Friday, November 30, 2012

Craftaholics Anonymous Handmade Gift Exchange

Once again I participated in Craftaholics Anonymous Gift Exchange.  This is my 2nd one I have done.  It is so much fun.  My giftee saw some of the coasters I made on my li'l ole blog and said she really liked them, so I knew what I was going to make for her.
Christmas Coasters for my giftee
I also sent her one of my redneck wine glasses that I make for my friends.
Turquoise Redneck Wine Glass
I had so much fun putting everything together.  I hope my giftee enjoys them as much as I did making them.

Until next time!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Spray Painting Upholstery

In my last post I mentioned I had 4 upholstered chairs that needed some updating.  I have finally been able to work on those chairs.  I think these chairs were the easiest to do, it was fun and I love the end result.

As I have said before, I read and subscribe to tons of blogs.  One of my favorites is Hyphen Interiors.  Kristy is an amazing decorator and has a heart of gold.  She has helped me in several areas and is just the sweetest person there is.  We both live in the Austin area, but on total opposite ends, so meeting up is challenging!

Kristy did a series on Simply Spray Upholstery spray paint, check it out here  and after reading her series I knew exactly what I wanted to use this paint on.  I was given 4 upholstered chairs that we use at our dining room table.  These chairs are over 17 years old.  They are in fabulous condition, but the fabric has seen better days.

The wood on the arms have been scuffed and the fabric had a lot of wear and some stains.  After doing all of my homework and reading several other reviews about the paint, I decided to take the plunge to paint my chairs.  But what color should I choose?  Simply Spray has some colors that I love.  I knew I would need to use a darker paint to help mask the stains.  Because my dining room table is a gray/blue and white, I decided to use Navy as my paint color.  I loved the Periwinkle, but was afraid it would clash with my table.

My next decision was to figure out how many cans to purchase.  I knew one can would not be enough and I was a little skeptical about 2 cans since there is quite a bit of fabric, so I played it safe and ordered 12 cans of paint, that way I would have 3 cans per chair.  I am so glad I did.  To get really good coverage, I used all 3 cans.  I masked off the handles with painters tape, hauled the chairs to my driveway and started painting.

Here are some tips if you decide to try this:
  • Put some type of cloth or sheet (I bought big sheets at Goodwill for $3) underneath the item you are painting.
  • Wear gloves - I didn't wear any the first time I painted and had blue fingers.  Check the wind factor.  If it is windy, its probably not a good idea to paint!  I ended up looking like a smurf where the wind blew the paint on my skin.  I used baby wipes to "de-smurf" myself!
  • It says to hold the can 6-9 inches away from the object.  I actually held my can closer and was able to get a better coat of paint.  I did the painting "no-no" by holding the spray nozzle continuously while spraying.  I had better control and fewer drips.
  • Start spraying off the object and then move to the object to help with paint drips.
  • Let the paint dry before spraying the next coat.  I didn't want to saturate my fabric, so I let the chairs dry for a couple of hours then went back out and used another can.
  • I let the chairs cure for a couple of days before we started using them again.  That way I knew they were good and dry.
  • The fabric is a little stiff, but it is softening very nicely as we use them.
  • I do worry just a little bit about things getting spilled on them.  I have heard that some of the paint may come up when trying to clean up a spill.

All in all, I am really pleased with my sturdy little chairs.  I spent about $122 for 4 chairs.  I couldn't re-upholster one chair for that amount.  I painted the wood arms, base and legs with the Old White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  I actually think the spray paint enhanced the design in the fabric.  I'm hooked on this paint and want to do more, but sadly don't have any other furniture that has fabric on it.

My next project is a biggie... I am going to re-paint a 7-piece bedroom suite with the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  This project will take me a while since we are now in the Holiday season as well as end of year stuff for work.

Until next time!


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

I read many, many blogs to get ideas for various things as well as to learn about new techniques, etc.  Several bloggers have written about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) and how awesome it is when wanting to re-paint furniture.

