Saturday, December 3, 2016

HOME DECOR DIY: Wood Rainbow Love USA

I made this wood rainbow love USA art piece back in March, but keep forgetting to share it here. I forget what was going on newswise that inspired me to make it, but it was likely a LGBT related event. Anywho, our house is very supportive of human rights, so I wanted to make an art piece that symbolized unity. I figured with all the crazy political stuff happening now, that this would be a grand time to share a statement of love. DecoArt has these cool Media Misters that are a bit like spray dye and paint combined. They are fabulous for blending colors. This is a good project for working on blending skills. A little blending goes a long way, so don't get too crazy, or you won't have defined colors. I have to remind my art students about this, because often there's muddy colors, tears, frustrations, and starting over. But hey don't cry on this project, or your colors will get diluted...hehe.

DecoArt provided me with their products for this project. Some of these supplies are Amazon Affiliate links. Any purchases made through these links will result in Amazon paying me a small commision. This money goes to pay for projects.

1) Lay a plastic tablecloth on your work surface. Pour a little water into each of the bowls. Add a foam brush to each bowl. Wet the wood with a foam brush, to make the mister spread easier.

2) I worked right to left...light to dark colors. Spray the mister onto the wet wood. Work in and blend the color with the wet foam brush. The bright green along New England is a mix of Yellow Green and Turquoise. The orange is a mix of Yellow Green and Magenta. The dark purple is a mix of Violet and Cyan. I mixed the colors on the wood by blending them together. Let the wood dry completely.

3) Pour a little of each 6 rainbow acrylic paint colors onto the paper plate. Add a little water to each paint blob. Dip the stiff paintbrush into a paint color. Hold the brush in one hand. Using your other hand, rub a finger along the bristle end, flicking paint at the wood. Add more water to your paint if the paint isn't flicking well. Too much water makes the paint too sheer, so find a good paint to water ratio. Clean your brush after each paint color. I tried to flick contrasting colors onto the color sections, so the splatter would show well.

4) With the white pencil, write "Love" in cursive. I had mine end in a heart at Richmond, VA, where I live. Draw a heart wherever you live.

5) With the liner paintbrush and honey brown paint, go over the white pencil. I also painted the state of Virginia. You are probably thinking, "I could just skip this step and go straight to gold." Nope. To get an opaque gold, a brown undercoating it needed. Trust me, I've tried to just gold route, with endless coats that are still patchy and sheer. Save yourself tears, and do the brown undercoat. If you're doing silver, you need a grey undercoat. Slate Grey is great with Platinum Silver.

6) With the liner paintbrush and Champagne Gold paint, go over the brown paint.

7) Once the paint is dry, hammer two evenly spaced sawtooth hangers onto the back, along the bracer slat. Lay the piece on a wall and gentle rub it a little against the wall. This will mark where the sawtooth hangers are located. Hammer in a nail under each sawtooth hanger mark. I hung this up in the foyer of my home, with various paintings that my family and I have made. The lighting isn't good there for me to photograph the display.

That's all for this tutorial. Normally I'd say "Pick whatever colors you want", but this project is actually color specific for unity symbolism. Still you know, do what you want. You can pick WHERE you place colors, and what color you paint "Love". With all of this being said, you could alter the text and colors for a different meaning. For our house, we're very inclusive and full of love. Whatever you're making, have fun with it. Happy Makery!

HOME DECOR DIY: Painted Abstract Patchwork Floral Lampshade

I used DecoArt Americana Acrylic paint and some imagination, to create a painted abstract patchwork floral lampshade. Many years ago, I bought white drum lampshades for my mother's old shiny white curvy lamps. I'd had one of the lamps in my childhood bedroom, but found the mate when rummaging through my parents attic. Mom wasn't using those lamps, so I happily took them for my own home. Now while I bought these shades years ago, they literally still had the plastic on them, so they were pristine white. If you're using an old white lampshade, give it a cleaning before painting. You all know my design style caters to my personal wacky taste, but feel free to alter the colors to your own desires. This shade is quite bright and funky, to match my gallery wall.

