Showing posts with label wallpaper. Show all posts
Showing posts with label wallpaper. Show all posts

8.30.2013

Art soothes

Its been a tough week here...I work up Tuesday at 4am...to get to work by 6am...and as I stumbled down the stairs to the kitchen...I glanced out the window and noticed...my car was gone...I had to look twice...yep, the driveway was empty...

Really?  who steals a 17 year old Subaru Outback...another middle-aged women with a golden retriever?  Come to find out from the police that Subaru keys are easy to file down and use in other Subarus...who knew...

After dealing with the police, I wouldn't make it into work on time...I was scheduled for a short shift...so I just stayed home...and after drinking too many cups of coffee and thoroughly reading all three morning newspapers, I decided that I needed to do something to calm down and focus my attention elsewhere...so I went to my work table...and began cutting...and pasting...and sanding...and made some art...

Here's the first piece I completed..."once again"






































This piece is part of a collaborative art group on Facebook...each artist using the same vintage target...but each in their own fashion...you can view the entire gallery on Facebook...you don't have to sign in  or belong...get all the details here...

Then I finished up this piece "simple-hearted"...sparked by the remainder of the incredible vintage wallpaper that
I used in "Simplify, simplify"...
 
I like that the vintage blue flower earring (with the back removed) mimics the blue clover flower...






































And then later in the day...a package arrived...

it was almost too beautiful to open...that French paper triangle hat is to die for...






































but I did...





























Belle Brocante is an awe-inspiring blog...recently there was a week of giveaways...I was a lucky recipient...

vintage lace...old buttons...a fabulous artist trading card...a unique French coin...






































yes indeed...art soothes...

5.30.2013

On the road to the Farm Chicks show















All of the prep, paint, glue and nails has come down to this...this morning I leave for The Farm Chicks Show...
I'm like a bird taking flight - off into the blue yonder...







In the midst of all the packing and organizing, I was struck with a moment of inspiration of what to do with those rusted springs that I bought last year at the Farm Chicks show...a bit of old cocoa mat hanging basket liner...a handful of feathers...a wooden bird covered with vintage wallpaper...a specially chosen dictionary word for good measure...






































If you're coming to the show...I'm in Booth 170, Bay 2...
please stop and say hi!

If you're not coming...you can live vicariously through my posts on my four corners design Facebook page...didn't know that I had a FB page?...well, its time to hop over, check it out and "like" my page so you can stay in the loop with what's going on at the show...

So now you know what I'll be doing this coming weekend - what about you?  Whatever your plans are for this first weekend in June, I hope that it gladdens your heart...

12.16.2011

Wrap it up



On the downhill slide to christmas...
the decorations are up,
the presents are ready,
the dinner is planned...all that's left is the wrapping!
People usually fall into two caterories in this circumstance...
wrappers or non-wrappers...
and there's just no way around it...
either you like to wrap or you don't!










Keeping with my holiday theme of using what I already had, I extended this idea to my wrapping as well.  Several elements that I used in earlier projects, popped up here again...here's a quartet of ideas for you...




































#1 - sheet from wallpaper sample book + "ribbon" made from striped vintage fabric.
Expired wallpaper books are ususally free for the asking at paint/decor stores...the paper is extremely durable and ideal for wrapping small gifts.  Fabric ribbon is all the rage...make your own by tearing strips of fabric...cotton tears the easiest...you can either notch or pink the edges for the finishing touch.


#2 - sewn dictionary paper + burlap letter tag.
I have numerous old dictionaries...I picked up one that was bound together with metal posts...I removed the posts and had hundreds of pages without a torn edge...I wanted interesting wrapping paper...I sewed six pages together, with red silk thread for extra pop.  All of the pages were from the letter "R".  To carry through the theme, I made another burlap letter stretched in a metal embroidery hoop (details here), tied on with red jute twine.






#3 - old map + vintage fabric belt.
I find old maps intriguing... something about scrutinizing all the highways & byways of a place...the allure of travel...use a map from a location that has special meaning for the gift recipient...wrapped up with another vintage fabric belt, complimenting the colors of the map nicely...a holly twig provides the festive touch.




#4 - kraft paper + drywall tape + holiday napkin tag.
I have mounds of kraft paper, courtesy of numerous thrift stores, wrapping my purchases ever so carefully...but by no means is any of this paper wrinkle free...I crunched it up even more and then ironed it flat with a dry iron...it smoothed out the paper but left the texture.  I used drywall joint tape to secure the paper around the box...love the texture on the tape!  Using another of my holiday napkins, I made a tag with a square piece of corrugated cardboard, embellishing the tag with white paint on the edges and a sentiment of "joy"...thin wire was used to wrap around the present and secure the bird tag with a couple of twisted flourishes at each wire end.









