Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Distressed/Crackled Framed Art Piece

Ok, so you know how I told you in an earlier post that I have really been having fun reclaiming? Well, here is a frame that I picked up to reclaim. Isn't it purdy? Not really, whatever was used on the glass to make it look like stain glass was flaking off, but I really liked the size.
Here are a couple of photos of the completed project. The size of this frame is: 11.5"W x 23.5"H and is painted black, distressed, and crackled. It is hard to see in the photos, but I used paper that looks like old letters and layered them to create the background. The saying is by Claude Bissell "Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than other think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible." and is on Kraft color paper. I also added fabric flowers in the bottom right hand corner. The price of this art piece is: $59. You can see it in person along with my other completed and in progress art pieces every Thursday from 4pm-7pm and on the 2nd Saturday of the month from 10am-3pm at Studio B, 115 N. Santa Fe, Salina, KS or you can make an appointment by emailing me.
Keep checking back as I have more projects soon to be completed. Here are a couple of other finds that I am working on and will post completed pictures soon!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

September Newsletter

Here is my September Newsletter! There is a lot of fun savings and classes listed, so be sure to click on it and check it out!!

Saturday, September 3, 2011


Lately I have enjoyed shopping at our local DAV and finding all sorts of items to bring home and turn into my reclaiming projects! Here are some photos of items I found and have reclaimed recently. Keep checking back as I will post more as I complete them. Would you like for me to post tutorials? Let me know by commenting below or sending an email to, if you would like for me to post step by step instructions with pictures on what I did and how YOU can do this too! :)

I just recently moved into a working art gallery called, Studio B, and was needing some furniture to help store and display my art work, so here were a couple of things I found at our local DAV that have come in very handy.

This first one is a large metal plate that I fell in love with the minute I saw it. My husband doesn't like the color and offered to paint it for me, but I really like it just the way it is! As I was setting up at my new studio one evening I noticed that there weren't any clocks (and I LOVE clocks), so I decided to turn this plate into a clock and hang it in my studio space. Here are some before and after photos:

This next find was very exciting for me. A small, 7 drawer desk that is the perfect size for my studio space! It wasn't in too bad of shape, was all wood, and the best part is it was only $8!! It is still a work in progress as I have some distressing and vinyl to add to it, but I have already started using it and thought I would show you what it looks like as of now. Here are some before photos (sorry for the blurry photo. I took it with my phone and didn't realize that it was that blurry):

Here are some photos of what it looks like now. I just love the color! And the screen door you see behind it is another find that I got for free! Cleaned it up, found a small sample of green paint for $1 at Lowe's, and painted it. It has come in handy to hang my plaques from!

Since you can see both sides of the desk, in my studio space, I decided to utilize the back of the desk by adding metal to both sides (this photo only shows it on one side), so I will have a place to display the magnets I make. I will be finishing this off by adding vinyl.

Here is a photo of how the clock, desk, and door look in my studio space. Now to find a couple of wood shelving units. If I don't find some soon, I may just make my own. :)