Christmas in July, Thrifted Angels in Frames Decor Idea

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I found these frames at one thrift store (I think Goodwill) and I found the angels at another thrift store (I think Salvation Army). I couldn’t decide if I wanted to leave the items gold in color and make an Old World style project or paint them and make a shabby chic project. For now, I decided to leave the items gold in color. I can ALWAYS go back and paint them later. And I think I will after Christmas this year.

I did not change the pictures in the frames at all. They were already gold and it was destiny how the angels fit perfectly inside the frames. I just had to make the angels match the frames. After I changed the color, I hot glued them in place. They are very light weight so hot glue was enough. I also did not want to permanently bond them with E6000 because I want to later take them off to paint them. I love options!

The angels were very grungy and dirty when I bought them. They even had what looked like a tinge of green mold about them. But they were not damaged in any way so I scooped them up. Remember when thrifting that color can always be changed with PAINT. In this case, I used Antique Gold Rub N Buff. Use this product in a well ventilated area. I used my fingers so I can get into all the areas I want. You can use a brush, but I never have. It does come off your fingers if you wash up right away. Below are some pictures of the before and after of the angels.

Below are some pictures of the project when finished.

Here they are all finished. I will probably paint everything later when I get tired of them this color. I will also change the background of the pictures. I thought about changing the picture to be Harlequin print. Not sure yet, but for now, I love them as is.

I hope I inspire you to go junking, thrifting, garage sale shopping, etc. You never know what treasures you can find and transform into extraordinary home decor.

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Decoupaged Americana Frame with Star

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Decorate your home for the summer with Americana. It takes in Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day. Look around your garage/attic/storage/craft stash and you will probably find most of the supplies for this Americana Project. It was made with a frame, star, decoupage paper and ribbon.

It can hang on the wall or be a shelf leaner.

My Mom actually made this project and I just added the bow. She blue washed the frame. She does this by mixing acrylic paint with water and rubs it on with a paper towel. Then she decoupaged the background and the star. She put in a piece of thin board for the background.

I love the distressed, vintage vibe of the decoupage paper. I love all things vintage!

Let me know if you make one similar to this!

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Aqua Striped Bunny, Farmhouse Home Decor

Hip Hop Hooray! Easter’s On Its Way!

This wooden home decor will make someBUNNY feel special. He is made from heavy duty scrap wood we had on hand. The wood had a lot of character and looked rustic so staining it seemed the perfect finishing touch. Keep reading for the details and pictures.

Wooden Bunny with Brown and Aqua Stripes.  Stands on a base and has "Hoppy Easter" on it.

Mom “stained” the whole bunny with watered down brown acrylic craft paint. Then I used painter’s tape to make the striped lines. I wanted it to match my home which has shades of aqua and brown. I was going to also add cream but decided I liked just the blue and brown.

Wooden Bunny stained brown.
Here he is without his stripes. He stands up easily on his own.

I used my Chalk Couture teal paste to “stain” the stripes. I also used a Chalk Couture transfer to put on the words “Hoppy Easter”. I am a Chalk Couture Independent Designer. The paste is not permanent until you seal it. So I will seal it with spray on clear acrylic spray when I am totally finished.

I used one large strip of painter’s tape and one small strip of painter’s tape to make my large stripe.
Here are the stripes ready to begin using the paste to make the “teal stain”.
Here is where I decided he needed a base to stand on. He just looked too lonely as a porch leaner.

We were going to just use it as a porch leaner. But I asked Mom if she could put a base on it so it could stand anywhere in your home or outside your home. Ask and you shall have it with my Mom. She screwed the base onto the bunny and also glued it for good measure with E6000. This is one substantial bunny rabbit!

Here are the screw holes Mom used to attach the base.
Wooden Aqua Striped Bunny with wooden stand. Aqua and Burlap bow and has a saying of "Hoppy Easter".
He looks so good in my house, maybe I won’t even try to sell him.

I made a bow with tails using aqua polka dot burlap ribbons, aqua lace, and even some dollar tree ribbon. I love bows. They always add the finishing touch!

A better look at the bow and HOPPY EASTER! 🙂
Wooden Aqua and Brown Striped Bunny Home Decor.
He looks good everywhere I put him! Maybe I will have him HOP around until Easter.

Please view my time lapsed video on Facebook of me making this bunny. The link is below.

If Aqua is NOT your color, you could use pink, yellow, etc to make the stripes. You could even make the stripes look like ship lap. There are so many options with Easter Colors. Easter will be here before we know it.

Thank you so much for reading about how we made this Aqua Hoppy Bunny. Take care, God Bless!

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Follow the Bunny, He Has Chocolate Porch Leaner

Every Bunny Welcome!

It may be a little early to be doing Easter Bunnies, but why not? Mom wanted to make a bunny porch leaner out of one of the many, many wood pieces we have salvaged from our old wood horse fence.

Keep scrolling to see the whole bunny.

Mom had a pattern in her head. Her main objective was to cut out some ears for it. I think it really turned out cute. I painted a face on it. I have trouble with faces. They are not as easy as they look. Not for me anyway. Either the eyes look too beady or the nose and mouth are crooked. But I finally made him look cute. Whiskers and all.

