Crafty Tale #6: a little decoupage …

In my ongoing quest to make things look bright, cheery and cute, I decided to decoupage some light switch plates.  It was SO easy and SO inexpensive.  The white covers were purchased for 47 cents each at Home Depot.  I remembered I had some paper that kind of resembled the rug in our “new” room, and of course, we at the Larsen house buy Mod Podge by the gallon.

I traced the plates on the back of the paper, cut it with a paper cutter and used an X-acto knife to cut out the holes.  I brushed Mod Podge on the plate, added the paper and then added about 3 more coats of Mod Podge, letting it dry between coats.  The screws just popped through later, with another little poke from the X-acto knife.

They’re certainly not perfect up close, but on the wall, in the room, I think they look really cute.

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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.

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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…

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Something pretty for a change…

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I’m tired of all the gloppy paint talk.  Let’s take a moment to admire this beautiful owl candle and tray I won at my office party’s Yankee swap (thanks, Frances!  Sorry, Emily!).  Isn’t it cute?  And going with my yellow/silver/ gray theme I have going on in that room, I found this beautiful paper at a craft store in New Paltz.  I’m not sure what to do with it yet– it will either be a mat or a decoupage for my silhouette project (more on that later) unless anyone has a better idea?