swoon: Bee Things Tea Towel

I stumbled across Bee Things last year at the etsy Dallas Jingle Bash and fell in love with all of their stuff – especially their tea towels. They’re the perfect accessory to spruce up a kitchen without breaking the bank, right? Right!  More can be found here. Enjoy. Cheers! Kristi

swoon: dictionary paper wall art & cardboard trophies

all images from the Roccoco Co Etsy Store

It feels like spring here today and the first sign of warm weather always makes me want to clean house and get organized.  Lately I’ve been feeling like the art in my house feels tired (or maybe I’m just tired of it) so I’m thinking of updating the gallery wall in my living room and I’ve been shopping for prints.   I already own two prints from the Etsy store Rococco Co and I am thinking of purchasing a few more.   I love these botanical and animal illustrations on vintage dictionary pages.

image from cardboardsafari.com

I also just ordered a new Large Buck from Cardboard Safari and I can’t wait to put this together and hang it on the wall.  I’ve had their micro buck in my house for the last few years and I finally decided that it was time to purchase the big one.  These cardboard animal trophies are a fun and animal-friendly nod to this home decor trend.  I’m also thinking of spray painting it hot pink, what do you think?

I’ll be sure to post some pictures of the wall once it’s done.  In the meantime, let me know if you have any good sources for art or tricks for updating a gallery.



swoon: Salt Air in my Hair

I stumbled across fabulous illustrator Katie Daisy of Wheatfield a few weeks ago and fell in love with this saying. There’s nothing like sitting on the beach, soaking up the sun and smelling the salty sea air. Luckily, I’m heading to the coast of Guatemala next week for some R & R time and am definitely looking forward to “Salt Air in my Hair.” More illustrations by Katie can be found here. Cheers! xo Kristi

stitch: Sewing Inspiration

Many times when starting a new sewing project, I’m guided by various patterns and art I find on the interwebs. For instance, I stumbled across illustrator Melanie Mikecz on pinterest a few months ago and was blown away by some of her work.

Specifically, I think this print is an amazing pattern for a quilt and rest assured, it’s going to be my next big project. Don’t worry, I’ll keep you guys posted on how it goes. I have a feeling there will be quite a few trial and errors. To view more of Melanie’s work, please click here. Cheers! xo Kristi


make: framed chalkboard art

For the last few weeks, I’ve been playing with a few different DIY artwork techniques.  Until now, they’ve all been pretty disastrous.  I’ve used water colors and puffy paints; tried words and patterns but nothing really worked.  So, I turned to an old favorite.  Chalkboard paint.  Maybe its the repressed teacher in me, but I have always loved writing on chalkboards.  Plus I am amazed that you can buy paint that will turn any surface into a chalkbaord.  Sidenote, did you know that you can also buy magnet and whiteboard paint.  Those folks over at Rust-oleom are geniuses!

So, this easy project only took about 30 minutes of real work time (25 hours total with drying time).  Plus since I tend to constantly move art around my house, I love that I can pop that bad boy out of the frame and change the quote whenever I feel like it.   Ah chalkboard, you are my favorite!

Here’s what you’ll need:
+ 1 piece of poster board (larger than the frame/matte)
+ painters tape
+ pencil
+ ruler
+ chalkboard paint (I used rust-oleom spray paint in black)
+ chalk

With a pencil and ruler, draw an outline of the shape of your chalkboard.  Then using painter tape (or masking tape) outline the shape.

Follow the instructions on the paint can for application.  If you are using spray paint, be sure to work in a well ventilated area.  I got a little bit of a headache from this project (even though I was only applying the paint to a 12 inch x 12 inch square.)   Spray in even sweeping motions from side to side.  Allow first coat to dry for 1 hour and then apply a second coat.

Once you have finished applying the second coat, carefully remove the painters tape. Allow to dry for at least 24 hours.  Then to finish the paint, take a piece of chalk rub the side on the chalkboard surface.  Erase and you are ready to go.

Start drawing or writing.  I came across this quote recently and knew I had to put it somewhere in my house to remind me to stop comparing myself to others.

I’m think I’ll make a few more of these and put them in frames around the house.   What’s your favorite use for chalkboard paint?



live: location, location, location

Like Kristi, I’ve been on the hunt for reasonably priced artwork for my house and I’ve been swooning over the modern map collections by Jenna Sue Maps.  I’ve always loved the idea of subtly paying homage to the places where you have lived.  If framed properly (I would crop out the city names), these illustrations could pass for modern art not street maps of different towns.  Plus I love the variety of cities available, including some smaller towns, like my current home of Boulder, Colorado.

I’m planning to order the Boulder, Manhattan and Brooklyn maps in grey, white and black.  I am also going to contact her to see if she will create a custom map of Martha’s Vineyard for me.



all photos from jenna sue maps on etsy

swoon: Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibit at the DMA

Last month I attended the grand opening Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art with close friend and CityCraft owner Callie. She wrote a great recap of the opening here.  I highly recommend checking out the exhibit if you’re in Dallas. I’ve been back twice and plan to go again before it closes in February. The show is stunning, compelling and full of inspiration.