My Mom and I went to a Budapest artisan fair, WAMP, where Mom found a great piece of art and I found the perfect, handmade leather cell phone case. I spent much of the day thinking, "this is so great, why didn't I think of this???" There was definitely a lot of creative energy to be soaked up, so I shared a little inspiration with you too.
Jetting back to the townhouse for a moment, although the basement still has a ton of on-the-go projects I left mid-way, I was able to show the budget transformation in one small corner (plus how we removed the wallpaper and, begrudgingly, gave the wall a textured finish). In 2013, I'll have a whole basement reveal, plus a laundry room makeover.
Like some of the art on my gallery wall? I shared a how-to for one DIY piece!
Then we ogled this sweet space.
Speaking of ogling, I was feeling a little under the weather, so I rounded up some gorgeously airy, toss-yourself-in bedrooms I wished I could crawl into. Check out the original post for more photos and sources.
Right before I left for Budapest, with Hubby's help (he's so adorable) I had turned a broken brooch, that I picked up for 25 cents at a yard sale, into this pretty necklace. It's so perfect for fall, I wish I had packed it!
Keeping with the "stuff I bought at yard sales for pennies" theme, I showed you how I re-purposed a toast stand into a letter holder in the hopes of never again losing a bill in a pile of desk clutter.
To celebrate the anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian revolution, I shared (too many, I'm sure) photos of beautiful Budapest. Thanks to everyone for their kind words. So many of you were also super flattering and left comments or emailed me, suggesting I sell prints of my photos. For now, I'm planning a post on how to take arty trip photos (and edit them to look even better) and I'm thinking of hosting a made-by-Tanya art giveaway sometime. If I decide to sell photo prints or original paintings, I promise to tell you first, but for now I like the idea of just showing you how!
Proof positive of my love for sharing tutorials: I shared another billy button success story! Hearing that folks have tried my tutorial makes me grin like a maniac the whole day. Is it weird I'm happier sharing the tutorial and seeing you make them, than I would be selling them myself? The original post has more photos and links to other success stories too (they all turn out so cute!).
A hobby for the month, we took in more of Budapest Design Week (which is actually still going on), Kreatim and Nemurimuri, in addition to an Art Deco museum exhibit. We pondered some art and bought a DIY themed tote bag!
I bought a small print, some mystery art (and am deciding which of Borbala's designs to buy), so the townhouse walls will need to make room again.. Some art in the townhouse did some traveling not too long ago when I finally had a print framed and shuffled a watercolour around to make space.
I asked for your help custom designing a set of traditional, hand cut felt Hungarian pillows. After a few dismal souvenir selections, I didn't think I could make a good decision alone. I am still waffling (I honestly spent less time deciding to buy our house) but will make a decision . . . soon.
With Halloween on it's way, I showed off my only slightly spooky, slightly sparkly, mostly long overdue Halloween wreath. And on Halloween I gave you a glimpse of what I'd look like green.
For some more eye candy and DIY/art inspiration, a look at the Slow Design exhibit and Fiskar's Village sampling. Who is in favor of painting all of our doors different colours?
For a full list of posts, take a peek at the archives to the right. Stay tuned this month for more DIY art, collections on display, a DIY jewellery display plus a jewellery exhibit, Hungarian eye candy, treasure hunting, and more shenanigans!