Friday, November 13, 2009

October Work

Here is some recent orders/work I've done...


Monday, September 28, 2009

Boo Gobble Wobble

Here are the latest and greatest! I've had so much fun coming up with some new ideas, and getting ready for the holiday seasons that are quickly approaching!

Boo! & Gobble Wobble are listed on Etsy!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A Long Time Coming

Wow, I hadn't realized how long it had been since I posted! Here's what I've been up to lately!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Just For Fun!

I had some free time a few weeks ago in between projects and made a few new things.

Blessed Plaque - distressed Wood Plaque $12.00

Circles Frame - Canvas 4x6 Frame $8.00

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Remember This Table?

I doubt you do! I posted it sooo long ago that if it hadn't been my project, I would have forgotten it completely! I finally had the time to sit down and work some more on my table. I decided I was going to turn it into an outside table for our front porch, but then after a few months of realizing we were never going to use it out there, I decided it was time to bring it inside or just get rid of it, which I did NOT want to do.

I really wanted a functional table that we would use, and serve as storage too. I think it will be perfect when all is said and done!

We love to play Checkers & Chess so I thought I would make a huge
playing board on the top of our coffee table

Here is an up close shot of the distressing

That's all I have to show for now...I still have to finish the sides, drawers, drawer pulls and the game pieces. Once those are done, I'll post lots more photos of the transformation!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Distressed Crosses

I had a few questions about distressing, so I am going to give a few hints as to how I do it. The key is how you choose to distress things, the look are want to achieve, so my techniques may not suit your style best.

1. choose several colors
2. paint, distress, paint, other words work in layers.
3. you can use tons of household items to give things the weathered look: use a nail to make dents, sandpaper, lighters to give the burnt effect, use screwdrivers to make different sizes and shapes for divets.

Here in the latest cross I finished last week.

Custom Painting

I did a custom piece over the are a few pictures!

this is about half way through

Finished product

Monday, May 18, 2009

Crosses & The Art of Distressing

I have been busy, busy lately with some fun projects! I just got done with 2 Distressed Crosses that turned out really great! I'm never sure if the colors chosen are going to turn out well when distressing, but these worked beautifully!

I have had lots of questions about distressing, and all I can say is that it takes time! There are lots of different layers involved to get that really aged look, so if you just want a little distressing, it isn't so time consuming. The red cross has 6 layers and then 3 glaze coats, and the green cross has 8 layers and 3 glaze coats! Whew...that's lots of painting!

I also did a new sign for our house! I needed a new one! It is also distressed, to match the rest of our house which is all rock and wood.

Then I did another canvas painting of a Cross. I don't think I've posted pics of this one yet, but if I have...forgive me, I'm a little scatter brained right now!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Now I know my ABC's

I found this super cute little wooden ABC puzzle the other day, and I just couldn't resist getting it make it adorable for little Lyla. I had fun thinking of different ideas of what to do with this one. I think it turned out really cute, and way more girly than the traditional little learning puzzles!

Each letter has my own special glitter glaze, with 3 extra coats of clear glaze to give it a little extra pop!

And then I also painted this sweet little canvas picture frame for Lyla's room too!

Bow Hangers

My sister-in-law, Amy is having a baby girl {Lyla} in early September, and she has been going crazy getting her room all ready. One of my contributions to this is a bow hanger. Now since I made one for the baby, I knew I'd have to make one for big sister Avery too, so they both got pretty new bow hangers! Caroline & Avery had to do the modeling for the pictures, it was quite'll see!

Amy went straight home and hung them in their rooms...with bows!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Baby Oh Baby

Caroline's teacher and her husband are expecting a little girl in the near future, and of course Caroline is thrilled! She adores, I mean absolutely adores her teacher, and is always painting or coloring for her. So, Caroline decided that I just had to make some burp clothes and a wall hanging for the new baby. I kindly obliged, as I also adore Caroline's teacher, Mrs. B.

So, I let Caroline go to my fabric stash and pick out the fabric she wanted me to use, so she would feel like she was part of the process. I think they turned out really well, actually, pretty stinking cute, if I do say so myself!

I got such a sweet thank-you note from Mrs. B, and the funniest thing was in there. She told me that the pink paisley fabric was the fabric they were using for the nursery! How crazy is that? What a really great coincidence!

And then of course, here is the wall hanging, made to match the fabric also, once I knew that was what Mrs. B. was using!

And I really wish I knew why blogger kept turning this stinking picture sideways! Any ideas?

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Just For Fun!

Do you ever just get something in the mail, or an email, or phone call that just brightens your day? I love that feeling, but most of all, I love passing that feeling onto others! There really is something to be said for "random acts of kindness", which is something my mom passed on to me.

Sometimes I used to get mad because she was so involved in church, book clubs, a teen crisis center, teaching, and a list of other things, but I didn't realize at the time what she was doing for people. I have never hidden that I was a somewhat spoiled child/teen, and I demanded a lot. I have so many regrets about that, but I have always loved people. I was always willing to help my mom with her things and I did always get a great joy out of it, I just didn't get why she had to do it. Now I do. And, there are times when Caroline wants me, and I'm in the middle of something and tell her to hang on, and I see the same frustration with me that I had for my about coming full circle! But at the same time, she already does for people, just like I learned from my mom, and that to me is a blessing. She loves making things for her friends, family, teachers, and she loves helping people. Donating time, money, walking for a does my heart good!

All this to say that I wanted to brighten a few peoples day that have already brightened mine through their blogs. Plus...I love to paint! So, here are a few canvases that I did just for fun!