Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Mannequin with maps

Some times all of the elements you need must fall in your lap....I love it when this happens!

I was lucky at the local thrift and found this Mannequin with out the base for 5.00 bucks.  It screamed maps and Decoupage.  
I make my own "Modge Podge" if I am tackling a project this large.  I buy the gallon jug of Elmers Glue all at Lowes and mix it 2 parts glue to 1 part water.  I like it a little thicker so that it does not drip,  I finish off the project with a clear coat spay.  And Mental Note vinyl gloves will make this project easier.  If you have to stop you can easily have clean hands by removing the gloves.  

 I also had a old antique lamp base that had a life as a humming bird feeder holder.  It was a little tall so I broke out the dremel.  This is a must have tool for any crafter.  I used this with a reinforced cutting disk and cut off the top of this lamp post . Mental Note wear protective eye wear not glasses but eye wear that is designed to wear while using tools. Make sure that you are not standing in the middle of flammable material this made sparks.  

I married the two together and wow what a funky statement..

I am so glad that you stopped by !

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Monday, March 2, 2015

From wine barrel to Garden Orb

I love garden art...and the Restoration inspired Orbs are awesome however pricey.  Over 200 dollars for a 26 inch orb.  OUCH.....My budget will not allow to the junk pile and drawing board..

In the junk pile I had 4 wine barrel rings some bolts and a round finial off of a hanging lamp. 

And these....and a drill bit that will handle  metal..It took less than an hour to put this together...and I love the results....

Here are some mental notes...Wear Protective eye wear...Metal flew while drilling these out...and you may want to wear a mask ...rust also hit the air.  .You will need  a  way to hold them...I used a small vice on my work bench.......I actually drilled the first hole in the two largest rings..and slipped them together evened them out and marked to bottom for the second hole....and followed the same steps for the smaller rings to make sure that I liked the way it will go together.  I do plan on clear coating this with a matte clear finish to prolong its life.  

Final cost????  Umm the electricity that I used to charge the 12 v lithium battery on the drill...everything else was lying around....a big savings..
So check that junk stash out and see what you can come up with....

Monday, January 19, 2015

Drop Cloth Pillow covers Personalized

I have made a drop cloth pillow in the past that really turned out well.  You can read about it here Drop Cloth Pillow
This project is a little more personalized and makes fun Decor.

For this Project here are the tools that you will need:

Iron and Ruler

 Die Cutting Machine with mat and scraper

Paint and (if you want) fabric medium and sponge or stencil brush.  I used Annie Sloan Graphite and Martha Stewart fabric medium.  ..stored in a mustard jar.

It helps if your machine is hooked to a computer

Sewing Machine

Pillow Forms and  Washed drop cloth

Freezer Paper

This is a simple technique that you can make look fantastic and the sky is the limit.
The materials are all ready available at the craft store or grocery store.

The first thing that I did was determine how large a cover I wanted and what type.  I chose a envelope cover. (one with the overlapping opening in the back for easy removal).  I  chose this design because I am too lazy,cheap and challenged to put in a hidden zipper  You measure the width of your insert .  Measure from seam to seam.  Then I added  roughly an inch to allow for my seam allowance on the left and right side.  and then added 6 inches to the top to bottom measurement to allow for fold over on the back of the pillow.  
Here is a quick note on finishing drop cloth.  This fabric unravels.  I made these with the ease of removing and washing them so I finished all of the edges with a hem...

Using the Iron I pressed in a rolled hem..

Then took it to the machine..

I Love the rustic stitching on the edge of drop cloth and if it were a nice tight stitch I left it rustic.also this is a great hem to show on your back opening....

Once you have established the size you want for your cover it is time to press it.  used a hot setting and steam to get the pre-washed drop cloth as smooth as possible.  Hint..This is a good time to line up the side seams in the fashion that you are going to sew them and press folds on the top and bottom edge.  This will help you determine where to place the design.  Make sure you are putting it on the right side of the fabric so that your desired hem is showing on the back. 

