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halloween collage

halloween collage

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015

My first Halloween project left me with a few extra images from my “I See All” books, so I decided to use them in a collage. Personal note – several of these images are nightmare-inducing. I raided my craft stash and found poster board, a black frame and the gold letters I picked up at West Elm while in Seattle. I used a paint brush and glossy mod podge to glue down each of the images. I also overlapped them to create a layered look. The paper bubbles up a bit when you paint it over with the mod podge but does dry flat. The sheen from the glue makes the frightening images sparkle. Seriously, these books have some creepy pictures in it. Once the glue was dry, I found the centre of the picture and added the letters. Here is the finished piece with a dried Chinese lantern. I love this Halloween collage and the ghoulish images it contains.  It is perfect for the...

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halloween skull

halloween skull

Posted by on Oct 23, 2015

Halloween is quickly approaching and I took some time last month to put together a couple of DIY projects. I had spotted some cool Halloween skulls at a home decor shop and thought it would be easy to replicate for a fraction of the price. I picked up this skull at a dollar store.  It was a good size and the stick was removable so the skull could be placed upright. I’m still working through my five volumes of “I See All” (you can see other projects here and here) and I’m always amazed at the topics it covers.  I went through each book and pulled out all the images that reminded me of Halloween. Next, I took some glossy mod podge and a paint brush and I glued the images to the skull.  It took some time to make sure the paper was tight to the skull and in particular around the eyes, nose and mouth. Once the images were on, I painted the full piece with the mod podge to make sure it was completely covered. Here’s a shot of some of the images I used.  That rat one creeps me right out! And here is the finished Halloween skull.  I think it looks pretty great for something that only cost $1.25. I put together this little vignette showcasing the skull.  I am really happy with how it turned out. Next up, is a second Halloween project I did because I had a lot of extra images to play...

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diy – yo-yo runner

diy – yo-yo runner

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015

I love the colours and patterns of this vintage fabric. The original plan for all of these little yo-yo’s was a blanket for my guest room.  Once I had made them though, I realized I didn’t have quite enough.  I went on the hunt for more fabric but unfortunately, the quilting store had closed. A quick search on Pinterest and I had some new project ideas.  I settled on a runner for my kitchen table. I like how they add some colour to the room. This yo-yo runner was a fun little project while binge watching OITNB and is a great addition to my...

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diy – scrabble board artwork

diy – scrabble board artwork

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015

This DIY project is a great way to turn an old Scrabble Board into a personal and unique piece of art.  You can pick up old games and tiles at thrift stores and garage sales for next to nothing.  Frames are also really easy to find and I just spray-painted one from Value Village in a glossy white. The letters are attached to the outside of the glass for a 3D effect and can easily be swapped out for different phrases or names.  I attached them with double-sided foam dots that are typically used for paper crafts like scrapbooking. “She designed a life she loved.”  This quote suits me perfectly and this piece is going to make a great addition to my gallery wall.  ...

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family portrait cross-stitch

family portrait cross-stitch

Posted by on Jun 5, 2015

I created this great portrait of my family using a photo from the mid-80’s.  It’s a joint Mother’s/Father’s Day gift for my parents. Here is our fabulous family photo.  We are rocking some sweet, sweet ’80’s styles.  You can’t see my lovely fuchsia tights and it’s difficult to count the number of buckles on my brother’s outfit, but these really were our fave clothes (at the time). Once you pick a great picture, this project starts with some graph paper to sketch out the designs.  I then sorted through several boxes of DMC, to find the perfect colours to use. Because the pattern is so simple, it really doesn’t take too long to finish.  I added our dog, Tammy, and the various details from our outfits. I worked two threads together to create the plaid in my sister’s skirt and even added a few buckles on my brother’s vest, just like in the photo. My Dad’s tie got a blue stripe and my dress got a few bright patterns. And here is another shot of the finished piece.  I added our family name and then mounted it in a wooden embroidery hoop.  This project cost me $1.50 as I got the aida cloth 50% off at Michaels and already owned the thread, hoop and paper.  Easy peasy! I am so happy with how this turned out and my parents’ loved...

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adding a little sparkle to an old painting

adding a little sparkle to an old painting

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015

I found this painting at Value Village for $17.99 and used a 30% discount to get the price even lower.  I really liked the size of the piece and am a sucker for landscapes. I’d been on the hunt for a painting like this after watching an episode of Buy it! Fix it! Sell it! where Tiffany Pratt bought a piece of artwork at an auction and added her own unique touch of vibrant colours and glitter to turn it into something fresh and modern (S01,E02). I don’t have her skills but I figured with my vast collection of glitter, I could pull off something similar. Just using some white glue and a small paintbrush, I painted thin lines or dots of the glue on the areas I wanted to accent and then sprinkled on the glitter. Here’s a close-up shot of the little glitter piles spread around the painting.  It was actually really easy to clean-up as I just pulled out the Dyson and sucked away the excess glitter. Here’s the finished painting.  It’s not too blingy (do people still use that word?) but the glitter does add some sparkle where the light hits it. I took this shot as the afternoon sun hit it in my front room.  It’s been added to a growing pile of artwork that I’m going to hang in that room.  Definitely an eclectic piece for the...

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