Elephant mobile… FINALLY!

I’m a little late getting this posted but it’s here at last!

I kid you not, I started working to make the perfect elephant mobile for Keelin’s nursery since early into my 2nd trimester. I had the perfect plan laid out, all of my materials chosen {thanks to a fantastmastic sale at JoAnn fabric}, and a vision that was too cute for words. BUT, no matter how many different ways I tried, I couldn’t get it to turn out the way I wanted.  Today I’m going to walk you through ALL of my fails {there were plenty} and finish with a BANG and my FINAL success!

Here goes nothing…

My initial inspiration came from the same bedding photo I mentioned in my elephant painting post back in October.

I loved the geometric elephant shape so much I wanted to turn it into a mobile.  I opted not to get the mobile that came with the snickerdoodle bedding we chose because, while the giraffes were adorable, I wanted to stick with the elephant theme AND I knew I could create something super cute without spending $50.

I grabbed myself a handfull of colorful patterns, cut out my shapes and started sewing.

The beige burlap pattern was a perfect match for the nursery and the multicolored ears seemed like a great way to incorporate a tone of color and stimulation without clashing with the rest of the room.

Unfortunately for me, the type of fabric that I chose just wasn’t doing what I wanted it to.

The edges were fraying, the stitching didn’t look right, and my dream mobile started slipping away each time I would try something different. Finally I realized it wasn’t how I was making the elephants, it was what they were being made out of.  I did some searching online and found almost exactly what I was looking for on the fabulous blog, My Sunrise, Sunshine & Sunset. I shot Mrs Julius an email to get some details and the answer was magically revealed… FELT!

Love the mirror detailing!

As you can see in the photo above I ended up with two mobiles! Keelin loves the one above the changing table and I’m still finding the perfect spot for the second… probably above the crib in some way.

I’m so happy with the way they turned out and so thankful that I found a way to make it happen for WELL UNDER the price of most bedding set mobiles! So much so that I’ve mocked up some other patterns perfect for any nursery! Chicks, paisleys, hearts, stars, clouds, you name it! I’m hoping to start an Etsy shop in the near future and make these for other mommies and soon-to-be mommies.

Until next time…

So what do you think? Would you buy one for your little one’s nursery?

Whimsical nursery mobile

Time for another easy DIY project. Perfect for any nursery but has many possibilities in just about any room! I’m totally in love with mine and actually got the idea from a Land of Nod catalogue that a coworker gave me. It wasn’t something that was for sale but it was in the background of a photo and I knew I wanted to recreate it. Something whimsical and classy for the nursery that wouldn’t be in the way but could be a great visual stimulant for Keelin.

Here’s what you need:

  • decorative {and preferably shiny} beads/gems/stones
  • stretchy jewelry cord {or fishing line… both work but the stretchy cord has a better overall shape}
  • wooden embroidery hoops or any kind of circular frame
  • sheer ribbon/tule/fabric for hanging and frame wrapping
  • hot glue gun
This project totally made me feel like a kid again as I was stringing the beads… definite flashback and tons of fun!
String the beads in whatever order you like, leaving space between them by tying a knot in the cord.  I incorporated pearls with rich colors like blue and red to tie in the beige and white theme of the nursery and to add a little extra shimmer.

You can see here how the stiffness of the fishing line creates a slight bend in the beading line. This straightens out as gravity pulls the beads on the mobile down.

String enough lines to fill up the mobile without crowding it and be sure {if you have multiples of certain beads} that you keep the patterns varied so no two alike beads are next to one another when they hang.  Here are some close ups of the beads I chose… love love love them!

What’s a little girl’s room without a bit of sparkle???
And here’s the final batch of hanging lines! {see what I mean about the kinks in the fishing line straightening out as they hang?}

Be sure your lines are separated how you’d like them across the embroidery frame before tightening and moving on.

