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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Rainy Days and Sundays

There is something cozy and warm about being inside on a rainy afternoon, especially on the weekend when we can take a little time to work on fun "rainy day" projects!

We've had our share of rain and storms over the last few days, and I have tried to put the hours to good use.  Yesterday I worked on this fun project with an old shutter from my corner stash.  My husband had suggested this a long time ago, but I just hadn't gotten around to doing it.

Originally, the plan was to leave off the kitchen part and make it an open and closed sign for our business, but since we decided that we didn't want to over-extend ourselves, we didn't move out on our own yet, so the sign wasn't needed.  It's going to stay on the back burner until the day comes that we are ready to take that step.

So here's how the sign turned out.  I asked for some input on the colors from my son, and I played around with various schemes until I came up with something I liked.  I did this with vinyl using my Silhouette Cameo, which I love, and I think it turned out pretty well.  Getting the letters to line up was a little tricky, but not too bad.





Besides this project, I'm also in the middle of another one involving glass blocks.  I've always wanted to try my hand at these but just never seemed to be able to catch them on sale.  Finally Hobby Lobby and my schedule cooperated so now I have a small stash to work on.  I'll get pictures of those later, after the lights I ordered arrive.

Finally, a few weeks back, my husband and I went "pickin'" in an old barn and came home with a van load of architectural treasures. Among the stash are six of these beautiful textured glass windows.  They measure 12 by 24 inches, and each has the wonderful, naturally distressed handle.  I'm still trying to decide on some good phrases to vinyl on these, but hopefully I'll have at least one done by the end of the day. By the way, this one looks really good now that it's cleaned up.  You should have seen it barn-fresh!



Anyway, here's to everyone else who is using this afternoon to play around with some fun new projects.  I hope you have a wonderful time!

Valerie

P.S.  Here's what one of the windows looks like now that I've finished it:


And here's where we're linking up today:


I Heart Nap Time

Thursday, April 5, 2012

At Home at Home Depot

There was a time when the only reason I wanted go to Home Depot was to see Tony Stewart's picture on the Coke machine.  Those were the days when all I saw was boring stuff like lawn mowers, pvc pipe, and electrical supplies when I walked through the door, usually trailing my hubby.


Oh how times have changed!

Don't get me wrong, because I firmly believe that heaven might just be one big craft store, but Home Depot is a really fun place to find project supplies. It all started with spray paint and has moved on to washers, thumb tacks and sand paper.


Last week I went in for some of the aforementioned thumb tacks when I found myself in the tile aisle.  I've bought tile before, but it came from the Habitat for Humanity store and the selection was pretty limited.  Needless to say, Home Depot's choices are something out of a dream.


Previously, I've used 4x4 and 3x12 ceramic tile for applying vinyl lettering and sayings.  Those are fun, and I love how easily vinyl sticks to them, but I got a little bored with my colors (or lack of) since I bought only white and gray.


The tiles I bought last week are small, and the colors are oh-so-yummy!  Most of them are glass, but some are tumbled stone and I have yet to decide which ones I like best.  They come on a sheet and for this project, I just pulled them off the mesh backing, created some inspirational words with my Silhouette Cameo and stuck magnets on the back.


You can see here how they look.  It's a very simple project with limitless potential.


So even though Joey Logano has replaced Tony on the Coke machine, I still find myself gazing that direction as I leave one of my favorite stores.  And I still smile.


Linking up to this party today!

Monday, April 2, 2012

From Junk to Junque

Green does not describe me.  I am not a jealous person, I am probably the worst recycler on the planet, and my thumb is pasty white, causing only weeds to grow in the gardens and flower beds I touch.

Despite that, I absolutely love rescuing items that are destined for the garbage truck and making something funky and fun out of them.  Here's proof from my old blog that this isn't my first recycling rodeo:  http://studiovalerie.blogspot.com/2011/05/bubble-full-of-blooms.html

It's fun to take something weird, something that anyone else would think you were crazy for saving, and turning it into something useful, fun or pretty.  This is the story of our latest rescue.

So yesterday my husband walked into my office with this odd piece:


"What is that?" you're probably thinking.

It's the vent cover from an old upright freezer that had to be trashed several months back.  The first question, of course, is "how did we not see this when we hauled out the freezer?"  That question would be answered immediately if you've ever seen our basement.  It is wall-to-wall junk and boxes, collected over nearly twenty years of living in the same house.

This piece intrigued my husband, and he just knew that it could be turned into something fun.  His suggestion:  Use that fancy vinyl cutter and make a "cold drink" sign out of it.

So that's what I did.  First, I found this really cool (ha!) font and cut navy blue letters with a layer of white "snow" and created "ICE COLD DRINKS" in a size that would fit the piece.


Next, they were transfer-taped and applied, creating this one-of-a-kind sign that will some day grace the man cave that we hope to eventually carve out of the basement once the kids extract all their stuff.  We have two old Pepsi machines and one old Coke machine, so this should look great hanging on the wall above them...someday.


So there you have it!  My fun little Sunday afternoon project.  One less piece of junk in a landfill, one more piece of junque in my basement.  It's a treasure trove of pickin' paradise that Frank and Mike would love to crawl around in, that's for sure. Sorry boys, you're not invited.  We're going to enjoy all of this stuff ourselves, eventually.

Here's where we're linking up on this beautiful Good Friday:


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