Monday, November 11, 2013

Graduation Gifts

When I go on road trips I like to take little projects with me to work on while I'm in the car.  On a recent road trip I took a project that I had been trying to get to all summer.  Believe it or not it was a couple of graduation gifts.  Yep I said gradation gifts.  I apologize, but since I did this in the car I don't have step-by-step photos, just the finished product, but I think you guys can figure it out.  I got the basic idea from Pinterest, just put my spin on it.  I had already created some art pieces that I will also share with you, but I wanted to do something with the invitations.

The first one is for a local high school graduate. 

I cut the invitation in strips then rolled each strip and inserted it into the ornament.  The invitation also included a senior portrait.  I planned to insert it inside the ornament, but I wanted it to be visible from both sides so I copied it onto vellum then cut it to fit the ornament.

Then I tied ribbon in the school colors of blue and gold on top.  The mascot is a Pirate so I also included some ribbon that had skull and cross-bones.  Cute, huh?  Guess that was a side benefit of not getting it done in the summer as planned because you can only get skull and cross-bone ribbon at Halloween!

The other one was for a college graduate.  I basically followed the same steps, minus the photograph since one wasn't included.

I also gave them each a piece of artwork I created.  I call them graduation crosses.  I wanted to create something that reminded them of the fun times and memories made of their time spent there, but I didn't want it to shout out "Auburn University" or "Fairhope High School." Hopefully it is something they will display because they want to and not because they feel obligated to. They are heavily textured and heavily glazed so that the colors are muted and not "in your face."

On the back I wrote "Let God's love guide the way."  I thought it appropriate. One would need God's love and guidance on her college journey and the other would need His love and guidance on her journey into adulthood.

And if you think about it, don't we all need to let God's love guide the way regardless of what journey we are on?


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sweet Sideboard Update

Remember that gorgeous sideboard I shared with you guys a few weeks ago? Well, after it was pushed back into place and you turned the overhead lights on it was a little too blue, as in baby blue, so I had to go work on it some more.  While we are talking about gray looking blue I'll give you a little lesson on color. Most people think you just mix white and black to get gray, and that is true to a point, but what most people don't know is that you mix blue and brown to make black so that is where the bluish tint comes from.  If it is too blue you can try adding some red or brown, but in this case I was using milk paint so sometimes I would get more blue pigment when mixing it.  Normally that would have been fine, and that's what I like about the milk paint when painting something to look old because it sometimes gives you varying shades, but in this case it was all good 'til you turned the lights on then it was kinda baby blue.  Here it is today (sorry about that shadow, a really good photographer would have noticed that, I'm not a really good photographer... or a really good blogger...):

Here is a pic of the "before" (I tried to do side-by-side for y'all, but it is really a big ol' pain in the you-know-what and as much as I luv y'all after trying for like a friggin' hour I decided you guys could just pretend they are side-by-side. Maybe y'all can print the pictures out and hold them side-by-side???  just kidding!)

I know its kinda hard to see the difference, but I'll share some more up-close pics and then maybe you can tell.  Basically I did a wash with dark gray paint, kinda like white-washing, but with gray.  You can see the bluish tone in the first photo below, and the more gray tone in the second photo.

She also wanted me to tone down the contrast between the white and the gray.

Here are a few more for ya:

I also added an even darker mixture to the top:

I luv it even more now!  Personally, had I been painting it on my own and not under anyone's direction I probably would have done this last step anyway, but I was trying to stay close to the inspiration photo.  So now you know how to change the tone of a color without having to repaint the whole thing.

Hope y'all enjoy it as much on the second go-round as you did the first!


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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Thanksgiving - the Silver Version

I've been doing a lot of work for a really sweet lady who just moved into her new house.  While I was there recently working on some furniture she was doing some unpacking and putting things away and she came across all of her Thanksgiving decorations and with a heavy sigh said "I might as well just get rid of all of this because you know she's [the designer] is not going to let me use it here, and I guess it wouldn't look right anyway."  I looked at what she was holding, and I agreed, BUT I told her I might be able to do something with it so that she could use it in her new house, and this what I did:

Pretty cool, huh?  Yes, I know you're thinking its not traditional, but her house is not traditional and all of this in its original form would have stuck out like a sore thumb, I promise!  See this is what it looked like before:

Nothing wrong with any of it, but it just didn't work with her new look, so I took a can of this:

and gave it a more contemporary look that goes with her new decor. Originally I was going to go over it with a little bronze glaze, but then I decided I liked the starkness of the shiny foil-like silver.

I think the pilgrims turned out great!  It works because they have such contemporary lines (just ignore that thumb print on her dress where someone touched it before it was dry...but that someone fixed it!).

 Doesn't it look great on her dining room table?!

So there ya go, a new spin on a traditional look.  Now everyone is happy, the client is happy because she got to decorate for the holidays and hopefully the designer is happy because it doesn't stick out like a sore thumb and I'm happy because I made someone smile!  



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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Cute Bulletin Board

I recently received a phone call from a girl in the office at the high school that Flower Bud attends asking if I could make a cute bulletin board for the office at the school, oh and could I make it super-sized. So I did a little research and this is what I put together for them.

Cute huh?  Wanna know how I did it?  Well I started with all of this:

I found everything but the paint at Hobby Lobby.  First I painted the frames.  As you can probably guess our school colors are blue and gold.  So I painted the larger fame that would be on the bottom blue.

Then I painted the one going on top the gold color.

While they were drying I covered the cork board insert with the fabric.  If you have ever covered a chair seat it is basically the same.  You just place the cork board face down on the backside of the fabric. 

Trim it so that you have enough to bring up and over the back then staple in place.  I usually fold the edge over to make it look a little neater, but you don't have to do this.

Do the same on the opposite side pulling it tight, then the other two sides.  Continue stapling all the way down, working your way around the whole board.

When you get to the corners you kinda fold it like when you put the sheets on your bed.  Don't really know how to explain it, but it'll look kinda like this:

When you get all the way around you're done and it should look something like this:

Here's the front:

When the frames were dry I sanded the edges to give it a slight distressed look:

 Then I screwed them together.

After the frames were all screwed together I inserted the cork board.  With the addition of the fabric it was a little thicker than the frame so I couldn't use the sprig gun to hold it in so I screwed on some wooden strips to hold it in place.

Well, that's it.  Overall it measures approximately 3 feet by 4 feet. If you are local and would like to see it in person just drop by the office at Fairhope High, it'll be right there when you walk in.