Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Oh Christmas Trees, Oh Christmas Trees...

... how sparkly are thy branches.

One of my longest delayed decorating whirlwinds ever (thanks to an overwhelmingly busy school year that has had me beyond exhausted) finally occurred on Monday and Tuesday, just days before Christmas.

Houston, we have TREES!

 There's one on the front porch:


 ... and one upstairs between the living and dining rooms, being kept company by two Norfolk pines (not pictured) that hopefully won't go into shock after I replanted them into larger ceramic pots.


 The Fifth Grader helped me decorate our kitschy tree for the downstairs den, full of felt ornaments and glittery bulbs, with Abominable greeting us each time we congregate for a holiday movie:



... and I couldn't resist putting my ever-growing collection of vintage ornaments on display in my crafty nook:




Better late than never, and there's an ever-so-significant-SLIGHT chance that the trees will stay up past the New Year.

Can you blame me?

Monday, June 13, 2016

Summer Blooms

After a few weeks away from school, blooms are beginning to appear:



Tomato blooms...




Petunia blooms...

... and the blooms that promise pumpkins:



I do love summer blooms.


Monday, May 30, 2016

Simple Summer Porch Decor

Summer has started, which means it's time to summer-clean, summer-sort, and summer-decorate.

I don't go hog wild because hey, it's this teacher's ~vacation~ after a surprisingly difficult school year.

Simple is good.  I have books to catch up on, recorded mini-series to binge-watch, crafting to do.

I found a beautiful hanging basket (flat, pouch-style) on sale a few weeks ago at Nell Hill's, a glorious home decor shop, just waiting for some faux flowers... white cherry blossoms and blue hydrangeas, maybe?


The cherry blossom branches are on long wired stems and were easy to bend:


The hydrangeas were in a bush, and needed to be cut apart.  I spread each stem away from the base:


... and then snippity-snipped.  My continued use of highly technical terms likely indicates to you that my summer break really has just begun.  Give me a week or two.  I'll relax.  I promise.




Then it was time to tuck and arrange the branches and stems.  I thought I'd need the green floral wire to attach the stems to some of the woven basket sections, but I ended up liking the floppy arrangement well enough to not use it. 


No...


Not quite...


Ding ding ding!  We have a winner!



Go ahead, blame the inner-Alaskan in me for using spring flowers for summer porch decor.  I won't mind.


I'll be busy reading, watching, and crafting, after all. 



Sunday, March 20, 2016

Keeping a Spring Break Promise

I get to put a checkmark next to a promise I added to my Spring Break want-to-do list:

I followed up on a tutorial that I saved to Pinterest from a wonderful lady, Debbie Saenz, over at her blog, A Creative Life.  I haven't seen her post for a few years now (she does have an Etsy shop), but am terribly appreciative that her mixed media tutorial is still available online.

Following her instructions and photos for guidance and inspiration, I managed to make a fabulous mess in my crafty nook today, and used half a jar of Mod Podge in the process.

Yes.

HALF. A. JAR.

You know you're in crafting heaven when you realize that you ~enjoy~ peeling the dried Mod Podge from your fingers, all elementary-school-days-wet-glue style. 



Scrabble tiles on the floor (I decided to print my text instead of using them), along with pieces of vintage sheet music and old book pages... acrylic paint, water, foam and bristle brushes, ribbon, lace, scissors, stamp pads, E-6000 and Mod Podge... oh, buttons too... you name it, I probably grabbed it to have within easy reach while I tried to determine how to alter my canvases.

The first canvas was stretched over a frame, resulting in a LOT of air bubbles and wrinkles across the surface, while my second canvas covering heavy cardboard or chipboard, made it easier (and faster) to layer papers with Mod Podge, and other elements with glue.





Here's the second canvas:



I came ~this close~ to NOT painting the book and music pages... But I had paint left over from the first canvas that I didn't want to waste, so I used it.

Ohhhhhhhhh, let's not forget the bubble wrap!  See the texture I added to the pink wash by pressing white paint onto bubble wrap and then touching it to the canvas?

Bubble wrap is just as fun to paint with as it is to pop.

Maybe. 



My friend Karen suggested a quote from Winnie the Pooh for my collages:



... inspiring me to use a single word to fill this heart:



Thank you, dear friend.

I completed two collages one day before I head back to the classroom for the beginning of the last quarter for this school year.  I was cutting it close, but I kept a spring break promise to myself: learn something new and create something from it.

Check.