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Welcome to my Maker's blog, where I feature my own unique creative projects. I'm seven years out from breast cancer and counting my blessings.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Huge Paper Flowers in My Master Bedroom

We made this backdrop out of recycled doors and HUGE flowers made
 out of poster board for a family wedding.

Here's a link to the DIY for the flowers....


Afterwards we did not want to throw them away and we didn't want to sell them. 
So I put them up in my master bedroom for a nice display.



I have a cherry wood sleigh bed and they look perfect in there!


I made a whole bunch of pillows for bring the decor together. 

From top left is a sweater pillow, a suede smocked pillow, an oversize muslin smocked pillow, a crushed velvet smocked pillow, a ruffled muslin pillow, a smocked muslin pillow, another sweater pillow, a smocked burlap pillow and a round crocheted doily pillow. 

Whew. 
That's alot of pillows, but I love them!



It's been three years since the wedding and the newlyweds have an 18 month old baby. 
Their wedding flowers aren't going anywhere for now. 
I like them alot!

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Tiny Nest HOME Sign



For this project I was looking for a neat little sign for our guest bathroom and I remembered these tiny wire nests.....

I've been making these nests for my rosette necklaces for a few years now. I love how they look with the sweet ribbon rosettes and beading. Making them isn't hard work since I enjoy them so much!


                        Here's a close up of the nest done in gold colored wire and the perfect 
                                                freshwater pearls shaped like eggs.


For this project I turned to my handy dandy pre cut letters. A pizza box is
 the perfect storage solution. 
I used letters in different fonts.....


I spray painted a frame from my stash gloss black, and also painted the mismatched letters. I tore card stock diagonally then inked and distressed the edges. I also grunged the corners and random areas for added texture.


A tiny nest of tarnished gold colored wire and three beads nestles at the bottom of the "O".


A wispy branch picked up from the yard adds a final touch.


I grunged the edges a bit more and also grunged around the branch to make it stand out a bit.

 I like it. I like it alot!



Insanely Creative Christy redid this little $1 thrift store cabinet with recycled
dictionary pages, paint and twine, and the cubby at the bottom is
perfect for this HOME sign. It is just the right spot!

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Quick Lamp Restyle with Tissue and Mod Podge

I've had this little uplight forever and the shade had yellowed and had little cracks all over. 

Time for a restyle!!


I hit my stash for Mod Podge and some pretty turquoise tissue paper. 
I crinkled the tissue up and tore it into postage stamp size pieces.


After cleaning the light shade I covered the whole thing with the crumpled tissue, 
including a generous border folded over the top. At this point I was 
really jazzed because this looks like burnished STONE.

I sealed it with clear acrylic spray.


Even during the day it lends a pop of the blue color I love to it's place on my shelf.


Oooh aaaah!

I like it even better when it's lit up!

It's the perfect light for the shelf at the end of my 
hallway and it highlights my painting so nicely!

Sometimes a project just comes together so quickly and 
easily that it makes me laugh out loud. This was one of them.
Now I'm looking at the other lamp right over there......







Saturday, January 5, 2019

Nightstands Turned Kitchen Island


Here's a shot of our kitchen when we first bought our mobile home several years ago.  
Well kept cabinets, lots of storage and quite roomy. 
The size of the kitchen and the master bath (both of which
 also have large skylights) clinched the deal for us.


It only took a few family potluck dinners to know we needed an island in our kitchen.
 At our first Thanksgiving here, we paired up some old, solid wood 
nightstands from a vintage 80s waterbed set.

We set them up back to back and threw a tablecloth over the whole shebang.
 They turned out to be the perfect height and heavy enough to withstand
 the traffic flow when dinner was served.

Hey!
 Why buy the lumber and build an island when 
we could restyle what we already had?

We took out the drawers and bolted the nightstands back to back
and painted the whole assembly a nice shade of blue with a grey wash.
We used acrylic paint sealed with clear acrylic spray.


For the top we had a precut piece of heavy duty masonite. 
I covered it with pages of an old cookbook using Mod Podge.

LOOK! 

The colors and tones complement the still serviceable vinyl floor.
We sealed the top with brushed on resin (two part Envirotex used for bar tops)
 and we are so excited with the great results!


Ta da!



For the final touch we used the pulls off the original drawers and
 attached them for towel holders.Then I refurbished the drawers for storage with 
red checked contact paper. They are perfect inside our 
brand new kitchen island made from our old nightstands.


This is one of our most popular projects and is a Pinterest favorite. 
It cost us nearly nothing save for the resin which I purchased
 from Michaels with a 50% coupon. I call this a win win!!

Paint Dye Your Pillows


There's a question. Paint your pillows or dye your pillows using paint? 
Whichever way you choose, it worked well for me!


