Thursday, December 27, 2018

Not my circus, not my clown...

...oh, wait a minute.  It is my clown.  What started as a cabbage patch doll head, a few blocks, and a biscuit
tin is now a planter.  The eyes are glass eyes left from another project & the pink cheeks are buttons.
Added a small dog button on bottom just for the fun of it.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Assemblage (n)


Defined as:  a work of art made by grouping found or unrelated objects.




Using miniature mannequin heads for the starting point....Created  Queen of Roses, Queen of Hearts, Queen of buttons and clown (this is head from broken doll)
 Each using found materials such as stamps (hair for roses), door hardware, plastic trophy (queen of roses) tinker toys, old water turn off knob, and wood post caps.  Then the fun started as the pieces came together.  
They are between 7 & 8 inches tall.  Check out the little bird in with the button base.  



Thursday, December 13, 2018

Award winning day....

... because I took the time to prioritize creations in the works that is.  First on board is the trophy planter.  First Place for "Least Likely to Bloom".  Little plastic salvaged trophy on wooden post cap.  The award plaque is printed on salvaged tissue box {didn't know it was silver lined until separated for altered trading cards).  The silver piece was treated with digital grounds so I could run it through the printer.

And while glue drying during various stages of assembly, colored these plastic feathers for some future project.  Used alcohol ink and gold additive.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Getting ready for the holidays...

.. and updated the "milk door" at my entrance way.  Note address:  229-1/2.  Ready for December.


And as you are searching for the OOAK gift, check out my facebook shop:  Deja vu Designs USA
See something that makes the perfect gift or you just can't live without ?  then email me directly or message on Facebook to make purchase arrangements.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Rock on...

Found this small one drawer wood box that was a hideous orange...so I rescued it!  Repainted, added new legs, created a drawer pull with a rock collected somewhere along the way.
The little bird rests on a glass rock as he looks into the water...

Measure 4-1/2" tall, 5" wide, and 2-3/4" deep.
Available for purchase - just email me or leave comment on this page.

Friday, November 9, 2018

What do you do with...

a coaster holder without coasters, old wooden spool, one wooden napkin ring and a piece of colorful contact paper ?  I have the answer.  A small plant stand.  It does balance and holds a few small pots of succulents. 





And no...of course I couldn't stop there.  Had these small boxes that had hoped to fit in a wire hanging basket.  Well they didn't.  So POOF...two more small plant stands. 
Don't stop be-leafing....

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

There was a design plan...

...but did not expect this as outcome.  Received some cigar boxes from my daughter-in-law and they have been sitting in the background of my studio staring at me.  Worked on one in which I attempted to cut an outline on cover without the benefit of a jigsaw. Well, that didn't work...
So painted another.  Added sample wallpaper.  Enhanced with watercolor for muted blue and green touches.  Used stencil and modeling paste to create trees that were colored with distressed inks.  Added leaves cut from transparencies colored with alcohol ink.  Interior shelf created using cigar box border wood.  Voila.  Journal storage box... Just need to add pen in the bottom area and it will be available for purchase. $35.00 plus shipping.
 (that is a journal book on the shelf)

Friday, November 2, 2018

Not about art...just my life.


Today National Auto Spa literally saved my life.  
First a little back story about me and the autos I  choose.  My first vehicle of note was a corvair monza convertible.  Great little vehicle that I invested in when I was 20.     Typical for me – did not totally check it out before purchase.  You know, normal things…like put the top up to be sure in good shape.   You guessed it.  Held together with duct tape.  I was working full time, had part time  job and attending college.  Couldn’t afford repairs so my solution as the tape gave way & the hole grew was to stick an umbrella out the opening.  Yes, I did that.  Living in Dallas at the time so not often did you see me out there with the floral umbrella.  Seemed I followed that with various cars that seemed to be doomed – Pacer station wagon, VW Bus (30 day warranty, lasted 32 days), Mercury Mystique, Ford Escort. 
Latest chariot is a Pontiac Vibe (again, doomed – no longer produced despite it being a fantastic vehicle).  And the latest challenge with the Silver Streak is a leaky sunroof.  Really started a year ago but with the deluge we have had here in Indianapolis it has gotten worse.  To the point of using trash bags on driver seat (I call them car seat condoms) to avoid sitting on towels.  I contacted a few companies in area regarding a repair (what I thought was blocked drain hole – didn’t even know they had them until researching).  One company said “bring it by”…and now the rest of the story.  Had appointment for 10am and at 10:05 they informed me there was a recall on the sunroof due to deterioration of the seal.  By 10:30 I drove out with a new glass and seal installed at NO CHARGE.   The no charge was fantastic (would have been $485 to replace - an amount that doubles its resale value) but the saved my life was when they showed me the old glass / seal  and pointed out it could have blown out of the car at any time.
Only thing left to do is check under driver’s seat and see if I need to harvest any mushrooms.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Today is full of possibilities..

...and other stuff.  A little box that is recipient of citra solv papers, wall paper samples, metal enhancements colored with alcohol ink and a strange little top knot created from game pieces and buttons.  Oh, and feet are antique ceramic draw knobs.  And color...lots of color (thank you Carla Duncan for inspiring me yet again).
If you are wondering "is this available for purchase?" .  The answer is yes - just email me and we can discuss shipment.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Create your own Sunshine..

...using citra solv papers, alcohol ink on transparencies, sun face salvaged from a wind chime and wooden button plugs.  Cut the trees from citra solv and enhanced all ground and trees with fine point ink pen.  Background has stenciled designs to enhance sun and add texture.
Still need to add finish to all papers - but need to have a dry warm day for that. 
Debating on adding the phrase "create your own sunshine" on the surface .... what do you think ?  add it or not ?


