Tuesday, August 12, 2014

DIY Vendor Display Rack To Hang Merchandise On... pursuing my dreams

In my last post...
I left you with some sources of inspiration I found online to develop and reach your goals and dreams in life.

I hope to continue sharing the progress I have made in my life as time goes on... by writing my dreams down on paper, creating a vision board, speaking over those dreams daily and working toward those goals.

One area in my dream pursuits that I wanted to give some more time to is my art. 
 Just to recap... I quit my job back in 2007 to pursue a dream of being a full time artist.  I began painting and selling online... steadily developing a customer base and business.  However, when the economy crashed in 2008... so did my sales and I eventually quit selling art altogether.

Fast forward til now... My mother and I started renting an antique booth last year.  She sells antiques and vintage items and I try to sell my art.  The problem with that is I have never had an art display or a real art presence in the booth... I have just "thrown" my paintings in there and hoped they would sell.

So... that is what I have been working on lately... ways to display and make more of an artistic statement in our booth.

I had some blank ornaments packed up for a few years now and I recently got them out and started painting.  I realized that I did not have a way to hang them... 
so I got my DIY juices flowing and came up with this floor display rack...

This is how I started...

I used a tall left over 4x4 post from my new deck out back... upcycle!!  

Next... I took an old shelf (not in use) and cut a piece for my base. (You can buy a more finished plaque at Walmart or Hobby Lobby in the craft section)  

I grabbed my saw and drill and all the wood pieces I could find to make the stand.  Just trying to use what I have!! 

I drilled a hole in the bottom of my base with a flat spade bit so that I could hide the screw underneath and it wouldn't rock back and forth on the ground.

I centered the first hole... but had to add one more on the corner to give it extra support.

Next... just screw the base into the bottom of the post through the hole you created on your base with your bit. (You may want to pre-drill a hole (with a smaller bit than your screw) in the post and center it... depending on how many screws you use.)  And then screw the base on using the pre-drilled holes.

 I wanted to show you how I screwed in the plaque on top of the display rack.   
Same as I did on the base... but this one is through the top of the plaque. 

If creating a sign holder... this hole will be covered.

 If you want to use a finial as the topper... you can skip the flat spade bit drill step and just pre-drill a small hole for the finial.

(this small signholder is for a second display post I'm creating)

As for the sign holder... it was tricky... but I got it to work.  I just happened to have left over canvas frames... I simply hot glued popsicle sticks and thin wood pieces to the back of the the frames to create a gap to slide my sign into. Then, I just glued the back of the frames together.

Since not everyone has canvas frames laying around... 
my thought on this would be to find some unfinished CHUNKY thick wood photo frames and do the same thing.

After painting everything white... I screwed in cast iron hooks I purchased on sale at Hobby Lobby.

 I glued my sign holder on with E-6000 and Hot Glue.

Next... I just printed a sign from my computer and put it in the sign holder!

I'm working on a second display rack... a table top one using the same method!  Can't wait to get it all set up in the booth!

I'll show you pics when I do!!

Thanks For Stopping By!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Inspiration That I Found For Living Out Our Dreams and Goals In Life

We all seem to have some sort of dreams and goals in life.
I have MANY creative ambitions floating around in this head of mine.
Sometimes the visions and thoughts get overwhelming and I can’t seem to keep up.
I then lose sight of them and either forget them or get distracted from them just from the daily routine of life… and HONESTLY… with me… just plain laziness.
I'm sad to say… 
I have become just a dreamer and not a doer… and that bothers me.
And because of that... I just see life standing still and not moving forward.

Well… one night… I was listening to a TV ministry program
and one of the guests was Terri Foy.
I knew of her but had never listened to her.

That night she spoke right into the heart of me about my dreams and goals.
She also had a plan… a way to organize those dreams and goals.
So recently… I began listening and watching her videos on her Youtube channel.

I also watched some Church videos I found from her conferences overseas.

 That also led me to John C. Maxwell (a success coach/motivational speaker)… she spoke of him and quoted from him.

So… I began to watch and listen to some of his videos that are posted on Youtube… Wow!  I received so much motivation on how to discipline myself and how to approach my visions and dreams in life.
I also received some insight (from both of them) on
 who I was becoming verses who I want to become.

Now to get started...
Terri’s focus is getting a vision for your life, writing it down, having pictures/photos to go along with those dreams… keeping those pictures in front of you and then acting as if it has already come to pass.  All of these principles are biblically based.

You can order her image books or just buy your own like I did...

I'm in the middle of printing out my pics and posting them in different places.

I also created a vision board in my art room.

Terri talks about her board in her office and how to set one up in this video...

You want to keep your visions, dreams, and goals in your sight all the time because... out of sight... out of mind.

