Hand Painted Custom Dog Bed with Textured Design

I wanted to share my latest dog bed,
it was a custom order from my Online Store.

The customer wanted the bed to have an elegant look with patterns and texture 
but didn't want it too busy with lots of different colors and 
this is what we came up with.

You might remember that I used to make my dog beds using 
end tables as the bases...
-you can check them out by clicking the "Dog Bed" heading under categories-

Since the tables were so inconsistent in materials and sizes, 
I recently decided to hire a carpenter to build beautiful wooden bases
for me that I designed and I'm loving using them!

Here it is all primed with the headboard that I cut out from a 
pattern I made.

I suggested a textured design on the base of the bed 
and used Flexall and a stencil to make it.
You can click the Flexall category to see other ways I like to use it.

Btw, I have no connection with Flexall...they don't even know I exist lol.

This is after the base coat in a warm yellow...
I used the same process to make the design as I did with 

I added a brown wash on top of the basecoat to bring out the design

I found a beautiful carved wooden piece to use on the headboard...
it was almost the stencil design in reverse!

I made custom feet by starting with plain bun feet cut from furniture legs... 

I don't remember but I'm sure I probably used the other part of the leg in a dragonfly! 

I carved a groove in them with the dremel...

Painted, brown washed and topped with metallic gold...
My customer thought they looked like cupcakes and she loved them

We ended up going with a crackled background on the headboard,
edged with chocolate, cream and metallic gold stripes...

Metallic gold finials for the posts...

and more stripes around the base.

She requested custom cushions with little bumper pillows that go 
around all sides...

I made all the cushions reversible with the chocolate on one side 
and gold on the other so she has lots of options... 

She wanted the pillows tufted...she said it wouldn't be a problem with 
her dog...I asked! ;)
She also wanted additional little throw pillows...

They are reversible as well.

the back...

and it was done!
It was shipped to New York and she loved it.

She texted me this pic of her baby in the bed...cutie!

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Mosaic Surfboard - Chameleon

My latest mosaic surfboard order.

This order was for their son's room and they wanted a mosaic
of his chameleon named Derek!

This is the photo they sent me...

This is my interpretation of him

I love his little feet clinging to the branch!

I had so much fun making him, 
I love stepping outside of my usual designs and creating something new.

The design wraps around the sides...

Lots of pretty greenery and blue skies.

He was shipped off to Delaware.

I posted time progression pics of this piece on Facebook,
you can see them Here if you are interested. 
 I think it's always fun to see it come together
piece by piece.

You can see other mosaic boards in my Etsy Store
or we can design a custom board together. 
I really enjoy collaborating with clients to to come up 
with something that is unique or has special meaning to them.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Jeweled Glass Beaded Wire Wing Dragonfly and How to Make It

My latest beaded wing dragonfly, 
you can see the other one I made Here.

I thought I would share how I make them if you want to 
create your own.

It's a lot of arrows, hope you can understand it...and excuse my
painted up hands, I was working on other projects at the same time :)

Paint your spindle or table leg that you will use for the body and drill 3 holes
towards the top of the body. You won't be able to paint it after you've beaded.

The middle hole needs to be bigger than the other two
since it will need to accommodate 3 passes of the wire.
I use approx 12 gauge wire, it needs to be pretty sturdy.

The wing structure will be made with one continuous piece of wire.

For wings that are about 12" long, I estimate and cut approximately 
9 feet of the heavy duty wire.

I'll go ahead and tell you it will be like wrestling a baby alligator working
with that length of wire and getting it to cooperate but just take your time
and it will all come together.

Make the loop to keep the wire from coming through the other side...

After you've made the loop on the left, make a wing shape and 
thread through the top right hole, into the body and come out
at the top left hole...

Make another wing shape out to the left then thread the wire
back through the middle hole

This is how it should be so far...two top wings and the end of the wire
coming out the middle hole on the right side.

Make another wing shape and thread end of the wire through
 the bottom hole from right to left...

This shows the wire coming out of the left bottom hole.
Make another wing shape and ...

thread it back through the large middle hole to the other side.

This is the end of the wire coming out the middle hole on the right side...

If you estimated correctly, you'll probably have about 9" left.
If you are a perfectionist and actually measured your wire, 
you will also have about 9" left. ;)

Cut excess and make another loop to keep the wire from coming out...

You'll end up with something like this, adjust and shape the wings as needed...

Gather your beads...I use glass beads and about 30+
medium sized beads per wing with a few smaller and larger beads
mixed in as well.

Get thinner wire to thread the beads, approx 20 gauge is what I use...

I use wire in a lot of projects and this is a spool I already had
so it's what I used.  It just needs to be thin enough so it
will thread through your beads

I cut smaller pieces of the thin wire at a time and then start winding
and weaving the wire onto the wings adding beads as I go.
I don't have a particular method, just kind of create as I go along

You'll end up with something similar to this and that's it!

I added shell button/beads for the eyes on this one...

Uncoiled metal conduit for the antenna...
This is a fun material to use, I also used it in my

I used a wavy brick tie to embellish the body...

Another wing view...

He's ready to go!

I sell these and more in my Etsy Shop if you are not up to making your own!

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