Naive Person Who Thinks I Have Skills: I have an art project question for you. I bought these ornate, fancy picture frames on craigslist and they turned out to be a yellowish gold color that doesn’t look good with any of my pictures. I want to either distress it or paint it (I’m leaning towards painting). Do you have any tips or ideas I can try?
Me Pretending to be Competent: I wouldn’t try distressing, just because that yellow color might still be visible (depending on the frame). If you’re going to paint it, since it’s a small project I would just go to a craft supply store and get a tube of acrylic paint that you like. Acrylic is the kind you can clean up with just soap and water, whereas oil requires turpentine, and also takes days to dry.
Acrylic will dry a tiny bit darker than it looks when it’s wet, so if you’re trying to match a specific color that might be important. If you don’t have a brush already, just get a cheap-ish one at the craft store. They should have the brushes grouped by what they’re used for, so just find one for acrylic paint.
I would take the whole frame apart (Edit: What I mean by this is separate the wood frame part from the glass and backing, so you don’t worry about getting paint on them), paint it over newspaper, then let it dry overnight. It probably won’t take that long to fully dry, but I can never be patient, so I always end up with finger prints on stuff where I “tested” it (Edit: This is completely true).
If you want to protect the coating once you’re done, you can get clear spray paint to coat it with. You can get different levels of shininess, and they have it at Wal-mart for around $3. Since it’s a picture frame, you might not have to worry about that. We use it on things that will be handled and moved around to prevent chipping. (Edit: Higher gloss levels make the object easier to clean. I have used clear coats on things I’ve spray painted as well, and it works great).
So there you go. Advice, basic knowledge, and the laziest blog post possible. Do you have
blog fodder crafting questions? Send them to me, and I’ll do my best to stay sober while I respond.
A few months ago, I conceived of a project to organize many areas of my house with one simple method: hang stuff up. Using only one board and some nails, I can create more organization for my jewelry, my closet, Hubby’s closet, AND the coat closet. Seem to good to be true? It’s not. I’m just a procrastinator. With my necklaces displayed and organzied I was fine, until it got cold here and I couldn’t find my scarves. All the pieces I needed had been cut and drilled. All that was left was final touches.
I painted all three the same color. I need to use this paint up, which was my main reasoning.
Nail placement is very important to this project. This one is for Hubby’s ties, scarves, and belts, so it’s ok for the nails to be closer together. (I smashed my thumb twice doing this, and I’m sure none of you are shocked. If you are, it’s probably because you don’t believe I only hit myself with a hammer two times. They don’t call me That Coordinated Chick!)
The top one has a few longer nails, and they’re spaced out to accomodate my think winter scarves in the hall closet. The middle one is for my closet, and will be holding bandanas, and whatever else I can cram onto it.
Here’s the hall closet one, all stocked for winter.
Yes, Hubby has a plastic samurai sword on his. At least it’s not on the floor anymore! (“That Clever Chick: Advice for all your weapon-storing needs”).
Look how cute mine is! I mean, everything of mine is cute, so this just enhances the cuteness. I love that even when I’m not wearing them, my cute accessories are looking cute and dressing up my boring closet.
Why keep things that are meant to be seen locked up in drawers or boxes?
I’ve been spending a lot of time lately crafting for friends and family, like the cake topper and wedding favors for my sister, Beans. This post is going to show some of those gifts, and serve as an excuse for not doing many crafting posts.
For Jessica, I made a tiny gnome head magnet (which is part of an on-going weird joke between us), and a box of Cadbury creme eggs, of which I did not steal ONE.
This is a necklace for my sis, Beans, inspired by a recycle poster, which is why the tree is made of arrows.
UPDATE: I found the inspiration pic for this:
This is a monster baby. I made it out of some fabric by running it around the sewing machine with no real plan in mind.
He’s wearing a cape with SB on it, which stands for Super Baby. He’s playing super heroes, with his pet cow.
I named the cow Moothusela. This monster baby was made for Kathy Phan-tastic for her birthday.
Nuclear explosion? No problem! Super Baby to the rescue! (The background is part of a painting by my super-talented Hubby). So it just goes to show, being friends with me has its benefits. I love giving handmade gifts whenever I can.
I guess you guys have figured out by this point, that I’m a little obsessed with skulls (as you can see here, and here, and here, oh and here, here, and here). I could wear a different skull t-shirt everyday for a week, and now, I can also accessorize with skulls! When Beans and I went to the thrift store, we found a tangled pile of mardi gras beads with skull and crossbones on them. Of COURSE I brought them home.
I simply cut the skulls loose from the rest of the beads, and threw those away. Yes, they are shiny silver, but that’s nothing some matte white spray paint can’t fix! A few of them, like those in the picture, were missing a bone or two. Hubby snapped the extras off for me, and sanded down the sides.
I decided Day of the Dead was the way to go with these (especially appropriate for Cinco de Mayo). I pulled out my paints and tiny brushes and went nuts! Here’s a mid-way through work picture:
And a couple of finished ones:
I used a fine point sharpee to do the detail work. The one with blood pouring out of its eye sockets is my favorite!
I just mixed small amounts of the colors I wanted, and went from skull to skull adding flowers, leaves, hearts, and other details. I just googled images of Day of the Dead to get inspiration. I can’t wait to do more stuff like this!
Several of these will be for sale at the Rockin’ Mama’s Day Celebration this Saturday, May 7, to benefit SafePlace. I hope to see you there!
