Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Bear Scout

Finished up a painting in the wake of hurricane Sandy.  Meet "Bear Scout."  He' a 12x9" original watercolor.  


Mug, cup, mug

16x12" acrylic painting on pastel board

New painting in the shop!


Monday, October 29, 2012

Pine cone mobile

Yesterday, while bracing for Hurricane Sandy, I decided to make a quick centerpiece for our Thanksgiving table.  We're hosting Thanksgiving this year and I thought we needed a little color to our decor.  I collected four pine cones from our backyard (actually - I collected the four pine cones like a month ago and they've just been sitting on our dining room table annoying Kyle -sap and all).

I chose three colors of acrylic craft paint: Coral, Turquoise, and Cream (I didn't want the stereotypical autumn palette).  I painted the pine cones halfway - leaving a bit of their natural color on the top.  I wanted that effect but you could easily paint the whole cone.  Then I shellac'd the cones to seal and cover up a bit of the sap.  

Next, I hung the cones from our chandelier.  Super simple, quick, and fun.  

 Have a great day, and stay safe if you're in the path of the storm!


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Weekend DIY

We went to our local ReStore this weekend.  Do you have one near you?  They're an awesome resource if you need scrap wood, tools, hardware, random pieces of furniture, etc.  Everything in the store is low cost and sometimes you'll find pieces that become a weekend project- which leads me to this post.  While walking around the store, I came across a junky white board with a $10 price tag.  Something in me said, "I need this."  So fifteen minutes later this huge white board was shoved into the backseat of my teeny car.  

We swung by Lowes and picked up Rustoleum's magnetic paint and Valspar's chalkboard paint.  Have you guessed the project yet?  Chalkboard!  Believe it or not, I wanted a school-like chalkboard in our kitchen for sometime.  I'd use it for lists, messages, recipes, whatevs.  Plus, who doesn't like writing on a chalkboard?  Since I was going to all this trouble I figured I'd make it magnetic too.  Let the painting begin!

The magnetic paint was a MESS.  Holy moly.  What a pain to mix and clean.  The directions say your surface needs three coats.   I applied four and the board is magnetic - but not as strong as I'd like it to be.  It holds weak magnets and is strong enough for coupons and thin paper.  I'm happy with it but wish it was a bit stronger.  

The chalkboard paint is lovely.  It washes with soap and water and goes on smooth.  I applied two coats and sanded in between.  love, love, love chalkboard paint.  

Kyle found egg-shaped chalk at our local thrift store the next day.  I think this project was meant to be.  Here's how much it cost:

Whiteboard: $10
Magnetic paint: $21....kind of steep for all the work
Chalkboard paint: I had some already, but it runs around $12
Egg chalk: $1.00
=$44.  I'd say that's a pretty good price for awesomeness.

hope you had a great weekend,

Friday, October 5, 2012

Outdoor rug

Yay for thrift store finds! Not sure where I'll put our chairs yet, but getting a rug is my first step in the deck re-decoration. Enjoy the weather!


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

over the river, and through the woods

Chester, WV on the left, East Liverpool, OH on the right

We traveled to my hometown of Chester, WV over the weekend for much needed family time.  Although sad reasons brought us together, it was nice to see siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

While in town, Kyle and I stopped at our favorite antique store in East Liverpool, Ohio called "Pottery City Antique Mall."  The place is huuuuge.  Incredibly filled to the max on each of its 3 floors (plus a basement we didn't even see) with trinkets, art, furniture, and you name it.  The best part about this antique store are the prices.   Everything is reasonably priced - or borderline cheap.  Here are a few of our finds:

Metal horses, set of 3 for $5.00

old school desk, $15.00, !!! 

Viewmaster with slides, $15....the same amount as the desk...but worth every penny

vintage flash cards, $2, memories of third grade anyone?

set of fisher price wooden blocks, $8

Didn't we find amazing things?  The sad part is that we didn't get to see the whole store - our eyes were buggin out after two hours of browsing.  Maybe next time.

Anyone out there been to Pottery City Antiques?