Apparently I need a snack.

Creative Inspiration is everywhere.  But we have to take time and slow down to see it. When I finally opened my heart to God and started living in the present, I began to be inspired by things all around me.  Not just fancy art galleries but even the grocery store became a source of inspiration. One of my favorite ways to be inspired is to take a class.  Trying something outside my comfort zone is a great way to jump start my brain.  Try something that you enjoy or something you want to learn more about like, photography, cooking, karate, gardening, or painting.  I would loveeeeeeeee to take drum lessons but I’m sure my husband would much rather me hit a couple cooking classes instead.

If classes are too expensive find a friend that cooks really well and ask her to teach you how to make a couple of dishes. You can teach her how to use her camera and how to take a great photo.  I taught my friend how to sew and she in turn has helped me with my computer.

The great thing about taking a class is that you can take the information that your receive and add your own twist. 

I made this during an art class at Sanctuary of Davidson.

I came home and made this one!  I put my own little spin on it and used all my favorite fabric scraps instead of paper.


I made this at another Sanctuary of Davidson art class.  The step by step instruction, gallery setting, and the people I met made for a wonderful experience.


I came right home and made more houses with my 9 year old daughter, Lilly Jane!


Those little paper house led to this giant house I made out of wood scrapes in my garage. 
Below is the technique that I learned in the Sanctuary of Davidson classes.  If you are in the Charlotte area and looking for art classes, Sanctuary of Davidson is a GREAT gallery that offers tons of different classes for young and old.
Grab some wood!  $.25 pieces from Habitat Restore.

Paint entire surface with black craft paint.
Cut out a shape from paper, a bird, owl, tree, leaves, whatever you want to use as your subject.  This day I had mushrooms on the brain.  Hmmmmm… not sure why or if that is a good thing!hahaha
I love paper!  I try to grab one of those big books full of paper from Michael’s when I have my 50% off coupon.
After the black paint is dry, Modge Podge your paper onto the wood.

Pick your favorite color to cover up the black paint, but remember to leave a black outline around paper.

“Joy Shroom”
6 Inches by 6 Inches
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“Love Shroom”
6 Inches by 6 Inches
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After I was done with the mushrooms, I immediately started on a this fork and spoon.  Maybe I was really hungry that day.  Maybe instead of crafting I should have made some lunch!

“Apparently I need a Snack”
18.5 Inches by 6 Inches
$42.00 set
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11 Responses to Apparently I need a snack.

  1. Mary January 19, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    I have found my new favorite inspiration blog! Your designs are wonderful :)

  2. caroline January 19, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

    i love seeing your creations! you are truly an inspiration lady!! and i love seeing things added to your etsy shop but i have a feeling they won't be there very long!

  3. Fonda January 19, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

    Beautiful pieces! You make it sound so easy…but your artist's eye for colors is very apparent.

  4. reeve January 20, 2012 at 12:29 am #

    I love you and the mushrooms are so great!! Maybe I'll try it, er…maybe I'll just buy one of yours.

    Also – id love to trade cooking or knitting lessons or percussion lessons for furniture painting lessons;)

  5. Mandy January 20, 2012 at 3:49 am #

    Oh goodness, wish I had a spot for that fork and knife set!!! Your artwork is amazing. You are blessed!

  6. Button Bird Designs January 20, 2012 at 7:15 pm #

    Thank you Mary!!!

  7. Button Bird Designs January 20, 2012 at 7:15 pm #

    Hi Caroline!! Thank you for your kind words!!!
    Love and miss you!

  8. Button Bird Designs January 20, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

    Thanks girl! I love your name!
    Lots of love

  9. Button Bird Designs January 20, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

    Yes yes yes!!!! Drum lessons for sure!!!! But you can't laugh at me! Hahaha I may still have a shot at that girl band I have always wanted to be in!

  10. Button Bird Designs January 20, 2012 at 7:19 pm #

    Thank you Mandy !!!!!! Are you sure you do not have a spot for the fork and spoon!?!?!?! Hahaha
    Lots of love

  11. Shan January 20, 2012 at 11:31 pm #

    Mod Podge is so therapeutic! I don't know why, but I love it so! All of these art projects you have done take me to a happy place…I LOVE them and they 'feel' like home to me. I have to share with you a canvas project I did for my daughter's birthday. It was a first for me and I would love your feedback.

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