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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Shopping Our Stash - Challenge #212 - Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend

Hello, Crafty Peeps!

Well, I decided to sleep in this morning (Tuesday) and when I finally made it out of bed and to my studio, I found that I failed to create a post for the Shopping Our Stash challenge.  The project has been done for weeks.  I don't usually work ahead...I love that last minute pressure!  

Anyway, here is an upcycled Quaker Oats container that hubby uses to store bird seed.   I used my leftover scraps from my bird feeder project!  We keep it on the Breakfront in our Kitchen, so I had to pretty it up, just a bit!

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Shopping Our Stash - Challenge #212 - Don't Get Stressed, Get De-Stressed

Hello, Crafty Peeps!

Simple challenge  this week at Shopping Our Stash - How Do You De-Stress?
For some it is a walk on the beach, or rock climbing, or vegging out in front of the TV!  Maybe playing online games!  Whatever your de-stressing passion, we would like to see you attempt to capture that in a project.

Creating mixed media projects is my great de-stresser!  I love playing with paint, and the excitement of not really knowing how the final project will look is an elixer for me! For my canvas panel, I incorporated one or two of my favorite crafting techniques (Vintage and Decoupage) and then added some other de-stressors, such as listening to music, watching the sunset with my hubby, reading, and dancing!  When I stress eat, I eat fruit, so I figured a big grapefruit would be appropriate.  The word at the bottom of the panel is "Transform."  I think I put just a wee bit too much crackle!

1. Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the front of panel and allow to dry
2. Position Cocktail Napkin  (single ply) as desired, cover with Parchment Paper.
3. Use craft iron to apply even heat to the napkin.  Do not leave iron in one place too long.
4. Wait for surface to cool, then apply 1-2 coats of Mod Podge.  Allow to dry completely.
5. Paint and collage as desired.

Cocktail Napkin:  Fruit Expressions by Elise
Stencil:  Dina Wakley for Ranger - You Can
Distress Spray Stains: Cracked Pistachio, Abandoned Coral, Picket Fence
Ranger Tissue Paper - Musical
Stash:  Designer Paper Scraps, drywall tape, flower
Misc.:  Gesso, Mod Podge, Varnish, Parchment Paper, Craft Iron.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Wren Inn - Decoupaged Bird Feeder

Hello, Crafty Peeps!

Here is a quick post to show off the bird feeder that hubby and I did as a joint venture! :D)   I love animals!  I mostly love them outside and not inside my house, so bird watching is a good hobby for me.  I don't do the serious climbing mountains, staring through binoculars bird watching.   I like to watch from my kitchen or bedroom as the birds eat and bathe, and play.  
Birds, squirrels, ground squirrels, and deer, visit our backyard on a regularly.  It is amazing how they all respect each other's territory.  I am glad that we can provide a safe place for them. We put up one regular feeder and one Humming Bird Feeder.  The regular feeder has to be refilled daily and the Humming Birds are happier when they have their own space , so hubby went to Goodwill and found two birdhouses. He transformed one into a feeder and then asked me to "make it pretty!"   

We had visitors while we were photographing.  
The sun shade is a regular light fixture cover that we purchased at Home Depot,  I painted the inside and outside edge to match the the color of the house.  I also decoupaged a piece of napkin onto a square of kraft paper and used that on the center.  I die cut the Bird Branch and glued it to the front.  We purchased the serving tray at the Goodwill Store for ninety-nine cents.
I enjoyed this decoupage project!  The only change I would make was my decision to add a varnish coat.  The varnish was not needed because this is exterior house paint.  Adding the varnish darkened the color so that it does not match the benches on our terrace which is what I was wanted.  The transformation from plain birdhouse to a beautiful feeder was amazing.  


1.  Remove the front of the birdhouse!  Cut a piece of plexiglass to the desired size.  Leave enough clearance so that your bird seed will flow freely into the feeder tray.   We created a slope using a piece of aluminum. ( You can use a regular coffee can cut to the correct size.)  We added electric tape to the sides because we had a small gap.  
I don't know if this will work for other styles of bird houses.  You will have to decide.  We found our birdhouses at our local Goodwill.  $3.00 each.

2.   Cover the entire house with two coats of  Gesso.
3.   Applied two coats of  "Exterior" house paint to the roof and back: I used Sherwin Williams' Woodscape Exterior House Stain - Pine Needle.   I did not paint the sides because the white spaces on your napkin, will become the color of the paint beneath it.  If you want the color to show through, then paint the entire house.
4.  Apply Mod Podge to the sides of the birdhouse and allow to dry.
5.  Separate your napkin and cut the design to fit the portions of your birdhouse you want to decoupage.  Place the napkin piece on the area to be covered.  Cover with parchment paper and use craft iron to apply heat.  Keep the iron moving, do not allow it to rest in one place too long. Repeat on all sides you wish to cover
6.  Apply 2-3 coats of Mod Podge and 1 coat of varnish to the decoupaged areas    

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