Snowman Suitcase

DSCN2285Snowman Suitcase

I feel like I have been gone forever, but a lot happened since my last post. We moved! From Thanksgiving weekend until this past weekend we have moved, unpacked, put things away, decorated the house with normal and Christmas decor and I am more than halfway through with my Christmas baking. Whew!

Now it’s time to address my blog. I had so many tutorials I wanted to post for Christmas, but with only a week to go…, well, let’s just say I’ll post as many as I can before the big jolly guy comes down your chimney. ;)

Greet your holiday guests at the door with a snowman painted vintage suitcase. Its whimsical message will have all those who enter your house grinning with Christmas spirit.

DSCN2269Vintage suitcases are not difficult to find. Yard sales and auctions are great sources for picking them up for practically nothing.

Things You Will Need:

Vintage Suitcase
White acrylic latex paint
Paper plate
Sea sponge
Light pink paint
Stencil brush
Paper towel
1/2-inch dowel
Black acrylic paint
Ruler
Black paint pen
Orange acrylic paint
Paintbrush
Wooden skewer
Christmas or snowman fabric
Scissors
Craft glue

DSCN2273Pour white acrylic latex paint onto a paper plate. For large craft projects like this, I save money by using wall paint left over from previous home projects. Wet a sea sponge and wring it out well. Dip the sponge in the paint and sponge the paint over the surface of the suitcase. Paint everything, including the hinges and the latches. The handle does not need to be painted. Allow the paint to dry.

Pour a small amount of light pink paint on a paper plate. Wad up a paper towel. Dip a stencil brush into the paint. Scrub the wet brush into the towel. Working in a circular motion, rub large rounds cheeks onto the front of the suitcase. Note: Before painting, make sure the suitcase is positioned with the handle at the top.

DSCN2279Dip the end of a 1/2-inch dowel in black acrylic paint. Dot two eyes approximately 1/4 inch apart, just above the center of the suitcase front. Draw a large smile using a black paint pen.

Starting in the center of the face, using a paintbrush and orange acrylic paint, paint a carrot nose in a zigzag motion. Allow the paint to dry.

Starting half way up the left side of the suitcase front, working across the top and halfway down the right side of the suitcase front, write “In The Meadow We Will Build A Snowman” using a black paint pen. Dip the blunt end of a wood skewer into black acrylic paint. Dot the angles and intersections on each letter. Allow the paint to dry.

DSCN2282Rip a 1-inch-wide strip of Christmas or snowman fabric. Apply craft glue to the handle of the suitcase. Wrap the strip around the handle.

It does not matter what the inside of the suitcase looks like, as the case need not be opened. It can, however, be used to store Christmas decorations at the end of the season.

DSCN2285Enjoy!

Snowman Spoon Ornaments

6-DSCF2250Snowman Spoon Ornaments

My craft show this past weekend was a huge success. It was so good that I was really surprised I still had so much stuff to pack up. Since I only have one more show planned before Christmas you would think I don’t need to make anything new. Uh…you would be wrong. I can’t help it. Creating things makes me happy and content. :)

So, since my youngest comes home from school next week (and he’s bringing a friend), I need to get the house clean and organized. What to do?…What to do?…What to do? No problem. I’ll craft quick and simple projects in between the mundane chores of cleaning.

1-DSCF2226These spoons were my first inspiration. They said “snowmen” to me. And who’s to argue with the voices in my head?! I only had seven, but I reasoned clearing out even a small space in my stash was worth the effort.

2-DSCF2230I cleaned them up and based the bowl of the spoon using a beige paint.

3-DSCF2235After applying a little bit of blush (cheeks) with my finger…,

4-DSCF2242…the rest of the face was painted using a toothpick. Easy peasy!

5-DSCF2248A scrap of my T-shirt yarn was wrapped and glued around the base of the handle for the hat.

6-DSCF2250They still looked a bit plain, so wrapped a mini garland around the length of the handle.

It took a little bit of time, but I was able to drill a hole in the end of each handle for a wire hanger.

Enjoy!

Stenciled Christmas Collages

5-DSCF2204Christmas Collages

My newest junk finds. Actually they came from my daughter. LOL! If you’ve been paying attention, you know I don’t have a daughter, but I made her mine years ago.

4-DSCF2156She gave me old cupboard doors…

1-DSCF2137…and a 3-tiered table that was falling apart. Sorry, I was too quick and only got a photo of one tier. I got busy and made Christmas collages using one of the table tiers and a couple of the cupboard doors.

3-DSCF2148Just like my fall collages, I auditioned my stencils to see which ones would fit. When I had a placement I was happy with I took a picture. That way I would remember when I was ready to actually stencil.

2-DSCF2142A little sanding and a couple of base coats later, and I was ready to stencil.

6-DSCF2209The table tier was slightly bigger than the cupboard doors so I had a different placement for the stencils on it.

These will be for sale at the Sorority Craft Show in Arkansas City, Kansas tomorrow. It’s located in the Ag building (affectionately known as the pig palace), and is open from 10:00am – 3:00pm. If you’re in the area, don’t let the brrr-cold and snow stop you. Come get your Christmas shopping started!

