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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Ride & Sing Christmas Sign

I made up a few of these fun signs for Christmas gifts this year.
I bought this design off of Peppermint Creative.  It came with 4 really fun designs and this is one of them.

What you need for this project are the following:
1x12x16" pine board
Black Paint
White Paint
Red Paint
Glitter Red Paint
2 Eye Hooks
Ribbon
Sand paper
Vinyl Design


I really had fun trying out glitter paints.  In the past, I had tried the Martha Stewart Glitter paint and it is pretty, but I just thought it didn't have enough glitter in it.  So this time I tried Folk Arts Extreme Glitter acrylic paint.  It's in a small tub instead of a tube.  And it made me much happier.  I did however do a base coat of Americana's Napa Red first so that I didn't have to do as many layers of the glitter.  The glitter paint takes longer to dry and I am super impatient!  

I painted the board black and when that was completely dry, I put down the negative of the vinyl and used it as a stencil.  I painted some parts white and some red, then went over the red after it was dry, with a red glitter paint.  When that was completely dry, you just pull all the vinyl off, sand the edges, put in your eye hooks and ribbon, and you are done!
Projects like that make me happy.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Teacher Gifts 2012

This year for Teacher Christmas Gifts, we decided to do something fun!  Take a look!

I got the idea for it from a friend.  She had found it on Shanty-2-Chic.  She had made a chalkboard and it was really cute.  
We decided instead of a chalkboard, to make a last name board.  She has a great tutorial on her site.  
I used the same wood, finial and stain as she did.  where I differed, is that I used cheap black spray paint for mine.  99 cents a can at Lowes!!!  Yay!  One can did 12 boards.  So it goes pretty far.  I made 24 total.  I cut the last name initial out of vinyl.  I tried to keep it at 10 inches tall by 7.5 inches wide on the letter.  I placed that on the stained board, taped the edges and then sprayed.  When it dried, I pulled the vinyl letter off, and that is how I got the letter in the background to have the stained wood as it's design.  I used the font Bookman Old Style.  
For the last name on the top layer, I used beige vinyl and cut the last name at 7.5" with whatever height looked good.  Some last names were long, and so the height wasn't too tall, some were short and the height ended up being 4" and it still looked good.  I also placed the last name in different places on each board.  When I tried to center them over the background, it just didn't look right.  Especially on the Cummings.  It made the "C" look like a funky E with the names going right through the center.  So if you make these, I would suggest playing around with the last name placement.  They all looked better in different places depending on the letter on the background.  The font I used for the last names is called Affair.  It isn't a free one, but it is lovely.
This project was fun, the only part I really really really really didn't like was all the sanding before hand.  It drove me nuts.  The staining was quick, the painting even quicker and the vinyl a snap!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Joy Porch Sign

I got together earlier this week with a few girlfriends who were wanting to do a Christmas porch sign.  It was so much fun, and they all turned out so cute!

I got the vinyl from Chatty Walls.  We used the negative of the vinyl so that we could use it as a stencil and paint the lettering on, and then pull the vinyl off.

This sign is HUGE!  It's 6 feet tall by about 16 inches wide.

You will need 3, 1x6x6 foot boards
plus 2 pieces for the back cut at 14" each.  These don't have to be the 1x6, but just whatever you have lying around in your garage that you want to use up, any scrap will work.
12, 1 1/4" wood screws
an electric drill
an electric sander
 As for the paint, we used 3 colors.
Chocolate Brown is the undercoat, we watered this down so it is more like a wash.
Cream on top of that
and any Red you love for the lettering.

First you lay all the wood down and line them up nice and square, then put your 2 pieces cut at 14" across the top and bottom.  Then, on those 14 inch boards, screw in the wood screws (2 per 6 foot board) on the top and bottom.  If you do just one per board, top and bottom, the wood will shift and swing and not be stable.

After it is all assembled, then do you base coat.  It does not need to be perfect.  You are distressing and sanding the crud out of it anyway.  We watered that down so it would dry quickly and look somewhere between a stain and paint.  Then we painted cream on top of that when it was dry.
After the cream is done drying, put your vinyl stencil onto the wood and rub it down good to make sure paint doesn't leak under too much. 
Then paint your lettering on!  

When this is dry, pull off the vinyl stencil and take it outside to sand.  I roughed it up a bit and tried to sand a bit of the cream off so you could see the brown come through to accentuate the knots and grain of the wood.  

