Friday, May 29, 2020

A Sunflower Welcome

Sunflowers are one of the best things about Summer!
And, this porch sign is a perfect way to welcome not only Summer, but also my guests.
To make the sign, I started with a 4' x 1' board that I painted with the color Fluff from the Dixie Belle Paint Company.
I used my Cricut Maker to cut out the word, welcome, using permanent vinyl.

For the sunflowers, I used the Sunflower Fields transfer from Re*design With Prima. The transfer works similar to the vinyl "welcome" in that you peel off the back, place the design, rub over the design to make it adhere, then peel up the top layer. The difference is that the Prima transfer comes with the top layer, & you add transfer tape yourself as the top layer with the Cricut vinyl. The Cricut vinyl can be re-positioned, but the Prima transfer can't. 

I used a paper cutter to get a straight edge on the transfer so it would line up perfectly with the edge of the board.

I placed large groupings of flowers on the top & bottom of the board, then added smaller pieces to middle sections of the board.

And, since the squirrels always dig up & eat my seeds, this is the perfect way for me to enjoy sunflowers.

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Friday, May 22, 2020

Life Is Better At The Beach

Memorial Day marks the official beginning of Summer. And, for many of us that means trips to the beach. Although, Summer may be a little different this year because of Covid 19, hopefully we can still get in some much needed beach time.

This beach themed project grew out of leftovers from another recent project...
You can view that project HERE.

I decided to turm the leftover blocks into beach cabanas.
I gave them all a coat of the color, Fluff, from the Dixie Belle Paint Company.
Then I added stripes using the colors, Cobalt, Florida Orange, Colonel Mustard, Tree Frog Green, & Honky Tonk Red.
 I added a little black along the stripes with the color, Caviar.

 On a wood board, I added some Dixie Belle Blue and Fluff, then used a damp rag to wash it onto the wood.

 I mixed some Sea Spray Texture Additive with the color Sand Bar to create sand & dunes.

 I put the "sand" on the lower portion of the board, then pressed the cabanas into it & set it aside to dry. 
 The Sea Spray held the cabanas in place long enough for me to turn the wood over and screw the cabanas into the board.
 I hand painted flags onto the tops of the cabanas.

 I cut a vinyl stencil using my Cricut Maker that reads, "Life is better at the beach." I used the color Fluff for the words then added a little black detail.

Life really is better at the beach and I hope you get a chance to enjoy it this Summer!

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Friday, May 15, 2020

It All Started At The Paris Flea Market

When my husband and I visited Paris in 2015, one of my favorite things we did was visit the Paris Flea Market.
One of the shops had a wall that had shelves, floor to ceiling, filled with antique coffee grinders. 
And, so began my collection.

I bought one coffee grinder there at the Paris Flea Market and have collected more over the years. They have been scattered about in my kitchen and dining room. But, when I came across some beautiful corbels I knew that was going to give me an opportunity to bring them all together.

To make shelves that would match the finish of the corbels, I started by giving some boards a wash of Dixie Belle paint in the color, Caviar.
 Then I took a scrap block of wood, dipped it in the color Drop Cloth, & dragged it across the board to create a chippy, weathered finish

 I started with three shelves but hope to add a couple more.
 This is just part of my collection...

 And, this is the one that started it all...

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