A favorite xmas gift

My husband is the best.  Even when he’s being the worst, he’s the best.  We don’t really do Christmas gifts with each other — we’ve been together a long time, so there’s no need to go nuts, and we’d rather expend the energy, time and money on gifts for our friends and families. 

That said,  the guy is crafty and can still surprise me. I’ve been collecting silhouettes since we moved into the house,  and have a nice little wall collage going.  They’re not as easy to come across as you’d think! I haven’t added to the collection in a while. 

One of my most favorite things,  besides my new nephew,  is the ancient cat who has lived with us the past year and a half.  My dear friend couldn’t keep her,  we became her stewards.

I love this stupid cat so much it kind of makes me glad I never had children.  I think my heart would have burst a million times. 

Enter Creative Husband with an awesome silhouette of our awesome cat, and you had one giddy Larsen on Christmas!!

A photo, a piece of plywood, some craft paint… I  swoon.

Saturday silhouettes

Spending a quiet Saturday on a long Labor Day weekend cleaning, crafting, cooking and taking it easy ahead of what is sure to be a superfuntimes night tomorrow — my boss’ wedding! I love any excuse for a party, and I especially love weddings. But, I digress ….

A couple weekends ago when we were out visiting my in-laws in eastern PA, we spent Saturday at the Warren County Antique Fair  — it was a great fair with lots of vendors.  I wouldn’t say there were tons of bargains, but there was a lot of variety and I would definitely recommend it as a worthwhile stop.

Chris spotted a small pair of silhouettes for $6, which we of course purchased for my burgeoning collection.  I found some miniature scenes on eBay last week, and we finally got everybody hung up last night!

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This, in turn, inspired me to paint one of my $1 AC Moore wood frames with metallic paint and add a cut-out from some scrapbooking paper that I’ve been hoarding…

 

 

As I type, I’m still letting that one dry.  But once it’s set, it will join my wall!  A forthcoming project is to try to create my own silhouettes using photographs.  Stay tuned …

 

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(also, that’s my new chair).

Crafty Tale #4: The Silhouette Project

Inspired by my silhouette fabric in the fireplace room, as well as a framed silhouette we have of Chris when he was little (it’s so cute!!), I’ve decided to embark on a silhouette collection mission.  I want to find various silhouettes and eventually hang them in a collage on the wall in the fireplace room.  I’ve been keeping an eye open at flea markets, but haven’t had time to hit too many flea markets lately.  Last night, I was not in the mood to strip paint (as Chris will testify, one REALLY has to be in the right head space to scrape and sand and chip away or it gets real sisyphean real fast) and honestly, my hands felt too crampy to sew.  I thought of my silhouette rub-on transfers (gifted to me in a box of cast-off crafts by the divine Julie Fei-Fan Balzer) and some cheap frames i had in the attic and decided to do SOMETHING while I watched (yes I know I’m late to the game, but it’s my new favorite show) “Mob Wives.”

I dug out some craft supplies and got to work.

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Using my new paper, an inexpensive frame from Ikea, a $1 wooden frame from Michael’s, some paint and a paint scraper for the transfers, I made my own silhouettes!

These are not “officially”framed, and I will probably paint over the yellow/ gray stenciled frame so it it all one color– the stencil looks ok in the photo, but up close it looks more like a left-handed first grader was forced to paint it right-handed.  (btw, anyone have any stenciling tips?  Mine go all blobby and smeary and out of shape.  I think I need better brushes but I can’t find “stencil” brushes at the local craft shop.  Is there such a thing?  How does one get good at stenciling?!?)

But all in all, I think they’re not bad for a little Tuesday night project, and I can’t wait to have more so I can get the collection on the wall…

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