Friday, February 5, 2016

UP NORTH

I don't know about you,
but I love a good rustic sign.
It's fun to creation regional pieces
to sell at my craft booth.
The cabin & lake folks 
around here love the 
~UP NORTH~ 
theme including 
anything Minnesota!


I bought these gorgeous cedar wood squares
at a garage sale for $1.50 each.
They made a good background for 
my state stencils to really
stand out on, don't you think?

I added a glitter heart in the area
where most my customers
visit or live!

Moose Lake & Duluth


This white sign leaves the Minnesota 
showing in wood grain form.
This is my favorite of the two signs.


Now lets look at the black sign.
It features an opposite design,
where I chose to paint in the state.


If your curious what I used for a stencil,
here's the truth.

I used tracing paper to make a outline
of Minnesota from a large atlas.
Then I used a piece of tag board to make
a reusable stencil.


The letters were made on my Cricut machine.
I cut them out on adhesive vinyl &
stenciled the words on after the states
had dried overnight.

I smeared glue over a heart
shaped stencil , pulled it off
and added some very fine red glitter.
Again, this was the last step & 
all the other paint had dried overnight.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Just Add Numbers

Well this post isn't especially
elaborate, but it's still worth sharing.

I spotted a few separate rusty tin
canisters at completely different locations.
They both seemed to be the
perfect canvas for some old style numbers.

Do you see any potential?

I used my Cricut to cut some adhesive vinyl
letters & large numbers.  This was a simple
quick stencil project!


AFTER:

It breaks my heart,
because I know people throw
items like old rusty tins away
every day.

I simply ADORE these new sassy tins.
You can't store your small white linens in them,
but they are clean enough inside for many 
other random household items!


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Monday, January 25, 2016

Painted Jars

I decided to use some paint
from my stockpile that's been sitting
idle for quite some time!
I'm thinking spring & pastels already.


I swear my stash of jars is 
reproducing.  So I had to get busy
and prep a few to sell.  
These jars got two 
coats of Valspar paint. 
Remember if you try this,
keep the first layer as thin 
as possible & let it dry overnight.
I love the lightly sanded finish &
hemp twine wrapped around
several times.


I made a few charming tags
using Unity stamps.
This one is colored in with
Copic markers & has some 
vintage ric-rac for embellishment!



I can't wait for garden season.
These jars would look darling filled with
a bouquet of daisies!

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

LOVE TAGS

Hello visitors!
The new year is blasting by us
at warp speed, don't you think?
It's time to decorate for 
Valentines Day!


This ivory painted display is a vintage dresser
mirror frame! The chicken wire I added
makes a great clip board. A few decorative 
boards made it a free standing unit.

In order to "JAZZ" it up,
I added hand made paper tags.


This set features:
 old book page Sizzix die cut letters
Bobunny paper
 lace & ribbon
die cut scallop circles

I also decided to peck away at 
using up some old jars.
My stockpile is unbelievable!
(I have more painted jars
 to share in future posts)


These plain jars, with no embossed words, 
are ideal for making heart "windows".
Then if you add candy to them,
they look super cute.  The old glass mayo jars
are plentiful & plain like this.

I used actual JAR PAINT from the 
craft store.  It really does stick the best!
Be warned, if you have a heart sticker
on, peel it off right away while the 
paint is wet.  Then, for your second coat,
add a fresh heart sticker when it 
has completely dried.


I made some decorative tags
using the Minnesota made
UNITY brand stamps!


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Monday, January 4, 2016

Painted Drop Side Table

Check out this old dark table...

Before:


I spent a few hours sanding the 
extra glossy finish off this functional piece.

My inspiration for this table came
from the Special Issue 2015
Country Sampler's Christmas.
There is a cherry red drop side table
with ivory legs in that magazine.

After consulting my sister 
and mother about the magazine 
table idea, I took the plunge on this 
unique bold paint job.

I started this project by painting the legs.
While it was upside down I did the 
bottoms of each drop side, 
since they will show when down
from certain perspectives.


Then I had to completely cover the legs
so no dark paint would splatter down 
on my crisp ivory paint.


I was also careful to protect all my cupboards
from that strong pigment red paint.

After:


I love this type of table.
It would come in so handy for holiday
meals, card games and tea time!

The striped pattern is similar
to the old grain sacks.
It's a fun blend of modern & vintage.
Don't you think?


I prefer to use flat Valspar paint.
This color is called Rushing Red.
I had to go back with a swath
of painted cardboard & match
it to the proper sample.
Mystery solved.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Free Windows

This was the year of free old windows.
Word has spread that I make various 
things from the chippy old panes.
My shed rafters are busting with
the stockpile!  It's been a while since
I made some wall art windows.
Here is my latest creation:


I love this quote & think it 
speaks to a lot of other people!

My handy dandy book called 
THE INSPIRATION STATION
is loaded with phrases, quotes & titles
for scrapbookers & cardmakers.
I use it to dream up new projects 
all the time.

I used my Cricut machine to cut
the adhesive vinyl letters & 
"eyeballed" them on!

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Holiday DIY party


Friday, December 18, 2015

More Arrow Signs!

I'm loving all the more
natural trends right now.
They call it "woodland" style.

As an avid outdoors lover,
decorating with arrows & antlers 
comes very easily!


The "happy" signs have gone well 
at my craft booth.

Here are a few of the holiday 
signs I made...


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