I love it!  It is large and you can see it from the street!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Christmas Planner and Door Hanger

 I love Christmas planners.  I love Black Friday shopping.  I love the hunt, the coupons, eating out for breakfast (because I don't get to often) and spending time with family and friends.  My kids LOVE the day with just dad and usually Papa and an Uncle or two.  The men take the kids for the day while us women conquer our lists.  This year I could hardly wait to get started with the planning and coupon watching.  I started assembling this planner in late September/early October.  It's made with a composition book that I bought on sale in August when all the back to school sales were going on.  On the inside cover is a 5x9 envelope to hold my coupons and one on the back inside cover to hold all my receipts in one place.  Last year I made the entire thing with scrapbook paper and lots of layers of designs.  And then the layers got stuck in my huge purse and got bent and ripped and became ugly.  So this year, I decided to design it in photo shop and print it on photo paper for extra stability.  I did the tabs out of photo paper too.
 I added a new tab this year.  Last year I just had Calendar, Menu, To Do, The List, and Cards, and this year Crafts made the planner too.  I always make crafts for friends and teacher gifts and one year, a few years ago, I accidentally gave a friend the same gift two years in a row!  I was so embarrassed.  So now, in my book, I can design out all my crafts and then write exactly who was given what so that I can know year after year that I didn't make that mistake again!  Whew!  
 I also made a sign for the door this year.  I don't know about you other mom's out there, but I so needed one of these!  Year after year while I am wrapping gifts in my bedroom, the kid love to bang on the door and ask what I'm doing.  When I inform them I'm wrapping and to go away, a few seconds later I hear breathing coming from under the door!  Those sneaky peeking kids.  Hehehe.  And if I'm being honest, the worst offender in my home is my husband.
So, my next project is a sign to go under the tree, next to the gifts.  A No Peeking, Poking, or Shaking sign.  Because he always pokes, shakes and guesses.  And NOTHING makes me more upset than when he guesses right.  Which is just about all the time, and I don't know how he does it.  Sometimes I add other things in with the gift to throw off the weight and whatnot, but he still ALWAYS seems to know what I got for him.  The stinker!   

I used Martha Stewart paints for the sign.
Wedding Cake for the background
Then the lettering is done out of these
Glitter craft paint in Garnet
Metallic craft paint in Gold
and Satin Paints in
Tartan Red
Green Olive
and Pesto

Saturday, September 29, 2012

A Halloween Poem

I'm loving the way this board turned out.  I love the fall and fall crafts.  I saw this poem on Pintrest and thought it was so cute!  So I had to make one too!  I changed up a lot of the fonts, I have a new favorite.
It is called Carmencita.  I just love it.  Especially for Halloween.

The vinyl is cut to fit a 12"x24" board.  I painted the board Americana's Burnt Orange and I got the iron scroll on top from Pick Your Plum 2 or 3 weeks back.  LOVE Pick Your Plum.  Great daily deals on there. 

Hopefully I can get some more fall crafts up here soon.  I've been super busy canning food the last month.  Homemade salsa, pear butter, strawberry jam, and homemade applesauce.  Everything tastes super yummy and my home smells great!  Love it!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Baby Blanket and Headbands

One of my great friends just had a baby girl last week.   They named her Piper.  She's such a sweet tiny little thing.  I wanted to do something fun for a gift and decided to cut her name in vinyl real cute.  I can't wait to see what my friend Britt does with it.  She's super creative! 
I made her a few little headbands too, only she's so super tiny, I bet she'll have to wait a couple months to even fit into a newborn sized headband.
Then I made her a soft and cozy blanket.  I bought all the fabrics at Joanns.  I love the little rosette fur they have there right now.  So fun and soft!  Then I did a cotton print and a silky ruffle for the edges.  I sure hope little Piper will enjoy all the fun textures.  I can't wait to meet her someday!  Congrats to you Britt and family!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Distressed Photo Blocks

 My sister in law's birthday was yesterday.  Happy Birthday Kathryn!!!  A couple months ago, with the help of my brother, I started working on her gift and wanted to try distressing wood with vasoline.  I'd seen it all over pintrest and different blogs.  People said it was easy and so I thought I'd give it a try.  
 I found it to be incredibly messy, and the top coat of paint took about 3-4 days to dry because of the vasoline, but I LOVE the way it turned out.  
I used Americana paint Raw Umber for the under coat.  For the top coat I used Linen by Folkart.  A great website that has step by step instructions on how to do this is HERE. One thing that she said to do at the end is sand the edges and corners lightly, but I found that my paint never dried and I never sanded it.  I just rubbed it lightly with a paper towel and it wiped off and then it finally dried.  Hehehe.  It was a super fun project and a great way to use up little pieces of 2x4.  

