Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Craftiness and a Giveaway!!

I have been keeping my hands busy in crafts over the last few weeks and it's not seeming to slow down. I think it some times drives my husband crazy or at least he thinks I am crazy! Just in the last few weeks I have made several blog layouts and some advertising, worked on my digital scrapbooks, took Aleeyah out to take some more portraits, worked on a couple of paintings, and of course, did some kid crafts with Aleeyah. I still have a couple of dresses I am wanting to sew for the girl. LOTS of digital scrapbooking still to do. Another painting....or two. I need to paint the table I made for Aleeyah. I've been meaning to crochet myself a new scarf since I can't find any of mine right now. Oh, how the list could go on, but I do really love doing projects.

I find it very relaxing. Painting is the most relaxing for me. I feel like it's one of the few times that my mind isn't racing in all directions. I even realized the other day while reading a text book aloud, that my mind doesn't even stop for that. No, I'm not thinking about what I'm reading aloud. I'm thinking about what needs to be done, what I need to get from the grocery store, etc. My reading never skips a beat, but yet I'm having long thoughts in the process about every day things. But when I get started in a craft project, my mind is quiet for the time being. It's nice.

So nice that there are only a few things in my house that I have not made-the large clock in my dining room, the mirror in my living room, and the set of white shelves in Aleeyah's room.

Now, to clarify-these are not Thomas Kinkade or van Gogh type of paintings. I'm thankful that those are not my style. It's saved me A LOT of money in decorating my abode. Mine are made of swirls, squares, and easy lines. Something that anyone with patience, a canvas, and a paintbrush could accomplish. If I can-you can!

Here are the things hanging on my walls....
(I had to take them at angles to keep the glare off of them in the pictures)

This is the shelf I made in the front hallway:


This is also in my hallway. You can't tell from the pic, but each leaf is cut out with a razor to reveal a printed paper behind it-which is what gives the leaves their color.


This is a set that is not currently hung the way they were intended to be hung. There was a place at our old house that they fit perfectly and I have been unable to find the right spot for them. Right now they are hung above my cabinets in the kitchen. The are actually suppose to be hung one on top of the other. Also, they are made from 1/4 cabinetry plywood, sanded, and painted. Plywood makes a great square "canvas" because it is very difficult to find a square canvas at an affordable price.


This one was nothing more than a pain in my rear! The story is long so I won't tell it, but let's just say-I have a love hate relationship with it. The shiny part in the middle is silver leafing with a distressed effect done on it.


These are in my bedroom. The second set of 3 squares also made of plywood and hung about an inch away from the wall.




This one is hung in my bathroom.


This one is hung in Aleeyah's bathroom. Also made with plywood, but is 1/2 inch and is larger than all the others-2ft by 2ft. The 2 beige looking petals are cut out and are revealing the wall color behind it.


The rest of these are taken in Aleeyah's room:





I painted the guitar painting and next to the guitar painting there is 3 frames that I got for a GREAT deal at Michaels. I took the glass out of the frames and glued in a pink cassette, a pink CD, and a pink IPod. I got the pink IPod from ebay for a great price because it no longer functions. I thought it made a great 3rd piece to show the music media generations.


This picture has the table that still needs to be painted, a memo board I made at our MOPS group, and of course, Aleeyah wanted to sneak herself in there.


So there is a tour of my walls (Jill, I'm still planning on giving a grown-up tour of Aleeyah's room).

Unfortunately, I've almost run out of space to put things on my own walls (without it looking cluttered). I'd like to put one more in my bedroom and another in Aleeyah's bathroom. I just haven't quite decided what they are going to look like.

So what's hanging on your walls that you've put your craftiness into? It doesn't have to be a painting or something you have built. Just something that you put your time into to make it your own.

Write a post on your blog about something you have made and link it here on Mister Linky below by next Tuesday(10th) midnight and I'll randomly select a winner (US Only) of a custom piece of art scribbled painted on a 16x20 canvas. :) If you don't have a blog-you can send me a picture. I'll get with the winner to find our your style and get a few ideas. I'll paint it (maybe get the 3 year olds help) and send it your way!!!

Can't wait to see what you've made!!

**Make sure to use the link directly to the post with your items-not the link to your blog in a whole. This makes it easier for others to view your craft projects instead of having to find it somewhere on your blog!**



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28 comments:

Becky said...

I love your work..it is inspiring me to branch out of my comfort zone and try some new techniques.

