A Random Act of Kindness

I’ve partnered with Consumer Crafts and Blueprint Social to create a gift and give it to someone I feel is very special as a random act of kindness!

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Brad Edwards is a special guy. He is the greeter at out local WalMart in Conway, Arkansas and is so full of positive energy! He always shouts out “Welcome to WalMart!” to every shopper entering the store. Every time I’ve stopped at that store and Brad is working, there are always several people visiting with him. He is so popular, he even has his own Facebook page. He always has a kind word and usually a joke for anyone who stops to talk to him. (He always tells me to buy more stuff because he needs the money – hilarious!)

Brad was in a near fatal car accident in 1999 (find out more about Brad here). He wasn’t expected to survive but he is here, greeting shoppers with enthusiasm and a huge smile. Whenever he is asked how he is doing, he holds out his cross necklace and says, “I am blessed.” When I stopped by WalMart a couple of days ago, I heard a little girl tell Brad that she loved him and that sealed the deal for me. Brad is my hero!

When I applied for the Random Acts of Kindness 2013 campaign, Brad was the first person that came to mind as the recipient of the gift I am going to create. I wanted to create something with flair that reflects Brad positive attitude! I decided to create a set of glittery glass ball ornaments with his initial on each of them. These ornaments are very easy to make and pack a huge punch once finished!

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Materials:

Remove the cap from the ornament and pour a bit of the floor polish inside. Swirl it around to coat the entire inside, then drain the polish back in the bottle.

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Pour glitter into the ornament using a funnel. I couldn’t find my funnel so I used a plastic cup and squeezed it so it had a sort of “spout” on it. Coat the inside of the ornament with glitter by shaking it or rolling it, then pour the remaining glitter back into the container. Let the ornament dry.

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I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the letter B out of silver vinyl so I could put it on the front of the ornament. (A metallic paint marker would be equally fabulous for a monogram or name!)SANY2782

I replaced the cap on the ornament then tied strands of curling ribbon in the loop, then added the monogram to the ornament.

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I also covered the box with a bit of brown kraft paper and washi tape… These ornaments are awesome and they reflect light, just like Brad! He is an inspiration to many and he always puts a smile on my face!

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Visit Consumer Crafts at Facebook, Twitter , Pinterest, Instagram, or their Blog where they have a wide range of crafting supplies to fit your needs. They really have a great selection!

 


I’ve partnered with BluePrint Social and Consumer Crafts to create this sponsored post. I received the supplies to create the project as well as compensation for the post. All of the words and opinions are mine!




Quick and Cute Mirror Update

Dollar stores are a fantastic source for decorative items and supplies. I purchased several framed mirrors years ago but never hung them. Although the plain black frame is awesome itself, I wanted this mirror to pop and really pack a punch!

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I cleaned up the mirror (it was very dusty from just sitting!) and taped off the mirror itself. I like to purchase the blue tape at my local Dollar Tree. The tape is a bit tacky to use on painted items but it is perfect for quick small projects just like this one. I like to keep several rolls on hand and I can’t beat the price!

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I decided to spray paint the mirror using my Painter’s Pyramids (very handy tools!) and Rust-Oleum’s 2x spray paint in Lemon Grass.

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I used two coats of paint on the frame and let it dry overnight.

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I used my Cameo to cut a phrase out of vinyl. Vinyl phrases or designs from any craft store will work just as well if you have no way to cut your own! Clean the glass using a window cleaner and let dry. Then place the vinyl in the position desired on the mirror.

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So cute and very inexpensive! Do you know how hard it is to photograph a mirror without reflecting all of the junk “behind the scenes”?? Ha ha!!

 

Until next time,

Happy Creating!




How to Update a Sewing Machine Case

I have several sewing machines. I have been a seamstress since I was a teenager. One of my machines is a vintage Kenmore machine. That sucker is heavy (being an all metal machine) and they certainly don’t make them like this any more. The only problem is that the hard case has yellowed with age. While this is still a fabulous machine, the cover makes it look unattractive.

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Enter my handy can of spray paint… I know, I know, why on earth would I paint my sewing machine case bright turquoise blue? Because I can. I love it and I have always done things that are considered out of the realm of “normal”. (Honestly, my family doesn’t even ask anymore!) Plus, it looks pretty!! I may paint the covers for my other machines (yes, machines = plural) and then I’ll have a rainbow of prettiness!

Anyhoo, I wiped the case down with vinegar to clean it up a bit and taped off the locking clips on the sides with masking tape.

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I used Rust-Oleum’s Ultra Cover 2x spray paint in Satin Lagoon. I am a huge fan of Rust-Oleum paints and wood stains! I sprayed the first coat, let it dry, the sprayed a second coat letting it dry overnight.

