Friday, February 26, 2010

Getting Ready for Easter

I thought I'd share a few Easter projects I've been working on lately.  Here's what has been keeping me busy...

This is a large 11x14 mixed media canvas...

These little guys were purchased at a discount store like this...

And after a little altering, they look like this...


A collection of cone ornaments for an Easter tree...hard to see but there are 3 mini-eggs nestled inside each cone...
I've also created an Easter banner with a gorgeous brown and pink paper...


Easter eggs are paper mache, handpainted, and sparkled...


An altered wooden box will look great holding some Easter eggs or treats...


A few tree ornaments made using vintage postcard images will look great on a tree or just on display...


A few boxes that got a makeover with springtime paper and a little sparkle...



Phew!  I've been busier than I thought!  More projects coming soon!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Valentine Buffet Painting

I just finished a new painting in my buffet series...this one is all decked out for Valentines Day!

prints now in my Ebay and Etsy shops!

Monday, February 8, 2010

"Vintage" Hangtag Tutorial

Today's project is a very easy one ...  I'm going to show you the process I use to get the stained/aged/vintage/grungy look for hangtags. 

I purchase regular manila tags from an office supply store.  This package of 100 was less than $5 at Office Depot

Preheat oven to 350 and while that's warming up, remove the strings from the tags.  This is just personal preference...they can be left on if you wish.

 Next, dunk the tags in a pot of coffee. It doesn't matter if the pot is old, fresh, hot, cold, or decaf.  Just dunk 'em in coffee and let them sit in the coffee for 10 minutes or so.



Use a large dish if you plan to do a lot of tags.  Here I used a fork to weight them down and keep them in the coffee...


Next, lie the tags flat on a cookie sheet and make sure they do not overlap.  Go ahead and get a few cookie sheets going at once.


 Put the cookie sheets in the oven for about 12-15 minutes.  Watch them closely so they do not burn!   The tags will curl up some, and this is OK.  I've found they will flatten out pretty good later.
Optional: take the cookie sheet out of the oven about halfway through and, using coffee-dunked fingers, flick them with more coffee for random "aged" spots.  Then return to the oven to finish.   (For the over-achievers out there, you can put the coffee in a spray bottle and spritz the tags that way.)


Remove from the oven.  If you want the tags darker, you can repeat all steps.  Or just try experimenting with soaking the tags longer or leaving them in the oven longer to get your tags just right.


To flatten the tags, I stack them neatly and put them in a ziplock bag. I remove as much air as I can from the ziplock bag, and they tend to flatten themselves out.  I keep them stored in the ziplock bag until I'm ready to use them.

Now the best part...decorating the tags!
Here's a few projects I've done using aged hangtags...




Hope you enjoy this tutorial! Now let's go make some tags...

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Clean 2010 - Let's Start Cleaning!

If you recall, I started the year with this post with a plan to organize and declutter during the month of January.    For February, I'm focusing on cleaning those things that don't normally get any attention in a regular housecleaning!  Who's with me?!

Week of February 1 - 6
  • dust/clean ceiling fan blades
  • dust/clean clean light fixtures and change burned bulbs
  • dust tops of of each: cabinets, TVs, frig, chair rail & floor moldings, door frames, walls frames etc.

Week of February 7 - 13
  • wash window coverings, curtains, etc.
  • wash throw blankets
  • wash pet's bedding
  • clean window blinds
  • vacuum windowsills

Week of February 14 - 20
  • wipe down cabinet door fronts
  • clean tops and knobs of washer/dryer
  • wash bed skirts, comforters, mattress pad covers, etc.
  • vacuum baseboards
Week of February 21 - 27
  • clean out microwave, toaster tray, coffee maker
  • clean oven and stove top
  • clean out frig

Let's roll up our sleeves, get our girly gloves on, and start cleanin'!