Saturday, June 26, 2010

Drink Crate FUNctional!

Old soda drink crates are easily found at any antique or junk shop. HECK I'm pretty sure Pottery Barn is even selling them! We found a way to add a little flare & pump up the functionality of them. My husband made scrolls from rolled steal & I have attached them to the bottoms of our crates as FEET! How cute!

We use them all over the house. Take a look.....

Monday, June 14, 2010

New Photos of Old Projects

While I haven't been up to anything "artistic" or even"crafty" I have managed to upload some new photos of some older projects. Between 2 family weddings, Professional Development (fellow teachers TESTIFY), & trying to open our pool all artistic projects have been put on the space BEHIND the back burner. Ha!

So enjoy my husband's referbed-retro-upcycled hubcap clocks

Friday, June 11, 2010

Can't Stop Painting!

Okay, so with the success of the groomsman’s glasses I saw the potential for more! Cheap-o WalMart glasses are given character with the same type of paint but personalized with whimsical flowers or for the collegiate fan.
My husband & I are college rivals. We have his & hers in a variety of items. But not glasses! So I took care of that =)

You can route for your favorite team while you quench your thirst.

I had to write backwards so that it could be read while drinking.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Groomsmens' Gifts

Recently my brother got married. I LOVE my sister-in-law. Like me, she is crafty minded & an appreciator of art. John, my brother, somehow did not inherit this trait. His new bride is usually the one picking out gifts for all occasions. When the bridal party gifts came into question, I suppose she let him handle it on his own.....Hummmm. Alas, lucky for he there is an equally crafty sister to run to!

From high & low ball glasses bought at Wal-Mart & enamel paint from Micheal's Arts & Crafts I took the Groomsman's faces & "cartooned" them accordingly. The low ball glass got tagged with the wedding date & the boys' nicknames.

The paint took a few coats, but turned out great I thought. I only bought the essential colors, & mixed the rest. I chose brown as a background to appeal to the "manly" gift receiver. On the bottom is the wedding date. (written backwards so that it could be read while drinking)

After the paint dried for an hour, I placed the glasses in the oven at 350 for 30 minutes. Then opened the oven door to allow cooling. The glasses should be hand washed & are safe for drinking!

The boys loved them & swore never to drink from them, though they could have.

John Aaron, Brian, Trevor

Adam, Darius

See the resemblance?
This project could easily be adapted for Bridesmaids, Christmas, graduation, babyshowers, teacher appreciation, ect.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Art in the Alley

The 6th annual Art in the Alley came and went in Greensburg, KY on a beautiful May day. This small, one day festival celebrates local artists of Kentucky & the surrounding areas.
The Spunky Sparrow has participated now 3 years. We made a great showing with our ecclectic mix of handmade whimsy for the home, the outdoors, & the body. Some of the items include the following:
whimsical yard art, table top wine racks, bird bath, paintings, jewelry, jewelry stands, metal wall decor, metal window planters, garden sculptures, ornaments, various clocks, metal guitar table, antique cola crates with feet, children's furniture, and much more.

HELLO, Bloggers!

Greetings from The Spunky Sparrow in Kentucky!

My name is Cass. My husband, Todd is also my business partner. Our business? Funky, whimsical, & handmade goods.

Nestled in rural South Central Kentucky we here at The Spunky Sparrow find happiness in peace, whimsy, art, fresh country air, family, & friends. Among those friends are several other artists whom we promote & you will become familiar with through this blog.

Our store located behind our home is in progress. Though we will be advertising our art/goods and supporting other local artists through this blog, & The Spunky Sparrow's official website.

This blog will fulfill roles such as:

alerting our readers to new products
open discussions of craft ideas
sharing ideas
networking artists

I must apologize that I am not computer savvy (as most artists). I am learning as I go. Therefore, you may observe some changes to the blog & website over time.

Hang in there with us! We hope you enjoy what we do & feel free to post comments or questions.

See yal later!