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The Whimsy of Color

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I recently rediscovered the sheer delight and whimsy of coloring.  Did you know there is an entire line of coloring books aimed at adults?  I have found it to be a calming activity that allows me to explore colors and de-stress from the troubles of life.  I highly recommend buying yourself a coloring book and taking a walk down memory lane…..

the start

blank page

select colors

1aqua

2pink

3orange

4peach

5peach

6ltaqua

7brown

8turquoise

9apink

9aturq

9bbrown

9corange

9dpeach

complete

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Coaster Reuse Take 2 – Christmas Ornaments

As the holiday season begins, the onslaught of catalogs also begins.  I was thumbing through a “Land of Nod” catalog and came across these cute ornaments.

inspiration

The inspiration

It made me think about those cardboard coasters that I have lying around.  So I set to work assembling Christmas-looking papers and accents.  I dug into my button supply (I have thousands of buttons that I have inherited through the years from grandmothers and great aunts).  Then I started assembling the ornaments.  I used glue to set the papers to each side – one side at a time in order to trim the edges neatly around the coaster.  And the embellishments followed.  Here are the results:

supplies ready to go

Assembling the supplies

painted wooden pieces

Painted wooden pieces

buttons

One of my 10 button drawers (the metallics)

setting one side

Setting paper to the first side

side one cut

First side cut out

setting side two

Setting the second side

both sides ready

Both sides finished- ready for embellishments

20 19 18 17 16 15 14frt 14bk 13 11frt 11bk 10 9frt 9bk 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

The finished ornaments

First Holiday Bazaar

For those in the Portland area, I will be participating in my first Holiday Bazaar on December 14th & 15th at Earth & Sky Farm.  You can come and cut your own Christmas tree, sample some food and drink, and peruse the offerings from different artisans.  I will be selling most of the items that I’ve made and shown on this very blog.  Stop by and say hello!

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The Holiday Bazaar flyer

And as a continuation of yesterday’s post – the latest felt animal is…….a giraffe!     (He may be my favorite so far!)

finished giraffe

Completed giraffe

Felt art animals

After making the animal frames a few posts ago, I looked at these small wood pieces that I have and wondered if I could do something similar following the animal theme.  I decided to investigate making felt animals.  By using the scrap wood as the backdrop and frame combined, I thought it could be interesting to play around with different whimsical animals for the centerpiece.  It was fun designing the different animal looks and playing with felt and embroidery floss colors.  They can be displayed individually or used in a cluster for a cute art piece in a children’s room.  I have completed 3 so far and have a few more up my sleeve-  maybe a giraffe, or an owl, or a whale……

sketch ideas wood backers

sketching out ideas and the wood backer blocks

turquiose octopus

selecting the color palette for the octopus

sewing and stuffing pencil stuff

sewing and stuffing the octopus

octopus ready to mount

octopus with details added and ready to mount onto the wood

finished octopus

Completed octopus

finished hippo

Completed hippo

finished monkey

Completed monkey

Animal Frames

Friends of mine are having a baby very soon.  I wanted to make something special for them.  I looked through my arsenal of crafty supplies and decided to make some framed artwork.  I had a metal giraffe and turtle that I wanted to integrate into the design.  Using 2 frames, I selected some wood laminate scraps to use for the backdrop.  I painted the frames – the one for the giraffe got a coat of metallic copper and the turtle’s got a coat of dark espresso brown.  From there, I selected fabrics from my decorator sample books from SCRAP (still keeping me crafty!).  Cutting them into squares, I placed them around the frame and started gluing.  I added yarn around some of the pieces on the giraffe frame to accent the colors.  After trimming all the excess edges around the frame, I glued the animals in place.  I really like how they turned out.  I only wish I had a few more animals so I could make some more!

giraffe comboturtle combo

Giraffe and turtle materials ready to go

painting frames

Painting the frames

measuring and cutting squares

Measuring and cutting the fabric squares

laying out the giraffe laying out the turtle

Laying out the fabric on frames

giraffe frame ready turtle frame ready

Frames complete – ready for their animals

finished giraffe finished turtle

The final products

Crafty Coasters

You know those cardboard coasters that many people collect from different bars?  Before tossing them into the recycle bin, I wondered if there was something I could do with them.  Pinterest to the inspirational rescue.  I discovered two different ideas and kind of morphed them into my own take on it.  I didn’t have decoupage, so I checked out Pinterest and made my own. I grabbed some interesting papers and those cardboard coasters and decoupaged away.

coaster pin inspirationoriginal pin coasters

Original inspirations from Pinterest

decoupage diy

DIY decoupage

materials ready to go

Decoupage, coasters, sponge applicator

prepping the papers

I shredded the papers to apply to the coaster

starting to decoupagesaturate the coaster

I had to thoroughly saturate the coaster and paper to ensure adhesion

fully glazed

four completed

prop them up on cardboard scraps

I propped the coasters up on scrap cardboard to dry so they didn’t stick to the work area

trim the excess paper

After they completely dried, I trimmed off the excess paper along the edge

completed coasters

The four completed coasters

coaster in use

Coaster in use

pretty presentation

Tie them nicely with ribbon or yarn and they are a great handout at showers or weddings

(or simply a nice handmade gift for someone)

Recycle Glass In An Artful Way – Part 2

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I really enjoyed creating the different looks and combinations for the original yarn bottle projects.  There are limitless possibilities that one can achieve by using different yarns and embellishments.  I was inspired to see if I could use a combination of yarn and some of the decorator fabric samples I got at SCRAP.  I started with a spaghetti sauce jar and used 2 different yarns with 4 different fabrics.  I am really happy with the way the flower embellishment pulls it all together in the end.

Materials

The material and yarn combination

fabric start

Setting the fabrics first

chunky yarn

Topped with the chunky yarn

thin sparkly yarn

Completed the skinny yarn part

completed yarn wrapping

The final yarn/fabric wrapped bottle

finished product

And just a little flourish to pull it all together

up close of flower

Flower detail – 2 fabrics with 2 braided yarns wrapped in the center