Wall Art

As I’ve stated numerous times before, I really don’t have the steadiest painting hand.  So why do I keep trying to paint?  Guess a little practice really never hurt….

After my cheap painted makeover of this small 2 case bookshelf last week, I’ve been trying to think of how to display it.  I really love the rich dark grey with white accents, and I found a couple fun and colorful baskets to display in the bookcase:

I also found some cute turquoise and brown baskets, which I would also like to include.  Ideally, I think I will be returning to Ocean State Job Lots for a second bookcase, so that I can paint it up and have a matching set.  But that meant that I needed some art work to tie all the colors together.  Right now my color scheme was grey, white, pink, green, turquoise, and brown.

If you remember from my feature last sunday, I highlighted Leslie over at Onesie Twosie for her creative and geometric wall art project.  I’ve been dying to try my hand at this, so what better time?

I found 2 left over 11×14 canvases, in my box of craft goodies, that were left over from another project.  I decided to start with the circles.  In order to trace my circles I found the metal top to a candle that was about 3 inches across.

I started at the top of my canvas and started tracing the circle.  I did tape a ruler down to make sure that I stayed in a straight line.

I continued to make rows of even circles until my whole canvas was covered.

Then I went back and added a second layer of circles, evenly spaced in between the original rows:

Here is my finished canvas with all the circles traced:

Next I grabbed all the bottles of acrylic paint I had lying around, and started mixing and matching to come up with the right shades of paint.  Remember, I was sticking to the color scheme of grey, white, pink, turquoise, brown, and green.

As you can tell from the textbook sitting under my paint…this was more fun than studying!

The next step was to start filling in the overlapped areas, I started with one color at a time, and pretty much filled in at random:

 I continued to add colors as I went, here’s what I came up with:

Because the overall goal is to paint a second bookcase to match, I decided that it might be nice to have two paintings rather than one.  I decided to stick with the geometric pattern, but give squares a try.  I searched for a good square to trace and came up with a bottle of nail polish remover with a square bottom!

I followed the same steps as above.  Trace rows of even squares:

Then go back and evenly overlap the squares:

Then I started filling in the overlap area with paint.  There were more squares than I expected, so I did add a few colors, like yellow and orange.

The square painting did involve some touch up work, but I’m pretty happy with how they both turned out!

Here is how they look above the bookcase.  Again, I used the same bookcase for each of these, but the plan is to paint a second one so I have a matching set!

 Now I just need to find two frames, and will probably paint them the same grey as the bookcase, so have some continuity.  Thoughts?  I will be sure to come back with the final reveal…no promises on how soon that will be!

Another thing that I’m excited about adding to this little reveal…remember the cute little yarn wreath I made earlier?  I found some really fun yarn that matches my color scheme for the bookcases perfectly!  What better way to tie everything together than to use another wreath?

 How fun is that yarn?  I kind of think it looks a little bit like a piƱata, but I love how fun it is!  And tell me that doesn’t match just perfectly!

 My to-do list is starting to expand over what started as a tiny fun project!  Here’s whats left:

*Get and paint a second bookcase
*Get and paint frames for the geometric art
*Make flowers for the wreath
*Hang artwork and wreath
*Find a permanent home for the bookcases

Good thing February Vacation is only a week away!  Another reason why I love working in the public schools…

Can’t wait to be able to finally share the finished reveal with you all!  Thanks for sticking around!

Simply Living

Yet another Wreath!

I decided to keep my Valentine’s related creative juices flowing today.  As I’m sure many of you know, I gain a lot of my inspiration from reading other people’s blogs and seeing what kinds of projects are out there.  One trend that I have been seeing lately are yarn wreaths and felt flowers.  We all know what a sucker I am for wreaths, and after making some festive yarn balls yesterday, I knew I just had to give this one a whirl.  Take a look at what I came up with:

There are very few materials involved: wreath form, yarn, glue stick, felt, ribbon.  That’s it!  I was lucky and only had to purchase a wreath form, so once again my project cost less than a few dollars.  I love when that happens!

Wreath form, glue gun, glue sticks, yarn, and felt

Making the Wreath
Step 1: Tie the end of your yarn onto the styrofoam wreath.  I chose to start at the seam, but anywhere would be fine.

Tie on your yarn

Step 2:  Begin to wrap your yarn around the wreath.  This was an extremely time consuming process, because with each wrap you need to pass the ball of yarn through the middle.  For the first layer I chose to make mine pretty even and organized.

Keep wrapping…having Pandora running in the background doesn’t hurt either!

Step 3:  Continue wrapping the yarn all the way around the wreath.  This process will take a while, but is so rewarding in the end!  Here I am at the end of the first layer.

