Painting on Canvas, Nature Art with Lots of Texture... My New Passion

large tree painting
Hi All! 
Since my last post about moving away from creating dragonflies and
recycled art, I wanted to share what I have been working on lately...
canvas paintings.

I've dabbled with paintings in the past but moving into our new
home a little over a year ago reignited my passion for painting and 
I'm having so much fun! My husband and I decided we would 
both love to have, for the most part, pieces that I have created in our home. 
I've also been busy adding paintings to my Etsy shop.

red and gold textured canvas tree painting
This is the first one I made that hangs in our dining area.
For this one I actually built a wood canvas using 1 x 2's and thin plywood.
An air compressor and nailer make building things like this a snap.

red and gold tree painting
Just like my heavily textured mermaids and angel wings...I love texture 
and I seem to be incorporating lots of it in my paintings as well.
The tree has metallic accents in the circles that really catch the light.

large peacock painting
I created this pair of dancing peacock feathers for the bedroom.

textured peacock paintings
They are made on wood canvases as well.

textured peacock feather painting
More texture and metallic paints in this set.

white tree diptych

Here is tree diptych painting that hangs in one part of the family room.

white trees painting
I also built the wood canvases that these are painted on.

white branches painting
Again...lots of texture!

gold trees textured painting
"Yellow Trees" original right? :) also in our family room 
and also on a wood canvas.

treeline painting

textured painting
Heavy texture.

original tree art
Highlights of metallic gold. 

textured yellow trees painting
I have noticed a nature theme in my paintings such as 
birds, feathers, trees, vines, leaves and sea life.
If you know me, it makes sense ;)

yellow trees painting

egret heron painting
Here is a large 24 x 48 egret painting I made for the master bath.

textured acrylic painting
More yummy texture.

textured painting Florida egret
I painted him on a ready made canvas.

white egret in wetlands painting
Thanks for taking a look! 
These are all the paintings I've completed so far for our home.
Next time I'll share the paintings I've been selling in my shop.
Thanks so much for reading...until next time!

Take a peek in my Etsy shop for a preview of paintings
I'll be sharing in a later blog post or find me on 

Table Leg Dragonflies and Butterflies... Moving On!

table leg fan blade dragonfly with zebra black and white wings
If you follow me on Facebook, you may have read my post a few
days ago about shipping out my very last dragonfly order.
This cool zebra of my personal favorite
patterns that I've made... flew off to Massachusetts.

I've decided to move on from recycled art and dragonfly making 
and concentrate on ideas I have floating around in my head 
that I want to apply to canvas paintings.
For now I will still be making my mermaids and mosaics too but
may phase the mermaids out as well... who knows! :)

I created these table leg dragonflies almost 10 years ago 
but first blogged about them about 5 years ago when I came
up with the idea to use old ceiling fan blades for the wings.
When my ceiling fan blades ran out, I cut the wings out of wood
and added butterflies to the mix as well.

Prior to that, I sold my table leg dragonflies locally and made wings using
wire, then wrapped in hand painted canvas. This was way before
digital cameras and before documenting my pieces ever crossed my mind!

I've made wings using fan blades, wood, metal, wrapped wire,
glass beads, shells, stained glass and molding.

I've painted zebra designs, leopard, giraffe and peacock feathers.
Colorful ones, vintage looking, simple, stripes, dots, leaves, 
fleur de lis, graffiti inspired, flags and even like a Mardi Gras mask 
and one out of a croquet mallet!

I've shipped them all over the country and overseas.
A quick calculation shows I've created and sold well over 300
and I have loved creating each and every one of them
and I thank you for your support over the 
years in purchasing my art dragonflies!

I thought it would be fun to put together a few collages of 
just some of the past designs I've made over the years.
Enjoy the photos and thanks for looking

recycled art dragonflies

art dragonflies

recycled art dragonflies

recycled art table leg spindle dragonfly

recycled art dragonfly

recycled art dragonfly spindle dragonfly

recycled art dragonflies

art dragonflies

recycled art butterfly, spindle butterfly

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Kitchen Pantry Makeover, Replace wire shelves with wrap around wood shelving for under $130 DIY

pantry makeover before and after, remove wire shelves
Almost five years ago, I made over my pantry
by removing the deep wire shelving and replacing with wrap
around shelving.
Today, I did it again in my new home and I love it!
It's been on my to-do list ever since we moved in.

messy wire shelves in pantry, pantry makeover
This is what I started with... ugh.

makeover your pantry
I didn't even pretend to straighten it up before taking a photo. 
I'm so over this deep, constantly messy, can't find anything,
have to move five things out of the way to get one thing, pantry.

how to remove closet maid shelf anchors in wall
Just like my last pantry makeover, I started by removing the 
wire shelving, patching the holes and adding touch up paint.

I was having a time getting the Closet Maid wire shelf anchors out
 of the wall but found that a tiny flat head screwdriver helped
pry the nail out just enough to be able to grab with the pliers
and remove it.

There's no way around it, if you remove these types of 
anchors, you are going to be left with giant holes to patch...
but it will be worth it, I promise.

shelf supports for pantry makeover
Just like last time, I bought all white pre-primed wood boards
from Home Depot and that is such a time saver.
I bought 8ft boards and cut the lengths I needed at home.

