Ribbons, beads & a lampshade.

Instead of resuming the 30 day project, I switched gears to creating a project for the nursery (among many others to come, I’m sure).

Last year I stumbled upon a wonderful vintage lamp. The lampshade fabric was in need of an overhaul, but the lamp base was really cool. Unfortunately, the lamp was knocked over and the beautiful base broke! I knew I could find a use for the shade, so I kept it. Low and behold, I’ve found a use for it! I must admit, Pinterest is one website I truly enjoy. Thus, the idea for this project was inspired by a few different things I found while pin surfing.

These are the steps I took to create this whimsical decoration:

  • I spray painted the frame with Rustoleum. After I removed the rust-stained fabric, I cleaned it up with a wire brush and then painted it.      
  • To gather supplies, I found vintage beads at a local antique store. Then I gathered fabric from shirts at a thrift store. Finally, the ribbon I chose came from Michael’s.

          

  • The first step from this point was prepping the fabric. I ripped the shirts into strips. Then, I covered each lamp frame ‘prong’ with the fabric strips by wrapping them. A hot glue gun was used to fasten the hold (and for everything else to0-the ribbon and beads).
  • From here, I began to string and wrap ribbon around the frame. This was a trial and error process. I eventually removed the original ribbon and restrung it around the frame for a better hold and a cleaner look.    
  • Using the vintage bead strands, I restrung combinations of them on stretchy jewelry string I have on hand and tied the strands to the frame.
  • Then, I embellished the corners with buttons and beads and draped some fabric over some of the sides of the frame to alter the look.  
  • Finally, I finished with tying the leftover beads in the center of the frame so that when it hangs like a mobile, it’ll have dangly fun colors and shapes to show off.
  • The very last step is to string the lampshade to the ceiling, which I have yet to do. I’ll post a grand finale picture when the rest of the nursery is set up.
  • There are no pictures of applying the ribbon because that process is entirely up to you and the particular look you’re going for. I didn’t want an entirely ‘shabby chic’ look, so I mixed it up with ripped fabric, but polished ties of ribbon. The colors used create some uniformity, but otherwise, the repetition of the ribbon is primarily random. So are the beads, buttons and draped fabric!   

Thanks for reading! I’m getting my groove back as my puppy becomes more behaved and my body returns to normal (except for a growing middle)!

-Kalli

Whoa, it’s been awhile!

It kills me to not have posted in so long. It’s about time to get back to it.

The last place I left off was beginning to work on project #3. My timeline is off by quite a bit. I projected that by March I would have completed my 30 day project. It’s probably time to push that back. My pace is slower these days, so we’ll just work one project at a time. Maybe I’ll be done by August! Good heavens, I hope before then though!

Project #3 incorporates a snazzy vintage blazer & belt.

Sketch Vintage blazer + belt

Stay tuned for steps on placing everything together.

-Kalli

Jewelry vignette with a twist.

So, project 2 varies a little from the previous vignettes (clothing collages) I’ve made. This one incorporates materials that aren’t strictly clothing or accessories. It’s more like what you see when you think of the word collage.

One big goal I have is to always try to eventually incorporate my digital work into things I make, if they aren’t already digital. With this project, I’ve added some other elements, such as digital aspects and items & pieces that aren’t clothing or accessory related.

This time around, the photographs don’t depict step by step. This is what I did and the items & supplies I used:

Supplies:

  • large doily
  • lace trim
  • vintage, fake costume jewelry*
  • needle & thread
  • thumbtacks
  • drawer pull
  • digital image
  • Modge Podge
  • E6000 Industrial Strength Adhesive
  • frame
  • black acrylic paint
  • paint brush
  • Q-tip
  • canvas backing

Steps:

  1. Fit the doily and lace trim to the frame backing, decide on a layout for every element in the collage
  2. Adhere canvas backing to the frame backing
  3. Paint the frame w/ black paint
  4. Glue down all pieces with E6000
  5. Print and slice up the digital image to fit the collage, adhere & cover w/ Modge Podge
  6. Place thumbtacks and thread, use a Q-tip to fasten thumbtacks with glue if needed
  7. Pop into the frame and wha-lah!

