Sunday, December 11, 2011

Joy to the World

This was my Christmas project this week.  I love chunky wood crafts that my kids can play with and I don't have to worry about them getting ruined or what have you.  For these, I just used 2x4 boards, and cut 2 at 6", one at 4" and one at 2".  The lettering is vinyl, but everything else is paint.  All Americana brand, in Napa Red, Snow White and Light Hauser Green.  I painted the dots on, although on the website where I found the idea, they used vinyl dots, I just thought paint would last longer and not peel off next year when I pull it down out of the attic. I found the idea on Super Saturday Craft Kits site.  They have lots of fun ideas and you can order projects from them too.  Go check them out, I love a lot of their ideas and they have pretty nice prices too if you don't feel like putting it all together yourself!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

  A couple of my friends threw this project together for a group of ladies here and it turned out so super cute! It was so fast and easy to do that I just fell in love with it right away!  They did 2 sizes.  This one is 12x18 and then there was a smaller one that was 8x10.  Of course Chatty Walls did the vinyl for us.  :)  We used it as a stencil.  Thanks Chelon!  And Holly and her sweet husband bought and prepared all the wood for these!  You all are awesome thanks so much!
I just love the colors too.  Something fun and different.  I think Holly found the idea on someone's website, but I'm not sure where, or I would give them credit!  The colors I used are Americana's Snow White and Napa Red.  Which in my opinion is the best red in the world.  I love it.  And then I tried the Martha Stewart paints for the first time for the blue and can I just say I am a believer?!!  It is so nice and thick and just paints on so pretty.  I got Blue Sky in the satin finish.  Which I wasn't sure what that meant, but it dried with an almost pearlized quality to it.  I love it!  When I was done, I sanded the whole thing and then rubbed over it with a walnut oil ink pad to antique it.  Then I did a clear varnish on top of that.  My kids all helped and it was fun for all of us and easy enough for a 4 year old to help with.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Another Baby Quilt

I was able to finally finish a baby quilt last month, that I started 5 months ago.  One of Dave's friends at work had a little girl and I love to make them all quilts when they have little ones.  So fun!  It usually takes me 1-2 days to finish, but boy morning sickness hit hard and I just couldn't do it.  It stopped about the time I was 23 or 24 weeks along and so I was able to quickly finish it, and I'm so glad I did because then a whole other set of "fun" pregnancy trials started after that.  Hehehe, anyway, one of the great things about baby quilts is it uses up lots of scraps from other projects.  Last year I made Emmaline's kindergarten teacher a quilt and had just enough left over of each fabric ( like 1/3 yard of each) to whip out a baby quilt.  I think it turned out bright and fun and I guess even though it was a way late gift, it is only now starting to get chilly enough to use it, so it's ok right?  Hehehe.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A Service Project

A gal at church sent out a "crafts wanted" email for her daughters special needs school, and I was so very excited to do it and have something I could do while resting!  I made a few things for kids rooms, a few Thanksgiving crafts and a few Christmas ones.  It was fun!  I'm always so grateful to have the opportunity to serve, and the blessings I get in return always seem to far out way the service provided.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Wedding Gift

My daughter's teacher got married last Friday and quickly we needed to come up with a gift idea!  I found this idea on the Wood n Stitches etsy site and liked it.  I only added the name and year on the bottom.  Such a cute idea, I love that lady's creations!  The finished product was 12x15".  I just did it on scrap MDF I had left over from the family rules board.  I love it when I don't have to go out and buy anything for projects!  Especially last minute ones like this!

Anyway, I've been crafting like crazy lately.  Been stuck in bed with this pregnancy and it's one of the things I can do while laying down and my craft table will raise high enough and slide right over part of the bed, so I can paint, sew, whatever.  I'm sure thankful for little blessings like that, or I'd probably be addicted to every reality tv show and soap opera on these days.  :)

Friday, October 21, 2011

Family Rules Sign

A month or two ago, our little craft group made Family Rules Signs.  Some of us did personalized ones and some of us did this version.  Chatty Walls did the vinyl.  It's $20, and we just used it as a stencil, we all chose different paint colors and they all turned out so fun and different!  I got the 20" scroll on top from McFrugal.

