Yard Angel

Meet Agatha, my yard angel. After making some other yard decor yesterday and seeing some cute angels in a garden group I’m in, I knew I had to have one. So I made her this morning…. all by myself …. with materials I had here and my husband’s power tools. Ok … his battery drill with a screwdriver bit. But “power tools” sounds better.

Head and neck: a thrifted cutting board
Halo: a grapevine wreath from Dollar Tree
Hair: bed springs he cut off an old mattress he found on trash pick up day awhile ago. It kept him busy for two days cutting them off. 👍🏻
Necklace: I made gold bells out of big pill bottles for a wreath I made at Christmas. Agatha wanted them for a necklace.
Body: a wonderfully rustic shutter a friend gifted me.
Arms: braces from an old chair
Wings: leftover pieces from my son’s new deck. They were already triangles.
Bag of flowers: tote bag from our trip to Amsterdam several years ago. Flowers from Dollar Tree. I will be changing that out to a watering can soon but I wanted a photo before the rain and the watering can is In my booth for sale right now. Lol

I gave her wings and arms a touch of paint to blend them in.

I screwed the pieces on (I even found that metal stuff with holes in it to attach the wings) and placed her on the hill by the pond.

Thrifting Is Even Better When The Items are Put in Use

Thrifting can be so much fun and when you decide what to do with your finds, it is even better.

Yesterday we made a plant stand from this metal stand that was in a storage unit my husband bought a couple of years ago (just like on Storage Wars Lol)! I had looked at this stand the other day and remembered a metal basket a friend had given me. Sure enough…. it fit. So he put the basket on the stand and secured it, then spray painted the base black. Voila`! Instant plant stand!

I have no idea what it was originally, but there were two of them. One is in our flower bed holding a blue gazing ball I made last year.

Thus cool urn thing was in the storage unit, too. The patina on that urn after being in the weather for a year! ❤️

When I posted this photo in one of my groups, someone asked me if the metal piece on the right was an easel. I hadn’t thought of that but I believe it is now it was pointed out. They suggested adding a frame and centering it over a pretty plant, etc. Now I’m going to have to try that!

I had to borrow my Portulaca (It looks so good right now and has really grown) off my big plant stand to get a photo, but I’m thinking of planting just some ivy so it will trail down the sides. We still have some coming up around the deck we can’t get rid of. Surely I won’t kill it.

Anyway…..it is so much fun making something out of nothing.

More Contemporary Boho

This is line art I created on glass – by tracing a print out with a metallic paint pen . 🙂 This YouTube channel video has many great ideas that think fit right in with this modern boho style. This project I saw on the video, by Katie Bookser, in particular caught my eye.

I printed an image from the site of free images she shared and placed it under the glass of the photo frame I was using. Then with a white metallic paint pen from Dollar Tree, I simple traced the image.

Once the paint was dry, I turned it face down on a unique piece of blue scrapbook paper I placed in the frame. In the close ups, you can see a bit of writing on the paper. With the painting face down, you can easily clean the glass.

This 8”x 12” frameless photo frame is very unique. The glass and contents pop in and out from the front. You press on the edges to release them. There is also a fun surprise under the scrapbook paper. I used a snowflake picture I made this winter. Repurposing are its finest. 🙂

Photos were a little challenging due to glass reflection.

I had so much fun with tracing line art on glass yesterday, I just had to play around with another one this morning. I’ve discovered I love to do this!

The graphic is from a free vector site called vecteezy. I did a search for face line art. I traced this graphic on glass with a black permanent ink Sharpie.

The tribal peel and stick wallpaper came from Dollar Tree. The nice solid frame is a Hobby Lobby one I thrifted from somewhere.

I painted the lines on the front with a silver metallic pen and the sides with black chalk paint.

This one is true bohemian style. So cool!

I was fighting reflections on the glass, but I actually love the reflection of the leaves in the first photo. And it’s a beautiful morning on the deck for taking photos. Honeysuckle must be blooming because I can catch a whiff of it every now and then.☺️

It was a rainy day yesterday and since rainy days are made for crafting, I had a couple more projects in me.

I was in Danny’s workshop area and happened to see this cute recipe box I thrifted so long ago I didn’t even remember it. Who knows why it was in there. 🤷🏼‍♀️

I opened it up and the lid has a little shelf inside to hold a recipe card. How cool is that! The wood was natural and I decided it was the perfect thing for a modern boho decor as well as many other styles.

