Monthly Archives: March 2014

Authentically Austin

I’ve been lucky enough to visit this vibrant city two times now, so I thought I would share my love. If you know me, I just love small town charm and although Austin is large in size with it’s many individually owned businesses and start up mentality, it still manages to keep the hometown feel but with the energy of a big city.  Austin’s vibe is a unforgettable, its food mouth watering, and its creativity contagious. Walking around enjoying the sunshine, you just want to stop and take everything in. It’s an Instagrammers’s dream.  Here’s a few things I just loved!
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    • Visit Rainey Street and stop in one of the once-house-now-converted-restaurants.
    • Try fall off the bone BBQ at La Barbecue while hanging out by the pool.
    • Dance the night away at Barbarella.
    • Eat breakfast taco’s at Torchey’s Tacos or at my best friend Jenny’s apartment.
    • Try on cowboy boots at Allen’s Boots.
    • Take a photo at the famous “Greetings from Austin” postcard mural.
    • Boot scoot at Rebels and try not to drool too much over the line dancing cowboys.
    • Hang out at the patio at Little Woodrow’s.
    • Cheer on UT at a football game. Hook ’em! Texas Football Game
    • Eat along Lake Austin and say hi to kayakers galore.
    • Hike up Mt. Bonnell and enjoy a beautiful aerial view of the city. mt bonnell
    • Walk down the dirty 6 at night and revel in the mayhem.
    • Tour the UT campus, pretend you’re a student, and have lunch on the South Mall lawn. Learn more about UT and it’s history here.
    • Shop along South Congress. Stop and grab food at one of the many food trucks. south congress austin texas
    • Grab coffee at Joe’s.
    • Take a pickle shot at Kung Fu Saloon.
    • Stay outside as much as possible. I highly recommend scooting around the city with your best friend.

Just writing about this makes me want to go back. After one visit, I’m sure you’ll be ready to pack up your bags and move to Austin…at least I did.

Here are some other posts about Austin worth checking out:

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It’s a mad map world

Brian and I are close to embarking on our next adventure to Roatan, Honduras so I thought I would post a DIY project we worked on a while ago. We love displaying travel momentos including photos, artisan crafts and figures, and thought a map would be a great addition to further display our adventures. After searching around and looking at some maps online, I of course decided we should make our own.

Here’s what you’ll need to craft your own:

  • Map-Bought mine at Barnes & Nobles
  • Canvas-You can use ones all the same size like here or mix and match like I did
  • Acrylic paint to cover the edges of the canvas
  • Mod Podge
  • Brush to paint on Mod Podge
  • Pencil
  • Ruler or we used a spare piece of wood from another project. Just need something so you can trace a straight line.
  • Razor blade to cut the map quickly
  • Pins to pin where you have been or maybe where you wanna go
  • Optional: Curtain hanger from Ikea to display your photos and post cards
  • Optional but highly recommended for any DIY project: Friend or Fiance’ to help you with the project

Total Cost: Estimated $60-$65 including the curtain hanger

We started by buying some different sized canvases from Michaels. I purchased ones that were on sale and used coupons as well. They sell them in packs like these, so it helps with the cost. We mostly had all the other materials for an assortment of art/diy projects.

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Next I painted the canvases blue to match the deep blue ocean. Then Brian laid out the canvases, traced, and then cut the maps so it just covered the tops of the canvas. He used the piece of wood to line up with the traced marks and then quickly cut with a razor blade. You can also do this with scissors though.  We did slightly cut off parts of countries (Sorry Greenland and tiny islands in the Pacific), but for the most part were able to capture most of the world.

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Next we covered the canvases with Mod Podge and  laid the map pieces on top. We waited for the maps to dry over night and then placed a top coat  to further seal the map and give it a glossy sheen.

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Lastly we hung the map on the wall and enjoyed pinning all the places we’ve been! We also bought this curtain wire from Ikea to hang all of post cards we’ve collected.

map-project6I often find myself staring up at our creation thinking of the many wonderful places we’ve traveled together and the many places we have yet to see.

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Check out some of our other DIY creations here!

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Creating with the Stars 2014

creating with the starsOne of my favorite DIY blogs, East Coast Creative, hosts an awesome contest each year called Creating with the Stars.  Hundreds of bloggers submit their DIY projects for a chance to collaborate with some amazing blog stars.  11 contestants are chosen by the blog stars and one contestant with the most votes also wins a lucky spot. I’m hoping to win one of the coveted 12 spots, so please take a second to vote for my project!

Just click here and then click on the thumbnail for project #132, “Stirring up some art”. The more you click, the more votes I get!

Here’s the project I submitted. You can view how I made it here.

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My project didn’t win a spot last year, but I’m proud of Brian and my work. You can view how we made it  here.
diy built in closetThanks for your support!!!

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