Monday, May 23, 2011

Etceteras: painted glass vase

Have you seen all the pretty painted glass featured around the blogs lately?


There are a variety of styles and techniques being used. Pouring paint into a jar or vase and letting it coat the inside results in a milk glass or jadite look. If you use translucent paint made for glass you can turn plain jars into vintage looking blue or cranberry glass.


I saw some pretty glassware at Anthropolgie that I wanted to try to copy. Some were speckled, some were swirled, all were very expensive.

 
I started with a few vases that had smooth surfaces. I decided to paint the inside of the vase after a test run. Painting the outside didn’t give the vase the same translucent look. The downside is that these vases are only decorative and not waterproof.

 

I mixed Gloss Lustre Mod Podge with water color paints and a little water. It’s a trial and error craft. If you don’t like the color or look, wash out vase and start over. For the speckled vase, I dabbed the paint brush here and there on the inside of the vase in a variety of colors. The swirled vase was created using a thicker paintbrush and alternating the brush strokes of color.

The colors become more translucent as they dry. Be patient and don’t touch the paint to see if it’s dry or you’ll end up with a nice fingerprint in your paint like I did.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Inkling: paper flower candle holders

I dressed up these candle holders awhile back and it was time to freshen them up for the spring/summer season.

I used the same concept as I did with the gold leaf candle holders seen here.
  
I wrapped floral wire around the candle holders and made several rice paper flowers. You can find a tutorial for these flowers here.

I hot glued the flowers onto the floral wire and added a few silk floral leaves.

I love the pop of color this will add to my table as we transition from spring to summer.




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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Sew and Tell: fabric party favor bags

If you’re planning a party or wedding, here’s a great way to use up scraps of fabric.

Make fabric party favor gift bags.

I used scraps of vintage fabric to embellish the front of each bag.

Fringe the fabric scrap and top of the gift bag. Fill with your goodies and close up with a piece of twine or ribbon.

My bags look like miniature feed sacks but you can use any fabric to make cute bags.




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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Show and Tell: pretty crocheting


Photo courtesy of Ohdeedoh


I may have mentioned this before but one area of crafting that I haven’t tried is crocheting.  I love the look of crocheted items and I’m planning to try it one day.

A reader of this blog sent me this book on crocheting. Isn’t that the sweetest! She discovered through an email exchange that I wanted to learn to crochet and thought of me when she saw this booklet “99 Granny Squares to Crochet.” Thanks Kai!

I’m a big fan of the blog Creative Jewish Mom. Sara has creates beautiful projects and makes beautiful crocheted items.  Isn’t this bunting amazing?

And this is pure genius. Care tags and extra yarn for your homemade crocheted gifts.


I love these African Flower Granny Squares from Craft Passion. I’m adding these to my “learn to crochet to-do list.”

If you have any crocheting tips you can offer me – please let me know. Wish me luck.




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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Etceteras: branch spools

I still have some branches left in our yard trimming pile.


I’ve made several projects with them including this photo holder and wood tacks.


I love the texture of these branches and wanted to use them for a new project. I came up with these branch spools for my twine.



I sawed sections of the branch into ¼ inch slices. I used a hand saw because I haven’t mastered power tools and maybe never will.


I glued a dowel to the inside of the branch slices to create a spool.


 Pretty decorative spools that combine two of my favorite things - natural wood and twine.




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