A French Country Riser

I’m an early riser and lately I’ve been creating projects. But today I was going to get an early start on cleaning. At least I started out with good intentions.

I was ready to tackle cleaning up my crafting area. But then I picked up a board. Not just any board. This board came from a very unique pick. You never know what something will become sometimes, but you know it will turn into something cool some day. Hence, cleaning up my craft area.

Macy’s in the mall at Cape Girardeau, Missouri was going out of business. They were selling everything, including fixtures……and this board. I loved the dark grain in it and the edges, so… it came home with me.

When I picked it up today to store it somewhere, I suddenly knew what it was going to be. Cleaning was going to have to wait. I had everything I needed. Paint, a stencil, feet, handles, and satin finish spray sealer. I antiqued the handles up a little from their original black. They were screwed into place after the

Meet a 6 1/2” x 13” French Country inspired tray. For decoration only.

A Pendant Light Shade Makeover

I’ve been looking at my pendant light in my kitchen and have not been feeling the copper wire basket I replaced the original pendant shade with a couple of years ago. The original was a tan color. I had the basket and didn’t want to buy a new shade. My kitchen walls are copper painted tin so it looked pretty neat with it.

But that was then and this was now. And now it seemed rather plain.

This morning, while browsing Pinterest, I saw someone had taken clear pendant shades and painted them with translucent paint and made little organizer bowls with them. Hold that thought because I see another project coming up. 😁

We just do happen to be the proud owners of 3 clear pendant shades. I’m not sure how we acquired them anymore. I checked, and the opening fit.

I wanted a turquoise shade. I had painted some Oui yogurt jars in an earlier project so I knew just how I would do it. Here’s the link to that project. https://sharsumpaint.com/2021/03/15/oui-jars-transform-into-faux-depression-glass/

This project didn’t take long at all. I’m an impatient crafter so, I helped drying time along with my hair dryer.

Materials used

I used Dishwasher safe Mod Podge. Not because I’m putting it in the dishwasher. I am not even going to use water when I need to clean it. I just like to work with it and like the glossiness of it. You can use any glossy Mod Podge. Just make sure it’s glossy.

Applying the first coat. I used a stencil dauber, but makeup sponges work great, too.
First coat dried. Used a hair dryer to help it dry faster.
Applying the 2nd coat
2nd coat applied and ready for the hair dryer.
2nd coat dry. I’m amazed every time!

Originally, I was going to remove the copper basket, but by adding the new turquoise shade, I like how it looks with the copper tin walls now!

Tiny Banner for Tiered Trays

A Valentine Craft – A Tiny Banner from Dollar Tree Dominoes

I’ve come up with a way to use these flat wooden dominoes from Dollar Tree! I bought some of these thinking there had to be a way to use them in crafts and this morning, it hit me….💡 Tiny banners for tiered trays…..or other ways you can think of.

I made one to see how they would look, but you can see they work great! I just had to share so you could run out and get a supply of these dominoes. They are generally in stock, but I did see you can buy anywhere from 4-32 packages online. You might have to pay shipping to your home for smaller quantities, but for at least 36 ordered, I think you can have them shipped to your store.

These dominoes are raw wood on the back and paper on the front.

The wood is thin Balsa wood, like the little wooden airplanes you put together. I cut this one into a banner shape with scissors. I tried a craft knife later, but strong scissors worked better. I sanded the edges smooth and drilled small holes for the baker’s twine, also from Dollar Tree.

To get the aged wood look, I painted both sides with white chalk-style paint and let dry. Then I watered down a little dark walnut gel stain and used a paper towel to wipe it on and wipe off. I did just a bit of white on top again. Just a bit. Then sanded each one just a bit. The sanding really distressed them nicely. I hadn’t done the final sanding on my sample.

I painted right over the paper. I did both sides, but the back is raw wood so I don’t suppose you’d have to finish it.

I had some hearts I cut from vinyl but you could also use stickers. Dollar Tree did have a lot of those.

If you use generic string or jute twine and removable vinyl, you could easily change out your banner for any season. Stickers might be harder to remove, but maybe not.

A Chalkboard Menu Planner

Don’t you hate planning meals and grocery lists for those meals, then think? Why did I buy this? What did I plan for meals? When did I plan to make the meals? A Chalkboard clipboard with a template stenciled in paint (or cut from vinyl) lets you fill in the name of the meal with a chalk pen and then wipe it all away, ready for the next week.

I purchased this clipboard from Dollar Tree and painted it with chalkboard paint. It may have come from Dollar Tree or possibly Dollar General.

I used a cut file I purchased with a commercial license from https://dawnnicole.co so I could legally sell the menu planning clipboards I created.

However, if you want to do this for yourself personally, the template is free for that.

