Words of late artist Frank Howell...I totally relate!

"There are few days off and no retirement from this entanglement of knowledge, passion and vision that will be molded and converted into creative expression. There are no guarantees of acceptance, understanding or reward, but...the noise inside the mind never ceases. I will paint today, tonight and for as many tomorrows as I am given..." Words of the late artist Frank Howell...

DIY Crafts

Link to post here.

Preserved Fall Leaves Using ModPodge

Using Preserved Leaves Under Glass Plate

Dining Table- Before

Dining Table- After

I painted my black chairs with blue homemade chalk paint.

I made this tiered tray using
oldsilver-plated trays and a salvaged
chair leg with chippy blue paint
then added a glass knob to the top.

Necklace made by covering a candy heart in epoxy

Vintage stamp necklace made by soldering glass slides
I don't actually show the "how to" with the soldered pieces, but here is a link to the page where they are featured on the blog.

Vintage stamp necklace back- Postmarked "Paris, 1953"

Spray painted lamp...was

More spray paint.  This table started out
white, then I painted it black....
...then, I painted it blue.
Another painted piece- Spray paint

Sewing covers for kitchen appliances...

Toaster cover...

I made this piece from a furniture
fragment and book page from
discarded library book.

I put a round piece of glass on a bird bath
to make a bedside table with treasures
on display in the bowl.

Bird bath side table..

A Painted Headboard...



Lamp made from recycled Jello mold...

Vintage smoke stand...

...became a candy and nut dish.

Vintage small Jello molds ...

...became soy candles.

Vintage salt and pepper shakers now hold glitter in the

I lined the drawer of this washstand with scrapbooking
paper topped with sticky clear contact paper.

Large pickle jar became...

...a container for my homemade laundry detergent.

I use a silver-plated soup spoon to add detergent to
washer.  Also, I cut my dryer sheet in half
to get more bang for my buck, then I store
them in this little silver-plated bowl.

More recycled jars made into pretty
storage containers.

Mixing my own chalk paint...

Bed painted with chalk paint...

Old rusty lantern becomes....

...a new blue lantern.

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