Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Painted Picture Frames with Super Cute Mats

I was up late last night painting these picture frames, trying to get some new things finished before I head out of town next week. I can't wait to put these in my home! I've been meaning to print some of my pictures of my kids and now these have motivated me to do that. Until, I get those printed, I put some vintage photos I had found on Pinterest in the frames for an example of what a black & white will look like in these bright frames.


You can make this too! If you have an old wood frame that needs a new life, paint it.
Take a mat and cut out scrabpook paper or fabric by using an Exacto knife, following the outline of the mat. I use a super hold glue stick to stick the paper to the mat because liquid glue will make it wrinkle.

Happy Making!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Farm House Pillowcases

In the middle of a lot of orders from last week, I took some time to make these farm house style pillowcases. Atleast, that's what they make me think of:  a farm house out in the country filled with vintage goods and burlap and these pretty pillowcases stacked on each bed, in all different colors and patterns. 

I found the calico fabrics and pompom trim at Joanns. I used a standard pillowcase I already had on hand and used it as the template. I cut the fabric and sewed the hem one of the ends. Then, I took matching embroidery floss and hand embroidered the pompoms to the pillowcase. Last, I folded the case, right sides together and sewed the unfinished edges. Turn it right side out and I was done. Not very complicated, but I must warn you, for pillowcases, the fabric and trim isn't cheap. It takes a yard of fabric for each case. You'll only have about 5" left on the end to use for another project.

Well, I'm off to finish some work around here! I'll be back soon with another project that has to do with picture frames...

Happy making!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Many Smiles

Recently, I was asked to make a custom sign for a sweet Texan lady. She saw a sign on Pinterest and wanted something similar but with southern charm. ;)
The inspiration sign came from a really sweet blog called Team Turnbow, which I discovered, today.
She offers cricut directions for making this sign.  I don't have a cricut machine, so I have directions for those who are cricut-less.

source: Pinterest

Maybe, I should show you my finished sign, first...

I changed "YOU" to Y'ALL"! I love it! 
It reminds me of a vintage Coca Cola sign. 
Now, that's a Southern sign!
You can change the words up for your version. You can change just the last word or the word smile to something else. What's important is that it fits you. 

Make It:

First, I went to my favorite store......LOWES to get my wood board. You can find boards of various sizes, there. I usually buy 4'x8'x.5" sheets, since I use all the wood. You can have them cut it to the size you want, too. I learned how to use a circular saw, so I just had them cut it in half, so I could fit it in my car.
When  I got home I cut a 30"x40" piece. 


Sanded the edges.
Brush the dust off with my little dustpan broom.
You will need satin paint in the color of your choice. 
Brush on 2 coats of paint to cover the whole board. Paint the sides if you don't want to frame your sign.


* You have to work from right to left with this one. For example, I started with the letter "F" in the top right corner. Work your way to the left. I know, I know! Not like it isn't already a huge task. But well worth it. 
I only had Helvetica style stencils, that can be found at your hardware stores. Unfortunately, they have gaps in each letter, so they're not solid letters. I hand-painted each "gap" only to realize, afterward, that I could have used painter's tape to cover the "gaps" and make them solid letters! I know better, now. 
I used 6" letters on the 1st row, 8" letters on the 2nd row, and 3" letters for the 3rd row.
The last row, I hand drew. However, you can print it out on legal size paper, letter by letter, and trace onto board with tracing paper.
It took 3 coats of acrylic paint to do each letter.
The crazy thing about my style of signs, is how I mess it up after I paint it! Yep.
You can skip the distressing part if you like it the way it looks at this point.

Now, that all the letters are in place, take a medium grit sanding block and sand your little heart away. Make the letters look worn and gritty. I like it to look like I found this "old" sign on the side of the road. Like a discarded vintage gem! Ok, back to the task at hand...
Once you have it as worn-out looking as you like, then pour an antiquing glaze (also found at LOWES in the paint section) in raw umber color or use acrylic paint mixed with equal parts water and pour in a disposable cup. 
Dip a trim paint brush in the glaze/acrylic mix and wipe excess off on the rim. Then, brush all around the edges of the sign. Use a damp rag to dab where you brush so it looks more muddled and not brush-stroky.
Brush some on the letters and dab some more. Keep doing this till you are happy with how gritty you made it look. 
*don't forget about the sides of the board if you're not adding a frame.

You can build a frame around it like I did. I used hardwood (oak) 1"x2" to make the frame. 
Making a frame is a very difficult task that I will share how to do in the future. 
Most of my signs are unframed and look good that way,too. You can opt to paint the sides black.


You can screw in a heavy duty picture hanging wire set on the back. You must hang this on anchored screws or a picture wire hanger (found at Hobby Lobby). 

FYI: expect this take, without making frame, about 6-8 hrs to make (add another 3 hrs for the frame). There is a lot of time involved in the  hand-painting and distressing. It's worth it, though. 

Now, this is going to Texas to hang proudly and, hopefully, bring many smiles to y'all's faces! 

Saturday, March 3, 2012

The Scramble Dog

I dug up this old post and wanted to share it, again. Mmmm, it makes me hungry, too. 

Living down South means you sustain yourself with foods full of flavor. There is no such thing as bland down here. The Scramble Dog is no exception to that rule. In Columbus, Georgia there is a small town pharmacy in Midtown know as, Dinglewood Pharmacy.  Generations of Columbusites (I  don't know if that's even what you call them, but that's their name, now!) have been frequenting this quaint soda shop/pharmacy to enjoy a Scramble Dog and a Coke Cola. It's really a tradition. If your mom and dad haven't brought you here, then your "Papa" or "Mema" has brought you here at one time and,for most, it's a regular thing to do.
Lieutenant Stevens (his nickname, not an actual military name), seen above, while he didn't create the Scramble Dog, he did perfect it. Hungry customers wait, normally, 30 minutes to get their "fix" for some Scramble Dog. Across from AFLAC headquarters, Dan Amos, CEO, has been known to stop by for one.
So, what is this Scramble Dog? It is served in a boat, akin to a banana split.The hot dog is cut-up and placed in a Southern Maid hot dog bun.Add mustard, pickles, onions, chunks of cheese, and cover with chili, raising the bun while you smother so that the dog floats in the 'top-secret' chili. (The chili was flown to the White House during the Carter presidency.) Top with oyster crackers and eat with a spoon. *A lot of southerners top it off with hot sauce, too.

Serve up this southern goodness at home. You can find these ingredients in your local grocer.
Hot dogs
hot dog buns
cheddar cheese cubed
oyster crackers
*hot sauce
While it may not be exactly like the original, it is still so yummy made at home. These are great for Sunday football gatherings, too. Just layout the toppings in serving dishes on your table or kitchen island and let your guests make their own Scramble Dog. Don't forget the Coke and sweet tea, too! (I will post directions for perfect southern sweet tea, soon)
Happy making!

What Treasures You Will Find

These are the Etsy treasuries my store goods have been featured in this week. It never gets old, being treasured, that is! When you are a stay-at-home-mom, running a business, making your goods day in and day out, it is a big "lift" to be treasured. When another person adds your item to a treasury on Etsy, it helps promote your work. I wanted to return the favor and help the other "MAKERS" and extend the treasuries to my blog. Who knows, you, my readers, may find that perfect thing you've been searching for, right here in an Etsy treasury! If anything, they're pretty to look at and get inspiration for your newest project, right? I see a trend, here...YELLOW is hot! xoxo Pam