Enjoy!

The New/Old Guest Bed

The New/Old Guest BedThe New/Old Guest Bed

Well, summer is almost over. This past weekend my husband and I moved our youngest son back to Pitt for his second year of college. He had much more stuff to move than last year as he is renting a house with several other students. Thankfully we had the craft trailer to pack most of the stuff, but the kid’s car and ours were also full.

The weekend was spent packing, unpacking and shopping. My son wasn’t sure what he would need (and he put off asking until we arrived), so we had to hit the yard sales in Pitt on Saturday morning. Yep, I’m sure you know what kind of hardship that was for me. ;) We had a list and tried to find as much as we could, but in the end we did end up going to Dollar Tree and Walmart to finish getting the necessities.

And then we came home…

The kid bought a new mattress and box springs just before moving, so we were left with the old mattress and box spring…and no bed frame.

My frugal radar started going off. We needed to have an extra bed for occasional guests, but I was not willing to spend any money on it. I had made a bed frame for our king bed many years ago. I knew it could be done. The problem was determining whether the mattress and box springs were salvageable. The kid had been telling us for years that it kept sinking and felt like it had no support when he laid on it. hmm…

02-DSCF1741I decided to remove the dust cover on the box springs to investigate what the problem was.

03-DSCF1742Ah ha! I found three breaks in slats and the side frame. Now can I just say how confused I am? Not about the breaks, but the fact that we call the thing a box spring and there was not one spring on the whole thing. As you know, I have used bed springs in a lot of projects and have taken apart my share of vintage bed springs. This just confuses me. Oh well, on with my story.

01-DSCF1739Since I already had the dust cover off I could clearly see how the fabric cover was attached. I removed it so that I could repair the skeleton of the box spring.

04-DSCF1743I patched the breaks and added additional braces across the box spring and more 2×4 braces between the top and bottom of the box.

05-DSCF1745The cardboard overlay on the top side of the box was cracked and sagging. I removed it and replaced it with fresh cardboard. Then it was just a matter of replacing the fabric cover and the dust cover.

Tip: A staple gun is your best friend. ;)

08-DSCF1754I built a frame around the box spring to make sure it would fit. I just used 2x4s from my wood pile. Yes, I brought my wood pile along when I moved.

After the frame was built I added slats across the width and cut more 2x4s for the legs. The whole thing then got a dry brushed coat of paint.

06-DSCF1747I had a vintage metal headboard and foot board in storage that I had thought I would use to make a bench, but this seemed like the perfect option for my guest bed. Vintage beds do not necessary line up with modern mattress sizes, but in this case it really didn’t matter. I had my husband remove the brackets for the rails and drill holes through the legs.

07-DSCF1749I cleaned the headboard and foot board and gave it a couple of coats of poly to shine it up and seal the rust.

09-DSCF1759I bolted the boards through the drilled holes in the legs to the 2×4 legs of the new bed frame.

10-DSCF1765Woot! Woot! That’s it! Nothing left but to make it. Uh…ignore the wimpy pillow. I found this one in my extra bedding. I have no idea why I kept it. It’s awful! I actually want two, so I will be making my only purchase for this bed. Not bad. I think I can spring for a couple of pillows.

Enjoy!

Nesting Tables With Wine Label Transfers

Nesting Tables w/ Wine Label TransfersNesting Tables With Wine Label Transfers

I love these little tables! While there was technically nothing wrong with them, I bought them to restyle so restyle is what I did.

3-DSCF1594I’m sure the reason why they were being sold at a yard sale was because the legs were very wobbly. An Allen wrench was all it took to tighten them. The previous owners may have been stumped on what tool to use.

I gave all the tables a good sanding and applied a few coats of a light beige paint.

Each of the painted tables got a light sanding to distress, but they still needed a little something-something.

1-DSCF1704I found a fantastic wine label graphic on Graphics Fairy. It was the perfect finishing touch for the table tops.

Enjoy!

Places I’m partying this week:

Monday:

Inspiration Monday
Make It Pretty Monday
Block Party
Craftastic Monday
Marvelous Mondays
Monday Funday
Creative Corner Hop

Tuesday:

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday
The Inspiration Board
Show Me What You Got
From Dream To Reality
The Scoop

Wednesday:

Wow Us Wednesdays
Wednesday’s Adorned From Above
{wow me} wednesday
A Little Bird Told Me
Wednesday Whatsits
Whatever Goes Wednesday
Time For A Party

Thursday:

Catch a Glimpse Thursday
The Project Stash Link Party
Under $100 Link Party
Creative Inspirations Linky Party
Lovely Ladies Linky
Create It Thursday

Friday:

Feathered Nest Friday
Frugal Friday
Creativity Unleashed
Show and Tell Friday
I’m Lovin’ It
Simple and Sweet Fridays

Saturday:

Show and Tell Saturday
Get Schooled Saturday
Party Junk
Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party

Sunday:

Think Pink Sunday
Submarine Sunday
That DIY Party
Nifty Thrifty Sunday
Sew Darn Crafty
Bouquet of Talent