Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Blast from the Past

Looking back through some of my pictures, I saw several pieces I have not posted, they are!  Hope they start the wheels turning in your head to create something.
I painted this cat picture on a piece of wood that is very similar to a TV tray top, but a lot heavier. It was at the gallery for a short while before it went to it's new home in Lincoln, NE.

Now this was a fun project. I wish I still had it but that darn Kye wanted it! Kye is a friend of mine who has several pieces of my work. She is a wonderful mosaic artist. I found this at a garage sale, (imagine that!) and it was one of those home interior type wall hangings. It was all cream colored and had, I believe some fluffy roses or something in each panel. The panels are thin board with texture on them. I knew I wanted something fun in them and this is what evolved! I love to do funky hearts, funky birds, and funky flowers. All my favorites in one place. Hope you are enjoying it Kye!

A little closer picture of the heart..

and the flowers..

even the hangers got a makeover....

and of course the goof ball bird. Notice his tennis shoes. I didn't like the way they turned out so I put grass around them and they were much better!

I displayed it on an easel I had painted, and the easel  sold the first week  :-)

Its a bed knob, it's an upside down table leg...It's a FINIAL with inspirational sayings~  This Table leg was in the mark downs at Hobby Lobby ~score--4 of them!~ and I thought I would put a table on top. But when I got started painting, I just saw it as a fun colorful finial that would brighten up any spot. I have done 4 of these and they always sell right away. People like them as gifts for graduation and such. I put little saying of hope around the base, and that seems to be very popular. Use your imagination. What have you done that was totally different from the original intended use?

 Don't throw that old table away. Keep the legs, they could also become a dragonfly body if you added some wings like ! She does awesome work. OR you could just order one from her!

Here is my version, I had fun with it. Not nearly as intricate as Lucy's, but fun.

This is a bench I bought at the dollar store many years ago for ten bucks, unassembled. It was the redwood look.  I sanded it really well, and then applied several coats of exterior primer. The preparation stage is imperative to get your paint to last. I used craft paints because these blend well for what I like to do. Gussied it up a little and then applied 3 coats of exterior polyurethane. I had this sitting on my porch for about 7 years. I would bring it in in the wintertime except for the last 2 years. The paint started coming loose last year (on the ends)after sitting out and getting snowed on, frozen, thawed, frozen, thawed, (we lived in Nebraska) and morning sun.  

Pretty good run for a couple of bottles of craft paint! I sold it at my garage sale when I moved, to a very enthusiastic young couple- well, she was enthusiastic enough for both of them!! It was fun seeing her so excited about giving my old friend a new warm loving home! As far as the paint peeling,  I told her to put a couple of coats of exterior poly on it and it would be good for several more years. I was actually very surprised that the metallic paint stayed perfect on the metal parts. For the metal sides, I did a dry brushing with a couple of different copper colors.

This is a little fun clock I did for a friend of mine. She helped SOOOOO much when I was selling the house and moving. She worked in yard all day (and was such a SLAVE DRIVER)...was up early the next morning helping me put river rock down, before the couple looking at the house, came at 9:30 AM. She took all the crap I had collected over the years  treasures waiting to be painted, and got them to fit into one stall of our 3 car garage, swept it all out, (while I showered so I could be the hostess with the mostess) and finished before the future buyers arrived. She took her dog to her car and drove up the block to the corner, where she sat until they left!! They actually saw her leave as they were getting out of the car and said "your friend didn't have to leave, she's welcome to stay while we are here". Jenna said she sat on the corner in the car with her dog,  because she too dusty and sweaty to even go to Menards! So I owed her big time, but all she wanted was this clock... She also came back and helped pack because the couple loved the house!! Yayyyy! She made it look so wonderful outside I wanted to stay!(really really wanted to stay) Aren't good friends just the best?? I am so blessed with all the friends that helped me pack and move. I can't begin to repay them, but that's what friends do.. Love them all. 

When I go this, it had a nice finish but was so boring. I put the little ball feet on it, drilled holes in the top and put the little antenna things on top. I put the round ball feet on a lot of things. I think it adds to the whimsical appeal. If you look back at the dragonfly picture, you will see it in the background on the mantle waiting patiently to be transformed.

I hope you have enjoyed my Blast from the past, and want to thank you for stopping by. If you like what you see, sign up in the email box (at the top right)  to receive alerts when I publish a new post.  If I can help you with anything or answer any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. I have made a lot of mistakes that you don't need to recreate!! LOL 
My quote for the day is "Someone out there is praying for the things you take for granted."  
Have a Grateful day. Catch you later, Carolyn


  1. Sitting here drinking my morning coffee and scrolling through your email... already deciding I was going to come comment to thank you for starting my day with your colorful, funky goodness and scroll to a link to me! Thank you!... and I love, love, love your dragonfly!... Well, I love all of it.
    What a joy to see your wonderful art this morning!

    1. Thank you Lucy, you know you are my idol for reusing every little piece of discarded things you can find! You amaze me with your vision. I always look at your art and think, wow, how did she think to do THAT! Thank you for the smile at my morning coffee!

  2. Thank you for your nice collection. All are beautiful. I am excited. I am visiting your full blog. Wonderful blog. I will back to see your update.
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    1. Thanks Sabina! Glad you enjoyed it. Did you can sign up with you email to get updates sent to your inbox? That way you won't miss any posts. Thanks again for visiting! ~ Carolyn

    2. Please send me your site. Thank you, Love art and Laughter