I strongly recommend you used the software provided and use your computer to make your designs.
If you are using a Cricut you can load all of your cartridges to the (here is the link) "craft Room" and design on your lap much better than on a tiny screen.  If you have an Silhouette then you are all ready using a computer...However if not here is a link to get you started: Silhouette America.

I used the Silhouette for this project.
You can make most fonts stencils using the knife tool in this software.  If you have a Silhouette and are having problems with the cutting tool and erase tool call customer service to get the add on to your software to make this correction.(I had to)  They are very nice and helpful and will walk you through it. 
   I used a stencil design that I found on line.  Opened it in the software , traced the cutting area and tweaked the bypass filter to make sure that I got solid letters.  Now that  I have you lost I will admit it took some trial and error and a few YouTube videos to figure this out...Go Grasshopper and Learn...I have really started to enjoy my machine now that I have taken the time to Learn to use it.
After you have your design it is time to get your mat ready .
I used a mat that has been used a lot and is not as tacky as a new mat. 
If you are using an older mat then you can put your Freezer paper shiny side down. 
and if your mat has seen tackier days I recommend running a little scotch tape on the edge to help hold it.

If you are using a new mat or a cricut mat that is still pretty tacky then mirror the  image so your design  cuts backwards and put the shiny side up on your mat to make it easier to peel.  

And Do not panic if a glitch this.....(due to old mat)

You are working with very forgiving material.....Just cut it to make the correction .  I also had the center of a letter "O" fall out of the stencil I just positioned it where I needed it and ironed it down on the fabric.  

I set my iron on the highest setting with no steam.  Once you have your design positioned on the fabric where you need it,  (shiny side down)  drop the iron down on the center working your way out.  Do not try to glide your iron back and forth like you normally iron , you may catch the edge of your design and pull it up. Once I have tacked it all down then I will glide my iron slowly on the paper giving it all a chance to adhere.  

Stencil let dry then peel your paper off....Iron again to heat set....and sew up the sides with right sides together.  Mental note make sure you have the seam edge on the bottom that you want to show once you turn your project.  ...Insert your pillow form and Walla!

I do hope that this wordy post has inspired you to get that die cutting machine out and have fun...

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Monday, January 12, 2015

organization does not have to be perfect

There are many bloggers that offer up beautiful pantries.  Like this one:

or this one:

I, by no means have a glamorous pantry. It is 5.5 x 6 feet and needs to be painted and the flooring did not make it to the back wall and I cannot find any more, not to mention the breaker box that is so so pretty.  It also double duties with a mud sink in the corner.

 However, I do have a very good idea of what is in it..and that is really the point of having any space organized.  It has been my experience in the past that disorganization can be a big waste. ... Of time and Money.  The amount of time you spend looking for something or the amount of money you spend buying something that you had however could not find ..really add up.  I am not sure about you but  when you start getting in my already shallow pockets I get annoyed.
Here are some basic do's and Don'ts of my pantry 101
1.  Anything that comes in a paper bag or is bulk and you will be storing, put it in an air tight container.  If you are buying bulk to save money then throwing it away because it went stale is not saving you as much money as you think.  (mental note..Consider your gas mileage to the bulk store.  Going 20 miles out of your way to save a buck or two on pasta is not that efficient)

2.  Your containers do not have to match however need to be air tight and labeled.  It does not have to be a specialty label,  One that you drug out the die cutter to make in order to be effective.  I will cut the label from the original packaging and affix it to the storage container I am using. I like to do this for several reasons, to keep up with the brand it is, and its a small effort at recycling not to mention super quick.  

3.  Be consistent with your container (the same container every time for that ingredient) and put it back in the same spot.  That large square container has all purpose flour in it. It will always have all purpose flour in it and goes on the top shelf under the bracket.  

4.  I use lazy susans in the corners that are hard to see into and reach.  I store Oils, spices, and other items that I have small quantities of, because keeping them in bulk is not that great of an idea, due to shelf life and the amount of freshness you expect from these ingredients.  I find it easier to turn the lazy susan instead of moving around what you do not need to find what you need.  I just remember if it is a spice or oil it spins.  

