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Sep 24, 2016 - Craft Projects, Tutorials    No Comments

Black Wax and House Numbers

house-numbers-originalI recently found some cute numbers at HL.

I decided to use them for my house numbers. I was in luck they had our house numbers (they didn’t have every number available).



enhanced-frame-black-wax They were a little plain so I wanted to darken them up so they would become more visible on the house.

I used graphite chalk paint to paint the edges and a black Pitt pen to do the border around the front.

I then mixed some graphite chalk paint with clear wax to make black wax.  The black wax enhances the graphite and seals the paint at the same time.  My favorite product for both chalk paint and wax is BB Frosch.

eye-bolts-2Once I had everything painted I inserted eye bolts so I could hang them on the porch.

There are 3 numbers, the top and middle number get eye bolts on top and bottom so they can all be linked together vertically.



highlighted-numberI couldn’t leave it alone so I took a White Pitt Pen and added some white highlights.

I used some jute to string all of them together but my plan is to get some S hooks to hook them together.




finished-house-numbersSo here is the recap.  I think they look awesome on the front porch and so unique!



Jun 17, 2016 - Bible Study, Tips, Tutorials    No Comments

Bible – Art Journaling – Adding to the Page

Ephesians 2  4-5When doing art journal in your Bible, sometimes you need to add something to cover a current verse you are studying.

If you click on the picture you will see the top of the page.  I had already added the art journal for God’s Workmanship and now I needed (ok, wanted) to add something for verses 4-5.

Rather than adding a lot I just chose the word from the scripture that spoke to my heart “Grace”.  Used a different handwriting font so it would stand out a bit from God’s Workmanship.

The word compliments the other art design and stays within the same format (the bottles have words on them).  Then as I re-read the scriptures I decided to box out the words that leaped off the page to me.

The picture does not do the colors justice.  They are vibrant and alive, the same way the Word of God lives in us!

The saying less is more, and a simple word was enough to enhance the page.   How do you add more art to a page you have already completed previously?

Whitewashed Fireplace – Drop the Mic I’m Finished

Whitewashed Fireplace - Chalk Paint - White Dover When we had our paneling painted white (SW – Dover White), it made the brick fireplace seem out of place.  Mainly because of the color (yellow and orange with black mortar).

I started researching how to update the fireplace including getting an estimate for rocking it.  Would love to do that; however, it was approximately $2-3 thousand dollars.  I opted to whitewash it.




Original Fireplace -This picture is what it looked like before I whitewashed it.  Remember my fireplace has black mortar.

I chose to use B. B. Frosch and make SW White Dover paint into chalk paint.   With B. B. Frosch you can make any paint chalk paint.  It is a great product (I am not being paid by B. B. Frosch for my review of the product).  I did use ASCP in this project too, because I already had the product in colors I needed to compliment the den’s color pallet. 

We have a large fireplace that spans across the room at an angle.  It took me less than 8oz of White Dover chalk paint watered down (50/50 water to paint) to do the entire fireplace.



Original Fireplace - Black mortarHere are some tips I learned as I was transforming the fireplace.

Think about the color you want to wash with, keep in mind that the color of the brick will effect the depth of what is washed.  For example the black mortar with the whitewashed turned grey…..perfect for what I was doing!

Clean it – I took a brush and ran over the fireplace to knock off the dust and cobwebs.  



I chose chalk paint because I like the softness it has and it doesn’t require prep work. Our fireplace had been sprayed with shellac (that’s what they did in the 80’s.   Painted right over that sucker without cleaning with TSP.



Fireplace - Left Coner Start whitewashI used chalk paint brushes to apply the wash, because I had them.  However, you can use whatever brush you have to do this project.

I started on the sides, so if I made a mistake I couldn’t correct, it would not be that obvious.





Whitewashed Fireplace - less is moreWork in sections and don’t overlap the wash on the next section you are not ready to work on.

This picture shows where I overlapped on the brick and then when I started to work on that section, the brick was more saturated and it created a stripe.

Because I used chalk paint, I was able to take a wet rag and take off the paint and re-apply it more even.  



Whitewashed Fireplace - work in whole bricksA better method is to work the sections in complete bricks, this helps keep the tone of the whitewash even across the fireplace.






Whitewashed Fireplace - work in sectionsStop and walk away and look at what you are doing periodically.

This will let you see where you have put too much whitewash in an area or too little.

It is easier to correct when the wash is still wet than when it has set 10 – 20 minutes.  Brick is porous and the white wash will take on various looks as it starts drying and absorbing the wash.  

There are several items you can use to remove the wash.  If you catch it fast enough a wet rag, if it is dry, I understand Magic Erasers works well.



