Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Handpainted Halloween Wreath

There are certain artists that I'm just drawn to....John Sliney....Terrye French....Jill Ankrom...the list goes on. Inspired by Terrye French's designs, I handpainted the following wooden hang tags for Halloween. The coordinating ribbons added a bit of whimsy to each one.

I really wanted a different way to display or use the tags. And when I came across a black wreath at Michaels, I had a vision...

As a fun option, I attached the tags to the wreath with some clothespins that I decoupaged for Halloween.

This wreath is available on my Ebay.

Now on to the next project!!!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Handpainted Christmas Hang Tags

I got this magazine in the mail recently and found several patterns in it that I thought would look great painted on some wooden hang tags.

Here's a few of them I painted yesterday. These are mixed media created with paper, paint ink and printed text all on a wooden tag. I love how the measuring tape ribbon looks on them!

These are currently for sale on my Ebay.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Trash to Treasure

I saw some awesome calendars on Etsy and decided to do my own do-it-yourself style. I found a frame at Goodwill that was the size I wanted to use ...

Next, I spraypainted the frame black, and then I created a calendar in Publisher and had it printed on 11x14 paper. I put it all together and had a nice framed calendar. Since I'm using the glass in the frame, dry erase markers can be used on the glass and can easily be wiped off.

Here's a closeup:

This one is a birthday gift for someone. I think I'll make one for myself and maybe incorporate one of those fun stick figure family images. Fun!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Art in Nature

So much rain this week has created a ton of mushrooms in our neighborhood. I snapped this photo early this morning, just 'cause I thought it was interesting. Unfortunately, this mushroom met its demise shortly after when it fought with a lawnmower...and lost.

My daughter and I saw a large beetle bug today in the parking lot of her preschool. It was stuck on its back, legs flailing in the air trying to right itself, and she says to me, "That's OK, mom. Next time it's raining, the raindrops will help him turn over and then he can hide under a mushroom to stay dry." Pretty thoughtful for a 4-year-old, right?

Then we played "I Spy Mushrooms in that yard" on the drive home...

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Holiday Raven Painting

Here's some artwork that I recently created with inspiration from one of my fave artists, Jill Ankrom. I used acrylics, charcoal, stamps, ink, etc. The goal was to make this holiday raven festive enough for Christmas but just "fall" enough to display at Halloween, too!

This piece of art is currently for sale on my Ebay.
Thanks for lookin'...more projects coming up soon!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Christmas Cards - handmade by kids

Spent the afternoon watching my kids make some Christmas cards. I supplied them with already-cut pieces of scrapbook paper in various lengths and patterns.

You shoulda seen how giddy they got with anticipation when I put this muffin tin full of supplies in front of them! Who wouldn't with all that pretty paper and a glue stick?!

When I showed them how to make one, their little hands were fast and furious making cards!

Here's a completed card...by my 3 year old. I still need to find a sticker or stamp of a star for the top of the tree. These will make great cards for their teachers and the other students in their classes.

Each child made several cards and had a ball doing it. This was such a hit! We'll be doing more of these for sure...

The last step (sorry, no picture) is to get a star stamp or sticker for the top of the tree! More projects coming up soon!

This post is featured on Twice Remembered's blog
and on
Just a Girl's I Can Make That party!

2011 - Recently featured on allfreeholidaycrafts.com!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Cupcakes & Candy Canes - Christmas Buffet #2

I just finished another version of the Christmas buffet. Here's the 2nd edition for Christmas...complete with two of my favorite things: cupcakes and polka dots!

Below is the first Christmas version I did, blogged about here.
All buffet prints are available on my Etsy and on Ebay.

Next up for the buffet series...Valentines!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Painted Bar Stools Before & After & Contest


I recently finished a makeover on some bar stools I've had forever. I spraypainted the legs black, and I painted the fabric seat 2 coats
Kilz and 3 coats paint. I decided if I messed up painting them, I could always just recover the top with a different fabric. Fortunately, I followed a great tutorial on Twice Remembered's blog which helped me from start to finish!

Next up I'm trying to decide what to paint on the top of the seats. Maybe a "1" and a "2"? Maybe "sit" or "eat"? Maybe a fleur de lis? Maybe "bon" on one and "appetit" on the other? Now taking suggestions and every comment is a good one
! If I choose yours, you'll get one or three of these Halloween candy box makeovers...so post your suggestions no later than Sept 30.


I painted YOURS and MINE.  Here is the final look:

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Two Turtle Doves - Before and After

Here's a simple pair of birds I found at Goodwill. These wooden cutouts are about 4 inches tall. And they were begging to be covered with cute paper...

I may have spent a total of 15 minutes on this project. Five minutes of that was probably time spent selecting the paper I wanted to use. Another 5 minutes was probably time spent just setting up a nice "after" photo...

Ta da! And I didn't even have to paint the stem or the base. I did attempt to tie a jingle bell around each bird's neck, but I didn't like the look so I left it alone.

What's your project this week? I'd love to hear about it!

This one is featured over at Thrifty Girl's Before & After Party. Check it out for more great makeovers!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Children's Holiday Aprons - How To

Here's a super simple way to make a child's apron. I did these last year for my kids and they loved them.

First, I bought some cute placemats on sale at Kohls and paired them with some coordinating ribbon I had on hand.

Next, I used a sewing machine to tack down the corners of the placemat and stitch on the ribbon for the apron ties. (Other options: hand stitch or hot glue.)

I lucked out, 'cause this placemat came with the "Merry Christmas" embroidery AND the pom pom fringe!

Below is a round placemat which only required the ribbon to be stitched on. Seriously, it took longer to haul out the sewing machine and set it up than it did to actually complete this project from start to finish....and I made two each of the aprons pictured.

Hope you try this! It was quick and easy and these make great gifts, too.

This post is featured on Twice Remembered's blog. Be sure to check it out for more fun projects! Also Just A Girl is throwing an "I Can Make That!" party and I'm linked up there, too!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Halloween Craft - Before and After

I finally decided to use up the empty Valentine's candy boxes I've been saving since February. I've been in a destash mode lately, and using up stuff in my studio that's taking up space is high on the list!

So here's a before and after shot...what once was an emtpy Valentine's candy box is now a
shadow box decorated for fall.

I had a stack full of these candy boxes,
and once I made the first one, I couldn't stop...


Some of these vintage images came from Lisa's Altered Art. Be sure to check out her fun stuff!

I'm showing off this craft idea over at 320 Sycamore ... take a peek and check out even more good stuff!

I'm featuring my before and after on Thrifty Chick's Before & After Party post so be sure to check there for even more way cool before & after pictures!

This craft is also featured on Twice Remembered's blog. Check it out!

Also featured on Blue Cricket Designs' Falling For Fall party!