Category Archives: Home Decor

Starfish Beach Banner

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Starfish Beach Banner

Ahoy, Dude, Mate, Hey:

Surf’s up!  It’s an awesome day to catch some rays or waves or just enjoy the last long days of summer.  Out here in Southern Cal we can enjoy a warm day at the beach all year but the sun feels different in the summer.  I created this banner to celebrate the last summer beach days we have.

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I started with an existing starfish garland.  Then I altered it with glitter letters in sand colored glitter.  Big grainy glitter.   I altered the glittered letters with shells or a little bling.  Then I added pictures of beach babes and seashells in those plastic, Tim Holtz bubbles that were so popular a few years ago.  I taped them bubbles shut with shiny blue tape after I added 3-D embellishments and tiny seashells.  I dangled a seashell from the bubbles.  They added just the right amount of detail without taking away from the clean look of the beach banner.

Enjoy!

Starfish Beach Banner

Starfish Beach Banner

Inspired by the Beach: a Sand Dollar Shadow Box

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Inspired by the Beach: a Sand Dollar Shadow Box

Simplicity at it’s best.  I made this piece from a seashell I collected off the beach from our recent family beach holiday.  Of course the subject matter is simple but as I have been prone to say why make something easy when you can make it complex;-).  I constructed the shadow box, added the layers of rigid material, paint and wax.  Distressed the shadow box not once but twice then finally adhered the sand dollar.

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Cheers,

Trish

Spring Banner

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It’s a Spring Banner!  It’s “springy” without being cutsey which I love.  I find it hard in my creating to stay away from cutsey.  My kiddos are older and we no longer need cutsey for them so now I am stretching into being less cutsey.  This banner is a great example of how project vision is often different from completion.  And most times, for me anyway, the final product is better than the initial vision.

So here is the initial starting tools.  Including string.

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What do You do with $2.00 and 20 minutes? Add Elegance to a Dollar Store Nest & Eggs

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What do You do with $2.00 and 20 minutes? Add Elegance to a Dollar Store Nest & Eggs

What do You do with $2.00 and 20 minutes? There are a lot of zippy answers to that question I am sure but really I am a blogger all about celebrating, creating and decorating so my answer, “I upcycled some dollar store finds.”

I wish I had taken a still shot of the cheap looking nests.  They were cute but they looked cheap and were too bright for my taste.  When the boys were little I might have left them as is but I knew I could upcycle the eggs and nests in no time.  This is an image of what they look like after a little paint and some German glass glitter.

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So, I might have mentioned that I have a youTube channel.  My son created it for me.  I have a quick how-to video of this upcycle on it.  I took dollar store Easter baskets and glass glittered the eggs and added some paint to soften the blue nest. It really is that simple.  Spend two bucks. Take everything out of the nest.  Paint the nest.  German glass glitter the eggs.  Once everything is dry reassemble the nests.  I put mine on top of champagne colored glass candleholders in a seasonal vignette.

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Check out my youTube channel at Trishcreates to see exactly how-to!

Cheers,

Tricia

Trish’s Tuesday Tag: Easter Egg Resin Resist Tag

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Trish’s Tuesday Tag: Easter Egg Resin Resist Tag

Hiya.  So I know there is going to be a big announcement tomorrow but I am super excited about today’s tag.  Maybe almost as excited as I am for tomorrows post.

So today is all about an egg shaped tag–It is a total “green” craft.  What I mean is that the tag came as a tag attached to a recent spring home décor purchase.  I know if I were the one reading this blog post and not writing it I would want to see what the purchase was–well be patient you will get to see the item that was attached to the tag.  I promise I did NOT purchase the bunny (ha! now you know) just for the tag.  Those of you who are collagers or mixed media mavens will appreciate that I didn’t pick the item just for the tag.  Okay onward…

So, I discovered the fab egg tag while removing the tags from my bunny and thought, “hmmm.  I should make an Easter egg shaped tag since it is indeed an egg shaped tag.  Then I promptly forgot all about it.  Fast forward a few weeks.  I was working on a new technique and thought wow this resin resist technique would make a really cool speckled egg.  So, then I had to dig around and find the tag because of course I didn’t put it in my tag bin as I knew I was going to do something cool with it.

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So, because this is my blog and I get to do what I want I am not going to share the technique with you here and now.  I am making a video with my boy sharing the technique.  He created a youTube channel for me.  You can find my new channel at youTube/Trishcreates.  There is even one video already posted.  This video will appear in due course.  You will be the first to know when this technique is posted.  In any case, enjoy the images.  Love the tag!

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I think the tag looks a little like a misshapen planet Earth but just you wait…It looks like an Easter Egg in no time! A little ribbon, a little embellishment and it’s a beauty.  Also, you can partially see the bunny it was originally attached to “holding” the egg tag!

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Hope you are getting into the spring holiday spirit.

Enjoy!

Trish

Glitter Easter Egg Banner

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Glitter Easter Egg Banner

Hi.  Hey, I think I mentioned that I was going to share my burlap Easter banner that was published in Somerset Studios’: Holidays & Celebrations but I seem to have misplaced it.  I took it to a creative event and can’t remember where I put it for safe keeping.  Note to self, stop putting things in a “safe spot.” I have another great Easter Banner to share with you.  It is a true Banner in a Blitz.  It took no time at all.

In any case It’s getting to be that time, you know, the time to decorate your home with a few holiday pieces.  To that end, I created this super fast, super easy glitter Easter egg banner.  It can’t much simpler than this.

