Creativity

If you follow my blog, you know that I have a pretty severe case of ADD. I cannot stay with one activity for very long. That includes my creative endeavors. I have posted about fabric art such as quillows, nap mats, and pillowcase dresses. I have made many kinds of jewelry, including statement necklaces, beaded brooches, and team spirit jewelry. My love for other people’s discards has sparked an interest in wood creations. That includes furniture and yard art. I cannot stay with one medium for very long.

Family Influence is very strong. My mother was creative and my father could not sit still. So I move from one unfinished project to another. One creative outlet that I have not talked about much is painting wall art.  I have taken watercolor lessons with my mother and I recently won a local art contest.

I have painted for friends and family and also for myself.

The following slide presentation shows some of my work that is for sale.

Enjoy and Share!


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Another Christmas Present Creation

Some time back I found a bunk bed frame at the curb. It was such good lumber, I could not pass it up. Here is the part that  I used for this project.

I took this apart and ended up with these boards.

I cut and sanded and glued and nailed and filled holes and sanded and primed and sanded and painted and aged and sealed…well you get the picture. This is what I created for my grandson.

He will be bringing his parents here in just 2 days!

Chair Reduction

My reputation spreads. A friend called and said she had saved this bar-stool from the curb.

She had the chair beside her garage for several days before I remembered to pick it up. Of course, while I procrastinated, the rains came. This picture is actually after I fixed it. The seat had become unglued. I glued and clamped the seat. My vision was a chair for my grandson, August. I sanded and sanded. The plan brewing in this crazy brain was to remove the seat and lazy Susan swivel, cut off the legs to make the chair seat about 12″ tall. When I took it apart, I decided that the chair looked top-heavy. I bought a larger wooden round to use as the swivel base. I cut out the largest part of the legs and attached them using brackets and screws. This still did not look right. I thought about bun feet, but they cost money (not in my plan) and they are too short. I went to my scrap wood pile and decided to create legs out of a 4×4 post. I cut the legs at an angle and attached them to the round.

Finally the chair began to look proportionally correct. Next I primed and painted it red. Here is the finished product.

Won’t August look cute twirling around and around in this chair? He won’t be able to move the chair around now because it is very heavy…sturdy.

 

They will be here in just 5 days!

Wood Creations

I am trying this new thing with the slide shows. Initially, they are a lot of work, but I think they will be useful and fun over time.

Today I am sharing some of the things that I have made out of wood. I buy very few materials for these projects. I am an incurable dumpster diver. My garage and now my house are full of things I have found at the curb on trash day. Now my friends are calling me about trash finds. They call when their garage sales are finished so I can look through the leftovers. They bring me junk to church. I am having so much fun. There are just not enough hours in the day to complete the projects.

I am also working of a couple of  commission pieces. My friend wants her husband’s coat of arms painted on a board. I will send pictures when it is complete.

I am repainting this desk for a Christmas present.

I get to be creative. It is for a 5-year-old boy. I am excited.

God and genetics have blessed me with talent. I am having a great time exploring the possibilities.

What else will this creative and crazy mind imagine?

Fence Pickets Reclaimed

Just let all of the skeptics scoff. Let the naysayers nay. Let the doubters doubt. They make fun of my collections until they need something or want a creation. After hurricane Ike I collected fallen fences. I have a very large collection of   old and broken 1×6 and 1×4 pressure treated fence pickets. Some had been painted red at some point.

You may remember, in October I made scarecrows from the wood.

Now we move on to the next holiday. Years ago my sister bought some yard art pilgrims. My brother-in-law hates that kind of stuff. Lisa would come home from work and find the man with a wine bottle and the woman with a rolling-pin or the man upside down the flower bed. She finally gave them to me. My husband continued the joke. He sent a ransom note from the pilgrim’s captors. At one point they ended up back at Lisa’s. After the 100 mile trip they looked sad. The male had a 5 o’clock shadow and a hobo bag on a pole. She was dirty and had patches on her apron. I still have the poor pilgrims. They survived the flood so I used them as a pattern for my pilgrim creation.

