My Five: 5 Pins I Want To Try Right Now

Ah, Pinterest. We have a sticky love/self-loathe relationship (by self-loathe I mean that easy trap to fall into where you think you’re not succeeding as a parent / business person / partner / homeowner because of all these amazing things you see on Pinterest that you’re obviously not doing. By the way, it’s bologna. No one does everything well all the time. You can bet something is sacrificed.).

Nevertheless, there’s some serious creativity on Pinterest, and these are the 5 pins I want to try right now (by the way, I’d love to pin with you. Drop your username in the comments, and I’ll give you a follow! You can follow me on Pinterest under A Happy Hue.):

  1. DIY reupholstering. My grandmother, who was obsessed with French country decor, bequeathed this super sweet velvet tufted wing-back chair to me (is it really a wing-back?).
    Red velvet tufted wing-backed chair
    See what my cat left behind?

    Even though I adore its original fabric, it’s worn bare in a few places and the pet hair really clings to it. It needs to be reupholstered. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon. So, I’m dying to try my hand at it. Now that I’ve had a go at tufting (I made a tufted headboard a couple years ago, which I’m sure I’ll post about at some point), I’m much more comfortable with the idea. I’d also love to try my hand at painting an upholstered chair to give it a facelift. Yes, painting.

  2. Caulk my rugs to make them non-slip. Isn’t it genius?

    Found at http://www.marthaststewart.com
  3. Make this tent in my toddler’s room. Ok, not actually this whole stage…just the curtain. I’ve made an embroidery hoop tent for her before, but it just was sturdy enough for my liking, and it also wouldn’t suit the corner of her room I’d like it to reside in. See, I’ve recently turned one half of her closet into a playnook, and I’d like the tent to cover the entrance so it’s more like a hideaway. 
  4. Cord clean up. This pin combines two of my favorite things – tidy cords and command strips. What’s not to love?

    Found at http://www.jenthousandwords.com
  5. Repurpose an old picture frame.  This is my second most popular pin (just behind a sugar cookie recipe :-P) and for good reason. The style of this particular one is way too country for my home, but I like the concept of adding a fabric and dimension. Now if only I had a spare frame in mind…
    repurposed picture frame
    Found at http://www.skinnymom.com/

    So, what are your favorite pins of the moment? Link in the comments.

If you like what you see here, consider following A Happy Hue on Instagram @ahappyhue, Pinterest, Facebook (though you’ll see less from us on Facebook).

Two Days, Two Giveaways: Win a $50 Gift Card to Project Nursery!

Guess what? Lottie’s nursery made it as a finalist in Project Nursery’s August contest! I’m ridiculously honored. Project Nursery promotes some truly beautiful nurseries and kid’s rooms. So, here’s why this is exciting for you.

If it wins, the prize is a $50 gift card to the Project Nursery shop, which I will extend to one of A Happy Hue’s lucky fans! 

 

I’d be so pumped if you headed on over to Project Nursery to give us a vote.

  1. Follow this link to the voting page: http://projectnursery.com/2015/08/vote-august-room-finalists-2015/
  2. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the article
  3. Select the radio button for A Perfectly Pretty Bird-themed Nursery For Less Than $150
  4. If you would like to be entered into the drawing, please go this this page and leave me your email address so that I can notify the winner: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/4a1682352/?

Don’t forget to follow along with our blog, Instagram (@ahappyhue) or Facebook page so that you will know who wins the contest. Also, as the title of this post suggests, we are also doing another giveaway for one of these cute mini chalkboards. Check it out! With two giveaways in two days, your odds of winning just got a little bit better.

Mini Chalkboard giveaway

Happy voting

If you like what you see and read here, consider sharing this post. 🙂

 Official rules and Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored by A Happy Hue and is in no way affiliated with Project Nursery or any site where this is promoted. Participants must be 18+ years or older and able to provide a continental US mailing address. 

Mini Chalkboard giveaway

GIVEAWAY! Free Handmade Mini Chalkboard

Is this not the cutest little chalkboard?

Mini Chalkboard giveaway
Win one of these mini chalkboards, handmade by A Happy Hue.
You have no idea how hard it was for me not to keep this little gem for the gallery wall in my kitchen. Seriously, it is the perfect size and shape for an eclectic gallery wall, a stylish accent for a vignette, or as a balanced accent when used in pairs (like Him / Her signs for a bedroom or Baby A / Baby B signs for twins!).