Saturday, October 13, 2018

This is what becomes of ...

a piece of cork that refuses to stick to the wall.  Combine it with woven pages of an old dictionary, chopsticks covered with pages and scrabble tile. Mounted on MDF board.  Read Between The Lines   Available for purchase - contact me via email if interested.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Another product review....

and it is all good.  Stripped the last fiasco of materials from the shelf - and changed colors in the process.  Then applied DecoArt Media Crackle Glaze.  Put on a thick layer and then allowed it to dry. About 3 hours later (layer was thick for larger cracks) applied overcoat to enhance the cracks.

And then proceeded to add enhancements -  

Did enhance top...but not quite ready yet for sharing.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Product review...


... and it is not pretty.  Have a wooden shelf that I painted some interesting colors and then had the brain cramp that was "Let's crackle the surface".  I thought I had used Americana Weathered Wood crackle medium before but did not remember the results.  Well I do remember it now.  HORRIBLE !  One, the paint did not crackle.  Two, it is this horrid plastic surface that peels off.  What a waste of time and materials.  This time - though hate to add to landfill - into the trash with a nearly full container! 
Doing my best to remove the remainder of the paint / medium.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Update on purchasing...

... I had relied on my Facebook Deja vu Designs USA Shop for primary contact for sale of various creations.  Well, FB has updated their shop requirements that now include sharing of TID (SS#) and banking information.  Well that is not going to happen.  FB has been victim of enough hacks to make me wary of sharing such personal information on FB. 
I will be expanding my blog to include a central page for listing all available items for sale.  If interested, I can be contacted via the blog or direct email (listed on contact page).  Additionally, I will look into resurrecting my Etsy page.  I have handled all payments via Paypal or Square and will maintain those accounts for future sales.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Thank you for following my creations and news.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Only September, but Halloween on my mind


I had attempted to manipulate standard plastic skeletons to sit & hold their hands in position.  Result was a stack of broken skeletons.  And then - perfect timing - Michaels put these figures on sale.  They are set up on a salvaged root that I had dried and altered for a mini-garden.  Plants died.  Log perfect to pose these guys or gals...

And it doesn't stop there....This wreath has "been in the works" (ok, in a box waiting for time & mood) for some time.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Just back display at the Indiana State Fair...

 and now available for purchase - Love you to the Moon and Back Button Boards. There are two available, each priced at $45.00 with shipping at $8.00 each (no international shipments). If you are ready for one to be in your home, just send me a PM.

The vertical board:  board created using vintage buttons. Assortment includes Bakelite, shell, bone, metal and plastic. There is a "man in the moon" button - an old POD (Post Office Department) button - in bottom section of the moon.
The lettering is die cut paper and the background is painted with Lumiere paint. Measures 14-1/2"" tall and 11-3/4"" wide with wire hanger. No international shipments




The horizontal board: board created using vintage buttons. Assortment includes Bakelite, shell, bone, metal and plastic. There is a "man in the moon" button - an old POD (Post Office Department) button - in bottom section of the moon.
The lettering is die cut paper and the background is painted with Lumiere paint.Measures 11-3/4" tall and 14-1/2" wide with hemp hanger.No international shipments



Friday, August 17, 2018

I know I'm early....

... but Halloween has been on my mind.  Thanks to a church sale a few weeks ago, acquired a free baby doll that was perfect to attempt my first Dia de Los Muertos skull.  As shown, I took the doll apart and looking back, should have left it together.  But I'm sure I'll find a use for the legs & arms (had a cloth body).  Will be looking for more dolls to experiment with.  Might even evolve into planters.  We'll see....

Sunday, August 5, 2018

And the results are in.

Visited Indiana State Fair Thursday night - pre opening visit to see how my entries did.  The cards entered in the classification of Mixed Media were awarded 1st place and 3rd place.
The button board received honorable mention ribbon.
The entries are amazing and diverse - hope to return next week when fair in full operation and visit the arts building again.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Working on entry in another classification...

... mixed media cards at the Indiana State Fair.  Photos really don't show the card well - even tried scanning without much success.
The background on globes are transparencies altered with alcohol ink as is the sun and the flames.  The stand for the globe in "you mean the world" and "all who wander" was cut from wallpaper sample material.
I will be entering the Sun and the Wander cards.  They do have matching envelopes as well.


Friday, July 13, 2018

Magnets...and more

More magnets completed thanks to Theresa Able ( Merlin's Touch of Texas).  She supplied butterfly wings along with fantastic little frames.  The frames work for background on various designs of magnets and the wings are used on the gnome magnets.
The shop on my facebook page Deja vu Designs USA has been updated and organized to improve your shopping experience. 
Check it out and like the page please.


Thursday, June 28, 2018

Thanks to my sister...

... and her generous gift of more vintage buttons, I was able to finish two more "Love you to the moon and back" boards.  In addition to the gift motivating me to make something, I decided to prepare an entry into the Indiana State Fair Arts.  They have a classification under the category of Button Art:
#39 Button Art at Large.
Not sure what they meant and not planning on calling to confirm - let us both be surprised with one of these as an entry.
There is a man in the moon - vintage POD Post Office Department - brass buttons in the bottom section of each moon


Sunday, June 24, 2018

Wrapping up the week...

... with adventure / wanderings.  Visited the Garfield Park in Indianapolis and viewed their amazing


conservatory.  Beautiful, well maintained plants.  I had a bird of paradise plant in my garden in Texas - they have one that is 15' tall !!  History of park is fascinating.  It is the first Indianapolis park and have struggled over the years to stay viable.  The fountains on the grounds are beautiful and in reading up on the park, the fountains have been moved in & out of the park a number of times.
Here are photos of a few things that caught my eye.