9 Outside [the Box] No. 4

Welcome back to our FOURTH week of Outside [the Box]!! I've been having so much fun enjoying all YOUR killer projects... especially the Fall and Halloween ones! I hope to see many more this week!!
Outside [the Box] No. 4: Weekly Link Party Visit www.blackandwhiteobsession.com to link up and be inspired #linkparty #outsidetheboxparty
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9 #thriftscorethursday Travel Trailer Dinette

Welcome, welcome, welcome my friends. Another Thursday is upon us and we have some killer thrift scores in the hopper.

If you're new 'round here, The Gathered Home and our guest poster: Stephanie from Sandpaper and Glue, invite you to hang out with us on Instagram. Simply snap a pic of your thrifted treasure and throw the #thriftscorethursday hashtag so we can all marvel at your goodies.
#thriftscorethursday Week 34 | Trisha from Black and White Obsession, Brynne's from The Gathered Home, and Guest Poster: Stephanie from Sandpaper and Glue

3 Outside [the Box] No. 3

Welcome back to Outside [the Box]!! We're so glad you're here and we simply cannot wait to see what you've been up to!!
Outside [the Box] No. 3: Weekly Link Party Visit www.blackandwhiteobsession.com to link up and be inspired #linkparty #outsidetheboxparty
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18 Movie Themed, Halloween Door Decorations

Howdy!! This month's Craft Lightning challenge (hosted by Country Chic Cottage and 30 Minute Crafts) was to create a Halloween Craft in 15 minutes or less. I chose four different movies that had memorable yet somewhat easy masks like the late Heath Ledger's JokerBlack SwanJigsaw, and V for Vendetta:
Movie Themed Halloween Door Decorations: V for Vendetta, Saw/Jigsaw, Joker/Batman, Black Swan | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com

Back in the day I was REALLY into scary movies... around the time when the first three Saw movies came out. I remember that inviting friends over for a scary movie marathon was my idea of the perfect Halloween celebration (along with Haunted House trips of course).

As I grew older, I became even more fond of Halloween. One night a year you get to dress up and become someone else? Sign me up! Then I met my boyfriend and one of our very first projects as a couple was designing and making our Zombie Lego Man Costumes.
Which is why over the next couple weeks, you will see many Halloween related posts....

7 #thriftscorethursday Mid-Century Modern Eames Bubble Lamps

Good day my friends, and welcome to #thriftscorethursday! My co-host Brynne from The Gathered Home and our guest poster Michelle from Weekend Craft (welcome back, love!) invite you to join in on our weekly secondhand challenge.

Simply snap a pic of your thrifted treasure and throw the #thriftscorethursday hashtag so we can all marvel at your goodies. Awkward?! We’ll we’re just getting started!

#thriftscorethursday Week 33 | Trisha from Black and White Obsession, Brynne's from The Gathered Home, and Guest Poster: Michelle from Weekend Craft

8 Outside [the Box] No. 2

Welcome back to Outside [the Box], we are so glad you're here! I'm pinching myself with how successful y'all made our very first week!! The inspiration is simply out of control!!

We are ready to showcase YOUR fantastic out-side-the-box projects. From spooky Halloween Decor, to dreamy room updates, to thrift store revivals,  - we simply cannot wait to see them all! Speaking of thrifty... in case you've splurged on some secondhand goodies recently, I also co-host to a fun #thriftscorethursday hashtag party over on Instagram. So be sure to stop back on Thursday!!

Outside [the Box] No. 2: Weekly Link Party Visit www.blackandwhiteobsession.com to link up and be inspired #linkparty #outsidetheboxparty
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7 FONTS FONTS FONTS: 15 Fun, Edgy, & Free

Are you ready for another set of free fonts?! This time, I’m really excited because they’re some of my favorite geometric-ish fonts. Since I tend to overuse that phrase I decided to spare you and label it 15 Fun, Edgy & Free Fonts!!

