Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
I had purchased a bag of assorted heart sizes from Michael's (I'm using the small ones) and I'm using Craftsmart brand paint, color is Holiday Red. So here I sit painting these small hearts asking myself what was I thinking?! My fingers are coated in red paint, and instead of seeing stars, I'm seeing hearts. Thankfully this stuff is washable or I'd be going to work tomorrow looking like...well, I don't know...messy maybe lol. Here's a picture so far.
Ok, I'm to the point that if I see another heart, I'll cry lol. Scott says that there aren't near enough in there. I told him grab a brush and some paint! Just need to make myself a label for the top...another heart I'm sure lol.
I started out with the basics: frame (Michael's $1.00), acrylic paint (black - $2.00 for that huge bottle), foam brush (a whole 7 cents), and of all things, a spoon holder for a palette. What was even better is I had a 20% off coupon for my whole purchase =) Anyway, I painted about an inch around the front, the edges, and all of the back because I have the type of friends that will prolly pick it up and flip it over, and I'd die if it wasn't all the way painted!! I had picked up these cute wordarts from Michael's too ($1.00). The catch is they're already painted. I should have sanded them down a bit, I didn't realize how hard it would be to cover pepto pink. What seemed like twenty coats later, I finally have it to my satisfaction. Just debating if I want to Mod Podge it or not. In this picture the letters aren't completely done just so you could see the lovely pink shade.
Now all the paint is dry, I've cut out my lovely rose paper, Mod Podged my frame, stuck on paper, and because I don't have a brayer (added to shopping list), I used his old debit card. I just coated the top of the paper, and I'm anxiously waiting for it to dry.
Well, it dried, and I hate the results. Because someone has borrowed my exacto knife, I had to use a box cutter and it made the edges crappy. So...out comes the nail files. I sanded down the edges of the paper, but I still didn't like it, and I didn't like the Mod Podge finish. I had bought an extra sheet of that rose paper thankfully, so I cut out another one, cutting out the center part first this time. Mod Podged it on, and still wasn't pleased. Used a coarser grit nail file on the edges, a little better. Then I had an idea. I painted around the edges of the frame and rubbed the paint a little for a distressed, inked type of edges. I so love it now, but I don't want to seal it with the Podge...
Wasn't quite sure still about the letters. I Podged the back of the frame and letting it dry to see how it turns out. So 20 minutes later, didn't really see a difference, so now I'm waiting on the letters to dry.
Used Gorilla Glue's Super Glue and glued the letters to the frame, and I couldn't be happier now. I just love how this turned out!!
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Yesterday I did a very bad thing. I went to Michael's. They had a one day only 20% off everything coupon, and well, you just can't waste a coupon now can we?! I think the most expensive things I bought we two starfish for a bowl that I have shells in. I bought a ton of frames, wood pieces parts, glitter, and these beautiful Christmas baskets (take out the felt with the snowmen and they are all seasons!). I just increased my to-do list by a mile lol. Have to get busy and start craftin'. Then as I'm typing this, I remember, I never got the ad in my email. Do yourself a favor. Don't look at it. Acrylic paint, vase fillers, and open paper stock are on sale!
Saturday, January 15, 2011
I've been seeing all of these wonderful wordles around lately, and I remember using it ages ago for something fun, but I've found new uses. I made one for my anniversary in shades of red and pink and printed it out on white cardstock and put it into one of those lovely Dollar Tree frames. I'm thinking though it's kinda plain. Scott suggested putting it into a smaller frame. Which means a trip to the dollar store because I don't want to have to dig through my whole collection to find a 5x7. I need other stuff anyway, so never hurts to stop in lol. I also thought about taking some rose petals and putting them in the frame too. I just don't know. Anyway, I thought maybe someone might like to use the wordle, so you can download it here. It prints 8x5 an a 1/4 ish. No, measuring is not my strong point. Neither is math. That's why I have a hubby. It's his job! If you make anything with it, would you mind commenting with the link. I would love to see how someone else can spice it up.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Goal #1: Ok, I'll list it...make an effort to dust off the ol blog on occasion.
Goal #2: I know everyone always says this, but I really need to find myself some financial stability on my own, and not have everything linked with hubby. Last year he resolved to pay off all of is credit cards and not charge anything all year, and dammit, he did it. Kudos to him, but I'm so jealous at his resolve. I'm going to start small, try to cut my purchasing of scrap kits and tubes down to a minimum, start paying off the credit cards, and maybe start a savings account. My scrapping could make a dent in the National Debt!!
Goal #3: Another one that everyone hopes for: do something, anything really, about my health. I HAVE to go to the eye doctor soon or you're going to find the print on this blog gettin' real big. I have a thyroid problem that I was treating, but have stopped over the last few years. Need to get myself going with that. I would also like to restart pilates or yoga. I did enjoy them in the past, so have to pull out those DVD's.
Goal #4: Organize and declutter. Actually I should have reversed that but whatever. I've been stalking so many blogs lately and realize after looking at their beautiful homes that I really need to get rid of some "items". There's this closet in Dawnanna's room that I don't think I've opened in years. It was supposed to be hubby's closet, but it ended up where he was keeping his nice clothes and then he outgrew them lol and I just kept piling more crap in there. So now it is (was) piled literally to the limit. I'm to embarrassed to post before pics, but lets say 15 bags of Goodwill later, I'm ready to start putting some stuff back in there. Want to do the linen closet too. AND the basement *runs away in fright*
Goal #5: Cook and bake more. Hubby so picky that I've managed to get in a rut with what I cook, and I hardly bake anymore. Last thing was Oreo brownies that I saw on Amanda's blog last fall sometime. I've collected literally a ton of recipes to try.
Goal #6: To decorate the house more, ok, maybe more isn't the word. Just to decorate would be better. The last few years I have become so lazy with it. The last two years we haven't even had a tree. We had one 3 yrs. ago, but not the 4th. We always used real trees and hubby doesn't want to go through all that, but he can't find a fake one he likes either *rolls eyes*. So I didn't decorate for Christmas *holds head down in shame*. When I get to the decluttering of my holiday closet, I'm going to be better at it, I may even post pics (oh, that's another goal).
So...I think that's it for now. Lists like this I know are always meant to be improved upon!!