Nature Inspired Spring Wreath, Home Decor

I needed a spring wreath to put on my fireplace mantel. I needed it to replace my berry wreath that I converted from Christmas to Valentine’s. I saw a wreath with a bird’s nest and thought I really liked that idea since I love nature.

I had a green wreath, but the bird’s nest didn’t look good on that wreath. So when I went to Walmart for the paint for my Antique Fireplace Surround I bought a grapevine wreath and a few small flowers. I didn’t want large flowers to overpower the bird’s nest. Here’s what it looks like.

I think it turned out perfect! It was just what I was wanting to transition into Spring. Yay for Spring. Come on Spring!

Here are some more pictures of during and after with explanations of how I made it. I also have a show and tell video on my Facebook Page.

I didn’t want the wreath to be a permanent fixture on my tray. (remember my tray that I painted last month?) So I used a burlap type ribbon to hang the wreath from and hot glued it to the back of my tray. I can change out with the seasons or use my tray for what it was meant to be used for. Options….options….

See below for a picture of it on the fireplace mantel. This fireplace of course is not real but it adds a homey touch to the garage as I sit out there and paint and craft. I love it out there with my candles on and listening to music as I create. The mantel and the shelves around it hold all the arts and crafts my Mom and I create.

Here’s a picture of the whole fireplace revamped for Spring. I will add more flowers as spring actually gets here. We just repainted this fireplace surround. I posted about that day before yesterday.

I decorated my fireplace with pieces of decor we used to stage homes with. My husband and I flipped houses once upon a time before the oil and gas industry collapse hurt our market here in South Louisiana. We still have rent houses but we don’t really stage those like we did when we flipped. So all these decor items came in handy when I took down Valentine’s to paint the fireplace. I really didn’t think we would finish the fireplace surround so quickly. But I am glad it is ready for Spring.

I bought the birds nest from Hobby Lobby and the purple sage or heather from Walmart. My wood tray isn’t purple but it seems to pick up the purple hue from the flowers. It looks nice.

Below is the link to the Facebook Live I did showing and telling how I made it.

Thank you all so much for reading about my Spring Wreath. I really appreciate it! Go be creative and make one for yourself. It was easy peasy.

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Antique Fireplace Surround, Repaired and Repainted

I love a good makeover. I was on the fence about repainting this antique. I loved the chippy look of it but it was in bad repair. Since Mom had to make a bottom grate area and box it in so that it would stand on it’s own (the previous owners had just nailed 2×4’s all around the bottom edges), I decided to go ahead and repaint it. The color was just a weird shade of beige. Plus there were so many nail holes that needed to be filled in.

I first painted it Buttermilk by Deco Art. But it was way too yellow. I also painted the tin backboard. It was also too yellow when I finished. I needed it to be more ivory in color. So a trip to Walmart was in order. For the decorative tin backboard I mixed the Buttermilk with some white chalk paint and repainted it with a brush.

I love this paint color but it was too yellow for my taste on this fireplace surround.

For the Fireplace Surround, I ended up spray painting the middle section with HEIRLOOM WHITE by Rustoleum. Then we painted the top and bottom with the same flat black paint Mom used for her Chifforobe and Kitchen Island.

The perfect color for this project.
This was my inspiration piece. It is a shelf my Mom had in her house in Texas before it was flooded from Hurricane Harvey. I loved the distressed black and cream color scheme.

My Mom, bless her heart, had to make a wood box for the “hearth” at the bottom. The before picture below will show you how the previous owners had it rigged up for safety (definitely not for beauty).

It wasn’t level and I had to hide the bottom areas with crafts, home decor, etc to keep the 2×4’s from showing. Yes, my garage floor needs to be cleaned again. Don’t judge too harshly. lol
Here we are leaning it against the garage wall while my Mom figures out how to build the bottom stand for it. As you can see, I was going to paint the edges black, but it didn’t look good. You can also see in this picture how yellow it was against the ivory (heirloom white) I wanted to use. I LOVE paint, because if you don’t like it you can CHANGE it.

Below are more pictures of BEFORE OR DUING.

A before picture.
I did stand on it’s own but…..wobbly.
Here we are deciding what to do first.
This was very pretty the bronze color that it was. But I wanted ivory to match whatever colors I choose to use to decorate it with in the future.
Mom is painting and repairing nail holes.
Here it is after the paint dried and before I lightly sanded it.