I did not paint over it, just used as is.

shelf supports installed for pantry makeover
I used primed 1 x 2" boards to form my supports for my shelves.
I screwed into the studs where possible and of course
use a level to keep it... level ;)

screw and anchor combo
I used this type of screw I found at Home Depot to 
mount the 1 x 2's. You need to predrill your holes in the
wood pieces before using this screw. 

pantry redesignI
I mounted the back wall supports first. Once they were in place,
it was easy to rest the level on the edge of it to level my side pieces.

pantry makeover DIY installing wood shelving
Then I forgot to take more during pics, but here I'm starting to
lay the shelving boards on top of the 1 x 2 supports.

I used regular screws to attach the shelving to the 1 x 2. 
At this point, the 1 x 2"s are your main support, you are 
just keeping the shelves from moving around so I used 
just a few screws per shelf to keep them in place.

Since you are screwing into the edge of the shelf into the 
1 x 2, you definitely want to predrill your holes so the wood
won't split on the edge.

kitchen pantry with wood shelving
This pantry is a little different and a little larger than my last one. 
On this pantry, the door swings open into the pantry,
in my old pantry, the door swung out into the room.

This means that there is no end wall for the side pieces to butt up
against like last time which gave them extra support, instead
my shelves are open-ended...

metal mending plates for pantry shelves
To remedy my lack of an end wall for my side shelves, I used metal mending 
plates to secure the side shelves to the back shelves and it worked like a charm.

The back shelves are supported fully across the back and sides.
The side shelf is screwed into the 1 x 2 on the side and
by using the metal mending plate, it anchors it to that nice,
sturdy back shelf and helps the corners line up perfectly.

use metal mending plates to secure wood shelving

kitchen pantry makeover with wood shelves
I used 12" deep shelves on the bottom two back shelves, 
8" deep for the remaining back wall shelves and 
6" on the sides.
My shelves are about 13" apart.
You can always adjust the spacing or board size to fit your needs.

pantry makeover reveal
Looking in to the left...

kitchen pantry makeover with wood shelves
Looking in to the right...

kitchen pantry makeover DIY reveal
Straight ahead...
*starry eyed*

The lowdown on this makeover...

I measured before and after this makeover and calculated 
21.56 square feet with the wire shelves.
My new wrap around wood shelves measure 21.36 square feet.

I'll take being able to clearly see what I have in the pantry
over a negligible loss of space any day.

I spent a total of $127 for this makeover including primed wood, 
screws and mending plates, yours could be 
more or less. My pantry is 33" wide with a 9ft ceiling.

$130 bucks for a lifetime of pantry happiness? yes please!

pantry redesign before and after
I started this project one evening by removing the wire shelving
and patching the holes so it would be ready to go the next morning.
I finished the next day and this photo shows all the same food 
and items in the pantry.

Thanks for reading about my latest pantry makeover!

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or swing by the shop to see what's new.
Until next time!...

Recycled Wood Reindeer, Large Repurposed Christmas Sculptures

large wood reindeer recycled elements
I can't take credit for this idea.
I saw something similar in a catalog last year using spindles as 
reindeer legs and I decided to create my own reindeer but with my own spin on them.

recycled reindeer art
One idea I came up with is using metal ceiling fan blade
holders as antlers. 

When I first started using the fan blades for dragonfly wings,
I had an overabundance of these metal fan holders and got tired of saving them
and got rid of so many of them.
I was glad I did save a few and thought they worked great as antlers!

reindeer art
I drew out a pattern and cut the wood bodies from plywood.
I added a textured pattern using a stencil and my own texture
compound to create the raised pattern. You could also use 
joint compound to create the texture.

large free standing wood reindeer
I used lots of different items for the antlers. For this recycled reindeer
the antlers are cut from scrolly sections of a wood picture frame. 
He has wooden coaster ears and a jingle bell nose.

wood recycled reindeer
I made two sizes, a large and small. This large size reindeer is 
32" tall. I used more ceiling fan blade holders as antlers, painted in
gold along with recycled tin for the ears and a bottle cap nose.

large wood reindeer sculptures, recycled elements
Most of the small size reindeer stand 24-28" tall and they
look adorable in pairs.

wood reindeer sculpture
The little reindeer has more scrolled pieces from a wooden
frame as antlers, ears cut from old license plates and a metal nut for his nose.

wood reindeer
I painted this set in muted gold.
I guess they are all male deer since they all have antlers but
they look so much cuter with the antlers!

reindeer with jingle bell nose
This little gold reindeer has decorative pieces from a clock that I 
cut apart for his antlers. His ears are wooden coasters, already in 
the "ear shape" and a jingle bell nose. 

recyled reindeer with spindle legs
The majority of the spindles I used match but this one has 
mismatched spindle legs and I think that just adds to the charm of

Lucy Designs reindeer
All the tails are made using aluminum flashing that I 
cut into a tail shape and painted.

recycled reindeer with license plate ears and ceiling fan blade holder antlers
More fan blade holder antlers and license plate ears

large reindeer recycled repurposed Christmas decor
These fun reindeer sculptures are all listed in my Etsy shop.
They are all fairly lightweight but stand very sturdily.
What a unique addition to holiday or Winter decor that 
will last for years to come.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read about my reindeer!

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