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After my junior year in college I transferred to the University of Central Arkansas where I finished my degree.  It was closer to home and a good school.  The advisors there really helped me in figuring out what I wanted to do.  That being said I am a Sugar Bear and an alumni of UCA.  I was excited to learn that this year a cousin of mine decided to transfer to UCA to play football!  Now I’m a huge Razorback fan from my time spent at the U of A and I haven’t attended very many UCA football games in my lifetime, in fact I can probably count them on one hand.  So now that I have a good reason to go, I’m going to head to their home opener this weekend with the rest of my family to cheer on my cousin and the Bears!  In his honor, I made his parents a door hanger for them to take home — since in Oklahoma they don’t have much Central Arkansas gear.  I hand – painted the Bear face on a small birch pallet with acrylic.  I used several shades of grey starting with a pretty dark slate grey as the base. I layered the different colors and used different shades for some depth.  I also dry brushed with a black to give it a more worn feel.

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The summer is winding down, which means FOOTBALL season is upon us. Spending my formative years in Nebraska as a
CornHusker
started my love for the sport. After moving to Arkansas, I was in the High School Marching Band in the flag corps so Friday night football was a way of life! After high school, I moved on and attended the University of Arkansas and so came my love for the RAZORBACKS!!!! WOOOO PIG SOOOOOIE. There’s nothing like being in packed stadium surrounded by RED and hearing the crowd

C A L L those H O G S

I’ve always loved the traditional Razorback but lately I’ve come to love this motif even more!! I love the funky letters and the Hog face becoming the O! I hand painted this ornament.

First I prepped the Ornament by coating the inside with Glitter. I used the technique found here:

https://todayscreativelife.com/how-to-make-glitter-painted-glass-ornaments/

This is a 4″ glass craft ornament, so he’s good sized. I used the Glitter- It! Product simply because I had it on hand. I also use an extremely fine glitter when I am going to hand paint so that the sparkles don’t take away from what I’m putting on the outside. Next for the painting. I used a combination of brush and paint pen. I started the design just like I would a drawing and drew in an outline with a sharpie. Once I got it the way I wanted I traced over the lines with a black paint pen. Don’t worry if you mess up….even a 100 times….just grab some acetone, clean it off and start again. My next step was to fill in all the Red and White. Next, I focused on the Hog face and getting his details correct. I added in the eyes, fixed the ears and his snout and tusks. I used mostly paint pen here. After I got the face just like I wanted it I went back and went over my black lines again across the entire motif. The last step was adding in the white highlights. Now, I didn’t do this all in one sitting. It is important to let the paint dry well before trying to put on more layers, otherwise the paint pen just scrapes of the layer underneath. Be patient and wait for things to dry! I’ve forgotten how much I enjoyed this activity and how cute he turned out. Maybe this year I’ll focus on some hand painted ornaments…stay tuned!

This Little Piggy

I was inspired by a cute picture frame I found on Pinterest.  I decided to go ahead and make some for my friends having babies!  I used a wooden picture frame that I got at Michaels and some acrylic paint.  I also used a black paint pen for the outlines.  I hate my handwriting so I went ahead and used my trusty Cameo to cut out the words!!

For some extra pizzazz, and for a little girl, add a bow to the Piggy’s head.  I wish I had a picture of it!

I went last night to an event for Central Arkansas Kappa Delta Alumni to the Painted Pig in Little Rock.  I’ve heard about this Paint Your Own Pottery place before so I was pretty excited.  Imagine that…. ME….excited about crafts!  It was so fun!   I chose a really large bulb ornament to paint my 2 Little Red Birds on.

 

Painted Pig Ornament

The ladies there were soooo nice and helpful!  I LOVE the way it turned out and I can’t wait to see it fired and glazed!

I also can’t wait to go back and do some glass work and maybe even take the kids to make their own art!!!!

My brother and sister-in-law just bought this amazing new house!  They have 3 boys so they wanted to do something “BOY” in the main bathroom, so M suggested Arkansas Razorbacks.  Now M has awesome taste in paint colors and picked out this amazing gray color.  While we were at Home Depot buying paint, I found a painters drop cloth that really went well with the paint color and it was only $5.00.  It was the PERFECT size for a shower curtain.  I immediately had a vision and offered to make a shower curtain for them.  I was first going to applique a large red and white chevron hog in the middle of the curtain, but when I pinned it all up on my wall of my craft room — it just wasn’t right.  After looking at it for about 48 hours, I decided to put the big black grommets in and take a stab at free-hand paiting a Hog.  What the heck right, if it sucked I was only out $5.00.

I LOVE the way the Hog turned out.  I used regular acrylic paints in which I mixed a fabric paint medium.  Basically it made it fabric paint.  I drew out the basic outline of the Hog — but from there it was pretty much free-hand all the way.  When we hung the curtain though, it was too short…..good thing I already had that awesome Red and White Chevron material on hand.  It made a perfect accent to the shower curtain and I could make it just long enough.  Sister-in-law bought some great black grommet topped curtain panels to accent the shower curtain and I used some left-over chevron to make the tie backs.  Here is the final product.

(Note:  It still needs to be steamed to get the wrinkles out, but we just hung it up)

Shower Curtain

Have I mentioned yet how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Silhouette Cameo???  Well I do, I love it almost as much as my Ipod and my Ipad!  Ih have had so much fun making various things, fabric appliques, invitations, about a million vinyl projects.

So here is the Fight Song that I made for the bathroom as well.  I think it looks GREAT agains the Gray walls.  I love buying cheap picture frames and taking the backs off to make great wall hangings.

Fight Song

(Please forgive the picture……since it’s crooked and a reflection in it!)

I can’t wait to make another one of these…….using the different fonts was so much fun!

Hope you like my Razorback bathroom, my nephews sure do!