Here he is with just his face put on. Bow, sign and flowers yet to come.

At this time, I knew I wanted to put a bow around his neck and some flowers at the bottom, and a sign in the middle. I bought the flowers from Dollar Tree and I had the lace burlap was leftover from another project.

I was going to just make a pocket for him to hold his flowers. But when I rolled this laced burlap around, I liked it better this way.
I asked my Facebook Page, which sign they would choose and they chose the —FOLLOW THE BUNNY HE HAS CHOCOLATE.

The screen prints are from Chalk Couture. I am an independent designer with them. These two screen prints come from the transfer called Vintage Truck, Spring Add on.

I painted a sign I bought from Walmart. Actually it was white when I bought it so I waxed it with some brown wax. That helps the chalk transfer not stick as much and helps the chalk to not settle and bleed into the wood’s grooves.

The sign really turned out sharp.
Here were the ribbons I was choosing from. I LOVE spring colors.

I constructed the bunny on a Facebook Live, but I redid my bow afterwards to include tails. There was too much blank space between the bow and the sign. I also used a polka dot ribbon to tie the middle of the bow with. It added just the right touch.

He got a new bow after my Facebook Live.
Here he is in his full glory. Sorry the weather has been so unpleasant for pictures. Everything is so wet and nasty.

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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.

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Snow much Fun

This was SNOW much fun to paint. I began this painting back in November and had to set it aside and work on my Mom’s little house and get her moved in. But I picked it back up this week and I finished it! It made me very happy to finish it and for it to turn out so festive!

Do things that make you smile! Arts and Crafts make me smile! What makes you smile?

I purchased this design and tutorial online from TEXAS ART AND SOUL by Heidi Easley. She has a coaching group that I joined that teaches women how to do paint parties. I hope to someday be able to do that. During this pandemic, maybe I could do it online. Just a future dream. But in the meantime, I am having fun painting. Here is a time lapsed video I posted on Facebook.

I began by painting my background blue. Then I lightly outlined the basics in white chalk. I have a hard time covering up pencil marks so I used chalk. But they say using graphite paper to trace with is perfect. The paint covers that up well. I will try that next time and let you know.

It also came with a matching/coordinating twin picture. It is a snowman in a snow globe. I’ll be painting that next.
It took two coats of white to cover up my background color. In this picture is just one coat of white.

You don’t have to paint the whole background first. You could trace the picture and paint as you would if you were coloring in a coloring book. That is up to you. If I were doing a painting party, that’s how I would teach to do it. I would probably have the picture already traced out for the people in my party. It depends on what they want.

My painting stayed like this for several weeks while I helped my Mom. I love how Heidi teaches to shade and add highlights.
This is a picture I used to post on my personal Facebook and asked if I should put any glitter on it. Everyone overwhelmingly said yes.

If you would like to purchase the tracers for this design, supply list, and step by step instructions so you could paint it for yourself I would be happy to send you a link. For the snowflakes, I used my Chalk Couture Snowflake transfer. But you can use stencils purchased from Essential Stencil too.

I wish you could see the glitter I used.

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Santa is checking his list……

I finished this yesterday. I had painted the canvas board black about a week ago. Then I waxed it for Chalk Couture Decor.

Time just got away and I can’t believe Christmas is already going to be here in just 9 days!!

I am an Independent Chalk Couture Designer. I have a special Facebook Page devoted to just Chalk Couture. It is called Town and Country Chalk Creations. I made a time lapsed video of the process I did on this picture. Below is the link to watch it. I love time lapsed videos. It is only 1 minute and 21 seconds long. Even though it took me (off and on) about an hour to make this picture. Lol.

Here are some pictures I captured from the time lapsed video. This transfer requires several steps. First you put down all the white, which includes his beard, eyebrows and part of his hat. I also elected to do all the words in white. This chalk paste dries in just about 3 minutes. So it does not take long to put down each section. But I go and wash my transfers between steps. That’s what takes the longest.

Getting ready to put all the white chalk on.
Peel and reveal this first portion.
Next is the red portions.

I didn’t capture any other pictures, but after the red comes his flesh color and then I used gold for the HO, HO, HO and the design on his hat. The snowflakes were last.

I think this transfer is so cute. Next year, I will make a graphic tee shirt with it. I think I will get ahead this next year and do some Christmas in July craft shows. Because I CANNOT believe how fast time flew after Halloween.

SO CUTE!

I hope you liked seeing a glimpse of how Chalk Couture works. It is screen printing, not stenciling. It makes it really easy in my opinion. Thanks for reading!!

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Pallet Knife Tiny Tree Painting and it’s Background Story

I love painting with a pallet knife. Probably more than painting with a brush. It gives that blurry, impressionistic look. I love Impressionism so I love this style of painting. This little painting or Mixed Media Project caused me to have to PIVOT and redo the background. Please keep reading to see how it was made. I also have a time lapsed video on Facebook.

