Thursday, October 21, 2010

Frosty Snowman Painting

A new painting featuring Frosty and some fun holiday song lyrics.
snowman with watermark
The one below reads:
"Frosty the Snowman was alive as he could be,
and the children say he could laugh and play
just the same as you and me."
 snowman2 with watermark
What are you favorite holiday lyrics?
I’d love to hear!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Pumpkin Seeds Painting

Just a little painting I created this afternoon.  After I finished, I scanned it so I could play around with a new software I have that lets me wrap text…
pumpkin seeds with watermark
I love pumpkins!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Office Desk Makeover - Before & After

First of all, let me say I’m IN AWE of you ladies that re-do furniture.  The before and after photos almost NEVER show the blood, sweat and tears of the “during”.  And now that I’ve done it, I can truly appreciate all the hard work I know you gals are putting into your furniture makeovers!
I’ll get right to the good stuff…



Now for the details…
This desk was a $35 Craigslist purchase I made five months ago (May).  Yes, it took me that long (it’s now October) because I made the mistake of buying it at the beginning of summer.  A Texas summer, if you get my meaning. And now that the temps have dropped into the double digits again, I’ve been able to wrap up this “little” project.
I purchased this sad looking desk for $35, hauled it home in hubby’s pickup truck, and promptly plopped it on the driveway for some “before” photos…


Pretty rough finish…there is a nail bubble in this area that doesn’t really show in the photo…


The desk came with broken hardware which was fine ‘cause I knew I’d replace the dated look anyway… 

scuffed edges… 

The side and back panels were a totally different kind of wood than the frame, desktop, and drawers…

I knew from the beginning what I was going to paint on these side panels… 

The photo below shows the desktop finished (restained) and the bottom portion stripped of the original finish.  It’s all ready to paint now…

Ooooh, creamy cottage white goodness…finally starting to see some progress!  (Desk color = Behr Cozy Cottage in Eggshell finish) 

Below shows the markings of the harlequin pattern I painted on the side panels.  I used a pencil, ruler, and a measuring tape.  I started by marking an “X” from corner to corner and worked my way to the edges, spacing lines 3 inches apart.

I wasn’t too worried about leaving the pencil lines.  I made the pencil marks pretty light, plus I knew the paint and the glaze wash would cover them up, which it did!

I used my acrylic paint brushes and went to work on the diamonds.  It took 3 coats to get the look I wanted.  The photo below was taken after one coat, and you can still see the unevenness of the color.  (Harlequin pattern = Behr Gobi Desert in flat matte finish.  I only bought a sample size ‘cause I knew I wouldn’t need much. See it at bottom of the pic?)

I didn’t get any photos of the “washing” technique but you can find tutorials of it all over blogland.  I used Ralph Lauren’s Smoke Glaze and just brushed it on, then wiped it off.  The glaze gets into the crevices (and believe me, this desk had a TON) and gives a nice aged look to the finish. 

I’ve been wanting to use these popular cup-type drawer pulls for some time now…

A few final close-ups of the aged finish.  I also distressed all the edges with a sander.

Finally finished… 


Thanks for looking!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Halloween Teacher Gift Under $5

This week I was cleaning out and de-stashing my ever-growing pile of craft supplies when I came across this package of three wedding favors from the $1 store. I’ve had this forever…IMG_0511
Next, I got these out of the pantry:IMG_0512
After sifting through a TON of broken pieces…IMG_0515
…seriously…what’s up with this Mr. Brachs?!…IMG_0516
I put a handful of *whole* candy corns in some little bitty baggies:IMG_0517
Then I put the bags in the pails…IMG_0518
And set the pails in the treat bags and tied them with scrap ribbon…IMG_0519
Easy gift idea for teachers, right!?  And I just destashed a $1 store package of pails I’ve had forever, a few leftover Halloween treat bags, 3 jewelry baggies, and some scrap ribbon.  That’s what I call a win-win!
I put the leftovers  in a candy dish for a party this weekend…IMG_0522
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Friday, October 8, 2010

Sleigh Bells Ring – Are You Listenin’?

I’ve been gathering some inspiration for a holiday swap! Looking forward to a fun filled season of blessings!

Jingle Bell Inspiration
(view sources here)
Jingle Bell Mosaic

Snowman Inspiration
(view sources here)
Snowman mosaic
What are your favorites?

Friday, October 1, 2010

Lunch Box Love

My oldest daughter started Kindergarten this year.  On the first day of school, I sent a little note in her lunch box.  She loooooved it and now requests one for everyday.  

What was a quick, one-time thing is now turning into so much more!  I love creating these little notes for her lunch box!  Each one carries a simple message letting her know how special she is.  She brings them home and we are keeping them.  One day, I hope she has special memories of her Kindergarten lunch box love notes from mom!

Here are the first few I did when my daughter requested more after Day 1:

Some closeups of a few:

Here are some for Halloween:

Here are some for Christmas:

And here are a handful for everyday:

I usually create these cards in the evenings while watching TV.  Sometimes I sketch them in a notebook so I'll have the ideas for later.  Many times I sketch while I'm sitting in the carpool line waiting on my daughter or just list some themes to work on.  I write the notes ahead of time so they are ready to go when I'm making her lunch in the mornings.  

My goal is to have a different note for each day. And I hope she doesn't outgrow them before I do.  I'm having too much fun!  Thanks for visiting!

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