I Went For A Walk | Nature Photography

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I went for a walk yesterday and snapped a few pictures along the way. It has been a while since I’ve gone for a loooooong walk just enjoyed the scenery. So I thought you could enjoy it with me. Hope you like it!

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DIY Abstract Tree Painting

Abstract Tree PaintingA few weeks ago, during Make Something Mondays, you guys voted for a tutorial on an abstract tree painting so here it is! It isn’t exactly the same as the one I showed you before but it is similar. Just remember that it is abstract and that it can be anything that you want it to. It all comes from your imagination.

materials for the DIY Painted Tree

Things You Will Need:
Paint (acrylic)
Paint brushes

brown ground

Step 1:

Paint a section, about 3/4 down the canvas, and paint it brown. I combined a light brown and a dark brown.

Gesso paintStep 2:

This step is optional.

Paint a layer of gesso over the top 3/4 of the canvas.

blue streakStep 3:

Start painting a streak along the line of your designated ground. This will keep the paint from bending together.

blue sky paintingStep 4:

Start to paint your sky. Don’t spend a lot of time on this though. The goal here is just to get some color on the canvas so that you don’t see white between the leaves in the final painting.

tree outlineStep 5:

Paint an outline of a tree on one side of your canvas. Remember that the majority of this tree will be covered with leaves as well, so if you are going to focus on making it look good, focus on the bottom.

treeStep 6:

Start to fill in your tree. I used one shade of brown and a small brush so that when I painted, it made a texture like in the image above.

treeStep 7:

Paint some roots for your tree.

painting yellow leaves

Yellow leaf

Step 8:

Get a lot of paint on a medium-sized brush and dab it on the canvas. It should look something like the above.

A little texture is a good thing.

brightly colored leavesStep 9:

Randomly spread some leaves out on the canvas. Avoid the tree for now since the paint is still wet.

brightly colored leaves

Step 10:

Add set of leaves in a different color.

brightly colored leavesStep 11:

Continue step 10 for several more colors.

brightly colored leaves brightly colored leaves

Step 12:

When the canvas is filled up but has a bit of space left, go back through with other  colors and fill in the negative space. Don’t forget the ground!

Abstract Tree PaintingVoila! Hope you enjoyed this one!

Happy Monday!!!

DIY Smashbook

I’ve missed ONE Make Something Mondays in over a year and the one I missed, I posted the following morning because it was over Christmas. I think that is decent. So, today, I am going to take Monday off. However, I still want you to get the enjoyment of crafting on Monday.

I went in search of a craft that I would probably make and that you would probably enjoy. Until today, I had no idea what a smashbook was. I was scouring the internet for craft ideas to show you guys and I found a DIY smashbook. What the heck is that? It is like a scrapbook, but more awesome. I found this craft/DIY project at Little Birdie Secrets. The following images, text were written/taken by Little Birdie Secrets. I hope you enjoy it because I think it is an awesome idea! I would definitely make something like this.


Our featured notebook is a simple composition book (we found it at Target for $.50) covered with patterned paper and a little ribbon. Your child will never have to ask to borrow a pen or pencil again with this clever design. (We scraplifted this idea from a Close To My Heart ad.) Plus those mini pens and pencils are adorable.

Cut a piece of cardstock to fit the front, back, pen area, and spine of your composition book. Glue all pieces on using the adhesive of your choice (we like Mod Podge, but be sure to smooth out all the bubbles with a brayer or bone folder). Lightly sand the edges of the paper so it “becomes one” with the notebook cover. We zigzag stitched along the seam through the paper and cover with a sewing machine just for fun.

Cut a piece of ribbon long enough to wrap around and tie a bow, plus a little extra for the pen loops. Zigzag stitch the ribbon in measured spaces to accomodate pens and pencils (be sure to use the pen or pencil as a guide so it’s the right size). Secure the rest of the ribbon to the book with a little MonoAdhesive or double-sized tape so it doesn’t slip off.

We used a Crop-A-Dile to punch two holes in the cover and place large eyelets at the top. Then we tied a little ribbon through them and attached a scrap of paper with a stylish paperclip. This would be so cute with the owners name on it instead of “notes.”

DIY Fall-Inspired Votive Holder

diy candle holderI know its February and that I should be doing winter or valentines day crafts, but I am really longing for fall right now. I miss semi-warm, sunny and breezy days. I really want to see changing leaves, candles in people’s windows, and pumpkin pie. No idea what is going on in my head right now. Maybe all of the snow is getting to me… Anyway, all of this inspired me to make this fall-inspired votive holder. It is super easy and pretty cute 🙂

votive holder materialsThings You Will Need:
Paper stamps
Votive holder
Mod Podge
Paint brush
Tissue paper

tissue paper leavesStep 1:

Stamp out all of the tissue paper designs you want for your votive holder. I just cut out a few because I didn’t want to go overboard, but your design might look much better in excess. You decide.

leaves and mod podge

Step 2:

Get a small amount of Mod Podge on your paint brush and make a tiny circle on the glass where you want you tissue paper design to go. Place your paper design on top of the glue and lightly put another layer over the top. Remember how fragile the tissue paper is. If you add too much glue it will most likely fall apart.

Note: Wherever the glue is applied the glass will look frosted. In the picture above there is glue outside of the area where the leaves are. I cleaned this up with a dry paper towl. Do it quickly though; the glue dries fast.

