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Thrifty Thursday Blog Hop Week 16


















Week 16 of Thrifty Thursday.  Today it was 60 degrees here in Souther Indiana... WooHoo!  St. Patrick's Day is supposed to hit 70.  Take that, winter.  Happy St. Patty's everyone.

Look around and join the fun. The idea is to link to your frugal post, whether it be a DIY, recipe, tip, coupon... if you like it, link it. If you don't have a thrifty post to link to, feel welcome to join the hop anyway, and link to your main blog.

Other stuff:
* Please follow Saved By Love Creations, your host!
*Grab my "Thrifty Thursday" button above and throw it on your lovely site. Let's grow this!
*I will choose 2 participants to feature the following Thursday and to receive a free week of advertising on SBLC (under "love worthy sponosors' in sidebar).   Please drop by and say hello to the feature bloggers. Even follow them!  REMEMBER that to be chosen as a featured site, you must follow SBLC via GFC.
*Follow the blogs that are must reads, and please return the gesture by following those who follow you. Leave a comment when you follow so that the blogger will know you are a new follower.
*Leave me a comment and let me know you were here. I love hearing from you.
*Scatter joy, and frugal tips.
*Have fun 🙂

Weekly Featured Blogs:





I am new to Homeroad and now it is a must read for me.  Susan is a teacher and mother of 4 girls.  She maintains an inspirational blog full of DIY home decor and altered art.  I can't wait to try some of her projects.  Go check out her adorable clay number tags, and this Anthropology hack.






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Selina at Creative Juices Decor has a wonderful home decor inspiration.  I am so impressed with this Pottery Barn distressed clock hack.  You will find home decor tips, projects and more.  Great job on the clock, Selina!




Some Must Reads For Inspiration

          

I am always amazed at the art projects in this magazine.  I know there is a website as  well, which I have not had time to explore as of yet.  The March/April issue pictured above has a mixed media shoe project that I am attempting.  You will see a post on that eventually (paper mache takes forever to dry)!



Somerset Studio Magazine is another wonderful source of mixed media inspiration, with  lots of step by step techniques and artist portfolios.  

I guess this week's "What's Your Story" Featuring Things With Wings has triggered a mixed media frenzy in me.   My project list is growing exponentially.  



This is what I am currently reading.  I started it on my recent trip to Florida, on a recommendation from a dear friend.  I must say that it is quite possibly the best novel I have ever read.  It depicts redemption, forgiveness, new life, love and hope in a way that has made me feel closer to my creator.  I look forward to reading it every day.  It brings scripture so alive.  I think I am dragging my feet on finishing it because I don't want to be done.  It is a good thing this author has more for me to dive into, which is the plan for sure.  

Just thought I would share what I am loving these days.  

Yarn + Styrofoam + Kindling = Thrifty DIY Flowers

This project was way, way simple and frugal.  It took like 15 minutes total.  Seriously.  I have always been a fan of the poppy flower look.  I alluded to this project in this post, the painted vases.  I love how they turned out...


All you need are these styrofoam spheres, a small amount of yarn of your choice and some sticks from your yard (or maybe your neighbor's yard).


Just wrap the yarn around the spheres, covering all the white of the styrofoam and tuck in the loose end when you are finished...


Then push your sticks into the styrofoam.   I washed my sticks off with soap and water, and broke them to the size I wanted.  That is it.  Lovely poppy yarn flowers.  Just a few supplies that you probably have on hand, and twigs you would use to make smores!  

These would be so cute made with strips of old newspaper, or music sheets, ya think?




"What’s Your Story?" Featuring Artist Jill Brown and Things With Wings

When I first ran across the "Things with Wings" blog, it was hands down love at first sight.  This mixed media group - composed of a mother and her two daughters - create whimsical, inspiring pieces emphasizing faith and family, that are irresistable - BEAUTIFUL work amongst my very favorite.  Look at this, will you...
Lazy Susan by Connie Berends - for Things With Wings' new linewith DEMDACO called "This Thing Called Family" 


Artist: Laura McCarragher
Artist: Jill Brown


Artist: Jill Brown

Artist: Jill Brown

Artist: Jill Brown



About Your Work:
We are Things With Wings: a family (me, my sister and our mother) of mixed media artists
Jill Brown - Paper Prayers
Laura McCarragher - Green Girl Designs
Connie Berends - Creative Works

(We bring our complimentary work together for art festivals and call ourselves "Things With Wings").

