Showing posts with label projects. Show all posts
Showing posts with label projects. Show all posts

Monday, September 26, 2011

Faith and a Frame

Oh the smell that filled the kitchen today.
Gingerbread cookies!!
That is a Christmas smell to us.  We have the Christmas music playing while the boys are making cookies.
There is always some kind of creating going on with them too.  They just couldn't make gingerbread cookies without a little gingerbread person, so from scratch they created this little lady.

Now onto my find....this 99 cent frame came from the second hand shop.

I painted it with Annie Sloan's Old White, clear waxed it, distressed it, and antiqued it with the dark wax.
Later buffed it.
Love it!
Now what was I going to put in it?
I wanted a Bible Verse.  God's Word is so encouraging!
I thought of burlap--yes I will have burlap for the background, but I will needlepoint the scripture onto 
muslin--tea dyed muslin.

It will need something added to it
I went to the Graphics Fairy to make cute tags.

This is what I came up with as my final project.

I love the tags.
I especially like the one on the bottom right that looks like it came out of a reader because of what it said.

It says:

I thought it went well with the scripture I chose.  
We need to taste and see that the Lord is good.  
Sometimes we want to stay in the nest where it is nice and cozy and not trust God to do what He wants us to do.  
When we obey and do what He asks of us, we can see amazing things happen, fear goes away, and we know that the Lord is near.

Linking up with:

Shades of Amber Chalk Paint Party
Knick of Time Tuesday
Brag Monday with the Graphics Fairy

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

She Worketh Willingly with Her Hands

Gotta love yard sales!
I got this frame for  $1  25cents.  
They were selling everything for a quarter by the time I got to this yard sale.
I grabbed this frame up.  I loved the wide edge and thought I could do something with it.

I painted it in Annie Sloan's Old White.
It took 3 coats to completely cover the stars and stripes.

I then went over to the Graphics Fairy who has great Vintage graphics to enhance your projects.
I chose a sewing theme.

I colored on the back of each piece with a charcoal pencil.
I flipped it over and randomly transfered sections of the graphic in different spots on the frame by tracing it with a pen.  The pressure from your pen transfers the charcoal to the surface of your project.

I then used a Sharpie Paint marker to paint over the charcoal drawing.

This is what I came up with:

I waxed it with Fiddes & Son's clear wax first and then went around the edges with the dark wax to give it an antique look.
I let it set for a couple of hours and then buffed it.

I am loving the burlap look with my ASCP.  I thought I would use a little bit of it on the background for the inside picture.  I ironed the piece of burlap and glued it to a board.  A piece of tea-dyed Muslin was then glued on top of the burlap for a layered look.

I tea-dyed another printable graphic from the Graphics Fairy for my inside pic.

I used the same glue to mount it to the burlap.



How does she look?

Here is another frame I painted with ASCP.
I painted and waxed it the same way.
Adding and tea-dying another graphic, I mounted it the same way inside the frame.

The glass is glaring too much in these pics...sorry.

"She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands."
Proverbs 31:13

Linking up With:

Weekend Craft Soiree & Blog Hop
Designer Garden: VIP Party
{Re} create Into Something New
Feathered Nest Friday
Shades of Amber Chalk Paint Party
Graphic Fairy's Brag Monday


Funky Junk's Sat Nite Special

Friday, August 26, 2011

It's Here!

I received my order of Annie Sloan's Paint today!

I bought Paris Grey and Old White from Robyn Story Designs.
I ordered from her because she offers flat rate shipping.
They were so good at communicating with me. 
 As soon as my package was delivered, I received an email from them saying that UPS just dropped it off.  
I thought this was great for those ladies who work and may not be home when their products arrive.

I couldn't wait to paint something!

I chose this:

Doesn't everybody chose a picture frame as their first chalk paint project?  :)

I painted a coat of the Paris Grey first.
This stuff sure does dry fast.

