I am making a little headway on my “To Get Done” list. In the past week or so, I’ve managed to complete five projects and one that wasn’t officially on the list. I wrote about number 4, which were the oversized Scrabble Tiles (you can see them here) and the iPad case – Number 11 – made from a child’s book (the post here). In addition, I have completed the following projects:
Number 1 – Felt Tree: I liked the way it looked and even without instructions, this one was pretty easy to replicate. Using four different colors of felt, I cut as many leaves as I could. Using four different colors of ribbon, I simply attached the leaves to the ribbon with one or two stitches. In various lengths, I attached the ribbons to the tree. I created the trunk of the tree with three large branches, also made using felt and stuffed it to be good and solid and when completed, I found a shallow pot and set the tree into it and filled it with polished river rocks. Before putting the trunk together, I added a knot on the front of the trunk, although you cannot see it in the photo. The Felt Tree now sits proudly in the front entryway.
Number 3 – Updated an old school desk: This was very straight forward. I sanded the chair seat and back rests with a course sandpaper moving to finer grit papers until I had the wood in a nice clean state. Then I taped it off with blue painter’s tape and spray painted the metal part of the chair. It took a couple of coats, as red is such a unforgiving color when applying over marks and discolorations. When the paint was dry (and I gave the paint a few extra days since the temperatures had dropped, it seemed prudent to allow a few extra days in the house to cure. I then applied a clear stain to the wood, slightly sanding in between coats. When it had dried, I simply moved it into a proud position in my living/dining room/kitchen and set a red potted plant on the seat.
Number 12 – Six Foot “Ruler”: This was so easy and turned out really well. I may be inclined to do more of these.
Using a six foot length of white pine, choosing a piece that was relatively clear of knots and heavy grain. I applied two coats of a clear stain after routing the edges. If I do this again, I may try to replicate the actual shape of a rule, that half of the piece is sloped to a narrow edge. I might even go as far as attempting to add the metal edge that is found on most rulers.
Following a light sanding of the last coat of clear stain, I marked the intervals for each foot, including quarters, halves and whole. Then, mimicking the steps for the Scrabble Tiles, I traced the numbers for each foot. I then used the Elmer’s painter pens and drew the lines and then filled each number in. I then let the paint dry overnight and sealed it all with one more clear coat of stain. It now rests proudly propped against the wall next to my craft cabinet. I think all that is missing is a large pencil or paint brush.
The final project I completed this week is a fun and simple project that I have seen a few times on pinterest.com. Often referred to as a ‘cowboy wine glass’ or ‘hillbilly wine glass’, it consists of a inexpensive crystal or cut glass candle holder glued to the bottom of an ordinary jar or canning jar or ball jar. I had these jars waiting to be taken to the recycling center and knew that I had to match them up with the candle holders I had just purchased for a dollar a piece at my favorite thrift store. It was simply a matter of gluing the jars – using my trusy E-6000 glue – to the candle holders and allowing them to dry over night. I have several cans of glass paint in the garage, I may go another step and paint them, perhaps purple or pink. Can you think of anything more fun?
I could offer one last thing, and that was my blog of yesterday, three thousand words and pictures on all the Halloween costumes that I have made for my son over the years. He has been my inspiration and happiness and I have to admit that of all the things that I have had a part in creating, he is by far the most beautiful creation of all. I hope that you continue to come back and share with me my crafting. And I hope that my little efforts to beautify and make interesting my little corner of the world gives you some inspiration as well.
Happy crafting y’all!