Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Dirt: painted clay pots

I’m sure you’ve seen similar projects to these painted clay pots. They’re referred to as; painted pots, chippy paint, distressed planters, weathered terra cotta etc.


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Photo courtesy of The Handmade Home

This was the inspiration photo. When I Googled “painted pots” this was one of the images that came up in the search and I knew this was how I wanted my pots to look.


I researched several ways to achieve the distressed look and decided to use the following method:

1. Start with clean, dry terra cotta pots.
2. Rub a candle all over the pots (the wax helps chip the paint)
3. Paint your pots in a desired color. I used various combinations of Martha Stewart paints in Scallion (green), Surf (blue) and Wedding Cake (white).
4. Once the paint is dry rub off some of the paint. This is where I had trouble. My paint didn’t want to come off so I used a little sand paper to scratch up the paint.


The two larger pots are now home to some new succulent chicks.


The two smaller pots are too tiny for plants so I made them into candle holders.


I melted a few citronella candles and poured the wax into the pots reusing the wicks. You can melt old candles on top of the stove in a throw away pot. However, I found the easiest way is to use an old tin can. Place your candles in the clean can and put in the oven at around 250 degrees. Pour your wax and throw away the can.

Note: I’m not a candle maker and have no idea what I’m doing… Use caution when melting candles on your stove or in your oven.

Love my new turquoise, aqua, chippy, painted, distressed, weathered terra cotta clay pots.


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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Etceteras: burlap bowl

This project started out as a doily bowl. You may have seen them around – beautiful bowls made from vintage doilies. Except, I wanted to make my doily bowl out of paper doilies. That project is in the “craft fail” bin.


The delicate paper doilies kept tearing and after a few tries, I gave up. I still wanted to make a bowl and moved on to a sturdier approach – and what could be sturdier than burlap? The photo directly above shows the actual color of the burlap – a sage green. The top photo shows the color when sunlight streams through it.



To make a burlap bowl, you’ll need the following:
  • Burlap
  • Bowl
  • Wax Paper
  • Glue
  • Embellishments


  • Cover the outside of your bowl with wax paper and tape down on the inside of the bowl to secure.
  • Cut a circle of burlap or other fabric to a desired size
  • In a separate container or jar, mix 2 parts water and 1 part glue.
  • Brush your glue mixture onto the burlap adhering it to the covered bowl. You can use clothes pins or binder clips to hold the fabric to the rim of the bowl while it’s drying.
  • To make the top edges of your bowl curl, remove your fabric from the bowl before it is completely stiff. Add more glue mixture to the edges and curl them outward.
  • Let your bowl completely dry and add floral embellishments.

This pretty fall burlap bowl is ready to be filled with nuts and leaves.


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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Inspiration Board: link party 16

Welcome to The Inspiration Board link party. Last week’s party was truly inspiring. I can’t wait to see what you’ve been making this week. If you don’t have a project to link up, please stay and visit some of the links.

A few rules:
  • Link up your own projects – something you created.
  • Link to a specific post, not your blog home page (No Etsy shops or giveaways).
  • Grab a “homework” button and include it somewhere on the post you’re linking, on your home page or a page of link parties. Or, if you prefer, add a text link.
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Monday, September 19, 2011

Etceteras: rustic twig frame


Here’s a fun and easy way to frame a favorite picture.


Gather small twigs and bunch them together to create a natural frame.


To make this frame I collected twigs and grouped them into four stacks.


I tied the twig bunches together a the ends with thread and then used a wide organza ribbon to wrap the corners.


The photo is secured with double-sided tape to another piece of the organza ribbon which is then glued to the back of the frame.


A sweet look for fall or to add a touch of rustic charm to your décor.


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Friday, September 16, 2011

The Inspiration Board: link party spotlight ~15~

The Inspiration Board was filled with all kinds of goodies this week. It’s hard not to get in the Fall and Halloween mood after seeing so many wonderful ideas. Thank you to everyone who linked up a project. I hope you enjoyed visiting the other links as much as I did.

Here are a few that I’m spotlighting this week.
 

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I love this sweet bunting by the Lazy Hobby Hopper. The delicate flowers in the vase are the perfect accent.
Inspiration: delicate touch

 
What a fun birthday theme for a lucky little boy. Sweet Sewn Stitches created this All Aboard birthday invitation and carried out the train theme for the party.
Inspiration: well executed


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Another great party invitation from Jacolyn Murphy. Sweet basil planted in tomato cans hold the party invites.
Inspiration: think outside the envelope


Features 15 Pumpkins
A round up of pumpkins and not an orange one in the bunch. I love the non-traditional spin of all these pumpkins and each one is unique and beautiful.
1. Brighton Park     2. Artsy VaVa     3. Frugalicious Me     4. French Knots
Inspiration: variety


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Coastal Charm pulled together all types of objects to create wonderful fall décor. This photo is just a glimpse at all the goodies.
Inspiration: halloween elegance


Features 15 Chalkboard
Chalkboard paint continues to be incredibly popular in the crafting world and with good reason. There are so many applications for it.

{left}  Think with my Heart transformed a “seen better days” picnic table into a new piece of outdoor furniture complete with a chalkboard tabletop.
{right}  What do you do with an outdated globe? The V Spot transformed the geographically incorrect globe into a “Scary Places Chalkboard Globe”.
Inspiration: chalk it up to creativity



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A gorgeous fall wreath created by Boerman Ramblings. The coordinating floral colors have just the perfect touch of autumn.
Inspiration: subtle shades

 
This week’s color inspiration board: {black and white}

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Etceteras: easy frame transformation





Do you have any frames that don’t quite fit in with your décor?

Like this one? I received this frame as a gift and never used it. Not that there’s anything wrong with it – it just doesn’t quite work with my décor.


I rescued the zebra stripe frame from a drawer and gave it a quick facelift with metallic paint.


I knew the paint wouldn’t go on perfectly, so I stippled on the last coat giving the frame a brushed metal faux finish.


I printed out a photo from a past project which brightened up the now-cold metallic frame.


A quick and easy transformation and perfect for the upcoming holiday season.



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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Inkling: ombré fall wreath

I’m loving all the fall wreaths I’ve been seeing lately - burlap, acorns and beautiful fall leaves.

I’ve also been wanting to make something with an ombré effect so I put together this paper leaf wreath.

The leaves are made out of writing paper that has been coffee stained. To stain your paper, layer several sheets of paper in a tray or baking pan and drizzle coffee over the paper. Let the coffee bleed onto the edges for the darker leaves.

Once the paper is dry, cut out several leaves. You’ll want some leaves all brown, some speckled and some almost all white.

Start gluing your leaves onto your wreath form. Going clockwise, I started with the darkest leaves and gradually ended up with the all white leaves.


You can get this same effect using varying shades of colored paper.

The definition of ombré is having colors or tones that shade into each other —often used on fabrics in which the color is graduated from light to dark.

It’s also a great way to use up your morning coffee.



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