New Art!

This year has been such a blur so far! I am finally getting back to my painting and I have a lot to show you over the next couple of weeks.  This one is entitled “Vintage Wishes”  It is 12x12in. on  canvas, done in acrylic and mixed media.  I love the neutral vintage tones combined with the bright colors! Stay tuned for more! I have been working on being a little more free with my paintings, so you never know what’s up next!

 

See more at www.easthamart.com Here is another recent piece that is similar.

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How to improvise… Halloween floating candles

  
What do you do when something doesn’t turn out the way you wanted it?
This is what I wanted:

  
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This is what I got:

  

Oh my. You can tell these floating candles are obviously toilet paper rolls with led candles on the top. So, rather than admit defeat, I got creative. I wrapped the candles in some shear purple material I had laying around and added some raffia to tie it all together! Viola! It’s not perfect, but it’ll do!

 

   

This egg carton holder however is a great idea to hold the rolls up while you are spray painting!
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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 🙂

   
 

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Diy Halloween Poison Tray

  

Halloween is just around the corner and I have been busy preparing my haunted mansion. And what haunted palace would be complete without a tray filled with spell making ingredients and poison? This was extremely easy and not expensive to create. I simply found cute bottles at local thrift stores and bought some transfers from the dollar store. Here is a very simple step-by-step list of how to re-create this tray. 

step one: accumulate all of your supplies. When looking for your potion bottles look for flat surfaces that are large enough for the transfers to stick to. I got these transfers at the Family Dollar; they came in a pack of four squares with one long rectangle “poison” transfer.

  
Step two: Prepare your bottle surfaces for the transfer. I have this tray sitting out by my mantle which I did in ivory and black so I painted a few of my bottles ivory to accent the coloring. Make sure your services are clean and free of dust. 

Step 3: Remove the plastic covering and place the transfer on the bottle where you want it to be.

 

 Step 4: Rub cold water on the bottle with a wash cloth making sure the transfer is saturated.
 

 Step 5: Peel off the white backing carefully and see your beautiful work! 🙂

Step 6: Let the transfer completely dry and then put it on display!

   

And there you have it! An awesome poison tray for your Halloween party guests! Be sure to follow me for more decorating ideas and check out my Etsy store to see what creations I have up for sale! And please post pictures of your wonderful Halloween decorations!!

  
 

Halloween decorating for a Dollar

  
It that time of year! Dried leaves and the scent of pumpkin fills the air. It’s time to transform your space in to a spooky, stylish Halloween palace! And what better way to do it, than cost effective and creatively? All of these treasures came from the ever popular dollar store! What a great way to make your ideas come to life for less!!

Up first, we have the haunted town, complete with orange lights and black trees!! Each building was a dollar! There was nothing to craft for this one, just set it out, add some lights and enjoy!! (We added some mini Halloween Thomas the tank engine toys as well!)

  
Next, what haunted house is complete without a poison tray? Just add some thrift store bottles and we are good to go! These awesome transfers came in a pack of four and were really easy to use!! I thought for a dollar, they may not turn out, but I was pleasantly surprised.  

  
Everyone knows that pumpkins are a staple of Halloween and fall. These great little guys also cost a dollar. They were orange at first which I decided to spray paint ivory to match my mantel scene a little better. Add these any where and every where!! They are carve-able, would make good accents or even a main center piece! 

 

 The dollar store is full of great things that you can find for your holiday! You can find bugs, dishes, towels, tinsel, floral… Pretty much every thing! I also picked up some fall leaves that I am planning on painting gold for Thanksgiving!! Check out my other blog posts for more Halloween decorating ideas!! And if you see something you like, check out my Etsy store, it may be for sale 😉 

As promised… The secret image.

A week ago I posted my newest painting. A giant 8′ x 4′ poppy painting. You can read about the meaning Here

In my last post I briefly mentioned a secret image. Did you find it? Well here is the close up.

  

I am not a football fan, but I love secret pictures. This image was for my cousin in law; he loves the Raiders. He mentioned paintings with cool hidden pictures, so I just had to sneak this in :-). It’s amazing how many pieces of art have hidden pictures and meanings. Some of them we might not ever know about. Our local history Museum has gnomes Hidden in all of its murals. Here is a picture:
  

So there you have it. My secret picture. How many of my other paintings have secret images? One? None? All? The world may never know 🙂    

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