Friday, December 18, 2015

Woodburned Parrot Gift

I made this parrot sign as a gift for a friend. She received it today and really liked it, which is great. I always worry that people won't like what I make them. Here are the steps for the little sign.

This is the template I used for the sign. Another one from Steve Good. He has lots of nice templates.

I used carbon paper and traced it onto the plywood. As you can see I can't draw straight even with something to follow.

I then woodburned the outline.

After that, I had to figure out which parts I wanted to woodburn dark and which to leave light. I just went with what looked good to me. I also used the heart tip on the parrots chest.

I then cut the sign out on the scroll saw. 

Next, I stained the whole thing. I used Danish oil in dark walnut. 

Finally, I added some flowers. I'll be honest here. I wanted something else on the piece and I wanted to cover up the really wonky cuts I I like how it turned out.

I didn't put anything on the back because I thought my friend might use the Command Strips to hang it, or she might just prop it up. I am so glad she liked it.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

We're Fixin' to Camp Sign

This is a sign I made for my friends, a couple who go camping in their RV a lot. They received it in the mail yesterday so I'm going ahead with the post. I think the sign turned out cute and I'm glad they felt the same.

First, I got a template from Steve Good's site again. I traced it onto poster board with carbon paper and then cut it out. I then used washi tape to cover it. I didn't get a photo of the next step,but my husband was nice enough to cut the windows out with an Xacto knife for me. I'm still not good with the knife. I plan to practice.

I then covered a piece of plywood with washi tape in colors I thought were nice. After that, I adhered the cut out pieces and some stickers to the board and covered them with Modpodge.

The top says "We're Fixin to Camp" which is the name of their youtube page. I put ribbon on the back so they could hang the sign.

Sorry the photos aren't better. I have to get something set up for taking better shots of my crafts. Please let me know what y'all think.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Kitty Cat Sign

Now that my friend, Juniper, has received the gift I can go ahead and do my blog post about it. I actually really like how this one turned out. It's not an earth-shattering craft or anything,but it is pretty cute, and she liked it, which is the most important thing.

This is the template I used for the kitty cat. It is from Steve Good's website. He does scrollsaw patterns, but I've found you can use them for other things as well.

I used carbon paper to trace the kitty onto a piece of paperboard and then covered it with washi tape in fun colors.

I measured everything and my husband helped me cut out a piece of plywood for the back. He showed me how to use the big

I then covered the plywood with more washi tape in colors I thought would set off the kitty cat. It's so bright and cheerful!

I then cut out a little piece of paper and put letters on it to form the name of my friend's cat rescue, and added some pearls for eyes and a collar. After that, I adhered everything together with Modpodge and then added ribbon to hang it with. I think it is such a cute project.

Please let me know what y'all think. Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Christmas Cards 2015

Here are my Christmas cards for 2015. I didn't make anywhere near as many as last year. I ended up doing over 60 handmade cards in 2014. I just didn't have it in my this year. I did make a few for my card group and a couple friends and family.

I used a stamp I got from my mom and brother for these. I like both versions.

These are simple but I still like them.

Another couple simple ones but I like the colors.

These are two of my favorites. As you can tell, I don't have a Christmas tree punch. I drew and cut out my own trees. They are wonky but I kinda like them. I LOVE the gingerbread people stickers.

Another wonky tree. This one is really fat. 

This one has rounded edges. Not sure what kind of tree it is. 

I loved this Christmas tree sticker I found. 

So there you have it. One of these days I'll learn to make those really pretty cards people do on Pinterest, but I haven't figured it all out yet. I hope everyone enjoys the cards when they get them. It is the thought that counts after all.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Homemade Christmas Ornaments

These are some Christmas ornaments I made tow years ago I think it was. I had fun making them and even sold a few, which was nice. It always amazes me when someone likes something I do well enough to pay for it. I use some of the ornaments on my tree now, which is cool cause they are handmade.

These are a couple of snowflakes I made with the scrollsaw. Snowflakes are the hardest thing to make. All the ins and outs are tricky, especially when my scrollsaw won't use the spiral blades. I only cut myself a couple times. ;)

This purple snowflake I sent to a friend of ours. She is a purple fanatic. She really liked it.

These ornaments were a special order from a friend. They are all the names of her family and her doggies. Some of them were easier done than others, but I made it.

I sold quite a few of these little trees. I got the pattern from Steve Good. I did change the pattern a little bit to make it more sturdy. Y'all should check his site out: Scrollsaw Workshop.

The next three ornaments are my original designs. Nothing special about them but I liked how they turned out. This icicle I made from leftovers of a cutting board we had put together. I love all the different colors of wood together.

This I just drew on the wood and then cut out. My husband helped me put the rope all the way through it. I love how it turned out, and canary wood, which it is made from is one of my favorite woods.

 This little snowman I just drew up as well. I did his had separately and then glued it on.

Lastly, is another pattern from Steve Good. It was my only 3D ornament. I love the two different colors of wood on it.

