I’m a Be”weaver”!

Every summer my daughters and I usually try to tap into our creative selves in some shape or form. This usually ends in unfinished projects.

We tend to have lots of fervor and no end game!

One summer it was sewing. I don’t recall any finished sewing projects, but I can tell you where the bag of different fabrics we bought are. Some cut into pieces. Some left fully intact.

This summer we threw our hats into the weaving ring. My oldest recalled a exploration session she had in the 2nd grade I believe where they learned to weave with yarn and homemade looms of cardboard. So we got to work on this year’s creative project!

Give me all the yarn please.
Give me all the yarn please.

We were able to get a decently inexpensive yarn haul from AC Moore, 10 for $10. They were all small rolls, but we were thankful for the variety…especially since we are notorious for unifinished projects.

I’m happy to report I had some end game with this endeavor. I credit a coincidental discovery of a weaving class at my local West Elm. I spent $35 to attend the class which came with supplies for weaving (sturdy cardboard loom, warp yarn, plastic weaving needle, and lots of yarn!). The class was taught by Christine Dwyer of copper + fringeĀ . It was fantastic! She taught us the basics and a few techniques.

My first weaving
My first weaving

For this first weaving I was basically concerned with just getting the basics down. I chose the colors of my alma mater (Wahoo Wa!). I definitely need to work on my cleanliness and technique!

For my second weaving I played with the yarn from my AC Moore haul. I tried to be more strategic with my technique and design.

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I think it looks a bit cleaner.

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My 3 year old son said he doesn’t really like this one though. He says it is too “hairy”.

I’m really enjoying weaving. It is definitely relaxing and it is quite meditative working with the yarn in simple ways. Weaving is VERY forgiving, so when you mess up it isn’t too devastating. I’m loving it because it is providing the perfect way to focus my attention on something else, destress, and hopefully stay balanced during this pregnancy. I don’t want my Graves to come back during the pregnancy and I want me and the baby to be as healthy as possible.

On to my next weaving…

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My First Attempt At Distressing

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I found this mirror at Goodwill for only a few bucks. I thought it would be perfect for my first try at distressing something and transforming it to look somewhat “shabby chic”. I’ve used chalk paint, but I’ve never tried sanding it to make edges look worn and rustic. After removing the hooks and cleaning it, I painted several layers of FolkArt Home Decor chalk paint in “sheepskin” (which I purchased from AC Moore). Then I took a sanding block I found at Dollar tree (fine and medium surfaces) to distress.

After a layer of FolkArt clear wax, here’s the finished product:

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Finishing this piece was like a complete psychological test in taking risk. I didn’t want to distress too much, but then I was finding I was holding myself back to doing much at all. I’m happy with the finished product. Yet, now I’m curious about my next distressing piece. Will I do more to make it look more tattered and used? Could I be so daring?

This will make a perfect replacement to our key holder, which we’ve had for 16 years!

~Lani

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Peonies Are My Latest Obsession

You would think I’ve seen peonies before, and I have, but lately I have been obsessed with peonies. I was sad to miss the window in planting bulbs this year, but I’m determined to have a little peony garden next year.

So my latest art piece was based on this gorgeous flower. I knew I wanted to do something related to collage art (another one of my obsessions). I love how you can put multiples of something small together to make something beautiful on a larger scale.

I saw this plaque at Goodwill. Of course I fell in love with it because it is wood!!

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Sorry piggies…I had to spray paint you silver…

I had seen this piece on a different Goodwill trip and thought the vibrant colors (and eventually the frame) woukd be great raw materials for something repurposed.

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Upon dismantling the picture, I discovered that the painting was done on foam board. Not exactly the easy, quick project I was anticipating. However, unexpected surprises can lead to something beautiful.

Here is my finished piece!

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Deciding where to put each piece was fun. Darker edges give the flower depth.

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I love how the foam board pieces give it a three-dimensional effect. The best part? I still have so much more raw materials to make more down the road! Who wants one?

Have a Happy Monday!

~Lani

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