Tuesday, February 28, 2017

DIY Loom


I am a big believer in you never stop learning. I love learning new skills. Particularly arts and crafts skills. And I recently started crocheting again - which got me interested in weaving.

I saw this incredible DIY loom here and decided to give it a go. I strongly suggest you check it out, along with the hundreds of other ideas and classes this website has to offer.

Back to the project. If you are a regular artist or crafter, you likely have most of the materials needed to make this loom and weave your first tapestry already. I actually only had to purchase a needle and a dowel. The rest of the materials I had on hand.

I will say I had a few colors of left over yarns from previous projects, but did that stop me from buying some new, gorgeous colors? No it didn't.

Anyways, today I spent about thirty minutes building and preparing my loom and then got to work :)

Once I started the fringe, I moved to my easel ;)

I think this is a good stopping point for today. I'm really looking forward to learning more techniques for weaving and incorporating more wall art like this into my house.



Artistic Trivet


Time for a quick project! I was walking around Dollar Tree, looking for something to do and saw some glass trivets; or perhaps small glass cutting boards..? Who knows.

Either way, this is a great way to incorporate some of your own art work in the kitchen and dining room other than just on the walls ;)

What you'll need:

glass trivet/slash cutting board from Dollar Tree
your original art work
Modge Podge
an old paint brush
scissors and a pen
palette knife
hot glue gun

You'll also need a messy living room/slash work space too. lol.

I have a large stack of "creative practice sheets" and picked out this lovely piece for this project. 

Simply trace the shape of the trivet onto the art and cut it with scissors.

I then used a palette knife to remove the little rubber "feet" on the trivet.

Then using the Modge Podge and old brush, decoupage the art, right side up, to the bottom of your trivet to protect the art from heat and food spills, etc. Use several coats. Let dry completely in between each layer.

Once completely dry, use the hot glue gun to reattach the rubber "feet" to the bottom of the trivet.

Now you have a beautiful and totally unique piece of functional art in the kitchen/dining room for hot pans or slicing up carrots. Or place it really anywhere! Use it in the living room as a candle plate. Or in the master bath as an alternative to a soap dish.

I even made a square one ;)



Linking to these parties.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Oh my goodness, it has been a while since I've been on my old blog! LOL I would definitely love to start it up again. I had so much fun :) And I'll tell ya - I have NEVER stopped with all the crafts and art!

I think I'll take a tour around my house and show all my old readers what I've been up to for the last 6 years!

'After the Storm' mobile photography; iPhone 6 Plus, 
Galveston, TX, Galveston Beach
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