An affordable way to create beautiful art and memories for your home.
My sleep schedule is out of control these days and the mind creative has a hard time shutting down, so I’ve been working on a lot of projects around the apartment. Remember my Modern Southwestern Office Inspiration post? I decided I needed some large horse art.
I’m obsessed with pinning oversized pieces of equine art and there are so many stunning equine photographers and artists. The options for beautiful art are endless and sometimes very expensive. I wanted something that was personal and still affordable.
I wanted to take a photo of Rumor and turn it into art for above my desk. I couldn’t be happier with the way this project turned out and would definitely make more of these in the future. My piece is made up of 8 x 10 photos printed in sections.
A high-resolution photo
Photoshop or a friend with Photoshop 😉
Photo paper and a photo printer – or a trip to CVS.
Foam board or backing – wood, canvas or other sturdy mediums work
Command strips or hooks for hanging
I took this photo of Rumor grazing and it was so peaceful – I knew I wanted a photo in a sepia or “filtered color” so I altered it in Photoshop. You can leave your photo as is or do whatever you would like.
Open your photo in Photoshop and slice it into sections. If you don’t know how to do this, don’t worry. I Googled my way through the whole process. Read more about using the slicer tool with this awesome tutorial I found on udemy (they will explain the process better than I can). Another awesome video about slicing your photos is found here, it’s quick and to the point. Make sure to save your photos for web quality at the highest quality (100).
Save the individual photo slices on your computer and get ready to print. If you happen to have a home printer that can print on photo paper, use it. I don’t and opted to go to CVS and print my photos out a 8 x 10 prints. CVS has an option for prints in seconds or in an hour – I went with the hour option because it’s a little bit cheaper and the quality is better than prints in seconds.
You can decide to print your photo on any size prints, pick the perfect size for your space and project.
Once you have your printed photos, lay them out and decide how much space you would like to put in between the pictures. A little tip – just pick up wide painter’s tape and let that be your grid line guide for perfect spacing. Determine the size of the foam or canvas board you will need. I had to purchase a larger foam board and trim it down to size, this is also why I had to paint my foam board – the large size only came in white and I wanted a black background.
This project would also look beautiful over some rustic wood but my ultimate goal was to create something light weight that could be hung up with Command hooks. I have to keep things renter friendly around here. 😬
I used an X-Acto knife to cut up my foam board. I also had to paint my board black before I laid down my photos. Hopefully you can avoid the painting and cutting step if you find the color and size you are looking for.
The rest of the steps are self-explanatory; measure the spaces equally and use a thin layer of Mod Podge on the back of each photo. Gently press down and make sure you get the corners. Avoid applying a heavy coat of Mod Podge so you don’t get bumps and ripples.
Let your piece dry overnight and then attach Command strips to the back before you hang it up.
That’s it! Now sit back and admire your beautiful piece of custom art. I’m curious to see how the Mod Podge and this piece holds up over time but I’m happy with the final result. This whole project cost around $40.
The photo looks great above my desk with my cowhide boxes and cacti plants. Hello southwest vibes.
Follow me on Instagram, if you end up making your own art be sure to tag @Horsesandheels_ in the photos.
Dress up your kitchen with these horse tea towels.
A few months ago I featured a round up of Equestrian Tea Towels for the Home. I’m back sharing even more great towels from The Painting Pony. These towels are almost too pretty to use. They make the perfect gift for hostesses or new graduates moving into first apartments or dorms.
It’s easy for many equestrians to relate to this Eat – Sleep – Ride towel. Each towel your purchase from The Painting Pony is available in three different fabrics.
Brighten up your kitchen with the colorful horses tea towel and add some new herb plants to your window shelves while your at it. It’s the perfect way to welcome spring and summer.
Remember your gaits with this typography towel or teach your kids while they do the dishes 😉
This yellow damask print is perfect for decorating a French country kitchen or a rustic farmhouse style kitchen.
Another personal favorite of mine is this fun print! Horses, ribbons, bits, oh my.
Do you have any horse tea towels at home?
Looking for a new pair of boots? I put Tecovas to the test.
Last week I introduced you to Tecovas, an Austin, Texas-based company selling boots at an affordable price point. It’s no secret I share a lot of boots and brands on this blog weekly. I’m boot obsessed and I know a thing or two about cowboy boots. I’ve toured three cowboy boot factories and worn almost every brand. Some boots are made better than others and it’s usually safe to say – the higher the price, the better the boot.
Tecovas come in at a price point around $200, that’s almost unheard of for a good pair of boots. Most boots I’ve worn around the $200 mark aren’t boots I could vouch for in terms of all day comfort. I’ve been wearing my Tecovas boots for a week and can honestly say these boots are meant for walking. If you think a week isn’t long enough to test out a pair of boots, let me tell you this – I knew Tecovas were going to pass the test from the moment I put them on. The boots fit snuggly around my feet, nice and comfortable. But once I took a step and felt the heel slip, I knew these were well made. I don’t notice the heel slip in all of my cowboy boots and it’s usually the more expensive ones that are better made that have this fit feature.