It is a large project, but so fun, and it's hanging in the hallway and is the first thing the kids see when they come home from school.  I was hoping it would temper the fights and arguments my 4 monkeys have been having......I'm still waiting to see the results.  Hehehe.  The wood is cut out of a large sheet of MDF.  The measurements are 20"x32".  I also routered the edges of mine, but I don't think the others did.  Here are a few other examples of the other ladies boards, lots of fun ideas!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Happy Halloween Stackers

We did a bunch of these stackers a couple weeks ago with out craft group.  They turned out so super fun!  I love the whimsical little characters.  Chatty Walls did a fantastic job!  These are on 2x4's, but many of the women did theirs larger on 2x6's.  It was such a fun and super quick project.  I love those kind, especially when I am giving a bunch of them out as gifts.  Makes me happy.  :)  If you are interested in the vinyl part of it, just contact Chelon at Chatty Walls.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Boo! Wooden Letters

 I have some really kind, sweet friends who cut these letter out and collected fun scrapbook paper together to have a craft day for a few of us stay at home mom's.  I KNOW how much work goes into using those saws and they did many sets, you all are wonderful!  Thank you!!!  The idea came from Maria at You Craft Me Up, the woman seriously has some fun ideas, if you've never checked out her blog, do, she does the funnest things!
I think she actually did her letters smaller, these are 16" tall, and I think hers are 12".  They turned out so fun though, and I can't wait to see how all the ladies embellish theirs differently from one another.  That's the fun part!  Thanks for a day out of the house ladies!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A Trio of Pumpkins

I was asked to teach a class for a ladies craft night coming up in a couple weeks, and when I saw the post that Maria did over at You Craft Me Up! I just had to try it out.

She has a video on there on how to distress your 4x4 posts and all the supplies you'll need to make your own.  It was so fun to use a chisel.  :)  It was a lot harder than she made it look though....I may have said a bad word or two, and there may or may not have been an indecent where I got mad and threw the hammer, but there were no witnesses, so it can't be proven.  In the end, it was way fun, and I can't wait to teach the other ladies.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Halloween Subway Art

 I haven't felt "crafty" for a few months now, but now that Fall and Halloween are on there way, I just can't help but feel excited and hopeful that maybe, someday soon, the temperatures will cool down and Fall will finally be here!  Eeeee!  Excited.  Chatty Walls came up with this Halloween Subway Art for our crafting group, we had seen some similar ones out there, but I really liked the layout and fonts in this one.

All you need is a 1x12x18" piece of pine board.  And paint in which ever colors you choose.  Above is the dark version and then we did a light one below.  It's the same board, we just used both sides.  :)
We used the negative of the cut vinyl, so that we could use it as a stencil and paint it up.  It makes the reveal so much funner!  But it would be the fastest project ever if you just used the vinyl as the words also.  Chatty Walls is charging $10 for the vinyl, and you would just drop them an email and tell them that you want the Halloween Subway Art.  I don't think it's up on their website yet.

I found the iron scroll on top of the board online at McFrugal.  I ordered a bunch of different sizes and so did a friend, it makes the shipping cost a lot better if you can split it with a buddy!   

As far as paint colors go, we used Americana brand in White, Black, Burnt Orange, Light Hauser Green, and on the black board, Lavender, and on the white board, Dioxazine Purple.  Love love love it!

Friday, June 10, 2011

4th of July Board

 A group of us ladies got together a week or so ago and made a few 4th of July boards.  I had seen the idea on the Wood N' Stitches blog, actually I think it was on her etsy page.  Anyway, it was up there for a week and then it was gone, thankfully I had saved a pic of it and asked a friend to help me make one just like it.  It's a little different from how she did it, but I love the way it turned out!
 I was just going to do it exactly like she had done hers, but then decided I wanted routered edges on my boards and then my buddy also had the great idea of trying some of my crackle paint on it.
It turned out so fun, and more antiqued like how I prefer all my Americana decor.  Thank heavens for friends and their great ideas!  :)

Monday, May 23, 2011

A Teacher Gift for a Very Special Teacher

Our 3rd, and most shy child, had a wonderfully fantastic Kindergarten teacher this year. She taught her so many things and pulled her out of her shell a bit. We just love her!!! All our kids teachers were great this year, but I did get to know this particular one well because I was one of her room mom's.

