Monday, August 12, 2013

Silvering...Ladew...and My Love for the Ocean

Well, I'm ready to go to bed and it's not even 9 yet!  Lonnng day...

I do have a DIY project, a find, and some travel photos to share :)

First, a super-simple DIY...

Have I mentioned that I'm addicted to Pinterest?  In a major way.  I have this really ancient book...


 
See?
 




I found it on my trip to Austin, TX.  I love the blue cover and amazing typography.  But the page edges are pretty worn (you'd be too if you were made in the 1800s...just sayin...) and this book sits right next to my bed so I decided I wanted to jazz it up...you purists out there might want to scroll down and skip this part...

Yup, I decided to use some silver leaf like I saw on Pinterest.  I bought my silver leaf on Amazon and I just used a sponge brush to apply.  You must use this stuff outside it is po-tent.

 


I didn't really mind if it didn't look perfect....I'm not all about perfect and I was going for an aged silver look anyway...



 
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We visited Ladew Topiary gardens (in MD) for the first time a few weekends ago.  It was a little rainy but still really pretty.  Here are some of my favorite shots:
 


 


 

 

 
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I did some beading over the weekend - I've added three new necklaces to the Etsy shop - a preview of the shop can be found on the right sidebar -->



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Finally, I happened to browse estate sales in my area a few weeks ago and found one a few miles away with a painting that I just fell in love with.  I haven't been to an estate sale since...April maybe? 

Well, I got there first and I was asking the lady when they were opening and if she could tell me the price of the painting - if she wanted hundreds I wasn't going to wait for 30 minutes until they 'officially' opened.  She told me around $40...so I waited...then once I got my hands on the painting I had to wait again for them to give me a price...then they told me $60... :(  normally I would decline just on principle but I was emotionally attached to this beauty already...

Here's how she looked when I brought her home:


A little updating and some finagling from the master hanger (aka my Dad):

 
I love all of the blue tones against the navy blue walls.  I just love old ocean paintings - they always remind me how calming the coast can be. 
 

 

How about you?  Any new finds or travel anywhere exciting?
 
-Alisa

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