I find everyday presents inspirations for projects. Hope you enjoy my ideas.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Aboriginal Paddlers

Well...Ryan's room is complete. I finished this painting yesterday...think it looks pretty great in the room. I may have gone overboard on the "aboriginal" art in the house, but it reminds me of Australia and how bad can that be?!?!?!?!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Aloha Spirit

Wow...you ask yourself...what could these two pictures actually have in common???? Well, I'm back in Hawaii for a little R&R. I know...I don't really deserve or need R&R, but I have a big scan coming up and needed some time alone to think about things. As soon as I landed...I realized why I love it here so much and wondered why I ever leave. It smells so good, it's so beautiful, it's WARM and everyone is sooooo nice. And that brings me to the photos...the beautiful fruit plate was waiting for me at the house when I got here from the airport...how great is Audrey!!!!! Today was a trip to Kailua-Kona to register the FJ. Anyone is Ca knows what a nightmare the DMV is...well, not in Hawaii. It took at most, 2 minutes. The lady who helped me had a beautiful smile, a flower behind her ear and was wearing the prettiest shell lei. She was so nice and efficient...I was out of there before I knew it. So...live Aloha...it works!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Ticket Bowl

Remember the cool tickets you used to get at carnivals? Here's a simple project to make a really neat bowl from a roll of tickets...VERY easy.

You will need a roll of tickets (available at stationery supply stores), glue, mod podge, and a brush. Glue the first 5 or 6 tickets down to keep the roll from unraveling. When the glue is dry, start forming your bowl by pushing in on the center of the roll (much like pulling a bowl on a potter's wheel). Slowly push in with your thumbs as you raise the sides with your fingers. It will feel tight...but you can slowly "shape" the bowl pushing and pulling the ticket roll. Larger rolls of tickets will yield larger bowls...a ticket roll of 6" yields a bowl approximately 5" tall. Once you are happy with the shape...apply several coats of mod podge to seal and strengthen. The finished bowl will not be water-tite but looks good on a bookshelf or coffee table. The tickets come in many colors...

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Moose notecards

I mean really...who wouldn't want moose notecards???!!! Here's a little "tutorial" on silkscreening notecards. First draw your design...then carefully cut it out through both layers of clear contact paper.

Peel off the back protective layer and smooth onto your screen. You're all set...VERY EASY.

Using water-based silkscreen ink and a squeegee, "pull" the ink across the screen leaving a printed image on the card stock.

Ta Da! Moose notecards!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Drywall dust...ugh

Wowsers...the house is under a cloud of drywall dust! We decided to upgrade the AV system and unfortunately that meant LOTS of holes in the walls and LOTS of dust. Didn't think silkscreening was wise (wet ink and dust not a good combo) so decided to paint instead. Here's the little watercolor I did...


Friday, February 12, 2010


My grand-dogs are the cutest chocolate labs ever. I thought notecards with their image would be fun...They turned out so cute...I used the same image for a pillow.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Terrie's birthday present

My sister Terrie is turning *% next month. She is a new grandma and a quilter...had to think up something fun for her. Decided some fun printed fabric would keep her supplied in projects for awhile...either a fun new quilt or really funky baby clothes for Clare. So...I bought 5 yards of white muslin, washed it and divided it into 1 yard pieces.

I dyed each piece a different color, then drew animal silhouettes to cut from contact paper (for my silk screen film). I printed each animal (layout of 4) on the fabric...peach kangaroos, black bears on navy, orange pigs on yellow, lilac turtles on sage and teal elephants on aqua.

The project turned out great...she loved it. Her birthday isn't until March...but I was so excited about the fabric I gave it to her early.