Painted Polka Dots

I am forever confused between my plain silver keys. This may sound┬áridiculous, but I have three of them on my key chain that are similar in size and seldom needed. Whenever I do need one, I have to try 2 or 3 before I find the right one. I thought it might help if they looked slightly different. Today I decided to “upcycle” them into new versions of themselves.

First, I picked out some fun colors of nail polish that I already had on hand:

Then, I painted the keys.

  • The green colors needed 2 to 3 coats to show up, but the blue only needed one.
  • The lighter colors should be painted on first, because they won’t cover the dark colors as well as the dark colors will cover them!
  • Stick with large patterns (like polka dots, or filling in segments of the key) unless you have the designer tip nail polish (I do, but only in the wrong colors!)
  • Wait for layers to partially dry before painting new layers on top (about 5-10 minutes)
  • Paint one side at a time, waiting for the entire first side to dry before painting the opposite side (about 1 hour)

Here is my result:

I worked on them while doing other projects during the dry times. They didn’t take long at all to paint, but they add an extra bit of personality to my (otherwise boring) key chain!

 

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Raindrops on Snapdragons, Stitches in Turquoise

Rainy days. Everything looks more saturated – the greenery becomes greener, flowers stand out as rare pops of color, the tree branches contrast dark against the bright colors.

Raindrops are featured on petals and leaves – shimmering like little starlit orbs.

The sun shining through the grey clouds eliminates strong shadows, and assures no detail will be lost.┬áI couldn’t help myself – I had to get out the camera and take these pictures of my garden today. Thunder and rain only add to the majesty of the plants.

Rain is perfect for a mug of coffee and indoor projects. My Upcycled choice of the day?
My brand new (and very old) sewing machine:
This beauty was a $5 find at a garage sale this weekend.

Works like a charm, and just needed a bit of cleaning. They even included all sorts of extra needles, bobbins, pins, and other helpful supplies. I’m thinking it might be from the 1970’s, but I’m not sure. It’s very heavy – a quality machine made out of all metal.
I’m not sure if I can really express my excitement in finding this.
I can’t wait to start creating all sorts of upcycled works with old fabric finds.

And, of course, I must include some wonderful Etsy Finds:

A Whimsy Little Garden

Oh, Crafty Little Sparrow

A crafty little sparrow
Came and sat by me
He chatted to the flowers
And warbled to the bee.

He pecked at my bread
And I asked him to stay
But he merely cocked his head
Then flapped and flew away.

Looking up references for my sparrow today:

Little Sparrow

And my super-amazing upcycled pick of the day?
Soup Song
Rustic Gypsy Tin Earrings
by fancifuldevices

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Purple, Plush and Perfectly Vintage

I had purple on the brain today!

First, I bought this on Etsy from sister9designs:

Purchased some old 1930’s books this weekend to use for illustrating.
So next, I worked on some new illustrations:

and, of course, Regina is purple!
(Want to win a FREE PRINT of Regina? ENTER HERE)

And, finally, I kept finding gorgeous items on Etsy that were purple..and vintage:

This is my *upcycled* love of the day:

by crabappledesigns
If you’d like to see which purple items I pinned
you can view my Etsy Bitsy Pinterest Board!

FLASH SALE!

So I had a fun idea the other day – why not offer random FLASH SALES on eBay? I already list prints and other things, but I decided to start offering promotional sales. Auctions start at $.01 and only last 24 hours!

If you win the flash sale item, you can add any other item from me for a discount of your total purchase (must be paid for at the same time). Search for “ALMI ART” or click on the pictures below to check it out! (If there are no FLASH SALE auctions running, be sure to check back for the next one!)