Tag: creativity

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.

farmhouse basket

great farmhouse basket and “zen” birdbath

Hit some garage sales again. Thought I’d share some treasures with you.

This is a wonderful old wooden basket I bought for fifty cents. Funny thing, though. I now have two of them and have no idea where I got the second one. I lightly sprayed it with whatever white paint I could find. Then I used a black marker to spruce up the wire handle.




This is the only kind of dog I will ever have in my home. No pooping, no barking, no biting, no shedding, no chewing. He was $3.00 but I talked the seller into $2.00 because his right front leg was cracked. Wouldn’t you know I cracked it some more when I took it out of the trunk. So I took tissue paper and white glue and made a kind of “cast”. Then I painted over his leg and all is well. He goes great with my new shabby chic living room.


This next picture is perhaps my favorite “find” so far. The base is from a birdbath. Cost: $2.00. The tray is metal and has one missing “leg.”  What to do with this tray? Bingo. Went outside and stuck in on the pedestal base.

Cost of the birdbath? Only $2.00 for the pedestal base.

I placed a rock on it for butterflies. It has a real “zen” feel, don’t you think?

I just love it when I have days like today when all the creative juices are a firin’.



God bless and have a good day.

DIY/magazine paper fun

In case you don’t know, I love paper. I love tearing it, pasting it, cutting it, and of course, buying it.


We were at the cabin and I had to create something. It was one of those days when I needed to be distracted.

Instructions for the pinwheels can be found all over Pinterest or you can go to my Pinterest page labeled “paper projects”. I used magazine pages although I’ve made them from scrapbook paper as well.

But I haven’t seen any projects on Pinterest where the two projects have been combined.

I’m considering making a garland for the bunkhouse, maybe with lights poking through the middle. Would be cute don’t you think?



At this point, you could glue a round mirror on top.





As you can see there are some imperfect folds. Just keep creasing them with your fingers and they kind of correct themselves.



finished glass jars.

What you get with antique door knobs, big jars, and tin plates

I had to do some creative things this week. Did I ever tell you how much I love really big jars?

I do.

Did I ever tell you how much I love antique tin/aluminum plates?

I do.

Did I ever tell you I collect antique door knobs?

I do.


I put them all together.

Here are the big jars without lids. They are filled with children’s tin dishes, tin cookie cutters, jello molds, etc.

big jars


I forgot to take pictures of the aluminum plates before I painted them in various colors, black, brown, and gray. They were aluminum; need I say more? While the paint was wet, I dabbed on the wet paint in some areas so there was a little more dimension.

tin lids


The lids are glued on with hot glue.tin lids with glass knobs

That little “tag” is a project from a number of years ago. The main heart is a fabric called “quilting loft” that quilters use as a filler. I tea-dyed it and then placed it in a bowl of white glue, soaked it thoroughly, and then let it dry on wax paper. The fabric gets very stiff. I stained the edges with a stamp pad. Then I stamped on a piece of specialty paper and glued that on the fabric. I punched a hole, in the top and then threaded it. I made a number of these with different stamps as Christmas ornaments and bookmarks, or just to hang anywhere like I did here. This was a leftover. It was one of my favorite crafts.

(Btw, I did clean off the glue you see under the knob below.)

Now, aren’t you wondering why I didn’t place the lids the other way around like a normal lid would be? It’s because they looked like little people with topknots on their head that way. Seriously.

This way they’re “arty”.

God bless and I hope you have a good day.



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