Saturday, March 5, 2016
Spring has sprung at our house--at least on the front door! I saw an adorable little tote wreath for the front door over at My Soulful Home last year and found it again recently on Pinterest. You can check out Kelly's tutorial on how she made hers here. Anyway, that is where I got the idea for my spring door this year.
Mine is a good bit larger than Kelly's because my tote was larger. This was a free tote that I got from Crossings Book Club when I joined years ago. It seemed like the perfect tote for this project.
I put floral foam in the bottom and added my flowers. The flowers are from Hobby Lobby--on sale at 50% off.! I only buy faux flowers when they are on sale because they are so expensive otherwise.
After I added the flowers, I added some Spanish moss to fill up the spaces in between the flowers and made a bow from some ribbon I already had on hand.
Don't these hydrangeas look like the real deal?
This tote arrangement really works much better than a round wreath for this particular front door because of the long oval insert.
Spring and Easter are just around the corner even though it has been quite cold here. Sunnier, warmer days are in the forecast and I can't wait! Hope you are having lovely days, wherever you may be!
Thursday, February 18, 2016
I have a touch of early spring fever and have been playing with my watercolors. I was inspired by the beautiful flowers I received from my husband for Valentine's Day.
This gorgeous arrangement from Laura Jane's:
And these that he picked up at the supermarket on the Friday before Valentine's Day:
You can download or print a copy of this art work for your personal use, here. Hope you have
a great weekend.
Spring will be here soon!
Friday, February 12, 2016
I have this great photo of my husband in his Greek fisherman's cap that I gave him for Christmas.
Then I had this photo of me with the sunglasses. Well why not have my sunglasses reflecting that great photo of my love. So, using Photoshop, I popped him right in there. Well, I may have made that sound a little easier than it was but really, after I figured it out it was pretty easy.
First I added some color to his photo so that it would blend in with my sunglasses. Then I used the lasso tool to isolate the part I wanted to copy and the transform tool to grab it. Then I copied it to my photo and reduced the size to fit in my glasses. Repeated the process for the second lens and then touched up the color around the transferred photo to make it blend in with my glasses. I had to experiment a couple of times before I figured out the best way to do it. I'm really happy with the way it turned out and plan to have it printed on canvas and use it in a gallery wall.
Try it. It was fun.
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Last weekend I attended my first IF:Gathering. Except that I didn't get to gather. I was supposed to go to an IF:Local at our church but I was sick and had to stay home. Fortunately, I was still able to see and experience this event by attending the gathering, online at LiveStream. It was a wonderful event and I heard many inspiring and challenging messages and learned about some awesome ministries. If you are not familiar with IF, please check them out here.
One message in particular, given by Lauren Chandler spoke to me. Her message was from John 4, the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. It was an inspiring message, calling us to trust that Jesus will keep us filled with his living water and supply all that we will ever need to sustain us during times of trouble. When Jesus explains to the woman that he is the living water and that he is the Messiah, she leaves to tell her town about Jesus. Something that I had never noticed in this passage before is that she walked off and left her valuable water jar at the well. When trouble comes, and it will, will you be full of the living water that will sustain you through it or will you be trying desperately to fill your water jar?
I painted this to remind me that my trust and faith are in Jesus and he will see me through whatever is to come and because of that, I can leave my water jar at the well.
Hope you have a blessed day.
Sunday, January 31, 2016
St.Valentine's Day is almost here and I have been having fun making little valentines for my husband and leaving them around the house to surprise him. This is the first time I have done this and it has been fun. Some are just simple little valentines from the Avery website that I customized and printed on 2"x 2" Avery labels or on postcards. Others have been a little more involved.
One of his early valentines started with this little snowman that I painted on sketch paper a few years ago. I came across it while cleaning my office before Christmas and cut it out and glued it to a piece of mat board and added some snow and a few other details and stuck it in a little frame.
Anyway, I wanted to leave it out for winter because I usually leave all of my snowman decorations out for winter since they are not really Christmas decorations. But, I noticed that I put "Merry Christmas" on the little sign this little snowman was holding. I didn't really care. I left him out anyway. But, I wondered how easy it would be to alter the little sign and I photographed him, uploaded him to Photoshop to change his sign to "Let it Snow" and realized he was really pretty messy up close, Don't get me wrong. I love him, as is, in the frame, but I was thinking about turning him into a valentine snowman and he wouldn't quite do for that.
So I started changing him up a bit. "Merry Christmas" was the first thing to go. Then I improved the color and refined his overall shape a bit, made the sign into a "chalkboard", took out some of the black where I had outlined the original snowman when I glued him to the mat board and smoothed out the snow a bit. Much better. But...
not quite there, I continued to change things up. I added the "Let it Snow" and started experimenting with color. He was still looking very much like Christmas, so I was trying different things. I liked the plaid but there was really no way to change the colors and keep the plaid because there were so many shades of red and green and no definitive lines, The color replacement feature in Photoshop would have taken a few years to match and change each color. The plaid had to go.
I decided to use a dark pink because I liked the pink and brownish gray background together. I had to extend the canvas because I didn't like that his hat was being cut off at the top. So, I did that and blended it all together nicely and I thought I was through but...
I wanted some little something else. So, I added a little snow covered shrub and decided it was finished. So this is Snowman #1 and you can download or print him here.
Then, since it was fun and I had some time, I took an earlier version and added a tree instead of a shrub and some falling snow and some piled up snow and an icicle or two to his hat and other parts. It is a little bit busier than the other one but still fun. So, if you like this one, Snowman #2 can be downloaded and/or printed here.
The next thing was to make a valentine out of it. I used the a snowy version without the tree for that and simply added a valentine greeting to it. I printed it on a little scalloped edge card (apparently no longer available from Staples) and propped it up against the ice maker in the freezer. When my husband went to fill his glass with ice, he was surprised to find another little note of love. I think he is getting a kick out of all these little surprises I am leaving him. I am too. The valentine version, Snowman #3 can be downloaded and/or printed here.
Hope you have enjoyed seeing all of the iterations this little snowman went through. Let me know if you decide to try my little pre-Valentine's Day surprises on your spouse or kids.
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