Since I've gotten a few font resource requests from various projects (like the Outside [the Box] Link Party graphics, our beer bbq sauce recipe, or the John Legend’s All of Me Inspired Desktop Backgrounds), I thought showing off some of my font addiction would help feed yours- you're welcome! This time ‘round, let’s source edgy/geometric-ish fonts:
FONTS! Fonts! Fonts! 15 Fun, Edgy and Free. | Monthly font series by www.blackandwhiteobsession.com // perfect for parties, invitations, weddings, printables, Christmas Cards, + more.

You can find all the fonts for free by clicking the links below:

--} Radical // Line and Draw One of my FAV's!
--} Stoked // Bamq
--} Bodacious // DeLarge
--} Stellar // Red Moon Rising
--} Fly // Paranoid
--} Ridiculous // Polar Vertex
--} Sick // Razor (pay with a tweet)
--} Gnarly // Variol
--} Ill // Inspira
--} Killer // Filament Font
--} Fetch // Geometric Way
--} Tubular // Creative Mind
--} Wicked // Oko
--} Tight // Nimiran
--} Righteous // Parley
--} Boss // Marte
--} Fresh // Clutchee
--} Phat // Hera

Fonts have a quadrillion uses, like printed envelopes (for those handwritten letters), printable artwork, iPhone/desktop backgrounds, birthday party invitations, Christmas Cards + a whole lot more.

But before I let you go, I simply must give a shout out to Austin from Austie Bost Fonts. You see a couple months ago, the universe came together... A font MAKER and a font LOVER. You have no idea how excited I was when a long time admired font creator left a comment on my blog asking little 'ol ME to contact her.

At first I thought "oh, no did I fail to give credit where it was due." Instead just the opposite, she wanted ME to get in on the creative process. I got to sit back and witness a font, Austie Bost Envelopes, come to life before my eyes. Never in a million years would I ever think these kind of opportunities could come my way. This is exactly why I love my job.

Now I know this font isn’t geometric but can we all marvel at it’s beauty?!
Austie Boast Envelopes Font | typography by black and white obsession | FONTS! Fonts! Fonts! Monthly font series by www.blackandwhiteobsession.com // perfect for parties, invitations, weddings, printables, Christmas Cards, + more.

So now I ask you, what kind of projects do you use fonts for?!


Are you also a font junkie? I have these wicked-awesome Pinterest boards specifically dedicated to fonts + typography and dedicated to Graphical Geniusesyou’re welcome!


Looking for more fonts within this series? You can find those here.

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13 #thriftscorethursday Mid-Century Modern Dresser

Is it just me or does it seem like every #thriftscorethursday seem like a history lesson in disguise?! Never would I have imagined I’d begin to recognize designer names and valuable pieces thanks to this series.

But before we head off to the thrift store treasures ahead, I made a big announcement yesterday (in case you missed it):
Introducing Outside [the Box] Link Party

Introducing Outside [the Box] Link Party, a place for even MORE inspiration in the form of DIY, Crafts, Tutorials, Seasonal, Printables, and Craft Projects. Hope to see you there!

This week our surprise guest host is Emily from Go Haus Go, and she’s the pro at balancing light and dark colors. I want every room in her house just for me! Although by now, I’d have probably 10 houses filled with blogger designed rooms!

#thriftscorethursday Week 32 | Trisha from Black and White Obsession, Brynne's from The Gathered Home, and Guest Poster: Emily from Go Haus Go

12 Outside [the Box] No. 1

Hello and welcome to our very first Outside [the Box] Link Party! We are ridiculously excited to showcase YOUR creative out-side-the-box projects. From personalized art made from unlikely materials, to hardware store inventions, to out of this world re-purposed creations- we’re DYING to see it all!

The neat-o thing is that not only could your project be featured here, on Google + and everywhere else socially, but it’s also promoted by FIVE other snazzy blogs and their social channels as well. So picture us getting our game face on, raising the roof yelling “who let the dogs out” as you link your latest and greatest projects!

