Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Magazine Clippings + Journal = Happiness

I used to be REALLY into collages. I gave everyone collaged picture frames for Christmas, and I had a giant wall collage in our bedroom growing up. I was always clipping out cute sayings and pictures out of all the magazines in our house. I hadn't done that in a long time, but I realized that I missed it. I used to decorate the inside of my journals as well, so I decided to jump back in and do the same with my current journal.

Jared bought this journal for me for Valentine's Day, and I loved how summer-y and flowery it was. Since I'm pretty obsessed with plants these days, I decided that would be my theme. (If any of y'all decided to do a collage of your own, you don't have to have a theme. You can do whatever strikes your fancy!)

So, if you'd like to make a collage, here's a list of things to get you started:

  • pen or pencil
  • washi tape or some other decorative tape
  • gluestick
  • newspaper or magazine clippings/scrapbook paper or supplies like Project Life cards. I got mine at Target.  (P.S. Magazines that have lots of ads are great places to find cute sayings and funny things to clip. If you're looking for a specific theme of clippings, check out magazines about that subject. A lot of these clippings came from Garden and Gun magazine.)
  • scissors

That list is by no means exhaustive, I just used things I already had around the house.

I sorted through all my magazine clippings and pulled out any that I thought would fit in with my theme and started arranging them on the inside cover and first page of my journal.

Once I decided I liked how it looked, I took everything off, and started prepping my background. I added strips of funky tape (I got this tape at Target as well for around $2.99, and it's a big roll). I didn't want very much of the dark pink showing through, so I made sure to add the strips where there was negative space in my collage.

After that, I just started picking up each piece and gluing it back down again.

The card at the top that says, "here's the story" is a Project Life card.

Journaling is a huge part of my life.  I use my journal for a ton of different things, and I love seeing how other people decorate their journals, so please send me a picture of y'all's!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Everyone Must Believe in Something. I Believe I'll Go Canoeing

Henry David Thoreau really knew what he was talking about when he said that. 

Jared and I bought a canoe last Saturday, and we love it!

We found the 14 foot Old Town canoe on Craigslist and as soon as we loaded it on the top of our car, we headed for the reservoir to try it out.

It was starting to get a little cloudy, but we figured we would just make our way back to shore before it got too bad.

Have you ever seen a more handsome man? I think not.

It's so peaceful.


Then last Sunday, we went back and went fishing. I am a strong swimmer, but I wasn't convinced Jared wasn't going to tip the canoe over, so I wore my life jacket AND my old lady gardening hat because I don't want to be leatherface before I'm in my thirties.

Obviously my legs could stand some color though. #palelegsdontcare

Dang! Sexy fisherman!

This could be the best picture of me in existence.

It is so much fun to paddle around and relax with each other. I am so excited to go again!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Photo Friday 6.27.2014

Welcome to Photo Friday where I show my week in pictures! Follow me on Instagram @tristantuttle! These posts are a mix of my instagram photos, pictures taken with my Canon, and photos taken by my friends and family.  For more Photo Friday, click  here.

I took this shot of our front sidewalk, and it makes me so happy. It looks like a little cottage garden! It's a little wild, but I like it. I can't wait for my summer flowers to bloom.

Buckshot fell asleep with his monkey in his mouth. Have you ever seen something so cute?!

Jared and I went on a bowling date. He picked the names. I'm SXYPNTS. (sidenote: we are really bad bowlers.)

My best girls!

The marketing people at Coke are geniuses. I saw this and bought it for my sister.

These babies love window-watching.

I've been working on a top secret project for my dear friend Sharee's baby (WHO ALSO IS MY GOD DAUGHTER! still freaking out about that btw.) and just for her I broke my cardinal "No Glitter EVER" rule. So when I took a quick edamame break, I was certain it was flavored with glitter.

This is my Throwback Thursday picture. I've always loved the wind in my hair.

I  hope y'all have a fantastic weekend!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Folk Art Paintings by Upcycled Downriver

It's been a really strange progression that brought me to the fact that I'm a folk artist. Even calling myself an artist feels strange to me, but I guess it's true. Someone told me that when someone who isn't related to you buys your art from you, you're an artist. And if that's the qualification, then I guess I am an artist. I've always loved people who, in spite of the fact that they've had no formal training, they just decide something and they go do it. That's what I've decided to do. So, I'm selling prints of my paintings!

