Pinterest craft ~ glue painting

My DLF Christie decided we should do a Pinterest craft. You might have seen the pin floating around:

After doing some research (due to pins with no information, hello pet peeve) I tracked this artsy-craft to this blog Virginia & Charlie.  Some commenters mentioned that Elmer’s glue didn’t work, this tutorial linked above used puff paint.  We did use Elmer’s glue, not knowing any better.  In retrospect I did have some globby lines and a different glue would have been easier to control.  Christie and I sketched on canvas and then traced our designs over the sketches.  Don’t mind my blue canvas with white lines, this was a pre-used canvas.  You can definitely see the globs when I did these loops… the glue ran and filled in.

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Here is Christie’s less globby design:

My mostly completed glue design – before I painted white over it.

And the finished product:

Its not quite perfect due to the globs, I guess I could have wiped it off when it was still wet, but at the time I didn’t have that much foresight.  And where the glue had an air bubble it left a little hole that was impossible to cover with just paint.  Overall I feel moderately happy with my pea-chicken.  I think he would make a good embroidered throw pillow.  Maybe I should learn to embroider.  I did make a pillow in 6th grade at a homeschool convention, and I definitely enjoyed embroidery.  (yes, the one year of my entire life when I was not in public school).

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Etsy Favorites – part 2

Happy Monday! No? Ok, well here’s some more of my favorite Etsy swag and stores to brighten your day.

Lots of kisses for this quirky little store, the big harumph.  These are handcut and handpressed prints, with lots of funny and creative little quotes and images.  Only $20 for an 8×10 print, sure to make you smile.

I suppose I think any and all housewares should have a sense of humor.  Got a tea fiend who needs a Christmas present?  Or perhaps someone who is simply a fan of 80s tv shows.  This mug would make me smile every time I pulled it out.  Check out Lenny Mud‘s store for even more goofy ceramics.

If you are looking for some kitchen art, Ana at anek has a heaping pile of cute prints about food, drink, and the love of both.  I especially love the quotes about food in Italian.  If you’ve never thought of hanging art in the kitchen, these prints will give you plenty to choose from.

Jen at painted fish studio has handmade notebooks and greeting cards, but I’m a sucker for fridge magnets like these.  Magnets are one of those little things I like to collect, like postcards.  I have family in Minnesota, so these polaroids of Minneapolis are my favorites.

Future’s so bright this doggy’s gotta wear shades.  Shout out to an Atlanta local, Jen Ray and her shop corduroy.  Her funky little hand-drawn creatures dance on coffee mugs and boogie on paper.  I’ve got a weakness for fuzzy animals and oddball quotes, and Jen’s art combines both in a charming, unique way.

Remember how transit scrolls were really trendy for about a week maybe a year ago?  Well take that idea and insert the haunts and happening places of the Bennett family and that dashing Mr. Darcy.  Yes, its a tea towel with a list of destinations from Pride and Prejudice.  Brookish sells mugs, shirts, totes, and prints that all feature quotes from your favorite Jane Austen novels.  If you think your man is a Darcy, you can get him a shirt that labels him as such, and see if he is man enough to wear it.

Well if you haven’t found seen some good Christmas gifts by now, I suggest you head on over to Etsy and surf the thousands of shops full of vintage finds and handmade goods.  There’s something for everyone – I know there’s lots for me!

Etsy Favorites – part 1

I had so much good stuff in my previous Etsy round-up that I thought I would do some more.  What with the holidays coming up, I think its a good time to share some of my favorite Etsy stores.  (Plus I’ve been a sicky for the past week, so if I’m not able to make anything myself, at least I can share things made by other people – cough, sniffle). The thing all these stores have in common?  It was really, really hard to choose just one item to show you.  Please check out their stores to see more!

What a cute lil chickadee.  This comes from Moikka Paper and there are plenty more sweet little animals featured on holiday cards in this store.  Plus Clara is offering 10% off all orders through Novemeber 18th!

There are so many things I could buy from Bottlehood, as I think I definitely have a weakness for glassware.  They recycle wine, beer, soda bottles into glasses, vases, serving trays, and even jewelry.  Lo and behold, they too are having a November sale of 15% off.  See, I told you this is why I stay away from Etsy… its dangerous.

