Thursday, July 28, 2011

Coasters for the new table! :)

Pin It Ok let me first start with WOW I have really missed blogging and sharing my crafts with you guys. We have been super busy putting on my Uncle's 60th Birthday Party. Don't worry we will be blogging our Wild Hog themed party very soon! :)

I have been wanting to make coasters for some time now but thought I should finish the table first. Now that the table is done, and I must say I am still very much in love with it! (If you missed the blog on the making of the table feel free to go HERE and check it out.) Now the table does not need coasters I do have about 12 coats of polyurethane on it and water will not bother it, but I wanted coasters! lol

I have to say these were very easy, VERY cheap, and so cool!


I purchased 4- 4x4 stone tiles @ Lowe's normal price $0.38 each on sale for $0.20 each.
A pack of cork coasters for the back, from Hobby Lobby 6- 4x4 cork coasters for $2.77
That is all I had to buy totalling $3.57 yeap that's right 4 stone coasters for $3.57!

First I had to trim my cork since it was slightly bigger than the tile.

I trimmed them slightly smaller so I wouldn't see cork all the time.

I loaded the cork up with E6000 glue and spread it out with a Popsicle stick.

I let them dry for about a hour (you will need to wait about 24 hours before you can use them) and then added my stamps.

Now I used the Memento brand ink because once it dries completely it is water proof.  Keep in mind water will run onto these from the sweat off the glasses.

****I just want to edit this and let you know that after a few days the ink was fading so I did restamped them and sprayed on a thin layer and shellac and all is well again! :)

I was going for a fossil look to keep it natural and I got it.

I love the way they look on my tables.

In the next couple of days I will share the transformation of my living room to a beach lovers paradise! :)

Have a great night!

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Paper Mache Tomb

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Paper Mache is an amazing thing, I learned this 3-D art concept when I was just a small child. As I went through school I learned even more about paper mache. I was the type of girl that really didn't care much about english or history, only art classes. :) If the drama team needed stage props the art students made them. And of course there was floats and other projects too. I really never stopped making things out of paper. ( I was even named the Paper Queen many years ago.) Birthday Pinatas have been very popular in my family. You can see Zechariah's 13th Birthday Pinata Here  When my church asked me if I could make them a tomb for the Easter Sunday Program, I thought sure why not, I think I can figure out something.
I started out by building a frame and covering it with chicken wire.
It is really good to have some great help. :) Once the frame was built we had to tare newspaper into strips. Then mix flour, salt and water together to make a thin paste.
This is just way to thick but my helper is just way to cute. LOL
Dip the newspaper into the paste, wipe off the extra and lay it on the wire. When you first get started you have to lay just a few pieces of paper on and then allow it to dry. It is a little tricky to get the paper to stick to the wire.
But it is very easy to get the paper to stick to the paper. Just keep adding paper a little at a time until it is covered making sure it drys well in between coat.
I decided to add some small rocks, just by rolling up paper into different size balls and covering them with the striped paper dipped in the paste.
1st coat of paint is black.
 It had to be built in 3 pieces like this so it would fit threw the door. The tomb stood 11 feet tall and 7 feet wide.
This is the stone that goes in front of the tomb, I have a piece on thin paneling on the bottom of the door to help it stand up. I placed a indented handle on each side so it could be easy pulled across the floor.
Next coat of paint was to add high lights, I just dry brushed over the high spots with gray paint.
Final coat of paint is white, I just high lighted again with a dry brush.
FYI this project took one month to complete, but didn't take hardly any money at all.

All that was left was to get it off to the Church, and these 2 guys enjoyed pretending that it weighted a lot. LOL This is Zechariah and our friend Pete.
Pics from another paper mache project just for the fun of it.

Hope you enjoyed this post, paper mache is easy and fun go ahead and give it a try. Coming soon a paper mache pinata in the shape of a wild hog head for my brother's 60th Birthday. See you then. :)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Good Sunday Morning! OOpse it's Tuesday...

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Well this is my Sunday Morning cake post but on Tuesday. I hope everyone still has there nails from nervously waiting for this post! :)

This one was for a photo shoot with a 1 year old. (smashing cake)

Beautiful birch tree cake

Cupcakes and a Groom's Firefighter Cake

This one was my cousins bridal shower cake.

And this beautiful wedding cake was for another cousin for her outdoors wedding.

Well there ya have it. Hope you enjoyed them!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Making the old, new, than old again! :)

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So, as you all know I am really getting into second hand store shopping. I have been watching out for a new coffee table at them. Well, on my last trip to the Salvation Army with my Girl Friend (that who is also addicted now) I found my treasure. They had it marked at $20.00 and it was 50% off furniture day. I was so excited I picked it up and carried it out the store all by myself! (after I paid for it of course!) lol

It had alot of age on it, the varnish was pealing, color was missing. Just not pretty at all, BUT it was stable and I feel in love with its legs!

See why?!?!? They were beautiful! I saw big hopes for this table! I had actually picked up a book at a flea market about a month prior and knew exactly what I was going to do with it. And this table fit my plan perfectly.

First things first, sanding

And more sanding!

I did this step outside because I did not want the dust all over or the have the varnish dust in my lungs.

Next I filled in the crack (that was routed in the table).

Oh and more sanding! lol

Then I went to my Mom's paint stash and found the perfect brown for the table.

I painted everything except the top (I have other plans for that), and it required 2 coats since I sanded it down to bare wood.

To be honest I could have painted the whole table brown and left it, it is just beautiful with the dark brown paint.

But I had other plans, remember I said I purchased a book?
Well here it is a Atlas from 1939.

The Maps

I picked a few that are personal to me, like Michigan & United States. Then I moved onto France, Wales, places that had cool maps or colors I was looking for.

I was going for a look of someone planning a trip and maps spread out all over the table, so I did just that.

I than took mod podge and pasted them all down.

After trimming the pages and looking at it for a few days I decided it was to bright for me. So before I put on the top coat I decided to add some color.

Using the same brown paint I painted the legs and sides with I added just a touch to my polyurethane and applied my first top coat.

Now I was happy and totally pleased!

See how aged and old world it looks now! I loved it.

After 7 more coats of polyurethane I finally got that glass feel on top and am totally happy with it.

The Front

and the back

My Mom seems to think the table needs a trim along the edge but I am not sure so for now the table is staying the way it is! I am totally happy with the table and it is so so cool and makes a great statement in my living room! It was so worth the time and $10.00 I spent on it!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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