Knock Off Art - Paper Butterflies

I was inspired by Catherine Swan at Paper Butterfly to create something new, fresh and exciting for my space. I don't get crafty very often, but this captured me. Alas the price is way above anything that I could afford, so I used mostly what I had to make it.

I used a frame that I had previously purchased, Amy Butler scrapbook paper that I already had. I did have to buy a mat board for $8.00. I had the art supply store cut it to the correct size. I also had to buy the foam glue dots for mounting the butterflies. The hardest part was cutting each one out  and getting them aligned on the mat board. The size is deceiving in the photo. The frame is 33" X 27", so it is substantial.

I'm linking up to Between Naps on the Porch and The DIY Show Off


new lamps

I got these yesterday at the G.W. Boutique. $6.99 each, and it was 50% off day, so two for the price of one.
I love the shape and the wood.

The wonders of steel wool

Remember the 30's art deco sailboat?  A co-worker suggested that I use fine (0000) steel wool to shine it up, as this is what he uses on his drums.  It works like a dream. Then he suggested that it can also be used on taps and sinks; I think he was implying that I should clean mine, that's when I shut down :)


Kitchen tile is done

tile 001

tile 002

I chose a porcelain tile with some texture and matched the grout to make it appear to have little contrast. Of course one thing leads to another and the walls now have to be painted. The backsplash will be replaced and my ultimate goal is new SS appliances.