Friday, July 22, 2011

Me: Before and After

Before: Mid-century Modern

 I found this picture of me when I was 4 years old and scanned it. I just wanted to save it and didn't really think about how I would use it. So, some friends and I were talking about our ages and I realized that I was mid-century modern, so now I am vintage.

I decided to describe my makeover.

After: Vintage!

First, I grew taller because I was too short for my purpose. At the same time, I worked on experience and gaining knowledge. The experience and knowledge added a patina for that aged look. Finally,I added several coats of paint and some embellishments to dress up the know, kind of shabby chic, especially because I've gotten a little chippy and distressed over the years.

I ended up being a rather versatile piece that works pretty well in just about any room in the house.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Enhance Your Quilts- Embellish!.....My New Book...yaaaay...

Enhance Your Quilts-Embellish!
Here is my third book all about embellishment techniques...and they can be used on many projects besides quilts...decorate pillows, make art boxes, altered books, clothing (especially for wearable art) and anything that you would embellish.

I am talking to the person with an embellishmentality. It took me three years to make this book which contains years of design, ideas, collecting and experimenting.....and I finally have it all in one volume to share with everybody...and I can relax now...I finally got it out of my system....yay...

Monday, July 18, 2011

Blue and White Back Porch Makeover

Bluebird Vignette On Fleamarket Tray

When I decided to redo the back porch...Again... I needed a little inspiration. It came in the form of this little ceramic and white and natural! I had been gathering fleamarket chairs and tables, ideas, aluminum trays, etc. I was ready.

Before Pic Back Porch

Fleamarket Things Gathered and Ready
The wooden pallets will not be painted...I use these for too many things to fancy them up. They were just moved. 

Table Legs are Big Candleholders
The creamy table was constructed from wood..salvaged from a retail store redo... four $1 thrift store wooden candleholders...and molding purchased at a fleamarket...cheep cheeep cheeeep! Maybe the little bird inspired me just then. Scot used really big bolts and screws to put the legs on, then he made a lovely edge with the molding. I got out my gallon of ooops! creamy white paint (3.99) and gave it several coats.

All the Chairs are Thrift Finds!!!

 The four directors chairs had a terrible brown print  fabric for the seat and back pieces. Scot suggested I just dye the pieces dark blue....he is so was perfect and fast and I love RIT dye!!!!!!

The View from the Porch..unstaged
The backyard is kind of a mess, but you can see the pool and part of my garden. I built steps and some of the garden spaces on the slopes with my trusty shovel.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Butterfly Crayon Stand

99 cents thrift find
Before And After!

I believe that this butterfly stand was meant as a votive candle holder. I picked it up at my thrift store for 99 cents and had absolutely no idea what the end use would be.

I was painting some fabric for an unrelated project and thought that this stand would be pretty painted in the same colors and the same way as the fabric.

Yellow paint helps to blend green and orange

I painted the stand in these colors of craft paint, blending the colors as I went along.

Painted Crayon Stand

 As you can see, I concentrated some areas of green and orange and used the yellow to blend the colors.

Painted Butterfly Crayon Stand

I found the glass cups and added the crayons. My little grandchildren love to color using this little stand.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Antonio, My Pizza Guy

Scores from my Salvation Army Thrift Store

Sometimes, I go junking and very little comes home with me......and sometimes, I SCORE big time!

This pizza guy was just 99 cents!
The metal magazine rack with an end missing was 99cents!
The drafting table was $3.99!
The office desk top file was $1.99!
So, this day cost me 8 bucks!....yay!

The Pizza Guy will go in my kitchen.
The magazine rack will go on my back porch.
The drafting table will go in my art studio.
The metal file rack will go in my office.

This was a good day!

Antonio, the Pizza Guy, in my kitchen

I have a little work to do on Antonio, but I've already placed him in the kitchen.

He is loved by all.

Upcycled Ironing Station

I picked up this sad little stand at our local Salvation Army Thrift Store for $6. The two baskets came with the stand and I found the handled basket on a shelf....and it fit perfectly. I needed an ironing station to hold my pressing cloths, hobby irons, spray starch, lint rollers, etc.

Now, to make it worthy of my studio!


  I painted the stand with putty colored paint. It is sort of a grey/brown.
I cut black foam core boards into panels. I picked up the foam core boards for 40 cents apiece at our local flea market (score!).

Then, I covered the boards with a gold colored African fabric with turtles on it. The fabric was waiting for the perfect use! I used rubber cement to glue the fabric to the foam core and also to glue the panels to the sides of the stand to cover up the heart shaped holes.

To cover the heart shaped holes on the insides of the stand, I cut squares from a small gold and yellow print( I used my big good Havel's Rotary Cutter for this process). I fused the squares to fusible (iron on) heavy interfacing and used rubber cement to adhere the squares to the inside of the stand.  

The next step was to paint the baskets yellow. Then, I used a Guatemalan Ikat fabric to line the baskets.                   


     The last step was to glue some black flat wooden circles to cover the screws.                                              


  I like my new ironing station. It is lightweight and the handles make it easy to move it when needed. Hope you liked the makeover!


Saturday, May 21, 2011

This one is new!

My hobby became my, I have another hobby that has been a part of me since I was brand new! My Grandma Blanche introduced us to the flea market and tag sale world when we were small. My mother was always painting and fixing things up. We are a family of artists and there was never a second thought about using things as canvases for our art work.