Tag: creativity

wood slices/deck

My big wood slices and how I used them

So today I want to show you my great wood-slice patio tables.

First, the back story.

We had a number of trees removed from our cabin property to make room for our new addition.

I must say, the young man who took down our trees was an artist.

Artistry comes in many forms, from painters to decorators, to writers, to chefs. One only has to use their God-given creativity to be considered an artist.

This young man managed to make the trees fall exactly where he wanted them to, even in between trees we didn’t want to be damaged.

So as I watched him, I wondered, “Would he be able to cut some wood slices for me that were totally level on both sides? In case you think this is easy, it isn’t. Especially with a great big chainsaw and no guide to follow.

“Sure”, he confidently said. “How thick do you want them?”

I told him about four inches.

He started cutting.

And he did it.

To perfection.

They’ve been sitting in my garage all summer waiting for me to attach some legs.

I was cleaning the garage last week as a gift to my husband.(and because I had really let it get messy from all my DIY projects) when I wondered,

“So where to store the wood slices?”

I went to the deck to grab the hose to wash down the garage floor when I spied my plant stands.

“I wonder”………

Well, here’s what they look like. I couldn’t like them any better.

First of all, here’s the sitting area on my deck.

 

As you can see, they have cracked a little. I sprayed them with polyurethane. There is a special product that is recommended but it’s kind of expensive, so I’m just hoping they stay nice.

God bless and have a good day.

white/gold chargers

Upcycled chargers. These are pretty.

As you know, I have been really sick with some sort of virus since last Tues. Uck!!! So not only did I feel terrible, but I was bored. So after about four days, I decided I would finish a project I started. I had already painted these chargers. I just hadn’t wipe off the Vaseline.

Oops, I better explain what I did, huh?

I rubbed Vaseline (petroleum jelly) randomly where I didn’t want the paint to stick. Then I had painted with Rustoleum 3X in Heirloom White. So I went to the garage and amidst the sneezing, the hacking and the coughing, I wiped off the Vaseline.

I just had to accomplish something, anything!

Aren’t they great? Oh, I also sprayed a polyurethane coating on top. And when I stored them, I did so with waxed paper between each charger.

I love chargers. I have a lot of them. Most of them are from garage sales or thrift stores. I used them all the time. They really “dress-up” the table.

 

 

I love these white, gold, and silver napkins but I can only find three. I am so hoping the other one is accidentally stored with my Christmas decorations.

 

These are some paper placemats I bought in Chicago a number of years ago. I love them but I’ve never used them because none of the dishes I put with them looked right. Painting these chargers white and letting some gold “peek” through, were the perfect addition.

Even writing this post made me feel better. Can’t wait to use them.

God bless and I hope you have a good day.

original art

I hate having a cold, don’t you?

I wish I had some garage sale treasures to show you this morning, but last Tuesday morning I woke up with a very sore throat. After two days of that, I started sneezing for the next three. After that, it was and is a cough.

I am a very impatient patient.

I didn’t leave the house. I didn’t feel well enough to do anything but I did decide to check out some of my pictures.  I found lots of projects I’ve never posted. So that’s what I did.

This first is a painting I created a couple of years ago.It was fun because it was a collage. I designed the paper years ago by dropping and smearing paint on typing paper. I still have a large stash for future projects. The paint is ordinary acrylic paint, the kind you use for crafts projects. I mixed glitter in with some of the paint for the sand.

 

Original painting

 

The sparkle in the sand is craft paint with glitter added. The ocean and waves are done in the same acrylic paint.

Original painting

 

Original painting

 

These next two pictures show me experimenting with some of the torn papers. The dark paper is going to be used for the mountains. You can see the beginning of the sun here in the top right-hand corner. Some of the paper I cut with scissors, others I tore.

Original painting

 

You can see the mountains are finished. Depending which way you tear paper determines whether or not any of the “deckling” (the underside white paper) shows up or not. In the case of some of the mountains, I wanted the paper to show so it would represent snow on the mountains.

Original painting

 

Brushes aren’t the only tools for painting as you can see. Hands and fingers are great “brushes”. Original painting

 

original art

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this little art “lesson”. Many of the paintings in my home are my originals. Now that I have more time, I’d like to get back to my art.

God bless and have a good day.

 

estate sale art supplies

Great estate sale finds. Check it out

Ok, I went to the mother of all estate sales over the weekend. And not necessarily in a good way. Never in all my years of estate sale shopping have I seen such a  mass array of “stuff”.  I felt sorry for whoever had lived there. It was that bad.

The humidity was sky-high so the smells were even worse. I had to leave. How my friend was able to stay, I don’t know. But said friend wanted to back the next day because it was less humid and there would be less to have to search through. Reluctantly, I agree because everything would be half price.

I’m glad I did.

It was still a mess but now you could at least get through the piles and see what was there.

I found this almost new sheet set for three dollars.

estate sale sheet set

Then I gathered up some sewing supplies. I especially like the tape measure because it’s longer than most, lightweight, and will roll up easily so I can keep it in my purse. Each was twenty-five cents.

estate sale sewing supplies

Finally, some art supplies which was a really good find as our grandson is coming to spend a week with us next week, and this will work for him. I’m very happy with the sketch pad. Have you ever priced these? They’re not cheap. I did good, huh?

estate sale art supplies

Of course, having been in that home gave me great impetus to clean house. But only when on a rainy day. If you live in Michigan, you want to be outside every chance you get.

God bless and have a good day.

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