Monday, 27 July 2015

Hair: Art Class Number Nine

In case you noticed, I realize I haven't yet shared art classes six through eight. They're coming soon but first I thought I'd share this one, mainly because I've already taken photos of it.

I made this painting with a friend in mind using her favourite colours. She was turning 40 and her partner arranged a small surprise dinner for her. I really am grateful for a husband who's ok with me leaving him home alone for the weekend because I used the dinner as an excuse to road trip and catch up with old friends. 

The funny thing about this painting is that it was the hardest one I've ever done even though it looks wild and free. I'm a neat, precise painting and I struggle with mess and disorder. Given that this painting is meant to be wild and crazy, I had to really work to make it look inexact. 

I also was terrified to splatter paint but had been wanting to do it on one of my pieces so I decided this was the perfect piece. I love how that one red drop fell just below her lip.

Is it strange to have a favourite part of a painting? In this one, it's totally the edge of her shoulder and back. I love the smooth blending of the colours with the touches of messy grey.

The above photo was at the art studio when I thought I was finished. The more I looked at it, the more something looked odd but I couldn't place my finger on it. Finally I realized I'd forgotten to give the lady a nostril. I added one in and it was exactly what was bothering me.

Shared at: Ginger Snap Crafts, Fluster Buster, A Creative Princess, Natasha in Oz, Life on Lakeshore Drive

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Circle Wall Hanging

Do you ever spend ages looking for something, only to find it after you've given up hope that it existed? That's exactly what happened with this project. 

I wanted something with circles for above the bed in the guest room. I'd pinned several pictures and had looked every time I went shopping since I started the room but everything I found was either not quite right or way too expensive. 

Last week I decided if I wanted it I was going to have to make it myself. I explained to J what I wanted and we brainstormed what material to use. I went to the city yesterday to run some errands and, while I was there, I planned to go to Home Depot and get what I needed. 

Thankfully I went to Winners first because I saw exactly what I'd been looking for. The best part? $39.99. When I brought it home, J even commented that it's almost exactly like my drawing.

The one hitch was the colour but that was an easy fix. A few coats of silver spray paint and it was perfect. 

These dings and dents might be damage or they might be part of the design. Either way, I really love the texture they add.

I let it dry overnight and hung it the next day. I love the pop of silver against the beige walls, and the circles are a nice contrast to the squares in the quilt. 

Shared at: What Meegan Makes, The Kolb Corner, A Stroll Thru Life, Sugar Bee Crafts, The Crafty Blog Stalker, Ginger Snap Crafts, A Creative Princess, Fluster Buster, Natasha in Oz

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Guest Room Curtains

Perhaps I should have called this post "Why I Broke The Rules" but I don't want to sound like too much of a rebel. In all seriousness, I made these curtains months ago (actually, almost a year ago) but haven't shared them. 

Here's the thing: I know curtains that are hung high and go to the floor are supposed to make a room look larger / better but that just doesn't work for me. For starters, I have a dog who sheds like a beast. She doesn't go in the guest room but her hair still manages to make it in there on occasion. Also, the curtain rods were hung quickly and I had no motivation to have them moved. Third, these curtains make me happy and it's my house so my happiness is more important than doing what the inter webs say is correct.

To make these, I followed the same steps as I did for my living room and kitchen windows. You can see the instructions here.  

I used Wonderlust Luna fabric by Pat Bravo with room darkening lining, opting not to go for total blackout. This was the first fabric that caught my eye and inspired the quilt, which was the starting point for the room. 

It was very hard to get a nice picture of these in the light but I think they're wonderful and I'm glad I broke the rules. What decorating rules do you choose to ignore?

Shared at: Diana Rambles, Natasha in Oz, Life on Lakeshore Drive, Fine Craft Guild, What Meegan Makes, Our Secondhand House, The Kolb Corner, A Stroll Thru Life, Sugar Bee Crafts, The Crafty Blog Stalker, Ginger Snap Crafts, A Creative Princess

Sunday, 12 July 2015

How To Slice A Watermelon

Summer has arrived and I could not be more grateful. It was quite the year - school was very challenging and I was dealing with some medical issues - and it absolutely exhausted me mentally, physically, and emotionally. Then, because I'm a genius, I decided to spend the first two weeks of my official holidays living in a hotel and marking provincial exams. In what world did I think 12 days of essay marking would be a good idea? 

I know that some people think teachers have it easy with summers off but I think those people are horribly mistaken. By the end the school year I'm an absolutely mess and need this time to recover. Honestly, I've given so much to my kids all year that I need some serious me time. While I plan on spending my summer getting things done, I've been spending my first couple days binge watching Orange Is The New Black and eating copious amounts of watermelon.

Which brings me to the reason for this post: how to cut a watermelon. I recently learned that I've been doing it all wrong, and figured I can't be the only one.

First I cut the watermelon in half. Lay it face down and cut off the edges.

Next slice the entire watermelon one way.

Then slice it the other way. Normally I put it in the container as I slice it but I left it all on the cutting board so you could see.

Seriously, it's that easy. I realize this may not seem like a big thing but it's fantastic. Give it a try. I promise, you'll love it. Also, the picture above is a lie. I've eaten about 7 times that much… since this morning… 

Featured at Diana Rambles

Shared at: Sew Much Crafting, My Pinterventures, A Stroll Thru Life, The Crafty Blog Stalker, Ginger Snap Crafts, A Creative Princess, Diana Rambles, Life on Lakeshore Drive, Natasha in Oz, What Meegan Makes, Nibbles By Nic, Sugar Bee Crafts, Fluster Buster