Monday, September 12, 2016

Conquering my fears

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I don't know about you, but I have always been terrified to step out of my comfort zone. My 'zone' is plain ol' vinyl. Don't get me wrong, I have always wanted to try new things, but I am clumsy and tend to waste enough material while I figure out what the heck I am doing.

So for this challenge, I decided to push myself. I wanted desperately to do something different. 

Everything I did for this project was either by holding my breath, or done with the usual tongue action to help get it right (do you ever do that...make faces and hold your tongue just right? I swear it helps!)

I started by picking a random fall design from my Silhouette Library. In my case it was the campfire. I really only have glitter HTV in my stash, other than maybe two sheets of other colors, which would not work for the campfire. 

So I Picked the colors that would work with the design, resized them for a random shirt in my closet, and got to cutting. 

Of course I didn't remember to take a lot of pictures during the process. For that I am terribly sorry. 

I heated up my iron and got to pressing as soon as my cuts were done. 

First the logs, then the flames. On this tan colored shirt I didn't use the under layer for the logs. And let me tell you, by making this design quite small, the logs were not easy to weed, and they are FAR from perfect!

One thing I always seem to neglect is measuring the placement on my shirt, so that is something I will have to work on. I think it looks silly where I put it on the shirt. A bit off center and will sit about on my belly. Ughhh~ That's a learning curve for me to pay attention to! 

However, I stepped out of my comfort zone and layered HTV! That is something I have not even done with regular vinyl! And I have had my Portrait for about 3 years or so! 

Let's take a look at that again...

The colors of Glitter HTV are brown, red, orange and gold. The red and orange don't show up well against each other so if I do this again, I think I would switch the orange with the gold to add the right contrast. 

Of course just having a campfire on the shirt would seem silly, and with fall being upon us, I added the text in solid black. The font is Cotton Candy. 

After wearing the shirt as is for a few hours and feeling like a complete Dork, I got he bright idea to add a cowboy in a chair silhouette next to the fire. The hope was to make it look more evenly placed with a purpose rather than like I messed up, but that, I suppose, is up to the individual viewer. What say you?

I have a feeling I will be doing a LOT more projects and layering a LOT more HTV soon, This was a fun project to challenge myself and I can't wait to do more! 

BUT...I will be working on placement because it is so very important. 

I put this project together for 2 reasons. The first being to challenge myself to do something different, and the 2nd being to share with all the bloggers for the September Silhouette Challenge! It has been a long time since I participated in a Silhouette Challenge. This is fun to participate in and as always there is something in it for our viewers too! 

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

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Amazon Giveaway

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

New bedroom/craft room reveal!

Many of you saw on Facebook when I promoted a piece I was starting to work on last week. I am here to share the final piece and how it tied my (mostly) painted bedroom/craft room together!

She started out pretty beat up and looking tired and heavy.

With a piece like this, I always use General Finishes High Performance Top Coat as soon as the piece is sanded and cleaned. I do this to prevent any bleed through and with this piece, I fully expected bleed through due to the finish on it. Let me tell you, it was well worth the extra step!

I removed the hardware and got to work. Choosing a color or color combo is the hardest thing for me. I felt like this piece was screaming for a manly type of makeover in grays and blacks, silver, etc, however my space was screaming for something light and uplifting. Something that might keep me inspired to craft up more fun items.

My bed frame is painted in a very light gray and turquoise. Here is the final of the frame. One the doors for the headboard, I replaced the hardware with these porcelain knobs with roses. I also decoupaged a couple of butterflies, and used my Silhouette to cut the words 'Butterfly Kisses. On the foot board, I decoupaged napkins with pink roses and red flowers. ( Note: I do not know what a lot of flowers are-not much of a gardener).

Last year I had made a couple of similar projects, like this sign, using napkins decoupaged Magnolia's and butterflies. I had also made a little shelf out of a drawer from a camper with these red flowers decoupaged on the sides.

When I moved into the house with my dad, I inherited a bedspread my mom had always kept on the bed in the guest room, which is so pretty with pink puffs, like flowers.

Now you all need to know that I have never been a fan of the color pink, but having this bedspread on my bed, along with pink and red flowers all over my room changed that. I picked up three picture frames and made these pictures to hang over my bed.

So...back to the reveal...

Finally, I made a decision about colors for this piece. It was supposed to be a light gray, but when I brought the paint home, it looked  more white than anything so I went with it. Of course with turquoise being the prominent color so far, and pink growing on me, turquoise had to be a part of this piece, although not overbearing. I am also a big fan of distressing and giving a piece a worn look like I did below.

I picked up another pair of the rose knobs for this piece, and the final stage was decoupaging a combination of pink roses, blue butterflies and a few magnolia's to tie it  in with the rest of my creations and making this my very own, personal set.

Are you ready for it?

Here is the piece all finished up!

Personally, I wish I had not applied the large butterflies to the doors of this piece, because I think it makes everything look like 'too much'! So, I removed them. Luckily, they were freshly app;lied using the mod podge technique, so I used a sponge and warm water and just washed them off!

Thanks for visiting GiveMeAPaintbrush! 

Until next time! 

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Plain Jane (Not what you think!)

All of my life, I have been a Plain Jane.

I like simple hair styles ~ mine has been a long shag since high school *blush*

I wear jeans and plain t-shirts. Solid colors, usually Hanes.

A couple of plain ol' blankets was all I ever needed on my bed for warmth.

Then I discovered the world of DIY and my tastes changed. I enjoyed trying to come up with ways to decorate. In my mind, though, I wanted to be like all of the other DIYer's out there that do fabulous art on furniture and home decor.

Since moving, my focus has shifted to getting settled and slowly putting this house together. I inherited everything my Mother treasured through the years. (Remember, my mom has dementia & is in a home, and I now live in a new house with my dad)

Some of the things I inherited are things like Strawberry plates hanging on a kitchen wall now, to honor mom. and for other decor I have a small shopping cart she has  faux flowers in. Mother's simple treasures, of which I kept a good deal of when moving dad.

Another thing I inherited is this very pretty bedspread. As I put my bedroom together, I knew it would be on my bed. The bed itself is one I bought a couple of years ago and painted. I love having the cubbies in the headboard! And I love the roses on the footboard too!

A close up of the decoupaged napkins on my footboard:

In trying to make my room more functional, it came to my attention the other day as I connected my Home Theater System to my bedroom TV, that I needed someplace to keep all of the remotes (stereo, AC and TV)

I had this little cubbie box, and decided it would be perfect for the remotes. I painted it the same color as the trim on the bed, added brown glaze, because I Love the look, like on this sign I made awhile back, and then decided to do something else to pretty it up.

I had some kitchen curtains that won't work in this house, and used them and a bit of fabric mod podge to adhere it to the box. Just a little prettier than it was yesterday :)

Enough of my room for now...

A couple of days ago, I fixed up some home made curtains for the window in the back door... they are  not perfect, and a sharp eye will see my mistake, but I still believe simple can be better ;) 

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Until next time!