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the easiest chevron wall there ever was

Project, tape, paint, finished!

As you can tell, I’m a little obsessed with chevrons right now

When we bought our house, I knew I wanted a chevron wall somewhere, and my craft room seemed like the most logical place.
I recently scored a free old-school projector on Craigslist. (Yes, the kind used in middle-school). It was in some lady’s front yard, and she told me the last time she turned it on it worked, so I figured it was worth a shot.
All the tutorials I have found on-line make it seem super difficult and you have to get out a ruler and make sure all the angles are the same…blah blah. I didn’t want to have to deal with any of that, so here’s my easy, 2 hour version:

- 1 – First I created a Chevron pattern in Photoshop. I knew I didn’t want a super-crazy-lots-of-zig-zags-makes-you-dizzy sort of wall, so I used a pretty big pattern. The file I used is {HERE} if you want to use the same one for yourself.

- 2 – Next, I sent it off to FedEx Office to have it printed onto a transparency for $1.99.

- 3 – Once I got the transparency home, I put the projector as far back as I could and went to work on my wall. I will start by warning you that this part is a lot easier to do at night, I tried closing the blinds but the projection was still hard to see.
*Note that if you are going to have two shades on your wall, now is the time to paint the bottom later. My wall was already khaki underneath which I left the way it was.

- 4 – Start taping off your wall. Make sure you are consistently taping the outside of either the black or white shade so that you end up with evenly-spaced zig zags.

- 5 – Once everything is taped off, it’s time to paint!

- 6 – Before peeling off the tape, check to make sure you haven’t missed any areas. It’s much easier to touch up the edges now and keep them straight rather than once you’ve taken the tape off.

- 7 – I let mine dry 24 hours just to be sure (although the anticipation was killing me!), peel off the tape and viola! You’ve got the easiest chevron wall there ever was.

in a nutshell: our weekend

Remember how I said we’re becoming those annoying dog people? Well, it’s 100x worse now.

Our weekend was full of this…

And lots of this,

Plus this,

But mostly we just sat and stared at our adorable new puppy, tried to sleep over the pitiful sounds that came from her crate, and did our best to potty train this pooch.

the countdown is on

We are so becoming those annoying dog people who don’t have kids yet so they just show pictures of their pets to friends.

But seriously, who could resist that face? In 2 short days we get to bring her home, and I don’t think the next 48 hours will go quick enough.

The puppy craze started one Saturday morning when we were sitting on the couch, bored, reading the classifieds. Ian came across mastiff puppies and I think we both thought why not?

So he called them.

And we went and looked.

They were adorable.

But the place was sketchy. They didn’t let us see all the dogs they had or where they kept them. The woman said they really liked cheese…(what?! cheese??).

Basically, all signs pointed to NO.

After seeing them, we got puppy fever. But we decided to do our research, and after lots of discussion, agreed on a lab.

I have to admit, I wasn’t too excited at first, for a few reasons.

1. I really wanted a dog that wouldn’t shed;

2. I had my heart set on a Labradoodle or  Weimaraner;

3. It seems like everyone and their mom owns a lab.

But Ian has always wanted a lab of his own to train to hunt with him, so, being the amazing wife I am, I agreed.

He found a really great breeder locally and when we called him, he was expecting a litter of yellow lab puppies! We went out and met the mom, he showed Ian the training that he does with them if you choose that option, gave  us a tour of the kennels he has for them (which were spotless), and the whelping shed he built. We left impressed.

We put our name on the  list (because he only has 1 litter a year), and when he was sure the dog was pregnant, let us know.

He called us the day after they were born and said we could come see them whenever, so we waited a few weeks and then headed out there.

Then he called us again last week to let us know we could come pick her out, so we did!

It was so fun being involved in the whole process of the puppy, rather than just going to pick her out and taking her home right away.

The anticipation has been killing us, but I am so glad we didn’t end up getting one of the cheese-loving mastiffs.

Moral of the story: Patience pays off.

Oh, and if you’re wondering why we named our female dog Goose,  you can talk to my husband about that.

well, hello there!

Welcome!

The start of a new year means the start of my new blog.

It’s true. I’ve decided to join the world of design bloggers, and I have to say, I’m super excited. My hope is that this blog will be a platform for me to share my ideas, projects, and inspiration.

I’m Lindsay, but a majority of my family calls me Lulu. I graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Interior Design, but I enjoy design in all forms. I really enjoy being crafty. I think I could craft all day and never get tired of it.

Ever.

I’m slowly learning to sew (thanks to my mom), and I’ve always loved paper crafts. I took a Photoshop class my freshman year of college, and kind of fell in love with it, although I’ll be the first to admit that I still have a lot to learn.

In July of 2010 I married my best friend and we are slowly making our house a home, enjoying it every step of the way.

Thank you for stopping by, please feel free to contact me with questions, comments, and feedback.

I’d love to hear from you!

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