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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Woven Chair Seat

DSCF7376Woven Chair Seat

DSCF7351I picked this chair up at a local auction a couple of weeks ago. There were a lot of chairs at the sale, but there was a bunch of competition with the bidding. I prefer cheap, so I patiently waited. I finally snagged this one. I actually think the other bidders took pity on me because I wasn’t getting anything. LOL! Then again, it may have looked like too much work. 😉

The transformation began with paint. Paint can work wonders, but there was still the glaring problem of not having a seat.

DSCF7372I decided to make a woven seat out of fabric. Digging through my stash, pink prints just seemed to be calling to me.

DSCF7376-002What do you think?

I now have things at Trunk N Treasures in Winfield, Kansas. If you are local or visiting, come by for a look. You can also find Trunk N Treasures on Facebook.


Crochet Carrot Pocket-Tutorial

DSCF2852Happy Spring!

DSCF2858I shared these last year, but I never posted the tutorial like I had intended. Well, better late than never. Actually, let’s pretend I’m early. After all, you do have a little time before Easter and a little time is all you will need.

ch = chain
st = stitch
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
rnd(s) = round(s)

Things You Will Need:
Worsted weight yarn: orange and green
G crochet hook

Special Note: Pocket is crocheted in continuous rounds through rnd 20. Do not ch up and connect after each of these rounds.

What To Do:
Form a magic ring.
Rnd 1: 4 sc in the ring. Pull the tail to cinch the center closed.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around. (8 sc)
Rnds 3-4: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 5: *Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat from * to * around. (12 sc)
Rnds 6-7: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 8: *Sc in the next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st*, repeat from * to * around (16 sc)
Rnds 9-10: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 11: *Sc in each of the next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st*, repeat from *to* around. (20 sc)
Rnds 12-13: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 14: *Sc in each of the next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st*, repeat from * to * around. (24 sc)
Rnds 15-16: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 17: *Sc in each of the next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st*, repeat from * to * around. (28 sc)
Rnds 18-19: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 20: *Ch 2, sk next st, sc in next.*, repeat from * to * around. This is the end of the continuous rounds.

DSCF7230Rnd 21: Change to green yarn. Ch 1. 2 sc in each ch sp around. Sl st to the beginning ch.

DSCF7232Rnd 22: Ch 2. 2 dc in next st. *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st.* Repeat from *to* around. Sl st to the beginning ch 2. Fasten off and weave in the end.

Ch 60. Thread the chain through the ch spaces of Rnd 20.

Cut an 8″ length of green yarn. Thread through the bottom tip of the pouch and knot. Unravel the ply to create the carrot roots.


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Metal Stamping Projects-Tutorials

metal stampingMetal Stamping Projects-Tutorials

Whew! It’s been a bit since I last posted. I’m still here, I’ve just been working on articles for Love To Know and projects I sell locally. Sometimes I get into the flow of things and forget to take pics…

…and sometimes I forget I have the pics after I have written tutorial for others sites…

…and then I wake up and share!

I had a lot of fun coming up with these projects for metal stamping. Years ago my dad had given me a basic metal stamping kit. Honestly, I wasn’t sure what I would ever do with it. Turns out it was a blast to play with. These projects would be great for craft shows.

DSCF6636Stamped Belt Cuff

These cuffs were made using old belts for the base.

DSCF6657Votive Candle Sleeve

Believe it or not, the metal I used for this candle sleeve was actually an aluminum oven liner.

DSCF6623Lucky Penny Key Ring

Stamping coins was “harder” than I thought it would be, but practicing only cost me pennies. 😉

Do you want to give it a try? You can find the free tutorials here.