Showing posts with label diy. Show all posts
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diy project: theater letters for the office

Friday, March 22, 2013

OH, how wonderful you look today, OH

The walls in my apartment needed a little something. Naturally, I headed to my latest favorite shop, SWAG. SWAG is too close to my apartment for my own good (it's also diagonal from the "Pawn Stars" shop if you're ever in the area). The owners are wonderful and they're always updating their Facebook page with their latest finds. They have a room in the back of the store where I've found some good treasures, including these old theater letters. They had the letters S H O hanging on the wall. Stacked to the side they also have an I and a U. For a while I was tempted to get the H O for Jay's last name, but I thought that would be... well more of a constant reminder. Then I thought OH! Ohhhhhhh?...  Oooohhhhh. The word OH is so great! With different tweaks of inflection, it can express so much!

From Merriam Webster's website:

The word "OH"

Definition of OH

—used to express an emotion (as surprise or desire) or in response to physical stimuli
—used in direct address;oh, waiter! Will you come here, please?
—used to express acknowledgment or understanding of a statement
—used to introduce an example or approximation

                      Oh, what a great interjection it is! Here is my OH project.

Osa provides encouraging creative support. She's thrilled in a really relaxed way.

Theater Letters Project

This is a pretty simple DIY project, and hopefully it will inspire you to find your personal word.

What you'll need:

Theater letters
Hair dryer
Olive Oil
Cotton balls or pads

So, first to locate the theater letters. There's Craig's List, Etsy and of course your local antique store. Here's how the letters looked when I bought them.

The price stickers were a little stubborn to remove, so I loosened them with the heat from a hair dryer.

To remove the rest of the sticky goo and get an uniform black without painting the letter, I used a couple of drops of olive oil on a cotton pad. (I got the glass holder for the cotton from SWAG too). 

Coat the surface very lightly with the olive oil and focus on getting the sticker remains off. Remove excess olive oil with a clean cotton pad

 Get out your level, hammer and nails, and hang in the perfect spot.
You can sharpie the nail heads black if you want them to blend with the letters.

OH! How lovely.

bowling bag gym bag

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

It must be the fact that it's September and the school kid in me is ready to set out my outfit for the next day and start anew. Well, it's also time to shape up, and that means visiting the gym again. No one would accuse me of being a morning person, so having my workout stuff ready to go by the door in a nice retro bundle seemed the best way to go. This little blue bowling bag came with our house when we bought it, and it was either time to put the bag to use, or time to drop it off at the thrift store.
I decided to turn my little blue bowling bag in to a gym bag. I didn't alter a thing, just unzipped and inserted the items I'd need while my eyes are half open:

~Gym bag - you can find one at a second hand store
~Sneakers (these can be covered with those clear hotel shower caps if you'd like
~Towel- one of those quick dry travel ones
~Toiletries - tucked in the front pocket
~Headphones - they hang nicely on the metal support.
~Change of clothes.
Now to get myself out the door...!

diy vintage polaroid case ipad holder

Friday, April 20, 2012

Here's a project I came up with while on a shoot. I had my vintage Polaroid case on hand as a prop. I camped with Osa the next night and was juggling my ipad in bed while watching a movie. I thought, hmmmmm... let's see if my ipad and polaroid case want to spend some time together. Sure enough, it was a match! 

It's a simple project:
1. Locate a Polaroid Land Camera SX-70 case. (A very sexy camera, by the way, so you may want to find a case with the camera).
(Try Ebay, Craig's List, and Etsy)
2. Empty contents of case
3. Use scissors to cut the divider inside the case
4. Insert iPad for transport -or-
5. Place iPad in lid to use as holder

Voila! Old school & new school all in one!