today i have two bits of randomness to post about. 

first bit of randomness…


i discovered angela(a picture of her from her blog is to the left – isn’t she beautiful) from the blog the painted house last week and was so excited to find out that she was working on a new blog design.  you’ll see when you take a look at her blog that she is an amazing artist and a very fun blogger.  she actually incorporated her own “doodles” into her new blog design.  to celebrate her new design she is offering a giveaway of one of her original oil paintings to a lucky reader.  no, you didn’t read it wrong, i did say an original oil and a very cool one at that.  head on over and check out her blog if you get a chance.  you’ll be glad you did. 


second bit of randomness…

how to make the silhouette nursery artwork that i posted on yesterday. {this is for you amanda


i wasn’t planning on doing a “how to” on this artwork while i was making it so i’m sorry for the lack of pictures to go along with the directions.

things you need: quilting fabric, staple gun, acrylic paint, paint brushes, ribbon, paper, pencil

1) to make the silhouette artwork first i figured out the silhouette i wanted to use and i drew it out on paper.  this took a while because i had to play with the size and scale of each image.  after i got my image drawn then i cut it out.  you can use any image you like.  i suggest experimenting with different images.

2) then i took my fabric and wrapped it around the canvas.  i used my staple gun to attach the fabric to the back of the canvas.  i only attached it in a few spots in case i needed to move it later.  i used 2 different fabrics – a seersucker and a polka dot.

3) next i placed my silhouettes in the center of the first pair of fabric-wrapped canvases and i lightly traced around the edges of the silhouettes with a pencil.  then i flipped the images over and traced them on the second pair of canvases so i would have a mirror image.

4) once i had my silhouette traced i used my large paint brush to paint inside the silhouettes and i used a smaller paint brush in the areas that were small (like the bird’s legs and the owl’s legs.)  then i did the same thing to the second set but i painted around the image instead of inside. (repeat with 2-3 more coats of paint.)

5) after the paint was dry, i secured all edges of the fabric to the back of the canvas with the staple gun.  i used about 5 or 6 staples per each of the 4 sides of the canvas.

6) to give the art a more finished look i painted all of the edges a darker pink.

7) finally, i attached two strands of ribbon to the back of each canvas with my staple gun and tied the ribbons in a bow.


  1. Fantastic- thanks so much Cristi!

    I've wondered what the trick was to be so precise with your silhouettes. And you also cleared another big question too...I wasn't sure if you used iron-on for the fabric center owl OR if you painted the outside of the silhouette.

    Thanks so much for your tips & sharing how you made them- great job, I'm sure they'll be special artwork in the nursery!

  2. Thank you, Cristi, for the lovely shout out! I can't wait to see who will get the little painting. Friday we'll know! :)

    Your silhouette art is adorable! That is why I loved doing children design for so long--it is fun, happy, and so darn cute! I'm sure your gift was very much appreciated.

    Thank you again!

  3. Thanks for the tutorial! I was hoping you'd post it. Love it! --Crissy


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