Tuesday, May 26, 2015

All-Star Designers Spring Series - Garden Tool Apron

In this weeks episode I'm sharing a customized garden tool apron and matching gloves made with products from Sizzix, Plaid, Makin's Clay®, Loew-Cornell, JudiKins and more...

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Baseball Time Photo Display with Smoothfoam™

Here in North Carolina, baseball season for our little guys is in full swing! When I saw this Smoothfoam™ baseball, I knew exactly what I wanted to make with it – a fun way to display our grandson’s baseball photos!  Find the full instructions here on the Smoothfoam™ blog.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Fish & Fish Hook Cottage Signs

With some repurposed fence panels (old or new!) you can create a unique sign for your home or favorite vacation retreat.   We wanted to create something one-of-a-kind for our lake cottage.   I knew I wanted it to be in the shape of a big fish - so I did an internet search until I could find a shape similar to what I envisioned.  Next, my handyman in residence, Danny, mounted several old fence boards together to create a large panel for the base of the fish.   I first sketched the fish onto the wooden panel in pencil, so I could make changes and adjustments as needed.  Once I got a shape I liked,  I went over the pencil lines with a permanent marker to give him a clear line to cut.   

He used a saw to cut around the marker line and the fish began to come to life!   

I loved the finished shape - it was exactly what I was envisioning!   At this point, I chose not to paint the fish because I wanted the natural, repurposed wood look - but you certainly could add a pop of any color or stain the wood, etc. to get the desired effect you wanted. 
On to the lettering.   We decided to name our cottage “Second Chance”.   We could have used lettering setncils, but I wanted something different.   I whipped out my laptop and began testing out fonts to see which one we thought would be best for the lettering.

We agreed that we liked “Coolock Black” the best! I printed out the lettering about 5” high and then out each letter. 

I arranged the cut out paper letters onto the fish to determine the right placement, then traced around each letter. 
Each letter was then pained with 3 coats of White Wash DecoArt® Americana® acrylic

After the paint was thoroughly dry, the entire sign was sprayed with a clear matte weatherproofing sealant.  

We also needed a house number sign for the cottage, and keeping with my “big fish” theme I decided it would be fun to have an oversized fishing hook for the sign.   Luckily, my resident handyman is not only a woodworker, but a metal worker and was able to bend a piece of tie-rod to the shape we wanted.   The same steps of printing, tracing, and hand painting the letters onto repurposed fence boards were used to create the wooden sign pieces.  Danny cut out a notch in the back of each piece of painted fence board and mounted the metal hook in the notch.  

We are absolutely thrilled with the finished signs and now we are anxious to move on to building window boxes from the same repurposed wood and to creating my new flower garden in the front of the cottage! 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Wings of Bling Dragonfly Plant Stake

It's time for the Designer Crafts Connection blog hop!  This month our theme was "Bling".  I created this quick & easy dragonfly plant stake with "Wings of Bling" to add a bit of springtime sparkle to one of my houseplants.    Be sure to follow through the Designer Crafts Connection link in the column on the right to see what other "bling" projects our designers are sharing!  


Plaid® Wood Surfaces - Dragonfly
The Buckle Boutique Dazzling Diamond Self-Adhesive Rhinestone Sheets - Purple, Gold, Green
Wooden dowel
Ad-Tech glue gun & glue sticks
Westcott® Titanium Bonded Non-Stick Scissors
Green craft paint, paint brush


I apologize for not having step-out photos - my lovely computer seems to be having a bit of fun right now making photos I have saved vanish into cyberworld where I cannot locate them.....

1)  Use the tips of scissors to carefully pull part the top piece of the dragonfly's body from the base piece with the wings.

2) Trace the separate body section onto the back of Green Dazzling Diamonds sheet and onto back of Gold.  Cut out and adhere green to separate body.

3) Mount gold body to center of dragonfly.

4) Trace dragonfly onto Purple Dazzling Diamonds sheet.  Cut out wings, adhere to wooden body.

5) Use hot glue to mount green body over gold body - green body is slightly smaller and gold will show slightly around edges.

6) Paint back of dragonfly and wooden dowel with green paint, let dry.  Hot glue dowel to base of dragonfly.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Bottle Cap Cabinet Knobs

I found these vintage bottle caps at an antique shop in Virginia and knew just what I wanted to do with them!  Find my full instructions on how to use Beacon Adhesives and ETI Envirotex resin to create your own bottle cap knobs here in my most recent Cindi's Simple Solutions article at When Creativity Knocks.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Turtle Tac Toe!

I designed this fun Turtle Tac Toe game set for Makin's Clay® several years ago.  It's still one of my favorite projects :0) The instructions are on the Makin's Clay® blog here.  

Friday, April 24, 2015

Makin's Clay® Sunflower

I've been obsessed lately with polymer clay flowers and decided to give it a try for myself.  I created this Makin's Clay® sunflower and I'm pretty pleased with the result!  Find the full tutorial on the Makin's Clay® blog here.