Monday, January 31, 2011

Ready for Spring

Here’s an easy spring craft I recently created.  I started with a coffee mug from a thrift store…
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Apply some sandpaper or other scratchy material to give some grit to the finish so it will hold some paint.
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Next,  apply some glaze with a sponge brush and then wipe off with a paper towel.  Here is the glaze I use:
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Applying the glaze will give the cup a bit of a distressed and aged look like this:
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I grabbed my acrylic paint (color = Buttercrunch) and used a dry brush to create even more layers…
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Doesn’t it look more weathered now?  Just the look I wanted.  Next, I filled it with some brown straw and a bird. 
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Tweet. Tweet.
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Nice as is, but even better in a group of spring decor…
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Check out my previous post to see a tutorial on the basket on the left.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Ceramic Basket with Bird and Nest

This little ceramic basket I found at a discount store was in need of a little something:
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A little too “cutesy” with the bright pink gingham ribbon, but the potential was there for a makeover.  So I removed the ribbon and introduced the basket to these guys:
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After sanding it down, you’re left with a little “tooth” on the finish so that it will hold paint or, in this case, glaze…
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After sponging on a little glaze and then wiping off,  I was starting to see a difference…
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This brown and white polka dot ribbon gives the basket a whole new personality, don’t ya think?
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I topped it off with a bird and nest for some simple and fresh spring decor….
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What do you think?

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Update:  Client requested leopard ribbon. Rawr.




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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Valentine Candy Box – Before & After

I got so much great feedback on this project I wanted to post about it again.  Don’t forget when you empty some of these boxes…
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You can create some really fun little Valentine shadow box decorations like this:
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Here’s a whole grouping…
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Great for ornaments, decorations, Valentines or string together for a garland.  You can find my tutorial on how to make these here.
These can be done with any size box…
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And they can be made for any holiday…
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Now treat yourself for a job well done…
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Little Things Make a Big Difference

We’ve lived in the house for five years and I decided it was finally time to give some love to the kitchen cabinets.  Hello, hardware!
Here are my before and after photos … little things … but what a big difference I appreciate daily …
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I really, REALLY wanted all the drawers to have pulls that looked like this:
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But, we have a LOT of drawers and at about $4.50-$5 per pull, my “little project” was becoming huge.  So, I settled for simplicity and got the same bronzy look on a simple handle throughout the kitchen.
I did get my “fix” though and put a few of my fave drawer pulls on this dresser that I painted…you can read about this makeover here.
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Thanks for visiting! More house projects coming up soon!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Valentine Gift Tags

Hand painted and stamped coffee-stained tags I made as a thank you for a custom order I just completed.  Love a quick and easy project…

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Monday, January 10, 2011

New Years Resolution Art

I saw this quote the other day and loved it, so I turned it into some subway art.   I think it would look great in an office or kitchen.  Available in my Etsy store.
 I hand painted on an 11x14 canvas using acrylics and ink, then  distressed it for an aged look.
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What is your favorite quote?

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

New Valentine Paintings

Here’s a few paintings I did for Valentines Day.   I created them using acrylics on 11x14 canvases.
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A few closeups…
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They are lightly inked and distressed for an aged look, and are currently available in my Etsy shop.  I also have PRINTS available! Thanks for looking!

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Saturday, January 1, 2011

New year, New shop

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I’ve opened a new Etsy shop “The Happy Lunchbox” with my little works of happy art!  I put one of these notes in my daughter’s lunchbox each day and she loves getting them.flickr promo1a

I’m know she enjoys her lunch more <grin>, but I enjoy creating these little notes for her to find.  In each note, I write words of encouragement, sweet nothings, knock knock jokes, or just a simple “I love you”.

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The Happy Lunchbox is now featuring these blank note cards with my original art.  Who doesn’t like a little happy note now and then?  Tuck ‘em in a lunchbox, purse, briefcase, backpack, book, etc. and surprise someone with a little happiness.

Currently selling each image as a set of 8 note cards.  But, I’m happy to mix and match images…just ask!

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To kick things off, I’m offering a FREE gift to my first 10 customers at The Happy Lunchbox.   Why not start a new tradition this year with these little works of happiness?!   Happy New Year!