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Rain Room.
Sunday, January 22, 2017

lacma rain room

Tourist trap queen ✌ (@ LACMA Rain Room)

Pammie and I snagged tickets to the last day of LACMA’s Rain Room exhibit on LA’s rainiest day ever and got more wet outside than we did in the exhibit 🌧️🌧️🌧️

Wayfarers Chapel.
Sunday, October 2, 2016

wayfarers chapel

Glass beauty (@ Wayfarers Chapel)

I think I might get married in this Lloyd Wright stunner. I just need to find a husband first! Just kidding (they also do baptisms, so a baby daddy will suffice).

Eames House.
Sunday, September 18, 2016

eames house

Case Study House No. 8 (@ Eames House)

Leave the keys under the mat. I’ll take this house exactly as it is!

DIY Indoor Herb Garden.
Monday, September 5, 2016

indoor herb garden

Happy new home to the Lansangs! I hope they’re better at keeping things alive than I am.

DIY Indoor Herb Garden:

  • Herb plants, $4.98 each @ Home Depot
  • Potting mix, $4.97 @ Home Depot
  • Wooden planter, $12.99 @ Wayfair
  • Chalkboard stakes (set of 6), $8.14 @ Amazon
  • Impeccable penmanship, Priceless
That’s a Wrap.
Friday, December 25, 2015

christmas gift wrapping kraft paper baker's twine calligraphy gift tags

Ways to My Heart.
Friday, November 20, 2015

whole foods market dtla - ways to my heart

You should be writing this down (@ Whole Foods Market DTLA)

Portraits of Hope.
Sunday, October 25, 2015

portraits of hope - the spheres at macarthur park

I cropped the meth heads out of this shot (@ MacArthur Park)

Day of the Dead.
Thursday, October 22, 2015

dia de los muertos - day of the dead - pumpkin carving - sugar skull

Pumpkin Carving, Level: Expert

Whitewashed.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

bates motel whitewashed

Whitewashed (@ Bates Motel)

Goal.
Sunday, March 29, 2015

homemade beer bones dog treats spent brewing grain progress brewing

Did you donate because of the animals or because of my cute packaging, be honest.

I’ve reached 70% of my fundraising goal! Help me get to 100% HERE and receive a bag of these homemade beer bones (they’re dog tested and Rocky approved, if that helps sway you at all).

Christmas.
Thursday, December 25, 2014

diy christmas gift tags

I Loved You.
Sunday, October 26, 2014

i loved you then i googled you - adam mars

…then I googled you (@ Culver City Art District)

End of Summer Shrimptacular.
Monday, September 29, 2014

shrimp boil invitation - seafood crab crawfish chalkboard

diy bloody mary bar

Anthony upgraded his second annual shrimp boil with an invite that tested our friendship and a bloody mary bar by me and the girls. All that was missing was some fried chicken!

Winning combo: Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix + UV Sriracha Vodka + Sriracha Chili Sauce

The Golden Ratio.
Saturday, August 16, 2014

the golden ratio

Leftovers.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

i'm going home with you - cpk takeout doggy bag

Grad Night.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

DIY money lei graduation gift

Somebody got lei’d last night (@ Santana High School)

Mr. & Mrs. Olivar.
Sunday, April 20, 2014

DIY typography gift tag for wedding

Congrats #MrAndMrsOlivar! (@ Estancia La Jolla)

errol olivar and aimee lumbo wedding

Every time one of us gets married, it’s like a mini reunion. I love that no matter how many days, months or years have gone by, we can all still pick up right where we left off ♥

DIY Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

DIY mid-century modern coffee table

I built this coffee table in an ongoing attempt to lower my Ikea to non-Ikea furniture ratio. Yes, this area rug is from Ikea, but The Great Pizza Box Fire of 2014 destroyed my non-Ikea rug, and I needed an affordable replacement! One step forward, two steps back…

DIY mid-century modern coffee table

This coffee table was built the same way I built my mid-century modern side table, but with a few modifications. I used pre-stain wood conditioner this time to prevent streaking and blotching. On a bigger job like this, you won’t be able to hide the ugly parts with succulents and a strategically placed Beyoncé print.
pre-stain wood conditioner
You can follow the same directions I used to build the side table. Just be sure to use these new measurements.

MATERIALS & TOOLS:

CUT LIST:

  • 2 – 1″x12″-6′ common boards – 4 pieces that are cut 36″ long
    (the top & bottom boards)
  • 1 – 1″x4″-6′ common board – 2 pieces that are cut 22.5″ long
    (the side boards)

Since I already had the gel stain and clear coat left over from building the side table, it only cost me $88 to make this coffee table! That’s cheaper than the Ikea rug it’s sitting on…

Say Adventure.
Friday, April 4, 2014

adventure time -  say adventure - gallery 1988

OH MY GLOB <3 (@ Gallery 1988)

DIY Mid-Century Modern Side Table.
Thursday, March 13, 2014

DIY Mid-Century Modern Side Table
DIY Mid-Century Modern Side Table
DIY Mid-Century Modern Side Table DIY Mid-Century Modern Side Table
DIY Mid-Century Modern Side Table

(As featured on Buzzfeed, Elle Greece, Diply, How To Build It, Nouvelle Daily, Oh So Lovely Blog, List Inspired and Lighter Side of Real Estate)

I’m obsessed with all things Mid-Century modern, and when I saw this Co-Mod side table, I knew that I needed it in my life. But it was $345. And sold out. And $345. I felt like that needed to be mentioned twice.