Whitewashed Fireplace - Still Wet FinishedOnce the fireplace was done, I went back in with a sea sponge and added other wash colors (ASCP – Country Grey, French Linen, Coco).  This gives depth to the wash without over powering the white wash.  When I had an orange or yellow brick color pop out I would sponge in other colors to make it recede.

When you are adding additional colors do it sparingly and rotating the sponge and the color wash.  Let it absorb in and take another look from a distance.  Here less is more and you can always go back in and add more where needed.

Even after it dries you can add additional color washes in where needed.



Whitewashed Fireplace - Chalk Paint - White DoverIt took me about 4 hours (at the most) to complete this big fireplace and that includes sponging in all the other color washes.  When I first finished I loved how it look and was so excited, but I didn’t realize what I was seeing was it still wet.

As it dries it becomes whiter (depending on how much you have left on or washed off).  Mine was whiter; however, because I had sponged in additional colors it was perfect even lighter.

I did repaint the mantel.  It was originally Old White (ASCP) and it just got lost after the whitewash.  I repainted it with the same colors I used to sponge in the washes. I painted it ASCP Coco, then washed it with French Linen.  Once that was dry I washed it again in Old White, when it dried gave it a good waxing.  


This really was a simple project and I can’t believe it took me so long to convince myself to do it.  It brought the decor of the den together and looks great with the neutral pallet.

Are you trying to figure out if you are ready for a project?  Be brave and jump in!


Valance for Every Room in the House

Valance MaterialWe have several boxed windows in our home.  The latest and greatest thing of the ’80’s.  I was looking on Pinterest for a simple window treatment and came across a pin to use styrofoam panels to create a valance.

Over on Down Home Inspiration are the instructions on how to create this window treatment.  I’m not going to reiterate the instructions she does an awesome job.




Extended Piece

Because my Boxed Window is approximately 48″ wide I had to figure out how to extend my length since the panel didn’t measure that long.  Simple enough just cut it in half and used another sheet to reinforce the middle.






Test FitSince my window is boxed (and I did a good job of measuring) I didn’t have to attach it to anything it fit very snuggle in the window.  No holes in the drywall…………..sweet!






Measure MaterialFound my material at JoAnn’s (used coupon of course) measured, cut and wrapped the styrofoam piece and I did end up using pins to secure the fabric.  I was going to use staples but the pins were so simple.






FinishedI love it!  I found the styrofoam panels at Lowe’s and they were about $14.00 for a pkg that contains 4 panels.  I have a few more rooms I am going to use this window treatment in so this will be very cost effective.






I love the simplicity of the window treatment the clean lines.  My style is Farmhouse Glam and this window treatment transitions well with my style.


What is your style? Do you have a favorite window treatment?  I would love to see and hear from you!

Pillow – Invisible Zipper

Pillow - Invisible ZipperUgh!  At least that is what I thought when I decided I wanted to recover the set of 4 large 22″square pillows that came with my den furniture.

Harverty’s wanted to charge $50.00 a pillow to change out the ones that came with the furniture.  I said no thank you, knowing (or at least thinking) I could re-cover them myself.  

I got my new fabric to do all 4 pillows for $35.00, sweet!  Bought the material at Hobby Lobby that was 30% off, plus they used the 40% off coupon too, Booyah!

I decided I wanted to put an Invisible Zipper in them, but first I need to find a good tutorial.  Over at Stop Staring… and Start Sewing, is an excellent tutorial, so I will not reinvent the “how to’s” just click on the tutorial link or the link attached to her website above (or below) and it will take you there. Yes, I did “Pin It” on “Pinterest” in several spots.

I did a practice pillow before I started cutting in to my good fabric for the new pillows (click on the picture to get a close look at the zipper).  I already had a pillow insert, and a cheap curtain from Ikea (note, great way to get fabric at a reasonable price, $7 I think).

I have a Babylock machine and I purchased an invisible zipper foot.  Could I have done this with just a regular zipper foot, yes!  However, I wanted (key word “wanted”) to be sure I was getting as close to the teeth on the invisible zipper as I could so I invested ($16), it was worth it.

Keys to invisible zippers 1) buy a zipper longer than your project, 2) iron the coils out flat, 3) sew the zipper in before you construct the rest of the piece, 4) make sure you open the zipper (after it is sew in) before you sew the rest of the project together.

Some additional information, when using pattern fabric be sure and buy extra fabric to match the pattern.  Make sure you are putting your zipper in the bottom seam of how your pillow(s) will sit on your furniture (usually it is on the bottom of the pillow as opposed to the side of the pillow).  I also ended up using three different feet on my sewing machine 1) the invisible zipper foot, 2) a regular zipper foot and 3) the regular foot.

