Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Valentine's Wreath




It is hard to believe the Holidays are behind us and January is more than half gone.

We have a break in the weather, so today I will make a run to the grocery store before the next storm hits.

Valentine's Day will be here before we know.  I thought it would be nice to have a new wreath for the front door.

I bought this twig wreath at the thrift store at the beginning of the month.  It will be perfect for this Holiday wreath.





I used several large red faux roses, faux pink grasses, pink glitter leaves and three red glitter hearts  from my stash.

Using hot glue I attached the grasses.




Next I attached the large red roses, two to one side and one on the opposite side.



Next I attached the pink glitter leaves on each side.





And lastly I hot glued the red glitter hearts at the bottom and towards the top.


This looks very festive on the front door.


Happy Crafting!








Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Painted Little Footstool




I inherited this little footstool from my Step-Dad.  He was a great woodworker, he had a complete wood shop and made the most amazing items. This little step stool was one of the first things he ever made in wood shop, in school in the early 1930's, as far as I can guess.

It was always something that was around but no-one ever payed much attention to.  It is very sturdy and very well made.  It had never been finished or painted so I decided I would give it a face lift and make it special.





I painted the entire stool with Parisian Grey chalk paint.


I had a couple of yards of gorgeous fringed trim to dress it up nicely.  I bought this trim a few years ago and had it tucked away for just the right project.



And here it is all dressed up and gorgeous.







I love the way it turned out and the height is just perfect for in front of my chair in the living room.





Happy Crafting!









Monday, January 16, 2017

New Vintage Finds




A little while before Christmas we bought an espresso machine and this morning was a perfect day for a nice hot cup of espresso and a biscotti cookie.  Woke up to cold and foggy morning.



This last weekend was our local vintage market for the month.


This month's theme was "New Year in Paris".  Lot of cool French stuff throughout the building.






My finds were mostly French inspired, too.


I plan to  use this cast iron Eiffel Tower to hold my bracelets.



And this gorgeous cherub bisque plaque is going to hang in my downstairs half bath that I have
plans to repaint and redecorate in the near future.


I have already added some white dry brushed paint to this heart lantern.  I think it will be perfect for Valentine's Day.  Maybe I will add a big red bow.


Happy Shopping!






Saturday, January 14, 2017

Week in Review




Monday

Storm of the Decade and Weekend  Finds

    



Wednesday

Large Calendar Finished




Thursday

Faux Aged Candlesticks


Friday

Faux Aged Pedestal


Happy Weekend!


Friday, January 13, 2017

Faux Aged Pedestal




I am attempting to rid my house of anything that its bright shiny gold.

I used the same process as I used on the two tall candlesticks.





I decided to also give this piece the look of rusted aged metal.

 Here is what I used to make my aged finish.


The first thing I did was to paint the piece black and let that dry.  Forgot to get a picture of that.

Then I added a coat of white chalk paint.   Leaving some of the recessed areas black.  Let that dry and added drops of the alcohol ink and dabbed that with a paper towel to smear and smudge.




And lastly I brushed on the gray chalk paint to lighten any areas where the colors needed blending and highlighted a few spots with the bronze Stickles.







I used the completed pedestal to elevate this bust and placed it between the two matching candlesticks.


Happy Crafting!








Thursday, January 12, 2017

Faux Aged Candlesticks



 For this project I was going for the look of rusty aged metal pieces.  Something that would be found in the dark back corners of a French Antique market.


Here is what I began with, two very shiny bright gold candlesticks. These measure over a foot tall.





One even had a chip on top.



These are the products I used to create the look of aged rusted faux metal.


I first painted them black with regular craft black craft paint.


And when that was dry I painted them with white chalk paint, leaving some recessed areas black and let them dry.

I must be out of the habit of taking pictures because I missed that step.

After the white was dry I dribbled the alcohol ink onto the surface and quickly dabbed and smeared it with a paper towel.

The chip is no longer visible with all the aging on the piece.



  I used the gray chalk paint to mute any areas that were too bright.  Next using a small brush I applied the Stickles to a few areas that might have formed salt or metal crystals as they aged.

And here they are dressed for Valentine's Day with candle bobeches and red crystals.  After Valentines day I will trade the red crystals out for clear crystals.

And I see a peak at tomorrow's project.



Happy crafting!






Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Large Calendar Finished



Well, I finally finished my large 2017 calendar.

I found this calendar on one of my favorite Australian blogs, Shabby Art Boutique.  I printed the 12 pages on 8 1/2 by 11 inch card stock.

Next,  I used Japanese pearlized watercolors to add a different colored wash around the boarder of each month.  Love to use these for a little shimmer when painting a picture with regular watercolor paints.  Sometime I will add a little shimmer to things like sun rays in pictures.  Fun watercolor paints to experiment with.



Here is the printed calendar.




I painted a light color wash the border on each month and let them dry.

Next I highlighted the flowers with different shades of Stickles.








And when everything was dry I punched two holes at the top edge and hung my new calendar by a length of pink dyed seam binding.


Happy Crafting!