Friday, August 18, 2017

Art Canvas Vase

Well, it took me a lot longer than I expected to rearrange my living room furniture, dust and vacuum. Then put everything back in place.  Four days in total.

I did, however, find time to make a new flower vase for my living room.

I started with an 11 x 14 inch canvas that I glued a piece of sheet music from an old book I picked up last year to use in projects.

Next I aged the dried page with distress ink.

On the back side of the canvas I glued a soft vase I had purchased at the Dollar Store last year using my hot glue gun.

Terrible color but it won't show on the back side of the canvas.  Just at the top of the vase I used an Xacto knife to cut a slit about 3 inches wide then stretched the opening a bit so my flower stems will slip through

I had this left over pretty floral fabric from an old bed dust ruffle.  I cut a piece to fit over the bottom of the canvas plus enough to stretch around the back and hot glued in place.

Next I hot glued the back I had saved from an old picture frame so my canvas will be able to stand.

I added embellishments to the top corner and lace across the top.

Lots of odds and ends, flowers and metal bits.

On the right side I added a crystal and a couple of flowers.

Here it is ready to fill with water and flowers.

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Thrifted Lighthouse

While out thrifting I came across this unpainted lighthouse shelf for only $5.00.
I have been wanting some sort of lighthouse for summer decorating.  And with this piece I can choose my own colors.  I also had to glue the finial back in place on the top as it was loose.  I simply used a little wood glue and let it dry.

I began by painting the entire piece white, let it dry then came back in and painted aqua horizontal stripes and roof.

Next I cut a rectangle in a pice of painters tape.  Then taped a cross of paper to form a window stencil for the sides of the lighthouse.

I attached the window stencil in place and stenciled the windows on the sides for my lighthouse.  I removed the tape and went to the next stripe and stenciled the next window all in black.

Around the top of the lighthouse I used silver Stickles on the wire fencing.

I wanted the wire to look salt damaged as if the weather had taken a tole on it.

And here it is completed.

So cute summery.  I think it will reside on my fireplace mantel for the summer.

Happy Crafting!

Monday, August 14, 2017

4 Month Break

It has been awhile since my last post.  Four months to be exact.

I was super sick in April and ended up with pneumonia.  That took a few weeks to get over and then I was super weak for a long time.

By the time I was back on my feet again there was so much to catch up on without making myself sick again I needed a break from posting on my blog.  No fun aging, everything takes longer to heal from.

I am finally starting to feel like myself again.  So this weekend I am spending my time rearranging my living room furniture.  Just needed a new view.  

I am trying to get rid of stuff I don't use or need any longer.  Too much clutter.  That is my new mantra.  Get rid of clutter.

Our summer here has been super hot with us experiencing the hottest July in recorded history.  And now it is almost the middle of August and still no temperatures below 90 degrees.  Time for a break.  Even a small break in the 80's would be refreshing.

After the wonderful rains last winter our yard is super green
and the flowers are blooming like crazy.

Here's my assistant watching as I take pictures of the yard.  She always needs to see if I am doing a good job.

My pomegranate was covered with blossoms for the first time.

And I have a couple of new additions to the yard this year.

A new birdbath with a solar fountain.

And a tipsy pot sculpture planted with succulents plus a 4 foot metal flower I bought at Costco.

So now it is time to get back to being creative, too.  Stay tuned for future projects.

Happy Gardening!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Super Sick

I am writing this short post from my bed. Seems that I got a secondary infection from the cold that I had earlier this month.

My main goal right now is to take my medicine and get back on my feet. 

Creativity will be on the back burner until I feel much better.

I pray that you have a blessed Easter.

Happy Easter!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Bread Box Makeover

I found this bread box at a local thrift sale.  It was in really good condition and just needed a good washing before I started its make over.

These are the products I used.  Two shades of chalk paint for main body and gray for the stencil and clear wax.  A stencil and a pretty crystal knob.

I painted the main body of the bread box aqua and the interior and door white.

outside aqua

door white

interior white

I used the Parisian Gray for the stencil.

Then drilled a hole in the center bottom edge to add a crystal knob.  I covered the outside with clear wax and buffed to a low sheen.

That's it all done and ready for its debut in the kitchen.



Happy Crafting!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Week in Review


A Day at Daffodil Hill


New Journal with Lots of Bling


A Few Thrift Store Finds in April

Happy Weekend!