Styrofoam JOY

Styrofoam JOY

In this week’s One Month To Win It competition the theme was Styrofoam.  The Styrofoam company has so many product options that I had a hard time deciding what to make. I wandered around the store carrying several Styrofoam cones and spheres, but I finally settled on a small wreath.

Deco Art sent me some of their MagiKote.  You spread it on styrofoam and it makes it solid so you can paint it….so cool!  I just had to try them together.

I used a small biscuit cutter to make circles in the Styrofoam wreath.

Then I used a knife to carve a little more around the circles.

I wasn’t sure at this point if it would look weird.  I hoped not, but so much of what I make looks weird that I didn’t have high hopes.

After spreading the MagiKote on and letting it dry, then putting on another coat….it was ready to paint.  I can’t show you pictures of painting it because it was so late by the time I got to it that I was spray painting in the dark.  Once that was dry I got the girls to paint the circles with white craft paint.  What can I say?  I was tired.

We cut out Cricut letters for either side, tied a ribbon at the top and it was ready to hang.

It was after 10:00 PM when I took the pictures, so the light is bad.  But I really like it.  It is very….um….joyful.

I hope you’ll go over to One Month To Win It and vote for your favorite Styrofoam project.

Week 2: Deco Art

Week 2: Deco Art

It’s week 2 of the One Month to Win It competition.  It’s so much fun to see what all of the contestants made.  Go over and VOTE….you’ll be inspired.

This week’s theme is Deco Art.  The great folks at Deco Art sent me some of their delicious Designer Series All-Purpose Home Decor Acrylics.  I had never used it before and I was impressed with how well it covered.

I painted this lamp with a single coat and hardly used any of the paint.  It went on very smoothly and the lamp doesn’t look like it has been painted.

I found the lamp in my storage building.  I wanted something I could put on top of my little painted bird table.  I think I got it at IKEA 100 years ago.

First we painted the post black…easy breezy.  Then I decided to recover the shade.  I rolled the shade on newspaper and made a pattern.

I wanted to use leftover bits of burlap to cover the shade, but I didn’t want it to look like one curved piece, so I folded the pattern into four and cut it apart.

I cut out 4 pieces of burlap (but you could easily use any fabric for this project), making sure the grain was running straight up and down. I cut it a little bigger all the way around for the sewing and the gluing.

Then sewed the pieces together 2 x 2, like Noah and the animals.

Next I sewed those 2 pieces together and hemmed it all around the bottom.  It gets a little lumpy, but a good ironing gets the lumps out.  The cover easily fit around the original shade with a little hot glue, then I glued a trim on the edges to cover my messy places.  Trim fixes everything.

I decided to add a black stripe to the shade, so I taped off the burlap and used the same acrylic to paint the stripes right on.

I didn’t measure or anything…just eyeballed it.  When it was finished I did a little touch up to the paint with a sponge brush and it was done.

It looks cute on my bird table.

Just a simple little project that fit my budget (free) and it took about an hour.

Of course I am thinking about putting the lamp somewhere else, because I can never leave well enough alone.  I need a lamp in the guest house too.  And the kitchen…I love a lamp in the kitchen.  It’s so charming and unexpected.

I hope you’ll head over and VOTE for your favorite Deco Art project this week.

Adorable Bedside Table!

Adorable Bedside Table!

I needed a bedside table, but I didn’t want to spend a ton plus I just have a very small space between the bed and an armoire in the corner.

So when my mom offered me this little black table she was getting rid of I snatched it up in all it’s cuteness!  It fits just right in the space.

I wanted to soften it up a bit, so I decided to paint it.  But I have very little time, so I decided to use spray paint.

The Krylon Dual was the perfect solution.  Spray paint and primer in one.

I cut out a little bird in vinyl with my  Cricut and put it on the door.

Then I got to work.  Oh it was tough.  It may have taken 5 whole minutes.  I usually don’t like to work that long.

I left it outside for about 15 minutes and when I came back it was dry.  I sanded some edges and peeled off the little vinyl bird and fell in love.

Now it’s back in the bedroom and making me smile.

I’m not sure what I will keep on top of it yet.  Maybe a skinny lamp.  Or a birdhouse.  Or a stack of books.

