Crafty Friday: Sir Mix a Lot

Since we’re still in the process of packing and unpacking, I haven’t had much of a chance to craft. But I have moved things around for a little fun. Exhibit A: The coffee table

I nabbed the napkins at a local Kailua store Kai Boutique, the flowers were from my husband. Everything else I already had except the photo in the frame. It was an iPhone picture taken of my own homemade art ala oranges and printed on our printer. The framed looked was created courtesy of my iPhone cover. In other words, completely by accident.

Forgive me, if you find that amusing at most. I really need to get back to real crafting. In the meantime, here’s an old post I did when I had more time. It’s just me putting paintbrush to canvas scared out of my wits whether it’d turn out or not. It sort of turned out like tulips. What do you think?

Floral Acrylic Painting

It was painted after another week of beautiful blooms bought for me by my husband. It’s part of my weekly splurge, a little happy pick me up and something to inspire me for the week. This week I got hydrangeas. Not sure if I can tackle them yet. But we’ll see…

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Crafty Fridays: Spring is Here!

Well almost. Whenever the sun peeks out from the clouds, I feel like rejoicing the end of a long winter and celebrating spring, which to me symbolizes hope.

One thing that’s helped me to shake off the last shot of winter blues is to paint. After my husband gave me these yellow daisies for Valentine’s Day, I was inspired to imbue my own living room with a shot of color. Just like those new spring Target commercials I’m loving. Anyone else stop fast forwarding the DVR when you see those colorful commercials?

Anyway, as you can tell I’ve been enamored with photography lately, but still have a special place in my heart for painting. Here’s my latest craft to celebrate the start of spring and the weekend. Hurray!

It’s adding a pop of color in our home and for that reason I’m fancying it quite a bit.

What my husband likes best about this little painting is the unintentional 3D effect I created on the canvas. With no training, I can’t say I did it on purpose. But I always love and am grateful for serendipitous moments like that.

Working on anything you’re proud of lately? 

Whether it’s getting in your minimum word count, exercise count, or you finally did something you’ve put off for weeks, let’s be happy and crazy and celebrate our latest endeavors here.

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Creative Friday for the Busy Bee: Mini Eiffel

Happy Belated Thanksgiving!! Hope you had your turkey fill. And you’re ready to start a new week soon.

While you’re mourning the transition from relaxation to work, I thought I’d share a fun DIY project I did recently. {It’s so easy that calling it DIY maybe sort of untrue.} Keep reading to see what I mean.

Mr. Nate Berkus is always saying that we should keep mementos in our home that have meaning to us. That’s the only reason why I’ve kept this lil’ guy for almost 10 years.

That and he’s kind of cute:

As for the meaning part? It’s a two part answer. A long time ago, I worked as a Teaching Assistant for an Ethnic Studies course at the University of Hawaii. My co-TA was a wonderful, inspiring, intelligent and beautiful person who brought this back for me from her honeymoon in Paris. And the second reason? Years later, my husband and I went to Paris on our own honeymoon.

But this chotsky almost made it into the donation bin because I didn’t really know what to do with it. The color was a rusty shade and it didn’t fit in with my decor. I was contemplating turning it into a Christmas ornament. But it didn’t work. Threading a ribbon through the middle, where the only holes were, made it turn on its side. Not very Christmas like IMHO.

So I decided maybe he needed a different coat of color instead. I started with what I had available, which was a cottage-y green.

But it ended up looking like this:

Yikes! Like the monster from Ghostbusters slimed it.

It looked a little better after it dried. But I still didn’t like it. In fact, I liked it a lot less! So I decided to go back to the drawing board. And three other layers of colors (yellow, greenish blue and blue) later, I was happy with this artistic result:

Here’s another shot:

Have you done any edits to a project lately that you’re particularly proud of?

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Good Idea Gone Bad

I was hesitant to post my latest painting. But it’s been awhile since I’ve had the time to do anything creative or crafty so I decided to show you what happens when a good painting goes bad.

Basically, I had a great idea to paint something for my office.

The pencil drawing actually came out better than I expected.

But that’s when I took a wrong turn.

Here’s a note for the future: Don’t paint when you’re tired!

My once not bad drawing came out squiggly and weird colored when I tried painting it with shaky tired hands.

I was going to toss it. But for now, it’s a good reminder about the importance of celebrating your inner creative muse despite its imperfections.

I’ve always had a beef with perfection. When I was a kid dreaming of being a copywriter one day, I wrote this as a jingle for a future commercial:

Imperfection can be beautiful.”

It was supposed to be a commercial on contact lenses.

But I digress.

I had such an issue with imperfection that I once tossed an art piece I did in elementary school. Like that crazy piano player on Sesame Street, Don Music, I would get frustrated when something I did wasn’t perfect.

Just goes to show how much things have changed.

It is now hanging up real nice next to a previous canvas that I did. Alls I can say is, next time I know better. But I’m grateful for the lesson in imperfection either way.

Ever have a painting that didn’t go exactly the way you planned? How about a project or an idea that you eventually gave the heave ho? 


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