Nursery Word Art

March 16, 2018 at 7:06 am (Creative adventures, Decorative Painting, Nursery Word Art, Word Art)

I needed to wait until T & S received this before I posted because it is a surprise!!  I love this family!  S calls us Daddy O and Momma O.  She’s been friends with our precious daughter for many years.  They have one daughter but struggled to have their second child.  When I saw Samantha’s picture and her Daddy’s explanation of why they named her Samantha Abigail, I just had to do a piece of art for them.

I knew I wanted to use soft colors.  I was actually able to use a frame that Andrew’s Momma (see previous blog) gave me years ago!  Yay for recycling! The frame was in perfect shape so I didn’t have to do a thing to it.  DannyO cut me a board to fit the frame and I proceeded to mix colors, choose a font (several, actually — I mixed and matched more than I’ve ever done before) and design a corner border.  I am very pleased with the result!



It’s soft and I think it’s beautiful!!

On to the next adventure!


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Word Art – Two Special Projects

March 13, 2018 at 8:59 am (Creative adventures, mixed media, Word Art)

I always consider it a privilege when my family asks me to make them some art.

The first piece was for a great-nephew, born in January.  His Momma was baptized by Pope John Paul II and is fluent in Italian.  She asked me for a piece but didn’t specify the parameters.  I thought it would be cool to do the saying in Italian.  Hence the difficulty… I don’t speak Italian!  I put a few beautiful English sayings into three different translators and got three different translations!!  Also, they didn’t look as “pretty” translated into Italian.  So I regrouped and sent an email to Andrew’s grandma, asking for help.  Between her and her Italian friend, they came up with a beautiful saying — Translated to English, it says, “For every baby  born, the moon and the stars sing a sweet lullaby.”

I also wanted to juxtapose the crispness of the text with something painterly.  I nearly quit about three times but each time, my painter friends, Paul and Tara, talked me off of the ledge and through my issues.  Thank you Paul and Tara!!  Here is the finished piece.  I am very happy with how it turned out!

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The second piece was a little easier in that I didn’t have to paint anything, but I searched and searched for the perfect frame and fonts.  My nephew and his wife and boys are going through a particularly difficult time.  Their youngest son required a heart transplant at 6 months old.  This precious baby is doing well but they have a long and winding road to travel.  K asked for this specific saying.  Because the frame was large and would have been expensive to purchase new, I made several trips to Goodwill until I spotted the perfect frame in the perfect size!  DannyO cut me a board to fit and I proceeded, stripping the frame of its light brown stain and re-staining it a dark brown.  I then picked a gray matte paint for the word art and I think it turned out perfect!!


From this ⇑

To this!! ⇓

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Two successes!!  On to the next “adventure!”

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A Unique Table runner

February 16, 2016 at 2:40 pm (Creative adventures, Home Projects)

I meant to write this blog post last week but I lost three days… again!!  {{Sigh}} Every time I think I am winning the battle, I get socked with a TN and ON attack.  I am happy that I was only down for three days and not four or five!

Anyway, I found a picture on the internet that peaked my interest.  I like to use a table runner for my kitchen table.  I have various themes… winter, summer, Christmas.  I was putting away my winter runner since Punxsutawney Phil did predict an early spring — yeah right!!  I wasn’t ready to put out my summer-themed runner so I was trying to find ideas.

I cannot claim that this is my original idea.  However, once I looked, there were so many examples, I couldn’t point you to the originator of this idea…  so I will say that it is original to me because of my unique parts 🙂  Cryptic enough??

I found my stash of doilies.

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I ironed and starched said doilies.

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I divided the doilies into shapes…

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Then I put painter’s tape 18″ apart on my table and started to place the doilies.  I knew that the middle doily needed to be the large blue one — my Grandma Millie’s.  There are others from her but they are mixed into the many I’ve purchased at auctions in those $1.00 boxes!

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I played around with placement and then used cotton thread to connect the doilies.  They are done securely but I can take them apart easily should I decide to do something different.

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It took only about two hours from start to finish.  I spent lots of time ironing all of the doilies…  I have enough left over to make a few more!!

The vase is one I “mirrored” myself.  You can see the tutorial here.



