An Update on my ‘To Get Done’ List

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 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!

About MacCupcake

Obviously, a big Mac fan (my first Mac was the first Mac) and mother to the most awesome kid in the world. A techno-junkie and self-proclaimed geek... I love anything and everything relating to computers. Addicted to collecting Pyrex! Also love making things and figuring out how to make or adapt existing stuff into something new! Always ready to try something new!

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