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!

“Knobby Kneed Krane” Collection

This is a collection of whimsical “Knobby Kneed Kranes” I have painted on upcycled wooden items,

A delightfully whimsical collection of upcycled wooden items I purchased at garage sales and thrift shops!
A delightfully whimsical collection of upcycled wooden items I purchased at garage sales and thrift shops!

I have found at garage sales and thrift shops.  Don’t you just love upcycling things…to see what you can come up with.  We are only limited by our imaginations.  I hope you find inspiration in my collection to upcycle some of your  findngs!

“Knobby Kneed Kranes” Candle Sticks

I simply love the way this set of candle sticks turned out!  Making whimsical art is so relaxing.  I would love to here your comments and add your BLOG link also!!10-25-2012 344 10-25-2012 343

hand painted whimsical candle sticks.
hand painted whimsical candle sticks.

“Knobby Kneed Kranes” Barrel Stave

Here is a barrel stave I painted with the same whimsical theme.10-25-2012 413
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Hand painted whimsical decor.
Hand painted whimsical decor.

Upcycled Jewelry Display Cabinet

DIY UpCycled Small 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.DIY UpCycled Small Display Cabinet11-28-2013 019

I picked out a few colors of paint I had on hand and some craft paper. 11-28-2013 060 11-28-2013 022
I really like DecoArt Americana acrylic paints…I have been using them for years!!!

I got my brush damp and double loaded paint to give the cabinet an interesting distressed aged look. I followed the grain of the wood as I painted on the colors.

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I also painted the inside, the handle and the hinges.
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I then removed some of the paint around the edges, with sandpaper, to give it a worn look.

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I then picked up a bit of the bittersweet chocolate paint on a damp cloth and worked it into the wood..leaving some areas darker.
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I used a sharp razor blade to remove the excess paint from the glass.
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I then buffed the cabinet with car polish. This left a very smooth protective coat.
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Here are a few close up pictures.

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I then cut some pieces of craft paper and modge podged them into the sections of the cabinet…I am so sorry I didn’t take pictures of the end result! I will make sure I do for the next time!

I’d love to hear your comments!

My “PINTEREST” Board

I simply want to invite everyone to my Pinterest board…so you can see all of the wonderful pins from other artists…If you are looking for Jewelry Inspiration…well there’s a board for that…curb appeal..interior decorating..to name a few…go on check it out…and follow me there so you can stay in touch with what I am pinning! You will be glad you did!!!7c32b4ddf38684ea69e2c5cfeca1b9d5

Mixed Media: Upcycled 8-Track storage box

I made this little picnic wine box from an upcycled 8-track storage box. This is what it looked like before I began. I did remove the divider section from the inside.
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I picked out lots of craft paper…Kindly donated to me from my sister at “Matties Attic” https://www.etsy.com/shop/mattiesattic
She has way more craft supplies than I do…we trade back and forth. I love that she is into making crafts and things also!

So anyway back to the box. I cut a slit in the paper to go over the handle. I can trim away the excess with a SHARP ulility knife, after I get it in place. 11-28-2013 049

I used Modge Podge to attach the paper to the box.. I also have to trim around the hinges.
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I used lots of coordinating paper to cover the box.

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I folded the edges of the paper to the inside of the box.11-28-2013 052

Okay….you can see it’s almost completely covered.
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I sealed the outside of the box with Modge Podge. I also proped the box open until it dried.
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I also used Modge Podge on the inside to adhere my paper.
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I found this awesome garden scene page from a magazine…..
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And this saying—How perfect! As you can see here I tore pieces of paper to cover the inside of the box.11-28-2013 059

I used a large wall stencil ( that’s what I had on hand) to add some color and texture to the box. I simply dabbed on three shades, randomly.12-09-2013 030

I then added three dimensional butterflies and rub on ones. A few flat back beads in a circular pattern, a french letter stamp and stenciled on the word Paris.12-09-2013 032

I then made this adorable tag…Ha…the blank tag is also from my sisters craft supply stash! 12-09-2013 04012-09-2013 039

On to the inside….I added some paper flowers…I simply love these! Butterflies, ribbon, flat back beads and paint to finish off the inside.
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AND the finishing touch! WINE and glasses of course!12-09-2013 041

I’d love to here your comments!
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