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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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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Sons of Liberty Cheese Box

I am in my Primitive mode when it comes to these cheese box makeovers.
I found another cheese box.  This one I found at a yard sale.
I loved the size of it.  It is a shorter box than the other two that I have.
I thought this one would be perfect for barnyard red.
I used Folk Art craft paint's Barnyard Red.
I chose once again not to paint the entire box so that the stain would show through and give it an aged look.
I also had painted this little sign Eggs sign, but it was not proportioned correctly.
I knew I needed to paint over it.
So that is what I did.
Here they are ready to receive some lettering.
I wanted to show you how you might have to line up the lettering if you make it bigger than your paper.
Sometimes this can be so tricky.
I was measuring between letters to see how close I should put the "r" and the "t".
I measured at the spot where the letters stuck out the most--not from the bottom of the letters.
I used the chalk method to transfer my lettering.
Going with my 1776 theme, I chose "Sons of Liberty" and the word "Liberty".
I like using two different fonts in one saying.
Now for some Dark Walnut stain.
I am not sure why some places didn't soak up the stain.
I stained the inside of the box as well.
The edging got some stars.

They go great with the Midnight Blue America box!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

"Shuttering" with Patience


It is a slow day here for my sale, so I thought I would blog about a shutter I made for my craft sale.
I miss blogging and checking out everybody's projects.  I am looking forward to some relaxing evenings where I can just browse again.

I've had these shutters for years.  
They are small -- about 24"
My son took out all the slats.


I had to fill the holes in with wood filler.
I couldn't find my hubby's spatula that he uses, so I came up with my own "spatula".
The kiddos thought I was crazy.


After the holes were filled in, I got out my ASCP Old White and painted it.
I also used a graphic from The Graphics Fairy.
 I copied the word "Family" in Word with a font that I liked, 
and transferred both using the Charcoal Pencil Method.

After I waxed it with clear and dark wax, I got out the chicken wire and tacked it to the back.


Now you can place pics of your family inside the shutter.

I also made one that looks just like this, but it says Friends.

It was a fun project.

I painted two other shutters black, sanded them so that the yellow would come through, and then stained them.  I am still waiting for them to dry and that was Monday night.  This is another reason I LOVE the Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint--because I have no patience :)

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Hope and Joy

This past week my hubby and kiddos went to an Empowered Youth Conference in Indiana.
My hubby was going along to help drive and to visit Chicago:)

I was staying back home with the other two youngins.
I was going to work on things for my craft sale.

As I worked on this quilt before they left, I was really dreading being here without my hubby.
This may sound silly to some, but I get these thoughts in my head--worrisome thoughts.
I sat on the sofa quilting at night glancing in his direction praying that the Lord would bring him and the older two home safely.

I had the opportunity to go along with them, but chose to stay home.
I finished my quilt on Saturday and started ironing and packing their things.


Monday they left at 3am.
I couldn't fall back to sleep until around 5am.
I lay there praying, because worrying does no good.

When the sun rose, I got busy on the projects I had planned to do for the week.
The two younger kiddos built me a big framed chicken wire screen so I can display crafts on it for my sale.


I kept busy during the day, but the nights were awful.
I was tired and had such bad thoughts of them not coming home.
I gave my hubby and children to the Lord, because they are His to begin with, and I thanked the Lord for all the good times we shared. 
Silly huh?
But it gave me a peace knowing that the Lord truly is in control, and that He would be here with me if something did happen.


My mom came down for a visit and spent the night.
I finished my new sign for my sale


I worked on a penny rug in the evening while we watched "It's a Wonderful Life" with Grandma.
I slept a little better that night having my mom there.
Moms always make it better:)


Harrison kept busy.  
He made sheet music wreaths and ornaments.


I was feeling so much better as Friday drew closer.

I talked to my hubby last night and said goodnight.
He was getting ready to go to bed to get some good rest for the 11 or so hour drive.
Then I got a phone call from him 15 minutes later saying they were leaving for home at midnight.

Just when I thought I gave all my worries to the Lord, they came flying back at me!

I prayed and went right to sleep--at midnight:)
I woke up and was wide awake at 4am--worried again.
........prayed again.....fell back to sleep at around 5:30 am

My hubby and children arrived home at about 1:15pm.
I was so happy to hold them and hug them!

I am so thankful that I do not have to live this life alone, and that I have my best friend, my Lord.
Oh the ulcers I would have without the Hope that I have in the Lord.
I know that if my hubby and kiddos did not come home, I know that I would one day see them in heaven thanks to Jesus Christ who died and rose for the payment of our sins.
My Hubby and kiddos trusted in that Hope, and we all have Joy in our hearts because it of it.


