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Buffalo Plaid Technique- Painting it is Easier than it Looks!

I am in love with buffalo plaid. Is it popular in your area? I am especially obsessed in painting it. Yes, painting it!

Some time ago, I came across a photo tutorial for painting buffalo plaid from an online painting friend, Sara, of Surrey Lane Home. Sara does absolutely gorgeous work and is so good to share many of her techniques.

I always thought it would be a very difficult process, but Sara’s tutorial made it very easy to do.

All I needed was something to paint, my Missouri Limestone Paint Company Chalk-style paint (MLPC) that we sell and use to paint, some Varathane water-based Crystal clear polyurethane/Wise Owl Lemon Verbena Salve (I use both a sealer like the Varathane polyurethane or a wax like the Wise Owl brand or Howard Chalk-tuque wax on my projects) and some 1 or 2″ green frog tape and I was set!

First, I needed Sara’s tutorial:


Then, I painted my pieces by following her tutorial. I used a chip brush and did a dry brush effect on the lighter black areas for my projects.

Here’s my first attempt. For this project, which was a small set of two storage boxes, I used the 2″ green frog tape.

This is the only before pic I had of this project as I couldn’t wait to get started and forgot to take a pic of both boxes before. Oops!

Here they are completed! I sealed this with Wise Owl Lemon Verbena Salve.

For my second project, I had a jewelry box. I decided I wanted to give it a rustic, red/black lumberjack look and completely transform it from jewelry box to a storage container, too.

Here’s the before:

I had to get rid of the bright yellow lining first – in all those drawers! That was a big job!

Then, I used Missouri Limestone Paint Company Chalk-Style paint in Coal Shovel mixed with a bit of water to do a color wash over the whole box, except for the top.

For the top, I used Radio Flyer Red. I used the 1″ green frog tape on this one also. I then used Sara’s tutorial and Coal Shovel paint to produce this beautiful box! This one I waxed with Wise Owl Lemon Verbena salve.

And my latest project is one I am truly proud of. I transformed a set of nesting tables. The result was amazing. I was eager to share the evening ai finished them so I posted on my Facebook page and mentioned they would be available as soon as I had sealed them. They sold locally overnight, before I had a chance to stage and post them for sale on any online buy/sell sites. I sealed them right then! πŸ™‚

The transformation. MLPC Coal Shovel and January. For this nesting table set, I used the 2″ green frog tape. It is sealed with Varathane Polyurethane.

Have you painted buffalo plaid or are you now ready to try? Show me your projects in the comments. I’d love to see them!

Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar with IOD Stamps!

I recently was a winner in an Instagram Contest and won this fabulous prize package from Iron Orchid Designs (IOD).

I couldn’t wait to use something so I started thinking of ideas. I watched some of the videos IOD has on their site and noticed they had stamped some small muslin bags (at least I think it was their video. Who knows for sure. I watch a lot of videos. Lol)

I went to Amazon and ordered these:

Natural Muslin Drawstring Bags 3″ x 4″ | Small Ivory, Light Tan Muslin Bags for Party Favors, Baked Treats & Gifts | Safe, Non-Toxic, 100% Cotton Woven Bags w/ Drawstring Closure (Pack of 100) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LA4XOTI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_ybz9Bb8G9S1VB

I then searched Pinterest on ways I could stamp them.

I saw an idea for using them on an Advent Calendar and stamping them with the numbers 1-25.

Then, I saw an idea for an Advent Calendar that focused on children giving rather than receiving and knew that’s what I wanted to do! In today’s world, we need to stress kindness more than we ever have before!

This site even had a printable for 25 acts of kindness. I printed those and cut them apart so that part was finished in no time! Thanks for sharing this!


Then, I needed a way to display….the calendar type of Advent calendars and signs are seen all over the place. I wanted something different so I went to my jewelry box cache (yes, I hoard jewelry boxes to paint) and found the perfect box. It had a funky lid that just sat on top a box, with glitter and raised lettering featuring a newly engaged couple and knew I would never use that lid so discarded it and now I had a 11″ wide box that would work perfectly. Who knows? I may find a use for that lid someday. Lol I painted the box the trendy “graige” color with different layers of beige and gray and stenciled it. My box was now ready to hold 25 muslin bags with acts of kindness slips along with a little fiberfill to give them some definition.

I then used Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style paint (we sell and paint with it) and stamped 1-24 with it, using the cool brayer that came with my prize to coat the numbers and the color “Cupboard Green”. I stamped 25 with the color “Bordeaux”. These two colors, along with the vintage type numbers of my IOD stamps, gave my bags a nostalgic feel.

I stuffed the bags with a little fiberfill, then added the folded up the slips and my Advent Calendar was complete.

Don’t you think it would look great with the French Country or Farmhouse style? Or with any holiday decoration? And…..what a beautiful way to reinforce how important kindness is to our children.

