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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Red Drum: Sculptural Instrument on: June 28, 2011 08:46:48 PM
Well, this isn't one of mine.  I'm posting for my friend Tony; I met him recently by happenstance and was just blown away by his work.  He carves musical instruments--mostly drums--but is now working on an upright bass.  I interviewed him and everything, which you can read at http://lookwhatshefound.blogspot.com/2011/06/when-art-meets-music-tony-bodtmann.html

This is one of his paintings that the drum is based on:

Upright base in progress:
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / My husband cheated on me so I moved to Greece . . .(room redo) on: May 02, 2011 06:31:15 PM
So, OK, I didn't really move to Greece.  But Le Bastard really did cheat on me, and psychologically abuse me, and neglect my children, for several years.  Last summer, I left--and we're safe, and free!  I'm free!  And so, I decided to do my new room in the happiest, most exuberant style possible--the Greek Isles.  I've never been there, so my only exposure--admittedly a fairly silly one--is thru the movie Mamma Mia!  The whole room came together with odds and ends and some new paint for around $270.

Below is a view of the bed.  I bought the full-size spread for a song at a thrift store before the divorce, intending to sell it.  Funny how things work out. Wink The end tables are thrifted and painted, and the headboard is my parents' old front door.  I literally decided on paint colors by freeze framing Mamma Mia during scenes in Donna and Sophie's bedrooms.  Amazingly, the "footboard" is a storage bench that I found at Salvation Army in a matching shade of turquoise.  

These three pillows I stitched together from fabric stash and some old doilies my great-grandmother made/embroidered.  (The blue peacock pillows are actually shams.) They're very suzani-esque, no?

Harder to see, this is the wall opposite the bed.  The dresser was a hand-me-down, as was the lamp.  I had the bird hooks, face vase, and the rest.  The green chair in the corner?  I found it on the curb!

A better view:

My mother made a shade out of scrap fabric:

Now this one I'm proud of.  I built this desk--it's really tiny but that's what I needed.  The left side is an old nightstand that belonged to my grandmother.  I purchased about $35 worth of lumber and hardware, then painted it to match the other parts of the room--same thing with the chair, the seat of which I covered with an old shirt.

There was a big blank spot by the bookshelves, and I had this fabulous mirror, so naturally . . .

I needed a pendant lamp in the corner (it's weirdly a dark room for having so big a window), and transformed this cheap Ikea paper lamp with doily stencils and blue spray paint:

The window holds various items including some succulents.  Everything else was previously thrifted.

And finally, the bathroom, which ties in with the bedroom but has a slightly tropical feel.  i always feel like I'm swimming in a margarita in there--perfect.

View from the bathroom into the bedroom.  You can't really see it, but there's a pedestal sink and no cabinets. That thing hanging above the sink is what I improvised to get some "counter space' for makeup and such; it's two dollar-spot metal office trays wired together.

The room is still a work in progress, so updates will follow.  And yes--every morning, I wake up happy. Smiley

3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Angelina Ballerina toys: IKEA mods on: February 18, 2010 01:31:50 PM
MY daughter just turned 5 and requested an Angelina Ballerina party.  Boy did we have fun!  All of her presents were along that theme, including these little cuties:

It's Angelina and Alice! (At the edge of the photo is the twirling ribbon I made, just like Angelina's from the show opening.)

I found the mice at IKEA a few months ago, and immediately knew what I wanted to do with them.  Alice was "crawling", so i sort of pulled her head forward with some strategically tacked embroidery floss.  Some tutus and ribbon bows later, and presto!  Ballerina mice. 
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Cactus Pincushions as quilting bee party favors! Cute, super easy, and cheap. on: February 18, 2010 01:14:12 PM
So, I had a sort-of quilting bee for my birthday (sort-of because virtually none of us know what we're doing), and decided to make these cactus pincushions.  They are inspired by some in the background of a craft room redo I saw here, but I can't find the original post.  Sad  You know who you are. I'm sure there are easier ways to do this, but it was late and I was in a hurry.  I bought 4 sheets of 8x11 bright green felt and a pack of dark green mini rickrack.  The pots were 3 for $1 at Dollar Tree.  All in all, I made 9 of these babies for around $6.00! 

This isn't strictly a tute, since I forgot to take photos after the first one, but all I did was
trace around the opening of one of the pots with chalk, then cut out the felt circle, then cut a strip of felt along the edge of another felt sheet. (I didn't measure the length since I just cut off the extra later.)  I sewed the strip to the circle's edge, then seamed it shut to make a sort of open barrel shape.  Turned it inside out, stuffed it nice and full, and then sewed 3 rickrack lengths (about 6 inches each) together in the middle, then brought them underneath and sewed them tight.  I hotglued the cacti into the pots, glued some flowers on top, and voila!  Took about 2 hours all told.  Don't forget to stick some pins in.  I'm thinking plain straight pins would look even better.
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Hey! I can paint! Silhouetted birds and branches. on: February 18, 2010 12:52:06 PM
After 20-odd years of crafting---and I do mean odd--I finally tried my hand at painting, starting with acrylics.  I'm shocked at how well this turned out.  I always assumed that, since I can't draw very well, I'd paint even worse.  Who'da thunk?  This is for a friend but I'm doing another for myself in different colors.

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Fast, No-paint Fence for a Farm Bedroom, or, I Have Toddlers. on: January 13, 2010 12:34:28 PM
My mom and I collaborate on a lot of interior decorating.  She painted murals in the kids' rooms, but I asked her to keep my son's fairly simple as he's too young to care overly much.  Love the feel of being outdoors, but later decided the wide open spaces were a little too sparse.  I wanted to slap something cute up, but had little time to work with and four busy, grabby hands to work around.  So I grabbed:

two lengths of fake barbed wire i bought at the Dollar Tree
a cardboard box
a sharpie
a staplegun

I cut little fence posts out of the box and woodgrained them with the sharpie.  Then I stapled the fake barbed wire along the wall where the top of the fence would be, next added the posts, and finally drew on two more barbed wire "runners" with sharpie.  Ta-da! 

It only took 45 MINUTES start to finish!!

Starts by the bed . . .

Detail shot:

Rounding a corner:

View from the crib:

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / The Van Gogh Compromise, or, I needed a nice lampshade on: January 13, 2010 12:06:24 PM
So I found this gorgeous lamp at a thrift store for $8, but no lampshade.  I'm fairy cheap and can't bring myself to spend $20 or more on just a shade.  However, I had this ugly old accordion shade that I found on the side of the road--I love that place--so I decided to use the bones of it.  I dithered for a while between mediums: paint? paper? fabric?  Then, one fortuitous afternoon, I found several skeins of art yarn at Hobby Lobby in perfect colors for my bedroom--for $1.83 each.  Score!  

Now for scandalous confession time: I don't care for Van Gogh.  Aack! some of you sputter, he's a genius! impressionist master! color palette! brush strokes!  blah blah blah.  I know all that stuff.  Still don't like him.  His works make me depressed.  I don't like tiramisu, either, so something's clearly wrong with my brain.

All that aside, Hubby looooooves Van Gogh.  So I decided to work the yarn across the lampshade in swirls a la Starry Night.  And behold:

The whole shebang

The "before" shot

Getting started

Ready for my close-up, Mr. Demille . . .

Let there be light!
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