For some odd reason I haven't been able to upload any photos here so I am trying once again.
Here is what is happening in my world..........
Fabric "lanterns" I made from white cotton fabric, wire hoop, wire and paint
(the orange you see is a wonderful Indian printed paper I had that I wish I could remember where it came from) I sewed it on the bottom and then sewed circles cutting the fabric from behind so to better illuminate the paper.
They are illuminated like you would a paper lantern
battery powered LED light
Redid a previous shade by changing the background to a linen color....the other shade I had there was just too much blue. I poked holes at the top of each tree so when the lamp is on it shines through.
This was an experiment in making a fabric window suncatcher with a hoop, white cotton and paint. It's not my fave (truth is it's more a prototype) but I know now what needs to be changed for the next one(s). I have plans to make a few of these - and put them in my poor neglected Shoppe this Fall.
These are down filled throw pillows (these are not bed pillows) that had feathers constantly poking out (I loathe that and they hurt) so I covered all of them in a feather-proof ticking in readiness to make new covers over that. (Painted and stitched of course)
Below is an invitation I designed. My friends daughter is helping give a baby shower and asked if I would do this. The Mom-to-be likes the "rockabilly" theme. (which is using the swallow, checks and red roses). I love those elements whether considered "rockabilly" or not. She and her other co-host were very pleased. I took out the info to show it here.
So here's the thing about me........if you haven't already guessed. I may show certain things in a certain way BUT later I tend to move things around. It's that "Goldilocks" thing I have within me that says it has to feel "just right". A good friend said I'm always changing things but that's because of what I just said. I am not one to put something on a shelf or table of whatever and leave it that way for years.....it's just not in me. I like to rotate things and stand back and live with it for a time. Sometimes things DO stay in one place and sometimes not.
Our home is very small........5 rooms total. There is limited space to have the furniture/things I'd like to have so in here so often times things get rotated in and out. If I had another bedroom and bathroom it would definitely be easier to keep things in place......but since I don't......rotation and change is necessary to keep it fresh. (Not everyday of course, now that would be ludicrous)
Plans are in the works to fix up our patio space.......it's become a warehouse of things making enjoying it impossible. I mean why have it and not use it as intended? So there will have to be a letting go of some things. I have a vision of what I want to do and can't until we purge. I want to be able to enjoy it again, to work outside, to read out there or have morning coffee out there. So that is the plan. With a small house an additional outdoor space is necessary. I want a space to relax, a space for creating out there, a space to eat if we want and I'd love to get a mister fan for summer days otherwise it can get too hot on those 90 degree days to be out there. I would love to have an art day out there with a friend of mine who loves to create as I do as well.
So there you have it............I am so into creating home decor items that I am forever experimenting with things until it's just how I envisioned it. BUT I am aching to get paint on canvas too........ time time time.
Oh and P.S. the bike wheel with fabric I showed in the previous post is now hanging from the front porch. It's so much better out there and it spins around in the wind.
I'd love to hear what's happening in your world? If you've been doing projects of any kind I'd love to see them - leave a link to them in comments.. Pretty please!
Pinterest........are you on Pinterest? I have fallen down the rabbit hole (actually I fell a long time ago), won't you join me?
Until next time...........
Remember...........You are beautiful, you are clever, you are amazing and you matter!!
So here we are........the last day of April. I sound like a broken record but the months are flying by......do you feel it or is it just me? It needs to slow down......it needs to just take its time and not rush. What's the hurry?
Anyway.......as you know (if you read my blog) I am constantly doing projects that keep me rather occupied. While I'm not a recluse exactly, I just get in to my element when creating whatever it is and I immerse myself to the point that days go by when I realize I need to GET OUT!
Are you like that? Do you get so ensconced in your creative world that by nightfall you realize you've been at it ALL day? Then you wonder why your neck hurts or your hands hurt of your elbow or your back.......or all of the above? I KNOW without being told I need to get out more and I plan to.........I am itching to treasure hunt and take photographs and mingle among the masses. (whoever the masses are) BUT I AM having fun......and isn't that the point? To feel passionate about something?
Artistic passion is who I am and has been since early childhood. I was most happy making felt clothes for my Troll dolls (or as we called them....Wishniks). Or drawing or coloring or creating giant Barbie dwellings from anything and everything. I used to make my parents cards when I was little for Mother's Day and Father's Day. I just couldn't get enough art in a day....and you want to hear something funny? I'd be so immersed in it that my Mom would say "why don't you go outside and play?" Not that I didn't do that because I most certainly did but there were times I just wanted to sculpt with play dough or use a needle and thread or draw. Not much has changed, eh?
