Home Sweet Home | State Outline Map Art

State outline map art - "Home Sweet Home" cutout with negative space

I’ve had a handful of state road maps in my car for the last 3+ years, but I’ve never consulted them. It’s probably because I’ve also had a smart phone that entire time, and used GPS instead. But I absolutely love the look of maps, so suddenly I had a whole set of state maps for crafting materials! I decided to make some state-themed artwork.

State outline map art - "Home Sweet Home" cutout with negative space

Even though I’m a Rhode Island gal at heart, I’ve been living in New York for the last 8 years. Adding that to the fact that the New York map was in better shape, I decided to feature the Empire State in my piece.

I used Photoshop to place my state outline and “Home Sweet Home” text in the appropriate size for my frame. I specifically picked a font that was big and bold, and adjusted the spacing to make sure there was ample room between each letter.

Souvenirs from Italy

Souvenirs from Italy - What I brought back from my honeymoon

Souvenirs from Italy - What I brought back from my honeymoon

I’m always very conflicted about the decision to buy or not buy souvenirs on trips. When I was younger I would get in a fervor to buy mementos, and they always ended up being meaningless later because they were low quality and not useful. We also do enough traveling now that I can’t afford to purchase and store goodies from each little weekend get-away. But when we were in Italy for two weeks on our honeymoon, I certainly wanted to bring back one or two things (in addition to photos and memories) to remind me of the trip. Here’s what I have to remember Italy:

Abstract Printmaking with Household Items

Abstract printmaking with household items like plastic and aluminum foil // on The Thrifty Ginger

Abstract printmaking with household items like plastic and aluminum foil // on The Thrifty Ginger

Even for those of us who don’t feel like artists (I include myself in that statement), it’s still nice to make art sometimes. It’s even better when the final product comes out awesome instead of a mess. This weekend I tried some printmaking techniques with plastics, aluminum foil, and some other things I had around the house. It was very simple and I created awesome abstract art that got my creative wheels turning. Here are the details:

For materials, I used cardstock paper and acrylic paints (both artist grade acrylics and craft paint). Instead of painting directly onto the paper, I used plastic bags, bubble wrap, aluminum foil, and plant leaves to transfer color onto the page.

Stitch Fix Review | August 2014

Arngry and critical Stitch Fix Review for August 2014

I’ve been doing Stitch Fix for a while now (see my most recent boxes in July 2014 and May 2014). Generally I’ve had a good time of it, but this time I just need to let off a little steam…

Arngry and critical Stitch Fix Review for August 2014

Alright, Stitch Fix. No more Miss Nice Gal. I was so excited for this box. I gave you very specific feedback, and detailed requests, just like you asked for. I thought you would know me by now. It’s my fifth box, for crying out loud!

Visiting Rome in July

Roman Colosseum and george / A Rome vacation recap

Roman Colosseum and george / A Rome vacation recap

Rome was the last stop of our Italian honeymoon, and it was also the longest amount of time we spent in one destination. It was certainly a busy city, and I think the crowds of tourists and the hectic nature made it a little less fun. However, the city was filled with amazing pieces of history and loads of delicious food.

George on balcony by Via Del Babuino in Rome

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