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

No Soliciting

I saw a similar sign floating around Pintrest and thought I really really needed one.  We have had so many college age kids wanting to win a trip with magazine sales or book sales coming by the house lately and sometimes it is all I can do to open that door and not have our Great Dane get out and chase them down the block.  She's done that to a few of our church ward members....and while I laughed my head off at the time, it did worry me that maybe she's becoming as tad too aggressive towards strangers.  She's also way too hard for me to control while I'm holding a baby.  She does love children though and is so gentle with them, she's just pretty protective of them.  Anyway, I made this a month ago and have gotten so many comments on it of people wanting one...even had a solicitor knock on my door to tell me they liked my sign and wondered if they could buy one off of me. Hahaha!  Thought that was kinda different.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

~My Awesome Friends~ {4th of July}

 My friends had a craft night the other evening and I couldn't make it.  I was sad.  We hadn't gotten together and crafted for a couple months, and they were making some seriously cute 4th of July crafts!
 I came home last night from eating dinner with my family, and look what I found waiting on my porch!  My sweet friends made the crafts for me!  How awesome are they?!!  Chatty Walls cut the vinyl, that was used as a stencil for these.  
Thank you so much!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Quillo Project

 My girls were bored already 2 weeks after school let out.  So I asked them what they wanted to do, and they said they wanted to learn how to make a quilt.
 I thought that would be fun, except if we made a real quilt, a pieced top with hand quilting, I know that I would end up doing most of it myself.  I wanted them to learn how to make something that they were capable of starting and finishing themselves.
 So we decided on tying the quilts.  We just made lap sized ones.  But they had a blast tying them and racing each other to see who had the most rows done first.
 They are two yards long, just of normal 42" wide cotton.  We decided to make them into Quillos which is basically a quilt with a pocket on the back so that you can fold it up into the pocket and turn it into a pillow.  They are perfect for the couch or for car trips.  I just made theirs after one I made way way way back in High School, but I found a website that has nice instructions on how to make them.  It is HERE.
 The girls were so happy with the way they turned out.
 They have really loud tastes in fabric.  Hehehehe, but they love them and that's all that's important.
Here's a picture of the back, you can see the pocket on the bottom.  The girls and I were able to do both quilts in an afternoon, they are really quick projects.  Perfect for a "I'm bored" day.  :)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Simple Baby Boy Quilt

 My husbands friend at work had a baby boy, and so another baby quilt needed to be made.  I love making them!  They are quick projects since they are small, and I like that they are snugly and cuddly.
I found all these fabrics at Joanns.  I thought the two owl prints were so sweet, so we went with those, a stripe, a chocolate minky and a white furry fabric.  The back in a dark olive green flannel.  I used a thin warm and natural batting for the inside since the outside has lots of heavy or warm fabrics.  There are lots of fun textures for the baby to play with, I hope he enjoys it!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Baseball Wreath

It was my friends birthday last month and when I saw this idea on Pintrest, I had to jump on it!  Her and her family are super into baseball. 
I found all the little hacky sack baseballs at Party City.  I had to get 3 packs of 12 to do the wreath.  
The inside is just a foam form from Hobby Lobby.  
I wrapped the form with wide red ribbon and hot glued it on.  
Then hot glued all the balls on.  
I used red and white tulle and various baseball and patriotic ribbons for fun.  

It was a fun project for me because it was something different from the wood crafting or sewing I normally do, and it is always fun to give homemade gifts.  :)

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Menu Board Teacher Gifts

A while back a made a menu board for one of my friends birthdays, it was so much fun that I decided to make them for the last day of school gifts for my kids teachers.  I had fun with the colors and also changed out one of the birds for a cupcake.  I thought I'd share some of the colors I did for them here.




Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Before You Speak Think & You Must Be Present to Win

Buy the ready-made "Before you speak: THINK!" sign. Color choices will be sorted out over email!


