Self-Distancing Crafting with SharSum Paint – Day 5

March 21, 2020

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100 Things to Do While Stuck Inside Due to a Pandemic

Today’s post is pretty easy. Thanks to USA Today, they have compiled a list for you. Stay safe and stay healthy.

Self-Distancing Crafting with SharSum Paint – Day 2

March 18, 2020

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Make a DIY Stress Ball (a Squishy)

We all have a lot of stress in our life right now. This fun and happy project is not only a quick and easy one, but if you are home with your kids, this is perfect to do with them. Just look how much fun I had playing with the one I made! And trust me, squishing it does relieve some stress. 🤣

Why not make some for the kids in your life, sanitize them and mail them!

My example shows a yellow balloon and orange and yellow play dough. But use any color you’d like. Don’t “stress” over the color. Lol

I found this type of play dough at Dollar Tree, but any will work. I share a link to some homemade stuff below. I can’t guarantee it works, but you can make DIY play dough. There are all kinds of recipes online. You don’t even need to add color. Or maybe you have some old “multicolor” play dough around that is still pliable. That will work, too.

For kids, another fun idea besides happy faces, is to use different colored balloons for all their emotions (joy, disgust, anger, sadness, and fear.) The Pixlar movie “Inside Out” would be the perfect movie to watch with kids at this time. The link to make faces to make with the emotion stress balls includes the directions for DIY play dough. The Dollar Tree play dough, though, is so much easier.

Supplies Needed:

* Latex Balloons – I used 12″. This is a good size. 9″ would be too small, I think. I got this package at Dollar Tree. If you want to do the Emotion ones, they also have solid color balloons. Walmart may also have them or any of the other big stores or party supply stores.

* Play dough of some kind – mine came from Dollar Tree.


* Pick your colors

* Start filling your balloon with play dough. The best way is to take a small amount and roll it thin. The shorter and thinner the better. (Thinner and shorter than the picture shows – see more photos below for size reference). I blew into the balloon just to open it up enough so I could hold onto the neck and then dropped the pellets in.

As the balloon starts filling ups, keep pushing the play dough away from the neck and toward the bottom.

* Keep adding play dough (the picture below shows the perfect size pellet) until you get almost to the neck. I used the whole little jar of orange and some of the yellow. You want to save a little room to blow a small amount of air before tying it off.

And that’s it! Be sure to blow just a small amount of air into the balloon and tie it off. You are ready to relieve some stress. Enjoy! See links below for DIY play dough and making the Emotion type stress balls (squishies). ☺️

Here is the link showing how to make the Emotions stress balls. It includes instructions for making your own DIY play dough. Click on the photo below or the link.

Books and Music – A Perfect Match

Update: These SOLD overnight! 🙂

This poor set of vintage bookends was destined for the trash.

When I spotted them, I knew I could save them and give them new life. I didn’t know for sure what that life would look like at the time, so they sat and waited patiently for me to decide.

Today was the day.

* First, I cleaned them well.

* Next, I lightly sanded in case there was chipped paint. There really wasn’t, it had just worn off through the years. Then I cleaned again.

* I gave them one coat of our Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style paint in “Vintage Linen” and let that dry.

* Once that dried, I applied an antique crackling glaze. I let it dry for over an hour.

* I then applied a coat of “January” over that. The antiquing magic started right away, crackling right before my eyes.

* Once that dried, I waxed it all with clear wax and buffed and then highlighted them with dark wax and buffed to give them an aged look. I then applied a bit of copper metallic wax in several areas to bring out more detail. Just look how the music notes seem to jump off the page now!!!

And now, someone’s soon to be trash has become a music and book lover’s soon to be treasure.

