Crafty Tale #4: The Silhouette Project

Inspired by my silhouette fabric in the fireplace room, as well as a framed silhouette we have of Chris when he was little (it’s so cute!!), I’ve decided to embark on a silhouette collection mission.  I want to find various silhouettes and eventually hang them in a collage on the wall in the fireplace room.  I’ve been keeping an eye open at flea markets, but haven’t had time to hit too many flea markets lately.  Last night, I was not in the mood to strip paint (as Chris will testify, one REALLY has to be in the right head space to scrape and sand and chip away or it gets real sisyphean real fast) and honestly, my hands felt too crampy to sew.  I thought of my silhouette rub-on transfers (gifted to me in a box of cast-off crafts by the divine Julie Fei-Fan Balzer) and some cheap frames i had in the attic and decided to do SOMETHING while I watched (yes I know I’m late to the game, but it’s my new favorite show) “Mob Wives.”

I dug out some craft supplies and got to work.


Using my new paper, an inexpensive frame from Ikea, a $1 wooden frame from Michael’s, some paint and a paint scraper for the transfers, I made my own silhouettes!

These are not “officially”framed, and I will probably paint over the yellow/ gray stenciled frame so it it all one color– the stencil looks ok in the photo, but up close it looks more like a left-handed first grader was forced to paint it right-handed.  (btw, anyone have any stenciling tips?  Mine go all blobby and smeary and out of shape.  I think I need better brushes but I can’t find “stencil” brushes at the local craft shop.  Is there such a thing?  How does one get good at stenciling?!?)

But all in all, I think they’re not bad for a little Tuesday night project, and I can’t wait to have more so I can get the collection on the wall…



Crafty Tale #3/ Lamp Makeover #2

We interrupt all this roofing talk (oh, but don’t worry, there will soon be more!) to bring you this tale of a bargain lamp, a new technique attempt and a (mostly) happy final result.  And now, I bring you another lamp story ….
I found this lamp at Pier 1, marked down to $27 from $60 and sold “as is.”  I made sure it worked and asked someone working there why it was marked down.

cute little lamp, right?

I was told that it was marked down because the shade was so stained.

I don’t think that’s SO stained, but I also like a bargain ….

I decided to attempt stenciling, which I am very inexperienced with.  This is really only the third thing I’ve ever stenciled, and the other two were flat.  So armed with some Martha Steward craft paint in colors I thought would go with my new pillows (see my “Thank you, Antonia” post), I got to work.

metallic silver and pearl yellow

on the instruction sheet, they didn’t cut the stencils apart, but I really saw no other way to tackle this ….

I mostly wanted to paint over that stain with silver, which I did.  I eyeballed the spacing of the stencils, so they are a little off and on weird angles, but overall, I’m happy with the result.  And, as discussed yesterday on a podcast with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer (to be posted shortly) — artistic mistakes will happen.  I can always buy a new lampshade, and now I basically know how to stencil!  What do you think?

the finished product!