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Monday, August 18, 2014

fun with friends

I had the opportunity to celebrate two good friends birthdays on Sunday afternoon.  We took off for the big city, had a great late lunch, early dinner.  A little retail therapy, ice cream and home by 6.  A wonderful way to spend and afternoon.  I am so blessed to have wonderful friends.  We can not see each other much for weeks at a time and pick up like we hung out yesterday.  I would do any thing I could for each of them and they would do the same for me.

Friday, August 15, 2014

black shelf

Last time I told you how we made the shutter shelf project.  The black weathered wood unit was made the same way except for the finish.  To make this look  I first primed all the pieces except the top with grey spray  primer.  After the two coats of primer were dry I mixed a little black paint into white until I had a shade a little darker than the primer.  I dry brushed that on all the pieces.  If you have never used the dry brush technique the name defines how to do it.  Dip your brush tips into the paint, brush most of it off onto news paper, then brush onto the wood.  After the first coat was dry I did another with black paint.  I wanted a wood grain look so I was careful to drag the brush all the way down each piece before lifting my brush.  It sounds much more difficult than it really is.  Just be patient(unlike me) and if you don't like it, paint over it.  I painted the top black.  It is much easier to paint all the pieces before you put it together.  I think it turned out great.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

drawer table

I had a couple of these drawers I wanted to turn into tables.  This one could not have been easier.  I painted the drawer and the legs, sanded and waxed each piece.  I turned the drawer over and used construction adhesive to attach the legs.   I weighted that down and let it sit for 24 hours, then nailed the legs for added support.  Cute as can be.  Cost was minimal, the drawer was a leftover from another project, the legs were $2 for the set and less than $1 for paint and supplies, less than an hour to make not counting drying time.  I love junking!!

One project two ways

I had two sets of these great shutters so we turned them into little shelf units with two distinctive looks.  For the white shelves I painted the shutters, a center shelf and some 1" supports with paint and stained a larger 1X12 then used  polyurethane it for more durability.  AH used two pieces of the 1X as support for the center shelf and a longer piece to help support the top.  We just eye-balled the width we thought looked best and made the top a little deeper and wider than the base.  Wouldn't this look great in a kids room as a bed side table or in any part of a cottage or country style home for holding your pretties?  Come back Friday to see how we did the other shelf.

Monday, August 11, 2014

glass jewels

These glass jewels are one of the crafts KT and I made when she was here last week.  You can buy the the glass marbles at the dollar store or craft store, buy the big ones or you'll regret it.
You will need:
glass flat back marbles in clear
several colors of nail polish, the glitter kind won't work and the polish needs to be fresh or it sinks to the bottom of the bowl
plastic disposable bowl, water, skewer or craft stick
black craft paint
clear nail polish
magnets or jewelry bail and chain or pin back

The video I watched showed holding the stones with forceps to dip but we ended up using our fingers and cleaning them with nail polish remover when we were done. I picked up polish for $1 a bottle.  We made about 30 jewels for around $5.  There is still plenty of polish left.
Fill your bowl about half full and add several drops of 2-3 colors of polish.  Swirl gently with stick to marbleize then dip the flat side of the glass into the bowl.  Remove and lay flat side up on a piece of wax paper.  Replace the water after every couple of dips.
Let the jewels dry then paint the backs with 2 coats of black paint, let that dry then add 2 coats of clear nail polish.  If any of the paint has ended up on the side just scrape it gently with a small knife before you add the clear polish.  Let dry and add a magnet or bail and chain or pin back.

Friday, August 8, 2014

junkin again

I haven't hit many rummage sale lately, there just haven't been too many around here and I've been plenty busy.  I did get some great buys from the Restore last week.  Most of their prices are very reasonable and the money goes for a very good cause.

bundle with a large damask table cloth and 27 napkins for $5.00.  I think I may try dying some of them and turn them into pillows.

white gloves 50 cents

coated wire basket $1

nice silver plate tray $1

a handful of sparkly jewels, most were .50 to $1

The store where I volunteer in Charleston, IL is always in need of merchandise.  They will even come and pick it up for a very reasonable fee.  AH and I put some salvaged windows from the Restore together as a little fairy house,  I think it will sell at the store very quickly.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

crafting again

More of last weeks crafting time.  This day KT and I made a Gods eye.  I cut two willow sticks and we used left over yarn to make the bands of color.  All the yarn was very textured and fuzzy which made a big mess on the table and floor.  Five minutes of clean up was worth it for the fun this 9 year old had.  She picked up the pattern quickly and couldn't wait to hang it in her room.  Cost $0 enjoyment priceless.