Thursday, December 29, 2016

Favorite Posts of 2016

It has been a busy year but there are a few projects that stand out.

Here is a look back at some of my favorite projects of the year.

Wooden beads with tassels.

Wooden Bead Garland

Chalkboard made from old cabinet door.

Up cycled burner cover.

Fall sign

Refinished table in chalk paint with a little bit of silver highlights.

Repainted thrift store vase.

Water Lily and Dragonfly Vase Redo

Shabby Chic Clock.

Repainted thrift store globe.

Painted and decoupage wooden deer.

And my largest and most favorite project of all, my new to me painted china cabinets.

Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!

Hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful day with family and friends.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Two Days Until Christmas and Plant Stand Makeover

Wishing everyone a very peaceful and happy Holiday season.

With all the hustle and bustle it is good to finally have everything ready.  Ornaments hung, packages wrapped and dinner ordered.  Yes, I ordered a complete 
Organic Christmas dinner from Whole Foods.  Just need to pick it up on Saturday and warm on Sunday. We are spending Christmas at home, just the two of us.  No way did I want to cook all that food from scratch.  We have ordered their dinners before, they are very good and include even the pumpkin pie for hubby.

Now it is time to relax and enjoy the season.  Last week I made a new Christmas earrings and necklace set.  Awhile back I came across some vintage plastic beads that looked like Christmas candy in two different sizes.  Perfect for earrings and necklace. I used a piece of red silk cording I already had in my stash.

And today I had a little spare time to get a long overdue project completed.

This oak plant stand belonged to my mother.  I really love the style.

But there was water damage to the top.  So I decided to paint it white with chalk paint.

Here it is partially painted.

I am trying out a different brand of paint that I haven't used before.  It seems a little thing and can run easily, not as thick as I am used to using.  But hoping two coats will cover.

And here it is after one coat.

And now two coats.  I got good coverage and a nice finish.  Guess I will try other colors of this paint on other  projects in the future.

I really love it's new look.

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 19, 2016

2017 Calendars

I always like to look in the cute boutique gift shops when I go shopping.  But the prices are usually more than I want to spend.

One item I always admire are the calendars. But $20.00 or $30.00 dollars is more than I want to spend for something I am going to toss away at year's end.

So a couple of years ago I decided to start making my own.  This coming year is the same as 1899.  I googled 1899 and came up with one I wanted to make to stand on my desk.  

And found another one to make on Wings of Whimsy site.

For the desktop 4 panel calendar I printed the four panels and a 12 month calendar sized to fit on the back.

I cut each piece out and scored the panels, then glued the calendar to the backside of the panels and folded along the score lines.

I sprayed the front with a clear shimmer mist, added a few bronze colored stickles accents and it is ready to stand nicely on my desk.

I also accented the boats with clear Wink of Stella.

Overall measurement is approx. 11" x 6"

Next came the 6 page calendar, each page has 2 months.

I began by printing each image out sized to 5" X 7" on a full sheet of card stock on my laser printer.  Using a ruler I tore the borders off just where the printing ended making the page long and narrow with 3 torn edges and a smooth cut top edge.

The torn edges and the top I aged with distress ink.


Next I sprayed each page with shimmer mist and highlighted parts of each page with one of the Winks of Stella pens in clear, silver or gold.

Next I highlighted parts of each image with co ordinating Stickles.

And finally I added a few bling jewels in matching colors to each page.

I will punch two holes at the top of each page and thread a piece of seam binding through the holes to hang my new old calendar.

I have one more calendar to make that I downloaded and printed from Shabby Art Boutique site.

Happy Crafting!