Terra Cotta Wind Chime Project

This afternoon Abby and I had lots of fun making wind chimes. We made one for both of her grandmas and one for her. I had recently seen a photo of similar chimes online, but it didn’t have instructions. I thought that it wouldn’t be too difficult to put together and would be something fun that Abby and I could do together, plus it would be a project that would allow her to work with her motor skills.

In the morning we went to walmart to pick out our supplies. I let Abby pick out all the colors to use.

What you need:

Terra cotta pot

Leather cord or something similar

Washers

Beads

Large buttons (not pictured)

Paint

Acrylic jewels

Hot glue/glue gun

First Abby painted the pots.

We let them dry over lunch and then took a nap. After that, we used the leather cord to make a large loop for hanging. I then knotted the cord through a big button and put the cord through the bottom of the pot. I thread the cord through another button and knotted it again.

I tied two washers to the cord. Abby strung pony beads on the cord and I knotted the ends.

She picked out rainbow colored jewels to place on the outside of the pot for added sparkle. I glued them on around the edges of the pots.

Abby is very excited to give each grandma her chime.

You can change up the design by adding different beads, bells, sea shells, feathers, or other items.

Have fun! If you make a chime I would love to see your project!

Finger Painting Father’s Day Project

With Father’s Day coming up, Abby and I decided to get creative this morning and make a present for my husband.  He doesn’t buy new clothes very often, so we had already bought him a shirt, but we wanted to give him something homemade as well.  We had to be a little sneaky and work on it while he was occupied, as it is Sunday and he was home with us.

I looked at several cute ideas on Pinterest, but several of the ideas required items I did not have.  I wanted to try to use supplies we already had at home if possible. 

Abby loves to finger paint, so we got out a piece of 8 x 10 construction paper and acrylic paint.  We decided to use different shades of green, which is my husband’s favorite color.  I draped her high chair and the table in plastic and placed an old towel on the floor.  At first she daintily stuck her index finger in the paint and made polka dots on the paper like she was afraid to get dirty, but eventually she got into it.

Abby’s finished painting, below.

After the paint dried we added some leftover colored letters from Hobby Lobby that I had used for another project.  The letters are a tad crooked and not quite evenly spaced, but we had fun.  She is learning her alphabet so we had to review all the letters several times and she was very picky about what colors we used.

Lastly, I framed the painting with a black 8 x 10 frame.  I could not find an empty frame in storage so I ended up buying a $2.00 frame at Walmart.

Abby is pretty proud and excited to give her picture to Daddy!

Are you making any projects for Father’s Day?  I would love to hear about them!

Easter Bunny Sign Craft

While browsing Pinterest a few days ago looking for an Easter project. I saw some cute bunny signs using pallet wood.  It didn’t appear to be too difficult so I went to Hobby Lobby to buy my supplies and try my hand at it.
The original instructions for this project are from Diva of DIY’s website and can be found here: http://divaofdiy.com/easter-decorations-rustic-bunny-sign/
 

Supplies I used:

  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush 
  • Wood
  • Sandpaper 
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue gun and glue

I painted each board a different pastel color and then let it air dry for an hour.

I tried to free hand paint a rabbit shape in white.  Not gonna lie: it sucked, I got mad, and then I painted over it with the original pastel colors. 

Next, I folded and 8 1/2 × 11 sheet of paper in half lengthwise and cut out half a bunny shape, similar to how you would cut a heart from a folded piece of paper.  I lightly traced the bunny on to the wood with a pencil.  I then painted the bunny white and let it dry.

I used the sandpaper to rub lightly over the wood, pressing slightly harder around the edges to make a worn or “rustic” look.  Using a cloth, I wiped off the sign to remove any paint particles loosened by sanding.  Finally I used the hot glue gun to attach a ribbon to the bunny.

Are you working on any Easter crafts?  If so, I would love to hear about them!

Painting Time!

Abby has been very interested in coloring lately and we have spent a lot of time with her colorbooks and loose paper.  After several coloring sessions this weekend I was a little bored and wanted to do something different, so I looked through my craft supplies for something we could make together.  

I found a small canvas and decided to let her finger paint.  Not wanting to clean up a paint mess all over the house (and all over the kid) I placed blobs of different paint colors on the canvas and then enclosed it in a gallon-sized Zip lock bag.

I set her loose to play and have fun squishing the paint around with her fingers.   

She had lots of fun and the project occupied her for quite a long time.  She is quite proud of the end result, seen here drying:

Modern Life

Last Sunday night I had a little time after Abby went to bed and was able to paint. It had been quite a while since I had last had a chance to, probably some time around Halloween. 

It felt good to get my hands dirty (and boy, did I. The new gold paint I recently bought took a few days to come off, even after using a lot of elbow grease and a stiff brush). 

The result was this, Modern Life, mixed media on canvas. 

The light in my “studio”/craft room/storage space stinks, so in the photograph the color is a little off and the gold doesn’t appear to shine as much as it does, I think it didn’t turn out too bad.

Brave New World

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Well, I covered up my mistake and decided to show my painting as it is now.  I’m not quite sure if I am happy with it yet.
If you didn’t read my last post, I am referring to something I decided to add to my painting.  I still don’t like it as well as before,  but it is better than it was. 
So, I’ve been rereading Brave New World after several years.  As I was working yesterday I was thinking of the story and thought the circles looked like cells dividing and reminded me of one of the first scenes from the story where the Director of Hatcheries is giving a tour and explaining how they create the clones and condition them for their jobs and place in society.  I thought it would be cool to add a gloved had holding a test tube, and then add a Huxley quote.  At the time it seemed like a great idea, but when I added the hand it did not look as great as in my imagination.
Anyway, I thought I would post a follow up.

Crap, I Ruined It

I don’t know how many of you paint, draw, sew, or do something equally creative.  Have you ever made something really cool and then thought,  what if I add _____, wouldn’t that be awesome? And then when you do, it didn’t look as awesome as you had pictured in your head? That’s what happened to me tonight.  
My dear husband took the baby out for a while this afternoon and I took the opportunity to paint.  I bought some new paint yesterday and was enjoying  just playing around with color.  I had watched some YouTube videos yesterday and I decided to experiment with some painting techniques I had seen.  Eventually, they came home and I had to stop, but I realized what I had made was pretty cool.  Actually, it was probably the best painting I have ever created.  Now understand,  I am not a great artist.  I just paint for the fun of it.  I know my work will never hang in the Met or the Louvre.  I have walked among Van Goughs, Monets, Renoirs… my art will never be of that caliber;  I accept that.  But I was pretty stoked and proud that I had made something so great.
After having so much fun this afternoon, I was itching to get back to painting and had an idea of something to add to what I had already done.  When Abby went to bed and my husband left to go meet a friend I got back work.  All too soon the baby woke up and I couldn’t get her back to sleep, so I carried her out to the dining room table where I had been working so I could clean my brushes. 
When I looked at the canvas I realized that I had totally ruined my painting.  Why did I touch it?  I felt like screaming.  I should have left it alone.  I’m not exaggerating, now it looks like crap.  I am so mad at myself.
I’m hoping that I can get some time tomorrow to be able to undo some of the damage done, but I doubt it. 

My Latest Painting

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Here is my latest painting.  It was inspired by time spent in Southern France.   I apologize the color looks a bit off, as I took the photo with my cell phone camera (there’s also some blue marks from the camera, unfortunately)
My wonderful husband took the baby shopping and let me have a little time alone.  It was nice and relaxing and went by too quickly.