Birds

November 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

Last week I did a short holiday craft show. I haven’t sold at one for a couple of years. I still had an overstock of hats to sell and I earned a little cash, which is always nice. My husband has encouraged my to market my birds more. I made a wall installation that we love. I didn’t have a way to hang branches at the show, but I’m trying for craigslist exposure now. My basket of birds.

Modern nursery decor.

 

Starry

November 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

I bought this little mirror at the thrift store for $3. It was a bit dingy and faded, but I washed it and sprayed on a coat of polyurethane. My before and afters don’t show much difference, but it is rich and brown and I love it.

What I see today

October 31, 2012 § Leave a comment

So much to do. So little time. Though with the homeschooling I am strangely more productive then when the kids were in school.

Birds for mobiles. I have a craft show in Nov.

Four baby chairs and 7 adult size to refinish.

This amazing pile of Afghani beaded discs. I can’t decide how to use them. The best wall garland ever? They smell like tea.

A cuckoo clock to gift, here is the primer stage.

Pinterest project- Iron roses

September 20, 2012 § 4 Comments

I have had this set of spigot handles pinned for a long time. From an etsy seller whose collections I really love. But I didn’t want to pay $54. Something about the colors, size and texture I love. So I found a set of 20 knobs on ebay. A few needed help with color, but most are originally chippy, roughed and delightfully heavy. I used shadow boxes from Joanne’s with the glass removed. I like being able to touch the shapes, as if they are installed on the wall. And I have 2 sets! I’m having trouble with where to hang them. Which set do you like better?

     

 

Bunting in the round

August 6, 2012 § 1 Comment

I added color to the teepee over the weekend. These pole caps make me happy!

This was a trial error sewing project. I started with a bunting template, made it larger and sewed a sample. Adjusted and fitted until I like the look. I used fabrics I had.

A tip-top topper!

See the teepees here and here.

 

 

Left on the shelf- bits

July 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

Useful things, all about $.99, but I’m trying to not buy stuff I won’t use right away. Oh the thrill of the find!

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Pinterest project- awesome sauce!

May 11, 2012 § 4 Comments

This took me a few tries, a painted canvas hot sauce love note! I first saw this card and placed it on my pinterest “to make” board. I think it caught my eye because my husband consumes a lot of hot sauce and the Sriracha bottle is so iconic. My canvas is 8×10″ and as always I sketch very carefully to get shape and scale right. The lettering was tricky, I tried to mask my letters with painters tape, but it was so thin that the paint leaked under so I redid the letters witha toothpick. The long skinny letter are my favorite part I believe.

And now it hangs on the “I love daddy” wall.

Pinterest project- places we love

May 4, 2012 § 1 Comment

Hearts and maps go together so well, speaking wordlessly of the places you love or that have significance to you. There are tons of happy DIY projects with maps on pinterest. See here and here. So I got a US atlas and world atlas at Goodwill, about $2, cut out hearts of our places of birth and places we’ve lived, and put together a shadow box using one I’ve had stashed forever and a bit of blue painted artboard. It is personal and colorful and goes beautifully in a memory filled gallery.

It also makes a terrific gift!

 

Random bits

April 19, 2012 § 1 Comment

Thrift stores are one of the best places to find fiber-fil (the stuffing) for craft projects. It is very cheap and I always keep a few bags ahead, especially as it crams into stuffed projects faster than you expect and I frequently run out. Check back Friday for a fiber-filled pinterest project!

And a baby life-jacket for $2.50. for those infrequent times we rent a boat or go lake swimming. We won’t use it much but we have had several times we wanted one.

 

 

Spools

April 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

These are so pretty. I took the old string off, and am waiting for inspiration, probably will fill them with velvet ribbon and give them as gifts or something. They are about 4in high.

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