The next step is to glue down the loose ends of each line so they lay flat against the frame. This will also glue the two pieces of the frame together, making sure they don’t accidentally come apart and cause you to lose your strands of beads.

Next, cut your ribbon/tule into small strips, long enough to tie in knots.

Pinch the center of each strand and tie around the wooden frame, making sure not to leave any exposed wood.

Tie four longer pieces equal distances apart to create a kind of teepee for hanging.

I decided to hang mine by the window in the nursery so the sun would catch the sparkle on the beads!

Here’s another one I did with some really colorful beads that I had leftover some project I did years ago. I put it in front of the mirror and Keelin is already getting fixated with them. It’s adorable.

And just so you know, I used an eye screw and some of the same fishing line to hang them from the ceiling. It’s an easy and sturdy choice but if you use heavier beads make sure whatever you use is strong enough to hold the mobile.

Until next time… 

Could you see yourself adding this to a room in your house? Which one?

Invitation ornaments… another DIY treat!

Hooray for another DIY project! It’s about time, right?

I’ve had to postpone sharing this project because I use images of an actual gift I made for some dear friends of ours and, being the genius that I am, kept forgetting to give it to them. I didn’t want the world to see their gifts before they did but now that they’ve got them {and love them} I can finally share with YOU!

TADA… invitation ornaments!

made from a bridal shower invitation

Adorable, right?

I was lucky enough to snag this idea from a gift of my own! The super sweet and fabulously stylish Mary Ann {remember her guest post?} made me one out of my baby shower invitation and I instantly wanted to steal the idea.

I never thought I'd actually miss my belly!

I had a number of friends get married this past year so I took advantage of Mary Ann’s brilliance and went to town creating a few of my own! It’s really simple and you can get as creative as you want depending on how decorative the invitation is.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • plain glass ornaments
  • a pen, paintbrush, marker, etc. for curling
  • scissors
  • event invitations

Cut the invitations into varying sizes of strips, making sure you feature important information like names, dates, locations, etc. be sure you get as much color in as possible too.

Using your pen, paintbrush handle, marker, etc. wrap the strips to create a curl.

Shirley Temple would be jealous of all my curls!!!

Remove the cap on the ornament and rotate the strips down into the base of the ball.

I used the “plain” and colorful strips first so that I could strategically position the strips with important information on them toward the end.

Like I said before, you can make them big or minimal in terms of design, based on what you are given with the invitation. I took the outside ribbon and label and created a kind of frame on the outside of the ornament. Use ribbon in matching colors to create a hanging loop and you’re good to go!

If the invitations are mostly white you can add strips of plain colored paper to add depth and make text easier to read.

So, what do you think? Easy enough, right?

Check out the where Mary Ann’s inspiration came from, in the original Pinterest post!

Until next time…

Found anything share-worthy on Pinterest lately? Check out my boards and feel free to pass yours along as well by leaving a comment with a link to your site!

Another Elephant Wall Hanging

It’s time for more nursery DIY fun! I’m a total loser for not getting all of this posted BEFORE Keelin made her grand entrance {something I know I still haven’t told you about but I promise I will!} but I’m sure you will be seeing tons of pictures of the nursery {and Keelin’s cute little butt} from here on out SO, I suppose it’s still alright that you’re getting the inside scoop now.

Z’s parents did quite a bit of traveling in their lives and one of the things they snagged along the way {I believe during a trip to China} was this beautiful mini-tapestry featuring none other than… ELEPHANTS!

When they heard that we were doing elephants as the main theme in Keelin’s nursery, they offered it up for us to use. I was thrilled and then a little stumped at how to display it.

I didn’t want to just hang it because it’s a little small to hang solo as a tapestry.

Frames can get way too expensive, especially because the shape of the tapestry would require a custom frame.

SO, I went with a cheaper option and snagged a framed canvas from JoAnn fabric {on sale… duh} in a size that most fit the shape of the tapestry. I made sure it was small enough so the tapestry could be wrapped around the edges, and large enough so the center portion of the painting would be 100% visible. I also grabbed some ivory ribbon and thermoweb {iron-on hem for easy hem jobs}.

