This is Offbeat Home's archive of posts by Ariel Meadow Stallings.
Author of Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides, Ariel acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives, loves, and dorks out hard in Seattle, WA. You can gossip with her on twitter: @offbeatariel
It's no secret that many of my tastes and aesthetics are outgrowths of the hazy, love-bombed years I spent as a raver in the '90s. There were several years of my life where my pant size was measured in inches of cuff (no less than 30 — PUHLEASE) and when I woke up most
mornings afternoons, my eyes were half glued shut with crusted glitter. As I've aged, of course I've grown and matured, but some things never change and my deep love of platform shoes, rainbow, and especially glitter seem to be stuck with me — even as I inch toward 40.
That in mind, I decided I'd dedicate some time to rounding up a collection of my favorite DIY home decor projects that involve thick, crusted, glistening glitter.
So this one time, the condo beneath ours was completely gutted and remodeled, with heavy construction for a couple weeks. The construction guys listened to a lot of Russian pop while they worked. Hours and hours of it. At a certain point, it got so ridiculous that I had to capture it. No tape deck, so I used my camera…but then I had to figure out something to fill the screen with while recording the ridiculous music. This very odd video was the result. Obviously, audio is key — and patience doesn't hurt.
Inspired by Sandrine Estrade Boulet's awesome street-art inspired work, this weekend's Offbeat Homies Weekend Challenge is to go out into your neighborhood and anthropomorphize some shit, and then take hilarious photos of it!
This could be as easy as eye-bombing or as complex as using chalk, yarn, or other mixed materials to create a temporary humanoid form out of a found object or natural element.
Here's how to play…
A couple years ago, I had to disassemble my adorable apartment, passing along my furniture to my students and packing everything else into my car. But before I began the process of getting rid of my worldly possessions, I thought my little flat deserved a bit of a photo shoot.
98% of what you see here is second hand. And with the exception of electronics, nothing cost more than $150!