One layer of yarn

Step 4:  By the time you have successfully made it around your entire wreath form you can decide whether or not to do a second layer.  Because there were some gaps where I could still see green I decided that a second layer of yarn was pretty important.  For this layer I did however decide to go for a “messier” look, and did not try to keep all of my rows straight.

Second “messier” layer of yarn

Step 5: Once you have completed all of the wrapping that you want, tie off the yarn the same way you started.  I then took the extra minute to weave in the end so that it wasn’t sticking out, but since this will most likely be the back of your wreath it isn’t necessary.

Making the Flowers
Step 1Cut a circle out of your felt.  The bigger the circle, the bigger the flower.  I chose to make a straight circle, if you want your flower to have a more petal effect, then make the edges wavy.

The bigger the circle, the bigger the flower

Step 2:  Cut into your circle.  I cut in about half an inch and was pretty happy with how the flower turned out.

Begin to cut into your circle

Step 3:  Continue to cut in a spiral motion.  Do this until you reach the center of the circle.

Continue cutting in a spiral motion

Your end result should be one long strip

Step 4:  At this point start at an end, and begin to wrap the felt in a circle.  In order to keep the bottom flat, I found it helpful to have it on the table and rotate the felt.

Start at the end and begin to roll your felt into a circle, try to keep the bottom flat.

Step 5:  Continue to roll until you reach the end of your strip.

End of the strip…I used the pink bowl as a background color since my flower was blending in to the table top

Step 6:  Flip the flower over, add a small dot of hot glue, and attach the loose end.

Step 7:  Cut out a circle of felt, just a little bit smaller than the bottom of the flower.

After attaching the loose end, cut out a circle just smaller than the bottom of the flower

Step 8: Using the hot glue gun, attach the circle to the bottom of the flower.  This will help to keep each layer in place and your flower in a firm shape.

Attach the circle to the bottom of the flower.

Step 9:  Continue this process with as many colors and sizes as you like!

Attaching the Flowers
For my wreath, I decided that I would primarily stick to Valentine themed colors (pink and white) but at the last minute I decided to throw a blue flower in there for a little extra oomph.

The 4 flowers I picked out for my wreath

Step 1:  I arranged the flowers on my wreath so I had an idea of placement.  Then I attached the first flower with hot glue.  I held down for about 12 seconds, so that I knew the glue was not going to slide around anywhere.

After attaching the first flower

Step 2:  Attach the second flower in the same manner.

After attaching flower #2

Step 3:  Repeat step 1 and 2 for as many flowers as you decide you would like to attach

3 flowers later…


Step 4:  Once I had all of my flowers attached I took some green felt and cut out a couple small leaves.  I attached these with the glue gun as well.

I chose to add a couple green leaves

Step 5:  The last step is to decide how you would like to hang your wreath.  I decided to attach a small piece of ribbon and hang it from a hook.  I cut a small piece of ribbon and attached it to the back of the wreath with a couple thumb tacks.  Because the back of my wreath will be facing the wall, the tacks aren’t even visible, but you can always use glue.

Here is a final far away and up close look at my pretty little wreath:

I love how it looks up against the lime green walls of Sister #2’s bedroom.  I now have yet another wreath to add to my ever growing wreath repertoire…oh boy!

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Happy Martin Luther King Day!

It was so nice to have Monday off as a holiday today, but I hope that everyone also took a moment to appreciate Martin Luther King Jr. for the man that he was, and all that he did for our community.

Off to see the wizard!

New York was a blast, and Wicked was just fantastic!  Our trip was a quick one, and full of all kinds of adventures.  Boy was I tired by the end of the day!  Unfortunately I don’t have a ton of pictures because it was FA-Reezing and I was too cold to take my glove off and my camera out!

After a rather uneventful 4 hour bus ride Sister #1 and I met up with Sister #2 and we had lunch at the Stage Deli.  The food was delicious, even if it came in portions meant for giants.  And the humungous slab of cheesecake that showed up for dessert was to die for.  Once again, I’m SO glad a diet wasn’t on my list of New Year’s Resolutions…For any of you who have been to NYC, or have at least heard about it, it certainly is full of lights and people!

Times Square in all of its glory

We got to see some men trying to break the Guiness Book of World Record’s longest handshake record.  They were 20 hours into shaking hands when we passed by…

People trying to break the world record for “longest handshake”

We even saw a Bride and Groom!

Happy Wedding…complete strangers in the middle of Times Square

And there is a VERY blury picture of us up on the jumbo tron!

There we are!  Blury…taking pictures of the picture billboard on the side of a building

What a whirl wind of a Saturday!  Certainly made me appreciate the extra day off today even more!

Sunday was my Mom’s birthday…Happy Birthday Mom!  So we hung out at home, ordered Chinese Food and watched the Patriot’s fumble the play off game.  BOO.  Congratulations Jets…that was tough to say.