I immediately knew I was adding some transfers to it and knew just which ones to use from some small ones I got at Dollar Tree.

Aunt Ada’s recipe card for homemade sausage seemed like the perfect recipe to display. I love how she titled it “Correct Way” and how beautiful her handwriting was. 🥰

I also recently thrifted this solid metal bird tea light candle holder. After immersing myself in modern boho decor, I knew I had to spray paint him metallic gold. 🙂

Yesterday was definitely “A good day to have a good day!” And it quit raining, and the sun is shining, so today looks like it’s going to be a good day, too!

I’ve been Learning More about Boho Decor and I am Liking what I See

I’ve been seeing a lot of the “boho” (bohemian) style lately! As I looked into it more, I have come to the conclusion that I really like the contemporary boho style, also known as modern boho or boho chic. I love the eclectic feel of using many different styles together. Although my Beatles themed guest room has that vintage bohemian look that I love.

I think I have been leaning toward the contemporary (modern, chic) bohemian style for awhile now with my love of natural colors, wood, elements of nature, and color. I just didn’t know it had a name.

This video really explains boho style well. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Nxe8-61WWaI

As a result of my research, I’m beginning to create some modern boho style projects in the coming days. I love that macrame and crochet is trending so I’m definitely going to making some coasters for sure.

This lady also explains boho really well. I think it is becoming very popular.

She gives away a free 8×10 print so I printed it out this morning and put it in a gold frame. Simple to do.

I printed her 8×10 botanical watercolor image and put it in a gold metallic frame. A simple project that will look great with any style, but especially with the modern boho (bohemian) Look I’m going for.

With the boho style in mind, I then crocheted a couple of sets of coasters from this free pattern: https://forthefrills.com/boho-crochet-coasters-easy-free-pattern-beginners/

A garden shelf display that shouts “SUMMER”! This could easily fit in boho decor or any style.

Dimensions: 15” wide x 15” high (with greenery) x 5” deep

Transfers and bird stamps were applied to this cute yellow shelf. Stain was applied for a distressed vintage look. Small, well worn clay pots fit inside the 12” wide 3” high and 4” deep inside shelf. Faux greenery hangs from the pegs.

I had started painting these 3 storage cases with metal trim some time ago but was not sure how I wanted to finish them. When I realized they would make the perfect Boho display, I knew what to do.

I painted them lightly with black and distressed them. The top I opened and filled with greenery, a beautiful green silk sunflower and a cloche I made earlier from a light fixture. I added some boho looking transfers and put a coral rose inside. I also added a crocheted coaster for color.

As I was crocheting boho coasters, I thought making a bigger one would look pretty cool as a wall hanging. So, that’s what I did.

I had also thrifted a little votive holder with a tiny ceramic bird. Keeping in mind the boho look likes metallics, I spray painted the base a metallic gold and added a little clay pot with faux lavender.

Yep, I’m obsessed with boho. I have 3 new Primula hot/cold tumblers. I had to boho them up a little with some transfers from Dollar Tree (sealed for protection). After all they are metallic and colorful!

That’s all for now. I’m sure I will have more coming up.

Shutter and Iron Wall Art

We had an old and chippy shutter. Danny cut it in half and sanded most of the old paint off the front so that what was left was a combination of natural and some old white paint. The back was painted brown and chipping off so he removed the big chippy pieces but let it as is.

Then, we had this iron vase holder. I learned it was from Southern Living At Home. He centered it and screwed it to the shutter.

We also had a tall wide mouth canning jar and a Bedspring. I put faux flowers and foliage into the Bedspring with the wider part on top and then placed it in the jar with the narrow part at the bottom. The flowers fit snugly into the spring and will not blow or fall out and the spring fit perfectly into the jar.

22 1/2” high x 16” wide

Pottery Barn Inspired Knotted Cement Rope

Ever since I saw a YouTube video on how to DIY the Pottery Barn knotted cement rope using air dry clay, I knew I had to do it.

Pottery Barn’s Knotted Cement Rope was priced at $89!

So…. last night while watching TV, I rolled some clay into approximately 1” balls and poked a hole through using a chopstick. This left a big enough hole for some thicker jute rope to go through.

This morning it was dry enough to work with. Theoretically, it would take about 3 days to dry completely, but I have painted air dry clay before it was completely dry in the past so I knew I could. I will still let it air dry now for 3 days before doing anything more with it. I used my aged stone technique to make the clay beads look like they were made of cement. I painted the beads with our Missouri Limestone Painting Company chalk paint in “Gray Goose”. I added some baking soda and kind of pounced it on to give the clay the texture of stone. Once dry, I applied liming wax then wiped excess off.

