Finally, After Three Years…A Headboard

Yes, it’s taken me three years to make a headboard for our master bedroom. Yes, I had this same idea for a headboard for three years. Yes, I’m just that lazy or just that much of a procrastinator. Yes, it’s done and I love it.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just take way too long to make a decision about something. Like this silly headboard. I kept thinking that the perfect headboard, at the perfect price, was going to jump out at me. I found lots of headboards that I really liked but never pulled the trigger on buying them because I kept thinking I’d find one similar at a better price.

My husband and I agreed that we wanted an upholstered headboard. I’ve seen lots of tutorials on how to make them, but they have all required me to go to the hardware store and get a piece of plywood cut to order and then create a seemingly complicated system for hanging it on the wall. I like simple. The simpler, the better.

So last week I was in Michaels cruising around – without the kids – and went into the painting canvas aisle. I like to buy canvases just in case I ever feel crafty and decide to start creating collage art (I’ve done one and want to do more, but you know how it is). So while I was looking at the big canvases, I had a thought. “Alyse,” I said, “why don’t you buy three big canvases, wrap batting and fabric around them and hang them up as a headboard.” Why didn’t I think of that before? No need to cut plywood, no need to do a fancy hanging system.

Fabric is from the Revive collection by Art Gallery Fabrics

So that’s what I did. I bought three 24″ x 30″ canvases and a package of quilt batting for about $43 (the canvases were 50% off!). When I got home, I went into my stash of fabric and found a piece that was big enough to cover the three panels and that coordinated with our purple wall. I’m actually surprised that I had enough of this fabric to do the job, but I guess I was waiting for the right project to use it.

I cut out pieces of fabric and batting that were about 3 inches larger than the canvases on all sides. Used a staple gun to attach the material to the canvases and then screwed two picture hanging hooks into each panel. Easy.

The toughest part was making sure the nails for the panels were level. So if you decide to do this, just be sure you have a good level handy.

I can’t believe it took me three years to do this. It’s such a relief to have this project crossed off the list!

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Illuminating Junk

Happy Wednesday, my Junk Love friends!

Today I would like to share a wonderful candelabra that we own and love. We’ve had it for many years, and it has made many moves with us with remarkably little damage.

The whole candelabra comes apart for storage which is a plus since it would be tough to pack such a delicate item. The ¬†only problem we’ve had is removing candle wax from the intricate details.

It’s recently been brought out of retirement and cleaned as it’s making it into the new dining room – which I’ll be posting photos of very soon!

Thanks for dropping by to see my Junk! If you’d like to see more wonderfully thrifty finds, be sure to visit my Junk Love Club sisters (links at the right).

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Corralling the Magazine Obsession

Good Wednesday, friends!

Since I missed last Wednesday’s installment of the Junk Love Club, I thought I might share two pieces of my lovely junk today. Allow me to introduce two of my vessels for containing the dozens of magazines I have on hand at any given time.

This beauty was, once again, a find of my husband’s in the pre-Alyse phase of his life. It’s a lovely art deco shape made out of beech veneer. You can see that it’s not in perfect condition, with the scratch and dings on the front, but it is a very sturdy piece. I love that it has a handle so that you can carry it around from chair to chair easily. It’s just so pretty!

I found this little number at an antique store not too long ago. I had just been looking through Found Style and went on an antiquing excursion. When I saw this, it spoke to me. “Take me home,” it said. How could I resist such a such a cute wire rack?

Don’t forget to check out the other Junk Love Club members’ wonderful finds. If you would like to join us, hop on over to EmmaRoseArt and leave a comment, then we’ll add you to all our lists.

Have a wonderful day!

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Cool Glass

A couple weeks ago, the family took a little road trip up to Tacoma, Wash. Our original intentional was to spend the weekend in Gig Harbor, go sightseeing in Puget Sound and have a lovely time. Unfortunately, the weather stunk so we only spent one night and went home after spending little time sightseeing. But alas, we did go to the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, and it was wonderful!

Tacoma is the hometown of Dale Chihuly, the famed glass artist. I don’t feel quite educated enough on the matter to describe Chihuly’s involvement with the museum, but suffice it to say, if Chihuly weren’t Tacoma’s hometown boy, there probably wouldn’t be a Museum of Glass.

Glass sculpture on the Chihuly Bridge of Glass - photo by alyse vordermark

Anyhow, the museum is linked to downtown Tacoma by the 500-foot pedestrian Chihuly Bridge of Glass. The glass art on the bridge is spectacular way to be welcomed, and even though it was a cloudy day when we visited, the glass illuminating.