Where are you located? 

Iowa City, Iowa

What do you create? 
Our mixed media work uses a combination of paint and patterned paper along with encouraging messages. Themes include faith, family and having fun! We also designed a line of wall art and home decor products for a nation-wide company called DEMDACO called "This Thing Called Family." thingswithwingsartjournal.blogspot.com/p/our-demdaco-line.html It debuted in January and is selling really well! You can find it in gift and specialty shops nationwide!

When and why did you set up your online shop?
My sister and I both set up our etsy shops about 2 years ago. The three of us have been selling our work much longer - about 10 years together -at art festivals around the midwest, and would often sell items that we featured on our blog, so it was time to set up 'shop' online as well!

How do you promote your creations? 

Facebook: facebook.com/thingswithwings, and our blog:thingswithwingsartjournal.blogspot.com we also send out occasional emails and postcards. Word of mouth is actually very powerful as well - we get a lot of personalized custom orders because someone sees something hanging in a friend's house and wants one for their own family! We also do a lot of festivals and shows, and that's a natural place to promote yourself! 

What inspires your work? 
Lots of things! We consider our talents to be God-given, so inspiration is really a gift from Him. We get inspired by listening to music, good quotes, fun color combinations and mix matching patterned paper. We also get inspiration from each other, brainstorming and collaborating is a lot of fun!

What is your must have tool for creating?
mod-podge. I buy it online in GALLON jugs because I go through it so fast!

Do you have any tips for others wanting to turn their art into a business?
Turning what I love to do in my spare time into a super successful business is not my motivation for doing this. I have three kids, my sister does as well. We try to maintain a balance as well as we can, and therefore just don't have the time or desire to turn this into a full time job. We've always looked at creating as a passion and a privilege: to do and to share. Everything we create has a purpose: to encourage someone, to celebrate family, or for ourselves - to remind us of who we are and how much God loves us. So our main motivation is to be a blessing to others and to be an encouragement to ourselves. THAT'S what we consider success! All the extras are icing on the cake!

Extras:

What good books have you read or movies have you seen lately? 

I'm terrible about remembering titles! I love a good mystery/suspenseful book, but find that movie genre too intense. For movies I love a good comedy or romance. 

Where was your last vacation? 

What's that? 

What is your favorite pastime outside of creating? 

Reading and blogging

Who is your favorite designer/artist? 

my sister and mother

Bird Faux Oil Painting Frugal Wall Art DIY With Tutorial

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I am obsessed with Mod Podge Brushstrokes these days.  My walls are slowly but surely filling up with what appear to be oil paints on canvas, but are actually art prints on MDF, painted over with the Mod Podge.  These are 12'x34' and cost me about $10 each total.  I love how they turned out and especially the blue against the wheat colored walls!  You may have seen my earlier post featuring this technique using some Valentine's Day prints I made in photoshop.  This is a great way to have awesome art for cheap.  You can use old photos, posters, thrifty store finds or any image to create a canvas painting.
I made these prints in photoshop, giving them a painterly effect since I knew I was going to use them in this project.
At Lowes, I picked up a discounted 1x12x72' board and had them cut my 2 pieces of backing board from it.  The total cost was $8.47.  I even have a little piece of board left over, which I am sure will be used for something!
I sprayed both the board and the back of the print with Super 77, lined up the print with the board and pressed them together, using my hand to flatten the print down and make sure there were no air bubbles.  This stuff is crazy sticky, so make sure you are lined up before laying the print on the board.  No redo is going to happen without ripping the print.
Next, I flipped it over and cut off any excess print with an exact knife.
I lightly sanded the edges to blend and make the print flush with the board.
This is what it looked like after sanding.  Now I put on the Mod Podge Brushstroke.
After this was dry, I primered and painted the edges of the board white to give the canvas look to it.  I attache a wire for hanging on the back, as detailed in my previous post, here.  SImple and lovely!

