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Saturday, June 30, 2012

In honor of The Tour!

It has been almost a year since I have done a large mixed media painting. 
 The muse came back this week...

This is a 24 x 24 board box base.  The layers include: a road map of the US, teal and aqua acrylic painted on and scraped off with an old gift card, lettering cut from scrap book paper, white and yellow acrylic painted on then wiped off with a wet paper towel, charcoal rubbed outlines, acrylic painting of the bike itself, old bike chain rings dipped in paint to leave a stamped image, bike chain dipped in paint and dropped on to surface, and the old photo collaged in is actually of a real family member.

Why the subject?  
 1.The other three people in this house are road bike cyclists!
 2. My son needed something over his bed that says"21" years old instead of 12!
 3. The Tour De France started today!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Embellished Sewing Caddy

I found some great stuff in the scrap booking isle at Michael's one day and got inspired to embellish a sewing caddy with a French sewing theme.  I talked my friend Clara into doing one with me.  What a great play day we had!
Started with a caddy from Hobby Lobby.  Already painted and distressed! $12.99 with the 40% coupon.
The lining is sticky back fabric from a scrap booking French themed 12x12 paper pack from Michael's.
My husband made the two wood dividers.  I painted them to match and glued them in.

Here is the caddy filled  with all made goodies!

This Blackbird Design Blog freebie was worked over one to fit an Altoids tin.

I lined the box with some of the same sticky back fabric paper that I used on the caddy.
My friend Clara gave me the needle minder.

Clara made some of these darning pincushions and gave me one with a French Bee motif stitched on it.
Love it!  

I had been working on a bee also, so I used it to make a thread keep.

I tote this caddy all around the house, wherever I want to stitch on that sweet patriotic piece you see here!

Monday, June 25, 2012

1950's to 2012

My big projects lately are taking place at the summer cottage in the mountains of NC.  I have been chalk painting 1950's (yucky) furniture, trying to bring this home into the 2012 realm of cottage chic.
Here is a peek into this sweet home and one of the furniture projects that I did this weekend.
 The bed and another tall dresser will also see some chalk paint soon.

Getting better!
Walls are going a creamy white next weekend!

Linking to Furniture Feature Friday: miss mustard seed

Friday, June 15, 2012

Flag Pillow

I saw a great tutorial at Top This Top That this morning and knew that was the project I was going to do today!  Check out Laura's blog!  Laura shows you how to paint drop cloth fabric like an american flag, distress it, and then sew it into a fabulous pillow!

Here is my version...
I added my twist by using rubber stamp numbers and permanent ink to write 1776.
I also freehanded the sentence with a sharpie marker.

Linking to:
Funky Junk Interiors: SNS
Pillow Palooza : It All Started with Paint

Thursday, June 14, 2012

What do you get when you cross a percussionist with a wood worker?

A dad who keeps his son's passion fueled!
Jesse- Percussionist           John- Wood worker


Really GOOD drums!

Happy Father's Day!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Nautical Americana

My daughter loves anything that has to do with the beach, boats, and the water.  She has recently taken an interest in red, white, and blue decor.  She has been working on her room now that she is home from college for the summer.  She got hold of the ASCP yesterday!  Look at what a beautiful job she did on this old blanket chest!

Linking to these parties:
Wow Us Wednesdays
Furniture Friday with Miss Mustard Seed
Itsy Bitsy Paper: Red, White and Blue project party
funky junk interiors: SNS

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Patio table transformation!

If you are anything like me, you don't turn down free stuff, especially if it is something you can up cycle into something fabulous!   I have had a cedar patio table for years.  I have moved it around a time or two. Before that it was at my inlaws lake house on the pier.  It never had real chairs, just those plastic stacking chairs.  I had spray painted the chairs a time or two as well.  We recently switched some outdoor furniture from our weekday home to our weekend house.  I was still left with that hand me down cedar table.......

That table got a makeover or rather a "transformation" into something I think is fabulous!
That sweet patio sideboard looked like this at 11:00 this morning...
At 11:30, I told my hubby, "I have a brilliant idea!  Go get the saw!"
 We adjusted the back two legs closer to the middle of the table. Sawed the back third of the table top off.  Flipped it 90 degrees and screwed it in place.  I sanded down the rough weathered grain and sprayed Thompson's water seal over the whole thing.  It still had the umbrella hole...perfect for the Tikki torch!

We ate dinner on the patio at 6:30!  Most of the afternoon was spent fluffing the patio!
Wonderful evening with my family.

My son cooked steaks on the grill.  The grill is the other project that was going on today.  It still has some work to be done on it... I will put that in another post when it is finished completely.
The fire pit got transformed two years ago from a Koi pond.  I couldn't keep fish in it....the owls and raccoons would get them!  I hated cleaning the filter anyway!

I think its fabulous!   I had so much fun seeing an idea come to life!
Linking up to these parties:
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
Table Top Tuesday at A Stroll Through LIfe
Wow Us Wednesday

Red, White, and Blue Wreath

Quick fun wreath to make in less than an hour!

Funky Junk Interiors: SNS