Let it dry.

diy candle holder

Voila! A cute, fall-inspired votive holder. Can you tell that the candle is flameless?

Happy crafting 😀

DIY Redneck Wine Glasses

DIY Redneck Wine Glasses | Make Something MondaysI am sure you’ve seen these redneck wine glasses around. At first, I thought, who would want something like that? Little did I know, A LOT of people wanted them, so they are buying the glasses online from ebay and Amazon. No thank you… I can make this myself.

Call it peer pressure if you would like, but I am trying to keep an open mine here. Just like my site quote states, “Keep you head open, something might fall it”. It is true. These redneck wine glasses are pretty fun.

redneck wine glasses materialsThings You Will Need:
Mason Jar
Candle Stick Holder
Waterproof, Glass Adhesive

*There are plenty of glues out there that will work for this. 9001 was kind of a multipurpose glue. You can pick whichever glue you want. Just make sure it is waterproof.

redneck wine glasses step 1Step 1:

Add a layer of glue to the top of the candlestick holder. If you are using the same glue I used, let it sit there for 30 seconds or so. You want the glue to get tacky first.

close-up redneck glass

Step 2:

Try to center your mason jar on top of the candle stick. Hint: If you take the lid off and look down into the jar when you are adhering the glass together, it is helpful.

Let it sit for 24 hours before using it. I have heard that it is dishwasher safe but I haven’t tried it yet. If you don’t hear anything more from more, it hasn’t blown up and it is safe.

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Happy Crafting!

DIY Toilet Paper Holder

DIY Toilet Paper HolderToilet paper in plastic is ugly, right? I think we can all agree on that. We can’t make the TP look better so my plan is to make the presentation look better. For this DIY project I made a TP holder for the bathroom. Since my bathroom is mostly green and blue I chose a striped green and blue scrapbook paper. You can use whatever you would like, but make sure the paper is thin. No card stock for this one.

DIY toilet paper holder materialsThings You Will Need:
Paint brush
Mod Podge
Scrapbook paper
Oatmeal container

scrapbook paperStep 1:

Remove the lid. Then, Measure your oatmeal container so that you can cut your scrapbook paper. Make sure the paper fits under the lip of the tin.

Brush on Mod PodgeStep 2:

Brush on a very thin layer of Mod Podge from the bottom to the top of the oatmeal container.

scrapbook paper additionStep 3:

Place one side of the paper onto the line of glue. Press down on the paper with your finger (from top to bottom) to make sure it adheres without bubbles.

Mod Podge layerStep 4:

brush a thin line of glue up the container where the paper ends. You want to make sure it will stick.

scrapbook seamStep 5:

roll the paper around and brush another thin layer of Mod Podge on the under side of the paper (where it meets the other edge of the paper). Let it dry. Then, add another thin layer to the top where the paper meets.

*If your paper wasn’t long enough to meet the other edge, then glue it to the oatmeal container and repeat with a second sheet of scrapbook paper until the container is covered.

oatmeal bottom

Step 6:

Turn your oatmeal container upside down so you are looking at the bottom of it. While ignoring my chipping fingernail polish, look at the area of the paper I’m pulling at. You are going to want to add a very small amount of glue into this area (or the whole way around the container if necessary). The paper doesn’t have to be plastered against the edge, but you don’t want it to rip because it is too loose. Let it dry.

toilet paper rollsStep 7:

Grab two rolls of toilet paper and drop them into the container. Reattach the lid.

DIY Toilet Paper Holder

Lovely! It looks so much better than rolls of toilet paper in a plastic bag. AAAANNNNDDD you have to eat a whole container of oatmeal to get it. See, my crafts are contributing to your health 😀

Happy crafting!


Blogger of the Year Award 2012

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I received the Blog of the Year 2012 award! Thank you so much to FluxNews for nominating me 🙂 That blog is definitely worth checking out! Thank you very much for your support and being a constant visitor of my posts. So, one more time: THANK YOU VERY MUCH !!!

The rules for this award are simple :
1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award.

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award –http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/ and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!).

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them.

5 You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience.

6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…!

The nominees for this award (in no particular order) are :

1. The Tragic Whale– This is one crafty lady! Kerry makes all kinds of crafts and just about anything to do with whales. Her Etsy shop is pretty awesome too! Check it out. The link is on her blog.

2. Barbaraelka– A very creative photographer we have here! Some awesome posts!

3. Lead.Learn.Live– A husband.  A father.  A leader.  A manager.  A grinder.  A reader.  A learner. AND a real blogger: someone who blogs because they love it.

4. Arlen Shahverdyan– an Armenian blogger with great posts! I highly suggest you take the time to translate his blog because it is worth it!

5. photography of nia– Another great photopher and blogger!

6. Marina Kanavaki– A FANTASTIC artist and designer. You will be missing out if you don’t click her link…

7. A Twist of Couture– Couture Stationery for Weddings,Social & Business. Texture, Color, and Font Addict who has a great blog!

8. spilledcookies– This lady inspires me to stay creative and always find something more. If you are an artist, musician, writer, etc, you should check her out! Even if you aren’t it is worth looking at.

9. Canvas & Thread–  a unique and fellow artist who has been with me since my blog was created a year ago. Visit her blog for some great work and a good story!

10. Elenacaravela– Artist and illustrator of children’s books. An amazing blog!


Congratulations to everybody !! :)