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One creative project every day for a year

Jun-12-2011

Day 130(1 day late):Fabric Design

Posted by annagrace under Days 101-200

Did you know that there’s a website where you can upload your own pattern and create/order your own personalized fabric? Spoonflower is just the place for that! You just have to make your own pattern using whatever software you have on hand and upload it! You can then order a sample of it for $5 or more for a very reasonable price, especially considering that it’s a custom fabric! So, for today’s project, I made my own fabric!

I started out with a simple black and white Damask Pattern with an easy to manage repeat. Then I took it into photoshop and repeated it 6 across and 6 down so that I would have my adjusted pattern repeat the way it needed to. I wanted to do a sort of modern take on the traditional pattern, so I filled in some of the black patterns in pink, aqua blue or green, alternating in a pattern on the angle. I then gave it a soft purple/gray background and I was done! Here’s the finished product from photoshop:

Fun, right? I made it a pretty large size because I wanted the pattern to be bigger and bolder! So I just uploaded it into Spoonflower and picked just the standard quilting fabric (I don’t need anything fancy!), and went ahead and ordered a “Fat Quarter: (21×18″) for me to try for $11! Here it is on Spoonflower:

I can’t wait for this to get here!! I might make a pillow or something out of it, but I’ll definitely be creating something with it!

Anna Grace

Apr-30-2011

Day 85(4 days late): Custom Frame

Posted by annagrace under Days 1-100

So, I started this project at like 7 pm… but was doing several different things at the same time and my first attempt failed. I’ll get into that in a bit, but that’s why I’m posting this at 3:15 am… (but I’m changing the publish time to earlier so it will dated April 30… just for my sake of keeping track!)

So, about the project! I’ve been working on a piece that I will post on Saturday. Since it’s a present, I won’t give anything away yet, but I wanted to frame said piece. I couldn’t spend a whole lot and I didn’t want to just give them a boring old frame, so I decided to get a plain black frame and jazz it up a bit! Here’s a ridiculously blurry of the frame before…

I’ve seen people use silver leaf on frames and things like that before, so I wanted a look like that… sort of distressed/aged silver. But when I got to Hobby Lobby, their silver leaf was like $12+!!! So I ended up browsing around a little bit and eventually found some silver acrylic paint for 3 bucks. And then I found a one step crackle finish product for 2 bucks!! JACKPOT! So I got all that, went to the grocery store, came home, had dinner, and then got to work! Well I started painting the silver on, and it was really, really streaky, so I decided to do two pretty thick coats. So, it took a bit for them to dry, between and after. Then I just brushed the crackle finish on top! Well, after waiting 2 hours (!) for it to dry and finish it’s crackle magic, It had crackled the top layer of paint, but you couldn’t see the black at all!! If I wanted that I could’ve just bought a silver frame and been done with it. So I tried sanding it down a bit in some spots to try and distress it a bit, but all the paint started peeling off!! So, I ended up having to scrap all of the paint off and start over…. and that took a long time! (And I’ve got bit’s of silver paint chips in my carpet… cleaning tomorrow!) At any rate, for the second go round, I just did a light brush of the silver, purposely leaving it streaky so you could for sure see the black! I topped it off with the crackle finish and waited…. forever. (Well, I was dying my hair at the same time, so it wasn’t like I was sitting watching paint dry.) Now that I’m finally finished, I’m really happy with how it turned out!

Close-up sans flash to see the crackle!

I love the way this looks! And I think crackle finish and I are going to be BFFs! Can’t wait to see how it looks when my present is all finished!

Day 86 coming up in just a bit!

Anna Grace

Mar-21-2011

Day 48: Tissue Paper Flowers

Posted by annagrace under Days 1-100

Today I was sitting on my couch contemplating what to do for today’s creative project, when I kept glancing at my extremely empty looking vase from day 8. I finally decided that I should make some flowers out of something to fill it. And it just so happened that my massive box/overflowing pile of Bags And Bows tissue paper was sitting right next to it… Jackpot! So there you go. I was going to do a step by step guide to how I made these, but there are hundreds of tutorials online for them already, so I’ll just show all the pictures (a little smaller than normal because there are a lot of them!). Just google “tissue paper flowers” and click any of the links for the how-to.

Here’s the tissue for the first flower.

Instead of trying really hard to find colors that were similar, I found similar shades in patterns. I knew they weren’t going to look real, so I might as well have some fun pattern in there!

tissue pictured: Blue Paisley Sparkle(discontinued), Damask Brown Aqua, Gemstone White Diamond, Peacock Blue, Economy Light Blue


Accordion folding tissue

This is the finished bloom after cinching it with wire, trimming it down a little (I just tore the edges to add to the texture rather than cutting), and pulling apart the layers of tissue.

Close up

I then wanted to create stems for the flowers, but didn’t have any pipe cleaners like the tutorials suggested, so I tore up some strips of different green tissue papers……

AloeCeleryApple Green Houndstooth, Green Paisley (discontinued)


… and wrapped them around the wire.

