About Me

Hi…and welcome to my Blog! Here is where I want to tell you a little bit about me and my art journey! First of all I will formally introduce myself. My name is Peggy Sowers-Heckman. My friend…

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My Handmade Jewelry

This is a collection of some of my jewelry I have for sale in my Etsy shop.There is a link on my blog home page to take you right to my shop. If you see something here and it isn’t in my shop…

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Upcycled Jewelry Display Cabinet

Here’s a look at a cabinet I picked up at a garage sale. I decided I wanted to paint it…So I sanded it down and cleaned the dust away with a damp cloth. I picked out a few colors of pai…

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My Art

Here you will find my artwork I have completed. As you can see I create whimsical, colorful and inspiring artwork. I have prints for sale and other items you can have my art put on. If you would li…

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UpCycled Mosaic Vase

UpCycled Mosaic Vase
UpCycled Mosaic Vase

I have made a few mosaic pieces before…some turned out…and…well others didn’t.  Just a side note if you are going to attach a mirror to a piece of wood and do mosaic work around it, any old adhesive won’t do.  You need mirror adhesive!!!  I found that out the hard way!  For this piece I used vintage tea cups and saucers.  I broke them up randomly and attached them to this glass vase.  I also used flat back glass circles.  They come in handy for so many things.  I really like the fact that I added them to this piece it gives it more of a bling effect!  Let me know what you think about it.  Also tell me about some DIY mosaic projects you have been working on!

UpCycled Bird Bath

For my feathered friends

For my feathered friends.
This has to be one of my all time favorite upcycled items.  Well, as I am typing this, I think I have upcycled so many things it’s hard to pick a favorite.  I found this old really heavy lamp at house sale. It had the tallest, ugliest lampshade, but I could see the potential! I brought it home and took out the wiring, had the metal tube that holds it together cut back down to size.  I needed it inside to hold the greek goddess to the base.  Now I simply needed a bowl of some sort to put the water in. So I searched in stash!  I couldn’t believe it..this is perfect! I didn’t really want to part with this bowl because it was in my china cabinet.  I purchased it at Ross a few years back and it came in handy for all sorts of parties. That’s okay, it just gives me another reason to go shopping.  Back to the bird bath.  The top of the lamp had a wide flower petal like shape, which I knew would work out great.  I simply mixed up some two part epoxy and attached the bowl. That was to easy!

Master Bedroom Makeover On A Budget

A few months back I was feeling as though our master bedroom could use a makeover.  I wanted a BIG change on a LOW budget, let’s face it isn’t that what most of us want.  ( This was a draft…I had been working on.. in… believe it or not *2012*…OMG!!!   How time flies!  I think it’s almost time for another make over. LOL!)   A lot has been going on in my life, I won’t bore you with all of the details.  After all you came here for inspiration!  So let’s get to it.

These are the before pictures of our master bedroom. As you can see I already primed and painted the trim.  Then I thought…I better take some pictures to show you guys what I did. And thank goodness I did…because you would have missed out on everything!  So as you can see..the old walls were finished with an all over stencil, which of course I loved at the time…but it was time for a change!!!

So I went on a search for wallpaper, to match with the bedding, lamps and curtains I had purchased…you can see it in the pictures below, the jack o bean style fabric is the bedding.

I really liked the wallpaper in the first photo ..it had a shimmer to it…and the design was made of tiny beads! Bling!  Of course I was drawn to that one!

The second photo shows the scroll design wallpaper, which matches really well with the bedding, but I wanted a bit more color.

I really loved the look of the matte finish flower silhouette on the shimmery background!  And it’s just enough to add a bit of color without fighting for attention with the bedding.

