Friday 17 May 2013

Playing With The Stars & Stripes

My daughter, City Girl, has been missing her beloved Brooklyn.  Her husband has dual citizenship and can work on both sides of the border but City Girl can only be there for a few months at a time on a visitor visa. She's back home in Canada right now and pining for the city she fell in love with when she was 11 yrs. old.

City Girl calls her decorating style 70's meets Zen so I thought it would be fun to take a $1, plastic lazy Susan and give it 70's Op Art style.

Andy Warhol would have done it like this. ~

I'm going to stick the good, old red, white and blue.

Because this was plastic and kind of shiny on the top ~

and some kind of composite material on the bottom ~

I gave it a coat of primer to make sure the paint would stick.

I gave the whole thing a coat of soft white.  I'm going for a hippie poster look here and most of this is done free hand. I did pencil in the funky stars to get an idea of sizes and placement.

Painting around those stars got mighty tedious.  The Union Jack and the Stars & Stripes are the nicest flags out there but they are murder to recreate!  The top got a coat of spray, acrylic sealer.  This is for the kitchen table and will need to be somewhat washable.

Here she is all done. ~

Maybe you need to be smoking some wacky tobaccy to appreciate this.  City Girl liked it and she looked perfectly straight to me.

I swear this is my last flag unless it's French. Theirs is just a bunch of stripes!

I'm sharing this with:  Funky Junks Party Junk  Clever Chicks Blog Hop  Inspire Me Monday  Transformed Tuesday  Knick Of Time Tuesday Rustic Restorations Weekend  Thrifty Things Friday  Feathered Nest Friday  A Favorite Thing  Anything Blue Friday  Flaunt It Friday  A Peek Into My Paradise


  1. Good Morning Maureen, this is is a lovely idea and fun to do. When I was a teenager,I thought Andy Worhol was amazing, as everything he created was so different to what we were used to. I loved pop art.
    I have a couple of lazy susans which I use for my herbs and spices. I just whizz it around to find the spice I want to use. They are so useful, but would look much better decorated like yours.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Best Wishes

  2. Oh that is really cool Maureen! I'm sorry you're daughter can't enjoy Brooklyn more, but I'm glad she likes this. I have a feeling I'll be seeing this featured around. I love it and I'm perfectly straight....right now. Nice hand work girl!! Your patience shows!

  3. a lovely and so time-consuming gift from the heart :)
    you, my friend, are a generous Mom.

  4. I love it, swishy is good, even stone sober.

  5. That is really neat Maureen. The Dutch flag is easy too. ;) Enjoy the weekend. Pamela

  6. This is the cutes lazy susan! :D I love anything with flags on it, even French flags.

  7. Definitely don't need wacky baccy to appreciate this Maureen, I think it's great and what a lovely present for City Girl !

  8. Maureen,
    Hi! Great job there. Love the look of it.! Looks cool!

  9. A great job you did, my friend !!! I love it, but I could never be steady enough to paint around those stars. City girl should love it.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  10. City girl will love it, that's fantastic!

  11. What a thoughtful gift. I love that it's fun and funky!

  12. Maureen,

    You never cease to amaze me with your artistic talents! If I were City girl, I'd feel like my MOMMY'S work should be on show at the MMO in NYC!!

    Poppy :)

  13. Oh man... that is cool! It really does have a funky 60's Peter Max look! I bet she loved it!


  14. lady this is amazing...I just love it!!!

  15. LOL..."smoking some wacky tobaccy"! Nope, but I still like it. It's a really fun piece.
    Farmhouse hugs,

  16. You did a great job on the lazy susan! Thanks for joining Diann and I at TTF this week.


  17. I Love it! I am your newest follower now.

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  18. I am visiting from one of my favorite parties...A Favorite Thing! What a fabulous job you did on the plate. I enjoy decorating for the patriotic holidays and that piece would fit right in. I am your newest follower and hope you get a chance to visit me at Still Woods Farmhouse!

  19. You're so cute, what a fun post and tweaking for your daughter. We had a lazy Susan just like that when I was little, thanks so much for the sweet memories.

    Happy weekend!

  20. Well Maureen I just love it! Great job! I'm so glad you joined us this week at Transformed Tuesday.

    Peggy~PJH Designs

  21. I"m doing this! Thank you so much for sharing your idea and taking the time to document the steps.

    I even have the lazy susan - just like your $1 find at the Thrift Store. But mine was inherited from my mother.

    Again, thanks for the cute idea.

  22. What patience you must have had to create all those little stars!