The Southern Man and I spent the day downtown Seattle, taking in all of the holiday hustle and bustle, enjoying a fabulous lunch and picking up a few last minute gifts at Watson Kennedy...off to finish up wrapping myself...need to get to the post office too!

Take a moment for yourself in all the hustle of last minute preparations...the season is meant to be enjoyed!  Take a minute and visit Funky Junk Interiors-Saturday Nite Special for lots of holiday inspiration to enjoy...and then hop over to FOLK Magazine blog for even more inspiring ideas...

9.24.2011

Metal under wraps







I love vintage wallpaper...
I love metal...
I love taking something and making it into something else...
why not combine all three together!










I picked up these wooden frame-like objects at an estate sale about a year ago...I thought the shape was interesting...they were a dollar each...I didn't know what they were but thought they could be made into something interesting...
Initially I thought of making them into corkboards...but when I found thin pieces of MDF that fit within the back recess framework exactly, I had another idea...
I decided to make metal message boards...but line the front metal face with vintage wallpaper to give it a decorative look...I went to work...




First I painted the topside of each frame with a green tone of paint...I left the sides alone, so that the dark brown edges offered contrast...







Next I glued the galvanized metal sheets to the MDF using Liquid Nails adhesive - two 8" x 12" metal sheets covered the MDF completely...




After the glue had dried overnight, I roughed up the metal surface with 60 grit sandpaper - this gives the surface "tooth" to hold the glue that binds the wallpaper so it will adher to the metal surface...



I used three different patterns of wallpaper for the three boards, all in shades of green.  Its been relatively easy to find single rolls of vintage wallpaper...its not enough to do a room (or even a wall in most cases) so these lone rolls are cast aside...but they are perfect for art projects!  I cut a piece of wallpaper for each board, extending beyond the edges so there was plenty of overage.
I glued the wallpaper onto each piece of MDF and let them dry in the sun...I always extend the paper beyond the perimeter and then sand off the edge of the extra paper when it is dry...gives a nice clean finish...






Now that the boards were finished, I had to mount each one into their individual frames.  I used metal strapping tape to fashion a mounting holder...and used wood screws to attach the strapping tape holder to the frame and to the MDF board...
There were pre-existing holes around the edge of the frame...I used the top two holes to thread a length of jute twine through the holes for hanging.  I made three magnets for each board by gluing a magnet round onto the backside of dark wood circles I had...matches the dark wood edge of the frame.
And here are two of the completed message boards hanging in my space at Faded Elegance...and there's a partial view of the lampshade on the table lamp I made from that great green damask print wallpaper and a tiny glimpse of the hanging lampshade I fashioned from the green plaid wallpaper...

I still have three more of the empty frames...I'm thinking of finishing them for Christmas presents for friends...

I'm linking up to Saturday Nite Special at Funky Junk Interiors...plenty of ideas...amazing amount...now that summer is over, is everyone feeling a creative burst of energy...?!

8.30.2011

Creating the Inner Farmgirl...

I've spent the last week creating the vignette, "The Inner Farmgirl", for my spot at Faded Elegance.  I compose a theme for my booth and switch out my space every six weeks or so...it helps to focus my vision...and gives a totally new look on a regular basis...

Here are some glimpes of my inspiration...
I'm changing out my space on Thursday so look for more pictures by the weekend...and if you are in the neighborhood, make sure you stop in at Faded Elegance in Snohomish...

7.05.2011

Authentic style, part 2




I'm continuing with my link-up to WhisperWood Cottage Authentic Style Series...read part 1 of my post here...

Amy of WhisperWood Cottage had six areas of design focus that she covered in her first post - read all about her post here...

In this post, I'll cover my take on Unique with quite a bit of Creative/Thrifty thrown in...










My family lives in a 1902 Victorian...it has high ceilings...the stairway to the second floor has very high ceilings.  When we moved in, everything had been painted contractor white...for the most part, we took care of eliminating that white pretty soon after we moved.  But the stairwell was a challenge...not only was the ceiling very high, the walls turned and slanted with the roof line making painting out the white difficult...there had to be another solution...and there was!


























I thought it would be best to somehow divide the area in half - the white walls, combined with the window at the top of the stairs, brought in a lot of natural light to the area.  I decided to leave the top portion white and paint the bottom portion of the wall the same color as the front hallway...and then designed a dictionary page collage for the demarcation.

I used a variety of book pages from five different dictionaries (don't even ask how many dictionaries I have...being a collage artist and knowing that old dictionaries are in abundant supply, I pick them up whenever I see them...the varieties of type, graphics and page colors is astounding...and so it's only natural that I have very many...)  I used my standard mixture of Elmer's glue and water for the "paste"...I had a ruler on hand to ensure that everything lined up and didn't tilt to one side.
I ran the collage up the side wall, along the back wall and ended at the top of the stairs where the wall turned right at the bathroom door moulding.  I finished the collage with a very light coat of Johnson's paste wax.