I Didn’t Know You Could Do That With Laser Water Slide Transfers! πŸ˜±

I bought some of this amazing paper on Amazon and have made several projects with it. I truly love this stuff! There may be other brands out there and I know they make an Ink Jet Style, too, but I’m still using the laser printer package I bought do I don’t know about the others.

This is just my experience from using this brand. Also no affiliates here. I get nothing when you click on the link. I am just providing it up front because you know you will ask where I got it. Lol

I want to show you my recent projects (still finishing up one and will update when it is finished) because they are just too cute!

There’s another reason, too. I am here to teach you something I didn’t know until I did an experiment. It worked perfectly! Don’t you love when that happens?

But first….my projects.

Actually, I did two experiments, but aren’t my Mason Jar Fairy Lights just too cute?

I ran out of Mason Jars and still had one transfer I wanted to use, so I raided my jewelry box hoard (yes, I admit it … I hoard jewelry boxes and Ok…. furniture, too). I have to! I sell chalk-style paint so I have to paint all these things …eventually, so in the meantime I hoard. πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

Told you!

I found the perfect box, but unfortunately it had a screen instead of glass in the door.

So for this experiment, I tried sliding the transfer onto the screen. It actually worked! Once dried, it stayed in place nicely. So I learned you don’t have to have a solid surface for the transfer to adhere.

Now for the whole point of this post.

I mentioned I use laser printer paper. I also only have a black and white printer so when I printed the transfer and slid it onto the first jar, it was very hard to see, both with and without lights. So, I got out my colored Sharpies and colored in the tree. It became very vibrant and now shows up very well.

But I had already put this transfer on the jar. What would happen if I colored it first? I tried that on the other transfer. Since it was a permanent marker, when I put it in water, it did not wash out! Yay, my experiments were a success!

You never know if something will work unless you try. And when it does, it is always good to share your discovery.

I will post my Fairy Lights Box tomorrow when I finish it.

A Vintage Portable Coffee Bar. Why not?

This all started with a Chalk Couture transfers. I have fallen in love with these! To describe Chalk Couture it’s kind of like screen printing with a washable chalk paste or permanent ink. With proper care, you can use them over and over. And… I have!

I have especially had fun with the “Wicked Chicken” transfer. I have used both the paste and ink.

I used the chalk paste on this one

This one was ink on glass. See my post on baking picture frame glass. I put this glass in a cold oven set for 170 degrees. I timed it for 45 ovens once tempwas reached, then left in oven until completely cooled.

A SharSum Paint Tutorial: Experiment on Baking a Sign Created with Chalk Couture Ink on Picture Frame Glass

This was ink on painters canvas. I heat set this with parchment paper and ironed on medium heat for 3 minutes.

So then, I was ready to try coffee mugs. I tried just one first. After allowing it to air dry for 24 hours (an important step) I put it in a cold over and preheat to 275 degrees. I then timed it, baking for 45 min. I turned off the oven and left it in there until it cooled completely. The next day, I put it through the dishwasher. It came out perfect! Yay!

I used ink on this mug

I was now ready to make some mugs to sell in one of my booths. I purchased dishwasher and oven proof mugs and got to work. First, I thoroughly washed them with soap and water and then cleaned with alcohol. Note: if you mess up, you have time to wash it off and start over. πŸ˜‰

So cute!!!

But, they seemed kind of lonely so I decided they needed a coffee bar to go with them, but not just any coffee bar. I decided they needed a portable coffee bar that could be used anywhere!

I love repurposing and I just happened to have purchased a vintage metal bread box some time ago. It was the perfect thing! All it needed was some cleaning up and it was ready to be transformed.

The top was the perfect size to hold the four mugs. I also just happened to have four round wooden coasters. I painted them (including the cork) with one coat of the chalk-style paint we sell. Missouri Limestone Paint Company I then distressed them with some sandpaper. I did not seal them. They ended up with a great farmhouse look. I forgot to take a picture, though. You can see them under the mugs in the photos.

I then decided the inside needed a liner. Dollar Tree to the rescue! I happened to see a very cool vinyl placemat that would be perfect! I cut it to size and voila!

But, what’s a coffee bar without the fixings? I included an apothecary jar of ground coffee and a 46 year old vintage sugar and creamer set. How do I know it is 46 years old, you ask? I know because it is what is left from my wedding china and today, October 28, is our 46th anniversary! I sold the rest several years ago. Some people register for their china. In my family, I shopped at Kroger for weeks for my mother so I could collect this china during one of their promotions. πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

Then, imagine waking up early in the morning, making coffee β˜•οΈ at your new coffee bar and then waiting for that first cup in the early dawn light and looking over and seeing the inside your coffee bar glowing in light that you turned on when making coffee. Yep! I found a small round light at Dollar Tree. The kind with an adhesive back and you press the center to turn it on and off.

