Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Monday, June 17, 2013
Now that I have this fantastic new closet,
I have been doing my best to come up with good organization methods to keep it clean and tidy.
I found a simple solution for my boots.
This is how they looked before.
I bought three pool noodles at a garage sale for a quarter.
My husband helped me out and did the manual labor.
Not because it's hard, but because I was busy.
Measure out the noodle and cut just below the top of the boot.
Here is the closet after.
With the pool noodle boot shapers in place.
Pretty awesome right?!
Friday, June 14, 2013
Welcome to another week of garage sale finds Friday.
Where I share with you some of my favorite garage sale finds from previous weeks.
A few weeks ago, I had a major score.
I love old crocks.
Not sure why, they are just such cool pieces of pottery.
I loved this one more because it's from Indiana.
The land I called home for 21 years of my life.
Way out here in Washington, we don't get a lot of Indiana relics.
See that 12 on there?
That's because it's 12 gallons.
And it's heavy!
Like at least 50 pounds heavy.
It still has the original handles, which are super hard to come by.
It's a very rare piece.
Want to guess how much I paid for it?
Thursday, June 13, 2013
I added about three tablespoons of plaster of paris to the water in my bowl.
After mixing those together, I poured in about a half a cup of paint.
Stir the combo together.
You want to end up with a thick paint mixture a little thicker than yogurt.
It's not an exact science, add more water if the paint is too thick, or plaster of paris if the paint is too thin.
I've had a vintage door in my garage for about a year and my husband is dying for me to get it out of his parking space. I starting painting the door with my homemade chalk paint.
Once the door is covered, let the paint dry.
Chalk paint dries fast, so you won't have to wait long.
As I explained yesterday, chalk paint goes on very dull and in order to bring out the color of the paint and to seal your work, you need to apply a layer of wax. I used SC Johnson paste wax.
You literally brush on a thin layer of wax
and wipe off the extra with a dry cloth.
I took out my sander and distressed the edges of my door.
This is the final result with my home made chalk paint.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
A few weeks ago, I got a HUGE box of supplies from Plaid.
It was the most amazing selection of the new line of Martha Stewart jewelry available at Michael's.
I already posted about my woodland bracelet that I made with epoxy clay, and enamel.
Today, I am going to show you how I made my very own silicone mold of a sand dollar and turned that in to a necklace.
The new line of jewelry has some amazingly easy rhinestones and settings to work with.
Each of the boxes is labeled with the size making it quite easy to chose the right items to work with.
I used a toothpick in my jewelry glue to make an easy fine tip to apply the glue with to the settings.
We all want to hurry up and use our glue thinking that it will dry so fast that you won't be able to work with it, but jewelry glue is the opposite.
You want to let the glue cure for about 2-3 minutes before applying your rhinestone.
I used this cool wax tipped tool to pick up the small rhinestones.
The stones stick to the tip like magic!
I love magic.
To create your custom mold, you need the Martha Stewart custom mold kit.
It comes with a silicone base, catalyst, a measuring cup and stir sticks.
I used my own bowl that I didn't care about using again, and a sand dollar that I found at our local beach.
Measure out your catalyst and pour into your bowl.
You will need 1 tsp of catalyst and 1 fluid ounce of silicone base.
Pour the measured contents into your container.
Stir them together well.
Let the mixture cure for 6-8 hours.
You want the item you are molding to sit on top of the mold, not sink down in to it.
I let the sand dollar sit in my mold over night.
I was a bit nervous in the morning about removing my sand dollar.
It was pretty stuck in there!
But since I didn't care about taking it out in one piece, I broke it up and removed it piece by piece.
Here is the completed sand dollar silicone mold that I was left with.
I love that you can still see so many of those subtle sand dollar details.
I brushed olive oil into the mold to prepare it for my epoxy clay.
I used red epoxy clay because I was out of the white.
I thought it would make a statement.
I also put a hole in the top of the epoxy clay with a toothpick to make it into a charm after it drys.
After about 24 hours, the clay is dry and you can remove your custom piece from the mold.
I wiped my piece down before preparing to put a glaze on it.
The red was a bit much and I wanted to tone it down with the gold and white glaze.
I used a pouncer to put the glaze on the sand dollar to give it some texture.
Several coats were needed.
Let your glaze dry about an hour between coats.
While the glaze was drying, I found a necklace in my jewelry box.
I got together a few rhinestone charm settings that I had made earlier and my round nose pliers to remove the feather from my necklace.
I put my sand dollar and my charms on the necklace in place of the feather.
I think it's a super cool, unique custom piece that I will get some wear out of during these summer months.
I must confess, I was most excited about the silicone mold kit.
The possibilities are endless.
What would you make a mold of?
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
However, not until last week when I played with chalk paint for the first time, did I fully understand what chalk paint is.