Tutorial Tuesday – Glorious Gingham

I love gingham. In fact, I think I have approximately 892 gingham items in my closet right now. It is a classic pattern, and I was inspired to decorate some furniture with the design. This could really not be easier. You will need watercolor paint (I chose red) and your choice of Smalltown Flats (I painted two – the Trestle Table and Pair O’Chairs). Paint … Continue reading Tutorial Tuesday – Glorious Gingham

Tutorial Tuesday – Nested Hearts

This sweet little Lovely Loveseat is decorated using a simple crayon resist. Supplies list: watercolors, white crayon, white acrylic paint, scrap paper (used to cut out the heart template). First trace a heart on a piece of scrap paper. I used cardboard but I think paper would actually work better as it’s easier to cut. (In fact, if you have any of those handy heart-shaped … Continue reading Tutorial Tuesday – Nested Hearts

Tutorial Tuesday – Thrifty Tissue Paper

I love when I have craft supplies on hand. I love it more when I can find items to repurpose, ones that would otherwise be destined for the trash can. One day as I was wrapping a present, I discovered my serious stash of tissue paper and found some sheets with pretty scalloped edges. I thought they would make ideal bedsheets for the 4-Poster Bed, … Continue reading Tutorial Tuesday – Thrifty Tissue Paper

Tutorial Tuesday – Watercolor Parachute

This is reminiscent of the parachutes I played with as a kid – it’s been described as a sunburst, but I like calling it a parachute. Start with a quarter – and place it in the center of your Smalltown Flats piece. I used a 4-Poster Bed, because I wanted a lot of canvas. Trace around the quarter lightly with a pencil. Then, when you’re … Continue reading Tutorial Tuesday – Watercolor Parachute

Tutorial Tuesday – Super Stars

This Lovely Loveseat was decorated with Elmer’s Rubber Cement and paint (I used the blue & red acrylic paint thinned out with water that I used for the bubble tutorial, so technically, there’s dish soap in it – but plain watercolor works well too). The dish soap in the solution made a cool denim fabric look, as micro-bubbles danced in lines across the random brush strokes. … Continue reading Tutorial Tuesday – Super Stars

Time Saving Tips – Quick French Toast

I am about to list one of my tried-and-true time-saving tips. Wow – that’s a lot of hyphens in that first line. Ha. My high school English teacher would be mortified by all of the cliches, but I doubt he’s reading this. On second thought (to cover my bases): Hi, Mr. Lippman – I hope you are well. As you can see – my love of cliches … Continue reading Time Saving Tips – Quick French Toast

Tutorial Tuesday -Painting with Soap Bubbles

This was such a fun experiment. I mixed together some regular ole blue and red acrylic paint (about a tablespoon of each), then added about 1/2 cup of water and stirred it. I squeezed in some dish soap and mixed it again. Once the solution was fully integrated, we bubbled the liquid with a straw. VERY IMPORTANT: Don’t forget yourself and mistakenly drink it!!! When … Continue reading Tutorial Tuesday -Painting with Soap Bubbles