DecoArt supplied me with some of the paint for this project.

  • A white lampshade
  • A variety of DecoArt Americana Acrylic paints in any color combo
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic paint in Lamp Black
  • A wide flat artist paintbrush
  • A thin liner paintbrush
  • Paper plate
  • Cup of water
  • Paper towels


1) When picking out your colors, chose a few shades of each color tone you like. I picked soft blue greens, blues, pinks, salmons, and purples. My decor has a wall of colorful artwork, which my finished lamp now coordinates with. Pick any color combo that goes with your decor, including neutrals. You need a white lampshade, not one you've painted white, or the colors won't show well once the shade is lit.

2) Pour a few colors onto your paper plate. Add a few drops of water to each color, before painting with that color. Mix the water into the paint with the flat paint brush. Apply long strokes, overlapping the colors slightly. My process is using one color, painting patches around the lampshade, rinsing my brush, and repeating this painting technique with each color. With watered down paint, the drips will occur, but if they don't, add more water to the paint, flood the paintbrush, and press the brush against the paint patch, to cause a drip. Thinned paint not only helps with drips, but allows more light to come through the shade later.

3) Continue filling in the lampshade with a patchwork of paint.

4) With the black paint and liner paintbrush, paint a floral design around the lampshade. If you aren't comfortable with making floral designs, practice with paper and pencil first. I've been making floral designs for decades...gosh that makes me feel old. I recently found some old flower paintings, back when I was really into oil painting, from high school. I like to keep my designs loose and almost coloring book style.

5) When the lampshade is dry, put it onto the lamp. Turn on the light, to see the design differently. You can see that the colors appear darker, which I found interesting.

That's it for this project. The patchwork painting it something great for beginners, but the floral is a little more advanced. Like I mentioned before, practice. Also, if floral isn't your thing, pick a different motif to paint in black...or you like. A city skyscape, skulls, circles, lines...whatever linework design you want. Whatever you're making, have fun with it. Happy Makery!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

HOME DECOR DIY: Black and Metallic Ottoman Makeover

I gave an out of style ottoman a makeover with a black and metallic update. The This End Up ottoman was a relic from the 70s, that my husband and I had purchased from a friend's aunts along with some other furniture, when we moved in together 15 years ago! It's made it through the 1st years of marriage and the childhood of our now teenage daughter. The old fabric was itchy and had seen better days. The wood was still as sturdy as ever, but sporting an odd honey colored wood, which well since we have a lot of This End Up Furniture, was ubiquitous in our house. I replaced the fabric with metallic hand painted black denim, backed with Fairfield World Smooth Fusible Fleece Interfacing. I painted the ottoman base with DecoArt Maxx Gloss Paint in Patent Leather. Feel free to adapt this tutorial to your own furniture pieces.

Fairfield World provided me with their product for this project. They paid me to create this project.
  • Wide high quality paintbrush
  • Smaller artist paintbrushes
  • Paper towels
  • Sandpaper
  • Plastic tablecloth or dropcloth
  • Clear quilting ruler
  • White dressmaker's pencil
  • Fabric scissors
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Paper plate - paint palette
  • Cup of water - wash artist brushes
  • Dressmakers ball head straight pins
  • Sewing machine
Psst...if you look closely, you might notice a few familiar projects...


1) Remove the cushion from the wood ottoman, and set the cushion aside. Wipe down the wood ottoman with a wet paper towel or cloth, to remove any dirt. If the ottoman is beat up, use fine grain sandpaper to smooth any roughness. Wipe away any sanding dust with another wet paper towel or cloth. Dry off the ottoman.

2) Place a plastic tablecloth or dropcloth under the wood ottoman. Dip the paintbrush into the DecoArt Maxx Gloss Paint in Patent Leather. Using long strokes in the wood grain direction, paint the outside and inside of the ottoman. Use medium coats of paint. If paint is too heavy, it will cause drips. Use a small artist brush to paint cracks and crevices. Allow paint to dry fully. Give ottoman a 2nd coat of paint. This paint need 14 days to cure. Wash the brushes with soap and water.

