March 30, 2010

sunshine canvas with sticks!

So spring break is officially over.

Physics at nine in the morning. ugh.

But look at this beauty I made:



Makes you forget about phsyics, huh?

Oh wait... that's just me. :)

So me and little man were outside playing and there are sticks everywhere.

You have to understand... I grew up on a big plot of land that had pretty much NO trees. The ones we did have were Cedars... no leaves, no sticks. You didn't really notice them.

When I moved into town after getting married we have massive amounts of TREES.

You should have seen me during fall.
There were leaves everywhere.
Seriously... I about had a cow.
My husband just laughed and laughed.

Our driveway was covered... they got tracked into the house and I had to pick up a rake for the first time.
Ack.

So I digress...

regardless... we never had sticks either so I was quite inspired.

It might not be your cup of tea but my little man wanted a sun and we love the song 'you are my sunshine' so this was born.

Materials:
*canvas (I used one I had on hand)
*Hot glue gun
*Leftover scrap of fabric or twine
*phrase of some sort
*lots and lots of sticks

I washed my sticks before just to make sure no bugs decided to live with us forever :)



I had a canvas on hand that was from a project forever ago... the color is not the right blue and I've been using it to check out techniques of other stuff so I decided to give it a makeover.

I grabbed several colors of paint because I wanted a streaky color... not just one bright yellow.
I mixed browns and tans into the yellow until I got it how I liked it:



Doesn't it make you smile?

I scuffed the edges up a bit and even streaked a little blue in there :)

Then... (shame on me for no pictures) I laid out the sticks in the arrangement I liked. It took me several tries but finally ended up with this:



I just put some hot glue on the back of each and went around in my little circle.

Then I tied some twine and fabric in a little bow and glued in the middle :)

I decided I wanted a phrase on it so I made my own rub-on on the computer (love rub-ons!)



I scuffed it up to make it look old and worn.

and voila!



Easy easy.

and it brightens up my hallway!



I brushed a little blue paint over the sticks to make them stand out a little :)



I LOVE how the colors turned out.



So I'm pretty much in love.

Bring on the sun, arkansas.

....but not toooo too much. :)

Show and Tell Green


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March 28, 2010

Updating a Basket...

One of my favorite things to use in organizing my house is baskets!

The fun thing about them is there are TONS of unique shapes, colors and sizes and they look oh so nice sitting around the house... hiding all the things I don't want lying around the house :)

TJ Maxx is one of my favorite places to get them cheap along with Tuesday morning.

I snagged this one at Tuesday morning:



I actually really loved the color of this basket... but I was completely in love with the shape.

I wanted it to sit on top of me and hubby's dresser and hold all the sundries that pile up there... you know, body spray, deoderant, a watch... things like that.

Our dresser is a dark brown... I wanted this to stand out.

So I gave it a coat of Almond spray paint:



Isn't it bright and pretty?

It needed a little something else to make it special:



These I made just from random scraps of burlap and fabric and a few brads. I assembled the flowers then hot-glued them on.

Just gives it a more contemporary flare.. :)

Nothing huge but I like it



I promise I"ve been up to more than just baskets... but it's sunday and I want a nap :)

Oh... and that whole dreaded school thing tomorrow. I have a statistics test. Yikes.

Just wait... me and little man were playing outside the other day and totally ended up with a fun project.
Just wait!

It's a good one.
Happy sunday everyone!


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March 26, 2010

5$ Canvas Art

I was at TJ Maxx the other day and found these really fun placemats. I had no idea what to use them for but knew they could be SOMETHING.

So I grabbed them. They were a set of four for 3.50.

Well I've been looking for easy, cheap ways to put some finishing touches on my living room (where my blue TV table went) and had an IDEA.

Here's what one of those fun placemats ended up helping me make:



So easy! So perfect!

So here goes:

I used:
*canvas (I got for a dollar at Big Lots)
*1 Placemat
*Spraypaint (Mediterrean and Copper)

Here's the placemat-- isn't it fun?



First I painted the canvas with my favorite Mediterrean Blue



After that dried, I merely laid the placemat over it... be careful to NOT bump it while spraying or your pattern will get messed up.



I sprayed a couple light coats of the copper, being careful it got into each opening. I was afraid the paint would leak under the placemat but it didn't!

I pulled it carefully off and...



Isn't that unbelievably easy?

People ask me if I painted it...

and I did... well sort of. :)

I pooled some of the copper spraypaint and mixed it with brown acrylic paint to paint the sides.



