Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Painted Pumpkins


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My sister, Jean, and my friend, Inger, came over for a fun filled Saturday of painting.
This is what we created!

We got this fabulous idea from Brave Girls Club.







First: Find Your Pumpkins
We used plastic pumpkins as our base. 
We just looked for a great shape, color doesn't matter because you'll be painting over them.


Second: Clean Pumpkins and Spray with Primer
Clean the pumpkins with a clorox wipe to get rid of any dirt, grease or dust.
Then spray BIN primer all over the pumpkins 
to make sure the acrylic paint will stick to the plastic and not peel-off.


Be sure to flip the pumpkins over so you can paint the bottoms.


Third: Gather Paint and Supplies
Gather acrylic paint, glossy Mod Podge, fingernail polish, etc.
Any brand of paint will do. The heavy body acrylic paints go on more smoothly (they are also more expensive). Regular craft paint will also work.


Fourth: Paint Base Color


Fifth: Mix Mod Podge with a little bit of paint to add accents to the pumpkins.
Paint darker colors in the low spots and lighter colors on the high points.
The Mod Podge will dry clear, and it gives the paint a translucent look.
Just keep adding paint until you achieve the look you want.


Inger found a great pack of small pumpkins at Michaels for only $5.


My sister, Jean did more distinct accent colors. They turned out so cute!


Remember, if you don't like something... just paint over it!
There is no "right" way to paint. Just keep layering the colors to add depth and interest.

Just have fun!


Let the paint dry between coats. We put ours outside so they would dry faster.
Put a finishing layer of Mod Podge over the entire pumpkin when you are done. Especially if small hands will be touching them or if you want to display them outside.


Finish off the stem with metallic paint... we used fingernail polish!
Adds that finishing touch.



3 Ideas Using a Glass Charger


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Inger and I came up with some creative ways to use UL's glass chargers.
My favorite is the lace stencil.



Layered Frame



Custom Cake Stand
The great thing about this design and color... 
you can use it for birthdays, Christmas, 4th of July and Valentines Day!

Great Pumpkin Decorating

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These are some of my favorite pumpkin decorating ideas this year...



Chevron pumpkin from Feeling Lovesome blog


Decoupage pumpkins from Confessions of a Plate Addict


Creative ideas from Alis Burke



Henna pumpkins from Think Crafts




Who said pumpkins have to be orange?

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Gratitude

A powerful thing...


Gratitude is a feeling of appreciation and thankfulness for blessings or benefits we have received. As we cultivate a grateful attitude, we are more likely to be happy and spiritually strong. We should regularly express our gratitude to God for the blessings He gives us and to others for the kind acts they do for us.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Garage Sale to Gorgeous

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My friend Inger called me one Saturday morning with some exciting news. 
She was on a walk with her husband and there was a garage sale that had some great furniture. 
She snagged this chair for me {only $10} and three cute chairs for her.


First I sanded the chair and cleaned thoroughly.


Then spray painted the entire chair red.
{I like to use Krylon® Indoor/Outdoor gloss or semi-gloss
or 2X Painter's Touch gloss or semi-gloss.}

Let the paint cure in the shade.


I applied a large vinyl embellishment that I got from Uppercase Living.


Then, spray painted the entire chair blue.
Peeled off the vinyl when the blue paint was still tacky.
The beautiful red color underneath was revealed.

Then I sanded and distressed the chair.
I usually use a semi-gloss paint, but this chair got a satin finish, on accident! 
With a satin finish, I couldn't use the dark walnut stain I liked to use to give the furniture a vintage look. With the satin finish, there is NO time to wipe-off the stain once it's applied. 
When this happens, the furniture just looks dirty.
I wasn't sure how to deal with this... then I found furniture wax. It worked great! 

I finished off the project with 3 coats of clear furniture wax.

video

Including more tips on using vinyl lettering as a stencil.


The chair has a nice smooth finish and the wax will protect the paint.