I secured the ribbon to the edge of the tapestry using termoweb. If you’ve never used thermoweb before, it’s a fantastic product… especially for people like me who are slightly sewing challenged.

Needle and thread vs. Iron… Iron wins!

Once the hem is set and cooled, a hot glue gun is perfect for securing the edges to the canvas itself.

I folded the edges down to be flush with the canvas frame. Clean clean lines people!

I love the finished product and how the addition of the ivory ribbon bring a real linear feel to the rest of the tapestry. :)

Now Keelin can watch the parade of elephants walking above her closet!

I’m thankful that the beige and white color scheme I chose has allowed me to add tons of color splashes.

Until next time… 

What are some unique ways you have hung tapestries in your home?

Nursery flower puffs!

One of my favorite features in Keelin’s room… besides her cute butt of course… are the tissue flower puffs {pom poms} that are skattered about around the corners of the room.  Here’s a little reminder of what they look like:

Cute, right?

I’d seen these on a number of different sites including wedding blogs like Lovely Little Details {tutorial video by Jacin} the all-amazing Pinterest {additional HOW TO from Martha Stewart} and thought they would be a great and “girly” addition to the nursery. Especially because I wanted to find a way to make it clear a little girl lives there without having a pink overload.

Even though I’ve just provided you with two really fantastic tutorials {how awesome am I?}, I thought I’d share a slideshow of my own step by step experience!

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So… what do you think?

Have you made flower puffs/tissue pom poms/whatchamacallems for any other occasions, decorations or events recently? TELL ME ALL ABOUT IT!!!

Until next time… 

 

Super Simple Christmas Ornaments

I am beyond excited that this year {being that it’s our third Christmas as a married couple} we finally got a Christmas tree! You see, our first Christmas we were living in a dungeon. Not only was there ZERO room for a Christmas tree, but I had a moral issue with placing something so iconic and tradition filled into a place that was so dreadfully heinous.

Thankfully we got out of said hell hole for our 2nd Christmas, but because we were spending a good portion of the holiday season out of town, we thought it was kind of silly to get a tree when we wouldn’t even be in the house to enjoy it.

THIS YEAR… thanks to the little bun I’ve got cookin’, we are doing Christmas at our house and a tree was a must. And none of that fake tree with built in lights nonsense {no offense if that’s what you prefer}, we wanted a real tree with a real tree smell and a real need to be watered! And that’s exactly what we got.

The biggest problem with going two Christmases without a tree is that we haven’t had a chance to stock up on ornaments. Wee’ve gotten a few here and there but I’ve done a pretty good job at resisting the urge to spend my entire paycheck on bows, bells and whistles to really make our first tree glow. Needless to say, I was worried that our current collection wouldn’t be enough to fill up the tree… and a baren tree is a sad tree. So I decided to add another DIY project to my list and make some unique and inexpensive ornaments myself with the help of a major sale on plain glass ornaments from JoAnn Fabric!

Style #1: Baby Shower Leftovers!
Along with a plethora of fantastic gifts from family and friends, my baby showers also brought me a ton of pastel colored tissue paper and fun party decorations. While I can use the tissue paper in the future, there’s little that I can do with the decorations… or so I thought.

Step 1… Tear and crinkle pieces of  colorful tissue paper, and fill the ornament.

Step 2… Use a WARM or HOT glue gun to scatter party decorations along the outside of the ornament. Finish with a boy and VOALA!

Style #2: Ribbon runners!
In the months surrounding the Christmas season, it’s great to keep an eye out for sales on decorative ribbons. You neer know what inspiration might hit and a DIY project is born…

Step 1… secure the ends of decorative ribbon to the inside of the glass ornament

Step 2… Pull the ribbon tight, securing along the way with a hot glue gun, to stretch across the outside of the ornament and secure the opposite end.

