Leonardo da Who? One Gal’s Attempt at Chevron

Da Vinci ain’t got nothing on me these days. I’ve been painting more and more…something that actually comes as a little bit of a surprise to me because I have some OCD perfectionist issues.

The whole painting thing started kind of gradually. Certain cities (like Boston) have this thing called Paint Nite. Where local artists set up in random bars and teach you how to recreate their painting…while you drink of course. Its really fun and shows up on the groupon type sites. I’ve gone with my lady pals twice now and painted some cool stuff.

Paint Nite Number One: Cityscape; Paint Nite Number 2: Cocktail ūüôā Third is a picture I copied off of one I saw on the internet lol.

Anyways…this is just to show how it began. Back to the present. I have a living room full of blank walls and it bugged me so I went on a trip to Michaels and got some paints and canvass. This is the most recent painting adventure I’ve embarked on. The DIY Chevron.

Ugh. Looking at this irritates me. Here’s the thing. I read on a blog about how “it’s so easy” to DIY Chevron and that the secret is to basically treat it like a pie crust (the woven kind). FALSE. It sucked and I instantly regretted it lol. It made the tape not stick well because you handle it so much, plus it was just WAY more work than just making a pattern.

Once you get your Chevron lines figured out then you can start painting. I went for solid stripes.

Here’s where my OCD kicks in a little. Because I had handled the tape so much making the lines, they ended up bleeding a little. Which is just mildly annoying to look at. Also the stripes are 100% equal…but I’ve been learning to brush this biz off and try and ignore it.

This is more of a weekend project because you have to wait for the first stripes to be completely dry before you finish. So I painted the first stripes Friday night and finished it all up on Saturday. You cover the painted stripes with your painters tape then paint away. I went for a messy approach. I just painted random colors over the tape.

Once the paint is dry, peel the tape off and BOOM. You got yourself a piece of art. So there you have it folks. Go forth and put Van Gogh to shame!

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DIY Picture Candle Holders

So for some reason I’ve been sitting on this post for MONTHS. I’m not certain why I haven’t gotten around to putting the whole experience into words…that I would then share with all of you.

I saw this project on a few different blogs and thought it would be cool to try out. But the specific site I used is here. It happened to coincide with my friend’s wedding so I thought I would include it as part of her wedding present. Like a true creeper I stalked her Facebook photos for engagement pictures that I could transfer onto these cool glasses/candle holders that I grabbed from the dollar store.

I did this project a second time as a Father’s Day gift for my dad. I’m just going to include pictures from both to illustrate how it came out.

You start by gathering your materials. You need a printout (from an laser printer, inkjet won’t work!) of the photo you want to transfer, A candle holder/glass you want to transfer to, scissors, and clear contact paper.

 

You want to cut out the picture/s you want and put it picture side down onto the contact paper. Then cut the contact paper so it matches the picture. Take a Popsicle stick or credit card and rub the image. You want to tranfer the ink onto the contact paper. So rub firmly to get sharp detail and a solid transfer.

 

Then you want to soak the image for at least 7 mins in warm water. Be careful because the picture will roll, just make sure its under the water. Next comes the hard part. You have to slowly and carefully rub the paper off of the contact paper. Use your thumbs and rub the paper off. This part is tricky because you don’t want to rub too hard because you’ll rub the ink off. Get off all the paper (hold it up to the light to see areas that still have paper remnants on it. You can hold it under the warm water to help get some trouble spots out.

Then you want to let it dry. Once its dry/as its drying you’ll see any paper still remaining. You can re-wet the area and rub the paper off. Once its dry the tackiness will return and you can attach it to you’re candle holder.

 

You can see from the pictures that my transfers weren’t perfect. I had a hard time getting the paper off the contact paper. But in general I was happy with the way they came out.

I Love to Craft: DIY Jewelry Rack

Okay…so I’ve made a decision. I LOVE crafting. I love crafting almost as much as I love cooking. And the post I made about the DIY project I did with my lady pals (check it out here) was really popular in the blogosphere, so I have decided to merge my loves and include my DIY/crafting projects on this blog. Additionally, I’m adding pages at the top to make it easier for you folks to find specific recipes and projects. There is a newly added DIY Projects page, and there will soon be a Recipes page!!

Moving on. I’ve been extra crafty lately acutally. And I’m SUPER excited to share my crafting with you. I went home for Memorial Day weekend and got my crafting on…

So there happened to be a yard sale at my old high school…and this girl LOVES a good yard sale. I made out like a bandit and came home with some great stuff. In particular, I picked up a cool looking old frame (haggled down to $7!). The minute I saw it I knew JUST what I would do with it…make an awesome jewelry rack. I had seen many ideas for it on Pinterest so I had some guidelines to run on.

The color was chipped in some spots…and was missing on one edge…so I picked up some gold spray paint from the craft store ($5). I only sprayed in some spots because I really liked the old-timey antique like look of the frame. I also picked up some hooks from the dollar store and more hooks and a rod from the hardware store (which I painted gold to match the frame).

With some help from my crafty mom, I put some circle hooks on the sides, two hooks about 2 inches from the bottom to hold the rod for my bracelets, and about 10 hooks along the bottom for necklaces.

Then I tied twine between the circle hooks so I can hang my dangley earrings. I have 3 rows for those guys. Then I added 2 rows of ribbon for my stud earrings. To finish it up, I attached hanging wire to the back so I could hang it on my wall.

I love the way it holds all my jewlery (clearly of have a bit). I also LOVE it when you can re-purpose things. This whole project only cost about $20. WORTH IT.

Happy Crafting! (SIDE NOTE: look for a post about about the necklace seen in the bottom left of the rack!)