Shell Crafts

Shell CraftsShell Crafts
Check out LoveToKnow for my tutorial article on crafts to make with shells.

Read on for the story behind this article.

DSCF8579A lot of times when I have a new assignment I don’t have all the items I need. I have to decide on whether it is more economical to purchase things I need or pass on the assignment. Usually I send out requests to local Facebook friends, but most of those things are borrowed for photos and measurements and can be returned in the same condition. The shells for these projects were a different story. You know what they say, as soon as you get rid of something you will need it. That was the issue here so…off I went to Walmart to see if a bag of shells would cause me to pass on the article.

DSCF8519There was a lady in the same aisle as I was looking at the shells and trying to make my decision. Out of the blue she said she had a bag of shells at home I could have if I wanted them. She didn’t know me and had no idea what I was going to do with them, but she made my day with her random act of kindness. We exchanged phone numbers and she gave me her address. I know, right? She gave me (a stranger) her address without knowing a thing about me. We arranged a time later that day for me to pick them up. Meanwhile, when she got home she took pics of the shells and sent them to me to make sure they were what I wanted. This lady was so sweet on so many levels. They were fabulous! Of course I picked them up and used them. Since that day I have been on the look out for a pay-it-forward of my own. I haven’t come across the perfect opportunity yet, but I will.

DSCF8573After all the horrible stories I am constantly seeing on the news, the complete randomness of this kind act has renewed my faith in humanity. Thank you again, Dawn!

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Skinny Side Table-Western Style

Skinny Side TableSkinny Side Table-Western Style

Since my friend passed away my husband has helped to fill the void by doing things with me that she would have done…like looking for bargains. I appreciate his thoughtfulness so much.

DSCF8700He went with me to some yard sales a few weeks ago and we came across this little gem. It had great bones and the price was right!

As we drove away I told him how much I loved the little drawer.

Hubby: Did she say that was where she kept her stash?
Me: (One eyebrow went up and I looked at him cross-eyed.) Uh, no. She said that is where she stashed the remote so the kids couldn’t find it.

Yep, me thinks my hubby needs his ears checked.

After a good cleaning and sanding I painted it white. White seems to be my go-to, but it’s a great base for several finishes and besides, I like it.

DSCF8704I then sanded it again to shabby it up some. Another good go-to, but it needed something more.

DSCF8740-002I got out my waxes and and gave the finish a cool vintage-western look.

But then there was that drawer. (There was no stash…I checked. 😉 )The whole project had been such a no-brainer that I wanted to do a little more. I had just finished a project that used the cover of a book and the pages inside were just sitting there waiting for me to notice them. The book was an old Emily Post etiquette book and the pages were pretty hilarious. I picked a couple and decoupaged them into the bottom of the drawer. I love that drawer even more now!

Enjoy!

Football Purse

DSCF8330Football Purse Tutorial

Okay, the guys in my house may have cried a little when I did this one, but it came out pretty cool. Totally worth the tears. Suck it up buttercups! 😉

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Crafts to Make With Old Window Shutters

DSCF8184-001Crafts to Make With Old Window Shutters

Somehow I had accumulated quite a pile of window shutters, so when an opportunity to write an article on projects to make with window shutters came along, I was thrilled. It was just the incentive I needed to reduce my pile.

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Primitive Flag Shutter
If you are looking for a new decoration for the Fourth of July, you have plenty of time to whip up one (or several) of these flag shutters.

DSCF8146-001Hanging Shutter Wall Display
I’ve made different versions of these in the past, but I think this one is the quickest and easiest to achieve.

DSCF8178-001Shutter Shelf
If you want to be even more frugal with this shelf, repurpose shelf brackets from old shelves.

DSCF8184-001Enjoy!

Scrap Wood Clock Faces

DSCF8115Scrap Wood Clock Faces

For years I have wanted a wood clock face. More recently I have seen them on just about every episode of my favorite HGTV show, Fixer Upper, and Pinterest is overflowing with styles and ideas. They looked easy enough so I decided it was time to just do it. What was I waiting for?

DSCF7498Just like my signs, I started out by building the base. In this case, I started with a square. Actually, I should back up a bit. I started out by making a large circle pattern. Since I didn’t have anything that was the size I wanted for a circle, I had to figure out how to make my own. I made a make-shift compass using a yardstick. I drilled through one end to give me the center of my circle’s radius. I tacked through the hole, through my pattern paper and into my work surface, then placed a pencil next to the yardstick at the length of the radius I wanted. It was then a matter of simply rotating the yardstick 360 degrees to draw my circle.

I traced the pattern onto the square base and cut out my circle.

DSCF8106The circle was then dry brushed with white.

DSCF8120The numbers were a whole other animal. I made a stencil for each number in much the same way as I my other signs, but getting them positioned was a bit of a task. Even though each number was the same height, each Roman numeral was a different width. They needed to be centered at each number position without becoming crowded. I made three sizes of stencils before I finally had a good fit. Another key point to making the stencil is that all the numbers face the center. This means the “six” will be upside down. That seemed kinda weird to me, but after browsing all the clock faces on Pinterest, it seemed to work.

DSCF8115After all that the stenciling was a piece of cake. 😉

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