Thursday, August 30, 2012

Shabby Chic Mini Lamp Tutorial

 I acquired this forlorn little 11-inch high lamp when a friend's closet was getting cleaned out. In spite of the bad shape it was in, I thought it was cute and had potential, as they say!

When I started cleaning it that's when I realized that the wire frame was permanently attached.  Not only that, the fabric shade was also glued tight to the wire frame.  I'll save you all the messy details; suffice to say they involved a lot of cutting, scraping, and lots of Goof Off and Lacquer Thinner.

Once the lamp was cleaned and dried, I spray painted the base and the wire a lovely soft pink.

Once again, I'll spare you the details, but I tried about four different treatments for the shade - fabric, rice paper, ribbon trim, yarn.  I wasn't happy with any of them, and working with an attached frame presented some serious challenges.   I finally decided on a shabby chic look.  I had three fabric remnants in the pink family.

I cut strips about 5 inches long from each of the three fabrics.
 And I tied knots along all of the wires in the frame.

I didn't want to paint over the electrical information printed on the stem, so I just wrapped it with a piece of fabric. 

Here's a closeup of the ties.

 So here it is.  After many false starts, I'm pleased with the final result!

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sunday Funnies

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Counting down to our third Traveling Artists Roadshow this coming Saturday.

This one is a garage sale and it couldn't come at a better time. I have been on a mission to try to clear out the excess supplies and materials I have accumulated for so long.  Sad thing is, I could have put together double this amount but there's only so much time and only so much room at the sale!  I sincerely hope I come home empty handed!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Sunday Funnies

Thursday, August 16, 2012

What shall I do?

While sorting out my art supplies for our Artists' Garage Sale coming up soon, I came across some Martha Stewart paints I won in an online giveaway.  Included were four colors of Glow in the Dark Fluorescent Paint, like this one:
I haven't a clue as to what to use them for.  I'm not really a fluorescent kind of gal.  The obvious answer is something for Halloween. I'm not really a Halloween kind of gal either. But I can be convinced of almost anything.

So ... give me some ideas for what kind of projects I can use these paints for.  If I get some really good ones, I may just pick someone from the responses to receive a special little package from me. Is your thinking cap on?  Go for it!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Sunday Funnies

Friday, August 10, 2012

Getting Ready - Traveling Artists Roadshow

Our next Traveling Artists Roadshow on August 25 is going to be a artist's garage sale.  We'll be selling our discontinued, slightly flawed, or "I'm tired of looking at it - somebody buy this, please" merchandise.  Whenever I start pulling things out of their hiding places I start running out of space quickly.  So ....

Never let it be said that I don't use my exercise equipment!

Much to my shock I found a large cardboard tube of screen prints and etchings from COLLEGE that I didn't know I had!  Worse, I don't even remember doing them. Obviously, I didn't think they were good enough then and they are still not good enough now.  So I'm going to scan them and use them as backgrounds for my digital collages.  And I'm sure I'll think of some other creative use for the prints themselves. 

Back to my Groundhog Day sorting ... sorting ... sorting ...

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly August Garden

This is about the time in summer when the garden becomes ....

The Good
These dahlias and conflowers came back this year.  It's the first time I have been successful with coneflowers after about six tries (don't ask me why).  But I'm happy with these babies!

My reliable "English Garden" rose.  So delicate!

I'm still passionate about my "Passionate Kisses" rose.


This dahlia collapsed a few days ago.  I think we just had too much rain in too short a time. 
I don't know if it's going to revive itself.

And then there's ...

The Ugly Ugly Ugly

My pretty lavender Baby's Breath just gave up.   

I love the Bee Balm because I feel like I'm doing my part to save the bees.  But, oh boy, does it get ugly in late summer!  It gets tall, gangly, and scraggly on top, but I hate to cut it down until the bees have had their fill from the pods on top.  At least if I do cut it I know the bees can still get at the coneflower next to it.

I must get out there and clean up a little. We've either had heavy rain or super hot and humid days, neither conditions ideal for me to get out there and garden!  Seems like the weather has been crazy all over the place this summer.  How's your weather been??

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