Making Valentines for my Little Love

DIY, Silhouette

Valentine’s Day is one week away. Has the day been over commercialized by Hallmark, florists, and jewelry stores? Yes. Do I still celebrate? Yes.

 

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Cutting the yardstick to create a negative image.

Rose is at a delightful age where she is thrilled to share Valentines with her classmates. I want her to share Valentines that are unique as her personality. I went to my trusty Silhouette and downloaded Valentine card designs. The card is the negative of the cut image. I then cut a slighter larger rectangle in a complimentary color to serve as the backing to the image.

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24 Valentines done!

The cards are so simple in design that Rose could easier glue the pieces together herself, but she spent the snow days outside leaving me to glue the cards. Rose did sign the cards and tape cute little Valentine erasers to the back of each card. Why no candy? Because I was already at the dollar store over lunch and I was not in the mood to hit up Target as well.

Rose’s custom Valentine box

 Rose likes the Valentine cards that I made, but she is more excited about the shoebox to collect other Valentines. She hounded me for a week to produce a shoebox that she could decorate. Back in the day, Rae was content using the same decorated box all through elementary school. Rose wants a box that expresses her feelings at the moment. A little bit (or a lot) of acrylic paint later, Rose has a beautifully unique painted shoebox.

If you don’t have your Valentines ready yet, get to it!

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Polka-Dot Initial Mugs

DIY, Entertaining, Holiday, Paint, Pinterest, Silhouette
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Apply the sticker to a basic white mug

The crafting bug bit Fanny and she presented me with a Pinterest project she wanted to create. Fanny decided we were going to make polka-dot initial mugs for each of her employees. I am always game to try a new Pinterest project.

 

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Use oil based paint pens to decorate the mugs

Materials:

  • Ceramic Mug (Fanny purchased these white mugs at Dollar Tree)
  • Sharpie oil-based paint pens
  • Initial stickers (I used my Silhouette to cut the necessary initials on Oracal 631 removable vinyl. If using regular stickers, Michaels suggests first placing the stickers on a piece of fabric to make them removable from the mug.)

 

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Decorating the first mug

Time to Decorate:

  1. Place initial sticker on mug
  2. Press the pen on the mug to create dots. The tighter the placement of dots, the more the letter will be defined
  3. Use additional colors to add more dots
  4. Allow the paint to dry for about a minute before removing the sticker
  5. Bake the mugs to make the paint dishwasher safe. General consensus on Al Gore’s Internet is to place the mugs in the oven, warm it to 350, bake for 35 minutes once the oven is heated, then let cool in the oven. Note: The paint color will slightly lighten after baking.
  6. Enjoy!

 

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Bake at 350 for 35 minutes

The little kids had a blast decorating the extra mugs. It is beautiful to see 1st graders exercise their creative spirit. When will they be old enough to learn how to use the sander?

 

 

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A one-of-a-kind Rose creation

Pottery Barn Gold Hack

DIY, Pottery Barn, Silhouette
Pottery Barn Gold Feather Art

Pottery Barn Gold Feather Art

Growing up, I loved checking the mailbox. I couldn’t wait to see if a new issue of Highlights magazine arrived or if my grandma had sent me a letter. Rae and Rose now take turns checking the mailbox and I still have child-like excitement looking for “my” magazines to arrive: Southern Living and the Pottery Barn catalog. I think most items in the Pottery Barn catalog are over-priced, but I enjoy perusing for style inspiration.

Oh, I wish the metallic finish would have sparkled in the picture

Oh, I wish the metallic finish would have sparkled in the picture

I was recently looking at PotteryBarn.com and saw some wall art that I thought was beautiful, but I almost fell over when I saw the price. The Gold Leaf Bird is a 23″ square giclee print with hand-applied gold leaf with a selling pricing of $299. Ouch. I also liked the look of the Gold Leaf Feather that is 19.5″ x 34.5″, similarly a giclee print with hand-applied gold leaf. The Gold Leaf Feather retails for $399. Double ouch.  I decided it was time for a Pottery Barn hack.

  1. Order black floating frames using Amazon prime. I selected a 12×12 for the bird and 11×14 for the feather.
  2. Use the Silhouette to cut birds on a limb and a feather on gold metallic vinyl by Expression Vinyl
  3. Cut white paper to be the background of each print. For my gold bird, I cut the paper as a 10×10 square to allow the floating frame to show through. I cut the second piece of paper as 11×14 to fill the frame of the feather.
  4. Apply the shiny gold vinyl stickers directly to the white paper. Place it in the frame.
  5. Sit back in satisfaction about how much money I just saved.
Pottery Barn Inspiration and my creation

Pottery Barn Inspiration and my creation

Yes, my prints are smaller than the original Pottery Barn inspiration, but for the price I can handle the slightly smaller size. I can’t wait to see what inspiration I find in the next catalog!

