Entries Tagged as 'DIY projects'

My Inspiration this Week

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02.12.11

I’m still on the great fabric hunt for our bedroom makeover inspired by the always wonderful Sarah Richardson and her Farmhouse Master Bedroom. If you follow me on Pinterest you know I’ve been pinning Fabric left and right. from all over the internet trying to find the perfect mix of fabric. I’ve come across some great finds lately and I thought I’d share some of my favorites. I’ve ordered a bunch of samples and can’t wait for the to arrive!

Here’s some of what I’m loving right now.

Fabric 3

1. Sea Breeze Patriot

2. Khandar Jewel

3. Campione

4. Small Scale Gold

5. Khanjali

6. Jiya

7. Houndstooth

8. Licinda

Have a great weekend everyone!

Whimsical Christmas Tree

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28.11.11

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend. We did. We got a lot done on our fireplace mantel project and it looks so great.  I’ll promise to share all the details soon.  I’m so happy that it will be ready just in time to hang our stockings by the chimney with care.

Now that Thanksgiving 2011 has officially come to a close we can officially begin Christmas decorating of course. And nothing says handmade projects to me more than Christmas time.

Growing up we always had special holiday art that my Mom had made, hers was a wonderful embroidered Santa Claus I always admired. Each year at Christmastime it was part of the holiday preparations that magically transformed our house into the familiar Christmas home we’d grown up loving.

Christmas Tree

I’m definitely no stranger to fun Christmas projects to bring in that Holiday cheer. I love to paint and this little whimsical tree was a fun afternoon project.

To paint this Whimsical Tree I used a 12 x 12 inch canvas I had in my art closet and painted the entire canvas, background and sides a light blue color.

Background

Next I transferred my Christmas Tree Sketch I drew (downloadable here) using carbon transfer paper.

Sketch

Once the background is dry to the touch I painted the body of the tree a light Christmas Green.

Christmas Tree Green

I  painted the snow by using the eraser end of a pencil in cream, white and gray dipping the eraser in the paint and dotted in a random pattern. The Christmas lights are painted the same way using an eraser in dipped and dotted in purple, pink and yellow paint.

Christmas Tree Snow and Lights

Next, I painted the hot pink tree skirt and outline the tree in dark green and the tree skirt and star in black.

Christmas Tree Outline

Finally paint the package squares first in white which acts like primer over the darker background paint allowing the present colors to shine.

Christmas Tree Presents

If you’re looking for a fun project to do with the kids this would be a fun and simple project. Just sketch yourself a tree or use my sketch and add some painted snow dots, Christmas lights and presents.

Christmas Tree Finished

It also looks pretty darn cute propped on a table with few of your favorite Christmas things.

Lilly Pads

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22.11.11

Just stopping in quickly to share my latest painting.

Lilly Pads

I love the turquoise, green and pink palette.

Lilly Pads 2

To me it feels at once calming and cheerful.

Reader Showoff: Marla’s Snowbirds and Blossoms Painting

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10.11.11

Marla sent me such a nice email about how she had tried the SnowBirds and Blossoms painting tutorial I put together.  I had to share it with you all.

Thanks for the fun project.  I almost stopped after every color because it looked so neat along the way, but it also kept getting better each color.  I’m giving it to my friend for Christmas, but its mine, all mine baby, until then.

Didn’t Marla do such a great job? I think it came out great and I’m so happy the tutorial worked out for her.

If anyone else did an awesome job like Marla and wants to show it off send us an email at ourlakelife@gmail.com

My Inspiration this Week

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04.11.11

It’s November, and you know what that means?

It means I can officially start talking about Christmas without people looking at me like I’m a crazy person. Yup I’m one of those people.  What can you expect from me, I grew up with a mother who began listening to Christmas music at the beginning of October.  I think I’m pretty well adjusted considering.

Anyway, I’ve been pinning like crazy all of my favorite Christmas idea because I know these things take time and if I want to make anything I’ll have to start now. Here are a few of my favorites right.

You can view my entire Christmas Board on Pinterest here or Follow Me on Pinterest to see all my Latest Finds.

Christmas Button Tree – Source: Unknown via Pinterest

Felt Ball Wreath via Pickles

Stacked Sugar Cookies via Martha Stewart

Button Christmas Tree on Canvas via Balzer Designs

Felted Ball Garland via Small Bird Blog

 

Take Glowing Pictures of your Christmas Tree via Unskinny Boppy

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