We are getting ready to add on a room to the back of our house as well as put in hard wood floors throughout the first floor.  So in preparation for this new addition, I decided my dining room table and 2 chairs needed a face lift.  They are quite old, but in really good condition and I couldn't see getting rid of them when they are still useful.  So.... I decided to try out the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  I purchased Old Violet (which is a blue/gray) and Old White.  I failed to get a picture of our table before I painted it, but I did get a picture of one of the chairs.

The table matched the chairs with a wood grain table top and Hunter Green painted base and legs.  With ASCP, you do not need to remove the stain and paint or sand the piece (unless it is in need of smoothing out).  I started on one of my chairs first, then moved on to the table.  I LOVE this paint!  It is so easy to use and it dries very fast (in about 25 minutes).  I painted the seat of the chair, then moved to paint the table top. I used 2 coats of the Old Violet on all 3 pieces and used 3 coats of the Old White.  The green kept peeking through the white, but 3 coats took care of it and I still have a lot of paint let for paint the legs of 4 other chairs that will be at this table (this will be a later post).

Finally after the paint dried, I used the clear Annie Sloan wax on all 3 pieces to help put a finish on them.  This was probably the easiest large project I have ever done and am planning on doing some more furniture with the ASCP.

Here is my finished table and chair.

I love how clean the chair looks

This room is kind of dark, so its hard to get a good picture.
Please excuse the piles of stuff behind the table.  Eventually this will all be organized into the new addition.  I have 4 more chairs that have upholstery on them and I am working on updating those chairs as well.  While the paint is a little pricey for a quart, a little goes a long way and I can probably do 2 (or more) projects with the paint I have left over.   Until next time!

P.S. I'm linking to Funky Junk Interiors Link Party

Saturday, September 29, 2012

WOW, I can't believe how fast the days go by.  I have been crafting almost every night after work since I had my surgery.  So... are you ready for a super long post?  Here we go....

I am so blessed to get to go to a scrapbook retreat about every 4 months.  The group that I go with are some of the most amazing women I have met.  They are kind, generous and an absolute hoot to be around.  Each retreat has a theme and we make small gifts to give to each other.  Our last retreat was in July and our theme was "Christmas in July".  I wasn't able to get one of my items completed, so I finished them for the October retreat.  I made some Christmas coasters.  I apologize for the pictures, I finally had to settle on these pictures after taking picture after picture.

I found the idea on Pinterest and then accidentally deleted the pin.  I used 4" bathroom tiles that I got at Home Depot for 16 cents a tile.  Then I modge podged some Christmas Scrapbook paper on the tile.  Once everything was dry, I put some poly-urethane sealer on top and cut some felt for the bottom of the coaster.

So, again keeping up with my scrapbook retreats... we always do a Halloween retreat.  I have been busy getting things ready for this retreat.  I made some "Treat" bags to put all of my goodies in.

There are 10 of us who go on these retreats, so I made 5 different boots.  The boots and the sentiment are from Happy Hauntings Cricut Cartridge and the paper was a Halloween pad I found at Michaels for $2.  It has some awesome papers!  I am working on one more little project to put in the bag.

Finally (are you bored yet?) I have been decorating our office for Halloween.  I have found so many ideas on Pinterest and various blogs.  Halloween has never really excited me before, but after cruising around the internet and Pinterest, I actually found a ton of stuff that looked fun.  Now that I work for a really small office, I can decorate and give goodies to my co-workers and enjoy the holiday.

I have been having fun with all the little pumpkins that are out in the stores.  This year our pumpkin crop is amazing.  The past few years, the pumpkins have been a little scrawny, but this year it looks like the pumpkin patches were doused with Miracle Grow.  They are HUGE!!!  I am actually thinking about picking up a couple for carving, but want to wait until it gets a little closer to Halloween.  In the meantime, I've been satisfying my craving for pumpkins by decorating the little ones.

I used my Silhouette to cut out a rhinestone flourish stencil on some heavy cardstock, then took the stencil and drew the flourishes onto the pumpkins.  I took a Pearl Pen and Stickles and filled in where I drew.  The other pumpkins were covered in modge podge, then covered in Martha Stewart glitter.  MS glitter is some of the best glitter I have ever used.  It is so fine and has so much shimmer.  Once they were dry, I sprayed them with a polyurethane to keep the glitter from shedding.  The picture I found on Craftaholics Anonymous.  She provided a link to a free fall printable.  I just loved the colors and felt this would work for Halloween and fall.  So I am going to keep this up until we decorate the lobby for Christmas.

