Sunday, April 18, 2021

It's All In The Details

 I was very excited when I found this coffee table. I knew that with a good makeover, the ornate details could be stunning.

However, my excitement faded when I realized what a problem the top of the table was going to be. The beautiful veneer on top was badly damaged & so was the ornate trim around the top of the table. So, I started by removing the trim.

Then I moved on to removing the veneer. Some of the veneer came off easily, but some, not so much! 

Removing the veneer took a long time, and it was all for nothing! I took the table outside to sand off the glue from the top & it warped! So, I had to have a new top made for it.

Finally it was time to paint! I chose the color Stormy Seas from the Dixie Belle Paint Company.

Stormy Seas if a beautiful blue, gray color.

The ornate detail of this table was screaming, "make me fancy!" So, to accentuate the details, I added Dixie Belle's Gemstone Mousse in the color, Golden Gem. It is highly pigmented and doesn't take much for great coverage. I used a chip brush with very little mousse and lightly drug it across the details. 

Once the base of the table was done, the top was too plain. So, I grabbed my Royal Damask stencil from Dixie Belle.

I used the chip brush to add more of the Gemstone Mousse.
It was just what the top needed to carry on the "fancy" aspect of this coffee table.

This piece was a labor of love, but in the end, well worth the effort it took to give it new life.

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Thursday, April 1, 2021


 And, just like that, Spring has sprung! 

Trees are in full bloom. Green leaves cover branches. A blanket of yellow pollen covers EVERYTHING! And, birds are already nesting.

Today's project is inspired by our feathered friends.

I used the Re*design With Prima Curio Trinkets mould with the air dry modeling material to create pretty little flowers to add to some faux eggs.

Because of the curved shape of the eggs, I went ahead & glued them onto the eggs using E6000, then set them aside to dry.
Once the modeling material was dry, I painted the eggs with the color, Vintage Duck Egg, from the Dixie Belle Paint Company.
To accentuate the detail, I added glaze in Dixie Belle's color, Van Dyke Brown. I painted it on heavy, making sure the grooves were filled.

Then I took a damp rag & wiped away the glaze, leaving it in the detail of the mould. 
I wiped a little of the glaze on the entire eggs to antique them, then placed them in a nest.

What a sweet reminder of the beauty of Spring.

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Sunday, March 28, 2021

Blue & White China Inspired Bunny

As an ambassador for Signopoly, I get to play with some of their awesome wood cut outs. I see so many adorable whimsical bunnies for Easter, but I wanted to go classic with this one. And there's nothing more classic than blue & white china. I knew the French Ceramics transfer from Re*design With Prima would help me easily achieve the look I wanted.
I painted the wooden bunny with the color Fluff from the Dixie Belle Paint Company. Once the paint was dry, I began cutting out pieces of the transfer & rubbing them onto the bunny.
I didn't want the entire bunny covered with the transfer, so I just added it to the bottom & up one side.
I gave the bunny a wiggly eye, & a pretty ribbon & tied it in a bow around the bunny's neck.
All this sweet bunny needed was a fluffy tail. I used E6000 to adhere a 3" furry pompom to my faux china bunny.
What a sweet way to greet my guests for Easter!

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Saturday, March 20, 2021

Spring Candles With Yogurt Jars


Have you been saving your Oui yogurt jars waiting for the perfect project? Me too!

Well, look no further for a project to use them in. These Spring candles are quick & easy, & so much fun to make.

Take off the labels & run them through the dishwasher. Then pick out a pretty patterned napkin to decoupage to the outside of the jar. I chose a Spring/Summer pattern, but this project would be great for any season or holiday.

Separate the layers of the napkin so you are only left with the top layer with the pattern. If you skip this step the napkin won't adhere properly.
Add a generous amount of ModPodge to the outside of the jar.
Place the center of the napkin on the jar. As you work around the jar, the napkin will have a little give to push it up to the rim of the jar, but be carful not to tear the napkin. A few wrinkles are okay...your candles will be so pretty that you won't really notice them in the end.
Add more ModPodge over the napkin in the back where the napkin will overlap.
Coat the bottom of the jar with ModPodge.
Use the paintbrush & more ModPodge to pull down a small section of the napkin onto the jar.
Continue this around the bottom of the jar until all of the napkin is glued down.
Coat the entire jar with a final coat of ModPodge, then leave upside down on wax paper to dry.

You can buy candle making supplies at your local craft store, but I chose to use Farm Finds Candle Co. & placed my order for several scents online.

The kit comes with scented wax, wicks, stickers to hold the wicks in place, & chopsticks that are connected at one end.

While the wax is melting in the microwave, place the wick in the jar, then thread the wick into the chopsticks and position the wick to the center of the jar.

Stir the wax to help melt any lumps of unmelted wax.
Gently pour the wax into the jar leaving about a half inch at the top. You can fill 3 Oui jars with one tub of wax. 
Once the candle has hardened, remove the chopsticks & trim the wick.
Now for the hardest part... it is recommended that you wait 7 days before burning the candle. Even though you can't light them for a week, they are still pretty to look at, & they smell wonderful even when not lit!

Once you can light them, they are even more beautiful...

and, the scents are divine! I especially love the Mint Mojito.
So, how many candles will you be able to make with all those yogurt jars you've been hoarding?

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