So this brings me to the latest and what has kept me occupied in my own little world:
I had an idea........we had this big dresser that was being stored because it was just taking up too much space.....so I asked BohoHandyman if he could cut the top of it off to make a bench. So he did. He cut it so that the space for the next larger drawer under the two smaller ones would create automatic legs for a bench. The back was created from an old headboard we've had for years but never used and the top piece on the back we had from something else. The side pieces are 2 of 4 elements purchased at a salvage place....a long time ago. The other two are above the closet in my studio. I painted everything but the back. The color is a mixture of Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue and Land of Liberty green I concocted.
The cushion was from the settee we had bought on Craigslist, the settee itself is gone but I saved the wonderful cushion as it's down filled. I just cut up my fave quilt from World Market and covered the cushion. (I had enough left of the quilt for a throw)
I made the pillow covers using canvas fabric and then painted them. They are down filled throw pillows. I am sooooo pleased and happy with the result. (and it's comfortable)
The lamp shade was formerly a sort of beige leaf printed fabric. I painted it but didn't like it so I painted over it with blues and greens and then poked holes in the design that still showed through. It looks way better at night as it looks like stars or constellations. It's meant for ambiant light.
Then another idea struck me...........do you think my brain ever stops?
We have needed a coffee table, we had a round one but it just wasn't working. And because I am ALL ABOUT upcycling and repurposing things I remembered we had a old trunk in our shed. I cannot even remember where we got it but we've had it forever. BohoHandyman being the guy he is is always willing to at least try to make my ideas/visions a reality. He may grumble at first or think something won't work to which I reply "um, have we met?"
So out came the trunk, a couple pieces of 2x4's were added on the bottom to raise it up a bit and 4 industrial casters were attached. On the top we used two pieces of glass shelving we had that we glued together. At some point I want to get one solid piece of glass cut but it works for now. Insta coffee table and the size is perfect and we love it and it only cost the price of the 4 casters.
I don't care it has wear....that's what makes it! (of course I will fiddle faddle with what I put on it but this is how it looks right now)
We recently purchased a Keurig coffemaker...........oh how we love its convenience. Anyway I am going to make a "coffee corner". So far I painted a wee cabinet I used to have in the bathroom and cut a piece of cardboard to fit in the door. Using black acrylic paint and a white pen I made it look like a chalkboard menu. Inside we keep the wee coffee pods and a few coffee mugs. That's as far as I've gotten so far.....still mulling it over.
This next thing is still a work in progress:
This a wheel from an old bike I had. I have wrapped the spokes and the rim in strips of fabric. I am going to add some other elements to it and I want to hang something from the bottom. Right now it's hanging too low on the door - it will hang higher when I finish it.
And finally........I didn't paint or sew this item....it's a 3x5 rug I ordered it from Urban Outfitters and I LOVE it. Sadly I wish I'd ordered 2 as they are now sold out. I wanted something to put under the bar stools in front of the kitchen island and it fit my (our) aesthetic perfectly. I wonder if they will get more.
So now you can see why days and weeks go by in a blink! AND there is more on the list.
*Painted throw pillows for the sofa
*My studio is pretty much done but the antique cabinet is nearly empty (supplies are located in another area) and the walls need something more. Those things will be on going as I treasure hunt among our stored things and go outside treasure hunting. I am seeking galvanized containers to name one.
*I need to start a painting I will be doing for a friend who is adopting 2 children from Ethiopia.
Oh I won't bore you with a long list..........
Suffice to say when BohoHandyman hears these words ........."Honey, I have an idea"........ a project is already in the works rattling around in my brain!
I will leave you with this:
Look around you, look at things you may have in your garage or shed or friends or family don't want anymore. Maybe it's "for free" item see on the curb. Let your imagination see whatever it is in a whole new way. Sometimes only paint is needed to completely transform something. Why put it in a landfill? Why spend tons of money? Something may have outused its original purpose so let it become something else. Dont' say "I don't have an eye for that stuff".........because I think you do. You just have to stop and look at it and ask yourself "maybe this could be made in to a lamp" or "what if I had this part cut off or out and turned it this way or that". Think outside the box. Think creatively and think of the money you save. If you have something you don't know what to do with.....email me a picture of it........perhaps I could help you with......... "I have an idea!"