*I did some research about costume jewelry to try to place the necklace in this piece to an era. I gathered that it was most likely made in the 60s as part of a revival of Victorian style (most likely revived from the 1910s). The Victorian Revival jewelry is typically in the form of plastic, resin or engraved & antiqued metalwork and other hardware. Now, when I mention fake costume jewelry this is what I mean. You’ve got cream of the crop jewelry such as diamonds, gold and silver. Then you’ve got costume jewelry, very upscale-looking replicas that are highly collectible. However, many costume jewelry movements stemmed from other jewelry types such as plastics, color, cameos & figures. Lastly, there is jewelry made very cheaply and falls below the class of real costume jewelry. This jewelry is probably the most common kind, found in department stores (outside of the glass case) or mall shops.

Some information about costume jewelry courtesy of a book titled, “vintage jewelry design: classics to collect & wear,” by Caroline Cox (2010).

Doily & lace trim Stapled canvas to frame backing Digital imageJewelry vignette/ collage

-Kalli

Retro tie on the wall.

The retro tie piece is finished.

Although, I’m not as pleased with the execution of this piece compared to the others I’ve done. This is the result:

Retro tie on the wall

The issues with this piece include:

  • the fabric backing isn’t taut enough
  • the frame didn’t take well to the staple gun & staples

I tacked the fabric backing to the frame itself. I have done this before with the very first clothing collage I made, but the frame it’s in is rock solid. The frame for this snazzy retro tie is smaller, thinner and not as hefty (cheaper). The staples sort of bit through the frame. I have a feeling that had I stapled the fabric to the very outer edge of the frame instead of the inner edge (where the glass sits), it would have taken better. We’ll try it different next time, after all, I’ve got 29 more to go!

I borrowed one of my husbands vintage tie clips to complete the look.

Retro tie & vintage tie clip

After all is said and done, this piece doesn’t have many elements to it, is simple, the colors pop, but it’s not quite ready for display because of the problems encountered during the process.

Psst, this is a picture of my favorite piece yet.

Belt & tie

Take a peek at some of the research I’ve done. A goal of mine during this project is to accurately represent vintage pieces with other elements from the same time period & trend period. I know fashion, but not really anything this deep yet!

Pieces & parts Vogue

-Kalli

Retro tie.

Project 1 of the 30 day project had commenced. I’m not yet finished with it, but here is what I’ve got up to this point.

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Primary list of supplies:

  • retro, clip-on tie
  • neutral background fabric
  • frame
  • black paint
  • other supplies used, but not pictured include a staple gun and needle & thread

First steps:

  1. take the backing and glass out of the frame, paint it (there is no need to sand the wood, just be sure to use acrylic paint)
  2. cut a swatch of fabric to fit the dimensions of the frame (with a 1/2″ to spare on either side)
  3. iron fabric to eliminate wrinkles and creases
  4. adhere tie to fabric with needle & thread (you could use glue if you wanted)
  5. staple fabric to inner part of frame

We’ll complete the process when I finish. Apologizes for being slow, I promise I’m working on it though!

-Kalli

30 day project.

Set a goal. Accomplish it.

I’ve begun to realize lately that I’m struggling a bit with the blog. Not because the holidays rolled by and everything became ten times as busy as normal, but because there are so many things to cover and discuss, that I’m lost as how to narrow it down. When the subject of creativity is concerned, deciding how to channel my thoughts in the best way possible to inspire others is sometimes challenging.

So far on these boots, this is what I’ve dealt out:

  • ways to discover what you like & what defines you, in hopes that this will help formulate your creativity, your something good
  • exploring the idea of collage-perhaps one of the easier ways to exercise artistic creativity (as opposed to painting, drawing, etc…collage is forgiving and exploratory)
  • writing exercises to work both sides of the brain
  • unique places & things that inspire me, hopefully they can inspire you too
  • steps to a boot makeover; yep, a boot makeover
  • Halloween costume ideas
  • ways to look at things differently
  • deconstructed how I made certain pieces of artwork (the idea generation, the process & reason for making each piece)
  • ideas for a Thanksgiving table centerpiece
  • caulking baseboards, let me just say this-my husband and I purchased a fixer upper last year; there are many projects to be finished!
  • images of a storm on Lake Superior
  • my process for making ‘clothing collages,’ or as I like to call them, ‘vignettes’
  • how to apply your skill sets in the real world
  • great websites worth looking at
  • Dottie the Doodle & a brief description of how to start a website
  • the importance of organization

Every item in this list has the intent of helping creativity; drawing out the creative senses. Granted, most posts thus far have been geared towards artistic creativity, there are many other uses for creativity, no matter what you do or what you like. Some topics discussed are directly related to delving in and making things while others focus on the opposite, focus your thoughts and energy on something not directly related to a stereotypical ‘creative’ task. This will help open your mind to be more accepting of new, different things and to change in general. This can be integral if you’re trying to be more creative.