 One of my oldest daughters teachers wanted a couple signs for her classroom.  I was so excited when she asked me to help make them for her!  I had seen the Think saying floating around on pintrest and it was so much fun to turn it into a sign.  And I had a great time designing the You must be Present to Win sign as well.  Super fun ideas for the classroom and I may have to just reproduce them next year for teacher appreciation week!
Both signs are made on pine boards.  The Think sign is 12 x18" and the Present to Win it sign is 6x18"  I used white vinyl for both and Avocado paint by Americana for both.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Menu Chalkboard

 It was one of my great friends birthdays last week and I wanted to make her something fun!  I saw this idea for a framed chalk board on the Michaels website.  They had used Martha Stewart's paints and things for the frame and her chalkboard paint for the canvas board in the center.  I thought it was so bright and cheery, so I gave it a whirl.  On their directions, they said to use 3 different colors for the frame.  I didn't think it was necessary, so I just used the Marmalade color and mixed it with whatever white I had at home.  I did use her blue chalkboard  paint.  In the past I only did a couple coats of the chalkboard paint and wasn't super impressed with it.  It didn't erase well.  This time I did 3 coats and then actually followed the directions of rubbing chalk all over the surface after it was completely dry for 24 hours....it works so much better!  So lesson learned, I need to follow directions!  

I thought it would be a fun menu board for my friends kitchen, it turned out fun!  I hope she finds lots of use for it!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Teacher Appreciation Ideas

It sure has been a fun filled week of making gifts, I'm a little sad to see it go.  The school year is almost done too and that is so bitter sweet to me.  For many reasons.  I love my kids and love being around them, but sometimes summers are hard when the boredom starts for them.  It is hard to find things to entertain them that all 5 would enjoy.

We've also decided next year to send our kids to a charter school.  We've loved DFT so much and I'm quite attached to many of the teachers there, so are my kids.  The main deciding factor was for our oldest daughter.  She is starting junior high in the fall and just didn't want to go and be away from her siblings yet.  At the charter school she can be with them all the way through 12th if she so chooses.  Hehehe.  Anyway, I'm sure going to miss the school they are at now.  So sad.  We are looking forward to a new adventure though and the kids already have friends in place there which helps tons too.  :)

 I made the teacher name stackers that I've done for the past 2 or 3 years again.  Many of the teachers have these in DFT now.  Hehehe.  They are just done on 2x4's and you cut them to each specific teachers name.  I always do the top one at 5 inches though.  Then paint them, hot glue them together so they don't fall apart every time the desk is bumped too.  I love matching flowers to the vinyl and paint.  It's just a simple fun little craft, but I sure enjoy making them.

 I also made each of the teachers a Lemon Sugar Hand Scrub.  I had found the recipe for it online at Under the Table and Dreaming.  I had all the ingredients already and so the girls and I mixed it up and tried it out for ourselves too.  We all loved it!  It's worth trying.  :)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Teacher Appreciation {Cupcake Themes}

 We've really had so much fun this week with Teacher Appreciation.  The kids look forward each day to things they are going to take to school to spoil their teachers.
 My oldest daughter's teacher just LOVES cupcakes and all things hot pink.  So we combined the two and made a sign for her home.  She's a newlywed too.  ;)
 Then on another day we did a grouping of cupcake chargers for birthdays in different colors.  I think it's something fun for their home and kids.
 And on another day we did the tie-dyed cupcakes in a jar.  That was really fun for the kids to put together.
I found some cute labels online that were free and just photoshopped a little message on top.  Two more days of Teacher Appreciation to go, the kids are already asking what we are going to put together tonight to go to school in the morning.  I love this week!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Teacher Appreciation - Classroom Rules Subway Art

 Next week is Teacher Appreciation week at school and I've been working so hard for 2 weeks on projects for all my kids teachers.  We have 5 this year.  Well, 5 academic teachers and on top of that 6 specials teachers (art, music, pe).
 I've been wanting to make them something that they could use in the class, that was both fun and practical.  And so I decided to do a Classroom Rules Subway Art.  It turned out so fun and I am quite proud of it!
I used MDF, and cut them 12x24 and routered the edges.  My kids each painted their own boards for their teachers and then helped me put the vinyl on that I cut.  I enjoyed playing with the fonts, there are some super fun ones out there!

Update: I've had so many requests for this project, I've decided to allow my followers to purchase it! You can buy the svg file for this design. I will email the design to you. Please, don't distribute the file...I worked very hard on it :) Click below to buy!


You can also purchase a ready-made sign! We'll sort out color options over email. Click below to buy!