Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Turquoise and Red Christmas Art

A few simple signs I painted for the Christmas carol lyrics and the colors...

I used acrylic paints, stencils for the images, and letter stamps and ink for the text.  The sides are decoupaged with newspaper text. An easy way to use up leftover scrap wood!

Linking this up to the CSI Turquoise Challenge!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Halloween Yard Art

I picked up these three boards at a garage sale last year for $5.   I forgot to take a picture of them before I did the basecoating, but you can see how they were originally painted as tombstones.

Using acrylic paints, I gave these boards a colorful makeover for the holiday.  The monster and the witch are original art by me, and I used a stencil for the house.

Fun and festive art for the flowerbed!!

I'll top it off with a few pumpkins scattered about and call it a day!  Linking up with CSI Project's Halloween Extravaganza!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Halloween and Christmas Countdown Calendars

These were so well received last year, I am doing a few more this year!  I love doing these calendars because I love the images so much. 

I start with 31 wooden squares about 2x2 and adhere the images to them.  Then I attach magnets to the back before placing on the metal board.

The board itself is 10.5 x 14.5.  It has a zebra stripe around the edges, and is black in the center.  So when it's not holiday time, it makes a great bulletin board.

Both calendars are now available on my Etsy.  Just click my Etsy badge on the right-hand side of my blog.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Halloween Signs

Wooden plaques I made for Halloween...

A cabinet door I repainted featuring a row of patterned pumpkins...

Monday, September 13, 2010

A Crafty Shopping Tip

Hello ladies of blogland...

I thought I'd share something with you that you may or may not know.  I'm usually the last to figure cool things out, but the lady in line behind me at Hobby Lobby today said she had never seen what I was doing.  So here's my tip to share with you all!!!

Y'all know how you can sign up for Michaels and Hobby Lobby to send you weekly emails which include their coupons, right?  If not, I guess that's part of the tip.   But the real tip is...

Instead of printing them out and taking the printout to the store, I save mine in a coupon folder in my email.  Then when I get to the store, I open up my email using my iPhone and  just show them the coupon on my phone.  They can see the code number they need, and no paper is necessary!  So, if you have a phone where you can check email on it, this is a pretty neat trick!  (I learned this out of necessity this summer when my printer was not working.)

I save all my coupons in a "coupon folder" on my email, so that when I'm at the register, I'm not scrolling through all my regular emails in my Inbox trying to the find the one from Hobby Lobby or wherever.  Also, if I'm standing in line, I use that time to pull it up on my phone so that it's ready when I get to the register.

Hope this helps someone!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Twelve Days of Christmas

Made two of these "partridges in pear trees" today.  They are wooden pear shapes hand painted and distressed to look aged.  I like the simplicity of it. 

Then I finished up a large wooden block where I did all 12 Days of Christmas.  It's a solid wood block about 14x8x2 and also distressed.

Thinking about doing some ornaments of the 12 days, what do you think?

Linking up to the CSI Project's Fall Challenge
Also linking up to 320 Sycamore!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Ornament Painting Tip

What does this...

have to do with these??

Or with these?

Let me show you...

Empty applesauce containers are the perfect size containers to hold my ornaments while I'm painting in bulk.  I don't have to worry about them rolling around and can paint many ornies at a time.

 So, now you can start saving these...

So you can paint lots of these...

Hope you find this helpful the next time you're painting ornaments!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Halloween Paper Mache Box Set

Just finished up this custom order of fun nesting boxes for Halloween!  I think I'll be making a set for me as well...

set of plain papier mache boxes


I painted the boxes and did an antique wash on them, then inked up the edges, attached the images and painted stripes on the lids.