Thursday, September 27, 2012

Skateboard Outtake

I finally got around to teaching myself how to create an animated gif in photoshop! And I thought these outtakes of me falling off the board (while sitting and scooting) would be hilarious! Can you tell how much fun I was having?! I promise not to abuse my fun new animation skill.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Glitter Skateboard DIY

We had such a blast figuring out how to make these gold glitter boards that we decided to share the step-by-step process in how you can make one too! It's a slightly more involved DIY that could take a couple days when considering the drying time and you may need an outdoor or garage workspace - but the steps are easy to follow and you'll love the result. Good luck!

You'll need:
- skateboard deck
- trucks & wheels & bearings & screws (I've shared links for what I used, but you can use different styles and color combinations as you wish)
- glitter
- white paint (we used gesso)
- water-based urethane sealant
- non-skid floor finish additive
- paint brushes
- masking tape

First tape off the pattern you'd like for the white paint (remember the white will go where the tape is not). Be sure to tape off the sides of the deck so that there are clean edges all the way around.

Paint the white. It will most likely need a few coats, so let it dry in between and paint as many applications until you have an opaque consistent finish.

Let it dry and then remove the tape.

Tape over the white and then tape off the pattern you want for the glitter.

Cover the parts you want to be glitter with an even coat of the urethane. **Please be sure to follow all safety procedures as indicated on the can of urethane**

Shake out or pour the glitter onto the wet urethane.

Let dry and then dump off any access glitter onto a sheet of paper or foil. If needed, reapply another coat of urethane and add more glitter in spots that may have been missed.

Let dry and remove the tape.

Cover the entire board in urethane. And where there is no glitter dust on the non-skid floor additive. It will dry clear and act as additional grip on the board.

Do a final coat of urethane over the entire board - top and bottom.

Finally, assemble the trucks and wheels as a standard skateboard would be. (Carissa taught me how since I'd never done it before - so if it's your first board assembly, here's some videos that might help you out)!

We also painted the underside with a simple white stripe (which you can see yesterday's post). The sky is the limit - so have fun with creating your own unique pattern and colors!

Top photo and bottom two photos by Ty.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Glitter Skateboards!

It's no secret that I love anything that sparkles, and if you've been following along you'll know that I'm learning to skateboard this summer. So of course I jumped at the chance to mix these two together. And I had the pleasure of collaborating on this project with my good friend Carissa from Gesture Boards!

We designed two unique pattern for the decks and documented each step in the making process so that we could share with you! So stayed tuned tomorrow for the DIY steps on how to make one yourself!!

(UPDATE - click here for the glitter board DIY)

This last photo is evidence that I'm still learning to board :)

All photos by Ty.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Swanson the Giant Swan Swimmy

One of the highlights from our trip to the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, was the giant inflatable swan that we brought with us for the pool. He was the bell of the ball and had everyone asking to take a quick ride and photo opportunity.

Get a swan for your next poolside vacation here!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Ace Hotel Palm Springs

Over a year ago I posted about my dream to make it to the Ace Hotel & Swim Club... and I finally got there! We spent a long weekend for my 30th birthday celebration! It was the most amazing time and the hotel lived up to all that I had expected.

I loved the overall aesthetic of the hotel and the decor and details in the room were unexpected and very cool. I definitely think this has to become an annual trip!

more on swanson and the pool tomorrow :) 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Palm Springs Road Trip Mix

We're heading down to Palm Springs for a weekend celebration and this is our designated road trip playlist.

Listen here! 

original image source

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Learning to Skate!

At the beginning of the summer I made a goal to learn to skateboard. And I'm doing it!! I bought this sweet little Roxy board that's definitely closer to a long board, but short and compact like a regular skateboard. And I love it! Here's some photos of me as I finally learned to get the hang of it. What do you think? Do I look like a natural?!

Photos by the amazing Ty.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Motivation Map

Sometimes things don't turn out as planned, but you can still go your own way! That's how my last few weeks have gone. I'm making moves and getting excited for my upcoming birthday weekend in Palm Springs! 

Get these map posters here


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