This handmade mini chalkboard is painted in cream-colored mineral fusion paint (Limestone to be exact), with light distressing that reveals the most delicate peaks of gold. So, so cute. And the best part is you can write or draw anything your little heart desires, how often you desire. So many possibilities. And it can be all yours if you win my #followhappyhue sharathon!


Now for the details. This giveaway is all about sharing and following, and there are lots of ways to get multiple entries. You can enter this contest three ways: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Each social media platform you enter on gets you additional entries.

How To Enter

  1. Instagram
    1. follow @ahappyhue
    2. tag three friends in the comments
    3. share this post with the hashtag #followhappyhue
  2. Facebook  
    1. like us https://www.facebook.com/ahappyhue
    2. share this post with your friends – Be sure to tag A Happy Hue so we can give you credit for it
  3. Twitter 
    1. follow @ahappyhue
    2. tweet this post with the hashtag #followhappyhue

The sharathon will run for 2 weeks, at the end of which, I will draw a random winner, confirm the winner’s contact info and announce it within 48 hours of contest closing.

That’s it! Share on, friends.

Official rules and disclaimer: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter are not affiliated with this sweepstakes and cannot be held responsible. You can tag new friends and share the post once per day for additional entries. Eligible contestants must be 13+ years of age and must be able to provide a continental US mailing address in order to win. By participating, you are agreeing to the contest rules. 

How To DIY Easy, Gallery-Worthy Bump Photos in 15 Minutes

Stay tuned for my upcoming giveaway by following @ahappyhue on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!

Don’t you just love a good bump photo? Every time I see another social media pregnancy announcement, I get excited for the flood of bump shots about to invade my newsfeed. First time moms, especially, are great at documenting that balloon blowin’ up.

9 Months of Bump Sillouettes
First, let me just say that I am not a great photographer. But I knew before I was even pregnant with my first child that I wanted to photograph it, and not just in a snapshot, mirror-selfie kind of way (though nothing wrong with that). I wanted to be able to hang these on my gallery walls. I wanted my daughter to see how much I loved her right from the very start. I wanted the photos to look as empowered as I felt. Simple, natural and beautiful.

1st Pregnancy Bump Series
This photo is one of the bump series I took with my first child. Lots of work.

What I didn’t realize was just how much work it would be. Or how much I wouldn’t feel like getting all dolled up. Towards the end of my pregnancy, it would sometimes take me an hour just to get dressed, made up and get a shot I didn’t feel absolutely whale-ish in.

I knew better the second time around.

Sillouette Bump Pic
One photo in the series of sillouettes I took with my second child. Took 15 minutes each month to pull off. So worth it.

Aren’t maternity silhouettes beautiful? They put the focus right where it should be – the bump. Plus, these shots are sooo forgiving, from both a photography and vanity standpoint.

  • No makeup
  • No clothes, except whatever will give you the shape you’re going for (think sports bra, leggings, flowy night gown or dress)
  • No worries about “moon face” or showing off those new love handles you’re sportin’

Don’t believe me? For comparison, here are both photos from my 38th week of pregnancy for my first child and my second child. I’m 25 pounds heavier in the silhouette. Trust me, it was not all baby.


Can’t tell, right? So, here’s what you’ll need to recreate this shot in 15 minutes or less:

  1. A camera. I used my iPhone.
  2. A tripod or something tall enough to take a shot straight from about eye level. I used my step-ladder with a tool tray.
  3. Camera timer. I used the Camera+ app, which is also what I used as a…
  4. Black and white or monochromatic filter. I LOVE the Ansel filter on the Camera+ app (for those of you who follow me on Instagram, you know I use this filter a lot).

First, set up your shot. The key to this silhouette is finding a brightly backlit area. For me, this was in front of a bedroom window that gets direct sunlight all day. It also happens to have white semi-sheer curtains I could pull shut for a smooth, fully lit background.

Next, set up your camera on the tripod or makeshift camera stand and adjust the angle and frame. Most camera phones have an autofocus that also adjusts lighting. Play around with the focal point, putting it on lighter and darker areas of the shot, to see how it affects how much detail is visible in your silhouette.


Then set up your camera timer to at least 15 seconds. I found this was just the right amount of time to start the camera timer, run over to the window, pose and take the picture.

Now say cheese! Or don’t. You may have to take a few at first to get the pose and lighting right. Once you have the shot you want, apply the filter to polish it off. Voila. Frame-worthy bump art.