Monday, September 14, 2020

Hello Fall


It's hard to think about Fall when it's 90 degrees out, but a girl can dream! And, I'm in full Fall decorating mode.

This Fall sign was so much fun to create... and easy!

A while back I shared a kitchen conversion sign that I made using a wood blank & wood mason jar from Signopoly...

I had more of the blanks & jars, so I came up with another cute use for them for my Fall decorating.

I painted the wood blank with the color Colonel Mustard from the Dixie Belle Paint Company. This will be the color of my letters.

I painted the mason jar with the color, Buttercream, then added a little detail with the color, Coffee Bean...

I cut out the words, hello Fall, in vinyl using my Cricut Maker...
I place the vinyl on the painted board, then painted over the entire board with the color, Coffee Bean. It took 2 coats for good coverage.
Once the paint was dry, I peeled up the vinyl to reveal the letters...

I used faux leaves from a Fall garland that I bought at Michael's. It was less expensive than buying stems & you get a lot more leaves. Plus, Fall items are already 40% off!

After gluing the mason jar onto the board using E6000, I  cut leaves from the garland & glued them on with tacky glue. I only put a dot of glue at the base of the leaves & at the tip of the leaf so they would remain 3D. I let some of the leaves overlap the top of the jar & secured with tacky glue. I had to place something heavy on the leaves to hold them in place until the glue dried.

A perfect new addition to my Fall decor...

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Sunday, September 6, 2020

Voodoo Stained Barn Quilt

 I love barn quilts.

And, I love Voodoo Gel Stain.

So, when I got these wooden barn quilts from Signopoly, I knew the beautiful colors of the Voodoo stain from the Dixie Belle Paint Company would be perfect.

The grooves in the cabinet grade plywood make it so easy! You just fill it in like a coloring book.
I started with a beautiful turquoise color called Temptress. Then I proceeded with Up In Smoke (gray), Tobacco Road (brown), Black Magic, & White Magic.

One thing I love about the Voodoo stain is that it is waterbased. There is no odor & clean up is super easy!

To define the lines I added Dixie Belle's Best Dang Wax in black.
To make it easier to control the dark wax, I first coated the board with clear wax. I tried to avoid the grooves so they would accept the black wax easier. I used a stiff brush to add the black wax to the grooves, then wiped it back with a rag. I left a "hint" of the black wax over the entire board to dirty it up a bit.
I love the shape, the design, the size, & the colors!
Give Voodoo a try. You can use it for good, not evil!

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Sunday, August 30, 2020

Bread Board Tablet Stand

When cooking, do you use your tablet for recipes? I do. It's rare that I actually use a recipe card. And, having a stand to keep it upright makes it so much easier to view than trying to pick it up with messy hands.

And, if I'm going to have a stand, it might as well be pretty, so I made my own.

I started with a wooden bread board from Signopoly.

  I wanted to do a paint pour on part of the board, so I drew a line about 3/4 of the way up from the bottom. I covered the top portion with cling wrap and secured it with painters tape.

I placed the board on top of 2 disposable cups to elevate the board so that the paint could run off the edges during the paint pour. I placed the cups inside of a shallow box that I covered with a plastic trash bag. I mixed Dixie Belle metallic paint in the colors, Gold Digger and Caribbean, as well as their colors, Caviar and Muscadine Wine, with Zinsser Paint Booster, then began to pour them on the board. The paint booster helps the paint move more freely.
I picked up the board and tilted it in different directions to allow the paint to move across the board.

While the paint was still wet, I sprayed it with a little hand sanitizer in some areas. This creates different designs within the pour.
I let the paint dry overnight, then removed the tape and cling wrap.

 I painted the remainder of the board with Caribbean metallic paint, as well as 2 wooden knobs.

To make the tablet stand, I added a small chalkboard easel that I found at Michaels, to the back. Before attaching it, I placed it in the center of the board & marked where I needed holes for the knobs. I then drilled the holes for the knobs, then used E6000 to attach the easel to the back of the board. Once the glue set up, I added the knobs.

This makes the perfect stand for my iPad when I'm cooking. When not in use, it stores away nicely in a cabinet.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Kitchen Conversion Sign

Maybe you're better than me at keeping it all stored in your head, but sometimes I need a little help with kitchen conversions. Of course, I remember the basics, but ask me the size of a dash or how many pints are in a quart and I may have to look it up.
So, I made a cute sign to keep the basics within eye shot.

I first stained a board with Dixie Belle's Voodoo Gel Stain in the color Denim. 
The board I used is from Signopoly.

This stain is water based so the clean up is easy & there's no odor. And, you don't have to wear gloves! 
While the stain was drying, I painted a wooden cutout of a mason jar (also from Signopoly) with Dixie Belle's paint color, Haint Blue. I used Silver Bullet with a little black detail for the lid.
I made a vinyl stencil that reads, kitchen conversions, with my Cricut Maker, then used the color Caviar to paint over it.
 I made another stencil with the conversion chart. I placed it on the board then painted over it with Dixie Belle's Clear Coat & let that dry. This will help create a barrier to prevent the paint from bleeding under the stencil.
 My favorite thing to stencil with is a makeup sponge! I used the color, Haint Blue for the chart.

 I used E6000 to glue the jar onto the board.

 Now the basic conversions are within eye shot!

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