Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

  

I can’t believe it’s that time again! Thanksgiving! Soon the house will be covered in glittery red and green. But first, here’s some easy ideas to tide you over to that fancy feast and to show off your fall decor for a few more weeks!

First, pillows! This is the first year I’ve added fall pillows but it has made a huge difference! Easy and stylish. 

  

Next, there should always be something on your table for the big feast. I added a white wire basket filled with fall leaves and three green and orange bottles. These bottles were from the dollar store, so they were very economical. I finished the look by adding a couple of white pumpkins to the ends.

 
Finally, the mantle. I added a lantern, fall leaves and some wheat on top. I also added a basket of wheat on a crate on the side and a wreath above everything. I plan on adding a few more fall leaves to the wreath, but even without them, it looks great! 

 
This year I am hosting Thanksgiving at my house, so I am sure some more  fall posts are on the way! Until then, shop my  Etsy page for your early Christmas shopping needs!
  

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A Great Art Project for Kids

It seems like it’s been a while since I have posted. Life has a way of sneaking up on you! I haven’t gotten myself into any crazy projects lately, but here is something my son and I worked on last night. 

I’m sure that at one point in time, every one has completed the trite “hand turkey” but I am posting it here because it really was so much fun! (Especially with the use of real feathers and glitter!)

If you have kids, I suggest you give it a try, you will end up with a beautiful Thanksgiving decoration that will be enjoyed by all! 

  
To make this, have your child trace and cut out his hand, add a triangle for the beak and then decorate with feathers and glitter. Simple, fun and festive!!!

Fall/Halloween diy combo wreath 

  
Do you need an easy way to decorate for both Halloween and fall with just one swoop? Then I have a great idea for you! Introducing the Halloween/fall combo wreath. This can be as hard or as simple as you would like to make it, but the basic concept is easy as pie. 

First create a wreath (or buy one) that would make a great, eye catching fall decoration. Go with fall colors such as red orange tan purple and black and make a wreath full of flowers and leaves and whatever else you would like to put in it.

I used a wire wreath frame and first weaved a black boa through it, so it had a feathery texture. I then added various gourds and floral pieces that were mostly orange and purple. 

  
Now the fun part! Halloween-ize it!!! I have had this wreath for a couple of years now and each year I add different Halloween elements to it. This year I have a scary skeleton man in the center. I have also done a giant spider and a spooky Halloween sign. All you have to do to make this a spooky Halloween decoration is grab your favorite hunting materials and add it or tie it to your fall wreath! Make it removable so later you can simply take it off and have a new wreath! 

Simple yet effective! There you have it, a fall/Halloween combo wreath! My go to every year ­čÖé

   
 

Until next time be sure to follow me and check out my Etsy store for some fun shopping! 

It’s over

My first Art show has come and gone. It was a roller coaster of ups and downs. I got set up super early and actually planned everything out perfectly. The only thing I forgot were my nylons lol. The best thing I could have forgot! 

The show was busy with lots of people and I was a little out of place wondering where I should stand. I didn’t want to scare people off but I also wanted to beat my anxiety and talk to them. 

I didn’t sell any original pieces and there were points in time where I was questioning my ability. I came to the conclusion that I am good enough and would like to do this again, next time working on my back stories and interactions with visitors. 

All in all, it was a successful night that I really enjoyed!

   

     

The bad art and why it’s good┬á

I do not like this painting. If you are familiar with my work, you would never guess that little miss bold color and blended backgrounds painted this dark, thorny mess! So why is it here, why on Earth would I talk about or want to put it up here when it is different and so opposite of what I normally do? 

Because this one has a story. Although it may not be bright and beautiful, the mindset that created it was not bright and beautiful either. This blob of thorn and blood red flowers came from an addicted brain. A brain fighting and scrambling to continue its addiction. That’s right. This is a quitting smoking painting. I tried so many times and this time, I painted. 

The painting fits the mindset that’s for  sure! If you have ever felt this struggle, you know this feeling. If you haven’t, you don’t want to know the feeling. It is scatter brained rage and defeat with a mix of tears and weakness. It is impossible to think of anything else. Thus the scrambled painting. It may not be beautiful but it represents the fight. 

The fight is not beautiful. It is horrible and sadly I had to fight it more than once. I failed on this attempt. I failed many many times. In fact, there is even another quitting smoking painting somewhere in my garage. 

Just keep fighting and never give up. Soon your smoking paintings and quitting paintings will evolve in to freedom paintings. That is why art is amazing. It is so representive of our inner thoughts and fleeting moments in time. Moments that we ourselves forget as we move on. Document your feelings and your life. Paint, write, draw. Don’t loose the old you because a new you has emerged. Remember your journey, ´╗┐

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It’s Real!!

I just got back from the RAW artist walk through! I met so many amazing artists and I can’t wait for this once in a lifetime show!!! If you are in Denver, you need to come! There will be art, music, fashion and even a fire dancer!!! Buy presale tickets by March 12 at rawartists.org/Easthamart The show is March 19 7-11 it is 18+ This will be fun!!!

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