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The Ocean

The beach, the waterfront, the coast, the ocean, the seashore, a littoral place – whatever you call the water, it’s easier to be inspired by hues of blues. Memorial Day, first and foremost, brings introspection and thankfulness. Regardless of one’s political lilt, I find it important to remember the fallen, to give honor and respect to those who sacrifice life and comfort for the stability of a national. As the famous American Mark Twain once wrote, “Loyalty to country always. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”

The second item is that Memorial Day ushers in the beginning of the summer. For we East Coasters, this means the mass migration to the rental homes, the shore bungalows and the coastal retreats! The turnpike is packed with the chugging of cars towards the tides.

The Walkup is Inspired by The Ocean on Memorial Day 2014


  • 1 (one) // Sachajuan’s Ocean Mist is the perfect, leave-in treatment for natural beachy waves.
  • 2 (two) //Bridge by Jeremy Miranda. Miranda is from Newport, RI and lives and works in Salem, MA. Print by Mammoth and Co.
  • 3 (three) // The Peking Pebble Parade pillow’s energetic vibe exudes seaside style. With eclectic charm, this decorative accessory pops with ocean turquoise circles across cream linen from Zinc Door.
  • 4 (four) // Fornash, striped shell earring in enamel and metal. The perfect, preppy stud with a pop of color.
  • 5 (five) // Starred and striped canvas espadrilles from the OAS. Sole made from braided natural materials.
  • 6 (six) // The Nanette Lepore Hula Hipsters and Underwire Top in blue motif.
  • 7 (seven) // Hay & Scholten & Baijings’ Color Carpet Rug #3. In the deft hands of  a couple, routine patterns and graphics are revitalized in joyful colorations with pastels and pops of neon.
  • 8 (eight) // Is there anything better than decorating a table with wildflowers and eating a meal outside under a clear summer sky? In Summer Food you’ll find suggestions for the perfect warm-weather dishes with more than 90 easy recipes for featuring fresh ingredients. Gorgeous, lifestyle photography throughout showcases the simplicity and beauty of summer.
  • 9 (nine) // In a sophisticated ocean blue hue, these handcrafted small and large ceramic accessories by Jamie Young express contemporary texture with molded geometric details. Can hold water.
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Decoupaged Frame DIY

Today I bring you a guest post from the uber crafty Lisa Hazell. 
Lisa: I’m so excited to be sharing a fun and simple tutorial with you here at The Walkup Blog today!!  I love all things crafty, especially projects that incorporate vintage paper ephemera!!  My Etsy Shoppe specializes in vintage craft supplies, including a nice assortment of ephemera such as tickets, coupons, tags, labels, and other paper pieces.  Today, I’m going to show you how to make a super fun and easy decoupage project that incorporates these types of vintage items!!
Let’s get started by gathering some supplies…

Supplies Needed:

  • Unfinished Wooden Frame (my frame was $1.00)
  • Acrylic Paints (to match your ephemera)
  • Assorted Paper Ephemera (I prefer vintage)
  • Decoupage Medium (your favorite brand is fine)
  • Foam Brush (a regular brush may work)
  • Craft Knife (I like my X-acto knife)
  • Varnish (I really like the “Satin” finish)
  • Find a color of acrylic paint that matches your ephemera.  I had to mix a few colors together to get just right shade of teal blue.
  • Paint the front of the frame.  Don’t worry about the sides just yet.
  • Let it dry completely.
  • Gather a bunch of ephemera in your color choice, such as tickets, tags, stamps, labels, play money, coupons, etc. You can theme the photo frame based on events you want to remember – like every concert you’ve gone to with a best friend!
  • Decoupage these pieces, one by one, onto the front of your frame, but don’t fold the excess over the sides.
  • Keep adding your ephemera until the entire frame front is covered.
  • Let dry.
  • Using your craft knife, very carefully trim the excess paper off the edges of the frame.
  • Using the same color acrylic paint you used earlier, paint the outside and inside edges of the frame.
  • Two to three coats will completely cover the wood grain, but if you’d like that to show through, only use one coat.
  • Let the paint dry completely before starting the next step.
  • Add at least two coats of varnish to the front and sides of the frame.
  • If bubbles form, just blog on them and they should pop.
  • Be sure to let the varnish dry completely.
  • If your frame didn’t come with a way to hang it, just add a nice ribbon to hang it by.
  • Add your picture, image, or other focal piece to the finished frame.
Since I know everyone doesn’t have a huge collection of vintage ephemera (tickets, bingo boards, bottle caps, just lying around, here’s a coupon code so you can get 10% your entire order (before S&H) at Lisa’s Craft Shoppe
Just click the shoppe button below, add your items to your cart.  When you’re ready to check out, go to your cart, click on “Add shop coupon code” and add the above coupon code to receive your 10% discount!!
Thanks so much, Keren, for having me over today!!  I’ve had such a wonderful time and hope to be back soon!!



