Geometric State Art

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Oh, Arizona.  We’ve had our ups and downs.  I complain about your blazing heat like, all of the time. You can’t seem to keep yourself out of the news.  But you know what AZ?  (Can I call you AZ? I feel like I can). Let me tell you something. There’s no place else I’d rather be.


Yes, I’m an Arizona girl at heart; born and raised here. And even though summertime for me equals hibernation, I’m proud of this old state. (Ask me to recite some AZ trivia sometime. I know a lot. I’m a big hit at parties).

3M recently challenged me to create and share a summer painting project for the 2014 “Get It, Got It, Go” Summer Blog-Hop with ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape and The Home Depot. And since I have plenty of indoor hours to kill, I thought why not make a little homage to my home – for my home!

The geometric craze is everywhere these days, and I’m on board.  I mocked up this geometric state design in Photoshop®, and transferred it to my Silhouette to cut it out. But even if you don’t have access to these, there’s no reason you can’t simply cut one out on your own, it’s just a bunch of straight lines!  And even if your state isn’t as attractively-shaped as Arizona (sorry Wyoming), don’t let that stop you, you can still make one too.

Here’s what I used:

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The wood is just a piece of underlayment that I got at The Home Depot and stained.  Pros: super light, so it’s easy to hang, and also inexpensive.  Cons: easy to chip the top layer if you press to hard with the knife. Good to know and now you know it.

I covered the entire surface with ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Multi-Surface with Advanced Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector. Press it down nice and tight!



I finally got to drag out the overhead projector I bought from a school surplus sale last year. I knew it would come in handy someday, despite what my husband said!



Then, I just traced along the lines.3m4


It’s not perfect, but that’s ok.  I planned to make up for it with the straight edge and the utility knife.  My plan was to remove all the lines and keep the triangles intact, because I wanted the lines white.  So of course, the very first thing I did was cut out and remove the triangles.  Urgh.   3m5


After painstakingly replacing a few triangles, I got myself back on track and cut out all the lines.  A ruler is your best friend during this process.


Give the tape one last rub-down to be sure it’s fully adhered to the board, and gently roll on a light (LIGHT!) coat of paint.  This is the Wooster® Pro Foam™ Roller, which, if you’ve never used a Wooster® , do yourself a favor and try one out.  You’ll be a believer.  You can do another coat if you want fuller coverage, but I wanted to distress mine, so I removed the tape as soon as the paint was dry to the touch (so like 30 seconds later. Thanks double-triple temperatures! I knew you were good for something!)


And … tada! It looks so nice with my other Arizona art from Map My State. I think I smell the beginning of a collection …



I might want to make a little frame for it, what do you think? Frame yes? No?



Thanks to 3M™, ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape, Behr® & Wooster® for helping make this project happen!

Head over to Centsational Girl to get hoppin’ and see the dozens of other projects my fellow bloggers have come up with:

320 Sycamore: Front Porch Project

Simply Designing: DIY Board & Batten

Brooklyn Limestone: Farmer’s Market Display Stand

Fave Crafts: DIY Aztec Planters

Domestic Imperfection: Rusty Metal Shed Makeover

Studio Pebbles: Faux Frame Modern Art

Whipperberry: BBQ Tool Storage

Dukes & Duchesses: Color Block Umbrella Table

HoneyBear Lane: Patriotic Lanterns

Uncommon Designs: Striped Workbench

Love of Family & Home: Grain Sack Table


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Coming Clean

Here we are, back to the grind.  It was so much fun torturing your eyeballs for five solid days during the Ugly Lamp Contest last week, but I am also happy to be bringing you something pleasant to look upon today!

And speaking of being back to the grind, it’s a laundry room makeover.  Nothing is grind-ier than laundry day, am I right? Although, I have to tell you, I am pretty stoked that I have recently figured out a laundry system that works for me. Would you like to hear about it? No? Well too bad!  You’re going to hear about it anyway.

So, I was really tired of getting buried under a laundry pile that I could never EVER catch up on. With four kids, it was necessary to do a load a day just to try and maintain the pile, not even defeat it. Ha! It could never be defeated.

Everyone’s clothes went into the same basket, which had to be sorted, then washed, then sorted again into piles when they came out of the dryer, then folded and put away.  But then one day I realized, duh, instead of washing all of our stuff together, how about everyone has their OWN basket?  Now instead of doing endless loads of everyone’s clothes and then sorting them into separate piles, I just do one load per person, then they carry their basket of clean clothes up to their rooms and put them away. (Don’t tell, but I don’t even care if the kids fold their stuff or not.  Just get it in the right drawers!) My husband does his own laundry, which helps a lot, and I also stopped folding things like dishtowels and underwear.  Life is way too short man.  Now I just stick them in the drawers and go! (I do still find joy in folding sheets and towels though; I’m not a total barbarian).

Maybe this system is not news to you at all, but it has saved me SO MUCH TIME. I probably spend 20 minutes a week on laundry now, if that.  Life-changer.

