Rocking Chair

Again I must apologize for not being around to post. Life is just a little overwhelming right now, but I will pop on and post when I am able. I was however pleasantly surprised to see how well our blog has been able to hold it’s own while I have been absent.

This one should have been posted either before Christmas or right after but obviously wasn’t. We found a cute rocking chair at a second hand chair and I wanted to refinish it for our granddaughter for Christmas! We painted it in a bright pink and black because I wanted to do a Minnie Mouse theme and then I used my Cricut to cut vinyl to decorate the chair. In my humble opinion, Grandma and Grumpy (our version of Grandpa lol) did a pretty good job with the second hand store rocking chair! (Don’t mind the background view of the disaster area I call a craft room right now… I have barely been down there since Christmas and it needs some serious reorganization… again)

Chris sanded it down for me, filled in any spots that needed it it with wood filler and then spray painted the bright pink colour on for me, I painted the black and did the vinyl! He did take pictures for me but I keep forgetting to ask him to send me the pictures so I can upload them…. imagine that! So…..

This is the rocking chair after all the painting was done….

And this is the picture after the vinyl of course. I just used a Disney font that I bought and downloaded and made a bunch of white polka dots for the seat of the chair. I was going to make a skirt for it out of tulle, but since they also have a cat I opted to forgo the skirt for obvious reasons!

The finished rocking chair that Kim has already sent me pictures of our granddaughter, Scarlyt, sitting in reading her books!

Sandie

Stocking Holder Redo

If I had realized before I did the “redo” that I hadn’t actually posted the original stocking holder I would have taken a before picture!!!! That shows you where my head is at right now lol!

Let me start at the beginning then….. a few years ago I saw this really cool idea for a stocking holder on good old Pinterest and just happened to have the materials, or as good as, on hand so I enlisted Chris to help me make it! It pretty much just took some scrap wood, a fence post top, a finial, a bunch of ribbon to wrap the “post” and some coat hooks. Chris did most of the “wood” part of the holder, while I did the painting and wrapping of the ribbon.

It turned out just how intended and worked perfectly for holding our stockings. I think there is actually a picture of it in the post I did last year when I made the stocking for my little granddaughter for her first Christmas! Here is that picture…. (I had to scroll way back through memory lane for that picture lol)

This year, again with the redecorating/colour scheme change, I decided it needed an overhaul lol! I ripped off all of the original ribbon, removed the coat hooks and base painted it with the same gray paint I used on the JOY sign I made this week.

I wrapped the post with that black check ribbon I have been using for just about everything lol (I bought a 150 ft roll of it from Amazon for $15.99) after the paint dried and then put the coat hooks back on.

As a side bar to the post I did a quick sort of “How To” for making a nice bow in 3 pictures.

Fold, the more folds the fuller your bow will be…..
Tie off in the centre with thin wire, a pipe cleaner or even ribbon for attaching to your project.
Fluff out the folds to make the loops of your bow until it is how you would like it to look and then attach to your project.

I made my bow and attached it to the project after it was completely dry. And here is my stocking holder….. with all the stockings I made a few years ago for everyone!

Sandie

JOY Sign – Do Over Project – Cricut Project

This is a project I actually started last year. I had some wood cut offs from another project and I thought I could make a little hanging Christmas sign with them. I got as far as base painting them and then starting to paint the word JOY spread over the three pieces of wood lol.. and that was it!

OLD PROJECT
NEW PROJECT

Insert new colour scheme in house and new colour scheme for Christmas decorations this year and my unfinished project lol… that meant that these might as well get an overhaul/do over as well!

I started out by base painting them a completely different colour than before… a shade of gray to blend with everything else…. quite a few coats actually.

My next step was deciding do I paint or not…. Not…. too many things to get done lol… I went to my handy and very talented Cricut to finish this project.

I picked a font and cut out the letters for the word JOY.

I adhered them to the now base painted and ready wood pieces.

And then I commandeered Chris’ big staple gun to attach wide ribbon to the backs of each piece of wood to hang them by… hopefully fairly evenly.

I used a key ring ring at the top for hanging and made a nice big bow at the top and now I have a really cute JOY sign to hang on the closet door for the holiday season and finished a project I started last year! Yay me lol!!!

Sandie

Fence Board “Home” Signs – UPDATE

Since I redecorated, the sign I made for our main floor doesn’t match any longer. I had to repaint it! Like I don’t have enough to do already, right lol?

I decided to paint it in the dark burgundy colour because it is leaning on the light gray wall.

I base painted the one sign with the dark burgundy paint, the cream coloured one on the left, with the green writing and let it fully dry.

This time I decided to do the lettering on my Cricut to save some time lol! I found a nice sort of scroll-y maple leaf to replace the plaid on I painted the first time and added that to the pattern with the letters H, M and E in Design Space.

I did the usual cutting and weeding and then applied it to the base painted wood and put the twine back on for my updated HOME sign!

Sandie


I spent last night having grandma time with my granddaughter and it was wonderful but boy did she wear me out lol. How did we ever keep up with our own kids way back when lol? I did get a post done beforehand but apparently forgot to change it from just being a draft lol…. here it is….

