change of heart, change of course

I've moved on from the style blog world. I'll now be blogging at leahwise.wordpress.com. Read the About section and my first post to get an idea of where I'm heading.

I just haven't been true enough to myself here. It's too much of a burden. My new blog will focus on quality over quantity. I don't like posting tutorials. I don't really care about personal style posts. I'm a really bad cook. So I'll do and say what is natural to me in the future.


etsy update: picnics and parties

Four summer party items have been added to Water Lily Thrift. Click on each photo to view listing.

diy: decoupage on canvas

I've done a couple different canvas transfer and decoupage tutorials, but this one is a little different.

Daniel and I purchased a Street Sheet in San Francisco last November. All proceeds from sale of the paper go to the homeless person who sold it to you. On our particular visit, the Occupy movement had been relocated to San Francisco from Oakland. We saw their encampment and a protest during our visit. I was really struck by the artwork on the cover of the Street Sheet, so I made sure to save it until I could figure out how to feature it. I found it again while packing last night and decided to give it the old decoupage treatment with an 11x14 canvas I had on hand. You can use a magazine or newspaper clipping of your choice for this project.

Materials needed:
  • Blank canvas in suitable size
  • Newspaper or magazine clipping
  • Matte Mod Podge
  • Foam brush
  • Large, flat bristled brush
  • Acrylic paint
  • Straight edge (like ruler or cardboard)
  • Razor blade or scissors
  • Painter's tape
To make: 

  1. Select your clipping. 
  2. Assemble your materials. Before you begin, position the article over the canvas, tape the top to it with a small piece of painter's tape, then flip it over and trace and cut or use a razor blade to remove extraneous edges. 
  3. Using a foam brush (I abandoned the brush pictured due to shedding), apply an even, medium coat of Mod Podge to the canvas, making sure to fully cover the edges of the canvas. 
  4. Begin pressing your article onto the canvas, starting at the top and slowly moving toward the bottom. Use a stiff straight edge, like cardboard, to press out wrinkles and bubbles. Be patient and cautious.
  5. While the article is still wet, cover the entire piece with Mod Podge using your foam brush in even strokes (in the past, I have waited until the piece is dry to apply the top coat, but I think the weight of the glue helps prevent wrinkles as the article adheres to the canvas).
  6. Sweep the bristled brush in a cross hatch pattern across the Mod Podge you just applied. This will add texture. Do not add more Mod Podge to the bristled brush. This step adds texture only.
  7. After the Mod Podge stiffens a bit, use a razor blade to remove pieces of the article that go past the edge of your canvas.
  8. Let the piece dry for 3-4 hours or overnight. Mark off edges with painter's tape and apply an even layer of paint in a complementary color to the sides and edges of your canvas. This step covers up any raw edges, making your piece look more finished (since the Mod Podge creates a stiff finish over the article, painter's tape is safe to apply for a short period of time over the decoupaged piece).
  9. Remove painter's tape, then lay flat to dry. 


shop & affiliate update

Good morning!

I recently added direct checkout to my etsy shop so you can pay with a credit or debit card instead of solely through paypal. I also updated my banner. I am working to source and add more product in the next few weeks.

In somewhat related news, I am now a part of several affiliate programs with companies I love. Each time you purchase an item through the ads in the right column of my blog, I will receive a small commission. Some companies also offer coupon codes for readers. They will be listed in the "Coupons" section of the right column right before the "Affiliates" header.

Right now, Asos is offering 10% off your purchase with code, 10SALE.

I don't want to clutter up my blog with advertisements, but I do want to see where this type of program can take me. Since I'm currently unemployed, it seems financially smart to participate in a couple affiliate programs.

Please let me know if you have any questions about my online shop or my affiliates.


birds & sunburns


I've been busy trying to finish craft and alteration projects from the moment I got out of bed this morning. I don't want to leave too many things unfinished before the move. I also have lots of re-framing to do and I'd rather do it at my local craft store (where I used to work) because I know it like the back of my hand. I don't know who to trust in Charlottesville.

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Yesterday morning, I went kayaking at the park with Andrea. We spent about 3 hours out on the water, paddling, resting in the center of the lake, and eating a picnic lunch on the water. I really love kayaking. I was excited to see that little freckles were forming on my cheeks from the sun, but I didn't realize I was being burnt to a crisp on my legs. It's the worst sun burn I've had in quite a long time.

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- my mom bought me this cute bird shirt! 

I'm close to abandoning an awesome dress alteration I had planned. I think I bit off more than I can chew. I might just continue reading The Secret Garden and come back to it later. As much as I like the finished product, sewing can be incredibly frustrating and time consuming.

Only two weeks until we leave town! Ahhh!

shirt: Kohls, gift from mother
shorts: Union Bay, old
shoes: Target, gift card
earrings: gift from Kate
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