Wow, sorry for that laundry opus.  Are you still with me?  Hope so.  Here’s a fabulous laundry room makeover from Ronda at Batchelors Way. My favorite part: the huge built-in laundry cubby!

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I also love how stacking the machines saves so much room.  I wouldn’t have thought to do that, since there was plenty of room to have them side-by-side, but it just makes sense to save space wherever you can.

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Remember Ronda’s faux marble countertops?  Still can’t believe that’s hand-painted.gray_laundry_room_makeover copy2

Fabulous job Ronda!

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2014 Ugly Lamp Contest: WINNER!

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner!  The Ugliest Lamp of 2014 has been chosen!

(fanfare, fireworks, confetti cannons, trumpets!)

With a record-breaking 48% of the final votes, in all his nausea-inducing glory, allow me to introduce our champion, our conquering hero, our grand-master of Ugly:




Oh yeah.  I knew in my heart that Beef Femur was a winner the second this picture popped up in my inbox.

When Mariah submitted this glorious mummified meat stump to the contest she explained, “My husband works for a pet food company. They make everything from dry food to jerky and everything in between. They also process bones as chew toys. I’m not sure who made the decision to make this particular piece, but at some point someone decided that a good way to display their product was to turn it into a lamp. The lamp is made of a genuine beef femur, complete with dried flesh and liquid smoke, dipped in poly to preserve that recently-dead look. I’d say the bone is about two feet tall. I’m including some close-up shots just in case you really want to look closer. I’d advise against it.”

Well Mariah, you should find whoever it was that made this lamp and shake their hand, because they just helped you win a $100 gift card of your choice!  (Actually, I would avoid talking to that crazy person at all costs).

And now, Beef Femur shall be forever remembered, as he takes his rightful place among the past champions in our Ugly Lamp Hall of Fame.


2010Alien Matador


2011Broken Leg Lamp


2012Demon Skull


2013Bacon Barf

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Thanks so much to everyone who submitted a lamp.  I always feel bad that I can’t include them all. It’s always a little heartbreaking to weed them down to manageable 18.

I hope you enjoyed the contest! I have to thank everyone who voted and commented too. Your comments are hands-down the very best part of this for me. SO funny!  Someone commented that they weren’t offended by the beef leg, just offended that it had such a boring lampshade. Haha! If you haven’t read through them you should take a minute to do it, they are sure to make you laugh.

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What will next year bring?  I’ll need a full year of therapy before I can even begin to wonder.  As for you, be sure to keep a sharp eye out! You may be the one to discover next year’s winner!

Check out all the contestants from 2014 in Round 1, Round 2, Round 3, and the Battle Round.

Here are a the Battle Rounds from previous years too! 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010.

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Ugly Lamp Contest: FINAL ROUND!

Welcome to the 2014 Ugly Lamp Contest BATTLE ROUND! Today, the top two ugliest lamps (as voted on by you, dear readers) from our three previous rounds will compete in one final face-off before we crown our victor tomorrow! (Check out Round 1, Round 2, and Round 3 to see them all).

Who’s it going to be?  Will Beef Femur grind his competition into jerky bits like he did in Round Two, or will it be a dirty fight to the finish? Only one way to find out.

Get your voting finger stretched out and warmed up, troops.  The blessed end is near.

Here, in no particular order, are your finalists:



1finaldawnfrom Dawn

Moose Knuckle Chuckle easily creeped out enough voters to secure himself a solid place in the finals. I feel like I should have added a disclaimer to our pal Moose: If you don’t know what a ‘moose knuckle’ is, you might want to refrain from googling it in the presence of young children or your boss.  Maybe I should have just named him Bulgy Wedgie, and left it at that.



2finalmariahfrom Mariah

Beef Femur pulverized the competition in his round, with an impressive 85% of the vote. Will he send everyone to the slaughterhouse again? Or will he find himself on the chopping block this time? He’s been there before and isn’t keen to go back.



3finalpatriciafrom Patricia

Mikey Mice squeaked out a distant second place behind Beef Femur in Round 2, qualifying them to enter the Battle Round.  Will they claw their way to the top, or sink sadly back into second-hand store oblivion? They appear to be devising an evil master plan as we speak.



from Sarah

Satan’s Booger snot-rocketed his way into the top spot, carrying the lead in Round 1. He’s got his game face on.  He’s ready to play.  Actually, I think that’s just his regular face.



5finalmichellefrom Michelle

If the Ice Cream Addicts can pull themselves together enough to compete, they may have a chance at slurping up a victory.  C’mon, look alive kids, look alive! Look … awake?  Sigh. Nevermind.



6finalgeorgiafrom Georgia

And lastly, Tacky McMannequin is our final victor from the challenging Round 3. It went back and forth all day, but she finally elbowed her way to the top.  A considerable feat, considering she has no elbows.  Can she hold her own against the rest, or is she all dressed up with no place to go?  (She’ll be all dressed up that is, as soon as she finds her pants.  And her butt).



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Check out the other rounds here: Round 1, Round 2, and Round 3

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