I knotted mine similar to Pottery Barn but added a tag on one end I had made. I thought it fit perfectly with my cement rope.

I am so pleased with how it turned out!

A Farmhouse Table and Chair Set

The farmhouse table and chair set we have been working on this week is finished!!

The top, which Danny stripped, sanded and bleached, has 5 thin coats of Varathane crystal clear water based matte polyurethane, yet it looks like nothing is on it. It has character marks but so pretty! The legs are painted white with 3 coats of the polyurethane.

He stripped and sanded the chairs and they also have 3 coats of the polyurethane. The chairs go well with the table.

It was a little difficult taking pics in the middle of the living room at night, but I couldn’t wait to take pics of this cute set! 🙂

Update: I’m still obsessed with the little farmhouse table and chair set we just finished transforming yesterday. Last night I thought it needed a farmhouse centerpiece so this morning I put it together.

I had made a white vase with a design on it some time ago using a clear glass vase. I first sprayed it with a clear matte sealer to help the paint adhere, then put rubber bands around it. I then sprayed it with a frosted spray paint. When dry I removed the rubber bands.

Today I arranged hydreangas I had dried. Some of the blooms on these hydreangas were huge! They are very fragile and need handling with care, but I have had them awhile and they are still beautiful. I love how drying them preserved the beautiful green and pink of the big blooms.

I am so in love with everything about this. I wish I could keep it. However, it takes up quite a bit of space in the middle of my living room and I have nowhere else for it. I would love to put it in a Four Seasons room …. if I had one. 🙂

Creating Aged Stoneware

Relaxing with my crafting. I can truthfully say I am going to be obsessed with white wax for a few days. I started yesterday and have already completed 4 projects.

Project #1 – I updated a duck that already had a lot of detail.

I’ve been seeing many crafters updating vintage ceramic ducks. I bought this one several years ago. I think it was from the ‘80s.

I decided to finally update this one. What a difference a little paint and Briwax Liming Wax makes!

Julie’s Designs and Signs has a great tutorial on painting ducks. I think the ones she painted may even be from the same company, just a different design. I basically followed her tutorial. My paint was different and my wax, but the idea is pretty much the same.

https://youtu.be/MN8eWuiwbNM

I gave the duck two light coats of our Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk paint in the color “Trading Post”. I didn’t want heavy coat of paints because I didn’t want to cover up the texture.

First coat
2nd coat

Once both coats were thoroughly dry, I covered the duck in white wax. I use the Briwax brand white wax because I’ve had it forever. It works well.

Once the wax was on and pushed into the details well with a Dollar Store stencil brush I have, I took a soft paper towel and wiped it off.

I love the end result!!

Project #2: Mexican pottery transformed to an aged stone look

After using the Briwax Liming Wax on the duck earlier, I started looking around. I have had this piece of Mexican pottery for a long time. The texture of it was perfect. If it wasn’t, from all the videos I’ve been watching, I could easily add some texture to my paint with baking soda to get the rough look.

By painting this piece with our “Missouri Limestone Paint Company “Gray Goose”, letting it dry, then applying the lining wax by dabbing it into the paint, making sure it got onto the crevices with a stencil brush , then wiping it away carefully, I was able to get this aged stone effect.

I thought I’d try some stamps on it after and they worked great.

I added a few more stamps and this one is going on my dining room table. I’m sure I will be making some more aged stone look vases, even if they once started out as glass jars. 🙂

Project #3: An Aged Stone Look Bird Hook

I just had to do this aged stone look again. I knew this little 3 1/2” w x 5” high bird hook would work as it is a textured resin material.

I love how the dark gray paint and Briwax Liming Wax gave it a bluish tint.

Project #4: A Oui Jar transformed into a little aged stone crock

I’m still playing with Briwax Liming Wax. This time I took a plain Oui yogurt jar and made a utensil holder for some cute dessert “sporks”.

I wondered what dark green under the wax would look like. I loved the color it became.

But first I sprayed the Oui jar with a sealer so the paint would adhere well. I added several teaspoons of baking soda to my Missouri Limestone Paint Company “Evening Shade”, a dark green. The baking soda will make the paint nice and thick and grainy.

I painted and dabbed it on thick this time as I wanted a lot of texture that would be like concrete when finished. I let the first coat dry, then applied the second coat.

