Banner, Tutorials, Uncategorized, Valentines

Heart Banner 

I LOVE felt……fitting for Valentine’s Day. For this banner I bought several different colors of felt.  I took a marker and drew hearts on the fabric of different sizes but similar.  I then doubled the fabric over (so I could cut two hearts out at once) and cut them out by hand.   After I had them all cut,  I took them to my sewing machine.  Placing one heart after another,  I sewed them together down the middle.   Creating a long line of hearts. 

Being Frugal, Painting, Tutorials

Painted Chandelier

I am following the trend and painting my chandelier.  Originally I was going to go with a basic color…silver or black.  I found this paint color (Jamaican Sea) and loved it.

Up close
I took all the crystal off and painted it using a craft sponge brush.
Let the paint dry and put back the crystal.
That simple!!
Check out some more fun Blue things, including this…just click here.

Being Frugal, Kids, Tutorials

Back To School Backpacks

Kids are already in school.  I remember as a child summers going so fast, it hasn’t changed as an adult.  I love that they are in school, but I miss them.
For Backpacks this year we went to DownEastHome
They have these great canvas backpacks and lunch boxes that are seconds only because a company has made a mistake on monogramming. 
I took some scrap fabric and used my silhouette machine to cut out my kids names and initials.  You have to buy the fabric blade for this, but I love to use fabric so it was a no brainer when I bought it.
  1. Iron on interfacing.
  2. Cut out pattern with machine.
  3. Iron on fabric
  4. I hand stitched it to give a little extra strength.
  5. You’re done!

Family Home Evening, Painting, Tutorials

Family Home Evening Chalk Board

FHE Chalk Board
I have wanted to create this for my family for awhile and finally got around to it.
I found an old piece of wood in our garage from other projects.
Instructions for chalk board paint:
1/2 cup acrylic paint (any color)
1 tablespoon un-sanded grout
I mixed them together with disposable plastic cup and spoon.  I used a sponge brush to paint with.  Easy clean up.  The paint can dry quickly.  I doubled the batch and painted this piece front and back with two coats and still had some left over for my daughter to paint a smaller board.
While the paint dried I used my Silhouette machine to cut out the white vinyl for the lettering.
After the paint was dry, I placed my vinyl on the painted surface. 
Next take a piece of chalk and rub it all around the painted surface and rub off the excess chalk with a paper towel.  Done!
This was so much fun and really took less time then I expected!

Furniture Restoration, Tutorials

Rocking Chair Redo

Wow…it has been awhile since I last posted.  Vacation, sickness and just summer fun has slowed down my posting. 

 I have a fun new project that I recently finished.  I bought this old rocking chair at a yard sale for $15.00.  What a deal.  It did need some work and now it is all done!  Material and padding cost a total of $ 25.00.  So grand total for the new chair (to me) $40.00.

What you need:
1. Material of your choice.  I used upholstery fabric
2. Heavy duty stapler and staples
3. Foam square, I used 3 inch thick
4. Board that fits to your chair
5. Quilt batting
This board was on the rocking chair.  Not in the best of shape, very thin and broken.
Luckily my Husband is pretty handy for me.  He cut out my new shape with some extra wood we had around the house.
I forgot to take pictures before I started.  This was the size of foam I used.  I traced the shape of the wood then used a serrated knife to cut my shape.
Finished shape.
Place foam and wood together.
Lay foam own onto quilt batting.
Pull batting taut on ones side and start stapling (I start on one side in the middle and staple that side.  I then move to the opposite side and staple that side).
Corners are tricky.  I fold one side across and then pull the other side up and over.
This creates a clean edge.
Hammer every staple that you have to make sure it is tight against the wood.
Cut off any excess batting.
Almost finished seat.  I didn’t want to leave the wood exposed so I found some extra material to staple on the bottom.  With little kids crawling under things I wanted to avoid slivers.
I stapled this material and cut off excess then hammered nails once again.
For the finish material I folded the ends under to have a cleaner look.  Same steps as the batting.  Start on one side in the middle and then move to the right and left stapling. Then go to the opposite side.   I also had to cut off excess fabric along the corners.  It also helps to have an extra pair of hands.  My husband would pull taut and I would staple has he held.
Underside of finished seat.
My finished rocking chair!
Furniture Restoration, Tutorials

Furniture Restoration Part 2

Remember the Before….it’s starting to look better.  If you want to refer back to part 1 click here.
I need to remember to take pictures.  I had already put two coats of Primer on and waited a couple of days before I started to paint.  I started with my painting and remembered I needed to take pictures of the primed paint job.  (I will give all the information of products I used below).  
I had started painting and it was already turned over and I couldn’t turn it over again because of the wet paint.  But above is the primed portion.
Primed drawer
I wanted to add some color, so I spray painted the inside of the drawer after I primed and before I painted. 
Above: This has been primed twice and painted once.  I got a little paint on the stained top portion and I will go over what I did if you keep reading!
The painted drawer.
Close up of the paint on the stained top.  I need to be better about touching already done surfaces with my hands for support while I paint.
Not the best picture, but this is after I sanded the painted areas on the top and the sides where the tape didn’t do so great of a job.
After I sanded the top, I re-stained.  I didn’t worry about getting on the white paint because I had a baby wipe handy.  I simple wiped it off.
The wiped clean edge.
What I used
Min Wax Dark Walnut Stain
Zinsser Oil Primer
Zinsser Gallon Interior Oil Primer
Rust-Oleum Oil Gloss White
Spray Paint for Drawer:
Krylon Island Splash
Krylon Island Splash Indoor/Outdoor Satin Spray
Of course you will need Paint brushes and for the oil a paint thinner to clean the brushes if you want to keep them.
Part 3 The finished product will be coming soon!!!

Being Frugal, Tutorials

DIY Wall Art

I need something to cover a blank wall.  I need to make it inexpensive and quick.
What to do??
I built this canvas about 10 years ago.  I was bored with what I had painted on it back then.  So I spray painted over it with gray spray paint. 
Found some old material that I had tied into a long strand.
Wrapped it around the canvas in no particular order and started to spray paint.  I used turquoise (official name: Island paradise) spray paint.  For some reason I have recently really loved this color.
I sprayed turning the canvas after each coat, so I could get each side. 
And the finished piece of art!  
Now my wall is not so open and blank.  The thing I love most it didn’t cost me a cent.  I already had all the supplies. 
Even if I had to buy the supplies, the spray paint would have been $6, canvas $10 (or less with coupons) and material or tape maybe $2.   A project less then $20 if you have to buy everything.