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Monogram Me…

So, there’s a price to pay for being a lover of cutesy polka dots, monograms, and patterns. You tend to see them everywhere and want everything.

Last year, my dorm walls were as barren as the Arctic so I had to come up with something to spruce them up and bring some life to the room. All I had was some old black and white patterned wrapping paper, three cardboard inserts from some boxes I’d received my textbooks in, and some pink ribbon I’d saved from a class project.

The wrapping paper was reversible and, on the other side, was a solid hot pink. So, I printed out a full page of each letter of my initials and placed each over the pink wrapping paper before cutting them out. I then covered each cardboard insert with the black and white pattern, making sure to tape them securely to the back.

I then taped each of the initials to their prospective decorated board and then decided it still needed something. So, I took my ribbon and wrapped it around the edges of each, taping those at the back also. After that, I taped some more ribbon to hang the pieces with and got this wonderful result!

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HGTV Charleston Style

My roommate and I finally put a down payment on an apartment for next year. We’re extremely excited about it. But she and my mother were laughing at me because, while they were planning on the essentials to buy and how to budget, I was trying to picture the different things I could do with the rooms.

So far, I’ve decided on the themes I want each room to be and a few of the details that I want to use to carry out each theme.

The main room is going to have a multicolored theme but we’re sticking to the bright, happy colors. We can incorporate the theme into pretty much anything. Even if we get ugly, brown pillows, they’re easy to reupholster or even just make a quick cover-up case.

As for the walls, I want more of an accent wall than to do the entire thing because then it wouldn’t flow as nicely into the other rooms.

I want to do some wall art that won’t damage any of the paint and is easy to put up. I found a few ways to do it that won’t take more than a few minutes to put up and it looks great!

There’s one idea that another blogger had that incorporates inexpensive scrapbook papers to create an engaging, bright and happy feel to the room. She also made her own drop lamps, which also might be an option for our apartment. However, I haven’t looked at how the lighting is set up too closely.

Another blogger writes about using paint chips to create the aesthetics of the room. It’s a really cool idea but I’m not sure I have that many paint chips and it would look a little sketchy to go in Lowe’s or Home Depot just grabbing paint chips and walking out.

Another idea I’ve heard about and seen around is the old window frame wall art. The idea is to take an old window frame that either you don’t need anymore or someone’s thrown out and put pieces of fabric or patterned paper behind each section and hang it on the wall. It actually makes things look really nice in the homes I’ve seen it hung.

So, that’s a possibility.

But for now, I’m just looking through ideas and compiling them to see what would be the best and most inexpensive way to put things together without causing the owners to add another fee for damages. My roommates and parents can figure everything else out. ^_^

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Rocking Through The Ages

There’s a funny thing about college students. We’re easily bored and, at the same time, entertained by the smallest of things.

Recently, I found myself sitting in front of the television set while my roommate (the studious one out of the two of us) studied at the library. I had already seen the program that happened to be on and found myself looking around the room for other things to do. My gaze finally landed on the bag of my still unpacked Christmas presents and pulled out the bag of acrylic paints.

I really wanted to paint with these particular paints (just because they were new and I hadn’t used them yet) and so my next activity was to find something to paint that my roommate wouldn’t miss too terribly.

A few months back I had purchased a cheapie fountain from CVS that I thought would be neat but…wasn’t even worth the $3 I paid for it. So, I had the decorative rocks laying in a tumbler on my desk and I just decided to make these cute little guys. ^_^

Yeah, they’re all pretty much penguins right now but I’m working on some other animals and shapes. I mainly took the completely circular ones first because I knew what I wanted to do with them. It’s easier to work with the circular ones but there are definite possibilities for the others. Ha ha.

After I painted them and let them completely dry, I took my hairspray and sprayed them down (one side at a time, of course) and let those dry.

My roommate and I have this idea to make some for Relay for Life. We would paint them purple and then write “hope” and “cure” on each side. Now, whether we sell them as a fundraiser (which I think would be a cute idea) or just give them to the committee is something we still have to decide.

It’d be cute to have a little piece of paper saying something along the lines of putting the rock in a place you can see it or in your pocket and every time you look at it or feel it, you instantly think of those effected by cancer. Or something like that.

Now, I just have to find a purpose for these little guys sitting here on my desk….

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