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Art Therapy

What gives lately? Not with you, but me. I’ve been feeling a little sluggish and uninspired, but I just need to push past it. So, I’ve been doing a little “art therapy” and I think it’s working.

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For me, I can’t go wrong with a brightly colored painting to lift my moods.  It looks so good on my chocolate bathroom walls.

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It’s seriously hard for me to NOT paint with bright colors. Most of the furniture in my house is all very neutral, but art is one place I like to go caaarazy with. MMmmm…. Cooooloooors.

I’ve also got that other makeshift art in my bathroom, and oh, it’s colorful too.

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What’s your “therapy”?

Some of my others include, retail therapy, mom therapy, puppy therapy and snuggle therapy. Right now, art is the only one I have access to!

I’ve also listed this painting in my Etsy shop here. If you want it, its yours!

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The Pillow Formerly Known as Tea Towel

It’s Tuesday, Tuesday, Tuesday!!! I don’t know why I’m so excited about that but, oh wait! I do know… It’s my anniversary! Been married for three years now. It has gone by so fast. Sometimes I still feel like we’re in highschool. When the heck did I grow up and become old enough to get married and how in the world has it been THREE years?!? I never in 4.2 BILLION years (because that’s how “old” the “earth” “is”, Guffaw!) would have thought that at age twenty-three that I would have been married for three years… to a captain of the football team. Me?!?!? The Art Nerd! I love you Caleb! Happy Anniversary to ME!!

Okay, so this tea towel. It’s such a lovely shade of turquoise and my mom picked up these two at an estate sale. They kinda sat in a bag for a while before I decided to put them to use. I’m on a kick of getting all of the tiny little projects done, and this is one of them. Oh it feels so good to clean out the clutter and MAKE STUFF. No more “someday” or “eventually” excuses.

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My one condition is that I didn’t want to spend any money on it, for like the filling. I did what any sane person does and tore open some old pillows I didn’t use anymore but didn’t have the cahones to throw away. What if I NEED it someday! I think that’s a hoarders mentality. IMG_2170
Here is is all sewn up now. I made it the fastest way which doesn’t include a zipper or a way to get the stuffing out. It’s okay though because it’s going in one of those not used very much rooms.

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It looks lumpy because I was just testing it out. Success, it works! I really love the  pillow with all of the colors with the newly painted side table.

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Haha dog butt! He’s been working out and just wants to be applauded for his efforts. Silly Durant. Maybe I’ll submit this to pets on furniture.

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Well, that’s one less bag of stuff to do laying around. What have you been working on?

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Joyful Print

The other day I was in a particularly good mood, shocking I know, and decided to try my hand at a graphic print. As an artist sometimes its difficult for me to fork over my hard earned dollars on artwork when I know I can flex my little artist fingers and come up with something I like. That’s why all of the paintings in my house are done by me. It’s not that I don’t admire other artists, I totally do, I’m just not in the financial position to throw hundreds of dollars around for art. Someday!!! But onward, I thought my gallery felt a little stale, plus I like to think I’ve matured as an artist since high school and wanted to display something more current.

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Seeeeee, old gallery wall, ugh, yuck. BOOOring.

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Goodbye sweet, praying Cambodia girl. Don’t worry, I did not throw you away, but this was the only frame this would fit in. It’s and 11×14.  I like the added color and before it felt a little photograph heavy. I needed the bright, cheery vibe that it brings in. Success.

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Each time I look at it its like, Oh, hello God! I sure do love and appreciate everything you’ve done for me.

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I even made a smaller one, 5×7, to go in some bookshelves I’m restyling. But thaaaats slow going Grr.

This print is available for purchase in my Etsy shop.

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Finished Invitations

I finished all of the invitations, YIPPEEE! And well ahead of schedule. Once the inspirations hits, there is not stopping it. I loved making these because I get free reign on them. I really wanted a modern feminine vibe for this. I started with the water color and felt like it needed to be a little more defined from there, so that’s when the flowers came in and helped to soften it up, it’s a BRIDAL shower after all.

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This is the setup, or the invitation station as I liked to call it. Ready for assemblage.

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Here is a closer look at the flowers and main invitation.

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See how shiiiny it is? That’s my favorite part. That was the paper I was hoping was still in stock since I originally bought it over two years ago and started with the leftovers. I had my fingers crossed the moment I walked in the store that I would find it right away. That didn’t happen.  I was all like c’mon Hob Lobs, don’t let me down as I wandered the aisles aimlessly hoping I would find it in the middle of the floor in front of me. Just when I was about to admit defeat, I turned the corner and found them! So happy! Until I realized paper wasn’t half off this week. Bummer. Oh well, life goes on.
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Shiny Wedding Shower Invitations

Last Christmas, I totally bought into the Silhouette SD hype. If you read blogs during December 2010, you too most likely saw that they were being hawked and given away like pennies on the pavement. Everywhere. I knew I had to have one, and since I wasn’t winning ANY of the giveaways, I figured it would have to be my Christmas present to myself. I bought it on Overstock for less than $150 and I’ve used it three time now. The most recent use is the most exciting….