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That Time I Knitted A Hat (Twice)

January 17, 2016 at 9:54 pm (Creative adventures, Knitting projects, mixed media)

I am taking a 5-6 day break from Facebook.  I find that it can be a giant hole that sucks me in and before I know it, hours have passed!!  I’ve got stuff to do!!  So… if you don’t hear from me, I’m okay, really, I am!!

Last year I bought a beautiful book of knitting projects called Boutique Knits.The Time I Knitted A Hat (Twice)-5

I have to be honest and tell you that I bought it solely for the hat pictured on the cover!!  Actually there are a few more I want to work up but I need the specific needles so that goes in my pile of “to-do projects.”

Knitting for me is an interesting adventure because I am a self-taught, left-handed knitter!! Everything I read now tells me I should have learned the “continental” way.  Well, I tried that last year and it was a big fat *FAIL.  So, I need to reverse all of the directions.  Try and do that while you are knitting (and you only knit once or twice a year)!!  You guessed it… I tear out rows and rows!!

Anyway, I made the beautiful hat last year in a raspberry color.  I was Amanda’s “band” for a women’s retreat while she led worship.  I had her put the hat on and she looked so beautiful in it I gave it to her!

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Doesn’t she look beautiful?!?!?! (As an aside, it took me 30 minutes to figure out how to get this ONE picture from her Instagram account 🙂  )   I may not be tech-savy, but I am persistent!!

Anyway, this year I decided to knit myself one.  I didn’t want a twin look so I chose a lighter pink.  It went much smoother this time because I caught my “backwards” error only two rows into the body of the hat!!

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I love my hat!!

Today the Pittsburgh Steelers played in a playoff game in Denver.  I was so nervous and since I couldn’t peruse Facebook for relief, (remember my hiatus…), I decided to draw a face with a twist…

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Isn’t she beautiful???  I don’t know what I’m going to do with her, but I know it will be something special!!

Here’s to a productive week!!!

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Mercury Glass Hydrangea Project

November 15, 2012 at 10:17 am (Creative adventures)

I have a few favorite blogs I peruse weekly.  One of them is Team Studer — I love reading about Tab’s adventures with her two children and darling hubby.  Another blog I read is One Creative Couple.  I took painting lessons from Paul and Cathy for about 5 years.  They encouraged my talent, encouraged my soul, and offered me friendship.

Paul and Cathy wrote a blog about creating distressed metal, aged pewter, and mercury glass.  The section on the mercury glass intrigued me.  I let the idea marinate in my brain…  Hmmmm…  I bought a bouquet of dried Hydrangeas from a booth at the Potato Festival and didn’t know what I was going to do with them.

I decided to use Paul and Cathy’s tutorial on creating mercury glass for my project. I will describe it here, but for in-depth instruction, follow their blog.

  •  Glass vase (I purchased mine from Goodwill for $1.99)
  •  Krylon Mirror Spray Paint (must use exact paint).
  • Painters tape and newspaper
  • gloves
  • 50/50 solution of water/white vinegar in a spray bottle

Glass vase and dried hydrangeas

I taped the outside of the vase well.

Vase taped to the gills 🙂

The important thing to remember is, you must spray the INSIDE of the vase.  As you can see, I chose a warm November day to take my project outside.  Make sure to wear gloves.  It was a little tricky to get the mirror paint inside a curvy vase, but, with a little effort, I did.  Paul and Cathy say to spray four light coats, giving one minute of drying time between coats.  I must admit that, because of all of the curves, it took me a few more coats to get everything completely mirrored.

Mirror paint applied to the INSIDE of the vase.

I then took my solution of white vinegar/water in a small spray bottle and sprayed the inside of the vase.  I let it sit for a few minutes.  Then, taking a paper towel, which was also soaked in the solution, I started to rub some of the mirror spray off.  I allowed it to happen organically.  It took a little elbow grease because I think I sprayed too many layers of paint on some of the curves 🙂

You can see the distressed areas on the vase (they look black). You can also see me taking the picture 🙂

Ta-Da!!  It is a beautiful addition to our kitchen table.  The blue doily was my Grandma Amelia’s.

The finished project

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