With all the wood paneling, I've been on a quest to make the living room brighter. In high school, I made a reproduction of an old photograph of my mother, grandmother, and grandfather, which I hand colored and matted with a black photo mat. I really love the photo, but the black mat made the room feel even darker:
So, inspired by a trick I'd seen in a Martha Stewart book, I decided to update the mat with acrylic paint to lighten up the corner of the room where it hangs, keeping a border of black around the inside of the mat to better frame the photo.
Painter's or Scotch Tape
1. Decide how much of the original mat you would like to show. Using your pencil and ruler, mark this distance at a couple of points on all sides of the frame - this will be your guide for when you put your tape down.
5. Put your photo back in the mat, put the mat back in the frame, and put the frame back on the wall - voila! Transformation completed!
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Check out this awesome idea for cupcake fondue! It's from www.bakeitpretty.com and I want to make it! I happen to know Katherine is having a get-together soon, and I am going to try and convince her that we need to include this treat in the festivities. Now I just need a fondue pot and mini-muffin pan... I sense a trip to Goodwill in my future.
Posted by Alyse at 9:10 PM
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
|Pen box! Electronics tray!|
I am forever looking for my chargers (both cell phone and iPod) as well as my iPod itself. Every time I put these away in a drawer, I end up spending twenty minutes searching my drawers to find them, as naturally I've forgotten into which drawer I placed them. So my new system is the out-in-the-open, on-the-corner-of-my-desk electronics tray. This way, I'll know where they are, but each of these random cords has a home after they've served their purpose. I've already used it a couple of times today! The pen box was devised as a way to have the pens I reach for most closest to me.
So, new year, new organization, more use of the desk, and more productivity.
Crafters, what new organizational tricks do you have up your sleeve this January?