Thrifty Thursday Blog Hop Week 15













Week 15 of Thrifty Thursdays and spring is yet another week closer.  I love Easter, and all that it signifies, not to mention the fun spring projects popping up everywhere.
Look around and join the fun. The idea is to link to your frugal post, whether it be a DIY, recipe, tip, coupon... if you like it, link it. If you don't have a thrifty post to link to, feel welcome to join the hop anyway, and link to your main blog.

Other stuff:
* Please follow Saved By Love Creations, your host!
*Grab my "Thrifty Thursday" button above and throw it on your lovely site. Let's grow this!
*I will choose 2 participants to feature the following Thursday and to receive a free week of advertising on SBLC (under "love worthy sponosors' in sidebar).   Please drop by and say hello to the feature bloggers. Even follow them!  REMEMBER that to be chosen as a featured site, you must follow SBLC via GFC, and be an email subscriber (sign up in sidebar under "Subscribe").
*Follow the blogs that are must reads, and please return the gesture by following those who follow you. Leave a comment when you follow so that the blogger will know you are a new follower.
*Leave me a comment and let me know you were here. I love hearing from you.
*These are not rules, just suggestions!
*Have fun 🙂

Weekly Featured Blogs:



Lauren at Little Guess Family has done a wonderful job revamping an old chair, shown here.  Go check out her other projects for some home decor inspiration!  Thanks Lauren.



Go visit Handy Man, Crafty woman for tons of home decor ideas, recipes, renovations and more!  Thanks Laurie and Rob.


Win a Free Saved By Love Creations Scrabble Tile Pendant!

TerriAnn over at Cookies and Clogs is hosting a review/giveaway of Saved By Love Creation scrabble tile pendants.  Winner's choice, and custom name pendants or blog logo pendants are available.  Here are a few examples...

Go on over (click here) and enter to win.  Good luck!

"What’s Your Story?" Featuring Artist Parker Lanier

Today's featured artist is a cherished part of my family by marriage as well as my recovery family.  I love Parker's work because it is totally unique, insane, chaotic and makes complete sense to me.  He reminds me of where I have been, and is an living example of how God can turn a mess into a message.  I give you Parker Lanier...

About your work: 


When I got sober my AA sponsor suggested I keep a journal. I didn’t write anything but I did draw some of the other people at the meeting. I wasn’t really a doodler as a child so this was kind of weird. I quickly became “obsessed with” or had the “freedom inside” to create lots of drawings. My pictures are in the outsider vernacular mostly with the theme of recovery. What it was like, what happened and what its like now in my life, provide a lot of subject matter. I also draw strange whimsical do-nothing machines, lucha libre, wizards and old time country music stars.

Where are you located? 

I live in a tiny, art-filled, carriage house apartment on Lake Michigan. Holland actually. I do a lot of trading art with other recovery artists it has been great fun.

What do you create? 

They are genre scenes from the life of an insane, recovering, Blessed alcoholic. My pictures have been described as “Wheres Waldo on acid”. I see influences of R. Crumb, Ralph Stedman, Rube Goldberg and all of the original MAD Magazine artists. I draw on the back/whiteside of mat board. I cut a slightly smaller piece and glue it on a larger piece so the drawing is matted. I draw in roller ball pen and color with sharpies. No pencil sketches. Sometimes I will use stickers or glitter or other stuff.

When and why did you set up your online shop?
   
I started my blog http://www.alcoholicoutsiderartist.blogspot.com about 3 years ago. All of my art is on there along with other outsider and recovery artists friends of mine. I also have interviews with and profiles of other people in recovery that are writers, painters or musicians. I also have features on art behind bars, art of the insane and other artists in special situations. My traffic has taken hold exponentially now. I have no ads and sell nothing on this site. It is completely spam free.

