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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Fired up fall front porch!

Southern Living was waiting for me in the mailbox yesterday.  
 Perused it this morning with a cup of coffee. 
 Page 60!
 Todays project!

 2 cans of Regal Red spray paint
+ 6 new plants
= Fired up fall front porch!

Brown pots are now red!
 The front door got painted yellow last summer.
Home Depot had everything I needed. 
 Can hardly wait to add the pumpkins in October!
Thanks, Southern Living, for the inspiration.
I had a wonderful Sunday! 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Taking a break...

I just sat down with a glass of sweet tea to take a little break.  How on earth can teacher workdays leave me so exhausted?  Students begin on Monday. I will be forgoing my daily blogging posts and Pinterest perusing and be back to my weekly Sunday morning post.  Oh, the withdrawal symptoms I am going to have!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Dorm Room: Sophomore Year

Moved my Maddie back to college for her second year today.  She was asked to be an orientation leader at the last minute, so she moved in about 9 days earlier than we were expecting.  Yesterday was a whirlwind of errands and packing of the car!  I didn't get the pictures I wanted to get of the room.  It was getting late and she had to get to the dining hall before it shut down.  Her roommate can't move in till next week so only half the room is done.  She was ready for us to leave anyway!  
 Head board was from last year. Just recovered with drop cloth fabric we stenciled and painted a monogram on.  It is attached with large wire ties around the regular legs of the bed frame.

 All of the embroidery hooped fabrics were reused this year as well as the wire bird memo holder.
I will get more pictures later!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Pieced together for $4

How do you add character to a dorm room when you can't really hang anything heavy on the walls? (They don't let you use nails!)  If Command hooks don't hold it up, you are just out of luck!  Those rooms are also really tiny!  Here is a little piece we put together to be free standing.  My daughter had something very similar pinned from Pinterest on her boards.  It will be a beside light and night stand for my daughters dorm room.  The two little shelves are for her iphone and Nook.  All parts to make this were thrifted for a total cost of $4.00 plus little handy work from dad!

Removed the inner lid from the mason jar  and fitted it with a plastic circle
 that had a whole in it that just fit over the socket.

Hubby drilled a hole so the cord could go down the back.

Hubby added feet and two half circle shelves.

I paid $1.21 for this Ikea wall light at a thrift shop.

This long cabinet door had been at Habitat Restore
 for over 90 days so I got it discounted to $2.50.
We move her back to school on Thursday.  I will have lots of pictures on Friday!

Joining these link parties: Nifty Thrifty Tuesday  and Share It One More Time

No room for pictures.

I am out of storage!  I couldn't post any more pictures on my blog! :(
I just bought more storage, but it says I may have to wait 24 hours for it to process.
Boo hoo!  I have so much to show you!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Art: Day 6

Day 6
Acrylic on 8 x !0 canvas
I am enjoying this self imposed art challenge!
  I said I would do 7 pieces in 7 days. 
 I am still on schedule!  
I may extend it for 7 more!

Joining At The Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Art: Day 5

Day 5
Fresh Peaches
Acrylic on 5 X 7 plywood art board.

Joining: Wow Us Wednesday with Kim
              Inspiration Friday with the girls over At The Picket Fence

Art: Day 4

Day 4
Acrylic on 24 x 24 plywood art board.
I had the most perfect day! 
 I started on this piece at 7:30 AM, and worked until 9:30 PM, stopping only to eat.
It was heaven to play with paint an entire day!

Joining Marty's Table Top Tuesday link party.
  All these things were set up on my table while I painted yesterday!

Joining Linda's Nifty Thrifty Tuesday link party.
I found this type writer at GW for $5.99!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Art: Day 3

Day 3
Mixed media: papers, paint, and charcoal.

I am feeling the creative juices flow!
 Can't wait to paint today!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Art: Day 2

Day 2
Acrylic on canvas.

I have one more of this size canvas.
I think another flower  done in mixed media
will complete my little set.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Art for 7 days!

Day 1
I have been following several blogs by artists this summer.  Trish and Pam are doing a 30 days and 30 paintings self challenge.  I have thought about it all week, each day getting a little more excited about the prospect of really diving into my artwork again.  This summer has flown by much too fast for me ...I only have two weeks left before school starts back up!

I don't think I can commit to 30 days but I would like to think I could do 7 days!  So here goes!
This was a 12 X 3 stretched canvas that I did a mosaic on using cut up paint swatch cards.  

Friday, August 3, 2012

Longitude and Latitude Pillow

A quick pillow project.  I used rubber stamps and permanent ink to do the numbers.
Bald Head Island!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

My sunflower is fading...

I have enjoyed my first giant sunflower but after two weeks inside it is starting to fade.  I was about to through it out.  I went to plunk it in the trash can and noticed how cool the petal and sepals were at this stage.  The camera and light box was already set up so I thought I would play with the camera and get up close and personal with this sunflowers last glimmer.