Enjoy your day! Smile! You are blessed. You are beautiful. You are clever. You are amazing! And I thank you for stopping by. I do hope you'll let me know you've been here. ♥♥♥
Typepad has been attacked so the it's up and down (for over a week)..........I am taking this opportunity to say that as I've been wanting to post and share some new projects. If you have tried to comment or even stop by and received errors that is why.
Have a wonderful weekend.........be back soon.........if all goes well with Typepad!
How are you?
It's a perfect spring morning with a slight breeze making the windchimes sing...I love that!
So let me begin by showing what the GIVEAWAY is for my OWOA.......I didn't have it ready in the original post so hopefully people will see it now as it all ends on Friday night so it's not too late to comment on that post.
This square-ish dessert size plate is actually bright white (monitors may show it more ivory). I hand painted it and it is dishwasher safe. I do recommend, however, that it be used for decoratice purposes rather than for food. The winner will also receive a wood plate easel with which to display the plate if so desired. (not shown).
So if you are interested in winning the plate (above) giveaway go to THIS post and leave a comment.
Here are some things I've been up to of late: (I LOVE LOVE LOVE doing things for home accessories)
I had a couple of dinner plates with a small chip on the edge so turned them in to decorative plates.
Kitchen bar stools got a makeover and the kitchen island was repainted
Soooo I know I have mentioned I've been in the process of redoing/reorganizing my studio......I think it may be the 1,264th time I've done so ...........but hey, that's how I roll.
I am not yet ready to show the entire space yet but here are a few snippets.......
Well I made it from a mannequin (woman's torso) I had stored and the base is from a small end table we had with a dowel added to make the form higher. I am pretty proud of the result as I cannot afford the real vintage ones. (I actually made this a while ago and have been meaning to show it here)
And finally, SHE who watches over me..............
This statue was my Mom's and it's old.....the other I didn't secure the corbel shelf properly and she fell.......I was heartbroken...........I sat for some time gluing back all the pieces I could and thankfully she still looks ok. The shelf has since been made extra secure.
(Oh and the fairy.......she's metal and will be moved to another wall)
What you see in the mirror is the closet and the new closet curtain.....
Like I said all will be revealed soon.
So there you have it..........just a few things keeping me busy most days.
I am soooo ready to put paint to canvas
AND to do some fabric art.........
I'm pretty sure I shared this before (it hangs above the shelf over the microwave)....I am going to do more wall hangings like this:
Well my friends now you see why I haven't been blogging regularly......
Speaking of Blogs.......have you noticed a decrease of late? Within the blogging community? I truly don't plan on abandoning my blog, it's like a journal and I need to get back to it more often. July will make EIGHT years! Wow! I wish it were like the early days when people really kept up with theirs and we all cross connected in a larger way. I admit comments mean a lot to me although I don't blog for them.....it's just nice to hear from people now and then. You know?
Now it's time to finish this post that took me 2 days to do.
REMEMBER.........if you want to win the plate at the top of this post just leave a comment on my OWOA post and tomorrow evening I will draw the winner! (oh and visit the other blogs in OWOA listed in the right side bar)
Have a wonderful day and weekend! Any big plans? Any projects you're doing? Do tell.
P.S. You can (if you care to) follow me/blog - see left sidebar. *Big Smile*
Well this new event - Our World Our Art - is proving to me that I did not do a very good job of getting the word out.....so I need to find a better way to do that. The old Newsletter site I used to use closed which is too bad because it was free. I will be working on that for the future and MAYBE we can do this event later in the year again for those that didn't hear about it. You can also still submit for this one as I am extending the time to do that.
Any suggestions on how to better "advertise" please feel free to let me know.
Also, it's become quite apparent that blogging is slow......many I have on my Blogroll haven't posted in a long time or their blogs are gone (I need to update that list). With social media like Instagram, Facebook and the like, it seems to be a more immediate venue for people posting these days it would seem. And people get busy and I know how fast time can go by and realize I haven't updated my blog for weeks.
I, for one, do not plan to abandon my blog, in fact I plan to post more often than I was.
So I want to thank those who HAVE submitted their links so far (right side bar) - it truly is a great way to get to see what others creative passions are all about and the work they create. And meet them again....... OR for the first time.
Slow and steady wins the race so hopefully more will jump in as the days go by.....
In the meantime I am still working on all sorts of projects to finish for my studio and the house!
