Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Framing and a Crafty Idea

I hope you do not make fun of my little projects because of how easy they are, lol. I just really want to join Debbie on her Transformation party. Debbie, I hope you don't kick me out for these simple things. Come and join Debbie also at http://debbie-debbiedoos.blogspot.com/ and see more exciting transformations.
Sometimes when I am in the mood, I paint oil on canvas. Canvas is not expensive and I already have a complete supply of oil paints and brushes so I can pretty much get one done cheaply. But after I am done with my painting, I cannot bring myself to get the art work framed professionally because it is very expensive. So, I tried to find a way on how to do it by myself. I found some hardware from Ebay a long time ago and bought a lot of these that are pictured below. I do not even know what they are called except I do know what the screws are, lol. I bought 2 depth sizes.

I bought 2 oil paintings when I was in Chicago. The shop was closing and they had everything marked 70% off. I am a sucker for big discounts so I bought 2 of them. They were not framed but they were stretched. Luckily they were able to fit in my mom's luggage, they were 20 x 24".
We went to Hobby Lobby last weekend and their frames were 50% off. I bought 3.
I started working on one.
I hammered a nail just to get a hole started and then pulled it out.

And then I drove a screw in. I did this on 4 sides and then I was done. I told you it was very easy, lol. I am sure you know how to do that too.

And here is the finished product.

I hang it on the foyer wall above the bench.

There it is!

I did one more but I'll just show you the other framed painting at the Barnyard party.

Ok, I have one more to share.
Ever since I opened a shop, I am always on a lookout for something that I can sell there. I spotted these tin stakes at Hobby Lobby. They were 70 % off. I am not sure what they are used for but I thought they had the colors for Fall so I bought 4 of them.

Then I had an idea. I googled Halloween images on line and printed 4 different images on hard paper.

I inserted them into the tin frame. Then I tied an orange ribbon into them. That's it! How simple can that be?

I thought they turned out pretty cute and I am thinking they will look nice placed in a fallish flower arrangement. This is really not a fallish flower arrangement. I just grabbed it to see how the stake will look like in it.

Thank you for having the patience of watching my simple transformations. And thanks, Debbie for allowing me to share them here.


Sue said...

I like simple! I'm not all that crafty with many things, so simple is good. I think the Halloween plant picks are cute!

René said...

Very clever. Thank you for stopping by today.


Debbiedoos said...

CUTE CUTE and double CUTE! Are kidding Christine...easy is all I know. And to be honest that did not look that easy to me. They sure do look beautiful though! WOW you are so talented and creative Christine. Thanks for joining in on the fun this week. Debbie

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Great job on the painting and what a beautiful painting it is. Love the little Halloween signs you make. You are creative, really you are!

Sonny G said...

aww your projects are adorable Christine.. Well done indeed and just in time for fall too..

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Christine, I love the rooster painting and frame could not be more perfect. If you decide to get rid of it let me know.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Christine, I am totally in love with the rooster painting. It is absolutely gorgeous. I would love it. Your halloween pics are so cute too. Fantastic job. Hugs, Marty

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Those don't look like simple projects to me. If I start a project that is going to be long and drawn out, I lose interest. Nice job on framing and your stakes - you did good!

Jemsmom said...

You are a very clever lady!!! Just wonderful!

MJ said...

You have 2 of my favorite things in this post. Roosters (woohoo) and also fall/halloween ideas. They are soooo cute, I wish I had a Hobby Lobby here in NJ (boo hoo). Great job!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Christine, Here you go, getting all crafty on us now! First a store owner, now a crafter! How clever those plant stakes are! Your new painting is great, and the frame looks so nice on it. laurie

Pam Kessler said...

Well obviously it's not too easy for me because I have never thought to do that with the freames. Makes sense now though. The little Halloween stakes are very cute also.

Dolores said...

I love your rooster painting, it's beautiful.... and the framing is really good...

Traci said...

Christine, your oil painting looks GREAT!! You did a wonderful job. The little Halloween signs are adorable too. It's making me ready to decorate for fall.

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

What cute halloween signs. I love repurposing things from the clearance section at HL! Great job!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

That is a gorgeous painting...and those little stakes are so cute...great idea!

Donna said...

I love your garden stakes! I especially love the cat one, such a great idea! Thanks so much for stopping by, & for your nice comments!

Tete said...

Hey girl- you keep leaving me comments and calling me Rebecca. I am sure you think you are visiting my best friend and her blogs are Ella Mae's Barn Gathering and It's a Shabby Pink World.
Hugs- Tete

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

That was a great idea Christine! I love what you did with those garden stakes! Very clever.
And your rooster painting is gorgeous! What a neat addition to your beautiful home.
I can't wait to hear more about your new shop. I bet it's a blast!

Kathleen said...

The stakes are great! Good idea with the pics! Hope the shop is going well.
I have had the kids here since Sun so activities everyday!
But it has been hot, not even thinking Fall yet. We were at the beach and out on the boat yesterday. The Kdgn gson was water skiing for the first time.

Tete said...

LOL- I think we have finally figured out why this is happening and not with just you- Rebecca's profile lists her 2 blogs and then the only on she follows- mine. I think you and others are clicking on the last blog, which is me, and not hers. So- she is going to stop following me and that should fix it.
Love your rooster pic, btw. I really like the halloween ones too!

Rebecca said...

I think you're halloween signs are sooo cute! You did a great job!

Susan (Between Naps On The Porch.net) said...

You are sooo clever! I love the Halloween stakes. Your rooster painting is beautiful, Christine! Thanks for showing us how to attach a frame to a stretched canvas...I had no idea.
How is your shop going? I bet you are having so much fun!

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