This painting of Dolly seemed appropriate.

I made this painting for Mama for Mother's Day. She loves this picture of her and Daddy, so I decided to recreate it for the holiday.

Hank Williams

Waylon Jennings

Johnny Cash

If any of y'all are interested in purchasing prints of these, check out my etsy page Upcycled Downriver or message me on facebook or email me at upcycleddownriver AT gmail dot com.
The 11x14 prints are $22 dollars or $25 shipped and the 8x10s are $15 or $18 shipped.

Thanks for all the support I've received recently. My heart appreciates it more than you know.

Monday, June 23, 2014

My Continued Love Affair with Open Shelving

Jared and I finally added some storage in our office/studio area, and I am so happy because that corner looked like this for far too long:

Jared never used the desk and had sold the computer that used to be there, so there was literally no point to have the desk in there anymore. Unless we needed something to catch dust and various other crap that seemed to find its home there. WHICH WE DIDN'T.

So I found some very simple brackets on ebay that came 20 in a box and cost around $18 bucks or so. Jared had Lowe's cut 5 boards to around 5 feet for around $55. In total, this project cost under $75 dollars, and the difference it made in the room was worth it! I didn't paint the shelves or worry about pretty brackets because I knew the shelves would be packed with so much stuff that the shelves themselves would barely be noticed. 

I found and marked the studs, and Jared started assembling the shelves.  

It turns out that the people who built our house were probably drunk or really stupid and the studs aren't even close to being even, so that's why they look a smidge wonky.

But you barely notice once I put all the stuff on the shelves.

 On the top shelf, I've got the journals that I've filled to the left of the Coke bottles and the empty journals and notebooks are on the right. The second shelf has Jared's computer books, my Christmas books, books that I tear pages out of and use for projects, and books about writing and grammar that I refer to sometimes. The third shelf holds Jared's computer parts, blank cds, my sewing machine, and my records. The fourth shelf holds books about music, stationary stuffs, and my record player. The fifth shelf holds files, a basket of misc cords and computer-y bits and our printer. The "shelf" on the floor has canvases, an old computer, and a file box.

And then I realized what it was missing. This beautiful chair.

I love it. And I love open shelving because even if it's just a bunch of stuff that you've got on the shelves, it still looks better that it would if you stored it otherwise. Plus, I love that chair and it really fits there. Jared sits in it with his laptop and works while I paint. I'm thinking I might try and convince Jared to continue the shelves on the other side of the little hutch that sits to the right of the current shelves. There's always a ton of stuff in the office, and I don't think it's possible to have too much storage space, is it?

Friday, June 20, 2014

Photo Friday: 6.20.2014

Welcome to Photo Friday where I show my week in pictures! Follow me on Instagram @tristantuttle! These posts are a mix of my instagram photos, pictures taken with my Canon, and photos taken by my friends and family.  For more Photo Friday, click  here.

Since it's been so long since I've done one of these, I've decided to hit the highlights.

I spent a day with Nanny buying fruit trees.

Then, we went and picked up Grandma, and we spent the rest of the afternoon together.

My cousin got married to the love of his life. I've never seen him look happier, and I love that!

At some point, Puck made this face. and obviously, it's very important to me that y'all see it.

Jared took me on a super secret surprise date that he had been planning since January. And this is my super cute outfit.

A little WAHO before the secret date.


THE DATE WAS TO SEE DOLLY PARTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She sang an acapella version of "Precious Memories" and even though I don't even like that song, when she sang it the song was so beautiful that I cried like a baby.

My friend Kim moved to South Carolina, and I helped her move. I'm sad that she's gone, but I was pretty proud of our packing job.

We took Buckshot camping with us, and he loved it!

He loved Katie May and she loved him!

See? HUGS!

Sometimes Buckshot likes to pretend to be Ophelia.

See what I mean?

And lastly, my hydrangeas that Parrie gave me have finally bloomed. This is especially important to me. 

Maybe it won't be another month and a half between Photo Fridays next time. I hope y'all have a fantastic weekend!