Two more for the wall

December 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

French chicken crewel. Just painted the frame black. $2.

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Tiny rosy tray. $.99. Perfectly lovely.

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Rhino

December 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

Remember I bought this guy?

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Painted this guy green:

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Stuck them together, and now he lives with his rhino friend.

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And they are very solemn together. I love it.

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Pinterest project- lantern pumpkins

October 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

I saw these pumpkins and pinned the picture. We tried it at home. I’m not really into Jack-o-lanterns, but these are so friendly and warm. First we painted the lantern design. We used a small kitchen knife and a large bore drill bit to carve the windows. Much of the paint came off with carving so I repainted and spray with a fixative after the design was done. Delightful.

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?

     

 

Picking

August 13, 2012 § 1 Comment

I snapped this up yesterday. A 12 foot orchard ladder. Just wait til you see what it becomes! Lovely smudgy thing.

Pinterest project- lobster

May 19, 2012 § 1 Comment

An easy hand and footprint lobster from my pinterest “to make” board. Red paint and the squirmy appendages of three kids make a cute critter memory to look back on.

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.

Gleanings

April 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

Here’s what I found this week. A leather dress-up belt for kids fancy outfits, $.50. A round framed tile that I will probably repaint with something else and hang. I like the shape, $3. And the lid only for my tangerine Pyrex dish.  I’ve been seeking to find it for a while now, $.50.

Pinterest project- pink elephant

April 6, 2012 § 2 Comments

The first time I saw this elephant collage I wanted to make it. It started as a pin on my “walls” board via etsy. The brilliant artist uses paper to collage her animal works of art.

I printed a picture of it and cut apart each section to duplicate it in fabric. I grey painted a canvas for the base.

I very much love it. I am not an artist so I must carefully measure and sketch designs to get what I want.

Frame findings

March 27, 2012 § 3 Comments

I’ve been looking for a huge frame, I thought I could tilt it against a wall and make a succulent garden in it with a backing, wire, and small ledges. Succulents don’t need much soil or water and are wonderful in their radiating symmetry. But I’ve used the huge frame for another purpose, so check back soon. 4 foot frame was $5, the tan kids Gap shorts were $2, and oak framed mirror was $4.

I have been looking for a frame for a print with an odd size, 4″x8″, and here it is! I sprayed the frame white and had a spare piece of glass cut to size, Michaels did it for free! Another addition to the “I love daddy wall.”

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