MY NECK MESS

September 7, 2020


It’s still hot over here, and while I love my antique and vintage rings, they get put on hold in the summer when the days are really hot because my fingers swell. However, I still get to pile on my necklaces and I’m always wearing a neck mess.

All my jewelry has a story. I probably should write it down before I forget one day. My girls love all my jewelry and they have even called dibs on certain pieces.

The rose necklace on the left is on a chain that was my mom’s from the ’80s. The locket is a Victorian piece that Ben surprised me with the last time we went out of town. He told me to grab something for his camera in his camera bag, but it was really this locket that he surprised me with. I was so shocked. Surprises are so fun! The beaded necklace was made by me using a fresh water pearl that came from a bracelet Ben’s cousins got me. The bracelet broke, so I took each of the pearls and created something different with each of them. The gold chain was a Christmas gift, and the Victorian cameo was a Mother’s Day gift a couple years ago. The gold heart was from my mother-in-law that she sent along with a sweet little note. Then, I stack all these pieces together and have my neck mess.

I think I do love rings just a tad more than necklaces, but I do appreciate necklaces too. I think it all came from my mom surprising with little bits and baubles as a kid. She got me my first locket in kindergarten, and she has a pretty extensive locket collection herself. Then, as a teen, they would give me pretty rings as gifts. I lost one in the garage one time as I was doing a science experiment, and I’m hoping it turns up one day. Anyway, here are some pretty chain necklaces I have been eyeing online.

I love this bold figaro chain necklace from Aurate. I love all the different chain necklaces they have.

This love token “mama” necklace is so sweet. I wouldn’t mind something like this for the next Mother’s Day.

Edwardian. pieces are always so beautiful and this French lantern pendant is so unique.

To top all the sparkle, I love putting something fun on like this daisy chain necklace. My girls have been into making their own, so I may need to put in another request.

Are you a jewelry lover? If not, what’s something you appreciate? My BFF is into designer bags and appreciates the beauty and craftsmanship in those. Or maybe it’s fancy coffee for you? We’re just starting to learn about that. I don’t drink coffee, but my husband does, so our friends are educating him on good coffee. These are crazy and stressful times, so sometimes we need something to dive into to help destress a bit, and jewelry provides that bit of fun for me.


MATISSE INSPIRED WALL HANGING

August 2, 2020


SUPPLIES

MATISSE template

Construction paper

Scissors

Yarn

Tape/glue

Dowel

DIRECTIONS

1. Print out the template and cut out.

TIP: Cut construction paper down to 8.5”x11” to print directly onto colored paper. 

We printed 2 copies of the template in each of the colors.

2. Trace shapes onto construction paper and cut out.

3. Tie yarn to the dowel and glue each cut out shape on.

Put multiple cut outs on one strand of string, and vary placement, color, and number of pieces to get a layered looks.

Easy project to make, and especially fun to do if you’re studying Matisse. We love how colorful and eye catching this wall hanging turned out to be!

If you don’t have access to a printer, feel free to make your own, and be sure to share your creation with the rest of us! We’d love to see! And as always, happy to have you share the project, just don’t forget to tag and credit please. Thank you!

See more ART A DAY projects here.


ART INSPIRED BY STURTEVANT

July 24, 2020


Create your own Sturtevant piece, by using this Sturtevant-Warhol illustration. Watch the video to learn how to make your own Sturtevant inspired art! New art videos come out every Friday!

If you don’t have access to a printer, feel free to make your own, and be sure to share your creation with the rest of us! We’d love to see! Always happy to have you share the project, just don’t forget to tag and credit please. Thank you!

See more ART A DAY projects here.


NATURE MASKS

July 21, 2020


SUPPLIES

Mask template

Pencil

Cardboard

Scissors

Florals & foliage

Skewer

Glue

DIRECTIONS

1. Print out template and trace onto cardboard. Cut out cardboard.

2. Gather florals & foliage outside. Glue onto the cardboard mask cut out. Once decorated, allow glue to dry completely.

3. Insurer skewer into one side of the cardboard. Glue in place, if necessary.

We loved making these NATURE MASKS! They came out so beautiful and it would be fun to have a nature masquerade ball. I can imagine lots of decor for a party like that (when parties can happen again).

Go for a nature walk with that family and gather some bits to make a mask! And don’t forget to share what you’re making with us.

If you don’t have access to a printer, feel free to make your own and share it with the rest of us! Always happy to have you share the project, just don’t forget to tag and credit please.

See more ART A DAY projects here.


TANGRAM ART

July 13, 2020


SUPPLIES

TANGRAM template

Paper/construction paper

Coloring utensils

Scissors

DIRECTIONS

The key in TANGRAM is 7 polygon shapes to create different designs.

Print out the template. Cut out your TANGRAM pieces and arrange to make different designs.

TIP: Cut down construction paper to 8.5”x11”. Print TANGRAM direct onto construction paper.

To make your own TANGRAM, print out the blank page. Separate your square into 7 polygon pieces. Color, cut out, and arrange into different designs and shapes.

This is a great math and art lesson in one!

If you don’t have access to a printer, feel free to make your own and share it with the rest of us! Always happy to have you share the project, just don’t forget to tag and credit please.

See more ART A DAY projects here.


CARDBOARD CHARACTERS

June 23, 2020


SUPPLIES

Character template

Cardboard from shipping box

Scissors

Coloring utensils

DIRECTIONS

1. Print out template and trace onto cardboard. Cut out cardboard character pieces.

2. Color and decorate your characters.

3. Connect the slits together to make character stand.

Kids get to practice a bit of 3-d painting as they decorate and visualize their character all the way around.

If you don’t have access to a printer, feel free to make your own and share it with the rest of us! Always happy to have you share the project, just don’t forget to tag and credit please.

See more ART A DAY projects here.


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