The Midas Touch

Ok, I don’t have the *fascinating* post I was planning on posting. Which means that rather than making fascinators on Friday for the Spring Racing Carnival, my bestie and I polished off a good red and a big chunk of triple cream brie. Awesome. But, I promise they will be done this Friday!

What I did do was get my crafting mojo back with my trusty friend Mr Spray Paint. Isn’t is funny how, even when you love something, if you get out of the habit of doing it, it can be hard to get started again? Like the gym? Except I hate the gym. I have been so busy lately and so used to trying to just ‘chill’ after being busy that I stopped focussing my energy on getting creative in my (limited) spare time. And I tell ya what, it wasn’t good for the ol’ soul. I am just one of those people who is better busy.

I have been on a bit of a gold craze at the moment. There is just something lovely about the richness and glam of gold that warms up a room and adds a luxe feel. I especially love it paired with natural elements like wood (Rustic+Gold=Fabulousness). So naturally I am obsessed with painting everything gold (similar to the time I painted everything white and black).

I have also picked up some amazing gold pieces recently while out op-shopping (thrifting). Stay tuned for an op-shop dedicated post coming up soon!

I updated a $1.99 second hand bin for our bedroom. We had this ugly green plastic thing that Angus and Tinks had used as a chew toy and it was just killing the room. I love how the new bin looks now and smile every time I throw rubbish away. Call me crazy.

I also wanted a cute little vase for the guestroom so I glued a sundae glass and a tumbler together with my crazy hobby glue (medium setting cyanoacrylate super glue to be precise) and gave it a few good coats. Love it!

Here are the thrifted gold lovelies that I got for a steal:

Gold leaf ceramic bowl – $0.99

Gorgeous floral oil painting with gold frame to add to my collection – $20

Gold stemmed cocktail glasses – $0.99 each. I LOVE these pretty things!

Gold goodies to warm up any room in the house!

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Fancy Framed Pinboard

My best friend of 17 years has the same birthday as me (fun fact: I am 5 hours and 1 minute older than her) and this year for our present exchange I decided to make her gifts since I had the time because I wasn’t working (and therefore also trying to be frugal).

I found this great frame and lamp base at a local op-shop and got to work. The frame was a great find. The satin flower print was horrible but the frame was metal and in great shape. I thought about getting mirror cut for it but in the end I decided to make a pinboard with some leftover cream hessian (burlap) from my chair upholstery adventure and a corkboard I had left over from my pin board art. The bestie has a fondness for pinning interesting and inspiring little snippets on a mood board so I thought this would be a nice version for her new apartment.

The lamp was an easy spray paint job and you can find a more detailed tutorial for that here.

To make a Fancy Framed Pinboard you will need

Frame with backing

Matt black spray paint

Spray adhesive

Corkboard

Hessian (you could also use calico or canvas or any sturdy fabric)

Scissors

Exacto knife

Ribbon

Staple gun or hot glue gun

Take the backing out of the frame. Clean and dry the frame and spray with 3 coats of spray paint, letting each coat dry before the next.

Using the backing as a guide, cut out the shape of the corkboard to fit the frame using an Exacto knife.

Cut out two pieces of hessian in the same shape.

In a well ventilated area, glue one piece of hessian onto the corkboard using the spray adhesive and the glue the next piece on top of that.

Using the staple gun or hot glue gun, attach the ribbon in whatever design you like by wrapping it around the hessian covered corkboard and securing it at the back.

Attach it to the frame and you’re done!

Don’t you think this one looks a bit like a Victorian brooch? I was tempted to keep it for myself!

The lamp (although I think it was quite nice to begin with) also got a chic matt black update.

And the birthday girl? She loved them!

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Geometric ‘Art’

I was a tad unwell recently and confined to the couch for about ten days. Anyone who knows me well knows that I have a hard time being idle so rather than spending all (just some) of my time watching my guilty secret TV show which I will not disclose for fear of ridicule (*cough* Gossip Girl), I used most of that couch time to trawl through my favourite blogs, picking up ideas and getting inspired. Sounds nice right? Well it would have been if I was able to put that inspiration into practice. Unfortunately when one is couch-bound it’s quite hard to roll your sleeves up and get stuck into a project. I did try to crochet a granny square but it all went pear-shaped. Literally. I crocheted a purple pear by accident.

By the end of the week I was unable to sit there any longer so I hauled my sorry sick self into my craft room with a vague idea of doing something to add a pop of colour to the fireplace mantle. The same mantle that I had been staring at for ten days straight. The same mantle that desperately needed something to tie in the hints of orange and bluey-green. By the 9th day, the mantle was mocking me and I had to take action. I made art. Well, in my pain-killer induced state I called this art. My Dad called it something else.

For someone who could only really use what was in reach I think I did ok. It’s kind of neon, it’s geometric and it’s DIY so judging by all the trends I have been seeing everywhere, this masterpiece is practically the hippest thing going around.

Anyway, it made me feel good just creating something. Something other than photos of heart shapes made out of M&M’s to send to Dave.

You too can make this geometric wonder!

What you will need:

Mod podge (I used gloss)

Brush

Canvass in any size you like (my was a small cheapie from a cheap shop)

Scraps of paper. I used metallic tissue, gold wrapping paper, paint chips and antique sheet music

Scissors

Cut your paper shapes and play around with the layout until you are happy. Take a quick photo with your phone or camera so you can remember the position of the shapes. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the entire canvass and start laying out shapes. If you are layering your shapes like I did you will need to figure out which ones need to go down first. Smooth out any air bubbles or wrinkles (note to Mod Podge newbies (like me!) tissue paper is delicate, especially when covered in glue so be careful when smoothing). Apply a layer of Mod Podge over the entire canvass and allow to dry. Repeat until you have a total of 3 layers.

Display in the most prominent area of the house and wait for the admiration and invitations to exhibit your work to roll in.*

And there you have it. Some may call it ‘scraps of paper glued onto cardboard (here’s looking at you, Dad!) but I call it art.  And nobody can argue with that because then they would have to answer the eternal question ‘what is art?’ And they would have to explain Jackson Pollock to me.

*Bizarrely, as this post goes to press I am still waiting for that gallery invitation…

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