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Casey Carroll Art

Spreading joy, one piece of art at a time.

Rustic Pumpkins Paintings and Snow Pines

Last Friday I taught another paint class. I really love these and am nearly kicking myself that I didn’t start sooner. I am enjoying it so much, and I am learning things through it also. I just love it. I love getting together with people and sharing my love of art with them. I love showing them that there is creativity within them. 

Here are a few pics from the night. 


They did so great!! One thing I really enjoy about these paint parties is that they are all given the same set of instructions, yet each painting is unique. And what’s more is that everyone walks around and looks at everyone else’s progress and praises and encourages each other. THAT is my most favorite! To see the encouragement among the group. Amidst the teasing and joking among friends, they are encouraging each other in their creativity. ❤️
If you live nearby and would like to host your own party, send me a message at Art Party With Casey on Facebook!

The Tartan Enlightenment

I learned something yesterday, and it makes me so excited and happy. 


Isn’t it lovely? I think this may be what variegated yarn was made for!! I absolutely love it and can hardly wait to start another!

What do you think?

Photo Dump Friday

Big Dreams

Have you ever had a dream that just hangs on to you? Maybe it still is. It attaches itself inside of you and now and then you get a big fat reminder of it. A few weeks ago I was reminded of a dream that took root about 14 years ago. 

The dream came when I was in college as an art student. I don’t remember the exact moment, but I do remember the page of my sketchbook where I recorded my dream. If I dug around for the sketchbook, I could even show you the page. 

My dream is to open a physical business. I want a place where art is on display and people can take classes and socialize. I want a place for my own studio, somewhere that’s not my kitchen table. I had largely forgotten about this until a building downtown went up for sale. 

I think this building has so much potential. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve dreamt about or fantasized about this building since it became available. There’s even an apartment upstairs. It needs some work though. But it has a yard! And a fence!!! I may have driven through the alley on lunch break to check it out…

So that’s my dream. This may not be the building God has planned for it and I may (most likely) have to wait some time longer, but I don’t see this dream disappearing. It’s held on for too long. 

Little Plushie Pumpkins

I am so geared up for Fall. I have my Dollar Store Fall Wreath already hanging on my door and now I’ve started making adorable little pumpkins… and a scarf and a Yukon Cornelius hat. I really have several things going at once AND I have a list of other things to make to get ready for the upcoming holiday season. So much to do! 

I would love to hear what you would like to see in my CsqDesigns shop this season and what you love in my shop. Leave me and comment and let me know. Maybe you’ll find your suggestion there soon. 

Dollar Store Fall Wreath DIY

I can’t begin to tell you how much restraint I’ve been using when it comes to Fall decorating. I am eager! About a week ago we had beautiful weather that had me itching for Fall weather, and I really had to fight off the decorating. But today I want to share a fun Fall DIY with you. This DIY is budget-friendly and it uses items that I got entirely from Dollar Tree, so no fancy craft stores needed for this one! I didn’t get my glue gun or hot glue there though, so you’ll need one of those.

 

What you’ll need:

A straw hat

3-4 bunches of faux flowers

1 package of raffia

1 spool of wire ribbon

1 spool of satin ribbon

A command hook

Large magnet

High temp glue gun and glue

Wire cutters (optional)

Scissors

 
You may already have some of these things in your craft stash. I chose to buy everything because I didn’t have things already that coordinated well. A note about use: I used almost the entire spool of wire ribbon (wasn’t much on it for a dollar), and I had some flowers and quite a bit of the satin ribbon and raffia left over.

The shopping is the most important part. Hold flower bunches and leaves and other bits together to find a good combination of colors and textures. Use a couple different types of flowers, a bundle of leaves, a bundle of weed things, a pine cone or acorn, etc. to make your hat more interesting and give it more depth and life. All together I spent about $7.

If you would like to hang your hat right away, go ahead and get your command strip on the door so it has time to cure. Stick it on upside down so you can hook the ribbon loop on it.

 

My hat came with a ribbon, but it was ugly and didn’t go with my idea, so I cut that off. There was some glue. Just give it a gently tug and it’ll pull off.