Tori said...

I linked to some wall art I made lately to try to spruce up my room. I'm still not sure how I feel about the final result but I loved creating it! I love your work.

Da MiMi said...

I really like the "musical" pictures. Great idea about using cassette/cd/i-pod as picture material!

Craft Tea Lady said...

Although I am not creative in the painting/drawing area like you - my creativity is w/ my hands and yarn.

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I LOVE your tree w/ the silver! Its lovely.


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vwestermeyer said...

nice work!!! I wish I had talent in that manner .... I have some pieces I've cross stitched but that's all

Mae said...

Your pictures are great.

thanks
cheerket03@yahoo.com
megan

Susan said...

You are one talented lady!

Britt said...

Abbie!!! I'm in love with your art!!! God has given you such a beautiful talent!

Carrie said...

I'm going to email you a picture of my wall craft, since I dont want to put it up on my blog :)

it'll be coming from adorablyconfused at hotmail dot com

Team Chilton said...

I love your wall art. My link is a shadow box I did. thanks for the giveaway...I sure hope I win!
spondah(at)aol(dot)com

tatertot374 said...

Thank you for having this!
I would love to win. Your work is just beautiful! I am not crafty but my husband can be if he tries. He recently drew a picture of a Deer and hung it in the living room. Its very nice.
Thank you
tatertot374@sbcglobal.net

The Pitter Patter Boutique said...

You're very crafty and I love the "Pain in the Butt" painting. You have to share how you did the silver part. :-)

Thanks for the chance to display some of your beautiful work.

Sarah

sarah@thepitterpatterboutique.com

Nicole said...

Your work is awesome! I am not very good at painting, my art is cards and scrapbooking! I did paint a couple of ladybug canvas for my baby girls room, they are very simple.
I would love to have something for my master bedroom!
pyrtles3@charter.net

Juli Jarvis said...

Nice artwork! I especially like the one in Aleeyah's bathroom with the two petals cut out. Great ideas! I don't do any artwork at all -- my art is in my music!

Domestic Goddess said...

LOVE THEM ALL!!!! You have a great approach to the canvas/or plywood for that matter. Most paintings that you see are full and they think they have to cover every inch, I love how layered your paintings look. I still think the guitar in A's room is the cutest. Although I really like the love/hate tree one and the swirly one.

always_317537 said...

I like the "Love" one . Your work is fantastic! :)

Reeva said...

I dont have a blog or a pic of anything crafty but i wanted to post to tell you i love the silver/gold leafed red with the tree..thats really nice.

I'm having so much fun making friends and blog-hopping again this year. Nice to find your blog.

Da MiMi said...

Hey, now that I think of it -- I have the pleasure of owning a wonderful piece of "Abs Art"!

Jenn said...

Wow, your art is amazing! I have 4 canvases to work on but I can't figure out what to put on them and I'm not that great at painting! Linked to one of my crafts :)

Jill Foley said...

Great work! I tend to hang other people's creativity on my walls. My mom is an artist by hobby and my brother is an artist by profession...so I hesitate to go there myself. I guess that's why I'm in music!

islandgirl said...

I just posted my blog post that had some canvases I was making, we both have the same style, I think because I love yours!

Sherry and Gena said...

Basically I have nothing on my walls because I am wall illiterate.
I am extremely interested in your pain in the butt art with the love/hate relationship..it is BEAUTIFUL...if you ever give lessons or blog about it please let us know!!!

Lia said...

very lovely and I'd love to have one of them for sure. Thanks so much! skyxsky27(at)gmail.com

Jingle said...

I posted a banner that I hung on a door on my blog today!

Lisa S said...

Hmm..very nice. Speaking of pictures of your work, I still need a pic of Aleeyah with her quilt! I figured you would get one to me before anyone else. I getting ready to start number 10!

Juli Jarvis said...

Well, I guess I have art in my music and now (also) in my quilting!

The Leeth family said...

Hey Abbie, I don't know if this is what you had in mind, but my link will take you back to my halloween post. As it says in there, I think, I made the dinosaur/dragon costume Gavin is wearing. To make it more impressive, while making it, I was pregnant and experiencing the beginning of my major morning sickness! This is such a cool thing that you are doing!!

Jill Foley said...

I'm not sure my "creativity" post counts so feel free to leave me out of the drawing....but your post got me thinking about my outlets for creativity.

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