Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Rustic Wedding Sign

This was another craft ordered from a past teacher of one of my children.

Her step daughter is getting married and they wanted this rustic sign done to display when people are choosing their seats.  I think it is such a fun idea and really like the concept.

I took 2 old fence pickets, that were salvaged off of a fence, and cut them at 30" lengths.  Then I screwed them together with 2 pieces of wood on the backside. I cut a vinyl stencil and stenciled the paint on.  I love the knots and holes in the wood.  I love the character it adds to the sign.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Thanksgiving and Christmas Reversible Blocks

A friend saw these on Pinterest and asked if I could help her make them.  They are super cute, I was totally up for that challenge.  I had a few huge craft days and made a few of these sets with friends at my home.  I love that they are multipurpose and that I can leave them out for 2 months before putting them away.  One side is the Give Thanks, then you turn the blocks around and Jingle Bells is on the backside.

They are cut out of 2x4's.  You need
2 @ 6 1/2"
2@ 5 1/2"
2@ 5"
and 1 @ 2"x6 1/2"

The paint colors I used are
For the Thanksgiving side and edges, you'll need (Americana Brand Colors)
Mississippi Mud (for the edges of all the blocks)
Dark Chocolate
Yellow Ochre
and Folkart Terra Cotta (only color in a different brand)

For the Christmas side you'll use (Americana again)
white again
Celery Green
Hauser Medium Green
Alizarin Crimson....unless they have Napa Red.  My store was out.  If they have Napa, it's a better red, but Alizarin Crimson will do too.

A group of friends made theirs with scrapbook paper Mod Podged on the wood instead of painting the colors and they look awesome!  The lettering is cut out of vinyl.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Come on Cooler Weather!!!

 I'm wishing for fall!  I'm demanding the weather cool off and all things pumpkin come out! 

This is my favorite time of year.  And I started making pumpkin stuff and hiding it in my house over a month ago.  Hehehe, love love love it!  I made a couple of these stacking pumpkins.  One for outside and one for just inside my front door.  They were tedious because I was picky.  I got all 3 sizes of pumpkins from 3 different stores.  Then the pot came from yet another store.  But I had in my head what I wanted and wanted it just so.  The pot is from Garden Ridge.  The pumpkins are from Hobby Lobby, Michaels and Walmart.  I hot glued them all together and then wrapped a leaf garland around the base and hot glued a few leaves here and there.  I'm super excited about it because I can change out the decor for each season and just use the same pot.
 I love this project!  It's a bit of work, but oh so worth it.  I saw it on Pinterest from Infarrantly Creative.  She has great instructions on her blog of how to make this pallet art.  I think the only difference from mine and hers, is that she used silver paint and I used a linen color for the wording.  It's fairly inexpensive to make for how large it is too.  Also, an added bonus, I made 6 of them, and then had a bunch of left over wood around a foot each.  So, I made these below instead of just tossing the wood scraps in the garbage.  
I love how they turned out!  Not bad for a project made from things I was just going to toss out.  I nailed the wood together, and then lightly painted the 1x2 wood shims.  Then made a couple vinyl stencils, slapped on some paint, ripped the vinyl off, and they were totally done in like 30 minutes.  Start to finish.  And I love them. :)