Painting: Playing Around

Have you ever had one of those weeks, when you just feel overall cruddy and grouchy? Last week was a doozy for me. I was emotionally and mentally exhausted, and I don’t love admitting that I had a few spontaneous emotional outbursts. It was a long week.

When Friday rolled around, I was ready for a break. I pulled out a big sheet of paper, all of the paintbrushes that I don’t use on a regular basis, and a few colors of paint. And then I just let loose.

IMG_1814

I had no pattern, nothing to follow, no rules. I just made random brush strokes, played with color and patterns. I even let paint drip down over it. It felt so good! And I know it’s nothing special, but I hung it over my bed when I was done, because it made me feel so good. I love it. Every time that I look at it, it reminds me that sometimes it’s okay to take a break from the hectic schedules. Sometimes it’s okay to just play around and have fun for an hour or two.

IMG_1815

I’m really trying to give myself more time to get my creative energy out. Painting is something that gives me so much joy, and I’m trying to let myself do it more.

Have a great week, everyone! Can you believe April is rolling in? Summer will be here before we know it.

xo.

Advertisements

DIY Cat-Themed Cups

photo 1

I’m so excited to share this DIY with you today because: 1) it’s really easy, and 2) you can customize it however you like! I decided to make my cups pretty with cute cat-themed puns. What will you draw on yours?

DIY Cat-Themed Cups:

1. Gather your supplies. I used plastic cups, which aren’t ideal because you’re supposed to heat the finished work in the oven after drying. So, it’s probably best to use oven-safe glass cups or mugs for this project! I also used a Craft Smart Paint Pen.

2. Plan your design. I practiced my cat puns on a piece of lined paper before starting in on my cups. I wanted to make sure I had the spacing right, and the look that I wanted. After practicing on paper, I dove right in with the paint pen, but if you’re nervous about messing up you can always draw the design in pencil first!

3. Paint in your design, and let it dry for 24 hours. Then, you’re good to go!

photo 2

I added little cat ears and whiskers to this cup, and I love the way it turned out!

photo 3 photo 4

 I decided to add a little cat face on the back of this cup, and even though it’s a little bit uneven I love the way it looks! It just added something special.

I’m so happy with how this project turned out! I think that this would make a great gift–just think how fun it would be to personalize a mug or cup and fill it with little goodies for someone–or just a fun way to make yourself some custom drink ware. I think it would be fun to make a dog-themed set next–I was thinking of using “I ruff you.” Okay, I know it’s pretty cheesy, but I do love a good pun.

Happy crafting!

Picks from Pinterest: Summer School

If you’ve been following along this little blog, you probably remember that I’m in summer school right now. I graduated from college mid-may, and started graduate school about 2 weeks later (which required a move cross-country!). School is pretty tough, but it’s keeping me busy–a definite plus since I’m pretty sure I’d be homesick if I had time to think about it! Here are some of my recent Pinterest Picks.

1. This adorable DIY citrus wedge coin purse

Citrus Wedge Coin Purse - Delia Creates

2. 7 Non-toxic plants that are safe for kids and pets

7 non-toxic plants that are safe for kids and pets!

3. How-To “Faux Calligraphy” from Cupcakes & Cashmere

Faux Calligraphy - Cupcakes and Cashmere

4. This men’s shorts guide could prove to be very helpful this summer!

Yessss. Men's shorts guide.

5. This pine tree garland would make a fun and festive decoration for any season

Hanging trees

I’m obviously dreaming of sewing, crafting, and creating. If only I’d been able to bring my sewing machine to Pennsylvania with me! It’s probably for the best, since I’d procrastinate studying for anatomy by sewing up a storm. *Sigh*

xo.