My last project is probably my favorite.  I got the idea from Jen who blogs at Craft O Maniac.  She is really talented and such a nice person.

I loved her idea so much that I had to re-create it.  I found my plate at the DollarTree.  I used the Home Decor Cartridge, Lyrical Letters cartridge and Sentimentals cartridge.  I played in CCR for sizing, then took some scrapbook paper that I use for test cuts and played with sizes.  Once I figured out the sizes the would work on my plate, I cut them all out in black and orange vinyl.  This plate is going to go to the office as well and I am going to group them with the 3 pumpkins in our lobby.

I am working on quite a few other projects and have several birthday cards I need to make for all of the October birthdays.  Thanks for staying with me and my extra long post.


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Surgery can have it's benefits...

I had surgery last week to remove a parathyroid and spent 4 days sleeping and crafting.  I have to say, I got quite a bit accomplished!  I was able to complete 2 more cards, make a huge dent on my Christmas Cards (yes, I said Christmas cards!) and complete some gift projects that are going with me on a Scrapbook retreat in October.

Today, I am going to show the two cards I made.  I work for an amazing company.  It is a relatively small company (400+ employees) based out of Wisconsin and then we have a 30 person satellite office in Austin.  The company truly cares about their employees and I received flowers, gift baskets and all kinds of well wishes from my teammates and corporate.  In return, I just had to send thank you cards. :-)

My first card is a technique I am trying to learn - coloring.  I love to stamp, but I have not learned the art of coloring.  I have a gazillion copic markers and am a little intimidated with them (even after taking some classes).  I have bought several stamps and digi stamps and finally decided to sit down and try my hand at coloring.  I used my Stampin Up water color pencils and watercolor crayons for my card.  I felt it would give a softer look versus using my copics.

The stamp is Magnolia Tilda with flowing hair.  I have 2 "Tilda" stamps.  I think she is just so cute and hope to invest in some more.  I used some paper from a Heidi Grace paper pad and Barely Banana Stampin Up cardstock.  I cut my image with Spellbinders Labels 4, then inked the edges with Stampin Up Barely Banana ink.  I think she turned out pretty cute for my first try.

My next card is a replica of a card from Nichole Heady who is a designer for Papertrey Ink. Nichole has a video on her site explaining how to emboss and color with copics.

I used scraps of cardstock for my card and failed to write down the copic colors I used.  This was a very quick and easy card to make.  It took me longer to pull out my supplies than it did to make the card!  I definitely want to do something like this again.  I used Versa Mark to stamp my image, then embossed it with White embossing powder.  I let it set and harden for a little bit, then began coloring the embossed image.

I will be posting my gift projects on my next post.  Stay tuned!


Friday, August 17, 2012

Card Mania

I think I am finally getting back into the groove of crafting.  I still haven't touched my scrapbooks (it's been over a year and I can't believe it), but I have been making a ton of cards.  I love to give birthday cards to friends and co-workers.  I had 5 birthdays this month, so I have been busy making cards.

I decided to break out my Spellbinders and work with them.  I made 4 cards that were inspired from Becca Feeken's blog Amazing Paper Grace.  She is so very talented and has the most beautiful projects.  So... without further adue, here are my 5 birthday cards that I have spent the last week working on.

Card 1:

This is a 5x5 card and my cardstock is old cardstock from Stampin Up.

