Monday, May 16, 2016

{window display}


Hello friends!

It is late Monday night and my eyes are going crossed from all of the drawing I have done today, but before I hit the hay I have to share the project I worked on this morning!

The owner of a local clothing boutique, Luxe Lizzies, asked me if I would draw on her store windows, which was equal parts exciting and terrifying. I hadn't done such a large scale drawing before, let alone on glass!

I woke up with quite a bit of anxiety today but pushed through and I'm so glad I did because it turned out beautifully! Here are a few photos...


The owner wanted it to frame the mannequins...love this effect!

  





A few views from the inside as I drew...



I drew everything from the inside which made it fun to see how it turned out on the other side of the glass. And I used chalk markers which are one of the best inventions ever! This took me about three hours and tomorrow I'm going back to do the same thing on the other side of identical windows. 

I shared images on my social media today and the response has really been overwhelming. So thankful for all of my cheerleaders! Who knows...I might be doing more of these!

XO,

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

{kitchen reno}


Hello friends! Happy Saturday!

I want to take a break from my usual art sharing to chat about our house today.  I don't know if I've mentioned this on the blog yet, but we're renovating our kitchen!!!

We've lived in our house for seven years and put up with a truly horrible kitchen for all of that time. And I'm not just talking about 80's cabinets or a laminate counter instead of granite. This kitchen is OLD and FALLING APART, big time. Like drawer fronts falling off and a faucet that is so janky we have to use two hands to turn it on in case it pulls out of the sink. 

It is embarrassing up in here friends. 

But a week from Monday the reno is starting and I'm still pinching myself that we're really doing this. Here is a before photo from waaaay back when we moved in and the room had CARPET. 

No worries...we remedied that right away with laminate...


And over the years we've painted the cabinets and tried to add touches to spruce it up, but when the bones are bad, not much helps!

So here's our plan:
  • White modern cabinets
  • Farmhouse sink
  • Industrial faucet
  • Dark gray laminate counter
  • Lots of open shelving
  • White subway tile backsplash with gray grout
  • Island with cook top 

We're doing this on a fairly small budget, although a complete gut job is anything but inexpensive! Keeping to laminate for the counter (we have a TON of counter space), subway tile backsplash, and lots of shelves instead of all upper cabinets is keeping the cost down quite a bit. 

Here are a few inspiration photos I've pinned...






The two biggest chunks of the reno cost are the cabinets and appliances, which include a new fridge and wall oven. We decided to do the lower cabinets and appliances from Lowe's. The few upper cabinets we're using are from IKEA, as well as the open shelving. 

Why split the cabinets between Lowe's and IKEA? Well, on a practical level, Lowe's is close-by, they offer easy financing (IKEA doesn't anymore), and they will deliver the cabinets fully assembled. Not having to assemble all of the cabinets is a HUGE plus, because we have a crap ton of lower cabinets. 

Why IKEA for the uppers? I had my heart set on these cabinets...



And Lowe's didn't have anything comparable that didn't cost about 4 times the price. (Like this whole cabinet cost the same as the piece of glass for the door at Lowe's.) Whew! 

We also purchased our shelving and brackets at IKEA. We're using white shelves and these brackets...

We'll have open shelving on either side of the sink instead of cabinets. I'm super excited about how that wall will turn out. This photo has a similar feel to how ours will look, with the same industrial faucet and IKEA sink, as well as the window centered over the sink...


One of the biggest changes is that we will be removing the soffet over the cabinets. I know that will really open up the room, not to mention allowing us to move the cabinets up higher which will help tremendously! 

Another big change is that instead of our range, we'll have a separate gas cook top in an island, and an under the counter oven. Dan found a clearance gas cooktop at IKEA a few years back that we've been keeping in storage. He is beyond excited to start using it. 

Changing to an under the counter oven also means that we'll have a super long, uninterrupted wall of counter space which will be heavenly! The vent hood will be replaced by a wall microwave which will also free up counter space. 

For the island we're picturing a butcher block top and turquoise painted base similar to this...


We purchased two open stock cabinets (one was a lucky Goodwill find and the other from the clearance section at IKEA) to use as the base for the island which saved tremendously on cost. 

And finally here are a few of the finishing touches we'll be using!

We bought the smaller version of this pendant light for over the sink (from IKEA)...


And these bar stools are at the top of our favorites list...


So there's the kitchen reno in a very big nut shell! 

I can't wait until the process starts so I can share the durings and afters. And I really want to give encouragement to those who are on tight budgets like us. It may take a lot longer than you would like, but eventually these house projects can happen! 

XO,
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Monday, May 02, 2016

{#100daysofyourtruth days 9-12}


Happy Monday friends!

Hope your week is off to a good start! I wanted to do another update on my 100 day project, #100daysofyourtruth. I'm handlettering quotes submitted by friends and followers, and the plan is to do 100 of them! You can keep up with them on my Instagram here.

I'm 12/100 so far and honestly I'm pretty proud of myself for keeping up with it for 12 days! It definitely helps that I'm on a work sabbatical. 


Here are days 9-12...





I still need more quotes to letter so send them my way! 

XO,

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

{#100daysofyourtruth 7&8}


Good morning friends!

How is your week going so far? It has been a bit of a doozy for us so far but we keep going, right? :)

Here are days 7&8 of my #100daysofyourtruth project. I'm excited to see a cohesive theme of color and shapes evolving with these!



I'm still taking submissions for quotes to include in this project, so if you have a mantra, truth, or favorite short quote, send it my way (mandybeth01@hotmail.com)! 

XO,
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Sunday, April 24, 2016

{time lapse illustration}


I'm embarrassed to admit that I spent waaaay too much time this evening figuring out this time lapse video (and I still can't figure out how to share it on my Instagram). 

But hopefully now I can create them much more easily, and yay for even figuring out how to add music! 



Here's the pencil sketch...


And the final digitally colored illustration...

A good reminder as we start the week!

XO,
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Saturday, April 23, 2016

{#100daysofyourtruth update)


Happy Saturday!

I thought it would be fun to share my first five illustrations for my #100daysofyourtruth project!

If you don't know what the heck I'm talking about...read this post.

It has been so fun reading all of your submissions and choosing one each day that speaks to me. 

Here are the first five...







If you have a truth you want me to illustrate, leave it in the comments or send it to me at mandybeth01@hotmail.com!

XO,
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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

#100daysofyourtruth


Good morning friends!

First of all, if you haven't read my last post, I shared all the info on a super fabulous Mother's Day Etsy print sale. So head over there after you read this, ok?  

Last night I was scrolling through my Instagram and came across @elleluna and her ‪#‎the100dayproject‬ which begins today. 


It reminded me of a lettering project idea that came to me a few months ago. One where I do a handlettered illustration of quotes you submit to me! Your feelings, your secrets, your truths...anything you want to share! 


So for the next 100 days (fingers and toes crossed I can keep up with it!) I'm going to letter one of your submissions each day. That means I need your help! Send me your words...preferably 10 or shorter, and I'll illustrate it!

Your quote can be as honest, raw, silly, etc. as you need it to be. It can also be a quote from someone else but I'll need to know who to attribute it to. You can leave it in the comments here, or if you want it to be anonymous, email it to me at mandybeth01@hotmail.com. 

I really hope this project will be freeing for all of us! Follow along each day on my Instagram @mandyfordart or #100daysofyourtruth!

XO,
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