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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

DIY Wax Paper Twinkle Lantern

My idea for this lantern involved some twinkle lights a
and a pretty inside display on my bakers' rack.


I removed the candle and scrubbed it thoroughly...
 then put a string of white Christmas lights inside.


This is NOT the look I was going for. 
Even with glass marbles and beautiful sea glass filling up the bottom, 
the string of lights just looks awkward and a bit dumb.

I can't change the look of the lights but I can change
 how they look through the lantern glass.


I figured out how to frost the glass sides using crumpled up 
wax paper from the Dollar Store.

I used Mod Podge to adhere each wax paper sheet on the glass.



The wax paper makes the glass look frosted and crackled. 
I LOVE how soft the light is coming through the semi opaque glass.


Ooh aah!
Now the lights looks soft and glowing and this lantern is exactly
 what I pictured for decor on my baker's rack.
It is just right to use as a night light and as a focal point
 for each season's decor.



And here's the baker's rack all glammed up for last Christmas. 
LOVE how that lantern accents the silver and blue perfectly!

Monday, February 20, 2017

I Made a Barrel Shade


Here is the 90's dining room light which The Welding Man luvs.


I keep decorating it and embellishing it through the seasons to play up my decor and add a bit of color and whimsy. Last year I used Dollar Store snowflakes and fake Autumn garlands.


So I thought I'd go with a different look and hang a drum, or barrel, lamp shade.
Then I went shopping.

Um, when did lamp shades get so freakin' expensive?


After Googling DIY lamp shades I figured I could restyle 
a tall vintage shade into a shorter drum shade. 

I started with this 28" tall shade on sale at the thrift store for $2.99.




I cut it 10" tall using a razor knife and sharp scissors.



 The Welding Man helped me remove the metal rim and braces. 
I re purposed the ring for my new shade after cutting off the brackets.



 I hot glued the metal ring to the top inside edge of the new shade, then hot glued mixed trims around the outside edge. I used muslin bias binding, strips of burlap and then dressmaker's trim. 
I also added the dressmaker's trim to the bottom of the shade.

At this point I'm okay with the result and hoping it looks good once I install it.


 Well, okay, it looks fine. It's a  little too yellow and the light really shows up
 every little imperfection in the trims on both rims.


It is a little too amber for me and the uneven trims are
 just making me really itchy. Mentally, that is.



It looks alright. 

But now I have another idea involving garlands! So stay tuned.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Painted Area Rug Part 2

I used acrylic craft paint, textile medium and stencils to paint this half moon area rug on my carpet.
I really like how the colors and the stencils worked so well together!

Here's a link....





I'm kind of a color junkie so this is right up my alley. Exhibit One, here's 
the coffee table I repainted with chalk paint a couple summers ago...


I knew I'd like it as soon as I started using this stencil to put the 
turquoise curlicues on the brown and red background.


My original plan was a 2" wide turquoise border around the whole arch. Then, as I was painting it I had an "oops" moment when the bright blue paint escaped the painters tape.

Well, drat. 

So, this is how I dealt with it...by using the same curlicue 
stencil to add a sort of doily edge to the turquoise border.


No, it isn't perfectly even but I keep telling myself it has a certain bohemian charm, yes?

And yet I feel like maybe it is a giant floor doily now.

Or not. Hmmmm.



I'm going to think about it for a few days before making any further changes.

I'm kind of starting to like it.
Sort of.

And yes, I'm staring at it way too much.

Stay tuned, I'll do a final post when I've decided this project is DONE.


Thursday, February 9, 2017

I Painted An Area Rug on My Carpet

Small area rugs in front of our pellet stove are a hazard. The edges curl 
and even with a gripper back and carpet tape, they trip us up.
I decided to paint a half moon hearth rug instead, and I like how it looks so far!


Yesterday I vacuumed and shampooed the carpet thoroughly.
I started by drawing the half circle directly on the carpet with a Sharpie. 
There is no turning back now!

