Meet My Newest Project, Umm…Chester. Yea. Chester works.

Ok, So I just wanted to show everyone one of my new little projects! I started by taking a big hunk of clay, rolling it between my hands until the lumps were out, and shaped the body and head, smoothing out the edges.

Using my thumbs, I pressed in his eye sockets until they were even. I rolled a small ball of clay for both eyes, and pressed flat into each eye socket to form the iris. I then rolled a TINY ball of clay for each eye, and pressed almost flat onto both iris’s to make the pupils.

For his wings, I flattened out a rectangular piece of clay and, using a toothpick, cut out symmetrical “leaf-like” shapes in both pieces, and pressed them against Chester’s side. I then took a toothpick and scored “feathers” into his wings, and smoothed out his eyes.

I formed his beak with a small triangular piece of clay and pressed it onto his little face, and scored his “feet” with a toothpick.

And Chester was formed! :)

I then decided to paint him black. (He didn’t want me to show you this, but this was him in his teenage “penguin stage.” ;)

I painted his body and wings black, and his beak and iris’s white. Then finished him up with painting his pupils black. I wanted to paint his beak amber-ish yellow, but I unfortunately didn’t have any yellow paint at home…for another day!

And he was finished! :)

And here’s a little bit of what might be going on the shelf with chester in the new house, but the walls will be gray and the shelf will be white, so he will look better in our new home! :)

Hope you enjoyed! Have a great week! :)

First Project: Acrylic on Canvas

So, with the house closing coming up soon, Tim and I made a decision that we would spend VERY minimal money on anything for decorating, so I started searching around the house for some projects that I can be working on before we move in. We made a definitive decision that the “Great Room” area would be painted a Middle Gray tone, and the color scheme would be Grays, Crisp Whites, Navy, Light blues/teals, and pops of yellow.

Because I’m a sucker for a good story, I decided that I wanted certain pieces in our new home to be based on the “Lights will guide you home” theme, so I got creative, and found an old canvas that I had ruined a few months ago and decided that I would repurpose it into some new artwork.

I started with a gray, black, and royal blue acrylic paint (Basics Brand), mixing a navy out of three that I liked, and covered the canvas with the gray and navy paint using the same brush, causing a weathered look for the backdrop.

I then taped off the edges of the canvas with regular old scotch tape (I would recommend painter’s tape, but in my devotion to a completely free project, I just used what I had…) I taped the edges of the canvas off 3 strips thick beginning right along the edges of the canvas making a frame around the edges, being extremely careful about making sure they are straight, and that the tape is completely flush the the canvas. I then removed the inner strips of tape, making a frame.

I then swirled some Gesso in the frame with a small brush, so that the frame would have more texture over the rest of the canvas.

To make the white really pop, after the gesso dried, I painted 2 coats of white acrylic over the frame.

While the paint dried, I made a sketch of the lightbulb.

After it was dry, I removed the tape, revealing a beautiful frame!

I then cut out the sketch, and drew an outline of the bulb on to the canvas with a pencil.

I then filled in (rougher the edges the better) the white part of the bulb with the white paint.

I then outlined the bulb with a small brush, and tried to match my sketch as much as possible with black acrylic paint, making back and forth strokes for a little extra texture around the edges

I then took my little brush with a small amount of black paint (swiped first on the newspaper, then applied to the canvas) and roughly added some darkening texture the inside of the frame. And voila! My first project was done! ┬áHope you enjoyed! Can’t wait to put it up in the new house!

The Story: Lights Will Guide You Home

First Lights

A few weeks ago, I posted a status on Facebook that said something to the effect of “We are praying for confirmation!” This of course, as you have probably figured out by now, was in reference to a new house that came on the market that stole our hearts at first glance.

It was a beautifully redone flip, and was not even close to the “fixer-upper” that we thought that we were looking for, but we felt a connection and peace about the house, and started to pray intensely for confirmation from the Lord. Was this our house?

That night, I was answering some e-mails on the laptop, feeling scatter-brained and overwhelmed by all the noise in the apartment. The dishwasher running. The air conditioner pumping full blast. The washer and dryer running. The hum of the laptop, and the heat radiating from the bottom of it beginning to redden the tops of my legs. And on top of that, my husband flips the TV to a Coldplay concert.

I sat there and continued working for a while, but eventually I began to have sensory overload, and asked my husband if he would mind turning off the TV.

He patiently replied. “I really…feel like I want to keep watching this.”

I just sighed, and didn’t press the matter too much, and continued working. I flipped over to Facebook, and updated my status, and said another prayer asking the Lord for confirmation, with Coldplay providing my background music.

As I sat there typing, I heard the familiar organ intro, I had played the song before for a graduation awards night. I looked up from the screen and listened as he began to sing. I knew that this was one of my husband’s favorite songs. I watched and listened as the verses were sung, and the pyrotechnics exploded. The electric guitar came in on the bridge with the familiar lick I had heard so many times before, and I looked over at my husband. He had a misty look on his face, and I could tell that the Holy Spirit was working in him. I asked him what he was thinking, and he just looked at me sweetly and smiled, and continued listening to the song.

After it was over, he shared what was going on in his head, and his heart…

“I had a conversation with God a few months ago, and He told me that when we had found the house that we were supposed to buy he would play “Fix You” for me. I remember saying to Him, “God, you will have to work a miracle, because I don’t ever listen to the radio anymore, and I don’t even listen to music a whole lot anymore.”

We sat there and replayed the song a few times, and just soaked up the moment. What a beautiful confirmation.

We immediately e-mailed our realtor and started the process. The Lord has beautifully paved the way for us to make it into our dream home.

Lord willing, if everything continues to go right, we will be closing on our new home on August 3rd, 2011. We couldn’t be happier.

Thank you everyone that prayed for us, and we thank the Holy Spirit for providing us with the confirmation that we so desperately wanted.

This is a blog of our new place, of our little projects, and how we will make our new house so very ours.

“Well if you never try then you’ll never know just what you’re worth. Lights will guide you home.”

KJ