Sunday, June 18, 2017

My 2016 Big Summer Project

My baby sis bought a cool retro couch on Craigslist and she had so much fun using it to create photo shoots.  Here is a great picture of it and a classic family photo.

Unfortunately, she made the poor choice to store it on the family farm over the winter where a rat decided that it made for good eating and a great place to live.  The couch was ruined so she threw it on the burn pile.  Well, it did not get burned because I had seen this picture on Dot & Bo and inspiration struck. 

Dot & Bo Picture

I had a plan to up-cycle the couch into an outdoor bench for her birthday.  My dh helped me sneak it off the farm and it sat behind my house for a couple of weeks.

Lucky me that he helped me tear all the fabric off...but that it where the real work began.  Removing every single staple and tack was at least a 20 hour project and dh had helped some with that as well.  All the holes were filled and sanded.  I did learn the importance of using tack cloth to remove debris and getting a smooth surface in this project and and I am now a true believer (p.s. no one has paid me any money to say that!). We added a middle board that runs the entire length to add some stability for seating.  Plywood was cut and added for each side; then the entire frame was painted white.  

We used pallet boards that I sanded down, filled holes, sanded, and then stained individually.  All the boards are not the same width so I carefully planned their placement to match in the seating and the back.  The couch has a bow in the front so cutting those boards took extra work.  We numbered the boards to make sure they were in the correct order.  Dh was sweet and counter sank the holes prior to actually screwing the boards in place.  We added a couple coats of spray sealer to finish

Back View

Bowed Front

Final product at it's final home

I would like to tell you that this was an easy project but it took alot of grit and determination on my part.  It really helped that my dh was a team player and somehow we (without either of us having many woodworking skills) somehow worked through it.

All that is needed now is some pillows or cushions to soften it up.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Faux Stained Glass Class

About a month ago, it was decided that I needed to share with my co-workers what I had learned at a Faux Stained Glass Class that I took thanks to my sister's arm twisting.  We used a Chisel Tip Sharpie, Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks, and Blending Alcohol along with some individualized creativity.  There were six individuals who participated and this is what they created.  I have taken classes where everyone is expected to basically make the same thing and that is not what I wanted.  I love that they are so different and most of us even had fun!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Cubs Pallet Flag

A quick post because I wanted to share this a project that was finished earlier this year.  My DH put the boards together last year and I painted the blue square and red stripes shortly after.  Then I STOPPED (because I could not decide what to do with the blue star, nine stars, decisions decisions) and stored it behind my chair.

Then inspiration struck me while on Pinterest (of course) and I was able to finish this beauty.  The white circle was bought at Michael's (unpainted) and the UBS was bought at Hobby Lobby...I think.  I cut the blue circle and the C out of plywood with a little help from my baby brother.  They aren't perfect but with the help of sandpaper it turned out pretty darn good.

I am so glad I waited to finish this project until it all came together.  My nephew is a proud Cubs fan in a family of loyal Cardinals, so he was the the lucky recipient!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Baby Card

I was asked to make a baby card by a co-worker who was in charge of a baby gift for another co-worker.  I  did not have much notice so I went to my letter sticker stash to get started.  The balloon accent was an afterthought that ended up being the perfect accent.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

My Faves for 2015

Just a quick post to share the cards that made my top ten list for 2015 in no particular order.   Looking forward to trying some new techniques in 2016.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The Male Room Guest Designer

How lucky am I that I was invited to be a Guest Designer for The Male Room for their final challenge of the year.  The theme is Christmas or Seasonal Greeting.

On Friday, my work day ended early, which left me some extra time for Christmas shopping.  One of the stores I visited had a rhinestone covered stag head on display which inspired me to make this card.

The stag image is a digi that I purchased from for another project.  The sentiment is stamped and heat embossed.  The final touches that I added were twine and snowflakes. The chevron paper is by Echo Park.  I hope you are inspired to join in the fun!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Safehaven Crafts

As promised, here are some pictures of items I made for the Safehaven fundraiser yesterday.  The first two are upcycled glass angels.  I had a friend send me a pic as she wants one for her flower bed; she will be getting one for Christmas.  They are pretty easy to make; it takes the right glue and a little patience.  Using glassware that was once owned by a relative would be a great memento.

This is my friend Kari, who is our fearless leader for these events putting together the reindeer gift bags.  She wants me to design some snowman bags.

Two samples of upcycled books I made to use as home decoration.  The first book was created using the chalk transfer technique and a Sharpie Paint Pen.   I used the technique featured here by Little Bit Funky for the second book.  The image was printed in brown and looked perfect without the ink overlay I was planning to do.

I will be linking my angels and books to Funky Junk Interiors.