Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Towel Hanger

We made a towel hanger for our bathroom not too long ago. It is a really simple craft project. I think it turned out cute. I stole a piece of scrap wood from one of Roy's bigger projects. It was mahogany. It was already the prefect size. Roy beveled the edges with the router and then I sanded and finished it. I bought the hanger on sale for 80% off at Hobby Lobby last year. It was only $2.40. Not bad at all. Roy screwed it onto the board. He then used the router to make a slot to hang it from on the back. That's it.

 I think it looks nice for something so simple to make. I love mahogany and it really pops against the white door. What do y'all think?

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Christmas Tree Ornament: Lola

A friend asked me to make a Christmas ornament for her dog, Lola. She bought ornaments for her family and other dogs last year but didn't have one for the new pup. It had been a while since I used the scrollsaw. It took me a little to get back in the swing of it, but I think the ornament turned out well. I hope she likes it.

The hardest part of any of the ornaments is the top where it will hang from the tree. Doing circles isn't easy with my scrollsaw because it won't use spiral blades. Cutting with the straight ones in a circle is not easy. That's why none of my tops are exactly round. Still, the ornaments hang on the tree just fine. At least you can tell it says Lola. :)

I used Yucatan Rosewood for this ornament. I love the grain pattern. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Dog Platform for our Truck

Roy came up with an idea for a platform to go in the back seating area of our Nissan Frontier to make it easier for our dog, Riley, to ride back there. Before, the tool storage areas made it hard from him to stand and move around. The platform works great. Riley loves it!

It wasn't too hard to put together. We used 1/2 inch plywood for the platform and legs.

 The platform. We measured the floor and cut it to fit. We were dry fitting it here.

 Roy was making the legs. He just cut small pieces and glued and nailed them together, then attached them to the platform with Kreg screws.
 We bought some indoor/outdoor carpet from Lowe's in a color to match the interior of the Nissan Frontier. We just stretched it around the edges and stapled it in place.
 See the legs?
 Stapled in place. Not the prettiest cause we aren't upholsterers, but it works.
 Checking the fit. It worked fine.
The other door shuts just fine as well. The whole project didn't cost us much cause we had the plywood left over from another project, already had the staples and screws. We only had to buy the carpet, which was a little less than $14.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Easy Hanging Owl Craft

This was almost too easy to call it a craft project, but then again, that's the only kind I can really do. I like how this project turned out and anyone can do it. You might even try it with your kids.

I bought the wood owl from Walmart. It is very thin wood and comes with the thing to hang it up already attached.

Next, I picked out the scrapbook paper I liked and traced the owl onto the back of it and cut it out. I also used some ink on the edges just so the wood wouldn't show. I used green to match my paper.

Then I decoupaged the paper owl onto the wooden owl.

Finally, I bought some raised stickers and used them for eyes. I think it's cute.

What do y'all think? It was super easy but looks pretty neat hanging up.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Welcome Sign for a Friend

I made a sign for a friend last week. It is just a little simple sign, but it is cute and she likes it,which is the most important thing. I thought I'd show y'all what I did. It is really easy. Anyone could do it.

First, I stole a piece of scrap wood from Roy. I do this often with little pieces. I then cut out a piece of scrapbook paper the size of the board.

Next, I painted around the edges and part of the front of the sign. The parts that would show.

After that, I used decoupage to adhere the paper to the wood. I let it sit and put more coats on afterward to protect it.

Then I put some stickers on the sign for Welcome. I used brown because it stood out more.

I put a piece of scrapbook paper on the back as well, and Roy stapled a piece of fabric ribbon on for me so my friend can hang the sign.

And here it is hanging. I think it looks pretty neat for a simple design.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Owl Key/Towel Hangers and Wall Art

These little owls were my weekend project. Well, technically, I finished them up today, but most of it was done this past weekend. I wanted each owl to be a little different. I love how they turned out.

I created this template on Photoshop Elements to use to cut the owls out. PS doesn't have an owl already so I had to piece some things together to make one. I think it turned out pretty cute. I didn't make the body dark enough so drew a crude outline of it in pencil after printing.

Once I cut the owls out on the scrollsaw, and sanded them, I had to mark for the eyes. I took my little tool and poked a dot into the wood from the template. Not sure how well you can see the dots in the photo.

Then I did the eyes on the drill press. As you can see, I have a couple more owls still to play with.

The pink one is just a wall art piece. It is made out of oak. It doesn't have a hook to hang a towel or keys on, but I really love it! I think it looks so happy and cheerful and would work great in a kids room. I painted this one with chalk paint. I decoupaged scrapbook paper onto a piece of oak for the backboard. I also put some glitter on the bottom of the owl just to make it sparkle, and glued some fake gemstones on the eyes.

This one is oak that I stained in ebony. I really like how it turned out. Even though it is dark, it's still cute. I think the grey hook goes well with it.

This next one is made of ash. I stained it in golden pecan. I love the orange hook with the stain color.

This one is made of oak and stained with honey oak stain. I like the mint green hook with the flower eyes.

Here is a photo of the three stained owls together, just so y'all can see the differences.

I plan to try and sell the little owls sometime soon. I think they turned out well enough that people will like them. What do y'all think?

Wood Knife Holder

My husband completed a project this past weekend. He had been wanting to try his hand at making a knife holder for a while. I like how it turned out. He used some canary wood that I bought a long time ago. We had been saving it for a project for ourselves because it is my favorite wood.

First, he did some math. He marked where each magnet needed to go and figured out how deep to set them.

After he had the placement and depth figured out, he used the drill press to make the holes for the magnets.

Then he inserted the magnets and sanded the whole thing.

He then cleaned it up and put shellac on it to protect the finish.

I think it looks nice on the wall. Maybe one day we will get a set of matching knives.

Hope y'all enjoyed the little project. Have a nice day!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Gifts for Niece

A couple of things I made for my niece a while back. A decorated box and a wooden owl.

It was my first time trying to decorate a box. It turned out better than I expected, although far from perfect.
 I glued ribbon around the lid. She likes owls so I thought it was a good choice.

 The rest is scrapbook paper. I used double sided table to adhere it to the sides and top of the box.
The owl turned out well. We saw some like it online and decided to try our hand. My husband set everything up and figured it out and then I made a few of these little guys.

I'm glad both things turned out half way decent. My niece said she liked them and that's the most important thing.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

February Homemade Cards

I finally got my cards done for February. I made the ones for my Facebook group and a couple others for people who I wanted to send a little pick-me-up to. They are simple, but that seems to be the only kind of cards I can make. Still, I like them. Please let me know what y'all think.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Craft Letter Decorating

I am doing a craft off again with some friends. This time, we decorated letters for each other. It was my first time decorating craft letters. It is fun! Here are my letters. You can watch the video to hear more about each letter.

So far, everyone likes how they turned out. I'm hoping they survive the mail okay. I might have to decorate some more letters soon. Please let me know what you think.

Here is the Youtube video: Craft Off #2