Just in case you regulars are confused, this party is entirely different than the #thriftscorethursday hashtag party I co-host in that Outside [the Box] is genius creations made by YOU whereas TST is sharing your secondhand/thrifty splurges.
Outside [the Box] No. 1: Weekly Link Party Visit www.blackandwhiteobsession.com to link up and be inspired #linkparty #outsidetheboxparty
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35 Freezer Paper | Handmade Cloth Napkins

It’s silhouette challenge time!! In case you’re unfamiliar, a bunch of silhouette-lovin’ bloggers get our craft on every month using our cutting machines. This month’s theme is Home Décor, so I’m going to show you how to make these freezer paper cloth napkins:
Handmade Freezer Paper, Cloth Napkins | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com

A little backstory… Back in April, while getting ready for Snap! (a conference for crafty bloggers), I decided to sign up for one of their events… ‘Secret Sisters.’ Basically, every participant was assigned to a blogger, given free reign to freely stalk their site to get to know them. Then, participants were to make/buy three small gifts for each day of the conference keeping our identities secret. The very last day and the last gift we introduced ourselves to our secret sister. Exciting right?!

The lovely organizers set up mini questions every few days to help us make/buy the perfect gifts for our partner. Questions like favorite color, favorite candies, alcohol yay or neigh, etc.
Handmade Freezer Paper, Cloth Napkins | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com


My secret sister was none other than Sunny from Dandelion Square. She’s super creative and since the conference was all about celebrating creativity… I figured why not make some handmade gifts? Since yellow is one of her favorite colors, and we seemed to have similar styles—I made her white and yellow cloth napkins. I choose three pattern styles for the six napkins: 2 Swiss crosses, 2 feathers and 2 triangles.
Supplies to make Freezer Paper, Cloth Napkins | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com

Supplies

  • Fabric medium (makes the paint fabric ready) 
  • Acrylic paint Paint sponge 
  • *Bed sheet (estate sale bargain) 
  • Silhouette cameo 
  • Freezer paper 
  • Rotary cutter 
  • Iron 
  • Sewing machine (not shown) 

*Since the sheets are secondhand, run through the washer before you begin (since they're white- I recommend the hottest cycle with bleach).

Handmade Freezer Paper, Cloth Napkins Tutorial | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com

Instructions 

  1. Cut 6 square napkins from the bed sheet using a rotary cutter (seriously the best tool ever!). Ours were 9.5” square including .5” seams, which is ‘cocktail size.’ This size fits fine on the standard 12” silhouette mat (napkin size varies according to this). 
  2. Using your sewing machine, miter each corner of the napkins. Here’s a handy tutorial from my dear friend and fellow thrift lover- Tanya at Dans le lakehouse. 
  3. Design your ‘stencils’ using Silhouette Studio. 
  4. Place your freezer paper waxy side down on your mat and cut using the following settings blade 3, speed 3, thickness 10 (be sure to test since machine/weather may vary). 
  5. Iron your designs to each napkin with the waxy side down. Be sure to concentrate your efforts around each cut. 
  6. Like recommended in my directors chair tutorial, mix 1 part acrylic paint to 2 parts fabric medium. Place scrap paper/fabric under your napkins and then paint. 
  7. Let dry for about an hour. Gently peel away freezer paper stencils. 
  8. Let dry over night. Place scrap fabric over the painted design and iron to seal the paint.
Handmade Freezer Paper, Cloth Napkins Tutorial | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com

Handmade Freezer Paper, Cloth Napkins Tutorial | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com

Handmade Freezer Paper, Cloth Napkins Tutorial | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com
I must admit the process became somewhat tedious after the second or third napkin to which stamping may have been easier. However, they still turned out lovely!

Freezer paper is so versatile and the possibilities are simply endless. Which style is your favorite?