I made sure to let some of the paint on the edge come a little onto the front. It makes it pop more that way.
After that dried, I took a piece of sandpaper and distressed the entire thing.

The finished result once more:



I love how it turned out.

Easy, cheap and beautiful. Gotta love that!

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**This project was featured on One Crafty Mommy's blog! Check it out to see tons of fun ideas!**






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New Friend Friday

It's Friday again.

I'm not sure if I'm thrilled about it this week.
It means Spring Break is almost over.
Wow... that went by super fast.

Well... head on over to The Girl Creative and participate in New Friend Friday!
It's such a great way to meet new bloggers and find some fantabulous people and ideas!

I'll be back later (hopefully) with some of the things I've been up to!

Enjoy your Friday!

The Girl Creative


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March 25, 2010

End Table Redo

So I"m officially in love with redoing furniture.

My husband thinks I'm crazy (but he secretly loves it)

Here is my most recent piece to take on:



Me and my husband picked this up at our church garage sale last summer when we were in desperate need of things for our house. I was NOT in live with it then...

but now... well I see things differently!

I'd have to say that with how it turned out... it may just be my favorite piece we have now :)

Funny how things change like that.

It's got the most gorgeous details. I couldn't wait to get it done.

First I took the hardware off and gave it a good rub-down.
I primed it with Kilz spraypaint to help the color adhere to the glossy surface better.

Then I took Valspar Mediterrean blue and gave it a good coat.



I am so so so in love with this color. It was perfect.

I kept making my husband and his friend come out and look at it. I was so happy :)

Let me tell you... this Valspar spray paint was AMAZING compared to the Krylon I used on my last table. I like the Krylon brand but you could tell a HUGE difference in how it went on with Valspar. I paid like .47 cents more for the Valspar at Lowes. Absolutely worth it.

Look at my amazing little helper:



After it dried, I took my new friend


and had way too much fun glazing it. The glaze made those fabulous details on the doors pop right out.



Isn't it gorgeous??

I probably could have put more glaze on it to let it stand out even more but I love love it!!

Again?



I left the hardware the way it was... I loved the vintage-y look of it.






So I decided after looking over my living room and having other projects in mind, that I wanted to make this our tv cabinet. We have just an old box tv with the VCR and Nintendo and cords laying out everywhere.

The way this table is shaped is perfect for all of that. The tv sat on top (with felt under it to protect my lovely table) then the VCR and all other loose things fit perfectly in it. With it's octogon shape it had room behind the VCR to store an extension cord with everything plugged into it. So I had to figure out a way to get the cords out the back so things could plug into the tv...

this is what my amazing husband did for me:



Yes... he scratched it... :/ Oh well.

And see my little man's fingers? He loves this table.

So the cord comes out all nice and neat and no one see its :)

Once again...



Isn't it wonderful?

I quite like it.

Oh and while I had my Valspar Mediterrean out, I sprayed down this little trinket:



It's going on my white end table here

Happy Thursday everyone!


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March 24, 2010

Featured!

I was featured!

Can you tell that I'm excited??!! It's my first feature so thank you thank you Oopsey Daisy!!

Head on over and check her out, she has amazing things to show you... and take a little peak at my cabinet door feature while you're at it! :)

Happy Wednesday everyone... I can't believe we're already halfway through the week.



 
**I just realized that I was featured TWICE today!!**
 
One Crafty Mommy featured my cabinet door project as well from Super Crafty Saturday. So while you're blog-browsing today, take a look at One Crafty Mommy as well!! Amazing stuff (plus I just love her name!)
 




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March 23, 2010

Wye Mountain Pictures

So this week is Spring Break.

There's this place in Arkansas called Wye Mountain that is one of the most popular and most- used places to go and photograph your children.

Ever read 'Millions of cats'? Well here there is
'hundreds of flowers,
thousands of flowers,
million and billions and trilions of flowers'


So a slight exaggeration, but there are thousands of daffodils everywhere. It's sunny and yellow and today was my first day to ever go.

I've lived here for 21 years.

yea, I know.

I attempted to take some pictures of my two-almost three year old- but well, ya know how that goes.



I loved this sign... *sigh* the vintage look.



My little man's toes. About the only thing I could capture. He hates looking at the camera.



My mom snapped this picture of us... I love it :)



He loved this tree. He waited very patiently to be able to go up to it and climb for pictures.



Love :)



The only really good one I got in the daffodils.

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Without the text.



I love love love love love LOVE this picture.



This is pretty much my little guy. :)

Enjoy!



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