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Friday, September 19, 2014

Pottery Barn Inspired Horse Triptych


I've been surfing around Pottery Barn's website again and found a beautiful Plank Horse Triptych.  I loved the simple gesture drawing in black and white.  I knew I could probably do something like that with the 3 large canvases I had.  I do like the plank look better but having had the canvases, using them just made sense.

This project does require some degree of drawing skill.  However, if you can copy and enlarge, you'll have no problem.


I began by painting all three of the canvases using flat black latex paint.  Make sure to cover the white completely.


Next I rolled out brown kraft paper the size of the three canvases pushed together.  Begin sketching (or copying) the image you want for your triptych.  You can use an overhead projector to enlarge a drawing onto the paper.  Trace your image on to a clear sheet like a page protector.  Lay it on the projector and then trace the projection on the paper.  You will probably need to tape your paper to a wall in order to use the projector method.  I have been drawing since I was very young so I have had lots of practice and was able to handle this project freehand.  (Not without mistakes however!)



Ok, here's my cheater step.  After laying the drawing over the canvases to check for position, I cut the image out so that I could lightly trace around it with chalk onto the canvases.


Now comes the "fun" part.  I say that because you wouldn't believe how many tries it took me to be satisfied with the look of the horse.  My first attempt looked more like a donkey.  Great thing about chalk...easy to erase :)  I began by going over my light chalk lines and adding more sketch lines to it.  This is a gesture drawing...very loose.  So, remember that and don't try to draw perfectly straight or too deliberately.  Loose...let your hand flow (said in a quiet, yoga master voice...looooose.)

Ok, seriously, don't be intimidated.  The more you work with it, the better it will begin to look.  I sketched and wiped off and sketched and wiped off many times.  It really adds to the feel of the drawing.  Once you're satisfied and done, you don't want to risk erasing your masterpiece accidentally.  I used a clear spray sealer on mine.  WARNING:  Use several very light coats.  If you get the canvas too wet at once, it will "wash" away the chalk. 





I hope you give it a try.  Remember, it's just chalk and paint.  Don't like the horse, try something else.  If all else fails, you've got three chalkboard ready canvases to use for a Scripture verse, quote, or menu!  

DISCLAIMER:  My drawing was inspired by Pottery Barn's and I created it for my own personal use, not to be sold.

Thanks for stopping by and God bless!
Angie


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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Fall Mantel


Hey all!  This is week 3 of our blog tour and it continues with fall mantel and shelf decorations.  Jennifer of The Striped House began our week with her burlap, birch branches, and mercury glass...beautiful!  Yesterday, Lisa of Concord Cottage shared her easy, no sew banner that she added to her charming mantel along with candles, pumpkins, and beautiful empty frames...love that look.

Today, I'm sharing a faux mantel.  My real mantel is also home to a huge TV...not so lovely to decorate.  Here's a shot from my Fall 2012 post.  You can see that I have a tiny spot on each side of the TV to decorate.


The mantel I decorated for today is one I created from an old door.  I made it to be used in my work room.  My room is in the basement garage with no heat so when I purchased this adorable heater for my room, I knew I'd need a mantel for it someday.  That day is now thanks to hubby's help this past week.  :)


I added the shelf and crown on top and it fits perfectly in my tiny 10x10 room.  


The decor theme is pretty neutral, using a lot of natural pieces.


Inexpensive plastic pumpkins from the Dollar Tree that I painted, dried okra pods, preserved leaves, and an old gold frame from the thrift store


An old Colorado state map and a 1921 silver trophy, both found at a local thrift store.


Isn't this old trophy adorable?  From July 4, 1921, awarded for the 220 yard dash...love it!


An old brass lantern (originally wired for a lamp post) found at a church rummage sale for $5
By the way, church rummage sales are the BEST sales around...lots of great stuff at great prices!


The large candle is wrapped with a strip of burlap webbing and I wrote the word autumn with a black Sharpie.  The webbing is great to use on candles and if you use a tape on the back to secure it, you 'll be able to use both sides of the webbing!  The other side could say happy thanksgiving, boo, or whatever floats your boat ;)


More dried okra pods, preserved leaves, and dried hydrangea 


Curly branches cascade over the top


That's it!  I hope you're enjoying our Fall Mantels week on the blog tour.  Be sure to stop by 2 Bees in a Pod tomorrow!  I know Jennifer and Vicki will have something amazing for us.

Here's a pinnable pic for you (see Pin button at the top of sidebar).  I appreciate it!



By the way, this guy's outside my work room door awaiting his debut in next week's Outdoor Fall Decoration theme ;)

Thanks for stopping by and God bless!
Angie


I'm linking here:
THE STYLE SISTERS
JENNIFER RIZZO
HOME STORIES A TO Z
FROM MY FRONT PORCH TO YOURS
HAVE A DAILY CUP OF MRS. OLSON
COASTAL CHARM'S NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAY
STONEGABLE
UNDER THE TABLE AND DREAMING

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Rustic Caramel Apples for Fall with 2 Simple Ingredients


Fall means back to school, bake sales, pumpkins, state fairs, and, my favorite, caramel apples.  I made these rustic caramel apples with 2 basic ingredients...apples and sweetened condensed milk.  Of course, you can add chopped peanuts for a nice sweet and salty treat.


Did you know you can make caramel with just a can of sweetened condensed milk?  There are several methods.  I chose to do the double boiler method which is slow and does require your attention.  You can also use the crock pot method by placing the unopened can in a crockpot with water and cooking overnight.


Pour the entire 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk in a bowl and place over a pot of water on medium low heat.  It will take about 2 hours and requires you to stir occasionally.  Also, don't forget to check the water level in the pot.  Trust me, it boils down faster than you think.

If you're not happy with the consistency after the 2 hours, you can continue on the stove or you can heat it in the microwave for no longer than 30 seconds at a time, stirring between times.  Watch it during those 30 seconds as it could still boil over.  I go by taste so I was happy with the flavor after the 2 hours.


Mmmm!  Ready to dip some apples!  


I had just purchased a bushel of Gala apples and their crisp, tart flavor are perfect for dipping.



Chopped peanuts make caramel apples even better!


For a rustic look, use freshly cut branches from a fruit, maple, or oak tree.  I made sure to cut fresh, healthy branches, then rinsed them, and zapped them in the microwave for 30 seconds...just to be sure to kill any tiny critters.  The sticks will get very hot so handle carefully.



The caramel looks pretty light in the photo but it really is a caramel color and it's delicious!

If you try these, I recommend putting them on parchment paper and not wax paper.  Caramel will stick to wax paper and you'll be picking off bits of it instead of enjoying your caramel apple ;)


Here's one for you to Pin!  I really appreciate it!

Thanks for stopping by and God bless!
Angie