Friday, May 31, 2013

Candy Enamel Dots

Been having a little fun making some more enameled dots. Tessa helped out this time and it was her idea to do the rainbow of dots. She is so much her mother's daughter, right?!?
These took less than an hour from start to dry. I'd still let them cure a while longer before use but I moved them around and stuck them to the card no problem.
If you'd like to see the video demo on how to make these just visit  youtube
Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Bare Wood Wall Decorations

I'm so happy with my new wall decorations. I sliced up a stick of wood into pieces. Then I painted the centers with some aqua paint. I gave each of my children a piece of the wood to draw
anything they wanted to. These are the resulting masterpieces ;)

Tessa 10: Love Bird

Aaron 8: Wild Bunny

Jonah 4: Daddy, Mommy and Jonah all tucked into their beds.

Jakob 12: Flower craze (this one suprised me ;))

I drilled a hole in the each of the wood pieces and then strung them all together with a lenth of twine.
A personal snapshot of my kiddos art in a matter of minutes. :)
Have a great week!

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Paisley Stencil Kitchen Table Makeover

So, this is pretty much the best picture I have of my kitchen table before. We were having our Back To School Sundaes!! I despised the grooves in this table which collected all the crumbs and food that a family of six can tend to leave behind while EATING! Sheesh.
We ended up getting a loaner table while we worked this one over.
Travis began my completely planing off the top layer of the table, making sure to leave no grooves and just a flat surface. Jakob helped by sanding it smooth.
Next, I used a tack cloth to remove any extra saw dust or dirt.
Smooth smoothy smoothness (sorry for the blurry pic) but it is smooth. :)
I then created a paisley cut image with my Silhouette and cut it out of a stencil blank I purchased at Hobby Lobby. I think it ended up costing about 3 dollars or you could purchase a larger stencil online for $50 or so. 
I rolled on the Heirloom White painted with a foam roller. I had to stop about 2/3 of the way through and pick off all the paint that had collected on the stencil as it wasn't letting the paint through the smaller holes in the design. 
While that dried for a while I painted the table legs and sides. When the top was completely dry I painted on Minwax Dark Walnut stain and then rubbed off the excess with a cloth. I did two coats and let dry and added a coat of Wipe on Polycrylic. I let that dry overnight. 
In the morning I added a second coat of Wipe On Polycrylic. Food wipes off like a dream even though it doesn't have a thick coat of polyurethane.
I'm really happy with the way it came out...Now to paint the chairs.
Have a super day!

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Ready To Pop Themed Baby Shower Fun

I've been a little MIA on the paper crafting front lately but for good reason. I have an amazing friend who is due in just a few short weeks. She's one of my bestest workout buddies and makes me feel awful when she runs faster than I do even being 8 months pregnant!!! :)
So I put together a little baby shower with the Ready To Pop theme and it was really fun. 
I tried to come up with as many foods that had "POP" in their names as I could. We ended up having
Homemade Kettle POPCORN
Hand Dipped Chocolate Marshmallow POPS
Green Chile POPOVERS (thank you Renee)
and Tropical POPICAL Punch (hahaha, I just made that one up)
The goody table
This is the full set up.
I made Peanut Butter Chocolate Twist Cup Cakes. They were so yummy. Compared to other recipes I've seen it's pretty simple and easy to follow. So much better than boxed cupcakes.

There's the soon to be mama and her little guy. So sweet.

Those popovers were really delicious. I put out little bags for people to scoop popcorn into.
The children at the shower enjoyed the chocolate marshmallow pops the most. :)

The table runner was fun and easy to make. Just stack 7 or 8 tissue flowers together, staple in the center and then fluff.

I couldn't find any cups that matched my theme so I just picked out three coordinating washi tapes and ran them along the bottom of simple plastic cups. Easy fix and cute too.

You can find the recipe for these delicious cupcakes at BHG here...the only thing I didn't do was add chocolate to the icing and swirl peanut butter and chocolate icing. Still perfect ;).
Simple decorated chalk board.
I had a lot of fun putting this together and I can't wait to meet the little man!!
Have a super weekend.

Friday, May 03, 2013

Thrifty FRIDAY is Here Again

What can I say? I was a tad busy yesterday and had no time to post my most recent project.

Apparently I had no time to take a "real" before pic either. I had already started priming this girl before I remembered to get a good shot.

Yeah, she was pretty sad as is the fact that I don't yet have a garage to do these kinds of projects in yet ;).
The end result was worth my time in the sweltering sun though.

I'm pretty happy with the way it came out. I know the kids will beat on her but she will do for now :)
I used the Martha Stewart double ring stencil with a gray acrylic paint from Folk Art on the top. I finished it off with a few coats of wipe on polycrylic.

I think my table is a happy little table now :)
Especially with my craiglist couch find :)
Hope you have a scrappy, happy, thrifty kinda day!

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Guesting over at the Sweet Stamp Shop

Hi there! Just a few sneaks of some projects I put together using
Sweet Stamp Shop's newest release. City Scape and Drops Background.

I'm guesting over at the
So head on over and take a peek :)

The drops background makes me swoon.