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Monday, January 30, 2012

My little Bench

I found this bench at an estate auction, I waited all day, and finally ended up paying around $10..  (I was worn out)!

It looked kinda worn, it had seen better days, but I knew that there was a new life under there and I just had to by my time...and it would all come together.

I could not decide...paint it, cover it, refinish it...

While at my mom's, (of course I had to go to all the shops around that area...) their little town is known for the shopping....Prairie Grove, AR
If you get to the area, be sure to check out "THE BACK PORCH" you will love it....SMILES

Any way at another shop, I found the perfect fabric...and on sale to boot...wwoohhooo...I knew just what was in store for my little bench.

Of course I was so excited when I got home, I tried to explain to my husband...I finally had the answer to this bench delima...
you could just see the excitement in his eyes....YEAH RIGHT!!!

So at the first sight of decent weather (I so need a paint room) the plan was set into action.

I cleaned it up, took it apart, a light sanding, and then a good wipe down...

By now I knew that I wanted it to match my dresser (the one I just fell in LOVE with)...you will see it a little later on...So into my paint stash!!!

I came out with Krylon Duel White...






After a couple of fresh coats...the new life was beginning...

I let this dry for a day or so...I really wanted to finish it, but well, my body said NO!!!

It has been a rough year for me and this crap that tries to dictate my life on a daily basis...

SO after a couple days of rest...I got out the beautiful fabric and continued on...

 First I did a little sanding...you know I like the stuff roughed up a bit...

But just a bit on this little beauty...

Then with some quilting batting
(I just happened to have this laying around) and my dependable little staple gun...I covered the top and put it all back together...

I just love this fabric, and with everything I have read for the 2012 colors....this fabric was meant for me!!!





















In this photo you can see the dresser I mentioned above.
Some where I have a pic of the whole thing...mirror I made and lamps that matched perfect...oh well another blog...
LAUGHS!!!


Now My Little space in the world is complete...well maybe a little work on the dresser in the near future...but all in all I am extremely happy with how it all turned out,

 MY HUSBAND IS TOO!!!!

HE DOES NOT HAVE TO PRETEND TO UNDERSTAND MY MIND ON THIS SUBJECT ANYMORE!!!!
                                            
                                                 BIG SMILES
Until next time...

Thanks for stopping by....

Charlene



Thursday, January 26, 2012

Back in the Saddle


I have been down for the count....MY LAPTOP DIED!!!! But not to worry, I have a new one and back up and running!!!

I took a week and went to my mom's to take care of her (she had knee replacement surgery) I had some time to get some jewelry

made while things were slow....

And I have been busy with many new projects....

So more blogs to come....SMILE!!!!

Thanks for stopping by:

Charlene

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Jewelry

Today a woman commented on my bracelet, I said thank you and told her I made it last night...she ask for a business card and as I drove off.....
DUHHH you should of sold it to her!!!
What were you thinking.....

Beaded Bracelet
I am also wearing a ring I made this morning...
Got up early...had to kill some time you know....WINK!!

OMG! I could never be a hand model....SMILES

Wearing your own designs...THAT IS FREE ADVERTISEMENT!!!

I am always doing that...SMILE...that is how I know people like my work, they are always commenting on what piece I have on....

"A TOUCH OF HINK" Jewelry
My son came up with that catchy phrase for my creations. BIG SMILES!!!


Turquoise Earrings


Here are some earrings I made, have not worn yet....
they will either go to a good friend, 

OR maybe I will wear and sell to the next person who really digs them..WINK...WINK...






8 x 10 Custom Jewelry Holder
Can't stop with just making the beautiful pieces, I just had to make something beautiful to hang them on.  This earring hanger is 8 x 10 in size, with my favorite distressed procedure applied to it...  I make these in many sizes, however space you might need for all your jewels...
Come back for more sharing....

Thanks for stopping by,



Tuesday, January 10, 2012

For Blake

02/09/12 New update "The Table"

 An update on Blakes Project

He finished the table that went along
with the bench that I added earlier to this blog.

I love the colors and I think he did a
great job putting these together.


Son you have a great imagnition...


I will take credit for that...SMILES!!!


Good work..I know these look great
in your space...






An update to Blake's Project:

He finished his 1st one and here are the pictures:


He has been recycling wake boards into benches for his back yard.

If you don't know what wake boards are, you ride them like a skate board behind a boat...like waterskiing, but a little more board under you.
He decided not to distress this one right now, as the weather where he lives will do that for him before long...HOT, HUMID, OCEAN AIR

It really looks good Son!!!!
I look forward to more pictures on what you do with the rest of them 






My son Blake is working on a really cool project for his yard, and he wanted me to show him how I distress...this is hard when we live 9 hrs apart...SADNESS...

OK Blake here goes....SMILE....



I start by painting the wood...with your project, you should probably use a primer..Kilz Latex 2 is a good primer...it comes in spray or brush on...





If you want to spray paint...Krylon makes a Primer and Paint in 1....I really like it...You will want to use at least 2 coats...maybe 3...depends on how you want the coverage...


Krylon Primer/Paint White








 After your paint has dried at least 24 hrs...if you are like me...it maybe longer before you get back to it..that is OK...the longer the better I think....

Then comes the fun part....SANDING....

I start with a course grain...60....50...whatever you like...the courser the more cut into the paint and wood... 

You can sand by hand or a Electric sander...I use both...hand sanding is good for tight areas and small projects..

60 Grit Sandpaper








Try to sand all the areas that would be naturally bumped...rubbed...knocked....etc...the front, sides, ends....and just anywhere you want to get the look you are going for...
You cannot go wrong here....just do whatever looks good to you

Some do this to the EXTREME...I on the other hand....do not like it so distressed...Your project will distress over time being outside...