3) Back to the cushion. Using scissors, cut off the old cover. My cushion had a horrid itchy upholstery fabric from the 70s. It was way past needing to be replaced, and I'd owned the ottoman for 15 years...sigh. My foam is in awesome condition. It just needed some smacking outside, to remove a mysterious layer of GLITTER!!! You all good and well that cushion still has glitter on it, making it fabulous inside and out.

4) Lay the cushion on the black denim. Wrap the cushion in denim to see how much you will need, plus 2" overlapping seam allowance all around. The fabric should wrap around one long cushion side, to have seams around the two short and other long side. Use the white dressmakers pencil to mark the denim if needed. Cut out the rectangle amount you need. Cut a piece of Smooth Fusible Fleece Interfacing to match the denim rectangle. At the ironing board, fuse the Smooth to the denim, with the iron set at cotton.

5) Along the denim rectangle, mark lines 3" apart, parallel to the short side, with the white dressmaker's pencil. At the sewing machine, length the stitch for topstitching. Topstitch along those drawn lines. This will quilt the denim enough for the Smooth to stay in place for years. Smooth helps well smooth out the foam and give the denim more durability.

6) Using the silver, white, and gold fabric paint, with different sized artist paint brushes, paint a simple abstract design on half of the denim. There's no reason to paint the whole denim piece, since the other half will be on the cushion bottom. Let the paint dry completely.

7) Wrap the denim around the cushion, with the seams running around the middle of three sides. Pull the denim tight, securing by pushing straight pins into the denim and foam.

8) At the corners, there will be bulky layers of denim. Cut the corners, to leave 1" seam allowance.

9) Fold the corners in, so the seam allowance is on the short cushion sides. Secure by pushing straight pins through the denim seam and into the foam.

10) Thread a hand sewing needle with black thread. Match up the thread ends and double knot. Using a blind hem/invisible seam stitch, sew the all the seams close. Remove the straight pins as you sew. To finish off a length of thread, knot the thread into the fabric. Push the needle under 2"-4" of the previous seam length, and pull up. Cut off the tail at this point. This hides and strengthens the knot better than clipping the tail at the knot.

11) Press the cushion down into the wood ottoman, with the painted denim facing up. For my ottoman, the denim seams sank below the wood edges, hiding them perfectly. If you feel like too much of the unpainted denim is showing on your ottoman, pull the covered cushion back out of the ottoman. Paint the remainder of the fabric, and place the covered cushion back into the ottoman setting, once the paint is dry.

This ottoman looks amazing now, with our decor that I'm still in the process of updating. I mentioned that we have a lot of This End Up furniture, of which all of it is getting an update. You'd think these peices would be thrift store finds only, but This End Up is still in business. Actually, they still sell this ottoman, but with canvas fabric. I have the matching armchair upstairs in my sewing room, so you'll get a good look at the itchy orange fabric...yeah ORANGE...before I give that chair a much needed update. I hope you all find these furniture update tutorials helpful. Sometimes it's easier to makeover our existing furniture than replace it. Whatever you're creating, have fun with it. Happy Makery!

HOME DECOR DIY: Herringbone Quilted Body Pillow

This Herringbone Quilted Body Pillow is a great scrap and stash buster. Though if you don't have enough coordinating fabric on hand, it's been suggested that jelly fabric rolls would be awesome for this too. They come precut into strips of coordinating fabrics. I used the new Fairfield World 16" by 38" Crafter's Choice basic pillow form, which is bench or body pillow size. I recently threw out a couple of old grungy body pillow, and my Fleece Bean Bag Body Pillow is my husband's favorite lounging pillow. This new body pillow is perfect for lower back support, but also good for cuddling. Head over to Fairfield World to make your own Herringbone Quilted Body Pillow.

