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Thursday, March 29, 2012

More Easter Decor!

Easter is almost here and my house is looking pretty festive.  Yesterday I made these crackle eggs.  I used Rust-Oleum American Accents Crackle Creations spray paint.  I just took four cheap plastic eggs,  sprayed the black base coat on and left them sit for about an hour.  Then I sprayed the top coat on and they turned out pretty cool.  

I put some Spanish moss in a crate I made out of scrap wood.  The four eggs fit perfectly inside.  They almost look like real eggs.

 Here is my Easter tree this year.  I took some pussy willow branches and hung paper eggs all around.  The eggs are made with strips of paper glued on both ends then tied on with string.
Rustic Wooden Basket Easter Decor

Front Porch
Easter Decor
 Here is my front porch decorated with an old crate, barrel, pitch fork, pussy willows, barbed wire and a wooden basket(found at Goodwill) with plastic eggs and Spanish moss.  The Fresh Eggs sign I made out of drift wood.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Felt Board and Felt Pictures

I made this felt board for my son's newly remodeled room.  I found the cork board at a local thrift store for $1.50.  It measures 23 1/5 X 35 1/4 inches.  I bought a yard each of blue(sky) and green(grass) felt. 
 I stapled the blue on first and then cut the green in half to put over the blue.  I also glued the green on the front to keep it from coming off.

 To make the felt pictures you will need Mod Podge, a paint brush, felt pieces, and a photo/image.  I printed my pictures then Mod Podged them to the felt.  I also put a layer of Mod Podge over the image.

 Once the Mod Podge is dry you can cut around the images.
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 The shapes and the ABC's I just cut free hand.  I cut a little pond out of a dark blue felt sheet.  I also made some of the felt pieces(butterflies, farm animals, sailboat) out of stickers I had.  I just put the stickers on the felt and cut around them.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Oriole Feeder and Beautiful Oriole Photos

I made this Baltimore Oriole feeder last summer with my dad.  We took four boards and made a rectangular frame.  The bottom board we used a drill press to drill two holes for the little jelly(grape) cups to sit in.  Then we nailed a board on the back and put two screws in it to hold the oranges.  I used four eye screws and some wire to hang it.  
 Below are some photos I took last summer of some beautiful Baltimore Orioles.  They sure love oranges.  Can't wait to see them again this year!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

My Laundry Area

Thought I'd share this awesome icicle photo I took over the weekend.  It was hanging off of our garage after our big snow storm we had last week.

 I've been working on my laundry area over the winter.  It is down in our dreary, dark, dungeon of a basement.  I figured it could use a bit of color down there.  So I chose two colors to work with: Lime Green and Magenta.  There were these boards bolted to the walls to start with, so I got to painting them first.  I put up a shelf and a paper towel holder on the largest board above the washer.
For the laundry sign I found an old weathered barn board.  I printed the letters out on cardstock, cut them out, and traced around them. Then I painted them in on the board with, yep you guessed it, ivory colored paint.
Rustic Laundry Sign
Below is the other wall next to the washer.  My dad has some kind of air hose system hooked up on these two larger boards.  I painted the two boards and hung a laundry sign above.  I strung a mini clothesline on the pipe to hang my mismatched socks.

Laundry Decor
Hook painted with Crackle Effect Paint
 The below photo is of a stand I have next to the washer.  I'm planning on painting that over the summer to match the rest of the area.  And the basket I found at Fleet Farm(so cute I couldn't pass it up).

Monday, March 5, 2012

SpongeBob Birthday Invitations

I am so impressed with myself, I just made my son's birthday invitations.  The program I used to make them is called Photo Explosion SE.  It's a pretty old program but it seemed to work well for these invites.   SpongeBob is the theme this year.  We're having burgers(Krabby Patties), various salads and snacks, and punch to drink.  For the cake I'm making Camden his own Bikini Bottom cake and then I'm making Krabby Patty cupcakes for everyone else.
Here is a link to the cupcakes I'm going to attempt for the party, wish me luck!  /

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Old Bike Wheel Photo Display

I found this old bike wheel in my sisters old barn last summer.  So I brought it home and painted it an ivory color(can you tell I like that color?).  I've had so much fun changing out the photos.  Sepia photos look great on it and for Christmas I had photos of my son's first Christmas, so cute.  So now that spring is right around the corner I have some photos of my dog, Foxy with some beautiful flowers.  I also use some weathered clothespins to give it that rustic look.  

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Spring/Easter Decor

Here are some of my Spring/Easter decorations this year.  I just love this baby chick in a vintage birdcage.  The chick is made out of construction paper.  I found the birdcage at a local thrift store, I think it is made of bamboo.
Here are some book page eggs I made for Easter this year.  I just took plastic Easter eggs and Mod Podged them with old book pages.  I gave them a distressed look by wiping a little brown shoe polish over them.  I wrapped ribbon around and then tied with a piece of twine. 
 This garden/tool crate I made last year.  It is made out of scrap wood, and the handle is a birch branch.  I painted it an ivory color then distressed it and stenciled in the word GROW.  The other side I left plain so I can just flip it around and use it for other seasons and holidays.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Chicken Wire Photo Frame

Here is a chicken wire photo frame I made.  I just took an old wooden frame and painted it an ivory color.  Then I sanded it  in random areas to make it look distressed and applied stain to the sanded areas to darken them.  To apply the chicken wire I just cut a piece to fit the back where the glass would go then stapled it on.  Then I just found a tiny craft clothespin to attach a photo of my son, Camden.  Awwww, isn't he adorable.