  • Spellbinders Floral Ovals
  • Martha Stewart All Around punch
  • Basic Grey Euphoria printed cardstock
  • 3 Girl Jam Crinkle Ribbon

Card 2:
  • Spellbinders Decorative Inserts One
  • Spellbinders Antique Frames and Accents Edge
  • Printed Cardstock Splendor Collection Pad by Heather Tozzi
  • Stampin Up Adhesive Pearls
  • Reflections Adhesive Swirl Perals
  • Satin Ribbon
Card 3:

  • Stampin Up Wild Wasabi cardstock
  • Bo Bunny Home Collection printed cardstock
  • Spellbinders Lace Doily Motifs
  • Spellbinders Labels One for sentiment
  • Prima Stickpin Embellishment
Card 4:

This is a 5x7 card.
  • Stampin Up Only Orange cardstock
  • Stampin Up Tangerine Tango cardstock
  • Little Yellow Bicycle Zinnia paper pad printed cardstock
  • Spellbinders Floral Ovals
  • Spellbinders Twisted Metal Tags and Accents
  • Spellbinders Labels Twenty-five
  • Spellbinders Moroccan Accents
  • White Seam Binding for the bow
  • Stampin Up Adhesive Pearls
Card 5:

I made this card with my Silhouette.  My sister loves turtles and I found this cut in the Silhouette library.  It is a 5x7 card. The cardstock for the turtle is left over scraps.  I outlined the edges with a fine tip marker and chalked the back legs for a little definition.

So these are the cards that I made for August.  I am working on some Halloween projects and a couple of Christmas projects.  I will post them once completed.

P.S. Blogger is being very difficult.  It is not allowing me to change the pagination of my text.  The code is correct, it is not displaying the way it is coded.

Have a scrappy day!


Friday, July 6, 2012

Gift Exchange Part 2

A few days ago I posted that I was participating in the Craftaholics Anonymous gift exchange and I posted the items I made for my giftee.  If you go to Linda's linky site, you can see many of the gifts that were made.  They are really awesome.

Today, I received the perfect ending to a wild week... I received my gifts from Ashlee.  She absolutely out did herself with all the amazing gifts she sent me.  Notice I said giftS.  I was blessed to receive not one, but 5 homemade gifts from Ashlee (who was also taking finals during all of this).

Ashlee remained anonymous until I received my package and would send me little questions from a questionnaire to help figure me out, my likes and dislikes.  She is a very intuitive gal and everything she made describes me perfectly.

Here are pictures of everything she made (please excuse the photo quality.  I had a puppy jumping on me and unfortunately, didn't have a lot of time to edit the photos):

Monogram that matches my craft room

Bird's nest necklace and a heart bow
I have always loved bird nest necklaces, but never wanted to attempt to make one.  I am also a ribbon and bow fanatic.  The hearts remind me of Brighton's signature heart and I own a ton of Brighton stuff.

Lace and Pearl hair clip
I have long hair and am always putting clips, bows or something in my hair.  This will be perfect.  I feel that a girl can never have too many hair accessories!

Beaded bracelet
I love this bracelet.  It has my favorite colors.  I wear a lot of these colors and have been looking for bracelets to match.  Now I have one, so this will get a lot of good use.

I will definitely be participating in Linda's gift exchange again.  I had so much fun making items for someone I didn't know and receiving gifts is fun as well.  I have always loved making things for people and this is the perfect opportunity for me to do so.

On another note... My son and I are leaving tomorrow for Colorado Springs.  We are going to see my sister and spend a week with her.  This will be the first time my son and I go on a trip by ourselves.  The hubster didn't want to go, so we are going to spend some time being tourists now that my son is old enough to enjoy several of the sites.


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th!

Happy 4th of July!  I have been mulling over the name of my blog for quite some time.  I knew it was long when I created it, but the more I thought about it, the less I liked the name.  Since I have only a couple of followers, I decided to make the change and rename my blog to something shorter (and I kind of like it better!). 

Our town, Round Rock, Tx, has an annual 4th of July parade and my son's cub scout pack was in the parade.  So we were up and about pretty early today and hanging out with all the others in the parade.  It was a lot of fun.  I wish I could have gotten some pictures, but I was riding in the truck and wasn't able to see the parade.

There will be fireworks tonight but I decided to let my hubster and son enjoy them and I'm staying home with our new puppy.  She is still too young to take with us in large crowds and I didn't want her to stay in her kennel for a long time, so she and I are having our own little party involving chew toys and a tennis ball in the back yard.

My son and I will be leaving for Colorado Springs on Saturday to go see my sister.  She lives 5 minutes away from where the fires were.  It is so sad that part of the city is destroyed.  My heart goes out to all the families who lost their homes and to all the volunteers and firefighters who helped.

