Monday, February 13, 2017

Learning a skill

Hello!  Lately I have been learning a new skill......the Cricut Explore Air.  If you have been following me (which I would love it if you would!) you know I have painted just about anything that stays still!  Lately, it has been pillow covers/cases/shams.  Painting a picture of the upcoming holiday is where it all started.  In my Etsy shop I have painted quite a few holiday themed cases. 

I have sisters from another mother who have purchased just about every pillow case I have ever made!!  They are the ones responsible for the St. Patrick's day designs!  A few weeks ago one of the sisters asked me to paint a "one liner" that my mother-in-law, Annette, always says when a person comes to your party with a chip on their shoulder cause they really would rather be somewhere else.  This line comes in handy also when you are awaiting responses from   an invite to a party you are hosting.  I come from a large family as do my sisters from another mother and this saying makes you feel better.   I no longer get upset when people don't come to my parties.
 As a matter of fact, this lovely saying puts everything in perspective.  Because really, who wants a party guest who is going to be smug and pouty?!  Not me and apparently not my "sisters"!
 So with all this said, I needed to be able to write on the pillow and have it look "professional".  This is no easy feat, especially when painting on a drop cloth!  My brain went into overdrive and I asked my daughter, Shannon (who is my techie) to teach me how to use her Cricut Explore Air machine that she uses for card making.  I thought I'd just make my own stencil and there you go!  Well, it was not that simple.  The hard part was finding a font that would cut easily and leave me with a perfectly made stencil.  It took me over a week to get to this point!  The original font I originally chose had a cross stitched look - every time I would get all the cut marks marked, the system would drop me and I would need to begin again.  
 I felt very discouraged but knew if I kept trying I would find a font that didn't drop all the circles in the o's, d's, f's, etc.  Are you following my thought pattern?  Anyway......Here is the finished product!  The font is bird feet in the letter.  I thought of putting birds on a telephone wire inferring this is their conversation......perhaps I will - as each design is original and varied.
This is the front and on the back is the golden tan fabric which has a pocket to slip your current 18x18 pillow into!  Because these pillow cases are interchangeable, it makes for much less storage space!   I'd love to hear your thoughts!  
God Bless you,

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Today has been very exciting for me in the "tech" world!  My daughter, Shannon, has agreed to help me connect my FB and my Etsy shop along with my blog!  I'm only 52 but my mind/brain just doesn't work like that anymore!  My other daughter, Mary, will be (hopefully) taking my pictures in the near future as opposed to me and my phone!  This is all so new and exciting for me.  I just hope that my part in the whole thing doesn't burn out!  

Lately I have been painting on drop cloth cut in to squares for pillow cases.  I bet you didn't know that all drop cloths are not made the same!  Every time I buy a new one, it is a different fabric/weave/texture than the previous one.  Painting on these is fun yet frustrating because the paint is sucked right into the fabric.  The remedy for this is to water down your paint, however, this leads to bleeding (the lines are already not crisp and straight) which makes for a frustrating day.  Some times it works, some times it doesn't. are a few pictures of what I have been working on these past few days: 

I have been working on perfecting the whole bike scene; borders or no borders...captions or no captions... any input from you?  Please feel free to write a comment in the box below!

With wedding season fast approaching, I thought this would make a great gift for the new bride (at her shower or whatever).  The license plate is where the date of the wedding would go.

 this poor bunny is bottom heavy, could it be from having those babies?  

Either way, all are still works in progress- the thought process and working it out takes the longest, once that is done, then the fun part begins!  

I hope you have a wonderful rest of your week!  God Bless you :)


Monday, January 9, 2017

New Year, New Name, Same Blog

Hello!  HAPPY NEW YEAR!   

I have been away from my blog for just a little over a year.  During that time I have toyed with the idea of giving it up completely or changing my attitude about the whole blogging experience.  I have decided on option number 2.  I am still happy hands at home and a DIYer, but my main focus is on painting, hence the new name of the blog.  Painted on a Whim best describes my style.  When I get the urge to paint, I paint a lot.  Lately, I have been painting pillow covers.  I usually paint to sell, why I do not know.  I have been selling to my instagram and FB friends but thought it best to get serious now that I have more time for me in my life.  A few of my kids moved out and I have adopted one bedroom for my painting and the other for sewing.  I'm hoping to one day merge these two rooms into one.
  But, I am not looking to get rid of #6 anytime soon!  Below are some of the Valentine pillows I have designed, sewn and paionted for my new Etsy shop called PaintedOnAWhim, if you have a moment, please check it out!


Each of these pillow covers have been hand painted and sewn to fit specific pillow forms.  It is amazing what you can do with a drop cloth!

Next I will be working on Easter and Mothers Day.  

God Bless you


Thursday, September 10, 2015

Fall into fall pillow cases!!

Good morning!  It's a welcome rainy day here and I am so glad!  I am not much for hot and humid -- I love fall and winter! 

 I have been busy painting pillow cases for the 18 x 18 pillow form.  Yesterday I painted my version of pumpkins with a palette knife right onto the drop cloth.  My sister and I have been busy making pillows as I have mentioned in my previous post here.  Louise took me to a place in Kinzer, PA called "In Grandma's Attic" where she sells her pillows so I thought I would give my witches legs a try.  Then when I got home I was so excited about the 25/75 deal that I bought more drop cloths and began painting!