Okay back to reality….I said “Master Bedroom Makeover On A Budget”!  I think that was going to cost almost  $1000.00 just to do the large accent wall behind the bed!   YIKES!  So now I have to use my creative genius and come up with a paint technique I can be happy with that gives me somewhat the same result…but quickly because I already have the bedroom torn apart.8-20-2012 3818-20-2012 3808-20-2012 368

I went on a shopping spree to get accessories…I know I am putting the cart before the horse here, because I don’t even know what technique or color I am painting the accent wall at this point. I will call it my looking for inspiration shopping spree. And when I say “shopping spree”…I mean budget shopping at Big Lots..Dollar General..Ross…Wal Mart..and TJ Maxx! And in doing so…well guess what it worked…I decided how I wanted to paint the accent wall!!!!

You can see the chairs in this picture if you look really close at the first picture, in the right corner..it’s a light blue with a shimmery tan background…the other one doesn’t show up, but it’s a tan color on a lighter tan background.

Now some of these accessories, I punched up a bit with chippy paint..and used epoxy to adhere bases …you will see what I did in just a minute!  And some of them ..simply didn’t work in the room , so I returned them to the stores.

Back to work. Here you can see that I have primed the walls.

And added the brown paint..it looks like the color of a Hershey kiss (the color name is really molasses) on all walls with the exception of the accent wall behind the bed.  This is a blue color, sorry I can’t remember the name…it’s been too long ago!

You can see there in the last picture…I added the textured circles randomly to the wall!!!! They turned out AWESOME!! The pictures below show just how I did it.

I purchased a small stencil from Wal Mart…it had a tiny fleur de voir in the center, which I didn’t want…so I simply taped it off, with blue painters tape. I made a mixture of shimmery paint leftover from our dining room ceiling and drywall compound, some people call it spackling compound..it’s pretty much the same thing.  I applied it with a credit card..simply scrapping over the stencil.  I waited for this to dry which didn’t take very long, and applied the shimmery paint over the entire wall with a dry brush, to tone down the blue a bit and of course add a bit of glam. 5-18-2013 050

I wanted to show you the up close pictures of the accessories I fixed up a bit..these wall sconces, I purchased at Dollar General were black…so I simply painted right over them with white primer, with a really thick coat of paint.  The mosaic candle holders and the ceramic candle sticks were not really meant to go together, but I wanted some height. I purchased a shorter candle stick and a taller one.  These I simply glued together with a two part epoxy.  I love the curtain rods, I purchased at Ross….As I am writing this…I am laughing…I can’t believe this was almost 4 years ago that I purchased the items for this makeover…and I remember exactly where I purchased each item…but ask me what I did yesterday…and well…I couldn’t tell you!!!!

Are you ready!!!  Here’s how the room turned out!!!!  And all for under $1000.00…less than it would have cost to purchase wallpaper for the accent wall!!!!8-20-2012 4108-20-2012 406 Continue reading

Knobby Kneed Kranes-Chest

After looking over my blog…I realized I hadn’t included the pictures of the chest I painted for this collection…oooppppsss. So here it is! Let me know what you think…I painted all of the items with Deco-Art Americana acrylic paints, I have been using them for years and love the coverage.                                                                                        10-25-2012 408   10-25-2012 40710-25-2012 39910-25-2012 400 10-25-2012 398 10-25-2012 397

Knobby Kneed Kranes
Knobby Kneed Kranes

Reagan-Hand Painted Wooden Letters

DIY hand painted letters for a little girl's room

A friend of mine wanted me to make paint some letters for her daughters room. She wanted bright colors other than that I was left to make them however wanted.

This first picture is simply showing them without any paint. Here are the colors I decided to use. Again I must say that DecoArt Americana acrylics are my favorite paints to use. I have been using them for YEARS!  I simply use an old plastic plate for to pour my colors onto.  Oh don’t mind my mess…I see craft rooms posted on pinterest…and well I really believe those are just for show!

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Well..here they are all painted…and I have decided to use a stencil in a swirl pattern to add a bit more interest.

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I decided to use craft paper to add some little birds…some buttons and rhinestones. I also added a tulle bow to the letter “R”

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1-8-2014 007 Here they are all finished! Aren’t they adorable.

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I painted these letters for a friend of mine.
I painted these letters for a friend of mine.