I'm finally starting to get my crafting mojo back and am hoping to start working on my scrapbooks again.  I haven't been able to make too many crafts or work on my scrapbooks for over a year now as I got really burnt out last year.  Thankfully, I am wanting to start working on all of my stuff again, I just need to find time to do so.  Who knows... maybe I'll even start keeping up with my blog more.  Stranger things have been known to happen. :-)


Friday, June 22, 2012

Gift Exchange

I signed up to participate in a Gift Exchange over at Craftaholics Anonymous.  Linda has spent a lot of time working on this exchange and has done an amazing job.  I had so much fun making my gifts for my "giftee".  She had a couple of items listed on her wishlist that I knew I could easily create.  My "giftee", Carrie should receive her gifts on Monday.  I hope she enjoys them.

These pillows are similar to her wishlist.  I used different material and cut out the word with my Silhouette.

Carrie also had a monogram letter to hang on a front door on her wishlist.  I struggled with this item and almost didn't send it, but decided it was made with love and again, I hope Carrie likes it.

I am definitely going to participate in the next Gift Exchange that Linda hosts.  I love making things for others and this is my chance to do so.


Simply Spray...

I am an avid reader of several blogs.  One of my favorites is Hyphen Interiors.  Kristy Swain is an interior designer who recently moved to Austin.  She has some awesome design ideas.  I feel honored that she and I correspond with each other every now and again.  Unfortunately she lives in way south Austin and I live just north or Austin, so we haven't had a chance to meet up.

Long story long... Kristy is becoming famous for painting upholstery on furniture.  She did a series about Simply Spray which is an upholstery spray paint.  I was quite intrigued and can't wait to try it.  I have 4 chairs that I love, but they are looking a little shabby.  I think Simply Spray will spruce them up so I can hang on to these chairs for a few more years.

Go check out Kristy's blog.  You won't be disappointed!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

I am so blessed...

Oh where does the time go?  I have the best intentions of keeping up with my tiny bit of cyberspace and then I run out of time.  I was actively volunteering at my son's school and at my church until 3 weeks ago, when I started a new job.  This job kind of snuck up on me.  I posted for the position at the first of the year.  I had forgotten about it until I was called for a phone screen.  We hadn't even started the phone screen when I was asked to come in for a face-to-face interview.  The interview went so well, I was offered the job the next day.  I have never had things happen so fast like this.  It has been the most amazing ride in the 3 short weeks I have been there.  We are a small office and I have been welcomed and accepted with open arms.  Never in my career and I felt so at home with a group of people.  They genuinely care about their co-workers.  Our office is small right now, but we are definitely growing and I see a long and fulfilling career with this company.  God is so good.  He provided for me while unemployed and just when things were about to get a little tough, He provided for me and my family again.

I haven't really done a whole lot of crafting.  I think I burned myself out a little working so hard for the fall craft show that kind of flopped, I just haven't been able to get back into the crafting swing of things.

I did, however, purchase a Silhouette Cameo.  It arrived the other day and I have been poking around with it just a little.  I think I'm going to really enjoy having it in my collection of die cut machines.  I really would like to design my own cuts, but tend to get confused and frustrated, then I quit.  I'm going to see if I can find some online classes to take to get me over this hump.  I'm hoping this will get my crafting mojo back into motion.

Hope everyone has a great week.


Saturday, January 28, 2012

I Found A Giveaway For A Silhouette Cameo!

As I have posted in the past, I own 2 cricut machines: an Expression and an Imagine.  I have invested quite a bit into both machines as well as cartridges.  I like my cricuts but am tired of being limited on what I can and can't cut.  I won't give them up (at least for now), but I have been researching all of the other electric die cut machines on the market.  After hours of scanning the web and reading about all of the other cutters, I am following with the masses and am now wanting a Silhouette Cameo.  I think this will open up a whole new world to some of my crafting.  There have been numerous give aways for the Cameo that I have entered and have yet to succeed in winning one.  I found one more give away and am keeping my fingers crossed! :-)

Sherry K Designs makes some really awesome cut files and she is giving away a Cameo.  You need to check out her cut  files and digital paper.  I just love them.