 

Then I fashioned my bow. This is a good tutorial on how to do a classic bow, like I did here. The wire ribbon is a bit fiddly for this, but it can be done. My knot was a little loose, but it will all get glued down, so don’t worry.

 

Now take the rest of the wire ribbon and wrap loosely around the hat. I twisted mine just a tad to add a bit more depth and interest. Glue the ribbon to the hat in about 4 places around the hat, glue the ends where they meet and snip off the ends. This will be covered by the bow.

 

Now you’ll want to do the same thing with the raffia. Take 2-3 pieces of raffia and wrap them loosely around the hat. Depending on how long the pieces are, you may need to add more to go all the way around. When you get to where your ribbon ends are, take 3-4 strands of raffia, double it and glue the middle just below the ribbon ends. Then glue your bow over the ribbon ends. Be careful not to get hot glue on your fingers. It really hurts. I have the blister to prove it.

 

Next I started separating the flower clusters. I cut them with a wire cutter, but scissors would work too.

 

Once you get everything separated, lay your flowers, pine cones, acorns, whatever you have around the hat. You want to go about 3/4 of the way around, with the bow as almost center, as you see in the photo. The off-center layout adds visual interest and balance. Play with the arrangement and find out what looks best. You can further trim down the flower pieces or even bend them to make them face outward. I did this with the sunflowers.

 

Carefully pull each flower out from the hat, add glue and glue each one down in place. I started closest to the bow on each side and worked out from the bow. This made layering much easier.

Once you get your flowers on, hold your hat from the top and determine where the ribbon hanger needs to go. I put mine almost directly above the bow. I glued about an inch of it down on the back side of the hat.

 

Here is the tricky clever bit… Add a strong magnet to one side of the hat. The hat is pretty lightweight and if you have an aluminum front door, the magnet will keep it from blowing about all willy-nilly. Genius, right? I thought so. I am pretty clever, if I do say so myself.

Pretty sneaky, huh?

 

If you need to, have someone help with the length of the hanging ribbon to see where to cut it. I needed a chair. Cut your ribbon with enough length to make a loop to catch on the hook. I got lucky and it worked perfectly the first time. Then hang your beautiful Fall “wreath” and trim the raffia ends and bow ends if you need to, then show it off!

 

I’d love to see your hat creations. Please share them with me. Tag me on Instagram and Twitter  @caseycarrollart.

Happy Fall, y’all!!!

 

 

Balloon Festival Fun

Over the weekend I took my girls to the annual balloon festival nearby. I haven’t been since I was a kid, and I thought they would love it. I was right. 

The girls had so much fun and were amazed at how big the balloons were. We stayed for the final race, and I’m so glad the weather cooperated. 

We had such a great time that I think we’ll have to go back each year. 

The Great Merger of 2016

I have been making art for as long as I can remember. Early grade school is probably the earliest I can remember making art. I brought home many art projects with that beautiful blue ribbon on it. I was proud of that ribbon.

I spent my high school years copying whatever cartoon character was popular. I spent my college years doodling my professor and writing a poem about him or her in the margin of my notes. By some miracle I did graduate from college with a B.A. in studio art in December 2003. 

My creating largely fell silent for many years after college. That’s when I picked up knitting and crochet. I started my Etsy shop in January of 2011, but it wasn’t until sometime in 2013, maybe, that I really started painting and drawing again. I’ve had many lulls since then, but I feel like I’ve done a decent job of keeping at it, even if it’s a bit hit and miss. 

Until a few days ago I had kept these two types of art separate, but the time has come to combine them. I’m curious to see where this may lead and what new opportunities it may open up. I hope you’ll follow my page on Facebook so you can see everything that’s happening. 

Be A Daffodil

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I took this photo years ago when I lived in Washington state. I had gone for a quick walk and I came past a parking lot that was under construction. It looked like they had pulled up the concrete to lay down new. That’s when I saw this image. Over in the corner of the lot where they were piling the broken pavement was a daffodil growing out of the rubble. What’s really surprising is that there weren’t any other daffodils growing nearby. Daffodils are one of my favorite flowers. They are known to just spring up anywhere and show their bright, colorful faces. They bloom in adverse conditions and bring sunshine where there is none.

Be a daffodil.

 

**This post was prompted by this week’s Photo Challenge: Rare**

 

 

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