Thursday, September 17, 2020

Butterflies Are Everywhere

 Hi everyone. I totally forgot last month to post my butterfly wall. Butterflies are just about everywhere in my house. I even found curtains for my kitchen and dining room which have embroidered butterflies. 

My butterfly wall in my living room though is my favorite. The different butterfly images and butterflies themselves have been collected over decades. My most recent butterfly though is a wooden one I found at Dollar Tree and painted. I used a photo of a butterfly that is found in the rain forest for the colors. Since the butterfly did not have an antennae  I used black wire I had on hand. In the second picture I haven't done a couple of pictures using die cut butterflies yet to go on the plate rack. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Paint Stir Stick light fixture

 Hi everyone sorry for being missing in action. I haven't done much crafting lately. You would think with staying at home I would get a lot of crafting done. However, this house is taking all my time. Finally got the living room, dining room and kitchen walls painted. Boy did they need it. And last week finished painting the trim in the dining room and kitchen. What a difference it has made. Especially since I patched where hardware and doors had once been before painting. Not to mention a bunch of holes. I think a kid got a drill for Christmas and had to try it out.

O.k on to my paint stir stick light fixture. A friend had screwed a motion sensor light on scrap lumber and had it as a bridge between the two cupboards on each side of the sink. Needless to say it looked hideous. Here was my solution:

I cut off a piece from the scrap lumber. Painted the scrap and four paint stir sticks black. Drilled a hole in the scrap for wire to go through for hanging. It doesn't show up for some reason in this photo. I stenciled the sticks with gold paint. When dry I nailed the sticks to the scrap. Threaded the wire through my hole and made a loop. Then used double stick mounting tape to attach the light. There was already a hook above the sink. Now in the middle of the night if I get up to get a glass of water the light comes on. 

My next paint stir stick project is making a faux swag light for my living room. It will be constructed a little differently and use six led remote puck lights which can be dimmed.

Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Vintage Book Page Christmas Card

Hi all! The month is quickly flying by and before we know it Christmas and the other winter holidays will be here. If you have been procrastinating making cards you still have time. In fact you may want to mail your cards for Epiphany so people can enjoy them.

When this angel image showed up in my inbox from Graphic Fairy I knew I had to create a card using it. I also knew it would be perfect for a card for  my sister who was the dark hair sibling.

People often ask where I get my inspiration from. The book page background comes from a Christmas ornament I saw where someone had mod podged torn book pages on. Hopefully I will have time to do that with some of my shabby ball ornaments. For those who are worried about tearing apart a book you can often get books for a few cents or even for free at your public library.  You can ask your librarian what they do with books which are damaged beyond repair.

I tore out a couple of pages and tore them in pieces. If you are stressed from holiday preparations this is a good way to get rid of some of that stress. I adhered the pieces on card stock and then edged my panel with Distress ink. I printed two images so I could cut the angels out of one and pop dot the wings and adhere the rest of the angels flat. Although it doesn't show in the photo this is a good way to give dimension.

Will try to do a post on some decorations you can quickly do. If I don't find my "Round To It" have happy Frugal Crafting and Happy holidays whatever holidays you may observe.