I finished the 4 pillows and you can see what they look like on the post dated 2/22/2016.  If you are afraid of…or have had difficulty in doing invisible zippers, follow the tutorial by Jona Giammalva over at Stop Staring…and Start Sewing.  Thanks Jona for an excellent tutorial and giving me the swift kick I needed to get this project started.




Acorns, Acorns Acorns

I am so into Fall this year for some reason!

Remember this little arrangement sitting on my dining room table?

See the little acorn, I decided to give that some “Sherrification”!





Here are the supplies you will need, or something similar.  Click on the picture to make it bigger.


Glitter (I’m using German Glass Glitter).  Love the chunkiness and the look.

Foam Brush or some type of applicator to put the glue on.

Something to catch the glitter that falls off so you can re-use it (I’m using a coffee filter).



I applied glue to the top of the acorn in sections.  That way the glue doesn’t dry out before you get the glitter on.

The glue I’m using gets tackier when it sets for a few seconds so it grabs the glitter better.






I sprinkled the German Glass Glitter onto the acorn over a coffee filter.

I work my way all the way around the top of the acorn.

At this point I’m not worried that it didn’t cover everything, I’ll come back to that.





I let it set and dry for “a spell” and then I start working on the areas that need additional coverage.







I repeat the process until I get it the full coverage.







I use black German Glass Glitter (using the same technique) for the stem.


Look you can still see the diagonal lines that were cut in the top before I “Sherrified” it.





Here it is sitting with the pumpkins in the tray.  I love the little pop of color and glitz it added.  Hmmm, I think I have a large acorn I was working on from last year.  

Got to go give it some “Sherrification”!





Sep 29, 2012 - Craft Projects, Tutorials    No Comments

Pumpkins, Pumpkins – Oh Yes!

I often check out the $1 spot at Target and recently I scored a cute little pumpkin.


Wish I had gotten more, it is just the right size and the technique I’m going to show you is so easy.





You will need a tube of  Gold Leaf Rub ‘n Buff, your finger, and the knowledge this is a little messy.







I have had mine so long it is almost dry, so I just cut the tube open to get to the part that was not dried out.







I took the little stem off and started rubbing the Gold Leaf onto the pumpkin.  As you can see by my figure it is messy but it will scrub off.


Love the look the Gold Leaf gives the pumpkin.  If the coverage is not even you can go back over those spots or leave them.  I like a little of the orange showing through.



I took the stem and hot glued some jute, wrapping it around until all of it was covered.







Once the stem was completely wrapped I used a dab of hot glue on top of the pumpkin and re-inserted the stem.  Cute!  Remember this is $1 Pumpkin and the jute I have had forever!






To finish it off I made a bow out of wired ribbon and hot glued that on to the top.  I’ve had the ribbon for a long time too.  It is great to use up some of the “stuff” in stash.

The color here is a little off, but the previous picture is closer to the real color of how the Gold Leaf looks.





So simple, sweet and easy!







How cute and simple are these.  Hmm, I wonder if there is any left at the $1 spot, or maybe the Dollar Store.  Thanks for stopping by I’ve got to go and find more of these and buy some more Gold Leaf or maybe Silver Leaf.

Sep 4, 2012 - Craft Projects, Tutorials    No Comments

Read for a Spell – Teacher’s Gift

My #1 Daughter found these cute embossed tin signs on Pick Your Plum last year.

These make cute Teacher gifts as those little ones start learning how to read.





These are so simple, I did a collage of pictures to show you the basics:

1.  Inked the embossed parts of the tin with StazOn Ink – Black

2. Cut out the saying with Silhouette Cameo using black vinyl

3. Removed the negative space and applied transfer tape to the remaining words, burnishing with a card

4. Peeled the vinyl ensuring it stuck to the transfer tape

5. Placed on the tin and burnished again with card, starting in corner start peeling back transfer tape and rocking back and forth as you peel it off

6. Add ribbon for cuteness!



Mar 5, 2012 - Craft Projects, Tutorials    No Comments

Spell Binders Organization

Remember back on Feb 26th I showed a small snippet of what I was thinking about doing to organize my Spell Binders.

I spent the afternoon finishing up the project.  I’ll show you in a collage so it doesn’t take up so much space and time.




Here is the process I went through to re-vamp the organization. 

1.  It was the 5th item on my list to complete but it was one of those that drive you crazy if you don’t get it done.

2. My Spell Binders were currently organized by using CD cases.

3. I kept the Spell Binder and what it was called in the case.

4. When you opened it up it had the Spell Binders on one side and the name of the set on the other.

5. Using sheet protectors to make pockets, I tried to cut them with my paper cutter but the plastic gave to much.

6. Pulled out my rotary scissors and a self healing mat.

7. First I cut off the end across the bottom.

8. I then cut the sheet protector in half giving me two 5.5″ sleeves.

9. So I didn’t have to keep lining up the ruler I used blue painters tape to indicate where I needed to line up each time.