Because I’ve mastered the art of assembling Ikea furniture (and tested many friendships along the way), I thought that I should try building this side table myself. I went to Home Depot, showed them a photo on my phone and was basically like, “HOW YOU DO DIS?” If you act like you don’t know what you’re doing (or you’re like me and you legitimately do not know what you’re doing), the good people at Home Depot will help you. They will tell you what paint brush you should use to apply clear coat. They will tell you what clear coat is. They will even cut your wood down to the exact size that you need at no extra charge.

Building this side table was easier than assembling an Ikea sectional sofa!

MATERIALS & TOOLS:

  • 1 – 1″x8″-10′ common board ($14)
  • 1 – 1″x6″-6′ common board ($4)
  • Wood Stain – I used Minwax Gel Stain in Hickory
  • Clear Coat – I used Minwax Polycrylic in Clear Satin
  • 16 – 1.75″ nails
  • 4 – Mid-Century modern legs – I used 12″ hairpin legs ($61)
  • Sandpaper
  • Hammer
  • Power drill

CUT LIST:

  • 1″x8″-10′ common board – 4 pieces that are cut 20″ long
    (the top & bottom boards)
  • 1″x6″-6′ common board – 2 pieces that are cut 14.5″ long
    (the side boards)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Sand your boards. I used 150 grit sandpaper and sanded in the direction of the grain until it felt smooth. After your boards are sanded, wipe them down with a damp cloth to remove excess sawdust before staining them. This is probably something you should do outdoors in a well-ventilated area and not inside your 500 square foot studio during the only weekend it rains in Los Angeles. I still have sawdust in places I didn’t know I could get sawdust.
  2. Stain your boards. Use gloves unless you want to have to keep explaining to everyone why your hands are brown for the next three days. You can use an old t-shirt, or if you’re a hoarder like me and can’t bear to part with your ‘I ♥ Haters’ shirt, you can get a pack of paint rags from Home Depot for $4 and use those instead. I used one to apply the stain to the wood and one to wipe off the excess. It dries pretty fast, so I was able to coat all sides without waiting. I only applied one coat, but you can apply more if you want it darker. Let the boards dry completely.
  3. Apply clear coat. I applied it to one side of the boards using a synthetic paint brush. Give it a couple hours to dry, then turn your boards over and apply it to the other side.
  4. Assemble your side table. Use two 20″ boards for the bottom, two 20″ boards for the top, and the remaining 14.5″ boards for the sides. Here’s a helpful diagram:
    DIY Mid-Century Modern Side Table
  5. Nail the two top boards to the long edge of the side boards, and repeat on the bottom. Use two nails on each end of each board as pictured. I had someone hold the boards together for me while I hammered away.
  6. Mount the legs. I set the legs 2″ from the edges and marked where the screws would go. I pre-drilled pilot holes and screwed the legs on with sixteen 3/4″ screws. Depending on what kind of legs you buy, you might have a different method for attaching them.

You can build your own Mid-Century modern inspired side table for roughly $78 (for just the wood and the hairpin legs, if you happen to have the other materials). You really can’t beat that price or the sense of accomplishment you’ll feel after building something with your bare, wood-stained hands.

DIY Mid-Century Modern Side Table

Other things pictured:
Painted succulent pots designed by me (DIY tutorial here)
Task lamp from Target
Beyoncé print designed by me (sold on Etsy)
Bedding from Anthropologie
Bed from West Elm (discontinued!)

DIY: Painted Succulent Pots.
Sunday, March 2, 2014

DIY Painted Succulent Pots

DIY Painted Succulent Pots

DIY Painted Succulent Pots

DIY Painted Succulent Pots

DIY: Painted Succulent Pots

What you’ll need:
Clay pots in various sizes
Acrylic spray paint
Painter’s tape
Succulents
Potting Soil
Clear sealant (optional)

Directions:

Spray the clay pots with acrylic paint. I used Krylon spray paint in Mambo Pink, Flat White and Sea Glass.

Let them dry completely before taping off whatever pattern or shape your heart desires and painting them with an accent color. I used Krylon’s Gold Metallic spray paint for the triangles.

If you plan on keeping your clay pots outdoors, make sure you weatherproof them with clear sealant. Otherwise, you can go ahead and plant your succulents!

This is an easy way to add some color to your home. The hard part (for me anyway) is keeping the plants alive!

Love in 2014.
Thursday, February 6, 2014

there's nobody else i'd rather lie in bed and look at my phone next to

Love, Tissue.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014

i'm there when you're sad - trader joe's tissue

Trader Joe’s tissue, you my only friend.

