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Showing posts with label craftsale. Show all posts
Showing posts with label craftsale. Show all posts

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Rustic Pallet Tray/Box

Every November for the past 9 years I have held a craft sale in my home.  I am always trying to figure out how I can make it look better every year.  I actually try to make my home look like a store. Many times people thought it was a store and came back a week later only to find that all of my furniture and home decor had taken the place of all the crafts.
For this year's sale, I want to make some shelving and boxes out of the pallets I have collected.  I love using crates and wood boxes as back drops to the crafts.  Here is one little idea I came up with.

This wording was on the side of one of the pallets.  I knew I wanted to use it in a project.
I cut the boards to the right size and added two wider pallet boards for the bottom.
For the sides I added two medium size pallet boards.
I really wanted it to have handles.
 So....
in my stash of wood I found my last piece of wood lathe.
Hubby threw away all the lathe from our attic demo.  I am so sad about that. The wood lathe really adds to the pallet wood for finishing touches.  So now I am on the hunt for some wood lathe :)
Okay, back to my little project.
I cut the lathe so that it fit across the wood box like a handle.  I must tell you that this was my sons idea first.
Brilliant!
So now I have another neat wood box to use as a back drop to my crafts.
I did take some of Minwax's dark walnut stain and brushed it over the fresh cut wood to antique it.
So.....
does anybody have some wood lathe they don't want?:)

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Twiggy Wreath Tutorial

Twiggy Wreath Tutorial

Last year we put new windows in our attic.
Our home was built in 1950, and the old windows were original.
To others they would probably be in the trash.
Not me.  I saw some potential.



My Window was too bare.  I wanted to buy a twiggy wreath to put on it.  They are expensive!  Well for twigs anyway.  I have made grapevine wreaths, so I thought I would try my hand at the twiggy spray wreath.

What you need:

Something for your circle base.  You could use a little sampler hoop like this one.


Using the inside of the hoop only.


You will also need crafting wire, pliers and freshly cut twigs.  I got my branches off of a Snowball bush that needed trimmed.


Next, trim the desired twigs off of your branch, and connect the twigs to the circle base using your crafting wire.



*Try to cover the front of your base with the twigs.  I was re staging what I did back in the Fall and I wasn't careful enough to cover this base...sorry.*

Repeat this step and keep overlapping the twigs securing them each time.


The end result:


Go save yourself some money! 

For the Window:

~I had to remove the glass from the window carefully.

~Next, I sanded the old paint, being careful because of the lead paint that was most likely on the window.

~After sanding the window, I painted it with acrylic paint using a brush.
Pecan is the color I used.

~I let the paint dry completely before staining.   
I used Min-wax walnut color stain.
Wearing rubber gloves and being in a well ventilated area, I applied the stain with a brush and let the stain soak in for a good 2 min before wiping the stain off with a dry rag.  I like the primitive look, so I don't like to wipe off too much of the stain....esp. around the crevices.  It gives it that old look with the dark stain in them.
The more dings, the more character the stain brings out.

Thanks for visiting!  I hope you enjoyed it!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Craft Sale

It's here!  
We are starting our craft sale tomorrow morning at 9am! 



My friend made these awesome cookies this year.  She is so creative!


 I am looking forward to celebrating our Thanksgiving  the Monahan way.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Scraps n Such


My craft sale is right around the corner.  I am getting excited and anxious because I still have tons of ideas in my head and time is running out.  One idea came last week.
Last week my father in law built new steps and did the trim work up in our attic.  He asked my younger two children to help carry out trash.  My ears perked up and right away I was searching the left over pieces that they were carrying out to the trash.  I said, "WAIT!  Don't throw that away.  That is great wood scraps!"  "Take a detour to the basement, now!"  My father in law laughed at me.  He knows I have a hard time throwing things away.  
After they left, I went right to work.  Creating something new from these scraps of trash. This is what I came up with.



I can't believe I built it.  I was so brave to use Dan's saw and nail gun.  It kind of made me feel tough.  I made some other little primitive boxes too.

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