Voronoi Stippling Portraits

Inspired by George Washington’s face on the dollar bill, Joey drew our portraits using the Voronoi Stippling method with a hand-drawn twist.  I absolutely love how they turned out. He used his Wacom tablet and Adobe Illustrator.  One of my next projects will be printing them out and framing them. I might ask him to also make one of Zuzu the Poodle so we can showcase our whole family!

DIY Stencil Pillow

Zuzu the poodle has a bad habit of ripping the stuffing out of pillows.  It is one of her favorite pastimes.  In fact, just a few weeks ago, she decided to rip into one of my favorite Anthropologie pillows.  While I was rather angry with her for her destructive behavior, I decided to look on the bright side–perhaps Zuzu was encouraging me to redecorate.  Maybe she just doesn’t like the Anthropologie aesthetic.  So armed with a thrift store pillow case, a stencil set, a black fabric marker, and my sewing machine, I set out to make a new pillow cover, one that maybe Zuzu would appreciate. The result is a chic pillow, that will likely be destroyed by Zuzu within a few weeks, but for now, looks lovely on my sofa.  I was inspired by Wit & Whistle, which published a great tutorial that walked me through the process of stenciling the pillow.  I encourage you to check out that tutorial here.

I chose to stencil the lyrics of one of my favorite songs, “Used to Be” by Beach House, on the pillow case.   In case you hadn’t guessed, I’m kind of an obsessive Beach House fan.  Teen Dream is one of my favorite albums of all time.

Small Space Solution: Outdoor Living

Joey and I live in a very small house–360 square feet to be exact.  With the addition of Zuzu, the miniature poodle we recently adopted, our space per living creature has drastically decreased.  Our friends often ask us how we live in such close quarters without killing each other.  I’ve got two words: Outdoor Living.  Luckily, we live in Tucson where you can enjoy the sunshine 360 days per year.  We take advantage of this by spending loads of our time in our backyard.  Of course we want our backyard to look presentable, but on our limited budget and with our black thumbs, we had to get creative.  The pictures posted here show some of the ways we made our backyard presentable without spending much money or effort.  Pretty much everything is thrifted, even the fake plants.  Our chandelier was made from mardi gras beads and the following tutorial: http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2010/05/make-a-beaded-chandelier/.   With such a great outdoor living space, our house doesn’t seem so small.