Shared Kindness…

 (project tutorial at Bottom of Post)

Blessings are the Harvest of Kindness

When I create, I create projects for a variety of reasons. 

Sometimes the project helps me tell a story. 

This particular project reminded me of a sweet exchange that happened between

my mom and a stranger several years ago. 

Just a reminder… World Kindness Day is November 13th. 

Please take a moment to spread a little kindness.

Shared kindness…

After eating lunch with my parents and sister at the local Steak and Shake,

Dad got up to pay the bill at the counter.  I stayed back to help Mom. 

When Mom got up, she noticed a lady sitting at a nearby table and said: “I know her”. 

Mom was in later stages of dementia, so I questioned her, “I don’t think we do Mom” I said. 

As I was trying to get her to leave, she said:  “I want to talk to her, I know her.” 

The lady must have heard us and looked up.  I quietly asked, “Does she know you?” 

Mom had worked at a school for many years and she knew a lot of people that I didn’t.

The lady shook her head no.

Then without missing a beat, the lady got up, put my mom’s hand in hers and said:

“So, you think you know me?” and introduced herself.

After Mom struggled to get her name out, the woman smiled and said: “so nice to meet you”.

And with that, my mom was happy and left the restaurant with a smile on her face.

It only took a minute for this sweet woman to make a difference.

Mom’s been gone for a while now, but, It’s something I’ve never forgotten.

To create the Wood Plaque…

Supplies used:                                  (*affiliate link)

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Directions:

  • Lightly sand the wooden rectangle with the sanding block to prepare the surface for paint.
  • Paint four horizontal autumn hued stripes on the wood.
  • With a flat dry brush blend the colors together to create a “Fall Rainbow”.
  • Lightly sand over the painted surface to smooth the grain of the wood.

  • Using an electronic die cutting machine, I cut the words.
  • Using a weeding tool carefully remove the negative spaces in and around the letters.
  • Place a piece of Vinyl Transfer Tape* over the letters.  Rub over the letters using a vinyl scraper tool to help the vinyl cling
  • Apply words onto a small wood rectangle.


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Faux Barn Wood Pumpkin

Add a little Joy to your Fall Home Décor with this quick and easy Fall Centerpiece.

I decided that I wanted to make something new to decorate my mantel for fall this year.

So…I made a quick (or not so quick) trip to my local Hobby Lobby.

While there, I found this unfinished wood pumpkin and a fall floral pick (among other things).

It went together really quick, I had it painted and put together in no time.

To be honest, the project didn’t turn out exactly how I envisioned in my head,

I think it turned out better.  (my original thought was to paint it in soft muted fall colors)

The best part of the whole process was…

this simple wood painted pumpkin inspired my son to spend the next few hours arranging

and rearranging my mantels until he got them just perfect.  (and that makes me happy!)

Faux Barn Wood Pumpkin Supplies Needed:

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Create the look of old barn wood using a wood pumpkin cut-out and acyrlic paint.

Directions:

  • Paint the wood pumpkin with brown acrylic paint.  Make sure to get down into the grooves.
  • After the brown paint has dried paint the sections of the pumpkin with alternating colors.
  • Sand the pumpkin with a fine grit sandpaper* to distress and smooth the wood.

Glue the embroidered letters and floral pick onto the wood pumpkin with Beacon 3 in 1 Glue*.

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Faux Barn Wood Pumpkin

  • Create a bow with sheer ribbon tied in the center with twine and glue onto the top of the pumpkin for the finishing touch.

A quick and easy Fall Centerpiece for my mantel.  

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A Kid Sized Makeover

Mini Park Bench before

Mini Park Bench Makeover

Tucked away beside my porch, next to my hydrangeas, was a wobbly, forgotten little park bench.

It had been left out all winter and hadn’t weathered very well.

I picked up the little bench a few years ago at a yard sale when it was still in good shape.

The bench has nice metal frame and a cute jungle theme inset. 

I knew with a little tender loving care the bench could be almost as good as new.

I carefully took the bench apart and gave it a light sanding to get rid of the rust and grim.

I painted the frame with Rust-Oleum Dark Gray Paint and Primer*.

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DecoArt Color Stain

I had a difficult time choosing which color I wanted to use so I created a color sample board.

