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Monthly Archives: September 2013

Adding panache to your walls (and cheaply)

Think you can’t add a dash of panache to your walls without spending a lot of money?  This project combines the wallpaper samples that I acquired at SCRAP along with $1 wood shapes and a few beads from Michaels Crafts.  I think it is an easy way to add some color and texture to any wall.  You can use any number, size, and combination of wood shapes to match the size of the space you are decorating.  The possibilities are endless!

the start

Selecting the fabrics

first fabric covered

Gluing fabric direct to the wood shapes using Tacky Glue


my little helper (Clyde)

gluing felt on back

Use hot glue to set felt backer

setting up details

Trying out the center shape combinations

square 2

square 1

oval 2

oval 1

center circle

final set up

The final result


Beating the heat at Cannon Beach

Portland is experiencing high temps this September – in the 90’s.  In order to beat the heat, I fled the city and headed to Cannon Beach with my friend Georgia.  It was one of the most beautiful days I’ve ever experienced on an Oregon Coast.  Sunny, not a cloud in the sky, able to stand in the water knee deep.  At one point, I was even considering putting on a bathing suit and plunging in (that thought quickly dissipated after the water temps dropped in the afternoon).  Here are some of my favorite photos from the day.


low view

pink urchins

haystack rock

rocks and waves

water ripples


sun reflections

sand bar

ridges on water

ridges in sand


sunset 3

fog rolling in

SCRAP- inspired project – Take 2

In the second SCRAP-inspired project, I used a faux zebra-wood cabinet door and combined it with decorator fabric and an additional mini frame at the center.  I created a simple shape embellished with beads and sequins and placed it at the center of the mini frame.  You could easily place a photo in the center for a dramatic wall-mounted frame.


the start

faux leather

faux leather backer

mini frame

adding the mini frame at the center


beading the center piece

sketch beading

sketching up some inspiration


the final result

SCRAP-inspired project – Take 1

In Portland, we have a wonderful resource called SCRAP Creative Reuse Center.  They accept donations of a wide variety of things and encourage the community to use them in creative ways.  Yesterday I took a trip there with visions of potential projects in my head.  I made a beeline to the home decorator sample fabric books and found two with lots of beautiful patterns and colors.  Next, off to the scrap wood.  I found 2 sample cabinet doors that you typically find in home decorating stores.  I thought they would be a wonderful backdrop for some hanging wall art.  After paying $7 for my finds, I was off to get started on my projects.   Here is the first of two projects.

the supplies

the supplies

starting the beading

after cutting the decor fabric to size, I started the beading

beading complete

beading is complete

border placement

Yarn creates a border to cover the fabric edges

finished project

A final touch of beading on the yarn border and it’s done!

Recycle Glass in an Artful Way

Another Pinterest-inspired project under my belt.  I saw these yarn covered bottles and thought they were beautiful.  So I thought to myself, “I can make those!”.  I picked 3 different glass bottles – a Perrier bottle, a wine bottle, and a glass jam jar.  I used Tacky Glue and a foam applicator to spread the glue on each bottle.  Then you wind the yarn, being careful to hide your start and stop.  The possibilities are endless.  **Note to self – next time choose fatter yarn!  The smaller the yarn, the longer it takes.  But I think the results are worth it.

yarn bottles

Original Pin

soaking the bottles

Soaking bottles in order to remove labels

the supplies

the supplies

starting pinkyyarned pinkyfinished pinky

Jam jar transformed

starting wineyarned winefinished wine

wine bottle transformed

marled waterfinsihed marleddetail of marled

Perrier bottle transformed

finished bottles

The finished glasses

A long walk on Long Beach

In honor of summer winding down, I headed to the coast with Dana and her dog Dodger again.  This time we went to Long Beach, Washington.  It was my first visit to Long Beach.  Despite the forecast for the day, we had the most amazing weather- summer is here to stay in the Pacific Northwest.  Here are some photos along the way.

Clark and the sturgeon

Clark with his first sight of a sturgeon and the Pacific

road to the beach

cars can drive on the beach here


the shoreline

sea grass

a wave of sea grass

washed sea grass

sea grass in the surf

crab carnage

the amount of crab carnage on the beach was impressive

crashing waves

waves crashing

flounder carving

flounder carving on the monument

Clarks end of the line tree

tree symbolizing the end of Clark’s adventure to the Pacific

little dodge

Little Dodger “noses” into the photo on the Discovery Trail

Astoria Bridge

Crossing the bridge to Astoria

fallen pier

We stopped in Astoria for some food and drinks and discovered this abandoned pier