Monday, April 16, 2012

A cheerful canvas tote....

Hello friends!  I'm so glad you're here, because I have a cheerful craft to show you.

If you read my previous post, you know my family and I are away enjoying a little vacation, but I will continue to post throughout the week. :)

 Remember the post where I showed 
you these? Well it was to make this...

When I thought of this idea, I didn't know about our trip (it was a surprise) but I'm so glad I made it as it will be so useful to carry lotions, books etc.

In my humble opinion, I felt the bag looked so pretty with just the butterflies, but I'm really loving all those bright colours out in stores right now and decided to try a little colour blocking using my faithful DecoArt paint, mixed with fabric medium. 

I also used my new brush from Canvas Corp.  I love the way it absorbs the paint and how smooth the paint goes on; I think it's a combination of two great products. Speaking of great products, Canvas Corp has just introduced beautiful canvas bags and an entire series of new canvas products that I will share with you soon.  

If you have been following my blog for a while, you might have read a few times that I'm linearly challenged.  Meaning I cannot draw a straight line to save my life. Here is proof #1056.  :(  

The butterflies are painted using the technique shown here.  I then embroidered the body of the butterfly with black thread right onto the bag.  I also embroidered the antennae of the butterflies. 

Here I am doing an awkward little foot pose, but don't you love the contrast of the teal and the yellow?

Did I mention I am loving the bright colours in stores?!  I wore this shirt with boyfriend jeans, a little neon pink cincher belt and nude wedges. I also wore a little straw fedora with a messy side braid.  But why am I telling you all this? Well, for the last several weeks, I have been posting outfit inspiration albums and talking a bit about fashion trends over on my FB page and I thought it would be neat if I posted my own outfits for the week (maybe?).

But for now my beautiful friends, I hope you enjoyed this post. 

Have a great day!

much love,

ps. here are two of the many canvas bags I have altered (click on the image to go to the original post)

Carolyn's homework
Home stories A to Z
The 36th avenue
Someday Crafts
French Country Cottage
Tatertots and Jello
The girl creative
Chic on a Shoestring decorating
Finding fabulous
My Romantic Home
Simply designing
The Shabby Nest
I heart naptime
Today's creative blog
It's overflowing..
Ask Anna
a.k.a design
Thrifty Decor Chick
Cedar Hill Ranch


  1. Love, Love, Love your totes! AND I love your shoes, too!!!! What a fun post- xo Diana

  2. I loved the butterfly post and especially love how you used them here! Too cute.


  3. Adorable bag! I love butterflies, I'm gonna have to do this soon! Hope you are having fun on your vacation! Thank you for taking time out to do these post before you left.

  4. I hope you and your fabulous bags are having a wonderful vacation.

  5. These are so pretty! I love how the butterflies seem to be flying right off the tote. Just lovely!


  6. This is so cute, Lucy! Those butterflies are such a fun touch. I hope you're having an awesomely wonderful vacation!!!

  7. Very cute! Thanks for sharing!! Enjoy your vacation time :o)

  8. The best I have seen. Gorgeous. I will show it on my site and submit the Craftberry Bush.

  9. I've admired your butterflies several times and was reminded of them again when I saw them on 36th avenue. I am already your reader but wanted to stop by again and let you know that I love this tote. I also wanted to tell you that your styling and photos are so inspiring and amazing. Lesley

  10. Oh, this was darling! You're so creative, Lucy!
    xo Becca

  11. Lovely! A wonderful idea! yah you're so creative!


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