Archive for February, 2012


Bling Bling

I don’t wear jewelry much….I’m a bit of a tomboy….I haven’t been able to wear earrings since my early twenties….so sad…=[ But….I DO love to look….and I even love the idea of wearing it……and every once in a blue moon….I’ll wear it….but it usually goes into my pocket before the end of the occasion.

I must however, confess……..I’m a bead, bauble, and BLING nut!!! I buy more “stuff” to make jewelry with than most people can imagine wearing over a life time. But in my defense….I use them on my crosses….and numerous other projects that spew out of my head.Today….I’m just posting the jewelry I’ve made over the last month or so…..=]

Love Y’all!

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Do the Decoupage!

Finally….
I’m gonna give decoupage…ADVISE. I have to say up front….I am NO expert….there may be other ways of doing this….maybe better….this is my way…and it works for me….just sayin’!

First find something you want to re-face…or add to….It can be pretty much anything that won’t fall apart to get a little damp…books…furniture…paper…walls….you name it.

I’m guessing….if you have the “something” to cover….then you probably have the “something” to go on it….same rule of thumb as above….anything pretty much that won’t fall completely apart when it’s dampened. I’ve even used tissue paper….so this is REALLY almost anything…fabric..paper…napkins….etc….

You will need…..MOD PODGE…..Now…I’m not in the business of giving ANY product free advertising….but seriously I know of no other product to do this with….however…in a pinch I’m pretty sure white glue would work….I’ve accidentally gotten BOTH in my mouth before (don’t ask)….and they taste EXACTLY alike! =\

Get a paint brush…..coat the recipient in a nice covering of paste….I wouldn’t go too heavy….it simply doesn’t need a ton….that being said….the thicker the item you’re sticking….the more mod podge you’ll need. When I do fabric….I put enough to “get into” the fabric when I smooth it down.

Many times…I give up the paint brush once I have my covering placed….it can be moved around…pulled up and rearranged….and I suggest that you do just that…get in there…and get your hands dirty…don’t be prissy….water washes it off…and God gave us the PERFECT tools right on the end of our arms for this! If you’re REALLY anal about the placement of your paper…you may actually need to lift a corner/section at a time and re-coat under it.

Let it dry….but stay close at this point because sometimes things wrinkle or bubble….and you need to continue to smooth it either with your hands or the paint brush…be careful though…because you can ball up the sticky mod podge….I usually dip the brush or my fingers in the bottle to keep it from balling up while I’m smoothing….not too much…or you’ll just keep it too wet to stick down without wrinkling.

Once it’s dry…re-coat the top several times….I think they recommend three coats (instructions on the bottle). Don’t freak out….it goes on white….but it does dry clear. If you’re from back in my day….this was REALLY popular to used on puzzles….people would coat them and then hang them like pictures….Do they still do that?

I have used it on “fake” oil painting/posters that I wanted to look like a “real” painting for texture…..now seriously….it’s NEVER gonna look like a REAL oil painting up close…but it’s a pretty good mock from a slight distance…..I tried to turn it where you could see the texture it makes….if you follow the strokes in the picture it looks best.

I also do this…over a jar or whatever….like here…this is pretty cool! A bubble bath bottle was used for this one….=]

A decoupage project on canvas I have been working on this week.

Have fun!

Love Y’all!

A surprise from sis!

Yesterday…..after the LAST tile went in the shower….my sister on the way home…found me an AWESOME surprise.

I have been wanting some pallets to face the bar in my kitchen with.

I have learned….if you want or need something….you put it out on the wire…and I did with EVERYONE close…sis..daughter..son..hubby….and sis came up…she spotted some on the way home….so back we tracked!!!


Now…if you can’t tell from this picture…this was NO ordinary find….there were GOBS of pallets….more than we could fit in my truck….cause I had tools too. I might go back after sis’ grouting lesson today! Also in this pile was some cedar tongue and groove paneling that had been torn out of somewhere….still RED!!!! It was new enough that it hadn’t even faded!!! Not that there is anything WRONG with patina…..NOTHING….but just saying…..IN FABULOUS shape…..so a new project will HAVE to come!!!!

Love Y’all!!!!