Monday, April 9, 2012

Fresh Look: christmas box to pretty box

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I’ve had this box out since Christmas. Not as décor but on deck for a makeover.

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Originally the box was bright red and oh so Christmassy. I think it was a container for some candy treats we got as a gift. I had know idea what I wanted to do with it until I saw this post.

Vivienne over at The V Spot, blew me away with this tutorial on how to create faux glazed ceramic – she’s a genius that way. Vivienne is bold and a rebel – she tells us to break all the painting rules by layering paint and while the paint is still wet, coating your project with clear gloss spray paint.

The perfect technique for my red Christmas box. I used white spray paint, silver acrylic craft paint and clear gloss spray paint to give my box a new look.

I did have a few problems with my project. The original tutorial creates faux ceramic from a terra cotta pot and clay - a perfect base for the spray paint to adhere to. I started with a glazed ceramic item, dove in and spray painted it white. All was fine until the final step when I spray painted the clear gloss. Just like the straw that broke the camel’s back, the paint started to drip and expose the original red box.

I let the box dry and filled in the exposed areas with white paint and a small artist’s paint brush. Once that was dry, I gave the box another coat of gloss – this time more lightly.

I probably should have lightly sanded the box or primed it first. Oh well, it turned out fine and I can use it for a variety of things. For now, it will hold bath salts in the bathroom.

I’m amazed what a coat (or 2-3) of paint can do. And these pretty lavender bath salts and fresh lavender add just the right touch of color.

Thanks for visiting.


Friday, April 6, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party spotlight ~44~

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Hello friends! A big springtime thank you to all of you that linked up a project this week. The spring goodies are so fun to look at and my idea file is brimming for next year. Even if you didn’t have a project to link up, I so appreciate the fact that you stopped by to visit – I hope you were as inspired as I was.

Here are the projects in the spotlight this week.

IMG_9275 An adorable t-shirt to dress refashion by Peaches and Bees. I love the dress but the entire photo is wonderful – the lighting, the colors, the tilt of the little girl’s head and her hand. Adorably perfect!

egg4 Prosciutto Breakfast Pastries by Mrs. Happy Homemaker. Puffed pastry, prosciutto, cheese and an egg. Yummers!

DSC_0016 Super cute idea for place cards. Little chalkboard bunnies by Closet Crafter. Using chalk paint is a great way to be able to reuse the place cards.

washi_tape05-500x332I love being able to make my own version of a hot crafting supply. Now we can all make our own Washi Tape. Check out the tutorial on Nifty Thrifty Things.

seder flowersBright and colorful Passover Seder table decorations. With over 100 people coming for the Seder meal, Design Megillah kept the cost down but the cheerfulness up with these pretty and budget-friendly vases.

bunny straw 2Another clever idea by Jacolyn Murphy. An Easter beverage bar with “carrot’ juice and bunny straws.

6a0120a538ca82970c014e605ab30f970c-500wiMalia from Yesterday on Tuesday has outdone herself. Wonderful paper bag birds nests filled with treats and even an adorable little dollar store bird. Super cute project.

Hat3What a great way to package up a cupcake. A travelling top hat by Sandy’s Space. As always, Sandy’s projects are paper perfection.

viola 5 A chicken feeder turned planter by Snowflakes and Dragonflies. What a great flea market find and the pansy faces look so springy and cheery looking into the camera.

This week on the Inspiration Pinboard

Springtime Cupcakes

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{left} Healthy Lunch Box Fillers – One Plus One Equals Six
{Top Right} Cupcake Topper – Ashley’s Dandelion Wishes
{Bottom Right} Spring Flower Cupcakes – Ode to Inspiration

If you were in the spotlight, please feel free to grab a button.


Thank you again to everyone who linked a project and to everyone who came to visit. I loved looking at all the projects and visiting your sites.

To those of you celebrating Easter this weekend - my warmest wishes for a happy and glorious day.


Thursday, April 5, 2012

Celebrations: egg place cards

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I’ve been saving my egg shells for my final Easter décor post – and I’ve been cracking eggs differently too. I’ve had this project in mind and instead of wasting a bunch of eggs, I’ve been using a knife to crack the tops of the eggs and soaking the egg shells in hot soapy water and letting them dry.

Once I had enough egg shells, I decided I would rather have brown eggs for my project. I didn’t do any research but jumped in and soaked my egg shells in a muddy bath of used coffee grinds and a little water. For this light brown shade, I soaked them for about a half hour.