 Originally I was only going to paint the major holidays - but I got so much enjoyment from painting these that I kept going.  Its funny, I had a few lessons here and there and was always bunched up after that when it came to painting on my own - now I am free from all that - it is a wonderful feeling!  Was it another lesson learned from the "year of cancer"?  I guess only GOD knows the answer to that one.  

That's all for now............Trisha

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

I'm back at it!!

Haaaayyyy!  It's been 8 months since my last entry - ooohhhh - I am already having a bit of a panic attack realizing I once again do not remember how to do all this...  :(    

Now that my inspirational year is coming to a close, it is time for me to get back to the paint brushes and be creative -  I'm taking baby steps.  My sister Louises' pillow making over the past year has inspired me.   She has made some beautiful pillows -- stenciled, sewn, stuffed and hand stitched closed -- as seen below:


These are just a FEW of the "prim" pillows she has made and sold. We differ in tastes though, she loves prim and I love artsy/shabby chic.  After the themed holiday is over, what to do with the pillow?  I have been flipping them over and going with the plain back.  Then after all the sluggishness of the chemotherapy had been draining out of my system, the ideas started pouring in.  This is when I knew my creative life was making a come back and I was going to zap it for all its worth!!  One day a thought came into my mind to make slip covers for the pillows - using the same drop cloth fabric idea - just making it inner changeable - so below is my first attempt at creating this - 

                                    2015 Halloween Edition

I figure these will be great for Halloween and durable enough to put inside or out.  I purchased a 18 x 18 pillow form at Joann Fabrics and have been making envelope style pillow cases ever since.    I am currently working on Christmas - again, just one idea on the pillow, kind of like a 2015 edition.  I will post that later.

I don't know how long I will be blogging - you may want to follow me on instagram @ trishaflaherty8 if you are interested in the latest and greatest!  I'm hoping to be more of a regular now that my life is back to normal.  However, I have to admit......blogging the first time around was very stressful, it reminded me of a popularity contest with entering all those "parties"  and the proverbial "will they pick my entry??????"   Frankly, it reminded me of being back in grade school - a feeling I don't want to relive.  So the only place I will probably post is pinterest (if I can figure it out) and G+, only time will tell.

Happy day to all and I hope Louise and I have inspired you to do whatever it is you do to the best of your ability.

That's all for now,


ps: please forgive the Easter themed page!  Again, baby steps!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Door mat wall art via Tricia

Well, it has been quite some time since my last post.....I even missed my "blogaversary"!  I had an email from Polly Zieper from Florida asking about my niece Tricia's door mat wall art - it came via Hometalk.  Well, I am a bit rusty in the blogging department and will try my best to get this to you Polly -   

Wow!  It only took me an hour to figure this out and to be honest I don't know how it happened!  It has been so long since I did this!!!!

Anyway, on to this project:

These are her words:  "It was very easy, spray painted boards black first, then taped off the edges for a border, and then laid the rubber mat down, spray painted with white.  The one I saw on line was with two different color stains, but I did black and white paint."  I asked if she had any pictures of "during"  but she does not recall any.  She did say the mat is out front covered in snow!!  

Well, Polly, I hope this answered your questions and cured your curiosity about what it looks like.  

Maybe this will get me started again in the blog world........?

Until next time..............


PS:  I may just enter a party or two!!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The front porch

Hello!  Life is just whizzing by - my aunt says "the days drag on but the weeks fly by!"  I have to agree.  I am used to being busier than a one armed paper hanger but this past week has been slow and to be honest, boring!  I don't want to bake cause I'll eat it, I love to cook but out of the 6 kids, we are lucky if one is home for dinner, I can't thrift shop cause I have so much stuff already and I don't have a place to sell my wares.  I could take some of that stuff out of the attic/shed and refurbish but again, I need drive.  I need a place to sell it, give it, donate it, sell it, sell it, sell it.   Back in 2006 I was selling like crazy but crafting has gone by the wayside in our area - It's easy to find a place to sell junk, but not up cycled junk.  I'm sure when I get my "place" my inspiration will return.  
Below are pictures of our front porch.  We originally had two chairs, the love seat and coffee table.  I was in Home Goods a few weeks back and saw these cushions and thought, WOW!  I am going to paint the chairs bright yellow on the front porch!  So I did.  Then I saw this awesome unusual wicker set (which I will show later) painted in lime green.   I had to have it - no place to put it and it needs cover - but I had to have it.  Anyone know that feeling?   Well, I picked up the set on the Wednesday before Easter and it sits on our back patio.  When everyone was coming for Easter I needed the space in our kitchen to create our large table so we took the wrought iron set and placed the sofa on the front porch, along with the yellow wicker chairs, and that is where it has stayed.  The two other chairs are back in the kitchen.  

While out gallivanting with my sister in Lancaster a  LONG TIME AGO.  I saw this grapevine twisted around an old ladder and Christmas garland and ornaments hanging from it.   I stole that idea and made it my own - We had grapevine growing outback so Tom kept cutting it until I got the look I wanted (that was about 12 years ago) - then I hung white lights throughout and hung rusty ornaments ie: bells and stars. And birdhouses!  Believe it or not, we have tenants in all our houses!  We have 4 hanging on the porch and have about 7 or 8 in the back yard - all full!!!!!!  

Many moons ago, we trash picked this wrought iron sofa and 2 chairs - I made the cushions/covers - Because they were in our kitchen/sunny room - they faded out - its time to make new ones.

 Well, that's all I got!!!!!!

                                                     Until next time, I hope all you mothers enjoy your day on Sunday!!


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