Here are some of the drawings I did in my sketchbook….I definitely need a lot of practice, drawing gems, crystals and minerals takes a lot more patience and focus than I am used to!
drusy diamond ring
drusy diamond ring
Since Spring has sprung, I have been feeling like my house is in need of some life and so I decided to buy some house plants. ( I went with Cacti because I figured they needed the least amount of attention) I searched and searched for the perfect planters and couldn’t find them. So naturally, I decided to make my own. I bought this set of three wooden planters at Michael’s craft and chose three colors. Right now, I am really into the corally orange-ish red color, so I got that, a lime green and a turqouise. (also a darker blue for an accent color).
I repainted them about three times until I kind of got something I liked- I still wasn’t sure about them until I put the cacti in the planters and then I thought the simple and rustic designs kind of went well with the cacti. Painting the cacti planters made me want to branch out a little. So, I bought another plant (this one requires more attention- so we will see how long it lasts 😦 )
|some art from my journal…I am loving triangles and simple gemoetric shapes right now.
I will be the first to admit, that I rarely, if ever, have a original art idea. I always see pieces that I love and admire, and usually want to buy for my house so I can stare at them forever but cant afford them so I create my own version, and more versions and they are not exact replicas by any means. I don’t think I am an artist, I think I am just really good at copying other people.
|I did this one on an a sheet of music from an old family chorus book I got at the thrift store.|
|This one was with watercolors and sharpie in my journal.|
|I call this one “Triangle Lady.”|
|I LURRV THIS ONE: “Sami Woman Print” by lisacongdon|
|“Her Colorful Coat” Original drawing by heartpumpsart|
|“The dimensions of a Volcano” by Judy Kaufmann|
|“If I could I Would Give You the Entire Universe” print by artist: Meredith Schwab via her etsy shop dittydrops|
I got this fun idea for the above mini greeting cards I made from seeing something similar at etsy.com by Kathy Panton (http://www.etsy.com/shop/KathyPanton?ref=seller_info).
Of course, they have done about a MILLION, so I have a LOOONG way to go until mine looks like that…and let’s just be honest…I probably will get bored of doing these, or find something else I want to do before I get enough to make a wall decoration!
All you need are some old magazines, rip out the colorful pages and accordian fold them. I used a glue gun to insure they would stay glued and to give it some rigidness.
I would love to see any pics of any diy art projects you have done lately around your house!
I love melted rocks. Melted rocks rock. I did this art activity with two 6 and 7 year old boys and I think I enjoyed it more than they did (probably because I wouldn’t let them touch the hot rocks…and you know how boys are…they only want to do what they aren’t allowed to do:) ). Something about the simplicity of the activity and watching the crayon melt and mix and swirl with the other colors is so relaxing.
You will need:
and WHALAAA! Glorious- beautimus rocks!
I have always liked doing art projects and diy decor projects with sticks. They are free, abundant, and come in all different shapes and sizes. I tend to do a lot with branches in the winter because there are dead branches all over the neighborhood.
This super simple hanging branch diy project is my take on a similar project i found on pinterest.
* tacky glue
* 3 wooden reindeers or other Christmasy wooden pieces ($3.00 a piece at Michael’s)
* 1 canister of glitter
* ribbon/string to hang
First, simply cover your reindeer with tacky glue ( I did mine in sections so that the glue wouldn’t dry before I covered it with the glitter) and then sprinkle generous amounts of glitter onto the glue. Of course, remember to place paper under your reindeer so glitter doesn’t cover your floors (Being as I am a messy person, even with paper, my floors are still sparkling).
After, applying the glitter, let the reindeer dry overnight or at least for a few hours. When you pick them up to finish them after they have dried, give them a good shake, to let the extra glitter off onto the paper and not your floors (I learned this the hard way).
Then, I used wire and a glue gun to make little loops to thread the ribbon through, but you can glue the ribbon directly to the back of the reindeer…it will save you time.
soo cute and rustic! But I didn’t have any hemp yarn so I used some thick wool yarn (and instead of styrofoam cones like the ones thriftyandchic.com uses, I used paper cones). All you need is a few yards of thick yarn of your favorite color, a glue gun and a paper or styrofoam cone and you are in business baby!
A simple, easy, chic and unique DIY Holiday Decoration!
Anyone out there done any of their own DIY Holiday decorations lately? I am always looking for inspiration!
(the Japanese poster for the movie Paris je t’aime)
Yes, I guess it is true…I’m obsessed with everything French (I am even willing to forget about the restaurant tonight that refused to serve us because we were American). Aside from a few haughty shopkeepers and a near fatal collision whilst I was biking near the Seine River, everyone and everything has been so lovely.
|me, professing my love to the Eiffel Tower.|
|I shouldn’t be allowed on bikes in busy areas.|
To help me cope with the sadness of leaving Paris today, I spent a few hours finding French “things” to hang on our walls, or to wear and remind me of this trip that i wish didn’t have to end.
|“Sucrees” Fine Art Photography 8 x 10 by honeytree $30.00
I love this photo because these bakeries are everywhere! Full of tempting and delicious treats. I honestly have no idea how French people stay are so thin! If I lived in Paris I would weigh 300 lbs!
|Champagne Beaded Eiffel Tower Headband by bethanylorelle $23.00
|Pin-back button badge pack of 4 by poosac: 4 pounds or roughly $8.00
These buttons are so cute especially the one on the bottom right which I think translates to “I love cheese.”
|Maro Kits: The French Twist by Maro Designs $5.95
When i am really desperate for a bit of Parisian culture, I will make my husband wear these, give him a french loaf, a striped shirt and a bicycle.
|French Tuxedo by ZephyrGraham $199.00
Handmade to fit, oooh la la la!
|Handmade Eiffel Tower Rubber Stamp by Dramaofgiftedchild $7.50
I love a good stamp! There are so many things you can do with them, the possibilities are endless!
|Bonjour Mismatched Wooden Letters by APKHandmade $22.00
I LOVE these mismatched letters that spell “bonjour”, the best part about them is that they are decoupaged with vintage French Archie comic strips!