Self-Distancing Crafting with SharSum Paint – Day 7

March 23, 2020

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Today is back to some quick and easy crafting ideas. Let’s get outside for a bit.

Maybe you have been getting out and doing some social distancing walks in the fresh air. Why not pick up a few interesting rocks, take them home and paint them, then drop them off on your next walk so others can find them.

It doesn’t matter what they look like. Just the fact that someone unexpectedly finds a painted rock will make them happy.

But….if you need some ideas, here you go!

* Five Tips for a Rock Painting Beginner

* Rock Painting Guide – this site has ideas for the beginner or those with advance skills.

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Make a butterfly feeder for your garden. This site shows 12 different projects for creating butterfly feeders.

* Make a butterfly feeder for your garden

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Bird Feeders are always fun!

* Make a bird feeder from a plastic bottle

Self-Distancing Crafting With SharSum Paint -Day 6

March 22, 2020

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Today’s post is all about staying connected. A technology whiz friend of mind found a way to connect her whole family digitally and with 6 ft social distancing for a baby gender reveal of her 12th grandchild. It’s a boy! She will now have 6 of each. πŸ™‚

The following article (by Priya Parker) has some excellent suggestions for staying connected.

During this unpredictable and painful time, let’s invent creative, meaningful ways of being together apart.

From baby showers, kids’ birthday parties, choirs, or just staying connected, you should find something here that might spark a way you can stay connected with your family and friends.

How to Be Together Apart In the Time of CoronaVirus

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/17/opinion/internet-coronavirus-social-distancing.html

Self-Distancing Crafting With SharSum Paint – Day 4

March 20, 2020

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Life Hacks

Today isn’t really crafting related (although there is some DIY crafting) but many of these ideas can help make your life easier. More may be added as I find new ideas I like, but these should keep you busy for awhile as you are social distancing. Stay healthy! We will get through this together!

* DIY Coffee Filter Hydrangeas

This one is a craft. I’ve actually made one of these. It was fun to do, and really does look like a hydrangea.

* Fold fitted sheets in a brilliant way

You’ve probably seen this one before and tried it, but didn’t have time to practice with it. Now, you have plenty of time, so try again. πŸ™‚

* Command Cord Bundlers

Power cords hanging around all over your kitchen cabinets? These bundlers will help solve that problem. Can you think of other uses for them?

* Uncommon Ways to use common things

This is a Pinterest link. Ignore they spelled uncommon wrong 😳, and just watch the video. Visiting the site does not show these ideas. You can get a lot of good ideas just from the video. My favorite one is melting a candle over crushed ice. My aunts did a version of this with me when I was growing up. Pretty cool.

* Fold laundry 5x faster

You’ve seen the t-shirt folders in stores and ones you can buy. This is one you make from cardboard and duct tape. Just watch and learn from the video. No need to visit the site. Let me know if this one works. I will tell my laundryman. πŸ™‚ P.S. When the video is over, you can click on the link at the top to see more of her ideas.

Self-Distancing Crafting with SharSum Paint – Day 3

March 19, 2020

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How About Some Wine Cork Projects?

You may have been saving wine corks but had no idea what to do with them. If you don’t have any corks and want to make some of these projects, save this post and when you are able to order from Amazon again, you can buy them in bulk there.

I’ve collected several sites for some great ideas. Hope you find some you’d like to try.

One project, a wine cork planter (tutorial linked below) was one I thought would be fun to try. I cheated, though, and didn’t use dirt and real plants. I used what I had on hand so used dried Spanish Moss from Dollar Tree and parts of a faux plant. Local viewers….check out the winery cork I used. πŸ™‚

* DIY Wine Cork Planters – This idea is shared by none other than Bob Villa from This Old House.

* Wine Cork Phone Stand – A You Tube video shows step by step directions for making this neat little phone stand.

* Wine Cork Coasters – A quick and easy project designed to protect your furniture.

And last, but not least….

* 12 Life Hacks with Wine Corks – Who better to know what to do with wine corks than The Missouri Wine Board! They sure live up to our state’s “Show Me” slogan. πŸ™‚ There is a lot of other good info there, too.

Self-Distancing Crafting with SharSum Paint – Day 1

March 17, 2020

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Teaching was my career. I loved sharing knowledge. One of the things I love most about our small chalk-style painting business is learning new techniques for using our paint (Missouri Limestone Paint Company) and sharing them in classes, on Facebook, and on my blog. We still paint furniture and have quite a large inventory to go through, but we realize we are getting older and it is more difficult to move around large pieces of furniture. So, we’ve been transitioning to smaller items. This winter I have also been crafting quite a bit and have been thoroughly enjoying it.

We are in a crisis right now that none of us have ever experienced before with the Corona Virus (COVID-19). The last several days I have seen many posts come across Facebook with ideas, websites, apps, etc. that will help children continue learning at home as their schools shut down for the time being. I have shared them myself as I have four young grandchildren that will be home with their parents. I feel very fortunate my kids and their wives can all work from home. My heart hurts for those not as fortunate and with daycare closing their doors also. I have also seen some amazing acts of kindness from businesses and members of my community and others reaching out with very creative ways to help one another.

We must learn the lessons of other countries and follow CDCs guidelines by trying to stay home as much as possible to help break the chain of infection or at least slow it down.

So, to help combat cabin fever, I thought it might be fun to share some easy and fun crafting ideas. I belong to several crafting groups and stalk Pinterest all the time. I see many projects that can easily be created with items from Dollar Tree, Dollar General and Walmart. For now, at least, we can still get out to go to those stores. Just be sure to use hand sanitizer (if you can get it) before or after.

I will be making a blog post (hopefully on a daily basis or at least frequently) for simple projects. I will be posting supplies, tutorials, photos, etc. so you can make them, too.

Here is the project for Day 1. I literally can’t remember where I saw this idea. It was either on Pinterest or in one of my crafting groups, though. I also just realized that my first one falls on my dad’s birthday. He always got a kick out of his birthday being on St. Patrick’s Day. I spent a lot of time learning from him as he refinished furniture and we made gifts for family at Christmas. Happy Heavenly Birthday, Dad! πŸ’šβ€οΈ

I hope you will make a pillow cover and post a photo of yours in the Comments.

Make a 5 Minute or Less Pillow Cover

Supplies Needed:

* A pair of scissors

* A throw pillow. You will probably already have one you aren’t using or would like to cover

* A canvas tote bag from Dollar Tree. These are hanging up with other tote bags in the aisle where you find socks. There are about 4 different images on the bags, but I don’t remember what they are. I think one might be similar to the image below, but I chose the cute little hedgehog one. Walmart also carries plain bags in their craft department.

* You also might want to have some balloons, sharpies, and Play Doh (or make your own) on hand for tomorrow. Day 2 project can be with or for kids or something all of us adults can use right now, too.

This literally takes minutes to do and so easy! You could iron the tote, but I didn’t.

* Pull each handle up to the center so it is even and cut in half.

* Stuff the pillow into the bag and make sure you get it into the corners at the bottom. Then take a front and back handle and tie a bow. Do the same with the other.

That’s it! Enjoy your new pillow! I’m hoping my granddaughter, Lucy, will like this one. She really likes hedgehogs. And just think! It was only $1.00!

Are you more talented than I am? I think Walmart has plain canvas tote bags. You could paint something on one of those or maybe stencil it. The possibilities are endless!