I have sold nearly 500 pieces on ebay and done a good number of special commissions. My art is enjoyed and collected by other alkies and addicts but has a huge following in the folk-art, outsider art and art brut communities. I started selling because creating the stuff is what does me the “good”. It is cathartic. 

How do you promote your creations?

Whatever I post on my blog I immediately share it on twitter, google buzz, stumble upon, digg it and facebook. I also respond to any requests for my comments on art and addiction.

What inspires your work?

My life, recovery and the amazing change that has occurred in it only through God and AA.

What is your must have tool for creating?

Haha, Sharpies.....

Do you have any tips for others wanting to turn their art into a business?

There is a paradox in art just like there is in recovery. Don’t force yourself on people you will scare them away. Be true to yourself, do not give the truth away to make a work saleable. Be comfortable in your own artistic skin and people will be drawn to you and your work.

Extras:
What good books have you read or movies have you seen lately?

I don’t have a TV. I am a magazine freak. I have read a good number of addicts and alcoholics memoirs lately before I review them on my blog. I also like old cowboy books like Louis L’Amour. The last movie I saw was Men Who Stare at Goats (?) with George Clooney. It was fabulous.

Where was your last vacation?

I travel for work last year I spent a week each in Pagosa Springs ColoradoWinnipeg, ManitobaBend, Oregon and Oklahoma City.

What is your favorite pastime outside of creating?

Thrift stores, antique malls and flea marketsAA meetings and work too. I have recently opened http://www.lakeshoreartandantiques.com as a venue to sell some of my accumulated hoard of weird stuff.

Who is your favorite designer/artist?

R. Crumb.

Painted From the Inside Out; Thrift Store Vases

I am so inspired by all you thrifty DIYers out there.  Here is my most recent creative venture set into motion by my new blogland friend,  Vanessa at Nifty Thrifty Things.  You may have seen her featured on last week's Thrifty Thursday.  She recently posted a painted vase project (here) that I just had to incorporate into my decor.   To keep my illusion alive that winter is gone and spring is here, I chose a shades of pink.  I love how they turned out, and they go great with my kitchen color palate.

Here are the vases I bought Saturday at Goodwill; Originally $0.99, but only $0.50 each.  I love 50% off day, which Goodwill is now having on the first Saturday of each month.  YAY!!!

Vases from Goodwill before painted

I used acrylic craft paint because I will not be putting water in my vases.  They are for a purpose that will be displayed in a future post (involving yarn... be excited).  If you plan to put live flowers with water, you will want to use Oil based paint, like Vanessa did in the above linked tutorial.
I squeezed a small amount of Plaid FolkArt Acrylic Paint 2 Ounces Napthol Crimson Artist Pigment FA-435; 6 Items/Order mixed with cream colored latex paint leftover from when we painted the trim in our house.  I wasn't concerned with each vase being exactly the same shade, so I didn't measure the amounts of pigment and cream paint  I mixed together.



The perfect frugal, quick way to add a splash of spring to any room!!

Knitted Hearts Door Knob Hanger

knitted hearts door hanger
I got this project from the book Gifted: Lovely Little Things to Knit and Crochet, by Mags Kandis.
Here is a photo of the knit hearts before felting.  I love how felting (see above pics) makes the individual stitches disappear.  It helps hide errors for those of us (me) who are beginning knitters.  I felted my hearts in the washing machine.
There is a cute pattern for crochet felted coasters in the book that I am excited to try as well.  I prefer the way knit stitches look over crochet stitches, but when felting, it doesn't really matter to me since the individual stitches aren't really visible.  Since I am much faster at crochet than knit, next time I will use this pattern by Sucrette.  I just found her blog, and am loving it!  She shares some adorable patterns.
I  used nylon crochet thread to string the beads and hearts together.  Great quick project for adding some colorful love to a room.  What a cute nursery mobile or fireplace mantel garland these would make!  Enjoy...