"My skin is kind of sort of brownish pinkish yellowish white.
My eyes are greyish blueish green, but I'm told they look orange in the night.
My hair is reddish blondish brown, but it's silver when it's wet,
And all the colors I am inside have not been invented yet."
-Shel Silverstein

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Basement Wall...

Does anyone besides me have those times when none of the crafts you're making are working out? Because the last week has been a pretty big flop for me! I'm in a crafting slump or something! I have great intentions of doing wonderful things, but they just keep turning out mediocre. Here is the latest to add to that list:

My basement wall. It's been pretty boring and I wanted to do something cute and girly that would liven up the boring (blue) space. So I printed a huge picture (it was 30 pages) and taped it all together. It looks a little strange because I deleted everything that wasn't necessary so I didn't use all my ink.

Then I taped it to the wall where I wanted it. I thought I was going to use carbon paper to transfer the image but 1) you can't find that stuff anywhere and 2) the little bit that I had from the place I used to work wouldn't work anyway. **Disclaimer- I didn't steal it from my old employer- it was between sheets that we would occasionally have to fill out and after I would do mine, instead of throwing them away, I'd keep them. I have like 5 whole pieces**
So, I had to just use the papers as a guide and draw it on the wall. I drew it in pencil first and then traced my lines with white paint pen so I'd have a better guide. It's a little hard to see.
Then I started painting
And painting
And then I was done. And not exactly thrilled. But I guess it is growing on me...
It sort of reminds me of a 1994 stenciled wall, and I'm not crazy about that at all. Not that there is anything wrong with 94 or stencils. I'm just not that into them.

I guess it's better than plain blue. Now I'm trying to decide if I should paint a peachy orange flower on the armoire thingy I scrounged off the side of the road.... More on that later (another not so fantastic craft from this week)

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  1. It doesn't remind me of a stencil at all. It reminds me of a vinyl, which is so popular now. I think it's wonderful and adds so much to the wall. I would love to replicate it, and I'm bookmarking this page and following -- that shows just how much I love it. I invite you to visit me and do the same!

  2. I think it looks really modern and beautiful! This one is NOT a flop! :)

  3. The contrast is great- it's simple, not overwhelming! I think it'll grow on you. Nice pun btw. :)

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  5. This is really great! I saw on another blog where they did this in a teen's room with an image of Napolean Dynamite. This method is just so fab!

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  7. What's not to love?? I think it looks marvelous! Great job!

  8. I hate craft slumps!! Thanks for stopping by today. I'm following you back.
    BTW your wall looks great!

  9. Ooh, that is so pretty! I love the size of those flowers.
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  10. Hi Amanda, found ya from The Girl Creative "Friend Friday". :)

    I love that wall! What a way to liven it up!! Super cute.

    Have a great wknd!

  11. Hi! I found you on friend Friday! Love this idea, so cute!

  12. Visiting from new friend friday! I'm loving your wall... so cute! I'm loving your blog and your fab projects! I'm following you now! :)

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  14. Amanda, I love it!! Especially on the blue wall. It's striking - maybe you wanted more color? Anyway, hi! I'm your newest follower from the Friday blog hop and I'm so glad I found your blog. I hope you'll come visit and follow my blog too. I'd love it if we got to be blogging buddies. Can't have too many of those, right? Smiles.


  15. Following you back! Thanks for visiting :)

  16. That is lovely. Makes for a very interesting basement.

  17. No, you're not in a slump! I love it! It's MUCH better than the typical cinder block, gray, stone, COLD basement! :) I think it looks beautiful.

    Thanks for commenting on my alphabet scrapbook post! And for following too!

    (love your quote from shel silverstein. it's great.)

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  19. I think it looks great. A girl after my own heart, print out a pic and copy or trace it onto something. If I had drawing ability, I wouldn't have to do that!

  20. What if you painted a favorite quote or song lyrics really big to the right of it? Maybe in a shade of light blue?


  21. love this!! come on over and link up to MMM :)

  22. Great job!!! I can't believe that you painted those flowers, they are beautiful!!

  23. Just found your blog. Love all the ideas so far, especially this wall. I think you did a great job. There are days when I think that the idea of crafting something is wonderful in my head, but the implementation of it is a total flop. So you're not alone. Keep up the awesome-ness!

  24. Amanda, I wanted to let you know that I have featured your project on my blog for my post on last month's bookmarked projects. Wonderful creativity.