5.  All can goods or normally on one shelf and sorted by type.  Ie all soups...fruits , beans ect ect....are next to each other.  Also I find it very helpful to put those grab and go things closest to the entry.  Cookies, peanut butter and oh yea the lemon cookie container is empty need to add that to my list.

6.  The top shelves are used for seasonal dishes, light bulbs, Canning supplies and extra blades to the processor. On the left over the mud sink are cleaners, paper towels and more storage and seasonal items. Cereal is also kept a little higher it is light and there is no need to store this in something else it will not be here long. 

7.  Small package items like mixes or those items that are stored in pouches are in a basket, as well as the small amount of plastic ware.  Also there is a snack basket for chips. A basket for the hand held blender and a basket for cup cake papers and  baking supplies.  The blender and the supplies I just pick up the whole basket and I have everything I need ...No walking back to get the chopper base or extra baking cups.

  8.  The floor under the shelves is where the recycle bins go as well as the step stool to reach up and dog food container.

Every thing has its place and is in plain sight is the key.  If you do not see it you  may  not remember that you have it. Nothing in my pantry is uniform, nothing has chalk labels or matching containers....Heck even the walls are three different colors.  BUT... the money I save on groceries from knowing what is in it and planning my meals I hope to put towards at least a gallon of paint and possible new floors.  Maybe one day......SIGH...

So glad that you stopped over I am off to start dinner....

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Coffee Bar on a budget

I did not edit or change anything when I took this photo this morning of an addition that Mr. RTI and I  made this summer.  This wall has been a modge podge of furniture and racks.  We decided that we wanted a dedicated area for coffee and tea as well as snacks and some much needed storage.

As you already know when you walk into the hardware or home improvement store prices are astronomical when it comes to cabinets.  Fortunately we are on a bit of a budget so we had to think out side of the "box" and I love the design we came up with.  

We started by building a pine base to fit the dimensions we needed....We did have to scribe the back of the shelves to fit a not so straight or flat wall....WARNING SMART PHONE PHOTO!

We also used the same pine as the back "splash" and added a kick board so that doggy bunnies cannot hide underneath.  The two shelves are higher grade plywood...and the top is from the shelving isle it is

Clear Kiln-Dried Aspen Panel 

 Clear Kiln-Dried Aspen Panel (Common: 3/4 x 24-in x 72-in; Actual: 0.75-in x 24-in x 72-in)

After a light sanding to smooth it out....I stained it with Cabot Cove aged leather stain with poly...I applied three coats letting it dry over night.  Then I applied paste wax to add another water prof. coat on top.  It looks and feels like reclaimed lumber with out the work or the high cost.

The bottom shelves were actually stained with White floor deck stain.  And are holding up nicely.  The trim I used standard house trim paint in white.  

The top shelves are actually melamine coated garage utility shelving.  It is durable already white and cleans up like a breeze.  I used the same shelving when I removed my upper cabinets above my stove... a few years back and I am very impressed with its durability.

This area is very busy all day.  There are up to five people here on a daily basis that drink coffee or tea more than once a day.  My kitchen is  Grand Central at our home, as you can see from the mess on the table, and this made a very economical and efficient addition..
Now to talk Mr RTI into doing the rest of the kitchen........I will try to keep you posted!
Much love all Season!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Tray and pedestal base Marriage...

In the course of having the cave upgraded and you can read about that here(cave Face Lift)  I have been trying to finish up some projects that have been laying around.  This is one of them.

I have had this pedestal for a few years it came with a marble round top that would not stay on.  I found this tray at the Flea market for cheap because one of the handles was missing on it.  I removed the lone handle and some primer and good spray paint later...
And you have a cute little table...
I know that it is not centered...Handy Hubby has pointed it out to me...However the table is sturdier and more balanced than I thought it would be .
Perfect for the patio, porch or Dorm room.....
Happy Junking!

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