Today B and I finally got to spend some time together.  Between me being wiped out with the flu last week, and his hectic schedule, we hadn’t seen each other in over a week.  I hate when that happens…

I finally got around to finishing off my colored filter wreath that I gave a sneak peek to here.  Check it out!

As you saw in this post, I followed almost the exact same steps.  First, I took a foam brush and paint and added a thin layer to the edges of my coffee filters.  Before they dried I blew on them a bit to help separate the edges.  Then I peeled them all apart to let them dry.

Filters drying…see the little bit of purple on the edge!

Next I pre-folded my filters, like I did the last time.  Because I was working with a smaller wreath form this time, I decided to fold my filters into 1/8th rather than 1/4th.

I started the process the same.  Layed the wreath form flat on the table, started at the bottom and continued to glue my filters up and around.  For a full tutorial check out this post.

After running out of filters, it took me until now to stock back up and complete the process.  Once I was finished, I hung it on the door.  See what you think!

Finished product.

I think the little pop of color give it character and makes it a nice addition to the room!  I think I’ve had enough of folding and gluing coffee filters for now though…

Have a great Tuesday Everyone!

Snowed In

ok ok ok ok ok.  I know that Christmas is long gone, I get it really.  And on that note I promise that today will be the LAST Christmas related post until next season.  But that still leaves today…so prepare yourself!

My snow day was pretty productive.  Neither of these projects are new, I’ve showcased them on here before, but I was just happy to finish up and be done with the holiday season crafts.  First up, I finished off another set of holiday coasters.  I’m loving not wasting the wrapping paper I had left over from gifts, and I think they came out looking pretty festive!

Father Christmas!

I also added a square of felt onto the back, to avoid scratching table tops or whatever other surface the coaster might be on.  I simply attached with my best friend, the glue gun.

Small square of felt gets glued to the back

Pretty little stack of coasters ready to go

I tied ’em up, and chose a thinner ribbon this time, to avoid covering the entire Santa face.  And now I just need to store them away for next year.  Only…346 days until Christmas next year!

The other day my mom popped into our neighborhood Walgreens and what do you know?  All holiday items majorly on sale!  You betcha.  Being the recipient of one of my ornament wreaths last year, she’s a big fan.  So she stocked up on a cart full of ornaments and came home bearing gifts.  Today I finally had the time to sit down and tackle gluing all the tops on to prep the ornaments for wreath making.  I really wasn’t kidding when I said the glue gun was my best friend…

174 ornaments later…and I was good to go.  Now don’t be fooled by the picture above, the majority are red, but there were some pops of color in there as well!

Blue, green, gold, and silver bulbs are hiding!

Some of these bulbs are glass, but I would highly recommend sticking to plastic or shatter proof ornaments.  Inevitably you will end up dropping one and breaking it, which is always a disappointment.  I only broke one, but still…go the plastic route!

One of the advantages to finally tackling this project helped with my New Years Resolution…less clutter!  This got 7, count them baby, 7(!) boxes of ornaments up and off of my floor!  Now that’s impressive.  Some of the glass ornaments had these dividers in the container:

I decided to save them because while a typical paint palette isn’t incredibly expensive, you can’t beat free!  For the next project I work on that needs a palette for dividing paint colors, I know just where to go looking!

Anyways, here’s a peak at the finished product!

All it’s lacking is a nice ribbon bow at the top…one day.

 I love how colorful and fun it looks!  Unfortunately I still have tons of ornaments left…looks like sometime in the near future I’ll have to make at least one more wreath, but we’ll see!  I know you all must think I’m crazy for still making holiday related projects when January is half over…but now is the time to do it!  Get all the materials after the holidays while they are ridiculously on sale, and then you will be super prepared for next year!  At least that’s what I tell myself…

I promise my next post will be something totally unrelated to Christmas.  I swear my ideas branch out a lot farther…

Off for another riveting, I’m sure, episode of Grey’s Anatomy.  And then…my 1 day work week!  How shall I ever survive?

Sunday Sunday, I like Sunday…

Unfortunately I ran out of filters while in the midst of my second wreath.  I hope to finish tomorrow…but here’s a little sneak peak at what a tiny splash of color will do!

Little bit of purple on the edges

I’ll do a full post in the next few days once I’ve replenished my sources and complete the whole project.

I hope everyone had a great weekend!  Mine was very low key and relaxing, I really needed that.  Cooked a big breakfast for B and sister #2.  Sister #2 just had all 4 wisdom teeth removed the other day, she’s still pretty swollen and not eating many solid foods.  But she made it through a pancake and some scrambled eggs, score!

I’m climbing into bed early armed with my brand new Kindle, and then its onward for a whole new work week.  Bring it!