Sunday, October 16, 2005

Stuck on you

I finished another instant gratification project on Friday night while watching this (which, if you haven't seen it, is a terrific program with three seasons now out on DVD). And, as always, I like to be working on something while watching TV.

I know that New York has everything there is to be had, but the trick to living here is knowing where to find it. And after living here for fourteen-plus years, I'm still sometimes at a loss for certain items. So every time I find myself in the suburbs, I make a trip to Michael's crafts to stock up on all the items I can't find at home. During my last visit I found a package of 1/2" magnets, which I had been needing for quite a while. I contemplated decorating them with marbles, but where in NYC would I find them? (probably found in the floral district? Should have looked for them at Michael's while I was there...)

Anyway, first I painted the magnets either white, pink, or light blue. Then I cut the pictures from the Hancock's of Paducah catalog, so if you're a quilter some of these prints may look familiar to you. The photo selection process reminded me of an exercise from one of my college graphics classes where we created an interesting composition using just one letter of the alphabet. I loved that project! And after a few coats of decoupage, they're ready to go! Ah, a project finished before bedtime. Just my speed.

And here are some of the magnets with his and her refrigerator postings:


  1. those are great! clever idea. and thanks for a netflix suggestion. my list was very bleak and depressing.

  2. Those magnets are great!! Can I ask is the paint an acrylic?

  3. Thanks for your nice comments. The paint is called Spectra Paints, and I bought it at Hobby Lobby but haven't been able to locate it ever since - probably because I was looking at Michael's and only just realized my mistake! The paint is great for tshirts as well. I've emailed the company to ask about retailers and will post again when I receive an answer. Thanks for asking!

  4. Oh, I didn't answer your question - Spectra Paint is an acrylic.

  5. Hi, just found your blog.
    That's so smart, painting on the magnets themselves. Very good result, too.

  6. I know this is a really old post, but I wanted to show you the tacks I made with your idea...