Monday, July 9, 2018

SUMMER BREAK


It's summer.  And I've been so behind in attending to my blog and returning visits.  But I can't help it.  To me, 

"It's the most wonderful time of the year"

Living here in the Midwest, this quote REALLY 
says it like it is:

"I can't wait for summer.  
I hope it falls on a weekend I'm off."

Our summers are so short . . . and our winters so long that I am going to take some time now to just soak it all in, visit when I can, post if I feel like it and just generally soak up this amazing heat wave we are in!

I hope where ever you are . . . you're enjoying the beauty of the season!!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Weathered Wood and Napkin Wall Art


I love working with scrap wood to create art so I'm always happy when friends give me their 'scraps'.  These pieces of wood were given to me by my good friend, Rhonda.  She's rescued a lot of things from the 'burn pile' for me!


For this project I did a white wash on the wood using watered down chalk paint.  You don't need to do this but when working with napkins, I think a lighter background shows off the pattern of the napkins better.


After separating the napkin (I used the 'hand towel' size since one completely covered this piece of wood but you can certainly just use torn pieces of napkins as well.) plys, you'll have the very thin, printed part of the napkin.  I applied a think coat of Mod Podge to the wood, laid the napkin down and applied another layer of Mod Podge.


Sometimes your wood may have holes or in this case, a groove.  Just pat the napkin into the sunken area using a small brush to fill in. Don't worry if it tears . . . that's perfectly fine!


After it's dried, simply use a sanding block or emery board in a downward motion to remove excess napkin from the edges.


I wanted a really smooth surface to paint on so I sanded several times.  This gives a really nice, weathered look.  When you're finished, people will think you painted the flowers/pattern onto the wood!  


Print your words on computer paper and adjust size. Always choose a fairly clean, simple font that you'll be able to paint.  Insert graphite paper underneath (graphite facing down onto the wood), trace and transfer the outline of the letters onto the wood.


Once it's all transferred, you're ready to paint.  I use plain, acrylic paint and a #4 round brush.  To get nice, smooth lines, dip the tip of your brush in water, then the paint and drag your brush on paper to remove excess paint.  Simply follow your lines and then fill in!


Here's a good example of sanding down so you actually have some of the white washed wood showing through.


You don't need to seal your piece but I like to since it makes it easy to wipe off dust, etc. and keep it clean. 


For this project I used Minwax Wipe-On Poly and just applied it with a clean rag.


Ready to hang artwork for just pennies and everyone who has seen this thought I actually painted the flowers on!  Uh, no.  I'm not that talented!!



Monday, June 11, 2018

DIY Desk Decor

Since we are all just 'fit to be tied' over the changes Blogger has made, I don't expect anyone to stop back to see comments once they've posted so I'll simply be visiting your blogs in return (unless you come up as anonymous . . . still haven't figured THAT one out either!) if I'm able to see who you are in your comment.  Let's just hope they get their act together soon and realized what a crazy move that was!!

Now, on to more FUN things!
Recently I started a new job.  No matter where I work, I always feel the need to "feather my nest".  Part of my 'feathering' was inspired by Aly at Entirely Eventful Day.  She came up with a great way to create a custom desk pad that can be CHANGED out using different paper, or in my case, fabric!  

I purchased this Spray Mount by Scotch because it is removable which was key for me since I want to be able to change the fabric when I get tired of this print.   The directions say to use a heavier coat if you want it to be permanent.  Like Aly, I purchased my desk pad at IKEA.  Mine was only 6.00!  I cut the fabric to size and then sprayed the SMOOTH side and applied the fabric FACE UP, showing through the MARBLED side.  This is important because you need the marbled side up so you can operate your mouse on it.  Once it was adhered enough, I trimmed any loose threads.


My second project was taking a Goodwill Store frame and creating a tray to hold supplies.  After removing the picture, I covered the cardboard insert with the fabric. I used chalk paint and distressing on the frame, put the fabric covered board back inside and then was ready to add 'feet'.


I added these little birch tags as 'feet' for the tray using hot glue to stick them on.


My third project was to create some fun jars to hold my 'stuff'. I got these for 1.50 each at IKEA and gave them a few coats of Rustoleum Chalked spray paint.  They looked okay but I decided to distress them a bit and add some dark wax. I finished them off by wrapping some bakers string around the top neck part (guess I forgot to take a picture of that but you get the idea!).


My office 'nest' is now properly 'fluffed' and 'feathered'.


You don't need a separate mouse pad since the desk pad works as the mouse pad also!


Three fun jars to hold 'essentials'.


Add a little container of succulents and I'm all set to work.


And when I get tired of the fabric I chose . . . I can simply replace it on both the desk pad AND the tray.