May Treasures

may treasures

My May Treasures list was so fun to put together but a bit painful at the same time because I can’t buy anything at the moment. I’ve been trying to save up for a trip I am planning in the summer and have had nothing to spare. Windows shopping is mostly what these posts are about anyways since I do so much when I have insomnia.  It’s good to put my hours of browsing online to some use. My favourites are the kitty planters by Pony People (who’s shop I’ve reviewed before here) and unicorn pasties by Bad Bunny Shop even though I don’t have much use for them – I just think everyone should own a pair :). Hope you are enjoying the last day of the  long week if like me you hare in Canada, otherwise I hope the start of your week is going well!

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Monthly DIY: Resin Sticker Table

Resin Sticker Table monthly diyThis month’s DIY project isn’t exactly Halloween themed but I thought a resin sticker table felt along the same spirit as my favourite holiday.  This is a great and simple project to do to spruce up an old piece of furniture or a thrift store find.  The main reason I wanted to do this project is because my Ikea coffee table after 5 years was getting discolored and Ikea furniture isn’t exactly well known as an ideal surface to repaint so I thought I’d create a giant collage of some of my stickers that were piling up and not being used for anything. Hardly a new idea but I think when you use artist stickers you have so much room to be creative and unique. You can easily create themes as well (Sailor Moon table anyone?) or interesting geometric patterns and since this allows you to use homemade stickers that means you can print your own and create almost anything. The finish for my table will be resin as I fell in love with the glass like finish as well as being waterproof, and easy to clean. If you don’t want to get into resin territory which I understand as resin is a really hard material to get into and kind of scary (just me?), you can have a piece of glass cut to the size of your table and mount it on top, or simple use a sealer like Krylon Clear Coat or a top layer of ModPodge (the last two are not recommended if it’s a heavily used surface).  At the very bottom are all the artists if you are interested on where I picked up my stickers from!

What You’ll Need:monthly diy (1)

  • Table or desk
  • Stickers
  • ModPodge or any type of sealer/glue
  • Craft roller
  • Foam brushes
    Optional:
  • Epoxy resin
  • Blow torch
  • Vinyl gloves
  • Plastic tape
  • 2 x Plastic sheet

 

Cost:

$16 for the supplies not including resin and stickers, available at most craft/art stores . I collect stickers so it’s hard to say how much I’ve spent but most artists sell stickers around $1-3 each and books like Sticker Bomb are $20 for a few hundred medium to large stickers. You can print your own as well, stickers sheets for printers can be bought at Dollar stores or office supplies stores for under $10. I’d say for the stickers at least $30-$40. For a resin top including the resin, gloves, plastic sheets and blow torch (if you don’t have one) roughly $50 depending on size of the surface. To calculate how much Envirotex resin you will need to cover a surface, check here. This project is not a cheap one, so if just want a new table you may want to buy. This is more for creating  a permanent display of you sticker collection or creating unique themes that you wouldn’t be able to buy.  Continue reading %s

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Pick of the Week: Love Teacup Kisses

love teacup kisses (1)Pick of the Week: Love Teacup Kisses

 This week’s pick is the adorable Etsy store Love Teacup Kisses by illustrator Avo. She sells prints, stickers, brooches, original artwork and more of her adorable illustrations. I just love her artwork. It’s light, fun and super cute. It was impossible for me to resist the stickers with all the colorful hair happening and amazing fashion. I also picked up an original artwork because that “Fuck Off” jacket and hair do just screamed me (she does portraits as well that are really well done – if I wasn’t scared of getting mine done I would in a heartbeat).  She was also super kind and sent me some extra monster stickers with the original – and they are amazing. It’s a great store and she puts a lot of care into each package.  If you want to know more about Avo, she has an adorable blog and posts videos of her process on Youtube that you can check out!

Hello!! I am an illustrator with a love of super cute stuff! I blog mostly about art, life and some of my vintage adventures. I run my own online art stores [x][x] where I sell prints of my illustrations, original art, jewelry, handmade items and more. I love making new friends so feel free to say hi!
– See more at: http://www.avoslife.com/#sthash.aoVd2ol9.dpuf

love teacup kisses (2) love teacup kisses (3)A closer look at all the stickers and the print.

a few of my favourite items:

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