My favorite part about this particular style is that you can be as plain or as busy as you’d like. Here are a few different options that I really love. They look great hanging on the tree too… especially since the shimmer in the ribbon catches the the sparkle from the lights!

Style #3: Glitter globes
It’s been a while since I did a DIY project with glitter… I’ve truly missed it! You can really get creative by adding various shapes and colors to the outside of a plain glass ornament.

Here I applied the hot glue in circles around the ornament, and rolled them in glitter.

Diamond dust… to be specific. I LOVE this stuff… it kind of looks like tiny pieces of glass but is great for Christmas because it almost gives the appearance of glistening snow!

Style #4: Mix and Match
Once I dabbled in ribbons and diamond dust, I thought I’d let them combine forces!

After deciding that the ribbon alone wasn’t cutting it for me on this one, I added a touch of sparkle to make it pop!

This one started off as only glitter, but Z said it didn’t look finished, so I added the ribbon afterwards. I think it was a good decision! Point for the hubs!

And another… for fun. The same pattern is actually on the opposite side of the ornament as well!

FYI… I did purchase a value pack of cheap-o ornaments from Costo to act as temporary fillers until our collection can really grow. I figured 50+ ornaments for $20 was worth it!!

Until next time…

What do you think? Have you added any personal touches to simple glass ornaments? TELL ME ALL ABOUT IT!

What’s for dinner?

You may recall from this week’s HUMP DAY BUMP DAY post that my most recent craving was CHILI! And you ALSO may recall that I said  I would share the delicious recipe that I used to tame said chilli craving! And so it shall be done!

YUM!

The first time I made this recipe was my first solo-chili-making experience and it turned out perfectly. Granted… it is chili… which is pretty hard to mess up, AND I was using a fantastic recipe compliments of Jacin over at Lovely Little Details which is not only delicious but very easy!

Here’s what you need STRAIGHT from her blog post: (with a couple of tweeks from me)

  • 6 ounces hot turkey Italian sausage (~2 sausages)  – I actually couldn’t get my hands on turkey sausage so I used 1 lb of regular HOT pork sausage.
  • 2 cups chopped Vidalia onion (1 medium sized onion)
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper (i used the whole pepper) - If you have extra peppers of another color, you can throw those in as well. I had some left over orange bell pepper that I wanted to use up before it went bad so I threw it in there too!
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound ground sirloin (lean meat) - Since I didn’t get turkey sausage I ended up using ground turkey instead of sirloin… YUM!
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, chopped (i removed the seeds to remove some of the heat, but leave them in if you like extra spicy)
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon – I added this one in since it’s my FAVORITE ingredient for just about every red-sauce-based recipe!
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste (i ended up using the whole jar)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano - I’m a loser and didn’t have oregano so I used an Italian seasoning blend {with oregano in it} and it worked out perfectly!
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (i DEFINITELY used more salt)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 1/4 cups Merlot or other fruity red wine – I felt like such a rebel… big old preggo lady buying wine at the grocery store.
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans whole tomatoes, undrained and coarsely chopped
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans kidney beans, drained
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
  • A SOUR CREAM FINISH FOR YOU DAIRY LOVERS!

And here’s what to do with it all: {again these instructions are from Jacin’s post… with a few edits from my personal experience}

Heat a large Dutch {Any deep-set pot will work} oven over medium-high heat.  Add sausage, onion, and the next 4 ingredients (onion through jalapeño) to pan; cook until sausage and beef are browned, stirring to crumble.

Add chili powder and the next 7 ingredients (chili powder through bay leaves), and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.

Stir in wine, tomatoes, and kidney beans; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Uncover and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Discard the bay leaves.

Sprinkle each serving with cheddar cheese.

