Lord, it’s been hard to get motivated to do anything in these days of quarantine. Especially cleaning house and writing on my blog. But I have made time for crapsmanship, and fortunately, I have a lot of random craft supplies and access to Amazon shopping. We have some friends with a baby girl due in May, and this baby gift is my latest attempt at something pretty.
The picture above is my inspiration, so I ordered a BIG bag of buttons from Amazon.
Ella’s nursery is being decorated in shades of eggplant, purple, and yellow, so I began with this background while I waited for the buttons to arrive. The background is made with acrylic paints and stencils on a 9″ x 12″ sheet of mixed media paper.
Once I had the buttons, I did a mock-up with random colors of purple buttons. Not quite crapsmanship, but I wasn’t happy with the colors. The background was too bright, and some of the buttons didn’t really show up. So back to the drawing board — literally. I darkened up the background with some black and purple Distress Inks, and then I selected the lightest lavender buttons for the E. I used painters tape to make temporary lines to follow as I glued the buttons to the background.
Here’s my finished letter, but a problem lingers. I can’t get to the store to select a mat and frame, so the gift remains unfinished. Let’s hope this damned coronavirus is eradicated by May. Ella needs this present!!!
Last week, I did a retrospective on some of my past posts related to autumn and Halloween. It’s fun to look back, and you may be inspired by some of these ideas. Here are a few more! Read the rest of this entry →
I have a cork-monogrammed R on top of my refrigerator, and I always get compliments on it. When my friend Jackie K. admired it, I knew I had to make one for her. Cork projects aren’t difficult to do — after all, who minds collecting corks?! — but certain materials make the job easier. Read the rest of this entry →
I like to keep some sort of seasonal decoration on my side door. It’s the door the family uses and the one I see most often. From Memorial Day until Independence Day, I usually leave a patriotic-themed hanging and then change things out in early July This year, I was unmotivated (as in lazy) and didn’t take my red, white, and blue decor down until mid-August. It’s too damn hot, though, to think about fall decor (it’s been in the triple digits this month!), so I did this quick and easy momogram. You know my obsession with monograms, right? Read the rest of this entry →
America the Beautiful! I made this patriotic door hanging to decorate my side door from Memorial Day until the Fourth of July. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any photos as I made it, but the assembly is easy.
I’m making a housewarming present for Robert and Amanda, and I thought a wreath would be perfect. Amanda likes monograms, LSU, and fleur-de-lis, so my plan is to incorporate all three. First, the monogram. I bought an over-sized R and painted it — front and back — with yellow craft paint. It needed a couple coats. Read the rest of this entry →
I would argue with you if you accused me of being obsessed with monograms, but I sure do make a lot of them! This was an easy one using a $2 white R from Michaels. I first used green craft paint to cover the letter and then gloss ModPodge to give it some shine. Piece of cake! Read the rest of this entry →
My last post — “Christmas Tree Topper” — showed how I made a Christmas-themed monogram for a friend of mine. I did another one, this time an R, for myself. Here it is in all its glory at the top of my Christmas tree.