When I joined Pinterest a few months ago, one of the first things I pinned wasthis piece of art. SinceI couldn't afford it the yellow in the painting didn't fit with my existing decor, I tried to recreate it using colors I have in my dining room.
The original painting was done with a palette knife, which was beyond intimidating. I asked the art teacher at my work for some help, and this is what was created:
I love it. Since it's semi-abstract, it's very forgiving with my beginner painting skills.
I framed it in a frame identical to the one I used for the doilies, so it matches without being too matchy.
This gives me motivation to stop just pinning and start doing!
I was feeling thrifty and crafty the other day, so I put together this project using things I had around the house:
I started by taking profile shots of the hubs and myself using PhotoBooth on my Mac.
Then I resized them to the size I wanted and printed them out. I cut out the two images and traced them onto the paper I wanted to display. I took creative liberty with my hair and gave myself a hairstyle that was cuter than what it was actually like in real life.
Once they were cut out, I secured them onto a piece of painted cardboard, cut out some vinyl for the bottom, and stuck in a frame. I opted to tape the silhouettes so that we could rearrange the whole thing in the future as our family grows.
Years ago, my sweet grandmother gave me a set of three doilies that she had made. They have been stored in my jewelry armoire since then, but I finally figured out what I wanted to do to preserve and display them.
I found a framed poster at the thrift store. After painting the frame and the original print, I used adhesive spray to mount the doilies and keep them from sliding around.
I love seeing her beautiful handiwork being used as art in my house.
Thanks to a busy work schedule, I haven't had the time or energy to write up blog posts. Projects have still been happening, though, so at least I have plenty of material when I finally do sit back down to do some more writing.
This project was super easy. I found a stash of wheat wrapped in a plastic bag at a thrift store for $1. The hubs thought it was strange - "You could just walk out of here with that and people would think it was trash." We just separated them into three groups and stuck them in skinny vases.
Ten years ago today, I was a freshman in high school. I was homeschooled, which meant I witnessed the events unfold on television in my own house with my family near me. At the time I didn't exactly understand the full significance of what a terrorist attack meant, but it forever changed our world.
My church is having a 9/11 memorial service this morning at 10:30. Visit www.fbcjax.com and click on live streaming to watch the message.
Although it's not technically fall, I am acting like it is. I'm a teacher, so in my mind, fall begins on the first day of school. I tried to be patient and waited until September came before I started decorating. The first order of business was to create a new wreath for the front door.
The four supplies used (brown yarn, mustard yarn, ribbon, and wreath form) were each purchased at the thrift store for $1.00 each, so the total cost was around $4.00. It took about an hour to wrap the whole thing with two layers of yarn. I tried watching "Less Than Perfect" because Hulu thought I would like it. Hulu doesn't know me. The show was weird.
But it wasn't a complete waste, because now I have this wonderful fall wreath hanging up.
I'm excited. I've been wanting to fill our large sectional with tons of random pillows. It's like having accessories for the couch.
My mom called over the weekend to say she was stopping by to drop something off. She walked in the door and it was like Christmas. Really. She was lugging two huge garbage bags full of stuff. Much to my delight, the bags contained pillows. And it was amazing.