I wanted all my pillows to match the turquoise color at the left 
using the other two patterned fabrics in the picture.


So I decided to just paint/dye them!
 I laid each remnant out and sprayed them with water until damp, 
straightening out any wrinkles at the same time. 

Then I diluted 3 or 4 drops of turquoise Craft Smart acrylic paint with water 
until it was quite runny. I dipped a soft paint brush in the watered down paint
 and touched it to the wet fabric.

 It was a real aha! moment for me as the damp fabric "grabbed" the color. 
Watching that turquoise spread across the fabric was almost magical. 
A spritz of water then a dab of color helped the process and in the end I was so pleased!


They turned out exactly the color I wanted! 
 I let both remnants air dry then ironed them to seal the color.
Here are the pillows on my bed with the original turquoise pillow.

So are they painted or dyed? 

This was a quick and thrifty DIY project for me. I had everything  in my stash.
Fabric remnants, pillow forms, craft paint, paint brushes and an iron. 
Plus a sewing machine, of course.

Altogether, not including drying time, this project took less than an hour from idea to pillows.
I call this one a win win!

Sunday, December 30, 2018

DIY Wood Stars for Christmas and All Year!

Here's a neat gift idea that comes together so quickly, I was kicking myself for not thinking of it sooner.
I wanted to give a hand made Christmas item for each family on my list. What to do? I needed a dozen of them and I didn't want to spend an arm and a leg on the supplies.

I bought this box of wood slats for way less than $10. Thank you, Feed Store brothers!!


I brought the wood home and proceeded to make primitive Christmas stars!


The wood slats are 20" long. Perfect size for a star and easy to work with. 

Each star takes 5 pieces of equal length. Paint the wood first then dry brush with black if you want a bit of a grungy primitive look. Otherwise leave the finish natural.


We used our handy dandy air gun stapler to fasten the joints, then bent the staples over on the back side for added stability. Touch up with paint or wrap with Dollar Store jute twine secured with hot glue. We did them with and without twine. 


You can leave them plain OR you can crash your stash of Christmas decor, which is what I did. Experiment with your placement then hot glue each piece in place. 

Then comes the FUN PART!

I used faux poinsettias in two sizes, fake greenery, wired tinsel, ribbon, small pine cones, glittered branches, plastic decor balls in several sizes and anything else I could lay my hands on. 


 Lots of blues!


Lots of ribbons and twine wrapped joints.



Here's the biggest star we made out of longer grade stakes.
36" across for the entry wall at my grand kids' new house. We twine wrapped the joints
 on this big one and sealed it with clear acrylic spray for outdoor use.



I LOVE the way these came out! 
And guess what? They're a hit with the families, too!


And here's the one we kept for our own house.
It's on the baker's rack I decorate every year.


We even made some cooking themed stars for the Lunch Ladies at the school kitchen.


Now I'm kicking around ideas for decorating Patriotic Americana stars for Fourth of July....burlap and sunflower stars for my summertime porch.....autumn leaves and branches for fall....then back to Christmas with snowflakes, white poinsettias and silver branches.

I'm sure I'll be posting more about these stars. Stay tuned!

Materials used for each star-
five wood pieces of equal length
acrylic craft paint your choice of color
staples or nails to fasten the wood
hot glue
twine
misc. small Christmas decor items

There you go!


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Book Page Christmas DIY

Most of you have figured out I am a color freak with an obsession 
for turquoise, red and cobalt blue. 
However,
I also obsess about the beautiful neutral tones of natural muslin and old book pages. 
Especially book pages! Christmas is no exception.


Here is my bakers rack decked out in more book page covered decor than you can shake a stick at.
I love the pages with the grey boards and the white milk glass!

And below you can see a sweet ruffled muslin garland with a mini star 
book page garland, plus book page rosettes and book page covered balls, 
stars and even a pedestal cake stand.


I will cover practically anything in Mod Podge and old book pages. This way my old beloved books live on in my decor. I also make as much paper art as I can with book pages.

Per request, I am showing you the big stars covered with book pages in this post.


I just love how they come out!!


                             This is an example of the cardboard star patterns I found online. 
There are oodles I tell ya. LOTS. Google is your friend in this.


I like the old dictionaries with dense printing for these projects. I've used clean cut pieces with straight lines for this project plus loads of Mod Podge.

Simple and FAST, folks.

Once dry, sand the edge paper off with a nail file. Spray with clear acrylic to seal.



Book page stars and Christmas balls, oh my!!

                                     
There is no end of ideas using book pages and Mod Podge. 
Including the display stand made of a sundae glass, ceramic plate and book pages! 
And pinwheels and stars and, of course, book page stars.

Sometimes, even for me, a restful neutral look is just what I need during this busy season.


Merry Christmas, friends. Make it a good one!