Sunday, April 29, 2012

My First ASCP Piece!!

If you don't already know, ASCP is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. This paint is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! I have been reading a lot about it on other blogs and finally took to plunge and bought some. Then it sat on a shelf, because I was too chicken to try it. Not sure why I do that. I guess I was waiting on the right thing to try it on. I wanted to work on something small and this morning I found it. I forgot that I had a basket full of candle sconces and this one little shelf. I also started painting one set of sconces but am not finished with them yet. This is what the shelf looked like before.

Kinda ugly, huh? Well, I don't think so anymore. It's not necessarily my style, but I like how it turned out.

I painted it with the ASCP Antique White and then applied the ASCP dark wax. The wax really gives it depth and makes it so pretty. It is a little darker than what I thought it would be. After the dark wax was applied, I added some of the clear wax. Here is a closeup of the top.

Here is a picture of the shelf with a little staging done. The figurine was my grandmother's. It looks at home on the shelf, so maybe it really is my style after all.

Another project that I started on today is a little tray. It is almost finished and I will share as soon as it is done. Until next time....

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Coffee Sign on Canvas

This is the canvas I created for Amber to give in her secret sister swap. She said that the girl likes coffee and the colors turqoise and coral. We decided on a canvas since that's my latest craze, lol. I can't help it, they are so much fun to do!!

 I used this as my inspiration

I started with a 12 x 15 canvas that I painted the top a cream color and the bottom turqoise. I Mod Podged scrunched up coffee filters all over the canvas, but it toned down the turquoise paint color too much. So, I added some more turquoise paint over the top. I rubbed a cream colored ink pad all over the canvas to add some dimension. Ahhh, much better!!! I cut the "coffee" letters and the coffee cup out with my Cricut (lovin' that thing!!) The coffee cup was actually supposed to be a watering can, but I cut away some pieces to make it look like a coffee cup. I added a "B" to the coffee cup to personalize it (her last name starts with a B). For the coffee pot, I found a Google image and traced it directly off my computer screen. Then I transferred that image to my piece of scrapbook paper. The paper I used wasn't quite as coral colored as I wanted, so I added some coral paint to it. That also helped to make it a little more sturdy to glue it to the canvas. I stamped a flower motif to the coffee pot to pretty it up some. Before I glued the cup and pot down, I painted a darker blue line to represent the shadow (just like in the inspiration piece). I so love this canvas! I may just have to make myself one!! I am even thinking of making some and posting in my Etsy shop. I haven't put anything in my Etsy shop in so long, it probably doesn't know who I am anymore, lol.

Well, that's all for me today! Hope ya'll have a great week ahead!!
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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Happy Wreath

Good morning!! I have been quite busy in the craft building this week. I finally got all the paint chips glued down on the work table and will be adding layers and layers of poly later today. Can't wait for that project to be complete!! Earlier this week I made this wreath. It is hanging on my craft building door. It's so bright and cheerful. And happy because it says so, lol.

I picked the happiest, colorful flowers I could find (they were 1/2 off at AC Moore!!) I love the blue daisies, especially. I made the "happy" banner out of some leftover drop cloth canvas. I cut the canvas with a banner die cut, stamped the letters and then sewed each piece onto the red gingham ribbon. The bow is made from white mesh ribbon and strips of blue fabric gathered together and attached to the center of the white bow to add a little color. Here's a closeup of the banner.

 I have also been working on a canvas piece that I am so excited about. Amber (my oldest daughter, you know the one that gave me my beautiful granddaughter!) asked me to create something for a secret sister swap she is in. She said the girl likes coffee and the colors turqoise and coral. Wait until you see what I came up with!!! It is so darn cute that I might have to make one for me!

Well, off the finish that table!! Until next time...

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Ruffle Bag

I made this a few weeks ago and forgot to post it. Well, I forgot to take pictures of it to write a post about it. Everytime I thought about it, another thought got in the way, lol. Does that happen to you? I hope I'm not the only one who gets sidetracked. I am also a procrastinator, but that's a whole other story! So anyway, I had this idea swirling around in my head for a while. I even had the little canvas bag (purchased at Walmart) just sitting and waiting patiently to be transformed for a while. I needed the "right" material to make it cute. When we were on vacation in Gatlinburg, TN, I went to Joanne's Fabrics to waste some time while the guys were go-cart riding. I looked and looked at probably every bolt of fabric in the place. I finally picked out several different ones that I knew would coordinate well together. I have never sewn a lot, so I know that I probably did not do it like other sewers would do it, but I think it's cute. I pinned all the ruffles and sewed it directly to the bag. I started with the bottom ruffle and worked my way to the top. The top ruffle fabric is my favorite as I love pink flamingoes. I have had that piece of fabric for a couple of years, waiting on the right project. I think it's perfect for this bag. I wanted a bag that I could take to yard sales or flea markets or to throw some magazines in it for a trip. It came in handy when we went to Hilton Head for Dakota's Special Olympics Tennis Tournament trip. It holds a lot of stuff! My laptop fits, but is a little too heavy for it. I thought about changing the straps on it, but they were sewn on really well! I may add some longer straps to maybe use as a messenger type bag, but for now, it works just fine the way it is.

I am still working on the work table in my craft building. Like I said earlier, I am a bit of a procrastinator. I tell my self that I will work on it after work but that never seems to happen. So it's been a weekend project that is lasting more weekends that it should. This weekend will be the last, except for adding the coats of poly. Then I can share the complete project with you! I will be so happy when the craft building is all organized and pretty! Then I can work on making things that the craftt building was built for, lol!

Until next time...
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