I love to decorate boring purses, shoes, clothes etc with cute and eclectic pins, beads or whatever I feel for that day. My hubby has been creating denim purses from old jeans and is playing around with some ideas. I know.. I am the luckiest girl EVER!! My hubby makes purses :) I wanted to dress up the purses alittle so I decided to make some EASY flower pins so I can change them with my mood :)
I have been helping my hubby create a blog about our FJ Cruiser and some of our four wheeling trips. While helping him I decided to get creative. I had this canvas tote hanging around that I bought a few weeks back and I decided to jazz it up. I didn't feel like sewing or doing anything that involved tons of effort.
After thinking for abit and looking at my tote, paint I have never used and brushes that are still pristene I decided to paint a peacock on my tote. Before I get into any details let me advise you I HAVE NEVER PAINTED ANYTHING BUT FURNITURE IN MY LIFE! I have no idea how this tote will hold up or anything. This was a total spur of the moment... I feel like painting and crafting type of thing. :)
And here we go....
The first step was laying out my pattern. I free hand nothing! I have no confidence in my artistic ability when it comes to drawing and painting. I hope this will come with time :)
After deciding how you want your design I traced it onto the tote. I traced with pencil and when I painted lighter colors the pencil showed up. After i realized what was happening I did free hand the rest of the "feathers" to avoid another pencil catastrophe
After stenciling in your design now is the time to get super creative. PAINT!!
For my first painting project I am happy with it. My nest tote I paint I will nix the weird shadowing. Note to self... don't get fancy!
I am probably one of the only girls who will go through her craft room to look for projects to do while camping. Crafting is my way of relaxing. Before we decided to head up to Jemez camping I decided I wanted to make use of my time. I brought 2 books to read, some etsy plans, craft projects and other items to keep me occupied.
I was walking around Hobby Lobby and stubled accross these cute little make it yourself pumpkin magnets. They were 50% off so in the cart they went. I wasn't sure when I would do them and this was 2 years ago :) 2 years later I am sitting in a campground in Jemez making pumpkin magnets out of pre-cut foam.
I think these came out adorable!! I didn't put magnets on all of them because I am tossing up some ideas :)
As I am sure you have figured out by my blog I love to re-use and re-cycle. I have been working on updating my craft room for about a month now and I am working on a tight budget. I work in a financial services branch full time and one of my bosses (and friend!) has beat into my head "DO NOT PAY FULL PRICE FOR ANYTHING AND IF YOU DO IT BETTER BE GOOD QUALITY!" Jerome has taught me many tips and tricks for being "frugal". Before I realized how easy and kinda fun it is to be frugal I used to call him cheap. I take back all the cheap comments I ever made.
A few weeks back I was hitting up some yard sales in my neighborhood and I came across this bulletin board for $2. I couldn't decide if I liked it or not but decided for $2 I could figure out a use for it.
The first thing I did was sanded the paint and finish off. After I cleaned it well I painted 2 coats of "Rose" by Valspar. Same color as my spice rack organizer.
This was my first project where I decided to use crackle paint. I love the look! My bulletin board did not come out perfect but for my first project I think it looks pretty good :) About a year ago Lowes had their Valspar crackle paint on clearance and I picked up a pint of it. The trick was to use flat paints and let the crackle work its magic. A tip I have is when painting the final coat (over the crackle paint) paint it and LEAVE IT ALONE! If you paint over it again you will pull up the paint. Lesson learned the hard way!
Once the crackle was done and everything was dry I used a coat of poly and added some yarn flowers. Done :)
My craft room is still a work in progress but here are some sneak peaks!!
I *heart* peg board. This is painted the same color as my spice rack and bulletin board. I am working on trimming it out as we speak. Post to follow :)
Thrift Store clock. Was a bright gold color. Hats off to Valspar black spray paint with a gloss finish. SUPER CUTE against my pink walls!
Crazy thing I call a book shelf. Believe it or not it is organized!
Some of my craft room projects from previous posts
A few weeks ago I picked up two spice racks at an estate sale for $3/rack. Originally I was going to use both of them in my craft room as storage but my hubby stole one for the kitchen. I needed storage for my quick use paints and thread.
The first step into making over these treasures was to sand off the dated paint. The rack itself was in good shape :)
Painting the rack was a HUGE pain! I ended up using 2 coats of rose by valspar. This paint is a re-use from my craft room.
My finished rack. I purchased the glitter letters from Walmart in the scrapbook section and the yard flowers are a Michaels clearance. Sorry for the bad cell pics. I still can't find my camera. :(
More thrifty craft room organizing tomorrow.... Sneak Peak...