Saturday, March 26, 2016

Welcome, Spring

The cold gray days of winter, for me, seem to block any and all creative inspiration. It is almost as if my creativity goes into hibernation, blown away with the late autumn wind.

The project above is my first since welcoming both spring and the awakening of my creative spirit.

This is a super easy and inexpensive project that can be easily completed in an hour.

The supplies you will need are:

-Wooden cutout in the shape of your choice (Rabbit is from Michael's)
-Green acrylic paint 
-Sheet moss ( I found mine in the floral section of Wal-Mart) 
-Glue gun/glue sticks (not pictured)

Having worked with moss in past projects, I know it isn't the most reliable material to work with. With this in mind I painted the wood (rabbit) green to match the color of the sheet moss. That way if any of the moss shifted any gaps/bare spots wouldn't be as obvious as if I had left the wood unpainted.

The next step is as simple as taking a hot glue gun, a handful of glue sticks and start gluing your moss down. You will be tearing/cutting the moss, which can get quite messy, so I highly recommend doing this step outdoors if at all possible.

Once I had my moss glued down, I took some scissors and gave the moss a little trim to clean up any excess around the edges.

The only thing left to do is hang your finished project and enjoy!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Halloween 2015

Before we know it, we will be turning our calendars over to a brand new month. I've noticed Christmas decorations already adorning many homes and businesses. But before we start decking the halls on the home-front I wanted to share/document this years Halloween decorations. 

This years inspiration was a mashup of several different tutorials found on Pinterest. The tutorial for the spider's construction can be found here

We (the patient boyfriend and I) made a couple of changes to the original tutorial. Instead of covering the balls that make up the head and body of the spider with trash bags, we covered them completely with foam insulation. After the foam insulation dried we painted over it with black spray paint and continued with the same method for the 'legs' of the spider. (Method found here.)

Here it is, lying in wait, at its initial resting spot. (More on that later.) The hard-to-distinguish black things attached to the siding are plastic spiders that I found at Michael's that were attached using mounting tape. I wanted to give the appearance of just-hatched baby spiders crawling down the front of the house.

And what is a huge spider without a gigantic spider web? Again, the boyfriend (and his patience) came to the rescue and constructed three of these webs. (Tutorial here.)

As I said earlier, I really wanted the spider on top of the house for dramatic affect, however, nature had us re-configuring its placement. A couple of days prior to Halloween, we had a wind/rain advisory. As badly as I wanted it on top of the house, the thought of it being destroyed by the wind had us moving it to a safer, less dramatic location.

We placed the spider on a crate in front of our outbuilding for a little added height. I placed a floodlight on it to make it more noticeable and was pleasantly surprised with the image projected on the building. Two spiders for the price of one!

This was a very time-consuming, and messy, project. However, I was, still am, extremely proud of the end result. Now to start brainstorming for next years theme!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Cabinet Progress

In my previous post, I shared the story of how I came to own this decrepit cabinet, and my plans to restore it.

Above is what remained after removing the shelves, doors, bottom, and back of the cabinet. I was pleased to find that this cabinet's integrity had not been compromised after the previous owner's attempt to "improve" its appearance. In other words, "it had good bones."

I used an electric sander on as much of the piece as possible, and sanded the hard-to-reach parts by hand. Above is the piece after all of the sanding was complete.

Here is when the progress starts to show. It never ceases to amaze me what a difference primer makes.

It has taken me a while to realize that this piece is never going to be perfect, it has imperfections that cannot be sanded, or painted over. I'm learning to be okay with this. I have a long history of being incredibly critical of my own work/projects. It's something that I'm always working on, and I'm hoping to pick up a couple of valuable lessons while completing this less-than-perfect piece.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Challenge Accepted

Last fall, with no intentions of stopping at any yard sales, we passed a sale that I couldn't not stop at. This wasn't your run-of-the-mill yard sale with piles of used clothing, and toys. This sale had old furniture, and a lot of it!

The cabinet above immediately caught my eye. Sure it had seen better days, but I saw the potential this piece had and couldn't wait to ask the selling price. When the seller said $5, I couldn't get it in the car fast enough! 

The first thing I did was completely "gut" the inside. To say it was disgusting would be an understatement. The shelves consisted of brittle plywood, egg-foam padding with dirty red vinyl "wrapping" each individual shelf. Whoever refurbished this piece prior to me acquiring it apparently wasn't a stickler for details.

Also, did you check out the prior owners "paint job?" The back was a piece of cardboard. Yes, cardboard. Apparently, whoever did the painting couldn't be bothered with removing the shelves prior to (spray) painting the inside of the cabinet.

Did you spot the massive burn mark on the top?  (And the doors, don't even get me started on the doors-they are story all their own.)

Regardless of all of its faults, (and filthiness) I was  excited to see what I could do to breathe new life into this piece. A lot of progress has been made, and I can't wait to show you soon just how far this piece has come along! 

Monday, December 30, 2013

Painting the Deer Pink

Several months ago, a new thrift shop opened up near my work. This has served to be both a blessing and a curse. You see, I very rarely leave the shop without having purchased something. More times than not, it's a "diamond in the rough, " and I always have some sort of idea of how the item can be improved upon.

The deer candelabra below was one of my most recent finds. It was a sturdy, metal piece that was in good shape structure wise. I knew the metal would take paint well, and the obnoxious tartan bow would be easily removed, $2 later I left the store, deer in hand.

Here is the deer in its before state.

Below is the after. After removing the bow, I gave the piece a good washing. [Washing items before I give them a makeover is a habit I have gotten into over time-I feel like it makes a big difference and I prefer to apply paint to a clean surface.] I then primed and painted the deer a soft pink. Next, I liberally applied spray adhesive to all areas of the statue (except the plates that hold the candles), and gave it a good dousing of clear glass glitter. Lastly, a big, pink sparkly bow was attached to the neck and the transformation was complete!

It added the perfect touch to our Christmas dining room centerpiece. I haven't been to the thrift store in a couple of weeks and am excited to see what new-to-me items they may have.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Fall Shed 2013

I hope everyone who celebrates had a Happy Thanksgiving. I realize I may be a bit tardy in publishing this post seeing as though some homes have had their decorations up for weeks but I didn't want the autumn season to slip by entirely without sharing our shed's seasonal décor.

Once again, I gave the yard sale mirror a new coat (spray) paint. This time I chose a sunflower shade of yellow. Speaking of sunflowers, the decorations on each door were originally meant to be utilized as wind chimes. We simply removed the chime portion, and using Command hooks, attached one sunflower to each door.

The window boxes are no different than the ones I have used in past years. Each window box contains a liner of burlap, a small mum, pumpkin (or any squash/gourd of your choice), Indian corn, and some straw. They are inexpensive and couldn't be easier to assemble.

A simple fall-inspired decorative yard flag added the final touch.

As the saying goes, "what goes up, must come down", all the fall décor will be coming down soon and the Christmas decorations will go up. I'll be sure to share what we do to spruce it up for the holiday season.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween

Thank you so much for all of the wonderful comments on my last post! They were very much appreciated.

The candy corn house ornament above was finished in the eleventh hour. I wanted a color scheme that was truly representative of the Halloween holiday and I think I hit the nail on the head. The little ghost and candy corn charms were originally meant to be used as buttons. I snipped the shanks off the back with wire cutters and glued them on using super glue. For extra measure, and simply because I love it, I sprayed the whole ornament with Elmer's spray glue and doused it with a healthy amount of glitter. I love the sugary effect the glitter gives this candy house.

Wishing you copious amounts of sugary confections on this most mysterious of days.

Be safe and Happy Halloween!