Once the jar was thoroughly dry, I added the white wax, then wiped it off. Love, love, love this look.

I added a couple of stamps and filled it with the colorful dessert sporks. 🙂

This turned out so well, it will be available, complete with the “sporks”!

Decoupage a Dollar Tree Makeup Bag

I have been discovering all sorts of things to decoupage. This idea of decoupaging a makeup bag is the latest and greatest.

I ran across this Decoupage Queen’s youtube channel – Joan-Marie Domino. She has many great ideas, but the one I saw and had to try was decoupaging a makeup bag.

I was so inspired when I watched her tutorial. I had just bought 3 makeup bags. I knew I could find an idea on line and Wow! I sure did.

I found three beautiful napkins in my stashe I knew would look beautiful with the pink and gray on the bags. Friends had given me these napkins so I have no idea where they came from originally.

Her makeup bag was canvas. These Dollar Tree bags were kind of a brushed fabric and were plastic lined. Good for makeup that might leak, but…..not for the iron on decoupage she used on hers. I was afraid the hot iron would melt the plastic liners.

So I ended up doing regular decoupage, using Saran Wrap to help me push the napkins down onto the fabric. Here are the steps I used.

Step 1: Buy a makeup bag. These plastic lined makeup bags came from Dollar Tree.

Step 2: Place parchment paper inside just in case the decoupage medium goes through. I didn’t think it would being plastic lined, but didn’t want to take any chances.

Step 3: This step is important, according to Joan-Marie’s tutorial. Make sure you use Fabric Mod Podge. I assume it helps with not only adhering well, but also makes the napkin supple and keeps it from cracking.

I applied one coat of the Fabric Mod Podge over the top area of the bag. DO NOT apply to the zipper area. I let that coat dry well.

Step 4: I then applied a second coat and lay the napkin over it. I used Saran Wrap to help press the napkin (cut a bit longer on all sides) into the fabric. I tried to have a very straight line on the bottom edge of the napkin so that it went right up to the edge of the pink area. I let that coat dry thoroughly.

Step 5: Next, I trimmed the napkin a bit more then used a nail Emory board (sandpaper would work) to get a clean edge on the sides and top.

Step 6: Once dry, I added a second coat of the Mod Podge. Note: It will be tacky after both coats even after fully drying.

Steps 7 and 8: It is now ready for TWO coats of a clear matte water based LIQUID sealer. Make sure you use a liquid and not a spray. Let the first coat dry thoroughly before applying the second. I happened to have some wise owl clear matte one hour enamel, but any clear matte water based sealer will work.

Once dry the bag will no longer be sticky and the napkin will very supple. You can wad it up and smooth it out and it will not crack.

And …. just look at the beautiful makeup bags now!

Just A Few Crafts I’ve Done Lately – Part 1

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I painted and distressed this 6 pack of Dollar Tree eggs.
I went to an Antique mall and came out with some bargains. Then I had to go to Dollar Tree to pick up a cute little bunny. So, basically I just added some rub on transfer carrots to plastic eggs, changed out the greenery on a carrot I had, changed the bow on the rabbit, coffee died some white filler to an off white and mixed it with some brown filler and created this 6” high x 12” wide display.
The little stand alone Peter Rabbit was a little 3 1/4”wide x 3 3/4” tall vintage sign with a fabric heart glued to it, probably from the 80’s. Danny sanded off the top and I repainted it white and made a copy of Peter Rabbit from a book I brought with me, cut him out, glued him on, then lightly distressed him and the white paint. Then I sealed him with a clear spray sealer.
Dry brushed metal cross wired to a dropcloth covered wire wreath form. Wire hanger in back.
I finished another nursing home door hanger. This one is for a friend for the birthday of her friend’s mom.
I reimagined a little Dollar Tree birdhouse with paint and stain, then sealed it. I painted a little wooden bird and glued it and a little moss to the birdhouse. I adhered it to a birch round to create a 4” high x 3” wide display. The original birds house is next to it to show what a difference a little paint can make.
The little posey pockets look like they could be tiny tin can pockets I’ve been making, but they aren’t. They are made from cardboard tubes. I saw someone do this by cutting a tube about 2” long, pressing the bottom together and gluing it. I painted them white.
I took the white part of a napkin layer I saved and used various stamps I had to make my own napkin, then cut and decoupaged the pieces onto the little pockets. I added dragonfly stickers to the board and to the pockets and filled the pockets with Spring flowers. I glued them in so they would stay.
I gave the grapevine some white dry brush over the original color of the sign.