I'm a Master Maker for Fairfield World. They provided me with their products for this project. The project, tutorial, and opinions are my own. Fairfield World paid me to create this project.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

HOME DECOR DIY: Gold and Black Geometric Pillow

I'm really into metallics lately, which seem to creep into a lot of my recent projects. Over on Fairfield World, I whipped up this Gold and Black Geometric Pillow with some fabrics I found at Walmart recently. This is a great project if you're comfortable going off grain and patternless sewing. Of course, you could use any matching fabrics you'd like. I'm working on several home decor projects all at once. You can see sneak peeks over on my Instagram.

I'm a Master Maker for Fairfield World. Fairfield World provided me with the OlyFun for this project. The project, tutorial, and thoughts are my own.

COSTUME DIY: Golden Unicorn Costume Mask

I know it's not Halloween anymore, but we're getting closer to end of year...or New Year's Eve, where there are many masquarade parties. Back in October, I made this Golden Unicorn Costume Mask over on Fairfield World, using lots of OlyFun and imagination. If your house is like mine, unicorns are very popular, even with the husband. We all know that My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, made candy colored ponies, unicorn, and pegasus popular again. I was going to make a rainbow pony, but at the last minute, decided to make a unisex mask with lots of metallics. Feel free to customize this unicorn mask to fit your pony cosplay fantasy.

\I'm a Master Maker for Fairfield World. Fairfield World provided me with the OlyFun for this project. The project, tutorial, and thoughts are my own.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

HOLIDAY DIY: Sugar Skull Trick or Treat Candy Bag

It is time for the 3rd Dia de los Muertos tour at Rebel and Malice. This is a time that the Latinx community reflects and celebrates the dead. While I'm not part of that community, I do honor my descendants through my work and life. I do enjoy the costumes of Halloween, but I prefer the meaningfulness of Dia de los Muertos. For those kids who live between two cultures, I made you all a sweet sugar skull trick or treat candy bag. Though, let's be honest, this bag is cool enough to be your new awesome tote bag. This bag uses Fairfield World OlyFun, which doesn't fray and cuts like paper, making it perfect for sugar skull details and funky skull shapes. The white and metallic OlyFun will reflect light, helping to keep kids safe while trick or treating. This post is part of a Dia de los Muertos Blog Tour. After my tutorial, check out the schedule at the bottom, for the other awesome participating blogs and more great ideas.

Fairfield World provided me with the OlyFun for this project. Fairfield World paid me to create this project. Westcott provided me with their compass. I use Amazon Affiliate links. Any purchases used through these links, will result in Amazon paying me a small commision. This helps cover the cost of projects. 


1) On the long construction paper, draw half of a skull. I drew the eyes, nose, and mouth too, to judge the scale of the skull shape. On a separate paper, draft out a mouth with 1/2" wide sections spaced 1" apart and are 1" high. The middles section is 9" wide by 1/2" high. Draw an upside down heart for the nose, that is 4.5" high by 4" wide. Set the compass at 1 5/8" wide. Pierce the paper with the compass point. Spin the tip around to create a 3.25" wide circle. Cut out all pattern pieces with paper scissors.

2) On the gold OlyFun back, trace two circles, the nose, and the mouth, with pencil. Also, draft two rectangles, 3" high by 24" long, for handles. On the red metallic OlyFun back, trace two circles. Around circles, draw petal shapes with black marker or pen. On the silver OlyFun back, draw 5 petal shapes 3" long by 1" wide. Cut out all pieces with fabric scissors.

Fold the white OlyFun in half. Lay the skull pattern along the fold. Pin in place. Cut out the folded skull with fabric scissors. Repeat three more times, for 4 total skulls.

3) Pair the skull pieces, and pin the edges. Set one skull pair aside. Lay the face shapes and leaves onto one skull piece. Leave the gold circles off, as they will be layered onto the red later. Sparingly pin the pieces along the edges, as metallic OlyFun has a foil layer that isn't forgiving with pin holes.

4) Straight stitch around the shapes with matching thread, about 1/8" from the edge. Stitch down the center of the silver leaves, to give them more of leaf appearance. After the red flowers are stitched, center the gold circles on top, and stitch in place.