I realize I added a TON of cheese, but in my defense, #1 it’s a really big bowl and #2 I’m pregnant so I’m allowed! I also made some really easy cornbread {package-mix} because it’s almost a sin to have one without the other. As Jacin mentioned in her post, this chili is just as good, IF NOT BETTER, the next day for leftovers. I think I chowed down on this batch for about 4 days and was legitimately sad when I finally scraped the pot clean.

Thankfully Z is a HUGE fan of this recipe and I know he would eat it every weekend if it was available.  Now, I know it’s been a little warm for chili {at least in GA} but when you baby wants it, and you gotta have it, it doesn’t matter WHAT the weather is like! And just in case you really ONLY eat chili when the weather is… well… chilly, good news, fall is finally here and things are cooling down! So grab a giant spoon and dig in friends!

Until next time…

Do you have a favorite fall comfort food that you could eat day after day after day? TELL ME ALL ABOUT IT!

Creamy Dreamy Cheesy Cheddery Pimento Cheese Spread

One of the first actual “cravings” I had after getting pregnant was pimento cheese. Totally strange, but totally delicious!

The craving hit during our 4th of July festivities while we were out on the lake with friends and I realized that one of the items on the day’s menu was a pimento cheese roll. YUM! It was homemade pimento cheese and I had to get the recipe. Thankfully it was super easy and not very strict on measurements so at the next grocery trip I made sure to snag all the ingredients:

Snag your favorite {and the sharpest} cheddar cheese you can, as well as some cream cheese.

garlic salt, mayonaise

and of course... pimento!

I’m a total bonehead and forgot to take a picture of the final {secret} ingredient…jalepeno!

Now you know what to get, here’s what to do with it:

Be sure the cheese and cream cheese are nice and soft. I recommend leaving them out for a few hours over microwaving but either works.

Cut the cheese into blocks for easier blending

I used my favorite kitchen appliance... the MAGIC BULLET! I've done the same recipe before with a regular food processor so it's really up to you and what you have available.

Add the rest of the ingredients {eyeball it, if you will} and blend blend BLEND!

The end result is a super smooth, super delicious, cheddar overload of bliss!

YUM!

If you decide to use the entier block of cheese and the entire cube of cream cheese, you'll have plenty to snack on for quite a while. AND, it holds up quite nicely in the frig!

Now you can share in my first preggo craving… although you don’t have to be pregnant to enjoy it!

Until next time…

Do you have a BEYOND easy recipe that is loose enough that you can eyeball the quantities and still come out with a delicious result?

Nautical Nonsense

Happy Monday everyone! It’s been a while since I did a DIY post and I had a few things in my back pocket I’ve been meaning to share so today seems as good a day as any!

Some of you may remember WAY BACK WHEN {aka October 23, 2010} me doing a nautical mosaic table. The entire table wasn’t nautical themed but the blues tiles and incorporation of white braided rope gave it a nautical spin that I loved.
I had plenty of rope left over and even more inspiration to do something with it so I’ve been having fun with a few other nautical DIY projects and I thought I would finally share them with you!

The basic supplies for the first project include:
  • White nylon rope. You can pick the thickness of the rope depending on the project.
  • Cabinet liners. I originally wanted to use cork but thought I would give the liner a try first to see how it worked {it was much cheaper and easier to cut} and was quite pleased.
  • Hot {warm} glue gun. I say ‘warm’ glue gun because after a first attempt at using the HOT glue gun on the liners, I quickly learned that the glue has a tendency to melt right through.
The first thing I wanted to do was make some rope coasters and hot plates.
I snagged some of my current coasters and used them as tracing patterns on the cabinet liner.

Cut the pieces out and you’re ready to roll… quite literally! *don’t worry about getting the liner perfectly cut because you’ll cover the edges with smooth rope!

I was silly enough not to get a picture of the first step, but by a little trial and error I found that it was easier to get things started by creating forming a small loop spiral with the rope before securing it to the liner with glue. BUT… since I didn’t get a picture, hopefully the second step will make enough sense to get you on the right track.
Starting in the center of the cut out, glue the rope spiral and hold until secure.

