Weekend Inspiration

vintage Crater Lake postcards
When we were walking home from the grocery store last week, we stopped by a little shop/art gallery that was having a patio sale. We’d never been in it before, because it’s rarely open, and it’s in a house, so it doesn’t really even look like a shop. Along with some pretty pottery, this vintage Crater Lake postcard was one of our finds, and now it hangs in our house. It brings back memories of the time we visited Crater Lake (Oregon’s only national park), and is a good reminder to go on more adventures. Which is what I’ll be doing this weekend, driving out to Eastern Oregon for a fun little getaway.

This wooden bead message garland is pretty genius.

Give your vase a (temporary) tattoo.

This DIY market backpack looks like it would be perfect for carrying home the bounty from your next trip to the farmer’s market.

It’s hard to believe that paint and tape is all it took to make this cement patio look tiled.

Crochet this pretty linen tank with the free pattern.

This week I shared resources for free art and a tutorial for how to make an easy poster hanger, made baked falafel, and a post I wrote for Apartment Therapy about Christmas cactus care went up.

Baked Falafel Recipe

Last week I decided to try my hand at baking falafel. It was partly because I’d never made falafel before, and wanted to give it a try, but it was also because I wanted to put my tzatziki on it. I’m not a fan of frying things, though, so the baked version seemed like the way to go. And it was…eventually.
Baked Falafel

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Wooden Poster Hanger Tutorial

Once you’ve printed yourself some free art, you’ll need to hang it. Framing posters can get pricey, but this simple wooden poster hanger costs less than $7, and takes about 5 minutes to put together. You can adapt it to any size poster, and easily take it apart when you move.

One of the big problems with decorating dorm rooms is that you usually can’t hang anything that requires nails. Avoiding wall damage is required with many rentals, though, not just dorms. So if you don’t want to be limited to posters stuck to the wall, here’s how you can make an inexpensive DIY frame that should be lightweight enough to hang from removable stick-on wall hooks. (Back when I went to college, I don’t think they had those yet. It was the Dark Ages.)
DIY your own inexpensive, simple wooden poster hanger, no power tools required.

Click through for the instructions for this easy DIY poster hanger

Free Art for Dorm Rooms and Beyond

(Nearly) free art for broke students has been on my mind lately, because even though I’m not in school and don’t have kids, back to school reminders are everywhere. They’re inescapable! And so I was thinking about the last significant time I went back to school, which was when I moved into college dorms.

Decor-wise, dorms are pretty limited, but there are ways to make them a little bit more stylish. Wall art is an obvious answer, except for two problems with it: cost, and hangability. So (nearly) free art that’s removable and easy to hang without damaging walls is the solution.

Back in my day, that meant posters and mounting tape. When I went off to college, I had some band posters that I had bought with money I earned babysitting, and that was about it. Not that I could have hung much else anyway, because 1) no nails in the cinderblock walls, and 2) the dorm rooms were teeny tiny.

Free Art Resources: Sites with amazing free art of all styles that you can print yourself.

But you kids today have it easy! There is tons of free printable art online that’s so good it feels like stealing. No guilt here though, because the people who owned it have either chosen to give it away, and/or are long, long dead.

You can print it yourself if you have a good printer, or you can take it to a local copy/print shop for a larger version. Even FedEx/OfficeMax/Office Depot/Staples can get the job done. And if none of those are an option, online printers like parabo press and Artifact Uprising have you covered. (This is where the “nearly” in “nearly free art” comes from, ’cause printing ain’t free.)

So today I’ll share a bunch of options for where to find cool printable art, and then I’ll give you some options for how to hang it. One is this easy DIY poster hanger, which you can make without any tools other than a utility knife.

Not moving into dorms? Me neither, but this free art is so good that I still want to use it in my non-dorm home.

See the resources I found for amazing free art