I love the uneven light brown shades on the eggs. 

The eggs were gently stuffed with tissue paper and then a layer of moss added to peek over the edges. A pink silk flower and a few pink faux berries gives the neutral eggs a little splash of color.

I used my new favorite craft supply – vintage seam binding for the place card names.

Here’s a trick: to write on soft ribbon or fabric, use double sided tape to secure your ribbon to your desk or writing surface. Use a fine tip pen and handwrite your words. I used a silver gel pen.

To hold up the eggs, I used cardboard egg cartons also dipped in the coffee mud and quickly rinsed and then dried.

Hope to see you tomorrow for the Inspiration Board Spotlight. And for those of you who celebrate Easter, I want to wish you a glorious and wonderful day. 

Thanks for visiting.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Etceteras: easter inspiration

The project that was planned for today is still on the craft table. I’ve hit a bit of a snag and I’m going to try to salvage the project. If I can’t, it will be another one for the craft fail file. Oh well, you win some, you lose some.

In the meantime, I thought some pretty Easter inspiration would do me some good and I wanted to share these beautiful projects and ideas with you.  Enjoy!


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Blue Hues

1. Cake Painting – Etsy
2. Rainbow Bird Embroidery – Etsy
3. Pretty Easter Boxes – Torie Jayne
4. Spring Party – Sweet Paul
5. Ceramic Birds – Etsy
6. Salt & Pepper Shakers – Charming Recycling

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Sweet Pink

1. Pink Egg – Delish
2. Pink & Aqua – Citrusandorange
3. Easter Colors – Citrusandorange
4. Egg Cups – Fleuratica
5. Party Favors – Rebecca Thuss

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Natural Neutrals

1. Spring Wreath – The Old White House
2. Bird Notecards – Poppytalk Handmade
3. Bunny Ceramic Beads – Etsy
4. Easter Amigurumi Crochet – Etsy 
5. Butcher Paper Wreath – Alisa Burke

Thank you for visiting. Come back tomorrow for my final Easter project post. It’s my favorite so far. And on Friday, The Inspiration Board Spotlight {features}.


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party 44

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Hello friends! Welcome to the Inspiration Board link party. I’m so happy you could join me. If you’re new to my blog and party – thank you, thank you for stopping by. There are so many link parties and I’m delighted that I’m on your party list. For you loyal linkers who come back week after week, I can’t tell you how appreciative I am. Your creativity is a constant source of inspiration.

I can’t wait to see what you’re going to share this week. I’ll be going through the projects and featuring some in the spotlight on Friday.

A few rules:
  • Link up your own project - something you created, made, did, etc.
  • 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.
  • Follow homework.  You’ll find the “Follow via Google Friend Connect” gadget on the right sidebar.
  • Please visit the other links that intrigue you and make someone smile with a comment or two.
I’m ready to be inspired - don’t forget to add my button somewhere on your blog. Spreading the word helps bring more visitors to your linked project.

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Monday, April 2, 2012

The Dirt: spring planting and diy tomato cages

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I’ve mentioned here before that my neighbor generously gives us fresh produce from his garden every year. Vine ripened tomatoes, bell peppers in assorted colors, fresh zucchini, beans and more.

Once you’ve been spoiled with home grown produce it’s hard to go back to store bought vegetables. I’ve also always put off growing my own vegetables because bags of my neighbor’s harvest would show up on my doorstep.

Sadly, my neighbor is quite elderly and his health is failing. It’s hard to see him so frail and I’m sure he won’t be able to tend to his garden this year.

So for the first time in a long time, I'm planting my own small vegetable garden. I’m growing the tomatoes in pots but I couldn’t find a tomato cage that worked. Plus, why spend money on a flimsy green cage when you can make your own.

The cage looks pretty primitive but I think it will work. I started with four bamboo stakes and used sticks that I had for the cross bars. A dab of hot glue kept them in place while I secured them with twine. 

I made some plant markers out of a paint stick and small resin alphabet tiles. This tomato plant is called Better Bush Hybrid but I didn’t have enough tiles to spell that out. I had just enough tiles to spell out "Bush" and "Roma".

I’m anxious to see how my tomatoes do. Next up for my garden – fresh herbs. I have a nice galvanized tub that I plan to use. I’ll keep you posted on the harvest.

 Thanks for visiting.


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