Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Pinterest Inspired Concrete Necklaces

Pinterest provides us with such great inspiration. And, when I saw some necklaces made using concrete, I knew I had to make some.

I mixed up some Rockite cement and poured it into a silicone mold. I waited for it to dry then popped the concrete out of the mold...


I placed painters tape around the "jewels" and then added copper leaf...



A jewelry bail and pretty chain finish them off to create a unique necklace!

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  Someday Crafts, Sew Much A Do, Ginger Snap CraftsCreations By KaraRae Gun Ramblings, Ivy & Elephants,   Seven Thirty Three The Shabby Creek Cottage, Seven AliveBear Rabbit Bear Crafts, Made In A Day, Katherine's Corner, Redoux, Chic On a ShoestringSimply Sweet Home, The Shabby NestMomnivore's Dilema, Somewhat Simple,   Live Laugh Rowe, Have A Daily Cup Of Mrs OlsonTruly LovelyThe Cottage Market,  Funky Junk Interiors,  Tatertots & Jello,   Blissful & Domestic, A Vision To Remember, Boogieboard Cottage,  DIY Showoff, Craft-O-Maniac,  Under The Table and Dreaming, Keeping It Simple, Homemaker On A Dime, I Should Be Mopping The Floor, The Dedicated House Coastal Charm, Reasons To Skip The Housework, Sugar Bee Crafts,  Nifty Thrifty Things, Cherished Bliss, A Bowl Full Of LemonsMad In Crafts, Flour Me With Love, Not Just A HousewifeToday's Creative Blog, Tip Junkie Homework, Kammy's KornerI Gotta CreateThrifty 101 Domestically Speaking,  C.R.A.F.T., The Answer Is Chocolate, Skip To My LouThe Thrifty HomeAdorned From AboveCedar Hill Ranch, Classy Clutter, Flutter BusterTwelve O Eight, Nap Time Creations, The Shady Porch, JoJo And Eloise, Hope In Every Season, The Foley FamHouse Of HoffOur Home Away From Home, Living Well Spending Less, Remodelaholic, A Lived In Home, Flamingo ToesVMG206 Finding Silver Pennies, Mad Cap Frenzy Gingerly Made,  Pink Heels Pink TruckMinnette's MazeMade To Be A Momma Start At HomeLil Mrs ToriHomecomingThe Vintage FarmhousePink Recipe BoxSweet HauteTable For SevenBe BetsyIt Happens In A BlinkOne Dog Woof, 4 You With Love, A Stroll Thru LifeA Bright And Beautiful LifeCrafty Goodies Live Love CreateThe Koenigs CreateBloom Designs,French Country Cottage, Daisy Cottage Designs, Orchard Girls, Elizabeth Joan Designs, The Scoop, Stone Gable, Knick Of Time, Lou Lou Girls, Karen's Up On The Hill, Friday's Furniture Fix, DIY-Crush, Patina Paradise, Charm Bracelet Diva,


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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Inspirational Art


I write a monthly craft & DIY article for a local magazine. And, each month there is a theme for the magazine. I try to create a project that goes along with the theme, but sometimes it's hard!
The theme for the April issue was Focus On Fitness
What craft project goes along with that?!!! You may think of something right away, but this one took me a minute!
I decided to create art to inspire people just to get started on their fitness goals. Because for me, getting started is always the hardest part.

Supplies:
Frame
Paint
Rulers/yardsticks
Rag
Scrabble Tiles
Glue Gun

I painted a thrift store frame with black paint. I then cut yardsticks to fit in the frame.

I used a damp rag to add a wash of paint to the rulers. Doing a wash instead of painting the rulers allows the measurements and words to show through.


I used a hot glue gun to add the rulers to the frame. 
I settled on an inspirational quote, then I laid out Scrabble tiles onto the framed rulers to determine the layout.

I used a hot glue gun to glue down the tiles...