These were fun to make… and easy… just time consuming because well, the whole waiting for paint to dry thing lol.  I made one for the front porch and one for the Craft Room and I am happy with how they turned out!

Sandie

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Cat Christmas Tree Ornaments #1

I am doing a couple of different kinds of cat ornaments for the Craft sale coming up…. coming up way too soon for my liking lol!

For these ornaments I cut a bunch of little cat silhouettes and hearts to place on the outside of the clear acrylic balls I bought.

Here is the “pattern” I made for the hearts….

And this is the one for the cat silhouettes…

I cut them, weeded them and applied them one at a time to the ornaments until I liked how it looked.

Once that part was done, I removed the top with the hanging loop from the ornaments and set them opening side up on egg cartons.

I poured white paint into each ornament and turned it back and forth until the entire inside was evenly coated.

I turned the ornaments upside down in the egg cartons to let any excess paint come out and for them to dry.

Once the ornaments were dry, I put the hanging loop end back on and made a nice black and white plaid ribbon bow for the top of each ornament and cut some silver cord to finish them off!

Here is the finished ornament, all ready for the craft sale!

Sandie

Quick Cricut Project – Potato/Onion Bin Label

I figured that since I’ve redone just about everything else, I might as well do the same to my potato/onion bin.

I painted it with a light gray chalk paint to start.

While it was drying I went into the Cricut Design Space and chose the font I wanted. I was even able to find some potato and onion clipart type images and a few “swirls” I thought would finish it off.

When the paint was fully dried I attached the vinyl design I had cut.

Now I have a revamped Potato/Onion Bin!

Sandie

“Tide Pods” Pumpkin Containers

I have been saving the containers I get my Tide Pods laundry detergent in. I had no idea what I wanted to do with them, so I just left them on a shelf in the laundry room until I decided.

Last week I finally decided exactly what that would be! I was doing laundry and looked over at them and thought to myself, “they look a lot like pumpkins.” So that is what i decided to turn them into.

They would be great just as decor, or a great place to put Halloween goodies in on the big night!

Sandie

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Paint Pouring

The other day I finally tried that really cool paint pouring technique. Yes… it can be messy, but I made sure to have everything covered where I was pouring.

Maybe it was because I was only doing a small project but it wasn’t as messy as I thought it would be… and it was kind of fun!

This is what I started with.

I used my paper towel holder as a stand to hold the vase (that i gave a good cleaning to get rid of any dust from the store shelf)in place while pouring. I of course made sure it was well covered.

I poured the different colours I wanted to use into a disposable cup, one at a time. No mixing required.

And then I started to pour!!! I got Dillon to record the actual pour… sorry for the quality of video lol.

Then I just had to wait for it to dry.

While it was drying I cut some medallions similar to the back door rug I got to put on a little crate I painted to keep the stuff I like to keep beside my chair.

The rug

The vase took a little time to dry, but I think it was well worth it. The vase turned out pretty cool.

I gave it a coat of varethane, just to try to avoid the paint peeling off… and then my vase was done!

I love the look of the pouring pattern!

All and all it was a fun project to try and I know I’m going to try it again!

Sandie

Redecorating!!!

I don’t know why I put it off for so long… although washing the walls might be at the top of the list lol… but I am finally redecorating our main floor!!! And I am so excited to be finally starting that I thought I would share it with everyone!

Right now our walls are green. Sort of a bright olive green that I am sick of looking at. We got some new recliners and I told Chris I wanted to get gray ones to spur me on to redecorate…. so gray it was. They are so much more comfortable that our old ones and have given me the prompting I needed to get started!

At this point, it is only pictures but pictures that I can see in my head as a complete picture and I can’t wait to see if it ends up looking as good as I want it to!

Here are the chairs we got…. nice and cushy and very comfy.

This is the colour I am painting the walls….

I got this big 10 x 14 area rug for a steal to replace the light green carpet that we have now… I liked the way it had the streaks and fade, sort of like the recliners.

I ordered plain gray curtains…. (that I still need to hem)

A new quilt for the trundle bed that’s on the main floor…

I got some new cushion covers and a nice dark gray fluffy throw to put on our burgundy couch to try to bring the gray into it. I am still contemplating getting one of those gray fuzzy pillows for it too lol!

And I got a new rug for the back door, where the kitchen is to bring all the colours together…

AND…. I have finally talked Chris into the fact that our old buffet would look so much better if I chalk painted it a dark gray lol! I can’t wait to start that project when everything else is done!

Sandie

Another Quick Cricut Sign

I know, everyone is probably getting sick of my Cricut posts already… sorry 😳.

I had base painted this sign/plaque a while back with something else in mind. But… when I was browsing pinterest one day I came across a really cute Farm themed, free cut file and wanted to try it!

I’m having a lot of fun learning how to use my Cricut and hope you don’t mind me sharing this journey!!!

Here is the sign when I finished it…

And here it is where I ended up hanging it!

Sandie