Frame of Mind

Frame of Mind

Sometimes just a change of a frame on a piece of art makes it look completely different. I have a set of 4 seasonal fairy prints by fantasy artist David Delamare. I really didn’t like the gold frames, so after searching, I found brushed nickel paint. I took the pictures out of the frames, sanded down the frames to make sure the paint would stick, and then applied the spray paint outside.The pictures look so much better and different colors pop out now. The gold ones may look better with the wall color (which is the same in both pictures), however, the walls will be painted soon and the frames will fit in perfectly...

Read More

Making Cards

Making Cards

I needed to make a thank you card to my aunt for my birthday present AND I needed to use my new scrapbooking tool – the Sweet Heart Maker, so I punched out some hearts in pink, red, and purple and got out a sheet of dark purple paper. I arranged the hearts in a butterfly pattern and drew a little body and antenna on the dark purple card stock. I typed up what I wanted to say, printed it out, and stuck it to the inside of the card. I could have stuck a blank piece of paper and then did a handwritten letter, but I can type faster then handwriting and with a lot less mistakes. And, the multipurposing of the scrapbooking tool makes it even more valuable and I feel like I got more of my money’s worth when one of these makers from Creative Memories costs...

Read More

25 Random Things About Me

Since my friend Carla wrote down her Random Things and I have had some requests on Facebook for mine, I decided to list my Random Things. I was just going to do 20 like Carla when I saw that on Facebook they are doing 25, so I did 25 instead… I love interior design. I consider my style part Modern part Rustic with a little industrial, arts-and-crafts, Bohemian, and Japanese. What a combination you may think. Yes, it is odd. I call it Eclectic. I am crazy about organization.  I can’t let a week go by without organizing something from a cabinet to my scrapbook stuff. At every job I have had, I have pointed out that my passion for organization is one of my strongest strengths. It is a definition of my character. I have painted almost all of the rooms in my house twice and the living room will be painted for the third time this spring. I almost never follow a recipe. I always have to change something. See earlier Post. I don’t like following the rules other than of course driving and laws. I believe you should know the rules and follow them if you must, but if there is no harm to anyone or anything, then the rules should be allowed to be tested. As my Painting I art teacher once said, “First you learn the rules, and then you challenge them – that is where the growth begins” or something very similar. I can sew, cross stitch, and I even patch my husband’s pants when they get holes in them. I have been involved in practicing earth-friendly awareness since 9th grade. I was the only person in one of my senior level Physics classes in college – I made my own schedule. Some of my favorite movies that I watch over and over are not-so-serious movies – I like the ones I don’t have to think about but if I do, there is a lot of hidden meaning – Clueless; Ferris Bueller; Breakfast Club; most Disney, Pixar, or Dreamworks animated movies, and Tim Burton animated movies (Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride). I am at an eternal struggle with myself most days – the analytical side that wants to do things by the book and be organized and structured and the creative side that wants to do things chaotically and what ever gets done gets done. What is it like at odds with yourself sometimes? Counter productive is all I have to say. I am always organizing something – a closet, a room, my desk, or boxes that my parents bring from my childhood… Until I was 18 and went to college, I lived...

Read More

Bamboo Tapestry

Bamboo Tapestry

I like to vary what I put up on the walls of our home. I am going through a Japanese style phase right now. I had been using bamboo table runners on my dining room table and sideboard, but had recently replaced them with cloth ones. And, I found a bamboo pole out in our garage. So, I strung some jute through the table runners and tied it to the pole. I then found wooden curtain brackets and attached them to the wall in the best places determined by the length of the table runners and the bamboo pole. I placed the somewhat heavy pole and table runner hanging art on the brackets and it turned out really nice. With lighter wall paint, the wooden tapestry would have really stood out, but I really like...

Read More