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TUESDAY: DIY ART
(ps. since this picture, I trimmed some of the fringe. It is a bit much here.)
A week and a half ago, while in the Dominican Republic (check out part uno of our trip here and part dos of our trip here), my sister-in-law, Nathalie, let me wear one of her necklaces around town. I fell in love and become obsessed. No, literally – I couldn’t stop thinking about making one of my own. So, last night, after collecting the beads and string on my lunch break, I made it. It only took me three hours to do it all – paint (and dry) the beads, braid the string and thread everything together.
I’m going to make more necklaces and bracelets in the upcoming days, so I’ll show you how I paint the beads in upcoming posts. (Hint: it includes bamboo skewers and empty cracker and granola bar boxes.)
Here are pictures of Nathalie’s necklace.
Here are pictures of my necklace.
Pretty good replica, huh?
Here is what I used:
1. Two pieces of fringed trim (I bought at a speciality fabric store. For a $1 a yard)
2. Three colors of cross-stitch thread (I already owned these from a previous art project – check my bird cage art here.)
3. Wooden beads (I bought a tub full for $5.00 with a 40% coupon at Michael’s. So it came out to be $3.00)
4. Acrylic paint (Already owned.)
5. Random beads (Already owned.)
So the total for this necklace is $5.00! Sweet deal!
Posted in Art, DIY, Easy art projects, Obsessions
Tagged DIY, diy jewelry, diy necklace, glass beads, make your own jewelry, necklace, paint wooden beads, wooden beads
We’re having an intimate birthday party for Kai this weekend with some of his best friends. For the past month, we have been working on garland and streamers for the party almost nightly – basically all you have to do is string things together – we have a rainbow star, Backyardigans theme – so easy and so festive! Check out some of my inspiration. (Stay tuned to see pics of the party next week.) I also think I’m going to use some of these ideas for a new art project for my home, but I can’t work on it until after the party – so much to do!
Posted in Easy art projects, Easy kid art and crafts ideas, Inspiration
Tagged party decorations, party bunting, party garland, colorful party decorations, party decoration ideas, bunting ideas, garland ideas, party streamer ideas, party streamers, colorful streamers, party, funky party decorations, edgy party decorations, fun party decorations, festive party decoration, etsy party decorations
TUESDAY: HOME DESIGN/ART
A few months ago, I saw a similar art piece on Etsy.com and fell in love with it. Since creating art is a passion of mine, I decided recreated some myself this weekend. Check it out.
3 white shadow boxes (I bought them from Ikea for $10 each)
straight edge paper cutter
9 pieces of heavy card stock paper
Here is how I did it …
1. I browsed through my old magazines and ripped pages (mostly ads) that had pages with larger color-blocked sections.
2. With my paper cutter, which I just bought at Michaels for $6 (I love their 40% coupons), I cut the pages into even strips.
3. Cut the card stock to fit the dimensions of the shadowbox.
4. Glued the magazine strips onto the card stock.
5. I drew designs onto the card stock and cut them out.
6. I placed front card stock piece and then stacked the other piece behind it and then arranged the colored piece in the back.
(Next step: hanging them up!)
See more of my art:
Dripping with circles painting
Kevin’s wedding present painting
Chic seashell art
Posted in Art, DIY, Easy art projects, Inspiration, Interior design ideas, Obsessions
Tagged art, art project, mixed media, recycle magazine, recycled art, recycled magazine with art, shadow box
TUESDAY: HOME DESIGN/ART
I finally gave my brother Kevin and new sister-in-law Marti their wedding present yesterday. (They were married in November!) It’s not like I was a slacker. I painted something a few months ago, but it was terrible. So, I hid the hideous art piece under my guest bed until inspiration struck me. And a few weeks ago, it finally did.
What I like about this piece, which I call “Connections,” is the big background squares/rectangles are separated monochromatically. The overlay colors are one step clockwise from the background colors implying an unifying connection. To me, this represents Kevin, Marti and their two kids (and my new niece and nephew) Maggie and John.
Here is a pic of Kevin and Marti during the big reveal.
Also, Alex was inspired on Kai’s Etch A Sketch. Check out this awesome piece. (I’m totally impressed because all I create on this thing is stairs.)