The final perfect touch was adding the word “coffee” to the roll top. The Rae Dunn look has become very popular in creating farmhouse decor so I found a font called The Skinny and typed “coffee” in landscape font using Microsoft Word. I enlarged it to fit most of the paper. I printed it with a laser printer on water slide decal paper and cut around the word as close as possible, but leave a small bit of margin. If you’ve never used this as a transfer medium you have to try it. Wow! The transfer comes out perfectly and adheres well. It is amazing! You can clean when needed by wiping with a damp cloth. Here’s a YouTube video I watched when trying this for the first time.


Here is my finished vintage portable coffee bar! It is available for purchase at: Midwest Trading Post in Hermann, Missouri.

A SharSum Paint Tutorial: Experiment on Baking a Sign Created with Chalk Couture Ink on Picture Frame Glass

I have become addicted to Chalk Couture and like to create items to sell. I recently used just the chicken and created a set of mugs using the ink. They are dishwasher safe as I was able to bake them to make the ink permanent. I know this for a fact as I made one for myself first and put it through the dishwasher. Came out perfect!

I then thought it would be really neat to ink on picture frame glass and then have different backgrounds behind the transfers.

Here’s an example of one I did before I tried the experiment. It seemed ok, but I really prefer the durability of it being baked on.

I wasn’t sure picture frame glass would hold up in the oven so I searched high and low on the Internet for info on baking picture frame glass and couldn’t find anything on it.

I decided I would conduct an experiment. I chose to use a low temperature of 170 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 60 minutes.

The results show it worked for me, so I created this tutorial in case others have the same question and couldn’t find an answer.

Disclaimer: I don’t guarantee it will work for you. I am just a crafter, not an expert on baking glass, but in case you want to try it, just know if your picture frame glass blows up in your oven or something, it is not my fault, so don’t come hunting me down. 😁

So, now, here is my tutorial. Enjoy!


Removable Decoupage Drawer Liners

Did you ever have one of those Aha! moments when you see a video tutorial and think…..I wonder if that would work on……

I had one of those moments today.

Sometimes I like to line the drawers of the furniture I paint as a little extra touch. I just think it is nice for the buyer of my furniture to pull out a drawer and see a pretty coordinated lining on the bottom.

However, I don’t like to decoupage right on the drawers as the new owner may want to remove the liners. So I have tried several different ways with different mediums and materials. Some were time consuming and some messy.

But today – I found a pretty cool process in the following video. The idea is to decoupage a napkin onto card stock to make cards and other projects. And…..the medium? Cheap plastic wrap! The kind you have in your kitchen. The lady in the video even tried it on a wrap around canvas and it worked.

So…..I thought….why not use decoupaged card stock to line my drawers?

Here’s the inspiration video and following that, photos of my drawer liner for a piece of furniture I am painting now. It only has one small drawer about 10 1/2″ square.

Paper Napkin Transfer Tutorial: from Purple Cottage Crafts


I thought I would practice. First I tried the foam board I usually use. This is the kind that has a paper covering. πŸ‘Ž Nope. It kind of bubbled. I think too much heat for the foam.

I didn’t have any card stock but I did have a heavy duty piece of paper that was originally a stock print in a frame I bought so I used the back of it.

I first put down a thin board to protect my work surface. Then I laid down a piece of parchment paper and on top of that, my practice paper – cut a little larger than I needed. I put the plastic wrap on top of the paper and smoothed it out. Then I laid down my napkin (right side up) and put the second sheet of parchment paper over the napkin. With my iron on a medium setting, I ironed about 2 minutes. Sure enough. That plastic wrap melted and bonded the napkin to the paper!! πŸ‘ Who knew!!! I lifted and checked every once in awhile and several times ironed more, but it worked! So smooth! Looks and feels almost like a piece of linen!

My practice piece is no longer practice. I cut it to size and it is now the perfect removable liner for my drawer.

For a larger drawer I will try poster board. I will practice and see if that works. I think it should. I will try tissue paper, too. That would be even quicker than arranging napkins for a larger drawer.

Hmm…I wonder…would it work on a painted book?

You learn something new every day when you take the time to look!

Crocheted Pumpkins

I have been obsessed crocheting pumpkins this fall. Best of all, I have had some success selling them and getting custom orders. I also have given some as gifts. My eight year old granddaughter texted me on her family text app and ordered (using the word please) one for her teacher and her brother’s. Lol. That means I will need to make one for their cousin’s teacher, too. 😏

My yarn of choice is chenille blanket yarn. It is so soft and produces a beautiful pumpkin. I have also used Bernat brand and recently made a large one with Mainstays chunky (love that and the color!) using a Q hook. I also have used standard size yarn and doubled it.

I have used a variety of items to create stems: drawer knobs, twigs, and sisal rope. I then use fall decor here and there to finish them.

But, the secret to these pumpkins is the pattern I purchased from an Etsy Shop – Simply Made by Erin This pattern was well written. I soon had it memorized. Thank you so much Erin, for such a great pattern!

Here are some photos of the pumpkins I’ve made.