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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

DIY: Mermaid Fish Scales Wall Art Backdrop!

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All opinions are my own.
 DIY: Mermaid Fish Scales Wall Art Backdrop!
Mermaids, fish and nautical fun are infiltrating the home decor scene!  You can make your own gorgeous piece of art easily.  Great for a piece to hang on the wall, perfect for a backdrop for a birthday party or fun scaled down for a card!
 Let's get started!
 You will need:
16 by 20 stretched canvas
7 shades of blue paper (2 of each color)
1 sheet of glitter paper
Iridescent cellophane (from a gift)
2 inch paper punch
hot glue/gun
(You can find all these supplies on Darice's website or buy them at Consumer Crafts)
 Punch circles out of your papers.  With one 8.5 by 11 sheet of paper, I cut 20 circles.  Punch the circles upside down.  This makes it easy to line up where the punch will go and maximize the use of your paper.
 The variety of colors is beautiful.  I scattered them evenly throughout the canvas but an ombre style would look amazing as well.  Cut circles of iridescent cellophane with scissors to overlay on a few of the scales.
 The simplest way to secure the circles to the canvas is just a dot of hot glue on each.
 Place the circles along the edge of the canvas leaving half of them off the edge, creating a scallop border. 8 two-inch circles fit across the canvas perfectly.  As long as you have an even number of inches on your canvas size, it will fit perfectly.
 On the second row, cut a circle in half.
 Glue a half piece on the edge and continue the row across, overlapping the next row half way over the first row.
 Repeat for all the rows.  Scatter the glitter paper and the iridescent papers throughout the canvas evenly.  I taped the iridescent pieces right on top of a blue circle.
 I made sure not to let any like colors touch.

 Once you get all the way to the edge, just cut the remaining row of circles in half to finish off the edge.
 I left the sides of my canvas white.
If you are going to paint, do it first...then glue on the scales.
I love the layers, texture, shimmer, shine, and shades of this piece!
It looks just like my daughter's fish, Sapphire!
Perfect for a fish, mermaid or under-the-sea lover!
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Monday, November 20, 2017

Perfect Wood Painted Nativity Scene Set for Children!

Perfect Nativity Set for Children!
I love nativity sets for Christmastime and I love the ones that children can handle.  They are so curious and want to act out the story several times a day.  I think it's important to have a set that is hands on.
My friend brought her wood nativity set to church for singing time with the children.  I loved it and asked if I could trace the shapes.  I fell in love with the palm tree, but made mine have a large base so it would be taller than the people.  I also added a cow.  I drew them out onto 3/4" pine boards and took them to my dad's house.  My daughter and I took turns using the band saw to cut them out.  It was pretty tedious, but worth it.
We sanded the edges and they were ready to paint.  In my head, I was going to paint these so well and add some gold shimmer to the wise kings...but then, I decided to just hand these over to my (12 year old at the time) daughter and let her have carte blanche to do whatever she wanted to with them.
I let her use a picture of my friend Amy's set for reference, but gave her all the Plaid Apple Barrel paints and told her to have at it.
She worked at the table while listening to Christmas music.
I love her artistry and creative vision.  I told my daughter that this would be her nativity set and when she moves away, she can take this with her.  Her future family will love it too!
She painted and then outlined each image with black sharpie.  Her unique style came through in the faces and shapes.  Mary may need a little bandsaw work, since she didn't feel the space...but she is so cute!
She just made all the shapes work!
They look great!  After the painting and outlining, they were taken outside for a clear coat spray.
We probably need to design a stable for absolute perfection.  But until then, it's darling.
I love that she feels accomplished and excited about her very own nativity set.
Do you love nativities?  How many do you have?
Can children play with them?
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Here's some more fun Nativity sets!

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