I wanted to paint this project between Valentine’s Day and Spring. But we had a few sunny days and I was kinda itching to start decorating for SPRING. I am so ready for warmer weather. I love NATURE. So I want to begin with birds, butterflies, greenery, flowers, bird’s nests, etc.

More flowers will be coming soon….
Much better I think.

I am very happy how this project turned out. I think Mom and I could have built a faux fireplace surround and maybe we will for our “she shed.” But I am glad I bought this one and repurposed it to fit my garage for decorating and holding our arts and crafts and decor.

THANKS for hanging in there with me on this project.

Thank you for reading my blog!! It means a lot to me!

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Mixed Media Dress

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I recently took an online class with Tricia Robinson and I created this little dress. If you know Tricia you know she is full of whimsy and wonky. I just love her style. Butterflies have been my passion for this year so I choose to highlight them on and around my dress.

I so wanted to be a fashion designer when I was younger. But I knew the competition was tough and it was a hard industry to make it in. I loved to sew when I was young because that was before the Walmart’s and malls came into being. There just wasn’t much fashion to choose from in the few stores we had available to us back then. Ordering from the Sears catalog was hit and miss. So I sewed kinda from creativity and kinda from necessity. This little DRESS project was right up my alley. I didn’t even have to get out my sewing machine. lol.

The flowers at the bottom were ruffled cupcake liners. It goes back to your childhood to cut, glue, paint and create. TRY IT! BE CREATIVE!

I won’t explain the process because that is Tricia’s trademark but I just wanted you to know about her mixed media art and online presence and she also creates with a spiritual message.

If you get a chance, go check out Tricia Robinson’s Facebook page. She is awesome.

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Ode to Dolly Art Journal Pages

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I love VINTAGE. These photos of Dolly inspired me to create these two pages for my online Art Journal Challenge. Please keep reading to see what all the challenge was about.

Marjie Kemper is our wonderful teacher for this challenge.

For the page below we were supposed to use a textured surface. I didn’t have modeling paste so I used floor grout. Believe it or NOT, it worked! It was gray in color which matched the gray tones of the photo so I left it the color it was. The vintage photo to go with it was an older photo of Dolly Parton.

“POUR YOURSELF A CUP OF AMBITION”

I choose a vintage Coffee Pot and Cup photo to go with the song quote “Pour Yourself a Cup of Ambition”.

The blues and yellows and browns were done by Ranger Distressed Inks.

For the next page we were supposed to use choose a photo and a snarky remark and put it all on a background made from Washi tape.

I think Dolly was perfect for this challenge too.

“IT TAKES A LOT OF MONEY TO LOOK THIS CHEAP.”

I had to add the word “Fierce” to this page too. Another journal maker used it and I thought it fit Dolly perfectly.

I remember when Dolly said the quote “It takes a lot of money to look this cheap.” I laughed and laughed. That’s what I like about her. She has so much humor and wit. She came from humble beginnings and is so down to earth that anyone can relate to her. She is such a STORYTELLER. That is why her song lyrics hit home runs.

Can you believe that I do not own any Washi tape. So I just put a border on the left and at the top.

My black background on this page was painted on. Not with a brush but with a food scraper. It made it look like wood actually. GET CREATIVE! It is so much fun!!

If you like to journal AND you like Art…. Maybe you would like to ~ART JOURNAL~. I have found that I love it. I am taking a class and these are some more pages I created. We will create ten altogether for this online challenge.

I LOVE Mixed Media Art. What I like about it is…everyone’s art looks different. In this challenge, everyone’s journal pages look different. You use the supplies you have on hand so that forces everyone to be different.

I hope you will stop by my blog and see all my pages as I finish them.

Take care, God Bless….Kathy

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More About Art Journals

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As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, if you like to journal AND you like Art…. Maybe you would like to ~ART JOURNAL~. I have found that I love it. I am taking a class and these are some more pages I created. We will create ten altogether for this online challenge.

I LOVE Mixed Media Art. What I like about it is…everyone’s art looks different. In this challenge, everyone’s journal pages look different. You use the supplies you have on hand so that forces everyone to be different.

Marjie Kemper is our wonderful teacher for this challenge.

For the page below we were supposed to use a stamp with a bird on it. I will add to my rubber stamp collection, but in the meantime I used a scrapbook page that had a bird on it. I also didn’t have any Tim Holtz charms but I did have a key with a message on it.

DREAM (Bird and Key)

I bought some scrapbook paper that looks vintage. If you are not new to my blog, you know I LOVE VINTAGE.
The key charm had DREAM on it. Perfect.