Traveling Blue Wig Project!

The Fierce Fund, a corporate advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, believes that every woman is chockfull of stories of strength, ferocity, courage, and perseverance. Their goal is to celebrate, encourage, and elevate women and girls. That’s why, this year, they have decided to donate $20,000 to one of the following three organization: CoachArtDress For Success, and Girls Who Code. If you’d like to vote for this years three nominees, you can do so here.

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Wherever your fierceness comes from (ROAR), we all have our moments to shine, sparkle, glisten, sweat, pant, laugh, scream and cry. Sometimes it takes all of those things to even begin to dream of being as fierce as your full potential. As part of the Clever Girls Collective, I have been selected, as one of 50 bloggers, to describe a moment when I was fierce – and to prove that I’m not afraid – I was even challenged to wear a neon blue Peggy Sue wig, in public, in New York City.

Being Fierce is having the courage to try a new career, drive across the country, travel somewhere you’ve never been; standing up to a bully, calling out hate speech, voting; being strong for your kids, being there for your friends, being active in your community. Being Fierce can mean going back to school after a couple decades away, it could mean putting on a bathing suit at the public beach. Or being Fierce could mean going through cancer treatments and choosing to rock a blue wig in stride.

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I had always been a Type-A student. I cried when I got B’s – over studied, thought deeply about texts, and always took homework seriously. I was the girl who could have a paper finished a few days ahead of time, actually took notes in class, and liked speaking with the teacher after lecture. Because of my good grades, I never really struggled in school. From elementary school to college, my report card was never the harbinger of parental woes. In fact, I never totally struggled in graduate school at Columbia University. It was hard, and I definitely studied and worked through many laborious hours in a ton of libraries, but nothing ever seemed like a Sisyphean uphill battle.

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Perhaps because of this good luck, I was not fully prepared for the actual job market. I graduated at one of the lowest points of the recession. This was a time when students were occupying Wall Street, the unemployment rate was at an all time high, and job security at a low. I naively thought that something would fall into my lap – I was a good student – I had stellar grades – a ton of internships – professors liked me.

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I didn’t get hired for almost nine months. And, even when I did find work thereafter it was through part-time or contractual positions. I was underemployed.  The first week without a response from a resume or cover letter was fine. Being turned down for networking over coffee a few times was OK. But when the pattern began repeating month after month, it became hard to retain my self-esteem. It was difficult to trust that the years of self-worth and compliments which I had built up from being a “good academic” had any credence in the so-called real world. It was hard to get out of pajamas on some days, because if I got into jeans, then I could walk outside, and then I would be tempted to spend money on coffee. Coffee from a barista was a luxury. Any time not spent sending the over 105 resumes, which I crafted in that timeline, was a waste. My boyfriend (now husband – yay) was sad. I was completely forlorn and a bit aimless. My only focus and goal was job hunting, googling positions, and since that was not delivering, I felt like I was failing 100%. Unemployment depression is very real.

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The remain fierce, I convinced myself to create this-here blog. I would post EVERY day during my job hunt to convince myself of my employable qualities. It was nice to be reminded that I had creative ideas to offer the world, even if I was not getting paid for them! Now, almost 200 posts and two-years later, the blog still inspires me!

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