Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Vase & Flower Arrangement DIY

You might have seen some tutorials around Pinterest for tinting glass vases with Rit dye and modge podge like this one from Debbie Doo's. Well I gave it my best try. I mixed orange Rit and moodge podge and painted it, it was orange, like really orange (unfortunately I didn't get a pic), needless to say, I didn't like it. As I was looking around in my craft room I saw a dark brown stain and thought, hey why not. I mixed stain and modge podge and painted it over the orange. If you try this project just remember you will most likely need something over the dye unless you are going for the bright color look.
Please don't judge the arrangement, it needs some work.

I really like how the brown muted the bright orange and gave it a copperish look, as you can see up close it is far from perfect, but seriously who gets that close to a mantel?
The arrangement is a totally different story.
I orginally saw an arrangment like this:

on one of my daily sale sites from NDI, but they wanted over $700 for it!! Try to imagine the yellow tulips and bright blue hydrangesas instead of pink and light blue.
I keep thinking about it, and decided that it was not worth that kind of money. I could make one myself, so I went on NDI and bought the silk flowers and made the vase. It needs help obviously, but hopefully I will eventually arrange them correctly to look more like the orginal inspiration.

Friday, August 23, 2013


On Tuesday, August 20th at 1:30 pm we had to put our 3 legged "Gentle Giant" Molly to sleep. She was a wonderful dog, and we miss her dearly.

There is so much I want to say about her, and so many stories I would like to share, but I never can seem to get the thoughts down on paper (or typed).
I am so thankful she was in my life, and that I got to take care of her and be her "Mom" for the last 5 years. I am so thankful that I could hold her as she fell asleep for the last time and tell her how much we love her and how sorry we were that we couldn't fix her, and be able to comfort her in her very last moments.
We love you Molly. Until we meet again,  Sweet dreams sweet girl.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Painting Collection

As you may recall I talked about my painting classes here, at that point I had only done two, well that collection has grown.

I know the arrangement looks a little odd, but it didn't until I added the one of the far right top. I am doing another one next month and it will go under that one and I will probably center the Texas flag. I really enjoy these classes, if you live in my area and are curious please check out their website here.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Easy DIY

I had some extra cork board lying around the house and decided to make a board for my office, I didn't want to frame it with an actual frame so I measured and colored with sharpies the border and the stencil.
See what I mean easy peasy.

Nothing too fancy just something to hand stuff on. Its sandwich on very little wall space between a filing cabinet and a bookshelf, but i needed a little something in between to break up the space, but not so big that it overwhelmed and this little guy did the trick.

What do you think?

Monday, August 12, 2013

Been a while

I know i haven't blogged in a while, sorry about that. Its not that I haven't been crafting and doing stuff around the house, I just haven't been documenting it.

SO today I have pictures of something I made for an empty wall in my office. I moved offices a while back, I lost my windows but I am in the back closer to the engineers so I really like it.

I made a Chevron canvas and framed it along with a wreath holder, and I have made wreaths for the seasons, months etc.
The first one I will show is the book page wreath, it represents the back to school vibe.
It does look somewhat bland so I think I might tint the edges of the roses red, what do you think?

As you can see the chevron is not perfect. I did use the green frog tape and a stencil I made to make the pattern and I must say I like the green tape way better than the blue painters tape I have used in the past.
I will post pics and updates as I change the wreaths out. I don't have links to the inspiration as I usually used two (or more) tutorials found on pinterest for the wreaths and made them my own.
But you can see the post where I discuss making the flowers here.