Its been the perfect solution to our white wall dilemma - and I never tire of looking at it.
Be sure to check out the other creative design ideas in the series...and discover your own authentic style...


10.08.2010

The need for power

gift bag made from vintage wallpaper
with paint chip tag


I have a birthday coming up so I bought myself a birthday present...
was it a kate spade bag? 
a pair of jimmy choo shoes? 
a trip to Paris? 
(no, no and god I wish it was, but no.) 
It was a new battery for my cordless power tool set!






Why all the excitement - well, let me tell you...  A number of years ago I was frustrated with the large-size circular saw we had - it was so big and clumsy when all I wanted to do was cut a piece of lumber in half.  So I went out and I bought this great six piece Black & Decker power tool kit - one rechargeable cordless base with six interchangeable heads - circular saw, jigsaw, drill, router, mouse sander and flashlight.  The best part was that it was a compact, lightweight tool - easy to hold and comfortable for my smaller hands.  Now granted this is not a tool you would use to build a house but for art and decor projects, it was perfect.
Over the years, I burned out the drill - and found that a corded drill really gave me more of the power that I needed.  And I got an electric sander for more than just incidental sanding.  But the circular saw and jigsaw were ideal for my needs.  About 6 months ago, there just didn't seem like there was enough juice to sufficiently power the saw attachments.  I found out that rechargeable batteries only have so much life to them and obviously I had reached the limit.  I thought perhaps I would upgrade and get another power tool set because surely in 10 years there have been improvements...boy was I wrong!
Not only did I not find any other "small-sized" power tools, the Black & Decker set that I originally bought is no longer available.  Now I thought that "the powers that be" had realized that women are increasingly using (and enjoying) power tools - not yet to the extent of men but making big inroads (evidenced by the popularity of Amy Matthews.)  Guess I was wrong.
So I searched and I researched and I hemmed and I hawed and finally found a battery that is compatible with my B & D tool set.  It arrived today (from Amazon - what don't they have?!) And now I can get back to finishing up projects for the Everett Home & Gift Show.
battery getting charged up...
hurry, hurry, hurry!

I hope to have everything done in time for the show - all the details are at my other blog, collage duos --including a link to get free admission tickets.  Check it out!

9.17.2010

Back to Basics


















Yesterday at Faded Elegance I turned over my space to an autumn vignette.  With summer over, September conjures up images of going back to school - whether one has children or not/ whether one is taking any classes or not  - it always seems like turning over a new leaf.

I've focused on a basics "B" theme -












handcrafted mini-journals and vintage quilt squares
are bird-inspired.











bugs & butterflies are highlighted in books and prints.














dictionary pages cover a vintage desk.









wallpaper in fall tones & designs can enliven
any creative project.






















plenty of vintage casters waiting for inspiration!















Faded Elegance will be having a grand 10 year anniversary event - Friday, September 24 from 6-9 pm.  Get all the details at www.fadedelegancestyle.blogspot.com.
Hope to see you there!

4.13.2010

The wonders of wallpaper

I love vintage wallpaper...and even wallpaper that is not so vintage.  You can tell the age of wallpaper by how its rolled - if the pattern is to the inside of the roll, its old - if the pattern is on the outside - its newer.  Whether new or old, there are a million uses for it.  You can use this sturdy paper to wrap up presents, make festive placemats for a dinner party or create unique envelopes to send a special greeting.  Single rolls of wallpaper abound at the thrift stores since one usually buys more than needed for a project.  It is a safe bet that if you don't buy enough, you will surely run out just when you are trying to match the last corner...and the pattern you want will be discontinued...I swear, its some sort of Murphy's Law of decorating!  And so explains all those lone rolls you find at yard sales.

I created these colorful lampshades with vintage wallpaper.  In this instance, vintage wall paper was easier to manipulate since it didn't have a vinyl coating (an attribute of more current wallpaper).  First I drew a template of the shade to cut out the pattern shape from the wallpaper.  Then I moistened the paper with some water to make it more pliable.  I lightly sanded the outside of the lampshade to give it some "tooth" to take to the glue.  I used a mixture of diluted Elmer's glue to adhere the paper to the shade, making sure to smooth out any air bubbles.

The "before" picture...
the "after" picture...
Here's a close-up shot of the shade in the back - since the shape of this shade was more flared, I had to seam two pattern pieces to encircle the entire shade.  After the shades were completely dry and I finished the edges, I sprayed a light coat of clear satin sealer on each shade.
The two matching drum shades on the gray metal lamps are for sale at my space at Faded Elegance.  Plus I always have a ample supply of individual wallpaper rolls for sale so you can get a roll and design your own wallpaper wonders!

worth a look...

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