Faux Straw Hat Wall Art

I was commissioned to create a piece of wall art 
that looks like a straw beach hat 

I cut a circle shape out of plywood with the jigsaw
and used one of those wood bowls that you see all the time at thrift stores.

I glued the bowl with hot glue and drilled tiny pilot holes and used small screws to secure it as well.

I got out the bucket of magic, Flexall.
This is a type of joint compound but has polymers in it so it is stronger.

It's great for creating texture and dimension and I use it a lot.
Click the Flexall tag under categories to see more ways I've used it 

I slathered on the Flexall 

I used this texturing tool that I made from a squeegee to give it the straw look,
then used my fingers to "draw in" the ribbon

Sprayed it with primer and yellow spray paint...

I added thinned brown paint and wiped off excess...

and painted a pink polka dot ribbon

added a hanger and it's ready to go

side view...

I hung it on the armoire to give you an idea of the size
it's big...about 2 ft in diameter

Looks like a straw hat just sitting there huh?

Thanks for checking out my faux straw!

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Hand Painted Wooden Christmas Ornaments for Pet Shop with Paw Prints, Animal Print, Dots and Stripes

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I was recently commissioned to paint 
three dozen Christmas ornaments 
for The Posh Pupa pet store in Tulsa Oklahoma.

There's actually a fun story behind it..
The owner of The Posh Pup was vacationing in Destin, where I live, and visited Smith's Antiques
 which is where I currently sell my painted pieces.
She saw a couple of the painted dog beds I've been making, 
(You can see those HereHere, and Here.) and really liked them.

When she got home from vacation she was Googling dog items 
for her shop... saw photos of my dog beds that she had seen in Smith's...
clicked over to my blog... then to my Facebook Page... 
and sent me a message from there.
Isn't that cool?
I guess we can never underestimate the power of all of our wonderful social media tools huh? :)

We emailed back and forth and she decided on 
fun and funky painted ornaments with a design
 on one side and paw print on the other....

I started with precut 3" wood circles, drilled a hole for the hanger, 
sprayed with primer and then started with the fun stuff...

I painted little ornaments....

Little gift boxes and zebra prints....

colorful packages...

whimiscal trees...

dots and paw prints in all different color combos...

more zebra and paws....

more ornaments....

swirls and plaids...

and of course you have to throw in a little animal print too....

I used a gold paint pen on the edges to finish them off.

I hung them on this little tree with plain hangars just to get pics.  
She will be using ribbon and swirly hangers to hang them.

Thanks to Gail at The Posh Pup!

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Fish on a Door

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If you follow Lucy Designs Facebook Page, you've probably already seen this
and if not....what????  Come on over :)

This started as a wooden door that I've had for a while and I really don't remember where it came from. 
 It had some damage on the edge that needed to be cut off,
 so I figured I would give it some curves at the same time.

Started with a background of aquas brushed on randomly....

Blocked in the fish...

Then started adding the details...my favorite part

His fishy face...

Fish Body...

Added dots on the inside of the frame...

Distressed yellow-gold stripes...

and big dots on the outside of the frame as well.

....and he was complete!

He's big...about 2 ft x 4 ft
He's going to my space at Smith's Antiques and Interiors in Miramar Beach

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