Key to my Heart

Key to my Heart

Going through the house to fill the donation box, I kept picking up frames in one room or another. Some were old, some new, some broken, some brand new from the craft store. So there I was with a stack of frames & wood & inspiration struck… Holiday ornaments and tags were just waiting to be discovered in those wooden pieces…pumpkins needed to be adorned, ornaments wanted to be created and all in all- it was time to create! I also had a wonderful box just delivered from DecoArt full of amazing products from their new mixed-media line to try…I have several art projects in mind for these new products (especially their fabulous fluid acrylics!)…but today I was thinking more decoratively in my home for my mixed media creating! Since I felt a little sparkly, I went with ornaments first (I know- out of seasonal order, but who can resist the possibility of spreading a little golden cheer!) I grabbed the first frame, and old book, several awesome products from DecoArt’s new mixed media line, a stencil or two & raided the junk drawer for some old keys, buttons & an assortment of what-nots!     I began tearing pages and deco-paging the background. When dry, I did a soft wash using white antiquing cream to soften the look. Then I took one of my new favorite products,  DecoArt’s Metallic Lustre – Gold Rush, and rubbed it with a rag along the edges and details of the frame- Love! To create the center image for my frame, I used a key stencil, gesso & a palette knife. I taped off around the key I...

Mr. & Mrs. Jack O’ Light-ern

A client dropped off these two old light fixtures; they were screaming to become Jack-O-Lanterns. I dusted off them off and traced their faces onto vinyl. Next, I stuck on their eyes, nose, and mouth (or mustache). Voila! A cute Jack-O-Lantern couple! A quick and easy way to up-cyle old...

Time To Wrap It UP!

So thinking I might get a head-start on wrapping gifts, I was searching the studio for new and different tag ideas…I wanted burlap, but with a twist…   I had several small 4×6 and 5×7 wooden frames, a lot of burlap, felt and a staple gun…voila…a gift tag is born! I cut the burlap about an inch larger that the frame, and back-wrapped it, fastening in place with the staplegun   (hot glue might do the trick, but you can stretch the burlap taut with the staple gun) Also…to finish off the back, you could either add ribbon to cover the staples, or a felt backing   If you were to stop here…grab some black paint, put on a fabulous initial, and add a black & white ribbon…but for this festive touch… I cut decorative felt to size, leaving a nice border to let the burlap show   I cut out my initial from felt, then using quick fabric glue, glued both the felt and initial to the frame…   Then reached for cute ribbon scraps… …glued and stapled some onto the frame to accent and tie it on… …and then, in just a quick staple here, glue there, you have a tag as cute as the present! Would be adorable in your Christmas holiday wreath too! To make this, and three other really different, but fabulous tags…stop by next Tuesday at the studio for the First Day of Christmas Creating…Here’s a quick look at the schedule… Twelve Days of Christmas Creating… …Make your own gifts …be fabulous!  $25 per class, reservations recommended, allow 2 hours creating fun! On...

Our Stockings Were Hung…

WELCOME!! Our stockings are hung… Come on in and sit a while…the presents are all wrapped…We have made Santa’s key for him to get in… and under the tree they are stacked…(for a quick and easy wooden present idea…look here…) What we love about our home are the people that pass through it, the memories created, and the love that fills it’s walls. The most important part of our home is that it represents us; our past, our present, and our future, and also serves the tiny babe born Christmas morn. Thus… This is the entry decorated in our “The Meaning of Christmas Tree”….it’s covered with crosses and tiny nativities (and of course lots of glitter)! The floor in the entry was painted and stained by Kijsa to mimic a beautiful inlaid floor. Layer after layer is applied to created an aged patina… Come on into the kitchen where it’s all set up for a yummy Christmas meal… …each placesetting has a tiny stocking filled with silverware (an easy way to dress up your holiday table too!!) and a plate from kijsa’s handpainted “12 Days of Christmas” plates. Can you guess which of the 12 days this plate represents? Hint…she’s french (notice the beret)….This was the table set featured in this month’s Christmas Ideas Magazine… A few window seat details (with more hand painted touches from kijsa!) To get creative on your own pillows, look for an upcoming tutorial… …a few metal stockings….. Even the fridge has Christmas on it’s mind (or front as that may be!) And a few more details…An easy way to decorate…simply add magnets to the...

T’was The Night Before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house we scurried about like a mouse tucking wrapped boxes and gifts ‘neath the evergreen tree in the hopes that their bed they would soon see “but wait” shouts out kijsa startling all in the room and everyone knew a new project would begin soon… “The tree is all decked with ornaments bright and the stockings are hung above firelight,” “The presents all wrapped with be-ribboned flair but what looks so simple is that empty box there” “Why the rough wood on the sides could be scrubbed and adorned so that it would not stand so bare and forlorn…” “but as we stood there we knew it was perfect and would let it stand” “For the simple box opened to reveal what they saw… a rough and unwoven mat made of straw” “and they knew past the sparkle and all the rush and the fray the true gift of the Babe given on Christmas day.”...