Marnie from Minnesota makes these beautiful topographic paper maps – check out all the lakes and places at her store, Crafterall.  She can also do custom orders, so if you’re looking for something personal and beautiful in the art category, this could be just the thing.

What can I say, I really like bad jokes.  Puncontrollable sells several such bad jokes, screenprinted on shirts, totes, aprons, or even custom printed on anything you like if you mail them your own item.

Oh, and have I mentioned I’m a nerd?  You may have seen this poster floating around the blogosphere.  I’m a sucker for mid-century art/design.  Don’t worry, Handz sells posters for the other 2 Star Wars movies too.  If Star Wars isn’t your thing, there are cute posters featuring polaroid cameras, viewfinder toys, retro teapots, and various “i love you” quotes.

I hope you aren’t on cuteness overload.  Alyssa at penguin & fish makes little stuffed animals and downloadable embroidery patterns.  There’s a whole series of animals with the corresponding letter if you’re looking for an alphabet theme for kid.  C is for cat!

Well kiddos, that’s all for today.  I’ll have another list of great stores later this week.  Mwa!

Etsy Favorites – Good Buys

I love Etsy, so so much.  I try not to get on it too much these days because I will just find more things that I want to buy.

However, if you are in the mood to do some shopping, here are some of my favorites.

Stuff I’ve bought:

Isn’t he just the cutest, happiest lil guy?  This photo makes me smile too, so I bought the card for $4.50.  Check out even more beyond adorable lamb and farm photos by Junelle at Yes and Amen.

As you may notice, I’m continuing my card collecting.  This gem comes from Julia at The Spotted Sparrow.  She writes in the product description, “There is something about combining Victorian images with 80s lyrics that makes me giggle.”  I have to agree completely. This store is based out of the UK, so the prices are in British pounds.  At our terrible exchange rates, that worked out to a little less than $6 at the time I bought it.  Julia uses eco-friendly paper, ink, and wrapping materials, so think of that plus the bad economy when you consider the price.  Hooray for good design and biodegradable plastics!

Everybody likes graphic tees.  This wasn’t quite my style, but I thought it was hilarious, so I bought it for my brother as a birthday gift.  As they have smartly inserted their brand into the photo, I may not have to tell you this is from Gnome Enterprises.  The shirt is appropriately priced at $25, and if you look at their shop you’ll see they are very proud that Neko Case has been photographed wearing one of their shirts.  If you need a shirt with a picture of a t-rex battling a robot, this is the place.  They’ve also got cute designs with little owls and foxes  for the girls.

Put a bird on it!  Joom has a slew of pillows like this lil guy in lots of beautiful colors with various flora and fauna birdy patterns.  The mini pillows, like this one, are a very manageable $16.  This was a wedding gift for my dear little friend Christie, she’s a sucker for the birdies.  This store is also producing some birdy art prints that have a Danish mid-century feel to them.

Since I’m getting into a bird theme, here’s one of my early purchases.  I normally don’t like chunky accessories, but I finally found a cute (nearly-sleeveless) shirt that works perfectly with this bracelet/cuff.  Let it be noted that Chris said I looked like Wonder Woman, but that’s not a bad thing, right?  I got it for $25, but looks like the price has gone up to $28 now.  You can find this and similar cuffs at Unique Art Pendants.  Molly also does some nice art prints with vintage illustrations on old book pages.  Sound familiar?  (Scroll up).

Isn’t it the cutest little bag?  I’m a little crazy-in-love with the fabric.  This was made by one of my talented co-workers Brianna!  Her store, Tailored by Torrey, has clutch bags and aprons made in fun, unique prints.  Can you believe that I gave this to Christie too for her birthday?  It killed me.  I almost kept it for myself, it was a hard battle.  This was a great deal for $10.  And the minute Brianna makes something else out of this fabric (I’m hoping for a throw pillow cover) I am snatching it up before all y’all even see it.  Then I will brag about it here on the blog.

Well kids, that’s all for now on the past Etsy purchases.  I think I’m going to do more random Etsy round-ups in the future, because that place is a treasure trove of temptation and inspiration.