Showing posts with label diy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label diy. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Halloween Haunt - Zombie baby

Warning some viewers may find this disturbing. I find it to be the perfect addition to my Halloween Haunt.
Just be warned that if you are found taking these babies by the princess of the house full size Mandrake screams pale in comparison to howling you will hear, so best be weary.




Step 1. Sneak baby doll into an area that cant be seen by the princess.
Step 2. Grab some black, white and grey paint and start dry brushing the colors on.
Step 3. Dirty up some baby clothes and dress zombie.
Step 4. Place in yard. I used the princess's old doll cradle with a tray of bloody fingers for baby zombie to snack on.

Getting ready for the Christmas season with these little crocheted Snowflakes

I love the look of decorated Christmas trees from the past. They are not your typical cookie cutter, commercial trees. They were all decorated from items that family or friends have made and these items were passed from generation to generation. One of these decorations that I remember being on some of those trees of yesteryear were crocheted lacy snowflakes. Here are a few that I have made for our tree and for sale.
These have been made from a variety of free patterns from the web but have all been modified in some way. Hope you enjoy.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Halloween Haunt 2014 - How to build a Coffin Prop

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends and family. 
“For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, For love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends.” Ralph Waldo Emerson


Only 2 weeks left until Halloween so here are a few more last minute ideas you can use in your Halloween haunt.

Build your own Coffin:
 I built this one using a half sheet of rigid insulation. I didn't really have any measurements to work from. I just took a piece of paper, scaled it to the size of insulation that I had, drew out a quick plan and cut it out. I used duct tape to stick everything together.
Step 2:
I had some leftover red velour fabric from a Freddy Mercury costume from a couple years ago so I cut it to size and used some carpet tape to attach it to the coffin. Carpet tape is a very strong double sided tape that is weather resistant, permanent and won't melt the foam. Then I used a hot solder pen to melt the wood grain patterns into the styrofoam.
I got out the paint in a black, umber, greys and white and just started painting thin washes of color, trying to get the look of aged wood. The skull on top of the coffin is a dollar store foam piece that I thought was perfect for this piece.
I added a few smaller cheap skeletons that I treated with a Kleenex rotting flesh technique. Then I added a few details like a bow tie and cufflinks for the groom and a veil with a beaded tiara for the bride. And we have "till death do us part - coffin project" 



Saturday, October 11, 2014

Halloween Haunt 2014

Its that time of year again and I thought I would stop in to share some of our new hauntingly awesome projects.
 Super excited about our static guillotine. This project was made using scrap lumber we had laying around. The blade is from a scrap piece of wall panel that was given a quick burst of silver paint, added a couple eye hooks and some rope and of course evidence of its use.
The Haunter: The armature is just 2 inch chicken wire that we wrapped around a tomato cage, added a bamboo stake to attach the skull to, the white cloth is a cheap dollar store sheet and the black cheese cloth comes from there as well. He does look a little shiny right now but we are expecting rain and fall weather, so that will cure that before Halloween night.
Easy with Maximum impact:
I hope you can find some inspiration from these. Happy Haunting!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Gone Fishing Wire Wrapping Wall Art

Another beach inspired project that I put together this summer. I used a mix of heavy and light gauge wire to form the framework and filled in with some patterning wirework. It reminds me of doodling, just with wire instead of ink. I used an eye hook to attach it to some hand lettered driftwood. I really like the blend of industrial and natural elements in this mixed media piece.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Vintage Inspired Wood Signs

This project was inspired by a 1950's ice chest and picnic basket that we found on our travels this summer, both of which are in the red plaid patterning. Both of these were created using the separator pieces from a wine crate. I started by giving the pieces a good sanding and 2 coats of primer. I free-handed the coffee sign and used some letter stencils for the Farmers market sign and then sealed them with 2 coats of outdoor sealer as they are hung outside.
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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Ampersand Table Project - A modern update

I am almost embarrassed to show the before and after of this project, but it is my most popular pinterest project to date. As you can see this table has seen better days was in dire needs of a little freshening up. I gave this baby a good sanding, 2 coats of Kilz primer and freehanded the design. I love the clean lines and typographic nature of this table and now I don't mind looking at it again.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Fishing was pretty poor this year.