Yes! It’s a crafting post! Aren’t you THRILLED? This one is awesome. I have tons of pairs of earrings, way too many for the earring holders I have. They are constantly falling off and making me swear, so I decided to increase capacity this weekend.
You will need: an embroidery hoop, paint, glue, and some kind of loose weave fabric, like lace or fishnet.
Paint the embroidery hoop whatever color your little minion heart desires. I happen to have at least a half dozen embroidery hoops laying around, way more than I’ll ever need to sew things. I painted mine black, let it dry throughly, then painted red glitter on the outer one. Having a lack base coat really makes red glitter stand out much better.
Next, put the fabric into the hoop. Don’t cut anything yet! Use the corner of the fabric, and stretch it across. Tighten the hoop as much as possible. Test your fabric by poking it in the middle. You want it to be taught, but a bit stretchy. You want to make sure it’s not pulling out of the hoop at all. Once you have that ready to go, keep the fabric in the hoop, and cut it away from the larger piece of fabric.
Now cut the fabric down very low, so that only a tiny bit sticks up on the back.
I coated the back edge with glue to make sure the fabric would stay in place. I don’t see how I could ever get the fabric back in place if it slipped even a little, so I decided to prevent that possibility. I used fabric glue, but I think Elmer’s would work just fine here. You just need something that will soak into the fabric, rather than sit on top like a silicon glue would. I let it dry overnight.
This is how awesome it looks now. The flower is actually a hair clip that had nowhere to live, and I think it looks great right there. I put all my black and red earrings on it, and I love it!
You can see why I needed a new earring holder. Yes, I have that many earrings. No, I’m not sharing. The other earring holders are made from Popsicle sticks and window screen material. They were made by my wonderful sis Beans. Yay! Closet cuteness!
Yes, our house is literally in the middle of our street. Hubby and I have been living here for about a year and a half, and this week we are getting down and dirty with home repairs. That is also the reason I am (unfortunately) writing this on his Mac. I can only see half of what I’m typing, so you’ll just have to deal with any errors.
We ripped out the carpet (by “we” I mean Hubby). We have bare concrete floors in the downstairs now, and it feels so nice and cool in this Texas heat. It is dirty right now, but that’s just until we polish and patch and stain it. This whole experience has led to some inadvertent detective work. When we moved in, the walls were bare white, and the carpet was seafoam green. Yuck.
The house is from 1983, but the carpet is not, meaning the previous owners CHOSE green carpet. It matches with nothing, and makes my beautiful moss green couch look tan (Dr. Stacey didn’t even know that it’s green). Working around the baseboards today, I found a tiny scrap of light brown carpet. Light brown! That means the previous owners (we’ll call them the PO’s for short) went from a sensible color of carpet to GREEN! Morons! It’s not that the color is horrible in and of itself, it’s that it matches with nothing. I can’t paint any of the walls anything other than blue, and combine that with green carpet and it would feel like I live in a fish tank.
I also removed an alarm sensor from the wall today. I don’t believe in paying a monthly fee to protect our free TV that only gets the Tejano channels. Under the sensor was a patch of taupe paint. This means they had greean carpet with brownish walls! Uck! It must have looked like the inside of a bayou that never gets cleaned out. (For you yankees, it’s pronounced BUY-you. It’s basically a drainage ditch with concrete sides to prevent flooding in low lying areas. There is generally stagnant water and at least one shopping cart in them. Houston is at sea level and therefore has hundreds of these, which is where it gets the nickname “Bayou City”.)
To top all of that, when we came to look at the house, their furniture was still here. The couch was maroon, navy, and yellow plaid. It was hideous on its own, but add it to the mix of green carpet and taupe walls, and that is one major stink-fest. I hope the PO’s are reading this so they can bitch slap themselves for their stupidity. Martha Stewart probably just involuntarily gagged a little bit without knowing why.
Did I forget to mention they installed flowered wallpaper in the bathroom upside down? It had flowers on it. Flowers grow UP. Plus, they didn’t even bother to cut the edges with scissors. They just slapped it up there, then tore it off by hand, leaving lovely jagged bits everywhere. They also did not smooth it into the corners, they just stretched it across leaving big warped pockets of air in the corners. You owe yourselves another bitch slap for that. I’m not even going to mention all that crap they left in the garage and closets. You selfish bastards are so rude, I hope a car falls through your new house.
If you are going to attempt home improvements by yourself, at least google how to do it first, and try to make it look nice and neat. This is your HOME. If you don’t put in the effort here, where will you? The idiots also caulked a kitchen window shut, which I then had to scrape open. Jerks.
Update: We just replaced our toilets this weekend with low-flows, and found more of the wretched wallpaper behind it! It pulled off easily, because there was MORE wallpaper behind THAT! Pictures will be added soon, once we reassemble our Evil Lair of Doooom!, I mean, computer desk.
A few months ago I decided to reorganize my “Office” which is really my arts and crafts room. There were huge piles of stuff everywhere, and it had basically become a junk room. As part of the clean-up process I discovered this shelf I had acquired at a thrift store. I LOOOVE thrift stores.
It was beat up, wobbly, and chipped, but I saw potential. I attempted to hammer extra nails into it to strengthen the structure. Unfortunately, I smashed my finger and split the wood. Hubby came to the rescue. He just hammered it back together, since there were nails already in it.
Proof I did at least some of the work myself:
The finished product:
Two coats of my favorite 1950’s turquoise blue, and it looks great!
My “Baby Animals” collection now has a home, next to my 1970’s embroidery, also salvaged from a thrift store. Sweet!