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

Monday, March 28, 2011

Daily Painters Challenge

Wow, just looked at the date of my last post...it's been forever!  I have been busy, honest.  I have been painting lots of little 6"x6" plein aire oil paintings.  Still trying to figure out where I might get them hung...there's a gallery in Waikoloa...if I have the nerve to approach them that might be the ticket!  Anyway, I follow a blog or 2 or 3 of daily painters (think I've mentioned there's a group out there who are dedicated to painting one painting EVERY day...no matter what).  Wow...that takes some commitment and time management.  I've tried...but something always gets in the way to do it everyday.  I must admit though, like everything else, the more you do, the better you get.  I did post one painting to their site last week.  They're having a fund raiser for Japanese Tsunami Relief and every painting is for sale and 100% of the sales price will be donated to some relief organization (as directed by the posting artist)  No bids on my painting yet...but it's kind of fun to have it out there and visible to lots of people. Here's the site if you're interested...there's some nice work at REALLY low prices.  If you want to see my little piece you'll have to scroll down about 10 rows...but here it is in living color

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

"Hawaiian Quilt" Stencil Pillow

You can probably tell from the blog title we're back in Hawaii.  We were here for the tsunami...our house is pretty high so we were never in danger...but the island did sustain quite a bit of damage.  Of course, it pales in comparison to Japan...but the people who lost their homes here are suffering nonetheless.
We've had some milestones...Chris turned 60 on Thursday...and retired last Monday.  Wow...where's the time gone?..I don't feel THAT old!
Since we're here for a month I thought I'd work on some pillows for the living room.  All the furniture is white slipcoverd so it's easy to change things up a bit just by tossing around new pillows.  I've had Pierre Deux (Provencal fabric) pillows up til now (since the house was inspired by a couple of houses on St Barth's, a French protectorate) I thought that was only appropriate...but little bits of Hawaiiana keep creeping in so I thought a graphic version of the traditional Hawaiian quilt designs would be nice.  I got the idea from Martha Stewart Living...they have templates and great "how to" directions
You'll need, 
white fabric (2  15" squares per)
a sheet of freezer paper 15" square
fabric paint
foam brush
Cut your fabric squares and a piece of
freezer paper the size you want your finished pillow to be
Fold the freezer paper in half
Now fold it in half the other direction
And then fold opposite corners together to
form a triangle
Sketch your design along the folded edge 
(templates are available on marthastewartliving.com)
Carefully cut out the design
(if you were using fabric instead of freezer paper, you could use 
the cut out piece and stitch it to an existing pillow) ugh...
LOTS of work!
We're using the OUTSIDE piece...so carefully unfold it and
lay it out on your fabric piece
iron the freezer paper (shiny side down) to
the fabric...warm iron NO steam
Using a foam brush and fabric paint...daub on the paint until
the entire stencil has been filled in and the coverage
is fairly opaque...let dry

Carefully peel back the freezer paper...
Heat set the fabric paint as per mfg instructions
Now sew up a pillow using the second piece of fabric.
I always put in a hidden zipper in the bottom seam 
so I can "move" the pillow inserts from case to case


Monday, March 7, 2011

Rope Soap Dispenser

I just had to make a cute soap dispenser for Ryan's powder room.  The rope waste baskets (tp spare roll holders) are so fun...why not match them with a rope covered bottle to continue his nautical theme.  Super easy and fast.  I took an empty glass hand soap bottle
a glue gun, a spool of clothesline rope...
and started gluing and winding the rope around
the bottle, from bottom to top
(bottle in photo is clear rather than the opaque bottle above
...other half of a set)

and...after 20 minutes or so...

So, the new soap dispenser will sit on the 
pedestal sink as soon as I can deliver it


Thursday, March 3, 2011

It's Been a Painting Week

I have been really busy this week, made many projects but keep forgetting to take pictures to share :(
Kipp and I finally delivered our pillows

wine gift bags

 and glassware

to the new boutique in Seal Beach.  Janet (the owner) called Tuesday after close of business the first day to tell us we'd already sold 4 pillows and 2 glasses.  FUN!  So, back to silkscreening to keep her supplied.  Kipp and I tie-dyed scarves with my sister, but it was a bit of a Rit Dye fail.  What was supposed to be red and blue sort of turned into pink and lavender (think we didn't leave them in the dye bath long enough).
I made 3 more rope waste baskets for Ryan's remodel

hung two more tp roll holders
but mostly, I painted.  I did several small oils for the Laguna gallery

and several watercolors for the Hawaii gallery

Today Ryan and I stripped and sanded doors...ugh.  Will it ever end?
Saturday we paint!!!!