Monday, September 26, 2011

Recycled Posters

I mentioned in a previous post that I have tons of wall space and not a lot of art. Well, I'm working on it!

The Beavis is such a huge Beatles fan so I thought he would appreciate the Fab Four watching over us in our living room. He had this huge Beatles poster that hung in his room during high school and college. It's been rolled up in a tube for many years. I hated to let it go to waste so this is what I came up with.

I'm thinking these boards need frames to make them pop a little more

I love the look of collages, especially the way advertising posters get torn up and pasted over each other. I wanted to do something like that so I took the original poster, cut it up and applied it to decorated canvas boards. It was super cheap and easy!

I picked up some canvas boards and did a little sponge painting with whatever acrylic paints I had around the house. The sunburst motif was added with a stencil and spray paint. Then I doodled over the top with a Sharpie.

Snip, snip to the poster and throw on the Modge Podge. My finished posters have a warped, air-bubble effect which I was fine with. I've heard that if you don't want your decoupaged pieces to look warped that you should soak the paper in water before applying to the surface. Also, make sure to apply the adhesive to the front and the back of the paper.

The other walls in the room are getting some love too.

The giant clock was a P.I.T.A. to hang. Just ask Beavis. And guess what? The battery just died. It is now perpetually 8PM.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Anniversary Art

I got such a nice surprise the other day. Beavis gave me my 7th wedding anniversary present early.

He wanted to follow traditional anniversary gift materials this year. The 7th anniversary is the wool or copper anniversary. Well, I've got tons of wool just sitting in a cabinet waiting to be knitted into stuff so he figured I was set.

Beavis went with copper and found this awesome piece of art from Jenn Bell. I love it! Melted glass over copper, what could be better!  Go check out her site and order some art!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Embracing the Booty!

I am just a few days away from my 2.25" button press machine getting here! I am so excited! I plan on offering my design clients over at MPowered Design button/badge promotional products with more sizes to come in the future. I've been playing with potential, fun button designs in Photoshop and Illustrator.

Aww yea they do!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I don't need OxiClean, I have paint and freezer paper!

It doesn't matter what I'm wearing, I always manage to spill something on myself. In fact, I have a salsa stain from today's lunch on my shirt right now.

Usually the stains come out in the wash but every now and then I'm stuck with them. So, I decided to make some lemonade out of lemons and save a t-shirt.

Ta da!!! The stain has magically disappeared!

I used a freezer paper stencil to add this groovy flower to my shirt. To create your own custom shirt you'll need:

 - a shirt, duh!
 - freezer paper (make sure it is freezer paper, don't use wax paper!)
 - fabric paint and a sponge or brush to apply it with
 - a piece of cardboard large enough to fit inside your shirt
 - craft knife and cutting board 
 - an iron and ironing board

My greasy shirt
I started off with a flower drawing that I did in Adobe Illustrator. Don't worry if you are not a designer. Any clip art, drawing or text will do just fine. Just make sure that your design is simple enough to cut out with a craft knife. I've seen some awesome, detailed freezer paper stencils so if you have patience and a steady hand, go for that intricate design. Otherwise, simple shapes work best.

I sized my design to fit on a standard piece of 8.5"x11" paper and then cut out a piece of freezer paper to those dimensions.

You'll need to either print your design or trace/draw it on the freezer paper.  (TIP! If you are going to use a printer make sure to feed the freezer paper so that printing is on the paper side. Run a test with a piece of regular paper and mark a corner on it to make sure which way the freezer paper needs to be placed in the printer tray.)

Once you have your design on the freezer paper you'll need to cut out the parts of the stencil that expose the parts of the shirt you want painted. Take your time cutting out the stencil and use a cutting board or thick piece of cardboard for a cutting surface. You want clean lines.

Place the stencil on the shirt right where you want your design with the waxy side down and adhere it to the shirt with a warm iron (no steam!). Run the iron over the stencil until it is completely stuck to the shirt.

To prevent the fabric paint from seeping to the other side of your shirt, place a piece of cardboard inside it to act as a barrier. Now apply the fabric paint with a small sponge or stiff bristle brush. I prefer to do several light coats of paint so that I don't get any accidental drips. I also apply the paint with light up and down dabs. If you swipe your brush back and forth you might get some of the bristles underneath the stencil.

Once the paint has dried, peel off the freezer paper. Follow the paint manufacturer's instructions for heat setting the paint. The brand I used just needed a final ironing to set the paint.

Ta da! Instant stain removal!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Occasional Seamstress

When it comes to sewing I'm either totally crazy, can't get enough, stay up until 2AM to finish a project or, well,

I don't sew often but when I do, I finish several projects within a day or two. My projects tend to be small, house or accessory related stuff. No clothing or anything that has to be perfectly tailored. God help me when I have to hem a pair of pants (which happens often when one is 5'1").

Bruce couldn't care less about sewing

One of my quickie projects was a stool cozy. I have several pieces of brown, fake leather furniture that just seem to blend into one another. My solution, cover the cube footstool from Target with some groovy fabric.

The cover just sits over the stool so I can easily throw it in the washing machine when one of the cats decides to throw up on it. And it was so easy to make! I just measured the dimensions of the cube and added 1/2" on each side for a seam allowance. 

Here is my fancy pattern:

My next project was a grocery tote out of some random fabric I found in the remnant bin at Joann's. The lining fabric is an old sheet that my dog Lola tore a chunk out of last summer.

I even managed to put in a pocket for my keys, phone and wallet
But, the nicest thing I made was this cute, reversible bag. The pattern (which was so easy to follow!) and instructions can be found on VeryPurplePerson. The pattern fits perfectly on 4 fat quarters (for the non-sewers, fat quarters are 18"x24" pieces of fabric that are sold individually, typically for quilting projects).

I still have two throw pillows to cover so I hope my sewing mojo keeps rocking.

Lola says "Hi".

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Monday, May 30, 2011

IKEA Hack Cat Cabinets

You cat owners out there know that stylish, affordable cat furniture is hard to find. If you have dogs and cats there are very few contraptions that keep dogs out of the litter and kitty food. 

Beavis hacked some really cool IKEA cabinets to create a kitty litter containment locker and a private dining room for our two cats. 

Pepper couldn't wait for her new groovy kitty condos
You'll need:
  • IKEA PS lockers
  • Heavy Duty Tin Snips
  • Cat Door Kits
  • A drill and a drill bit intended for drilling through metal
After assembling the cabinets Beavis traced out the hole for the cat doors using the template that came with the cat door kit. The cabinets came with shelves but we didn't use them. You could hang them on the wall for instant magnet boards.

Beavis had to drill a few pilot holes around the traced line in order to get the tin snips into the cabinet to cut out the door.

Mark where your screw holes need to go and drill through. Attach the door and fasten. Done!

Pepper makes her first "deposit'

We left the flap off the kitty litter cabinet to allow the cats some room to move since the litter pan took up most of the cabinet space.