So the other room mom and I got together and decided to make her something really special.
Something that all the kids in the class could contribute something to.
We decided on a quilt, with all their hand prints on blocks.
It was so fun, and messy, but worth it! The quilt is nearly twin sized, and so large that I had to fold it in half and take a picture of the top and bottom halves. If I weren't so lazy, I could have gone out to the garage and gotten the ladder to snap a shot of the entire thing....but yeah, like that was going to happen. :)
We tried to choose fabrics as fresh and funky as she is, and I am really really pleased with the way it turned out! I know my little girl will certainly miss her next year and we hope she will continue to bloom and grow!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Mostly Spring Crafts

 This was a fun craft to do because it is dual purposed!  One side is spring....
 then you flip it around and it is for summer!  We got the idea for it off of Thoughts in Vinyl.  She had some really cute reversible ideas for fall/winter too.  Anyway, what's cool about that site, is you can just buy the whole kit, wood and all and make it.  Only I didn't.  Because I am cheap.  :) 
 One of my dear friends made this for me for Easter.  Cute huh?!!  Its just a wreath she got at Hobby Lobby for 50% off, the speckled eggs were 50% off too, and the ribbon also 50% off.  She just hot glued the eggs on.  Burnt herself a few times....I'm surprised she still likes me after that, but I love it!  Thanks so much!
I also finally finished the shamrock to go behind my Spring letters.  Thought I'd post it even though St. Patrick's Day is already done.  Now I'm working on something for May.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Spring Wood Letters

Aren't these fun?  I made this last week and I couldn't be more thrilled with the way it turned out.  You can't tell from the photo, but they are really really big.  The letters are 12 inches tall and the eggs are about 18-20 inches tall.  One of my buddies had the great idea to leave the Spring up March through May and just change what's behind them.  So for March I have a huge 4 leaf clover, April, the eggs, and for May, I am still trying to come up with something fun.  One friend suggested a bird with really long legs and another a huge flower.  Maybe I'll do both.  :)

They are just cut out from 2x12 wood and you need about 5 feet to cut all the letters our.  The eggs are made out of plywood and bead board.  Then you just trace the letter onto scrapbook paper, cut out the shape and mod podge or spray glue it on.  I sealed mine then with some clear coat and then embellished them up like crazy.  I think most of this line is Making Memories. 

It's pretty time consuming, and you need a scroll saw to do the letters, but I love it and it was fun!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Photograph Coasters

A friend of mine made me some really cute photograph coasters of the city I live in for Christmas.  I thought they were so clever and creative!  So, I decided to make a few of these sets up a few weeks ago for a friend who needed some things to sell in her yogurt shop out in Hutto.  

They are a very affordable craft.  All you need are the things in the top picture.  Felt, Mod Podge, sealant, a foam brush, 4 tiles (or however many you want), and pictures printed off on regular white tissue paper.

For printing the pictures on tissue paper, you just cut the tissue paper down to 8 1/2"x 11" and tape it to a regular piece of computer paper, then run it through the printer like normal.  Pretty cool!  Oh, I also printed them all in black and white.
 Just brush the mod podge directly onto the tiles.
 Then place the tissue paper on top.  It will be bubbly, but I just took my finger and tapped it gently down all around the tile and it ended up giving it an antiqued weathered look.
 See?  Not too bad.  Then you let them dry completely, then spray them with two or three coats of sealant so the pictures don't come off on the bottom of someones coke.  :)
Flip them over when they are all the way dry, and glue the felt on to the back so the tiles don't scratch up any nice tables they may be placed on.
Easy and quick project, I think it would be really really fun to put kids or family photos on.  Maybe even a picture of your child's class for teacher gifts.  The craft probably cost less than $2 for a set of 4.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Huge Family Subway Art Board

 Chatty Walls.  That's all I have to say about this fun project.  They are amazing!
 This is basically the same as the Huge Valentine's board, but this is one you can leave up all year.  :)
 And I like that.  :)
If you are interested in ordering the vinyl, which would be what I used for the background as a stencil, and all the lettering on this project, send Chelon an email and she can quote you a price.    And it's personalized at the bottom which I love too.  Super fun!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Crackle Paint Finish

