Thursday, March 10, 2011

I love making old things new again....

It gives me so much joy to take an item from the thrift or flea and
simply tweak it just a little and have it transform
into something that I'd be proud to own!!!!

I found this gorgeous butterfly specimen framed artwork a while ago ~
it was in a very shiny, silver frame that is SO not me....
but the butterflies?
YES...very me!

So....I found some flat black spray paint and knew it was the ticket.
Seems black always exudes importance, don't you think?

So I took it all apart, sprayed the frame and inset that kept the butterflies
away from the glass and painted them both.
I'm in love with the result!!!!
Now the question is ....where will I hang it?
Don't you worry one little bit,
you know I'll find a place!!

Remember my box find?
Yes, it had some sweet grapes painted on top
but not exactly what I have in mind ~

I applied a little gesso and some craft paint to make it disappear ~

Now I'm ready to transform this sweetie.....

The funny thing about moving is that I am STILL unpacking!
The studio was the most challenging space so
when I was packing, everything was tucked inside of something else!
A few things I've just uncovered:

A box of old watch pieces ~

What is it about the gorgeous graphics on old watches?
I just love them....

My precious little bitty bread tin ~
why do I love old, beat up stuff like this???

More vanilla buttons....yes, I am an addict!

OH! and now I'm obsessed with scrim!!!!
Lisa sent me a sweet little bundle of it and
I think it is amazing....

I took a few photos of what she sent me ~
I haven't even used it yet but have ordered more
yeah...I know I need help :)
It has a tighter weave that gauze or cheese cloth
and this is the natural color....

Just look at the scrim used on each side of the bed....
I think this photo is from Country Living....

Sometimes my posts are so crazy.
Absolutely ALL over the place....
but it seems to happen when my creative juices are flowing ~
you know?

You have GOT to stop by Karen's blog Todolwen.....
she's shared the most wonderful handmade feather tutorial!!!

Have an amazing Thursday my dear friends,
hugs and love,


Beverly Sager said...

Love the butterflies - what a lucky find! BeBe

mary beth said...

okay, now I am really intrigued to find out more about scrim! It looks delicious! I am trying to have eyes like yours when I shop the flea, trying to see the potential in things! I think it is a gift that I don't have!:) thanks for sharing your projects with us..they always inspire!

Vee said...

Oh boy! If I go to bed now, by morning or mid-morning, you'll have posted again what you did with the box. I really want to know. Is it going to have watch bits and vanilla buttons and scrim on it?

lifespassion said...

Love the butterflies! It looks beautiful with the black frame. Love the watch faces and the bread box. We have very similar tastes

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Dawn, I am in love with your butterflies! In our previous home I used scrim as curtains for our four poster bed. I adore this look.

Angela said...

I love your butterflies, Dawn, but I really came for another reason. I copied your idea of bringing out the bird's nests to decorate for Spring. So in my post, I linked back to your blog. Thanks for the inspiration!

Amy Kinser said...

All over the place with you is good!!!

Anji Johnston said...

Keep them juices flowing lady - inspires me no end!

Dorthe said...

Hello, sweet friend-
Oh your butterfly piece makeower, is so wonderfull, -they stand so strong against the black, now -and all your collected BEAUTYES -love them,too--wonder what that scrim is ,in danish!
Have a lovely thursday,sweetie, Dawn- with sun, and happiness.
Much love and hugs,-Dorthe

Jem said...

Your posts are eclectic and that is the best way to be in my experience! :-)

Thank you for the pointer to the tutorial, will take a peek after work. The butterflies look just lovely against the black of the frame and the mount. You little bread bin is right up my street too - I'm sure some people think I'm bonkers - especially here in the UK where vintage has caught on a treat but shabby hasn't so much as yet!

Jem xXx

Anonymous said...

Dawn, there's another fabric called "tobacco cloth" that is very much like scrim. It's already an aged color, very much like a light cafe' au lait. I bought mine on Etsy. Thanks for letting me know where I can find the scrim too!
Love the feather. Am going to check out the tutorial. And, of course, your butterflies!
Hugs, Diane

Jennifer Pearson Vanier said...

I've been picking up butterflies whenever I find them for my son. Even collected them as a kid. didn't know how to store them properly though. What wonderful ideas. You got me inspired for a swap I am involved in. Thanks!!!

Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

Hey the butterflies. I have some that are in an ugly acrylic frame, so you've definitely inspired me to get going to transform them! They are just so beautiful!

Karen B. said...

Hi dear Dawn,
thank you for telling your friends about my tutorial, you are so sweet. I love your butterflies and your old vintage tin - just beautiful! I collect tins too, mainly victorian hat tins and spice tins. I can't wait to see what you are going to create out of the box!! So, please do share when it is done.
Karen B. ~ Todolwen

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Dawn ~
I love that fabric!! I can't wait to
see if I can find some and do
something with it ~
It is wayyyy cool!!
I am off to visit that
awesome tutorial ~


Barbara Jean said...

wonderful post. all over the place but love it all!!
had never heard of scrim before. nice to know.
barbara jean
PS please do not think my lack of comments is because i have not visited. come every day. just lack of time to leave comments each time. =)

Barbara Jean said...

PS love seeing all your artwork on your sidebars.

Romeo said...

Oh yes - black looks sooooo much better! A silver frame?!? What the heck were they thinking?!? And I even love silver but not with those butterflys. Now it is beautiful!!!!

You know I just noticed your art posted on your sidebars and then I noticed that BArbara Jean also commented on those....I'm with her - I love looking at all your creations. It's like a magazine of all the best :)

One last thing....I am loving that feather and so I will have to go out and find how to make them. Maybe that will keep Romeo from eating the real ones that I collect on my hikes....okay maybe not, but I can try right?!?

Have a grand weekend Dawn!

"Her" and Romeo

DragonflyzDreams said...

What fabulous finds, I love those clock faces, Did you get them from your antique store you owned?

I like to edge frames in black also. Many thanks for Karen's Feather tutorial! I will make it also! Just my type of easy peasy thing to do!
Smiles, Cyndi

Little Birdie Blessings said...

Dawn, I love the butterflies, and how you transformed the frame. The feather however is STUNNING. I thought it was real, and the fact that there is a hymn on it makes it so special. I looked at the tutorial and am definitely going to have to make one. Thanks so much for sharing this. ~ Abby

Anonymous said...

I just love it all!

Silly question I'm sure but what is Gesso?

Unknown said...

Hi Dawn, I love the fabric and all your great things you post, nice on the feather too. Have a wonderful fun filled weekend! Hugs Marilou


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