——–I bought the rights to paint this from Amanda with Little Bluebird Gallery. Please go check out her website and her Facebook page. I love the way she paints and she is a great teacher.——–

When we studied this style in school I fell in love. I took a painting class at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio where I majored in Business. It was an elective my Senior year. I continued taking continuing education paint classes when I moved back to Victoria, Texas. My professor there had us paint many different styles. I forgot how much I enjoyed the pallet knife painting so I am glad I bought this “little tree” virtual class.

I hand painted red band black buffalo check onto a Canvas Board.

It’s freehand so it’s rough looking but I like it like that. Perfection is NOT necessary.

Then I wanted to practice my little tree on my Media Pad. But I liked my tree so much on my Paper Pad, that I thought I would decoupage it onto my canvas. Sounds good right? Kind of like a multi media project.

I painted this without a tracer, just used my memory.

I tore the paper to give it more of a rustic finish.
I should have left it like this but it just looked unfinished and I wanted the edges to stay down.

Well, I made the mistake of putting Mod Podge on my whole canvas after I put my little tree on. It stayed high gloss and it did not look good. It looked sticky. So I had to PIVOT and rethink the whole background out.

I hated it. But I learned a lot. Maybe that’s the important thing. Gotta get out there and try.

I thought if I put glitter on the background it would look alright. BUT NO. It was still too shiny and sticky looking. So I ended up painting a black background with my pallet knife.

I added snowflakes and then glitter. It worked this time because the black paint had toned down the high gloss finish.

It still looked plain, so I added some glitter. See above without glitter, see below for with the glitter.
The glitter had big chunks of glitter in it. Call Glitterific.
It’s not perfect. But I did the best I could with a bad wound. I may make another one for practice too. “The best laid plans of mouse and men……”

Just fyi….I am NOT a fine artist.

Like Heidi says from Texas Art and Soul, it is FUN ART, not FINE ART.

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Snowmen Signs for the Barn

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Our Barn or Shed is boring and I like to decorate my bench I put out there to try to jazz the place up. It has two plant holders on each side and I like to make it look festive with a few easy holiday decorations. Unfortunately this barn is so easily seen from the road and driveway. It always NEEDS something. But….that’s life on a farm….

On the plant holders I like to put signs that stand out from the road. For Summer I used Sunflowers and for Fall I used Pumpkins.

So now for Winter I want to use Snowmen. These could stay up past Christmas. I thought about painting Christmas trees or Poinsettias. But Snowmen won the contest in my mind. Even though these have little ornaments hanging from their arms, I will still leave them up at least through Valentines. I took a little virtual painting class online and Snowmen were the focus. I would like to teach some virtual painting classes online too. Maybe..??

I wanted to start painting again. I know I paint crafts, but I wanted to paint on canvas again. I am not a fine art painter by no stretch of the imagination. But I like whimsical fun paintings. I also like loose, impressionistic type paintings. Especially ones done with pallet knives. I also like to paint with a brush and use dot like brush strokes for the whole picture. I want to practice all the ways I learned to paint way back in another lifetime. Or so it seems.

I made a time-lapsed video of my process. I posted it on Facebook. Here is the link. It is fun to watch painting when it is time-lapsed. It is only 3 minutes long……please take a quick look.

For circles, I always try to find objects I can trace around. So that’s how I began.

These were just some scrap boards I had left from an old project. The reverse sides are painted with Sunflowers for the summer time.

I had to let the white paint dry and then paint another coat of white.

You can see the imperfections in one of the scrap pieces of wood. But that’s okay. No one will really go up close and look at these.

Below I painted some details but I again had to let dry and touch everything up with another coat in some places. These are just simple shapes and anyone could paint this. Try to get your children to create too. I don’t know how much time school really allows them to be creative nowadays. My arts and crafts classes were always my favorite classes. Along with Home Economics.

I added some snowflakes and here they are drying outside.
It’s not fine art…..but it’s FUN art. !!

Have fun on a painting adventure. Try it out.

I will post more final pictures after my husband moves the tires he has in front of my bench. lol. Real Life around here….

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Ribbon on a Twig Farmhouse Ornament (Buffalo Plaid)

Here is another simplistic ornament. You can make these with any color ribbon to fit any decor. It really didn’t cost me anything. I used a twig from my yard and ribbon and berries from my stash. I made this the same as the red one I posted about yesterday. Only this time I used Black and White Buffalo Plaid Ribbon.

These little ornaments would be perfect to put on a gift instead of a bow or in addition to a bow. Christmas will be here before you know it. Where did the time go?

See below for more details of how I made this.

First on the list was to choose which tree limbs are the straightest and cleanest. I use my clippers to cut them down to the size I want.
This one was the straightest.

Below is the link to the video I made while I was making it LIVE on Facebook.

All finished! It could be trimmed at an angle even more, but I love it!

I think it is homespun looking. Primitive, rustic, farmhouse or whatever word you use to describe it. Here is a another word for it….CUTE.

I put berries at the top. I am fresh out of stars.

I did not tie a knot. Only a half knot. Both the ribbons had wire.

I did trim the sides more. I still think it could use another haircut, but I am going to leave it for now.

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