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Day 5: Cherry Blossom Art using a bottle


Today I definitely had a case of the Monday’s. I don’t know why, but the weekend goes by so quickly and Monday just drags on. I’m all for a 4 day work week and 3 day weekend…who’s with me?? In lieu of it being Monday and me not wanting to cook an extravagant meal except breakfast food (which I made turkey bacon and cheese breakfast tacos, which were amazing), I have decided to paint for today’s Pinterest Project!

Cherry Blossom Art from a Recycled Soda Bottle – At the end of March it will be exactly 100 years since the Japanese gave Washington D.C. over 3,000 Cherry Blossoms. If you have ever seen them, they are gorgeous. I’ve seen them in bloom in D.C. and when they were just starting to bloom when I was in Japan on a family trip back in 1997. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to go to down to D.C. this year for the Cherry Blossom Festival because I think they are gorgeous.

It’s actually quite easy to make this artwork. You need the following supplies:

  • Black Acrylic or Tempera Paint
  • Pink Acrylic or Tempera Paint
  • Canvas or Poster board
  • Empty plastic soda bottle (1L or 2L bottle)
  • paintbrush
  • 2 paper plates

Before I began, I painted my canvas white so that I had a base, but you do not have to do this. If you do this, make sure the white paint dries before continuing.  Squeeze a small amount of black paint onto the paper plate. Using your paint brush, paint a branch onto the canvas and don’t worry if the branches are not straight. The more curved they are, the more natural they look. After you have painted the branch, let it dry for a few minutes. Pour pink paint onto the second paper plate. Did the bottom of the plastic bottle in the paint and begin stamping buds onto the branch by pressing the bottle onto the canvas. Re-dip the bottle each time you repeat the stamp. Add as may blossoms as you want until your Cherry Blossom is finished.

My Cherry Blossom picture turned out ok. I used acrylic paint, which was a bit too thick, so I would recommend using Tempera paint instead as it will make the buds look less clumpy. Overall though, I like my painting. Once it’s dry I’ll have to figure out a place to put it!


The Pinterest Project


I, like so many other women (and even men) am obsessed with Pinterest. When I’m bored at work, browsing Pinterest is my go-to. It’s a little sad, but I must admit that I am addicted. As of today, I have over 900 pins and 27 boards and I have only recreated maybe 3 of those pins. There are just so many recipes and DIY projects that I want to make and there just isn’t enough time in each day!

Anyway, I have decided to commit to a project…a Pinterest project to be exact. For the next 30 days, I am going to make at least 1 thing I have pinned on Pinterest a day and blog about it. This can be anything from making a craft, to preparing a recipe, to styling a new hairdo! My plan is to commit to 30 days of making Pinterest projects, but if I enjoy doing this then, I might continue it. I figure it will give me something to think about during work. Now when I’m bored I can browse my pins and find out what my next masterpiece will be!

This project officially begins March 1st, so follow along!

On a completely different note, check this out. This is the best nail polish I have ever found! I painted my nails on Sunday and look how well they are still holding up. These nails have been through 3 showers, 2 loads of dishes being washed by hand, and tons of hand washes. No chips and still good as new. I applied two coats of the polish, with NO base coat and NO top coat. Unbelievable, right?

Obviously the brand (Chanel) is a bit pricey, but it’s totally worth it. This is Black Pearl and I’m in love…