and do it my way! I will just go out and buy some Rustoleum spray paint and give it a go.
I cleaned it up – or I lied, it rained, like stormed a few days ago – so I consider that washed. Right?
Then put it in the grass so that my son, Forrest and I, could get to work. I didn’t have a mask, we improvised and used a hanky. Use a mask – it is a responsible thing to do.
My Hubby comes over and told us to get it off the grass and use some milk crates (I’m pretty sure he was really annoyed) Ooooppppsssss sorry Hun!
We let it dry for the rest of the afternoon and WHALA! Here it is! Pretty damn good if you ask me!!! Not perfect but I am very happy with it! It gives the look I was going for and it did not even take that long!
I LOVE IT!!!
The one question I have to ask myself is….. How long will the paint last? PPPffffftttttt – by the time the paint starts to get bad and chip off I will want to change it anyways, so I do not have an answer to that question – and I don’t care 🙂
Design on, my friends, in your wonderfully undesigned life!
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