DIY: I Heart California Art

You know I love Pinterest (check out my pins!), and I’m big into Etsy and the local art fairs. I’m also a cheapskate who loves to make my own art and adapt ideas in a way that works for my own tastes. I’ve seen a ton of “California love” artwork, where there’s a cutout of California and a heart over the Los Angeles (or San Francisco).. or really you could do this with any state and any city. If you read the blog you know I love Los Angeles, so this art is right up my alley.

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So to start off, I found a map of California online, sized it to fit my frame and then printed it and cut out the state.

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Since I just brought this chevron paper from Paper Source and had some gray + pink felt, my color combo was born. I love reusing what I have. I have recently been getting into sewing, so I thought I would try sewing felt into paper and it worked! It really worked!

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I used a thick white embroidery thread around the outside (where I wanted the stitches to stand out) and then a red thin thread on the heart, where I wanted the thread to blend in.

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Doesn’t it add a nice pop of color and pattern to my collection?

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My art collection is growing! I like the felt “heart LA” with the larger print of “I heart LA” on the left. It’s a variation on a theme. See all the chevron paper I have left… I smell another future art project!

Cheap Theater Tickets

My sister wrote a great article for Head Shot Magazine about inexpensive ways to see theater in LA. Check out the article HERE. Erica sees everything that comes to LA, so take her advice. She’s also a (self admitted) frugal person and knows about every deal out there when it comes to live entertainment. Do your wallet a favor, read her article and spend the weekend at the theater!