In the end I went with white.    (bird poop doesn’t show up as much on white)

The wood slats were painted with DecoArt White Americana Decor Color Stain*.

DecoArt Color Stain has a semi-transparent, satin sheen for enhancing wood, concrete, terra cotta, and other surfaces that can be displayed indoors or out. Once cured, there is no reason to add an additional polyurethane or other sealant on top. The water-based formula makes cleanup simple while still offering a durable finish.

And because little details count…I also painted the screws.

Do you like how I used a long reach hole punch to make holes in my box for the screws to sit?

Finished Park Bench  (well almost)

The white color stain paint* allows the wood grain to show through giving my bench

a “worn look” with out being worn out.   (It’s hard to see by the pictures.)

When my husband got home and looked at the bench he thought the animals looked a little flat.

So…I rubbed DecoArt Champagne Ice Metallic Lustre™ Wax* on the metal to make them stand

out.  I added a little metallic lustre™ wax* on the bench frame as well.

DecoArt generally recommends using a Multi-Purpose Spray Sealer* if you plan to keep a piece

with Metallic Lustre outside.

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He was right, it really makes a difference.

I placed the bench in the shade under the maple tree in the front yard.

All I need is a couple pint sized buddies to come over and enjoy it with me.

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The Ugly Planter Box

It’s true…I have a soft spot in my heart for sweet old gentlemen. 

(and apparently, so does my husband)

While on a call, my husband met this nice older gentleman.

The two began to talk and one thing leads to another and my husband walks away

with this wood planter box that the gentleman had made.

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Stenciled Wood Planter Box

As he unloaded it from the car he actually apologized.   (it’s like he doesn’t know me at all)

It was a little unique with the hand drawn pictures on the side.

But, I thought it was great.

All it needed was a couple coats of Farmhouse White Curb Appeal Paint from DecoArt*.

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Earlier this year… I received the HomeRight Super Finish Max Extra Power Painter*

along with the HomeRight Large Spray Shelter* from the awesome folks at Wagner.

I’ve been wanting these for a while now and have been eagerly waiting  for the weather to turn

nice and the rain to stop so that I could use them.

With the exception of trying the sprayer at the Creativation Trade Show,

it was the first time I’d used a power sprayer.  It was super easy to use and clean up.

And…it comes with three sprayer tips for different uses.

The portable spray tent is great to use on days with a little breeze or even indoors.

I can’t wait to use it on even bigger projects.

Ok, I’ll admit, because of the marker drawings on the side it took more than a couple coats.

It really was easy to use and the Curb Appeal Paint dried really quick.

After all the coats of paint were dry I gave the box a light sanding to make it smooth.

The box looked a little too plain, so I decided to stencil a design on the sides.  

To stencil the design…

  • Position the stencil onto the box and tape down the edges with removable painter’s tape to keep the stencil from moving.  Use stipple brush to apply paint inside open stencil areas.
  • Carefully remove stencil from box.  Make sure their is no excess paint that’s seeped under the stencil before moving the stencil to the next area on the box.

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  • I painted the edges of the box with a thin layer of “dolphin” paint.
  • After everything was completely dry I lightly sanded the box with a piece of extra fine sand paper.  The sand paper gives the box the worn and weathered look I was going for.

Now onto the fun part, the fruits of my labor.

I picked soft pink geraniums, vincas, pink coleus and vinca vines to fill my flower box.

I put the box on an old white bench and sat it in front of my window.

It’s one of the first things I see as I come down the stairs in the morning.

I love how soft and delicate the flowers look inside the box.

It’s a great addition to my front porch.  

And to think my husband apologized for bringing it home.  (I think it’s lovely.)

  

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How to Create a Vintage Inspired Memento Box

Vintage Inspired Memento Box

This Vintage Inspired Box is the perfect place to store special mementos for years to come.

For this project,  I started with a Unfinished Cornice Box from Walnut Hollow*

which I lightly white washed with a soft gray chalky finish, stenciled and slightly distressed,

for a warm vintage-feel home décor piece with a soft timeless finish.

The Vintage Inspired Memento Box was sponsored by Walnut Hollow and DecoArts.