Aren’t they sweet? I used the wire from old political signs to hold them in the ground. I stapled the wire to the back and then nailed a piece of paneling over that to hold it firm.

For Christmas I have made 3 kinds of Santas so far. One with names of my friend’s 10 (yes 10) grandchildren. She is my age and has 10 grandchildren. Well, we got perfection on the first try.

The other 2 say The Greatest Gift and have baby Jesus and presents or the nativity.

I have also made a nutcracker.

This weekend was very busy. We found out that our minister has a brain tumor. He is young with 4 young children. Please pray for him.

I also had 2 friends call and asked me to come look at their garage sale left overs. I no longer pay for my stuff. I find it at the curb or from friends. This is some of the stuff I got Saturday.

This week I have to get ready for the Friendswood Heritage Gardner’s Christmas Tour of Homes. I will be at the Garden Center at 112 W. Spreading Oaks. They serve lunch, desserts and have a bazaar. I will be selling my Creative Arts & Designs. Come by (the spell check wanted me to put BUY. That sounds good too) on Saturday or Sunday afternoon.

After Thanksgiving is the Etsy Houston Event.

 

Pumpkins and More!

Thursday night we had a fun and inspirational Ladies’ gathering at church. I was in charge of decorations. So, I made some pumpkins to go in the table with the fall leaf garlands. The pumpkins were inspired by trash2treasure http://trash2treasure.wordpress.com/2010/09/15/pumpkins-plain-fancy-funky/

I drew them on a piece of MDF that I found in someone’s trash. After I cut them out and sanded out my mistakes, I gave them a base coat of some brown OOPS paint and put some dimension with other fall colors. I had a stencil that I used on the red plate shelf so I just put it down and stenciled across the pumpkins. On the little pumpkins, the stencil looks like a face. Do you believe I planned that…no, just luck.

By the way, Diana Bradshaw gave a very inspirational talk on listening to God. He will break through in your life if you are open to his voice.

I took some other things to the shop on Friday.

There is the little table that my mother had. I first painted it white, but it was too plain. I free-handed some flowers and vines. In Bridge City I had painted something similar to this on the wall in the entry hall. I had just finished the walls when hurricane Ike came through. We tried to save some of the sheet-rock, but it didn’t work.

My nephew, Michael, gave me a table and 4 chairs to put in the shop. I didn’t do anything to it. It is the new cabinet height and only about 4′ square.

I now have 3 red pieces. I took an old self and added the side rail from a Radio Flyer wagon. Then I also have to plate self and the spice rack.

I made a spice rack or small table top shelf from an old drawer. I just added shelves and feet.

Someone gave me this mirror. I just repainted it and also the coat rack.

Random pictures from the Antiques and Crafts Mall in Pasadena.

Challenge!

Well, here is a challenge for all of my followers. I had a productive trash excursion today.This is the back of my car when I got home.

What should I do with all of it?

Take a look and tell me what you would do with these things.

This is a twin bed headboard. The bottom edge is damaged. I could take it apart and make lots of things or keep it together and make one thing. What can it be?

Here is the wood that I found on this trip. The dowels still have the bar code on them. What do you see?

Can you believe I found this very old corset in someone’s trash? Now I don’t dig. These things are found in plain sight on top of someone’s trash at the curb. What should I do with this?

I’m not sure what this was. It is made out of wood and has some nice details. The top board must be replaced. It looks like it had another piece on top. I don’t know what. What do you think?

I think these are cabinet doors. Who knows?

Now stealing this street sign is a crime. Is it a crime to take it out of someone’s trash? It was not under the pole. I promise. It was at a house in a pile of trash. What should I do?

The frame is cheap, but the glass is still good.

You will notice that this beautiful leather chair has a crooked leg. There is a bolt inside that needs to be tightened. That is all! This is a nice, expensive chair. The leather is very soft. I wish I needed it.

Now aren’t these pretty hanging glass jars?

This is why I like wood.

And then there was one.

Now I need some suggestions. What should I do with this stuff?

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