Category Archives: Craft Projects

My Attempt to Make Candy Turkeys

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My furniture project is coming along… It needs one or two more coats of paint before I unveil it.  I found this awesome idea to make little turkeys out of candy on pinterest.com. They looked so cute — I had to try to make them myself.  I went to the store today and bought candy corn, Double Stuff Oreos, mint cups (you can use peanut butter cups as well), malt balls (Whoppers), chocolate icing, red icing and white icing.  I didn’t have the image of the inspirational turkey in front of me while I was making these, so you can see they turned out a little different.

Here is the original…

 

My little guy looks a bit sloppy and the buttercup is positioned incorrectly, but I had fun making them.  And I will enjoy sharing them with family and friends.

I used the chocolate icing to help put the candy corn into the Oreo.  Don’t press too hard or the Oreo will break.  I then assembled the another Oreo with the buttercup and Whopper head.  Once both were dry, I assembled the two Oreos together.

 I decided to cut a tiny bit of the bottom of the feather Oreo to add stability when I glued them together — it may have been easier to do this before I placed on the candy corn. Once these were all dry, I drew on the eyes and placed a nose with the white piece of the candy corn.  I must admit that I enjoyed eating extra bits of cookie and candy as I was assembling them.  Happy Thanksgiving!  I’m making apple pies tomorrow — I will post the outcome.

Project in Progress – Refinishing a Vanity

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This is my vanity project.  I’m currently in the process of sanding it down and getting it ready to be refinished.  I got this piece from my Oma who got it from a neighbor.  I used it in my apartment when I was in San Diego.  It has some scuffs and scratches and I’m not very fond of the stain color or the upholstered seat.  It’s ready for a revamp.

I’ve organized my ideas on Pinterest.com.  Link: Ideas for refinishing my vanity.

Here are a few of my ideas ….

I love the contrasting of the black and white.

I love the color and the maps on the drawers.

This color is so pretty too! As you can see, I like a soft color palette of blues and greens.  My all time favorite of these pieces is the white with the black handles.  I love the contrast.   I think that’s the look I’m going to go for.  I have been sanding down the furniture over the past couple days… Painting will come soon and then I can share the finished product.

Halloween Pumpkin Carving

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Happy Halloween!  Today we had a great time carving pumpkins. They look great with the other decorations on the front porch — we have spider webs, black spiders, and some orange lights.  Our inspiration this year was a white jack-o-lantern with big eyes from one of Martha Stewart magazines. These big green eyes were found at Party City. We also picked up some green glow sticks — I’m planning to put the glow sticks in the pumpkins.  Hopefully they glow an eerie green.  The mouth on the largest pumpkin was carved using a dremel tool.  Using that tool saved a lot of time and energy.  It also allowed me to better make curves and straight lines. I’m excited to see the trick-or-treaters in their costumes.  I hope they get a kick out of our jack-o-lanterns.

DIY Camera Strap Cover

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I was browsing around for a camera strap.  I wanted something fun and colorful.  The black strap my camera came with was a little boring and blah.  I browsed around Etsy and the web and I couldn’t find anything that suited my style. That’s when I decided to make my own.  I didn’t use a pattern.  I came up with a design all on my own.  I’m actually pretty proud of myself, because it came out beautifully.  This could be a great christmas gift for a friend or family member who loves taking pictures.

Here’s what you’ll need:  Sewing machine, thread to match the fabric, an iron, iron on fabric tape, and 3 different patterns of fabric – 1/4 yard polka-dot, 1/4 yard solid, and 1/4 yard of a fun pattern.

Cut you fabric into four 4 inch strips that are 2 inches longer than the thick part of your camera strap.  Two will be your solid color, one will be polka-dot, and the other will be your print. Turn the fabrics inside out.  Sew your polka-dot strip with a solid strip and your print with a solid strip.  Sew along about 1/4 inch from the edge of the fabric.

Then turn the strips outside out and iron to make the edges crisp.

Now fold the edges in 1/4 to 1/2 an inch (opposite way of the picture below) and sew to close the ends of each strip.

Lay your two pieces out, solid side up, and place on the iron tape.  Make sure there is room for your strap.  You want to be able to slip your cover onto your strap.  Make sure you have room to do so.

Now place the other strip, solid side down and iron the pieces together.

Now that the pieces are glued together, sew 1/4 inch along the long edges of your strap.  This will provide extra support.  Be sure you DO NOT sew the ends.  Now, slip the sleeve onto your strap and you’re done!

Revamping a Bookcase

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I’ve had this bookcase since I was a little girl.  Although I have always used it as a bookcase, it’s actually an outdoor wrought iron shelf for gardening.  Initially it was black with red shelves, but years ago my mom spray painted it white and did some stencil work on the shelves.  It’s been years and years since my mom first revamped this piece.  I thought it was time for another revamp because after years of wear and tear — from using it as a place to display my books and dolls as a child to a place to store my CD’s and stereo as a teen — these shelvers have been scuffed and scratched and now they need some love.

I decided to leave the wrought iron in it’s existing condition.  The wear and tear has given it this shabby chic look.  These shelves were removable.  I took each shelf off and brought them into our garage to paint. I painted the tops of my shelves with some leftover glossy white paint.  I painted the bottoms of my shelves a light minty green.  This is the current color of one of the accent walls in my bedroom. You will also need stencils, tape, a small bottle of acrylic paint from the craft store, plastic or cardboard to protect your surfaces as you paint, and sponge brushes.

Each side took two coats of paint.  I let the paint dry for a few hours in between coats.  Make sure the paint looks dry before you start another coat.  I let my shelves dry for a full 24 hours before I did the stenciling.  You really want to make sure your paint is dry before you begin this next step.

Tape your stencil to your shelve. Martha Stewart has some amazing stencils out.  Her stencil packages come with 3 stencil sheets that have a variety of pattern.  This pattern was my favorite of all.

Be sure to blot as you go.  You want as little paint on your sponge brush as possible.   You don’t want to paint with strokes — the paint will bleed under the stencil and your pattern will not come out very well.
Since I had five shelves to paint, I rotated them each time I painted the stencil.  It took 3 1/2 stencils to complete the boarder on one shelf.  After painting one stencil patten, I would let it dry and do the next shelf.  By the time I was done with the last shelf, the first shelf was ready for the next stenciling.  Make sure you align you stencil correctly to match your previous pattern.  I accidentally aligned one wrong.  I stuck it on the top most shelf so you can’t see.
Let your paint dry for a day or two.  You want it to be dry before your replace your things!
I love the result.  I’m in the process of updating other things around the house.  I have this vanity from my Oma that I am planning to sand and repaint.  I’m thinking of staining it a shabby chic white or a deep shabby chic bluish green. Or maybe I’ll just stain it a darker color.  I also plan to reupholster the bench seat that matches it.