Thursday, August 22, 2013


So, this is my first Pinterest post. I first saw the idea last year. I REALLY loved it and was determined to figure out how to do it in China. Things take more time here and it takes more effort to find stuff. I first realized it was possible after I bought a few canvases from the local art store. I didn't like the paintings I had done and tore off the canvas. Not like a crazy person, but I was just bored. AND low and behold a simple frame waiting to be painting and hot glued!!!

So, after choosing some "color schemes" I got more canvases, tore off the canvas and got busy!

I suppose this is Stage 3. I should have taken a photo. On the back of the frames I hot glued twine to stretch across the back. I soon realized, a tighter line across was better than a looser one. And then on TaoBao, the Chinese Ebay, I orderd some adhesive velcro like 1" square. I stuck them on my wall and stuck the opposite one on the top corners of the back side of the frame. No measuring needed.

Getting some photos clothes pinned.

The Final Stage. I really love it. I think the colors work well, but I might have to repaint the center right frame. It was supposed to be bright pink, but it looks more red than I want. I'm thinking orange...We'll see...

More home repairs and Pinterest posts to come!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Pinterest Welcome Sign

 About a month ago, I painted this "Welcome" sign for my door. Originally, it was going to be a monogram, but there is too much confusion about which is my first name and which is my last name in China. So, I just decided to go with "Welcome"

It was a lot harder than I thought. Well, the chevron look anyway. You have to draw out a grid and then tape from corner to corner. Sorry, I don't have photos of that stage. Just look on Pinterest ;) 

Here is the final project and a photo of it on my door. I feel like it looks much more welcoming. Its a big hunky, green, steel door. Not very friendly. I wish I had thought through the colors more. Originally, it was going to go in my house, but I thought it would be a nice touch on my door. Next, I need to scrape all the locksmith stickers off.