Tuesday, April 23, 2013

i like what i'm herringbone bama!

You might've seen this baby when I posted her on Instagram/facebook the other day. I call her the "I like what I'm herringbone bama". 

She is a touch bigger than 24" x 36". 

I built a frame around it with mitered edges! Fancy! 

She is painted gold with the frame and the edging of the Alabama shape being white. 

She has quite the sheen in person! 

The wood on the herringbone pattern looks much better in person.

You may remember this sneak peek from a while ago:

I cut this cedar into slices to make the pattern with my fancy schmancy miter saw! 

If you're interested in this piece, let me know! 

I'm in Auburn right now, about to head down to Toomer's Corner one last time to watch them cut the trees down (tear!). Supposedly it will start at 7 and will only take a couple of hours. Don't worry, there will be an epic post of all my Auburn pics once I return home! 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

big ol' tree string art!

So I'm a terrible blogger. I had these pictures pulled up on Photoshop for days and haven't edited them until now. You've seen this before though, from the last post about the art show..

the ginormous Tree String Art!

I've been calling this shape the "Toomer's Tree string art", but I found at the art show that a lot of people were just tree enthusiasts. Therefore I only mentioned Auburn or Toomer's Corner if someone said something like "aww, it's like the Toomer's Corner tree" in which I would respond: actually, that's why I did these! 

I take pretty much all of my product pictures in front of the door on my hardwood floor. If you've picked up on this, you'd notice the planks are around 2" wide (2.25" to be exact bc this piece is 16 planks wide). Smaller stuff I post may look bigger, but you can always tell by those. Anywho, this baby is 36"x36".

  In case you can't tell the scale from the wood planks, here's me holding her up..

Cheesy head tilt and all! Try not to be jealous of my paint clothes. 

Here's a detail shot:

I may have said this before, but these things really look a lot better in person. Basically, everyone needs to come see these at an art show, or go to Auburn Art, bc I'm taking a mess of them up there for A Day this weekend! 

You didn't think I could do a big string art without posing like a cheerleader with a sign, did you?! 

Here's the first occurrence from my first big ol' string art:

I have GOT to induct a new paint shirt into my life. This is a t-shirt from high school, and I didn't like the green color, so I made it my paint shirt. Rest assured that I do wash it, but I wear it almost every time I paint or stain something, therefore it's in a lot of bloggie pics. 

Ok, one more tree shot!

I'll be headed to Auburn this weekend for a couple of reasons: it's my friend's wedding (YAY!) AND it is also A-Day weekend (Auburn's spring game). I'll be taking several customized string art trees to Auburn Art to sell which is SO exciting, but I'm also sad that it's the final rolling for Toomer's Corner. I'll be staying throughout the next week to see them remove the trees (because I NEED to be there for them.. the trees, that is). I want to cry just thinking about it.. I will be that creep on the corner with my camera, so you'll get to cry right along with me through my pics. Ugh, let's not talk about it anymore until I post it, OK? 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

art on r mountain show!

The art show was fantabulous, as usual! I love outdoor art shows! I think I just love being outside in general.

I'd never been to Ruffner Mountain, but I shall be back. It was pretty awesome. It reminded me of Landmark Park in Dothan; there were nature trails and whatnot. I will report back after I go walking up there.

The architecture of the structures on the mountain was pretty awesome.

LOVE! This was the Tree House. There was also a pavilion with a similar design where there was a lookout over the park.

Of course my trusty assistant came along! She puts up with my crabby self during shows. I get really stressed out right before art shows, so whoever is around gets to see me bitch for the entire week before. Sorry if you've been within reach during this time haha! 

You may have seen where I posted about this herringbone baby below on Instagram/facebook last week. She is my new favorite and is totally one of a kind because I don't have more of the cedar I used to make the herringbone pattern. I'll do a post for her later in the week, because she deserves her own! You can see the giant tree on the left there too. She was a big hit at the show! I'll do a post on her as well. 

I brought all the new stuff and hung it up on my fancy schmancy displays. 

I added a frame with my logo, you know, to get peeps familiar with the brand. 

I made a fancy Picstitch (it's an app to make these picture collages) to show all my stuff. I don't know how many peeps on are the ol' fb on Saturdays, so I had to show it here (duh). 

My ma made the new displays for me earlier in the week! HOW NICE! I'm going to paint them, I just didn't have time before the show. They're super light weight, and convenient because I can hang stuff on the front and back of them. It really helped to bring people over to the booth having stuff on the backside. She said it only cost around $30 to make 4 of them, so I recommend doing this if you're in the market for display boards. It's just PVC pipes with chicken wire attached with zip ties. Easy peasy. 


It was freezing in the morning when we got there. Luckily we got to setup on Friday afternoon, so I just hung the art when I got there. I had on boots, a scarf, and jacket and slowly shed my layers and switched to flippy floppies as the day heated up (note how I tried to pull my jeggings up to get some sun on my white legs). It was windy, so I had to alter my setup as things kept blowing over. At some point, the tent almost blew away.. I literally grabbed a leg as it flew over my head. Everyone was so nice and came over to help get up situated! We had concrete blocks holding the legs, but they clearly didn't help. I'll be better prepared next time! 

I'm already ready for the next show! EEE! 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

sweet home alabama paintings

Well it's another art show week, so I'm running around like a chicken with my head cut off. I tend to have ideas in my head and wait until a show is thisclose before executing them, so I've been making a lot of new stuff! 

Exhibit A: these sweet home Alabama wood paintings! I painted these puppies last week, and as I stated, these are one of those ideas that's been hanging out in my head for a while. I have leftover strips of wood when I make the string art boards. Of course I don't throw anything away (you've seen the carport), so I cut them into these smaller rectangles to paint! 

They are around 6"x7". I put them on Etsy, and on the listing, there is a place for you to choose which option you'd like (1, 2, 3, or 4). I made this image for easy ordering:

They're all painted with a gold background, then the pattern, state, and wording is hand painted by moi on top. 

Since they are handmade, each one may have small variations from the ones in the pictures.

Here's a shot with my paw for you to see the scale! 

CLICK HERE for the Etsy listing! If you'd like to see them in person, I'll have them at Art on R Mountain this Saturday here in Bham!