Wherever you need to find inspiration, this art will remind you to just get started!
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  Someday Crafts, Sew Much A Do, Ginger Snap CraftsCreations By KaraRae Gun Ramblings, Ivy & Elephants,   Seven Thirty Three The Shabby Creek Cottage, Seven AliveBear Rabbit Bear Crafts, Made In A Day, Katherine's Corner, Redoux, Chic On a ShoestringSimply Sweet Home, The Shabby NestMomnivore's Dilema, Somewhat Simple,   Live Laugh Rowe, Have A Daily Cup Of Mrs OlsonTruly LovelyThe Cottage Market,  Funky Junk Interiors,  Tatertots & Jello,   Blissful & Domestic, A Vision To Remember, Boogieboard Cottage,  DIY Showoff, Craft-O-Maniac,  Under The Table and Dreaming, Keeping It Simple, Homemaker On A Dime, I Should Be Mopping The Floor, The Dedicated House Coastal Charm, Reasons To Skip The Housework, Sugar Bee Crafts,  Nifty Thrifty Things, Cherished Bliss, A Bowl Full Of LemonsMad In Crafts, Flour Me With Love, Not Just A HousewifeToday's Creative Blog, Tip Junkie Homework, Kammy's KornerI Gotta CreateThrifty 101 Domestically Speaking,  C.R.A.F.T., The Answer Is Chocolate, Skip To My LouThe Thrifty HomeAdorned From AboveCedar Hill Ranch, Classy Clutter, Flutter BusterTwelve O Eight, Nap Time Creations, The Shady Porch, JoJo And Eloise, Hope In Every Season, The Foley FamHouse Of HoffOur Home Away From Home, Living Well Spending Less, Remodelaholic, A Lived In Home, Flamingo ToesVMG206 Finding Silver Pennies, Mad Cap Frenzy Gingerly Made,  Pink Heels Pink TruckMinnette's MazeMade To Be A Momma Start At HomeLil Mrs ToriHomecomingThe Vintage FarmhousePink Recipe BoxSweet HauteTable For SevenBe BetsyIt Happens In A BlinkOne Dog Woof, 4 You With Love, A Stroll Thru LifeA Bright And Beautiful LifeCrafty Goodies Live Love CreateThe Koenigs CreateBloom Designs,French Country Cottage, Daisy Cottage Designs, Orchard Girls, Elizabeth Joan Designs, The Scoop, Stone Gable, Knick Of Time, Lou Lou Girls, Karen's Up On The Hill, Friday's Furniture Fix, DIY-Crush, Patina Paradise, Charm Bracelet Diva,


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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

DIY Phone Case Makeover

Don't throw away those worn out cell phone cases. 
Give them a makeover!

The design had started to wear off of my case, but otherwise, the case was fine...

Rather than throw it away, I gave it a coat of Dixie Belle Paint in the color, Apricot...


After 2 coats of the Apricot had dried, I added painters tape and then painted on some Pure Ocean...


Once the Pure Ocean was dry, I added more painters tape...
then I added the Dixie Belle Goo and Gold Shine...



Of course, I couldn't stop there!
I added Dixie Belle Clear Coat over the Apricot and while it was wet, I sprinkled on a little gold glitter...
Once the clear coat dried and the glitter was set, I went over the entire case with Clear Coat.
Voila! Another item saved from the landfill!

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  Someday Crafts, Sew Much A Do, Ginger Snap CraftsCreations By KaraRae Gun Ramblings, Ivy & Elephants,   Seven Thirty Three The Shabby Creek Cottage, Seven AliveBear Rabbit Bear Crafts, Made In A Day, Katherine's Corner, Redoux, Chic On a ShoestringSimply Sweet Home, The Shabby NestMomnivore's Dilema, Somewhat Simple,   Live Laugh Rowe, Have A Daily Cup Of Mrs OlsonTruly LovelyThe Cottage Market,  Funky Junk Interiors,  Tatertots & Jello,   Blissful & Domestic, A Vision To Remember, Boogieboard Cottage,  DIY Showoff, Craft-O-Maniac,  Under The Table and Dreaming, Keeping It Simple, Homemaker On A Dime, I Should Be Mopping The Floor, The Dedicated House Coastal Charm, Reasons To Skip The Housework, Sugar Bee Crafts,  Nifty Thrifty Things, Cherished Bliss, A Bowl Full Of LemonsMad In Crafts, Flour Me With Love, Not Just A HousewifeToday's Creative Blog, Tip Junkie Homework, Kammy's KornerI Gotta CreateThrifty 101 Domestically Speaking,  C.R.A.F.T., The Answer Is Chocolate, Skip To My LouThe Thrifty HomeAdorned From AboveCedar Hill Ranch, Classy Clutter, Flutter BusterTwelve O Eight, Nap Time Creations, The Shady Porch, JoJo And Eloise, Hope In Every Season, The Foley FamHouse Of HoffOur Home Away From Home, Living Well Spending Less, Remodelaholic, A Lived In Home, Flamingo ToesVMG206 Finding Silver Pennies, Mad Cap Frenzy Gingerly Made,  Pink Heels Pink TruckMinnette's MazeMade To Be A Momma Start At HomeLil Mrs ToriHomecomingThe Vintage FarmhousePink Recipe BoxSweet HauteTable For SevenBe BetsyIt Happens In A BlinkOne Dog Woof, 4 You With Love, A Stroll Thru LifeA Bright And Beautiful LifeCrafty Goodies Live Love CreateThe Koenigs CreateBloom Designs,French Country Cottage, Daisy Cottage Designs, Orchard Girls, Elizabeth Joan Designs, The Scoop, Stone Gable, Knick Of Time, Lou Lou Girls, Karen's Up On The Hill, Friday's Furniture Fix, DIY-Crush, Patina Paradise, Charm Bracelet Diva,


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Friday, March 25, 2016

Wine Jug Makeover

There have been a couple of parties recently where I have made Sangria. I use the inexpensive jug wine to make it. I love the shape of the jugs and hate to get rid of them so I decided to try the image transfer technique that I recently posted. If you missed it, this is what I shared...
That post can be found HERE.

