Friday, June 8, 2012

The Boys and I

Coen totally bored and ready to leave.

Devan and Ethan waiting outside for The Cult to play in the Waterloo Records parking lot.
Shinny Toy Guns
I need to catch up on some things we've done so far.  Here is one of our outings as a family.  My hubs and D are music lovers and we always hit the streets when SXSW is happening. 
I was looking for parking and couldn't find any so I parked in the Anthropologie parking lot while two of my boys waited outside for The Cult.  I had some time before they were to start playing so I entered my most favorite shop ever.  And lucky Coen had to tag along.  Practically the whole time we were there he was asking, "Can we go yet?"  Well we eventually did and had to wait another hour before The Cult started.  I really wasn't supposed to park where I did but, I did because I was killing two birds with one stone.  Mom and the boys would be happy.  Luckily, we didn't get towed.  We had a great time and came back the next day for more.  We were able to see Shiny Toy Guns as well.  It's always a great time of the year when SXSW rolls around.


Thursday, June 7, 2012

DIY Painted Jars & Tags

I got the idea to make painted jars from Anthropologie.  I was in their store one day and saw a display on a table and loved it!  I had a friend that had a birthday coming up and thought I could make one for her and use it as the wrapping for her gift.  The picture above is the finished product.  It was so easy to make.  I decided to use two paint colors for the gift and I used three for the last two I made.  I loved the way they came out!  The colors mix and swirl together beautifully.  I may use them again for gifts. 

I have a collection of jars that I have a hard time trowing away.  Do you have the same problem?  I wish our city recycled them.  I decided to used pink, yellow, and blue acrylic paint. 
  1. I poured one color into the jar and swirled it around and let it drip down the sides. 
  2. Then, I poured another color and repeated step 1.
  3. And again with the third color.
  4. I then turned the jar upside down onto wax paper and let the paint drip to the end of the jar for a few minutes.
  5. Last, I let the jars sit upright overnight to dry and tada they were ready!

 In the last picture above, I made some tags by cutting scraps of paper and gluing onto the tag.  I changed my mind when I had left over acrylic paint from the jars.  I wasn't ready to throw it away so I painted the tags.  I love how the acrylic paint combined to make new pretty colors.  I now have a beautiful collection of tags to use for different occasions! :)

I now want to paint some sort of abstract painting.  I need to buy supplies for this next little project. 

I am no artist but I do come from a family who is.  My mother is a beautiful painter and so was my grandmother.

Grandmother's painting.

My mom's painting.

It's never too late to learn how to paint!