Halloween Jacks

Saturday morning and it is a glorious day. I have a little surprise for you today. With so little “art time” on my hands these days I have to carefully choose what I want to work on. For the last three years I have been transforming dollar store plastic pumpkins into unique one of a kind Halloween Art Jacks.

Yes, each one does require a lot of time, but boy are they great fun and the sky’s the limit. You know what I am talking about when I say dollar store pumpkin. They look like this:

orange pumpkin

So, yes this is what I was talking about. The orange buckets that are everywhere this time of year. They are perfectly nice, but you know me I can’t leave well enough alone.

Without further ado let me show you the upgraded orange plastic pumpkin


I love this face. I might translate this face to a snowman series.


And yes, he has his trusty mousetrap. You know for those late night snacks.


This one looks like a voodoo scary man. I got the sparkly top hat back at 4th of July. It had a plastic flag wraparound that was easily removed. Add the spider and voila, Halloween.


See what I mean by voodoo. Looks like he might cast a spell on you!


Ah yes, the would be Pumpkin King. He tries, but none of the other pumpkins really listen. Alright, so I have an imagination. Remember, this kind of art is for FUN.


Looks like the “King” has his life history on his back


I only have a picture of two from last year. I get in such a hurry, I forget to take pictures.


This is one of last year’s little guys. So sweet.


didn’t quite have a steady hand when I took this last year. I was probably in a big hurry, as usual.


The above is a picture of my free library stacks I got back in April. As you can see it is now October and are they built in or painted white like I intended. No and no.

I can’t get Mr. Understanding interested in this project and I need his awesome skills to complete this project. What can I say, he is so understanding.


Just imagine beautiful white shelves. They are coming.

Ok, next couple are pics are from when I was at Target the other day. I took these for inspiration only. Once I looked at the price I knew I would not be buying them, but (hehe) I might be knocking them off in some fashion or form.



Here is a Witchy project I completed recently. I took a Halloween posters and amped it up a few notches. The back board is an old cabinet door I painted to look aged. I then added the poster and did a little more painting to blend it with the cabinet door. I love it. What do you think? I did another one with a different poster, but did I take a picture, no. Sorry


Now for a few Family photos. Oh, so you thought maybe the one above was a family member? Very funny, just wait until you see the next ones.


I have always been enthralled by this picture. This is my eldest sibling. This was taken during the time when you made your own costumes. I am sure someone made this outfit especially for her or who knows maybe it was a hand me down. I should find that out? I don’t know what she was supposed to be exactly, but it is classic as far as I am concerned

I will have to drag out some of our old costumes and show them to you. Well, yes I have saved so many of the old costumes,  doesn’t everyone?

Here is the young’un modelling a mask for me. I thought I might be able to use it on one of my Pumpkin Jacks, but I wanted to see how it look on a human head first. Interesting.


I don’t know who this guy is below. I was just playing around with a picture I took at Southern Crossing. I did a little editing with picmonkey.com. If you haven’t ever used this photo editor, it is easy fun and free. Just thought I would tell you that. Right now they have some cool Halloween editing you can use on your photos. Just saying.


Hope you enjoyed this little Halloween romp. Enjoy the day. I hear the birds singing outside so I am on my way out.


Before and After Vintage “Over the Sofa Print”

“Dinosaurs are extinct but, they are alive and well in our imagination”

Now how could dinosaurs have anything to do with a before and after post? I enjoy repurposing things that have lost their “shine” and one of those things I love repurposing is old “sofa pictures.” You know the ones I am talking about, they are printed on the heavy cardboard and generally have some type of landscape theme, or big bouquets of flowers. Usually, I just paint over the picture and voilà, I have a blank canvas that is already framed.  Here is an example of a new painting on an old picture.

This a picture I painted of a friend's dog. I used an old picture to paint on

This a picture I painted of a friend’s dog. I used an old picture to paint on

Below is another of these old “sofa pictures”  I am going to use dinosaurs for the transformation and bring it right back in style. Kind of boring but, still has great color and a nice frame.

this picture is about 4ft long and has a lovely landscape. All the rage back in the day

this picture is about 4ft long and has a lovely landscape. All the rage back in the day

Here is the “after” with dinosaurs decoupaged into the picture. I will try to get a better picture, so you can see the whole thing.



Globe Lovin’

Guess what? I got another one of those projects finished that I showed you in Now or Never Part Two
I love globes and have been collecting them whenever I see a reasonably priced one. Now that I have a bunch of them, I am thinking I can sacrifice a few for repurposed projects. The picture below is my first globe project and I have to tell you it is not as easy as you would think to cut one of these things in half. Yes, they are made out of cardboard and are built to withstand all the globe twirling/spinning that I am sure most of us have done at one time or another.

Did you ever play the game: Spin the globe as hard as you can (sometimes so hard it bounced off on to the floor) yes, I am raising my hand. Anyway, you spin the globe and when it stops you close your eyes or maybe you closed your eyes when it started spinning, close your eyes and pick out a spot on the globe and this is where you will one day go to find the person who will adore you forever. Oh, the good ole days or not. Ok, back to the project.

I hacked this globe in half using whatever I had on hand for hacking cardboard. Then I went to my pile of drawers I have been collecting and found one that a friend had given me (already painted) love that. Then using PowerPoint or whatever program you use to make words – I used PowerPoint and just played with it until I got it to look the way I wanted. Trust me I had several versions, once you get the words layed out so they will all fit on the globe, print them out and get to decoupaging them on to the globe.

I did paint black around the cut edge of the globe since my hacking wasn’t so smooth then I glued the globe to the drawer using E6000 glue, let it dry, don’t be in a big hurry to hang it up on the wall so you can admire your handiwork. Let the glue dry, I’m just saying. I love repurposing things but, when I am done and the glue is dry, off it goes to my booth at Southern Crossing (sometimes things come out so awesome, I have to keep them around for a couple of weeks.) By the way, if you ever see any of my art that you can’t live without just contact me and let’s discuss. Enjoy, and see you tomorrow for – Vintage Friday –

I am lovin' my repurposed globe. If you love it, drop me a line.

I am lovin’ my repurposed globe. If you love it, drop me a line.

acrylics over decoupaged book pages

Elephants and Repurposed dictionary pages

acrylics over decoupaged book pages

Baby El. This Three Painted Owls original is done with acrylics over decoupaged vintage dictionary pages. The “canvas is a repurposed hollow interior door cut to size. Dimensions 36×38

How do elephants and dictionary pages go together? I thought I would show you a piece of art I created using a hollow interior door, vintage dictionary pages, and acrylic paint. I was inspired to start using these interior doors for my canvases after I found four or five laying around in my garage. I previously had these doors hinged together to use as a painted back drop for my booth at the Southern Women’s Show. (If you are not familiar with this Trade Show, it is a wonderful way to get your name out to literally thousands of people over a four day period). Well, since I was thinking of painting an elephant I knew I wanted a large canvas to paint on. When I spied the doors out in the garage I had a ah-ha moment. This is where Mr. Understanding comes in. When he heard I wanted to cut the doors in half and then somehow seal up the cut end…. being the understanding man he is and did I mention a carpenter to boot, I had two nice “canvases” to go in no time. They are light weight, smooth and a nice size for larger paintings. I got busy painted the background several colors, decoupaged on some vintage dictionary pages and started painting baby El. Next time you are wanting to start a painting project take a look around your home and maybe you will find an out of the ordinary canvas.