Hello Everyone! Happy Thursday! I want to show you one of the signs I made recently. I didn't take a before picture. It was the bottom portion of a bar swing door. I cut it off and sanded it down. Then painted it grey, then black and sanded the outer frame but left the recessed portion a more solid black except for the raised edge of the panel. Then I hand painted the sign on.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Hi Everyone! Happy Wednesday. I wanted to show you what I did with the sign that my mother gave me that I couldn't figure out what to do. Here are the before pictures so you can see what I started out with.
It finally spoke to me. And this is what I did with it. I painted that second molding black. Which looks a whole lot better.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Hi Everyone! Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone is having a great week. It's Inventory time at work this week. Fun! So no days off this week. I'll have to hit it really hard this weekend getting ready for the next craft fair which is October 15th in Clarinda. It's the largest one I go to. It is in five different buildings across town and it's almost too much for one day. But it's the one that my things do the best at. Hopefully that holds true this year. I neglected to share with you pictures from my first craft fair, it was the one on Labor Day. I did okay at it. I like this one because I don't have to take any time off of work for it and because I generally have help from my brother setting up and then my cousins hang out until the end and help me put it all away. So the extra help is wonderful! I'll let you look at the pictures. They aren't the best pictures because they were snapped in a hurry before the traffic started.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Hi Everyone! Happy Monday! I know I've been missing for a little more than a week and I want to apologize for not posting anything new. I had two back to back craft fairs that I was getting ready for and once the second one was over (more on the craft fairs coming soon, I promise), I had to work on the float at work for the ShenFest parade. I work as a bookkeeper for a local plumbing company and they decided they wanted to enter an actual float in the parade and asked me to paint an outhouse for it. So by the time I worked on that at work, I didn't want to do anything else at night. But I thought I'd share the finished product of my outhouse with you. It was made from the box for a water heater.
I painted the entire box a weathered brown color, then painted black lines on it to designate the boards and the black dots are knot holes. Then I started painting different colored lines to indicate wood grain. Keep in mind that it had to "show" from a distance so the lines had to be over dramatic.
I added this because it's the name of the founder of the company and his wife. I wanted it to look like John had carved it into the wood of the outhouse.
So there you have it. That's one of the things I've been up to this past week. The parade was Saturday and unfortunately, they didn't win anything for the float, but we had a good time anyway. The outhouse now sits in the front showroom of the store on display until they get sick of it. Well, thanks for stopping by.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Hi Everyone. Do you remember the storage bench that my nephew and I made while he was here this summer?
It called out to me wanting to be red.
So here it is out in the shop after getting it's first coat of red.
Here it is on display at the Essex Labor Day Market.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Hi Everyone! I wanted to show you the fall wreath I made. I took it to the Essex Labor Day Market, but it didn't sell. So I'll be taking it this weekend to the craft fair. I made it to show off the wreath stands I made. I have found that if you have a wreath stand and no wreath on it, people just don't know what to do with it. I always try to make sure and have at least one wreath. So this is the one I made.
Then I added these rusty metal maple leaf picks to it.
And painted this metal welcome sign and wired it on.
And I added some pine cones and the burlap to hang the wreath by.
And a group of acorns.
And there you have it. A simple fall wreath. And if it doesn't sell, I'll be perfectly happy to hang it on my door. Well, thanks for stopping by.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Hi Everyone! Happy Monday! I hope you all had a nice weekend. I was busy finishing several benches and handpainted signs trying to get ready for the craft fair this coming Saturday. I wanted to share with you the bench I finished for the Labor Day craft fair which was actually purchased by a friend of mine.
It is the Ethan Allen bed that I almost felt guilty for cutting apart (almost). Doesn't it make a nice bench?
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Hi Everyone! It's hard to believe it's been 10 years since the 9/11 attacks. I was working as a Manager for a Telecom Company and I was sitting in a training class when news of the first tower came to us via our pagers. We had telephone equipment in the towers and some employees working there. My manager paged me that I should just stay in class and they would page us if we were needed. It was difficult to know that things were happening and to be out of the loop. When class was over and I headed back to my office building, the security was higher already and my employees were very glad to have me back in the office.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Hi Everyone! I hope you are all having a great weekend. I've been busy getting ready for my second craft fair of the season that will happen a week from today. But first I want to show you one of the chairs I took to the Essex Labor Day Market this past Monday. It is one of the chairs that my Aunt Nancy gave to me. Here's what it looked like when I pulled it out of storage.
A bit too dark for my taste.
I'm really happy with the way it turned out. I have four more of this style to redo, but a few of them need a little TLC first. I took this and the arm chair to the Essex Labor Day Market, but they didn't sell. There was a lot of interest in them and one lady really wanted them, but her husband told her they were too fancy for them. She almost looked heartbroken. I guess it just wasn't meant to be. Thanks for stopping by!
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Hi Everyone! Happy Wednesday! Do you remember the wedding dress art I did on the antique ironing board?
Well, I decided to do a companion piece to go along with the wedding dress. I found an antique ironing board without legs for $5 at the local antique shop. Sorry I forgot to take a picture of just the board before I started working on it.
And here they are together at the Craft Fair. Sorry for the bad picture. We were in a hurry to get some pictures snapped and I didn't get more than one picture of anything.
Well, thanks for stopping by.