Friday, 26. April 2013
My boys’ bedroom is full of mismatched furniture and accessories. I don’t need everything to match perfectly because matched furniture is not in my budget nor is it my personal style. I like a collected look and feel. That being said, I do want pieces within a room to look like they belong together. The easiest way for me to bring everything together is with paint.
I gave the mirror and the dresser frame a couple of coats of blue paint. I am not sure if I love the result. I keep thinking I should paint the drawers. I have seen and admired this look on other blogs and Pinterest but I’m not sure if it works here. I think I’m going to have to finish the other pieces in the room before I decide.
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Thursday, 25. April 2013
Welcome to That’s Crafty Thursday. Today I am sharing some of the sketches that I have been working on. I had to give the oil painting a little rest. I was getting a little frustrated with myself. I am trying to learn on my own and sometimes that takes patience. Patience is NOT one of my virtues. I guess that is why I enjoy sketching so much. If I get frustrated I can just put the pencil down and walk away. With the oil painting, unless I am just taking a short break, I need to clean everything up before I walk away (I know that oil paint does not dry very quickly so I could take a long break but if I turn my back, my youngest will try to help me with my painting).
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Thursday, 4. April 2013
Okay, so oil painting is not completely new to me. I did paint a couple of pictures years ago. Way back before I had teenagers, school-aged children, toddlers, or even babies, I had free time, lots and lots of free time. I can’t believe I am actually saying this now but I had trouble filling my time back then. Now, most days I wonder if I can possibly fit everything in I need to. None the less, I had to find some time for me. Just a little smidgen of time for me to do something just for the pure joy of it.
I have been debating whether to share this painting. I am very insecure about it. I know it is no masterpiece, but that is really beside the point. The point is that the entire process of painting this picture made me happy. I lost myself in the process and for just a little while all my problems and stress just disappeared.
It is a challenge to fit painting into my schedule, just like it was hard at first to fit exercise into my day but I think it is just as necessary to do. For the first time in my life I am seeing health as more than just a number on the scale. I feel that making the time to get a full night of sleep and a hobby that makes me bliss out is just as important as my workouts.
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Thursday, 7. February 2013
This is a vase I made out of a piece of pipe and a flange. Here is what you will need if you would like to make one too.
All I had to do to make it water tight is cut a circle of sheet metal with some tin snips to fit the bottom of the flange.
I used a little epoxy putty to hold the sheet metal in place and form a water tight barrier.
After the epoxy was dry, I put a little Teflon tape around the threads on the bottom end of the pipe.
Then I just screwed the pipe into the flange.
I then spray painted the vase with a hammered finish spray paint.
Note: this post has been edited from the original post. When I did the original post, I lost all the step-by-step pictures I had taken. Today I found my long-lost pictures so I have included them and added a couple of steps. I hope this will help. Thanks for joining me for this That’s Crafty Thursday!
Thursday, 31. January 2013
Welcome to That’s Crafty Thursday. Today I am sharing a Valentine I made using our new scroll saw (new to us anyway, we picked it up for a good deal from a classified ad). Actually, we have had the saw for a couple of months. I just haven’t felt up to learning how to use it, let alone make anything crafty until now.
My sweet Handy Hubby helped me pick out some wood ( a thin length of pine) from the hardware store. I traced the letters from some stencils I have on hand. I free-handed the hearts onto the wood. He then set up the saw for me, gave me a lesson and some pointers on how to use it. Then he stepped back and turned the show over to me. I love, love doing anything artistic so I couldn’t wait to pick up a new skill, but I was also a little afraid of getting hurt or messing up.
Of course I did mess up, but after the first couple of tries everything seemed easier. Then it seemed like fun, a lot of fun. I could have stayed in the shop playing with the scroll saw all day (and probably would have if I didn’t need to eat ).
I painted, glazed and distressed the big heart. I used scrapbook paper to decoupage the letters and little hearts. I added little felt and burlap rosettes. I also added burlap and ribbon bows. I just used hot glue to attach everything to the big heart.
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