Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The wise owl recycles...(my thoughts on a Wednesday afternoon)

A wise old owl sat in an oak,
The more he heard, the less he spoke;
The less he spoke, the more he heard;
Why aren't we all like that wise old bird?













Wisdom sometimes comes to you as life lessons.  It is up to you whether or not you want to treasure that wisdom, learn from it and pass it on, or ignore it and let it pass you by. 


According to a 2001 report of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), roughly 1.5 million tons of plastic are expended in the bottling of 89 billion liters of water each year.
The amount of plastic recycling is down to 19% in 2003 from 53% in 1994, most of which can be blamed on the low rate of recycling water bottles.
Only about 13% of water bottles are recycled, leaving tens of millions to go to landfills and become waste.  Simply recycling will help to keep plastic water bottles out of landfills.
Sometimes I picture God with his head hanging down with dissapointment, and asking , "what have you done to your beautiful home, I lovingly created for you?"
To me, loving God also means loving his creation. I pray that he gives me the wisdom to appreciate and do my part in taking care of this beautiful place called Earth.
I wish you a beautiful day!
much love,
Lucy


 

Monday, September 26, 2011

Itsi, bitsi spiders....

Hello everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend!

Mine was good, save for living in the future for an entire week.  For some strange reason, I thought this was the first weekend in October and it wasn't until I showed up to an empty soccer field ready to play in a tournament that I realized it was the wrong date...oh boy! 

I had planned on sharing some halloween ideas with you starting in October and as I thought we were already in October, this is what I worked on last week.  But before we go any further, there is something you must know about me and Halloween.  The fine print, shall we say.

The truth is that Halloween isn't a day that I embrace full heartedly.  So my decor, if any, is limited to non-scary, non-bloody or anything that might look evil.  And sooo...

Enter an easy peasy spider's nest made out of a yarn orbe.
(Dip yarn into watered down glue and wrap around balloon.
Allow to dry completely. Pop balloon and voila!)

These guys are fresh out of the nest crawling up and down while you sleep at night....ugh! Just the thought of it gives me goosebumps....

You can place as many or as little spiders as you want. I hung some of these guys with invisible thread...

I have a couple of other Halloween related projects to share, but I think I'll wait for the 'real' October to arrive to show you!

Have a great week, see ya in a day or two!

much love,

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fall Mantel

Well Friends, here it is...the fall mantel I have been lovingly preparing to welcome yet another season.

As usual, I tried to use inexpensive items that with a little work become little treasures.  But only time can create such perfectly imperfect patina on that silver plate and the chippy wood on that old window frame.

I used a dollar store dictionary and dyed the pages with tea, allowing them to dry before ironing them to restore their crispness.  I then glued them onto a large sheet of very thin plywood that was laying in the garage.

 On my previous post, I  showed you how I
converted these pumpkins from the Dollar Store.

You can never go wrong with old shabby books...

 I used raffia and moss to add an organic feel to the mantel...

The silver cup at the back was given to hubby by his grandmother when he was born; the urn with the gorgeous patina was found at our local thrift store and it was originally a trophy of some sort.  While in line at the store, a gentleman was giving me tips on how to clean the silver.  I smiled and thanked him, but the patina was exactly what I am most in love with.

Real sterling silver will always clean to its beautiful original shine, yet plated silver, if left for too long, will acquire that bluish tarnished patina and might need to be re-plated in order to be restored to its original appearance.  The number 925 or a stamp of a lion are two easy ways to recognize if an item is real sterling silver.  There are only three sterling silver items on this mantel...can you guess which three?

 I had originally hung the plates in this
configuration but found it too sparse...

 So I decided to add a few more plates...





I will be replacing the branch in the urn with a large white pumpkin, creating more balance.  Balance is always important when decorating.  Notice how the darkness of the camera on the left is mirrored on the urn and ever so slightly with the bird on the right? 

So my dear friends, that is my fall mantel...at least for now.  I am sure I will look at it a few days and change a thing or two (does that ever happen to you?), but in the mean time, I hope you like it and can draw inspiration from it. 

Thank you once again for stopping by...can't wait to see you again soon.

much love,
Lucy


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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Musings while the paint dries....

How far do you go when you create?  Does your mind go back to a favourite childhood place or does it travel into the future to a sunny Caribbean landscape?  As I work on various projects, the silence of my home allows me to immerse myself into my task and time elapses without me realizing it.