A logo for 'creativity'

A logo for ‘creativity’

It boils down to the fact that creativity is a broad thing. Anything and everything can be applied in a creative sense. Because blogging is new for me and I’m learning every step of the way, I’ve come up with this: instead of attempting to teach you how to find your creativity through various activities (& odd, but good ones at that), I’ll focus on things that I do daily as a creative individual. This will still foster the growth of creativity, but in a more concise, less broad, way.

To do this, I’m kicking off with a 30 day project. Here’s how it will work:

  • 3 days 1 day each week I will make one clothing collage (vignette), as seen in this post
  • I will create a post for each of the 30 pieces I make
  • This project will span over a few months, it will take me into March (trust me, I wish I had enough time to complete one a day)

Full disclosure: for the remaining 4 days of the week, I work Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. When I come home I usually make dinner, sometimes go to the gym and then relax. That leaves Tuesdays and Thursdays (plus weekends) for blogging. Now, we’ve got Dottie too. I can get things done when she naps. Otherwise, she goes outside about 20 times per day and we work on training for probably about an hour or two each day. I know some days will be tougher than others, but I’m determined! I challenge you to do something similar. If it isn’t artistically involved, that’s perfectly ok. Try something new each day for 30 days. Or, try picking up a book such as ‘The Trickster’s Hat,’ by Nick Bantock or ‘Creative Block,’ by Danielle Krysa ( & her blog) for exercises and projects to try.

Here’s to a new year with big goals!

-Kalli

Dottie the doodle.

About a month ago, we decided to get a dog. She is a Goldendoodle and we’re calling her Dottie.

I should start by saying, we don’t actually have her yet. She’ll be coming home this Wednesday, December 28. In lieu of this, I decided to start a blog tracking Dottie’s progress, as a puppy and on. The website/ blog isn’t ready yet, but here are the steps I took to start.

When starting/making a website or blog (or both) you need 3 big things:

  • a domain name (url or address to the website/ blog page) Note: each page you add to the site will have the main domain name (url) in its address, just extra text to indicate which page it is after the domain name (url)
  • a hosting service (a place where the space for your site or blog is stored), there are many to choose from, but because I purchased my domain name from GoDaddy, I also used GoDaddy as the host for the website/ blog because they offer hosting services for WordPress platforms (my platform of choice)
  • a platform (this is what you use to add content to your site or blog), WordPress offers fantastic themes for sophisticated, sleek-looking sites; again, there are many templates to choose from, but there are also other platforms like Typepad, Blogger and SquareSpace to name a few

Whichever domain, hosting and platform company(ies) you choose to work with, choosing a domain name, a hosting service and a platform is relatively straight forward. The instructions are easy to follow. The hardest part is deciding which platform and hosting service is right for you! Some are geared more towards the more computer savvy, while others are as easy as drag and drop, for those who aren’t as skilled on the computer.

I do have a note about custom websites. If you have the means and knowledge to create your own custom site, go for it! I have little coding knowledge and, in my situation, the templates offered on WordPress are just as good if not better than something I could come up with anyway (probably better). Utilizing the templates available saves me time and money.

Here is a glimpse of Dottie content!

Dottie, goldendoodle

-Kalli

 

Don’t get discouraged.

Is everything in the media, online and offline, these days making you feel inadequate?

Don’t get discouraged! No matter where you are in your journey, it is certainly easy to falter. It’s happened to me many times. Instead of elaborating and focusing on different scenarios that could fit your situation, I’m going to focus on convincing you not to get discouraged! Take it from someone who has been there, done that. Let me save you time, energy and frustration. Things that we as Americans (and in some cases people) are exposed to on a daily basis do not resemble real life. In fact, most things we see are either altered or are only tiny snippets of peoples actual lives.

I stumbled on a great website and blog (Susannah Conway), which led to another awesome website I’ve frequented before (Lisa Congdon). Lisa discusses how ‘the internet is not real life.’ It offers a great perspective on the ‘reality’ of social media (affects on mood and self confidence) as well as an in depth description of her experience with Instagram. It’s especially important when accessing your creative sense to not become discouraged and not to compare yourself to others. Everyone is different, thinks differently, works in different ways, etc… Either way, you wouldn’t be unique without your own special self and ways of thinking.

Lesson of Today:

Don’t falter, trip & fall. Use the image of the rift below as inspiration NOT to get discouraged.