Continue spiraling and glueing until you’ve covered the edge of the liner.
ONCE AGAIN, I failed to get a final picture… although I think I just deleted the photo by accident… but you can imagine the final product is pretty darn cute!

I did a few coasters and a few hot plates for my mom’s birthday. She’s a beach lover so I thought the nautical-beachy theme would be something fun for her! I’ll have to ask her how they work!

The second rope project is one I did the other day, after getting REALLY frustrated with my failed first attempts at a  crib mobile I WILL EVENTUALLY make, because I wanted to not feel like a total loser.  :)
SUCCESS!

Some of you might remember the cigar ornaments I blogged about back in January. I had a few ornaments left over from that project {even after doing some fun hand-painting on a few} so I thought I would take the same concept that went with the coasters and hot plate and apply it to a 3D object! This one I DID get pictures of!

Start with a simple strand of glue along the top edge of the ornament and start slowly turning, glueing and roping!
Here’s an inside look through the ornament. It might be cool to try another with only 1/2 or the ornament and sand/ tiny seashells inside to play off the theme.

Keep rolling until you get to the bottom.
As you can see here I left a slight open circle so you it can actually sit on a flat surface. Might be a fun centerpiece idea when Christmas rolls around!

If you don’t have plain ornaments lying around {or are more interested in doing a summer centerpiece or mantle display} a simple and slightly cheaper option is to snag some plain styrofoam balls and do use the same technique. BUT, if you decide to use them as ornaments, be sure you create a tunnel through the center of the ball so you can thread something through to hang it with.

Here is my styrofoam version with the glass ornament in the background. Surprisingly enough they ended up weighing about the same once I was finished.

Just a simple, fun project for a rainy day!

Until next time…

All things PAINT

It’s time for another link party!
Today’s prompt is “All Things Paint” which is extremely exciting for me since I LOVE TO PAINT. 
Instead of focusing on just one project I thought I would highlight some of the fun I’ve had with paint over the past few years! Maybe there will be some inspiration buried in here somewhere. {Most of these projects were done using acrylic paint. The baby bump photo was my first experience with oil paint}

I’m all about taking something plain and making it pop. These two lamps were cheap-o Dollar Tree finds {$5 each} originally with a black base and plain white shade. 
The first got a total make-over to match my {then} brown and teal college comforter while the second was just for fun. The acrylic took really well to both surfaces, although the shade did suck the paint up pretty quickly. Thankfully I wasn’t doing a full cover so the multiple coats weren’t bad.

I liked the way the polka dots were imperfect. I think it gave the lamp more character and created some fun shadows when the light was on. On a side note… can you EVER go wrong with black and pink?



This next one was one of my favorite projects. I got the idea from a friend during my summer at The Lost Colony… the summer I met Z!
It was really perfect for college since I couldn’t paint the walls of the house I was living in. All you need are two bold colors along with black paint, a plain white bed sheet, masking tape and a yard stick for blocking out your squares and some inspirational images. I cut the sheet in half and based the number of squares on the final length and width. From there, pick one item to fill each square. If you’re doing this as a gift for someone, think of the things that they love. Sports, music, movies, fashion, food, anything! Do a little online browsing to find a photo that represents your favorite things and, once the squares are completed, add them to the center of the square. Some of my images were freehand and some were traced. To ensure that your image is large enough you can zoom in on the computer and trace directly to a sheet of paper from your monitor, OR find a big-ol’ printer! 
It was a lot of fun a great way to show my personality, remind me of the things that make me happiest {when times got stressful} and bring color what could have been a really boring room!