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A Robin’s Egg Glass Vase

Here’s a fun project using Missouri Limestone Paint Company’s chalk-style paint – MO Duck Egg and French Roast.
We have it locally at Gift Emporium and Half-Crocked Antiques, and we do ship.
Maybe, just maybe, painting a pint jar like a robin’s egg and filling it with faux forsythia or another spring bouquet will bring on the sun and Spring.  I was getting desperate here so made this one yesterday. 😳  ☀️ 🐦 💐 🐝
Do you remember flicking paint with a toothbrush?  Or is that something only weird people who paint do?  I remember “antiquing” an old vanity for our cabin and doing this when I was about 10 or 12. ☺️ 👩🏼‍🎨 🎨
1.  Pint jar or canning jar or any glass jar will work.  Dollar Tree has pint canning jars with no embossed wording.  I like using those.
2.  Important step…. glass is such a smooth shiny, surface it is hard to keep paint from getting scratched off.  Not with this trick.  Clean the jar well.  Then paint a coat of water based sealer.  Any brand will work, but I use Varathane water based polyurethane.  Let dry. This is the secret technique that really works!
3.  I painted the jar with two coats of MO Duck Egg.  A trick I like to use on glass is to use a stencil dauber and pounce the paint on.  It looks very textured going on but dries smooth.  Let dry.
4.  You might want to take your jar outside to flick on the French Roast with a toothbrush.  It’s kind of messy.  You might want to wear a plastic glove, too. Don’t get too close or you will get globs and lines.  Trust me.🙄  I had to repaint and reflick in a couple of areas.  Let dry.
5.  You will want to seal your beautiful vase with a top coat.  I could have used the Varathane again, but I used my favorite magic trick.  It is a spray Pearlized Glaze by Mod Podge.  I love this stuff.  It gives a kind of Pearl shimmer and is a great sealer.  This seals the paint as hard as concrete. You can’t scratch the paint off! I found it on Amazon.  Mod Podge Pearlized Spray Sealer…
6.  I glued sisal rope around the top and filled it with my faux forsythia.  Now, come on Spring!!!! Today the sun is shining so I think it worked. I have also now made two more!
Awww!!! There’s the sun!

Depression Era Vanity Gets A Makeover

I just have to show the final results first. Some pieces just shouldn’t be painted. This small depression era vanity is one of them. She only stands about 22″ tall, but isn’t she beautiful now she’s had some tender loving care? She is still soaking up her “antique improver solution” but I couldn’t wait to share her gorgeousness. I will share a staged photo of her when she is completely finished and ready to show off.

We stop often at St. Mary’s Antique Mall in St. Mary’s, Missouri when we visit our kids in Cape Girardeau. I have seen the display for a Missouri made antique improver product several times and often thought about getting some to try and finally did. I am so glad I did.

I used it tonight on this Cinderella vanity. The top did need a quick sand and stain but the rest really just needed a good drink!

Meet Kramer’s Antique Improver, made the old fashioned way in Sugar Creek, Missouri. They advertise all natural ingredients – two of which are ingredients my dad used when refinishing furniture back when I was growing up….Linseed oil and Turpentine.

The next photo shows where I applied it on the left panel. Pretty amazing.

Next is a full size view. I also applied on the left side of the drawer to show the difference.

A few more photos show some close ups after applying on all but the top. Waiting on the stain to dry before applying it to the top to protect the newly stained top.

The following photo shows the back of the piece, which has me perplexed. It is open and has a shelf. Is it secret storage? I need to do more research on that feature.

Stay tuned for the staged photos coming soon. Once this beauty is dressed in her finery, she will be for sale.

Working Together for the Common Good

Meet my friend, Cindy Beus, of White Iris Home.

Cindy and I first met online in a furniture painting course we were both taking as well as several furniture painting support groups. We found we had an instant connection. Even though we both live in Missouri, we are about 3 hours apart. We do, however, pretty much chat online every day, sharing furniture and painting ideas along with life as we know it. We have been fortunate to meet in person occasionally and this past September spent a week together on a road trip to North Carolina to learn more about painting jewelry boxes. We are serious painters! It’s not everyone you can do a road trip with, especially when a friendship is only a few years old, but it was a great trip. I’m pretty sure we did not stop talking and laughing, except for sleeping, the whole time. We met several other online friends there, including Canadian new best friends forever, Midge and Michelle. 😁 What a fun experience!

Cindy is an amazing painter as well as friend, and I have learned so much from her. Yesterday, she just finished and posted a lamp and shade she had upcycled and posted for sale in one of our Buy/Sell groups we help administer.

If you look closely, the lampshade has a Red Riding Hood theme. Isn’t it adorable? And it sets off the vintage lamp perfectly!

