Someone in our family was having one of those birthday’s with a “0” in it, and is also a little hard to shop for. The idea of a vertical chess board came into the conversation. We had looked at one on a web site, but it was pretty expensive, and thought, can’t we make one?
We started with a 40% off coupon at Michael’s, and found a 18″ x 24″ shadow box
We were in the process of having new flooring installed, and I asked our “flooring guy” Jimmy if he could help get the “shelves” needed and put them in place for me. But first I had to break out the glass in the frame, because it was secured to the front of the frame, not just placed in.
You have heard the saying measure twice, cut once? We measured at least 4 times, to make sure the shelves were the right size and distance apart.
Jimmy also put small spacer pieces on each side to help hold the shelves in place, and give the shelves stability.
Next the shelves were spray painted black.
The back of the shadow box was a soft foam board. It was measured off, and painted. We didn’t have to worry about the lines being exact, because the shelves would cover the top and bottom of the painted squares. Because the back was soft, it did absorb quite a bit of paint.
This is what can happen when you are always distracted by something shiny and sparkly, and have trouble focusing at times. It’s also when happens when “someone” tries to organize your craft supplies and puts the wrong cap on the cans of spray paint (because you are still using the spray paint, and leaving the cap off saves time, right that’s it), its about saving time.
I have been collecting and painting pine-cones for several weeks, and this was the day to finally put them together in a wreath.
I covered a wire wreath form with burlap ribbon, so the pine-cones could be glued on, knowing the wire form would give the wreath the stability needed. After all of the pine-cones were hot glued in place. I took the wreath outside to give it a coat of clear spray paint to add a shine and help preserve the project. I also had a burlap bow ready to place in the center. And that’s when it happened…..
The “CLEAR” spray paint can with a CLEAR lid, was actually BLACK paint. Luckily I started on on side, so only a few pine-cones got a spurt of black. Yes I know I could pull the miss-pained cones off and replace them, or repaint them, but decided it was okay in the end, and it does make me laugh when I see it hanging on the door.
This is not a mistake, it’s a learning opportunity! I will ALWAYS check paint before spraying a project in the future.
Using a few crates, carpet samples, rope and some nails, these items were all re-purposed into a crazy Cat Crate in a few hours.
We were going to recycle the blue tube as the scratching pole, but it wasn’t tall enough. We substituted the tube with tomato stakes. First we stained the crates with a pet friendly stain, and covered the flat board with a carpet sample (using a staple gun).
Then it was time to assemble. Nailing one crate to the carpeted piece, and the top crate in place.
We cut tomato stakes to fit as the scratching posts and covered them with rope, using a hot glue gun to hold the rope in place.
The scratching posts were nailed in place, and another carpet scrap was placed in the bottom….hopefully the cats will like it!
Sorry, but I just had to do it, as it is actually snowing in North Carolina as this post is being written. So with that in mind, I thought the door needed a snowman wreath. I started with 2 metal wreat forms, a 6″ and a 12″, and two spools of tulle.
I wrapped the wreaths with baby blue ribbon, but white would have worked just as well. Then cut 60-18″ pieces of tulle for the large wreath, and about 40- 16″ pieces of tulle for the smaller wreath.
Using a half lark knot, I then started attaching the tulle to the two wreaths.
After finishing the larger wreath, then I started on the smaller wreath.
After both wreaths were finished, then I used a piece of white coverd wire to atttach the two wreaths together.
And with that I had a Snowman! I first tried adding a ribbon bow tie and a “hair” bow, but wasn’t that thrilled with the outcome. So then I found one of my daughters hat and scarf sets from MANY years ago, and pinned them on instead.
A little wire to attach it to the door, and there it is, a Snowman!
After seeing a “pin” on Pinterest of a Red, White and Blue Bandana Wreath, I thought it might be fun to make one! Then to take it a step further, I thought, why not use pieces of fabric to do wreath instead of the bandanas. Here are the results:
Using 7 Red, 7 White and 7 Blue bandanas. Each bandana was cut in half, so the 21 bandanas actually make 2 wreaths.
Using 11 Fat quarters that I purchased and cut each in half, I was able to get the same effect with this dog paw wreath.
Here are the supplies. 21 Bandanas, and a wire wreath.
The bandanas were cut in half and attached to the wire wreath with a half lark knot.
THe 7 Blue Bandanas were tied together, then alternating red and white, using the remaining 7 red and 7 white pieces. Glitter stars were glued in place to complete the flag look.
Vega really wanted to wear a bandana too and pose for a photo!
Using fat quarters – 4 of the dark and 7 of the white. Each piece was cut in half with the salvage on the ends. They were then tied to the wire wreath with the half lark knot as well. alternating w=two white and one black print.
Waiting for Spring (my favorite season) is so hard! The birds are chirping, Dogwoods starting to bloom, and stores are starting to get in their bedding plants. After seeing something like this on Pinterest, I decided to try my own. Having a “few” clay pots around, I found three pots in graduated sizes. Made numbers out of paper to trace on the largest pot.
Wanting to keep as much of the clay pot showing as possible. I outlined the design with Slick Paint.
Then filled in the background with black acrylic paint.
I placed the largest pot, on a pot (to been seen behind the bushes on the porch). Then started planting with assorted bedding plants.
Then added the second pot, more plants….
And finally the top pot and a beautiful and unusual geranium.
I then added smaller pots to cover the “base”, and there you have it!It took about an hour to paint the pot, and another hour to assemble. Total cost was around $30.00-40.00 including pots and potting soil.
As we all hustle and bustle around, take a few moments to enjoy the season, and all that it has to offer!.
Each year I insist on a “real” tree, a freshly cut, formerly live evergreen Christmas Tree. One of the reasons, is so I can use the trimmed branches throughout the house and share that fresh evergreen smell.
This year, I ran out of containers and vases…..
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Wendy Jene Creations!
We spent two full weeks at Holden Beach, NC this past fall. The sea shells were plentiful. For Christmas we made Sea Shell Angels. With Spring and Summer approaching, I decided a sea shell wreath was just what we needed!
I started with a wire wreath form, and covered it with a burlap ribbon.
Then with my trusty hot glue gun, added shells of all shapes and sizes, until it was a full as I liked. I finished it off with a burlap loop and bow for hanging.