Pomp And Circumstance

How To Turn A Vintage Flag Into Art

Posted in Circumstance's Home, D.I.Y., Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on October 1, 2012

I got this tore up old flag awhile ago at a vintage store around the corner from my house. It has been rolled up on a shelf in my garage while I figured out what to do with it. I’ve been working on my boys room a bit (slowwwwwlllllyyy), and needed a big blast of oversized something, and I wanted red in it. I want to eventually bring in some rich, Moroccan style textiles somehow (maybe big toss pillows for the bed), but for now I had this flag, and I wanted to use something I already had.

Now this flag is dur-tay. It’s got stains and rips all up on itself. I debated washing it, but decided I actually liked the dirt (gasp) and was worried the colors might bleed or the whole thing would just disappear in a poof of oldness in the washer. Disintegration.

All you need for this project is stretcher bars (purchased at your local art supply store) and a  staple gun (your new bff). When measuring for your stretcher bars, make sure to take into consideration you need to wrap the edges of the fabric (or flag) around the sides of the stretcher bars. So don’t get them too long.

The stretcher bars come in pieces, so you get all four sides and put them together. They come with groves in them that slip into each other, but, you also need to staple the corners together with your staple gun (like above picture).

When your done, it will look like this:

Next lay it out on a big flat surface (I just did it on the floor), and make sure to have the side that you want facing out to be facing the floor. Then you start stapling, and you start with two opposite corners, then do the other two opposite corners.

I find it easier to choose one of the sides, and place a staple in the middle of that side, then continue stretching the fabric and stapling it down the rest of that side.

I ended up standing it up on its side and stapling that way (after I did the four corners), because I couldn’t get a good angle on it while it was on the floor.

Emily Henderson’s living room is one of the first places I saw this idea…..imitation is a high form of flattery, right?

Teepee Town

Posted in D.I.Y., Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on July 19, 2012

My kids got to do a photo shoot yesterday with our friends the twinsie photo-babes from Aim & Arrow. They showed up with a DIY teepee that was killer. And, just the day before I was talking with a friend about building a big one in a kids room. Two teepee situations in two days. I started looking around at some DIY versions and there are some good ones out there-

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Surprise At My Doorstep

Posted in Circumstance's Home, Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on June 28, 2012

My friend had called me and let me know she had a big old vintage frame from an estate sale, and would I want it. Does Justin bring Sexy Back?? Of course I want it. So one day I came home, and not only was there a giant frame at my door, but THIS PICTURE WAS INSIDE. This beautiful, original, pastel drawing ( I think its pastel. It comes off on my hand when I touch it). It’s huge, and I now need to find a super big frame to hold this work of art, and put it prominently somewhere awesome. I’m thinking either a simple modern white shadow box like frame with a white matte, or a giant vintage brass Hollywood Regency style frame found at a goodwill for pennies.

Like these but in picture frame form

A girl can dream.

The Art Of It

Posted in D.I.Y., Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on March 2, 2012

Miss Pomp and I had a bunch of canvases leftover from a beatnik party we threw for my dad’s 60th birthday. They had a bunch of groovy sayings on them like “Earth. Wind. Nature. Hot Potato!”, with my dads head next to them. Needless to say nobody wanted to keep those and hang them over their mantle after, so we painted over them. Well we’ve had these sitting around for a while, and I wanted to try my hand at a little abstract art.

I used this tutorial as a guide, cause homegirl needs step by step instructions even for something that is supposed to be a free-flowing flowey-ness of creative juices.

I toned the canvas (cause I know what that is now) with a light coral pink.

These are the basic colors I started with (I also used a dark red and a gold, which are not pictured)-

and here they are once I got my mix on-

I probably painted in about 6 sessions total, although I don’t even think I could call them sessions because each one was literally about 3 minutes. But you have to wait some hours or a day in between layers so the paint can dry and lay on top of each other, and not just blend together.

Session 1- We’ll call this session “frightening”-

Session 2- We’ll call this one “babe which one of the boys did the painting in the garage”-

It’s not until about the 5th or 6th layer that it will start to come together, and there will be several points where you recoil in hideousness at what you have done.

