Friday, January 31, 2014

From Cone to Vase, and Other Stuff

This has got to be one of my most productive winters, in terms of small designs, and redesigns.  Aside from opening my Zibbet shop, the brutal weather we've had here in the Midwest has kept me inside, a lot.  May as well make the most of it.

Last year I was covering cones I picked up at an estate sale with script.

I've had an idea in my head recently to use one of them as a vase, and, I had to figure out something for the base.  While rummaging through my stash of metal lamp, and, chandelier parts, I found the answer.

A bolt pushed through the inside of the cone, and, secured under the base of this ornate metal piece was my answer.

The base, and the cone were painted, and distressed.  The image is decoupaged on.  I also gave it a touch of bling with a rhinestone.

It's not intended to hold water.  Although, a glass tube inserted would do the trick.  As it is, dried flowers, branches, or faux fleurs would be perfect.  

I'm working on another one, with a different feel.  Here's a peek.

I'm also back in the mood of making miniature crowns.

This one has layers of grey, rose pink, and white.

I'm definitely keeping busy, especially with my chippy, crackly finishes.

Again, I'm doing a lot of experimenting.

I gave this frame a textured grey finish.  A copy of vintage script was stained, and glued to board.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Chipping Away and A Perfect Spot for a Heart

Still chipping away with my paint finishes.

I went nuts with both the wood heart, and, the key.  Lots of layers, and chipping.

One of my cross hearts.  A little more distressed than the other ones.

Here's another heart and key.

A small composition frame.

I created a dimensional fleur-de-lis on board,

followed by lots of chipping.

A paper mache  box, with a fleur-de-lis applique.

Before I go, I just had to share what my friend Sandy of For the Love of White did with one of my cross hearts she purchased from my shop.  She found the perfect spot for it.

Photo courtesy of For the Love of White

Are you ready?

Photo courtesy of For the Love of White

Eeeeeeeeee, I just love seeing where some of my creations end up.  This was definitely meant to be.

See ya soon.

Saturday, January 25, 2014


My friend, Kris, at Junk Chic Cottage has asked me to step into the spotlight this week.

You can check out my feature HERE.

Every Saturday, Kris, and, Susan of Must Love Junk are giving you a look into the life behind the blogger.  A chance to find out a little more about some of us here in blog land.

I'm truly honored to be a part of this series.

After you check out my spotlight, hop on over to Must Love Junk for a peek into the life of another blogger.

Thanks for having me Kris.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Experimenting with Finishes

That's what I've been doing.  Working on that authentic chipped away finish I love so much.

Here's how the piece above started.

After layers of at least five different mediums, I got this.

Like I said, I'm experimenting.  This is more artistic than specific.  I grabbed various things I had on hand, and, just winged it. There's some of my homemade paint (from the Farragoz course), and, some of my own concoctions in the mix.

I like what happened.

Here are a few other experiments.

A metal butterfly.

A wooden plaque.

I molded this angel wing with clay, and layered on this finish.

I'm about to tackle a few frames, and, boxes.

See ya soon.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Cute Little Things

I seem to be finding all sorts of things to make and paint during these cold months here in the Midwest.

Lots of cute little things.  This chippy tin heart is one of them.

I cut this little heart from salvaged tin, and, gave it this chippy paint treatment.  I don't remember how many layers of homemade paint I applied, before bending the heart in spots to get the chipping.

After the chipping, I sealed it.  A vintage key, and seam binding finish it.

It seems nothing is safe, including some of my bottles.

A weathered white paint treatment, followed by sealer, gave it the look of frosted glass.

I'm painting some of my metal roses,

and finials.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Romantic Redesigns

My recent redesigns all have a romantic feel.  Like this framed fleur-de-lis.

Three elements brought together to form a beautiful whole.  I painted these small metal frame, but wanted to add something other than an image.

So, I cut a piece of board to fit, attached a composition fleur-de-lis, and,

layered the whole thing with shades of grey and white.

I used the paint recipes from the Farragoz course, along with a few tricks of my own for added texture.

Here's another design for one of my metal hearts.

After painting, I lightly transferred an angel image, using the "Splendid Blender" pen.  You can review that technique HERE.

My heart is resting on a vintage metal rose I transformed with layers of my homemade paint, and, texture.

We've been in the double digits these past few days.  Which, feels downright balmy, compared to our recent deep freeze.

I think I'll see what else I can transform.