Something New and Beautiful From Something Old

As a thrifter and as an artist I get a particular thrill when I take an ordinary, “dime a dozen” item and make it into a piece of art. I look for items that have an interesting shape or will serve a particular function to decorate with art. If I find a piece that offers all three of these qualities it is a big score! Cake savers serve this purpose.

The problem with cake savers is the exact same thing that makes them so easy to collect….they are a dime a dozen and can be found everywhere. So, the challenge becomes, how can we take them from ordinary to extraordinary…from average to exceptional? I choose to accomplish this goal with paint and with an artistic eye.

In the following post, I have painted two of these lovely cake servers.

For the first one I decided to do a very French treatment using a slip-slapped background of light greens, yellows and reds with some simple scrolls, birds and flowers.

This cake server is painted in a very high contrast style and is also decorated in a very French style.

Another really attractive look is presented on the next cake server.  This is a very soft painting and is also painted on a very light warm white background.  To keep this painting very soft, I executed most of the painting in wet paint softening the lines of the flowers and leaves.  Low contrast and soft colors was the theme for this cake server.

Both cake savers are for sale on our etsy shop.  We have sold many of these cake savers and they are very popular with our customers.

Which of these two do you like better?  Inquiring minds want to know.

Thanks for visiting. Please stop back again soon,

Paul

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Another Two for the Price of One

Yesterday, I blogged about the floral style Paul and I revised so that we could paint two different styles and types of table from the same basic design.

 

Today I want to share with you another “twofer”.  In our Etsy shop, we offer framed chalkboards with a One Creative Couple twist to them. The chalkboards have a beautiful painted floral or other design on them as can be seen in the photos below.

Framed French Floral Inspired Chalkboard

 

 

We’ve even blogged about them before and you can see those posts by clicking here, here and here.

Recently, we were contacted by an Etsy customer who wanted to use one of our chalkboards at her wedding in June. We were so flattered that Cathie, our lovely customer and future bride, liked our work enough that she wanted it to share her big day with her. She asked if we could put a message on the board for her guests. Immediately, we loved the idea but knew that the beautiful board would not be functional after the wedding day. As a result, we suggested that Cathie let us prepare the flip side of the board as another chalkboard with new florals and a blank slate, that way she would be able to use the chalkboard in her home after the wedding was over. She was very receptive to the idea so for a nominal fee, we completed this work for her and here are the results.

 

 

 

And here’s the flip side:


 

 

Thanks, Cathie and Howard, for letting us share your big day with you and may you have a wonderful wedding day and a happy, blessed life together.

Thanks for visiting. Please come back soon,

 

Cathy and Paul

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Keeping It Simple Boogie Board Cottage
DIY Home Sweet Home The Dedicated House
The Girl Creative Between Naps on the Porch
Nifty Thrifty Things Homemaker on a Dime
Serendipity and Spice Not Just a Housewife
Knick of Time Cedar Hill Ranch
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia Elizabeth and Co.
A Diamond in the Stuff Lady Bug Blessings
Handy Man Crafty Woman Ginger Snap Crafts
Ivy and Elephants My Girlish Whims
Savvy Southern Style Beyond the Picket Fence
The Shabby Creek Cottage The 36th Avenue
Katherine’s Corner The Brambleberry Cottage
From My Front Porch to Yours A Delightsome Life
Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson Live, Laugh, Rowe
The Artsy Girl Connection Stacey Embracing Change
A Glimpse Inside Craftionary
French Country Cottage Redoux Interiors
The Shabby Nest Finding Fabulous
Lovely Crafty Home Homespun Happenings
Romantic Home Chic on a Shoestring Decorating
Delicate Construction Common Ground
504 Main Simply Sweet Home
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