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

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Paint Pen and River Rocks, Gotta Love Them!



One of the best things about our family vacation spot is the private swimming hole
 with its wonderful  sandy beach in the curve of the nicely landscaped yard. 
 The weather was perfect, the house was excellent
 and the swimming hole was fantastic.



I spent lots of time on the water and sitting in the sun with a book, 
and then I remembered I brought a paint pen to try out.

I usually use acrylic paints and paint brushes for these projects
 but this paint pen won me over!


The biggest rock is 5" across and the smallest (the skull rock) is about 2" tall.
 Once they are sealed with clear acrylic, the subtle colors of the stones brighten up
 and make the black paint really stand out.

 We left one rock with our hosts as a thank you gift. They loved it!

Now I'm thinking of taking a bigger rock and painting our address on it 
then using a paint pen to dress it up with some swirls and curlicues. 
 How easy would it be to really do a fancy paint job on a pumpkin for Halloween? 

 And what about a tree design on a table runner or a pillow?


I'll be bringing paint pens with me on vacation from now on!

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Rustic Pebble Table From a Five Gallon Bucket

I wanted a couple of small side tables for our deck and decided to make them out of what we had on hand, which includes five gallon buckets, recycled pallet boards and Dollar Store pebbles.



Here's a link to the first bucket table I made with a blingy top of beautiful glass gems from the Dollar Store. I like it but it seems too...fancy for our front deck.



So I knew I wanted to make something a bit more rustic and farm style. 
Back to the stash of five gallon buckets I go and add more salvaged pallet boards.
 Our nail gun makes this part quick and easy.
I put five nails in each board then bent them down for safety.



Our local Dollar Store has these bags of pretty polished pebbles in stock all year long. This project took two bags since I picked thru them for flatter stones. I added larger flat stones from our gravel garden paths and used silicone to attached them to a thrift store microwave plate. I think the plate cost $1.35 and I also got a discount!


I put a blob of silicone about the size of small cookie on the plate, then smooshed the pebbles one by one into the blob, giving each of them a twist to seat them in the silicone. The silicone dries clear and looks like the pebbles are sitting in water when you are done.

I really really really like the rustic look and country charm of this version of my bucket table!



The warm wood and colorful stones are just a natural pairing and with the silicone 
they look like they are floating in water. LOVE IT!


Perfect for a nice morning cuppa before the day heats up. I am liking this little 
table more and more as I keep looking at it.



 So here's the first version of my five gallon bucket table with blingy 
Dollar Store glass gems. I like this one too!


Plus, just like the other table, this pebble table is totally weatherproof 
so it can stay out side all year if I want. And the cost? Minimal.
Here is the breakdown....

five gallon bucket on hand 
reclaimed pallet boards on hand
one tube of  silicone caulking $2.97
2 bags of Dollar Store polished pebbles $2 total

2 hours of time with our nail gun and then with a caulking gun.

The silicone sets up quickly and after an overnight wait this little table is
 ready for use anywhere outside. 

I call this a win win!

Monday, April 19, 2021

Repainted Dollar Store Butterflies

I just couldn't leave well enough alone...so I repainted these metal butterflies for my garden!


Before.......................................and after.



I found these metal butterfly stakes at the local Dollar Store and immediately made plans to repaint them for my garden.


I used two colors of spray paint to give me more of a turquoise color to complement our front deck.


Using a fine paint brush I followed the contours of the stamped metal. I added the tiny vein details to each wing then added some white dots. You can see the veins in this close up but not so much when it's outside in the yard. I also added a bit of glitter paint.


Wow! I love the pop of color against the bright green. Notice you can't really see the glitter when it's outside. But in my colorful colorful garden this blue butterfly really holds it own!

And here is the Monarch version of my Dollar Store butterflies. What a fun project this has turned out to be!