There are clever people who make their own lipstick from crayons (really!)
and cute little bracelets from buttons,but I'm not one of them!
However, my creative itch does beg to be scratched occasionally, so when something looks interesting, I have to try it.
A few months ago, I jumped on the burlap and ruffle bandwagon
and made this table runner.
While I was at it, an old lazy-susan got a splash of simple black and white checks.
Continuing with the rustic table top theme, I decided to make........
Gosh, what would you call them?
Trays? Chargers? How about Picket Placemats?
I stumbled upon this clever idea at Claire Gillam's She Knows. Thanks for the inspiration. You provided me with an evening of fun1 Here's how I made my Picket Placemats. The mats are made from 15" red cedar wooden shims. The shims are readily available at any Big box Store and cost $3.98. Two placemats can be made from one bundle. What could be more economical?
I lined up 12 shims, then used 3 shims across the back to brace them. Gorilla Glue held everything together. The 2x variety dries extra fast --letting me assemble 8 mats very quickly.
Adding 4 shims on the front, created a frame.
Once the edges were trimmed, I sanded the wood to soften the edges
and prevent slivers.
White-washing the wood gives a distressed Picket Fence look. I recommend light sanding after painting to eliminate any roughness, because water-based paint raises the wood grain. A clear cost of poly to finishes it off nicely, and makes the placemats easy to wipe clean. Once dry, it was time to set the mats the table.
True to form, anything new in the house has to be thoroughly investigated by Murphy, who decided these placemats were just right. With her stamp of approval, I'll use them for a "gal-pal" luncheon next week. Tied up with ribbon or twine, and a set of napkins, wouldn't they'd make a great hostess gift?
I was given AS a Mother's Day gift! A friend's children, all young adults, asked if I would paint a tree on the wall in their game-room as a gift for their Mother on her special day. They had collected family photos, both old and new, and wanted to create a wall similar to one she had seen on-line, and admired. Here's the inspiration shared with me. Painter's tape helped plan where the main branches would go. And then I began to paint... until the wall was filled.
All the photos were framed in black, which helped unify their various sizes and shapes. We decided where the frames would go by holding them up to the wall, moving them a little to the left here -- or a bit higher there. Satisfied, the empty frame was nailed to the wall.
One by one the frames were filled with family photos, and here's the happy result.
The tree spills across the entire wall and wraps around the corner, so as the family grows, there's room for more photos.
A hope chest. Perhaps your grandmother had one. There was a time when young ladies would stitch lace trimmed linens, quilts, towels, and gather dishes and silver in anticipation of starting their own home. They'd save them in their hope chest. Today brides merely register at Bed Bath and Beyond!
This is how the chest looked at first. Well almost. Originally, the chest sat on the ground. But adding new legs gives it a lift.
BEFORE Then step by step it got a face lift! It started with an inspiration clipped from a magazine.
And grew from there. First with paint. And some glazing. Some sanding.
Followed by gold highlights.
I dabbed the brush here and there, back and forth, and all around. Finally, I was satisfied. And the chest was ready to go to its new home.
Yes, this is a sneak peek at my friend Sherry's master bedroom re-design. I can't show you more, until she's ready! Enjoy!