Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Another map for Jo's room

This project is SLOW going! I've had stuff out for 2 weeks. I could be totally consumed it and work for hours everyday- FUN, but that's just not possible. So, yesterday I decoupaged this map onto a 11"x13" canvas I had picked up for 50 cents at a yard sale this summer. I painted the edges brown. I like the antiqued look of this map. I didn't think it looked good in a frame. I really like it on the canvas though!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Jonas' room- a work in progress...

This is a sampling of the things I'm working on right now for my son's room. I've painted a lot of different frames red (paint left from our living room). I found a large picture book of maps at Barnes and Noble for only $12.00! It's so big that I'll be using it for years. There are some really great maps in it. The colors are just right.

I DON'T want the cutesy scrapbook look, but I think this will be alright in a collage I'm working on.
The frame below is a piece of art from that major country-style era. It had little patchwork hearts in it, but Africa covered it up nicely! I love the frame.

I wanted to hang a larger map in a unique way so I just glued it to one of my stash of $2.00 windows that's in the garage. Yes, a glue stick worked perfectly!

I'll post more as it comes together. With my regular day to day responsibilities that might take quite some time!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Magnetic Tray

Have I posted about this already? I can't remember. I'm not going to look it up. I have found an abundance of these vintage metal trays at places like the Buffalo Nickle, Annie's Attic Antiques, and a few yard sales. The one below hangs in my kitchen. I've made several as gifts.

These magnets are made with clear stones used for floral arrangements. You can buy bags of them at Michaels. There are similar ones at Walmart; however, they're round and not as uniquely shaped as these below. Just use any craft glue to adhere them to any picture cut to the same size as the stone. Hot glue a small round magnet (also purchased at good ol' Walmart) to the back of the stone. I've also made magnets out of marbles, buttons, dice, dominos, scrabble game pieces, brooches, and old foreign coins.

This strawberry tray is one of my favorites and is displayed on the high shelf in my kitchen.

Here is a tray waiting to be used! It's actually black. I'm not sure why it looks silver. I have made one on a silver tray before and loved how it turned out.
The board below with ribbon is an old picture I didn't care for. I used spray adhesive and cut a piece of fabric to the size of the board (with spray adhesive on the edges of the fabric there's no need to hem the edges) and stick it on! Then in several places I used hot glue to attach the ribbon to the board. On the places the ribbon crosses each other I glued foreign coins.