Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Sip, Paint and Be Merry!

On Sunday, I had the opportunity to hang out with some of my favorite in-laws/friends. We all got together to do some painting and drink some wine...what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon :) We took a class at a local studio and learned how to paint this awesome horse you see above.
This is something I've wanted to do for quite a while, but was scared as to what my finished piece would look like! So I thought I'd show you some of the step-by-step pictures of my painting. Because trust me, if I could do this, you can too! They walk you through the whole process, but everyone's paintings looked so different in the end.

We started with the background, leaving space for where the horse would go.

Then we started to sketch. Here are some of the in-process shots of my horse coming to life.

Shading is something I've always had trouble with, but the instructor was great about walking us through and helping us individually to get the look we were going for.

The funnest part (in my opinion) was adding the tail. All the wild strokes and fun colors!

Then we were told to sign our painting. Of course I wanted to sign mine in pink :) So I added some new color to my palette and while I was at it, added some pink stokes to my horse's main and tail too.

This was such a fun day and I loved the whole atmosphere of The Painting Barn. We got to drink wine, listen to fun music and create a "masterpiece" as well :)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

New for the Guys - Engraved Pocket Knives

Let's face it, men can be so hard to buy for! And I'm always trying to come up with new ideas for the guys to put in my shop.
Over the holidays, I had a request for a custom engraved pocket knife. And they wanted a handwritten signature on it...how cool!

I did some research to find some very cool wooden knives that were both well-made and affordable. When it comes to gift items, I always try to keep pricing in mind.

Since (finally) adding these to my shop this month, I've already sold 2 more! And I hope to get another sample engraved soon with typed names/titles on them as well. I think they'd make great groomsman gifts!

What do you buy for the guys in your life? Have any man-friendly gifts in your shop? Share them in the comments :)

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015

Studio Updates

Slowly but surely, I am adding little finishing touches to my studio. The more I work in here, the more I decide where I would like things moved and where I need more lighting. I still have a few pieces of art I've purchased that need hung on the walls, but I'd like to wait until I'm done moving things around so I can see what space I have to work with. Here are the additions so far...

A new pink chair! Before I just had a folding chair with a couple pillows for cushions...lol. This chair had my name all over it. It's the perfect height for this table and is comfy as well.

I also got a cool new rug. The gray ties in with my wall color and the chevron patters was calling to me. (Ignore the line of boxes around the rug. They tend to pile up when the delivery guys are here 2 or 3 days in a row!)

I've also added some fun new pieces to my desk. I found one of these little signs on sale at Hallmark for under $3! And got the matching one with a coupon! The lamp was another piece that just had my name written all over it! Pink AND chevron, yes please.

As I mentioned, I'm finding out where I need more lighting in my room the more I'm in here. We installed 15 can lights when we built the studio. According to the layout provided by the store, that was way more lights that I should have needed. We even installed a dimmer switch because the electrician was afraid it would be too much light...wrong! One place I've found where we missed a huge lighting area is right over my shipping station. So instead of cutting into the dry wall and having to tie into another light, I just decided to add a scissor light above the desk.
I'm not entirely thrilled with the colors, but it ties in okay. I'm thinking the shade may have to be painted pink at some point though :)

Have you been updating your work space lately?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Monday, February 16, 2015

DIY Boot Cuff Tutorial

A while back I showed you how to make a pair of boot cuffs out of an old pair of socks. Today's "tutorial" is much the same except is uses an old sweater. I feel almost guilty calling this a tutorial as there are so few steps!

Find an old sweater in your donation pile and cut the sleeves off. You can make them as long or as short as you like. They just need to be long enough to tuck inside your boots. I went a little longer with this pair for a little extra warmth :)
I didn't worry about hemming the bottom/cut side as they will be hidden inside your boots (and I hate to sew).

Next I took some cute handmade buttons from my stash and used matching colored floss to hand sew them onto the cuffs. I chose to turn down the cuff before sewing, but this step is optional.

Ta-Da...you have a fancy new pair of boot cuffs to wear out on the town! I made these on Saturday so I could wear them out for Valentine's Day :)

Been working on any fun crafty projects at your house?

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Featured on Something Turquoise

I'm so excited to announce that my Batman Cuff Links were featured on the wedding website called Something Turquoise!

Photo credit: http://www.nataliebray.com/
 Something Turquoise features stories about couples who had DIY weddings, shares DIY projects for weddings and also features Etsy wedding artists.
A couple who purchased a set of my cuff links was featured on the site and my cuff links got an awesome shout out!

If you're in the wedding industry and are looking for advertising opportunities, check out Something Turquoise for affordable options. I'm still considering whether to advertise or not, but the site looks like a lot of fun and I wanted to share it with other wedding sellers who are looking for advertising opportunities.

Check out one of their recent posts on DIY photo booth props! How fun!
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