Pretty Things for the New Year

So, it’s been a little while since I posted. It wasn’t on purpose, of course. Life just got in the way. Even now, I have to make this quick, because it’s almost 10:30 p.m. and I have to run 6 miles before work in the morning. Don’t ask me how I’m going to manage that – The sun doesn’t rise until 7:30, and I have to be at work by 10. But either way, I wanted to stop by to share a few pretty things that have moved into my home over the past few weeks.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Wedding photo canvas by Raw Photo Design
This photo, taken by Raw Photo Design, is one of my favorites from our wedding. We used our entire photo credit for Pictage to purchase this canvas, and it was totally worth it. It makes such a statement (it looks much bigger in person), and I like that it showcases some of the prettiest parts of our day without actually featuring our faces. I don’t think we’d be comfortable with a giant photo of our faces on display … It’s just not our style.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - DIY spray-painted plant pots from Ikea
Both of these plants and pots are from Ikea, but I added the yellow and gold stripes myself with spray paint and painter’s tape. It was SO quick and easy – I sense a new DIY addiction coming on!

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Cape Cod Indian Neck print by Heidi Gallo
My mom bought this beautiful Heidi Gallo watercolor print in Cape Cod and had it framed for us for Christmas. It features Indian Neck, the beach our cottage is on. We also have a framed oyster print by the same artist – she uses such gorgeous colors.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Dayna Decker gold candle with wood wick
This amazing Dayna Decker candle was a gift from my cousin and his fiancé. In addition to being GOLD, it also smells like heaven and has a wood wick that crackles when it burns. It is wonderful.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - DIY spray-painted peach oval mirror
This mirror isn’t actually new, but it’s newly peach! We got a great deal on it at Home Goods a couple years ago, but it was cream, which didn’t really match in here. I wanted to paint it soft coral, and this Valspar shade from Lowe’s was the closest I could find. I think it’s called “Brushed Rose.” Brad doesn’t like the color, but I think he’s crazy.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - DIY watercolor painting in spray-painted gold Ikea Ribba frame
I think Brad should be more supportive of my work – I’m certainly supportive of his! He painted this with watercolors, and I put it in a custom-made frame (a.k.a. an Ikea Ribba frame that I spray-painted gold) and featured it prominently in our downstairs bathroom. I really, really love it. Figures – I watch countless YouTube videos and read online articles, and I’m still terrible with watercolors, but he takes one try and makes this masterpiece. WHATEVER. You can’t force the creative juices to flow, I guess.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Fiddle leaf fig tree from Ikea
I’ve wanted a fiddle leaf fig for some time now, and I finally got one! It’s actually from Ikea. I’m going to do a separate post about this baby, but can’t resist sharing it now. It’s going to live inside, but I let it spend some time on the deck this weekend. I think it liked it.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Gold dog biscuit container
And this – THIS – is my gold dog biscuit container. I did not spray paint it. It came that way. My best friend Alisa found it at Home Goods and gave it to us for Christmas. I think it was made for me. And my dog, I guess.

We still have a lot of Christmas gifts and recent acquisitions to unpack and display, but there’s only so many hours in the day. In fact, it’s my bedtime now, so that’s all, folks.

What’s the prettiest gift YOU got over the holidays?

     

Earl the Octopus Makes His Debut

Remember when I said I was ordering two prints from Society6 to hang in my foyer, back in January? I wasn’t lying – I ordered them the next day – but it’s taken me until now to get them both hung! Whoops!

I mentioned that the standard sizes on Society6 don’t fit in the Ikea Ribba frame mats. That was a bit of a deterrent for Earl the Octopus.

Earl Octopus Print - Wobins - Society6

Luckily, I remembered that Jenny at Little Green Notebook had run into the same problem, and her genius solution was to just paint out the gap with a solid, contrasting color. I thought about mounting Earl on a piece of solid scrapbook paper, but I felt like he deserved better, you know? I really wanted to give Earl an ocean to swim in. So, I busted out my cheapo watercolor set and painted him one.

Watercolor Painting - Blue Background
(Don’t mind the orange blob behind it. That might end up being a creation for the living room. Maybe not.)

Next, I needed to cut off Earl’s extra edges. I used my paper trimmer with the laser guide so that I wouldn’t screw up. Nobody wants a crooked rectangle on full display!

Earl Octopus Print - Wobins - Society6 - Trimmer

While all this was going on, I had also spray-painted my Ikea Ribba frame gold. I know, I know – cut it out with the gold spray paint, woman! – but I literally have eight white Ribba frames in my foyer already. EIGHT! It was getting out of hand.

After days of drying time and a lot of double-sided tape, I finally managed to get Earl mounted in the ocean, the ocean mounted onto the mat, and the mat and glass shoved back into the spray-painted frame. SUCCESS!

Earl Octopus Print - Wobins - Society6 - Gold Ikea Ribba Frame

I LOVE how it came out. I had originally meant for the ocean to be a darker shade of blue-green, but my cheapo watercolors have very little pigment, so this was the best I could do. I’m happy with it, though! I think it really POPS. Total price for this framed art? $26. Bam.

I also finally hung the other print, Tchmo’s Untitled (Cloudscape), on the gallery wall. This sizing issue was resolved much more easily – I just got the size that was a little larger than the mat opening, and cut off a bit of the edges. No harm done. I wasn’t a huge fan of the red, anyway.

Gallery Wall - Abstract Watercolor and Marbled Paper in Ikea Ribba Frames
That frame on the bottom left always goes crooked for some reason! I fixed it after this photo was taken, I swear.

The giant piece of Pirouette marbled paper has been hanging up for a while, too, but I don’t think I ever posted a picture of it on the wall. Bad blogger!

Paper Mojo Pirouette Marbled - Ikea Ribba Frame

So that’s all my foyer art! I’m a pretty big fan of it. Find out more about it here and here.

What process do you use to fill your walls with pretty things? Long-term collection, or buying all at once?