Finished! 4 more to go…

Purple tissues

Vines and ButterfliesPlum, Lavender, Chickadee Floral, Mist

Finished purple flower!

Red/Pink tissues

Red Houndstooth (discontinued), Waxed Cerise, Gemstone Ruby Red, Economy Pink, Damask Pompeian Red

Red/Pink flower finished!

Yellow tissues

Buttercup, Yellow Dot (discontinued), Economy Yellow, Ivory

Yellow flower done!

Orange tissues

Carmen PlaidOrange, Moroccan Sparkle (discontinued), Goldenrod, Metallic Dots

Orange flower finished! DONE!

Finally! All the flowers in the vase!

Anna Grace

Feb-26-2011

Day 25: Custom Lamp Shade

Posted by annagrace under Days 1-100

I found a pretty nice lamp base at HomeGoods about a month ago for $10 that I thought would be great for my living room to replace the $5 paper lamp from Big Lots. Since then, I’ve been searching for a shade to go with it, and finally decided the other day, because of a suggestion from a friend, to make my own shade and post it to my blog. So, I found a plain white inexpensive shade and ribbon and went to town!

Here’s the before.

Now, this ended up not being as easy as I thought. I started by wrapping a sheer back ribbon around the shade like I had seen done on some DIY show, and like in this picture, but I realized very quickly that I hadn’t bought nearly enough ribbon… so I improvised. I ended up spacing the ribbon out a lot more, creating more of a stripe effect. (By the way, I started by hot gluing the end of the ribbon to the inside of the shade.)

I also bought a thinner, more opaque, green ribbon in a damask pattern, which we all know is my favorite! I decided to wrap the bottom and top edge of the shade with this ribbon, but ran into further problems. I failed to take into account the fact that it was a tapered lamp, not flat, so the ribbon wouldn’t lie flat on it, and led to a lot of bunching.

Awkward stripes and bumpy green ribbon. A winner combo.

Unlit on lamp

Finished product lit. The pictures really don’t do the DIY-ness justice haha

So, this wasn’t one of my best home craft projects, for sure, but it’s not so terrible that I’m just going to toss it. It’ll do on this base for now, but I’ll probably move it to the cheap lamp in my bedroom eventually. I think I will also eventually try this project again with plenty of ribbon and a drum shaped shade, which I like better, anyways!

I can’t be perfect all the time :)

Anna Grace

Feb-14-2011

Day 13: Crocheted Mini Pillow

Posted by annagrace under Days 1-100

This project is one that I’ve been working on for awhile. With my RA, I can’t do a whole lot of crocheting in one sitting without hurting my hands, so every once in awhile, I did a few lines, until I finally finished it tonight. I’ve been crocheting for a long time, but this is the first time I’ve made a pillow. I started by making squares that were about 3×3″, 2 in gray, 2 in purple. I then stitched them together with the aqua blue yarn. This ended up being about 6×6″.

For the back of the pillow, I made a 6×6″ square by alternating rows of double stitches with rows of shell stitches with the aqua blue yarn.

Sorry it looks so curvy because it’s on my knee :)

I then stitched the front piece and back piece together with the aqua yarn on three sides. I found an old tye-dye t-shirt that has a big hole in it that was the perfect blues and indigos to match the pillow, so I folded it up and stuffed it into the crocheted case. Finally, I stitched the final edge and it was done!

Front

Back

Sitting in my favorite chair (don’t worry, I didn’t pay that much for it :) )

I think the best part about this project is that it was absolutely free! I already had all the yarn from older projects and the stuffing was an old t-shirt! Maybe I’ll make another one so I’ll have a set… :D

Happy Valentine’s Day, everybody! I hope it was amazing for all of you, whether or not you have a significant other!

Anna Grace

Feb-14-2011

Day 11 (2 days later): Reed Diffuser Decoupage

Posted by annagrace under Days 1-100

As you may have noticed, I have fallen behind a bit on my posts over the weekend. Saturday night was my amazing birthday party and I was going to post the recipe and pictures of the artichoke dip I made, but I forgot to take pictures before it was demolished by my guests and I! And then Sunday I was studying for a test :/ again!!!! So anyways, sorry. But better late than never, right?

So I actually made this on Saturday night, but I ended up doing it at my friend’s and didn’t want to put all the reeds and stuff in and risk spilling it in my car in transportation to my apartment. My friend Whitney and I were roommates our freshman year and we quickly dubbed out room “Decoupage Central” because it seemed like that’s what we were always doing in there! Decoupaging was definitely one of our many shared interests, so on Saturday night after my party, Whitney (after seeing my massive box of tissue paper from Bags & Bows) said, “Why don’t we relive the good days and decoupage something for your blog?” So we headed out to Walmart (we’re normally Hobby Lobby people, but it was 1 am haha) in search of something to decoupage.

