Saturday, March 29, 2014

Photo Friday 3.29.2014: Saturday Edition

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.

Last weekend I went thrifting with Mama and Katie for the first time in a long time. I ended up scoring some amazing vintage puzzles for our someday children, some shoes, a mary kay mirror, and a file folder box for Jared to put in his car. I also ended up with a fantastic milk glass swag lamp that I cannot wait to get hung up!

We had to move our cuckoo clock from the other wall because the vent kept pushing air onto the pendulum and causing it to stop. It seems to like it much better on this wall. It hasn't stopped once.

This is Buckshot's "Oh Crap!" face. This little sweet potato ate a bunch of stuff he shouldn't have and I ended up taking him to the vet in a panic. They said he's going to be fine.

These two have the weirdest friendship.

I teach two siblings, and about an hour before I got to their house for lessons, Pixie the mama goat had triplets! They were naming all the bucks after bible people, and I got to name one! His name is Solomon.

This is my bass student with his buck named Samson.

I started sketching Dolly for my next painting. Don't worry, I made her mouth smaller eventually.

I sold one of my Johnny prints to one of my students, and she insisted that I sign it next to my original signature. It's such a cool feeling!

Dolly progress!

I hope y'all are enjoying your weekend. Ours has been rainy but good so far!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Hello, I'm Johnny Cash.

This week seems to be the week of self-promotion! I just wanted to let y'all know that prints of Johnny are officially available now! If you're interested in purchasing one, feel free to message me on facebook or email me at upcycleddownriver at gmail dot com and we can work out the details. Each print measures approx. 11x14 inches and is $25 shipped. (If you're local, let me know and we can take off the shipping charge!) I will be putting these prints in my etsy store soon as well.

I'm so excited because I never thought I would have any painting as a print! Thank you for supporting me as an artist and as a person. I love y'all!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Alternative Heirloom Bouquets by Upcycled Downriver

The beautiful, talented, amazing, wonderful, and fantastic Katie Weeks of (who is also my sister!!) took these fantastic photos of some of my alternative heirloom bouquets. I had several orders come in at once, so I thought this would be a great chance to get them photographed by someone who knows what they're doing! I am in love with these photos!

This first one is made from cabinet knobs, and I loved how it turned out!

I also made her bridesmaid bouquets with a cabinet knob that the bride picked out. It matches one in her bouquet.

The boutonniere matches a knob found in her bouquet as well!

These were the bouquets that I made for Melissa's wedding in February.

I cannot get enough of these colors!

I love how this one looks like a happy swarm of butterflies came to celebrate your big day!

This is a bridesmaid bouquet made from cabinet knobs and beads.

I carried this bouquet in Connie's wedding as a bridesmaid. It's wrapped in lace from her mother's wedding dress.

These bouquets were carried in a space-themed wedding. They looked like a bouquet of stars under the lights!

I am so happy with how these pictures turned out! If you need someone to do your product photos, be sure to get in touch with Katie at!

If you'd like to talk to me about creating an heirloom bouquet for you, email me at upcycleddownriver at gmail dot com!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Photo Friday 3.14.2014 + 3.21.2014

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.

Last week I was having upload issues, so I fell behind on Photo Friday. I know y'all have missed seeing the minutia of my day to day life immensely, so let's get started!

For some inexplicable reason, I really want to carve my own wooden spoon. I don't know why. Daddy gave me some scrap wood to practice with, so we will see how it goes. 

I ordered Austin Kleon's newest book Show Your Work, and he personalized it! It's a great read as well.

Even Ophie wants to read it!

Buckshot is always finding Ophelia and trying to play with her. She never accepts his playtime invites.

Another example...

See what I mean? He loves to hang out with her!

Jared and I celebrated our 3 year anniversary with some bubbly cider that Jared's boss sent home for us and some delicious food at Henry's Louisiana Grill. Best food anywhere near our town!

I "acquired" these flowers on the side of the road. I'll do anything for fresh flowers!

Jared bought me a miniature rose bush for our anniversary, and I cannot wait for the weather to stay warm, so I can plant it!

I started planning my next set of paintings.