Want to see More Home Décor, Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are sharing our projects today, so flip through the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!
Our Sons & Daughters Wood Shims and Word Art Simple DIY Canvas Art Pallet Signs Chalk Paint Pumpkins with Fabric Leaves Make a Personalized Scarecrow DIY Wall Art for the Bathroom Decoupaged Fall Leaves Lampshade Gimme A F.A.L.L! Eat SOMETHING Sweet Baby Love Quilt Big Reveal Sketching Inspiration for my little Dancer - September Silhouette Challenge Family Feature Presentation Wall Art Last Unicorn Shadow Box Makin' my office a little more artsy fartsy Family Command Center DIY Grandparents Sign with Photo Frame Dream Big Little Girl Canvas Art Fall Pallet Sign {Grateful, Thankful, Blessed} Pumpkins and Apples Sign Handmade Freezer Paper Cloth Napkins


Linking up to Tried and True and these other parties.

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9 #thriftscorethursday "Rare" German Shot Glasses

Thanks for being patient as I broke up this week and last week’s post. Although purchased at the a same yard sale, the items were so vastly different that they each deserved their own limelight. I hope you’re ready for the best day of the week… #thriftscorethursday

Welcome newbies!! Brynne from The Gathered Home and I (along with a new guest host each week) challenge anyone who loves Instagram and thrift stores as much as we do to look high and low for the perfect secondhand treasures (or #catchandrelease). Then throw the hashtag #thriftscorethursday on your photo. Looking for more details? I gotcha covered toward the end of the post.

#thriftscorethursday Week 31 | Trisha from Black and White Obsession, Brynne's from The Gathered Home, and Guest Poster: Cassie from Primitive and Proper

8 How to Build a Basic Simple Shelf

Last time we talked about the Entryway, I sewed some quickie curtains. Side note: is the entryway not the longest blogging update ever?! I guess just keepin’ it real. Anyway, I’m back to show you how to make this ridiculously simple shelf:
How to Build a Basic Simple Shelf for our Entryway | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com #DIY #tutorial #shelves

Remember those corbels we found at a church rummage sale (quite a few #thriftscorethursdays ago)?! If not, here’s a little refresh:
Corbels found at a Church Rummage Sale for about $.20 each | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com #DIY #tutorial #shelves

Well we pretty darn excited to use them for this project. Especially since we estimate the corbels were around $0.20 cents each since it was an -all-you-can-fit-in-a-bag sale.

How to build a basic simple shelf- Supplies | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com #DIY #tutorial #shelves

Which brings us to Supplies: 
And Tools:
  1. Drill
  2. Tape Measure
  3. Finishing nail gun (or *finishing nails and a setting tool
  4. Table saw (skill saw or have the home improvement store trim it for you) 
*finishing nails are used to minimize the hole to avoid seeing where the nail head was inserted. 

Our corbels came with super long nails, so if yours doesn’t, you may have to pick up a few. In all, we spent under $5.00 for a shelf… um, yes please!

How to build a Simple Shelf- Finished | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com #DIY #tutorial #shelves

Instructions:
  1. Using a table saw or skill saw, trim the 1 x 6 x 4 to fit the space. Ours was 46.75 inches. 
  2. Measure the distance you want between your corbels, ensuring that at least two hit studs. 
  3. Prime and paint the corbels and board. 
  4. Attach the board the corbels using a finishing nail gun. 
  5. Attach the shelf to the wall (our corbels came with super long nails to attach to the wall). 
Our shelves main purpose is to hold baskets full of various winter gear (hats, gloves, etc.) so we didn’t have to worry about weight. If your intended purpose is for items heavier, be sure to use proper brackets and even drywall anchors if necessary.

How to build a Simple Shelf- Octopus Coat Hanger | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com

To finish things off, we added those octopus looking hangers in between each corbel to hang our coats, sweatshirts, scarves, etc. We found the octo-hangers in our attic, but they can be picked up for just a few dollars at any home improvement store.

Simple Basic Shelf for our Entryway | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com

At less than $5, just goes to show you, collecting things from your thrifty excursions really pays off in the long run huh?


P.S. We were not paid or perked from any of these vendors; we just happily picked up the supplies necessary for the job.

Want to follow along with the Entryway progression? Here’s the $5 Drum Shade, Intro/Plan, Doorway Removal, adding storage using creative materials, the magic of paint, installing the floor, DIY’ing a Corner Bench, and Sewing Curtains.

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