From the videos I watched… Maxwell’s focus is on taking 5 things and doing them everyday to further your purpose in life.  The one suggestion I love most is: everyday… add value to others.

We live in such a “me” world these days… and it’s so easy to lose sight of helping others in their journey when all you think about is your own journey… and yes…at times I’m guilty of this myself.

They both give such great examples how to do all these things that help organize, advance, and grow the visions and dreams that you have for your life.
And I love that Terry calls them “those God inspired ideas.”

So... I just wanted to share with you these resources I have found for learning how to live out your dreams and goals... and being inspired and motivated to do them!  They have really blessed me!

I would love to hear any advice or experiences that you have had in living out your dreams! 

Please share if you have started a vision board and a journey of fulfilling your dreams and goals in your life!!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Some Paintings I’ve Been Working On


Hi again everyone!  Two posts in one week… that’s a wow for me!

I just wanted to share with you some paintings I’ve been working on in the midst of our backyard makeover.

I try to get some creative time in when it’s raining or too hot outside to work.

I LOVE painting and creating… so here you go…

Girl Playing Guitar

So enjoyed painting this gal and her guitar!

Folk Flower Painting

And… I always have to throw some Folk Flower Paintings in the mix!

Folk Flower Crate Art

This one is painted on one of those Shipping Crate Table Panels I’ve been holding on to for awhile now.

And last… but not least…

Cow Wing Back Chair Painting

This painting (it’s a biggy) actually started out as something else… but after some frustration with it… I wiped the slate clean and painted this…

it is one of my FAVS this summer and I may do a series of them!

As you can tell… I’ve been in a colorful mood with my art here lately… and loving it!

KJoyner Art

I am always thinking about selling my paintings again… I’m in the process of trying to figure out where and when.

Thanks for stopping by… hope you enjoyed! 



Thursday, July 10, 2014

Update on Backyard



Helloooooo Everyone!

Sorry I haven’t chimed in here on the blog lately…

It’s been a busy summer!

We are STILL working in our backyard.

Just when I thought we were close to finishing… we decided to add just a few more projects on the list…

YEP… because we are cool like that… uh huh!


Soooo… we decided to rescreen our back deck… ourselves… surprise, surprise!

We had some privacy trees put in… that we did not do ourselves…Ha!


We also decided to bring in some creek rock.

(Talk about being sore.)


And it is all SLOWLY coming together!  Things are blooming and there is light at the end of the tunnel!

Hope you are having a great summer!

To show you where we’ve been to where we are going in our back yard…

click here…



Friday, May 23, 2014

Our DIY Backyard Project… Seven Years In The Making (So Far)


We’ve been working on our backyard ever since we moved in 7 years ago.  We initially put in a lot of hard work… was fine with that…

until we weren’t…

and then we changed it up all over again!

Backyard Project

This is what it first looked like when we moved in.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Reflecting Back on My Art


Just reflecting back on some of my art today.  

Most of it was VERY COLORFUL pieces!

Folk Flower Art By KJoyner

I don’t know if some of you even knew that I use to paint and sell online… and maybe some of you bought some paintings from me?   It was a complete leap of faith I took a few years ago… like quitting my job leap of faith and pursuing art and painting.  

Women Abstract Art By KJoyner

As with most things… it took a few months to get established and to start developing a customer base… with those who began to collect some of my work.

 Cat Art By KJoyner

Unfortunately, it was around the time when the economy busted and sales dropped to a point I couldn’t continue pursuing it.  

Folk Women Art By KJoyner

I have yet to take that leap of faith again since the economy has slightly improved…

but I do think about it.

Crab Art by KJoyner 

In the meantime…  I just wanted to share some of my previous work that I sold online. 

Sea Art by KJoyner

Folk Fish Art By KJoyner

I was very much into colorful beach type artwork but was able to try my hand at other types of art, as well.

Fancy Girl by KJoyner

I often wonder if people are still enjoying the paintings they bought from me.


I leave with you some of my most recent work…

Mixed Media Art By KJoyner

My use of Color and Style has definitely evolved some.

And just to let you know…

I still enjoy my home décor styling and DIY projects I do here on Creative Ambitions. 


Painting is also a passion of mine… it’s my escape and the joy that comes from it is beyond words! 

Hope you enjoyed my walk down memory “art” lane today!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Spring Mantel 2014



 Spring Time

And well… that means it’s Mantel Time!

This one is a little different than my normal displays…

Spring Mantel Front

I kept it simple and “flow-y”… light and bright!

I created a window by using an old canvas art frame… along with foam core to create fake windowpanes.

(I didn’t have a gigantic old window… so I improvised)

In other words… got creative!!