Thursday, December 26, 2013

Information Center - old school style

For some reason, I love the look of washboards. Thank God, I've never had to use one, but there's just something about them that intrigues me. 
I found some small washboards at an antique dealer and bought 3 of them to make something for my 3 daughters for Christmas - though I wasn't sure what yet.
 
Then, I saw these mail organizers at Bed Bath & Beyond and thought I could attach them to the washboards to make something to help keep track of mail, keys, etc. http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/wall-mount-bronze-mail-key-rack/1017284797?Keyword=mail+organizer
 
Unfortunately, when I got them home, I realized that the mail organizers were too big to attach to the small washboards I had.  I was still stuck on the idea of attaching them to a washboard, so I searched for some bigger ones on-line, on Craig's List, and came across these at Hardware World.

http://www.hardwareworld.com/Washboard-Galvanized--Large-p7OAIBV.aspx?gclid=CPaO87WigbsCFYNaMgodZHAABQ

Still not exactly sure as to what I was going to do or how the final product would look, I asked my husband to paint them for me.  (He does all my spray painting claiming I'm too messy).  I told him to use the Espresso paint I had just bought and when he brought them in from the garage, I realized it wasn't the color I wanted.  So, I told him that I would use them anyway, as I hated to ask him to paint them again.  Knowing I wasn't happy with my choice, he offered to go buy the Dark Walnut that I really wanted and he painted them again...with only a little grumbling.  At this point they were starting to come together, but still needed something...

Then, I remembered the chalkboard contact paper I had purchased and only used once.  This would look good and be functional at the top of the board - above the galvanized section.


For some reason, I didn't think the galvanized section would be magnetic.  So I splurged for the magnetic paint (even after reading multiple reviews on how terrible it is) and was shocked and happy to learn I didn't need it.  The magnets stick without it.  So I made a few magnets from the bottle caps I had on hand (Michael's clearance).  
 
I hope the girls can use them and appreciate the creative process I go through to finish a vague idea I had!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Glitter & Glass


I love glass and glitter.  When I saw the pictures on Pinterest I knew it was something I needed to try.  The pink glitter jar photos are from the plumadorable.com website, where I got the original instructions for this project.  Both the list of supplies and instructions are so simple, it only takes minutes to complete a project. 
You need only Pledge floor polish, glitter (fine works best), and your glass piece (jar, ornament, bottles, etc.) and other decorative pieces are optional.
 
Here are the instructions for the Christmas ornament that I made:
Simply clean the glass ornament and allow to dry.  I purchased a 4-pack at Michaels.  Pour in a small amount of Pledge and swirl around so the entire inside of the ornament is coated.  The clear polish acts as a glue and causes the glitter to stick to the sides of the ornament.  Dump out the remaining polish (back into the bottle is OK) and pour in some glitter.  Swirl and shake the glitter around inside the ornament until the entire inside area is coated.   Allow some time for the Pledge polish to dry and your project is complete.  Please keep in mind that the glitter can scratch off if you touch it with the metal holder.  The good thing is that since the glitter is on the inside, it doesn't fall off all over your clothes or your house!   I added a black ribbon and a "diamond" buckle to look like Santa's middle.
 
If the inside doesn't get coated as completely as you'd like, you can rinse it out with warm water and start again. 
 
Here are some more photos from PlumAdorable.com

Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas Crafting - 2013 Season




Tonight as I'm cleaning up my craft room, I realize that my Christmas crafting is over for this year. I'm feeling a little sad as I look around at all the unfinished projects and the supplies for all the ones I didn't even start. Then I thought of all the great projects I did complete, all the new things I learned, the things I was able to teach to someone else and the things I pushed myself to try and I'm proud of what I've accomplished. I am so thankful for my friends, new customers and the repeat customers that keep coming back. But most of all, I'm thankful for my patient, tolerant, hard-working husband who never says 'no' to any of the crazy ideas or the mundane, dirty or horrible tasks that I ask of him. His encouragement and commitment are beyond compare. Thank you, Russ Jamieson, for taking care of all the everyday things so I can continue to do the fun stuff. I'm one lucky woman!

Here are photos of some of my Christmas crafts


Rustic Christmas decor - shows my love of country and mason jar crafts.







Candy cane crock










 

Authentic, vintage washboards decorated for the season.




 

 Personalized old sled

 
Vintage flour sifter arrangement

 
 
 
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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Rustic Christmas with old Mason Jars


I love Christmas, crafts, and especially Christmas crafts! I've been pinning possible projects on my Pinterest boards for years.  Sometimes I go back and look at all my pins for inspiration.  I usually like to combine and deviate - very seldom making something exactly like the picture or tutorial. 

                     My latest Christmas project combines my love for rustic things and mason jars.  This idea came from a couple different pins like these.



There really isn't much of a tutorial, but here's the list of materials that I used:

1)  old wooden box
2)  green garland - use wire cutters and cut into smaller branches
3)  berry garland - use wire cutters and cut small groups of berries
4)  3 pine cones - from an old christmas decoration
5)  2 mason jars - I put epsom salt in the bottom to represent snow
6)  2 berry scented candles - placed in the bottom of the mason jars, on top of the salt

There is a lot of opportunity for creative freedom here. Decorate to suit your taste and decor.