Friday, February 06, 2009

Finally!

I finally finished and hung some artwork in my bedroom, which I have been talking about for only 6 months! I bought this condo 18 months ago, and had big plans which were cut short by the insecurity of being on a medical leave and possibly needing my savings for living instead of all the fun home upgrades I had planned. So nothing big has been done. I don't consider my bedroom a decorating priority in the way many people do. I live alone, so my entire house is a sanctuary. I don't need a special one just for sleeping. But a bunch of my RMS friends "bullied" me into at least doing a few things, including putting up curtains and some art. I didn't even have curtains, just cheap white mini blinds. I'm pathetic, but I don't care. The rooms people see look great!
I got the idea for some really cheap inexpensive art that would make a large impact from my friend AnNicole at
Our Suburban Cottage. She had shared this photo with a decorating group when we were discussing alternatives to doing a wall of plates. "I can do that!" I thought, "I even have tons of fabric and a few embroidery hoops I could use!" I'm not going to give you the timeline on how much I talked about the project. Suffice it to say it's been more than 6 months since I first saw the inspiration picture! Unlike Sarah, our Thrifty Decor Chick, I don't get inspired, shop, and finish a creation all in one day. I used to...
Cheap balsa wood embroidery hoops at A.C. Moore cost me around $12.00 for 13 hoops! Can you believe it?! I already had all the fabric I could possibly use. My mom and I picked out all the fabric we thought might work and threw it on the quilt. Anything that didn't blend in we removed, and then we went through what was left, choosing our favorites, which were about 15 different colors and patterns.
My niece came over and we put fabrics in different size hoops, planning to use 2 of the same fabric at least twice, and finishing with an odd number of hoops. Once we were happy with the sizes we had chosen for the different patterns, she started laying them out on the floor in a horizontal oval. Once we were happy with the different sizes and colors and their relationship to each other, we moved things out of perfect alignment to be more random and took a picture. This all sounds simple, but it took us several hours of switching fabrics out of different size hoops and taking lots of pictures before we were happy with this arrangement. I love using a camera to see things, it gives it a whole different perspective! The hoops were very raw-creamy looking, so I used some acrylic paints I had around to dry brush the outer hoops in a mixture of gold, green and burnt sienna, aging them up.
My friend Mary graciously hung them for me. No one wants the girl with balance problems standing on a mattress when there is no one else in the house. She didn't even mind that her whole back was in the picture, not that she should. What confidence! We used sticky-tack to hang the hoops, so they can easily be repositioned, and no holes were made in the wall. Ta Da! I think it looks great! We ended up hanging 11 hoops with 9 different fabrics. It made a huge impact for less than $12.00! I love the feeling of getting something done! My next project is to make a ragamuffin valance or possible fringe for the curtains. I can do that with stuff I already have, too!

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28 comments:

Bridget said...

It looks great a what bargain! There are so many possibilities with this concept. I'm going to file this away in the back of my brain. I hope I can retrieve it at the right time. lol

Coloradolady said...

This is really a cute idea and it looks great! I love it....it really gives the wall behind your bed a wow factor!

Justine said...

You go girl! This looks fabulous!!!!!! What a totally unique idea. Great job!!!!

Justine :o )

Lynne said...

That's a really neat idea and looks terrific! It's something I would never have thought of doing.

Ronda's Rants said...

I love it and I wouldn't have ever thought of such a creative idea!
Love the buttery yellow walls...so bright and cheerful!

Rebecca said...

What a great idea! Looks great!

Melissa said...

This is adorable. I am glad you decided to go ahead and spruce up the room a little. Your quilt is beautiful.

Neabear said...

That looks awesome! You did a great job with that!!

Smilingsal said...

Great idea. It creates interest for the eye. Take THAT RMSers!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh I love your hoops! I first saw it done on the Pozy Gets Cozy blog a few years ago~ think I might still have that pic. I'll send it to you. Wonderful!

Charli and me said...

I just love that. What a great idea!

Raggedy Girl said...

What a great idea and how nice it looks. Makes me sorry I have so little wall space left after living here for 22 years! And your quilt is beautiful too. Decorating a home is a journey, not a destination, take your time.
Roberta Anne

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

What a fun idea! I like the way it looks too. It reminds me of polka dots and I adore polka dots.
Balance prob's? You too? Me too :0(
Maybe we can compare notes and see if anything 'the other' has been treated with might work. Most of mind are due to my inner ear, but some are due to brain/eye/ear not working together as well as displaced sensors. sigh*. Do you spin too?

Alicia @ Oh2122 said...

That came out great!

I love the idea of turning an "everyday" object in to art.

B.B. Bellezza said...

Awesome idea!

Patty said...

Your hoops look spectacular!! I first saw this on The Purl Bee (think it was there) and I considered doing something similar on my bedroom wall, but then I was afraid to use nails in case I later wanted to change it, so I think using sticky tack is brilliant! Thanks for that tip, Elizabeth!

Lydia said...

Great job with the embroidery hoops; they look wonderful! and thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a nice compliment! I will check out the New England Bloggers group the first chance I have.

AnNicole @ OurSuburbanCottage said...

They look great Elizabeth! I'm the same way about taking pictures to get perspective on a project. It's wierd how different something looks on "film".

I may have to copy you at some point. I love how these turned out.

Jill said...

That looks really nice! I would of never thought to have done that! It really made a difference! :)

Kitten said...

That looks really cool! I love how you pulled the colors out of your bedspread!

mannequin said...

Those are really pretty Elizabeth! What fun picking out the fabrics and they're so YOU!
I love it!

The Whispering Poppies said...

What a beautiful transformation! And so wonderful that your niece and friend could help you with it! Thank you for visiting my blog today! =)

Marie Anakee Miczak: said...

This is a *really* good idea... the results are so modern yet fit in perfect with the quilt! Nice job Elizabeth and thanks for the inspiration.

CC said...

I love this idea..and it looks so pretty on your wall. I'm gonna have to give this a try..:)

Fifi Flowers said...

That is a great idea...looks GREAT!
ENJOY your weekend!
Fifi

Carol said...

That is very creative idea and looks wonderful ~ You did a great job ~ brings "warmth" into the room ~ thanks for sharing ~ and stopping by my blog also ~

Hugs and namaste,
Carol (artmusedog)

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Elizabeth, What a great idea. The hoops look great. They do add a love of character and warmth to your room. I can't wait to see what else you do!
Hugs, Terrie

Tiffany said...

What a terrific idea! And so economical and "green" by using what you already have.

They look great on the wall in your room, too! I'm inspired - definitely inspired.

I think I might do this in my daugther's room. She wants pink and brown circles painted on her wall, but this might just be the answer. Thanks for sharing!