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I’m working on some invitations, ya’ll! It just so happens that I like making invitations slightly more than I like watching the X-Files. That’s not sarcasm, ask Caleb or check my Netflix instant queue.  You can check out my previous batch of shower invitations here, mind you they were professionally iphone photographed my me, hence the excellent image quality.

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This is just the start of the invitations. I created a custom shape for a diamond ring and cut it out on shiny poster board using the Silhouette. It was one of those inpiration struck moments that I better take advantage of it before it goes missing. When I finally looked at my phone, it was nine and  Caleb was texting and calling me, wondering if I was okay or the rapture happened or something. I was in the zone, chief.

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20 down, 30 more to go (I ran out of paper). I also made a water color design in photoshop and printed it out for the envelope liner on vellum. See?!?!?………

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Envelope liner! The little diamond rings will have  a little circle indicating where she is registered. I could have just typed it out on the main invitation, but seriously, what’s the fun in that! I don’t have the actual invitation finished. I did all of this with just materials I had on hand, so I still have to go paper shopping and get some more shiny poster board, hopefully they still have it. Fingers crossed. Oh, did I mention I have like a week to get fifty invitations out? Yikes. Gotta hurry.

I’m thinking about offering my services for custom invitations, but I’m having trouble getting past the doubt. Hmm.. we’ll see.

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Fabric Covered Mirror

I kick-started the weekend with this project immediately after finding my ring. I didn’t even wait to eat dinner. That never happens, but what can I say? I was excited! See how happy I am?! I’m smiling, but that happens all of the time.

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This mirror was given to me, and while I didn’t know what to do with it at the time, it is hard for me to say no to free stuff. So it sat, and sat and sat awaiting inspiration since I knew I didn’t want to just leave it as is.

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Finally, I decided I would try covering the frame in fabric just to see what it would look like. The fabric I picked out was actually leftovers from my wedding invitations which I’ll have to post about sometime, when I find them.

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I used a spray adhesive because, gasp!, I don’t own any modge podge. It worked.

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Before I sprayed it, I covered the mirror with tape and paper, because that’s the smart thing to do. If if were paint, I wouldn’t tape it, but the spray adhesive makes such a gooey mess. Like I still have some leftover on my hands. Gross.

Once it was sprayed, I gently laid the fabric on it and pressing it into the grooves as much as possible. I used a piece of fabric that covered the entire mirror rather than doing strips on the sides. I wanted a seamless look on the corners.

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Once the fabric was applied all of the way around, I took an exact-o blade and ran it along the inside to trim the excess fabric. It left a bit of a frayed edge. At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about it, but in the end I decided I liked it.

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Ta-daaaa! Now came the hard part of finding a place to put this. I actually spent more time walking around the house with this in my hand than I did making it. Irony.

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Oh look, an empty wall.

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Yup, this will have to do.

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I really like the way it turned out, just not sure how I like it in this location. I’m not kidding when I said I spent more time looking for a place to put it. It’s a sweet reminder of my wedding right out in the open. As if my husband isn’t enough of a reminder though.


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Chalk It Up

I’ve had these two pieces hanging around my house finished for a little while, but just moved them around the other day. They had been sort of neglected and I missed them, you know. The table was one of my earlier makeovers that I actually did when we lived in an apartment.  The brown just wasn’t working for me, but the price tag was-$35 from Craigslist. I may or may not have had to pay for it, thanks mom!
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And this, if you can tell is a door. It’s from the ReStore and was only $10. I thought it would make a great chalkboard.

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They both got the usual. Sanded, painted and primed. I painted the outside of the door first then taped it off to paint the chalkboard inside.

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Wow, worst picture ever. It’s hard to tell on the camera screen if its blurry. The door kinda looks so sad with empty doorknob hole. I would love to install a bunch of knobs and hang it horizontally, I just have no where in my house I could put it. Oh wait, I say that, but I think it would be perfect in the garage. This is why I love blogging, I get ideas AS I type.  Now I just need some knobs!

In case you’re wondering what this spot looked like before, it was nothing special. And while I wouldn’t call it “special” now it’s a little less annoying to look at. Hurrah! Successss!

And I can’t wait to get a whole new tv situation here either.
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