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. 🙂

* 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. 🙂 There is a lot of other good info there, too.

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.

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! 💚❤️

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!

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!


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