Do You Remember These?

  Hi All.

DON’T  WORRY  . . .
today’s post IS NOT a rerun!
It’s just a fun new project with items you may remember
from past articles.

Do you remember these?
On one of my “Junk Trips” last summer . . .

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I found all these wonderful wooden pieces,
and mentioned them HERE 

And most of you . . . even Newer Readers, will probably recognize . . .
the wall artwork in this picture

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Followers with me from the get-go . . .
may remember the same painting . . .

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hung in a different direction.
The art piece was done years ago. I needed something BIG and colorful.
And everyone knows how manically changeable I am,
so I wanted options there too.

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One afternoon, as I woke from a nap,
sleepy eyes caught a wonderful pattern.
reflected from a multi-paned window,
great lines and shapes in light and shadows.
On that day, and at the same time for the next two days,
I worked to capture the design on my drawing pad.

After scaling it up proportionately,
Hubs cut a piece of plywood in that size.
I graphed out my design . . . and began to paint,
using colors from throughout my home.
When the paint was completely dry,
I came in with a narrow brush and some metallic copper paint (by Behr),
and carefully trimmed each section with a thin copper border line.
Hubs added a simple, modern look frame and it was finished.

WELL . . . it met my initial wants and needs,
BIG, BRIGHT and CHANGEABLE.
I could hang it several ways,
and I painted new colors whenever I wanted.

BUT, there was always something not quite right. Know what I mean?
Oldest son and youngest daughter
are always my best “art” sounding boards.
We all agreed that it was lacking . . . it was boring, it was too FLAT.

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Well . . . FINALLY, the other day . . . I had this idea.
In Hubs’ shop, I rounded up some of my barn sale junk
and raw walnut pieces,
and an odd collection of small, miscellaneous items.
I just played with them, placing them randomly
on the painting until satisfied.
I then used wood glue to adhere the items to the painting’s surface.

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After waiting for two days, to assure that
even the heaviest pieces were attached,
I had more fun, playing with some fun-tac and small accent items.

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The pictures show the succession of arrangements.

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My final look . . . ( or should I say, present look ) is below.

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I hung a cup from the hooked wooden piece,
and tacked it’s saucer flat to the surface.
I am crazy for wooden branches and included two.
And finally, I printed an excerpt from a Van Gogh painting I favor,
then cut pieces of it to use as inner liners on three of the wooden items.
The larger figurines and dishes used, are of a Japanese theme.
Birds, butterflies and a Victorian styled medallion were also included.

So the painting is no longer boring and flat.
I’m happy . . . for now, at least, ha ha.
It would be fun to know what you think of my collage.

As always, thanks for stopping by.
And don’t stress too much, just start that project.

Later – Cheryl

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Marvelous No-Mess Project

What are we crafters and DIYer’s always on the hunt for?
Besides FREE stuff, I mean.
Something we just cannot find enough of.
C’mon, you know this one.

GRAPHICS of course! And yes, free graphics, right? No royalty or fees.

Well, I have em’ for you . . . tons of them even!
Just visit THE GRAPHICS FAIRY
and enter a wonderful world of vintage graphics.
Everything from fonts to flowers, birds to children, all kinds of pretties.

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Last summer, I found this brand new wooden tray at a garage sale for $3.00. It had a dark finish, which I liked, and a glass insert on the tray. Ooh, but it gets better, because it also has a matted sheet . . . you know, one of those multiple photo cutout frame dealies. I wanted a quick, clean project for today, and I still hadn’t done anything with my tray. I was also trying to develop an idea for Mother’s Day. My mom isn’t here any longer but I was thinking about all the things she loved.

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Long story short. I headed over to Karen’s place at The Graphics Fairy and searched for flowers and birds and nature offerings. It was difficult to decide on favorites because there were so many beautiful options, but I chose birds and flowers . . . in honor of Mom. All I did was copy them onto my desktop. Then I printed them, sizing each down close to the openings in my frame mat. Some couldn’t fit just right, so I used a coordinating sheet of craft paper to back the frame and fill in where needed.

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A couple years ago, Hubs and I took an old chair apart and made a little bench. Our tray sets atop that and we use it as an end table most of the time. It’s double duty and we can always remove the tray and have extra seating!

TIP: On a plain tray with no photo mat or glass, you can decoupage some beautiful graphics on, let it dry completely (let it sit for a day or two) and put a piece of clear vinyl contact paper over top.

Hope you enjoyed today’s idea.  Your comments are always welcomed! (hey, I love em 🙂 )

Later – Cheryl

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September Soon

It’s almost August 24th, “wedding day” for oldest daughter. I’m still busy with the flowers but wanted to send out a quick Monday post, to stay on schedule for you.

Late August also means it will be September soon (yikes winter approaches). Today I’ll share some spring & summer photos with you. My nature pics folder stores all the warm season beauties I click. Something to peruse in a cozy chair on a winter afternoon, reminders that the cold isn’t eternal!

FUN… that was my first gallery in a post. Cool, and not too difficult (I love WordPress!). Looks like you can click on a picture for a slideshow of the gallery. You’ll get a black screen with one picture. Just continue to click directly on the picture and it should go through them all. I noticed there is also another COMMENT opportunity at the bottom of each picture as you go through the slideshow. Give it a try.

Here’s a final one with more color this time.

Let me know how you like the galleries or if you have any troubles with them! Remember it’s my first attempt here 🙂

But remember, all content on Artzzle, text and photography, is copyrighted and cannot be used in any form, without my expressed permission. You can leave a comment below with any questions on this.

Now gotta get back to my floral duties. Have a good week, and if you live near me, keep cool in these rising temps and humidity.

As always, don’t stress, just start.
Later – Cheryl

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