Friday, July 3, 2015

Paint Sticks & "fill in the blank"

What to do with a box of paint sticks? Like fine wine, they pair nicely with other items to create a visually appealing palate of creative, yet functional, items.

Paint Sticks & embroidery hoops + lamp shade

For awhile now I have wanted to redo these trashed-jug-bedside-lamps, the Mod Podge paper map & book sheets just isn't doing it for me. I think its the dynamics of our room, which is pretty eclectic and super messy. Between the piles of laundry, dusty stacks of books, and random kids pictures taped to the wall, the mismatched paper shades added to the messy look.

In addition to decluttering, its time to add pieces with more substance. (That makes total sense in my head but may not translate well to others.)

So what does a lamp shade with substance look like? From my mind to your eyes: like this.

Inspiration found here, but I am partial to my free version. ~wink, wink~

The first attempt was a fail. Following this tutorial on Hometalk, I, too, found that a drum lampshade would be MUCH easier to work with. Trying to work with the cone shape, the highlighted section shows where I tried to overlap the sticks on the top...ehhhhhhh, still too "gappy" near the bottom. 

Pulling everything apart and starting over, the paint sticks were overlapped with the embroidery hoops in-between the two layers. WIN!                                                                                                                                                     And did I mention that I spray painted the logo-sides of the paint sticks a lovely off white color? Helps bounce some light around and plenty does get through. 

Paint Sticks & Lattice

Have you seen these beautiful stripped stars by Scavenger Chic or The Sophisticated Hillbilly? Totally inspiring for a star aficionado. 
The most "pain staking" part of this project was sanding off the Home Depot logo. They were stained with homemade maybe sanding was an unnecessary step, but I didn't want to take any chances on the logo peeking thru.

Measuring out the paint sticks was easy...getting the lattice pieces to line up was a bit trickier. Not as clean-cut of a look as the above bloggers' versions, but still totally adorable. 

I'm crushing on my own craft. It just might be my personal favorite for the year.

Still have some paint sticks left over...What to do? What to do?

Monday, June 22, 2015

Cigar Box to Hospitality Box

Last year my sister gave me a shelf-full of cigar boxes. Her roommate paints designs on them and sells them in her shop.

Finally I've done something with one of the boxes...I'm such a scared-y cat in crafting with them. I've been afraid to alter it since it looks vintage in its original form (is it sacrilegious to the vintage trend to "un-vintage" something? lol).

                 ...but since they are just sitting on a shelf as basically a dust collector...its time to muster up some creative backbone and just do it!

Starting out, I created a Pinterest Board, which is turning into my modus operandi. How can I craft without first making a board? lol

Next, assembled a few items already on hand and then made a shopping list for the rest. 

Finally, straightening into my crafting backbone, I Mod Podged Belle onto the front of the box...after the initial dab of sealer it was a breeze from there. Just had to get the ball rolling. 

New Front

New Inside

Not Pictured: added a note card with our wi-fi password

A small basket worked fine since most bathroom supplies are already in the bathroom (thankful for open shelving!) 

This was my favorite find for the basket. Its in the travel-sized section at Walmart. 

Nothing terribly fancy but a little "something" to make our guests feel welcome. 
It'll be fun to add to this...magazines, lotion, etc. 

How do you make guests feel welcome? 

Friday, June 5, 2015

Curbside Bar-Height Chair

I actually have no idea what style this chair is called. Bar stool? Bar height chair? Fun-spinning-chair (kiddos term)? Let's call it a Bar-Height Chair.

Anyways, after dropping my daughter off at school we snake thru the surrounding neighborhoods for treasure. I found this chair next to a saddle and old coffee table. Being short a horse, I left the saddle, and too many car-seats with diapered bottoms in them kept me from scooping up the coffee table. Chair it was.

Seat was a bit worn but the rest of the chair was protected by a thick layer of dust. lol


oh look, my personality comes in a paint color

Couple sloppy coats of homemade chalk paint in Moody Blue as seen here.

Then wiped on/wiped off with walnut stain. Pictured below: the forelegs have been stained but not the back legs. Stain adds a slightly green tint. Love how the stain highlights the grooves and nicks adding more charm.

Sealed with polycrylic.

The Final Result: 

chair mug shot

Now I just need to clear off my counter so I can enjoy my counter-height/breakfast-bar chair...or whatever it is called. 

