Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Two or Three?

I'm in a bit of a dilemma at the moment, and I can't decide whether to have two pictures or three on one wall in the lounge room. I have two ready to go, but being such a big blank wall and a fairly good sized room, I'm leaning towards three.

What do you think?

Here is the room in question. Disregard the cat scratching post (saves my carpet and couches), and try to imagine a white bi-fold plantation shutter on the window with a lovely feature tree behind! Some sort of lighter coloured rug on the floor and either a coffee table or buttoned upholstered ottoman...

Here are the pictures in question. They are reproduction vintage maps of France and Italy, of course, and are actually sheets of wrapping paper:

I didn't have 3 pairs of hands, so I leaned the frames against the wall on the bar chairs and cushions to give them height. Here's two...

...and here's three:

Although the Eiffel Tower will go back to being in the hall and be replaced by another map if I can find one!

I even thought about hanging them on either side of the window, but I feel they are too big for the space, and then I'd have to think of something else to put on the large blank walls!

I'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions!

The last 2 days have been fairly busy! Yesterday we received a delivery of joists and 'no nail' wide decking boards to begin the deck in the alfresco. Should look fabulous when it's done and I will no longer worry about the concrete dust brought into the house on people's shoes! Today we received 5 pallets of bricks to build the brick pillar fence. I will need to organise a couple of quotes and decide exactly what I want and the correct dimensions. Once that's done the driveway can go in! Yay!!!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Musical Butterflies.

Just a quick post tonight!

I thought I'd share my latest artwork, which is more butterflies, but this time out of a sheet of music (which is actually wrapping paper!). I still have lots left, but now have to find something else to do with it! I'm sure it won't be too difficult!

Lots of inspiration, and thankfully a little more spare time!

I made this one for my Mother-in-law, who plays several instruments, so I thought it was rather fitting. I have no idea which room it's likely to end up in, which is why I kept the background colour plain. But it could be done in any colour to suit a room.

I'm thinking of creating one (only larger) for our study/music room, but being close to the powder room where my other butterflies are up on the wall, it might be too many butterflies?? I'll keep thinking....

...in the meantime, I have been asked to make another red bird canvas for a friend, so that's my project for this week!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Fly, Fly Away!

Now that the children are back at school, It's been wonderful finding some free (and quiet) time to myself. It's only been 2 days, but I have managed to create some more wall art for the house. This time for the powder room.

I still had the butterfly pattern I used for a triptych for my niece a few years ago, but I wanted to create something that looked like a specimen case. I have seen quite a few various different approaches to making this using a butterfly punch, but since I already had a pattern, I went about cutting out the butterflies by hand.

These are the original canvases I created for my Niece 2 years ago:

...and this is the one which took me about 4 hours and cost less than $30 (frame included):

I still need to add some small padded double sided tape to under the wings to keep them raised, so hopefully I'll get a chance to do that tomorrow.

It should match really well in the powder room, but might have to wait until the weekend to be put up!