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I used my Cameo to cut out a couple of vinyl decals for the front and back.

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What do you think?  A little too bold? Naaahh, not for me!

 

Until next time,

Happy Creating!!

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How to Make a Wood Sign with a Paper Background

I’ve already shared my love for my latest obsession – building chairs – but I also have been having fun making wood word signs using my Silhouette Cameo.  Today, I’ll share my “how to” on making a sign with scrap plywood (I used Purebond plywood) using scrapbooking paper as the background!

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Materials:

  • 12″ x 12″ scrap of plywood
  • 12″ x 12″ scrapbooking paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Vinyl sign or symbol
  • Paint
  • Sanding sponge, fine grit

 

Start by thoroughly sanding the plywood. Apply a generous coat of Mod Podge, then apply the paper smoothing it out to remove any wrinkles or bubbles. Let it dry completely.

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Apply a coat of Mod Podge on top of the paper and let it dry. This will make it easier to remove the vinyl decal. 

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Use the sanding sponge to rough up the Mod Podge surface, then apply the vinyl. Apply another coat of Mod Podge over the vinyl and let it dry.

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Sand again, then apply the paint. I used three coats of paint to completely cover the print on the paper. Once the paint is dry, carefully remove the vinyl and lightly sand again (I know – lots of sanding!). Apply a polyurethane sealer if desired.

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Attach a hanger to the back – I like to use a soda can tab with a washer and a screw.

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Voila!! So cute! I have to mention that this idea came from The Han, my teenage daughter! She’s so creative… I wonder where that comes from??

Share your fabulous work with me… Send photos to cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com or designsbystudioc {at} gmail {dot} com. I would love to feature your work on DbSC!




How to Make a Wine Bottle Stopper with a Drawer Knob

There are some really cool wine bottles out there… I have a plan to use empty wine bottles for holding other drinks (water, juice, tea, etc.) at my son’s graduation party this Spring. Cool wine bottles need cool stoppers, right?

This quick and easy project makes an awesome gift!

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Materials:

  • Drawer Pull – the kind with the threaded rod attached to the knob and a nut on the end (I found mine at Hobby Lobby)**
  • Cork
  • Stik ‘n Seal Outdoor adhesive

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Start by drilling a 3/16″ hole through the center of the cork. Don’t drill all the way through, just deep enough to house the threaded rod the knob is attached to.

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Squeeze adhesive into the hole the best you can and twist the knob into the hole.

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Let dry and place in the bottle. 

 

** If the only drawer knob available are the kind at the home improvement stores with a screw at the end, the screw can be replaced with a piece of 8-32 threaded rod cut to length with a hacksaw!

Share your fabulous work with me… Send photos to cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com or designsbystudioc {at} gmail {dot} com. I would love to feature your work on DbSC!




Another T-shirt Makeover…

Another T-shirt Makeover…

I love t-shirts! They are so comfy, have no special laundering instructions, and look great for any occasion! I do get bored with a plain t-shirt. Sometimes I like to add just a little touch of something to dress them up a bit.

I bought two plain t-shirts on clearance for $3 each. I cut one in half with the intention of using the cut off portion to dress up the other shirt. I almost felt guilty about cutting one in half… What should I do with the upper portion?

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I have been sewing more than half of my life. I have a large “collection” of fabric and decided to use a piece of knit fabric to create a bottom half for the t-shirt I cut up. Does that make sense? Let me explain…

I started by cutting my shirt in half.

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I used the bottom portion as a pattern to cut out a new bottom from a piece of knit fabric I already had.

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I sewed the side seams, and gave it a hem. Then, I pinned the new bottom to the top of the cut up shirt.

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I cut a strip from a contrasting fabric and sewed a seam down the center to gather the strip. I pinned it at the side seam of the shirt then gathered it all the way around. I used a zig-zag to stitch the ruffle in place, then removed the basting stitches.

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I sewed a small bow made from a strip of knit fabric to the front and washed the shirt to make the ruffle curl.

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Cute, huh? Now I don’t feel so guilty about cutting it apart. So now for the original reason I bought the shirts…

I took the lower portion of the first shirt and cut two 2″ strips. I cut the strips apart at the seam and stitched a seam down the center of three of the strips to gather them.

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I pinned the edge of one strip at the shoulder seam and the other edge at the center of the neckline, then pulled the thread to gather the strip. I repeated the process for the other side of the neckline. I stitched them in place with a zig-zag.