Well nothing like being late to your own "party", eh? Well we can say I was fashionably late to the event but the only fashion related would be my love for jammie-like clothing and barefeet. But wait, what does that have to do with anything, right?
Hello, I am Lisa Swifka and I created this event as well as the one that ran for 5 years (One World One Heart). To read about it and perhaps participate click on the logo.
I have many creative passions that run the gamut...to understand me is to know that from the moment I could hold a crayon I have L O V E D being creative. But my creative pursuits are all over the place because I do what I feel like in any given moment. My Mom was creative, she would sew for the house, make clothes and make Christmas crafts and it was she who taught me the basics of sewing. I have always been fascinated with the notion "hmm. what can I do with this?" and so my love of altering or painting or recovering or whatever.....for the home is a huge passion for me too. It is a HUGE dream of mine to have my own line of housewares I designed.
I have a passion for repainting furniture and finding new uses for things rather than discard them. My husband, who I call BohoHandyman, is a great partner because although he doesn't necessarily have that innate ability to think outside the box all the time....he carries out some of my visions and supports my quirkiness. You know, "hmm honey, I have an idea I need your help with". He smiles and gets out the metal tape measure in readiness for what new project I have in mind....ha!
We have 2 cats and a dog and they are constantly confused as to what the hubbub is about as furniture is moved about or there is hammering......or I am hand sewing and they can't get on my lap. Our home is small, real small, we don't have expansive rooms or hallways or a second story but it's fine for us and I just use it as my playground to constantly change things. It's quirky and not all perfect as some you see on blogs.........but it suits us fine.
So anyway, I also LOVE creating:
Art dolls that involve my love of fabric and hand stitching (A couple of examples)
I love mixing art and fabric and stitching (wall hanging)
Or redoing lamps and lamp shades (as in this one)
Or altering clothing (this dress used to be all white)
I love to make things from other things.....is that a vague statement or what?
This was made from a tiered metal basket using various fabric and items and hanging from the bottom are test tubes I painted. (brand new ones of course, I ordered the tubes I just don't have test tubes around the house - just so you know)
I also like to sit of an evening and play with my IPad art apps and a stylus
You know I could go on and on and on giving you examples of my zany, crazy, mixed all over the place.....art............ but it would become the post that never ends.
I will say I never stop thinking, dreaming, pondering all that will come next. What's funny is that my love of color is apparent BUT I am in the midst of redoing my studio and I painted almost EVERYTHING white! Funny huh? I just felt it was time to let art, treasures, accessories bring in the color. I will be posting with pics about that in the near future. As well as furniture redos and painted candlesticks etc. ART of any kind comes directly from my heart and soul and is at the core of my being. I have an affinity for faces, hands, birds, hearts, random designs and galvanized metal. You see, I am ALL over the map BUT, it does make life interesting, don't you think? I've only scratched the surface here.
Currently my poor Etsy Shoppe has dust on the shelves and cobwebs in the corner and the windows are too dirty to see inside.....I hope to clean it, put some things on the shelves and reopen by Fall of this year.
For now I want to thank you for visiting...........and as a thank you for doing so leave your comment and on the evening of April 18th I will draw a name to win a giveaway.
Now you are probably asking.....so what is it?
Ah, patience grasshopper...........good things come to those who wait.
You will know on the 18th what it shall be..........come on, it's ok if you don't know what it is, I would never giveaway anything I wouldn't want myself.
OH WAIT.........you must be leave your email address so I have a way to contact the name that is drawn for the giveaway, and you must be a blogger as this is, after all, a blogging event. (no anonymous commentors)
You can follow this blog and/or the Facebook page of this blog or on Pinterest (which I need a 12 step program for). Links are in the left sidebar. Maybe some time, when you have a moment.....it is not a requirement for commenting. ♥ Just thought I'd mention it.
UPDATE: Typepad is giving me fits.......the links aren't showing up in the correct Alpha order......please know I am working on trying to find out what is happening from Typepad.
IT'S HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Spread the word my creative lovelies!!!
Today this brand new event begins...........the list of participants is on the right side bar here on my blog under the event badge......... and will be added to over the next three days as I receive them. The list will be in alpha order this year with no numbering.
Please note if you email me your link and don't see it on the list immediately....have patience my creative friends!
So get your posts ready and send me your post link to:
I will be posting my own participant post later, in the meantime watch the sidebar as new blogs are added.
AND if you aren't sure please read the info page