I cut out a stencil on my Silhouette machine for this project and stenciled it with our brand of chalk-style paint “Missouri Limestone Paint Company” in the color January. You can also use permanent vinyl.

The first time before using chalk on it, though you need to prime it with a layer of chalk. Then clean it off. This keeps older messages from showing as a ghost image after it is erased.

I may just start planning some meals and buying some groceries regularly now. 😁

An Ingenious Craft Room Peg Board

I have been doing a lot of crafting lately. I have an area in my basement for crafting and when I first put it together it was good. But, it was closed in on 3 sides and I had nowhere to really organize.

So I have basically taken over my dining room table.

What a mess!

I needed to reclaim my dining room table and stop with the constant mess all around. So I started researching craft room ideas. I noticed many had peg boards.

I mentioned it to Danny about how overwhelmed I was with the clutter and mess. We talked about how to attach one and that several made frames to attach and then framed around them to dress them up.

We first rearranged the area for my crafting area by switching where we had a daybed. It is amazing how much that opened up the area.

He came up with an idea he was sure would work. He wanted to attach the peg board to two bifold doors and make it free standing. So last night we went to Lowe’s and purchased a peg board for around $20. I also bought a box of hardware for $13 and we have more here. We had two nice bifold doors with hinges someone gave us and got to work.

This literally took just about an hour to put together. We started with it on the floor. Danny was afraid he wouldn’t be able to get up once he got on the floor, so with my back that has been giving me trouble with sciatica, I put all of the screws in on one side and enough on the other until we could stand it up and he finished it up. As I was starting to get up off the floor, he provided some sage advice. “Take your time getting up,” he said. I gave him one of those long suffering wife looks and replied. “I don’t think that will be a problem.” 😂

I was a little leery thinking it might fall over but he assured me it won’t. I did make sure my table was up against it but I think he’s right. It probably would be good to add another door in the middle just for stability, but honestly, it is fine the way it is. It just has some movement in the peg board. I can’t wait to start organizing. Right now I am just adding things. I am finding Dollar Tree wire baskets work well.

I can see the TV fine when sitting at the table. I have one of those bright lights next to it. I have a refrigerator in my laundry room and I have a bathroom nearby. Danny may not see me for Hoya on end now.

Hmmmm.

Now I’m thinking there was a reason he was so eager to make this happen. Lol

I will add final pics here. I have several shelving units to go through, too.

Gnomes on a Clipboard. Why not?

I am a teeny bit obsessed with gnomes. It started last Christmas. I made quite a few of them. They sold really well.

So, of course, I couldn’t help myself. I have gnome fever again this year. I decided to change up the look a little.

Here are a few more gnomes I’ve made …. so far.

Refrigerator magnet
Bean bag type gnome
Paint brush gnome – just had to do this! Lol

My latest project is the reason for this post. I purchased the image of the 3 gnomes from the Silhouette Design Store with a commercial license. I knew I would be using them quite a bit, they are so darn cute.

So last night, I cut a larger stencil from contact paper with my Silhouette machine. I used it, a chalk paste mesh stencil of snowflakes, and my own DIY chalk paste to create this cute design on a clipboard from Dollar Tree I had painted with chalkboard paint.

I could have wiped it off with a damp cloth and used the clipboard again, but it turned out so cute, I sealed it with an acrylic clear coat and made it permanent.

It can now be used as decor or as a clipboard …. or both!

Stencil over Burlap – love it!

I was inspired by another crafter to paint and stencil over burlap sooo…

  • Dollar Tree 6”x 6” sign with beaded hanger (Love these – they come in natural wood and black)
  • Christmas tree wood cut out – come in a pkg. of 5, I think)
  • I have a stash of burlap bag so used a piece of one
  • Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style paint “January” (or any brand of white chalk paint will work)
  • Farm cow image printed on card stock

I hot glued the burlap on the back side of the sign. Worked well but next time I think I will use Emer’s adhesive spray. You could turn the sign back around later and have a different sign so I might glue burlap on both sides next time and do a reverse stencil of some kind in the natural burlap for a different look.

Update: I did do the back, too, stenciling a farm cow. I now have 2 signs in one!

I used the natural frame. I dry brushed a bit of white paint over it and the beads for a little different look.

I then used scotch tape and taped the Christmas tree onto the burlap to help hold it and daubed white chalk paint all around the stencil and the burlap.

That’s it! How cute! You can hang on the wall or even on a tree. These would make cute stocking stuffers Zoe Christmas gifts. Great project to do with kids.

Beautiful Lanterns from Light Covers from the 80s

Remember these? I love the beveled glass panels!

Our neighbors gifted these to us along with the fan/light fixture, another fan, and the fan blades for both. You’ll have to check out what I did with some of the fan blades already!

I have made two lanterns so far.