Love the stars? Click here to see the tutorial on the larger star. 
Click Here to see the tutorial on the smaller red stars. 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

No Zombie-Style Faith

Last year we attended a Family Strong Bonds event thru the Army, using The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families as the curriculum. Habit Two encouraged families to "begin with the end in mind --  establish values and a Family Mission Statement." (paraphrased) 

This verse is our Family Mission Statement. It helps us choose how to spend our time, money, energy, how we relate to our friends and family, etc. Personally, I think Christians over use "I'll pray for you," and then that's it. 

Prayer is great, don't get me wrong, there is power in prayer, but it is no magic wand. 
James 2:14-26 encourages showing your faith thru your deeds. 
In fact, it says, faith without deeds is dead. 

No zombie-Style Faith! 
looking alive but really dead

The technique for creating this picture was found on pinterest for use on a mirror. Check it out here: 

Since I don't have a cricut or the patience to cut out every.single.letter, I used leftover scrapbook letters and removable wall stickers. 

Seriously, I LOVE every turquoise hue, so it was necessary to use multiple shades of it. lol

I rather like the streaked look. 

I tried not to load my brush up to prevent paint from leaking under the letters. 


As you can see, some letters bubbled up and the paint leaked under. Oops. 

Not sure if this could have been avoided had I used the contact paper that was suggested. 

Or maybe if I'd run a hair dryer over the words first to better secure the adhesive. 


This was quickly fixed with the white sharpie marker. White out was the back up plan. 

Do you have a family mission statement? 
Or a family mantra? 

A Penny for your Thoughts...or a Tray full!

Check out the different backings from different years ~~ love~~. 
The older one's went into the bottom corner of the penny tray. 

covered in polycrylic

May 23rd is National Lucky Penny Day, btw. Never heard of this prior to stumbling across a Pinterest post on it. Now, I already had these two projects in the works prior to finding out that there was a lucky penny day but had stalled on them. I'm notorious for littering our basement with half completed projects. So, National Lucky Penny Day became Just-Finish-the-Penny-Projects-by-this-Day day. It was a lot of gluing while watching TV, but they are done! ( is short some sealant).

Penny Tray: Dine in or Lap Top Friendly

Balancing pillows on my legs while working on my lap top in bed isn't very effective. A bit too wobbly. This tray was a $2 garage sale score and the inspiration came from Domestically Speaking, click here to see her beautiful version.

I accidentally deleted some of the "during" photos, but here is what I could find. For a better idea of how I "painted" the oak see the tutorial at Domestically Speaking.

The tacky glue worked about 99% of the time, a couple pennies needed regluing...but maybe they didn't get enough glue to begin maybe not the glue's fault.

Project is still being sealed with polycrylic. As you can imagine, it will take several layers to fill up the spaces between the pennies.

BUT, in the meantime, it is functional.

breakfast in bed? 

and after breakfast, no need to get out of bed to blog!

Garden Gazing Ball

I have absolutely no idea why gazing balls exist. 

What is their purpose?

Is it just because they are cute? 

Scare bugs away? 

Or attract bugs? 

Or something to look at in the dreary winter?

Whatever the reason, our garden now has one. 

Thank you Dollar Tree for the small candle votive. All the pennies, and I do mean ALL the pennies
, on this project have the exact same side facing up. Its the newer design for penny backs. After finding a handful of uniquely old ones while gluing pennies on the tray, I kinda became obsessed with that was on the back of the penny. A huge benefit of going with the newer pennies is the shine, no cleaning required.

Since this wasn't going to get sealed, I went with a tougher glue, generously applied. So far no pennies have fallen off. The painters tape helped hold sections in place while the glue set.  

 just noticed my foot photo-bombed...and you can't even see the cute pedi! sheesh

I look forward to seeing the copper age and weather over this next round of seasons. 

Copper and blue pair well. :)

On an entirely different note: the hydrangea above, in the large teapot, nearly lost a battle with a hail storm, followed by snow, followed by days and days and days and days of rain and gloom (weird weather for this time of year). 

BUT, this morning I noticed some tender new leaves bravely sprouting. 

~fingers crossed that the sun stays out and the hydrangea bounces back~
hmmmm, maybe a lucky penny nearby will help? ha ha 

Well, happy Lucky Penny Day. (Whatever that means.)

P.S. Here is that cute pedi that the camera didn't capture. I NEVER get my toes done. It was a mother's day present with my little seven year old princess (who giggled thru the salt scrub ~precious~). While the paint won't last, at least the picture, and more importantly, the memory, will. :)