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DIY Project Table

  This build started out of the need for a large project table and my stubborn nature, sure that I could make it happen on a REAL budget. I work with large pieces of art on a daily basis and needed a surface that would allow me plenty of work space, paint space, dry space, spread out space and easy to reach STORAGE. I decided to try building a table out of inexpensive Target shelves and it totally worked so here we are! Things you'll need: 1. 4 shelving units for your four "table legs", in whatever sizes suit your needs and fit the size of your overall table top dimensions. 2. Melamine board cut to the size of your...

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5 Things I Learned: 100 Selfies in 100 Days

I started this thing.   See, I own a business and take all my own product photos and social media which turned into heyyyy.. a lot. of. selfies.  The thing is, over time I started to learn things from taking my own photo on the regular-- things about myself, things about marketing, things about communication. I decided to take on a challenge. 100 selfies in 100 days. The rules? 1. Take it myself. 2. No prep. No filters. Whatever I look like that day, that's it. 3. The photo has to encompass the general feeling of that day. Depressed?  Elated? Make-uped? Hungover? Exhausted? Excited?  Over it? They're all invited.  For 100 days. The hilarious part of all this is it...

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Jord Watch Giveaway

  No one said hard work couldn’t be a little fancy. The business of business is being sure and passionate about what you have to offer and wanting others to know about it.  Big or small, hand-made, machine-made.  I’m on board with all the mades.  We all know I’m a wood-lover (insert: connoisseur/obsessor) and Jord Watches has taken this love to another level!  I am fully head over heels for my Jord Watch (I have the Frankie in Koa and Ash which you can find here) and just love their combination of form, function and such a warm, accessible material.  They have a wide variety of styles and colors, wood types and grains and their quality is unbelievable.  This company...

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Gray Wash Tutorial (with Vinegar Stain tutorial)

Gray Wash Tutorial (with a lesson on Vinegar Staining)     Gray wash.  I don't know if that's a real word or not but at my house it is!  I fell hard for the gray trend a few years ago, but also grew tired of painting things gray.  I love wood--the grain, the natural warmth it brings to a space, and I had tried countless times to achieve that perfect light gray stain/wash effect.  Gray store-bought stain was too dark and honestly doesn't provide the same richness that the brown-toned stains do, so it's not my favorite.  I've tried mixing all the things but could never get the finish quite right.  So, after much heartache and many a botched project,...

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