5) On the top paired skulls, place straight pins about 7" down from the top, on each side. Above the straight pins, fold in the edge about 1/4" and straight pin in place. With white thread, straight stitch that section, close to the edge, making sure to catch both pieces in the stitching line.

6) Straight pin the edges together of the 2nd skull pair, leaving a section open at the bottom. With white thread, straight stitch around, about 1/4" from the edge, leaving an opening at the bottom. Turn the skulls inside out. Shape the skull edges and hand press. Fold in the opening and straight pin closed. Lining up with the front skull, straight pin around the back skull's top edges, and straight stitch in place 1/8" from the edge.

7) Fold the long handle rectangles in half lengthwise, white sides facing. Hand crease. Turn the edges in 1/4". Sparingly pin the folded edges together. With tan thread, straight stitch around the edges. With white thread, sew the handles onto the top of each skull, making sure the handles match up perfectly. I box stitch the handles, to attach them more securly.

8) Match the front and back skull, lining together. Closely straight pin the edges together carefully, since these edges are odd shapes. Straight stitch the remaining edges together, still 1/8" from the edge. This is trickier, since there's technically 8 layers, since the 4 layers have folded edges. Go slow, and make sure the layer edges are lining up correctly.

That's all for this tutorial. I mentioned at the begining, that this could be an awesome tote bag. You could make it more handy by adding pockets inside. I made my sugar skull bag with safety in mind, but this can be made in a combination of any 18 OlyFun colors and 4 metallics. While OlyFun cuts like paper, keep the shapes simple, to make sewing easier. The more complicated the shape, the harder it is to sew. Those flower petal eyes are the tricky part here. Have an amazing Dia de los Muertos and Halloween. Happy Makery!


Keep the celebration going! Follow the schedule below to see all the talented bloggers.

October 28 - Tenille’s Thread

October 31 - Rebel and Malice

Thursday, October 13, 2016

COSTUME DIY: Metallic OlyFun Dragon Crown Headband

Halloween is 18 days away!!! Serious countdown mode is happening now. If you have no costume ideas, perhaps my massive Costume Idea List will help you answer that age old question, "What the heck will I be for Halloween?" My daughter is dressing as a dragon. I already made her wings and tail. A Metallic OlyFun Dragon Crown Headband is the last piece (minus fabulous makeup) to finish off this costume. This is a no-sew project, using Ad-Tech hot glue and Beacon Adhesives Gem-Tac. This crown can be used for other rad costumes too. You can interchange the colors from the 4 metallic and 18 regular OlyFun fabrics.

I'm a Master Maker for Fairfield World. Fairfield World provided me with the OlyFun, Ad-Tech provided me with their hot glue gun and hot glue, and Beacon Adhesives provided me with the Gem-Tac for this project. Fairfield World paid me to create this project. This project, the photos and instructions are my own creation.

Monday, October 10, 2016

HOLIDAY DIY: Rainbow Glitter Pumpkins

Halloween is quickly approaching, so if you haven't decorated, you should get on that!!! Much to my neighbors disgust (literally, they complained in the neighborhood newsletter), I hung these sparkly rainbow glitter pumpkins back in September. Eghads...rainbow...glitter...pumpkins...THE HORROR! I needed some uplifting, so I started decorating early this year. We're well into Autumn now, so your neighbors shouldn't complain if you make and hang this colorful pumpkins. Seriously, if they do, just ignore them, like I do, and keep doing your own quirky decor thing. I'll be rooting for you over here...and admiring your decor from afar.

DecoArt provided me with some of their products for this project. I use Amazon Affiliate links. Any purchases used through these links will result in Amazon paying me a small commission. I include these for product and color references. You're welcome to print out the supply list and buy everything in a store.


1) With a flat brush, apply 2-3 layers of DecoArt Media Gesso White on each pumpkin. Let the gesso dry between layers. The pumpkins I used were originally black, orange, and cream. The gesso covers the original color, creating an opaque white base.

2) After the final layer has completely dried (overnight to be safe), lightly sand any bumps, until the pumpkin texture is smooth. Use a paper towel to wipe off the dust.

