crafts

wreath tutorial.

hi everyone! i’ve been feeling pretty crafty lately (you decide which kind of crafty i mean! lol). so last weekend, i bought a bunch of stuff for some really fun projects. since i haven’t really done *any* sort of holiday decorating for the past few years, i decided i wanted to make an autumn wreath. so here it is. the finished product isn’t *exactly* what i’d hoped for, but i still like it. pretty good for a trial & error type of thing. 😉

1. gather your materials. i bought everything here at a.c. moore. my original idea was to just make a bead-covered wreath, but i thought this might be more fun once i saw the pretty fall flowers. materials you’ll need:

wreath form (i prefer the grapevine kind)

decorations (e.g. wooden “berries,” flowers, leaves, raffia, etc.)

glue gun

scissors

2. place your sprigs of “berries” sporadically around the form. use odd numbers. these are most pleasing to the eye. i found it easiest to stick them in and then add the glue to secure them.

3. start cutting off parts of flowers to stick into the wreath. these actually popped right off the stems without me having to cut them.

4. start placing your flowers around the wreath. just use your sense of whimsy. there’s no method to this madness! one hint: i think i may use wire next time. some of the flowers wouldn’t behave. i think using wire would help them stay exactly where i want.

5. add a little raffia (only if you want to)! don’t make the mistake i did: i completely forgot to leave a space for hanging. so the raffia bow that was originally supposed to be the bottom ended up being on the top so the hanger wouldn’t smoosh the flowers. ooh, you know what i just thought of? a corn husk-type bow would be pretty here too!

6. keep adding your flowers. in this case, less is not more. 😉  it started looking a little too fluffy for my taste, so i trimmed a few tiny flowers here and there.

7. voila!  hang on your front door & receive compliments from neighbors & guests!  😀  to be honest, there are a few things i’ll do differently next time. i’ll make sure to figure out the hanging method before i start. i’ll probably also use wire instead of hot glue. (only one burned finger this time! huzzah!)  i may still trade out that raffia bow for some corn husk or something…

for my next tutorial, i’m going to be turning this stupid lamp i’ve had forever…

…into something amazing & lovely & glorious!  til then, head on over to i heart art to see how my art journaling is coming along. 🙂

feeling crafty…

thanks to everybody for voting on their favorite image!  here’s the one i submitted:

DSCN4963

i’ve been doing a lot of art/crafting lately. the other night, the hubster took me to our local goodwill store, where i scavenged for junk to upcycle. unfortunately, i forgot to take “before” pictures of some of them.

this one was an ugly brown plastic frame with an equally ugly print of birds inside. i turned it into this:

DSCN4982

it was easy peasy! i coated the frame with a couple of coats of glossy spray paint first. then i cut the pretty paper to fit inside, and pasted it over the ugly bird print. then i used glue dots to stick the ribbon around the perimeter and tied it in a bow at the top for hanging. i haven’t decided what i’m going to do with it yet. i may just keep it for myself, i may post it in my etsy shop, i may give it away as a gift. i *have* decided to do handmade christmas again this year, so getting an early start on that would be nice…

another project i’ve been working on is an altered book. i bought this old hardcover book a while back to rip pages from to use in art projects:

DSCN4983

obviously, it’s seen better days. i do love that it has my name on it, though. 😉  anyway, i found this picture somewhere (i forget where, if you know where it came from, please let me know so i can give them proper credit) and added some pretty text. i was inspired by the part in peter pan where they sing “you can fly! you can fly! you can fly!”  i love the part where peter says “think of a happy thought.”  and the children say “any happy little thought?”  so i added that text to this picture, because it just seemed right.

anyhappy

then i thought that would make a really cool book title. so i decided to make it the title of my altered book.  the book is going to be a journal for writing all your happiest thoughts. i’m going to glue some of the pages together and whitewash them to make a good surface for writing. i’m not finished with it yet–i can’t seem to get it just how i want it, but here’s what i’ve done to it so far.

DSCN4986

i started by painting the spine/binding of the book pink

then i used mod podge to paste pretty paper to the front cover. i wrapped it around the cover just like you'd wrap a gift.

then i used mod podge to paste pretty paper to the front cover. i wrapped it around the cover just like you'd wrap a gift.

so here's what the front looked like after covering it.

so here's what the front looked like after covering it.

then i pasted another piece of pretty paper on the inside cover, and used the picture that inspired the whole project as the title page. the stuff around the photo is fabric tape, which is some awesome stuff.

then i pasted another piece of pretty paper on the inside cover, and used the picture that inspired the whole project as the title page. the stuff around the photo is fabric tape, which is some awesome stuff.

i covered the back cover the same way i did the front, and added a title to the spine & front. i've started adding some embellishments. i'll post a pic of the finished product later this weekend or early next week.

i covered the back cover the same way i did the front, and added a title to the spine & front. i've started adding some embellishments. i'll post a pic of the finished product later this weekend or early next week

in order to stay inspired to do more art projects, i need to clean up this mell of a hess:

DSCN4977

DSCN4978

i did get my desk area cleaned up. that is the most important thing right now, because i haven’t been doing much writing lately & i need a place to write where i will actually feel productive. plus, fall semester starts in less than a month, and willy & i will both need a place where we can hole up & do homework or study & not be distracted by dogs or tv or what have you.  so i did organize my desk area:

DSCN4979

a spot fit for a writer/art student & an engineering student, no?

by the way, i’ve been waiting for like three years now to get  the wallpaper that’s going to go on this wall. i’m forcing the hubster to take me to a wallpaper place this weekend so we can finally order it. it’s going to be black & white damask, and i’m going to hang my big, beautiful portrait of katherine hepburn over the desk.

DSCN4980 another view of my desk area. you can sort of see the katherine hepburn portrait there on the floor on the left. also,that’s my painting area to the right. that is, when i feel like standing up to paint. usually, i sit cross-legged on the floor to paint, because i like to lean over.

DSCN4981 another cool view of my painting area.

i’ll be posting more pics of whatever projects i do as i finish them.  and i’ll definitely post more pictures of my art room once it’s all finished.