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!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Grandparents Wall

 When my husband and I got married 12 years ago, we had something amazing happen.  We were able to have all 4 sets of our grandparents there with us.  It was so special that they were all still alive, and all still married to one another too.  I've lost one grandpa to death now, and my husband has lost one grandma to death.  We are close to our grandparents and our kids all love their "Greats" and want to go spend time with them all the time.  So I decided to do a Grandparents Wall.
 When I was a little girl, my Grandma Hatch used to sing this song to me all the time.  Only she changed the words.  Instead of "You bet your pretty neck I do, love you!"  She would sing it "You betch yer dirty neck I do, love you!"  She has a real strong Woodruff, AZ accent and I love it!  It is such a great song, if you've never heard it before, give it a listen here!

 On my other side, my Grandma Karges sang You are my Sunshine to me often.  She has a beautiful singing voice.  I love both of those songs and wanted to make boards of those memories to go with my pictures I hung of them.

 I am so pleased with it.  It's been something I've wanted to do for awhile.
 I got the rod they are hanging on at Rod Works in Utah, 8 years ago.  I love that store!  They are selling their things online now, I love their merchandise and I also love most of their prices.
 It was so fun designing out the boards and making them exactly how I wanted them.
They are done on 1x12 pine boards and are both 18" long.  I'm thinking about using the designs to make both of my grandmother's mothers day cards this year.  It took me so long to do, that I need to find as many uses for them as I can!  Hehe.

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Grass is Greener...

 A buddy of mine found this sign on the I Am Momma-Hear Me Roar blog.  Love her blog!  I couldn't stop laughing when I saw it because it was just perfect for our yard right now.  Texas was hit with a nasty drought this past year and nearly everyone's yard is suffering in one way or another.  We were put on strict water restrictions.  We finally have some grass starting to shoot up here and there.
I love how she told how to make the board.  I really liked how she talked about what failed and what worked.  Saved me tons of time reproducing it!  It was a pain trying to find similar fonts to hers, but just this week she posted links to a few of them...I had already designed it and cut it, darn it, but now I have those fonts for future use.

I used a 1x12x3 foot pine board.  I cut the vinyl and used it as a stencil, painted just a plain white on it.  Then pulled off the vinyl, and went over the board with a super super super watered down black craft paint.  Then I wiped over the board with a paper towel a couple times, and holy cow it looks antiqued. Project time from start to finish with dry time and all was about a hour and a half.  That includes sealing it with a clear coat after too.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Love Pillow Knockoff

 A lovely friend of mine cut some vinyl for me to make some knockoff pillows seen over at the Dear Lillie blog.  She has such cute stuff, and I hadn't realized it but her quotes on her pillows are not from a font on the computer, but hand written, scanned in on the computer, burned onto a silk screen and printed onto the pillows.  I have no idea how to do any of vinyl was used as a stencil.  It's painted on, and there is some bleeding, but all in all, they turned out ok.  :)  The fabric used is duck cloth and they are 16"x16".

Monday, April 2, 2012

Spring Subway Art Board

This was a fun little craft project I made today.  The vinyl came from Chatty Walls, I got a board of 3/4" MDF, and cut a 16"x16" square, and then a 5'X5" square for the center.  I used my router on the edges of both slightly.

The paint colors I used are Valspar's Simply Aqua.  Mainly because I bought a gallon of it for the project prior to this and didn't even put a dent in it!  Hehe.  The center block is painted White and inked on the edges with a Walnut color.  Then I just hot glued the center board to the big board and hot glued a daisy on the center of that.  Anyway, it was fun and a little different then the mainly rectangular subway art that is out there floating around .  :)