Scrap 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?
Just 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.
The circle was then dry brushed with white.
The 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.
After all that the stenciling was a piece of cake. 😉
Bushel and a Peck Signs
The new sign I made for my Valentine’s Day front porch started it. I loved it so much that I couldn’t stop at just one. I made the one on my porch using a cupboard door, but I decided to use old wood from my wood pile to make more. I actually like the way they turned out even better. I didn’t have to stencil over any raised areas, making the printing look a lot neater.
The weather gave my husband a window of opportunity this last week so I gave him my measurements and he took care of cutting everything for me.
This is my pile of boards for the sign front…
…and these are for the back braces.
The signs took longer than normal to put together because I had to pull out a zillion staples…
After dry brushing the fronts…
…I used my stencil to create the magic.
I had quite the assembly line going on.
Another project for the craft shows. I had a little trouble coming up with a title for this post. These stands can be used outside with flower pots in them, or inside as storage decor. We have one we use inside to hold newspapers, but it could also be used for magazines or bathroom storage.
My husband and I have made these before, but it has been years. Actually, I don’t think we have made these since moving to Kansas from Colorado (15 years ago) so this will be new to our shows here.
Now to be honest, hubby did most of the work on these.
After ripping the boards to the right width, the back pickets were cut into birdhouse shapes and the holes were drilled.
Hubby built the boxes…
…and half of the stands…
…while I painted the birdhouses.
After the birdhouses were painted he was able to complete the stand and add the eaves.
We made several so if you are in Ark City, Kansas this Saturday, come check them out at the Last Run Car Show.
Blue Jean Upholstered Chair
Blue jeans and hot glue, what could make a girl happier? Okay, maybe I’m an unusual girl…but I think you’re gonna like this too.
Happy Labor Day! I’ve been laboring for a few weeks now as I am preparing for three back-to-back craft shows that start at the end of this month. I’ve been taking lots of pictures and I thought I should finally get something posted.
This chair started out a bit raggedy. I bought it at the Rose Hill citywide yard sale a few months ago. It’s actually a child’s chair…well, more like a pre-teen chair. The upholstery looked like a cat had used it as a scratching post. I considered doing a normal re-upholstery job on it, but as stated before,…I’m an unusual girl. I decided to use a new batch of old blue jeans and hot glue.
I don’t have any “in progress” pics. It just kinda happened that way. I got going…and kept going. That should tell ya something. This project works up very quickly.
On this chair I used 3 adult-size, men’s jeans. I picked them up at a local yard sale. Size matters. If you are looking for jeans to do a project like this, choose jeans that have a lot of fabric.
I cut them up into rough squares and basically hot glued them right onto the chair. How easy is that!!Hot glue it hot! 😉 When applying glue, I got as close to the edge of each piece as possible while still being able to pick it up and move fast. This did leave about 1/4 inch around the edges unglued. After the chair was completely covered I did go back and apply craft glue just under the sections of all the exposed edges.
I first covered the cushion with jeans, but I thought it made the chair look too busy. I dug through my fabric and found a good size piece of denim that worked perfectly to cover the cushion. I wrapped it like a present and hot glued.
The stars were made from the same fabric as the chair cushion. They were all glued using craft glue.
This will be headed to the craft shows.
It’s that time of year again. Time to craft in preparation for fall craft shows.
These witchy signs have been a big hit the last couple of years so I headed out to the woodpile to find wood that had potential for making more. I’ve made these with pallet boards, wood chair seats and cupboard doors, but this time I used scraps from my brother’s new fence.
He had quite a few pieces that were already cut to the same size, so I didn’t have much cutting to get them prepared.
I try to buy gallons of paint colors that I use a lot of. I’ve used this same orange paint for about three years. Sigh…it’s almost gone so I’ll need to be buying more soon.
The stencil was made using my Cricut. It’s the same one I have used since the first sign I made. It’s just card stock, but it has held up well.
I tried something new this year. I had some black raffia in my stash so I used it for the witch brooms. In the past I have used the natural raffia. I really like them in black.
The last touch was attaching green raffia to the rusty wire handle.