DIY Christmas Gift Tags.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013

DIY christmas gift tags - typography - kraft paper - baker's twine

Food Porn.
Sunday, October 13, 2013

freelance work

Partly to fund my Amazon addiction, but mostly because I hate myself, I picked up some freelance work designing eblasts for a cooking website during the holidays. I can feel my stomach eating itself looking at all this food porn right now…

Won’t Stop.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Won't Stop Flower Poster Art Print by Bag Fry

All I see is ‘wonton soup’. God, I’m so hungry. And Asian.

Monday Mornings.
Monday, April 8, 2013

not hating life

Trying to stay awake while looking through hot model pics on my new iMac for this microsite I’m designing at work.

My life is so hard sometimes.

Snap!
Thursday, April 4, 2013

yo momma is a shitty graphic designer

you want to talk about mothers white chicks gif

I don’t know whether to be offended or impressed! Ha.
This made my day, Jesse.

DIY Key Holder.
Monday, February 18, 2013

DIY key holder frame san diego ikea hooks

Ikea frame + Target hooks + my own subway-inspired print = a little piece of San Diego in my home away from home.

Yes, that’s pepper spray hanging on the far right. COME AT ME, BRO.

Minnie Mouse Baby Shower.
Monday, January 28, 2013

minnie mouse baby shower pink dessert table kids birthday party disney
minnie mouse baby shower pink dessert table kids birthday party disney
minnie mouse baby shower pink dessert table kids birthday party disney minnie mouse baby shower pink dessert table kids birthday party disney
minnie mouse baby shower pink dessert table kids birthday party disney
minnie mouse baby shower pink dessert table kids birthday party disney minnie mouse baby shower pink dessert table kids birthday party disney
minnie mouse baby shower pink dessert table kids birthday party disney
minnie mouse baby shower pink dessert table kids birthday party disney

Disneyland is Alicia’s favorite place, and Alicia is my favorite preggo ♥

Old Habits.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013

old habits die hard

Making Spirits Bright.
Monday, December 24, 2012

spiked hot chocolate in mason jar with baileys
christmas gift tags typography bakers twine design modern
Layers.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

i will properly name my psd layers - photoshop - quotes

I’m going to file this under ‘lies I tell myself’.

Yes, We Kern.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012

typography yes we kern poster obama yes we can

Sweet Success.
Monday, October 1, 2012

yellow and gray bridal invitation

Pammie’s bridal shower was a sweet success!

Two, Please!
Monday, August 27, 2012

office

If heaven is a 6×8 glass-enclosed cubicle, then this is it.

Batter Up.
Friday, July 13, 2012

vintage baseball theme invitation kids party

Here’s a baseball-themed birthday invitation I designed for my favorite little slugger ♥

More from my design portfolio here.

New.
Sunday, June 10, 2012

know when to give up and have a margarita quote 8x10 print

New prints are up in my Etsy shop!

Indie Summer.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012

indie summer volume 1

My summer soundtrack ♥

Update (6/9): For those of you who asked—and by ‘those of you’ I mean ANTHONY, and by ‘asked’ I mean demanded—you can download all the songs from this playlist here. Enjoy, my lovelies!

Raechel Denise Photography.
Saturday, May 19, 2012

raechel denise photography business card vintage

Kraft + mustard business cards for my favorite photographer, Raechel Denise!

More from my design portfolio here.

STD.
Sunday, April 29, 2012

vintage wedding save the date tracee lorenzana gary wyer

I designed this simple save the date for my dear friend Trace and her fiancé Gary ♥

More from my design portfolio here.

Scrabble Typography.
Thursday, March 15, 2012

scrabble typography limited edition

scrabble typography limited edition

I’ve got such a boner for this limited edition of Scrabble Typography. Does the thought of getting a triple word score using multiple fonts make anyone else’s heart race? Also, what’s wrong with me?

Stylist.
Friday, February 24, 2012

tracee lorenzana hair stylist business card

I designed these business cards for my favorite stylist, Trace! Her other talents include faking a British accent and playing the recorder.

More from my design portfolio here.

If you want this design for your own business cards, you can place an order in my Etsy shop.

My finest work.
Sunday, February 19, 2012

i love wieners

Needless to say, these “I ♥ wieners” buttons I just made for Vince were not included in the online portfolio I designed to showcase my finest work.

Happy birthday, Pammie!
Friday, December 16, 2011

happy birthday gift tag craft paper twine diy

Awesome gifts come in awesomely designed packages ;)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Shirtle.
Friday, October 21, 2011

ninja turtle nose

My favorite picture of Shi + Teenage Mutant Ninja Noses = the makings of my Friday night.

(Yeah, I don’t know how I’m still single, either.)

RIP Steve Jobs.
Thursday, October 6, 2011

steve jobs quote

Sent from my iPhone.

Should I work for free?
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

should i work for free?

According to this flowchart, I may end up broke doing freelance work for friends, but I’ll be knee deep in promised organs.

Hello, Autumn.
Friday, September 23, 2011

hello autumn goodbye summer

Home is where the pants aren’t.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011

pants are overrated

Chel sent me this photo and said it made her think of me :)

If you ever come over unexpectedly, there’s a good chance I won’t have any pants on. Just kidding. (Even if I was expecting you, I still wouldn’t have any pants on.)

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