September 25, 2016

Solar Halloween Pumpkins, Turn Artificial or Edible Pumpkins into Solar Pumpkins, Quick and Easy DIY Tutorial

turn artificial pumpkin into solar pumpkin
I can't take credit for this idea, I read somewhere about using a solar light
 in a real pumpkin but I had not seen them made with artificial pumpkins.

solar light pumpkin easy diy
I've had these plug in artificial pumpkins since my boys were little.
They are 18 and 20 now, just goes to show how long this foam lasts!
We still like to put them out at Halloween but I wasn't happy about all the 
electrical cords everywhere. We use solar string lights at Christmas
and solar pathway lights that work beautifully so I thought this
would be a great solution... energy, what's not to love?

To start, I cut and removed all the electrical cords and light bulbs.

use solar light for pumpkin diy
Solar lights...about .99 each, found at Walmart

solar lights for a pumpkin tutorial
I removed the bottom stake part that you would normally stick in the ground.

turn your pumpkin into solar pumpkin
For this pumpkin I loved the stem on it since it was natural looking and 
didn't want to cut it off so I decided to put the light towards the back of 
the pumpkin. I drew an outline in the diameter of the plastic globe
part of the solar light, predrilled a large hole and used a tiny serrated knife 
to cut the rest away.

solar light pumpkin
Inserted the plastic "globe" part. It fit snugly, I didn't use glue.

solar light pumpkin how to
The solar charger part screws on to the clear globe.
The whole process took about 5 minutes.

solar light up pumpkin
I was in my garage studio when making them but had to go into the 
closet to check it out...success!

foam pumpkin with solar light diy
I had two more pumpkins in a smaller round size that had  plain
foam stems. I cut those off and repeated the steps above to insert the 
light directly on top to mimic a stem. I brushed on a little 
brown paint and polyurethane to seal.

foam pumpkin makeover idea
You can see how beat up this little guy is. I ended up applying a quick coat 
of paint then poly to freshen all of them up.

fall Halloween pumpkin topiary
Since it's not Halloween yet and I live in Florida and it's still like
90 degrees...not good for fresh pumpkin life... I simply turned 
the pumpkin faces to the rear so it looks like I have whole
pumpkins on the porch. 
Of course now that I placed the solar light in the back of the 
large pumpkin to save the realistic stem, it doesn't look so 
great turned around so I just left it out of the pic. 
In hindsight I would have cut the pretty stem off !

painted pumpkin topiary and solar pumpkins
Shown with my painted pumpkin topiary I made last Fall.

diy solar pumpkins
Sorry for the grainy pic but I took this at night, they really do work well.
When it's closer to Halloween, I may have to move them to the edge of
the porch so they get a good dose of sun for maximum solar charge but
even with the morning sun they've been getting, they seem to work fine.

fall decorating with foam pumpkins
The rest of the porch is decorated with cats ;)

diy pumpkin makeovers
Thanks for reading about my solar light pumpkins!

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September 17, 2016

Heron Painting, Egret, Turtle, Octopus, Seahorse and Crab Paintings, Sea Life Paintings, Coastal Art

blue heron painting original
I thought I would share some of my latest paintings with a coastal theme.
We live at the beach and try to go at least once a week to swim or walk as well
as a beautiful wetland conservation park nearby where you will find
us biking nearly every Saturday. The herons, egrets, turtles, fish and
sea birds we see are great inspiration for me when painting.
Nature is my muse!

Florida blue heron painting coastal art

Florida blue heron painting coastal art

blue heron painting
I found a great website that lets you place your artwork on 
a virtual wall so you can see how it will look in your home.
It's called WallApp and it comes with room scenes already 
installed for you to drag and drop your artwork or you can 
upload your own room view. 
Very easy to use, I highly recommend if you need this type of app
and I'm not compensated to say that ;)

tree beach scene California painting
This painting was a commission based on a 
photo my customer took while on vacation.

This was the inspiration photo.

weathered tree on beach painting

tree on beach painting
Lots of texture in this painting.

textured starfish paintings
A cute pair of small textured starfish on a 
watery background (Sold)

Florida egret coastal painting
Another large 24 x 48 painting of a white egret (Sold)

Florida egret coastal painting
White egret.

sea turtle swimming coastal art
The first sea turtle painting I made sold on my birthday (!)
so I created another.

green sea turtle painting
One watchful eye... 

textured sea turtle painting
So much fun creating this turtle!

Florida blue crab on the beach painting
Blue crab painting (Sold)

Florida blue crab on the beach painting
Foamy sea water...

Florida blue crab on the beach painting
He scurried off to his new home near the Mobile Alabama Bay.

colorful coastal crab painting
This colorful crab painting has a little more going on ha!

colorful coastal crab painting
lots of fun playing with color on this painting.

colorful coastal crab painting
He even has a few touches of metallic gold.

orange seahorse with coral painting
Colorful seahorse painting on 24 x 48 canvas.

orange seahorse with coral painting
Watery, bubbly background with brightly colored coral...

orange seahorse with coral painting

orange seahorse with coral painting

coastal decor colorful room seahorse
He looks great in my virtual room!

I'm also offering these as sea life note card sets sold in sets of five.

orange octopus swimming

orange octopus tentacles

orange coastal art octopus painting, beachy colorful
Thanks for taking a look at my paintings. 
If you follow on Facebook or Instagram you may have seen the 
new mosaic octopus design in progress. 
I've retired my previous mosaic octopus design 
so I hope you stay tuned for that.

Visit my new online store or 
Follow on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Houzz  and
swing by my Etsy shop for clearance prices on remaining paintings.
Thanks so much!

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