10. Next I cut each 5.5″ sleeve 6″ long.  (Here is where I get a little OCD on stuff like this).  You don’t have to make the pocket this fancy.  I wanted to make sure the pocket opening was easy to open and slip the Spell Binders in and out.

11. Oops this picture is out of sync, it was showing you where I put the blue painters tape to help me line up easily.

12. Once I cut both sleeves I used my score board to run a crease for a little hem of 1/4″.  (I wanted something substantial for clip to hold on to).  Be careful here plastic stretches and slides easily so take it slow.

13. Use your finger (or your bone folder) to give the 1/4″ hem a good crease.

14. Sewed the top hems first then up each side to make a pocket that measures 5.5″ x 6″ (that is about the size of the CD case).

15. Look at the difference in how little space  these pockets  take up compared to the CD cases.

16. Clipped them up on a rod in my closet.

17.  Now I can easily see what I have and since they are on a rod they can be moved out of the way when I need to get behind them.

Now we marked that off my list and since I’m in and out of the closet all the time I don’t think I’ll forget them.

Ok, I’m linking up to Skip to my Lou Made By You Monday, I’m #587.

Feb 5, 2012 - Craft Projects, Tutorials    1 Comment

Hymnal Pomander

First let me say this is not my original creation.  I got my inspiration from Ruche (click on the name and it will take you the post).  Shannon from Footprints did a guest post and shared the Vintage Pomader with Ruche.

It seemed simple enough to make but I wanted to put my own spin on it.






I used an old Hymnal Book and cut out about 60 medallions.  The medallions are a simple scallop measuring 3.75″.  I purchased the scallop off of the Silhouette website for $.99.  I was able to get 2 medallions from each page.

Shannon cut the medallions out by hand but I was a little lazy and decided the Sihouette would be great at this.






I’m still getting use to the Sihouette Cameo but I’m loving it.  The pages from the Hymnal are light weight and my mats are pretty sticky.

Ugh!  This is a mess!






Inspiration struck me and I placed a wet towel over the mat and let the paper soak up the water.

It worked and now I just needed to figure out how to condition and make these mats work.

I did discover you do not need to smooth the paper down on the mat.  I placed the paper on the mat and touched the 4 corners of the paper to make sure it stuck.  Worked great.




Once I got the medallions cut out the next thing I did was ink them up with Vintage Photo Distressed Ink.

I inked both sides since I knew sometimes the front would show and sometime the back of the medallions.





Next I wanted to add some shimmer so I used my Copper misting spray (this is homemade, some MS Copper acrylic paint, Modge Podge and water)….cheap to make and just as good as the designer stuff.  There is not really a recipe, I just squirted paint in the spray bottle, then took a dollop of Modge Podge (mat finish) and then added water…I then added more paint until I got the shimmer I wanted.  My Bff Phyllis told me how to make this “stuff”, thanks girl!  Found the little spray bottles at Container Store for $.99.

I sprayed both sides of the medallions.




Once I got the Copper misting on I took my heat gun and dried them a little until they were damp.  I dried both sides.


The I scrunched them up into little wads of paper to add some dimension.  Gently open them up and stack them by twos.




I’m using 2.5″ Styrofoam balls,  I got them at HL for about $4 for 6 of them. 

I found these I think @ Walmart a few years ago.  Any pin will do, because you really do not see the heads.  However, having a head on the pin helps when you are hot gluing them and pushing them into the Stryrofoam ball.





With 2 medallions layered together, take a pin and push it through the center of both medallions with a little hot glue to stick it in place.






Now pull both layers of the medallions up and scrunch together, placing another dollop of hot glue at the base of the medallions.







Take the medallions while the hot glue is still hot and place the pin straight down into the Styrofoam ball.

Notice the pin is placed all the way in the ball to the base of the medallions.






Repeat with the rest of the medallions.  The important thing here is to place the medallions straight down in the Styrofoam, do not slant the pins in to the Styrofoam ball.  Once the ball is covered you will go back and fill in the areas that feel or look sparse.

If you slant the pins in trying to fill the gaps as you go the papers will become uneven looking and cause you to need to trim it to even it up.




Once you are done fluff out the papers and then when you discover a place that feels thin or needs an additional medallion fill it in at that point.  Remember pin should go straight down in the ball.






Love the way this turned out and I think it makes an nice addition to my Dining Room.







Maybe I need to make a lot of these and fill the tray that is sitting on my dining room table!

We’ll see, we’ll see.