For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Romans 10:13

Friday, November 4, 2011

Stepping Out of My Norm

All my projects have been basically wood furniture.
This one was a little different for me.
I re-purposed it for resale for my craft sale that I am having in 3 weeks.
It really isn't the style that I decorate my home, so I do hope someone loves it and wants to buy it :)

I bought this lamp at a yard sale for $1.
I thought about challenging Annie Sloan's paint on this since it was metal.
 It is a neat lamp.
Seeing everyone, in blogland, pick such ornate things to paint; I was excited to get this and try to make it lovely.

Even though I like it not painted.


I painted the whole thing in Paris Grey
Then I highlighted some areas with Old White.


It is kind of hard to see the difference between the two colors.



At the time, I didn't have clear wax, so I thought I would just apply the dark wax that I had.
It was ugly.
I didn't let it dry long enough so as I was buffing, I buffed all the paint off in certain areas.
Needless to say, it was NOT the look I was going for.  So I painted right over it the same way I did it the first time.


I bought the clear wax, and wow what a difference!
I applied the clear wax first.
I then took a smaller brush to apply the dark wax to the areas I wanted distressed.
After that I applied more clear wax to the dark and here is the end result:


Before:


After:


I bought a plain lampshade and decorated it up a bit with some rosettes made from Muslins.


I just wrapped and twisted the muslin into a rosette.
 I had torn the fabric instead of cutting it so that it would fray. 
I hot glued the end.
After they were formed, I glued them to felt.  I then cut around the felt and glued it onto the shade.




The rosettes look pink, but they aren't.
This pick is more true in color



We had 7 inches of snow in our yard last Saturday.



Today it is lovely outside.
The leaves are bright, coloring the landscape with orange, yellow, red, and a lovely green.
The ground is so saturated here that the grass looks so lush to me!

Monday, July 4, 2011

A Time Gone By

I don't know if you remember these little fellas or not.


This was the only project that I was able to work on while my kiddos were at camp.  
You might say that getting these finished is a huge accomplishment. 
 It is, but I had so many other projects that I wanted to work on.  
There just was not enough time.
In fact, I get more done when my kiddos are home--weird huh?

It is a little hard to see it on these photos, but these desks have layers and layers of varnish and stain on them.
It looked like a crackle effect.
The color was an ugly burgundy stain.
Needless to say, I did not like it.

I thought about painting one and refinishing the other, but my thought was that these would make cute end tables.  However not in my house--my rooms are too small.

 I wanted them to blend with each other.
They are not very valuable.  The legs have the year 1912 and 1913 on them.  I looked on ebay and it seems that everyone wants to sell these desks for $90-$125, but there were no bids.
So I wanted to add writing or something to them.

First, I tried to sand them down, but it was impossible to get those layers down.
  I ran to the hardware store and bought some stripper.
It worked beautifully.


Always wear protective gloves when using this stuff.  It will burn your skin.
I applied the stripper with a brush going in one direction only--not back and forth.
Follow the directions on the can.


After waiting 20-25 minutes, I used a scraper.  It came off so easily.
I then sanded it again after wiping the wood down with mineral spirits.

I was wanting to do some lettering on them.
I didn't know what would go well with an old school desk.  
Dan thought, "Public School No. 2"
Now that I write it, maybe that would have been pretty cool.
Well, I guess it is because it is near the 4th of July; I went Patriotic.

I went into Word on my computer and checked out some fonts.
The one I chose was Viner Hand ITC.  It looked like it just fit the Revolutionary War period.
I printed the lettering off and took my son's medium charcoal pencil and colored on the back of the letters.
Like this:

Then I taped it to my sanded-down desk.  
Making sure it was centered the way I wanted it.


I then trace around the lettering.
This is what it looked like after I trace it.


As you can see, I didn't worry about sanding it down to just plain wood.  
I knew that this would add character to the desks once they were stained.
I then painted the letters in with black paint.

It was such a beautiful day--gorgeous day.  There was no humidity.
I would have to say that it was the most enjoyable time--painting outside.
Hubby was reading on the wicker seat while I painted.
Gotta love those precious moments:)

anyway...


After I let the black paint dry, I sanded down the lettering so that you could see some wood through the lettering. 
 I love the way it gave it a worn look.
This picture was taken after I stained it too.
I used Early American Minwax Stain.


Here they are!!!
I love them!!
I wish they would fit in my house as end tables.


Here is the before:









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