I took the other 1/2 of the bed sheet from the above project and made this hanging for the living room of my house senior year of college. At Lynchburg, we had specialty housing where clubs and sports teams could apply for and label their house after their chosen ‘craft’. We were successful in having a DANCE HOUSE two years in a row and I thought a giant dancer painting was absolutely necessary for the living room![duh} After finding the center image in the above project I knew I wanted to do it on a large scale. This one took significantly longer considering there wasn’t a piece of paper LARGE enough to help me trace so dancer lady was done 100% freehand. I’m sure I could have saved myself some time by doing a grid pattern and printing off individual pieces, but what’s life without a little challenge, eh?
She’s not completely atomically correct {notice her massive left calf and super short left arm} but at a glance I think it’s pretty good. My house mates helped with the painting process and one {cough… LESLIE} was actually the ‘inspiration’ for the added spheres. And by ‘inspiration’ I mean we decided to add them in after a huge glob of black paint found it’s way to the center of the sheet. ;)



I mentioned this next painting in my tattoo post back in March but I thought it was worth mentioning again. When my sweet little  asked me to do a few paintings for the scenery in a play she was directing I was really excited to help. She provided the canvas and asked that I do something with movement, people, emotion or all of the above. OBVIOUSLY I picked option ‘D’ and did a dancer! I wanted to do a lined image of a dancer’s body and quickly found Laura Higgins Palmer’s gallery online. This final image ended up being a mix between this and this but I liked the way it turned out. So much so, that I did similar paintings as gifts for my bridesmaids and went on to get this beauty tattooed on my back! It was a lot of fun to work with the colors and movement of the lines.



I won’t go into too much detail about this one {you can find the full post on it here} but I will say that I never realized HOW different working with oil vs acrylic would be until I jumped right in. I loved doing this project and was really happy with the final result. I think I’ll do a little more research ahead of time for the next oil painting project!



I actually haven’t talked about this project yet but thought there was no better time than now! You may remember back around Christmas I did a few DIY gift ideas including some fun cigar band ornaments. Well I had a few ornaments left over and this is what one of them ended up becoming. I found this great metallic blue acrylic paint during one of my frequent browsing trips to JoAnn Fabrics and it reminded me of a lit night sky so I decided to do a cityscape on one of my remaining ornaments. It’s no city in particular, I just had fun with building silhouettes and shadows. Since I’m HOPING the Pierce household will actually have a substantial Christmas tree in 2011, I thought personalized ornaments would be the perfect addition!


This latest project is also brand new and one that I mentioned in Friday’s post {here} about all the crafts I’m looking forward to diving into. I figured I had to do at least ONE detailed paint project for today’s link up! 
After stumbling across some simple tiles at Home Depot I snagged a few and brought them home hoping for some inspiration to pop up. I was going to do some kind of decorative coaster but after seeing Angela’s split cherry blossom painting I decided to do a mosaic instead. 

Z and I have been taking about our family tree a lot lately so I thought an image with a tree would be unique and fun. Especially if I could successfully break up the photo so there were branches reaching across all 4 tiles. This is the image I decided to use. 

I loved the color, the white accents and the tiny birds. Very whimsical and soft. After printing it off on a full page I placed the tiles on top to see what type of dimensions I was looking at. 

Even with the excess space it seemed perfect so I cut the picture to fit each tile and started painting! 

I started with a white base just to get a nice coat of acrylic on the tile before adding color. Here’s the finished product! It’s slightly different from the original but I really like it. I’m thinking of displaying the tiles in a shadow box with a tiny bit of space in between each. Thoughts?

 If you have any fun paint projects you want to share, be sure you link up with Kate at Centsational Girl and join in on the Fair Weather Forum!
I’d love to hear feedback on my projects, especially if you have any tips on how to be less amateur in my painting. :P 
I’m definitely no expert and could spend all day picking through my work pointing out all the things I could have done better, but what’s the point in doing something if you can’t learn from each and every mistake?
I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend filled with Easter eggs, family, food comas and sugar highs!

Until next time…
What type of paint do you prefer to use for household projects? Do you have any secrets or tips on getting the best results?