Finally…our Instagram Frame!

This project has been in the works for several weeks now. It took a while to browse and edit all my Instagram pictures and decide which ones I wanted to display.  I used Printsagram (48 prints for $12) to print all our little photos. My only complaint with them is that it took several weeks to receive our order. Although they’re located in New York, the packaged came from China. So plan accordingly! You can read the whole tutorial here, if you haven’t already seen it on Pinterest. I also need to mention that I can’t take any credit for the spray painting or hanging. My husband is the pro when it comes to both, so I happily watched from a distance : )

We purchased a super tacky gold frame from Michael’s. I’m sure you could find a good one at a yard sale or thrift store. I wanted something with decorative corners and spent about $15 on this one.

Purchase 1 can of torquoise spray paint and clear gloss (if you prefer the “wet” look). You can buy both at Michael’s or Home Depot.

Buy some tiny clothespins (Michael’s) and clip them to some cardboard. Lightly spray with two or three coats of spray paint.

Hang the frame outside or in your garage and use two or three coats of paint. Once dry, finish with a clear coat.

Use some tiny nails or screws in the back and run wires horizontally. Clip your little pictures to the line and…voila! We did find that the pictures were twisting without lower support. Hence the 6 rows of wire.

Love the way it turned out!

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Our Adventure in New York City

We recently enjoyed a three day stay in NYC. The weather was fantastic (high 70’s) and sunny. We stayed at the Marriott East Side on Lexington. It was the perfect, central spot for our trip. Our first night in the city was spent at Yankee’s Stadium thanks to a kind friend who gave us a gift certificate for our wedding.

Entrance to the massive stadium

Derek Jeter warming up

Me and my love

Loved this view from our ferry ride

Visiting Lady Liberty

Inside Ellis Island

Have you ever been to the Highline? I was so excited to visit this spot. It’s old rail lines that have been converted to a very trendy park and recreation site. They had several places to grab some gelato, a hot dog or an expresso. Modern seating surrounds the area, making it a great spot to sit and enjoy overlooking the busy NY life.

Several eclectic buildings run along the Highline

Our last evening in Times Square

We even made it on a jumbo screen

Freedom Tower

We really enjoyed visiting the 9/11 memorial. It was tastefully done and really honored those who lost their lives. Very impressive.

And before catching our bus back home, we stopped off to visit the Flat Iron building.
If you plan to make a trip to NYC, I’d highly recommend using Tripper Bus. We caught it in Bethesda, MD and it was only $25 each way. Saved us a load of money (vs. the train). It was really clean and the drivers were nice. Great experience overall!

It was a soup kind of day….

With the rainy, cold weather, it definitely felt like a good soup night. I tried this hearty lasagna soup and was not disappointed. Just two small modifications; I let it simmer for almost an hour and used gluten free lasagna noodles. I cooked them in a separate pot so they didn’t get too mushy. I was happy to use fresh basil from my garden. Such great flavor!

 

It’s pretty rare for us to have dessert, but thought we might need a good Autumn treat to follow dinner. I used this recipe to make some delicious Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread. I added about a 1/2 cup of chocolate chips as well. Simply delicious! This recipe is a keeper. My husband even commented that he never would have guessed it was gluten free. Yum!

DIY Chevron Painting

Every weekend I’m inspired to tackle one art project. With the chevron print showing up all over the fashion world, I figured it couldn’t be too difficult to paint. Here’s a simple tutorial. And I apologize in advance for the low quality pictures (quick shots from the iPad).

  • blank art canvas
  • small paintbrushes
  • chevron template
  • 4-5 bottles of acrylic paint
  • cardboard
  • pencil
  • scissors

I found this free template on Billie Monster’s Blog and used the “small, thick” pattern. We just happened to have beer left in our fridge (imagine that), so I used the cardboard box from that to trace my template.

Cut your desired “thickness” and trace onto the cardboard.

Use a pencil to mark the blank canvas with your template

I picked up cheap $0.50 acrylic paint from Walmart. The light gray was leftover wall paint and worked just as well on the canvas.

I applied four coats and a few touch ups. I also wrapped the chevron pattern around the canvas so it looked finished from all angles.
And there you have it! Simple and inexpensive artwork for the home.

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