I started with Johnny!

And some yellow!

Sometimes we have to prop up our grill with a block of wood because things are a little topsy turvy at our house. 

Our friend Zack got his own place and invited us to supper at his apartment, so I snatched a few flowers from the side of the road and added a hyacinth from our own yard.

These two babies are so sweet.

I hope y'all have a great weekend and enjoy the beautiful Spring weather!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Master Bedroom In-Progress

This room has come a long way, in my opinion. I don't have any before pictures, but just imagine mismatched (but not in a cute way) bedding, dog toys and fur everywhere, with absolutely nothing on the walls. 

Not cute. Not at all. 

But now look! We hung things over the bed! And the only part of it that cost anything was the lanterns because someone gave me the window frame and the mirror, and I already had everything else. 

Here's what people can see if we leave the door open from the hallway. These two tables/plant stands once belonged to Jared's grandma. They're currently acting as my bedside table, and they're a little wobbly.

Most of the time there is some dog in the room.

When you come in the room and look left, there's a lovely dog crate that will be out of there just as soon as Buckshot QUITS EATING EVERYTHING IN THE HOUSE WHILE WE ARE GONE. We added a bench to the foot of the bed so that I could get into it easier, and as you can see, the dogs have dirtied it up. I'd love to recover it or something sometime soon, but we will see. I leave the blanket on the bench and put it over the bed when we are gone because I know Puck jumps up there and it helps keep the duvet cover white.

Before the dog crate came to live in our room, this dresser was in its place. We moved it next to the bed to be Jared's beside table.

I wanted our bedding to be crisp and fresh like a hotel but cozy like home. This king size duvet cover worked out great! I love how crisp it looks against the dark wood and the wall color!

This is a pretty common occurrence.

I didn't want my jewelry and our in the open, so I hid it behind the door. I also have a shelf to be hung up and some stain remover hiding behind the door. Real Life.

And there's the door to the bathroom. And a dog tail.

So, here are the things I'd like to change:

1. A taller bedside table.

Since our bed is so tall, the lamp is at a weird angle, and I sometimes have a hard time turning it on and off from bed. Parrie used to use an old sewing machine with a table top as her bedside table, and I always thought that was the coolest idea. Plus, that would be perfect in terms of those little drawers that are always on those machines so I could hide the surge protector thing that I plug all my junk into at night to charge. Isn't it so classy wrapped around the bed post? My grandma has an old machine that she said I could have, but I just have to go over there with someone to help me move it because it is heavy.

2. Re-do this wall.

I'd like to get the dog crate out of the room, shift the armoire into the corner, and put a faux fireplace on the wall at the foot of the bed. I'm hoping I'll find a cheap electric "wood" stove type thing on sale once warm weather finally gets here. In my mind, the fireplace mantel is white and I have a nice dark wood framed mirror to hang over it. I love mirrors because they reflect so much light and just make a space seem bigger and brighter.

3. Find a boxy "manly" style mirror to go on Jared's side of the bed.

Since the one on my side looks girly and snow white-y, I'd love to find something more masculine to go on his side but paint it white so it would match.

4. The carpet.

I really really really hate carpet, but since we eventually plan on using this as a rental property, Jared assures me most people expect carpet in the bedrooms, so I'd eventually like to put in some kind of carpet that hides stains but doesn't suck all the light out of the room. But that project is FAR down the line.

Things I love about this room:

1. The dark wood against the white. The contrast makes me really happy.
2. Our new mattress/bedding. I feel like we're sleeping at a really fancy hotel every night.
3. The tall ceiling.
4. The natural light.
5. The new white curtains.
6. How good it looks compared to before!

My estimate for the total cost of everything we've done in the room (buying a brand new memory foam mattress, curtains, bedding, new lamp, yard sale mirror, pair of lanterns on timers over the bed, and the small shelf that is yet to be hung up) is around $370, and we've been doing everything in stages so it's not such a hit to our bank account.

How about y'all, friends? Any plans to re-do a room in your house on the cheap?

As a side note, I'd like to apologize for the lack of posts these days. I was having trouble uploading images, but it is fixed now. YAY!