Black Walnut Signs

Black Walnut, Holiday, Paint, Silhouette

Quick post tonight…my mind is slightly pre-occupied by family, work, and a little thing called a craft fair in November (what if we don’t have enough product to fill our booth? what if no one wants to buy anything?)

Last weekend, Mrs. Keto and Goodie stopped by for “girls crafting time”. While they worked on their projects and the little girls played, I stenciled on scraps of black walnut. I sanded each piece and applied Danish oil to bring out the natural beauty of the wood. I used the Silhouette to create a custom stencil for each piece of wood.

I can’t decide which is my favorite!

For Unto Us a Child is Born

For Unto Us a Child is Born


Live-Laugh-Love

Live-Laugh-Love


Angels Among Us

Angels Among Us

Painted Stools (with bold colors!)

Facelift, Paint, Silhouette
Original barstools

Original barstools

Rose requested one-on-one time with me and what better bonding than estate sale shopping. We had quite the adventure driving around town, searching for the best pieces to give new life. I love hearing her ideas and seeing her design style take shape. On this particular shopping trip, Rose was attracted to stools.

Vinyl stencil applied- ready to paint

Vinyl stencil applied- ready to paint

Natural pine is not my favorite finish, but I saw the potential in the short pine bar stools Rose found. I started by sanding away the varnish before I put Rae to work staining. Rae was new to staining furniture and since that day she has asked to mow the lawn instead of staining. Ouch. After the Rust-Oleum American Walnut stain was dry, I applied a round vinyl sticker and painted the top of the stool “blue midnight”. The end result is a beautiful blue top with two circles of the stained wood peaking through. I sealed the stool tops with two coats of polycrylic.

Completed barstools

Completed barstools

Stepping stool sanded

Stepping stool sanded

In addition to the bar stools, Rose selected a small stepping stool. Rose loves purple and it was just her luck that I found purple paint, Rare Wine to be exact, in the basement, left by the previous homeowner. I sanded, but did not stain the stepping stool. I applied a scroll vinyl design directly to the raw wood prior to painting. Similar to the bar stools, I applied two coats of polycrylic to protect the stencil work and paint.

A pop of purple stepping stool

A pop of purple stepping stool

The new stools are striking and full of life. The blue and purple paint offer a fun “pop” of color.  I think Rose and I will have many estate sale shopping trips together in our future.

Custom Serving Trays

Entertaining, Paint, Quotes, Reclaimed, Silhouette

It should come as no surprise that I would make serving trays since I love entertaining. I can’t wait to welcome an overnight guest with a tray of flowers and freshly baked cookies at the end of their bed. My brain was flooded with ideas and I couldn’t stop at one; I made three serving trays and I can’t decide which is my favorite.

A blank "canvas"

A blank “canvas”

The base of the serving trays were cabinet doors from Habitat Restore. The oak cabinet door was a manufacturer sample and beautiful in every way. The other two maple (or maybe pine, what do I know?) doors each had a round inset to open the door so I simply made that side the underside.

Serving tray creation steps

Serving tray creation steps

Heart serving tray

Heart serving tray

The oak door was beautiful and I couldn’t bring myself to paint it. I decided to use the clean lines and inspiration to create a simple design. I used my Silhouette to cut a heart shaped stencil. I painted the heart terra cotta and realized it blended with the oak and looked boring. With the heart stencil still in place, I applied black acrylic paint and gently wiped away the black paint with a paper towel. The finished look was distressed and perfect.

"Its kind of fun to the do the impossible"- Walt Disney

“Its kind of fun to the do the impossible”- Walt Disney

The remaining two maple/pine doors were painted with an acrylic base coat (blue and taupe). I applied two very different quotes using vinyl to the dry acrylic paint. I painted over the blue door with terra cotta wall paint and marsala wall paint over the taupe. After the top coat of paint was dry, I removed the vinyl quotes to reveal the base color below.

All 3 new serving trays

All 3 new serving trays

Mr. R&R helped me by installing handles (another Habitat Restore find) on all three trays. I admit that I’m jealous that he was able to complete that in the time that it would have taken me to locate the correct size drill bit. He even attached the little rubber feet. He’s a keeper.

Maybe someone will use a tray to bring me breakfast in bed. Hint, hint.

Silent Auction for Angels Among Us

Charity, Quotes, Silhouette

“We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.” –Luciano De Crescenzo

Fit For A Princess continues to embrace others with the 4th Annual Fashion Show Fundraiser this weekend. All proceeds from this event benefit ANGELS AMONG US, a local charity that assists families of children battling cancer. Rae and Rose is supporting this event by donating an item for the silent auction held at the fashion show.

Feather of inspiration

Feather of inspiration

God clearly guided me to create this project for the silent auction because I had purchased feathers for a shadow box before I even knew that donations were needed. I was inspired by specialty beige with polka dot feathers.  Navy blue feathers were chosen to add additional “weight” to the shadow box.

