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Make It FUNtional

13 Dec

Club Creative Studio’s blog has a focus on creativity.  Today’s post features a simple transformation of art.  I have often found the need to change something based on how I want it to function and serve a purpose for me.  With specific needs in mind, almost anything can be transformed and upcycled with creatively to fit a specific desire.

I recently went on a  gallery and store hop with a friend Lauren, in an area that is full of interesting places.  To mark our memories, I purchased a small piece of art at an import store.  This carved wood piece is from Bali.  Right away, I loved it and I knew how I wanted to display and use this item in my home as a creative form of inventive storage.

Lauren and I with a creative find from Impact Imports, PA

Lauren and I with a creative find from Impact Imports, PA

I wanted a new place to display and hang some of my personal necklaces, for an easy way to locate and admire them.  This carving inspired me to use the bottom portion for this purpose.  The tricky part was to figure out how and where I wanted to place the attached screw-hooks.  As with anything you are about to drill into, you want to make sure that you are making the right decision and make your marks correctly the FIRST time.

These are the hooks I used for my project.

These are the hooks I used for my project.

In order to not deface the art by placing the hooks directly to the front of the art, Lauren had the suggestion to place the hooks from under the bottom lip of this art. That made perfect sense and left me with the option to remove the hooks at anytime, if I wanted to display this in a different manner at any other given time.  The holes could be easily filled later and for the meantime, were at the bottom of the art so it isn’t obvious when and if I removed the hooks.

Added hooks on the bottom lip of this art.

Added hooks on the bottom lip of this art.

Finished art transformed in to a display jewelry hanger.

Finished art transformed in to a display jewelry hanger.

The hooks serve as the resting place for my hanging necklaces. I love the functionality of this and the art as well. It is placed in a room that I see it often, and I appreciate the added functionality of this art. This art has now been adapted to my needs.  I made it personal to me and useful to me.

Have you had the opportunity to alter art? Tell us about your experience and success of your project!  If you are looking to do a similar project, I suggest you make sure you have a stable structure to add your hooks to, making sure that your screws do not penetrate through the wood entirely. Space your hooks evenly, secure with adequate twist, and hang over-all project in a manner similar to hanging framed art, with care and concern for strength of nail choice.  good Luck with your creativity!

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Make Your Cake and Eat It (Part 1)

26 Oct

Club Creative Studio has an area near the design table with a supply of sweets on hand for that extra added energy.    This post has a focus on both creativity and sweets.  For the Halloween theme, an easy way to combine both creativity and sweets is to make cupcakes and decorate them. Enjoy the challenge to be creative in the kitchen.

Do you need some inspiration from others to spur you on?  Enjoy the suggestions for decorating your special sweet theme cupcakes. You can be equally creative! Good luck friends!

Slice those mint wafers for bat wings and ears.

These just make you smile, don’t they?

“Eye” think that you can decorate like this.

Sideways cupcake, sugar cone hats.

Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle

3 Oct

There can easily be many posts with the same title as this post in the Club Creative Studio blog site. Finding ways to reuse, repurpose or recycle is and always will be important.  The post for today will be continued with the Two-Cent Tuesday post as I dedicate the week to ideas that can spark your creativeness and honor your efforts to reuse an item creatively, repurpose it for a new view or recycle it to improve our environment.  Creativity takes many shapes and forms.

Photo taken in Sylva, NC

Now-a-days any earth-friendly methods of creating art has a specific focus on the reuse, repurpose or recycled theme because of its low cost possibilities.  Recently while driving on a main road going through the small but quaint town of Sylva, North Carolina you will find just off on a side road the automobile repair shop called: CT Auto Service.  The physical building caught my daughter’s eye right away because of the specks of color displayed on the side of the business storefront location.  We drove closer.  Upon further inspection and with camera in hand, we drove up to the front doors and walked around the building to admire the views.

Photo of CT Auto Service, Sylva, NC

The specks of color came from the variety of hundreds of license plates displayed side by side.  Even the roof eaves were lined with license plates that covered every inch available of the building.  Reusing unusual license plates, the owner of
the building had incorporated the plates into what serves as decorative siding onto the building facade. This is also great marketing as well because the idea to have his business theme of service to automobiles continues in theme inside and out of this building. It is very clear to a potential customer or to a returning customer where they should go as this is a specific visual landmark that has a specific description. The second you see the building right away an identity is established.  You may someday forget the name of the business or who the owner is but, chances are you won’t forget what the outside of the business looked like in physical appearance.  Visual people can appreciate that.

Finding a second purpose for anything is genius. Using these licence plates for this display on purpose is reusing them in a constructive and decorative way.   It is important to recycle the metal used in the making of a license plate and transform
it as an added protective element to the exterior walls of the building.

Too bad this business was not open when we took these photos on a Sunday. I would have liked to hear a few facts about how this idea was first suggested and how long it took to add all of the plates by hand. Pictured here are sections of close-up views from the side of the building.  The business also has a matching mailbox.

It looked like a few of the plates were duplicates, many states were represented, all branches of the military, some area schools and of course vanity plates, and humorous plates can be pointed out upon inspection.  A funny one in particular reads: Can’t Fix Stupid!  I don’t consider this collection stupid at all.  Do you wonder how all of these were gathered and how many there are?  Maybe during a later visit to the same area I can have all of my curiosities addressed with a conversation from the creative person with this brainstorm.

"You Just Can't Fix Stupid" Well, we will make a note of that.

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