Fluent Steps by Martin Blank - photo by alyse vordermark

These hand-sculpted pieces of clear glass sit in a reflecting pool outside the entrance to the museum. The glass appears to water suspending in air. Beautiful!

Inside most areas of the museum, for obvious reasons, photography is not allowed. However, we were able to take a few photos inside The Hot Shop. The Hot Shop is a working glass studio/amphitheater where visiting artists work their magic in front of an audience.

The Hot Shop cone - photo by alyse vordermark

The Hot Shop is housed inside a 90-foot cone.

The Hot Shop

The visiting artists work with a team of five glass blowers, the Hot Shop Team, who are museum regulars. The day we were there, the visiting artist (the bearded man in the back) and the team were working on a glass pick-up truck. It was very fascinating watching the “blobs” of glass formed into a truck – even my 3-year-old daughter sat mesmerized.

So even though our Puget Sound weekend might be considered a bust, I’m so glad we got a chance to go to the Museum of Glass. It would have been a highlight, no matter how the trip turned out!

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High Cool Factor for Tel Aviv

I used to browse Etsy on a daily basis when I had my own little shop there selling handbags. I slipped away from it for a while, but I’ve found the light again recently. What’s odd though is that I’ve discovered several Etsy sellers in Tel Aviv that I love. Tel Aviv? Is Tel Aviv cool now, and I missed the memo? Yes, I think I did.

12 tiny portraits by behappynow

I bought these tiny portraits from behappynow and LOVE them. I’m going to get them framed in some unique way (still deciding how that will be) and put them in the new dining room.

Then there’s the clothes…

Crocheted crop top by duende74

It’s been so chilly here in Portland this spring that this sweater by duende74 caught my eye. I’m hoping that if I buy it I won’t actually get a chance to wear it for several months!

My must have top by Galalabel

But I know summer is on it’s way – it’s got to be, right? So this hot little number from Galalabel jumped out at me (Sorry for the tiny photo). I love the ruching at the sides – good way to hide my little tummy that I thank my kids for.

Handmade Lampwork Beads Red in Clear Glass Discs by NadinGlassico

I went through a jewelry-making phase several years ago, but I think these gorgeous handmade glass beads by NadinGlassico might just push me back into it.

Business card holder by ArtisEverything

I don’t have an office to display my business cards, but I’m thinking that this would look cool in my home office (a.k.a. my kitchen)!

All I can say is…Tel Aviv is cool!

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A Whole Lotta Junk Love

Happy Wednesday!

Sorry I missed last week’s installment of the Junk Love Club. Seems like life is pretty these days with school winding down and so many kids’ activities on the calendar. But enough of that. I’m here today to share my junk!

Since I missed last week, I thought that today I would share a whole vignette of junk that is in my home’s entryway.

I got this chair when I worked at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. At one point they were getting rid of a bunch of old office furniture for next to nothing. I saw this chair with a $5 price tag and knew I needed it. The cushion easily detaches so I’ve recovered it a couple times. This fabric was purchased in the bargain bin of a local upholstery fabric store for about $2. I figure for prices like that, I can afford to change the look on a whim!

The table is another pre-marriage find of my husband’s. It’s a cute little wrought iron table with glass top. There is a nick in the corner of the glass but I think it adds character – or that’s just what I tell myself because I’m too lazy to go get a new piece of glass.

The “vase” on the table is an olive oil bottle. It’s not vintage – we bought the olive oil at a little Middle Eastern market in town – but it has a vintage-y look that I like. It’s fun to fill it with fresh flowers!

Enjoy your week, my friends!

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San Francisco’s Chinatown

We went to San Francisco last month. I posted some photos from the Steinhart Aquarium a few weeks ago but forgot about the Chinatown ones until I was going through some other photos.

I’ve always loved San Francisco’s Chinatown. I find it nostalgic. The first time my hubby (who was just my boyfriend at the time) and I went to San Francisco we stayed in a little place called the Grant Plaza Hotel which is right in the heart of Chinatown. It was clean and inexpensive. No frills, but to two people who were barely making a living, it was perfect. So perfect that we stayed there again when we went to San Fran on our honeymoon a year later.

It’s always a trip to walk through Chinatown – the touristy junk, dim sum, barbecued chickens hanging upside down in the windows, dried fish parts.

I love red. And there is so much red in Chinatown.

I don’t usually take photos of people. It seems very invasive to me, but I took this photo under the ruse of photographing the building behind her. I think old Asian people look like they possess so much wisdom.

I hope I look wise when I’m old and wrinkly!

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