Monday, October 13, 2014

String art

To be truthful - I thought this was going to be a no brainer. Something I could do while watching t.v. Boy was I wrong. The premise is simple the idea looks easy but when you are working on such a small space with nails so close together keeping the strings close to the base of the nails is necessary to keep the alignment looking right all the way around the piece. Well, I tried it twice and it can be even better so I will go again for my 3rd are my first attempts - skull head ( the nose is a bit wonky) 

Then I tried a ghost - a bit better but still need to capture the face a bit better

I think I need a larger working area---or a bigger face ��

Here they are right next to each other. I like them but I need to try it again. To get the face 
Poking just right. Hope you give this a try and good luck with your Halloween decorating! I am linking this up to the parties above. 

Have a crafty week!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Recycled Chalkboards

I love to give old things a new life. I usually make-over furniture, large hutches, tables & chairs and the like. But recently I took a trip to the local Habititat for Humanity and if you have never been there  you really should search one out. They carry a bunch of old pieces of stuff, nails, screws, tile and furniture that goes for real cheap. I could spend hours in there scoping out junk to bring home and re-do.

Back tracking - in recent months I have seen the chalkboard really boom in the decorating scene. From the small chalk board stickers to the large kitchen walls being re-done and so on. I have made them from just about anything I could find well I found these really cheap old kitchen cabinet drawers at Habitat for Humanity and thought these would work well for my version of the chalkboard...

I started with these 

Just your typical small kitchen cabinet drawers  

first I sanded them with a hand sander 

Then I spray spainted them with my favorite colors...and used some chalk board paint - I gave it 2 coats - make sure it dries between coats because if you rush thru it then you will life up the paint you previously put me I learned this the hard way!

Once it was completely dry - I conditioned the board by rubbing chalk all over the board and then erased it. and then did it again.

See how smooth the chalk glides onto the board - best part is you can use a wet paper towel and wipe it down if you are not a fan of the chalk residue and WAIT for it to dry then use as usual.

sweet and functional - love that. I am definitely making another trip to the Habitat for Humanity store.

Hope all your to-do projects are coming along. Happy HUmp day!

I am lnking this up the parties above.


Saturday, October 4, 2014

WCMD round 2

Halloween & Thanksgiving this time. 

Happy card making & have a great weekend! 


WCMD halloween style

I have wanted to play along with national WORLD CARD MAKING DAY for awhile now. This is the year that I will participate so here are my cards.

In the process of making a few more. Back to crafting!!!! 


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

My FALL Mantel

This is my favorite time of year and yesterday I was busy crafting up some fun FALL projects but I also took out my fall decorations and got to changing up my mantel I took a picture of what a thought was my finished mantel and I thought it needed a bit more tweeking - tell me what you think? 

This was my first attempt. But I think it was the family photos that was keeping it from looking finished.

So I took the family photos down and added some dollar store holographic  pics and to hide the largeness of the mirror I made a wreath to go in the center of the mirror.

I also added a free printable that I found online on the left and found another apothecary jar with white pumpkins in it and some dollar store black roses  to finish the mantel off. 

And wah-lah - lots better and a bit more complete. Now is the time to get to the dollar store - they have so many cool Halloween & fall decorations and for a dollar - you can't beat it! I'll be sharing the wreath change out tomorrow...
Happy Fall crafting ya'll.
Ill be linking this up to the parties above.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Happy FALL ya'll

Us here in So Cal have been enjoying (finally) the weather around here - it's been in the 80's and cool in the morning and evening. So love this weather and since today is the last day of summer (yeah and stay away for longer next year please) and tomorrow is the first day of FALL and I am slowly decorating for Halloween & Fall - my absolute favorite time of the year! With that said I wanted to share something I made recently

Just added a paper hat and some creepy plastic bugs...

I made several variations of this and plan to hang'em up and making extra for my upcoming show in October... 

Hope you are getting your spooky decorations on. Happy Fall to you!