Tuesday, June 25, 2019

St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin Ireland & A Giveaway

My husband and I have visited Ireland 3 times now. If he had his way we would never go anywhere else on vacation.

Ireland is so beautiful! And the people are just as lovely.


 You can't visit Dublin, Ireland without going to St. Patrick's Cathedral.
It was founded in 1191 and is the National Cathedral of the Church Of Ireland.







 We have visited the cathedral all three times we've been in Dublin. And, in 2017, we took our son and daughter.
It was such a blessing to be able to share the experience with them. 


I'm thrilled to have captured a beautiful memory with a canvas from Canvas Factory as a keepsake from our trip. 


I have several canvases from Canvas Factory and have been very pleased with the quality of each one.

Do you have a special photo that you'd love to have  on canvas? Then this may be your lucky day!
You have an opportunity to win a 20" x 16" canvas from Canvas Factory.
There are several ways to be entered...

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The giveaway will end at midnight on July 2.
US & Canada residents only.


Saturday, June 1, 2019

Cobalt Got Hammered

I found this little table recently at a yard sale...
 I had a beautiful gift wrapping paper in a blue & green floral that I've been wanting to decoupage on something. And, since the top of the table was not in the best shape, I decided the paper would be perfect for this project.
 So, I decoupaged the paper onto the top and painted the rest of the wood with the color, Cobalt Blue, from the Dixie Belle Paint Company.
 Then the cobalt got hammered. Hammered Copper that is!

I used a Q-tip to add Dixie Belle's Gilding Wax in the color, Hammered Copper, along the lip where the paper meets the paint.
 I used my finger to add more gilding wax to the raised areas. I added more gilding wax to the metal base to brighten it up.
 I also added a few little touches of the wax to the paper.
 Once finished, I sealed the table with Dixie Belle's Gator Hide.


Getting hammered was just what this little table needed!

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Secret Garden

Got scrap wood? Turn it into art!

There's always a project of some kind going on at my house, so there's also a lot of scrap pieces of wood. It's nice because whenever a project design comes to mind, I usually have what I need to complete it. And, when an idea hits me I get impatient and want to get it done.

For my secret garden art, I started with an 11" x 14" piece of wood and painted it with the color Buttercream from The Dixie Belle Paint Company. 
 I found this pretty wrapping paper at HomeGoods. Do you know how hard it is to find pretty wrapping paper?!!! It was easy to find the wood...not so easy to find wrapping paper!
 I cut the wrapping paper a little larger than the size of the wood.
I used Dixie Belle's Gator Hide as my decoupage medium. I applied a coat of the Gator Hide to the back of the paper and also to the painted wood. You have to work quickly so it doesn't start to dry.
 I placed the paper onto the wood and used a brayer to smooth out any bubbles & wrinkles. 
 For the excess paper along the edges, I tore it off with a downward motion allowing the edge of the wood to help tear the paper. I sanded off any paper that was left behind.
 I painted a metal secret garden plaque with the Buttercream.
 Once the paint dried, I added gilding wax in the color, Anastasia, to the raised areas of the plaque. I screwed the plaque onto the lower part of the wood.
 I painted a wide mouth mason jar with the color Peony, then sanded the raised areas on the jar.
 I screwed on a hose clamp to the wood, put the ring back onto the jar then placed it into the clamp.

 The jar is perfect for holding flowers or a candle. You could even add some pebbles, dirt, & then add plants to the jar. Mine will probably hold paintbrushes at some point.


Do you have a secret garden?


Linking To:
Ginger Snap Crafts,  Rae Gun RamblingsChic On a ShoestringSimply Sweet HomeHave A Daily Cup Of Mrs OlsonThe Cottage Market,  Funky Junk InteriorsDIY Showoff, Craft-O-Maniac, Keeping It Simple, I Should Be Mopping The Floor, The Dedicated HouseSugar Bee CraftsFlour Me With Love,  Today's Creative Blog, Tip Junkie  I Gotta Create,   Domestically Speaking,  The Answer Is Chocolate, Skip To My LouThe Thrifty HomeFlutter BusterNap Time CreationsThe Foley Fam Finding Silver PenniesA Stroll Thru Life, French Country Cottage,  Knick Of Time, Lou Lou GirlsOur Hopeful Home, My Thrift Store AddictionThe Painted Hinge, Savvy Southern Style,  Yesterday On TuesdayConfessions Of A Plate Addict, My Uncommon Slice Of Suburbia, Dabbling And Decorating


Sunday, April 28, 2019

Keep The Change

I love when I have the exact change to pay for things when I'm shopping. My husband, on the other hand, never spends his change. He always has a pocket full of coins. We put his coins in a jar & it can add up quickly to quite a large sum.
Here, I've created something prettier than the plastic jar we've been using.
Supplies:
Shadow Box
Scrapbook Paper
Scissors or Paper Cutter
Tacky Glue
Print Out Of “Keep the change”
Paint Pen
Tape
Utility Knife
 I took off the back of the shadow box and used a utility knife to cut out a notch at the top where I can insert the coins.

 I picked out 3 patterns of scrapbook paper and cut them to different sizes which will wrap around the back of the shadow box. Once I wrapped the paper around the backing, I secured it on the back with tape.



 I cut the paper around the notch to leave the opening.
 I printed out , Keep the change!, and taped to the inside of the glass. Then I traced over it with a paint pen.


 I put the back on and started filling the shadowbox with change.

 Once full, the shadowbox will hold approximately $200!
Unless, you have someone in your house who likes to steal the quarters!


Linking To:
Ginger Snap Crafts,  Rae Gun RamblingsChic On a ShoestringSimply Sweet HomeHave A Daily Cup Of Mrs OlsonThe Cottage Market,  Funky Junk InteriorsDIY Showoff, Craft-O-Maniac, Keeping It Simple, I Should Be Mopping The Floor, The Dedicated HouseSugar Bee CraftsFlour Me With Love,  Today's Creative Blog, Tip Junkie  I Gotta Create,   Domestically Speaking,  The Answer Is Chocolate, Skip To My LouThe Thrifty HomeFlutter BusterNap Time CreationsThe Foley Fam Finding Silver PenniesA Stroll Thru Life, French Country Cottage,  Knick Of Time, Lou Lou GirlsOur Hopeful Home, My Thrift Store AddictionThe Painted Hinge, Savvy Southern Style,  Yesterday On TuesdayConfessions Of A Plate Addict, My Uncommon Slice Of Suburbia, Dabbling And Decorating


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