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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.