SEE THE TIME I CRASHED A WEDDING
CHECK OUT MORE OF MY ART!
DRIPPING WITH CIRCLES
Posted in Art, Easy art projects, Easy kid art and crafts ideas, Inspiration, Interior design ideas
Tagged art, artwork, wedding present, connections, art piece, painting, etch a sketch, etch a sketch drawing, colorful art
n. One of the seven centers of spiritual energy in the human body according to yoga philosophy.
In honor of my yoga practice, I painted the ancient seven Sanskrit chakra symbols – each on a separate 5” x 5” canvas. They hang outside of Kai’s room to always remind Alex and me to treat him with respect.
According to ancient Indian tradition (over 2,000 years), each chakra has a unique meaning and purpose. Click on the photo below for a larger and readable view of the graph that explains the chakras and their meanings. (I “borrowed” it from another web site that I can’t find right now. Oops!)
ps. I’ve painted the walls behind the paintings white since taking this pic.
CHECK OUT MORE OF MY ART!
DRIPPING WITH CIRCLES
Posted in 1, Art, DIY, Easy art projects, Inspiration, Natural living, Obsessions, Random
Tagged art project, crown, heart, painting art, paintings, root, sacral, sanskrit, sanskrit chakra symbols, solar plexas, third eye, throat, yoga
Alex was inspired after visiting the Seattle Art Museum and seeing the Kirk Cobain and Andy Warhol exhibits. As I drove around downtown and the hip Fredmont neighborhood in the rain, Alex – like a private eye – snapped away. Here are some of his top picks.
Posted in Art, Easy art projects, My getaways, Random, Travel adventures
Tagged andy warhol, driving around town, fredmont, kirk cobain, private eye, seattle, seattle art musuem, wa, washington
feng shui [fuhng shwey]
the Chinese art or practice of creating harmonious surroundings that enhance the balance of yin and yang, as in arranging furniture or determining the siting of a house.
While designing Alex’s and my bedroom, I was very conscious of the positioning of the furniture and other elements within the room so the energy flows properly throughout the space. Our bedrooms are where we rest, regenerate and retreat, so it makes sense that this is where I focused a lot of my attention in applying Feng Shui principles.
Here are some of the techniques I used while planning our bedroom:
1. Peaceful and serene colors: I chose light blues, whites, tans and browns.
2. Inspiring and meaningful art: Alex and I painted the artwork that hangs on the walls. Two of them are replicas of ones that we’ve seen in our travels. The one above the bed is an original that I painted one evening in less than an hour.
3. Symmetry: I created symmetry by placing a nightstand on each side of the bed.
4. Furniture placement: Following Feng Shui techniques, I positioned the headboard to the east side of the room, which allows the sun to rise at the top of our heads. Also, the headboard should be against a solid wall giving the sense of security. Idyllically (and fortunately for us), the wall should not connect to the bathroom wall. The foot of the bed should never face the doorway. The theory behind this is that the influx of the energy from the rest of the house will pour onto your bed, giving you a restless sleep.
5. Declutter your space: This is something I’m continually and constantly working on.
6. Keep the area under your bed clear: It allows the energy to flow more freely giving you a peaceful sleep.
7. No TV: Not only should you remove it because of the harsh electric energy that radiates from it, but the television is also a distraction from the serene and peaceful space you are creating.
8. Attract love and romance: Display pairs of objects around your room. Alex and I have two crystal bookends on a dresser that my grandparents bought on one of their road trips.
9. Only display photos of people who sleep in the room: I’m very conscious of this technique. I only have photos of Alex and me featured around the room and even in the hallway as you enter our room. I try to keep them in pairs to attract even more love between us.
10. Trust your own judgement: Does it feel peaceful? Does it feel right to you? Can you do anything else to make it even more serene? Ask yourself these questions and do what feels right for you.
My favorite Feng Shui book is called: The Western Guide to Feng Shui: Creating Balance, Harmony, and Prosperity in Your Environment. You can buy it used on Amazon for $.01!!
Posted in DIY, Easy art projects, Eco ideas, Inspiration, Interior design ideas, Obsessions
Tagged attract love and romance, clear clutter, crystal, feng shui, feng shui bedroom tips, feng shui tips, photographs, placement of bed, placement of headboard, techniques, tips