I hope y'all enjoyed the ornaments.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Homemade Cards

These are a few cards I've made that I like. I'm still not very good at homemade cards, but I have fun doing them. I'm part of a small group who sends cards to each other once a month, well we miss some months, but we do try. It is fun sharing our cards with each other. I love seeing what they come up with. Anyway, here are some I actually like that I've made.

This is a very simple design but I do like it. I love the clean lines and that I used one of my own photos...the coffee the card. 

This is another simple design. That seems to be what I favor. I love the paper with the tree on it. My horse friends liked this one. The horse is a cool sticker I found. I think the colors all scream Christmas.

This is another horse sticker from the same bunch, and the paper is another square from the same scrapbook paper. 

I liked this Halloween paper too. The owl and BOO are stickers but the rest was paper. I think it's cute.

Another simple one but pretty. I think this could work for anyone. It is neutral tones that are always nice.

I came up with this quote myself. :) The old car paper fit well with it I thought.

Please let me know what y'all think. I will share some more Christmas cards I made last year soon.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Tile Magnets

This was a fun little crafting project. I went to the local Habitat for Humanity store with my mom and brother and we found these little tiles. They come on a 12x12 sheet of mesh and you just take them off. I thought they would look cute as magnets.

I either stamped or decoupaged scrapbook paper on the front of each little tile. I think they turned out pretty cute.

My favorites are the ones with the stamped flowers, the type writers and the ones with the owls. Which ones do y'all like?

I actually sold every one of these at a local flea market for a dollar each. Pretty cool.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Burlap Heart Sign

This was a fun project. We were working on cutting boards and then I wanted to make something else with the multicolored wood. Hearts are always fun, right? My husband glued all the wood together and then I used my scrollsaw to cut the heart out. Here is the heart by itself.

I love the colors together. I think my heart looks pretty good to be free handed. I drew it on a template and then traced onto the wood before cutting.

I had some burlap that my mom had given me for Christmas that year that I glued the heart to and then used scrap pieces of wood for the frame. I used a scarp piece of quarter inch plywood for the back.

It is not a perfect project by any means, but kinda cute. What do y'all think?

Monday, November 16, 2015

Potholders and a Bag: Sewing Project

I am not good at sewing at all. I haven't done it much in my life, but I plan to try more when my craft room is put together. I have some projects in mind. My mom helps me with it. Hopefully, I can coax her into coming over again when the room is finished.

Anyway, these are two projects I did last year. One is a small potholder, which was actually not thick enough. Well, if you double it it is usable. The other is just a simple little bag. It worked, but doesn't hold much. I mainly loved the fabric.

Isn't the fabric the cutest? I think it is happy fabric. Not too over the top but with some fun. I like the way I did the potholder, it just needs to be larger.

And this is a larger potholder that I made. I like the way this one is made better and it actually works. It is the right size for one thing. If I make another I will add one more layer for heat resistance.

I hope y'all are having a good day. I'd love any beginner sewing tips if you have them!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Wood Signs

These are a few of the wooden signs we have made. Two of them were made using our sign jig and the router and the other one was made with scrapbook paper. I like how they all turned out.

This sign has been hanging on our front door for over a year now and is still looking pretty good. We weren't sure how well the canary wood would do outside, but it seems to be okay. We used the sign jig and then I painted inside the letter. 

This one we used the sign jig for the words and I painted them in and then I woodburned the yin-yang symbol onto the sign.
And this is the one I used scrapbook paper and stickers to make. I really loved the paper and thought it worked well for a sign. I like the ribbon I chose as well.

I hope y'all like the signs. We had fun making them.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Serving Tray Makeover

This project was a new experience for me as well. My mom and brother gave me the serving tray and I wanted to spruce it up like I've seen people do on Pinterest. They make it look easy, but it wasn't really easy for me.

It was just a plain wood serving tray to start with. I forgot to take a before photo but you can see the wood in this shot. The hot pink was my undercoat. For those who don't know me, I have trouble sometimes with colors. The paint I picked did not look hot pink but that's what it turned out. I was going for a rosy color. Oh

As you can see, I painted the outside first. That's because I didn't find out that you could decoupage over painted surfaces until after I started. I thought I had to leave the inside unfinished. I put celery green over the pink color, I think it was called rhubarb, and then I tried distressing for the first time. As you can see, I don't know what I'm doing. It just looks blotchy here.

After I found out you could decoupage over paint, I painted the inside of the tray.
The tray was an odd size so I couldn't use scrapbook paper to line it. I used some map tissue paper I had bought a while back at Barnes & Nobel. Isn't it cool?

I didn't realize modpodge would show up darker on paint so I made a mess. I will have to remember that for future projects. Be more careful with the glue. Here I put copy paper inside and started painting over the glue. I thought that might help but it really didn't. If anyone knows how to fix it, please tell me.

Just a couple shots of my distressing. It did get to looking better as I painted and everything dried.

And the finished serving tray. It is not perfect but not terrible for a first try. I do like the map. Even my husband liked it and he usually doesn't care at all about my crafts.

I plan to do something about lighting for my photos in the future. Once I get my craft room fixed I want to have a designated spot for photos. The tray really is a light, pale green like this bottom shot. Anyway, it was fun to do and I will do some more. With less glue. :)