One Couple + Two Dogs = Our Waldo Bungie

I walked past this gem in the dollar section at Target and couldn’t resist.

Inspired by the creativity of Kim from Yellow Brick Home, I decided to give Barry the Barapasaurus a little makeover.

Barry shall live out the remainder of his days amongst the other creatures of the Bungie… including a certain super spy that we all know and love (except for Turk).

Cost breakdown for this project: $1 for Barry the Barapasaurus. I just used to some silver spray paint we had on hand. Pretty sweet if I do say so myself. Now I am thinking I need another dinosaur so Barry has a friend to hang out with? Which type of dino should I go for next?

It is only natural that the art in your home will reflect who/what you love the most.  So it shouldn’t be a surprise that our art is very canine-centric.

But everybody knows that you aren’t set in the doggy art department until your dogs are immortalized in a Yellow Brick Home portrait… lucky for me, I was able to join the YBH portrait club recently!

The process of ordering a custom pet portrait from YBH is so much fun… Kim and I emailed back and forth to discuss what characteristics of Turk and Rufus I’d like her to focus on for their portraits. I asked her if she could capture the dichotomy of Rufus’ puppy-like mischeviousness  and his old man wiseness… and she totally nailed it.

For Turk, I asked if Kim could capture his salt & pepper face and bushy eyebrows. And… she nailed that too.

Amazing, right?! It blows my mind how much detail Kim is able to pack in a 4″x4″ portrait… how she was able to make the portrait look 3 dimensional… how she captured the sparkle in their eyes! I was really interested in Kim’s process so I asked if she wouldn’t mind snapping a few photos while she worked…

To say Kim is talented is a gross understatement. Kim’s got skilllllz, yo! I haven’t been able to stop staring at these little bad boys since they arrived at my doorstep last week. Honestly, it’s becoming a bit of a problem.

So I have two questions for you…

1. Which one is your favorite? Turk’s soulful eyes have me one second and then Rufus’ little smirk draw me in the next.

2. Have you ordered your pet’s portrait yet?

If you haven’t placed your order for a custom pet portrait just yet, I have a little surprise for you… Kim graciously offered Our Waldo Bungie readers a 10% discount off anything in her shop (including original paintings, art prints, gift certificates, and of course, custom pet portraiture!) with the code WALDOBUNGIE10 from now through Friday (June 7th) at midnight. Now I’m off to decide what I’m going to order next…

Yesterday I showed you my piggy project that was inspired by Yellow Brick Home’s hot pink T-Rex

Well, the inspiration didn’t stop there! I also was pretty obsessed with YBH’s painted camera, so I decided to paint my own vintage camera that I found at Those Were the Days Antique Mall in Warrensburg on my very last day of school.

Just like with the piggies, I started off with a few light coats of primer.

I intended to use the same Key Lime spray paint as I did with the piggies, but then I remembered how much I loved the simple white of YBH’s camera…

Since I didn’t buy any white paint, I just decided to go over the primer with the clear gloss sealant and call it good. I really like how it turned out.

Daniel thinks it needs a couple more coats of paint to cover up the bits of black showing through, but I like it how it is.

What do you think?

I have been salivating over all of the spray painted things I’ve seen on home/DIY/style blogs lately…well, especially stuff from Scott & Kim’s beautiful Yellow Brick Home. So yesterday I pinned a couple things Kim spray painted for her new studio…including a cool, old camera and a sexy T-Rexy (catch that movie reference?)…

Okay, confession time: I am typically really bad about pinning some project idea and then never getting around to actually doing said project. But yesterday, when Daniel and I were recovering from a whirlwind graduation weekend by watching Doc Martin (which is helping to get us through the hump while we wait for a new season of Sherlock and Downton Abbey), I had an epiphany – I could actually do a project or two right then (shocking revelation, right?). So, we scurried over to Sutherlands where I spent way too much time hemming and hawing over bright spray paint in yellows, blues, and greens. When I enlisted Daniel’s help, he deftly chose Rust-oleum Key Lime and some spray primer, and we were back home in a flash.

I didn’t have my own T-Rex to paint, but I did have a piggy that needed a fresh new look.

This piggy is from the Todd Oldham for Target dorm collection that I had in my dorm room back in the day, and it’s been in our bedroom ever since Daniel & I got married. But let’s just say that my style has evolved a bit since then. This piggy even still had the sticker on – so I had to scrape that off before I could get started.

I applied two light coats of primer first – essentially allowing me to start with a blank slate. I also found another little piggy to paint while I waited on the big piggy to dry.

After allowing the primer to dry for a few hours, I applied a couple thin coats of Key Lime paint.

Once I had a nice, even coating of Key Lime, I thought I would apply some clear gloss sealant for added protection. Here is where things started to go awry. I noticed after the first thin coat on the big piggy that the paint underneath the clear sealant was starting to crackle.

At first I freaked out, but then I started to kind of like it. I decided not to put the clear sealant on the little piggy so I could compare to see which one I liked more.

I placed the big piggy back in our bedroom on our dresser…

Then the little piggy went into our office…

So which one do you prefer? Super smooth little piggy or crackly big piggy? I’m still trying to decide…

Ooooh, and check back tomorrow to see how my painted camera experiment turned out!

I was so excited to find out I won this amazing print from Row Boat Press during a Yellow Brick Home giveaway back in December!

When the package arrived on our doorstep, I may or may not have done a happy, squealing dance…then I ran out to Michaels to see if I could find a frame for it. Alas, there were no 20 x 26 frames ready to go, so instead, we got those frame pieces that you assemble yourself. I wish I could remember what they are called, but I can’t…because Daniel did it – I was just his helper. So, we gathered everything we needed for the project…

The nice lady at Michaels cut down the glass to make it 20 x 26…and my only job was to get the right screwdriver. Daniel asked me if we needed a flat head or Phillips head, I told him I was sure we needed Phillips head. Alas, I was wrong…

Oh well…I finally found a flat head screwdriver and Daniel put the frame together…

Turk and Rufus were generally unhelpful…

20 minutes later…our print was framed and I am officially in lurve!

Don’t worry, mom, I didn’t get rid of the print you gave me, I just moved it!

Thank you to Yellow Brick Home and Row Boat Press for the amazing print – we love it!