Friday, September 21, 2018

Spooky is My Favorite Color of Fall!

Hopefully by now you have seen a few projects from us here at DIYDesignStudio relating to our favorite colors of Fall.  Well, my favorite color is anything SPOOKY.  I am a total Halloween junky.  If you have followed me for a while you already know that.  I am keeping the spooky flavor going with this project as well and created a Book of Spells.  I love making a new one every year to add to my collection of DIY spell and potion books. 
So, let me show you my process...
Get your vintage book from DIY Design Studio to being your upcycle.  Paint it black.  Mine is a huge law book.  It is 11 x 8.5 and almost 4 inches thick!  Nice big book, you hold all my spells and potions.  
Next, grab the versatile Prima Relics & Artifacts skulls and angles resin blanks and give them a gothic paint job.  Then, adhere them to your book cover (I used hot glue) and add a thick layer of gesso over the entire book surface.  Leave a lot of texture in your gesso.  
I had a mini frame in my stash that was silver so I gave it a black wash, then a bit of dry brushed gold paint and added vintage text.  I then glued my Relics skull to the center of the frame (again hot glue) and added that to the book cover.  The skull got the same gothic paint job prior to attaching to the frame. 
I then hot glued florals to the surface.  And then, gave them a wash of watered down, very fluid black acrylic pain. 

(look at all that demension)
I added a bunch of washi tape here and there...that is the black and white script you see.  I also painted the word "Spells" in gold metalic acrylic paint.  I love this Prima Alchemy paint line.  I could just put that stuff on everything. 
And, there you go...a DIY Spell Book.  I recommend you make a bunch.  They look great all grouped together.  In another week or so all of my Halloween decor will finally come out of the garage and I will display the spell books together.  I CAN'T WAIT!!! 

Thanks so very much for joining me today. 
I hope you were inspired to make a 
spooky little something for yourself.
DIY Design Studio has everything you need to do just that.
Have a GREAT weekend!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Sweet gifts for Friends.

Do you agree that Homemade is the BEST?
We think so.

As you know, we carry mason jar lids and metal rings, this project uses both.   Plus our wonderful collage sheets.  You can order a full kit or purchase the individual items. 
Our collage sheets allow you to make any jar theme you want; kids, women, men, floral, holidays.  

Read to the end for a wonderful "recipe".

These precious lids become ornaments 
or simply jar lids!  
Add lace to finish it off.  

Think out of the box.  Jars hold so much more than foods, it can be luxurious body care items, or a fun and wacky birthday gift.

Homemade Luxurious Moisturizing Lotion:

16 ounces baby lotion
8 ounces coconut oil (solid form, not melted)
8 ounces vitamin E cream

Mix together with a handheld mixer until it resembles icing.
Store in airtight containerskeep it for your own supplyor create a label or lid insert for gift-giving!   Collages are available to create lid inserts.
My friends loved it! 

Cost breakdown:
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil $7.00
Dollar Store Baby Lotion $1.00
Dollar Store Vitamin E Cream $1.00
Use half the jar of coconut oil, the whole bottle of baby lotion & 1/2 the jar of vitamin E Cream.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

What is coming next, Fall or Spring?

This month we are celebrating the Fall, with our Colors of Fall Theme and given it is actually Spring here in Australia, I also wanted to celebrate the time of the year I emerge from my mini hibernation into the beauty this time of year has to offer.  

It's a time of Adventure and Travel, in fact I am heading away to the beach in the coming weeks for a little R and R and collaboration with a few of my art sisters.

These ATC coin backgrounds can be found HERE.

The Gypsy images can be found HERE.

ENJOY the Art of Danie May

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Let's get things rolling with Garage Sale finds


I found this at a charity Garage Sale, what a find!   It's huge and even has an interior removable drawer.  It keeps a wedding gown, shoes and veil, along with a Brownie uniform, treasured childhood works of art from 3 generations. 
Lots of love in that trunk!

Here is another treatment for your family room.  
A Great conversation starter.   I also did one with postcards and photographs of vacation.  
Some Dixie Belle paints and brushes, a sealer coat and you have created a family treasure.  
I covered mine with glass so that I could change the photos out during the year.

Find what you need here: