Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Wanderlust, or crafterlust

So I just watched the movie Wanderlust with Jennifer Aniston last night. I know, I know. Not the most brain enhancing selection, but I have to fill my Netflix queue with something and this happened to be it last night.

I wasn't very enamored with the movie as a whole even if it was slightly amusing at times. But every time I see the concept of "free love" (which, by the way, seems to me to mean "free sex") depicted in movies it just kills me inside. I can't stand seeing these characters buying into it and hurting their spouses/partners. "Free heartache for all" is what I would call it.

But, apart from that I kind of liked the hippie esthetic shown throughout the movie and I was rewarded for sitting through the difficult parts in the very last scene of the movie, where Jennifer and her on-screen husband are back in civilization again. I made my husband make some screen shots of this to show you and also so I could have a reminder myself. The pics are a little bit blurry and you can't see it all here but I just loved the way they have put this room together. You'll have to watch the movie yourself to get all the details, pause and move along one second at a time like I did :)

First, check out this gorgeous, rustic bookshelf! Not to mention the styling of it.



 This shelf I think I could pretty easily DIY with some 4x4s for supports and 1x6s or 1x8s for the shelves. I'm almost positive that I'll do it sometime in the future :)

And then for this circular wall art. 


 In the movie they referred to it as a "God's eye" and it might be but after spending most of the late evening last night and early morning today googling and researching I think it looks more like some kind of curve stitching design or circular string art. Maybe those things are the same to some people? Since I'm not interested in the possible spiritual pedigree it doesn't really matter to me.

While watching the movie you can clearly see it's string and nails on a board and I like how the board contrasts with the string in dark and light blue. It's like another spin on sunbursts :) In another part of the movie they have one hung above the fire place which looked great as well. I would love to make a few of these and add some color in all the right places. I think this could be replicated fairly easily. Without knowing for sure it looks like this is the general pattern they used.

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Light blue on top and a smaller circle just like it in dark blue layered underneath.

Here's some other examples of string art I found.

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 Shell motif.

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Heart, or fan motif directly onto the wall.

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Circular motif.

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If you want to wander into slightly different and more complicated territory.


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I for one like the original colorful circle the best and if you do too here's a place to get simple templates to get you started.

So after watching that movie I'm now filled not with wanderlust so much as crafterlust :) How about you?


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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Little soap trick

When we re-did our bathroom here a few months ago (check it out if you want) there was no longer any room for a soap pump on the tiny sink. Or a soap dish. And the slippery little soap refused to stay put on its own but ended up in the sink over and over, no matter what I tried. Until... a bright idea presented itself! You guys know how much I love my pistachio shells :)

 Take your favorite bar soap (this is one I found and it smells divine, if a bit pricey. But sometimes a tiny splurge is sooo satisfying) and some cast off pistachio shells. I found six per bar works perfectly but you might be able to get by with less.


 Press your six shells into the bottom of the soap, just enough to where they are secured into the soap without falling out. If your bar is very hard you may have to soften it with water before adding the shells.


 Place your bar on the sink, admire the perfect fit and watch how it stays put beautifully. Even when wet.

 See how the bar now has it's own built-in non-slip soap dish which keeps it elevated off the surface of the sink. No more melting soaps or soaps that slide off it's intended shelf. To lather up you just soap up like normal and the shells stay put amazingly well. Once in a while you may have to push them back on but it only takes a minute and then you're good to go again. We've used this bar now for about 2 months I think and only once has a shell come off it. When the bar gets to be too small you just remove some or all of the shells and discard them and start over with a new bar and new shells.

Whatever you do with your bar soap slivers is up to you :)

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