Rustic Signs for the Guys

6-gone...signPurging my over abundance of stuff has me looking at things with a critical eye. While moving one son asked me what I was going to do with some of the weathered boards that were split and broken. Well, to most people these scraps probably should have never been saved, but the rustic, natural, oldness (is that a word?) appeals to me.

1-gone...signI created stencils with my Cricut…

2-gone...sign…sized and cut boards for each stencil…

3-gone...sign…stenciled the signs…

4-gone...sign…and attached rusty wire hangers.

9-gone...signThey didn’t seem quite done, so I raided my oldest son’s tackle box for bobbers to put on the fishing signs.

7-gone...signWhen we moved, two large baskets of toy cars surfaced. Since my kids are grown, I figured I was safe to pilfer a few for the mudding sign.

8-gone...signLastly, I dug out some metal stars and bottle caps for the garden signs.

Enjoy!

Glass Insulator/Bed Spring Candle Holder

3-DSCN6187Glass Insulator/Bed Spring Candle Holder

I’ve seen these candle holders before, but my bed springs have never been ones I thought I could use. That wire is almost impossible to cut through. At least that is what I thought. This past weekend I was out with my husband and we spotted one of these candle holders. I mentioned why we couldn’t do it and he let me know how wrong I was.

This project definitely passes the “Tim Allen Grunt” test. You know…that test that implies your husband will help make it, or will enjoy the finished project because it is a manly-man craft. As close as we are getting to Father’s Day, I think this is a winner.

1-DSCN6181These are the springs and the glass insulators I started with. See the tiny top portion. The insulator won’t fit in there so cutting a bit off is required. In steps The Man with his appropriate power tool…an air compressor angle grinder. Actually, it doesn’t have to be a grinder powered by an air compressor, but that is the kind we have.

My husband has gotten metal particles in his eyes more than once. Even with safety glasses. Live and learn. He now uses full eye goggles with edges that seal to the face. Because of metal flakes flying through the air, I didn’t take pics of the cutting process. I just didn’t want to get close enough for a pic.

He cut down the spring about an inch or so from the top. The cut wire end was then manipulated with pliers…done by a visiting (male) friend). See? This project is a male magnet! He widened and tucked the cut wire end under the next row of wires. It held firm. No glue, welding or wire required.

3-DSCN6187The glass insulator was then set inside the top opening. We pushed the insulator down enough to catch the wire of the bed spring in a groove in the glass. This will keep the insulator from falling out.

2-DSCN6182I only had one of the bed springs shown on the right. This bed spring wasn’t as much fun for The Man. It didn’t require any power tools. The insulator was simply set inside.

Enjoy!

I WAS FEATURED!!!!

Photobucket

I was featured on Practically Functional

Places I’m partying this week:

Monday

Keeping It SimpleSumo's Sweet StuffMakingCreative Corner Hop

Tuesday

PhotobuckethomeworkThe DIY Dreamer

Wednesday

Adorned From AboveWhite Lights on WednesdaysManic MotherFine Craft Guild{Primp}Daisy Cottage Designs
Wow Us Wednesdays

 

Thursday

shabby creek cottageCatch a Glimpse ButtonSomewhat SimpleThe 36th AVENUEThe Taylor HousePhotobucketBeyond The Picket FencePhotobucketThis Silly Girl's LifeDesigned DecorDomestic Superherohttp://www.seven-alive.com/

All Things Pretty

Friday

The Shabby NestThe Fun In Functional @ Practically Functional - Wednesdays @ 8amBlissful and DomesticHappy Hour ProjectsI'm Lovin' It at TidyMomRooted In ThymeLadies HolidayFidlin' Fridays Link Party

Saturday

Too Much Time On My HandsFunky Junk's Sat Nite SpecialYour Homebased MomThe Girl Creative


Sunday

UndertheTableandDreamingDIY Show Off

Weekend

Lovely Crafty Home

New Scrappy Tags on Etsy

12-DSCN5875Scrappy Manly Tags

21-DSCN5890As usual, I couldn’t stop at just a few of these tags once I got my groove on.

12-DSCN5870With father’s Day and graduations coming up, not to mention birthdays, other celebrations and thinking-of-you moments, I stitched up a batch for my Etsy Store-Restyled Junk.

But wait!

24-DSCN5896I was also out of Scrappy Fabric Tags.

36-DSCN5917Since Mother’s Day is approaching even quicker than Father’s Day, I couldn’t forget the mommas.

Of course, the ladies also have birthdays, graduations and thinking-of-you moments…well, you get the picture.

01-DSCN5944More Scrappy Fabric Tags.

Click on the highlighted store name or tag names to take you to the store.

Browse around and enjoy! :)

Scrappy Manly Tags

12-DSCN5870Scrappy Manly Tags

Tags, tags, tags and more tags. I have been at it again. This time I was inspired by textiles that reminded me of the men in my life.

01-DSCN5814For the base I cut wool tweed upholstery fabric. It’s from a big roll I scored at a yard sale. You will probably be seeing a lot more projects using it in the future. A wool suit or coat fabric could also be used for this tag.

02-DSCN5816The next layer was book pages from an old Robin Hood book.

07-DSCN5831You can’t really tell that’s the book the pages came from, but I kinda like knowing it anyway. These rectangles were cut slightly smaller.

03-DSCN5819A blue jean rectangle went over that.

08-DSCN5834They were stitched on at a slight angle. No pins. No fuss.

04-DSCN5821

My collection of thrifted men’s ties made up the next layer.

09-DSCN5835I used a school glue stick to hold the silk tie rectangle in place. This helped prevent the edges of the rectangle from stretching and distorting while being stitched.

05-DSCN5825I stamped descriptive masculine words on muslin and scrap white fabric using 1/2-inch letter stamps and brown ink.

10-DSCN5837These stamped words were centered, angled and stitched. The sewing was intentionally stitched unevenly to keep the scrappy look throughout the tag’s construction.

06-DSCN5827More use for jean seams.

11-DSCN5841Each tag was embellished with a button and a jean seam.

A gold safety pin was also added so the tags could be attached to what ever I want.

Enjoy!

Places I’m partying this week:

Monday

Keeping It SimpleSumo's Sweet StuffMakingCreative Corner Hop

Tuesday

PhotobuckethomeworkThe DIY Dreamer

Wednesday

Adorned From AboveWhite Lights on WednesdaysManic MotherFine Craft Guild{Primp}Daisy Cottage Designs
Wow Us Wednesdays

 

Thursday

shabby creek cottageCatch a Glimpse ButtonPhotobucketSomewhat SimpleThe 36th AVENUEThe Taylor HousePhotobucketBeyond The Picket FencePhotobucketThis Silly Girl's LifeDesigned DecorDomestic SuperheroA Crafty Soiree

All Things Pretty

Friday

The Shabby NestThe Fun In Functional @ Practically Functional - Wednesdays @ 8amBlissful and DomesticHappy Hour ProjectsI'm Lovin' It at TidyMomRooted In ThymeLadies HolidayFidlin' Fridays Link Party

Saturday

Too Much Time On My HandsFunky Junk's Sat Nite SpecialYour Homebased MomThe Girl Creative


Sunday

UndertheTableandDreamingDIY Show Off

Weekend

Homespun Happenings Lovely Crafty Home