I wasn't sure how the technique would work on glass. I was afraid that when I sprayed the bottle with water and began to rub away the paper, that the paint might come off too. But, I am happy to report that that was not the case!

I started with this jug...

After removing the label, I painted the jug with 2 coats of Dixie Belle paint in the color Dropcloth.


I wanted an image that would fit in the flat oval part of the jug where the original label had been. I found a French image that I liked on The Graphics Fairy. I resized the image to fit on the jug and then printed it in reverse so that when the image is transfered the words won't be backwards. I then took what I printed to Staples to make copies on a laser printer. The colors will bleed if you use an ink jet printer.

 I covered the image in Dixie Belle Clear Coat and then laid it face down on the jug and allowed it to dry completely.

Once completely dry, I sprayed the paper with water and began to gently rub away the paper.

As it dries, if all the paper isn't removed, the image will look milky. I kept spraying with water until all the paper was removed.

I covered the entire jug with clear coat to seal it. Then I added a small rope around the top to finish it off.



I may have to make Sangria more often so I can makeover more jugs!



Now, about that Sangria! If you're interested, here's the recipe I use. It comes from my friend, Carol.

Carol's Sangria:
1 jug of Burgundy
1 Cup Peach Flavored Brandy
1 Cup Sugar
4 Lemons, Sliced
4 Oranges, Sliced
Ginger Ale

Mix all ingredients, except the ginger ale, and chill for 4 hours. When you're ready to serve, add ginger ale. Add 1/2 to 1 liter of the ginger ale depending on how strong you want it.
Enjoy!
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  Someday Crafts, Sew Much A Do, Ginger Snap CraftsCreations By KaraRae Gun Ramblings, Ivy & Elephants,   Seven Thirty Three The Shabby Creek Cottage, Seven AliveBear Rabbit Bear Crafts, Made In A Day, Katherine's Corner, Redoux, Chic On a ShoestringSimply Sweet Home, The Shabby NestMomnivore's Dilema, Somewhat Simple,   Live Laugh Rowe, Have A Daily Cup Of Mrs OlsonTruly LovelyThe Cottage Market,  Funky Junk Interiors,  Tatertots & Jello,   Blissful & Domestic, A Vision To Remember, Boogieboard Cottage,  DIY Showoff, Craft-O-Maniac,  Under The Table and Dreaming, Keeping It Simple, Homemaker On A Dime, I Should Be Mopping The Floor, The Dedicated House Coastal Charm, Reasons To Skip The Housework, Sugar Bee Crafts,  Nifty Thrifty Things, Cherished Bliss, A Bowl Full Of LemonsMad In Crafts, Flour Me With Love, Not Just A HousewifeToday's Creative Blog, Tip Junkie Homework, Kammy's KornerI Gotta CreateThrifty 101 Domestically Speaking,  C.R.A.F.T., The Answer Is Chocolate, Skip To My LouThe Thrifty HomeAdorned From AboveCedar Hill Ranch, Classy Clutter, Flutter BusterTwelve O Eight, Nap Time Creations, The Shady Porch, JoJo And Eloise, Hope In Every Season, The Foley FamHouse Of HoffOur Home Away From Home, Living Well Spending Less, Remodelaholic, A Lived In Home, Flamingo ToesVMG206 Finding Silver Pennies, Mad Cap Frenzy Gingerly Made,  Pink Heels Pink TruckMinnette's MazeMade To Be A Momma Start At HomeLil Mrs ToriHomecomingThe Vintage FarmhousePink Recipe BoxSweet HauteTable For SevenBe BetsyIt Happens In A BlinkOne Dog Woof, 4 You With Love, A Stroll Thru LifeA Bright And Beautiful LifeCrafty Goodies Live Love CreateThe Koenigs CreateBloom Designs,French Country Cottage, Daisy Cottage Designs, Orchard Girls, Elizabeth Joan Designs, The Scoop, Stone Gable, Knick Of Time, Lou Lou Girls, Karen's Up On The Hill, Friday's Furniture Fix, DIY-Crush, Patina Paradise, Charm Bracelet Diva,


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