The first one I decorated for Christmas. I wanted a top for it and found a bell ornament that worked perfectly. I painted the light cover to match the bell. I used a candle plate with faux snow glued to it. I “planted” 3 trees to represent a Christmas tree farm and added a little red truck ornament and a tea light with a 6 hour timer.

Once the lantern was in place, I added the red berry garland.

I went Shabby Chic with the second one. I was stumped on how to make a lid for this one. But then I noticed one of my cans of spray sealer would work if I cut it down. I did that and painted it inside and out with our brand of chalk-style paint Missouri Limestone Paint Company in Vintage Linen and added a prism cut drawer pull.

I glued the lid to the top of the cover with hot glue and E6000 and used metallic aged brass wax to distress.

I also painted a small mirror, distressed it with sandpaper and added a touch of the metallic aged brass wax.

The lantern sits over a hydrangea bloom I dried and a tea light with a 6 hour timer.

Very elegant!

Now, to think up another lantern or two or three to make. 😁

I’m a True “Fan” of this Garden Ghost Family

Meet Gus, Gertie, and Georgie, my latest project. They are a happy garden ghost family….not scary at all!

Boooo!!!

Who knew when I bought a small ceiling fan with short blades at a yard sale several years ago, one of the blades would become Georgie. My original intent was to paint the blades for my grandson’s bedroom with a bunk bed, but never got around to doing that. So Georgie and his three friends have been patiently waiting for some action.

Then, along comes our neighbors doing some remodeling, and gifts us with a ceiling fan and a ceiling fan with lights. I’ve already started making lanterns with the light covers, and am now the proud owner of two different sizes of fan blades from this gift. 🤗

So what’s a crafter to do? And then it hit me….. make some spooky? families for the yard. I put them up against a door and Yes! I could see a dad, mom, and kid. Can’t you?

1. Prep – I cleaned them thoroughly with Windex, my go to cleaner.

2. I filled in the holes with KwikWood, my favorite wood repair putty, just so I’d have more of a finished look when finished. After all, who wants a ghost with holes in his head?

3. Once the filler was dry, I sanded it and scuffed up the blades front and back with 220 sandpaper.

4. Then I painted each side with our paint brand Missouri Limestone Paint Company in “January”, a pure white. I used two coats.

Smile for the camera!

5. Next, I free hand drew their faces on a piece of card stock and cut them out to use as stencils. I traced the faces onto the blades with a pencil, then used a black oil-based Sharpie paint pen to color them in.

6. I didn’t want them falling over in the garden and getting hurt so Danny found 3 4×4” blocks about 4” tall and screwed them to the wood blocks. These happened to be left over pieces of treated lumber he had stored away in the shed. He left a bit of the treated lumber showing just so the fan blade would be resting on the ground.

7. My final step is spraying them with Varathane SPAR Urethane to protect them from the weather. Fan blades are a manufactured wood product (MDF). Even though they won’t be out in the weather for a long period, this will help keep them nice for many Halloweens to come.

And here they are again! They seem so happy to be in the garden. I’m a fan! How about you? 🥰

Happy Halloween!

I’m now making two more families. These are for my kids. The first set is complete and has been delivered. We have Dad, Mom, sister, brother, and can’t forget the family dog.

Getting started!

Our granddaughter helped screw each one to a block of wood so they would stand up without falling over. A girl is never too young to learn to use a power tool.

We put mom and dad on a bit of a slant toward the kids. And here they are!

Halloween Deck Display “Tree”

Today is September 30th and it is a beautiful Fall day in Missouri ….. the perfect day to make a Halloween decoration for my Halloween Deck Display “Tree”. See my summer garden and fall displays below.

I used our Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style paint (colors: Crisp Kale, Coal Shovel, January, and Harvest Pumpkin) and Sharpie oil paint pens. I had to have an inspiration piece to look at or I wouldn’t have been able to draw the faces. This is the inspiration photo I saw that was posted by https://www.facebook.com/ReScapedotcom/ I found the artist and they are for sale on Etsy for $74.95. https://pin.it/7DjaZfV

I used the photo above to help guide me when drawing the faces on mine below. FYI – if I can do this anyone can. We sell our paint in 2 oz ($3.99) containers that are perfect for projects like this as well as other sizes. Message me if interested in a porch pickup of paint. We can also ship.

Here’s my version of these cute and easy to make blocks.

And now here is my Halloween Deck Display “Tree”.

I used a silver tray and glued to a base. The painted and distressed it and the candelabra. The skeleton head are from Dollar Tree.
4×4 blocks are 15”, 10”x and 6” tall.
Dollar Tree idea I saw.
This pumpkin’s face is a vinyl cut out.
It didn’t take long to turn off the motion detector sounds on these Dollar Tree finds.
Fall Display
Summer Deck Garden