I am working on my fall mantel at the moment and thought I would show you how I converted these Dollar Store pumpkins into....

...these neutral beauties....
Paint the pumpkins white.
It doesn't have to be perfect as we are
going to be using other colours as well.
Allow to dry.

With a sponge or dabber, randomly apply
some green paint and allow paint to dry.
I used Reindeer Moss Green from DecoArt.

Using the same technique of dabbing,
apply a coat of Antique White focusing
on the grooves of the pumpkin.
Allow paint to dry.

Lastly, dab a coat of Titanium White to
the entire pumpkin tryng NOT to apply
the white paint on the grooves.

The squash on the left was painted withTitanium White and Antique White undertones, whereas the pumpkin on the right was painted with Antique white and Reindeer Moss Green undertones.  I am so happy with the way they turned out and even happier that they will last me for years to come.

Just a little behind the scenes
while working on my mantel....

Moss and rafia - great combination on a dark floor....

Every time I work on my mantel, the rest
of the house becomes a chaotic mess...


I love the way its turning out and hope you will like the end result as well.

Wishing you a beautiful Thursday...see you tomorrow!

much love,
Lucy





Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Do you doodle?

Good day all!  I hope you are having a fantastic week.

I am doing well, enjoying the weather as it tries to deceive us into thinking that summer has not left us yet.  I welcome its deception for the beautiful warm and sunny days seem to inspire me to create.  I have several projects on the go and my fall mantel should be ready to be revealed by the end of the week.  In the mean time, I have also been doodling on my dinnerware... 


Are you a doodler?  I am, and have been since I was a little girl.  I used to even doodle on my sheets before going to sleep.

I now see the same behaviour in Isabella, who constantly doodles on her clothes, hands and yes, even on her sheets.  The artist in me understands, yet the mother in me can't help but reprimand her actions.  I now understand my mother's preaching and think it's funny how life replays itself and you end up playing someone else's role and suddenly, you get it?
 As you may recall, I received a package from DecoArt a while back and one of the items in the box was a set of glass markers.  It took me less than a minute to go and grab some of my plain white dishes and start to doodle on them.  These pens - although called 'glass markers' - can also be used on glazed ceramics and porcelain.  Once baked, they are dishwasher safe.

I'm particularly in love with the graphics of dandelions.  I have seen them on various fabrics and paintings and while the lines are so simple, they have an appearance of softness and a flowing rhythm. 

And since we're talking about doodling, here are some fun facts about doodles.  Like everything else I read, I take it with a grain of salt...

Doodles Interpretation

Triangles, squares, geometrical shapes: Geometrical shapes may indicate that the person has got a rational and logical way of thinking. This person may also be a good planner. Drawing a triangle sometimes signifies the internal desire of going up or advancing in your career or social life.

Arrows, ladders: may indicate that the person is ambitious, obsessed about some goals and looking forward to some achievements.

Good looking faces: may indicate that the person is social, people loving and optimistic.

Funny faces: may indicate that the person has a good sense of humour.

Ugly faces: may indicate the person is not a social person, lacking self confidence, skeptic, bad tempered or even aggressive.

Stars: may indicate optimism and hopefulness.

Houses: may indicate that the person is missing his home, wanting a family, or is wanting to settle down.

Flowers and plants: may indicate that the person is sensitive, warm and kind.

Hearts: means the person is suffering from socio-anti-complex-bio-disorder, well, just kidding Smiling.  Simply he is in love or in need of a relation Smiling.

3D shapes: indicates the ability to see the full picture and all aspects of an issue or at least the desire to do so.

Underlined names: underlining a name with one or two lines may indicate that this person is important (whose name is underlined).

Food: may indicate real hunger or emotional hunger.

Animals: may Indicate love for animals or sensitivity.

Cars, planes, trains: may indicate a desire for traveling ,freedom or the need for a holiday.

Weapons: guns, pistols and swords may indicate competitiveness and the presence of a warrior's spirit.


I often doodle flowers and vines along with hearts and often times, paisley patterns.  What do you doodle, and is what the chart says accurate or way off?  I would be so curious to know.

Have fun doodling today!

much love,
Lucy


I drew a simple step-by-step of a dandelion, so you may add to your doodle library....


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