Friday, March 15, 2013


Art Deco Jewelry Earrings Framed Art

This was a birthday gift for a friend of mine.  She is in the process of putting together a sewing room and I was inspired by her art deco theme she is incorporating - particularly the sparkly art deco chandelier/pendant light she picked out.

I'm a big fan of unique artwork and I'm convinced you can frame almost anything.  I began my search on ebay with a key word search of "rhinestone art deco".  I found several cute broaches and other pieces, but these earrings were my favorite.

The key to making this work is to use a shadow box, or in this case - I found a frame with some depth to it to allow for room for the earrings to fit inside the frame.  The frame was purchased at TJMaxx.  I modified the mat that came with it slightly.  It was a black mat and I used silver metallic acrylic paint with a dry brush technique to create the silver textured effect on the mat.

The background is black velvet.  Spray adhesive was used to adhere it to the cardboard that came with the frame.  I simply sprayed the cardboard with the adhesive and waited a few minutes.  Then I laid the adhesive side down on the back of the fabric (which was laid flat, face down on the table).  This insures the fabric does not have any wrinkles when attaching it to the cardboard.


The earrings were stitched to the velvet.  I considered using hot glue, but I thought that might end up looking horrible and messy.  Stitching the earrings on was more time consuming.  I found I had to reposition one of the earrings a few times - but I think the end result was worth it.  I think globs of glue would have ruined this piece.

Overall I like the way it turned out.  The silver painted mat ended up being a nice touch and the black velvet creates a great backdrop for the rhinestones.

See my other post using antique copper jewelry as art.


Starfish Pillow - Ocean, Under the Sea Theme, Ocean Theme

This was a recent project for my friend's little boy.  I am helping redecorate his bedroom and there is an ocean theme.  I spotted pillows like this on Etsy and thought it was a project I could tackle myself.  My friend found a very cute Pottery Barn Kids comforter to use in his room, but here I'm just displaying the pillows on one of my own beds.  Isn't the fish pillow in the back cute? - I found it on Sierra Trading Post and got a super deal on it.

The great thing about these types of projects is the amount of fabric needed is so small that you can easily find what you need from a remnant pile at a store.  I found this beige upholstery fabric with a little texture and thought it worked nicely  The texture reminds me of what I've seen on real starfish.  For $6 per yard - I purchased 3/4 of a yard and had plenty.  Not bad for about $4.50 worth of fabric...

Starfish Pillow - Ocean, Under the Sea Theme, Ocean Theme

I made my own starfish pattern from looking at pictures.  I think the key to making it look good is that it needs to be not-so-perfect - otherwise it would look like just a "star" pillow and not a starfish pillow.  Make some of the legs smaller/larger, not so straight.  I stuffed it with polyfill and used a reasonable amount so it will keep its shape.  Also, I would recommend - don't make the legs too skinny or too fat.

Starfish Pillow Paper Pattern

If you don't sew, check out Etsy to find some handmade options to purchase.