Feather Shadow Box

Feather Shadow Box

The internet is a fabulous tool to locate bible quotes regarding a specific topic. Again, before I knew donations were needed, I selected Psalm 91:4 “He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge” as the verse to place in the shadow box. I printed the verse on white vinyl and affixed it to the inside glass. (moment of honesty, the vinyl was being extremely difficult that day). I also added a silver feather sticker behind the verse.

I am so honored and proud to help support Angels Among Us. Please consider attending the 4th Annual Fashion Show Fundraiser on Saturday, August 29th at the Springfield Community Building.

Football Party Trivets

Entertaining, Reclaimed, Silhouette, Spray Paint

College football begins September 3rd. Are you ready? I was raised in Husker Nation, but truth be told, I don’t really watch football. Hosting football parties is much more important to me than watching the game (I hoped I don’t get kicked out of Nebraska for saying that.) Mr. R&R watches football and I gladly take on the challenge of hosting the best parties.

Base color applied with football sticker

Base color applied with football sticker

Part of being the “hostess with the mostest” involves proper serving ware. I asked this year’s guests to bring a side dish to share to the College Football Opener party. In anticipation of warm dips and freshly baked goodies, I needed more trivets. And of course, the trivets needed to match the football theme.

Rubber feet to hold the trivet in place (applied AFTER baking)

Rubber feet to hold the trivet in place (applied AFTER baking)

The trivets started as old cabinet doors from Habitat Restore. I painted each door with a base color that would be the color of the football design (pick your favorite school color.)  Then I applied a vinyl stencil to the dry paint color. I completely covered each door with black paint. After the paint was dry, I was able to remove the football vinyl sticker and the Husker and Hawkeye colored trivets came to life.

Trivets ready for hot dishes

Trivets ready for hot dishes

I researched how to protect painted products from hot dishes and came across engine enamel. Apply a few coats of Rust-Oleum Engine Enamel, in clear, to the trivet and then bake at 200 degrees for an hour to seal the finish. The trivet is now ready to party.

Go Big Red!  For Mr. R&R’s benefit “Go Gophers!”.

The Key to Happiness Sign

Facelift, Reclaimed, Silhouette

Clearly, it is “key week” at my house. Not the same as Shark Week on Discovery, but still top notch entertainment. Rae and Rose are both worried about my key obsession; Rae wants to know if I’ll ever make anything else again and Rose can’t figure out why I had so many metal keys on the kitchen table. Don’t worry, there will be no keys in next weeks’ posts….well, keys aren’t currently in the plan.

"Beauty Marks" on repurposed cabinet door

“Beauty Marks” on repurposed cabinet door

I was raised in the generation of “Captain Planet” and taking “pollution down to zero”. Please tell me that someone else remembers this song. Point being, the idea of recycling became very popular and was common place growing up. I think Captain Planet would approve of me repurposing materials from the Habitat Restore. Not only am I reducing waste and saving a tree, I am also saving money. It always comes back to money.

I found a long white cabinet door during a recent visit to Habitat Restore. I had a future planned for the door until “key week” took over. The front of the cabinet door has dings and holes from handles, but I prefer to call those blemishes “beauty marks”.

Key stencil background

Key stencil background

I selected a grayish-taupe acrylic paint to stencil a skeleton key in the middle of the cabinet. Rae didn’t approve of the next step (it’s growing on her); I printed a Mother Teresa quote on black vinyl and placed it across the length of the cabinet door covering the key. “There is no key to happiness. The door is always open.” The white door, gray-taupe key, and black lettering offer a sharp color contrast. I left the original beauty marks (they add character) on the door in place with the exception of the handle holes; I glued a plastic key to the door to hide the holes.

"There is no key to happiness. The door is always open."

“There is no key to happiness. The door is always open.”

“Great minds must be ready to not only take opportunities but to make them”- Chinese fortune taped to my computer monitor. Remember, the door is open for your happiness and opportunities.

Key Frame

Art, DIY, Silhouette
Phrase printed in reverse

Phrase printed in reverse

Cheater blog post tonight. It will be short and sweet. While making the key shadow box on Sunday, I printed the same saying in the white as well. Since I had also purchased an 8×8 floating frame, I decided to make it a “key” frame too. 

Vinyl printed in reverse

Vinyl printed in reverse

I applied the white vinyl phrase to the backside of the front glass piece. I applied the red lock and key (notice how they are shaped like a heart…awww) vinyl sticker to the back piece of glass. Done. It was really that simple.

I am working on another project for my new key collection. Cross your fingers that it goes well at the crafting table tonight. I also have some projects in progress in anticipation of football season. Mr. R&R will be back working in the garage soon since cooler temperatures on are on the horizon.

Vinyl applied on two pieces of glass in a floating frame

Vinyl applied on two pieces of glass in a floating frame