I used dark brown as a base color than added irregular patches of red on top. 
I used clear packing tape to mask the edge of the hearth.


I used regular acrylic craft paint from my stash. You can see the different manufacturers here but they are all compatible. I used a bit of the texture medium to keep the paint soft to the touch when it's dry.
I mixed the burnt umber and burnt sienna together for the cocoa brown color I wanted. 


I also had these curlicue stencils in my stash and used them for the turquoise accents. I like the reverse pattern effect they give me.


I will add a 2" wide border around the whole design, probably in turquoise.
 Then I'll add a few more curlicues in soft harvest gold and maybe dark coffee brown.



You see, THIS is my inspiration rug for the colors and designs. It is on sale right now at the whopping sale price of $479, plus shipping. 

I think my project rug is a much better price, since so far it is FREE!

I'll write another post with photos when I am completely done. 
I plan to spray it with Scotchguard once all the paint is dry.


 So far, I love it!

Here's the next phase of this project. Please check it out and tell me what you think!

http://makethebestofthings.blogspot.com/2017/02/painted-area-rug-part-2.html

Making Fairy Doors

I wanted some fairy doors to use as photo props while we were on vacation.
 As usual, I made them so I got exactly what I wanted.


This oval wooden sign is recycled from an old project. 
The Welding Man cut it in two just off center.



Then I had him trim the edges of one piece. 
Now I have two uniquely shaped doors!

Using the ol' tried and true Elmer's glue and craft paint technique,
 I gave both sides of each door a fine cracked paint finish.

Here's a link to my post about easy crackle paint with Elmer's glue....


Here's how the white crackled side turned out. I glued on the wood shapes for door knobs.

And here's how all four sides turned out. I sealed them with plenty of clear acrylic spray but I don't plan to leave them outside in the weather. These are for photo props!


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Paint Water Oops!

I always use old jars for my paint water and they sure aren't pretty.
Hey, I have a working craft studio.
Things get DONE in here!


Insanely Creative Christy received a Silhouette vinyl cutter 
and she thought she'd remedy this whole grungy paint brush jars situation.


Christmas gifts for me!
They're gorgeous!
Who knew that metallic gold vinyl would match so well?
I love them.


Oops!

Don't worry, I fixed it. 
Psst...don't tell Christy!


Monday, January 23, 2017

Hang Up Your Own Art!

I wanted to change up the big wall behind our couch but I didn't want to spend any money. So I went shopping through my own stash of artwork. These are projects and paintings I've almost all done myself.


I crashed the house for miscellaneous decor items and went to town.
I LOVE the way this came out!



This is my first try at using book pages as an art background. The tattoo design reflects all my tools (except a crochet hook, how could I forget that?) And the slogan, "each day is a gift," is in honor of my late sister. I know I'll be making more of these pieces!


Here is the big tree painting before I added the red and orange leaves. NOW I prefer it with the golden leaves. Guess it calls for another try!


The leaf art was a pillow cover I restyled into wall art by stapling it to a square canvas. It's like it should have been wall art all along!


Book pages on canvas with painting of books on bookshelves. This was fun. I must do more.



This was one of my first curvy family tree paintings. I painted it on a large pizza box. Now when I paint these I use real canvases. LOL


The fern painting is from a photo by a family friend.
 The skeleton keys come from my sets of skeleton keys. 
Little gold mirror? Yes! 
My granddaughter made the arrow art. They are silver glitter on a dark turquoise background. 
The wooden curlicue is from my daughter's junked couch.
 And the red "etc." is from waaaaay back in the 80s.
 The two artworks on the right are experiments I hung up while I decide if I like them.

 And the curvy tree at the top?

I painted it on foam board not realizing that foam board dents. So it has LOTS of finger indents on its surface. But hey, looks great on the wall!

This wall cheers me up no end thru these long days of winter, when the sunshine is so scarce. But hey, sometimes it peeks through....


I'll take my colors where I can get them.
Spring and summer cannot come soon enough for me!