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One Month To Win It

One Month To Win It

Things are stirring around here.  Y’all remember the contest I was in over the summer?

Well the contest is being restructured and the prizes are getting bigger and there are a couple of new judges, one if whom (or who? which? I can’t remember my grammar ‘cuz I’m so excited) is ME!  I will be joining Gina and Angie in this exciting adventure.

Auditions for the next season begin today and I hope some of you will enter.  You can see the details over at One Month To Win It.

I really enjoyed participating last July.  It pushed me to do some things I had been putting off.  We all need a little motivation once in a while, right?

I’m a Finalist!

I’m a Finalist!

Now I know what it would feel like to be Miss Texas in the Miss America pageant.  You work and you work, climbing from one level to the next, friends being eliminated along the way until finally it’s between you and two other girls.  You love them both, but you want to cream them in the competition.


I want that crown!  Oh wait, there’s no crown?  Oh sorry.  I’m OK.


My project this week was the Nature Luncheon.



The nature theme really stumped me.  I don’t do a lot with nature.  I’m more of a man-made material kind of person.  I wandered around the craft store pushing my creativity to the limit looking for ideas.  When I saw the sheets of moss I thought they’d make interesting placemats and off I went with the nature tablescape.  It hit me that I could use our beautiful brown and blue chicken eggs for placemarkers and that was it.


I was just so grateful that I finally had an idea.  I don’t like to have to think that much.


I did make it through this week and now comes the final challenge.  It’s a good one.  I can’t wait for you all to see what I’ve been making!


I’ll be back begging for your votes one last time on Monday morning.


And if I win, I will wear a crown and a burlap sash around my house for a week.



Orange Bear Gets a Home

Orange Bear Gets a Home

This week’s winners have been announced on One Month to Win It so I can tell you that mine was the home for the little orange bear.


The animal theme was very hard for me.  I don’t generally decorate with animals nor do I wear animal prints.  It’s just not my style.  I had a headache by the end of the week from trying to figure out what to make.


The abundance of Build-a-Bear things were getting out of control around here.  Since technically a bear is an animal I decided to make him an apartment as my project.  I dug through my storage building and found things I could use.



The heart bookshelf from the 80s and a bunch of old junk.  I ended up not using the blue suitcases, but I love them so much that I am going to make something else with them.


First I enlisted Faith to help me cover all of the hearts with cardboard and cover the shelf with burlap.  I had Jacob cut down a chalkboard that I nabbed last year at a garage sale for $3 and attached it to the back of the shelf.  I love having big helpers.  I am in serious trouble when the kids leave home because you know James isn’t going to agree to be my assistant.


We spray painted everything from the little drawers to the baskets and clothespins.  Orange Bear needed a colorful place to live.


Once we finished the shelf it was ready to decorate.  That was the fun part.  All of the little boys had ideas, none of which I used.



I use baling wire from our hay for everything.  Just shape it how I want and staple it on.  The little baseball holder was everyone’s favorite.



And of course I had to use my beloved Cricut.



That little blue “dresser” is from a popsicle box cut down and spray painted.



Yes, over the dresser is a Star Wars poster with Build-A-Bears in it.


It was a fun project because all of the kid helped me with it.



And the best part is that Orange Bear has been inviting all of his friend over to play.

One Month To Win It

One Month To Win It

I am so excited to be participating in a creativity contest this month! It’s called One Month To Win It.

Four weeks, twelve contestants, three get eliminated each week until there is one left.

We have a themed challenge each week which doesn’t do well with my need to do my own thing at all times.  I’m more of a free-style creative girl.  If you give me a theme I will tense up and my ideas stall.  Nothing.  Nada.  No ideas flowing through this crazy mind.

Thankfully I did manage to knock out a themed idea this week and would appreciate you going over there and voting for me.  I am not allowed to tell you which project is mine, so you’ll have to figure it out.  If you can’t figure it out then just go with your gut and pick the best one.  I guess that’s the point anyway…for the best project to win.

I would like to make it through the first week at least….proving I am not a total loser.

It is fun to see what everyone else came up with.  I’m guessing by the quality of their ideas that they all don’t have little nervous breakdowns when they are forced to work within someone else’s plan.

I hope you’ll go over to One Month To Win It and vote (for me).