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Thursday, January 24, 2013

out on a limb

Maybe it's the excessive amounts of tree limbs that are down in our part of the country because of the ice and snow, or maybe it's just a desire to find ways to decorate without spending money...
but I must warn you,
I'm on a tree limb kick.
This one came from a tree my parents cut down last year.  They thought I was crazy when I loaded it up in my minivan and brought it home.

 It used to reside in the boys' room to hang hats on (you've seen it before in the t-shirt canvas post)  but I decided they didn't love it as much as I did so I moved it downstairs.

We've been needing something for coats at the front door so we'll try this for a while. 
I'll keep you posted. 
 Here are a few more ideas...

Don't you adore this idea?  I love the look but I'm afraid those sweet birds wouldn't last long in our house...maybe some plastic snakes or something.

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This has happened at our house a few times but not on purpose.  There's something about the simplicity and randomness with this one that I love...pure art.

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How cool would this be in a kid's room!? 

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You could use tree limbs like these last two photos for almost every hearts for Valentine's Day, Snowflakes for winter, bats for Halloween, leaves cut out of newspaper for fall...I could go on...
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Tree limbs are even going to be the main decoration for our school's Winter Festival this month.

tree limbs + silver spray paint + son who loves to spray paint almost as much as his mom=cheap winter trees

They may turn up missing after the festival:)

brickyard buffalo

Such an exciting day...I'm selling this piece on
Brickyard Buffalo...and it's discounted!

Have you heard of Brickyard Buffalo? Surely you have.

They are an online pop-up market that showcases individual companies and their freshest items, constantly working to bring you all the best products available and all in one place.
They have new discounted deals everyday. I've already bought some wonderful scarves for $7.
Seven bucks, people! And I loved the pillows but they sold out before I could make up my mind.
Darn indecision. So hurry, check out their deals so you don't miss out on a great buy!

Monday, January 21, 2013

weekend in pictures

Here's a look at our long weekend in pictures...


Friday, January 18, 2013

love love love you

Just finished this piece and wanted to share my newest design with you first.  Have a great weekend:)

Friday, January 11, 2013

Happy Friday

Happy Friday everyone! Just a quick post to show you what I'm working on today--I bet you can guess what holiday I'm getting ready for:)

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

New Year's Clearance!

I'm celebrating New Year's over at my etsy shop with a HALF PRICE CLEARANCE.  You can check it out here.  Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

lamp diy

How about a  lamp diy to start the year off right? And yes, I think I'll be making a reference to "the new year" for a few weeks, hope you don't mind:)

I learned long ago that when looking for a good lamp to makeover, you should #1 make sure it works, and even that can be fixed, and #2 look at the shape.  Shape is definitely what won me over with these two lovelies--something about being displayed next to matching ashtrays caused me to almost walk right by them.  I wasn't sure if they were glass or plastic at the flea market, but I thought it was worth the risk for $18 each, linen shade INCLUDED ( I know).

Here's another look at the lamp in all of it's green and black glory...

This diy project took me a few months only because when I brought them home, I stuck them in our junk room until I had time to work on them.  

Of course, after two months, I found the time.  I used Krylon Fusion spray paint because that's what google told me to use.  Some diy websites said to sand and prime but I'm not a perfectionist, so you know.

 I don't have any photos of me spray painting the lamps because I was home alone and couldn't figure out how to paint and photograph at the same time.  So use your imagination here.

 They turned out MUCH  better than I expected.  Who knew that spray painting lamps was so easy?!

They even have some brass goodness on top.


   Here are the two together.  I didn't know that I could love a pair of lamps so much! 

Monday, January 7, 2013

happy new year!

yes, I'm still here.  I unexpectedly needed to take November and December off because painting orders were CRAZY...not a bad crazy, but crazy none the less.  For those of you who run your own business you know that when business picks up, everything else slows down...especially if you're a one woman show.  But I LOVE it!   Here are a few photos of what was keeping busy...

here's one from November, but I think I would keep it out all year

I do a lot of custom quotes, here's two...

a custom color combo of the one you can find here.

a few custom names

 my bestseller this Christmas

 ...a lowercase version of it

 ...and a different color combo for a customer whose Christmas decorations are blues and whites...might be my favorite:)

 a custom piece for a customer's anniversary

another custom piece for an adoptive mom's baby shower...

and lastly, here's one that I just listed here

That's all for now--a quick hello and some photos:)  I can't wait for tomorrow's post where I'm going to share with you an easy-peasy DIY project.