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Knockoff: DIY Herringbone Art

I stumbled upon a fabulous blog the other day that you all should DEFINITELY check out. Sarah at While They Snooze is incredibly talented and just recently competed in Creating with the Stars over at East Coast Creative. I was perusing her blog and saw the most magnificent artwork that I wanted so badly for our house. SO BADLY!!!

Here’s one of those times when beautiful things should be admired and not replicated. They never turn out how you want them to. Following her lovely tutorial for her DIY Metallic Herringbone Art, I created my less-than-adequate version of her masterpiece.

Instead of telling you what I did, you can scroll through the photos below of the steps I took. But what you should really do is go and check out Sarah’s art. Because it is amazing. And yeah, you have to click over. I don’t like borrowing photos. Trust me, it’s worth your time.

{A Smith of All Trades} Herringbone Art1

{A Smith of All Trades} Herringbone Art2

{A Smith of All Trades} Herringbone Art3

{A Smith of All Trades} Herringbone Art4

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{A Smith of All Trades} Herringbone Art7

{A Smith of All Trades} Herringbone Art8

Now that you see my finished piece… what do you think? I wish I had had gold spray paint on hand. I just might try this one more time, even though it took a while. I just love her finished piece and have TOTAL art envy.


Operation: Beautify Conference Room

Oh my goodness am I excited to share this project with you all! Months ago (monnnnnths), I volunteered to breathe some new life into our conference room at work. We are the creative department at our school, yet our conference room was rather bland. It was a little beat up, too.

Courtesy of Tony Richards
Courtesy of Tony Richards
Courtesy of Tony Richards

We here call this color “nicotine yellow.” Doesn’t that just scream creativity?

No? That’s what we thought, too. So we formed a mini committee and brainstormed ways to beautify our conference room.

First and foremost, we needed COLOR! Two of my coworkers and I pow-wowed on the floor trying to pull in colors from our lovely carpet. We decided to go with two tones of green, with a lighter color on top and a darker color on the bottom.

Courtesy of Tony Richards
Courtesy of Tony Richards
Courtesy of Tony Richards

The color alone was a huge change for the better, but there was still work to be done.

After some discussion, we decided to fill the walls with pictures that represent the University of Maryland and our students. One one wall, we did a huge canvas triptych. On the opposite wall we did a gallery style wall with more than 20 canvases. We added an oversized clock to the back wall, and the room months in the making was finally complete.

Courtesy of Tony Richards
Courtesy of Tony Richards
Courtesy of Tony Richards

You know I loved working on this project — so much fun. It was a treat to work with so many of my coworkers on this to make our space so much more colorful and fun to be in.

Here’s a close up of the triptych:

(From my iPhone)

And here’s a panorama shot:

(From my iPhone)

A special shout out to my coworker, Tony Richards, who took these fabulous photos so I could share them with you. He is our photographer and videographer and has several photos displayed on our wall now. He also has a fantastic blog that you should check out, Seriously… click that link! You won’t be sorry.

See, isn’t his work amazing? Here are a few of my favorites from his blog:

Thanks for the photos, Tony.

And thank you for stopping by! Happy Friday and have a fabulous weekend

Craft Projects

Teaser Post: Canvas Art

One of my favorite things to make these days is canvas art. I am an awful painter and a mediocre drawer (at best), so I use fabrics and canvas to create these fun pieces of art. Here’s a gallery of a few of the pieces I’ve created for my coworkers. I’ll teach you how to make them a little bit later, but for now… enjoy!

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