I don’t know about you all, but my Walmart has been seriously lacking in the craft department since they remodeled, and it’s highly disappointing to me! They didn’t have anything in the craft department to decoupage! So after browsing pretty much the entire store, we found the reed diffuser section and decided that those plain boring jars needed some spiffing up. Here’s the before:

Boring! So we finally got around to decoupaging them around 5 am! (I’m a night owl and Whitney works nights as a nurse and was trying to stay on schedule.) I used that same standby Damask Tissue that keeps making appearances in my posts (it is my favorite), as well as a bright green, purple and peacock blue to match my color scheme that has somehow taken over my entire apartment! Also, at Walmart they had some prettier reeds that you could buy separately and make it even better, so I went with the natural wood and green ones. Here’s the final product!

I went with this amazing hazelnut cream scent so that now my kitchen smells like awesome coffee all the time! Yet again, so many uses for that tissue paper! It was nice doing decoupage again because I haven’t done it in so long! This technique will definitely be making more appearances in this project!

Days 12 and 13′s posts coming as soon as I eat some dinner!

Anna Grace

Feb-11-2011

Day 10: Rubbermaid with Pizazz!

Posted by annagrace under Days 1-100

This project I have worked on over 2 days, but the time put into it today was maybe 15 minutes. I needed something with drawers or shelves to put in my living room to store some of the overflow from my bedroom. After hunting around walmart for awhile, I ultimately made my choice based on what I could lift myself! I just bought one of those cheap rubbermaid-like things with 3 drawers that’s about 2.5′ tall so I could set my teeny-tiny TV on it.

Before without clear drawers

We all know those things are definitely not attractive and pretty much scream “I’m poor!!” Well, I mean, I am poor, but I try and have a little style! So I decided to paint it! I got quart of Benjamin Moore Fresh Start Primer and a miss-tinted quart of Aura Interior Eggshell (which is, BTW, the best paint EVER!!!) that I had adjusted to a sort of darker robin’s egg blue, as well as a Wooster Big Green roller cover. It took awhile to paint cause of all the little crevices and I had to wait a few hours between the primer and the paint, but I think it turned out pretty well! It does peel off pretty easily because those things aren’t really made to be painted… at least not without buying a ridiculously expensive specialty paint, but I’m not too worried about it because I probably won’t have this out in the living room at my next place.

To make it a little more interesting, I took some of that Bags & Bows Damask Tissue from my collages on day 5, but the Pistachio version instead, and lined the drawers with it using double-sided tape. All that tissue I’ve held onto certainly comes in handy and has so many uses!

Final Product with my tiny TV

Close up so you can see the pattern better

I’m really happy with this and think it’s much better than those plain white ones!

Anna Grace

Feb-9-2011

Day 8: Mosaic Vase

Posted by annagrace under Days 1-100

After visiting McKay’s today, I went to Goodwill with a specific purpose for a project idea I had. My idea was to take old plates, smash them up and make a mosaic out of them. I have actually done this before with my hometown church, but that was many many years ago. We smashed plates and attached them to flower pots using some kind of plaster or something… my memory is spotty… and then we filled in all the cracks with that same stuff. Well, I got some plates (little saucers, actually) at the Goodwill as planned and a very small flower pot. Then, I had thought about doing a frame, but I couldn’t find one flat enough, so I settled on a red translucent vase. Here’s all my finds before smashing commenced!

Before I got home and took that lovely photo, I stopped at Jerry’s Artarama for a couple supplies, but more on that in a minute. Now the fun part… breaking stuff!! I set an old towel down so the shards didn’t fly everywhere, turned the plate upside down so they didn’t flip over and folded the towel over the top of them. Then I just smashed them with a hammer! (PS I WAS wearing goggles, Mom!) Here they are all smashed up! I may have helped mix them together a little bit to look better… :)

BROKEN!

So back at Jerry’s, I was talking to an employee about what exactly I should use to stick these pieces on and to fill the cracks. She suggested using an epoxy to make sure they held well before sealing the cracks, which worked really well, until I ran out, so I only did the red vase. To fill the cracks, she said to use a shatter proof plaster so it wouldn’t crack, and pointed one out to me, which I bought. Well, after I got home, I realized that the plaster she sold me was for use with molds… as in it’s really liquidy and you’re supposed to pour it into the mold! I decided rather than making a ridiculous mess of plaster just sliding everywhere, I would hold off on sealing the cracks until I find the right product. I’m thinking grout? or spackling? I’ll look into it… but for now, I’m actually pretty happy with the way it looks without the cracks filled, and this way it’s still translucent in places. The only real issue is that some of those sharp edges are severely exposed… but I’m going to worry about it later. For now, here’s the vase at the moment:

The good thing is this vase only cost about $7-8 to make! See! This is what your donations go towards!

Anna Grace