3) Basecoat the pumpkin with DecoArt Americana Acrylics using different sized brushes. Add layers, until the color is opaque. When the basecoat is dry, the stems get painted with Dazzling Metallics, and the pumpkin skin gets Glamour Dust. I needed about 2 layers to get the metallic opaque. For the glitter, I used 3 layers, to get the glitter coverage even. Here is a breakdown of the colors for each pumpkin:

  • Skin basecoat - Peony Pink
  • Stem basecoat - Razzle Berry
  • Skin glitter - Celebration Pink
  • Stem metallic - Berry

  • Skin basecoat - Bright Salmon
  • Stem basecoat - Fawn
  • Skin glitter - Tiger Orange
  • Stem metallic - Mink Pearl
  • Skin basecoat - Saffron Yellow
  • Stem basecoat - Fawn
  • Skin glitter - Lemon Drop
  • Stem metallic - Champagne
  • Skin basecoat - Sea Aqua
  • Stem basecoat - Kelly Green
  • Skin glitter - Limelight
  • Stem metallic - Crystal Green
  • Skin basecoat - Ocean Blue
  • Stem basecoat - True Blue
  • Skin glitter - Sapphire Blue
  • Stem metallic - Ice Blue
  • Skin basecoat - Purple Pizzazz
  • Stem basecoat - Lavender
  • Skin glitter - Purple Passion
  • Stem metallic - Purple Pearl

4) Figure out your arrangement. My daughter arranged the pumpkins on the porch floor, deciding on this triangle configuration. Start with your top center pumpkin. Lay the pumpkin against the wall. Use a pencil to mark the top of the stem. The hook hole right below the stem. Remove the pumpkin from the wall. Hammer a nail a couple inches down from the stem mark. Hang the pumpkin on the nail. Repeat this step for the other pumpkins, until they are all hung.

5) Step back to admire your work. Adjust any pumpkins as needed.

That's all for this tutorial. It's just layers of paint really. While I kept my pumpkins pretty simple, you can certainly add more details and embellishments. The skeleton is a find from last year, maybe from Target. The pumpkins are a DIY project, you can make in any OlyFun color...maybe to match the rainbow pumpkins. Whatever you make, have fun with it. Happy Makery!

HOLIDAY DIY: 9 Teal Pumpkin Projects Roundup

The Teal Pumpkin Project was created to provide non-food treats for kids with food allergies. At Halloween, to show that you have these treats available, display a teal pumpkin on your porch. Though if you don't have a porch (apartments), paint a wood pumpkin and hang it as a sign, on your door. Just like regular pumpkin decorating, you can get super fancy or keep them simple. I'm rounded up 9 projects to inspire your own teal pumpkin creation. I did not make any of these pumpkins, so please use the provided links to find the original source. Some of these pumpkins have tutorials, and others are just inspiration.

1) The Crafted Life - Pumpkin Vase
2) Tiffany Dillard Bullington - Burlap Flowers Pumpkin
3) Muddy Boots and Diamonds - Pumpkin Trio
4) Making it Milk Free - Ombre Pumpkin
5) Kelly Elko - Decoupage Lace Pumpkin
6) Sarah Bakes - Fabric Decoupaged Pumpkin
7) Positively Splendid - Gold Foil Pumpkins
8) Painting the Gown Red - Vintage Camper Pumpkins
9) DIY Network - Vampire Treat Dish Pumpkin

If you needed some extra inspiration for what non-food treats would be good to buy, check out this helpful infographic from FARE Teal Pumpkin Project. A lot of these things can be found at dollar stores. However, if you're having a big event, check out Oriental Trading. They're a great resource for party supplies, which are handy for school parties where food treats are discouraged.

If you're not super creative Michaels has (maybe had by now) faux pumpkins that were already teal. If you can't find those, they should have all of their pumpkins and other Halloween stuff about 50% off. I scored some half pumpkins last year, post-Halloween, for a few dollars each. You'll see what I did with those in another post. The half pumpkins are great for hanging on a wall, as they already have a hanger set into the back. Whatever you make, have fun with it. Happy Makery!


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