My Life


I’m so excited to have this next piece of art completed!  My first work using paper maché as the primary medium!  The project was inspired by the swan decoys I kept seeing in examples of French Country home decor photos on Pinterest.  I wanted one but didn’t want to pay the high prices.

Then I got to thinking about the pair of nesting swans in the conservation area that is behind my house.  This area, Salem Woods, is such a gift for this city.  It is a slice of wilderness in the middle of an urban area and I get to enjoy it’s benefits every day.  I hike in these woods and go to the pond to watch the ducks, geese and swans.  The pond is a haven for so many types of wildlife.

Because of this, I wanted to pay tribute and make more people aware of this hidden gem through my art. So, I got to work and this is what I accomplished.

I also wanted to create some mixed media surprises in this sculpture so the wings open to expose a little world.

The little accordion books fit into the little spaces inside the wings.

Each book page has some of my favorite things about the woods created with various mixed media techniques.  90% of the entire piece is recycled materials-newspaper, cereal boxes, and even candy wrappers.

This artwork will be entered into the upcoming Salem Art Association show.  I’ll be happy to keep it if it comes back home!

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Winter Tree

Winter Solstice-the shortest day of the year

I took this photo a couple of years ago when visiting in Vermont.  It is the apple tree in my Mom and Dad’s back yard.  I love this photo.

Peaceful, quiet, simple

Thought I would share it with you during this season that can be so hectic. Remember to allow the peace of this season into your life.

Lisa

Do you want some ideas on livening up your painted piece? The Scarlett Ribbon has that covered!

Scarlett Ribbon

So you have painted your almost perfect piece, but it still needs something, a hidden splash of pattern inside a drawer perhaps?!

Get collecting wallpaper, material, or even wrapping paper, anything that takes your fancy.

All you will need is either wallpaper paste or PVA glue to stick it to your furniture, then some matt varnish to seal over the top, if you do so wish.

(Varnishing provides added protection, especially if it is in a bathroom or near water. Wallpaper one wall behind your toilet for a bit of a statement, then add a layer of varnish to make it wipe-able against accidental splashes!)

drawer

raindrop paper in cabinet

Interior of kitchen cabinet with wallpaper

Happy sticking, fellow painters!

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Bon Jour,

So, this is what happens when life gets in the way.  I thought I would have been blogging for a while by now and haven’t even started.  That’s what happens when life gets in the way.  Let me start by saying, I quit my day job which was going away soon anyway, my husband and I (maybe foolishly) jumped into opening a bricks and mortar retail shop and gallery.  So didn’t work out, and I will share off and on some of my advise on that during the course of my blog. 

Now, we are both unemployed trying to figure what the next step is and searching for fulfilling jobs.  Also, I have a condo that I wish was an old farmhouse in the country and how can I get it too at least feel like that on a now zero budget.  And so, the adventure begins…..my next post is going to be on my bathroom renovation.  Keep in mind that I did that reno when I actually had an income, so there is cost involved, but I hope it gives some inspiration.

Hi, I grew up on a farm in New England, and now I live close to the beach, still in New England. Because of my upbringing, I hate to see good stuff get thrown away. I love bringing home items from flea markets, thrift stores, and yes, the neighbor’s trash. I love upscaling (that’s making something old useful again), making them into my own personal decor style which I call “down home, country cottage, with class, or salt marsh farm house.” You’ll see.

I will share with you some make overs, how to’s, tips and tricks, and pretty things I find along the way. It’s amazing what a little paint and polish can do.

I’ve tried using Facebook alone(as Nereid Design, now changed to Pewter and Periwinkles as well) , but just doesn’t lend itself to posting the way I want it to, so the blog.