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!
I love the holidays, mostly for the decorating! I love creating new looks for my Christmas tree every year, and this year is no different. I think color coordinating and planning out a design, give a room a professional look and a cozy, relaxing feel.
This year, I did red and white. I love the idea of snow covered trees and candy canes which is what my living room reminds me of. There is one thing that set this tree off and made it stand out a lot more. That is the addition of giant red glittery shear bows! (I really wish you could see how they shine through your computer screens.) The bows almost glow with the warm white light shining through. I think secondly, the white tinsel give the tree a lot of contrast.
So that is my secret to a beautiful Christmas tree for 2015! Be sure to visit my site at www.easthamart.com to see some beautiful natural art and furniture!
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!!
I am currently working on up-cycling a beautiful vanity, and have plans on matching this to a giant wardrobe that I acquired. On each one, I want similar drawer pulls, both the same color, but in different shapes. (The wardrobe will have a knob and keyhole, while the vanity will be a simple drawer pull.) My only problem: I can’t find an exact match. The solution: paint them, while keeping the antiqued look and bringing everything together.
Step one: Pick similar pulls so that shape and style match. We will be adding color highlights to each but it would be helpful if the two sets have a similar base coat.
Step two: Choose three or four colors to highlight with. I used acrylic paint and used black, teal, copper and pastel green.
Step three: Plan out how you would like the accents to look. Do you want large dark areas? Small highlights? Make a plan for your look so you have an idea of where you will need to paint.
Step four: Paint. I painted large areas with the real and used a small bit of black to darken it. I then dry brushed some of the pastel paint over the colors so it looked antiqued. Finally, I added a few copper highlights around the edges.
Since this was acrylic paint, and I was mostly dry brushing, it was dry in a few minutes! Now everything is more unique with a brighter antiqued patina look and will be a perfect matching bedroom set when I paint the wardrobe’s door handles to match! I am even adding a few wood accents in the same color to the vanity mirror to tie everything together further.
And, it case you are curious, here is the vanity’s work in progress photo!
First I stripped the old finish and sanded the table. Next I stained it. I let that dry and then added a little accent on the molding. Then I put polyurethane over the whole thing. I then took some of my fabric and stapled it to the sides of the top of the table.
Finally I placed a piece of glass back over the fabric and have a new matchy table for my chair.