Mar 24, 2011

Stenciling of a Vintage Picnic Basket

My plan was to try the pencil transfer technique to stencil on the front of this vintage picnic basket. Unfortuneately, the transfer did not work well on the uneven surface of the basket so, I had to go to plan B.
I taped my print out on the window and carefully traced around each letter.

Then, I carefully colored in each letter with heavy pencil lead.

Then, I turned my print out over and placed it on the top of the picnic basket and repeated the process of tracing the letters and coloring them in once again with pencil lead. This time right side up!

Then, I used a paint pen and colored over the penciled lettering.

This is how it turned out!

I really like it however, I would have preferred the lettering of the front of the basket!! Now, I'm using this technique on several other things around the house. I is a nice alternative to stenciling which I completely stink at!
Take care,

Mar 15, 2011

Handmare Wire Bird Cage/Cloche

This was my inspiration! Decorative paper . . . .

This was my supplies . . . . .

This was the end result . . . .I promise it really is sweet in person however, it just did not photograph well!

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Mar 13, 2011

Turning An Ordinary Wine Cork Into Something Extraordinary

For this project, I used wine corks and drawer pulls that have the screw attached to the actual pull.
Then, I simply drilled a whole into the cork being sure not to drill completely through the bottom. I put a few drops of glue down into the whole and then I screwed the pull down into the cork. Viola, instant wine cork bottle topper! I thought how fun it would be make a set to give as a gift!

Rear view

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Mar 9, 2011

Decopage Cake Plate


Sheet music, Glue, and a button topper and there you have it a transformed 1950's stainless steal cake cover.


Tale care,

Mar 1, 2011

Unconventional Home Accents Using Old Bottles, Door Knobs, Drawer Pulls, and Crystals

In a wooded area behind our community park in the early 30's and 40' was used as a trash dump. I like to go back there and see what kind of treasures I can dig up. I have dug up dozens of old bottles which I have a strong affection for. I use them as sort of an unconventional home decor. I had the idea of dressing them up a bit by using drawer pulls, door knobs, crystals, and old keys. I had fun with this project and I like the way it transformed my trash to a little treasure!
A few bottles I recently dug up waiting to be cleaned. I really need to find a good tip for cleaning these things????



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