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I gathered the third strip tightly and wound it into a circle to make a flower, hand stitching the bottom as I went. I sewed it by hand to the front of the shirt, then washed it to make the edges curl.

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Voila! A little bit girly but still way comfy – just the way I like it!

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Until next time,

Happy Creating!




How to Repurpose a Food Package into a Pretty Container

We have a new addition to the family – a sweet beagle named Pokey. We had his treats stored in a coffee can but that coffee can just didn’t blend into the decor.

Pokey’s treats needed to be stored in something much nicer. A little scrapbooking paper, twine, and a letter P turned the Pioneer baking mix container I’d been holding on to into stylish storage for treats! By the way, the letter P is for “Pokey” not “Pioneer”… just sayin’!

Materials:

  • Assorted sheets of scrapbooking paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Twine
  • Initial or other decoration

I started by rinsing out the container. I trimmed the main scrapbooking paper to fit the length of the box.

   

I applied a layer of Mod Podge to the box and applied the paper.

  

I cut a couple of strips from coordinating scrapbook papers and applied them to the box. I tied a length of twine around the strips and added the initial.

 

Do you think he likes the box? Probably not, but he definitely likes the treats!

 

Until next time,

Happy Creating!




How to Make Halloween Lanterns

Last week, my cousin posted a picture on Facebook of Halloween lanterns made by her girls. I thought they were really cute and asked them to send the instructions to me so I could share them.

This also gave me the opportunity to interview them and ask them about their craftiness… We are part of a very creative family. There are teachers, computer geniuses, musicians, photographers, and a whole host of gifted people in our clan. 

So I am proud to introduce my little cousins – Noelle and Evelynn (also known as “No-No” and “Evvie”) to present their Halloween Lantern project!

But first, the interview…

How long have you been crafting?

Noelle:  I’ve been crafting for as long as I can remember. I’ve done my crafts at home, school, and Sunday school.

Evelynn: Well, I remember making crafts at all ages, with finger painting, clay art, earrings and so on.

What is the first craft you have made that you can remember?

Noelle: The first craft I made that I can remember was before I started school. Mommy, Evelynn, and I were making Valentine’s Day cards for Daddy. We used construction paper and tissue paper.

Evelynn: The first craft that I remember making was when I was in kindergarten and I had made a Christmas card with my grandma, for my mom and dad. We used green construction paper and puffy stickers.

Where do you get your ideas?

Noelle:  I get my ideas and inspiration from everywhere. Some ideas come from pictures in books and magazines, or on the Internet, and others I think of on my own. For instance, I collected some weeping willow branches from my back yard. I noticed how they moved like bird’s wings and decided to try and make a large bird kite. I haven’t actually tried it yet, but I might try it, maybe, after the bugs go off of the tree.

Evelynn: I get my ideas from lots of places: Pinterest, magazines, advertisements, books, and sometimes I come up with my own ideas.

Do you have favorite things you like to make?

Noelle: Yes, I mostly prefer leather crafts, such as leather pouches, moccasins, and necklaces. I also like to sew clothes for my dolls.

Evelynn:  Yes! My most favorite crafts to make are earrings. I make bead earrings using glass, plastic, and metal beads, too.

Do you have a favorite craft store you like to shop at?

Noelle:  Yes, Hobby Lobby is my favorite craft store to shop at. Hobby Lobby has an uber wide selection of crafts, as well as everything I need to make my projects.

Evelynn: Yes, I love shopping at Hobby Lobby. They have almost everything I need. They have a ton of craft material. 

 

They are girls after my own heart! I L.O.V.E. Hobby Lobby and shop there weekly! Awesome! Now on to their project…

 

Instructions for Glass Halloween Lanterns 

Materials you will need:

  • Glass jars; we used two pickle jars, one relish, and one “pimento spread” jar. You can use plastic jars if you want to. We personally have not tried this, so we don’t know how well it would work.
  • Orange, yellow, green, and white tissue paper left over from birthday presents, torn into small quarter size pieces.
  • Mod Podge®
  • Paint brushes
  • Metal wire; we used the 20 gauge metal wire that Evelynn uses to wrap her beaded earrings with.
  • Face template

 

First, we cleaned the jars with warm soap and water and scrubbed the labels with a sponge. Some of the labels were stubborn, so we let them soak in hot water for a short while and scrubbed again.

Place a piece of tissue paper on the jar and using a paint brush, spread a thin layer of Mod Podge® over the paper until it is completely saturated with the gloss finish. Slightly overlap the previous piece with a new piece of tissue and cover with another layer of Mod Podge®. Repeat this process until the entire jar is covered with tissue paper, making sure not to leave any gaps. While you are waiting for the Mod Podge® to dry, you can cut out a face from the template.