After I get the piece the way I want...
I then sand with a finer grit sand paper to smooth everything out...I usually use 120 or 220...really depends on what I have in my supplies...you can also use a 0000 steel wool to do this...it really smooths out the wood...

FYI: Buy good sandpaper...even though it is more expensive. You will use twice as much of the cheaper sandpaper...and it is just gonna make you mad; just when you get to sanding good...it tears!!!!
220 Grit Sandpaper



Then I wipe the whole thing down with a scrap rag to get all the dust and trash off before the next step. 

I then start the "OLD LOOK" step.....

You can use glaze, stain, paint (darker color), or dark wax
(I would not suggest wax on items that are going to be outdoors).

On this project I used Valspar Mocha Glaze...I use this ALOT!!!
I use a natural bristle brush and just get it all over the object...

Again this is up to you...if you want the whole thing glazed...cover it all...if you want just the deco areas.....(not sure your project will have any) then just apply to those areas....

Glazing
Then take some old rags, paper towels, dry brush, etc.

whip off the excess glaze, stain or paint....etc...






For more effect you can let dry and then wipe with a damp cloth. Glaze will stay in nooks and crannies....
This is good for pieces with lots of character.
After Glaze




I used a dry brush on this because I wanted most of the glaze to stay all over....and the groves to be full.


It pays to have a wet cloth handy while glazing...you can wipe off where you don't want quickly...

You can also re-apply if you wipe off too much..
Dark Wax



The frame below is done with Dark
Wax and buffed to a shine...



This is probably my favorite look when distressing, but as I mentioned earlier,
I would not use Wax on outdoor items.

 













The final step....

After you have got it all the way you want it to look...then you will want to seal....

I suggest MinWax Polyacrylic for outdoor items..This comes in Satin or Gloss...I would probably use the Satin on your project and a couple coats will do the trick...

I apply with a sponge brush (make sure you do long strokes from edge to edge) or a sponge roller. You don't want to see the start and stop areas...this just takes some getting used to....

Let this dry for 24-48 hrs and your project is ready for the yard...



Son I know you will do good,
I have complete faith in you....
BIG SMILES!!!!

Now you have to send pictures of your completed project for all my readers to see.....

Love you,

MOM







Thursday, January 5, 2012

Oh I forgot...

I forgot to add some of my newest designs that I am working on...

What was I thinking...SMILES!!

OK here is the making of something beautiful....


















The next step to one of the designs...this ear wire will prove to be a valuable design...it will make many different earrings...BIG SMILES!


I am still deciding about the heart ear wire...maybe will end up in a necklace instead....You will have to wait and see...
















One finished earring in another ear wire design...So far this has been a couple of colors...it also will be a valuable wire design...


These are some of my tools...

In order to make dead soft wire harder...you have to temper it....
which in my language....
HAMMER THE HECK OUT OF IT...LAUGHS!!!!!!!!



I am currently learning to solder this will open up a whole new world for me....
I am one of those who likes to make everything I can..can't find it to buy most of the time anyway.

This way I can make all the ideals swimming around in my head....
along with many other crazy things...
                                  WARNING....STAY CLEAR....you may get damaged as well....


This is one of the many Christmas gifts I made this year

This is a Cedar slice that I sanded and finished...and then made into a necklace for my grandson Hunter....a TOTAL BOY whom loves the outdoors...

I simply drilled a small hole so it would hang like I wanted...and then I measured the length and finished the leather cord with simple silver cord ends and a necklace clasp. Also I flattened and spooled some 20ga wire to make an adapter to keep the slice hanging flat.
He tells me he has a unique piece and all his friends want one...BIG SMILES....

Thanks for stopping by and Ya'll come back....you never know what my crazy mind will come up with..
I want to thank each and every one of you whom have taken interest in my blog, website and facebook page...
It makes it all worth it...
Thanks agian, and HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR....





Keeping me busy

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

I have not been on-line it seems since forever...but I have a good reason....SMILE.

I thought I would share what I have been up too.

This has been years in the making

First off....the CROWN QUILT...
this has been years in the making..
I have total 378 bags most are liter size with many small bags included...this took a large
chunk from that.

I cut all the bags apart, made the front section with fronts and back section with backs and then added quilt batting and put it all together...trimmed with large Bias tape..did not much care for the silky quilt edging...

It turned out a pretty heavy quilt, will keep you warm and toasty.

It was worth it to see my sons (Blake) face when he opened it Christmas. 


Then there were all the other gifts that I
made for my specials someones.

These were a new design...made in a couple different colors 
This color is for my special friend Jymmie....They will look great with her long dark hair...



This color was for my friend Donna....she has shorter hair and these matched her hair...Beautiful....SMILE!!! 










This new design was a set...Bracelet and Earrings to match.

Made with Crystal and Glass Beads...Silver findings, 3 different kinds of Ribbon, 3 different chains, and Pearls added in to add a different texture and boost to the more Elegant level....

I put lots of colors in this to make it wearable with just about anything.

It goes with Dress-up...Office wear, and of course Jeans...

Lots of colors   deco end clasp

 
Bracelet



Earrings to match



Another set of earrings...these are made with Turquoise chips and let me tell you, a challenge to get them together...chips break easy, but once completed...they are very strong...

I love the different shade and color variations...

There are different lengths attached along a chain which makes them fall into a perfect waterfall effect...

Not too Heavy for your ears...but a significant piece of Jewelry...
AND TO TOP IT ALL OFF....CHOCOLATE TREATS...

The are large Marshmallows dipped in Chocolate and sprinkled with candy balls.

They go great in HOT CHOCOLATE!!!!!




Ok this along with Family and Friends is what has kept me away from you for so long...

I wish you all a Great New Year!!!




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