March 15, 2010

Finishing projects...


 Felt like creating again...been in a little slump. Here are two projects I have been wanting to complete. These fingerless gloves meant for my aunt (who now lives in Florida), and this linen bucket with tattered roses. I am pleased with how they turned out. In particular, I will  be making more of theses fabric buckets. It is a great way to use up some of the beautiful fabrics and trims that have amassed in my studio, aka, craft storage facility! They are terrific for storing yarn, projects and many other things. I love that they stand up alone, but you can fold them up if you need to. These will end up in my Etsy store soon, I will let you know when I have an update.

Spring has begun to show up around here, slowly. I thought it would be a good idea to make a few pillow covers for the family room and lighten up the space. The walls are cozy and warm in the fall and winter, but in the spring and summer I like to bring in a little green.
Here is a start. The ubiquitous (at least around our house, Mr. B. collects them) "elephant" pillow for "his" chair. Thank you to the Graphics Fairy for the lovely print. I used an iron transfer sheet on the muslin torn strip and simply stitched around it in heavy black thread, onto the green cotton print background, with my machine. I made it removable for washing by giving it a sham back. One down six to go. The rest will be different prints and solids. I have been inspired by some of the Pottery Barn and Anthropologie pillows I have seen.

Do you like the little burlap and lace belt I made for my PB lamp?
I have had the vintage belt buckle for a while. It is not really is just a belt! In case, you know, I change my mind.
The last project was for my grandchildren. I have placed a little table and chairs (I will post pictures after I have painted them) in the family room corner for them. This old frame and another terrific graphic alphabet from the Graphics Fairy, came together as a small tack board. The print was iron transferred to the linen and I used spray adhesive to attach it to foam core. Tacks were made from vintage buttons. It hangs just above the table. They will love it!
Thanks for visiting enjoy your day...

March 6, 2010

Busted Jewelry

Ha! Got your attention. I saw this little project on Design Sponge, and really thought it was clever. However, I have always wanted a marble bust in a classical style and was more inclined toward the Martha Stewart version , which was the inspiration for it. Pictured here. The beautiful bust shown is available (with many other choices as well) online from this company , as mentioned in the article. I went to  and fell in love with an Aphrodite bust  12 inches tall. Perfect. The price was not outrageous, (and they looked high quality) but still at $98, I could not justify it only to display my favorite and vintage jewelry pieces on my dresser.
While wandering down the 80% off aisle at Hobby Lobby I spied a resin bust of a classically styled woman in YUK, resin, YUK, YUK YUK phony, bronze, verdigris, resin (sorry, no before picture). Her shape was okay, there was a good weight to her, so, those visions of spray paint began to dance in my head. Did I mention her price tag? Okay, for $6, she would have to do!
I used Rustoleum's heirloom white first, three coats. Then a few days later I coated her with an acrylic gesso. It added a slightly matte, marble feel and look.  Antique glaze was wiped on. She was dressed in pretty blue crumpled seam binding from Etsy's 5 Dollar French Market ,  my favorite Anthropologie necklace and vintage finds. I think she turned into a beauty!