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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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 Didnโ€™t Know You Could Do That With Laser Water Slide Transfers! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

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. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

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 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. ๐Ÿ˜

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. ๐Ÿ‘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!! ๐Ÿ‘ 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. ๐Ÿ˜

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.

A Vintage Cast Iron Lionโ€™s Head Bench – Made Better Than New

Danny has had an obsession with refurbishing garden benches. I think he has restored 6 and has 2 others (so far) in his queue.

This is the state the latest one was in before he added his restorative touch.

As you can see the boards on this one were in pretty rough shape, so he bought new 2 3/4″ thick treated pine boards. He wanted thick boards to make a very sturdy bench. The sides were in great shape and had the lion head detail he really likes.

He took the bench completely apart then used the boards as a pattern to cut new ones, sanding all the edges smooth.

This bench had a metal brace down the center of the back and under the seat. He used it as a pattern to make 2 more for the next two benches he will make as they were only the cast iron sides.

He then attached the new boards to the sides with new carriage bolts.

It was time to torch it. ๐Ÿ˜ณ He actually saw this burnt wood technique done on a Flea Market Flip episode. He used a propane torch, held it close to the wood and “watched it toast like a marshmallow,” as he described the process. Lol. This technique gives the piece a beautiful rustic look and really brings out the grain in the wood.

Here’s a video I found on YouTube showing the burnt wood technique:


He could now prep then spray paint the sides and the brace black (covering the boards to protect them from overspray) and reattach the brace.

To really bring out the detail of the lion heads, he painted them a metallic silver.

This beautiful bench is very heavy and sturdy. It took both of us to lift it up into the wheelbarrow to move it. It is too heavy to carry far.

This vintage bench is better than new now and should provide some person lucky enough to buy it another lifetime of memories.

Yes, this beauty is for sale – $150.00! Correction. This beauty sold the day after he finished it.

Photos of some of the other benches he has refurbished:

This is the first bench he refurbished and sold.

This 2nd one was almost exactly like the first.

He painted this for one sonโ€™s birthday. Created a solid back on this one.

This one just needed painting. Staged with cutie patootie grandson. Bench belongs to his mom and dad.

This one needs more stenciling. His Alma Mater.