 Using the same process as the tissue paper, adhere the face cutouts with Mod Podge® to the jar and add another layer of the finish to the entire jar. (We used printer paper for the template and because it is thicker than tissue paper, we had to Mod Podge® both sides of the paper to make sure it would stick to the layer of tissue paper.)

Template can be found at Photobucket.com

 

Template can be found at Photobucket.com

 

Template can be found at Photobucket.com

 Once the jar is dry, (it might feel a little sticky) you can make the wire handle. Wrap the wire once around the mouth of the jar, leaving an inch of wire to twist around the longer end, which will be used to make the handle. Bend about 7 inches of wire over the top of the jar, leaving an inch on the other side, past the mouth, and trim the wire. Pull the wire from the handle through the wire that is wrapped around the mouth and twist the remaining inch of wire around the handle to secure in place.

  If you plan to use plastic jars, I suggest using a flameless candle to avoid melting the jar. We are using flameless candles in our lanterns so they will last longer!

 

How awesome! I am so excited to try this! Thanks, ladies, for taking time out of your busy crafting schedules to let me share your project!

Until next time,

Happy Creating!




Make a Fabulous Candy Dish for Halloween!

How to Make a Cute Ghost Candy Dish

While planning for our Halloween shindig, I realized I did not have any dishes for serving candy corn (my favorite!) and various other small treats.

The inspiration for this cute ghost candy dish came from the Dessert Stands I made last month with glass plates and candle holders. This time, instead of plates, I used cup candle holders. So here we have another cheap, easy, and quick project that can be completed in a day. Let me show you how to make a cute ghost candy dish that would be equally cute as a snowman!

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  • Glass candle holders – one for taper candles and one for other candles
  • Adhesive for glass (such as Stik ‘n Seal)
  • Spray paint
  • Craft paint and brushes
  • Ribbon

I like to have a border at the top of the “dish” so I taped off the top part of the larger candle holder. I spray painted it with white satin spray paint.

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I spray painted the taper candle holders with gloss black spray paint.

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I drew the eyes and mouth on the larger candle holder for the ghost, then filled them in with black paint. Once the black paint was dry, I added detail to the eyes with white and a little more black.

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I applied a bead of adhesive to the taper candle holder and positioned it on the bottom of the larger candle holder. Then I added a small bow with my “Trick or Treat” ribbon…

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I filled the larger candle holders with candy… So cute! Hey, Frankenstein photo bombed my picture!!

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Various bowls can be used in place of the larger candle holders. They can be used for salsa, guacamole, or other dips. A few painted like snowmen or Santa would be great for the holidays! Have any questions or other ideas on how to make a cute ghost candy dish? Leave a comment below!




How to Make a Spooky Witch Lantern

How to Make a Spooky Witch Lantern

October is just around the corner which means our annual shindig is only a few weeks away… Yikes, I need to get busy! Today I will share another cheap and easy project using a few things from the dollar store.

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Materials:

  • Four wood picture frames
  • Plywood to create the bottom of the lantern
  • Vellum
  • Witch silhouette clipart
  • Wire for handle
  • Glass knobs for feet
  • Tea light candle and holder or flameless candle

I began by removing the glass and backing from the picture frames. I set the glass aside to use later!

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I used a computer program to position the witch to print on the vellum. I wanted to print at least two images per sheet of paper. I adjusted the size of the witch according to the size of the frames. I found this particular witch silhouette at Clipartof.  (It was free!)

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I created a box with the picture frames using glue and brad nails. The wood felt a little rough so I sanded with a fine sanding sponge.

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I cut a piece of plywood to use as the bottom and secured it in place using glue and brad nails.

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I spray painted the entire assembly with Satin Black paint.

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Since I plan on using a regular tealight candle, I put the glass behind the paper in the frame. (If a flameless candle is being used, the paper can go behind the glass like a normal picture frame.)

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I glued clear glass drawer knobs on the bottom to act as feet. Other options include cork, sewing bobbins, or decorative upholstery tacks, maybe even a candleholder or two!

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I drilled small holes in the top of two of the frames to add a handle. The hole was drilled at an angle from the top into the side like a pocket hole. I cut three lengths of wire, each 18″ long, and twisted them together to form the handle.

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I cut a piece of punched aluminum and spray painted it black to diffuse the light at the top. I folded the ends down to fit into the opening of the box, then added a twisted wire loop to the top. (The loop is not shown.)

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Cute! Here she is all lit up!

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When I make another lantern, I’ll orient the frames in the other direction for a different look! Have any other ideas on how to make a spooky witch lantern? Leave a comment below!

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