For the background, we used cardboard and took off one smooth side to reveal the channels. That makes the background so interesting. We added some paint in whatever colors we wanted.

The twine was blending in too much so I painted it with a darker color brown.

For the next page we were supposed to use a rubber stamp of a FACE. But I used a vintage picture instead. For my sentiment, I put a prayer I often ask the Lord. “What would you have me do? Where would you have me go? What would you have me say? And to whom?”

WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE ME DO?

When in doubt about your life….say a prayer.
I love this prayer. Sometimes, I think I should give up my arts and crafts and truly retire. Maybe I should give up my blog. But the Lord seems to be telling me to keep going. That’s why this prayer is so precious to me.
Art Journals do not have to be put away in a notebook never to be seen. Take the pages out and display in with your home decor. Especially if they look good with different holidays.

I hope you will stop by my blog and see all my pages as I finish them.

Take care, God Bless….Kathy

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Art Journal Pages One and Two

Hi Everyone!

Who likes to journal? Who likes Art? Maybe you would like to ~ART JOURNALl~. I have found that I love it. I am taking a class and this was two of the first pages I finished.

What I like about it is…everyone’s pages look different. My Art Journal has a definite butterfly theme.

Some people have chosen a WORD FOR 2021. I think I did this unwittingly. My word is BUTTERFLY. Maybe because I want to fly among the flowers. Maybe I want to transform. Maybe I want to take flight. Maybe I want to take the time to enjoy nature. But whatever my reasons, they are beautiful creatures that I can’t wait until spring is here to see again.

My wonderful online teacher is Marjie Kemper. She always recommends using supplies you ALREADY have. For the page below I was supposed to have die cut gears on the right hand edge. But I don’t have a die cutter. So I used ribbon with beads from the Dollar Tree Store.

FIND YOUR PURPOSE AND SHINE

I also did not have the ready made tag. So I made one from a manila folder. I also was supposed to have a different background. I only had blue card stock. You just go with what you have. I LOVE IT! I did use the DISTRESSED INKS as was recommended. I plan on buying some more stencils. But again I used what I had. I used my computer to create my sentiments.

Up close picture of the Dollar Tree Ribbon.
Up close of my butterfly. I bought a package of four from Michaels. I knew I would use them someday.

For the next page I was supposed to use black card stock as the background. But I only had dark brown scrapbook paper. The left side is a torn page from a book. I have to tell you a secret about myself. I cannot bring myself to tear a page out of a book. I guess maybe I could if it was already falling apart. So I copied a page from a book I had on hand and used that.

FIND YOUR OWN VISION

Marjie has stamps for everything. I didn’t have a stamp with eyes, so I found an image on the internet.

The border on the left was supposed to be another die cut edge. But I used a border from a scrapbook page. I like how she teaches to use stencils and inks to lay across all layers. I also used the computer to make my sentiment. Until I get more stamps. lol.

I hope you will stop by my blog and see all my pages as I finish them. Not all of them will have butterflies, but most of them will.

Take care, God Bless….Kathy

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Mardi Gras Fleur de Lis

I painted a Mardi Gras Gnome and now this Fleur De Lis. With MOST Mardi Gras Celebrations being cancelled everywhere because of COVID 19, there are not too many people putting up decorations. But I wanted to make a couple of projects so here is my last one for the year. Keep scrolling for info on how Mom and I made this.

Here it is hanging on my white garage door.

For those of you who are not from Louisiana, (I am originally from Texas, so I had to learn all the Louisiana/Cajun Culture) here is some info on the fleur de lis.

Here is a little info about the Fleur De Lis from Wikipedia:

The fleur-de-lis, also spelled fleur-de-lys (plural: fleurs-de-lis, or fleurs-de-lys)[pron 1] is a stylised lily (in French, fleur means “flower”, and lis means “lily”) that is used as a decorative design or symbol.

The fleur-de-lis has been used in the heraldry of numerous European nations, but is particularly associated with France, notably during its monarchical period. As France is a historically Catholic nation, the fleur-de-lis became “at one and the same time, religious, political, dynastic, artistic, emblematic, and symbolic,” especially in French heraldry.[4] The fleur-de-lis has been used by French royalty and throughout history to represent Catholic saints of France. In particular, the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph are often depicted with a lily.”

