Tuesday, September 18, 2018

SOS 372: Welcome Home!

This week at Shopping Our Stash, we are saying "Welcome home!"  We would like to see projects inspired by your home-- where you live now or where you come from.   (Thanks to Deena on the team-- this was her idea... isn't it great?)

So, what is home to you?

I was born in Maryland, and much of my family is there.  I have only been back three times since my parents lefts the state when I was six months old, but because so much of my family is there, and since my folks met and spent much of their youth in Maryland (my dad is actually a Terapin... Go Terps!), I have ties to the state.  I mean, I grew up with Old Bay and crab (although it's not blue crab here in California...).  I have also always been a huge fan of the flag, the state bird (Baltimore Oriole), and the state flower (Black-eyed Susan).  I'm wishing I had a trip scheduled soon.  One set of my aunt/uncle (I have about 7 sets there, one set in DC) own and operate a vineyard in Newmarket and it's pretty close to heaven on earth.  If you are in Maryland (CHRIS), you should visit.  They are the best people.  And I think you might like their product... :)

  • I bought the tin a year ago at an Asian market and this is just the sort of project I envisioned!  I coated the tin initially with alcohol inks in Mushroon, Oregano, and Ginger, but they did not look great on the bright aluminum.  I then coated it with black Liquitex gesso and rubbed it with some DecoArt metallic paint in Espresso.  I also added Pebeo sand to add the corroded look.  I added some Walnut Stain and watered-down Spiced Marmalade Distress Paint to the "corroded" areas to look like rust.
  • The Maryland flag (which is awesome... I have flip-flops that look like it!) is from some DP by Echo Park. It was on super-clearance at a scrapbook store I visited two weeks ago for the first time.  It was, like, staring at me.  Meant-to-be purchase.  I inked it with Vintage Photo DI and added water spots.
  • I wiped some hemp twine with the above-mentioned DecoArt paint and added it to the inside edges of the tin.
  • The flowers are many years old, made by Prima.  They were originally beige.  I paited them yellow with Liquitex acrylic, then added Glossy Accents to the centers and added black Recollections glass beads to make the Black-eyed Susans.
  • I used scrap craft copper sheets and metal dies for the "Marys From Maryland" sign.  Then I scribbled with Distress Crayon in Black Soot.  (This tin will go to my cousin Mary: we are the "Marys from Maryland!"  [My real-life name is Mary... Mimi is the nickname that my family and closest friends call me])
  • The tiny oriole is from a bird guide that was discarded from the library when a boy destroyed it.  Gotta love him.
  • The hanging apparatus is a Paper Studio safety pin.  I glued it with Glossy Accenst.
Hope to see you guys at SOS, and I look forward to your projects and learning a little about y'all!


  1. so incredibly awesome! (i didn't realize you were born in MD, my inlaws are there, so i recognized the flag!) ♥

  2. Mimi, what a fantastic ornament, the awesome vintage feel on it looks beautiful, that little tin tub is the perfect frame for this sweet picture. Love the bright pop of color from those tiny Daisies, or are they Black Eyed Susan's?
    Beautiful project.

  3. Well...for having never seen the Maryland state flag before today (that I recall) now I have seen it twice!!
    I adore the black eyed susans! My garden is full of them, it's the one flower hubby and I can agree on!!
    So awesome for the Marys from Maryland!!
    (did you know that I am originally Donna from Toronto - it rhymes if you say it with the Canadian accent - like in Switching to Glide by the Kings LOL)
    Yes, I am THAT lame