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Monday, October 20, 2008

The Coolest Thing I've Made So Far

With my own hands.

Okay, technically probably my kids are the coolest thing I ever made...but I had some help there...so ok...this would be the coolest thing I ever made by myself, with my own hands...whew...sometimes I swear even I don't have any idea what I'm talking about...
So..here it is...




First, I went into the forest and gathered lots of small branches...
NO I DIDN'T!! Had you for a sec though, huh? I found the empty branch thing at GoodWill...I love it when I find stuff like that and my brain already has a plan, because this so rarely happens.


The photos are all mounted on chipboard which came from a mini book kit by Fancy Pants. The Pattern Paper is by Cosmo Crickett and Memory Makers. To add to the aged distressed feel, I used some rusty screen I bought at Red Lead Paperworks. The sticker is We R Memory Keepers. Buttons are Rhonna Farrer. The crocheted lace was another thrift store find. Then I added some do-dads from my stash to pick it up a little. Here's a closer look
I don't tend to do a lot of anything I can hang on my walls-mostly because my past attempts at it have sucked so bad. BUT- I am so happy about how this turned out!
I have to say that a certain amount of the credit goes to Christi, because I never would have tried it if I hadn't been in her house and seen pieces of her artwork hanging everywhere. This woman pretty much has the corner on that "shabby chic" look that I'm constantly trying to get- but not quite getting it right.
This was probably purely kismet...I doubt I'll ever make anything this perfect again.
Speaking of Christi...I'll need to dedicate a whole post to her soon, just to talk about all the things she's been teaching me...but go here to see a stinkin' cute picture of me holding Kat, who is totally in love with me by the way. We're girlfriends. It's probably because I bring her cinnamon crunch bagels from Panera Bread.
I work for the next two days, but will be back on Thursday.
Thanks for stopping by!
Gratitudes:
1. That I didn't get a ticket for my burned out brake light...got it fixed!
2. lunch with Rob today
3. My crazy boys making me laugh all the time
4. Michael's catalina coupons...seriously these things are killing me
5. Sweet Red Wine (St James)

11 comments:

Angel Gurl said...

Wow that is seriuosly cute....love it.

Christi Snow said...

LOL! You are absolutely correct, Kat does love you, but not just because of your awesome bagel treats.

You know that I love this piece. You did an amazing job on it!!! and girl, you have conquered shabby chic all on your own! smiles...

RobinDiane said...

YOU GO GIRL!!! It looks awesome.

Carolyn said...

Fabulous job, Ms. Amy! Happy to see you creating again and give us bloggers a peek at it. Hope all is well with you. Have a great week!

Kellan said...

What a great find and it turned out wonderful - so cute!!! You did a great job!

Take care - Kellan

Kylie w Warszawie said...

That's so cute! I miss Goodwill and the like.

Angela said...

great project - you are so creative

Kelly said...

You rock girl!! That is awesome. Do you know where you want to hang it?? I never have much luck at our thrift stores here, maybe I don't go often enough to catch the good finds.

Those pictures of you on Christi's blog are adorable!! You and Kat make a cute pair.

Kitty said...

That's a fabulous branchy thing! x

Lisa said...

That is adorable! You are so creative!

Rita said...

What a fantastic project Amy! I just love what you've done! You should be very proud!