For my dad's birthday, I wanted to make him a couple signs for his new house. We were trying to match a few pictures he had on his walls. You can't really tell but in the top corners, the paint is done in a crackle finish, and that's what we were trying to match.
This brand of crackle glaze is wonderful! I love it!
All you need to do this is to cut your boards. The little pieces here are for the frames, we were trying to match the paintings completely. :) Sand your wood real well, I had to get the kids bike tire marks off of this one, ply wood makes a good bike ramp apparently. :)

Then you are going to paint the board with your base coat. I used a chocolate brown color. It will be the color that shows through on the cracks.

When that completely dries, paint on the glaze. It will take about 2-4 hours to dry. It is important that your brush strokes for the glaze in the same direction, and in not too many strokes or it won't look as nice, it'll booger up.

When that is dry, paint on your top coat, I used a linen color. Again, all in the same direction and with as little brush strokes as possible so it doesn't get all gunky.

Then walk away.
Come back a hour later and look at the pretty antiquing that happened! So exciting!!! Make sure you seal it. The flakes will come off with time if you don't. I just used a spray clear coat.
Here are the finished signs. My dad has a nice theater room, we call The Man Cave. I think that's as crafty as he'll let me get with it, but I like it!
Here's how The Game Room sign turned out.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Rag Quilts

 A friend of mine gave me an entire bin of cute boy and girl flannel fabrics and I've been trying to work my way through them so I can give her the bin back.  :)

Some of the flannel was already cut into blocks (huge smile)!!  I usually do rag quilts with 4" squares, but, this one is done with 10" ones and it went together so dang quick, probably start to finish a hour, maybe.
If you've never done a rag quilt before, they are pretty easy.  All you do is cut your flannel to the size you want for your blocks.  You are going to want to add on an extra inch for seam allowance.  So say, these ones are 10", they are 9" blocks after being sewn.

Then cut your batting a bit smaller than you cut your blocks, for this quilt they were 8".  I like to use the warm and natural 100% cotton batting because nothing annoys me more than polyester.  It's icky.  And smells weird.  Anyway, my own pet peeve, just ignore that part if you love it.  :)

Take 2 blocks of flannel and 1 of batting.  Sandwich the batting between the blocks, right sides out.  Then top stitch and "X" with your machine completely across the blocks and batting.  That's one block finished!  Repeat until you have your desired number of blocks done.  Then sew them into rows using 1/2" seam allowance.  After your entire quilt is pieced, once side should look smooth and nice like a normal pieced quilt top.  One side should have all the 1/2" seams hanging out.  You want to sew all the way around the outside of your quilt too with the 1/2" seam allowance.

Take your scissors, and this will feel really wrong, but snip those 1/2" seams nearly to the stitch line and keep going over the entire quilt like that.  Be VERY careful not to cut into your seam though.  You'll have a hole!  After it's all snipped through all the blocks and all the way around the outside of the quilt, throw it into the washing machine.  Make sure no clothing is in there with it, or they will be covered in lint forever and ever and ever!

Wash it, dry it.  And then get your vacuum and clean out your machine after, because man, it is messy. It turns out so soft and cuddly though.  Makes me want another baby just thinking about tiny quilts.  :)

Friday, February 18, 2011

Slip Covering a Glider and Ottoman

 A friend of a friend asked me if I could slip cover a glider and ottoman for her, she was having a baby girl and it was too masculine.  I was excited about trying it because I hadn't done a glider before!  It was pretty fun!  The blue is the BEFORE shot.
 This is the AFTER.  I think it turned out pretty good.  It wasn't super hard to do either.  But it was a lot of putting the fabric on, pinning, sewing, putting it on again, pinning, sewing, etc.  You kind of have to make up the pattern as you go.  But it was fun.
It turned out sweet, and I was just glad I got it done before the baby arrived!  Whew!  I looked at this website for guidance in making slip covers.

They were pretty good!  I'd like to try a wingback chair next that I have in my house and it's just a hideous pink.  It's from my childhood in the 80's when mauve was so big.  :)