Ceiling Tile Works of Art

I love to visit my school’s art room to see what the students are working on under the encouragement of our fantabulous art teacher. A recent project was painting ceiling tiles for the art room and hallways.

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I’m ah-mazed at the vibrancy, depth and skill these young people displayed in their works. I just had to share a few close-ups of the tiles with you.

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Can you recognize the budding Mondrian, Warhol or Lichtenstein?

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I wonder if I can sweet talk a few into my classroom domain? 😉

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I hope you enjoyed the mini-gallery display. 🙂

Have a good week! — Joanne

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Sewing Machine Cozy


I’m enjoying a ‘use-it-or-lose-it’ day off today. *happy sigh* A perfect day to catch up on small incomplete projects. In March, I posted about our Bedroom Revamp Plans.

I love the clean look of a white cotton matelassé paired with a patchwork quilt. Well, I found the matelassé . All that was missing was the quilt. I didn’t want a mass-produced quilt; yet I didn’t want to break the bank on an antique quilt, either. What’s a girl to do? Why, sew her own quilt, of course. While it is taking a little longer than I thought, I am so determined to complete this project. It will get done. I promise. LOL.

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Because of my on-going quilt project, I now have quite a collection of fabric scraps. Hmm.
 My sewing machine needed a cover (cozy). What better way to practice learning how to piece and quilt? Now remember . . .  I’m learning. You’ll see my mistakes right away (hint: spools). 😕 But, I learned a good deal doing this little project:

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My Humble Little Blog

Liebster Award? What’s that? After a little research, it’s an “internet” award to help discover and promote new blogs. Some bloggers refuse the award on the basis they think it a “chain letter” award. Others choose to accept because they feel it helps to support beginning bloggers. Hmmm? This seems awful nice to a novice.

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Repurposed Beer Bucket


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This shabby pail was created from one of the saved beer buckets from our daughter’s DIY Vintage Rustic Wedding. The only item I purchased was the spray paint.  It was a quick project and was super easy.

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Breakdown:

Time: 45 minutes (add additional drying times)

Cost: $2.49 (spray paint)

Difficulty: Super Easy!

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Supplies:

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Rust-o-Leum Hammered 7213 Silver spray paint

Behr Brushed Almond homemade chalk paint

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The Graphics Fairy typography

wax paper

tape

inkjet printer

dark brown Briwax

clean rag

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To achieve this shabby look, I covered the blue island-themed (not a favorite) pail . . . 

Corona, anyone? ;)

Corona, anyone? 😉

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2013 Favorites

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Another quick year gone. Is it because I am growing older that the years are flying? 😉

All the same, 2013 was a decent year. I dipped my toes, left my comfort zone. I was encouraged and I learned. I was inspired by some very clever folks, homegrown and professional. Here are just a few. Hats off and thanks to all of you (check them out!):

Old Pearly Jenkins

DIYPassion

Hello Scarlet

SUZIK

For Those Who Love Dresses

Pretty Handy Girl

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. . .And then, some of my own personal DIY favs that made me happy:

DIY Vintage Rustic Outdoor Wedding

DIY Blended-Family Outdoor Wedding

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Doggie Biscuits

Doggie Biscuits in a Jar Gift

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Dream Art Workspace aka Craft Room

Dream Art Workspace aka Craft Room

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What a year, right?  Thank you for visiting my humble blog. I look forward to another fantastic 365 days of sharing with you. 

May you have a happy and healthy 2014!

— Joanne

Craft Room -aka – Art Dream Workspace

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Come in to my workroom dubbed Art Dream Workspace. It’s a dream that is now a reality. Oh, more still needs to be done (curtains, more storage, etc.) but I am ecstatic!

Where to begin?

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The two biggest priorities were that family could spend time together in this room and because this is a very small room, and as you can see every inch is used, storage and organization was a must!

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The breakfront secretary cabinet was a $25 USD Craigslist find that I painted with MMS Linen and Luckett’s Green Milk Paints. It’s full of jars and baskets that hold bits and pieces, glue guns, hole punches, stickers, yarn and crap galore.

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Even the top of this cabinet is used for storing driftwood finds.

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