Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Huge Subway Art for a Kitchen


I love fonts and typography, so it's a given than I'm loving the subway art style that is becoming popular.  I previously created a subway art for my kitchen with cooking terms and then a second one with seasonings for a client

I liked them so much, I did another one that is HUGE (3' x 4') and uses more herbs & seasoning terminology. 

BEFORE...


AFTER...


Closeup (before antiquing and distressing for an aged look)...

Distressing...


Closeup after...

My husband and I both like to cook and we have a "cooking" theme in our kitchen, so this fits us perfectly, don't ya think?!

Linking up with Tatortots and Jello's Subway Art party
and
CSI Project Typography projects
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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Patriotic Cupcake Tags


A collection of mixed media tags I created celebrating the red, white and blue.  And cupcakes!






This craft is linked to The CSI Project's RED WHITE and BLUE party!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Roman Numeral Date Plaque


Great idea for a wedding, anniversary, baby or any date you want to remember.  I've used some lumber for a nice chunky surface.  I hand painted the board a cottage cream color and used black for the roman numerals.  I also used a glazing technique and distressed it for an aged look.

The numbers in this example say "April 19, 2003".   April = IV, 19 = XIX and 2003 = MMIII.  




What date would you like? 
These are now available on my Etsy!
(p.s. Mention you found it on my blog first
and I'll give you a $5 discount.)

Linking up with New Nostalgia and Just a Girl.

New paintings


Found some canvases in my art supply and decided to paint some happy desserts on them!  All are hand painted on 8x10 canvases with acrylic paints. Swirls, polkadots and cake ... a few of my favorite things!

Now available in my Etsy shop!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Organizing Craft Supplies - Before & After

I've been wanting to consolidate and organize my crafting supplies for quite some time now. Having no direction or plan, I have stared at my craft closet for hours wondering how to get started, what kind of storage containers to get, etc. Finally, one night last week I just started collecting all my crafty odds and ends which I had stored in plastic bags and stashed in several places...it was a start!

BEFORE


After a trip to Hobby Lobby for some plastic storage bins, I feel much  more organized...

AFTER



I also purchased some square flat storage containers from Dollar Tree to store my stamp collection...and yes, these will get pretty labels once I get everything done!



Ah yes...this is better:

My desk also got some organization after I popped the lid off another container...


My mixed media/game pieces found a new home in some glass jars I wasn't using.  Now they sit on the media cabinet as decoration in the game room until I need them...


And finally, I gathered all the ribbon pieces and put them in a glass jar that was just collecting dust.  Now I can see just what I need ... but don't look too close, there is still some mess on the shelf that needs organizing.  But I'm off to a good start, right?!?





Linking up to New Nostalgia.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Flags from Wood Scraps


I recently created a few patriotic boards using leftover scrap wood from previous projects.   I used acrylic paint (cream, cardinal red and navy blue) and then a tinted wash technique so they look aged.  Finally, I sanded the edges for a distressed look.  

Here they are with some handpainted softballs and nesting boxes...



Linking up to The CSI Project.

Monday, June 14, 2010

More Original Subway Kitchen Art


I'm currently working on a whole series of original subway wall art for kitchens.  I made this one on 11x14 stretched canvas, and I plan to do a much larger version as well.   This artwork was created with cream and cardinal red acrylic paints, with a brown wash technique and distressed edges to make it look aged.  Available this week on my Ebay.


Closeups:


Friday, June 11, 2010

Craigslist Red Dresser - Before and After


I bought this red dresser on Craigslist several months ago.  I just recently changed the hardware to give it just a bit more character.  Each knob is different ... a zebra stripe, a letter Z, a clockface with Roman numerals, a checkered pattern, a polkadot pattern and a fleur-de-lis.

Here is the BEFORE:




Here is the AFTER:



Closeups:






I found all the knobs at Hobby Lobby, and purchased them when they were 50% off.  Our surname starts with a Z, which wasn't available.  So I bought an N and turned it sideways.  Can you tell?!

I'm still deciding whether or not I want to add a 1, 2 and 3 (using house numbers) on the drawers.  What do you think?

Linking up with Funky Junk Interiors Glitter Done projects.  Since I bought this dresser six months ago, I've been toying with the idea of new knobs and/or numbers.  I even bought some once and took them back 'cause I was on-the-fence.  I finally decided one day last week to just Glitter Done! 

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Subway Kitchen Art


I love all the subway art I'm seeing in blogland.  I did one for my kitchen last week, and I'm pleased with the results.  Of course, it just makes me want to do more...

BEFORE


AFTER



I think I'll space the salt & pepper artwork a little further apart, but all in all I'm happy with the "after"!  What do you think?

Linking up to Thrifty Decor Chick and Funky Junk Interiors and The Shabby Nest and The CSI Project.
and Tatortots and Jello's subway art party.