Archive for March, 2015

More Painted Projects

March 4, 2015

As I mentioned in my previous blog entry, I’ve been tracking out to my little shop out back through sleet, snow, rain and cold weather just to paint. (Hubby used his snow blower on my sidewalk so I wouldn’t have to slosh through the snow and melting mess. Go Hubby!) (I like my sidewalk!)

Here’s a few more projects that are finished:

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The two jars on the ends are candle holders with this cute reindeer pattern. The jar in the middle was made into a money bank. It’s just as easy if not easier to paint a design in multiples because of the waiting/drying time involved. So when I like a design, I tend to do this. Aren’t they cute!!

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These two little jars and Christmas ornaments were simple and quick — just right to put in my craft show this Fall. The jars are candle holders and the little snowmen are painted on a couple of eye-glass lenses.

I was sitting, waiting for something to dry, and my eye landed on these lenses just sitting on a saucer where I tend to drop things I don’t know where else to put them for the time being. Why I just have one of each size is a mystery to me, but the ‘ol wheels starting turning, and this is what happened to them. (That was fun painting those little tiny snowmen! No, really! It was!)

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This wall hanging is a combination of two different patterns by the same designer, Laurie Speltz. I thought it turned out rather cute.

This is one of those rare wooden surfaces that I have a ton of on two huge shelf units in my shop. I started buying them (at bargain prices) when I was first getting into painting — thinking that this is what a person paints on. Silly me. I didn’t realize that anything can be painted on. Then I fell in love with painting on glass. So the wood pieces are still sitting there. But I use one occasionally.

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Here’s a combination of yet another glass surface and wood surface. The pattern book shows this done on wooden blocks — which is what I did first. Then I wondered how the design would look on a bottle. Ta Da! If you look closely at the side of the bottle, you might see the snowflakes.

I found a cute candle that someone gave me a long time ago that has a snowman hanging on it. I’m trying to figure out how to make the base of the candle large enough to stick into this bottle. That would be sooooo cute!!

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I bought a bunch of these little metal buckets on clearance somewhere. After painting the cute ghosty and pumpkin on the side, I thought it might look nice with an arrangement of Fall flowers tucked inside. What do you think? Would someone be more willing to buy it with an arrangement in it or not?

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And finally, another big pickle jar painted for Halloween. (From my experience the last few years in the craft shows before Halloween and Thanksgiving, it seems like a lot of people look for Halloween and Fall items for decorative purposes above everything else.) It just happened that I had this candle to put on the terra-cotta saucer on top. (I painted the saucer to match the background of the jar.)

It never fails, when I’m working in my little shop out back, I’m constantly looking for more projects to paint. I have more wannabe projects than I have time to paint. But what’s new about that, right? My sewing room looks like that as well — and has for many many years.

A problem that is getting to be more and more apparent to me is “What am I going to do with all these projects I’m making?!” Hopefully I’ll get rid of most of them at my sale. And some may become gifts. But in the meantime, I’m having a ball making them!

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Scarecrows Finally Finished!

March 2, 2015

It’s been pretty cold these last several weeks, but it hasn’t stopped me from working in my little shop out back. I have an oil heater that I keep going just so my paints won’t freeze. When I want to work out there, I’ll turn the heater up as high as it’ll go, but it’ll only get to about 65 degrees. That’s ok. I can stand it for a few hours until I get my “fix” of painting for the day. 🙂

Seems like the more I paint, the more I want to paint. I wish it was because I was getting better at it, but I think it’s because I’m getting more relaxed with it. Whatever, I’m enjoying it more and more.

When I first started painting, one of the first pattern books I bought was by  Sandy Holman. She paints on light bulbs among other things. Since I had already started painting on glass and loved it, I had to try painting on light bulbs. So I painted ghosts, a bird house, and scarecrow heads.

The ghosts were used to make a wreath which I entered into the Fair and won a ribbon. The same with the birdhouse Christmas ornament. But the scarecrow heads were still sitting in the unfinished pile because I wasn’t sure what to do with them.

Daughter C. suggested that I make cloth bodies for them and drape them out of a small wooden crate. What a cute idea that was! (And it may happen, yet, if I paint others one of these days.) But I wanted to finish these with glass bodies of some sort. So the little heads laid around in my shop for quite a few years.

Last Fall when I was going through things to down-size, (that was a joke!), I decided that I needed to work on using these cute little heads. So the pattern books cluttered up my little shop while I tried to find something that would work.

After many many hours, this is what came about,

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What do you think? Did I do good? I love them!