August 15, 2012 § 3 Comments
So the ladder I got this weekend, I cut it in half. Cringe! It was hard to do, so beautiful it was. But the two halves are perfectly at home in new places. I sanded them and wiped them down and put on a sealer. I hung one above my worktable, and I thought I’d show you this space. Because it is my favorite. 27 square feet of lovely color and inspired order that makes creating easy. The room is on the main floor right by the living room and 15 feet from the kitchen. So convenient. I always work to place the making space and the kids play and school room right in the main living area. Neither of them works well in the basement or a bedroom. Soon the ladder will be hung with half done projects and inspiration ideas.
That is a cape in progress.
And lest you think all is perfect, here is the other two-thirds of the room. Theology library, music room, electronic and computer workstation, waiting to be craigslisted repository, and ironing spot. I’m working on that blank wall. Do you see that soup crock on a plaque? My husband is a really good cook and won that chili award. His interests are so varied. He needs a wall of memories and appreciations.
August 9, 2012 § Leave a comment
July 25, 2012 § Leave a comment
I didn’t buy anything today at the thrift shop. And have you noticed that when you are looking for something you never find it?
Here is an awesome paddle ball set. I love the graphics. $6.
I might regret not buying these foxes. They were cute and clean and what a lot of work someone did!
July 23, 2012 § Leave a comment
I completely love this needlework pattern. Though this embroidery piece is from the 1970s and seems to be quite common, (I’ve found two of these bonsai beauties), the colors are vibrant and the little tree is perky and pretty, especially in this wooden frame. I’ve hung two bonsai on my gallery wall, but this one is for sale.
Here are my bonsai:
May 19, 2012 § 1 Comment
May 12, 2012 § Leave a comment
Botanical prints are popping up all over! These beauties were $6 each at the thrift store with a lot more in a set available. I’m sure somebody loved them!
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.
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!
April 20, 2012 § 2 Comments
Birds have been in vogue for a few years now though they might be on their way out. I love the bird mobiles that various creatives have made; you can see some versions here and here. There is a simple and stylish FREE pattern for making these little fabric chirpies found here on my pinterest “to make” board via spool. Instead of a mobile I made a wall installation with three bamboo poles, found at Target on clearance, and a few brackets from the hardware store. The birds are great for using up scraps and are stuffed with thrifted stuffing, so they cost almost nothing. And my guest room has a large and cheerful flock of visitors. This gallery has 30 birds and they are adhered to the bamboo with hot glue, which is sturdy but removable.
April 13, 2012 § Leave a comment
Matroyshka, or russian nesting dolls, have been quite popular in recent years. Click here for innumerable images and ideas. I really liked a view of their graduating sizes, kind of like this one on my pinterest boards. So I painted a long canvas of the dolls and used features of many different prints and images to make each matroyshka unique. This picture is so quiet, there was actually tons of measuring and paper templating and pencil sketching to get the sizing right.
It hangs in our up stairs kids and guests bathroom and beams benevolence on all. Matroyshka dolls are very peaceful. The kids like to pick their favorites.
The three buttons and one flower are glued on and have dimension.