In an early morning chat I mentioned how close in color her lamp and shade looked to the color “Chicory” (similar to periwinkle) in the paint brand line we own and produce “Missouri Limestone Paint Company” chalk-style paint. Chicory is a color produced by the previous owner of our company, a very accomplished artist. He named it for a plant that grows along the roads of Missouri, often popping up out of cracks in the asphalt.

I happened to have a cute little wall shelf. So I painted it with our Chicory color, antique glazed and sealed it.

We thought it would be fun to team up and help make decorating easier for our customers. So we posted our products to several of our Buy/Sell sites and our FB pages. We then cross posted each other’s complementary product in the Comments. Be sure to join these two Buy/Sell groups and see all our products as well as other artists work for sale (do a search for Sharon Strothcamp Sumner and Cindy Beus).

Missouri Upscale Furniture Market

One of a Kind Redefined

Collaboration at its best!


White Iris Home

How to Paint on Glass with Chalk-Style Paint

  • So beautiful, right? Have you been frustrated trying to paint Mason Jars with chalk-style paint only to have it distress all by itself (meaning the paint chipping off at the slightest touch)?
  • I have learned the secret! All it takes is a water-based sealer and an oven. Keep reading!

    First of all, my inspiration for this project. I seldom have a thought of my own so kudos to those who are so creative and talented. Plus, I’m a teacher so it is just a part of me to share what I learn and acknowledge how I learned it.

    Love the greenery used on the Inspiration jars!

    Inspiration: is a site on Facebook. If you aren’t following them you should. Their morning post is usually the first thing I see and there are always great ideas. Here is the post for my inspiration.

    Painting on Glass: I’ve tried several different techniques, but this idea works great.

    Now, onto the supplies I used and the directions on how I created mine.


    The jar: My jar came from Dollar Tree! Price check please…yep $1.00. Who knew they had pint mason jar type jars with no raised lettering or images. I spotted these one day and thought…yes! I didn’t think to see if they had quart size so maybe they do. The lids are even the canning jar type with removable insert. Hello, popular tissue holder idea. See painting on glass link above👆🏻. The lady shows how to make those. 🙂

    The paint: Why the paint brand we own and produce, of course. Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style Paint “January”. But seriously, any brand should work, but I only guarantee mine because I tried it and it does. ☺️

    The greenery: I had the white frosted branches and don’t remember where they came from originally, but I’m sure something like them are available in most craft stores. The red berries are from Michael’s and the cute little pine cone is an ornament from Walmart. It came on a card of four.

    The ribbon and string: String I just had and the ribbon I used came from Dollar General.

    The sealers: Varathane Water-based crystal clear polyurethane Satin Finish as a base for the paint and Rustoleum Spray Lacquer for shine after baking.


    1. I cleaned the jar well. I then wiped it down with alcohol to remove any remaining oils. I then painted the sealer on (one coat) and let it dry. I used my go to: Varathane water-based crystal clear polyurethane, but any water-based sealer will work. Warning: It has to be water-based. You will be putting this in the oven. Water-based is non-flammable. DO NOT use oil-based sealer.

    2. I really love the technique shared in the link above for applying the paint. I used a foam stencil dauber to pounce the paint on. That way you don’t get brush marks and I love the look! I painted two coats and let dry. I did paint the bottom.

    3. Preheat oven to 170 degrees. Place jar in oven and bake for 20 minutes. Then carefully remove. It will be hot! Let cool. Then go ahead. Test it out. I had to. So I tried scratching the paint off with my fingernail on the bottom. Nothing!!! It was as hard as concrete. Yay!!!

    4. I then sprayed it with Rustoleum Spray Lacquer just to give it a bit of shine.

    5. I hot glued just a bit, in places, a length of string to the jar and tied a bow. I also used a bit of hot glue under the knot so it wouldn’t come untied.

    6. I measured and cut enough ribbon to overlap in the back, then spot hot glued it in place. I turned under the cut edge of the overlap and glued it down.

    7. I then artfully 😉 arranged my greenery.

    That’s it! I just knew this project would work with Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style paint. It worked perfectly. Oh, the projects that can be created now, with confidence, are endless!

    If you try this, please share your beautiful creations in the comments. Tell us the brand of sealer and chalk-style paint you used. Remember, all MUST be non-flammable water-based products.

    Happy Creating!