Posts tagged ‘Crafts’

November 4, 2012

The Yellow House

Back in 1997 when I took my first college art class, my professor told me my drawing marks reminded her of Vincent Van Gogh.  I didn’t know the artist that well except for his painting of Starry Night.  I got a book of the letters he wrote to his brother Theo and read the whole thing for an art history class.  In 2001 I was able to see the painting at the MoMA on a trip to NYC with Di.  Many years have passed and my painting and drawing style have changed but Van Gogh’s yellow house in Arles was always on my mind.

After many years of saving, I was finally able to build my own little yellow house.  It’s out in the back yard, next the the prayer garden.  When I sit in my rocking chair, I can see the sun setting behind the gandures bushes in the evenings.  It’s such a relaxing place.

Of course if you like to create, don’t wait until you can have a studio.  Many times I have had to improvise and use a corner of a bedroom or the garage.  But do create a space of your own.  Decorate it with things that make you smile.  Make sure you take time to sit and relax in it everyday.  Make time to daydream…

December 14, 2011

Painted Glass Ornaments

OrnamentsAfter having a wonderful birthday filled with warm wishes from friends and family; it’s now time to put up Christmas decorations.  This year I’ve seen lots of pictures of friends homes and their lovely trees.  Not to mention the trees in the stores and especially our town bank.  So perfectly designed from the garland to the bows on the gifts under the tree.

My tree is not the most modern or coordinated in the world.  It’s a mix up of ornaments that DH and I feel brings back memories of our childhood.  There are also some homemade ornaments made in the past by me or Di.  So when we pull them out of their box and play music in the background, for a couple of hours we are transported to good times in the past and at the same time we create more good memories in the present time for the future.  It’s good to have a Charlie Brown Christmas tree.

For this project you will need:

* Clear glass ornaments with removable tops

* Paper cups

* Rubbing alcohol

* Pearl or glitter acrylic paint (I used Plaid Folk Art paints)

* Enamel acrylic paint (I used Plaid Folk Art enamel paints)

* Paint brushes


1. Remove cap and pour about a tablespoon of pearl or glitter paint inside of the ornament.  Slowly swirl the ornament until all of the inside surface is covered with paint.  Turn the ornament upside down into the paper cup and let the excess drip (I usually leave it for a week just to be sure).

2. Rub the outside of the glass with rubbing alcohol to remove oils and residue from handling.  Paint your chosen design with the enamel paint on the outside of the ornament. I’m sure stencils would work well also.  Let the ornament air dry for a couple of days.  It takes 21 days for it to dry to a permanent finish but if you’re sure no one will touch the ornaments while hanging on the tree, you should be able to display them 1 week after painting the outside.

So here is my question for you: With all the sights and sounds of the holiday season at home and in the community; which ones bring back memories of your childhood?

Linking to Transformation ThursdayEverybody’s Creative Endeavor and Inspiration Friday.

October 6, 2011


Don’t you just love a sale.  I found these cute little birdhouses for $1 each unfinished.  They’re very easy to adapt to your style.  The patterns on the roofs are handpainted, except for the middle one which is a Martha Stewart stencil.  If you don’t feel comfortable painting, you could Mod Podge the roofs with scrapbook paper.  Don’t forget to seal and prime them before painting.  These are too small to hang in our front tree.  If you’re planning to place your houses outside you will need to seal them as a final coat to protect the paint.  I have to figure out which room I’ll put them in…


Now I’d like to hear from you.  What color combinations would you use for your home?  Would you free hand paint the roofs and if so what would you paint?  What kind of scapbook paper would you use to Mod Podge them?

Linking to… Transformation Thursday

September 19, 2011

The Sea

OK so I’m still on my beach kick.  Every time I go, I end up shelling with the kids.  This inspired me to create something beachy for the living room.

Materials List:

* 3 blank canvases 12″ x 12″

*Martha Stewart Crafts Multi Surface Satin Acrylic Paint in Pool & Beach Glass

*Crushed Seashells

*Hot glue gun & glue



*Transfer paper



Paint 2 canvases with Beach Glass and one with Pool.  While they dry, go the computer.  Use your word processing software and write your phrase.  English/SEA, Spanish/MAR and French/MER work well for 3 canvases.  Use a font that is appealing to you.  Choose one with simple lines because the crushed shells are chunky and details don’t show up well.  Print each letter as big as the biggest letter can fit on 1 page.  Make sure all 3 letters are of the same size.

Plug in the hot glue gun.  Grab all 3 pages and using tranfer paper and a stylus, trace the letters on to the canvas.  Use the ruler to help you center the letters.  Fill in the traced letters with hot glue in 1/2 inch sections and sprinkle the crushed shells on to the glue.  Tap lightly careful not to touch the burning hot glue.  Cool a little, hold the canvas over the tray and tap the leftover crushed shells into the tray.  Continue to fill up sections with glue and crushed shells until the entire traced letter is covered.  Let it dry overnight, then hang.


Linking to… Transformation Thursday

November 28, 2010

The Season of Thanks

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged. Just like every year, I’m concentrating my thoughts and time towards my family and home during the holidays. So blogging just has to go to the back burner. It doesn’t make any sense to blog about things you can do for your home if you’re not participating in the moment with your family. Being present when they need you the most is necessary to maintain a family. Pretty crafts and tasty dishes do not mean a thing without them.

This week I received a lovely package from my co-workers up in Massachusetts. It was a cute soup bowl with a snow theme and filled with little chocolates. Simple you might think… but you don’t know the story behind it. Every year during this busy holiday time, we would type and assemble literature for Open Enrollment for the employees. After that we would pack and hit the road for a couple of days. This workload was on top of our regular workload making it a very stressful time. Our solution was simple…have a little piece of chocolate, smile and drive on.

Why is this present so important this year? I won’t be able to help the HR team this year. I have to take time off to help my sister who is ill. I’m sure they can hear my concern over the phone even though the words never pass thru my lips. So the package is a great reminder to have a chocolate and drive on. Things will always work out in the end.

Small gestures always move me and in response I made the team a small gift for each of them.

  • Folk Art Paint – Baby Pink & Light Peony
  • Follk Art Glitter Paint – Silver
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • 6” x8” canvas panel
  • Gel Medium
  • Folk Art Floating Medium
  • Spray adhesive
  • Silver wire ribbon
  • Words or phrases printed with a laser printer
  • Hot Glue gun

1. Cover the canvas with 2 coats of Baby Pink. Let it dry.

2. Double load a flat brush with Light Peony paint and Floating Medium. Paint around all the edges with the floating medium towards the inside of the painting surface. Let it dry.

3. Cut a 3” square of scrapbook paper. Cut another piece ¾” x 3 1/4” rectangle from another piece of scrapbook paper. Attach to the canvas with gel medium and let it dry.

4. Tap the top portion of the canvas randomly with silver glitter paint. Let dry.

5. Cover the entire canvas with a very thin coat of floating medium. Let dry.

6. Cut the silver ribbon and make a small bow. Attach with the hot glue gun.

7. Cut the words to be used. Spray the backside with spray adhesive and place on the canvas. Let dry.

Tips: Other color combos I used: Jamaican Sea/Calypso Sky and Lime Yellow/Yellow Citron. Play with the size of the words and the fonts. Make sure you use laser printed text so it doesn’t smear with the moist adhesive.  If you’re bow challenged like me, wire ribbon is a must