Wikipedia

Mom and I began this project with a piece of craft board from Lowe’s. We used the same board for our triple hearts and this Fleur de Lis. It is quite thick and heavy. I have a couple of wrought iron Fleur de Lis hanging in my garage. We used one as a template. Then I painted it the three colors of Mardi Gras. It took several coats of all three colors to get the saturation I wanted.

I had painted the whole project yellow as a base coat.
It did take several coats of each color.

I blended and blended until I had each color blended with the next color. It was just too flat to leave plain purple, plain yellow, and plain green. I was going to paint circles or swirls or polka dots on each color but after blending, I liked it as is.

I blended lighter green and lighter purple for the sides and mixed in some yellow too.
For the middle, I blended green on one side and purple on the other.

I couldn’t find any ribbon in Hobby Lobby, so I bought some decor from the Dollar Stores and made a ribbon. Plus I had the purple mesh ribbon. I think it turned out cute.

Hope you like our door hanger. Thanks for reading my blog!!

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DIY Valentine’s Vintage Truck Tee

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Lexi and I made this cute graphic tee shirt. Come watch us on Facebook. Here is the link:

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Step One….was to put down the buffalo check portion of the Vintage Truck Transfer. We used the Vintage Truck Transfer with the buffalo plaid add on from “WINTER”. We used white INK against the pink shirt.

Step Two….was to put down the actual details of the truck. These transfers come in sections and are labeled 1,2,3,etc. Very easy. I used the black ink for this portion.

Step Three…..was to put down the CUPID FARMS. We choose the white ink for this portion of the writing. Then LOADS OF LOVE we used black ink.

Step Four…..was to put down the hearts that the truck is carrying in it’s bed. We used silver shimmer for the whole batch. Then we added just a touch of the strings in black ink.

Below is a close up picture.

I think it turned out cute. I’ll be wearing this!!

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Mixed Media File Folder

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Organizing for 2021. If you can organize and beautify at the same time…..Bam, Score!

I was organizing my office and putting titles on some manila file folders. But they looked so plain and my handwriting is not exactly pretty. I leave this sitting on my desk daily. I handle them daily. I don’t put them away, so I thought why not beautify them?

I needed some practice with mixed media, so I decided to use some of my scrapbook paper to collage and decoupage them. I did this one front and back so from all angles it would look good.

Instead of my sketchy handwriting, I decopauged my new vintage truck logo and the larger letters of my old logo. See below. I went through all my scrapbook paper and choose my favorites and TORE the pieces instead of CUTTING. I like that distressed look. I used Mod Podge to adhere to the file folders. My pallet knife came in handy as I spread it like butter on toast. I also used the pallet knife to smooth the top surface of bubbles and creases. The paper I used was very thick. So bubble and creases were not really a problem.

After I had covered all the surfaces I went in with brown paint to distress and age the portions that were white. I distressed the edges that were cut too. The next folders I did I overlapped the pieces so I didn’t have any cut edges. You can do it either way.

Compare the two. I would much rather have the beautified folder on my desk.

Since I had rough feeling, cut edges on the left folding side I put a long strip of scrapbook paper to make a binding like a book. I really like how that looks. I didn’t do it for the other two folders I made since I didn’t have cut edges. I overlapped edges.

I really enjoyed making these folders. I have done two more after this one. I will do more as I find time. It is really nice to sit in my garage workspace, listen to music and/or my favorite Crafting Tutorials and transform these file folders.

Thank you for reading my blog, looking at my pictures and just being here!!

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Triple Heart Door Hanger

I wanted one more heart project for Valentine’s Day. This will hang on my garage door unless of course someone wants to buy it. lol…. One heart seemed too lonely to put as a door hanger. This one has two friends to hang out with.

I adore Black, White and Hot Pink together. Let’s face it….Black and White look so good with many other colors. Red (like my patio), orange, aqua, and yellow.

My Mom made the hearts and then taped them together to make her template. She cut them out with her jigsaw. We would make more, but the economy is not real good right now in South Louisiana. Plus craft shows may not be allowed for awhile. We are back to phase two.

Keep reading for some pictures of my progress.

I used a popsicle stick to glue the ribbon to hang it with. I made a bow with black and pink assorted ribbon. Then I called it a day. If you follow me on Instagram and Facebook, you can see a reel and stories with a time lapsed video of me painting the stripes and polka dots. That was fun to make.

I think if you wanted to make one like this, you could get the heart cutouts from the Dollar Stores and glue them together to make something similar. You could use three or even four. I’m just here for inspiration. I hope you get out there and get creative!!

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