Category Archives: decorating

Mini list of holiday projects

Working on my mini list for Christmas

Window decor (hanging ornaments)
Wreath for the front door for November using my Halloween hair wreath and glittering butterfly
Wreath for Dec made from green coffee filter flowers and ornaments
hand made Christmas cards (possibly small 4×6″ paintings instead)
Rice hot socks with lavender
Pesto from home grown basil
Ornament making salt dough kits for 5 kids
Painting for mom
A garland of bird ornaments for grandma
Christmas journals (journals for listing gifts and cards)
Organizing new art room and art supply storage in garage

My religion is glitter

I love winter holidays, crafting and lighting up the darkness.  I am not religious at all nor am I against religion and I respect peoples right to believe whatever they believe if they will respect mine not to believe the same and to put glitter on stuff

it is a joke among friends that my religion is Crafts and my sacrament is Glitter which my husband HATES
It is sad but true, Alex is my glitter oppressor.

Ok Ok my husband doesnt actually Oppress me or my glitter, really he just shakes his head & tells me if I spill it I can vacuum it up my own damn self

8 steps to free yourself up as an artist:

Step #1 go to Pinterest (or a google image search)

Step #2 find a board with about 2000 pieces of random art (art journal ideas in this case http://pinterest.com/mardi_sheridan/journal-ideas/)

Step #3 pin (save) EVERY piece you see that even part of it inspires you, dont worry if it isnt something you think you can or would do or if only a tiny bit of it inspires you….PIN IT (or save it)

Step #4 go through your list of inspiring pins (pics) and think of the art you can create with these inspirations and ideas (not duplicate but make your own in maybe a new style)

Step #5 envision it on your wall

Step #6 imagine your friends seeing it on your wall

Step #7 every time you imagine and worry about your friends not liking your art because it is different from stuff you usually do, or not cool enough, or has pink in it…SMACK YOURSELF UPSIDE THE HEAD until you realize that it is YOUR art and what you think of it is what matters

Step #8 CREATE SOMETHING DIFFERENT, make something you might not otherwise try, open yourself up to ideas, go for it!

Faux Arabic Lanterns

I had a great time turning an old stretched out sweater and a rotisserie BBQ cage into two faux Arabic lanterns for my front room.

A BBQ rotisserie cage I got at a thrift store for 30% off

I cut the cage in half (more or less) with wire cutters and tape to keep the little bits from flying around

This is an Old 4x sweater that got stretched out to about a 6X and I wear a 1-2X now but did not want to waste the material

The sleeves fit perfectly over the cage and I held them in place at the top with paperclips while I painted it

Due to the way the grid was placed the lanterns are slightly different sizes, I painted the sweater material with gold craft paint after spraying it with clear spraypaint to help keep it from all absorbing in too much

I then painted it with gold glitter craft paint

I wired them with the lamp sets from some Chinese paper lanterns and removable plugs (this was an adventure because I was exhausted and kept putting parts on the cords before running them through the top of the lantern)

I painted the small bulbs that were in the original lanterns with glass paint (the color is so much stronger than store bought colored bulbs) one has red and one has a blue green bulb

 

 

 

Upcycling a small bookcase

I found this heavy little bookcase made of some kind of hard wood composite and it was a nasty yellow so to make it fit in with my Bohemian Gothic front room I reworked it a bit.

 

Halloween wreath

I made this out of the flowers that were left from the centerpieces we had at our handfasting.. they are made like this and then I dip them in RIT dye.

http://www.auntpeaches.com/2010/07/coffee-filter-flowers.html

I will be making a Xmas one with different shades of dark red (WINE and SCARLET RIT dye) silver embroidery floss and a beaded spider with a white/silver marble for a backside hanging in the middle, I have to get started on making the flowers though I can dye some of the lighter ones I have left as well.

Here is the close up on the skulls and bats and you can see the way the flowers look

 

Inspiration sheets for my apt decorations

I have lived in my apt for about 5 and have wanted to move for a while, over time i decorated it then when I worked as a pay site model I turned my entire front room into a studio and took everything down.  I kept telling myself i was going to move soon and why decorate.  Now Alex and i have talked about it and we agree we will be here at least a year and a half if not longer and that there are more important things to save for than moving to a new place.

So it is time to decorate, which works well since I am also doing decorations for the Handfasting that will work with my vision for the apt and I am also doing a large decorating project for someone else I can’t really go into right now that will let me use some of the items I want to make for my own front room.

I am trying to document my decorating steps and the steps of the DIY projects I do but right now I am stuck with my phone’s camera cause my camera is hiding, though I think I know where, just have to go through stuff to find it.

Anyway I have searched the web and my own collection of photos and found some that make the collage/inspiration sheets for my front room and bedroom so I thought I would share, Note that these are just images that inspire me, my stuff will be different than this….