Monday, December 2, 2019

Not Your Mama's Christmas Village

In October, my husband, son, daughter, & I vacationed in Italy. It was a wonderful trip!
We came home with great memories, but not a lot of souvenirs. One thing I did buy was this cute little wooden house. 

I love the rustic simplicity of it. And, of course, I thought that I could do that!
So, once I got home, I took the idea and made a little Christmas Village.

I drew off the pattern for three houses on a 2 x 4 & had my son cut it.
 I sanded the edges, then stained the wood with Voodoo Gel Stain from the Dixie Belle Paint Company. I love this stain because it is water based so the clean up is easy!
 I painted over the stain with the color Fluff from Dixie Belle.
 When the paint was dry, I sanded the blocks.
 For the doors and windows, I cut and painted thin pieces of veneer and glued them onto the blocks with E6000.

 I painted Christmas garland and wreaths on the blocks.


They were cute, but I felt like they needed something.
Shutters! That's what they needed.
 On two of the houses, I used veneer to create the shutters, and painted the shutters on the other one.


 Yes! That's what they needed.

 I love my little Christmas village. And it will always bring back fond memories of my trip to Italy.





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Friday, November 22, 2019

Rusty Nail Simplicity

I have come across quite a few corner cabinets like this. There must have been a time when a kit or the plans were available. This one came from a lady around 70 who said her father made it.
 It had a terrible finish on it!
I've said before that there are certain pieces that as soon as I see them I know exactly what I want to do for their makeover. This was one of those pieces.
I could envision it with Rusty Nail and Sawmill Gravy from the Dixie Belle Paint Company, and the re*design with Prima transfer, Simplicity.
 I wasn't expecting bleed through on this piece, but whatever was used for that swishy (is that a word?) finish caused my Sawmill Gravy to turn pink. So, I coated the piece with Dixie Belle's BOSS. BOSS prevents bleed through and odors.

Then I painted the inside of the piece with more Sawmill Gravy and added the Simplicity transfer.
 I painted the rest of the cabinet with Rusty Nail.

 What a difference!

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Monday, November 11, 2019

DIY Thankful Sign

It's November, the month of Thanksgiving.
This DIY Thankful Sign is the perfect addition to your Fall decor.
And, it's super easy!

I used my Cricut Maker to cut out the word, thankful, in vinyl. If you don't have a Cricut you can buy vinyl letters at craft & office supply stores.
I added the vinyl to a wood sign board from Michael's.
 To help prevent the paint from seeping under the vinyl, I painted over it with the sealer Gator Hide from The Dixie Belle Paint Company. This creates a barrier over the edge of the vinyl so you will get crisp, perfect letters when you peel up the vinyl.
 Once the Gator Hide was dry, I used a makeup sponge to pounce over the vinyl using the Dixie Belle paint color, Fluff. Using a makeup sponge also helps prevent the paint from bleeding under the vinyl.
 I used a brush to paint the rest of the board.
 Once I had painted two coats of Fluff, I pulled off the vinyl.

 I added Mod Podge to a corner section of the board...
 then I placed a napkin with pretty pumpkins over the wet ModPodge. The pumpkins are perfect for Fall, but you could use other napkins to keep the sign up year round. The layers of the napkin need to be separated or the paper won't stick properly.
 I tore off the extra napkin that came over the edge of the board and added more ModPodge on top of the napkin.
 I glued a mini clothespin to the opposite corner of the board.
 I added a family photo from my recent trip to Italy.
 The clothespin makes it easy to change out the photo.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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Sunday, November 3, 2019

Nuts About Fall

Candy Corn... it's a Fall staple.
Do you love it or hate it? There's usually no in between.
If you hate it, then you probably haven't eaten it with peanuts! The mixture tastes like a PayDay candy bar & is delicious. The perfect ratio (to me) is 2 or 3 peanuts to 1 piece of candy corn.

You may not love candy corn, but I don't know anyone who doesn't love Fall. So, I mixed up some candy corn & peanuts and made some cute gifts to celebrate the season.

My friend, Debbie, gave me a case of lemonade bottles that were perfect for this project. I soaked them to get the labels off, then sterilized them in the dishwasher. 
 I used my Cricut Maker to cut vinyl that says, "nuts about Fall" and added it to the bottles.

 Then I filled the bottles with candy corn & peanuts.
 And, added a raffia bow.

I also played around with some other fonts & vinyl colors...

If you haven't tried the candy corn & peanut combo, try it... you'll like it. You can thank me later!


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