Here it is around session 5 or so-

And here is the final product-

One thing I learned (that I will probably here a resounding “duh”), but hey, I don’t mind admitting ignorance, is that you can’t make primary colors from other colors. Meaning, if you go to the art supply store to buy paints and wonder which ones to get, get the primary colors, because you can make and mix all other colors from them.

Put These Up The Other Day…

Posted in Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on January 26, 2012

I ordered this 2012 calendar from Indigo Bunting for my office at my real job. What I love about it is for 30 bucks you have almost a whole walls worth of art. Beautiful and functional. Nice to have one of those. Those chunky binder clips are pretty cheap from Staples, and a fun and interesting (read: cheap) way to hang wall art. I liked the twist too of having a vintage empty frame to move around as the month switches. It’s the little things.

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Posted in Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on January 13, 2012

Firstly, Miss Pomp is much more fun than me. And then, I’ve got art on the brain. I’ve been saving pictures of art pieces I see here and there. Usually they are pieces that cost several hundred dollars. Hence me hoping to stumble upon one at the Goodwill up the street, or print them out on nice paper with a printer, thereby cheapening them by a crazy percentage. Here are a few I have saved-

Do I remember or know where any of these are from or who they are by? No. That would be too easy and organized. But I love them in all their big baby-got-back full size largeness. Large scale art and paintings, and pictures even, are so beautiful and in your face. I love it.

Abstract Art Tutorial

Posted in Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on January 9, 2012

One of the blogs I read, Oh Happy Day!, talked through how to do an abstract art painting. One of the things she said was how easy she always thought it looked (Guilty. Remember, I am riddled with the I-can-make-that disease), and thought she could just slap some paint on a canvas, but upon closer inspection realized the ones she liked were many layers of color and texture. She does some great explaining on things like “toning the canvas” (what the what?? Didn’t even know what that was), and patience (doh. I guess I’ll have to get some of that), and blocking out colors (thought that was basketball but I have been enlightened).

Mixing paints, while starting with just a few colors

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Displaying Kids Art

Posted in Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on August 2, 2011

Hello my long-lost people! I would be the lost one- not you. But I’m back now. There’s both been a flurry of activity and yet a lack of new-ness here if ya’ know what I mean. I’ve found myself with both nothing-that-exciting-to-show-ness, but also a lot of almost-theres. Here’s to the sneaky season that is summer- the time that you don’t really get off but feel like you should, and the time that makes you hope to accomplish all kinds of unfinished business but goes by in the blink of an eye. Summer- I love you, you crazy turd. Hopefully by its end I’ll have some fun before and after’s to show you, some pictures from a wedding I have been working on (some fun stuff in cantaloupes, corals, yellows, mochas, and grays. Specific much??) , and my own kids art wall….which brings us to the actual topic of this post.

I LOVE framing kids art. I find nothing more beautiful than a child’s art, in all it’s whimsy and imperfection, framed and hung like a priceless way-to-expensive “professional” piece. Kids art and pregnant ladies. The other thing in my most-beautiful category. And I don’t even play for both teams. So- I framed a hung a few of my kids pieces (one being an awesome rendering of Nacho Libre feeling the glory and seeing what it tastes like) in my bedroom to start a gallery. Here’s a round-up of how awesome kids art displays can be-

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Apparently, Old People Make Fantastic Bookends

Posted in Uncategorized by Miss Pomp on July 13, 2011

I got these uh-ma-zing bookends the other day at the Clearwater Bazaar, one of my favorite places to find interesting vintage knick-knacks and art in Santa Cruz. The hubs thinks they are a bit creepy, but I LOVE them!

What do you guys think… Creepy, or totally awesome?

Check out my other favorite bookends here.



Meet Vivienne

Posted in Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on May 11, 2011

She is my newest edition to my room. She almost got called Fiona, but I think she is much more of a Vivienne, don’t you? Here she is for her close up

She is a Peggy Wolf original, found on Etsy. Peggy has MULTIPLE awesome prints. I would gladly hang several in my house. Check em’ out…

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