It looks white on this pic, but it was a grey color.
This is just one coat over the dark frame.

Next I highlighted some sections with Old White.
I sanded it a little and waxed it with Fiddes and Sons Jacobean Wax.
I probably should have waited a couple of hours for the paint to dry before applying the wax; because as I was buffing, I was rubbing more paint off.
Chalk Paint isn't suppose to wipe off of anything--it is suppose to stick really well.
So it definitely dried quickly and was good for the second color right away, but I guess I should wait next time before waxing it.
I still love the way it turned out.

Here is the before:

Here is the after:

Funky Junk's Sat Nite Special

Saturday, January 8, 2011

My Free Rocker

Last night at Work Party, I was blessed with this beautiful spindle rocker.  It was wobbly, so I knew we had to reinforce it. 
 Well, my Saturday was now filled with a little project.  
I knew Dan wouldn't do it till who knows when?  
I am a little obsessive when I want a project done:)  
I started taking it apart in hopes I could put it back together again.

  It goes so well in our home.  I really want to be able to use it in our living room.  That means people have to able to sit on it without falling to the floor.  Wouldn't that be a rotten thing to do to our guests?

 I told myself that if this doesn't work, it will have to be a porch decoration :( 
Dan helped me glue and put it back together.  Now it is clamped and drying.

The rocker has two right sided arm rests.  Does anyone have a clue why?  I didn't even notice it till I was putting the arms back on, and I wanted to make sure they weren't on the wrong side of the rocker.  I guess I had no need to worry.
I'll comment in a couple of days to tell you if it is sturdy enough to use in our living room.

Friday, December 10, 2010

I Love Quilting!

I've been busy this last week.  I was trying to fill an order for a friend.  I was piecing and quilting a runner.  I like to tea dye or coffee stain my quilts to give them an aged look.

After I finished that runner, I had to make a snowman felt runner also.  I really enjoy doing this kind of crafting. 
I love it that I can watch a movie in the evening and quilt.  Makes me feel like I am not wasting my time.
They are finished. Now I still need to work on some Christmas presents.  Time is flying.  There never seems to be much of that around--Time.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Scraps n Such

My craft sale is right around the corner.  I am getting excited and anxious because I still have tons of ideas in my head and time is running out.  One idea came last week.
Last week my father in law built new steps and did the trim work up in our attic.  He asked my younger two children to help carry out trash.  My ears perked up and right away I was searching the left over pieces that they were carrying out to the trash.  I said, "WAIT!  Don't throw that away.  That is great wood scraps!"  "Take a detour to the basement, now!"  My father in law laughed at me.  He knows I have a hard time throwing things away.  
After they left, I went right to work.  Creating something new from these scraps of trash. This is what I came up with.

I can't believe I built it.  I was so brave to use Dan's saw and nail gun.  It kind of made me feel tough.  I made some other little primitive boxes too.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Taking a Breather

This week Dan's parents are here.  Dad is working on the attic, and mom is keeping me company. 

 Since I have my craft sale during the week of Thanksgiving, I don't do any baking.  This week gives me a little breather from the intensity of crafting.  It also gives me a good excuse to bake.  Today Miles and I made apple pie and pumpkin pie for dessert tonight. 

They are so yummy!

Even though I am not focusing on my crafts this week.  I do have a goal of making penny rugs out of felt I bought at Joanne's.  I've never done this before, but I found a blog that shows you how to make them.  http://pennyrugsandmore.blogspot.com  I am going to try it.  I used her idea of using freezer paper to draw on before cutting out my circles. 

 Miles helped take the paper off and count them for me.

 Then I bagged each project to keep them organized.

I am slowly sewing them together, using the blanket stitch.  

I have one pack stacked.

This is how I am going to sew this group together.

My Mother-in-law is very good at knitting and crocheting.  She was working on snowflakes while I worked on the penny piles for my penny rugs.

It has been a nice break.  The attic is starting to come together.  Yippee!!

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