Crevice

-Kalli

Apply your skill sets in the real world.

Skills, traits, talents. We all have them. Now, what’s the secret to actually using them in everyday life?

If your situation is anything like mine, you may have a degree, but you may not have a job title that directly reflects said degree. As a freshman, I heard many upperclassmen talk about how they were taking jobs that did not directly reflect their studies. In addition, here is something to keep in mind-sometimes gained experience outside of the classroom can be just as important, if not more, than all of those papers and mid-term tests.

So, now college is over. You may be job searching or looking for the next best opportunity. Or, maybe you’ve been out of college for awhile and are going on to something new and different. What do you do?

  • make a list of all of your strengths, traits, skills, even things you enjoy and like to do or aspire to do
  • think about your past experiences-at work, school, or anything that can speak to your talents
  • now, think about each task associated with your list of experiences and evaluate your performance and what you learned
  • make your resume look the best it has ever looked, really put a good amount of time into polishing it
  • if you already have a job, make a list of the tasks you do
  • use this list of tasks and figure out ways you can apply your skill sets to them, you might have to think outside of the box on this one
  • ‘add your special touch’ to tasks and see what you come up with
  • if you’re looking for a job, look for things in your field, but you may have to get creative and look elsewhere
  • note jobs that have a broad enough range of tasks to fit what you have to offer
  • note jobs that maybe you hadn’t thought of trying initially and see how you can apply your skill set to each aspect of them
  • ultimately, look at what’s out there in the world and envision what you would be doing–how can you get to that point?

Here are some snapshots of my resume, for inspiration!

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-Kalli

Try something new & caulk your baseboards.

Do something you never have done before. It can be anything. Just the mere act of doing something new will expand your creative senses.

First off, this might seem like a reach. I promise you though, it is completely relevant to the goals of this blog. It may seem like the topics are flip flopping, but that is done purposely. Today I’m demonstrating how to caulk baseboards. You read it right, caulking baseboards. By all means, try it for yourself or try something else you haven’t done before. Maybe you have caulked before and this will act as a refresher. That’s just fine. Obviously, I had to teach myself how to caulk before sharing it here. Prior to this, I caulked my living room and one of my bedrooms. It took many times though to get it right. No matter which tool you choose to use, creativity can flourish. Find your something good. Do things impulsively. Try something new.

In my case, I’ve started a few ‘new’ things I have never, ever done before, all at the same time. My husband and I bought our first house about a year ago. All of the carpeting and baseboards were ripped out. Then, new carpet and engineered hardwood flooring were installed along with new baseboards. Granted, I’m still working on house projects, the list of things I’ve learned is endless. The list of things, projects and tasks I’ve tried my hand at isn’t quite as endless, but it’s getting there! To summarize all things mentioned up to this point, the more you expose yourself to, the more of the unknown you explore, the easier it will be to grasp your inner creativity, your something good. The process of using tools you normally might not, the steps involved in certain processes will help your awareness.

Now for caulking! Let’s jump right in. As a disclaimer, I’m no expert. It actually takes quite a long time for me to caulk a room, let alone a whole house. Below is a short video of the process and some before and after pictures.

Caulking tools

Now, the caulking gun shown here is probably an older model. Hopefully you have a much easier one to use.

  1. WEAR GLOVES, the caulk is hazardous; protect your skin
  2. place the caulk into the open slot
  3. turn the handle and push up to secure the tube of caulk
  4. when ready to caulk, turn the handle 180 degrees
  5. BE CAREFUL! when dispensing the caulk with the caulk gun trigger, don’t press too long or caulk will keep spilling out, even when you’re through with the first baseboard
  6. turn the handle back to its starting point to stop the caulk from dispensing
  7. repeat each time you need to start and stop caulking
  8. note: it might be much easier with a more improved caulk gun; this one must be as old as me if not older…

I forgot to mention, before using the caulk, you have to cut the tip. Cut it to the desired angle you’d like it at. Here is a picture of mine:

Caulk tube tip, cut at an angle Caulk tube tip, cut at an angle

Before and after, baseboard caulking Before and after, baseboard caulking Before and after, baseboard caulking

Caulking baseboards, 101 from Kalli Payment on Vimeo.

These videos I’ve been making are very basic. I’m trying to teach myself. Please share your suggestions if you have any!

After, baseboard caulking

That’s all for now. Go and try something new! If it isn’t caulking aorund the house, what is it? Share your experiences with me!

-Kalli