I actually put on my boots before I even read the boot try-on guide and accurately described the whole process to my husband beforehand. Then I picked up the guide and realized Tecovas really understood what made a good pair of boots. Fit is one of the most important aspects of wearing a pair of boots, chances are if the boot hurts you feet you are wearing the wrong size! Remember my article on Debunking Common Myths About Cowboy Boots? This handy guide is something more people should read especially if they are uneducated about cowboy boots.
The fact that Tecovas put this handy try-on guide in the box with their boots was impressive. I can’t think of a single boot brand that ever came this important piece of paper.
Another thing that really impressed me about Tecovas was the leather quality. Not all leather is created equally and I’m sure you’ve noticed that before. The aroma of new leather greeted my nose instantly when I opened the box and the boots felt buttery soft.
These boots go with jeans, dresses, skirts, and rompers.
Don’t mind these pale legs, they need a little more California sunshine to hit the.
If you are in the mood for a pair of versatile and comfortable cowboy boots, this is the new brand you need to try! These are my first pair, but they certainly won’t be my last pair.
Boots provided c/o of Tecovas
Looking for all things equestrian? These dinnerware collections are a kitchen must have!
I was in World Market earlier this week and I snapped a shot of these colorful horse plates. Since equestrian collections are always popping up in mainstream stores, it becomes a fun little game I like to play called “find horse stuff”.
If you are looking for a more refined dinnerware collection, the Ralph Lauren Bromley collection is for you. The set features dinner plates, salad plates, bowls, a sugar bowl, creamer, and more. Naturally the collection is pretty pricey but theses dishes would definitely wow your guests.
These are the dinner plates.
The adorable sugar bowl.
The cereal bowl.
Remember the Horse Print Saga collection from Anthropologie? It’s definitely a great contender. I shared it on the blog earlier and am still in love with it.
The next time you go set the table, make sure it’s done with style and a little equestrian flair.
A fruity spring cocktail made with Alizé Peach, lemon, and honey.
Looking for a new spring cocktail? You’ll want to add this Peach Punch cocktail with Alizé Peach to your list. Alizé Peach combines the flavor of sweet, ripe peaches with premium French vodka. You can enjoy it on the rocks but let’s be honest, it’s much more fun to play bartender and mix up delicious cocktails.
Ps. I wanted to show off my new Terrace bar cart in this post, it was a West Elm splurge. I’ve been selling stuff on Craigslist to clean out the apartment like crazy and got rid of our old bar cart. Out with the old and in with the new!
The Peach Punch cocktail is a recommended cocktail recipe from Alizé, I’m sharing the recipe below. I served mine orange wheel ice cubes and garnished them with lemon and orange peels. You can make round orange ice cubes using a muffin tin and sliced oranges. Hint: Use hot purified water to get crystal clear ice cubes, they are so much prettier than cloudy ice cubes.
- 2 oz. Alizé Peach
- 1 oz. gin
- ¾ oz. lemon juice
- ½ oz. elderflower liqueur
- ½ oz. honey
- Combine Alizé Peach, gin, lemon juice, elderflower liqueur, and honey in a shaker. Shake well and pour over ice.
- Garnish with lemon and orange peels.
Cheers, this cocktail is absolutely delicious!
Try Alizé with your next margarita, morning mimosas, martinis, and cosmopolitans. The Alizé brand also offers Alizé Red Passion, Alizé Gold Passion and Alizé Bleu Passion. Alizé liqueurs join premium French Vodka with rich flavors from all over the world. The fruit that makes Alizé comes from Brazil, Chile, and the shores of the Pacific Islands.
This post was sponsored on behalf of Alizé Peach. All opinions stated are my own.
Ladies and gentleman, there’s a new boot in town. Today I’m showing off my new Tecovas boots, pictured is the the Penny in midnight calf. Tecovas is an Austin based boot company with a passion for cowboy boots.
Their sales model is simple, they sell boots directly to you so you don’t have to pay expensive retail markups. Their theory is you shouldn’t have to pay $300-$400 for a pair of quality boots. I like the sound of that.
Tecovas sells boots for men and women, they offer two styles; the Jamie (for women) and Cartwright (for men), both are traditional cowboy boot styles. The Penny (for women) and Earl (for men) are shortie roper boots with lower heels and a short vamp. No matter what your personality is, Tecovas has a pair for you.
Shop for Tecovas boots online and visit their website to learn more about the brand.
That’s all for now, these boots and I need to go do a little walking around Los Angeles.
Boots provided c/o Tecovas
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