On our travels this summer, I went beachcombing for some driftwood with a completely different project in mind. I love using natural items in my projects and with keeping the nautical travel theme for the boys' room, I designed this fish bones wall hanging. I found some slender twigs for the body and some bark for the head and tail attached it all with my handy dandy glue gun and voila.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Beaded Dragonfly on Driftwood

Hi all, Its been a long while since I have been around to chat or share. This past year has thrown us for a loop and we have all had to refocus and re-evaluate life. When I last posted, I was working on a set of tangles, and during this I started noticing that my vision was going a little funny. No big deal I thought as I am reaching that "age' when things start needing a little tune up every once in a while. So Easter weekend I finally made an apt with my optometrist. That is all heck broke loose. The next thing I know is they are shipping me off to the hospital Easter Sunday for more testing.  I have been diagnosed with type 2 central serious retinopathy and a form of age related macular degeneration, where my pigment layers are disintegrating. I'm not 40 yet and the last time I checked I wasn't a man either. As this is primarily a male dominated disease. There is no treatment at this time and it is progressive. :( This in combination with my youngest daughter developing life threatening food allergies to eggs and casein (dairy), it has made us all stop and think and pretty much redesign our universe to deal with the present and the future. 
With that being said, the redesign will also be involving the focus on my blog. I know many of you come here for my paintings and I will continue to keep them up for viewing but moving forward my creative focus has changed a little to include more print making, wire art and whatever else I can come up with to continue creating until I am unable to anymore.
I hope you understand.
Well to lighten it up a little - how depressing.. right? hmmm. I would like to share something I made this summer. I actually made 3 of these wire wrapped dragonfly's in various colors but this one is my favorite.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

A tour of my little art and craft studio space

Off to a fresh start with the cleaning of my studio. And after the last 3 months of going crazy, what an undertaking that was. Now this is not one of thise fancy pinterest dream studios. Maybe one day. ;) But it is completely functional for being an 8 * 10 space and holding as much "crap" asI have gathered throughout the years. So I thought I would share a little of my hard work with you and I hope you enjoy this little tour.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Hanging towels DIY

After the holiday I have been lacking any type of motivation. It is like the longest turkey hangover...ever. LOl So to start the year off I decided to give my kitchen and bath a quick update with new towels. By taking a teatowel and a pattern I found here http://www.momtastic.com/diy/172615-diy-hanging-dishtowel I came up with this cute little stove towel.  I did make a minor adjustment by adding a button hole instead of just the velcro closure - just testing to see which one will be added to my Christmas gift list for next year.. ;) Hope you enjoy. :)







Thursday, December 6, 2012

Burlap and lace table runner Tutorial

I am not a seamstress by any stretch of the imagination but I can thread my machine and sew a straight line, which is exactly what is needed for this project. I already had the material and lace on hand so I didn't have to go out for anything, which was even better. Last year I bought 3 yards of this burlap for only 3.99 and the lace was a grocery bag full of assorted lengths and widths and colors for 2.00.. Trust me I was doing the Happy dance with that deal.  There are still alot of these supplies left over for any other projects that tickle my fancy.
This finished runner measures 13 * 64 inches.  So i cut my fabric 1/2 inch larger than my finished size, folded over 1/4 inch, iron then fold over again 1/4 inch iron. When you come to the corners all I did was clip the corner at a diagonal, to reduce the bulk and iron down and sew down with a simple straight stich.  Next pin your lace onto your fabric and sew down with a straight stich.
There are alot of variations on the web when it comes to trimming your piece. I chose to do a complete wrap but you could just add it to the ends or just to the sides. It is really up to you. :)
And in less than and hour you will have a beautiful addition to your dining room table.




Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Tangled quilt block #6

This is the newest tangled quilt block.... only 2 more to go. Hope you enjoy.  

Customized Santa Bags

One thing I really try and keep alive is the "Magic of Christmas". I want my kids to believe in Santa for as long as they can and now that they are in school it is going to get a little harder every year. So this year I made up these quick Special Delivery bags from the North Pole. I know they are not perfect but Santa's elves are really busy with the millions of bags they have to make every year. They came together so quick.
I just worked up the image in my word processor printed it off on the burlap fabric, You can find a tutorial for printing on fabric here and then sewed it on to the pre-made Dollar store gift bag. These are going to be perfect for my little monsters. Hope you enjoy them too.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Pottery Barn/ Bower Power Inspired Santa Painting

Christmas - My second favorite time of the year. Every year we try and add some homemade decorations and after perusing Pinterest I saw this awesome image of Santa and just fell in love with it. Pottery Barn did theirs in silver glitter and Bower Power did theirs in red glitter. Hmmm. 2 young children and a bowl full of glitter is just asking for problems so I did his image in the traditional red and white. I love how he turned out and a wonderful addition to our Christmas decor. He is quite large measuring 2ft * 2ft on a 2inch gallery stretched canvas. Hope you enjoy

Sunday, November 25, 2012

DIY wood snowflakes

A quick project to dress up an empty wall. These are aprox. 15 inches each and were done with 2 different sizes of craft sticks, my handy glue gun and a little paint. Enjoy.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

DIY Crayon costume for Halloween

Halloween is my favorite time of year. We spend weeks getting our yard and home decorated all for the night when the little ghosts and goblins come out to play. ;) B started school this year and within her school they dont do a Halloween, they have an orange and black day. So in order to kill 2 birds with one stone we decided that she is going to be an orange crayon. So with an old t-shirt and a little black fabric this is what we came up with. I think it turned out Awesome! And the best part it that it was a no sew project. Hope you enjoy

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Displaying family photos doesn't have to be boring - Altered art

This week I decided that our family photo wall needed some updating and maybe a little color so I got to work on these 2 photos of my babies. Somewhere between a scrapbook page and a journal page done with a black and white copy of the photo mod podged to a 4* 6 canvas board. I embellished these with puffy paint, markers, acrylics, stamps, paper cutouts and some mod podge. Hope this inspires you to have a little fun with those family photos.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Refinished Green Dresser before and after

Part of my 2012 goal list was refinishing some of the old, worn out, hand-me-down furniture that we have aquired over the years. The first project on my list, my daughters dresser, as it has definatly seen better days. We decided the colors of her room will be mainly lime green and pink.

My first step was to remove all the hardware. Next I gave it a good sanding, filled in all the pock marks, chips and missing chunks with some wood filler and started sanding. Next step was to apply 2 coats of primer, let it dry and lightly sand between coats. I was taught a good finish is all in the prep.

Everything was going really well up to the point that I went to spray paint the hardware.  I prepped them all the same with some metal stripper and a toothbrush but when I went to spray the hardware and have 3 out of 6 bubbled. So I scrape it back, try again and the same thing. So I scrape it back try another brand and color and same thing. So being the brilliant person I am - not - I decided to add ribbon pulls...I kinda like the different pull idea, it pulls all her colors in. Sometimes things don't always work out the way you planned, they work out better. LOL
Up on top you will also see the simple pallet shelf we made to hold her books, Love it. It is heavy enough that it doesn't move around or tip over, which is very important when it is used as much as this one is.
Hope you enjoyed this little project.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Doodled lunch bag idea


My daughter needed a lunch bag for school and so I went shopping, but anything pretty was incredibly overpriced for what you get, and being in kindergarten I know we will be going through at least 3 during the year. So while I was at the dollar store I found this "blank canvas", grabbed my fabric markers and turned it into what looks like a designer bag. My girl is so happy, even though it's not pink. ;) Hope this inspires you to turn something boring into something beautiful.