Friday, October 23, 2009

DIY Before: $3 Chairs Made Over

Yes, they're not so hot right now. Come Monday night, they'll look like totally different pieces.

We can thank our 50th street Goodwill for these. $6 got me both. In good structural condition, but not so aesthetically pleasing at present: Dull wood, dirty dated fabric, broken (or missing) backs, etc.

Monday nights a couple gals are coming over for a crafting extravaganza at the Whiteside ark. Ark and crafts! Get it? Well...I guess you would only if you knew our house is no typical OKC ranch-style home, but rather an 8-level house of cedar.

Anyways, the before pictures::

Monday night I'll be sharing the how-to for this project. Holler if you'd like to come for this, or just to hang out, or to bring other projects you're working on that you like to show off. ;) I'll email you our addy.

Desserts will be served!
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Thursday, October 22, 2009

While the Cat's Away...

Nawwww, just kidding. BW is in Kansas City for a conference, so I'm hoping to devote a great deal of time to cleaning, sleeping, and some of my work.

My inspirations for projects this week (not including the Martha Stewart organization job I'm about to pull on my closet) are pictured below:::

{and the like}

Photos from Etsy, Uncommon Goods, and Me!

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Thank YOU

Oh my goodness. Drop everything you're doing and visit the sweet simplicity and breath of fresh air that is this blog::


Then download ShakeItPhoto and ToyCamera apps for photos like these, listed respectively {FROM YOUR PHONE}::

Photos courtesy of my iPhone, appropriately named "Business Time." If you aren't familiar with Flight of the Conchords, well, I'll pray for you tonight.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Wedding Recap: Trevecca shots and some Decor

Whoa, whoa, whoa!! Ask me why it took this long to realize I hadn't finished my OWN wedding recap. Ok, right. There's no answer. Bah!

More to come soon!

Friday, October 16, 2009

DIY: Trashy Pottery

It's no secret I'm a big fan of recycling bottles to use as vases, but this goes a step further. Brilliant. In pictures at least, it looks so believably like milk glass.

Bottle + puff paint + matte white spray paint = Sweet Glory

(Please forgive the iPhone screenshot!)

Not a fan of the can as a vase so much, but would be great as a pencil holder, silverware stand on an informal table, or, with small draining holes cut in the bottom, a darling and cheap planter. Think of it with succulents!

Via @psimadethis on Twitter. Visit for a million doses of inspirational projects.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Worse than the time I asked B on our first date...

Nervous as heck today. Sent out my application for Deluxe OK, the Indie Craft Bazaar in OKC coming up in December. ( for more details. If you live in the area, you should come! Free admission, to boot.)

It's quite pathetic how seriously I took this application. As they know nothing of me, I felt that how this turned out would make all the difference. They wouldn't interview me. They just see these forms. Sheesh! What does that say for artistic ability?!

I may or may not have spent a good two hours lining the envelope and practicing different fonts in my handwriting skillset. It just wasn't right though, and that's probably because I knew that it looked like I was trying too hard.

So, I abandoned that and used my letterhead. Guess that's what I made it for, right?

Got to include a coordinating business card, too. Woot!

I'm crossing my fingers so hard that it hurts.

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Speaking of features...

I have to thank Sarah for this excellent review. Holy awesome, and beyond flattering. PS Sarah will be an official member of the Whiteside family soon!!! Finally. ;)

//From On to the wedding, Ashley has this incredible creativity that I wish I had. I appreciate it greatly, and always think, "why didn't I think of that?" Her boho, out-door, eco-chic wedding was amazing. The olive and coral colors that I couldn't picture when it was explained came together perfectly. And seeing my step-cousin Brandon trying to pull it together as she stood with her mom behind the glass doors, made me dream of finding my true-love. They are the epitome of what true-love looks like.

The wedding was so simple, but it was the most beautiful wedding I've ever been to. Brandon's younger brother Zach sang during communion. He's truly a talented individual. Ashley's mom is an arts and crafts phenom! She made four wall hangings, wreaths, and I'm not sure what else. The reception was dubbed "let them eat cake". A nice three-tier cake, along with 6 specialty cakes from Publix, which rivaled cakes from any up-scale bakery. They had "photo booths" of pieces of 7x10 cloth in different patterns that friends of the bride and groom snapped shots from these funky cool cameras. The best was the send off. Most couples only give a small amount of bird seed about the size of a gumball. Ashley made little pouches from left over material and gave three handfuls of seed in each pouch. When you have 30 people throwing that much seed, it can get messy. Then it turned into throw it at each other. We had seed all in our hair, down our dresses, just everywhere.//

You're too kind. Truly.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009


You may have heard of Jessica, my gal over at Budget Savvy Bride. Really. People know her. She was even chosen as one of Wedding Channel's superty-duper bridal bloggers.

Well, I guess she heard it was Brandon's birthday, and decided to celebrate his wedding. What a sweetheart she is!

Anyways, it's monumental. Click her graphic to see...

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Deluxe OK Indie Craft Bazaar

My first art show and sale is coming up! Woot! You can find out more about the this lovely shindig on their website. I'm hoping to meet about a million brides and homeowners, as well as good ole friends with whom I share interests. It's no secret that my move from Nashville to Oklahoma City was filled with much uncertainty about meeting people that revere color the way I do.

(Admit it. When you think of Oklahoma, you think red-earthed-desert, right?)

So what's in store? The debut of my wedding visions portfolio, an actual wedding dress, a million and two handmade crafts for homes-fashion-nuptials, and the like. The list is rather extensive. For example...

More birdseed pouches, several sets with different fabrics:

A buncha types of modern floral arrangements, several with moss and milk glass and some faux flower couture bouquets ...

Handmade wreaths, some from recycled paper, some from woodland creature "action figures"...

Paper-and-fabric corsages and bouts...

Hairpieces (mine is pictured)...

Bracelets from antique buttons...

And LOTS of embroidery.... ; )

All photos by April Sirit of Evoke Photography

Lust, Lust, LUST

There were several posts made back in the spring as I discovered my true love for Lomography, a sort of photography that is psycho unpredictable and a bit dream-like. There are gobs of different cameras with different specialties. I bought 6 or 7 to use in our photobooth at the wedding, but was certain that I'd love to keep them around. It's true. I've been itching to spend a day out with my cameras. An example of an unretouched photo on film, shot with a Diana:

This week a new Diana F+ was revealed in the Lomography line. Designed by Qing Hua, who is known for her vintage-floral-meets-traditional-Chinese artistry. Behold my new love:

And, as if things couldn't get better in my quirky-photography world, an adaptor was just released that can turn your digital SLR into a Diana. Shoooot. Brandon and I haven't touched our Canon Rebel in months. I can't find these for sale yet though. Does ANYONE have a lead for me?!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

vintage. handmade. artistic. original.

Here goes nothing: the official launch of radiant
studios is kicking off soon-- Wedding and interior details that are nothing short of personal and crafty deliciousness. I simply can't wait to share what I have put together. By this I mean that there are literally 54 different weddings in the works, all begging to be shared.

Personally, I most enjoy designing and making wedding gowns with flair, invites, decorations, flowers, and party looks... And repurposing furniture, painting what was thought to be certain trash, and breaking rules to create something utterly fresh. Chaos does not have to remain as chaos.

Contact me i-frickin'-mmediately if you want help creating a vision for the festivities, have a room in your home that just isn't coming together how you'd like, or if you just have questions about what I'm willing to do.

In the mean time, I must share this, just because I laugh every time I see it.

Courtesy of the iPhone application "Backdrop."