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Supplies Used on the Vintage Inspired Memento Box…           (*affiliate links)

How to Create a Vintage Inspired Memento Box…

Directions:

    1. Paint the Cornice Box* with Relic Chalky Finish Paint* (inside and out).
    2. Lightly sand the box to smooth out the finish.
    3. Add a small bit of water to Everlasting* paint and give the box a quick white wash.
    4. Rub excess paint off the box with a clean soft rag for a slightly distressed look.

5.  Position The French Inn stencil over the top of the box.  Secure the stencil in place with the     painters tape to prevent slipping.  Use stipple brush to apply a mix of Relic, Romance & Everlasting paint to the decorative element in the center of the stencil.
6.  Stencil the remaining open stencil areas with “Relic” paint.
7.  Position and stencil Old French Script pattern onto the sides of box.
8.  Allow paint to dry for a few hours and lightly sand over the stenciled area to give a slightly worn look.
9.  Apply Clear Crème Wax onto the inside and outside of the box.  Wait one hour and buff box using a soft clean rag.

10.  Spray the brass knobs with black spray paint.
11.  Rub the knobs with Champagne Metallic Lustre Wax and buff.
12.  Glue or Screw knobs in place.

13.  Measure decorative scrapbook paper or wallpaper scraps to fit inside the box.
14.  Apply a thin layer of craft glue on the back of the paper and stick to the sides and bottom of the box.

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Happy Holidays Chalkboard Sign

How to Create a Happy Holidays Chalkboard Sign with a Simple Button Bow.

I really enjoy working with vinyl and love coming up with simple Holiday DIY projects.

The Happy Holidays Sign was one of the projects we created in last month’s Holiday Workshop.

For my sign, I used Styletech Craft’s Ultra Metallic Glitter Adhesive Vinyl in red, green and

white.  The Ultra Metallic Glitter Vinyl has a white backing which ensures the colors stay bright

and true no matter what surface you apply it too.

To start my project…                                                                                 (*amazon affiliate links)

  • I used a piece of Wood Hardboard*.  (it’s like a hole-less peg board) I cut mine 5 1/2 x 7 1/2″.
  • Drill two small 3/8″ holes in the top of the board to use for hanging the sign.
  • Paint the board using DecoArt Black Chalkboard Paint*.
  • Lightly sand the board using 3M Sandpaper, 220-Grit*.  This smooths the board and allows a little bit of the brown board to show through for a vintage look.
  • Wipe the board with a clean soft cloth.

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  • I applied the words on the chalkboard using Styletech Clear Vinyl Transfer Tape*.
  • I applied the word “Holidays” first and lined the word “Happy” over top.
  • Cut a small white snowflake using white ultra metallic vinyl and add onto the sign above the word happy.
  • Create a “Button Bow”  for the top of your “Happy Holidays Chalkboard Sign”.
  • Directions for “button bow” below.
  • Add twine to the two top holes for hanging.
  • Glue Button Bow onto the top of the “Happy Holidays Chalkboard Sign” using craft glue*.

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How to Make a Holiday Button Bow…

  • Fold ribbon in thirds.  (like your getting ready to tie a tie.)
  • Gather and wrap twine around the center of the ribbon a couple of times and tie tightly.
  • Add a jump ring to the jingle bell and add onto one end of the twine and tie.
  • Add button to both ends of the twine and tie to the center of the bow.
  • Trim the ends of the ribbon and twine.

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DIY Bloom Planters

“bloom where you are planted”

A little Inspiration for my Summer Flowers…

I’m not sure if it’s a subliminal message or a direct request.  (to my plants that is)

BLOOM!

I picked up these beautiful purple flowers over the week-end and decided to spruce up a couple

of plain pots into something special.

FYI…the name of the plant with Campanula, a partial shade loving perennial.

How to make a DIY Bloom planter…              (*affiliate link)

  1.  Paint terra cotta pot with 2 coats of white paint.
  2. Brush a thin layer of purple paint along top band.  (no need to be perfect)
  3. Lightly sand pot for a distressed look.
  4. Using a cut file and the Silhouette Cameo*, cut the saying out of the purple glitter vinyl.
  5. Apply the saying onto the pot using transfer paper.  Smooth into place and remove transfer paper.

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The blue ceramic planter was plain and simple until I added stripes using the glitter vinyl,

and applied the light blue glittered vinyl words using a Vinyl Transfer Tape*.

Perfect decorative accent for my summer front porch.  (or a great gift idea)

      

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