Sunday, February 19, 2012


Here are the rest of the projects from this week that I got finished.  First a red catch all I painted and stenciled.

  Peace sign, a metal sign I picked up and a door panel.
Fun handmade storage box, probably made in shop class.
Cheap pressed board table I painted and Modge Podged fabric to the top.

Metal tier stand made from two fluted pans, a funnel, and a screw in finial.

                                                          Rabbit tote I picked up for 3.00.
Small bench painted and given a new fabric top.

                              Magazine rack from the sixties painted and decked out.

                                               Metal charger attached to painted pedestal base.

It was a good week.

"Where flowers bloom so does hope."

"Where flowers bloom so does hope." - Lady Bird Johnson

 I  am always looking for ways to add color to my booth at the Peddler's Market.  I stumbled on a package containing a paper flower garland at GW Boutique last winter and thought time to catch up on some old projects that I hadn't finished.
50 cents - pure joy!

I didn't use the flowers as a garland. I had this twig arrangement I have been wanting to do something with for a very long time and gave it a chance as a vase for the flowers.  They were a lot of work I think I could have made up my own from scratch easier .50 isn't always cracked up to be!  I had to unfold and separate each piece of tissue without ripping it and it make this little annoying crackling sound when I did it so I couldn't do it next to the TV (my very favorite place to craft).  I glued the flowers to a stick I pulled from the twig vase and then wrapped it in green floral wrap tape.  I put a bow on the vase and proclaimed it finished, finally after a year!  Once again never give up, good things come to those who craft!


My new favorite sign hanging in my shop.  I made this sign from a door panel I bought for 2.00. I mixed some paint up for a project and it didn't work on the intended piece so I grabbed something from the stash to use it up on.  I had wanted a Junk sign for a while so fate took over to speed me along.  So now if people are confused in what I do all they have to do is read the sign and know I love and sell Junk!

I like the effects in black and white too!

My House

What to do with a 5.00 table from the local thrift shop? Why paint and stencil it of course!  I primed it first with my special bonding primer from Lowe's and then painted it blue.  I didn't even notice until I put is all together that I had painted the bottom drawer a lighter shade of blue.  I like the way mistakes add character.  It took me three tries to get the top the way I wanted.  I messed it up twice before I decided that this design would finally work.  I painted the top blue again for the third time and them painted the edges medium gray.  I stenciled on the verse from the Bible -
Joshua 24:15b
"But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”
I was very satisfied with the outcome and added new hardware that I spray painted black to the drawers.  This is a good example that no matter how hard you try to get things right sometimes things will just not work out the first or second time.....take a break and give another go it will eventually work out.  It may not be the original plan that you had in the beginning but it doesn't matter. What matters is that you did your best and didn't give up proof positive that sometimes mistakes only perfect. 

We All Need Love

I went to the shop 2 weeks ago and found another army trunk in fair shape sitting in one of the garages.  I had seen it before many times but this time I got a vision that it needed to be painted and stenciled, it was ready for change.  I know the feeling, I am thinking that this coming spring change will be visiting me as well.  I am not sure but I am looking forward to a time of new beginnings.  The last of my seven children will graduate this May and I will have made it to the finish line as a Mom as far as High School graduations go. Yeah. Good job kids!

Anyway, I loaded the trunk into my Rendezvous and was on my way home with another piece to paint and love.  I decided to paint it off white and the hinges black.  I brushed a coat of dark brown glaze over the whole piece and the poly coat.  I thought I would make it simple and stencil a saying I have seen on Pinterest that caught my eye.  

I painted the inside a khaki green just make it nice and neat and added a chain to steady the open lid. 

When you have love you have it all.  Something I learned in the group that my husband and I lead on Friday nights is to make sure your reaction to a problem is never more important than the relationship.  Exercise your thoughts and actions in love and you will never go wrong!