Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Linda Raynsford made this sculpture, titled "Link," out of discarded painted metal, tool boxes, cabinets, and car parts.
Photo by Bob Easton
This entire gown is made out of plastic bags!!! Artist Jayne Ottesen used knitted, ironed and sewn plastic grocery bags to create this gown.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
I instantly fell in love with this Just My Type Necklace by Tilly Boom $27.99
I was just looking at a pair of these in a thrift store. Perfect for adding 50's flare to your kitchen. Retro Napkin Holder, $11.99 each.
Music Lover Pillow Cases $24.99
Monday, March 24, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
This is a fun, easy project using an old serving tray, some paint and some images. For this project I used old wine / liquor labels, but you can use anything from old fruit labels, poster prints or photos.
Start with a plain serving tray. You can pick one up at a thrift store, flea market or yard sale (you can also find new ones for cheap at your local arts and craft store).
Step 1 - Paint the tray
If your serving tray has old paint on it, it can work for or against you. If the old paint is in bad shape, or just ugly, simply give it a quick sanding and a nice fresh layer of paint. If the paint is in decent enough shape, you can add a top coat of new paint (your color choice) over it, then distress it with sand paper so the old paint is showing through. It's especially helpful to do this on the corners and edges where the piece would naturally wear down sooner.
Step 2 - Getting your labels ready
Once you have the background color, you will need to add old wine / liquor labels. You can get these from your own collection, or by printing them off the web (I've added a link to a nice source for these at the bottom of this post). If you labels / images are too white and 'new' looking, you can give them a nice aged yellowed look by dipping them in soy sauce. This is a very effective staining method I stumbled across a while ago. But in this case less is more. A simple dip to coat both sides is good, no more is needed. Do not soak the image, because it will become dingy brown and just look dirty. When the labels are dry, they are ready for attatching.
Step 3 - Attatch your labels
To attatch your labels or images, simply use "Modge Pogde" (again, available at any craft store). Coat the backs of the images and attatch them to the tray, making sure you get all the air bubbles out. Then coat the top of the images of few times to make sure they are permanently affixed to the tray. Let dry. Serve some nice snacks or refreshments on your new tray and impress your guests with your creativity!
The following website has a great collection of printable vintage images!
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
There are so many jewelry sellers on Etsy right now, I felt discouraged from making any. But then I decided it didn't matter. I was making it because it was fun, not because it mattered whether it sold or not. It just so happened that I had today off. So I sat down, spread my supplies out and did some serious jewelry making! I have to say, it was a blast. I'll put them up in the shop and see how they do, but I'm not too worried about it. I had a great time and that's all that matters. I've also been experimenting in metal work. I made a really cool sterling silver fork ring today.
Antique fork ring
Monday, March 17, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
2. Use stick ons. This fabulous 10-minute embellishment is as easy as peel and stick. You can use just about any self-adhesive sticker, but we recommend these repositionable vinyl-coated die-cut ones from wallies.com ($12 for two sheets) to decorate the outside or inside of a shade.
3. Dress up the inside. A hint of color and pattern is an eye-catching touch on the inside of a shade, especially for hanging lamps. Make a pattern by tracing the shape of your lampshade onto paper, allowing enough to overlap ends. Cut fabric using the pattern, coat the wrong side with spray adhesive, and carefully adhere the fabric to the inside of the shade. If you have difficulty controlling the fabric as you work, first back it with paper to stiffen it, then use adhesive to attach the paper side to the shade. Glue bias tape along the top and bottom edges to give the lining a finished look.
4.Lovely Doodle Designs
To create this fun shade, start at the seam with a black opaque paint marker, draw evenly spaced vertical lines for different numbers and sizes of circles. Every fifth row draw a series of single circles; connect the circles with loose, squiggly lines. Then apply the lighter color paint first, let dry. Next, paint the darker circles.
5. Wrap It with Ribbon
Ribbon wrapped around a plain paper shade creates the look of pleated silk. To keep this project affordable, we hit the clearance bin and found four 8-yard ribbon spools for $2.45 each. Use fabric tape to secure a ribbon end (and subsequent ends) to the inside of the shade. Wind ribbon around the shade, overlapping more at the top than at the bottom if using a tapered shade.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
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Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
"In the Garden" by Barbara Irwin. Barbara creates assemblages out of found items. They have a very sculptural feel to them. This one pictured above was my favorite. http://foundobjectart.com/
Glacial erratics: landscape found art (and origins of cubism), by Edward Tufte. This artist finds art in Rocks. I love the concept. He wrote: "Helping to build a road today, I threw a rock (about 0.4 cubic feet in volume) into the road bed. The end of the rock shattered and revealed the ultimate source of Cubism. "Fractured planes" is a good short description of Cubism.
Today's fractured rock is on the left; Braque's Rio Tinto Factories at L'Estaque, 1910, at right." http://www.edwardtufte.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=0001Jt
Sunday, March 2, 2008
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Rosebud Door mat. $24.95 by Wrapables. http://www.wrapables.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=A59321
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Two's Company Cottage Mirror $39 http://www.estreetdenim.com/product.asp?name=Twos-Company-Cottage-Mirror&pfid=ESD00385&eng=2
Two's Company Insect Citronella Candles. $13.95
Nest Tea Light Holders, by Roost. $34 set/3
Prede'Provence (25g)soap set $14.99
To view more of his works, visit http://www.iamboredr.com/media/455/Beautiful_Paper_Art/