It took a sum total of 15 (maybe 20) minutes to make.  First I purchased a sleeve of glittered Easter eggs from Target.  The eggs cost $5 bucks.  When I got home I strung skinny metallic gold ribbon through each egg.   Then I glued the glitter eggs together to so they wouldn’t separate while hanging.  Then I cut out flag shape or long triangle shape pastel scrapbook paper to use as the layering piece between the glitter eggs and the gold letters.  I used metallic gold letters I purchased from Target at the same time I picked up the eggs.  Of course, you may make this banner more elaborate if you would like by cutting and glittering your own letters or adding more layers between the eggs and the letters.  But you can’t beat the impact of this banner.

Here the banner is hanging above my dining room table.  I keep the star garland and the silver ball chain up almost all year and just add a seasonal banner to them.  Sometimes this layered look works better than other times.

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Happy Easter decorating!

Cheers,

Trish

March 23: What’s Up This Week?

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Trish’s Tuesday Tag: A springy (that is a word), sweet gift tag or really a tag with a pocket for a little gift.  Whaat? a tag with a  gift pouch? Check it out on Tuesday.

Throwback Thursday, March 26, you are going to meet Mr. & Mrs. Bunny.  They are a darling couple; check them out for a little Easter craft inspiration. Hint: they might be Easter eggs.

Friday, March 27 brings us an art journal page provided I get some decent photos;-) I guess we will call it a surprise!

Saturday: It’s An Easter banner kind of post.  Elegant meets burlap with cool blue accents, glitter and the perfect plaid ribbon.

Have a great week!

Trish

Surf’s Up! A Friend For Shamrock Skull

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Surf’s Up! A Friend For Shamrock Skull

So after I made the Skull Shamrock piece and hung it on the wall I thought it would be great to create a companion piece.  I thought a St. Patrick’s Day piece would be great.  I could put the art up seasonally together and take them down together.  I just wasn’t sure what the piece was going to be…another graphic piece…a shamrock? a favorite Irish proverb or saying? something witty? what?

Then as happens so often, the companion fell in my lap.  My older boy was required to clean out his drawers as they were stuffed.  He dumped a pile of t-shirts on my bed that were too small.  Guess what was in that pile?  A skull t-shirt.  wow!  yippee!  so fun!  Clearly we went through a phase (maybe we still are?) of skull t-shirts–must have been or is a trend.  I am now addicted!  I secretly am keeping my open for skull t-shirts that I can cut up and hang on my wall.

Here is the Shamrock Skull’s companion.  Cool!  If I can find another it will be a triptych.  I will hang it for not only St. Patty’s Day but also Dia De Los Muertos.  So fun!

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Yipppeee!  Love it when everything falls into place!

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Cheers!

Trish

 

 

St Patrick’s Day Graphic Shamrock Skull Wall Art

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St Patrick’s Day Graphic Shamrock Skull Wall Art

It’s funny…now that I have some free time and I fancy myself at least on occasion an artist, I find that I often try to complicate simple visual impactful pieces with all the layers and creative stuff and techniques I know. The truth is sometimes I get all Rube Goldberg on my pieces.  I make easy stuff hard just for the sake of it or because I can. This piece is an example of exactly that.

But sometimes what makes for the best art is seemingly simple. Impactful. Graphic. Like Kenny says, ” you gotta know when to hold them, know when to fold ’em, no when to walk away, no when to run.” This was one of those “hold ’em” and “walk away” times.

” Hold ’em” because the graphic skull medallion was cut from a t-shirt that one the boys have outgrown.  It’s been a while now but I just really liked the image.  I put it away for a couple years until haha inspiration struck.  That’s holding em fur sur.

Once I decided I wanted to make a piece of wall art I knew I wanted to use a canvas or board with deep sides so that I wouldn’t have to frame it.  Then I started gunking things up.  I was going to layer it.  Add stuff over the image, etc.  Luckily I hadn’t started to adhere anything as I sometimes do.  Not sure how I managed to forestall my impatience but I did.  That’s when I realized this was going to be one of those quick and simple but oh so impactual pieces.

I went through my scrap of paper and chose a piece that I liked best … Dots too cute? not really but I wanted something with a little green; thin stripe not the right scale; fat stripe– like it a lot but again where is the green?

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Mitch’s (remember he is the artist child) watercolor with pencils was tempting. I like the idea that it was a piece of mommy and Mitch art. But I decided his watercolor pencil piece was just too sweet of a piece to adhere a St. Patrick’s Day skull too most of it.

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When I finally decided on the paper (they were all good but I did find the “perfect” one for this time–green but still a little dark), I adhered the scrapbook paper to a 12 x 12 deep sided board. I fussy cut my skeleton and attached him him to the board . Adhered some scrap paper to the sides of the deep sided board.   It took me a very short amount of time once I finally decided what I was going to do.

Tada! Simple, fun, a little edgy (would you call the fellow lucky? maybe) and maybe a little holiday. A fun piece that I can hang even when the boys are teenagers.

Enjoy!

Trish

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Throwback Thursday-St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

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Thanks to Facebook we are well aware that we have some pretty great stuff in our old files and archives.  Here is a celebration I created during my days running Royal Tart. It’s heavy on green as any St. Patrick’s Day can be, but I added a wee bit o’ the sophistication and zany with the green zebra place mats. This is one of those tablescapes that can be adult in feel or family fun in feel depending on what you want to serve in those long tall beer glasses–lucky charms or beer–of course.

It may feel like I am sharing this a bit early (or if you are an organized sort, not so much) but I wanted to give you time to get your creative juices flowing and your table setting style put together; you have about three weeks. Go! Slante!

Trish

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